I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s this means I went from grass roots, bean sprouts and hemp jewelry to big hair and cosmetics galore (we will forget about shoulder pads). So I guess it isn’t to strange that I ended up a little on the crunchy side. Crunchy as defined by Urbandictionary.com is: Adjective. Used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc.
Also used to describe establishments where alternative foods and products are sold, i.e. natural food stores.
While I am not overly environmentally thinking nor am I left leaning I do believe we all play a part in our environment, but more importantly to me I believe we can make our homes and lives healthier by being careful what items we us and how we treat our bodies.
The thing that is important to rember is, like I’m always saying, BALANCE. The more natural products I make the more I think I should make forgetting that there are some really great products on the market that are perfectly safe and very effective. Why should I recreate the wheel? Sometimes I try and then catch myself and think “be real! just buy it! It is even cheaper for Peeties sake!” so, I do.
In order to find my inner crunch I do a lot of research. Just because someone says it on the internet that doesn’t make it true. What? yeah, I know crazy!! But true. Check your sources. Don’t let someone else think for you, but do a little research to see if it is true and admit it and correct it if you were wrong. As much as I research things sometimes I’m still suckered in. It happens, just move on.
My inner crunch says I want to make it a better world than I found it and if it is healthier, not too time consuming and not too expensive then why not do the healthier option? Sometimes we have to choose to go with convenience and affordability, but not always. Crunchiness grows with you I discovered.
Are you interested in finding a little crunch or granola? Here are some great starters from Pinterest:
- Granola: (come on, I had to do that first) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/437693657508918075/ I am working on decreasing the oil and sugars to make it a little healthier.
- Homemade Cleaning Wipes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126874914478523140/ I like these, but find the vinegar smell is a little strong. Try using strongly aromatic essential oils
- Homemade Laundry Detergent: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126874914478523100/ I am a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I love the laundry detergent and I know people with skin sensitivities who can’t use anything other than Shaklee and while I stand behind the product I do love this homemade recipe and it is very inexpensive to make and works great!
- Eye Makeup Remover – Coconut oil. Works great, just spread some on your eye and wipe off.
- Eye Serum – Cocoa butter. I use straight cocoa butter which melts as you rub it on your skin and it has done wonders for my eyes and it is cheap!
- Lip Balm – Lip balm is incredibly easy to make, inexpensive and feels wonderful https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126874914478007948/
- Relaxing Bath Salts – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126874914478449972/ I am also a Doterra wellness Advocate, but feel you can buy many good essential oils in many places and encourage you to try them for things like lip balm, body butters and wonderful baths. It cost a fraction of the cost of buying bath salts from the store to make them yourself and it is luxurious!
- Homemade meals – Once you get used to cooking from scratch it is actually pretty quick and easier and you get to control the fats, sugars, carbs and sodium or whatever you need to control. Plus it is yummy!
Good luck finding your inner crunch! You may be surprised what you discover.
What is your favorite DIY? I’d love for you to share some of your ideas us! Just comment in the comment field add a picture if you’d like.