Freshening Your Home Without Chemicals

Since I was pregnant with Bear, my nose has been rather sensitive. Stores like Lush, I can’t enter anymore due to my nose will just go haywire and a sneezing fit will ensure follow.  (I do have a light tolerance for my fave, Bath & Body Works but even then, my visits to the store are few and far between.)

As I’m trying to go a bit natural and leave less of a carbon footprint on Earth, I wondered what was a good way to freshen my home without always lighting a candle or using an air freshener full of chemicals?

There are a ton of them on the market and some are pretty name brand.  While they’ll make your room smell great – even for a short time – they’ll also leave chemicals for who knows how long they’ll really last. These are chemicals you, your loved ones, and your pets will breathe in and out on an hourly basis.

What’s a girl to do?


I already spoke about my love for diffusers, but now I want to focus more on the power of essential oils. Now, I need to say this – I’m not a crunchy mama who believes essential oils can cure everything from cancer to being the vaccine to end all vaccines (please vaccinate your kids, for f*ck’s sake).

I do believe essential oils, in combination with a healthy lifestyle, is a bonus.

Here’s an air freshening tip using your favorite essential oil – get a roll of toilet paper, and inside the paper roll, put in some drops of the oil and roll it around. A good number would be around 8-10. It sounds like a lot and it is, but you want your bathroom fresh, not funky.

My personal favorites are lemongrass, lavender, and chamomile. You want to have a relaxing experience if when you’re going number two.

Another air freshening tip: fresh flowers. Since we moved into our not-quite tiny home, I’ve taken up getting fresh flowers for my bathroom on a weekly basis. Since I’m starting to have flowers in my garden, I don’t need to make the trip to get some.

Now you can get fresh flowers from the grocery store or your local farmer’s market. I’m cheap so I tend not to get the ones that will cost more than $5 if I can help it. I’ve started to really utilize the garden to my advantage and I cut my fresh rosemary and lavender on a weekly basis now:


It’s not much, but hey, I grew this!


Of course, opening a window will guarantee fresh air in the home, but sometimes you need a little extra.

How do you naturally freshen your home?



My Interview with VoyageLA!

Shout-out to Mike Bhand, for being such a gracious host!

A snippet:

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Actually, it has been mostly smooth with a few bumps. Because there aren’t that many black mom bloggers, I am able to stand out. There is still a need to be recognized, however, and some people want the follow back for the numbers. They couldn’t care what you do. That’s an ongoing issue. A lot of the women bloggers want the numbers, but they don’t care about the interaction.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m known as blussianmommy, part of Meet the Blussians. So far, I love being a brand ambassador of my own (who can better hype you than you?). I did recently complete a yearlong ambassadorship (is that a word?) with Shea Moisture.

What sets me apart from others? Hmm… maybe that I’m a bit older than most mom bloggers so there’s the age thing. I also don’t sugarcoat a lot of what’s going on or how I feel. If I’m inappropriate, I am. If I’m right, I’m right. If I’m problematic, I own it. I don’t try to present one image of me when there’s so much more of me to that. I think too many people try to present themselves as just one thing when we’re all a little bit of everything.

To read the rest of my interview (and see pics of Maks and Bear), click here.


Top 100 Stunna

I like to give a shout-out to Brand Ballot for featuring this blog in their Top 100 Mommy Blogs of 2018. I have to say that’s pretty dope. I’m not going to give an emotional write-up and blah blah blah when I can just bless y’all with a pic of Bear.


To check out who else made the cut (and I have to say I have some really good company!), click here.

How Badly Do I Really Need A FB Page?


It’s something I’ve been going back and forth for about a year now. Honestly, when I started this little blog about four years ago, it was just to document my pregnancy with Bear, struggling with my loss of Ethan, giving details to my cerclage, and highlighting life – both good and bad.

I opened up my personal IG to be public, created a YouTube channel (that I’m still ignoring but I promise I will update), and now I’m thinking…should I take this to the next level?


Now, it’s not like I don’t like Facebook. It’s actually quite useful. I’m in contact with many friends and family and I keep up to date on people I like and care about (because I don’t care about people I don’t like).

So, seeing so many Mommy bloggers have Facebook pages, I wonder…should I do one as well?

I created one but that was about as far as my creativity went. I haven’t added any photos or linked it to anywhere. I guess a part of me is wondering if it’s really necessary. I’m still trying to figure out my overall purpose and honestly, I don’t have one.


I like having fun with this. I love interacting and chatting with fellow mom bloggers and other influencers. I get political at times, but I’m silly for the most part.

So I don’t know…to my fellow mom bloggers, do you have a Facebook page? If so, how do you like it? If not, why did you decide against it?


I end this post by highlighting the super-tight fade I received at The Truth LA barbershop from Noah Israel. Photography by bae, @caliwinter.