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Toss the Junk Project

April 2, 2011

Happy Saturday!

I hope that everyone’s weekend is off to a great start.  I had a wonderful birthday despite being sick.  Two friends took me to Panera for lunch, and the black bean soup was a lifesaver considering that I still had a cold.

Last night, Michael and I went to McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner. Notice anything special about the menu? 🙂

They rolled it up and sent it home with me too!

Something very noteworthy (and picture worthy) was the crab appetizer we ordered consisting of lump crab meat, mango, and avocado (I already destroyed half of it when I snapped this photo).

I’m going to try to recreate this at home ASAP.  The mango and avocado were amazing with the crab.

Moving on to a non-birthday related topic….

As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’m continually becoming more aware of the types of products I keep in my home.

For the most part, my home is stocked with nothing but good-for-the-family foods, but I’ll admit that I am guilty of having Goldfish in my pantry because my stepchildren like them.  They also like that nasty canned pasta (unheated!) which make me feel like I am serving up dog food.

However, I’ve decided to take a stand against buying unhealthy junk (including food, cleaners, and cosmetics) by replacing one or two items a week with something healthier.  Rather than replacing everything in the fridge, pantry, medicine cabinet, and makeup bag at once,  I’m going to make small gradual changes throughout the month.  I’m calling this The Toss the Junk Project.

No more putting junk into our bodies, on our bodies, or into the air we breathe.

This week, I replaced Michael’s ranch salad dressing with a healthier version consisting of ingredients that I can actually pronounce.  I plan to take this one step further and make a homemade dressing as well.


Because I was feeling extra ambitious, I also replaced my chemical laden body wash (which I finished earlier in the week) with this creamy wash by Burt’s Bees.

To identify safer cosmetics and beauty products, I plan to utilize this website which has some great information.  This is s great resource for all things green cleaning.

Does anyone want to join me in The Toss the Junk Project?  Have you already started using non-toxic household cleaners, makeup, and unprocessed food?

I’m really excited to get rid of the last bit of nasty junk I have lurking in my cabinets.  I’ll keep you posted on how it goes and hope that you join in as well!

Have a wonderful day!

  1. April 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    Happy Belated Birthday love!!! I am glad you had a wonderful one!! Loved the candle in the cereal!!!

    What a great dinner too! Love the menu! So sweet it says happy birthday !!!!

    Have a beautiful day!!!! xoxo

  2. Lisa permalink
    April 2, 2011 10:51 AM

    I make the ranch dressing recipe on THE PIONEER WOMAN website, really yummy and made from real ingredients.

  3. April 2, 2011 6:32 PM

    I love mccormics! is rubbing alcohol harsh for a cleaning product?

    • April 2, 2011 11:43 PM

      Rubbing alcohol is a great cleaning agent, but from what I’ve read, it is still toxic. I plan to post more in the very near future about healthy household cleaners, and hopefully, it will be helpful. 🙂

  4. April 3, 2011 9:13 AM

    I’ve been thinking about this more and more too, since I’m trying to get pregnant. I am pretty good about food, but need to work on cleaning products, cosmetics, and all that stuff!

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