Detox Your Home on a Budget

It's no secret that I am a stay-at-home mama. My home is not only the place where my family rests, but also the place where we learn, pray, eat, and work. After battling some health issues over the last year, I found out through my own experience just how important the air you breathe is to your health. When it's too hot or too cold to have fresh air blowing in, I needed to bring in some extra helpers to purify what we breathe for so many hours each day. 



Gardening has always been one of my favorite things to do, so it was natural for me to bring in some house plants. Do not fear if you have a bit of a black thumb; aloe, a snake plant, also called Mother-in-law's Tongue [pictured above], and a few others are really hard to kill, and just by placing them in your home, they will naturally clean the air. This NASA study completed by Bill Wolverton reveals how plants like the Mother-in-law's Tongue removed chemicals, one being formaldehyde, from a sealed room in a 24 hour period. A $14 plant from Home Depot can make all that difference? Crazy. 


Our first pediatrician is an excellent doctor, and she taught me so much about how to integrate natural remedies into my conventional understanding of health. Her office was the first place I had seen the amber glow from a pink rock, also known as a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Something about that hue immediately relaxed me, and I had to know where to find one. After some searching, I found out that the pretty little light not only gave the room an addicting ambiance, but also had an inherent chemical reaction that put out negative ions which naturally clean the air


Something about carrying around a tiny human for 9 months made me think more carefully about how I wanted to our home to be, right down to the types of solvents we use to clean. I fell in love with a bunch of non-toxic cleaners that cleaned just as well as the products I had grown up using, and lessened the harmful toxins we breathe day to day. Products like Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap dilutes to hand soap and shampoo; Borax lifts stains and makes everything smell super clean; and Honest Co. multi-purpose cleaner works grease off kitchen counters like Windex. 


Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.