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Natural Laundry Detergent

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Hey loves! I know it’s been a minute or two since I have posted. Mommy life, work life, and wife life were taking up every second of my 24 hours, and to be honest I was having a difficult time finding the energy to log on and post. At the end of the day, even my fingers were exhausted but, here I am!

Today I’m sharing my top 3 picks for natural laundry detergent. I can clearly remember people looking at me crazy when I talked about choosing not to use Dreft baby detergent when Benjamin was born but, for me it was important to be careful about what I put on his skin. If I watch what I put on my skin then, why wouldn’t I do the same for him?

The Danger in Most Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Some of the chemicals and fragrances found in most detergents are just not worth the intoxicating laundry scent we’re used to (I used to LOVE the Tide fresh scent!).  They have been known to cause skin and eye irritation, and some are even possible carcinogens (cancer-causing).  When I was pregnant and found this out, I knew had to switch.

My top 4 picks

From my research and looking at reviews, the following four natural detergents are on my list. I have not used all of these as yet but, they are on my list until I find one I want to settle on.  Currently, I use Tide Free and Clear but I’m looking for something truly natural. All of the following contain essential oils, no toxic chemicals, plant-based ingredients, and are safe to use in front and top loading HE machines.

  1. Tandi’s Naturals laundry soap
  2. EcoMe Laundry detergent
  3. GreenShield laundry detergent
  4. Pure laundry detergent

 

Which laundry detergent do you currently use?


Baby

Life Hack: Magical Mondays

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I want to walk into every Monday like my son, Benjamin! Full of life and energy, and trust me, he is up at 5 am sharp READY.

If Mondays are really hard for you and you feel like you’re draggin’ your wagon after hitting that alarm clock, I want you to know that you are not alone.  Lots of people despise Mondays for a myriad of reasons.  Maybe it’s a job that you hate, maybe you are running around all day off of fumes because you barely got any sleep the night before, or maybe you have a to-do list a mile long and you feel exhausted just thinking about it.

About two years ago, I was tired as hell of feeling down and on edge when Sunday evening would approach. I decided to change my perspective on Mondays.  I was going to a job that was not fulfilling for me, grossly underpaid, and I was just not ecstatic about my life.  The feeling sucks big time!

These are the top four things I do now that have really changed my life. If you follow these 4 steps consistently, I promise you your Mondays will look and feel less Monday-ish.

 

  1. Give thanks. Dedicate 5 to 10 minutes in the morning to closing your eyes and finding three things that you are grateful for.  We all have something to give thanks for every single day.  If you woke up to see a new day, that’s one thing right there! Repeat them over and over out loud if you need to, as you get up and get ready.  Believe that God has much more waiting for you!
  2. You don’t have to, you get to.  I got this from a beautiful mommy blogger named LauraLacquer.  She and her husband are both doctors with three of the cutest, little girls.  She says a change in perspective can change everything.  You are probably running down the list of things you have to do, which will automatically leave you feeling forced and resentful.  Instead, think of how you get to make money to provide for yourself and/or family.  You get to choose how you feel today.  You get to have a chance to be a blessing to someone else.
  3. Good vibes only.  What works for me is being aware of my energy, my attitude, my demeanor. I might listen to uplifting, positive music on the way to work or a Shanel Cooper-Sykes video.  I might call or text hubby and say something sweet. Basically, anything that is not feeding me good vibes, I stay away from as much as possible.  Whether it’s the gossiping co-worker (because if she’s always telling you about someone else then, she’s talking about you too!) or that family member who just gets on your last nerve, find a way to stay positive.  You can choose to have a great day!

So I know there are 10,001 reasons why you do not like Mondays and it’s easier to just play the blame game/ throw a pity party but, it won’t make your Monday or any other day of the week better.  Let’s commit to making Mondays magical, moving, and motivational instead.

How do you make your Mondays better? Comment below if you are up for the challenge!


Beauty, PCOS

My Holy Grail of Natural Summer Skin Care

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Hey loves!

I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far.  In my mind, I seriously thought I would be sitting beachside in Florida by now but, things don’t always go as planned. I have been secretly really down about it but, I’m hoping hubby, Benjamin, and I can book a flight down there (or anywhere for that matter) sometime soon to see my side of the family.

I work in Education so I have been off work for a few weeks now, giving me time to love on my baby and work on a few life goals.  He’s walking and turning into a real, sociable little person.  It’s been amazing to watch! My prayer these days is to make this my life every day while still having a lucrative income (and I’m crazy enough to believe that it will happen).

 

The name of the game this summer is: New Experiences.  I have made it my mission to push fear aside and do new things in my life.  This includes taking Benjamin to different places around the city, getting him a passport, and giving him the opportunity to experience new things.  He’s only a year old so, almost everything is still new to him right now.  Something simple like going to a new park, a new restaurant or our local children’s museum is on my list of summer to-do’s.

With all of this running around in this Georgia summer heat, I have been even more vigilant about my skincare.  Forty is a few short years away and I’m trying to protect my skin from any premature aging as much as possible. Coming up a skincare regimen has always been a daunting task for me.  Keeping my naturally oily skin healthy without looking like an oil slick has been difficult over the years.  On top of that, this natural health journey will not allow me to put just anything on my skin.

Most skincare products on the market contain ingredients that can do more harm than good.  Skin allergies and hormone disruption are the most common negative side effects.

After searching high and low, I have come across some great products that are natural and give me that infamous summer glow I’ve been looking for.

My newly found treasures come from the MadHippie and Suntegrity skin care lines.

  1. The Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum is my must-have product every single day. Within a few days of using it, my skin felt like silk!  Full of antioxidants, along with vitamin C, this serum helps with discoloration, the appearance of wrinkles, and as a natural exfoliant thanks to the grapefruit extract. The Vitamin A serum is next up on my list of products to try.
  2. Suntegrity sunscreen is a product that’s been on my radar for about a few years now, and I can’t believe I just started using it a few, short months ago.  Sun protection is something that I have not always taken seriously because I have brown skin (biggest myth ever) and every sunscreen I tried was greasy and left a not so cute, white film on my skin. Not to mention finding one that was free of toxic ingredients such as oxybenzoneavobenzone,octisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, and octinoxate, seemed impossible. Until I found Suntegrity! No greasy feel, natural ingredients, and broad-spectrum protection all-in-one.

What is your skin care regimen? Which natural products do you swear by?

If you’re looking for some natural products for babies, read about my top three picks here.


Baby

My Top 3 Natural, Summer Baby Staples

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                                           photos by www.malcolmdaviephotography.com

Summer’s here and I’m so excited that it’s the first summer where I can actually take Benjamin different places. Last summer he was still fresh out the box and I was adjusting to being a new mommy.

This time around, I’ve been trying my best to take him somewhere every day, and somewhere new at least twice a month. Hopefully, we can squeeze in some flights out of the state too. This mama gets restless when she does not see different scenery every few months.

With all of this outdoor time and running around, I’ve come across some natural, summer baby items that I currently use or have just ordered.

1. Baby Bum mineral sunscreen– this plant-based, hypoallergenic product line for babies is one of my top three right now. The mineral sunscreen is what I use on Benjamin and I love it!

I plan on trying some of their other products but, for now this sunscreen is a part of the daily morning routine before we leave the house. This super cute packaging is what caught my attention in Target!

2. Do Terra TerraShield– finding a natural bug repellant that actually works took me forever! Now that Benjamin is here, I’ve been paranoid about him getting bit by mosquitoes and other summer critters. I’ve been hearing about Do Terra for a while and figured this would be a great time to see if this product could keep the bugs away without all of the chemicals and toxins.

2. Once Upon a Farm baby food pouches– finally, organic baby food with fresh ingredients and no preservatives! I love the fact that these pouches are not sitting on a store shelf for God only knows how long. After blending, they are cold-pressed and refrigerated.

I found them in Target recently and had to stop myself from buying too many at once. They are pricier than the other brands of baby food pouches but, you get what you pay for.  These are great for those summer outings when baby needs a quick snack!

 

What are some natural baby products that you can’t do without this summer?