Author: Tracy LoBue

DIY Organic Coconut Milk Shampoo & Body Wash

DIY Organic Coconut Milk Shampoo & Body Wash

The obvious benefit to making your own shampoo and beauty products is that there are no added chemicals that can dry, strip or harm your hair or seep into your system through the scalp and cause long-term effects that you won’t know about until years later. Part of living an organic lifestyle is to eradicate […]

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What I’m loving about Brandless

Organic Graham crackers. Really! I discovered Brandless by mistake on Facebook, and it took me awhile to place my first order. I was skeptical about a company that sells organic and non-GMO food and other products for $3.00 per item. That's what I said. $3.00 per item. The idea is that if the brand names are [...]

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WHY YOU SHOULD SOAK NUTS AND SEEDS

WHY YOU SHOULD SOAK NUTS AND SEEDS

I use a lot of nuts in my house for eating, baking and cooking. What you might not know is that nuts have natural nutrition inhibitors called phytates, (phytic acid), which can combine with other minerals in the digestive system and block absorption of those minerals. This can put a strain on the digestive system, […]

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Things I’ve noticed about living in Oregon that are different from living in Southern California

Things I’ve noticed about living in Oregon that are different from living in Southern California

Moving to another state is scary for anyone, especially when its really different from the state you’re leaving. I was born and raised in southern California so my frame of reference was really narrow. Sun, more sun, drought, beaches, surfing, all foods available all year around, lots of citrus and every restaurant delivers. There is […]

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First Hike of the Season

First Hike of the Season

I’m still pretty new to Oregon, and until this past weekend I hadn’t been out hiking in any of the countless beautiful and scenic areas in this amazing state. A friend suggested a hike at Cone Peak, which is east of Iron Mountain in the old Cascades. It’s about a 2 hour drive from south […]

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Homemade Remineralizing & Whitening Toothpaste

Homemade Remineralizing & Whitening Toothpaste

Have you seen the latest commercials from the national brand toothpaste manufacturers that tout that their toothpastes can rebuild tooth enamel? I was appalled and shocked that anyone would declare that in advertising, or that anyone would actually buy it because they believe it. The fact is that there is no way to “restore” tooth […]

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