Before Sequoia was born, we tried to prepare our home like all parents do. This included buying all the supplies we thought we would need before actually meeting our precious little one. Baby wipes are on the top of every new parent’s list, and that’s just what we set out to get.
Looking at the selection, I could not fathom spending the loot for the top of the line, organic, fragrance-free, premium baby wipes. Come on! We have a baby on the way and we’ve been spending all this extra money already.
So I bought what I thought was the safest option for what I felt like we could afford at the time. I felt total guilt after taking a closer look at the ingredients at home, because I recognized some of them as being on our family’s list of no-go’s.
Many ingredients found in baby wipes should be avoided, even those that are advertised to be “Natural”, “Pure”, and “Fragrance-Free”. You will not only find these harmful ingredients in the “natural” versions that Huggies and Pampers have to offer, but they’re also in Seventh Generation, Kirkeland’s Non-Scented, Parents Choice fragrance-free, Member’s Mark Premium, Simple Truth, Alphanova Organic, etc.
These are the Toxic Ingredients to Avoid:
Bronopol (also known as 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 and 3-Diol): This preservative releases formaldehyde as it breaks down and it’s an irritant that really should not be used in any baby products.
Let’s start simply loving our skin with natural anti-aging ingredients.
This recipe is so incredibly quick and simple to make with only 2 ingredients, plus your essential oils of choice.
Why use a toner?
Toning your skin helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may have been left behind after washing.
Toning helps to balance your skin’s PH level.
Toning also helps to close the pores and allow your moisturizer to soak into the skin more efficiently.
I NEVER used to use toners, but as my skin ages, I found out that I love using a toner to rid of the dry and tired looking skin. My skin always looks more fresh and evenly toned for the day. Taking care of our skin by cutting out harsh chemical ingredients and using natural plant-based ingredients can also help slow the anti-aging process.
Lets talk about our skin and how beauty comes from within. A lot of times we are looking for bandaids to fix a quick issue, but we need to look at what is going on inside so we can heal from the inside out.
In my opinion, these are the…
Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin
#1 Manage stress
This is difficult and I can’t say I’m very good at it, but its something I work on all the time. Stress can affect our skin’s appearance and show us when we are imbalanced. It’s good to shift our awareness and work on managing our stress whether its through breathing techniques like yoga and meditation, exercise, focusing on the positive, or whatever works best for each of us.
I’ve compiled all of your spring cleaning recipes all in one place…
This is it!
Lemon essential oil*
Thieves Household Cleaner
*Other great essential oils you can substitute in any of these recipes include Purification, Orange essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Citrus Fresh essential oil, Thieves essential oil, Christmas Spirit essential oil, …
“Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Chores will feel like less of a chore with the sweet-and-spicy scent and effective cleaning power of Thieves Household Cleaner.”*****
“This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite.”******
Ready to get your chocolate sweet treat in this Valentine’s Day with zero guilt?!
I am ALL about treating yourself after growing up with a “candy drawer” (literally a drawer in the kitchen that was full of nothing but candy) and “bedtime snacks” consisting of cereal bowls full of ice-cream with all the toppings right before bed. A lot more health conscious these days, I’ve found a few recipes like this one where you can still have the sweet treats without the gut ache and guilt.
This recipe is full of everything you desire; dense, fudgy, double chocolate, peppermint brownies.
And for a bonus, they are Vegetarian, Gluten Free, have zero added sugar, and they’re flourless.
You can also try your favorite egg substitute to make these Vegan (although I have not yet tested these variations myself).
Why would you add Peppermint Vitality essential oil to your brownies?
For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties
This is a recipe for soft and moist Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Banana Bread that will melt in your mouth. If your home is anything like ours, this bread will disappear so fast your bananas won’t ripen fast enough to make more.
My fiancé likes to eat this treat for breakfast before heading out for a long laborious day at work. We also like to eat this as a healthy option for a sweet treat.
Try your egg substitutes to make this recipe Vegan (although I have not yet tested them myself).
As long as your bananas are ripened and eggs at room temperature, the prep time is only 10 minutes since everything goes right in your blender (we use a Ninja).
Why use Vitality Essential Oils to supplement your diet?
Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.***
Nutmeg Vitality oil has many health benefits, including cognitive function support, immune support, and powerful antioxidants.***
It is important to realize when using essential oils for dietary reasons to only use those that are truly pure and therapeutic and also approved for dietary consumption. Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils is a great place to start for oils you can trust with seed to seal purity.
3largeripe bananas, mashed
2eggs (let warm to room temperature for a lighter texture)
If you live in a place where you wear wool socks all winter long, like Southwest Michigan or anywhere in the north, this one is for you.
If you work out and have the case of stinky foot or gym bag, this is also for you.
If you have stinky garbage containers, laundry hampers, basements, carpets, cars, or puppies, this is for you.
Purification essential oil is the ultimate weapon against bad odors. It is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavendin, and Myrtle essential oils.
Most times I just add a drop or two or Purification to a cotton ball and throw it in the specific location, like in the garbage bin or gym bag.
If you guys know us well, you know we have a 120lb dog named Beast that sleeps with us every night. When he gets a little stinky, I’ll rub some into my palms and down the side of his neck so he smells fresh. When using essential oils on dogs, I have to recommend diluting with a carrier oil. This is like instant de-stink for him and a total lifesaver if we don’t have time to give him a bath or a swim.
I’m sharing these tips with you today because it’s the middle of winter and I personally have a lot to deodorize and clean now that the holidays are over.
Have you ever noticed that people who use chapstick carry it with them and use it obsessively? Did you ever wonder if it was because of the ingredients put in it?
In most cases, the skin care industry and the people who decide what is put inside our products are only interested in making our products;
feel good on initial contact, and
Many of the big companies do not care if it takes care of your skin long term or how it is detrimental to your overall health. They care about the instant gratification result. Other conventional skin care products, including lip balm, actually dry the skin out more so you continue to feel like you need more and have to purchase the product more. Have you ever seen the people who are totally addicted to putting lip balm or chapstick on and they do it countless times a day or hour? This is why.
When you use real products and ingredients that promote your wellness, you do not need much because your body is getting what it actually needs to heal itself overtime and feel good.
While we are working on doing amazing things for our body in the new year, concentrating on what we put inside is essential. In a perfect world, we are going to drink enough clean water, get all the nutrients our body needs from our diet, and the products we use will benefit our health and wellbeing.
But we do not live in a perfect world.
There are toxins in our water supplies and our soils have never been so depleted of nutrients. To combat that, we do the very best we can do everyday to help our bodies fight the toxic exposure we cannot control and focus on what we can control. We control the products that we bring in to our households and use on ourselves and families everyday.
As a label reader, the scariest part for me is, you won’t see it on the ingredient list. 1,4 dioxane is actually a trace contaminant or a byproduct made during the creation of other chemicals. Its not even needed in our products, but it is still there, not listed, and adding to the toxic stress we already fight on a day-to-day basis.
When 1,4 dioxane is found in mineral oils like petroleum jelly, it cannot be metabolized. This means it continues to build up in our bodies over time. Experts say mineral oil should not be used on children under 2 years of age because when inhaled it can cause reparatory distress. Poorly refined mineral oil can even cause certain skin cancers after prolonged repeated topical exposure. And they are not only found in petroleum jelly, but also in baby shampoos, baby lotions, and baby oils.