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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?


Fit Life

Top 5 Healthy Living Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s day is this Sunday and I’m sharing the top five healthy living Father’s day gifts for the special fathers in your life.  I have always felt like we (as a society) take for granted how important fathers are to the next generation.  It is an awesome and great responsibility to be able to guide, protect, and educate little, growing minds.  I cannot imagine how different my life may have been if I did not have my father in my life from day one.

This will be my hubby’s first official Father’s day and I want to make it extra special! My father, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins are also some great men in my life who are wonderful examples of what a dad should be.

If you’re still looking for a gift, one of these are sure to show your appreciation for the hard-working man in your life.

  1. Nike men’s running shoes– You can never go wrong with Nike! These lightweight, stylish running shoes will be great for the gym aficionado in your life, or the man who needs a little motivation to get into a workout routine.
  2. Fitbit– this activity tracker can track your heart rate, the number of steps taken throughout the day, your sleep cycle, and how often you workout.
  3. Massage Heights– nothing says, “you’re appreciated”, like an hour-long massage.  Massage Heights is my personal favorite place to relax and release tension with a massage.
  4. Socialite Body Essentials– Natural, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free products for the special man in your life.
  5. Nike men’s running shorts– every man needs some workout gear that can be worn to the gym or just out running errands.  He’ll love these Nike dri-fit shorts!

Links: Nike Men’s running shoes// FitBit// Massage Heights// Socialite Body Essentials for men //Nike Men’s shorts 


Baby

Vegan Baby or Nah?

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As Benjamin is about to turn a year old (next week Saturday, June 2 to be exact), I am constantly thinking about all of the decisions my husband and I have to make.  Ever since he was born, it seems like there is always something that threatens to really stress me out. First, it was what formula to give him as a supplement to breastfeeding, then it was to sleep train or not, what to do about daycare and me returning work (by far the MOST stressful of them all!).

Now that he is eating more food and drinking less milk, I am faced with the question, Do we raise him vegan/ vegetarian?

I know firsthand the benefits that living a plant-based lifestyle has given me (conceiving naturally despite having PCOS) so, I felt like I would be doing my child a disservice by feeding him foods that, in my opinion, would not give him the best health. We’re raising a future leader with a great future and his health needs to be the last thing to get in his way!

After talking to my husband (who is a meat-eater) and doing some research, we decided to allow him to eat meat when the time comes but, only certain types of meat.  This means antibiotic-free, free-range meats only and even then he will probably only eat meat sparingly. I knew for a fact that I did not want him drinking cow’s mil so, we decided to transition him to Ripple milk (made from pea protein) after getting off of the Earth’s Best Organic formula.  Can I add that Ripple tastes so good I’ve been drinking it myself instead of my usual almond milk.

I asked other plant-based moms for suggestions and scoured the internet for any credible information that would help. My concern was him getting enough protein with the transition to dairy-free milk and no meat/little meat but, so far, so good! The Ripple milk is 8 grams of protein per serving and I feed him lots of the same non-meat protein-packed foods that I eat.   He has been eating chickpeas, tofu, and avocado very well, which I am glad about.

I’m going to see what his pediatrician says at his 12-month check-up but, my mind is pretty made up.  We won’t restrict him from eating meat if he chooses to do so but, his diet will be primarily plant-based.

Are you raising vegan, vegetarian or plant-based kiddos?  If so, what obstacles did you come across?