5-Star Review: Keeping It Clean: A Do It Yourself Guide To Non-Toxic Housekeeping by Cyhndi Mora

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Having this book in my reference library is like a security blanket against any stain we can manage to make in our home!

The question I ask myself about any new book is, “What does this book have that I can’t get somewhere else. Like the all-searchable internet?” The answers to that with this book are many. That’s how I knew it was a must have.

Recipes for any cleaner I could possibly need to make! Excellent recipes, in fact. I’ve been using the multi-purpose cleaner for years. I’m excited to try a couple of new ones, too, like the toilet ring remedy and making my own laundry soap. DIY laundry soap has been on my wish list for years now, but the recipes I saw were too complicated. The one in “Keeping It Clean” is perfect for me because, as the book says, I probably already have the ingredients. Which I do!

Essential oil index for cleaning and other household tips. I love having this index at my fingertips!

Cleaning tips for every room in my house. I learned so much on my first read through of the book. I know I’ll be learning from this book for years to come.

Best of all? A fast way to see which of my cleaners should be replaced.

You are going to love saving money on your cleaners and customizing your scents!

I don’t know if a print version of the book is planned for the future, but for now it is only available on Kindle. If a print version becomes available it will be on my holiday gift-giving list.

At the risk of stating the obvious, I encourage anyone with an interest in non-toxic cleaning to have a copy of this book.

Here are some links for you to explore:

Blooming Clean’s Facebook Page – this is the page the author uses for her cleaning service.

Cyhndi Mora’s Amazon Author Page

As always, thank you for the time we spend together!

Gina

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July Thrive Life Specials

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Click or tap on recipes and then type in the incredient you want to use.

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We have two seasonal drinks you will want to stock up on. They are so delicious and versatile.

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We have everything from small fruit packages to one complete package to feed your family for a year.

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Rememeber, hosts earn free food when there are at least two orders in their event, and additional 50% off groceries when totals are over $400. Thriving Nations will also benefit. Tax receipts are available upon request.

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As always, thank you for the time you spend with us!

 

 

Gina and Cyhndi

 

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The Complete Book of Numerology Buddy Read is Happening Now on Facebook!

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You are cordially invited to join us in exploring The Complete Book of Numerology by David A. Phillips, PH.D. on our Facebook events page. The event starts today and will last for two weeks, or longer, to give everyone who would like to participate a chance to get their copy of the book. Take the read at your own pace.

Gina found this book to be extremely helpful during a time when she needed to find answers. You know, the kind of answers she didn’t know she was asking about but found their way to her with perfect timing?

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thereikicafe and join the event. Or send one of us a friend request and ask us to send you an invite.

Thank you to those who voted for this book. Secretly one of us was really hoping this book would win the vote!

If you have a suggestion of another book you’d like us to read as a group, please let us know. We’ll include it in the vote next time.

As always, thank you for the time you spend with us!

Gina and Cyhndi

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Cleaning With Essential Oils

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By Cyhndi Mora

As a newly pregnant mom I was on fire about everything natural. I had been vegetarian for over a year and loving it even though it wasn’t as easy to find viable options back then. It was the early 90’s and the vegetarian and “Green” products that are available easily in the grocery store today either hadn’t yet been invented or were really expensive and/or hard to find.

I was also allergic to a ridiculous number of things including dust and animal dander so it wasn’t a huge shock when, having watched me get completely winded from cleaning the living room in my second trimester, a friend suggested that I might be allergic to the cleaning products I was using. I stopped in my tracks, considering the implications. What was in this stuff, anyway? I was already avoiding bleach as much as possible and some laundry soaps due to the rashes I would get when I used them. So yes, I probably was allergic to the 409, Windex and other store-bought cleaners I was using, but what to do? I was already in full throttle nesting mode, our apartment was small and constantly full of people. Luckily another friend had come across a book called Clean & Green.

To my surprise and delight I found the recipes for homemade cleaners in the book super simple and easy to use. Needless to say, I shoved all the store-bought stuff to the back of the cupboard under the sink and started using these homemade cleaners right away.

Liberated by the absence of chemicals I could get back to nesting in earnest and feel prepared for the baby’s arrival knowing I could take on pretty much any mess with the simple ingredients in my cupboard. They smelled different but I was the only one who noticed, or in their wisdom no one else commented. After a couple minutes of using them, I even stopped noticing the vinegar smell.  Win/win!

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Flash forward a couple years and I’m ready for the job market, looking for a helpful and ethical way to use my talents. I decide to offer my services as a housekeeper, advertising that I use only non toxic cleaners. Sadly, most folks didn’t really appreciate the idea that much. A frequent observation from my new clients was that while things looked clean when I left, it didn’t smell clean to them. Unfortunately they had been conditioned to the antiseptic smell of pine and formaldehyde and couldn’t accept anything else as being “really clean.” Again, what to do? I tried to accommodate them for a while and used the products they chose but eventually had to quit because I started wheezing and coughing again and was too tired at the end of the day to keep up with my very active toddler. Plus I wasn’t bringing in enough income to make ends meet, much less pay medical bills. Back to the drawing board I went, and back to the office. I kept using the homemade cleaners at home with a few store-bought augmentations.

Flash forward several years later: I had slowly reincorporated more of the commercial products and realized that I needed to get rid of them completely because cleaning for an hour felt like I’d run a marathon. My back was in terrible pain. Not to mention my doctors were telling me that I may have asthma, but probably lung cancer…

I turned my apartment upside down looking for my trusty green cleaning book but couldn’t find it. I did remember the author’s name, however, and looked for her on the internet. As luck would have it she was now authoring a Green Cleaning blog on Care2 and one of the first posts I noticed on her blog was a familiar cleaning recipe with one important addition: Lavender Essential Oil. Needless to say, this was a huge ‘aha’ moment for me. My sister Kathy, owner of DynamicTouchMassage.com, had gifted me some oils to help with my respiratory issues…the Oregano and Thyme I had been using on my feet never struck me as scents that would appeal to my former clients, but Lavender…hmmm. So I did some research, starting with Lavender Essential Oil.

As it turns out, Lavender essential oil not only smells great and is very relaxing, but it’s also (among many other things): antibacterial, antimicrobial, deodorant and decongestant. Talk about “wins” all over the place!

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Eucalyptus was another that I had on hand. It had the benefits I listed above for Lavender, plus it is also antiviral and antibacterial!

I already knew that lemon juice had some germ-killing properties as well as being a preferred scent for cleaning. Turns out that Lemon Essential Oil is also antibacterial, antiviral, an immunostimulant, and antidepressant, as are most of the other citrus oils.

Peppermint was another one that I came across in my research. It is also antibacterial, antiviral, decongestant and an immunostimulant.

I was so excited by what I found that I started adding oils to my cleaners immediately and loved the results. I put the oils in all of my products, combining the four above in to my all-purpose cleaner and noticed results right from the get-go. Not only was I not tired after cleaning, but I was energized and breathing easier. I went back to the doctor weeks later and was told that my asthma was now in check. When I asked about the possibility of lung cancer I was told it was a false alarm and to continue with what I was doing. He was surprised to learn that I hadn’t even needed to use the inhaler since I started making my own products again. Whew!

With a more or less clean bill of health, it was time to head back to work. The studio I had been working for was going under so it was time to get creative again. Long story short(er), I ran across a woman who was also a Reiki practitioner working long hours in the entertainment industry. She needed help with looking after her house and her dogs, one of whom was recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his leg. I explained that I’d love to help, but that I’d have to use my own cleaners…she was very excited and supportive of my process and I started working for her immediately. Her favorite scent blend was Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint, which became my standard mix. She referred me to a coworker who didn’t like lavender so we made a mix of citrus and eucalyptus for him. By the end of the year I had a steady clientele and no complaints about not smelling clean.

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I highly recommend using essential oils in any cleaning products you might want to make at home. My aromatherapy instructor, Andrea at Aromahead, calls this reducing the toxic load and is incredibly important for setting the stage for good physical, mental and emotional health.Most essential oils can add both cleaning and health benefits to your mixes as long as you are using good quality oils. Young Living, Aromatics.com and Doterra brands are a slam-dunk, but if you don’t have access to those brands there are a couple things you should look for to ensure that you’re getting the best quality.  Remember, you are inhaling them and putting them on your surfaces, so you really need them to be food grade.

Here’s some things to remember: Read those labels! Do they list any other ingredients besides the oil itself? They should not. You want an oil that is steam distilled or press extracted and free of additives. The label needs to have both the English and Latin names visible. Different Lavenders and Chamomiles, as an example, have different properties and if you don’t see the Latin name you can’t be sure of what you are getting. This is also a good way to know if what you’re buying is a true essential oil and not just a ‘flavored’ carrier oil, absolute or other. If the oil is $3 or less for an ounce or more, that’s also a dead giveaway that it’s an absolute, diluted with carrier oil or has been left to sit on the shelf too long. Essential oils, especially citrus oils, can go rancid so you want to avoid the “leftovers.” All this information should be clearly visible on the label if you are buying it in a store or somewhere in the product description if you are purchasing online.

And don’t forget to change it up occasionally. Sensitivities can develop if you use anything on a daily basis and this is very true with essential oils. So keep it fresh by changing up your mix every few months. As an example, I have one blend for each of the seasons.

For more information on Essential Oils and cleaning see my book Nontoxic Cleaning 101, due out at the end of March. To preorder, email Cyhndi at thereikicafe@gmail.com or cyhndimora1066@gmail.com, or ask when the next Nontoxic Cleaning 101 online class is being offered.

I’m always happy to answer questions and would love to hear from you. Do you have any non toxic cleaning tips you’d like to share?

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Cyhndi and Gina

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Homemade Beauty Products Class Registration Closing 2/20

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Blooming Clean’s Homemade Beauty Products 101:

February 27th from 12:30-2:00pm PST, 1:30–3:00pm MT.

Register by February 20th through our gmail account, thereikicafe@gmail.com.

The fee for the class is $20.

Instructor: Cyhndi Mora.

This class is available on Google+ Hangout only*.

Are you nervous about the chemical ingredients in your moisturizers and other bath and body products? Ever thought about making them at home but didn’t know where to start? If so, this class is perfect for you! Learn how to make your own products! It’s so simple and inexpensive you will be amazed. PLUS you will receive a link to a recording of the class to review at your leisure as well as recipes for products to make for yourself and your friends/family…all in the comfort of your own home.

*To learn more about Hangouts see our tutorial “How to Use Google Hangouts” on the Current Class Schedule page.  Google+ Hangouts are super easy and fun!  We are happy to schedule a brief meeting with you on Google Hangouts before your first class.  Just ask!

 

As always, thank you for the time you spend with us!

 

Cyhndi and Gina

 

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Blooming Clean’s Nontoxic Cleaning 101 Registration Closing

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Blooming Clean’s Nontoxic Cleaning 101: February 13th from 1:30-3:00pm PST, 2:30-4:00pm MT. Register by February 6th. Instructor: Cyhndi Mora. This class is available by Google Hangouts only.* The class will cover everything you need to put together your own cleaners at home with a few simple ingredients and in a very short time. You’ll also receive a 4-page handout that includes formulations for cleaning everything from Stainless steel appliances to toilet bowls, sent to your email PLUS a link to a recording of the class to review at your leisure…all for just $20 a class.  Contact Cyhndi at CyhndiMora1066@gmail.com to register.

If you are new to Google + Hangouts, Cyhndi will gladly schedule a brief meeting with you before your class or see the link above for a brief tutorial.

Gina and Cyhndi thank you gratefully for the time you spend with us 🙂

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Registration is Closing for Nontoxic Cleaning 101!

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about nontoxic cleaning but didn’t feel you had the time or energy to wade through all the information you would need to sort through to make it happen? Well you’re in luck! Cyhndi will be teaching a class!  We’re calling it Nontoxic Cleaning 101.

Nontoxic Cleaning 101 will be 90 minutes long and cover everything you need to put together your own cleaners at home with a few simple ingredients and in a very short time. The classes will be online via Google+ Hangouts so you can put together your first bottle of All Purpose Cleaner and gain the benefit of her 20+ years in the industry right there at home “in your bunny slippers” via your computer or phone. You’ll also receive a 4-page handout that includes formulations for cleaning everything from Stainless steel appliances to toilet bowls sent to your email PLUS a link to a recording of the class to review at your leisure…all for just $20 per class.

If you are new to Google+ Hangouts, Cyhndi will be happy to schedule a brief meeting with you via Google+ Hangouts before your first class.  There is also a tutorial you can reference here.

Class date: January 31st

Class time: 11:00 – 12:30 PST.

Registration closes tomorrow, January 25th.

You can register with Cyhndi through her Facebook page.

As always, we appreciate the time you spend with us.

Cyhndi and Gina

February Class Schedule

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February Class Schedule
Joshua Tree, CA and Virtually via Google Hangouts
Contact: thereikicafe@gmail.com http://www.thereikicafe.com 760-366-0368
Instructors: Gina Briganti, Reiki Master Teacher, Holistic Health Consultant

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Cyhndi Mora, Reiki Master Teacher

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Cyhndi and I would appreciate your help in sharing our February Class Schedule.  We would like to thank anyone who joins our newsletter and shares our post by entering them into a drawing for $10 off of any of our services or classes.  Just let us know where you shared the post.  Our e-mail is thereikicafe@gmail.com.

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Winners will be notified via the newsletter on January 26th.

Thank you, and good luck!

Holistic Health 101: February 6th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 30th. Instructor: Gina Briganti. This class is available by Google+ Hangout only. Are you drinking enough water? Eating enough fiber? Do you sleep well and wake feeling ready for a new day? These are some of the questions we’ll explore in Holistic Health 101. Feel free to bring your nutrition questions to class. The fee for this class is $20.

Guided Meditation: February 7th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 31st. Instructor: Gina Briganti. You may attend virtually or in person. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Guided Meditation: February 13th from 10:00-11:30. Register by February 6th. Instructor: Gina Briganti You may attend virtually or in person. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Blooming Clean’s Nontoxic Cleaning 101: February 13th from 1:30-3:00pm PST, 2:30-4:00pm MT. Register by February 6th. Instructor: Cyhndi Mora. This class is available by Google Hangouts only*. The class will cover everything you need to put together your own cleaners at home with a few simple ingredients and in a very short time. You’ll also receive a 4-page handout that includes formulations for cleaning everything from Stainless steel appliances to toilet bowls, sent to your email PLUS a link to a recording of the class to review at your leisure…all for just $20 a class.

*To learn more about Hangouts see “How to Use Hangouts”, it’s super easy and fun!

Advanced Reiki Problem Solving: February 20th from 10:00-2:00. Register by February 3rd. Instructor: Gina Briganti. This class is in person, in Joshua Tree. Reiki Problem Solving is an advanced Reiki technique, perfect for those who want to deepen their connection to Reiki. We will explore two specific problems per practitioner in depth in each class.  The fee for this workshop is $60.

Reiki III (ART) Class: February 21st from 10:00 – 3:00. Register by February 14th. Instructor: Gina Briganti. This class is in person, in Joshua Tree. Class includes level III attunement, certification, advanced Reiki techniques, symbol practice, symbol meditation, and introduction to your Reiki III guide. This is the Reiki Master level, non-teaching. It is for students who would like to achieve the Master level, but are not ready to teach yet. The fee for the class is $250.

Night Owl De-stress Evening Meditation  February 24th from 6:00 – 7:30pm PST, 7:00 – 8:30 MST.  Register by February 17th.  Facilitator: Cyhndi Mora.   Attend via Google Hangouts*.  Meditation will be one hour, focusing on releasing stress and paving the way for a good nights sleep so you’ll have energy to tackle the rest of your week.  Thirty minute discussion will follow the meditation.  Fee is $20.  *To learn more about Hangouts see “How to Use Hangouts”, it’s super easy and fun!

Guided Meditation: February 27th from 10:00-11:30. Register by February 20th. Instructor: Gina Briganti. You may attend virtually or in person. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Blooming Clean’s Homemade Beauty Products 101: February 27th from 12:30-2:00pm PST, 1:30–3:00pm MT. Register by February 20th. Instructor: Cyhndi Mora. This class is available on Google Hangout only*. Are you nervous about the chemical ingredients in your moisturizers and other bath and body products? Ever thought about making them at home but didn’t know where to start? If so, this class is perfect for you! Learn how to make your own products! It’s so simple and inexpensive you will be amazed. PLUS you will receive a link to a recording of the class to review at your leisure as well as recipes for products to make for yourself and your friends/family…all in the comfort of your own home. The fee for the class is $20.

*To learn more about Hangouts see “How to Use Hangouts”, it’s super easy and fun!

Reiki Animal Workshop: February 28th from 10:00 – 2:00. Register by February 28th. Instructor: Gina Briganti. This class is available in person only, in Joshua Tree. Bring your Reiki dog, cat, bird, turtle (?), etc. for a hands-on workshop on how you can work together to bring in amazing Reiki experiences for yourselves, your Reiki animal, your family, friends, and clients. The workshop fee is $60.

How To Use Google Hangouts

Google+ Hangouts is really easy to use.  All you need to get started is:

A computer, tablet or phone with a front-facing camera. NOTE: If you don’t have access to a front-facing camera (an older phone or Kindle, for example) do not worry;  you can still join the call as audio only, we just won’t be able to see you.

Headphones or earbuds are recommended, but not necessary.

You will absolutely need a Google+ account, which is really easy to set up.  If you already have a “gmail.com” email address, you already have a Google+ account and will be able to access the call by clicking on the link in the email that I sent you at registration.  HOLD ON TO THIS EMAIL as it is your direct link to the on air call and the archived recording.

If you don’t currently have a “gmail.com” email, here’s how to set up your account:

In your browser of choice, type in: https://plus.google.com.  This will take you to the page to create your account.  Choose your username (which will also be your gmail.com email address).  (You can link this with your primary email, later, there are many youtube videos on that.  I won’t go in to it here.  For our purposes it is just a placeholder.  I never use mine except to access  Hangouts.)

Once you’ve entered your username, click on “Create Account” at the bottom.

This will take you to your profile page so that you can fill it out.  It is pretty self-explanatory.  Including your phone is crucial for notifications and if you want the option to use hangouts from your phone.  The email they are asking you for at the bottom is your default email (that is not a gmail email) in case you forget your username or password, they can send that info to your regular email.

Save the information and you’re all set.  You might want to browse the site to get a feel for it.  After you respond to the invite, the class will show on your “event” page (under Events on the sidebar).

You can add people to your circles and check out the other features.  They offer a walk-through for you to click on also.

Once you have your account set up, contact Cyhndi at:  cynthiamora106@yahoo.com with your gmail address so she can send you the invite with the link to the call and you’re all set.  Respond ‘yes’ to the invite and when class time arrives Hangouts will send you a reminder.  Click on the link in the reminder and you’ll be connected to the class.  Easy peasy!!

Note:  The Nontoxic Cleaning and Nontoxic Beauty classes will be on air (for private viewing only) and recorded directly to youtube.com so that you can refer back to them after the class.  The links are private and can only be viewed by those who attended the class.

You can request a short meeting with either Cyhndi or Gina to test your Hangout connection before your first class!  Please give us as much notice as possible to schedule a ‘test call’, at least a couple days before the class so we’re not scrambling at the last minute. (Cyhndi is not a morning person, lol.)