5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

When I first got into a more natural lifestyle several years ago, I was far too trusting of labels and naively thought that a package depicting a nature scene or anything with the word “botanical” on it was healthy and safe for me to use. Obviously, this isn’t true, and there are other common misconceptions about what it means to go all-natural in terms of makeup and skin, body, hair, and nail care.  I hope to de-bunk a few of those myths today and ideally make this whole non-toxic business a little less complicated for...

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What’s in my purse?

What’s in my purse?

Having two small children means that I have to carry a diaper bag around with me wherever I go.  While my Kate Spade diaper bag is really cute, I love when I actually get to use one of my purses. I actually have a running wish list of purses that I want to get once my diaper bag carrying days are over (although I am really not in any rush for my babies to grow up). Anyway, since I had the opportunity to carry a purse the other day, I thought that I’d take advantage and do a “What’s in my purse?” post...

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Friday Favorites (3/6)

Friday Favorites (3/6)

My favorites for the week are kind of all over the place- although I guess that is really the norm around here! Anyway, here they are… Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Candle You all know that I love my Bath & Body Works candles, but I wanted to add some non-toxic candles into the mix and decided try a soy candle by Mrs. Meyer’s.  I actually wanted to get the lemon one, but the reviews were kind of iffy, so I went with the lavender.  Even though I am typically not into lavender or other floral scents, I really love...

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Healthy inspiration: Are you fighting disease or fueling it?

Healthy inspiration: Are you fighting disease or fueling it?

I’m willing to bet that if you are reading this blog, you’re probably a health conscious person.  But even the biggest health nuts can have their own not-so-healthy vices (mine is admittedly sugarless gum which, more often than not, contains chemicals from artificial sweeteners). While I believe in “everything in moderation”, sometimes it’s easy to slip up more often than we should.  Whether you drink too much diet soda, use artificial sweeteners, eat lots of packaged food, pull up to that McDonald’s...

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Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Back in November, I promised frequent updates to my list of non-toxic beauty brands, and that is what I am delivering today. The new (and improved!) list is still available as a free PDF (see the link below), but now it also includes links to each company’s official website and several nail polish brands as well. I hope that you like the changes and find the document to be a helpful tool.   Download a printable version of the list here.   While you can obviously shop all of these brands on their websites, sometimes you have to...

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The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

(Past recipes from my “The best thing I ate this week” posts include: quinoa fried rice, summer quinoa salad, and fried egg over quinoa with avocado, tomatoes, corn.) Up until recently, Michael would eat bananas like crazy.  But like a typical toddler, he decided that bananas are scary and disgusting right after I made a grocery run and stocked us up on enough to feed all of the monkeys at our local zoo for a week. Even though MT and I eat bananas daily, there was no way that we could finish them all off before they went bad....

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Friday favorites (2/20)

Friday favorites (2/20)

Happy Friday! I didn’t have enough favorites last week to really write a whole post, but I definitely accumulated a bunch this week.  Before I get into them, I just have to share this video of three really talented guys singing “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift.  It’s an honorary favorite for sure!   Chocolate Cupcake Luna Bar Oh my goodness, have you tried this flavor yet?  MT actually tried it before I did, and he told me that it really did taste like a chocolate cupcake.  I thought that maybe he was...

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Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

It always makes me happy when more natural beauty brands hit mainstream stores.  Obviously, I like it because it makes the products easier for me to get without having to make a special shopping trip or online order. However, what really makes me so giddy about it is that it gives other people the opportunity to try a safer brand that they might not have purchased otherwise and hopefully paves the way for other non-toxic brands to enter these stores as well. Well, I am really pleased to announce that one of  my longtime favorite brands,...

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Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

My husband can eat dinner and then walk away from the kitchen for the rest of the evening.  I, on the other hand, view dinner as nothing more than a gateway to dessert. My dessert/post-dinner snack is usually something like popcorn, Greek yogurt with cinnamon, a piece or two of dark chocolate, hot chocolate, or chia pudding– which has been the case a lot lately. Chia pudding sounds kind of nasty, and I do have to say that it really isn’t the prettiest thing in the entire world. The texture even takes some getting used to. I...

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Vitacost haul

Vitacost haul

(Please note: I am a Vitacost affiliate.  However, everything you’ll read here reflects my own true thoughts and opinions, and I have not been compensated or asked to write this post.) While I am a big fan of stores like Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Trader Joe’s when it comes to health food and products, I also do a lot of my shopping on Vitacost. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Vitacost is an online store that sells products, such as grains, vitamins & supplements, snacks, canned goods, condiments, skincare,...

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