Homemade Citrus Scouring Scrub

Homemade Citrus Scouring Scrub | Real Food RN

I have created a wonderful cleanser that not only is non-toxic but works when you need to clean tables and countertops. The lemon essential oil in this recipe smells wonderful and fresh as it cleans and brightens, it also de-greases!

Easy DIY Recipes for Household Cleaners You Can Make with What You Have in Your Pantry

Easy DIY Recipes for Household Cleaners You Can Make with What You Have in Your Pantry | Real Food RN

Did you know your pantry holds everything you need to clean your home? This is especially helpful to know because there are times when it is inconvenient or unsafe for you or your family’s health to shop for household cleaners.

Homemade Cleopatra Face Cream Tallow Balm Recipe

Homemade Cleopatra Face Cream Tallow Balm Recipe | Real Food RN

Legend has it that Cleopatra used a variety of different beauty rituals, and when you read up on her techniques, you will find that she used many different oils, cream, salts, and waxes. While doing my research, I decided to come up with a recipe that used her ancient beauty wisdom combined with my tried […]

Fun and Easy 4-Ingredient Homemade Slime

Easy 4-Ingredient Homemade Slime | Real Food RN

Science has always been my favorite subject, and what is more exciting than science that you can play with? Making crazy stuff in our kitchen is not just for real food recipes anymore. This recipe will show you how to make Homemade Slime.  My kids and I love making wild and crazy things like this! […]

Festive Salt Dough Diffuser Decorations

Festive Salt Dough Diffuser Decorations

We LOVE our diffusers in this house, and we especially love to fill them with the scents of the holidays. My kiddos love to make diffuser necklaces and ornaments….so these salt dough diffuser decorations were a BIG hit! Plus, we turned some of them into necklaces and gave them as teacher gifts! Salt Dough Diffuser […]

Is Toothpaste Safe? Plus, a Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

Is Toothpaste Safe? Plus, a Homemade Toothpaste Recipe | Real Food RN

Have you checked the label on your toothpaste lately? Sure, they advertise that it will fight germs for up to 12 hours, helping to fight plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis. But the ingredients may be more harmful than you think.

Soothing DIY Postpartum Padsicles

Have you given birth lately? If you have, then you are pretty aware of the pain “down there.” Luckily, over time the memory of the pain associated with birth fades — that’s probably one of the reasons why we continue to have babies, am I right?! Luckily, I was told by a friend to stick […]

DIY Scented Homemade Crayons

DIY Scented Homemade Crayons | Real Food RN

Remember melting down crayons as a kid? We melted crayons between layers of wax paper. That was fun and pretty, but after it was all said and done, all we had was a melted crayon design. Being a kid, I quickly got bored with that one. Then, I discovered that I could melt my broken […]

Non-Toxic DIY Fabric Softener

It’s easy to make your own fabric softener where you control the ingredients in it and can make sure it’s non-toxic for you and your family.

Thieves Oil Pulling Chews for Amazing Breath!

So, when I first heard about oil pulling I thought it sounded pretty wild. Why would sloshing some oil around in your mouth be so beneficial? Then I looked into it a bit more and was very intrigued. So, I tried it for myself, starting with plain old coconut oil. Meh, seemed okay. I decided […]

DIY Non Toxic Oven Cleaner That Works!

Commercial oven cleaners are some of the most toxic products on the market, and if you’ve ever used one, you can understand why I now only use non-toxic oven cleaners. The chemicals in the commercial stuff sting your eyes make it hard to breathe, and can even burn your skin if you happen to get […]

DIY Stinky Shoe Spray for Odor Control

Got feet? Got kids? Got a husband or partner who is active in sports? Well, then you KNOW what stinky shoes can be! Of course, we have all had our experience with stinky shoes, but after I got married and had kids it became an entirely new level of stinky shoe in my house!  This […]

DIY Thieves Toilet Bombs

Remember the scrubbing bubbles commercials? Those cute little scrub brushes working hard to clean your bathroom for you! Well, these little toilet bombs do the same thing, except they do not off-gas harsh chemicals or cause reproductive damage!

How to Make Your Own Lava Bead Diffuser Bracelet

I love my essential oil diffusing jewelry. When I’m on the go, and away from a power outlet, I can still reap the benefits of aromatherapy. When I am out and about I always have a diffuser necklace on! Now, I have a fancy new lava bead diffuser bracelet to wear that seriously costs a […]

Calming Bedtime Linen Spray to Help With Sleep

This amazing homemade bedtime linen spray has a heavenly scent and will help you easily fall asleep.

2-Ingredient Non-Toxic Shaving Oil

2-Ingredient Non-Toxic Shaving Oil | Real Food RN

Well I have to admit that this recipe happened by accident! We were heading out for a weekend of camping and I needed to shave my legs if I was going to be in a swimsuit! Except that, we were out of my shaving cream! Water shave? Yikes, no! Can you say razor burn? So, […]

Bedtime Beautifying and Hydrating Face Serum

I love making DIY skin care stuff because it’s so much fun experimenting, and it’s even more fun when I see results on my skin!

How to Make Borax Crystal Snowflakes

Do you remember the first time you held a real crystal in your hand? Wasn’t it magical? I remember it well! We bought one at a souvenir shop at a campsite where we were camping. You would have thought that I was holding the Hope Diamond! Well, that love of crystals has never left me, […]

DIY Foaming Hand Soap for Sensitive Skin

DIY Foaming Hand Soap for Sensitive Skin | Real Food RN

Here is why this is a great hand soap for sensitive skin: Castile baby soft soap is made for baby skin. Lavender essential oil is very soothing to the skin. Gentle and soothing, perfect for sensitive skin.

Non-toxic DIY Reed Diffusers

Today I give you a post created by Melissa over at My Darla Clementine. Love this idea, what a great way to keep your home smelling amazing without using toxic candles or chemical air fresheners!  Before I started making the conversion to a more natural and non-toxic household, I was a serious scented-home-goods snob. I […]

Teacher Gift Ideas Using Essential Oils

Can there even be a gift good enough for an amazing teacher? My children have been lucky enough to be blessed with some fantastic teachers who are not only engaging but also compassionate and kind. We have been so thankful! In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we wanted to give back. Give them something […]

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Essential oils have been a part of our daily lives for years now! I could not be without. Well, this year for the holiday season, we decided to get creative in our essential oil usage. Who wouldn’t want a tree that is both beautiful and that also supports our wellness? Yes, please!  My kids love […]

Easy Homemade Mascara Recipe

Easy Homemade Mascara Recipe | Real Food RN

I have read recently that lavender may complement some of your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products. I am attempting to make all of my self-care products and cosmetics so making my own all natural mascara was the natural next step for me. This is an easy, homemade mascara recipe that uses non-toxic and […]

DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin

DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin | Real Food RN

This homemade vitamin C serum soothes your skin without any harsh chemicals. I use it every night for glowing skin.

Easy Non-Toxic DIY Insect Deterrent

Easy Non-Toxic DIY Insect Deterrent | Real Food RN

Citronella essential oil is popularly used as an insect deterrent. Traditionally it has also been used to prevent food spoilage due to fungus and bacteria. So this is a GREAT oil to take along camping!

Garlic Oil for Ear Infections

Growing up, I have a few memories of being sick. But, I was generally very healthy. One memory that really stands out in my mind was the use of garlic oil to help ear infections. The reason why this stands out in my mind is that it was so miraculous!

DIY Facial Toner

DIY Facial Toner | Real Food RN

Spending a fortune on a bunch of synthetic chemicals to use in your skincare routine has never made sense to me. This is a big reason why I love making my own DIY skincare creams and cleansers.

DIY Caffeine Eye Serum (for puffy eyes)

DIY Caffeine Eye Serum (for puffy eyes) | Real Food RN

Caffeine applied topically improves circulation and plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of the circles. It also helps constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling.

Homemade Reusable Baby Wipes

After having my first child, I took a long hard look at everything in our house. Every cleaner, every personal care product, even baby wipes! Wow, I was shocked to see just how many chemicals that were in everything we used. Then I went onto the EWG Skin Deep database to look up just how toxic […]

Frankincense Face Cream for Beautiful Skin

Frankincense Face Cream for Beautiful Skin | Real Food RN

You will love this homemade face cream made with essential oil. There are many benefits in this cream.

Homemade Lip Balm

I love to make my own personal care products not only to save money but because when I make my own I know exactly what goes into them. Homemade lip balm was something that had always intimidated me a bit because it seemed difficult. Boy was I wrong! Making it is super easy and I […]

DIY Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm

I grew up loving Lip Smackers. If you were a child of the ’80s or ’90s I know you know what I’m talking about. They were so delicious that I wanted to eat them! Guava was my favorite, with Chocolate Peppermint a close second. I had about 20 different flavors, I celebrated the entire collection. Well, […]

DIY Bedtime Sweet Dreams Cream

I’ve dreamt of a magical sleep potion that not only gets my kids to sleep on time but also helps them wake up refreshed and NOT crabby. Well, after experimenting with my essential oils, I have not come up with a magical potion….but a cream! I apply it to my kiddos’ feet at night for […]

Homemade Baby Wipe Solution

Today I give you a guest post from one of my amazing fellow foodie bloggers! She is an amazing cook, a mom to a beautiful little girl, a wife, and an essential oil lover (just like me!), and I am proud to call her my friend. She was so gracious to write up a post […]

How to Make a Plantain Weed Bandage

How to Make a Plantain Weed Bandage | Real Food RN

I recently hacked off the tip of my finger while cutting some homemade beef jerky in the kitchen. Yes, I use the term “hacked off” because I work in an ER and have seen some pretty nasty kitchen accidents, this one was a hack-job! Now, I am not recommending that you do not be seen […]

DIY Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin

DIY Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin | Real Food RN

This DIY shaving cream is so easy to make and doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients. Plus, I was able to add in some shea butter to help nourish the skin!

Easy Non-Toxic Bubble Bath Recipe

Easy Non-Toxic Bubble Bath Recipe | Real Food RN

What fun is a bath without bubbles?! Of course, it has to be a non-toxic bubble bath. This one is the bubbliest!

DIY Icy Hot Pain Relieving Salve

My husband is a very active guy, both in sports and at the gym. While I am very happy that he cares about regular physical activity, I am sick and tired of listening to him groan in pain when he has sore muscles and joints from all of his adventures. Being the loving compassionate wife […]

DIY After Exercise Cream for Sore Muscles

My husband is a very active guy, both in sports and at the gym. While I am very happy that he cares about regular physical activity, I am sick and tired of listening to him groan in pain when he has sore muscles and joints from all of his adventures. Being the loving compassionate wife […]

Chlorine Neutralizing Bath Salts

Chlorine Neutralizing Bath Salts | Real Food RN

If you live in the city, you probably have chlorine in your water! This is added to the municipal water supply to kill of bacterial in the water supply. Unfortunately, it can also do some damage to our bodies too! Especially if you are a lover of baths (like me) and like to soak in […]

How To Make a Dandelion Crown

Growing up there was a park in my town that had a large patch of grass that always FILLED with dandelions every spring. A good friend of mine and I used to go up there and lay in the flowers and just daydream for hours. Those were the days! It was in that dandelion field […]

Homemade Calamine Lotion

Homemade Calamine Lotion | Real Food RN

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors knows how itchy you can get if you get into a nasty Poison Ivy patch or a swarm of Mosquitos. Calamine lotion is a necessity when you are out and about in the summer months.

DIY Insect Deterrent Spray

I want to protect my family from getting eaten alive by mosquitos this summer. After all, the Mosquito is the unofficial State Bird here in Minnesota! However, I do not want to douse my family with toxic chemical sprays! So I made up a batch of my own using citronella, because it is a widely known […]

Non-Toxic DIY Waterproof Sunscreen

Non-Toxic DIY Waterproof Sunscreen | Real Food RN

If you have been following my blog, then you probably know I am serious about getting the chemicals out of my house and off of my children! It seems that everything you buy in the store is a chemical soup. Enter sunscreen. Wow, the list of chemicals is looooong! So, I bought the natural kind, […]

Homemade Citrus Non-Toxic Window Cleaner

Homemade Citrus Non-Toxic Window Cleaner | Real Food RN

I like my house to be spotless. Not even a streak on the granite or glass! This non-toxic window cleaner is the best recipe I have made up yet!

Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars

Working as a Nurse, I wash my hands about 497 times a shift. No kidding! I am not a big fan of that chemical-filled foam cleaner that they recommend we use. No thank you! Plus all the handwashing causes my knuckles to dry and crack — let’s add a little alcohol foam to that. OUCH! […]

Miracle Oil To Prevent Stretch Marks

Miracle Oil To Prevent Stretch Marks | Real Food RN

When I became pregnant with my first child I decided that I needed to get every chemical off of my skin and out of my body. I had already been in the process of doing this, but when I found out that these skin care products could potentially harm my growing baby, everything had to […]

Acne-Fighting Homemade Facial Scrub

Acne-Fighting Homemade Facial Scrub | Real Food RN

I love experimenting with making my own self-care products. Most recently I just threw a few ingredients together and made a homemade facial scrub. I washed my face with it every night and really fell in love with my new creation. It makes your skin feel so clean and soft! Let me tell you a bit […]

The Easy Way To Clean Out Easter Eggs For Decorating

The Easy Way To Clean Out Easter Eggs For Decorating | Real Food RN

When you decorate eggs for Easter, you MUST check out and use this handy tool for cleaning out the eggs.

How To Dye Eggs Using Onion Skins

How To Dye Eggs Using Onion Skins | Real Food RN

So much fun, and honestly, some of the most beautiful eggs we have ever created. This is such a fun Easter activity to do with your kids.

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover with Lavender

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover with Lavender | Real Food RN

I used to take the eye makeup removing packets from my gym and use them at home. Sneaky, sneaky. I thought I was pretty smart too! That is until I turned the packet around and looked at the ingredient list! Yikes, I do not need those in my body thankyouverymuch. Naturally, I had to cook […]

All Natural Mascara Recipe

Lemon Lavender Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner

Lemon Lavender Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner | Real Food RN

I am absolutely loving essential oils, and I am especially loving using them in my homemade cleaning products! What could be better than adding a little lavender to my homemade multipurpose cleaner so it not only cleans my house but also provides a relaxing aroma? Now housework is actually enjoyable.

Homemade Playdough (non-toxic)

Growing up, I LOVED Play-doh, and it would entertain me anytime, anywhere, always! One Christmas I got a complete Play-doh collection with about 20 different colors, when I was eating dessert my little cousin (not naming names, Kenzie!) got into the collection and mixed all the colors. I was devastated!!! I also will never forget […]

Lavender Bedtime Linen Spray

Lavender Bedtime Linen Spray | Real Food RN

I love having a relaxing scent in my bedroom so I sometimes rub lavender essential oil behind my ears before bed to elicit it’s relaxation benefits.

Grandma’s Go-to Spray

Everyone knows that Grandma knows best! That is exactly why I called this Grandma’s Go-to Spray! My grandma always made up her cleaners in different containers and she LOVED to find just the right cleaning trick! This post was written for my Granny Helen.   A little bit more about why I chose to use Thieves: Thieves […]

Homemade Non-toxic Glass Cleaner

  This is a cleaner that my awesome StepMom Jo Ann developed. Thanks for the great cleaner!!! I store mine in a recycled apple cider vinegar bottle and a spray top. That way I don’t have to deal with any plastic stuff leaching into my cleaner What you need: Isopropyl Alcohol — where to buy Distilled […]

How To Make Stickers Out of Real Flowers!

I grew up making all sorts of cards and pictures to give to family members on holidays and birthdays. They were often decorated with flower stickers, that I had made myself! When my daughter was finally old enough to learn how to make these I could not wait to teach her How To Make Stickers Out […]

Abrasive Cleaning Powder (made from eggshells!)

Abrasive Cleaning Powder (made from eggshells!) | Real Food RN

When you need to get something really clean, make this easy DIY abrasive cleaning powder. It’s earth-friendly, non-toxic, and uses a recycled container.

Homemade Non-Toxic Citrus Deodorant

Homemade Non-Toxic Citrus Deodorant | Real Food RN

Those thick pasty deodorants actually can block your sweat glands…not a good thing. So instead, make your own non-toxic citrus deodorant.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax)

Homemade dishwasher detergent might sound crazy, but I am attempting to make everything that we use in our house from scratch. This way I can get the toxins out and save a little cash!

How to Make Your Own Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is my method of magnesium supplementation. Here is a blog post that I wrote explaining why. Luckily, magnesium oil is super easy to make! Here is How to Make Your Own Magnesium Oil

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Toothpaste

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Toothpaste | Real Food RN

Make your own homemade non-toxic toothpaste with just six ingredients that you can find online or in stores.

2-Ingredient DIY Baby Shampoo

2-Ingredient DIY Baby Shampoo | Real Food RN

We have used every “natural baby shampoo” on the market, and most of them work great. Unfortunately, I’m not such a huge fan of their prices! I decided to make my own because it saves some cash, and I know exactly what my kids are bathing in.

A Remedy For Bedtime Fears in Toddlers (witch spray!)

So my daughter recently developed a fear of Witches, just another one to add to the list of bedtime fears. Why not? I remember being intensely afraid of the Witch of the West when I was a kid! Every night at bedtime it’s a battle though. So, I came up with an idea: “Anti-Witch spray“. […]

Easy & Inexpensive Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

Easy & Inexpensive Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent | Real Food RN

I have been using my homemade liquid laundry detergent for quite a while and I love it. The part I don’t love is how messy my husband is when he uses it. He drips it everywhere! I feel foolish always washing the outside of my washing machine! So, I decided to make a homemade powder laundry […]

Marbleized Butterfly Craft (using shaving cream)

So my daughter LOVES butterflies! I saw this craft online for Easter eggs and decided to modify it to be a beautiful marbleized butterfly. It was a huge hit! Supplies: Card stock or heavy duty paper Scissors Shaving foam Non-toxic paint Squeegee Cookie sheet Toothpick Directions: Spread shaving foam onto cookie sheet. Drip drops of […]

Easy Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent

In my ongoing efforts to rid my home of nasty chemicals I am experimenting with making my own cleaning agents. Laundry detergent is used daily, so I decided to start there and do my own homemade laundry detergent. This recipe makes just over 2 gallons. Homemade Laundry Detergent (liquid) You will need: 1 bar of […]


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