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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb

Fresh Choppers September 7, 2009

Filed under: Savoir Faire — Simple Jess @ 1:46 pm


A lot has been said by now about how bad flouride is for us. If you have not caught on to this yet, just read the warnings on your toothpaste tube. Or if you are a mother, think about why they do not put flouride into baby toothpaste since they cannot spit it out. It is because it is toxic to the system!

Anyway, once you can let go of the idea that your teeth will rot and your breath will stink you can actually have a lot of fun trying home treatments and holistic products.

This is one I like a lot!

Mix together in a bowl, preferably one with a spout so you can pour it into a bottle (one saved from old product and disinfected or a new one,) these ingredients:

1 cup purified or distilled water
1/2 cup of fresh pressed lemon juice and a few spirals of the rind
5-10 leaves of mint to taste
1/2 cup of 3.5% FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (method of mixing below)

Brush your teeth with no paste and then floss. Following that, shake the rinse before use and swish! Do not swallow. If you are curious about the uses of food grade hydrogen peroxide I have provided a small sample below from this informative page: Even though some people use it as a treatment and do swallow it, it is controlled and done in a very specific way.

This is fun, like a science experiment! Just be sure you keep the hydrogen peroxide out of reach for children. Even though it is food grade it must be handled responsibly. Here is the method mentioned in the ingredients list:

“Making and Using 3% Solutions of H202
A 3.5% solution can be made quite easily by first pouring 1 ounce of 35% H202 into a pint jar. To this add 11 ounces of distilled water. This will make 12 ounces of 3.5% H202. 3.5% H202 has a variety of medicinal uses.

1. Three tablespoons mixed with a quart of non-chlorinated water makes a good enema or douche formula.
2. It can be used full strength as a mouthwash or mixed with baking soda for toothpaste.
3. It can be used full strength as a foot bath for athlete’s foot. (Diabetics have found relief from circulation problems by soaking their feet in 1 pint of 3% peroxide mixed with 1 gallon of warm, non-chlorinated water for 30 minutes nightly.)
4. A tablespoon added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used. I have seen some who can use it at the full 3% strength and others who had difficulty with using a few drops and mixed with a cup of water.
5. 3.5% H202 can be added to pets drinking water at the rate of 1 ounce per quart of non-chlorinated water. Sick cattle reportedly benefit from 1 pint (of 3%) to each 5 gallons of water. (Chickens and cows have remained healthy by using 8 ounces of 35% H202 per 1,000 gallons of drinking water.)” Source:

Please educate yourself. I am not a doctor or professional and am not dispensing medical advice. I am sharing with you what I find to work in moving away from things I believe to be unhealthy and toward healthier options.

Love and light,


Cruelty Free and Green Cosmetics August 25, 2009

Filed under: Gotta Have It!,Savoir Faire — Simple Jess @ 11:48 am

I rarely promote beauty products and do not ever wish to promote the idea that we are anything less than beautiful and amazing in our own design.  But I am still a girl and enjoy occasional beauty products as long as they adhere to a pretty tall order of requirements:

  • 100% natural active ingredients
  • No animal testing whatsoever
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Vegetarian/Vegan

I learned about through another website which I occasionally write a guest blog for:  They are a socially and ethically responsible website for beauty products.  They carefully edit their product choices, list all of the ingredients and offer a great sample program.  One of the brands that they offer is Trilogy.  It meets my criteria for a beauty product and Focus Organic is running a promotional contest that offers free Trilogy products.  Click here if you would like to check out the contest.  It is fairly easy to enter and expires September 5th, 2009!

Love and light,



Tesla electric car! May 4, 2009

Filed under: Gotta Have It!,Savoir Faire,Sustainable Living — Simple Jess @ 6:35 am

It is very early in the morning so I might still be dreaming. I am in love with the Tesla electric car! It is completely electric with solar options on the horizon. You can travel 250 miles on a full charge, in virtually silent luxury. What a car! It really is a luxury so I will set my sights on a more realistic purchase and continue to lust after my dream cargo bike.

If you would like to do a little dreaming, check out this video of the new Tesla:

Their official website has a great blog which also shows the Model S, a little closer to my price range but will be saving for awhile:)

Daring to dream,


Food Bank Spa Event April 25, 2009

Filed under: Savoir Faire — Simple Jess @ 11:40 am

Yesterday, my husband stayed with the boys and I had a wonderful day with the girls! My very generous friend Stephanie had a beautiful charity event in her home, which is basically like a luxury hotel…it is so gorgeous. Anyway, it benefited the Food Bank, which Stephanie works tirelessly for in her spare time. Everyone was greeted at the front entrance with a big metal bucket full of wine and champagne. There were all kinds of different stations where you could have back and neck rubs, foot and ankle rubs, microdermabrasion, and even injectibles if you wanted them. I kept myself pretty busy photo journaling for her but managed to sneak in a microdermabrasion, which I have never done before. It was cool! It felt like a tiny vacuum with fine sand rubbing around on my face and it felt good, kind of like brushing your teeth.

So we are all about giving, here at Sustainable Halo, and this event was such an example of how you can give to others and have fun doing it. It was a very abundant activity. I caught up with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and also made some new ones. I got a break from the kids which was much needed. I did something nice for my facial skin. I relaxed in the hot tub. I was in the good company of all kinds of beautiful women. And it was all for a good cause. I even jumped into the pool at the end of the night, shocking everyone and giving us all a good laugh. I had so much fun.

Stephanie is such a stylin’ girl and her husband was cooking up a storm in the kitchen. He was serving this delicious roasted red pepper soup in shot glasses, it was so neat! Afterward, some of us headed over to the Chophouse for a nightcap and I have to share with you what the chef did!

I do not eat meat or dairy products and often have to make special requests from chefs to make me something a little special. This has become such an adventurous and fun thing to do and the chefs usually enjoy it because they get to show off their creative food acumen. I told him that I like bruscetta and he took an interesting approach to making me his version. Check out my post in the Food, Food, Food! category for my description, it is totally easy to make!

Love and light,