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Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2019

Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2019

Sharing my best mother’s day gifts 2019 with you on the blog.  Finding the perfect gift for your mom can seem daunting.  Trust me, I’ve been there. Why are moms so hard to buy for at times?  I can’t get by with a colored picture anymore.  🙂

So I rounded out my favorite natural gifts for moms.  Maybe your mom isn’t into natural living, well this is the perfect time to get I want all of Baleen’s jewelry! So chic!

her interest peaked.  I’ve found getting my mom natural gifts is a great way to introduce her to something she may not have known about but ends up loving.

I have some practical gifts and some just for fun gifts.  Either way you’ll be set for Mother’s Day!

 

best mother's day gifts

I want all of Baleen’s jewelry! So chic!

 

Baleen Jewelry

These handmade jewelry pieces are just so chic!  I’ve bought them as gifts for several friends.  Not only is the jewelry beautiful but also sustainable.  They us 99% recycled metal content, have a zero waste facility and their gift tags are recyclable as well as their gift boxes.  I love that everything is made in house.  You feel like you’re getting a special treasured piece of jewelry.  I love that their jewelry is nickel free as well.

Their pieces don’t lack style either.  They offer rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  Trust me- you’ll want everything!  I can’t think of a more thoughtful way to honor your mom and also support a business doing so much good.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

This Follain Everything Soap makes a great addition to any kitchen sink or shower.

Follain Everything Soaps

I’ve been a fan of these Everything Soaps for a while.  They’re packaging is so chic and really makes a statement on any sink counter or shower/bath.  They’re amber glass bottles with attached pumps.  What’s so cool about them is that you can refill them with the soap at any Follain store.  They have large soap dispensers there.  Don’t live next to a Follain, no worries!  Just buy the bottle and when you need to refill it, just use another soap.  If you’re wanting a natural soap but don’t love the look of plastic bottles, this is a great alternative.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

True Botanicals takes the cake when it comes to best natural skincare line!

True Botanicals 

If you’re like most moms your skin could use a little tlc.  In comes natural beauty powerhouse True Botanicals.  This line delivers results when it comes to giving you your youthful glow back.  The formulas are filled with antioxidants that deliver nutrients that will repair free radical damage.

I love their renew line and Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum.  They offer so many lines depending on what skin type you have.  Renew is more for dry/mature skin, Clear is more for those who suffer from acne flare ups, their Calm line is made for those who suffer from rosacea or irritated skin.  They even have products for pregnancy!  If you’r not sure what line would be good for you, check out their skincare quiz here.  Also, shop all their products here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

The Detox Box is one of my favorite natural beauty boxes delivered monthly!

 

The Detox Box

I love this box!  It delivers natural beauty to your doorstep each month.  What’s cool about this box is that it offers not only skincare products, but also hair, and makeup.  So you’re not overloaded with one beauty product.  They also always offer some of the best brands!  I’m always impressed with their selections.  A great opportunity for your mom to experience green beauty firsthand without having to wade through all the product choices. Plus, the value is insane!  The box is $49.99 but is always valued over $100.  Check out the box here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These two are the best when it comes to cream blushes in natural beauty.

Cream Blush

If you’ve followed me for a little bit, you know I love a good cream blush.  Especially for those with mature skin.  Powder blushes can settle into fine lines and look cakey.  Cream blushes make your skin look dewy and moist, bringing back the youthful glow.  I love Beautycounter’s Cream Blush Stick and Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes.

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Love these organic sheets for SOL Organix!

 

Organic Sheets

Who wouldn’t love getting a new set of organic sheets?!  I have sheets from SOL Organics and love them.  They are soft, organic and keep me cool at night.  Great for going into summer when you want a cooler sheet set for the warmer months.  Conventional sheets are so toxic!

Since we spend about a 1/3 of our life in bed it’s important to know what were sleeping on.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!  Trust me, you’re mom will thank you when she sees a new organic sheet set.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Love knowing that I’m protecting myself from harmful radiation with this phone case.

Safe Sleeve Phone Case

I recently got myself a Safe Sleeve phone case and have been so happy with it!  Protecting yourself from radiation from EMFs is so important with all the exposure we are receiving today.  A phone emits a good amount of radiation, since we constantly have our phones near or on us, it’s important to know how to protect ourselves.  Getting a Safe Sleeve Phone Case is one great option.   With a Safe Sleeve Case you block over 99% of RF and 92% of ELF radiation.  A gift any mom would appreciate!  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These sunglasses have been a favorite!

Sunglasses

These Ray Ban sunglasses I got last year and I LOVE them!  They are so comfortable and stay on my face so well.  I always get so many compliments on them.  They are polarized too!  I love that I can put them up on my head too, and they don’t get caught in my hair- it’s totally the little things.  They also look super chic- which never hurts.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Beautycounter’s Flawless in Five is a game changer when it comes to transitioning to natural beauty.

 

Flawless In Five

This is a great beginner set from Beautycounter for anyone who hasn’t made the jump into natural beauty.  It offers 6 staple makeup products.  A concealer, blush, lip gloss, mascara, eyebrow gel, and either Dew Skin- their tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 or their Tint Skin- A medium coverage foundation.  I can’t recommend this set enough!  It really takes the guesswork out of trying to get into natural beauty and also saves you a ton of money.  You’re mom will be looking great without the toxins!  Check out Flawless in Five here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These Minted Calendars are such a great way to personalize a gift for your mom.

Minted Calendars

My sister makes my mom a calendar every year and I always think it’s such a great gift idea.  She puts all family members birthdays in the calendar and adds pictures from the previous year.  Needless to say my mom loves it!  Such a personalized gift, yet practical too.  Minted has so many chic designs too, makes it so easy to create one.  Check them out here!

Ok, those are my top picks for Mother’s Day gifts!  Did anything catch your eye?  What are you getting for your mom? I may have already bought my my a gift from the list above. 😉

 

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Sharing all my favorite Mother’s Day Gifts on the blog.

 

How To Survive The First Trimester

How To Survive The First Trimester

So you might be wondering how to survive the first trimester and you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to share all my secrets with you.  Ok, they’re not really secrets but things that have helped me to continue living my life, which is pretty huge when you’re in your first trimester!

If you’ve been pregnant than you totally understand what I’m talking about.  

Here are just a few of the common symptoms first trimester mamas can feel:

  • Nausea
  • Tired- ALL THE TIME
  • Food Cravings and Food Aversions
  • Depressed
  • Not Motivated
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Heightened Sense Of Smell
  • Frequent Trips To The Bathroom
  • Acne
  • Out Of Breath
  • Swollen Breasts
  • Changes In Sex Drive

 

first trimester survival

My bump is already popping with the third baby at 15 weeks!

 

I like to describe it as being on a roller coaster.  One minute you’re up and the next minute you’re down.  To be honest, sometimes I feel like two different people.  There’s the me before pregnancy, and then there’s the me during pregnancy.  There’s just so many changes happening all at once.  You want to just feel normal and carry on but that is anything but how it is.

I called this blog post how to survive pregnancy in the first trimester because that’s really how I feel.  I know so many people who don’t have symptoms or feel amazing throughout their pregnancy which is awesome.  But it hasn’t been my case.  I literally feel like I’m in survival mode.  Everything that came easy to me before feels 10 times harder.  Whether it’s doing laundry, making dinner, cleaning the house, doing my job, or being a parent to my kids.  It just takes more head space and energy than before. 

Suffice to say babies really can take it out of you.  I’ve experienced all of the symptoms in the first trimester listed above.  Overall, the  fatigue is real.  I don’t know how many times I would literally just end up taking a nap when I should have been blogging or cleaning or anything besides napping.  I’m not a napper at all, so taking a nap is just all around foreign to me.  But when I’m pregnant sometimes it’s the best medicine.  

I’m going to be sharing my experience and tips and tricks throughout my pregnancy that really help me.  Trust me, if you’re reading this and you’re not a mama yet, don’t worry!  Pregnancy looks so different on everyone and you might not experience these symptoms at all.  It also usually gets so much better as you get further along in pregnancy, especially nausea. 

I created a list of natural resources that have really helped when it comes to surviving the first trimester.  I hope these help you like they did me!  After all, us mamas have to stick together. 🙂

 

First trimester survival

Just a few of my favorite things in this first trimester!

 

First Trimester Natural Resources-

 

  • Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Sugar Free Ginger Beers- These have helped me in a massive way with my nausea.  My friend Kate from Root and Revel had recommended them to me.  They’re made with just a few real food ingredients and sweetened with stevia not sugar so you’re not getting a crazy high sugar spike.  Plus, they have real ginger in them so they help ease nausea.  They’re carbonated too which is huge for me!  I love carbonation when I’m pregnant and these definitely hit the spot when I’m needing something fizzy.  I usually have one in the morning when my nausea is at it’s peak.  Get them here!
  • Real Food For Pregnancy Book- This book was recommended to me by my friend Dr. Ben Lynch.  He’s a research doctor and knows his stuff.  It has been such a resource for me!  I’ve read pregnancy books before that have talked about nutrition but don’t have a lot of evidence to back up their claims.  This book really gives so many references!  It debunks so many of the common pregnancy nutrition guidelines people have been taught and turns them on their heads.  Lily does such a thorough job of laying out what you should eat during pregnancy and why.  She even goes into meal plans, recipes and supplement advice.  I can’t recommend this book enough if you want to optimize your pregnancy. Get the book here!
  • Seeking Health Supplements- These supplements have been taken on the daily by me.  Supplementing is so important these days since are soil is so depleted and even if you’re eating a whole foods diet you can miss key nutrients.  From Seeking Health I take their Optimal Prenatal, or their Optimal Prenatal Chewable,  their Optimal Fish OilVitamin B Complex Plus, NAC, ProBiota HistaminX,  and Optimal Magnesium.  It’s so important to take folate instead of folic acid.  Watch this video my friend Dr. Ben Lynch did.  So insightful!  
  • Elite Fuel Iron Supplement- This has been the best iron supplement I’ve found.  It literally has increased my iron levels quicker than any other iron supplement.  I can’t recommend it enough!  Get it here!
  • Elite Fuel Vitamin D3+K2 Supplement- This is a liquid Vitamin D3 +K2, I love that it’s a liquid.  It’s so easy to take. Get it here!
  • Podcasts:  I’ve done two podcasts about fertility and conceiving and what to supplement, eat and so on in pregnancy.  You can check them out here and here.  Such great resources!

 

first trimester survival

This is the best stuff! Sweetened with stevia and contains real ginger.

 

Other Tips-

 

  • Make breakfast ahead of time- I’ve found for me that having some foods prepped has helped me a lot.  In the mornings my nausea is at an all time high.  One of my favorite foods to have on hand is homemade granola.  Then I just add some to 100% grass-fed organic greek yogurt.  I really like the brand Maple Hill.  They have an organic 100% grass-fed greek yogurt that’s amazing. I just eat plain to avoid the extra sugars.  This greek yogurt I’ve found has the best texture!  The combination of the fat and protein with some carbs has been just the ticket for me.  It helps to curb my nausea and keeps me feeling full a couple hours. Plus, it sounds good which is half the battle!  If you have been pregnant before you know this is key.  Knowing I have this quick breakfast in the morning to go too has been huge.  It really has made a huge difference in helping me operate smoother in the mornings.  Then I’ll make a green smoothie a couple hours later.  But right away I need something the moment I wake up. Scroll to the bottom for my granola recipe. 
  • Chicken and Egg Salad- For whatever reason I’ve been craving both of these throughout my pregnancy.  I’ve made them both and then we also have local place that uses good ingredients that I feel great about ordering from.  I’ll make some for the week and store it in the fridge for lunches.  It’s so nice already having something pre-made on hand.  I don’t follow a particular recipe- kind of a rebel like that but there are a few ingredients I use instead of conventional ones that are important to note.  Instead of regular mayonnaise I use Primal Kitchen’s Mayo- super clean ingredients.  I like adding dill to my egg salads- love me some dill!  For the chicken salad I put celery, chicken, pecan, and apple a lot of times.  It really depends on what I have on hand.  Then I chop up some spinach leaves and toss it all together with the chicken or egg salad.  SO good!  If you want a good recipe I would up opt for one that’s paleo- usually they have pretty simple, clean ingredients.  Here’s a chicken salad recipe and an egg salad recipe.
  • Soda Stream- If you follow me then you know I love some good carbonation.  Well it’s at an all time high when I’m pregnant!  The carbonation really helps to ease my nausea.  I love having this glass soda stream.  It keeps me fully supplied with sparking water.  I love knowing that my carbonated water is filtered since I use the water from my Berkey.  They have the plastic bottles but I prefer the Soda Stream that use glass bottles.  Plastic bottles can leaky unwanted chemicals into my water.  Check out the glass Soda Stream here!
  • Cold Fresh Fruit- All my pregnancy I’ve craved fresh fruit, this one no different.  I loved having organic strawberries, organic organges, organic blueberries and organic raspberries on hand.  Costco has some of the best deals for organic fruit.  I’m pretty sure I had 2-3 Cara Cara oranges a day!  
  • Smoothies- I find it hard to eat my normal amount of veggies when I’m pregnant in the first trimester.  Texture, smell and taste are all off for me.  I’m grateful for smoothies!  These help me pack a ton of veggies in and just slurp them down instead of having to chew them and gag- just being real. I would pack spinach, celery and cucumber in my smoothies and then add some healthy fats like cashew butter, some fiber with chia seeds, some superfood powders like pomegranate powder, camu powder, açaí powder, and half a banana. I would add a cup of coconut milk and blend up!  Then once blended add my protein powder.  Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein is the BEST protein!  If you haven’t tried it you need to get on it.  I personally know the owner and founder and love how authentic he is.  He sources from grass-fed goats.  Can’t recommend it enough!  Get it here!  
  • Eggs- I hadn’t been eating eggs because my food sensitivity test showed I was sensitive to them.  However, when pregnant I’ve been eating them because of the choline content in them.  Choline is so important in pregnancy. If you want to understand more about Choline check out a podcast I did with Sarah Morgan a functional nutritionist.
  • Primally Pure Deodorant- I knew I needed to find a natural deodorant that was safe during pregnancy because your underarms soak up so much of what you put on them.  I was happy to find Primally Pure and know that they are completely safe to use during pregnancy.  They have done extensive research to ensure that their products are clean.  I love the Blue Tansy and Charcoal Deodorant- so does my husband!  Get them here!
  • True Botanicals Pregnancy Skincare Line- I love knowing that I can still have an active natural skincare line that is still safe for myself and baby during pregnancy.  If you’ve followed me you know that I love True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum- holy grail products in natural beauty.  Well, True Botanicals has a whole skincare line dedicated to pregnancy.  Excluding the ingredients you don’t want in your products while pregnant, yet still creating an amazing skincare line.  I’ve been using their Calm Pure Radiance Oil and Vitamin C Booster. Since True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster isn’t recommend for pregnancy I’ve been swapping it out for the Vitamin C Booster. Check out all their pregnancy safe products here!
  • Beautycounter- Another safe line for pregnancy is Beautycounter.  I trust their line completely with all of their third party testing and stringent screening process for ingredients.  I have been using their body butter– so luxurious and crucial for my growing belly!  I also have been using their body wash and their shampoo and conditioner.  Plus, their Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream.  I love knowing I can literally just go to their website and not think twice about picking up a product when I’m pregnant.  Shop all of Beautycounter’s products here!  This is an excerpt taken from their website:
Yes. All of Beautycounter’s products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing. We screen every ingredient for safety, keeping those especially vulnerable—like pregnant women and babies—in mind.
If you have specific medical concerns, we always advise consulting a physician.

 

chocolate granola recipe

This granola recipe is SO good! It is a spin off of Purely Elizabeth’s chocolate granola but with less sugar and more good fiber!

 

Chocolate Granola Recipe-

  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Organic Oats(I like One Degree Oats since they’re glyphosate free too)
  • 1 Cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then spread on a cookie sheet.  Cook at 325 for 15 minutes and then stir and cook for 10 more minutes.

That sums up some of my tips, what are some of your tips for surviving the first trimester?  Leave me a comment below.

 

First Trimester Survival

Sharing how I survive the first trimester. All my tips and tricks!

Holistic Medicine Cabinet

Holistic Medicine Cabinet

So excited to bring you my holistic medicine cabinet product favorites today! This post has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to share what holistic products my family uses and what I keep in my medicine cabinet on the regular. Especially with cold and flu season at the peak right now, I thought what a perfect time to really showcase what I’m using for natural and holistic products. After all, it can seem intimidating when trying to find swaps from your conventional medicine cabinet products.

*Just a reminder I am not a doctor. These are simply recommendations and things that have worked for my family. Use at your own risk and please always seek the help of a medical professional.

Ok, on to the good stuff! So I get questions all the time on what products I use for my family and when it comes to holistic medicine cabinet products. I get it, you want a natural option for when you’re sick. The truth is, these holistic remedies and natural products actually can really help. I’ve seen it in my own life.

Our immune system is super smart and really does know how to take care of us. These natural products I suggest are often helpful before you get sick, really helping to support your immune system. Sometimes you just need a little extra support, especially if your system is run down. The point is to let your body run it’s course, but help support the process, or speed it up.

 

Here is what’s in our Holistic Medicine Cabinet-

 

Vitamin C Liposomal from Seeking Health- I take this everyday.  It comes in a liquid form, that’s why it’s called a liposomal.  Liposomals are often easier to absorb.  You can read more about liposomals here on Seeking Health’s Website.  Vitamin C supports the immune system,   as it a strong antioxidant.  According to several studies, vitamin C can help increase antioxidants in your blood which end up helping you fight inflammation in your body.   It has also shown to be effective in helping shorten a cold length, even in kids. Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C Plus!

Probiotics- Your gut is so important for overall health.  Since 70% of your immune system is located in the intestines, it’s important to make sure your gut health is optimal.  Probiotics are a great way to help give your gut a boost of good bacteria.  The good bacteria in our gut help to protect us from the bad bacteria.  We always want to have more good bacteria than bad.  If we don’t we can have what is called Dysbiosis- where you have more bad bacteria than good.  I try and rotate which probiotics I take and I don’t take them all the time either.  But this is great to have in your medicine cabinet especially when you’ve had antibiotics and you need to build up your good gut bacteria again. I take Seeking Health’s Probiotics and vary them. Get the ProBiota Woman here!

Elderberry- We’ve been taking this for years.  Elderberry is known for being rich in flavonoids- specifically anthocyanins, they’re antioxidants that keep the bodies immune system strong and resilient.  They help the production of cytokines, which are messengers within the immune system.  Cytokines help to to improve the bodies immune response. Elderberries are also believed to contain antiviral properties as well.  Literally deactivating viruses. Viruses can’t increase in number by themselves, they have to get inside a healthy cell in order to replicate. Research has also shown they can kill common pathogens. Get it here!

Dr. Wholeness First Defense- I was recently introduced to this by my Naturopathic Doctor and WOW am I impressed!  Both my girls got a nasty cold and my hubs and I started taking this right away to boost our immune system and fight off the cold.  Well, we didn’t get it!  You are supposed to take them at the first sign of a cold.  I can’t recommend them enough.  They are in pill form and contain an array of powerful antioxidants, elderberry and amino acids. Get it here!

Beekeeper’s Honey/Propolis Products- I was introduced to Beekeeper’s products last year and I haven’t looked back.  Propolis is what bees lines the hives of bees as shield or protectant.  They make it from plants and tree resins.  As it lines the hive it helps to protect the bees from the outside germs.  It is pretty powerful stuff!  Propolis has over 300 powerful natural compounds known for supporting immunity.  I love the B Powered– I’ll take a teaspoon a day or add to a tea.  I also love their throat sprays.  They have them for adults and kids!  Finley, my 4 year old, loves spraying it in her mouth daily.  Here’s the kid’s spray. The sprays are especially great for travel for a boost!  Get Beekeeper’s Products here!

Biocidin- This is a spray as well and is great for travel.  It helps to soothe sore throats, and good for allergies.  It contains an array of powerful herbs.  We always have this in our arsenal! Grab it here!

Activated Charcoal- This is great to have in the medicine cabinet.  I have them in capsules.  Charcoal binds to some poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins and flushes them out of the body.  I’ve been taking this as I’ve gotten my amalgam fillings removed.  To get rid of the heavy metal content I may have been exposed to. Get some here! 

Gaia Herbs-  I like a lot of their tinctures. They have high standards when it comes to their herbs, the organic certification and how they process them. The formula’s then in return are potent and effective, without added chemicals. We have used the Kid’s Elderberry Syrup, their Bronchial Wellness for kids and adults- (great for throat and respiratory health), and Lemon Balm(good for immune system and balances nervous system).  They have so many herbal formulas.  You can check more of them out here.

Oil Of Oregano- I take these in a capsule from from Seeking Health.  Oil Of Oregano is known for it’s anti-fungal properties, and natural antibiotic properties.  I’ll take this at the first sign of symptoms.  But you don’t want to take it for longer than a week from what I’ve read. Get it here!

Fire Cider- I’ve made a little tonic like this before when my hubs or I have had sore throats.  I’ve made mine before from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh ginger, honey, garlic and some cayenne pepper.  It’s like taking a shot of really strong medicine!  It will burn but in a good way.  A brand actually sells Fire Cider specifically now and has trademarked the name.  They add a few more things to their Fire Cider.  It’s also a great option when you’re just not into making one on your own.  You can take this everyday to really give you a kick in the pants and energy and immune support.  Once you start to feel something come on you can take it every couple hours. Get it here!

Host Defense Mushrooms-  I’ve been using this for a while and both my hubs and I really like it!  It contains agarikon, red reishi, chaga, birch polypore and turkey tail mushrooms.  This combination of mushrooms provides an array of immune support.  I spray this in my mouth 3 times a day. Grab it here!

Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Pure Ear Oil- Finley got her first ear ache when she was two and this literally took the pain away.  She hasn’t had one since but I like to keep it on hand just in case.  I just apply one drop in each ear.  Get them here!

Elite Fuel Liquid D3-K2- I love having a liquid Vitamin D3-K2 that I can give my kids, since they’re not into swelling pills yet.  Having adequate Vitamin D levels help to strengthen your immune system.  A must for really keeping your body’s immune system in tip top shape!  I take a drop of this a day in the winter.  I give my 4 year old a drop a couple times a week.  Snag it here!

Doterra Breathe Oil- I actually received this from my friend Steph and love it.  I had diffused this when my kids were sick with a cold and super congested.  I also would take steamy showers with them to help open up the congestion and put a few drops in the shower to breathe in.  It’s a combination of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, and Cardamom Seed.  I also will be using this when I need to do an aromatherapy steam session for headaches.  I don’t get headaches, usually only when pregnant.  But I’ve found if I add this to boiling water and then wait a couple minutes, then put a towel over my head and breathe in for 15 minutes my headache will go away.  It works every time!  This Breathe Oil has all the essentials oils I would normally use and more! Get it here!

Peppermint Oil- This can be used to help bring down a fever sometimes.  Don’t put directly on skin with kids or babies dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil first.  I apply it to the bottom’s of feet and back of neck.  Check out Peppermint Oil here.

 

Some Things You Might Not Find In The Medicine Cabinet-

 

You might not find these following things in the medicine cabinet but they’re great holistic natural remedies to have in your back pocket for helping when sick.

Traditional Medicinal Teas- This is one tea brand I really love and trust.  I always have their Throat Coat tea on hand, Ginger and their Peppermint tea.  The Throat Coat is great for soothing sore throats.  I’ll add a teaspoon of honey for added benefit. Check it out here!

Vapor Rub- I really like ZOE Organic’s Breathe Balm.  We’ve used this before on our kid’s chests when they are having congestion or a cough.  You can also make your own too!  Wellness Mama has a good recipe here.

Infrared Sauna- I didn’t really realize the benefits for immune support until my sister in law was telling me about it.  Then I looked it up and was amazed!  Infrared Saunas raise core body temperature which helps to keep the immune system strong. They also can increase white blood cell counts too in some studies, which can represent a strong immune system.

Bone Broth- Not only can this help support a healthy immune system but it also can be a great way to get some nutrients when sick.  Bone broth helps support a healthy gut with it’s collagen and amino acids.  Since we know that the majority of our immune system lives in the gut it’s important to have a healthy gut.  You can make your own bone broth here or buy this bone broth from Kettle and Fire here.

Wet Sock Treatment- This one my brother taught me.  You put on a pair of wool socks, then you freeze a pair of regular cotton socks.  Once frozen, put them on over the wool socks.  Then sleep with them on overnight.  I know it sounds crazy but it really does work! It quickly can bring down a fever,  release pressure and make you feel better in the morning.

Get Sleep- It’s no surprise that getting enough sleep is SO important.  When you don’t get proper sleep your immune system gets worn down and in turn so does your body.

Eat The Rainbow- Eating real food is going to be your best friend in keeping sickness out of your house.  When we eat real food it’s going to nourish and feed our bodies living cells that will in turn bring life to our body.  I would stick to real foods and avoid processed foods so your body can function optimally.

Avoid Sugar- I know I just said to eat real food, but I had to also put avoid sugar!  Sugar literally is going to bring your immune system down, making it harder to fight sickness.

So what’s in your holistic medicine cabinet?  I would love to hear what you always have on hand! Leave me a comment below!

 

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I’m sharing the natural products and remedies I keep in my holistic medicine cabinet.

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7 Health Habits For 2019

7 Health Habits For 2019

I’m so excited to share 7 Health Habits For 2019 with you!  I really wanted to share a post that would both inspire you in your health journey and cause you to want to go to the next level in 2019.  It’s easy to make a list of health goals and end up with 20, but I wanted this to be practical and doable.  I chose 7 after thinking about.  After all, that’s one for each day of the week.

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I’ve been on this health journey for a while and I’ve read many books, listened to many podcasts and have a pretty decent grasp on what is true health and what’s a fad.  Fads don’t last but real health does.  Plus, we don’t want fads anyways, we want to create long lasting habits that will truly last the rest of your life.  Health is a journey- I say it a lot.  It’s not a destination.  If you’re looking for a one hit wonder, this post isn’t for you.  There isn’t a magic formula for achieving optimal health, it’s consistency and small steps each and everyday.  They all add up.

As my brother, Dr. Matt, a naturopathic physician says, “Accumulate health.”  

I couldn’t agree more.  Everyday you want to accumulate more and more health.  It isn’t the one month where you do “all” the healthy things but the everyday habits that make the difference.  I’ve literally been on a journey to heal my hashimoto’s for a while.  This hasn’t been something that’s happened over night.  It’s taken consistent health habits to get better. But guess what?  It works!  My antibodies have gone down, my energy has gone up and I’m feeling good.  All those little things add up.  Let’s check in with our habits and see where they’re at.  How do you start your day?  What does breakfast look like? Are you always on the go?  Not taking time for yourself?  Think about your life and the habits that you’ve adopted.  Are they serving you or hurting you?

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I think it’s important to have some goals when it comes to creating healthy habits.  A couple books I love that talk about forming habits and creating them are:

Some podcasts that I love listening too when it comes to habits and Mindset are:

I think it’s important to always be growing and causing yourself to think bigger.  You can adopt new habits and change your old ones.  It is possible!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

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So here are the 7 health habits that have changed my life and I know will change your life if you let them!

 

  • Change Your Mindset-

I actually adopted a word for this year and it’s mindset.  I’ve never done this before but I’ve realized how important mindset is when changing your habits over the years and I want to focus on it even more this year.  If I literally don’t change the way I think no habit is going to stick.  I may change temporarily but it won’t be lasting change.  The past couple years I’ve realized the areas I’ve changed in are because of mindset shifts and changes I’ve had.  Not because I was super motivated because we all know that can fade, but because I had changed my thinking about it.  I literally don’t have dairy or gluten, and I don’t think about it.  I know it can cause my hashimoto’s to flair up, so I just don’t do it.  It’s just not even a question in my mind.  I just don’t make it an option.  If I let my mindset be that maybe I’ll have dairy or gluten sometimes then I might.  But I just don’t go there.  The same thing could be true for anything in your life.  Whether it’s business, family, whatever.  This applies to anything, but obviously we’re focusing on health.  Do you think you can never lose the weight?  Do you think you’ll always struggle eating clean?  What’s your limiting belief you’re accepting as truth?

 

  • Change Your Company-

Who you associate yourself with is a pretty big deal.  I know we’ve all heard it.  Who you surround yourself with is who you become.  When you surround yourself with people that cause you to go higher, than you fall in line with that.  Imagine if your best friend was constantly working out, being active and asking you to come.  Don’t you think that would rub off on you?  Eventually you would probably go workout and start being more active.  The opposite is also true. If you hang around people that just want to sit around and watch t.v. all day, eat junk food and don’t care about health, you’ll likely start adopting those same habits. I’m not saying ditch all your friends but consider what you want to change in your life when it comes to healthy habits and if your friends are supporting those goals.  Maybe it will just take you standing up saying you’re going to start eating clean and they would follow suit.  Sometimes someone just needs to be the first one that stands up.  The same could be true for your spouse.  Maybe you wished they were stronger for you when it came to living out a clean lifestyle but maybe it will have to start with you making the first step.  Be the person that you want them to be and eventually it will rub off on them.

 

  • Make Real Food-

I know sounds life chaining huh? Ok, it might seem obvious but this has changed my life.  Making real homemade food and avoiding the packaged food.  I honestly rarely eat out.  I don’t live somewhere where there are a lot of great options.  Sometimes I wish I could grab something quick, but quick around me is the nearest fast food joint and that’s not an option.  Regardless I do think making real food is a game changer for your health.  You’ll eat less, eat more nutrient dense food and save money!  Basically setting yourself up for success.  You’re literally going to be reprogramming your cells to work for you instead of against you.  I never knew how to cook until after I got married.  Trust me, when I say this- I didn’t even know how to cook chicken.  I’ve come a long way.  My hubs jokes now that he’s glad I learned how to cook because I would only make two things when we got married. 🙂  So if you don’t know how to cook, you can learn because I’m living proof!  Plus, real food doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating.  It actually is really simple and fun once you learn a few tips and tricks.  Get a clean eating cookbook like this one or this one to get you started.  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration or follow a real food blogger to keep you going.

 

  • Be Active-

I don’t like using the word exercise or working out because I think people associate those with negative connotations.  Having an active lifestyle is something everyone should practice.  Whether that means going on a hike, going for a walk, doing crossfit, lifting weights, whatever gets your body moving.  I know for me its looked different in every season of life.  When I was single it was different, as I got married it changed and now that I have kids it looks different.  I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t spend the normal time I used to spend when I was just married working out.  But I realized consistent activity even if it wasn’t 6 days a week was better than none.  Just being consistent with something makes the biggest difference.  It all goes back to the accumulating health quote that my brother always says.  It’s the little things that add up.  Do something that you love!  I hear so many people trying to go to the gym and run on the treadmill and they hate it.  Don’t do it!  Find something that is fun, that challenges you and keeps you wanting more.  It might take a couple different times, but don’t force yourself to do things that you know you won’t stick with in the long run.  Being active gives you more energy, improves your overall mood and mind, increases strength and endurance- the list could go on and on.

 

  • Manage Your Stress-

Notice I didn’t say eliminate stress, because let’s face it, that’s impossible.  We live in a fast paced world that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to manage your stress.  For me this has come by identifying the stressor and getting to the root of it.  Is it really the activity I’m doing or is the fact that I booked my calendar up too much and I don’t have anytime to decompress?  Think about why you’re really feeling on edge.  Figure out what drains you and what gives you energy.  I’m a people person but not an every day let’s have a party type of people person.  That would drain me.  The biggest advice I can give when it comes to managing stress is learning to say no.  It might mean limiting your kid’s after school activities to one sport.  It might mean not saying yes to every social event, or allowing time to meal prep for the week.  Think about what is causing you to feel stressed and address the triggers.

 

  • Fill Up Your Cup-

I know the word self care gets thrown around a lot these days.  I think a lot of us are saying it, but not a lot of us are practicing it.  When was the last time you actually took an hour or two to yourself and totally did something you loved.  Maybe it’s reading a good book, or maybe it’s just watching an hour of your favorite show.  It could be getting your nails done once a week or flipping through the latest magazine.  Figure out what fills you up and do it.  Don’t take a budbble bath if you hate it!  Just because someone else likes it doesn’t mean you will.  Find what relaxes you.  The goal is to do whatever helps you forget about everything else for a little bit and fills up your tank.  When I practice this I feel so much better!  For my husband it’s working out.  If I let him  workout for an hour he will come back refreshed and energized- haha sometimes a different person.

 

  • Challenge Yourself-

This one may sound weird but it’s so true.  I find the people I’m constantly coming in contact with our challenging themselves.  Whether it’s their mind, their food habits, exercise, at work- they’re wanting to improve and be a better version of themselves.  This isn’t a type of rat race thinking that makes you think you always have to be doing something.  It’s not for the approval of others but a sense of trying something new.  For instance, maybe the fear of getting in shape has kept you from signing up for a 5k or the gym.  Challenge yourself to sign up and take the step to face your fears.  I bet before long you will wonder why you even had them in the first place.  When you challenge yourself I think it helps to keep your mind sharp too.  It doesn’t matter what your age is, challenge yourself in something and watch how you surprise yourself.

Do any of these 7 health goals resonate with you?  What if you adopted one of these habits each month for the next 7 months, where would your life be?  How would it look differently?  What are some health habits you’ve adopted?

Here’s to building healthy habits in the new year!

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40 Natural Holiday Gift Ideas

40 Natural Holiday Gift Ideas

I’ve rounded out 40 Natural Holiday Gift Ideas! Ok, so it’s less than two weeks until Christmas and if you’re anything like me you still haven’t wrapped up your holiday shopping.  I know, shame on me but life’s been a bit hectic lately- can you blame a girl?!  But I thought if I’m doing this, how many other people are doing the same thing.  So I thought I would share some gift ideas that I’m gifting to my family and friends and some gift ideas that are just always winners.  Plus, so many of the gift ideas can either be bought on Amazon- quick and easy or Pharmaca- and they’re always having sales!  Basically, I’ve got your back this holiday season.

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Pharmaca- (Always having sales, and you can get clean beauty, kid’s toys and even herbs all in one place)

  • Juice Beauty Brow Envy Gel- This eyebrow wand is amazing!  Best eyebrow wand I’ve found in green beauty.  I wear the color medium-dark.
  • Inika Organic Makeup- This makeup brand is a cut above and their formulations are dreamy!  Their mascara is awesome, their eyeshadow duos and baked foundation.
  • ZuZu Luxe Liquid Liner- This liner is my fave! It’s inexpensive, stays put and comes in a variety of colors.
  • Intelligent Nutrients Hair Spray- Ok, I’ve found another green beauty hair spray I can’t get enough of. It’s so good!  And with Pharmaca’s sales a steal! 
  • John Masters Hair Paste- This hair paste my brother and hubs love!  It is clean and budget friendly! Also, doesn’t give your hair the wet look.
  • AER Vapour Deodorant- This deodorant is one of the best in green beauty and you can get it for a pretty good discount on Pharmaca! 
  • Melissa & Doug Toys- Pharmaca offers so many natural options for toys!  We love this wooden house.  My girls love using the keys for it.
  • Stasher Bags- These silicone bags are my fave!  I use them for anything and everything.  They freeze well too.  Say no to plastic and grab these instead!
  • S.W. Basics Cream- These easy creams are nice to take with you on the go.  Put one in your car, one in your purse, kitchen- hands will never be dry!
  • RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek- These are one of the first multi-use products I tried in green beauty and I still can’t get enough- so versatile. Use on cheeks, lips and eyes.
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The Classic Eyeshadow Palette. Satin Powder Blush and Color Intense Lipstick.

Beautycounter- (All clean beauty in one place and they’re having a sale Dec. 15th-17th off holiday sets)

  • Necessary Neutrals Palette- Love this eyeshadow palette!  Best eyeshadows I’ve found in green beauty.  The longevity is amazing!
  • Highlighter Palette- This highlighter palette has 3 shades and is so gorgeous on anyone!
  • Mini Lipgloss Vault- This lipgloss set is a great option to give as one gift or to break up into smaller gifts.
  • Color Intense Lipstick Vault-  This lipstick set is so fun!  It has so many different shades you can try out- they’re hydrating and pigment is so rich.
  • Instant Awakening Trio- I use the lotion before makeup application, the resurfacing mask every other night and the eye masks in the morning- perfect skincare set!
  • Best of Beautycounter- This gives you a taste of the best of Beautycounter skincare products.  It’s such a great gift idea for someone just getting started.
  • Travel Size Cleansing Balm- A bestseller in Beautycounter- it works so well.  Now you can try it for a little less money with the travel size before buying the full size.
  • Counterman Kit- This is a men’s essential kit that comes in the coolest bag- any guy would be lucky to get it!
  • Travel Body Essentials- I love anything travel friendly.  Makes it so easy to grab when packing- this set is all the body products you need when on the road!
  • Intense Moisture Body Duo- This set will keep your skin so hydrated throughout the winter! Such a great gift idea!
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Holiday gift ideas galore! Kosas lipstick, Josh Rosebrook, True Botanicals and Aila nail polish.

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3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

So excited to share with you 3 brands that simplify natural living.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when detoxing your life.  Trust me I get it!  But it doesn’t have to be.  I like to break natural living into three categories.  The food we eat, the beauty products we use and household products.  These are some heavy hitters when it comes to toxic load.  Getting these detoxed is definitely a priority!  But where do you start?  What brands do you trust and what is effective.

Check out how to enter the GIVEAWAY happening in honor of my new website launch at the bottom of this post!  

No worries, I got your back!  I’ve rounded out my top picks for where to get clean food for budget options, where to buy beauty products all in one place and what to use for your household products.  I’ve simplified the process for you!  These are tried and true and have worked not only for me but many of my peers and friends.

After all, detoxing your life shouldn’t feel like work but it should be exciting and fun!  I mean who wants toxins lurking in their food, house or beauty products?  I know you don’t!

Here’s the skinny on 3 brands that always deliver-

The Detox Market-

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This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at.  I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A.  Ok, maybe angels weren’t singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven!  They have ALL the brands and more.  You want some Josh Rosebrook- they’ve got you covered.  Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it.  Want some Odacite?  No problem- they have the whole line.  It’s your one stop shop for all things natural beauty!  They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don’t allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean.

I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go!  It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products.  It’s so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today!  There’s so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago.  I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness.  Forever a Detox Market fan!

Some Favorites At Detox-

Vitacost-

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I started using Vitacost for over a year now and let’s just say I haven’t looked back!  If you haven’t heard of Vitacost allow me to bring you up to speed.  Vitacost is your one stop shop for all healthy and clean dry goods.  Think pantry staples!  Plus, they have some great household items too.  I love stocking up on all my favorite natural brands through Vitacost.  I save so much money when I purchase them there.  Plus, they’re always offering some sort of coupon code to save even more through email.

I’ve been so impressed with their customer service, and timely delivery of my orders.  I place an order a month and I never have had any broken or damaged items.  I used to shop at other online retailers and I had several products break constantly.  They carry all my favorite natural brands.  I also love that I don’t have to pay a yearly membership to receive the discounts.

Some Favorites At Vitacost-

Branch Basics-

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Branch Basics makes simple and clean household products that are effective.

I have fallen for this brand!  I started to try all their products 6 months ago and have loved each one!  They make detoxing your cleaning and household products so easy and simple!  From the cleaner you use to clean your counters, bathrooms, laundry detergent and windows.  It doesn’t need to be toxic to clean!  Their whole mission on why they started is so cool.  Each founder had their own awakening moment that made them realize the impact our environments have on our lives.  Read all about the founder and their journey’s here!

Branch Basics products are based off their concentrate- which is made from plant and mineral based. I love how simple it is. You basically can remove all your cleaning products with one product- their concentrate.  They give you the bottles to easily make window cleaner from it, countertop cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even hand wash!  It is hypo-allergenic, peanut free, gluten free, fragrance free, and contains no toxic stabilizers, preservatives, brighteners or surfactants.  It removes grease, dirt, dust and grime.  They’ve made the whole process so simple for people to transition from toxic household cleaners to non-toxic.  Can’t recommend them enough!

Some Favorites At Branch Basics-

  • Concentrate- This is the plant and mineral based cleaner that does it all!
  • Oxygen Booster- Helps to create an abrasive when added to tubs, toilets or sinks.  I also like adding it to heavily soiled laundry for a boost.
  • Trial Kit- Great to try before buying a large bottle or kit!
  • Mini All Purpose Spray Bottle- Perfect for traveling or on the go.
  • Starter Kits- These give you everything you need to completely overhaul your household cleaning products and start with nontoxic products.

Shop Branch Basics here!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What brand has helped you in detoxing your life? Leave me a comment and let me know!  

So in honor of my new website launch, I’ve teamed up with all three of my favorite natural lifestyle brands to bring you the ultimate giveaway!

  • The Detox Market is giving away $100 gift card
  • Vitacost is giving away $150 gift card
  • Branch Basics is giving away $100 gift card

You will be set with this giveaway loot!  From clean beauty, organic food and natural household cleaners, detoxing your life just got so easy!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Comment below sharing what the biggest struggle is for you when detoxing your life?  Whether it’s beauty, food or household products.  Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.
  2. Repost my Instagram photo where I share the details of my new website for 10 extra entries. My Instagram is here. 

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