I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Today the DydeeDaze Facebook page reached 50 "likes." Because of that I am hosting a GIVEAWAY! I will be giving one winner, chosen at random, a choice of either a KEYKA LOU GROCERY TOTE, (I'll share a photo soon) a "GOODY BAG BABY" (you can see an example of this HERE) or an ANIMAL (dog/cat) ITEM of my choice.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment HERE, with your choice of prize. I will randomly select a name and announce the winner on SATURDAY, MARCH 24th.

Feel free to spread the word. Thanks! And good luck! =)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GiveAway From DydeeDaze on Etsy

Help the DydeeDaze etsy shop reach 50 "likes" on Facebook, and enter to win a giveaway prize. DydeeDaze sells homemade baby items, including cloth diapers, inserts, bibs, burp cloths, sets, baby shower gifts, etc. Go green!

DydeeDaze shop
DydeeDaze Facebook page

DydeeDaze sells baby stuff, but will hand make something that will suit whomever the winner is. (Not all fans of the shop have or know babies!)

Spread the word!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lemon Essential Oil To Remove Stickers From Clothing

Recently my daughter received a sticker at the dentist, and put it on her shirt. She was wearing a fleece pullover. Without noticing the sticker, I put the fleece through the wash. The sticker was spot-welded to that shirt!! I figured it was a loss, but thought I'd ask my connections on Facebook if they had any ideas before I threw the shirt out. I had just bought recently, and wasn't ready to give up quite yet. I got several ideas from people, but the one that stood out was to use lemon essential oil. I love EOs so I was excited to try it. I was skeptical, as I always am. I dropped three drops of lemon EO on the area. I had pulled off the top of the sticker, and what was left was a thin paper lining covering the "glue." I left it on there for about 20 minutes or so as I went about my day. I then went back to it and peeled the paper part off. It was as simple as that. It came right off! Sticky stuff and all. All that remained was a couple of tiny areas around the outside of the circle which had a little sticky left on it. My daughter and I used our fingernails, and the sticky was gone in a minute. I threw the fleece back through the wash, and it is as good as new. Essential oils prove their worth to me again!