Tea Cup Exchange {March 2015)

I recently participated in a Tea Cup Exchange, hosted by Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose.  I sent my package to my swap partner and patiently awaited for my mystery package to arrive from a different swap partner.  (To see what tea cup I sent, click here.)

I was immediately impressed with the packaging and continued to be blown away by the contents inside.  My package from Emily of Beauty of Holiness was a joy to open.  She took great care with all the details from the labels used on the outside package to how she wrapped each item inside.

Thank you again, Stephanie, for hosting yet another amazing tea swap.  And thank you, Emily for a fabulous package!

Now, no more words...just pictures!

Brilliant Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Recipes {Guest Post}

Brilliant Non-toxic Cleaning Products Recipes

Having perfectly clean home at any moment is the dream of every person. Of course, if it was possible to have your home cleaned without investing so much money in all these detergents and products, it would be more than perfect. Although some of them have proven their efficiency through the years, most of them still remain toxic, and in many cases, dangerous for your health. Whether or not you think eco-friendly is better, you can turn to other options, when it comes to the cleaning of your home.

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Choosing the green cleaning recipes made by you will save you a lot of money and will guarantee that your health won't be endangered in any way. Some strong detergents can even cause allergies to children or to people whose skin is more sensitive. For that reason, I advise you to forget for a while about the traditional methods for cleaning and focus your attention to  the following DIY ideas for non-toxic cleaning products. I guarantee that they are effective and easy to be prepared at home.

White Vinegar and Citrus Peels
For this green recipe you will need a jar which to fill with citrus peels. It is better to choose organic ones and to add undiluted white vinegar to them.  The solutions needs to stay for at least 4-5 days until it can be used. After it is  ready, you need to strain the vinegar and use it as a cleaner. This is an idea for DIY product for windows cleaning as well and for mopping of the floors. It is also suitable for disinfecting a wide range of surfaces.

The Perfect Cleaner For Your Oven
If you want to escape from traditional methods for the cleaning of your oven, I suggest to you this great idea. Supply yourself with baking soda and make a paste of it, adding a suitable amount of water. The paste could be made directly on the bottom of the oven and left there for at least a couple of hours. You will be amazed by the effect of the paste and you will definitely adore this chemical-free way to clean your oven. Easy and effective, isn't it?

Clean and Fresh Air with This DIY Air Freshener
If you have decided to freshen the air in your home in a completely natural way, here is one wonderful idea. You will need a saucepan in which to put the natural ingredients and a significant amount of water. Then you can add 1 sliced lemon, 2 or 3 tablespoons rosemary and in addition, if you like, a dash of vanilla to make the scent really pleasant. I assure you that this DIY home air freshener would appeal to all of your relatives and guests.

These are some of the interesting ideas for non-toxic cleaning products that are effective and easy to be made. Basically, for any type of DIY cleaning products you will need baking soda, white vinegar, borax, different essential oils and, in many cases, hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that you also have citrus peels and some fresh herbs, in case you have actually decided to forget about all the traditional and expensive methods for cleaning.

I hope that even if you are not a fan of the eco-friendly cleaning, you will try at least one of these wonderful ideas. It is never too late to be creative and to try different alternatives, when it comes to cleaning. This way you will preserve your health by getting rid of the chemical products and all the toxic substances used in a great part of the detergents offered on the market.

Author Bio: Anna W. Aamone works for Wimbledon cleaning carpets. As a professional cleaner she knows the downsides of the commercial cleaners and shares with you her favourite non-toxic cleaning recipes which are budget-friendly as well.

Monday's Feature: Mimsy Jewellery

Meet Mimsy of Mimsy Jewellery.

AE:  Who are you and what is it that you do/make?    
MJ:  My name is Mimsy.

I make jewellery from genuine gemstones. All of my designs are heavily influenced by nature and the philosophy and historical meanings of the gemstones that I use.

AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
MJ:  I've been a fan of Jewellery and gemstones for as long as I can remember. When I started making jewellery, I wanted to get it out into the world so that others could enjoy it, too. One of my top priorities is to offer reasonable prices, so that people whom would not usually be able to afford genuine gemstones will be able to treat themselves. I also hope that the philosophy behind my designs (which is listed publically in each Etsy listing) will bring upliftment to people. Another concept that lays at the heart of my work is a custom order jewellery project called "What's your story?" in which I want to express people's stories through the medium of gemstones.

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
AE:  What is your website/contact information? 

I am continuously inspired by the work of other artists and the "story" behind their passion.  Please stop by Mimsy's shop and check out her wonderful creations.   

Peace & Love,