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The Immigrant Next Door – Vanessa Ruiz –

On April 6, 2018 the horror began. The Trump administration passed a “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy. As a result, US Border Patrol began locking innocent children in cages, separating them from their parents. The media went crazy, the public up in arms. The streets filled with protests, the people enraged. Yet, separating children from their parents at the border is really nothing new. It’s something the US has done for years, without ever pausing long enough to let these families dry the

8 Simple Ways to Abolish Daycare Guilt

I will never forget Easter of 2015. It was a day of feigned joy shadowed by impending doom. A day seared into my mind for eternity. Easter 2015 was my last day of maternity leave. The day before my child was thrown into the dreaded depths of “daycare”. The next morning was a mixture of tears, exhaustion and daycare guilt. How could I possibly leave my child with complete strangers for 8+ hours? What if he doesn’t like it? What if he’s scarred for life? What if he misses me? Although we all

The Ultimate Guide to Toxin-Free Living on a Budget | .com

At least not when your health is on the line. Did you know that a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) linked chemicals used in popular cleaning products to asthma, cancer and birth defects? (EWG, Cleaning Supplies and Your Health) Quiz: Is Your Body TOXIC? Take the Test... (personalized report) In another study, the EWG determined that the average woman places 168 chemicals on her body before walking out the door each morning. (EWG, Exposures Add Up) Makes you rethink your morni

A Non-Toxic Nursery: 15 Tips To Give Your Baby a Healthy Start

Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of life’s greatest adventures. Before you fill out your registry and plan every detail of your little one’s picture-perfect nursery, you should know about a few toxic imposters lingering inside many products marketed for your precious baby. VOCs are your non-toxic nursery’s worst enemy. After installing new furniture, carpet, painting, etc. the organic and non-organic chemicals, or VOCs, used in these products begin to evaporate. These toxins are

Finding Freedom in a Budget - Our Financial Transformation

It was a dreary Spring evening back in 2016. I was headed to the grocery store to pick up some necessities while my husband took care of our one-year-old son back home. I filled my cart, rushed up to the register and anxiously planned what I'd throw together for dinner as I waited in line. The cashier rang up my groceries. I swiped the card. The cashier's kind smile abruptly turned to a confused frown. "It says your card was declined...Would you like to try again?" My face burned with embarrass

10 Shocking Benefits of a Social Media Fast

This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you choose to make a purchase through one of these links, I will make a small commission. However, I only recommend products that I love and would happily tell you about for free. See the full affiliate disclosure here. I can’t believe I almost missed out on six years of my life… Two months ago, I would have told you, with 150% certainty, that I barely ever use social media. Then I embarked on a social media fast… I was reading “The Compariso

How to save money on any purchase

**Disclaimer This post contains some affiliate links (all are marked with a *). That means, if you choose to make a purchase through one of these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. See full disclosure here. Did you know that the price tag doesn’t always have the final say? You may be overpaying for your purchases. If you are willing to do a little extra work, you can save yourself money on almost any purchase, big or small. After a few years of budgeting, I’ve

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