6 Ways to Make Back To School A Breeze

6 Ways to Make Back To School A Breeze


Follow these 6 simple steps to make Back-To-School a breeze. Setting priorities, preparation and quality time are just a few secrets for success.

#1 Shop Online for Supplies

Let’s face it, shopping with kids is tough, especially with multiples. I have three kids and lugging them around from store to store takes times. They are all in car seats and it takes a good 5 minutes to get them in and out of the car at each stop. I dread going shopping but that doesn’t mean back-to-school shopping has to be that way.

Shop online to reduce your stress and make it enjoyable for everyone. My favorite store is Amazon because of its wide selection of toxin and chemical free products and free shipping for Prime Members.

Here’s my back-to-school online shopping list from preschool to highschool.

#2 Meal Prep

Prep lunches on the weekend to save time and save money. I usually spend Sunday afternoons preparing everyone’s meals for the week.

This great family activity often turns into a learning opportunity or a way to catch-up with my kids. For younger kids, I set-up an assembly line having them fill each container with the menu I’ve prepared. 5 carrots in each baggie, 1 cheese stick per lunch. You get the idea!

Meal prepping also saves me from rushing to grab unhealthy items or going through the drive thru on hectic days. While I don’t necessarily follow her menu (because we are gluten free and Keto), I do like the Happy Money Saver’s suggestions on how to prep lunches (and snacks) ahead of time.

Not only do my kids love the quality time together, it helps build their confidence in the kitchen at a young age. Skye, my eldest daughter, was cracking our morning breakfast eggs by age 3. Quite an achievement for such a young age.

Encouraging meal prep will help my children a passion for healthy meals and encourage positive food interactions.

#3 Boost their Immunity

Millions of kids are heading back to school which means millions of germs will be converging on a regular basis. Classroom are like a petri dish of the world finest bacteria.

Young children will contract anywhere from 6 to 12 cases of the cold or flu each school year potentially infecting everyone in the home. Parents aren’t immune to these diseases. An estimated 126 million days of work are taken annually caring for sick children.

Proper sleep and diet will boost their immunity and my go-to’s for additional everyday support is the Thieves product line. Inspired by the legend of 15th century French “thieves”, this special blend of essential oils protected these robbers from death as they stole from Black Plague victims. French authorities recognized the value of the essential oil blend and, in turn for a lesser sentence, the robbers provided their secret ingredients.

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#4 Go on a Date

Set some time aside for your kids and your significant other. Research suggests that focused time with your kids can reduce their emotional and behavioral problems. When kids feel important and loved they don’t feel the need to act out, at school or home. Some of my favorite dates are taking them to Chick-Fil-A or to the private airport restaurant to watch the little jets land and take-off. What kid doesn’t like airplanes?

Here are 50 other date ideas for you and your kids

Additionally, when kids see the commitment to your spouse it helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Happy parents = happy kids!

#5 Set a Priority for the Fall

I use to believe that summer would bring peace and quite. That was a false pretense I was living under for quite some time. Summer is the time we travel, taking advantage of the kid’s schedule and our family’s schedule (we have 5 teachers in the family). Life doesn’t die down. The craziness only continues.

During our date night, Nathanael and I often will write down 3 things that we want to accomplish or fun things to do over the next few months. It’s an exercise to see where your priorities lie and how they align with your spouse. One time Nathanael and I wrote down a total of 100 ideas. Some were the same and some were different but it was fun to see each desire we had for ourselves and our family.

Some of our top priorities are:

  1. Go on family walks 1x a week – some people might say that’s not enough but my husband is a pilot and travels a lot. Once a week is sometimes challenging.
  2. Insist on quiet time every day – even though our oldest doesn’t take naps she has to spend 2 hours in her room every day where she is “quiet”. She can read, do art or let her mind run wild and helps her body to slow down.
  3. Mommy time – I get a few hours each month to do whatever I want, no questions asked. I love it.
  4. Fix-up our outdoor space – we recently moved and the old homeowners didn’t take care of the outdoors. It is our sanctuary and we want a place to enjoy the beautiful creation.

Aligning your priorities (take some from your list and some from your spouse’s list) helps set a positive tone for the fall and when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around you might have completed a few projects to make the holidays less stressful.

stressless summer bbq

#6 Live It Up

Summer is almost over. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what is has left to offer. Drink lemonade, go for a swim or host a BBQ. There’s nothing quite like the summer days spent in the blistering heat. Relish them because the cold will soon be upon us.

 

13 Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Answered Questions

13 Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Answered Questions

 

I know lots of people are excited about Young Living’s newest product, their Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, but also have tons of questions. So I am here to help answer them and prove why this is the best sunscreen on the market today for kids and adults!

#1 What ingredients does it include?

Buriti Fruit Oil

– comes from a palm tree found in Brazil
– found in many skin care products, self-tannin products and sensitive skin care products

Raspberry Seed Oil

2000 study found that Raspberry Seed Oil is a natural sun protector

Ucuuba Nut Butter

– know to help nourish dry, irritated skin
– maintain youthful appearance

Essential Oils

– Helichrysum
– Carrot Seed
– Frankincense
– Lavender
– + More

#2 What ingredients does it not include?

Parabens
Phthalates
Petrochemicals
Synthetic Preservatives
Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Dyes

If you want to learn more about the negative effects of these ingredients, google “dangers of xxx” to learn more.

#3 Why is this only SPF 10?

When tested, the product came back as an SPF 10. But let’s look at the science behind SPF. Below is a chart that shows SPF coverage and protection against the UVB rays. SPF 10 = 90% protection against the UVB rays, SPF 15 = 93.3%, SPF 30 = 96.7%, so the differences are negligible.

#4 What does SPF stand for?

Sun Protection Factor that calculates or measures how well the product protects your skin from the sun or the UVB rays. It does not measure UVA protection.

#5 What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

UVA rays have more long term damage to the skin like premature aging. UVB rays are what cause sunburns. So make sure that you have a sunscreen that protects again both.

#6 Does Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion protect against both UVA and UVB?

Yes.

$7 Is it water-resistant and sweat-proof?

Yes, it is both water-resistant and sweat-proof up to 80 minutes.

#8 How often should you reapply it?

There is no exact answer because everyone’s skin is very different. My son was born a towhead with extremely light hair and a fair complexion. My dad on the other hand has a nice olive skin tone because his family comes from the Mediterranean area. He rarely has to apply sunscreen through-out the day because of his complexion.

A great way to calculate your application throughout the day is by calculating how many minutes it typically takes your skin to burn (with out any protection) and multiply by the SPF that you are applying. For example, I usually burn in 15-20 minutes. I am blessed because I have a mixture of my mother’s fair skin and my dad’s olive complexion. My calculation would look like this:

20 minutes to burn X 10 (SPF for Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion) = 200 minutes

That means I would need to reapply every 200 minutes, or every 3 hours and 20 minutes. Now, this is a general rule of thumb and I actually apply about every 2 hours because we live in the Mile-High City which means we are closer to the sun than most people are. The good news is, the application won’t be too overbearing.

young living mineral sunscreen lotion

#9 Can you use this product on children?

Yes, you can use on children 6 months an older. They do not recommend applying to younger babies because it actually has not been tested on children under 6 months of age. This is an industry standard and found on other common sunscreen brands. Two of my other top recommendations, since Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen lotion is out-of-stock, are Think Baby and BabyGanics Sunscreen Stick. Both have good ratings on the Environmental Working Group’s website.

#10 I know it does not include nano-particles but why should I care?

Nano-particles literally means a nano sized particles or an incredible small sized particle. 100,000 nano-particles can be found in the width of one strand of hair. VERY TINY particles. Nano-particles are used in sunscreens because they “smallness” helps the sunscreen absorb into your skin that you don’t get a white, pasty look. They are so small that they can easily be found in your bloodstream and in our cells. Even if you are using a “natural” product that contains zinc oxide it might still contain nano-particles. Since there have been no studies on nano-particles we do not know the long term health effects they have on our body.

#11 If Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion does not contain nano-particles, how does it apply to the skin?

It is a lightweight formal that applies in a sheer application. Young Living coats the zinc oxide with Jojoba esters to help with skin absorption. Jojoba esters are used in many cosmetics such as lipsticks, shampoos and moisturizing lotions.

#12 Is the product gluten, vegan and vegetarian certified?

It contains no wheat derived ingredients but has not been tested or certified to be gluten free. It is vegetarian but not considered vegan because it contains beeswax.

#13 How do I know what sunscreens and good and bad?

I use the Environmental Working Group’s website to help me rate products. Click this link for more resources on sunscreens available today.

Benefits and Features:

  • Broad-spectrum SPF 10 sunscreen protection
  • Blocs UVA and UVB rays
  • Water resistant and sweat proof for 80 minutes
  • Helps prevent sunburns
  • Smooths easily onto skin and won’t leave a white residue
  • Made with naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients
  • Formulated for those with sensitive skin
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Formulated with out UV chemical absorbers, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetics fragrances, or synthetic dyes

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3 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Essential Oils

3 Reasons Why You Should Start Using Essential Oils

 

Toxins and chemicals = bad. Toxins and chemicals led to my extremely high-risk pregnancy. Toxins and chemicals = harm to every part of your body. Toxins and chemical almost killed my daughter. Be free of the fear of toxin and chemicals. Essential oils saved us and can save you too. Here’s why….

#1 The Facts Are Startling

Getting ready for some cringe worthy stats.

Household Toxins

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health conducted a study that looked at 2,983 ingredients in the home. Of those ingredients:

  • 884 were considered toxic ingredients
  • 314 caused biological mutations
  • 218 caused reproductive issues
  • 146 were known to cause cancer

Did you know….there are no federal regulations of chemicals in household products. That means there are no standards, no testing, no data, no notification for products in the marketplace. And that means no one is watching out for us.

 

Cancer Is Under Our Control

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 cases of cancer is directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, poor weight or chemical exposure. ONLY 5% to 10% of cancer is caused by gene defect. That means 90% to 95% of cancer is under our control. Managing what we eat, what we bring into our home and what we put on our bodies can help us all.

Stress Can Kill You

Beth Greer, author of Super Natural Home, lived a very similar lifestyle to me managing her weight and eating mostly organic food thinking this was enough. Admittedly, her life was chaotic and stressful which she believes caused her cancer. After re-evaluate her entire life from what she was eating, to personal-care products all the way to the environment she was living in, she made a change, one of which was using Essential Oils.

But why does it have to take a medical crisis for Beth to change or for me to change? DO NOT WAIT TO MAKE A CHANGE! In waiting there is pain, there is suffering and heartache. By making the change now you can protect yourself and I am here to help.

Reproductive Issues

In a 2003, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that found men who had higher traces of phthalate in their blood had reduced sperm count and poor sperm quality. Toxins and chemicals = reproductive issues

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A Great Resource

Check-out the Environmental Working Group . Their mission is to “empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment” through breakthrough research and education. A mission statement like that is hard to beat. Who doesn’t want to live a healthier life? My favorite section is the Consumer Guides that rate common household products based on their toxin levels. My aunt introduced me to this group after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She opted not to go through with chemo and instead reevaluate her toxin and chemical levels using this website as a guide.

#2 Starting at Home is Easy & Simple

When I first heard about Essential Oils, I thought people using them were a little crazy, granola or hippy. Those are limiting stereotypes. In all actuality, people who use Essential Oils are progressive, educated and looking for alternatives. As Derek Henry from the Healing the Body says, “when you are called ‘extreme’ for going natural, and ‘poison’ is considered normal, you might just need a new tribe”. Below are some options for natural, not poisonous, options:

Replacing Household Items

You can replace almost everything in your home with Essential Oil infused – TOXIC AND CHEMICAL FREE – products (that are already made – not DIY versions):

All purpose cleaner
Window & Glass cleaner
Dishwashing Detergent
Laundry Detergent
Dish and Hand Soap
Hand Sanitizer
Disinfecting Wipes
Floor cleaner
Shampoo/Conditioners
Bath & Shower Gel
17 different products formulated just for kids
Make-up – one of my personal favorites
Toothpaste
Sunscreen
Insect Repellent
Anti-aging cream
Pet Products
Items for muscle aches
Multi-vitamins

toxin free make-up

These are items free of:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
Synthetic Perfumes/Fragrance (Phthalates)another article
Triclosan
Parabens
Phosphates
Quats “Anti-bacterial”
GMO’s
Dyes
Preservatives
Optical Brighteners
Fluoride

Harmful, not Helpful

Not only do these products get rid of harmful, nasty stuff in your home, they help support your immunity. Even more, Essential oils support your skeletal, muscular, circulatory, endocrine,  and respiratory  systems. They help support your hormones and your reproductive systems. They help support a healthy weight. They help with your brain health and emotions. I don’t know any of my household cleaners or products that help support my respiratory system. I do know some (bleach) that harm my respiratory system.

If you are struggling with any of the areas listed above, stop, reevaluate and reach out to me for more information.

#3 They are Practical & Affordable

I like Essential Oils because they are practical and affordable.

They are practical for these reasons:

  • Get money back with every purchase
  • Receive Loyalty Gifts for consecutive purchases at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
  • Easy, convenient ordering
  • One-stop shopping for everything you need in your home
  • Front-door delivery
  • Toxin and Chemical free living

They are affordable because:

  • Average cost is about $10 to $30 a bottle
  • It takes about 1 to 3 drops per application
  • Bottles come in two sizes: 5ML (90 drops) and 15ML (250 drops)

This means that for each application the average cost of an Essential Oil is around $0.06 to $0.15 which is truly affordable.

Thieves Cleaning Supplies - Chemical Free

 

Where to Start?

  1. Find a company that sells Essential Oil infused products
  2. Research the company to make sure they have the highest integrity and quality – you don’t want nasty chemicals and toxins to be loaded in your EO products
  3. Choose a company that has a wide variety or products
  4. Join a rewards program to get money back for every purchase

I chose Young Living because it met all of the above criteria.

If you are interested in getting started with Essential Oils, click here, for their Premium Starter Kit. This is where I began my Essential Oil journey and my recommendation for you. The Premium Starter Kit is valued at $550 but by becoming a member you pay only $160.

Sign-up as a “Member” today  (using 12007002 as the sponsor and enroller number), as well as the Essential Reward Loyalty Program: to receive

  • Up to 24% OFF future purchases
  • Money back on every purchase
  • FREE products
  • Discounted shipping
  • Front-door delivery service
  • 1 stop shopping for every day household items
  • Easy, convenient and customizable ordering

For my members only:

  • $25 in Young Living reward points
    • As a Thank You for your first order
    • For ER consecutive orders at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months
  • Product Guides
  • Personalized Tips and Tricks

(contact me for more details).

Why so generous? I do this because I am passionate about people finding alternatives to toxins and chemicals. And, who wants to suffer? Not me, and not you!

Join me and start living a “life less toxic”

 

5 Consequences of Toxins in Utero

5 Consequences of Toxins in Utero

Living a seemingly healthy life, I did not realize the consequences of toxins in utero. After my third pregnancy turned for the worse, I was desperate to make a change. Don’t let this happen to you. Find out what happened to my baby that made me go chemical and toxin free. 

Have you ever felt like you hit a wall? All your options are out? There is nowhere left to turn? You are drowning…..or maybe you feel like you are struggling but things could be worse? Yes, I have been there too. Every single one of these emotions. I live a great life, an AMAZING life, well so I thought, until everything started falling apart.

Nothing is Wrong With Me

I am a salesperson by trade, marketer I prefer to say, and have been selling information for the last 6 years. I work for a very large American company selling data to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. My job is awesome and I am really good at it. I LOVE my interactions with people and I LOVE problem solving. I am a qualified “problem solver” (my own coined term). When I fix people’s problems I get that butterfly feeling inside my stomach that many people experience on their wedding day. I’ve been married, so yes, I do know what it feels like.

That feeling of excited anticipation of what’s to come: the vows as we stare into each other’s eyes, the kiss after we say “I do”, the amazing food my dad paid thousands of dollars for, the wine, the beer, the dancing and the rest of our lives to live happily ever-after. That kind of feeling. When I solve people’s problems, I am anxiously awaiting to see how amazing the results are going to be because I know how difficult and annoying problems can be.

The funny thing is, as a qualified “problem solver”, I am REALLY good at solving other people’s problems. And, since I get such a high on solving other people’s problems, I do it all day long, even in my sleep. Literally, I will have dreams about fixing things at work. Actually, some of my best ideas come to me in dreams…crazy, right?

Because I am so good and love solving problems, I myself actually had problems that needed to be solved but never took the time. I knew I had minor problems like a sore hip so I needed to see a chiropractor, my contact prescription needed to be updated because my eyes would hurt at the end of the day, the light in closet would flicker every time I would turn it on and often I would be left in the dark because I would forget to fix it. Those kinds of minor, annoying problems. Like most people, I pushed them to the side because my hip didn’t hurt that much or my contacts were working for the most part and I would always be able to rummage around in the dark to find what I needed.

But there was one MAJOR problem I wasn’t even aware of, because how can you fix a problem that you didn’t even know existed. There is this quote that says “ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination”. That’s a good saying for people who are paying attention to the signs. I wasn’t paying attention at all. I was blasting my very loud music, signing at the top of my lungs, windows down, hair blowing in the wind….not paying any attention. Because I wasn’t paying attention to the “road” I was on, I didn’t see any signs and had no clue I heading in the wrong direction. Wasn’t even on my radar. Until I got there in June 2016.

The Big Surprise

We had just celebrated my dad’s birthday weekend in Boulder, Colorado at the St. Julien Hotel. Eating, drinking and being merry. Really it was a quick weekend getaway my whole family (dad, mom, brother, sister-in-law, other brother, sister and my tribe of 4) could commit to.

At my dad’s birthday dinner, in the hotel at Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro, we had a great time. Each of his children (I’m the eldest) shared their cards and gifts that we had written and bought. And I told everyone that I was going last because I am the oldest and bossiest. And they all obeyed (tongue in cheek). I had a special surprise and I didn’t want the others cards to be ruined by my amazing gift (no tongue in cheek)!

It came to my turn and I was so excited. He is such a sweet man, very gentle and unassuming. He doesn’t ask or require a lot and those are always the people you want to treat very special. But, he is also the hardest to buy gifts for. Nathanael (my husband) and I pondered many nights what to get for him. Finally it came to us.

So when it is our turn, he ripped open the card, and I am doing everything I can not to break a smile. Nathanael and I are watching him as he opens the card knowing what is about to happen. He reads the first caption that birthday cards always have and nods his heads as though he agrees with every statement and then he pauses, he turns his head slightly and starts analyzing. He turns his head the other way and does some more analyzing and then he say “no”, “no-way”. He looks at us and says, “this is a joke”.

But it wasn’t, I was pregnant, the third time around just 8 months after giving birth to my son. He was in shock, my whole family was in shock, and Nathanael and I were in shock when we found out only a few weeks earlier. A little surprise for everyone!

And, boy, were we in for a surprise.

And So It Began

A few weeks later I started bleeding (I was 12 weeks along). I was disappointed because I prepared myself for this baby and all of the exciting things that were about to happen. I had a miscarriage before so I knew what to expect with large amounts of blood. I saw my doctor knowing what they were going to say. BUT, I walked out of that appointment pleasantly surprised. The heartbeat was good, she was growing and not to be alarmed. They thought it was a fluke accident. Many women bleed in their first trimester.

So, I went on my merry way…..problem solving.

Soon, I realized the bleeding had come back and this time it was pretty significant. To the point where I needed to wear a pad. I went in again thinking, “they are just going to tell me the same thing and everything will be fine”. Just a fluke. At this point, 18 weeks in, I could feel her kicking and wiggling around which is always a good sign. The bad news I was expecting in the first appointment finally came.

My doctor waltzed in carrying the ultrasound pictures they just took. She laid them on the table and said “have you ever seen something like this before”. I wasn’t sure if she was asking a rhetorical question because she knew I was not a doctor and had very little knowledge about ultrasound pictures. I looked and all I saw was a white circle, a little peanut and black. I had no idea what I was looking at.

From then on, I kind of just fell into shock so I don’t remember a lot. Basically, she was trying to explain I had a Subchorionic Hematoma (a VERY large blood clot) in my uterus measuring 4” by 4” by 2’ in height, width and length. It was huge! At 18 weeks a baby is around 5 inches long or the size of a bell pepper. My doctor told me I had two bell peppers inside of me except one was trying to live, survive, grow and develop while the other one was working on impeding on all of those goals. My daughter’s life was threatened and I went to bed (bed rest that is) for 13 WEEKS.

My doctor has been in the OB GYN practice for over 25 years. Imagine how many babies she has delivered. Lots! Plenty! Enough to have seen many different situations…except mine. She, personally, had never seen the bleeding, or the blood clot, quite like mine. She works in a practice alongside other qualified doctors and only one of her colleagues had seen something similar, once before, but the blood clot was half the size.

Seeing my OB GYN for over 5 years and having 3 babies in 4 years you get well acquainted. She knew my life and how crazy it was. 1) My husband left our two toddlers and myself for 6 weeks of flight training, 2) we had just moved into a new house so I was unpacking all the boxes, 3) I was managing a large remodeling project, 4) I ended the busiest quarter in my career 5) I was traveling by myself with 2 toddlers under the age of 3, plus, 4)I was still in the first trimester meaning I was extremely tired.

Oh yeah, and I was trying to do all the normal things a mom does like laundry (pick-up toys along the way), make breakfast (wipe-up the food my eldest daughter just spit on the floor because she didn’t like the way I made eggs that morning), make dinner (while dealing with a temper tantrum), clean the house (remember to go to the bathroom), clean-up after the kids (clean-up after myself). The list goes on.

skye and soren

 

Stress Will Kill You

Her suggestion was to try to manage my stress better. HA! Manage my stress? I was managing it by not thinking about it because I knew when my husband returned it would get better. But….that’s what I said every time. “My stress would get better”. And maybe it did, for 2 days, but something else would come up and I would be off and rolling. Managing my stress was easier said than done.

I tried journaling, therapy, taking certain vitamins and supplements, getting pedicures and some things helped but I was still bleeding more and more every day. I was doing everything I could to ensure I kept my daughter in me as long as possible.

Since I was on bed rest, I had a lot of free time because I couldn’t partake in the daily activities I use to like cleaning-up, making dinner (thanks to many family and friends that helped us through this time), going on evening walks as a family. I decided to research what I could do. Since stress was a major factor in my pregnancy, I started there.

I knew stress was considered bad but as I did more research, I learned about all of its negative effects. You can read about stress here, here, and here – for stress in children. I quickly learned stress is a “horrible, terribly, no good, very bad” TOXIN, in no better terms, killing me and had the potential to kill my baby. This toxin was KILLING ME.

I was in a kerfuffle. I couldn’t get rid of my stress because some of it was just innate like my husband training’s schedule, my crazy work schedule, tiredness of a pregnancy. I needed an alternative route (I was paying attention to the signs by now….insert emogi smile).

Toxins, they are everywhere. And that’s probably not new to you and it wasn’t for me either but I didn’t quite comprehend the level of toxicity our bodies endure on a daily basis. I was a healthy, thriving, young 27 year-old eating organically, partaking in daily exercise, doing my annual check-ups, etc. Everything that society was telling me I needed to do, right? Wrong. I was failing on so many levels.

Miss London Marie

At 31 weeks, my body finally gave in and my daughter was delivered via emergency C-section at 7:30 in the morning. My placenta had abpruted meaning my placenta (the nucleus of a pregnancy providing nutrients, oxygen, removes waste, etc.) detached, completely ripped away from my uterus no longer providing oxygen or nutrients to my precious baby girl. Thankfully, I was diligently paying attention to signs, checked myself into the hospital immediately saving her life and mine. If I would have waited any longer my daughter would not have survived.

5 consequences of chemicals

And here she is….Miss London Marie born November 8, 2016 to Audra and Nathanael, big sister Skye and big brother Soren. Weighing in at 3lbs 1oz. She is our tiny, precious, most prized little miracle on this earth. It’s been 8 months since her birth and I still cry when I write this because angels were protecting her through my pregnancy. Her life is a gift from God.

I struggled through my whole pregnancy managing my body to support my body in every aspect I could. After giving birth, I realized that there was so much more I could have done. Instead of waiting any longer. Instead of waiting for another medical event, I decided to make the change right then and there to remove TOXINS and CHEMICALS any and everywhere I could.

I changed my diet removing sugar (huge toxin). I cleaned out my kitchen sink cabinet and utility closets ladened with chemicals. I am removing toxins in my medicine cabinet, my make-up, my laundry detergent, my face creams and shampoos. Getting rid of it all!

5 Consequences of Chemicals & Toxins in Utero

Premature Birth – or even poor pregnancy outcomes
Generational Defects – obesity
Damage Developing Brains
Childhood Cancer
Delayed Disease Development – diseases that don’t show up in adulthood

Read this and this for more information on toxins in utero.

I’ve done a lot of research and I will continue to do more research. I will research until the day I die. And in all that research, I have found some pretty easy and simple ways to get rid of toxins and chemicals. At the beginning, I dreaded the journey I was about to partake. I thought it was going to be hard, that it was going to be time consuming, that it was going to be exhausting. And it was at first, but it got easier. I found people, companies, resources that made the toxin and chemical free journey much easier than I anticipated. But it took a while to get there.

I am starting this blog because it shouldn’t be so hard to find an easy answer. The answers should be as simple , as easy as walking into your local grocery store and having 500 different choices of soda pop. I am doing this because I almost lost my daughter which mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally drained me and is still taking a toll on me today.

Take a moment to think about losing the closet person in your life. Your child(ren), your spouse, your mom, your dad, your best friend. Imagine what life would be like without them. How it would impact your daily activities. How it would change the ebbs and flows of your life. How your heart would literally feel broken.

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I don’t want anyone to have to suffer like I did and see their child with wires across their bodies, IV’s in their small little hands, feeding tubes, frail little legs and fingers, being restricted to the number hours you can cuddle and snuggle your baby. This is not what life had to be like for me.

DON’T WAIT TO MAKE A CHANGE

Maybe your story isn’t about a premature birth. Maybe it is some other struggle with your health or your emotions or a bad relationship. Toxins are everywhere and lead to more complications than you would anticipate. I am doing this because my children matter, my daughter matters. I am doing this because everyone matters and the struggle is real. But you don’t have to struggle, we don’t have to struggle. Making easy, simple changes can alter your life in ways you cannot even comprehend. I am doing this because life after toxins is a world I don’t want to miss.

Join me as I live a “life less toxic”.

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