Things We Love: Wool Dryer Balls

by Zina

About a year and a half ago, I read this article about felted wool dryer balls, and I was intrigued because I'm always looking for greener practices in my home and because my husband Caleb has some allergies to the fragrances in most dryer sheets. And then I started reading about the reasons you should not use dryers sheets (like this article or this one) and I was sold. I bought a set that same day. We've been using that same set of six ever since and LOVE them. They are a 100% natural way to keep laundry soft and static free, and they double as a great cat toy. 

They work because as they bounce around in the dryer with a load, they absorb a up to 30% more of the water helping clothes to dry more quickly as more air circulates through them. The wool balls help to fluff your laundry and through bouncing around, basically pummel your clothes so they are softer. Because they pull out so much water the drying time is shorter and there are fewer wrinkles. They also help keep the dryer more evenly humid as they absorb water and bounce around, which dramatically decreases static cling. Ultimately my favorite way to dry clothes is on a line (the smell! nothing better!), but currently we live in a spot where that is not possible. So for the time being, these have been a great alternative.  

So a few benefits we've seen:

  • No more chemicals and allergies.
  • Reduced drying time, which equals money in the bank and smaller carbon footprint!
  • They don't affect the absorbency of towels (dryer sheets makes fabrics less absorbent).
  • Since the initial cost of the balls I haven't spent a penny on dryer sheets.
  • And again . . . cat toys. 

This is where I purchased mine, but there a lot of great tutorials to make your own if you are so inclined! Do you use them? Or something else? I'd love to hear about it! Happy laundering!

 

 

Posted on January 16, 2015 and filed under Things We Love.

Superfood Spotlight

Recently we were chosen to be a part of Food52's Provisions shop collection of Superfoods. We love Food52 and their excellently curated Provisions for cooks and food lovers alike. 

Mom's Stuff is the ultimate SuperFood for Skin® because of it's amazing ability to not only moisturize, but nourish your skin while healing and protecting. So it's doing multiple good things for your skin at once! All with no harmful side effects, or ingredients absorbing into your system that are produced in a lab. It's all 100% from nature with 100% active goodness taking action to help your skin be it's healthiest. So get some, and consider it a leafy green smoothie for your skin each day. 

Posted on January 14, 2015 and filed under Press.

Dreaming of . . . France

by Zina

I don't know about where you are, but here in Utah its' cold, snowy and dark. Granted I love cozy winter days, but after so many, I'm ready for somewhere warmer and I've started dreaming of summer. And today, I'm dreaming of the South of France. Specifically, Chasteuil, the tiny hamlet nestled in Les Alpes du Haute Provence where my sister Louisa lives. 

The view from Max's garden, looking towards the Gorges du Verdon

The view from Max's garden, looking towards the Gorges du Verdon

Chasteuil is a special place, really just a handful of old stone buildings, with a permanent population less than 30, that is located on an ancient foot path that leads to the Gorges du Verdon (or the Grand Canyon of France). Louisa happened upon Chasteuil while hiking that trail one summer, and met the lovely proprietors of the Gite de Chasteuil, Nancy and Pascal. Nancy and Pascal quickly became like family to her and over the next few years she visited them whenever she had a chance and eventually moved there for what started as a one year sabbatical, and now seems like a permanent ex-pat dream. 

I've had the good fortune to visit her there twice, and both times have fallen under the magical spell of spending my days hiking, reading, going to the market, cooking and eating amazing meals and enjoying the stunning views, crystal clear swimming holes, and charming villages near by. 

So today, as I watch the snow continue to fall, this is what I'm dreaming of, and I thought you might enjoy an armchair visit as well. If you feel so inspired to visit, the only, and best place in town to stay is the Gite de Chasteuil where you will enjoy incredible meals, and soak in the relaxed peaceful atmosphere of this special place. 

Posted on January 13, 2015 and filed under Dreaming Of.