wholesome cleaning supplies i love

With social media influencers like my girls Megan Hickman and Amy Darley, I have become increasingly aware of how crucial it is to be intentional with the products that we use in our homes. I use some kind of cleaner on a daily basis! From laundry detergent to dish soap… I have had a lot of contact with some potentially harmful chemicals!

For the moms out there, it is important to keep in mind that the chemicals you use to clean your countertops/floors/ etc. could potentially end up in your baby’s mouth. For the homemakers without babies, lets keep in mind that we also inhale the chemicals that we use to sanitize our home and keep smelling & looking fresh!!

Kind of scary.. so I decided to do some research to see for myself what these harmful products can have!! Lets look..

Here are some chemicals that can be found in traditional cleaning supplies:

  • Formaldehyde… can be found in laundry detergents!
  • Thiourea
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Nonylphenol Ethoxylate
  • Butoxydiglycol
  • DEGBE
  • Phthalates…often listed as “fragrance”
  • Ammonia

Scary, right? I don’t even know what over half of these things mean!! I want to ensure that I am keeping my family healthy and safe from products that will potentially advertised on TV as the things that caused cancer. My biggest fear!!

when going green…

Many people are turned off from green cleaning supplies because of the fact that they are more expensive…however the few extra dollars is worth the sense of security you have knowing that you are giving your family only the best.

The benefits of green cleaning supplies are tremendous. They do not damage surfaces over time. They are even better for the environment!! (Especially those products that often end up getting rinsed down a drain after cleaning a surface.) It is important to keep in mind that what goes down our water ways eventually comes back to us in one way or another!! (throwback to third grade when we learned the water cycle and found out we are actually drinking dinosaur pee!!)

Interested in trying some of my FAVORITE all natural cleaning supplies? use this link to make your first order on Grove and go green with me 🙂 A free gift set is included with your first purchase of at least $20. It is unbeatable. Just in time for some the most amazing FALL SCENTS TOO!!

Click here to get a free gift set with your first order from Grove

until next time, wishing you all the best!! Happy ALMOST Fall!!!

h.s.

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cast iron care tips

in our home, we LOVE our cast iron!! we use it daily. it truly is a staple for us.

here are some reasons you should start cooking with cast iron…

  • distributes heat evenly, because it is a dense metal (this also means handles get hot so be CAREFUL!!)
  • it lasts forever. these things get passed down for generations. it is awesome.
  • it is all natural.
  • it is oven safe.
  • it improves after years of use, not the other way around.
  • it makes your food taste good because it harbors the flavors of what has previously been cooked in it.
  • when you use it a lot, it becomes well seasoned and you are able to cook and bake in them using less oil/fats as it will become non-stick naturally. (winner!!)
  • it can take the heat (you can literally cook on an open campfire with these bad boys!! they even make dutch ovens that have a lid with a lip for coals to lay on top as well. it can be used in the oven, too!)
  • if you get it hot enough on the stove, it can be used as a grill!! ( my husband loves this because we aren’t allowed to have a grill where we live!!)
  • it doesn’t call for soap (so you save a little $$ too!)
  • it looks pretty, too!

have I convinced you yet? cast iron is amazing!! it should be a staple in the home. however, many homemakers are turned off from these skillets and various types of cookwares due to the fact that they do not know how to use them! do not let this stop you anymore!! here are some tips that I have found to help care for cast iron.

top cast iron tips:

  1. wash cast iron by hand. feel free to use a nylon scrub brush. we use a pampered chef brown scraper in ours. works like a charm. it is best to avoid using soap, but i have read that some people use it anyway. keep in mind that cast iron is a porous metal, and soaks up what we put on it. (that is why we are advised against soap!)
  2. dry asap after washing. cast iron is susceptible to rust. we just use a simple paper towel to dry.
  3. wipe down with a light layer of cooking oil. the brand Lodge also makes a seasoning spray. we havent used it, but it would likely work just as great as little veggie or olive oil.
  4. avoid soaking your pan. it is best to clean right away after use. however, the occasional soaking is necessary, and do not stress too much about this. if i have to soak a cast iron pan, i usually will turn on a burner and put a thicker coat of vegetable oil and let it get hot and cool off with the oil in it in order to help keep the seasoning nice and thick on it & wipe out the excess oil.

I hope these tips and tricks make the idea of using cast iron more exciting for you! Here are some links to my favorite cast iron items and cast iron care gadgets.

links to our favorites:

https://shop.lodgemfg.com/skillets-and-covers/12-inch-cast-iron-skillet.aspasp

we use this one almost daily. great for tortillas!

https://shop.lodgemfg.com/griddles-and-grill-pans/10-5-inch-cast-iron-griddle.asp

here are some scrapers similar to what I use:

https://shop.lodgemfg.com/indoor-accessories/pan-scrapers.asp

the handle of cast iron cookware gets really hot, so these are a staple in our kitchen:

https://shop.lodgemfg.com/indoor-accessories/striped-hot-handle-holders-1-black-1-red.asp

a cleaning kit to try out

https://shop.lodgemfg.com/indoor-accessories/iron-care-kit.asp

I hope you enjoy these cast iron care tips & tricks. I think I should mention we only use the Lodge brand and love it! they have a website: https://shop.lodgemfg.com & their products are also sold at Dillards, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Bass Pro Shops, and many more!!

another plug for Lodge is that they have some amazing cookbooks with recipes that are perfect for cast iron!! we love them, too.

until next time,

h.s.

busy weeknight dinner

crockpot burrito bowls

crockpot burrito bowls have become a staple in our home because they are so easy, and you are able to interchange the ingredients to suit your personal tastes. I will list the ingredients that we use, but keep in mind you are free to change it up in any way you choose! we often mix up chicken & beef to keep it different! we have served them as tacos, or as bowls, or as a dip! SO many people have raved over this recipe, and it is just so easy. here you go!!

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat or chicken breast
  • medium onion
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 cup of broth (choose your favorite!)
  • 1 can of corn ( I used a frozen bag since I buy in bulk at Sams club)
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • fresh cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste

instructions:

step 1: (if using chicken breast, skip this step!!) if you are using ground meat, brown in it in a pan before putting it into a crock pot. my husband and i love garlic so we always add fresh garlic or garlic powder to meat when we brown it. we will often use ground venison for this recipe since we have a ton of it!! however, I personally really love it with chicken.

step 2: pour in your chicken broth. add in the spices! I add garlic powder here too. whisk together. lay in your chicken breast, or your ground meat.

step 3: add rice, corn, beans, and rotel ( do not drain!).

step 4: mix together. make sure the rice and bean mix has plenty of juices to cook the rice. if it looks a little dry, add more broth.

step 5: cook on low for 4-6 hours. I just turn it on before I leave for the day!! It does not overcook.

step 6: if you used chicken breast, be sure and allow time to shred chicken before serving! I just pull out the breast, shred, and then mix right back in.

step 7: serve with salsa, sour cream, guac, etc. (all the yummy Mexican goodies!!!) my husband even makes a burrito out of it!! so versatile. enjoy!!!

let me know how you personalize your burrito bowls!! I always thought this would be a super fun idea for a taco night, or fiesta themed get together!!

until next time,

h.s.

The Ministry of Homemaking

with my recent marriage I have been doing a lot of research on homemaking & wifehood in general. of course I had no experience in this area, so I was ready for any information I could get!!

through our marriage, bible study, and research, I have learned how impactful my duties as a wife are in the overall wellbeing of our life. as women, we set the tone for our homes. ( & yes, even if you have a job outside the home, YOU are a homemaker!!)

homemaking is a ministry. the definition of ministry is tending to the needs of someone. is this not something that perfectly describes homemaking? every toilet you scrub, meal you prepare, bed you make, and or any other miscellaneous daily chore, is you intentionally caring for someone you love.

through the work that we do as homemakers, we are given the opportunity to share the love of God with our families, and everyone who enters our homes.

homemaking is about way more than how neat your home is!!! a somewhat clean home that is welcoming and full of people who have happy hearts, and know Jesus is way more pleasing to the Lord than a spotless home with wandering souls that lack love. let all that you do for your family be done in love! it will truly show. this love for our spouse, or family, and most importantly the Lord, is what gives us the fuel to tackle the sometimes daunting tasks that come along with the busy life of a homemaker, wife, student, etc.

this can sound so scary, I know! we as women have a lot of weight on our shoulders. but, by God’s grace, He has made it so easy for us to share his love with our family. a Christ centered home is the most important element of our homes!

  • let your children and husband watch you read your bible. if you have children, let them watch you and your husband do your bible study together
  • pray before each meal
  • have worship music playing as you go about daily activities
  • pray for your family
  • fill your home with warmth. make it personal and yours! display family photos, or your child’s artwork. get creative!!!
  • laugh often!
  • make Christ the center of all that you do. personal time for spiritual growth is crucial to excelling as a homemaker. set aside time each day to spend time with the Lord.
  • care for your home in a way that shows your family you value it. (and that you value them!!)

a homemaker is not only a stay at home wife or mom. a homemaker is any woman with a home!! that’s you!! the busy ladies with a 9-5 job who still comes home and has dinner ready for their family and washed clothes for them the next day! this is an all inclusive title. how awesome is that!!

proverbs 14:1 tells us: “a wise woman builds her home, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.”

I encourage you to provide a loving and functional home environment for your family!! share with me on social media or email how you did so!

until next time,

h.s.

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