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.
This week in Episode #6 we are chatting about Whole Foods, Holistic Chiropractic Care and Raw Veggie Bread with my friend Deanna Mutzel. Deanna has been a chiropractor for 20 years specializing in athletes, children, women’s wellness health and weight loss, and helps people as a functional nutritionist. She is the owner of Real Food Lab, where she creates recipes and educates people on real food. She’s also a content creator for nutrition and fitness coarses for High Intensity Health- http://www.highintensityhealth.com and has a YouTube channel where she specializes in real food, low carb recipes made with local, seasonal ingredients when possible.
This month’sBeauty Heroe’s box is SO special-I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys! Josh Rosebrook is a genius and his products speak for themselves. If you’ve been reading my blog long enough you know I’m a fan of his products. This month his Cacao Antioxidant Mask takes center stage as hero of the month! I was already a huge fan of this mask and was just so jazzed to see it in this month’s box. This mask is what started it all for Josh. After experimenting with cacao, he noticed a significant improvement in his skin. His clients noticed as well and for good reason!
I love Josh’s whole approach to skincare. It’s all about supporting the skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Giving it what it needs so that it can repair on it’s own. Not a quick fix like many would want, but a process of letting your skin regenerate as it was meant too. This happens by supporting the skin with herbs, nuts, fruit, seeds, plants, leaves, and flowers. These natural resources offer similar phytonutrients found in the body and help facilitate the skin’s ability to heal thorough cell turnover. Josh believes in a five step process: Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, moisturize and protect-I couldn’t agree more! You can’t have one without the other. They are all connected and help the skin to become the best version of itself. I have seen for myself the amazing transformation skin can take when nourished and given time-can you say glow?!
This month’s hero is not a new hero to me. I’ve been using Josh’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask for a while and have fallen hard for it. First, it comes in this chic glass jar. You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests. I’m in love! It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face. Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face. Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking. I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face. I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic. You can do less time but I like to get the full effect. Then I just wipe off with a washcloth. After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake. I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant. The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin. A serious skin treat!
So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?! The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen. Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back. Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better. If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin. Best of all? This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself. I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both. Oh, and did I mention the ingredients are 100% certified organic? Yeah, and Josh goes to great lengths to ensure every ingredient is in its purest form when selected. Check out his stance on ingredient integrity here.It’s really all about plant ingredients with Josh’s Products and for good reason. These plants are living and active and offer such a similar composition to our own skin. I believe it’s really how skincare is intended to be made-with the earth as it’s source.
As if the Cacao Antioxidant Mask wasn’t enough to make you swoon this month, there’s also another skin product in the box. The sidekick this month is Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator. This is another Josh product that I’m quite familiar with and love. This mist really does it all-from hydrating, toning and moisturizing. The basis of the mist is aloe vera, which helps the skin absorb nutrients more efficiently and plumps up the overall texture of the skin. Herbs also help to calm the skin and reduce redness. I love spraying this on after cleansing before serums/oils and also before and after a mask. A serious skincare must in my opinion! Plus, this little tonic smells like vanilla, can you say mmm! I’m addicted to the smell alone. I even spray this throughout the day for a quick pick me up of hydration.
This month’s Beauty Heroes box had me swooning in every way! I really can’t say enough about Josh and the integrity and quality of his products. If you haven’t signed up for Beauty Heroes I suggest you do it today before this box sells out! Also, if you are already a member don’t forget to check out the Beauty Heroes store. Full of Beauty Hero products! Have you used this month’s hero?
Hey Guys! I’ve teamed up with my good friend Lisa from the blog, This Organic Girl to bring you our must have pantry staples. To know Lisa is to love her! She is the real deal when it comes to living clean in every area of her life. She is a wealth of knowledge and has the best tips! I’m so excited to partner up with her and share our pantry list with you.
Weeding through the grocery store these days can seem daunting, especially when looking for real food. If it’s free from one thing, it probably has another. Lisa and I wanted to give you a real world perspective on what we actually buy ourselves and feed our families. From the stores we shop at, to the best deals around, we’ve found these pantry picks to be tried and true. Our goal is to hopefully make your life a little easier. We’ve done the leg work so you don’t have to!
Avoiding processed foods is super important but as busy moms and women, let’s face it, we do not always have a fresh batch of crackers baking or an unending supply of fresh bone broth, or canned tomatoes in the pantry. So here is what our kitchen stash looks like. These are all minimally processed foods with real ingredients. They are also gluten free, dairy free (except the butter) and mostly organic.
In addition to this list we always stock local, raw, organic honey in glass and local Grade A maple syrup in glass. Check your farmers markets for these items.
And just a note about a few things to keep in mind while buying. Avoid foods packaged in plastics. BPA free cans are a better option and glass is best. Consider bringing your own produce bags, shopping bags and bulk item containers. And most importantly, read food labels and make informed decisions about what you are buying.
Just a note: We realize every family comes from varying budgets and sometimes it’s just not possible to buy everything you want. For instance, you can find organic maple syrup at Costco however it’s stored in plastic, not glass. Lisa and I always want to discourage the use of plastic, but the reality is sometimes you can’t get away from it. That being said, we hope this list gives you tools to make better choices for your family. We are all on a different point in our journey towards living a cleaner and healthier life!
Also, be sure to check out our Instagrams @gurlgonegreen and @thisorganicgirl for some amazing giveaways in the next couple of days. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out – they are too good!
Whole Foods Market-One of our favorite places to shop!
Trail Mix is kind of an American staple these days and not just reserved for hikes. It’s a great go to when you need some good protein and a quick healthy snack. Nuts especially are loaded with so many health benefits. However, unfortunately most trail mix aren’t all good! My naturopath had mentioned to my husband that he should start eating more nuts. Translation: My husband comes to me and says to get him some trail mix. (more…)