I'm Kristin.  I am a wife, aspiring designer, Christian and for now a SAHM.  My husband and I are parents to three kids- Dylan Archer, Kyler Jude and Noelle Rose. I created this space to document my family's adventures and lessons I've learned along the way.  The Mom Jungle is a modern interpretation of both the family newsletter and scrapbook.  

The Glowing Ginger: DIY Household Cleaning Spray + Update

The Glowing Ginger: DIY Household Cleaning Spray + Update

I would not describe myself as a "granola mom" by any stretch.  My toddler loves his goldfish crackers and I need my caramel coffee creamer!  I buy a mix of organic and regular produce.  I workout 4-5 times a week, but can't seem it hit that magic number "6" workouts per week.  I strive to be healthy, but will treat myself too!

Since launching THE GLOWING GINGER series, I have taken a closer look at my habits to discover if there are ways I can improve my health and wellbeing.  One painless change has been swapping out synthetic cleaners for natural ones.  I've noticed three positive things as a result of making the switch:

  1. The health benefits of removing synthetic toxins from my home

  2. The financial benefits [who doesn't love saving $$$?]

  3. The fact that my toddler can now safely participate

A game changer for me has been the discovery of essential oils.  Now I will preface this and say I am cautious by nature.  Before dabbling in essential oils, I first discussed it with my doctor and got the go-ahead as I will not use them for medicinal, inhaling or topical purposes.  The only use I am personally comfortable with is for cleaning purposes.  In particular, I love using lemon essential oil in a DIY cleaning spray [mixed with water and white vinegar].  The lemon essential oil is anti-fungal and leaves a subtle lemony fresh scent behind masking the vinegar smell.



  • Spray bottle (preferably a good quality one as essential oils can break down cheaper plastics)

  • 2 TBSP white vinegar

  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil

  • Water to fill spray bottle


  • Mix ingredients together

  • Shake well before use [as lemon essential oil and water will naturally separate]

* As stated in previous posts, I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned above.  I would recommend doing your research before purchasing essential oils as not all are created equal.


Full disclosure.  I have not followed through with getting proper sleep as I should.  I find with two little kids that my productivity can be screeched to a halt which frazzles this Type A girl to no end.  After they go to bed, I try to squeeze in as much time as I can with my husband, on personal endeavours and odd jobs around the house.  However; my health needs to trump the to-do list so I need to do better.


Accountability is a fantastic motivator! Since posting this, I've had two weeks with 4 workouts each in addition to long family walks.  I'm looking forward to another active week ahead.  Here's to health and happiness!



Hello World

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Canada Day 2016

Canada Day 2016