List of Items to get:
Beeswax Pellets :this bag will last you forever!
Shea Butter: will also last you forever!
I get my coconut oil from Costco.
Thank you to my friend for writing some of this!
PSA: No one knows what causes cancer. That’s no secret. The medical profession suspects it’s a combination of ‘environmental factors’ and ‘something else’. A friend of mine is a parent of a child with cancer and the oncologist asked her about what ‘environmental factors’ her child had been exposed to. Starting at home. What she used while pregnant and up til now. Kind of eye opening to hear.
Maybe there’s a link, and maybe there’s not. I am not a scientist and I don’t know for sure what the causes are. I’m sure there are a number of factors. The scientists don’t even know! But they know enough to ASK. They wonder. I can tell you that after you hearing those questions from my friend, I started thinking of what is in my control, within my house.
Before I had kids, I didn’t REALLY care or worry what kind of chemicals were in our food, what lurked in our kitchen, our bathroom, our laundry room or our cleaning products. I heard friends talk about it. And I just thought — I don’t have time for all of this. It’s too overwhelming. So I ignored the warnings and stories and rolled my eyes 🙄, just like a lot of you do. (I know you do. I used to do the same thing. It’s ok to admit!!)
Then I had kids and became hyper-vigilant about organic food, clean water, non-GMO foods, non-toxic household cleaners, etc….especially when our kids were babies. We’ve become more relaxed about certain things but hearing my friend’s experience at the oncologist reminded me to be more vigilant…maybe not hyper-vigilant, but enough to look at labels again. (Be sure to read my post from a few days ago about Naked Juice having formaldehyde and GMOs in it)
I wish I had known this stat years ago: “The average person applies 300 chemicals to their body on a daily basis and 80 of those are applied before breakfast”. Shocking yeah?
Then couple it with this one: “Personal Care products are a $71 billion/year industry that is currently regulated by approximately two pages of federal law that has only been updated
once in the past 76 years”. 😳
I was at Target a few days ago, and took a stroll through their personal care aisles. I stopped and scanned some of our previously purchased things–what we used to be ok with. We no longer use any of these products in our house.
I had no idea that Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo contained formaldehyde (which is a known carcinogen. And yeah – carcinogen = cancer) I mean, they gave this shampoo to me in the hosptial after ALL my babies were born.
I actually just saw a commercial about this product last night and it really made me sick to my stomach . I chose not to even give my babies a bath at the hospital because I learned the stuff they come out with is to beneficial for their health! I actually didn’t even sponge bath Aleena for a week after she was born.
Basically I DID know that this product they recommend at the hospital was tear-free due to a chemical they put it. Furthermore, this company KNEW for years that they were putting formaldehyde in baby products. And after it was brought to light, they reformulated for EUROPE. To fit into EUROPE’S standards. But not for American babies. Do not get me started on the ethics of a company that does that. http://time.com/4239561/johnson-and-johnson-toxic-ingredients/
I also had no clue that hand sanitizer was not nearly as safe as all of the doctor’s offices that have it out on the counter at check-in lead you to believe. There are schools all over the country that no longer have kids wash hands before they eat lunch. Instead? They get a hand squirt instead. And then eat food. With their fingers that are now covered in chemicals. And the FDA (which hasn’t reviewed hand sanitizer in 25 years — like seriously. WHAT?!?) is starting to wonder if it’s really safe to use that much hand sanitizer. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/30/2016-15410/safety-and-effectiveness-of-consumer-antiseptics-topical-antimicrobial-drug-products-for
The same goes for antibacterial soap – except in this case, the FDA has actually already found many ingredients to be unsafe and has tightened regulations on those who produce it. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm517478.htm
Do not be fooled by brands that claim ‘Organic’, ‘Free and clear’, ‘Gentle’, or even ‘All Natural’. I used to buy some of the ‘naturally leaning’ and ‘organic’ brands. I thought I was doing pretty well! Until I started scanning the products in my bathroom. And was FLOORED. (Go google “greenwashing”)
Those ‘safe’ brands I thought I was getting? The ones we had used for years? The ones I used as a kid? NOPE. Not so safe. They are full of known carcinogens and known hormone disrupters. Is my family’s health not worth a little bit of extra money on soap? On toothpaste? Is my peace of mind really not worth my time spent ensuring our bathroom isn’t a zone of toxins?
A lot of people hear us “fancy hippies” talk about chemicals, preservatives, healthy eating, toxins, free radicals, food dyes, natural living, being green, etc. and they flip the channel/keep on scrolling. I challenge you friends – don’t ignore it. Be informed. Take control of your health and wellness as much as possible.
Download an app like “Think Dirty” or “EWG” and get scanning. Your kids deserves better. YOU deserve better. Your peace of mind deserves better.
I have posted my Chapstick Recipe here!
I’m not a judgmental person and I’m not perfect. I truly know every mom is trying their best! On my own journey of trying my best to live a more natural, toxic free lifestyle I’ve come across some things that not only make me upset but confuse the crap out of me!
I call this post “I love my friends and want them to be as healthy as possible!”
That’s why I do what I do and educate people on living a chemical-free lifestyle.
This Susan G. Koman “brand” perfume is called Promise Me. Oh, but what a broken promise it is! Not only is it a 10 out of 10 on the toxic scale, but it earned that for an ingredient, Toulene, that is a KNOWN CARCINOGENIC for BREAST CANCER!
Why do they do that?!?! 😡😤😫 So many products on the market shelves today (read majority) have chemical hormone disruptors and then we wonder why our hormones are out of whack. And our hormones, well, they affect almost everything.
Did you know the top 4 sunscreen ingredients cause cancer? Yeah, that feeling you’re having right now – it’s called betrayal. And Tamiflu…it causes flu-like symptoms and worse. These are just some of the things that pushed me out of the conventional mindset bandwagon.
Everyone should have this Think Dirty App.
Ok, so this post has been a long time coming and I have really wanted to address this topic, and YES, maybe it’s a less pushy attempt to tell my sisters without them thinking, “Here she goes again!! Telling us that we should or shouldn’t be doing or eating!”
In my attempt to live a more natural, toxic free lifestyle, as well as rid all the toxins from my house, I mean did you know that the #1 Poison in the family home is Fabric Softener? Behind that comes Air Fresheners! I have replaced all of these things in my home but now I had to take a deeper look into what else was going into my body.
TAMPONS!!!! (if you’re a man, this is your disclaimer, stop reading unless you care about the women in your life)
Here’s some numbers for you:
10,000- amount the average woman uses of feminine products in her lifetime!
0-number of ingredients required by the FDA to be disclosed to consumers
0-Long term studies that have been conducted on the long term effects of artificial fibers in tampons
Notice that the big feminine care brands do not disclose their ingredients!! Why? They dont have too!
Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and other artificial fragrances are nothing short of a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility.
This is a real problem ladies!!!
Over 90% of the cotton produced in the United States has been genetically modified to be resistant to Round-up (i.e., glyphosate), which is a very powerful herbicide used to kill weeds that compete with cotton for growth.
This means that instead of spraying herbicides at the beginning of the growing cycle, crops can be sprayed repeatedly without harm. So, most cotton tampons—at least 85%, certainly any cotton that is not organic—contain glyphosate, which is problematic because it is a known cancer-causing agent.
Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has introduced legislation nine times since 1997 that would require manufacturers to be more transparent and disclose the complete makeup of tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products. She wants companies to clearly label not only the fabrics used, but also any contaminants, fragrances, colorants, dyes and preservatives. Her bill directs the National Institutes of Health to look at the health effects of these products, because, she says, there is little research in this area.
But her bill has failed to move beyond the floor, every time.
Just announced: Thanks to activists all over the world Tampax has decided to list their ingredients on their labels starting Spring of 2017. A little late in my opinion….
In my quest for a more natural route, because using a cup every month was not going to cut it…I found LOLA!
LOLA is a monthly or bi-monthly subscription program (which I normally don’t like, but hey! beats picking up tampons at the supermarket every month) NO BS!! All organic cotton, no dyes, no fragrance, no toxins!!! Plus they give back! For every LOLA purchase they provide menstrual products to women in need all over the US.
One thing I love about this product is I can customize my box, I don’t know about you but after three kids my flow aint the same as it use to be!! TMI!!! Some times its light and spotty for a few days, then it gets heavy for 3, then back to light. I can customize from light to heavy in my box. Did I mention they work??? YES!! I have used a certain company that their heaviest tampon still prevented me from leaving my house on my heaviest day. LOLA has been amazing!
New customers get a free box when buying 2 plus if when signing up you use my code as a referral you will get $5 off your order! click BELOW to order! I would love to hear what you think!
LOLA– Code: BHAMIDEH1
Sometimes you have to just sit down, take a look around, and be grateful for where you are at in that moment. (Plus that hill was massive and I needed a breather 😳)
To be completely happy you need to have fulfillment in all your areas. I call it MEPS.
✔️Mentally: this could be the hardest one for some, to really overcome mental blocks and to have the mental mindset to change those things you need to change.
✔️Emotionally: to be able to control your emotions and not be afraid to hold back ones that need to be released.
✔️Physically: you don’t need to work out 5-7 days a week to fulfill this area. You need to be happy with your physical self, whether that is eating right, being active for 30 min a day or even taking a yoga class once a week.
✔️Spiritually: this is your own spiritual connection with whomever or whatever you believe. Whether that’s meditation, prayer, or being on top of a hillside and appreciating the life around you.
When all these key areas in your life are balanced you are your true self and living the life you are meant to live with Abundance, Happiness, Love!
Use, share, love, repeat….
Spring has Sprung!!
Young Living is giving us all kinds of things to help with those fresh starts, and maybe even something new to you. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the promos.
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Essential Rewards Exclusive: 5-ml Blue Cypress and 5-ml Lime Vitality
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Sometimes my home workouts aren’t as productive as the gym ones, but what’s important is that she is watching me. ❤Watching me take care of my body, watching me take time for myself, watching me love myself. That’s more important than getting my perfect ab Workout in! ❤❤❤ (they are always watching!)