4 Reasons to Leave Your Shoes at the Door


I didn’t always but, now that I have little ones crawling all over my floor, I ask people to take off their shoes upon entering my home.  Most of the time I feel bad asking that of them, especially if it isn’t their first instinct (I’m working on that). But, the more I learned about why it’s a good idea (as if the fact that those shoes have most likely been in a public bathroom recently isn’t enough), the more I felt confident in my request.  Below, see my top 4 reasons to remove your shoes when you walk in the door.

1) Bacteria- A study from the University of Arizona collected germs and microbes on footwear. The researchers found 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe, including E. coli, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds, reports Reuters.  Gross.

2) Toxic Chemicals- Studies show that unhealthy chemical herbicides from walking on grass outside can easily be tracked into the home.  Exposure to these chemical herbicides can cause immediate problems like skin rashes and gastrointestinal upsets and although long-term health effects of the herbicide are unknown, I think we can all agree it probably ain’t good for us, our kids or our pets.  Also, the EPA’s Doormat Study showed that virtually all lead dust found in homes is tracked in from lead contaminated soil outside. No thank you!

3) Allergens-  Pollen, pet dander and other common allergens can be brought inside on the bottoms of your shoes.  Then they get trapped in your home with you.  If you or your kids have allergies, you definitely don’t want to be bringing even more allergens into your home than you are already exposed to outside.

4) Dirt- This isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but shoes inside mean dirt and grime inside.  This equals more cleaning for you and more use of cleaning products.

So next time you have guests over, kindly ask them to remove their shoes.  While you’re at it, might want to ask them to wash their hands (especially if you have small children).  Washing with soap and water removes all kinds of microorganisms, including viruses that cause colds and flu.

Quotable- Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotable- Marianne Williamson

“Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we learn.  The Spiritual Journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices, and the acceptance of love back in our heart.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose on Earth.  To be consciously aware of it, to experience, to experience love in ourselves and others is the meaning of life.  Meaning does not lie in things.  Meaning lies in us.”

-Marianne Williamson

Perfect Morning Smoothie

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It is important to start your day of with the right nutrition, and sometimes I just don’t feel like eating a big meal first thing in the morning.  So, some days, I make a delicious smoothie to get me through the first half of the day and to jump-start my metabolism.  Below is my current favorite recipe with links to the brands I use.  This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free and is packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats…did I mention it was delicious?!


1 organic banana

3-4 Frozen Organic Strawberries

1 Small handful of Frozen Organic Blueberries

1-2 Leaves of Dino Kale

1 Heaping spoonful of Raw Organic Almond Butter

1 Spoonful of Raw Organic Coconut Oil

Homemade Organic Almond Milk (enough to fill the cup about 3/4 of my 20 oz vitamix cup.  Add more or less depending on your consistency preference)

5 Drops of Vitamin D3 (5000 IU total)

Two droppers full of Liquid Vitamin B Complex

1 tsp  Vitamin C Powder

1-2 tbls Protein Powder



Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!



Divine Delivery: Goodeggs.com


This is for all the lovers of healthy, sustainable food and free delivery.  I’ve found an amazing new food delivery service that rocks.  It’s called Good Eggs and their mission is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.  They believe that eating locally is not only healthier, but is good for the economy and tastes better too!  Don’t be fooled by the name though, they carry all different products from seasonal fruits and veggies, to humanely raised meats and fish, to kombucha and mouth-watering desserts.  They also have free delivery for orders of $30 or more!  So far, I’ve had a great experience with not only the quality of the food, but also the ease of the ordering and delivery.  If you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans or Brooklyn, check ’em out and get ordering!

Wonderful Website: Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic is a website dedicated to bringing you safe, high quality, ethically sourced, Earth friendly alternatives to plastic.  Everything from kitchen items to pet care items, and bath & body care to kids and babies products.  This is a great place to look for everyday items that are non toxic and support a plastic free environment.  A few of my favorite products they sell are below..

1) 1000 ml GLass Love Bottle with Ceramic lid:  I have two of these that I fill up with filtered water and keep in the fridge for when I want cold water.  Also great to have on the table at dinner time for easy water refills.


2) Freezycup Stainless Steel Individual Popsicle Mold:  I haven’t used these yet, but with summer around the corner I can’t wait! NOTE: Buy the wood holder for your popsicle molds if you don’t have a stable flat surface in your freezer.


3) Stainless Steel Children’s Bowls:  Super cute and a great alternative to plastic! NOTE: Lids from standard yogurt containers (750g/26oz) fit nicely on these bowls for keep leftovers fresh.




Today, I am starting a new weekly post on The Daily Tonic. It aims to inspire thoughtfulness in your life and is simply called “Question:”.  Feel free to answer the question in a comment, or just tuck the answer away in your pocket.  Today’s question is:

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?