What’s in my skincare products? Facial Serum Recipe (updated May 2018)

Seriously, what the heck is Methylisothiazolinone?!? In most commercial skin care products, you will find a number of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Many of those ingredients are toxic, carcinogenic (petrolatum), hormone disruptors (parabens), or common allergens (fragrance/parfums). A survey by the David Suzuki Foundation showed that 80% of the products contained at least one…

Tips for Saving Energy At Home

Here are some easy ways to save money while keeping your home comfortable. Take advantage of these LOW/NO cost opportunities to improve the efficiency of your home. 1. Wash your clothes in cold water for up to 90% energy savings, hang to dry for even more savings. 2. Install low-flow shower heads & faucets. A…

Divorcing your anti-perspirant, without the stink

A couple of years ago I made the switch and stopped using anti-perspirant and drugstore deodorant. Do you know what’s in that stuff!?! Aluminum which blocks our sweat glands to prevent sweat from getting to the surface (yikes!), and other hormone disruptors that are potentially carcinogens. No thank you! My grandma battled breast cancer twice…

Dry clothes faster (and cheaper!)

The great thing about saving energy is that it saves you money! (Cha-Ching) One of my favourite dryer tips is to put one or two clean, dry towels in with your wet clothes. It helps to absorb some of the excess moisture and dries the clothes faster. This is also a great way to repurpose…

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Welcome to my blog!  I’m Mariko, a nature-loving mom of 2 adorable children living in North Vancouver. I love the outdoors and high adrenaline activities like skiing, but I also love getting into my sweatpants and knitting in front of the TV (the knitting is so I can at least feel a bit productive). I’m…