one clean thing ~ homemade window cleaner

PMD one clean thing glass cleaner

By Estelle Hayes This week’s One Clean Thing was inspired by one big confession. I hate cleaning windows. It’s a chore I easily avoided (for years) until my daughter started teething and took to licking windows. It was a gross phase that lasted several months and I found myself frantically cleaning windows and French doors, nightly. That’s around the same time I started to get smart about label reading and questioning all the hidden toxins lurking in our every day household products. I didn’t want my wee one ingesting anything blue! Turns out, it’s super Read More →

cheers to your health ~ watermelon cooler

PMD watermelon cooler

By Estelle Hayes Being a vegetarian, it’s painful to admit when I don’t love a certain fruit or vegetable. It seems so silly to place limitations on a lifestyle/diet that by its very design is somewhat…limiting. But here it is. I’m not a watermelon fan. Which is too bad since it’s packed with health benefits. Watermelon is a great source of vitamins B, C and A and the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Since I don’t pile it on my plate, I’ve found that it’s a delicious juiced fruit. I chill one cucumber and one small watermelon Read More →

sunday thoughts on happiness

PMD remember be happy small

By Estelle Hayes I know, it’s easier said than done. Many Buddhist teachers will end personal sessions with the same saying. “Remember, Be Happy.” Because it’s largely a choice. A right mind set, according to Sylvia Boorstein, author of “It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness.” Try it this week. Practice noticing those feelings that breed happiness – friendliness, compassion and generosity – and see if the happy feelings don’t just push out the negative stuff. Happy brand new week, friends. Photo credit: Estelle Hayes

Friday gems ~ think sustainable flowers and more


Wishing you all a happy Friday and a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. Whether you’re a mother or simply honoring one, I hope it’s joyous occasion. I’ve rounded up a few links from the week that you don’t want to miss out on. Have you heard of the 50-mile bouquet movement? If you live in the Bay Area, check out Flora Grubb on Sunday for an inspired talk about locally sourced flowers. But first, check out Flora’s blog for great tips on how to think sustainably when it comes to your own floral arrangements. Do you Read More →

The Cleantini: vodka makes a great diamond cleaner

PMD one clean thing jewelry cleaner

By Estelle Hayes About once a quarter I crave an ice cold vodka martini, dirty with extra olives. But who knew my craving could do double duty? Turns out a little soaking and swishing in a bowl full of vodka will get your diamonds sparkling like they are brand new. After a little boozy soak take an extra soft baby toothbrush to your ring and gently brush the grime of daily life. Finish up with a clean rinse of water. Then mix yourself a jaunty cocktail and admire your handiwork. Do you have any homemade recipes Read More →

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