Monday, July 9, 2018

Starting Your Journey to a Non-Toxic Lifestyle

I just want to start off by saying that our family has been on our non-toxic journey for about three years now. Are we perfect? NO. Not at all. Our journey first started with essential oils when my sister-in-law introduced us to DoTERRA. I had heard about oils but what clueless about them. She sent us a starter kit when Hayes was born and I was a little overwhelmed but thankfully she was there to answer all of my questions. I still text her at least three times a week with questions! "Can 
I use this on the baby? How much should I dilute this? Can I take these internally while breastfeeding?" I probably drive her crazy. 

After we started getting familiar with oils and using them daily it got me wondering. "What about all of this stuff we are putting  on our skin?" So after a while I started switching out our body wash, hand soap and toothpaste. Instead of grabbing those things from the store I would just out it in my monthly DoTERRA order. To be honest this made my life a lot easier too. I don't really like going to the store for anything. Hello online shopping and Kroger Clicklist! 

Baby steps. That's the best way to describe it. You have to start small. If you go into it thinking you need to throw everything in your home away and start over, it will drive you crazy. I'm attaching a list  below of some fun/easy ways to start your non-toxic journey! 

Now, on to the real purpose of this blog post. After being introduced to DoTERRA I started hearing about Beautycounter. So the next thing I started doing was changing out more products in our home. Shampoo, lotion, and makeup. 

Which brings me to my announcement. After years of using the products and loving them I have decided to join the movement. I started thinking a few weeks ago about this platform I have. Why am I not sharing more of the things I am passionate about to educate people? 

Two weeks ago before I even thought about joining a huge opportunity came up. I got the chance to WORK with Beautycounter on an instagram campaign. I was thrilled. I'm always so excited to share the things I truly love with all of you. After I worked on the campaign a couple of days later I had an Instagram notification pop up. I had a like, comment and a follow from Beautycounter. Then and there I made my decision. I have this place where I can share things with other women like myself. It's time to share what truly matters. Making sure we are all doing the best for our families. #knowbetterdobetter 

If you are ready to start your journey to a non-toxic lifestyle I would love to chat. Some of my most precious friends right now are women I have connected with over social media about our non-toxic lifestyles. Be cautious about what you are putting in and on your body. I personally know two people dealing with certain issues at the moment. It's a HUGE wakeup call. So if you are wondering how to get started keep reading. 

- Like I said earlier, baby steps. Start with changing out your personal items. Toothpaste, body wash and hand soap. 

-Next change out your household cleaners. Seriously throw away ALL of those cleaners you bought from Target. We have ONE single cleaner that we use everyday. You can get it plus read more  HERE.

-Makeup and skincare- 

After you do those major things it will start coming naturally. 

I would love to talk to you about ditching all of your toxins. 
I'm excited to share more of the things that I love on the blog and that I'm seriously passionate about. Which is healthy living, fashion and motherhood! 

I am starting my gluten and dairy free lifestyle this week (mainly for breastfeeding reasons) 
I like to think of myself as a "Kourtney Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari" type mama! 

Our Mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it's in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don't have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
What's worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to r
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Perfect White Dress for Summer

Happy Wednesday friends! 

I've been dying to share this little white dress with you. It is PERFECT for summer. If you saw my Instagram stories a few days ago then you saw my current love for all things Free People. Their T-Shirts are my favorite during postpartum and nursing. This dress also comes in black and coral and I think I need them both. 

I've added a new tab at the top of the blog called "Daily IG Stories." I'll update it everyday with all of my favorites I share on my Instagram stories! 

You can shop this dress HERE

I found a few others that are very similar to this and you can't pass up the prices! 
Shop this dress and similar ones below.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Babies Don't Keep: Baby Update and Current Favorites

"A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty."

There's just something about having your third baby.. This pregnancy took us by surprise. I didn't think I was ready for number three. Two toddlers was enough at the moment. This pregnancy was hard. I was working full time, Barrett's schedule was out of control, I was trying to maintain all while raising babies. My whole pregnancy I cried, I was miserable and swore to Barrett this was it. No more. But the truth is- this is my favorite season of life. Being young, taking care of a husband and what seems like a million babies. It's just what I was meant to do. After I had AR I was ready for my pre-baby body.  I know that's how it is for most first time moms. After number two I felt the same way but it was a few months later. I was giving them bottles left and right so I could have the option to leave them with someone else if I needed to. The thought of them only breastfeeding and not taking a bottle freaked me out. With AP I feel like I can't be without her but for a little while. She's 100 percent mama obsessed and I don't hate it. 

My third pregnancy we went back and fourth the entire time about what we would do. This was my third c-section and we thought we would probably end up getting my tubes tied. I talked to friends that have had it done, we talked to my doctor about it but I just couldn't do it. The thought of never being pregnant again or having another baby scared me. 

Having two older kiddos I see how quickly this time goes by. Here we are with a almost six year old and a three year old! If AP is our last baby then she is the last. If we have one more then we have one more (or two ha!) The truth is- this season is my favorite and I just couldn't see it ending. 

It's been over a month since my last post but you can probably imagine how chaotic life around here has been. Now that summer is here I'm trying to adjust to having all of the kiddos home full time. 
Our sweet Anne Purser is ten weeks old! I still can't believe we thought we wanted to wait to have her a few years later. We can plan but God just laughs! Barrett and I both agree we think we need one more baby (but this time REALLY in a few years. Please God! lol) 

A quick little update on what's been going on. Anne Purser is growing like a weed but still our tiniest baby yet. I just love it! She's eleven pounds and 21 inches long. She's still exclusively breastfeeding and sleeping abut 11 hours every night. I've talked about it before but I have to say again- The moms on call app is the BEST. We have followed it from the time she was about a month old and it is working like a charm. She's taking great naps, nursing every three to four hours and sleeping like a champ at night. If you are a "schedule" kind of mama I highly recommend it. 

We took our first beach trip with her a few weeks ago and she did great. I am a firm believer in "going with the flow" when you have children. We take ours everywhere from day one. Now when we go on a trip or out to eat they don't skip a beat because they are so use to it. For our beach trip we just set up all of the night time necessities like they are at home. We are still using the dockatot and honestly I'm not sure how we survived without it our first two babies! 


Linking a few of my favorite nursing friendly tops and dresses- and of course are great even if you aren't nursing.