A Few of My Favorites

These are some of the products, people, or services that I have used and I highly recommend. Some of these are affiliate links and some of them aren’t. (If you click any of the links on my website and purchase anything, I may get a commission. There is no extra cost for you. If you do so, thank you!!!) I hope that you find things on this page that become your favorites too.

I’ve mentioned the Qigong Teacher Training Program many different times in my posts, both here on the website and on my social media. Here is the link to get more information about that program. You can also meet Chris Shelton, and learn a little more about Shelton Qigong in my Q&A Session with him.

If you want to try out some of their live classes, they have a Qi Club that meets Monday-Thursday at 8 a.m. PST. It’s a great way to start the morning, or for me (at 11 a.m. EST), a great way to take a movement break in the middle of working on things. If you can’t make it live, no worries, the classes are recorded each day and are available for a week.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Chris goes over some of the Qigong basics that you find on his YouTube channel, but he also teachs more in depth practices as well. On Mondays and Wednesdays Parisa does Qi Stretch and Release, which includes some strengthening exercises, balance exercises, and also yoga, along with Qigong. No matter what we’re doing or learning, we’re always having fun!!!

To get your first month free, click here to sign up.

(To read about how I got started with Qigong, click here.)

Tru Earth Laundry Strips

Tru Earth Laundry Strips packing can be recycled

Why Tru Earth Laundry Strips?

One, these strips come in a compostable cardboard sleeve rather than being in a plastic jug that can’t be recycled in some places. This packaging is lighter, more compact, and better for the environment.

Tru Earth package opened
This is how they look right out of the package.

And two, I started using these laundry strips over a year ago and I love them. (If you want to read the full story, keep scrolling. If you’re ready to buy now, click here to visit the Tru Earth website.)

I randomly came across the Tru Earth Laundry Strips when I was on Instagram. I’m always on the lookout for more natural, Earth friendly products to use at home, so I thought, “why not”.

To say that I was skeptical about how these strips would work, and if they would really work at all, is an understatement. Many of the “natural” products that I’ve used in the past just haven’t been very good. I wanted them to be, I wished they were, I tried to convince myself that they were, but they weren’t. I was also worried that the strips wouldn’t dissolve well and the residue would end up on my clothing.

I washed towels in them first to see how they would do. No residue. I also did a little experiment where I put one into the sink and watched how it dissolved. After watching it dissolve completely, I was confident that it would work just as well in the washing machine. =)  

The laundry strips come in 8, 32, 64, and 384 load packages, depending on what you need each month, or if you want to get a year supply at one time.  

Tru Earth laundry strips in an air tight container for storage
This is how I store my laundry strips: I tear them in half and put them in an air tight container.

For my husband and I, the 32 pack of fragrance-free strips lasts us about a month. We don’t have kids in the house; it’s just the two of us and our fur baby. The amount you’ll use really it depends on how many people you are doing laundry for, how many wardrobe changes everyone has each day (with sports, work, exercise, pajamas, etc.), and how many you use.

For smaller loads you just use one strip and for larger loads you use two. For most of our loads, I use one and it works really well. I only use two on the extra-large, extra dirty stuff.

To use the laundry strips, you simply put it in the bottom of the washing machine tub, throw your clothes in, and start the washer. They work with any temperature of water just as well.

Our washing machine is a top loading HE that has the little “cup” that you put the detergent in. I tear the strips into smaller pieces, put it in the cup, and start the washer. They dissolve every time.  

Tru Earth Laundry Strips torn into smaller pieces and put into a washing machine

When you purchase, you sign up for a monthly subscription, but there’s no contract, and you can change the size that you order anytime. So, if you start out thinking, I’m only going to need 32, and you quickly realize that 32 isn’t going to cut it, you can up what you get each month. You also have the option to change how often the strips are delivered. I ended up changing our subscription to the 384 pack, once a year. If I need more, I know I can get them, but this way, I’m helping to reduce packaging and the energy needed to deliver them as well.

Tru Earth Laundry Strips package and container with one strip in it.
Got my new package just in time!

Click here to go to Tru Earth’s website and read all about their wonderful products. Next on my list to try are their Disinfecting Multi-surface Cleaning Strips – just put a strip in a glass bottle, add water, and clean away.

Bite Toothpaste

In my ever continuing effort to reduce plastic in our lives, I found these Bite toothpaste bits. You simply put one in your mouth, chew it up a little, and then brush your teeth. They leave your mouth feeling nice and clean without having the plastic tube left over when you’re finished with them. The bits initially come in this glass jar and then the refills come in a recyclable paper bag. Their dental floss and mouthwash are great as well!