What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

In episode #21 we are learning what to do when your child has multiple chemical sensitivities from Steph Duford.  Steph Duford is from Wisconsin.  Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 5-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many.  Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies…36 to be exact. He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.

Along with many allergies, she’s also become well versed in chronic atopic eczema and multiple chemical sensitivity. The saying, “The best detective at work is the mother of an ill child” is 100% accurate! One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Connect With Steph-

Topics Discussed-

  • Who is Steph Duford and her story of having a child with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Golden Hour moment or catalyst in her own health journey
  • Her advice for mama’s who may feel overwhelmed when caring for a child with allergies or MCS
  • Tips and protocols that have helped her and her family navigate having a child with allergies or MCS
  • Things she’s learned along the way to ensure her child still experiences life to the fullest
  • Tips that have helped her have courage and boldness to ask for what she wants
  • Things anyone can do to help make the environment around them safer for those who suffer from allergies
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your life
  • Where people can connect with Steph

Links Mentioned In The Podcast-

  • Metaderm- Lotion that helped heal Frankie’s eczema skin

 

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Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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What I buy at Pharmaca: April Edition

What I buy at Pharmaca: April Edition

What I buy at Pharmaca: April edition is here!  If you haven’t figured out by now I’m a huge fan of Pharmaca.  They really carry it all when it comes to natural living.  I love one stop shops as a mom- even better when they’re online.

*This post does contain affiliate links.  If you do purchase something from one of them I will receive a small commission.  

Want to find out why I can’t get enough of this one stop natural shopping store?  Then keep reading!

1st- Pharmaca carries QUALITY products.

Yes, you read that right.  It’s not some retailer selling random things.  They carry all the big name green beauty brands, natural living brands and supplement brands.  Plus, their selection is amazing!

2nd- It’s all in ONE place.

No more going back and forth between five websites trying to get green beauty brands in one place and supplements in another.  Now, you can just do it all at once and save yourself some precious time.

3rd- Shopping at Pharmaca SAVES you money.

Yes, you heard me right!  They are always having a great sale or gift with purchase.  Plus, you get free shipping after $35- hello.  Most retailers are $50 and higher.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to their website to purchase something and was amazed to find they also carried another one of my products too.  Pharmaca has made my life more streamlined and easier as a mom and fellow natural living enthusiast.

Here are some products you can find at Pharmaca:

Some green beauty brands I love that they carry are:

Every month I’m working with Pharmaca to show you what you can get for $100(it’s pretty incredible).  Here is this month’s order:

*These products were sent to me by Pharmaca, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Preserve Razor Triple Blade-

These razors are made from recycled materials, some of the recycled products are yogurt cups.  Pretty cool!  Also, the whole razor is recyclable itself. They give my skin a smooth feeling but I don’t feel like they’re so sharp that they are going to nick me easily.  I love that they’re easy to travel with too and budget friendly.  A great pick instead of getting a plastic one you can’t recycle.  Get your Preserve Razor here!

Evan Healy Blue Cactus Beauty Elixir-

Ok, I had heard really good things about this elixir and I was SO excited to finally get my hands on it.  Well, it did not disappoint!  If you’ve been following me long enough on my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of anything Blue Tansy or prickly pear seed oil, well this elixir has them both.  A match made in skincare heaven!  The prickly pear seed oil is perfect for dry or irritated skin, while the blue tansy helps to clam and minimize redness.  My skin literally drank it all up!  I can’t recommend it enough.  I would put it on after cleansing and toning my skin.  My skin felt so nourished and supple.  Plus, the blue tansy smell is intoxicating.  Such a great elixir!  Get it here!

Even Healy Sweet Blossom Hydrating Oil-

Another Evan Healy product but one I’m familiar with!  This body oil has been in my beauty arsenal for 5 years- it’s so good!  I love the smell.  It has notes of frankincense, neroli, and ylang ylang in it.  When you apply it to your skin it soaks right up.  But leaves behind a silly smooth feeling.  Made with a combination of jojoba, sunflower, sesame and apricot kernel oil.  It envelops your skin and leaves lasting moisture.  Get your Body oil here!

Acure Captivating Light Body Oil-

This body oil is great for travel!  I love having it on hand for trips.  It doesn’t come in glass like the Evan Healy one, which makes it perfect for a trip.  You can easily toss it in your bag and not worry about it breaking.  Plus, it smells so good and sprays too- pretty cool.  If coconut isn’t your fave, they also have other scents too.  Snag your body oil here!

U Konserve Mini Containers-

I’m obsessed with these little containers.  Perfect for traveling anywhere.  With kids you always have to have snacks on hand and these are the perfect container. They are stainless steel, which I love- no plastic.  The lids also stay on so easy, another huge win.  I find a lot of small bowls or containers often don’t have great lids.  I fill them with snacks for the kids too even if we’re just at home.  Traveling or not, these hit the mark!  Grab your containers here!

Melissa and Doug Travel Books-

Another reason I love Pharmaca so much- they even have kid’s activities and toys!  I love Melissa and Doug products.  These books are great for when traveling or in the car.  They’re easy to pull out and not make a mess with a ton of markers or crayons.  You just need some water to put in the pen and you’re good to go.  My girls love playing with these.  Get your Melissa and Doug products here!

The Ultimate Natural Child Gift Guide

The Ultimate Natural Child Gift Guide

I’ve got the Ultimate Natural Child Gift Guide up on the blog!  Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy for the little people in our lives.  Not to mention find green and natural gifts.  I’ve taken the guesswork out for you and have come up with my favorites!  Also, I have 4 other gift guides from Green Beauty, Green Home, Favorite Small Businesses, and plus a Budget Friendly Gift Guide.  Don’t miss out!

Stainless Steel Section Plate, Castle My sister in law got these for my kids a while back and we love them!  I mean who doesn’t want to eat their food from a castle plate?  Plus, they’re made with stainless steel and completely plastic free.  You’re kids will love you and you’ll feel good knowing they’re toxin free!

Kiddobloom Kids Stainless Steel Utensil Set We love these stainless steel silverware sets!  They come in toddler sizes or for big kids.  We have both and they’ve worked out great.  The forks and knives have rounded edges too so you don’t have to worry about overly sharp utensils.  Again, they’re stainless steel too so no funky toxins either.

Rubbabu Toys- These eco rubber toys are perfect for babies, kids or special needs.  They have different shapes and edges on the outside of them making them great for sensory development.  Since they are made with rubber they are naturally anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and mildew-resistant.  Not only does my 3 1/2 year old love these but also my 15 month old!  Plus, they have a matching card game that is perfect to take whenever traveling with kiddos!

Alice and Ames Girl Dresses- These dresses are perfect for twirling and what little girl doesn’t want to twirl?  I got my 3 1/2 year old one for Christmas and I can’t wait to see her in it!

Marleys Monsters Unpaper Towels We have several sets of these that we use around the house.  They come in so many cute patterns and are perfect for using as napkins with meals or to just wipe up a spill.  Not only do you save money in the long run but you also aren’t wasting paper!

Kupp Kid’s Cup-  My oldest loves drinking from this cup.  It’s a smaller size which makes it easy for her to hold and it has a silicone sleeve around the glass cup.  Not only does it add a little character to the cup but great for holding.

Hunter Boots- Every year we get Finley a new pair of Hunter boots.  She wears them ALL the time and they’re easy for her to put on herself.  Plus, they literally go with any outfit!

Organic Baby Sweater- This organic sweater is so soft and comforting for baby skin.  It’s such a cute sweater too!  They will be styling!

Zoe Organics Baby Gift Set- Love Zoe Organics baby skincare!  Gentle enough on baby skin with pure, organic ingredients that nourish their delicate skin.  The products smell amazing too!

Meri Meri Organic Cotton Toys for baby- These toys are so cute and plush!  And you won’t have to worry about toxic ingredients because they’re organic!

Naturpedic Organic Crib Mattress- This is the crib mattress I got for my first daughter and we have loved it!  I feel at ease knowing she’s sleeping on an organic mattress.

Pottery Barn Organic baby/kid sheets- I’ve had these sheets for my first daughter and they are still going strong on baby number two. They come in so many cute prints too!

Pura 28 OZ / 850 ML Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Silicone Sport Flip Cap & Sleeve, Aqua (Plastic Free, Nontoxic Certified, BPA Free)– There’s no plastic at all in this water bottle!  I love how it has a cap- game changer.  I haven’t been able to find a plastic free water bottle for kids with a cap until this one- I’m sold!

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