Author: Melissa Steindl

Spring Cleaning The Earth-Friendly, Non-Toxic Way

Spring is in the air, and so is the pollen! If you’re like me, between kids and dogs running in and out of the house, all that yellow pollen (not to mention dirt and dog hair) may cover the house in no time. Although dusting and vacuuming gets most of the mess, I like to take it a step further by wiping down surfaces and toys. The smell of Pine-Sol and Lysol may fill my childhood memories, but it definitely does not fill my present. Conventional cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals that can be neuro toxins, endocrine disruptors,...

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Giving Up Control When Life is Out of Control

I had a dream not too long ago that won’t leave my mind. It was one of those dreams that seems too vivid to not be “real.” It spoke to me then  and is still speaking to me now. In my dream, my husband was driving a car with me in the passenger seat while our family and loved ones sat in the back. While it looked like he was driving, it felt like I was driving. We were on a high overpass, as high as a rollercoaster, and driving quickly. I looked out the window and saw a...

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How To Make Water Kefir (And What Is It)

*This post contains affiliate links. Don’t worry, these are only linking to item I use, too. When I first started making water kefir about 7 years ago, I had no idea how it would change my life. To be honest, I don’t remember where all I researched about it from, because making it has become second nature to me. I was searching for a replacement for sodas and fizzy drinks, water kefir fit the bill, and my health began improving the more I drank this wonderful concoction. So, what is water kefir? Water kefir is a probiotic, fizzy drink...

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Do You See A Battery?

“I swallowed a battery.” That’s what my 2-year old told me after saying his tummy hurt. Imagine, if you will, nursing your newborn and watching your toddler play with his hot wheels, and then BOOM – in comes talk of batteries and tummies. His Nana and Aunt Sarah had just left our house, so I quickly called them to see if they saw anything. He hadn’t left their sight while they were here. He hadn’t left my sight before or after they left. What if I missed something? We don’t keep button batteries in the house, but there are...

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Delicious and Easy Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

*This post contains affiliate links. Don’t worry, I only link to items I actually use. Now that I’ve shown you how to make your own sourdough starter (see here), it’s time to put that starter to good use! If you are like me when I first started making my sourdough starter, you might be wondering how to use all that extra starter. A half-gallon of constantly-fed starter can look very intimidating! When I feel like my starter supply is growing too large, pancakes are my go-to treat for my family. This recipe, tweaked over time with love, yields melt-in-your-mouth...

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