Natural Deodorant

By now, most people have heard some mention of the link between deodorant that contains aluminum and breast cancer.  Even though this information is widespread, I still know a handful of people who use toxic deodorant because according to them, "the hippie stuff doesn't work."  I will admit, if you get the wrong natural deodorant, it can actually enhance your odor and I made several wrong purchases while I was trying to find the right match.  This is the deodorant that I found during that process and I have now been using for years and love.  If you are wanting to make a switch, this might be a good one to start off with.  Who knows, maybe we have similar body balances and you can save yourself some money and embarrassment.  Do any of you have a hippie deodorant that you swear by? 

Living more sustainably

Sustainability has been on my mind a lot lately and after many discussions and realizing that I still use ziplock bags, I have been making small shifts to live a cleaner life.  Here are some easy ways to live more sustainably right now.

1. Stop using paper towels.  Bryan and I stopped purchasing paper towels a few years ago and now it's so strange to go into a house where there are towels that are discarded after each use.  Also, they sell really cute kitchen towels like these and these.  

2. Stop using plastic produce bags.  This is a change I recently made and love.  These mesh bags in various sizes are perfect for my farmer's market run.

3. Stop using ziplock bags, foil. plastic wrap and disposable food containers.  There are some really cool products that have replaced throwaway food storage solutions.  I just got these which we have been using for crackers and these are made from recycled plastic.  These bowl covers will replace plastic wrap/foil and are about the cutest things I have ever seen.  Also, no more disposable togo containers!  Get these instead.  

4. Fill a bucket in the shower while your water is warming up.  I like this one.  

5. Use biodegradable Dog Bags like these.  

What are some ways that your family lives sustainably?  

Kitchen Dreams

Bryan and I are gutting a house in Pasadena and are in the process making some design choices.   Naturally, as a women who loves to cook and entertain friends, the kitchen is a huge priority.  We have made a few soft decisions but are fine turning the details.  I think we want to go with shaker style cabinets to honor the age and style of the home (craftsman home from the early 1900's) and while I was originally leaning towards white or grey, I am now obsessed with darker kitchens featuring either black or midnight cabinets.  I worry that it will make the space look small and won't look as sleek but I am really drawn to the darker hues.  Decisions, decisions.  I know one thing, we want brass fixtures because they look good with everything.  Here are some of my favorite shaker-style kitchens.  

Do you guys have any favorites?  Have any of you lived with butcher block counter tops?  Do they hold up well?

Wish us luck!