My 6 year old daughter had eczema as a child and has sensitive skin. I’ve kept bath bubbles away from her because the colouring and chemicals in them irritate her skin. I found Aura Cacia Calming Foam Bath at Choices in South Surrey. It comes in lavendar, orange and eucalyptus scents and is made with essential oils and natural ingredients. I know I could make my own for a lower price, but this is easy. They smell great and she loves having bubbles in her bath now. Each package is enough for two to three baths. There are adult versions available too.
One of the best places to buy healthy food is at farmer’s markets. If you also consider the entertainment value of the music, interesting booths and people watching, it is well worth the drive to get there. My favourite is the White Rock Farmer’s Market, which is on Sundays from 9am-1pm. I have bought organic cherries, spelt bread, cookies sweetened with agave syrup, unsprayed apples, honeysticks, spicy olives, and much more there. Almost all of it has been delicious and fresh. I’ve also bought my daughters angel clings for the window and sparkly hairbands. There are farmer’s markets in just about every city of BC. You can find produce, crafts, jewelery… They usually open in May or June and continue until September or October.
I just finished a big decluttering and tidying session of my family room and daughter’s rooms with the help of my husband and kids. It feels good. The messy toys and outgrown clothes on the floor had been bothering me for the last couple of weeks. Now I’ve got one bag of Laura’s clothes for donation and one bag for consignment. The firehall nearby has a bin for Canadian Diabetes so I’ll drop it off there tomorrow. Alyssa’s school work from the year is all put on the shelf, to be reviewed over the summer. Her earrings, bracelets and necklaces are all in jewelery drawers. Winter hats & scarves are in the basement, and summer hats are in the coat closet. First stage of Spring decluttering is done! Stage 2 & 3 are my storage closet and paper piles. Eek! Looks like I’ll have to call that Summer decluttering.
If you’d like to declutter your own spaces, it is helpful to have boxes or bags labeled “donate”, “recycle”, “consignment”, “seasonal storage”, and “garbage”. That way if you get interupted half-way through you’ll know what the piles are for and won’t have to do it again. Try to get them out of the house as soon as possible after you decide you aren’t keeping them. If you haven’t used it in a year and it doesn’t bring joy to your life, why are you keeping it? Why not donate it to someone who doesn’t have as much as you do? Decluttering makes you feel good and allows the flow of giving and receiving. I challenge you to spend 15 minutes doing a room today!
Welcome to my new blog on getting healthier. My name is Brenda Wallace, and you can read more about me on the About page. I’m going to be writing about things I am discovering and what I have already learned about getting myself, my husband and my kids healthier.