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Natural Lipstick Color

Natural Lipstick Color

I’ve got my best natural lipstick color options in honor of National Lipstick Day!  Switching from mainstream lip products to cleaner versions is a big deal!  I mean, don’t get me wrong, you should definitely switch all your makeup over from mainstream products, but the lips are especially important.  Why??  Well, for starters studies show that women re-apply their lipstick/lip product at least 5 times a day…so that’s a lot of toxins  (more…)

Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Answering the burning question, does organic hair dye exist?  As a hair stylist hair color was the first thing that changed when I moved towards a greener lifestyle years ago.  Not that organic dyes are perfect(not even close), because they aren’t but a better option, especially if you’re breathing in toxic fumes all day as a stylist.  I actually stopped doing hair for a bit until I found a safer option.  I didn’t want to be around conventional color, and I definitely didn’t want to be exposing others to chemicals.

This is a topic we need to discuss because according to research 66 to 77 percent of women dye their hair(Source here)!  Pretty crazy statistics.  Some women might not know what they’re putting on their heads, either way I hope this helps you make an educated decision when it comes to whether you choose to dye your hair or not.

Did you know they pretty much can put whatever they want in hair dyes… the FDA doesn’t regulate them.  So why are mainstream dyes so horrible?  Let me break it down:

 

organic hair dye

Does organic hair dye exist?

 

Arylamines(PPD) One of the most dangerous chemicals found in hair dyes.  This chemical has been know to cause bladder cancer, and to cause cancer in experimental animals.  One of the most common names for it is p-phenylenediamine (PPD).  It is even present in natural hair dyes(although the percentage is a lot lower).  It helps the color to last through shampoos.  It gets even more toxic when paired with hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide is what’s used in formulations with the PPD to get it to activate.  It’s interesting to me that the FDA has not approved for this chemical to be tested on the skin, yet it’s nearly impossible to not get it on your skin if you’re coloring your hair…crazy!  Many stylists can end up with dermatitis because of constant exposure to PPD and those getting their hair dyed report eczema and dermatitis.  Other studies link it as a possible carcinogen.  (Source here).

-Ammonia This is the most popular chemical people tend to hear about when faced with mainstream hair dyes. Ammonia is used in hair color to blast the cuticle and deposit the color.  Besides it being toxic, it’s also really damaging to your hair.  Why do you think stylists are always pushing those conditioners like crazy?!  Ammonia is just bad all around.  It’s horrible for the respiratory system, but it also can get into lymph nodes.  Once on a client’s scalp it seeps into the pores, which is then carried into the bloodstream.  Bottom line-avoid it!

-Toluene-2,5-diamine- These are used in permanent hair dyes.  Besides getting headaches, getting dizzy and having allergic reactions.  It also can be so damaging as to cause birth defects and retardation in unborn babies.  (Source here)

-Parabens, Resorcinol, lead acetate are a few other offenders.

*There’s a slew more chemicals, actually there can be up to over 400 chemicals in hair dyes!

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) found that 69% of hair dyes when tested on their Skin Deep data bases may cause cancer.

Here is a link where you can search for common hair dyes to determine their toxicity based on the Skin Deep Data Base by the EWG.

 

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Getting a balayage or foil is a great way to minimize exposure from hair dye.

 

Yeah, let’s just all take that in for a moment.  Since the FDA doesn’t regulate hair dye, we must!

I want to share what options you have when coloring your hair.  There are options that are less toxic and options that are more toxic.

Temporary dyes- These only last for a couple washes typically and sit on top of your hair.

Semi-permanent- These are stronger then temporary dyes and are used a lot for toning, especially after getting highlights and refreshing the hair.  They do penetrate the hair shaft but aren’t going to last as long as permanent dye.

Permanent-  This is going to go into the cortex of your hair and change the actual color.  It will cover gray.  This type of color is a lot more toxic because it contains more chemicals.  In a study, it showed that there was a 50% increase risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when using permanent dyes and an 80% higher risk of multiple myeloma. (Source here).

Also, the darker the dye the worst the toxic load.  So if you’re consistently getting your hair dyed black, dark brown, the toxic burden is greater.  (Source here)

 

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Organic Color Systems has a variety of colors to choose from.

 

Another thing to consider is when you’re applying dye to your scalp.  The scalp is a rich blood supply and carries chemicals to other parts of the body.  So if you’re constantly getting your hair dyed you may be submitting your whole body to toxins. (Source here)

So you might still be asking yourself…”Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?”

Ok, let’s breakdown that question.  There’s no such thing as “organic” hair dye.  It’s a marketing term used to appeal to the consumer.  When I hear people say that they’re color line is safe and organic I just chuckle to myself.  What they really mean is it probably doesn’t contain ammonia, uses less toxic ingredients and a few more plant based ingredients.  That’s it.

When you look up the word organic in the dictionary you get this:

(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.

Have you looked on the back of your “organic” hair color at the ingredients?  Because there’s definitely some serious artificial ingredients going on.  People like to use the words organic but organic doesn’t pertain to everything like it does to food or clothes.

I’m going to give some options below, but I want to be clear that these are in no way completely natural, well except henna and Hairprint.  But even some henna dyes have other toxic ingredients added to them.  It’s always important to read your labels.

 

Hairprint- This is the only completely safe color line available at the moment.  But I wouldn’t really call it a hair color line.  It’s a boxed dye you can use at home but it doesn’t work like you might think a conventional color would.  It uses 8 food grade ingredients to dye the hair.  I’ve personally used it on my mom’s hair several years ago.  Although it’s completely safe it’s also a lot of work.  It took us about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.  I fully recommend it if you’re just wanting to cover your roots and you have brown to darker hair naturally, but it doesn’t work well with someone who wants to cover their dark roots and have highlights, which was my mom.  It turns your hair to it’s original color.  So if you’re a natural level 5 brown, that’s what the color will look like when done.  In my experience it was even darker though.  It looks very opaque and not see through.  It faded on my mom but still was too harsh for her.  As you get older the rule of thumb with color is add warmth and go lighter.  Darker can make you look older and the skin more sallow.  Hairprint doesn’t work for blondes, redheads or reddish hair.  You can buy it online here!

Henna- Henna is a plant, completely natural.  There are still henna dyes that contain small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above), so make sure if you are using henna it’s pure.  Typically henna will reveal a reddish brownish color but some companies have added in other plants with henna now to change the color.

Henna is really hard to work with, if your a stylist and have worked with hair then you know what I mean.  Once you put it on your hair, you really can’t get it out.  It’s permanent.  But a different permanent than conventional permanent dye.  I’ve tried stripping henna out before with bleach and what happens is it turns brassy and red.  The problem is once you put it on, you really can’t do much else with your hair.  Nowadays you can achieve different colors using a variety of henna powders.  Check out Morocco Method for more info.

 

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Organic color systems and O&M are a few of the more natural professional color lines available.

Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Let’s finish answering the question, does organic hair dye exist?  If you’re using a permanent dye, it’s going to have chemicals.  Unless, you’re doing straight Hairprint or using Henna and even then be careful of the source.  There have been reports that small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above) have been found in some henna sources.  Color lines that are ammonia-free use Monoethanolamine, or MEA.  It is in the family of Ethanolamines and is used to change the PH of the hair.  This is essential because in order to change the color of the hair, the PH has to be raised for the color to penetrate the cuticle and get to the cortex.  In several of the color lines I mention below, ethanolamines are present in them, since they are ammonia free.  They use the MEA coupled with oils to get the color in the hair shaft.  I really wouldn’t use ammonia nowadays.  It’s horrible for stylists especially as you’re the one breathing it in everyday.

One last thought before I dive into my recommendations.  If you’re wanting to get your hair colored, but are wanting the least possible contact with your skin, here are a few tips.

 

  • If you have no grey to cover, have the stylist do a balayage technique or foil. By using foils the product doesn’t touch your scalp, so less exposure overall.
  • Also, always go lighter versus darker since the darker you go the more chemicals you’re exposed too.
  • If you’re wanting highlights, I would ask if the salon has ammonia free lighteners.  Getting highlights is a great option, because you’re not touching the scalp and going lighter has less chemicals than going darker.

 

As you can see, organic hair dye doesn’t exist in the way you would think.  Are there better options, sure.  But are they perfect?  Not even close.  You’re still going to be exposing yourself to toxins.

Below are options I’ve used or had experience with.  In no way am I saying that these are natural!  They may not have one thing, but then they may have another.  However, when doing hair I did notice severally chemically sensitive people were able to get their hair colored using many of these color lines because they do contain some of the lesser evil toxins.  Most conventional color lines are filled with anything and everything- no joke.  I also noticed in my research that professional color lines that use the term “organic or natural” are better as far as ingredients then boxed “natural” options.  They just may not contain as many toxins, not that they are toxin free.  As always, I recommend your stylist do a patch test to see if you’re allergic to the color line before using.

 

At the end of the day, we all have to make choices when it comes to what toxins we allow into our bodies and which ones we don’t.  Hair dye may be something you love to do.  This post is meant to arm you with the right information when making the decision to continue dying your hair, not to tell you to stop dying your hair.  Maybe instead of doing it every six weeks you wait 12 weeks.  Or maybe you get your hair foiled instead of an all over color.  There may not be a perfect “organic hair dye” alternative to conventional hair dye but there are better options and tips to help lower your overall exposure.

 

organic hair dye

Does organic hair dye exist?

Organic Color Systems-

This is the professional line I used at my salon.  They are made in the UK, which is great because they have higher standards than the U.S.  When I say professional, I mean it’s only sold to those licensed as a cosmetologist.  It is ammonia and resorcinol free.  This was one of the main reasons I went with the line at the time.  It was back in 2013 and this really was the only option when it came to natural hair dye from what I knew.  It still does have PPD in it but has the lowest amount needed in order for it to still be effective.  Instead of Ammonia in the product they use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine. Full ingredient list here. They don’t smell as bad but as far as toxicity go, are still up there with ammonia. Not really that much better in my mind.  They use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine in combination with heat for the color to penetrate the hair shaft.  It covers grey and gives beautiful results.  Your hair feels healthy and shiny.  The fading was no different than mainstream color.  I dare say it was actually better than traditional color.

The smell is more of an earthy smell, nothing unpleasant about it at all.  If you’ve smelled ammonia color then you know what I’m talking about.  They offer 64 colors, that can be made permanent or semi-permanent depending on the developer and they offer two lightening powders.  The lightening powders are ammonia, bleach and dust free.   The line is vegan and some of their products do contain a wheat protein, however they claim that they are gluten free.  I would still ask them if you’re sensitive to gluten in any way before applying this color just to be sure.  Some of their colors, as well as the lightening powders have wheat protein in them.  They have a truly semi-permanent line that’s called No Limits.  These dyes will wash out in 6-12 washes but don’t contain PPD, or PTD and you can do them in the convenience of your home.  They are sold as a retail product from the salon.  As I mentioned above, just because this line is “natural”, and has the word “organic” in it does not mean it doesn’t contain toxins.  When I used it, I still wore gloves.  Although it is better in some ways than standard hair dyes, it still is hair dye at the end of the day.  To find a stylist using OCS, please e-mail them at [email protected]

 

O&M-

This is another professional line, meaning it’s only sold to professional stylists.  O&M stands for Original Mineral.  I used it and here and there in my salon.  It is newer and made in Australia.  It is also a professional line.  O&M is ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free.  But still contains a host of other toxic chemicals instead of PPD like p-aminophenol, 4-Chlororesorcinol, Toluene-2,5-Diamine Sulfate and 2, 4 Diaminophenoxyethanol hcl. Here is a full ingredient list here.

The smell of O&M is more of cleaning agent smell.  I’m not a fan to be honest.  It’s not overly strong or burning like ammonia at all but it isn’t as pleasant as OCS.  It does not require heat to penetrate the hair shaft like Organic Color Systems does, which I loved.  They also have a very creamy consistency.  The hair felt great after using the product.  They are a lot larger than OCS in terms of colors, they offer 99.  They come in a cream form for permanent and liquid for semi-permanent.  The results I got from using O&M were great.  It covered grey well.  The hair shined and lasted through shampoos also.  If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out O&M, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses O&M, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.

 

Oway-

This is another professional line that only a stylist can carry.  I have to say this line I’ve been the most impressed with.  I’ve only used them a handful of times.  First they’re made in Italy.  At the time when I had my salon it wasn’t available otherwise I would have definitely used it.  They’re ammonia free and offer 89 colors which is a decent selection.  They actually have 6 legit natural ingredients in their hair color, which is rare to find.  They really push the words biodynamic, natural and organic.  Obviously, if you’ve been reading through this post you know that it’s probably a marketing term, which it is.  But I am shocked how they do really have a high standard when it comes to being more eco-friendly all around.  You don’t have to sit under heat to process the color, do a ton of steps to cover grays which is nice too.  Organic Color Systems you always have to use so many steps in order to cover the grays, plus use heat.  If you’re a stylist and reading this definitely use a scale, it’s essential for good results with this color line.  I was impressed with how I didn’t have to pack on the color with this line too.  With Organic Color Systems I always felt like I needed more, especially when covering gray hair. Obviously, it’s still not completely natural but I would say as far as being a stylist and having ease of use, consistent results and doesn’t smell horrible, it’s definitely a better option.

I wanted to also mention how much I loved Oway’s Hbleach lightener!  It’s the best lightener I’ve ever used.  It actually makes the hair feel better after using…I know crazy.  It’s ammonia free and contains lavender essential oil and kukui butter.  It’s so creamy.  If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out Oway, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses Oway, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.

Below are a list of ingredients found in “natural” boxed hair dye.  They aren’t pretty.  It would be different using it if it only had a couple toxic ingredients but when the list is this long, it makes you think twice before using it. They may remove some of the heavy offenders when it comes to conventional dye but they are far from safe.  If there is a score next to the ingredient list it’s the score from EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base.

  • PEG’s(polyethylene glycols)- Petroleum based enhancers.  Usually contaminated with, heavy metals, Ethylene oxide(used in World War 1 nerve gas) and 1,4 dioxane-(a carcinogen) and make it easier for ingredients to absorb into your skin/scalp.  Not something you want in your products if there are a list of other toxic ingredients.  The EWG Skin Deep Data Base rates this as a 1 but that’s not accurate.  They aren’t looking at the whole makeup of the ingredient.  Some brands can try and remove these impurities but it would be hard to find that out.
  • Mineral Oil- Made from petroleum. Can be contaminated.  It can even be a possible carcinogen. (Source here)
  • Propylene Glycol- Very similar to (PEG’s- polyethylene glycols), it also makes it easier for ingredients to penetrate the skin and can be a skin irritant.
  • Parfum/Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritant, and has been known as a neuro-toxin, hormone disruptor and an allergen.
  • p-Phenylenediamine- Score of 7- allergies and immunotoxicity as well as cancer.
  • Ethanolamine- Score of 5-6, Allergies and Immunotoxicity
  • 4-Chlororesorcinol- Score of 6- allergies and Immunotoxicity, and cancer.
  • 2-Methylresorcinol- Allergies and immunotoxicity.
  • 2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate- Score of 3 but it did have a reference for cancer.
  • m-Aminophenol- Score of 5, for allergies and immunotoxicity and cancer.
  • N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate- Score of 7, allergies and immunotoxicity, cancer.

 

As you can see, these aren’t ingredients you want going on your head every 6 weeks!  If you want to continue dying your hair, then here are some of the natural boxed hair dye options, however just remember they are not completely natural.  I will say that I was impressed with Madison Reed’s ingredient list.  Still totally not squeaky clean at all, but compared to the other boxed dyes it wasn’t as crazy.  Madison Reed’s are also PPD free, for those that are allergic or sensitive to PPD.  But know that doesn’t mean the ingredient they use instead, para-toulenediamene sulfate isn’t nontoxic.  It has it’s own set of side effects too.

 

 

It’s clear that organic hair dye does not exist except in the form of Hairprint that I mentioned earlier, however, Hairprint doesn’t work for everyone and some people just don’t want to spend that much time doing their hair every 6 weeks, or they have red hair, want highlights, etc.

Mineral Fusion’s Grey Root Concealer-

Does organic hair dye exist?  Well, since we know it doesn’t I’ve found the next best thing- a root concealer!  This isn’t actually an all over color for your hair but for just your roots.  You use it when you are trying to hide those grey hairs.  It really does blend well and covers the grey!  It just washes out after shampooing.  You use it like you would mascara.  Now this isn’t by any means completely natural.  It rates a 5 on the Think Dirty app.  However, this is definitely a better alternative to dying hair in my opinion.  You are giving yourself a lot less of a toxic load.  It is a lot better than mainstream root concealers too.  Plus, if it can help you stretch getting your hair dyed then it’s worth it.

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I’m still waiting for the day when organic hair dye does exist but until then, I’ve rounded out some of my top tips and what I do when getting my hair dyed in my free download.

This will outline:

  • Where to find a natural stylist/salon
  • What to ask a salon to see if they are really who they say they are
  • What to tell your stylists for least exposure
  • What I do when visiting the salon.
  • I even walk you through what to do when you don’t have access to an organic salon.

 

Ok, that’s my huge spill on does organic hair dye exist!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment, or e-mail me.  Also, if you’ve come across other brands that you like please let me know.  I’m always trying out new ones and will be updating this periodically as I do.

 

organic hair dye

Answering the question, does organic hair dye exist and sharing my top picks.

7 Tips To Living Healthy As A Busy Mom

7 Tips To Living Healthy As A Busy Mom

Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom!  Have you ever felt like living healthy in the 21st century is challenging?  We all have our reasons right?  It might be you don’t have time to cook, you can’t find time to exercise or take some time in the morning to pray, meditate or just be still.  Whatever it may be, we all know when we are feeling our best and taking control of our health and when we aren’t.

Over the past month I’ve even felt like I don’t measure up!  Being pregnant with my third baby has definitely thrown it’s curve balls when it comes to healthy living.  I’ve had weeks in the first trimester where I barley cooked because I was vomiting and so nauseous that the thought of cooking anything repulsed me.  I’ve had moments where I just wanted pizza and not a salad.  Days where I’m so tired the idea of going for a walk sounded like a half marathon.  Trust me, I’ve been there!

Having kids can definitely change things up.  Your plans don’t always go as “planned” and you’re often feeling like how does everyone do “ALL” the things.  I mean I even I think that and I’m a natural lifestyle blogger?  I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.  Because at the end of the day, there’s only 24 hours in a day and I can’t do it all!

When your single or even just married life can often look a little different.  I know it did for me.  I didn’t have to plan as much, could do things when I wanted and things didn’t pop up as much as they do now with kids.  Any other mom remember those days?

 

I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

 

I realized if I feel like I’m running the rat race when it comes to healthy living at times, how much more are other moms?!

As much as I want to sauna, fix the perfect instagram worthy meal everyday, have my house in immaculate condition, exercise, practice prayer or meditation, do red light therapy, fix my kids the perfect healthy meals…sometimes it just doesn’t all happen.  I’m human, and I’m reminded daily by 2 little girls and a growing babe in my belly.

Does that mean I throw in the towel and think this healthy lifestyle isn’t for me?

Not at all!  I’ve learned flexibility is key and planning when it comes to life with kids now.  There’s also lots of seasons as kids grow and you just have to learn how to pivot.

I wanted to share 7 tips to living a healthy life as a busy mom that have really made such a difference in my own life.  I want to fully embrace the season I am in and these babies I’ve been blessed with!  I love knowing I can teach them healthy habits and have them grow up living them out for themselves, their family and the environment.

I also realized if healthy living is going to happen in the homes, it’s usually up to the mamas!  We hold so much power and can shape how our family operates and lives everyday.  For example, I know if I cook healthy food that’s what my hubs will eat!  I’m sure it goes for most of your husbands too.  We women often set the tone.

I want to arm you with some tips that helped me so much and have shifted my mindset when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle as a busy mom.  These tips have saved me time, money, and stress. 

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

 

7 tips to healthy living as a busy mom

Living healthy as a busy mom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. With these tips I’ve learned it can be fun and enjoyable!

 

1. Plan ahead-

 

I feel like you’re all looking at me going, “Yeah, I’ve heard that a thousand times!”  Ok, well my question then is are you practicing it?  It’s so easy to hear something but not actually put it into action.  PLANNING, will literally change your life!  Imagine what it would look like if you didn’t plan out your meals for the week.  When it’s time to eat breakfast lunch or dinner, instead of feeling prepared and able to pull something out of the fridge you scramble last minute to throw something together. The end result is it’s not that healthy, maybe it ends up being takeout, a trip to the grocery store where you spend more money, or eating cereal for dinner.  The point is you end up frazzled, not well fed and having spent more money than you wanted.  Not cool, right?!  So what if you took 30 minutes each week and planned your meals.  30 minutes!  That’s it.  You plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks if you need them.  You take your list to the grocery store and you get everything you need.  You then take an hour or two and prep one day.  Wouldn’t that make life SO much easier?  I know it does for me.  We all know what happens to kids when 5 O’Clock rolls around…they turn into hungry hippos and the last thing any mom wants to do is try to come up with some healthy meal amidst whining and crying.

Planning also comes into play for exercise.  If you don’t plan it into your schedule the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.  Penciling in when you’re going to get some activity into your day is crucial for actually seeing it happen.  Right down what your going to do, and tell someone.  You’re so much more likely to actually do it if someone else knows.

Planning your life as a family in general.  Do you ever feel like your kids are in too many activities, and you’re just running around with your head cut off?  A lot of times it might seem necessary to have your kids in every activity but really it might not be.  Both my hubs and I have realized we don’t want to live a taxi service lifestyle.  I definitely want my kids involved in sports but I also don’t want to feel stressed out all the time, overwhelmed and not having any family time.  For each family it will look different, but I challenge you to take an inventory of all your extracurricular activities.  Maybe one activity per season is doable but is three?  Think about what seems manageable and enjoyable for your family.  Every situation is different so do what feels best for you and your family.

 

green smoothie

One of my secret weapons to living out a holistic lifestyle? Green Smoothies!

 

2. Drink a smoothie a day-

 

This one might seem odd but it literally has changed my life.  You might be thinking why a smoothie?  Well, for one it’s easy.  I can prep all my smoothie ingredients, have them in the freezer or fridge and then just pop them in the blender in the morning.  Easy peasy!  Then I can take it with me on the go to work, dropping off the kids etc.  I love knowing that I’m getting a nutrient dense breakfast but on the go.  It’s one less meal to have to think about making beforehand too.  I make a smoothie for my hubs and I every morning and then in the summer months I make them for my girls for lunch.  

I wrote and entire smoothie blog post all about what I put in my smoothies and why.  I even have recipes to my favorite smoothies.  This isn’t just a sugar smoothie, it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and veggies.  You’ll be full until lunch and satisfied.  Check out the blog post here!  Also, if you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can subscribe to Smoothie Box!  It’s an all organic smoothie box that takes the guesswork out of making health smoothies.  The smoothies come in prepackaged bags and all you have to do is add it to a blender with liquid and blend away.  Check out Smoothie Box here!

 

3. Wake up before your kids-

 

Another serious game changer.  I used to not wake up before my kids and really made my days so much harder.  Instead of feeling prepped and ready for the day, I felt like I was thrown into the fire without any protection.  Ok, a little extreme but you get what I’m saying.  When I give myself time have a slow morning and do something for me right away my whole day goes better.  I have more patience for my kids, I’m able to think a little more clearly, and make better decisions  In the end, it always leads to a healthier life.  

For me it’s getting up and having some quiet time reading, listening to a podcast or working out.  Then I’m able to get breakfast on the table for my kids, make my smoothies and even throw in a load of laundry.  Things just flow so much smoother when I allow myself a little “me” time before the kiddos come on the scene.  Even if it’s only 30 minutes I challenge you to get up just a little earlier.  I promise it will make such a difference in your day!

 

Vitacost Faves

Vitacost saves me every month! Love this natural online shopping center!

 

4. Shop online-

 

I know this might sound counterintuitive to going green but hear me out.  A lot of the companies I support are small companies trying to make it in this big world.  Not only does shopping online save me a lot of time as a busy mom but it also gives me a chance to support smaller companies I might not.  For instance I love shopping on Etsy!  It’s one of my favorites for finding thoughtful and unique gifts for friends and family.  I also buy online from a lot of local Seattle companies.  I live an hour south of Seattle so being able to still support some of my favorite jewelers is awesome.  I also get my pastured meat from a small company in California.  I love knowing the quality is amazing but that they ship directly to me!  Saves this mama so much time.  

A few other stores I love shopping at are Vitacost for healthy organic dry goods- I have a whole blog post on my favorites here.  I also love Amazon for convenience- and all the moms said AMEN!  I have a whole Amazon blog post on all my favorites I get from them here.  Just having things delivered when living out a healthy lifestyle helps me a ton.  I’m able to spend more time making a decent meal for my family, spending time outdoors and just not stressing about driving here and there.  They even have so many grocery delivery services now where you can order online and then have it delivered to your house!  Take a little off your plate and start living out your healthy life, instead of feeling like you’re running around with your head cut off to 10 different stores.

 

7 tips to healthy living as a busy mom

Involving your family in activities makes living healthy so much more doable!

 

5. Make it a family activity-

 

It’s easy to want to compartmentalize everything but unfortunately that just isn’t reality once you have kids.  An example of this is when I want to exercise.  I’ve realized sometimes it means including my girls.  Whether that’s playing with them outside, going for a walk as a family or even a bike ride.  It might not look like an hour at the gym.  

My brother and sister in law are a perfect example of this.  They have 5 kids- yes I said 5!  They had twin girls last year.  But guess what?   It didn’t stop them from getting working out.  They were creative in making it a family activity.  They would put the twins in a double bob stroller, walk and run with them, while the other girls would ride their bikes or scooter.  They also set up a garage gym, so they didn’t have to go anywhere to get in a workout.  They saved time by doing this and were able to show their kids the importance of staying active.  

Same thing when it comes to being in the kitchen.  I got my 5 year old a kid safe knife set so she can help me when I’m in the kitchen. Instead of having me make meals by myself she can now get involved.  The more involved she is in preparing the food the more she learns about how real food is made.  When you make things a family affair you may have to get a little creative but I promise it will be worth it!

 

6. Don’t compare-

 

Sounds easier said then done.  Trust me I get it but it’s so worth it.  How many times are you scrolling through Instagram and you see a photo of a someone with a picture perfect life and you start thinking I can’t live that way.  Looks impossible.  They’re so healthy, look at the meals they make, wow they’re house is always clean and they have the perfect body.  Come on, we’ve all been there.  But what you might not have seen is that the person you’re comparing yourself too actually is a work in progress too, like us all.  Remember no life is perfect, even if it looks that way.  

If you need to stop unfollowing people in order to get a right mindset, do it!  Your life is amazing and awesome and if you truly don’t feel like it is, then do something about it.  Start implementing one of these tips today and I know you’ll see a difference within the month.  Small changes add up over time.  I have learned to embrace my life, flaws and all.  I love my kids and hubs and the messy life we’ve created.  It’s not perfect but that’s ok, we’re human.   Stop comparing and start loving your own life!  Healthy living doesn’t look the same for everyone.

 

7. Say NO-

 

This one is so good and needed more than ever in our society!  Have you ever felt like you literally are a taxi service for your kids?  Or that you are constantly stressed out?  Maybe you have to stay up so late every night just to get all the things done.  It could be that every weekend you have some sort of family function, birthday party, or sporting event to go to.  Sound familiar?  I know I’ve been there.  I’ve said yes to so many things that I literally end up running myself into the ground and getting sick.  Do you know it’s ok to say no?  Yes, you can say no and your friends won’t hate you(I mean if they do, are they even your friends), you’ll still have a life and you’ll still have fun.  When you say no to things it puts you in control of your life instead of someone else.  

I find when we say no, we aren’t rushing around but enjoying one another’s company, playing outside more and just being together as a family.  When your gone all the time it doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle.  You won’t have time to prep food, cook, or even have a normal routine.  They say that adults thrive off of routine as much as children do.  When you can get in a rhythm of life your body thanks you.  When I know I’m home for the week I can get my workout in, make healthy meals, eat together as a family- all things that breath health into my life.  Sometimes it might be hard saying no to all the invitations but at the end of the day you’re really saying yes to your health!

 

Do you implement any of these tips into your life?  What tips have helped you as a busy mom live a healthier life?

 

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Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom of two!

 

Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom!  Have you ever felt like living healthy in the 21st century is challenging?  We all have our reasons right?  It might be you don’t have time to cook, you can’t find time to exercise or take some time in the morning to pray, meditate or just be still.  Whatever it may be, we all know when we are feeling our best and taking control of our health and when we aren’t.

Over the past month I’ve even felt like I don’t measure up!  Being pregnant with my third baby has definitely thrown it’s curve balls when it comes to healthy living.  I’ve had weeks in the first trimester where I barley cooked because I was vomiting and so nauseous that the thought of cooking anything repulsed me.  I’ve had moments where I just wanted to pizza and not a salad.  Days where I’m so tired the idea of going for a walk sounds like a half marathon.  Trust me, I’ve been there!

Having kids can definitely change things up.  Your plans don’t always go as “planned” and you’re often feeling like how does everyone do “ALL” the things.  Can I admit that even I think that and I’m a natural lifestyle blogger?  I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.  Because at the end of the day, there’s only 24 hours in a day and I can’t do it all!

When your single or even just married life can often look a little different.  I know it did for me.  I didn’t have to plan as much, could do things when I wanted and things didn’t pop up as much as they do now with kids.  Any other mom remember those days?

I realized if I feel like I’m running the rat race when it comes to healthy living at times, how much more are other moms?!

As much as I want to sauna, fix the perfect instagram worthy meal everyday, have my house in immaculate condition, exercise, practice prayer or meditation, do red light therapy, fix my kids the perfect healthy meals…sometimes it just doesn’t all happen.  I’m human, and I’m reminded daily by 2 little girls and a growing babe in my belly.

Does that mean I throw in the towel and think this healthy lifestyle isn’t for me?

Not at all!  I’ve learned flexibility is key and planning when it comes to life with kids now.  There’s also lots of seasons as kids grow and you just have to learn how to pivot.

I wanted to share 7 tips to living life as a healthy mom that have really made such a difference in my own life.  I want to fully embrace the season I am in and these babies I’ve been blessed with!  I love knowing I can teach them healthy habits and have them grow up living them out for themselves, their family and the environment.

I also realized if healthy living is going to happen in the homes, it’s usually up to the mamas!  We hold so much power and can shape how our family operates and lives everyday.  For example, I know if I cook healthy food that’s what my hubs will eat!  I’m sure it goes for most of your husbands too.  We women often set the tone.

I want to arm you with some tips that helped me so much and have shifted my mindset when it comes to creating a healthy living as a busy mom.  These tips have saved me time, money, stress and have helped me live out a healthy lifestyle.

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

1. Plan ahead-

I feel like you’re all looking at me going, “Yeah, I’ve heard that a thousand times!”  Ok, well my question then is are you practicing it?  It’s so easy to hear something but not actually put it into action.  PLANNING, will literally change your life!  Imagine what it would look like if you didn’t plan out your meals for the week.  When it’s time to eat breakfast lunch or dinner, instead of feeling prepared and able to pull something out of the fridge you scramble last minute to throw something together. It’s not that healthy, maybe it ends up being takeout, a trip to the grocery store where you spend more money, or eating cereal for dinner.  The point is you end up frazzled, not well fed and having spent more money than you wanted.  Not cool, right?!  So what if you took 30 minutes each week and planned your meals.  30 minutes!  That’s it.  You plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks if you need them.  You take your list to the grocery store and you get everything you need.  You then take an hour or two and prep one day.  Wouldn’t that make life SO much easier?  I know it does for me.  We all know what happens to kids when 5 O’Clock rolls around…they turn into hungry hippos and the last thing any mom wants to do is try to come up with some healthy meal amidst whining and crying.

Planning also comes into play for exercise.  If you don’t plan it into your schedule the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.  Penciling in when you’re going to get some activity into your day is crucial for actually seeing it happen.  Right down what your going to do, and tell someone.  You’re so much more likely to actually do it if someone else knows.

Planning your life as a family in general.  Do you ever feel like your kids are in too many activities, and you’re just running around with your head cut off?  A lot of times it might seem necessary to have your kids in every activity but really it might not be.  Both my hubs and I have realized we don’t want to live a taxi service lifestyle.  I definitely want my kids involved in sports but I also don’t want to feel stressed out all the time, overwhelmed and not having any family time.  For each family it will look different, but I challenge you to take an inventory of all your extracurricular activities.  Maybe one activity per season is doable but is three?  Think about what seems manageable and enjoyable for your family.  Every situation is different so do what feels best for you and your family

2. Drink a smoothie a day-

This one might seem odd but it literally has changed my life.  You might be thinking why a smoothie?  Well, for one it’s easy.  I can prep all my smoothie ingredients, have them in the freezer or fridge and then just pop them in the blender in the morning.  Easy peasy!  Then I can take it with me on the go to work, dropping off the kids etc.  I love knowing that I’m getting a nutrient dense breakfast but on the go.  It’s one less meal to have to think about making beforehand too.  I make a smoothie for my hubs and I every morning and then in the summer months I make them for my girls for lunch.  I wrote and entire smoothie blog post all about what I put in my smoothies and why.  I even have recipes to my favorite smoothies.  This isn’t just a sugar smoothie, it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and veggies.  You’ll be full until lunch and satisfied.  Check out the blog post here!  Also, if you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can subscribe to Smoothie Box!  It’s an all organic smoothie box that takes the guesswork out of making health smoothies.  The smoothies come in prepackaged bags and all you have to do is add it to a blender with liquid and blend away.  Check out Smoothie Box here!

3. Wake up before your kids-

Another serious game changer.  I used to not wake up before my kids and really made my days so much harder.  Instead of feeling prepped and ready for the day, I felt like I was thrown into the fire without any protection.  Ok, a little extreme but you get what I’m saying.  When I give myself to have a slow morning and do something for me right away my whole day goes better.  I have more patience for my kids, I’m able to think a little more clearly and just make better decisions which in the end always leads to a healthier life.  For me it’s getting up and having some quiet time reading, listening to a podcast or working out.  Then I’m able to get breakfast on the table for my kids, make my smoothies and even throw in a load of laundry.  Things just flow so much smoother when I allow myself a little “me” time before the kiddos come on the scene.  Even if it’s only 30 minutes I challenge you to get up just a little earlier.  I promise it will make such a difference in your day!

4. Shop online-

I know this might sound counterintuitive to going green but hear me out.  A lot of the companies I support are small companies trying to make it in this big world.  Not only does shopping online save me a lot of time as a busy mom but it also gives me a chance to support smaller companies I might not.  For instance I love shopping on Etsy!  It’s one of my favorites for finding thoughtful and unique gifts for friends and family.  I also buy online from a lot of local Seattle companies.  I live an hour south of Seattle so being able to still support some of my favorite jewelers is awesome.  I also get my pastured meat from a small company in California.  I love knowing the quality is amazing but that they ship directly to me!  Saves this mama so much time.  A few other stores I love shopping at are Vitacost for healthy organic dry goods- I have a whole blog post on my favorites here.  I also love Amazon for convenience- and all the moms said AMEN!  I have a whole Amazon blog post on all my favorites I get from them here.  Just having things delivered when living out a healthy lifestyle helps me a ton.  I’m able to spend more time making a decent meal for my family, spending time outdoors and just not stressing about driving here and there.  They even have so many grocery delivery services now where you can order online and then have it delivered to your house!  Take a little off your plate and start living out your healthy life, instead of feeling like you’re running around with your head cut off to 10 different stores.

5. Make it a family activity-

It’s easy to want to compartmentalize everything but unfortunately that just isn’t reality once you have kids.  An example of this is when I want to exercise.  I’ve realized sometimes it means including my girls.  Whether that’s playing with them outside, going for a walk as a family or even a bike ride.  It might not look like an hour at the gym.  My brother and sister in law are a perfect example of this.  They have 5 kids- yes I said 5!  They had twin girls last year.  But guess what?   It didn’t stop them from getting working out.  They were creative in making it a family activity.  They would put the twins in a double bob stroller, walk and run with them, while the other girls would ride their bikes or scooter.  They also set up a garage gym, so they didn’t have to go anywhere to get in a workout.  They saved time by doing this and were able to show their kids the importance in staying active.  Same thing when it comes to being in the kitchen.  I got my 5 year old a kid safe knife set so she can help me when I’m in the kitchen. Instead of having me make meals by myself she can now get involved.  The more involved she is in preparing the food the more she learns about how real food is made.  When you make things a family affair you may have to get a little creative but I promise it will be worth it!

6. Don’t compare-

Sounds easier said then done.  Trust me I get it but it’s so worth it.  How many times are you scrolling through Instagram and you see a photo of a someone with a picture perfect life and you start thinking I can’t live that way.  Looks impossible.  They’re so healthy, look at the meals they make, wow they’re house is always clean and they have the perfect body.  Come on, we’ve all been there.  But what you might not have seen is that the person you’re comparing yourself actually is single, not married and has no children.  Completely opposite of your life.  If you need to stop unfollowing people in order to get a right mindset, do it!  Your life is amazing and awesome and if you truly don’t feel like it is, then do something about it.  Start implementing one of these tips today and I know you’ll see a difference within the month.  Small changes add up over time.  I have learned to embrace my life, flaws and all.  I love my kids and hubs and the messy life we’ve created.  It’s not perfect but that’s ok, we’re human.  No one has the picture perfect life we think they do.  Stop comparing and start loving your own life!  Healthy living doesn’t look the same for everyone.

7. Say NO-

This one is so good and needed more than ever in our society!  Have you ever felt like you literally are a taxi service for your kids?  Or that you are constantly stressed out?  Maybe you have to stay up so late every night just to get all the things done.  It could be that every weekend you have some sort of family function, birthday party, or sporting event to go to.  Sound familiar?  I know I’ve been there.  I’ve said yes to so many things that I literally end up running myself into the ground and getting sick.  Do you know it’s ok to say no?  Yes, you can say no and your friends won’t hate you(I mean if they do, are they even your friends), you’ll still have a life and you’ll still have fun.  When you say no to things it puts you in control of your life instead of someone else.  I find when we say no, we aren’t rushing around but enjoying one another’s company, playing outside more and just being together as a family.  When your gone all the time it doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle.  You won’t have time to prep food, cook, or even have a normal routine.  They say that adults thrive off of routine as much as children do.  When you can get in a rhythm of life your body thanks you.  When I know I’m home for the week I can get my workout in, make healthy meals, eat together as a family- all things that breath health into my life.  Sometimes it might be hard saying no to all the invitations but at the end of the day you’re really saying yes to your health!

 

Do you implement any of these tips into your life?  What tips have helped you as a busy mom live a healthier life?

 

May’s Natural Beauty Box Roundup

May’s Natural Beauty Box Roundup

A new month brings May’s Natural Beauty Box Roundup!  This month is a fun one and the savings are through the roof!  If you haven’t hopped on the natural beauty box train this month might be a good month to start.  We are seeing some of the best brands for a serious steal!

Beauty Heroes: Ayuna

 

Beauty Heroes May Discovery

May’s Beauty Heroes Discovery is one for the books! Ayuna is featuring their newest product Velo.

 

This month we are seeing another standout product from Ayuna.  If you’ve been receiving Beauty Heroes for a while then you’re totally familiar with this luxe natural beauty brand.  They deliver results driven skincare with clean ingredients.  Ayuna’s roots are in Spain where the products are made.  I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founders a couple years ago and she was delightful.  

Heroic Product: Velo- This is a new product release from Ayuna and it’s just so good.  At first you think it’s just a face cream but as you dive into this product you realize it’s so much more!  It’s filled with superhero ingredients from lactobacillus ferment, cocos nucifera, olive oil and trehalose to name a few.  Not only does it hydrate the skin but it also protects it from the environment and all it’s pollutants.  It does this by forming a film that help to keep pollution out.  It also helps balance your skin microbiome with probiotics.  The name Velo in Spanish means veil.  The idea is that Velo basically turns into your second skin.  Creating a smooth, even canvas that looks like your skin but better.  

What did I think?  A lot actually.  It really lives up to the hype.  It moisturizes my skin completely but also makes it look so much better.  There is a tint to it.  Nothing too much just a subtle tint that pulls your whole face together.  I actually just wore this by itself like a tinted moisturizer on some days and then on others when I wanted more coverage I touched up with some additional foundation. It really is such a unique product!  

Sidekick: The Facial- I was excited to see The Facial as this month’s sidekick.  I’m no stranger to this beauty.  I have used it in the past.  It seems so small to call it just a toner, because it does so much.  It’s like getting a facial but your in the coziness of your own bathroom and it takes 60 seconds.  Not only does it exfoliate but also balance and completely change your skin.  

You apply it to clean skin.  It feels like lotion to powder formula.  Feeling like a liquid at first but then creating a matte affect on the skin after.  It contains glutamic acid, lactobacillus ferment, apple cider vinegar, succinic acid and non stem cells just to name a few.  These ingredients work together to help exfoliate, calm inflammation and create a smooth even finish.  I was using this before for about a month and people kept complementing me on my skin.  I finally figured out it was The Facial that had changed in my routine. Results are everything!

Best part is you can get this fabulous box right now for such a steal!  This box is valued at $252  but you can snag it for $42.95.  This really is such stellar box- I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out!  Hop on it now if you’re thinking of getting it. Get Beauty Heroes May Discovery here! 

 

Boxwalla

 

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This limited edition Boxwalla box is one for the books!

 

So technically Boxwalla does not have a box this month!  But is offering a limited edition box.  This box is definitely worth noting and I couldn’t wait to share with you!  It’s a sampling of natural perfumes from SIGIL.  The founder Patrick Kelly creates unique scents that are all unisex.  This is unlike other natural fragrances you’ve used- trust me!   They use essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extracts and house-made tinctures in a base of certified organix sugarcane alcohol. They actually remind me a lot of conventional fragrances but without the headache.  They are woodsy, warm and sophisticated.  Not just a blend of essential oils if you know what I mean.  

So how the Limited Edition Box works is you get to sample their 4 scents.  Then you pick your favorite and they send you a full size perfume of that scent.  It’s a crazy good value!!  The full size perfume is $120 value and the box itself is a $50 value.  This is such a great way for someone to be able to try several natural perfumes before having to commit.  One you receive the box you have 4 weeks to decide which scent suits you best.

My two favorites are Amor Fati.  This is a lighter perfume, which in my opinion is perfect for summer.  It has notes of Bergamot, Palo Santo, Green Pine Needles and Resinous Galbanum.  It changes as I wear it too- my hubs loved it.

My other fave is Solutio.  This feels light as well and a little sweet.  It has lime and citrus scents in it.  I like how fresh it is on.  Really awakens my senses as I wear it.

I can’t recommend this box enough!  So many people ask me about perfumes and this is a great way to be able to try them.  Get the box here!

 

Detox Box

 

Detox Box May

The Detox Box for May contains one of my favorite natural beauty facial oils!

 

This month it is all about Agent Nateur in the Detox Box.  Featuring a travel size deodorant stick in HOLI(STICK)No. 3 and a full size HOLI(OIL).  I’ve long been a fan of Agent Nateur’s HOLI(OIL) for while.  It was fun to see them in this month’s box, plus a travel sized deodorant!  

HOLI(OIL)- This frosted bottle contains a rich oil that smells like roses.  Not only does it help smooth skin and wrinkles but it also is extremely hydrating.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all and seeps into your skin, giving your face a radiance.  My skin looked restored.  I used this after several sleepless nights and it literally brought the life back into my skin.  It’s true to it’s name- giving you your youthful skin back!  There isn’t a long list of ingredients but the ones that are in there are effective.  I also love using this before makeup.  My foundation glides on.  Bonus- my husband can use it too!  

HOLI(STICK)No. 3-  This is great for travel, when you want to pack light.  I personally love Agent Nature’s HOLI(ROSE) Deodorant!  It’s even a fave of mine for a while.  Check it out here!  

This box has a value of $130 but you can get it for $55!  The beauty of the Detox Box is you don’t have to commit to any amount of months.  You can simply just buy this one time box!  Pretty awesome.  Get the box here!

 

May's Natural Beauty Box Roundup

Sharing May’s Natural Beauty Box Roundup on the blog!

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!

 

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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.

 

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