Should you fear the cleaners in your home?

Essential Living with Dakota

I’ve made it my mission to make people aware of the toxins surrounding us. What they choose to do with that information is entirely their choice! But – are you aware of the toxins lurking in your home?

What’s your favorite cleaner? Below is a list of the cleaners I used to keep on hand in my home. I’m a bit mortified at the information I found on the Environmental Working Group website.

Pine Sol –

Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula-

Murphy Oil Soap All Purpose Cleaner –

Clorox Bleach –

Windex –

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes –

Comet Powder –

Kaboom Toilet Cleaner –

All of the above listed cleaners are linked to a health concern of some kind. Endocrine (hormone) disruptions, reproductive disruptions, respiratory disruptions, cancer, etc.

Most, if not all, of the above listed cleaners have poor ingredient disclosures. It…

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Danny’s World: Saturday Morning Goings-On


It is Saturday morning and as usual I am the first person up and stirring.  Coffee in hand I am working through comments from yesterday and reading about where bloggers find their inspiration.  I asked the question to see if I can find a little gem of an idea because lately I’ve been in a bit of a blog drought.  I’ve been at this blog thing for nearly 3 years and I’ve never taken a full day off.  When I first started this journey I thought I would write, post and the people would eventually flock to my page to read.  The truth is blogging is a verb and requires action to get action.  And for that reason I don’t take time away from my website.

I guess all bloggers go through slumps?

Danny’s World: Today Is A Half Day and Buying Land


Today is a half day for me at work so I’ll be spending some time with Evelina’s mom and dad.  They have been in town since Sunday and it has been nice having them here for a few days.  I think today we are going to go look at my sister’s in-law suite and get together some ideas for our new home.  Oh, by the way, we are building a new home next year.

Evelina’s father and I would like 10-20 acres of land to provide a refuge and a little peace and quiet.  Evelina and her mother prefer to live near modernity.  So we have a conflict of views.  Somehow we will need to find common ground.  I am hoping today we can also go look at land in south Charlotte.

Hope everyone has a great Friday!

My First Time

Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

I was sixteen. He, a mere fourteen months my senior. We sat facing one another, my knuckles wrapped tightly around the armrest, his hands lying casually in his lap. Conversation was light, the air around us tense for me, for him, not so much. He smiled mischievously and I, trying to hide the sheer panic creeping through my every vein, returned that smile with what could not have been more than a grimace. Suddenly, his position changed, as did his facial expression. We were no longer eye to eye. It appeared that he was rising, but without standing. From where I was seated and from what I could see between the tears flooding from my eyes, the smile on his face had become a huge grin accompanied by a full fit of laughter.

By the time the plane leveled, my brother had regained his composure while I was still dry…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Charlie Country Boy’s Blog!!


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This was a landmark birthday and I thought a bit of spoiling wouldn’t go amiss, so off we trundled to London. Because I’m not from Peru, don’t possess a red coat and never travel…

Welcome Dream Big Partner: Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns:


Here is an excerpt from Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns’ about page:

“Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns… an odd name for a blog or what? We’d actually prefer it to be known as a peaceful, magical and mystical spot. It’s a spot where you can stop in for a daily dose of love and laughter sprinkled with a bit of chaos, confusion and lunacy. You can get great recipes and cooking tips, as well as drilling and building ideas. Who does that? Who knows their way around the kitchen and around the tool shed? 
Well, I guess that’s part of what’ll make this blog so interesting – that and the brief glimpse you’ll get into a very elite and exclusive lifestyle – one that supports a “never a dull moment” and “everything ain’t for everybody” attitude. 
By the way, remember to keep an open mind (no judging or finger pointing), a watchful eye (be on the lookout for random giveaways), and a positive -pay it forward-attitude (everybody could use an occasional leg up). 
Now I know it sounds easy, but don’t get it twisted, this “dance ain’t for everybody”, it’s not always a bowl full of cherries, but we make the best of it by drinking a whole lot of lemonade and by praying daily for peace, patience and understanding; after all, we woke up like this!”



You can find the Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell em Danny sent ya!


A New Superhero is in Town

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That’s right folks, there is a new superhero. Move over Spider-Man, and make room for Spider-Max.

As mentioned before, Nanny works in a school for children with disabilities. She has the opportunity to participate in creative activities with them, so she tends to make things for Max.

This occasion no no exception.

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10 excellent reasons not to…

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… do house chores.

  1. Obvious: Freja told me not to do them. I listen to her, when her orders suit me. Or when doing what she wants allows me a couple extra sleeping hours.
  2. I’m on vacation. Vacations should be chore-free!
  3. The first episode of The Bachelor – New Zealand has just started. I mean, who’d want to miss out on a guy dating 20 totally awesome chicks to find true love???
  4.  Di, from Matters for the heart reminded me this morning that I had dust bunnies in my spam file (no… I would never compare any of your comments with dirt… I just really like the expression “dust bunnies”).
  5. I could draw myself a hot bath. Make that a bubble bath! Lavender scented, please! Oh, and I could get the wax out… And why not all those creams that every girl buys but that I never use? Oh yeah!…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Level Up Stud!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Level Up Stud::

Here is an excerpt from Level Up Stud’s about page:

Rich Level-Up Stud

Hey everyone, my name is Rich. I am the creator of Level-Up Stud.

Although this site is based around me. Everything here is for you.

Like you I’m living life and learning every single day.

So check back every day,  I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Welcome to 

Level-Up Stud

You’re probably wondering, who the hell is this guy? What’s his story? And where did Level-Up Stud come from?

Well, it’s a long story so get comfy.

You can find the Level Up Stud logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell em Danny sent ya!


Always Remember This

Good Monday morning, friends! I pray that the sun is shining wherever you are today. Even if it’s overcast or storming, know that storms don’t last for long.  I woke up with a grateful heart and a silly grin on my face this morning. All night long I dreamed about the eclipse. In this dream, I was in charge of purchasing safety glasses for all 1,500 kids in our school. Some might call this a nightmare. I guess that falls under “other duties as assigned.” I started this project months ago and had acquired 1,500 NASA-approved eclipse glasses so that our kids could enjoy this once in a lifetime event.  Way to go, Michelle! Right? Wrong. What I realized toward the end of the dream is that I didn’t buy any for the teachers. Epic fail! Can you imagine 1,500 teenagers running around in dark glasses with no supervision? Thank…

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