Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

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Vicar's wife & mum of three. Simple living, family & nature. Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

9 Days 1 Hour Ago

Spot the mischief maker 👀 It has been back to reality for us this week and I'm STILL trying to sort the post-Christmas chaos, so I haven't had many opportunities to snap any pictures. I have put up a couple of blog articles though if you're interested! How has your week been?

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

13 Days 2 Hours Ago

We're back from our post-Christmas travels and we've taken down the decorations. However the kids don't go back to school until tomorrow so I'm ignoring the unpacked bags, piles of washing and general chaos for another day and taking them to a local wildlife park. They have been so lovely and well behaved this holiday (helped by the fact we've been around a lot of family) so I hope today continues the trend! Project organise-my-life starts tomorrow!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

14 Days 1 Hour Ago

Our shower is looking a lot more simplified and plastic free lately! 😍

Rachel
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16 Days 1 Hour Ago

I've always wanted to visit the Festival of Light at @longleatofficial, but this year thanks to Tesco vouchers and being in the right place at the right time we managed to make it a reality. It's such a good day out and the kids had a wonderful time. It was one of those rare days where everyone behaved and enjoyed themselves!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

19 Days 1 Hour Ago

Happy New Year! Who is starting off their #toxinfreeresolution this year, taking baby steps towards cutting out the toxins in your home? A great way to start is to stock up your toxin free store cupboard, so you've got some natural alternatives when you need them. I've got a blog post linked in my profile of all the products we use regularly in our home. Young Living essential oils are one thing that I use every single day in our toxin-free home, and I'd love to help you get started too. Anyone who buys an essential oil starter kit with me between now and 11.59pm on the 15th January will not only get a diffuser and 12 amazing oils but I'll also send you a £15 Amazon voucher for you to stock up on rollers, spray bottles, carrier oils and other toxin free store cupboard necessities so you can jump right in to your new toxin free lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Let's chat!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

20 Days 1 Hour Ago

How are you spending the last day of 2018? We're enjoying a few quiet days after the busyness of Christmas, but I've been thinking about my new years resolutions for 2019. Nothing grand but I want to try and make sure we have more fun next year. We've got into a bit of a rut where we're too exhausted and busy to bother with planning much and the months go by without any dates or fun activities. I also want to take more photos as I've been sadly neglecting capturing all the girls' milestones. Of course I'll also be continuing to try to reduce toxins and waste in our home. Have you got any resolutions?

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

24 Days 1 Hour Ago

I hope you've had a happy Christmas! x

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-20 01:19:24

I think I'm taking this 'simple, slow Christmas' thing a little too far...if I don't do something productive today it's not happening at all! 😂

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-12 00:04:47

If you've still got some Christmas gifts to buy these bath salts and sugar scrubs are so easy to put together. I'm giving them as teacher gifts. The recipe and some printable labels are now up on my blog.

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-10 00:33:43

"...Part of me is relieved that my challenge is over, but I’m not sure I can go back to supermarket shopping without feeling guilty every time I buy something wrapped in unrecyclable plastic...I’ve seen what a difference low waste shopping can make – even from just one family – so how can I look at my children and grandchildren in future years and say I didn’t try to make a change?" A round-up of 'my month of shopping plastic free' is now on the blog (link in profile). I would love to hear your thoughts.

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-04 23:17:22

Being toxin free doesn't have to stop when you leave the house. I carry this little purse in my handbag wherever I go with all my (toxin free) essentials - homemade perfume roller - Thieves hand purifier for mucky hands and public toilets 🤢 - Thieves spray for highchairs and other surfaces on the go (so good at protecting against undesirable microorganisms!) - Deep Relief essential oil roller, perfect for relieving tension and discomfort - Stress away roller - because why would I ever be without it?! - Immunity roller - a combo of Thieves, Frankincense and Lemon essential oils for when I need some extra immunity support

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-03 23:45:26

Anyone who followed my plastic free shopping month will know that snacks were my nemesis; pre-made snacks (or any convenience food really) are so hard to buy without unrecyclable packaging. Therefore I was excited to hear about @twofarmerscrisps, that come in a compostable bag and when I saw them for sale in @happyplanetnarberth the other day I felt duty bound to product test them for my insta-fam 😉😂. I thought the crisps were nice and I loved being able to support a small family business (a fortunate biproduct of many of my plastic free swaps). The packet will break down in home-compost conditions in about 26 weeks, and they assured me (I checked) that although it would take longer they would also break down in landfill too. The only down side is that they do come in on the more expensive side at £1.10 for a 40g bag which makes them more of a luxury treat than a regular staple. While that's good for my waist-line it makes me wonder how main-stream compostable crisp packets could become?

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-12-02 23:54:46

How do you prefer to make changes? A little at a time, or changing everything at once? One of the best decisions I made as part of my #toxinfreeresolution was to commit to not replace any conventional products when they ran out (in fact I just got rid of my toxic cleaning products because I knew they would last for ages and I wanted to make a clean break). By not having any conventional products available it forced me to turn to toxin free alternatives time after time until it became normal and I quickly made new habits. I enjoy a challenge and this was the best way for me, but others might prefer to make slow gradual swaps. What is important is that we make a start!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-11-29 22:31:42

I wanted to address a couple of questions I have received recently... Last year I intentionally decided to move away from mostly posting photos of our children. As they got older it just didn't sit right with me to be posting their pictures all the time. I still want to use this app to record our lives and their milestones but for me it just felt right to show them less. At the same time my toxin free experiment was going really well and as I began to share my results on here people seemed to respond positively...which is why I have been posting more about my #toxinfreeresolution and less about family life. I've also been asked about Young Living. I have used, and loved YL essential oils for over three years and they have been a big part in my toxin free journey. I love their commitment to providing quality and toxin free products, their company ethics and the amazing people that I have come across through their community. As I have talked about them others have asked how they can also get hold of Young Living products and because YL is a network marketing company if you recommend a friend, who makes a purchase you get paid a commission. We have made significant sacrifices for me to be a SAHM and as our kids get older I'm beginning to consider what might be next. I am now a Young Living distributor which allows me to earn some money by recommending products that I already love and use, while still being at home and flexible for my children. So, will this page just become one giant ad? Well, no, and I hope you don't think so. Although sometimes I will post about specific products or promotions most of the time I mention Young Living it will simply be part of a toxin free swap that I have done. I will never lie about loving a product that I don't, and when I use other brands I shout them out too. I hope that answers your questions...and for those who haven't noticed or cared thanks for reading to the end 😂

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-11-28 23:37:34

The calm before the storm. We had Josh's mum visit over the weekend and it was a perfect excuse to ditch work for a couple of hours and spend some time at the beach. Now the evenings are darker I feel like we haven't been out for ages! In contrast I'm now tucked in bed listening to the wind and rain howling against the window. Hope you all stay warm and dry today!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-11-26 22:50:38

Go and Google 'is fabric softener toxic' and then go and throw that stuff out of your cupboards. We do not need to be putting those skin irritating, hormone disrupting, asthma and cancer causing chemicals anywhere near our families, let alone letting them rest again our bodies all day long. These are my current laundry products. Plant based and natural. A capful of vinegar in the drawer can help your clothes feel softer, and woolen balls in the dryer with a few drops of Purification essential oil will make your clothes soft and smell amazing (although Thieves laundry soap does that by itself). If you don't have a dryer then you could put together a linen spray: In a 50ml bottle: 20ml water 20ml witch hazel 5 drops of your favourite essential oil - I recommend Lavender or Purification Who is making switching their laundry products their next #toxinfreeresolution? P.S Purification and Lavender are both in the Young Living sale at the moment so contact me if you want some!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-11-26 01:25:34

Happy Monday! I feel like last week was a blur so I need to sit down and make a good to-do list today (lists makes everything better, amiright?). Plus, people are asking me what I want for Christmas and I'm thinking surely it's only September?!

Rachel
(@countryvicarswife)

2018-11-23 01:39:44

Hey friends. I always get tons of messages about getting started with essential oils and how they can be used to go toxin free. If you are one of those people that have been on the fence about making a #toxinfreeresolution then this week Young Living have got a sale on up to 20% off some of their best selling oils which is amazing! It's a perfect time to grab some oils and start getting rid of those chemical products around your home. I'll be posting more on stories later but the highlights: - free shipping on all premium starter kits - up to 20% off some amazing oils (including my faves, Thieves, RC and Purification!) - anyone who orders through me before 11.59pm on Thurs 29th Nov will be entered into a draw to win 15ml Christmas Spirit oil! 🎄 If you're interested please shoot me a DM and I'm happy to talk you through the different offers!