Why I am making my home more natural, and how you can too!

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This is the post. You know the one that makes all the others make sense.  Yep, finally writing it.

My better, healthier and more natural life started a few months ago. We had a bad cold season here. Ever since school started there was major sneezing and coughing and 5 miserable people here in my home and only so much I could do to make them feel better. I felt stuck.


Then it occurred to me that there was more I could do. I could help prevent them from getting sick in the first place. And this was the start of my new beginning.


I often find myself thinking about why I feel this calling to make my life and home more natural… and what “natural living” even means.

I know that to me, natural living means to do better. I want to do better for both me and my family. Natural living is giving our bodies more of what they need and less of what they don’t need. I want our bodies to be the best they can. Sounds simple and hard all at once. Our bodies need more of the good stuff like fresh food and less of the bad stuff like processed, man made junk food.

In the beginning I made a list of what healthy changes I wanted to make. I included on the list what a healthy life looked like. Then I started to get to work. This was around the same time that I started changing this blog too. I wanted to bring you, my awesome readers on this adventure with me. I asked you all what you thought about healthy lifestyles and learned that there was a high percentage that was not doing their best at being healthy, but really wanted to. It was meant to be. You and I on this journey together!


My list stared off like this:

  1. Continue with a vegetarian diet for me and the girls, and more organic meat for Pete. Work more vegan meals and foods into all of our diets. Increase fresh fruits and veggies. Eat more in season and from a local source. Focus on the dirty dozen and buy those organic.
  2. Create a healthier home. Locate and use the best natural cleaning and laundry products. Stop using home fragrances.
  3. No more highly processed foods.
  4. Soap, shampoo, makeup, lotion oh my! Find ones I love, that are natural and make the switch!
  5. Spend more time outside being happy, breathing fresh air and getting exercise!

The list is constantly being added to.  Yesterday alone I added to the list twice. The first was to find a farm direct source for Kona Coffee {still looking} and the second was to replace our disposable k-cups with reusable ones.

It’s a work in process and the goal is not perfection. Each step I take towards a more natural and healthy life is success to me!

If you want to start your own natural journey start by writing your own list. Think of every way you envision a natural life and then do it!

I want to hear from you! Are you thinking of going more natural too?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Cute pictures! 🙂 I had a good teacher… my mom! She was a gardener and had a green thumb. We lived off of her bountiful blessings for many years!

  • Great advice! My mom was a good example of this — planting a large garden, canning, helping my dad in the field, etc. A good teacher!

  • Natural living is the way to go to being more healthy. Great tips! My sister sells a natural product line of body and bath items, which are pricey, but great!

  • I’d like to try to live alittle more greener. Great pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway! 🙂

  • Thank goodness it worked! We have made a stab at it but maybe we need to look into this a little more to do better and eat healthier.

  • Great pictures. I wish I could learn to like more fruits and veggies so I could become healthier.

  • The hubby and I are working towards a homesteding kind of life. we want to be able to provide more natural/healthy things and rely less on store bought/over processed junk.

  • I love your article……………….I try to make meals made from foods in their naturalist forms not much of out of the box eater and have tried to pass that on to my children. Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway!

  • I really try to buy more natural and organic foods for my family. I really love pumpkin too. Did you know that if your dog has diarrhea you can give him pumpkin to firm up his stools – just saying.

  • I need to start a list.. I already do a couple of things but I’d love to get my whole house in order. Thanks for the motivation.

  • Ever since we got out of debt, I have been making the switch to a more natural lifestyle for my family. When we used coupons and were trying to save money on food, everything was processed and now I can’t believe how we used to eat! We now get our meat delivered once a month from a local farm, buy only pasture raised eggs and milk. Greek yogurt smoothies are snacks and right now I’m making my own broth in the crockpot! I’m so much more happier giving my kids nutrient rich foods! 🙂

  • More natural living is a work in progress in our house too. I don’t think we’ll ever be 100% but we try to balance it better.

  • I like your idea about using reuseable k-cups. I was not aware that even existed. I will definitely look into that. Thanks!


  • I have been vegan do about 12 years and living naturally in that time, too but sometimes buy processed food for convenience which I’d like to cut back on. Vegan and natural go hand in hand with some things like cleaning products and beauty things or cleaning supplies so its been easier in that way. I would still love to be able to afford more organic fruit and veg. Right now I buy some organic fruit and veg.

    • Convenience is a big thing for me too. I go back and forth between vegan and vegetarian… I love cheese.

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