If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you’ve heard me gush about my momtourage, a wonderful, supportive group of mothers. Together, we have watched our first babies grow into people. We support one another through good times and bad times.
Today, I’m introducing you to one of my momtouragers. Her name is Bethany and I am blessed to call her a friend. Why, just this week Bethany volunteered to take my trio on a Monday morning while I went to a meeting. Not only did she watch them, but she homeschooled them. She gave them a tour of her historic home, taught them about holograms, made a lantern craft, read books, and played! That’s a friend right there, folks!
So thankful for great friends who not only watch your kiddos on a snowy spring morning so that you can attend a meeting, but also HOMESCHOOL your kids! Thank you @bjlovering for hanging with my crew, reading them great books, teaching them about holograms, making a lantern, having a @lindafrommylittlepoppies photo shoot, and letting them drop pennies and wishes into your well! You spread so many smiles today!
My point is: Bethany is good people.
Recently, in an effort to reduce the toxins in her family’s life, Bethany started a new venture. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a bit of a health nut. As such, I’m always looking for ways to keep my family as healthy as possible. We eat well, spend heaps of time outdoors, leave lots of space between all the things, and exercise. But, still I worry. We are exposed to so much, from our soaps to our make-up to our cleaning products to our tap water. And no one can deny that we are seeing more allergies, autism, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, etc. In my house alone we have two children with dairy intolerance and two with significant seasonal/environmental allergies. I struggle with allergies and asthma and in the last year I’ve learned I’m sensitive to gluten.
You rarely heard about any of this stuff when I was growing up. It just seems like something is going on. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now and so when Bethany told me about her new adventure, I was excited for her… and excited to try out the products.
People who know me in real life know I’m not a shopper (unless we’re talking about a bookstore!), and I’m also not a salesperson (unless we are talking about books), but I have been using these products for the past six weeks and I’m extremely happy with the results. And so I asked Bethany if she would like to write a guest post because I know there are other parents out there grappling with these concerns.
So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Bethany.
Thank you, Caitlin, for your invitation to guest post on My Little Poppies!
My name is Bethany, mama to three girls, ages 2 to 8 years old, and new consultant with PURE haven essentials. My journey into non-toxic living began in August of 2015 when I was introduced to these products (formerly Ava Anderson NonToxic), but I was not new to the idea.
In my cleaning cabinets, you will find vinegar, castile soap, bottles of essential oils, etc., but my eyes were not truly open to the meaning of “non-toxic living” until I found a place that has not only taught me about my chemical body burden but has also provided me with products to lessen that burden.
It all started with deodorant.
I used to put it on once, maybe twice a day and didn’t have a clue as to what was in it. I just ignored it and would go out into the world smelling “shower fresh” or like “mountain air” depending on the day.
My sister, who is currently working on her master’s degree in Nursing and Women’s Health, shared with me that she had stopped using deodorant.
How can one go out in the world not smelling like the mountains at springtime?
Well, she had experienced a lecture that was all about deodorant and the toxic chemicals that are in it. These chemicals get absorbed into our bloodstream in less than 30 seconds, close to our breast tissue and lymph nodes.
That was all she needed to say. I began my search for a safe, effective deodorant.
With the suggestion from a friend, who happens to be my guru when it comes to living a healthy life, I purchased Ava Anderson NonToxic’s deodorant. Instead of smelling like the mountains, I didn’t smell at all. I sweat and I still didn’t smell.
Then, I started thinking about how I could make more changes in my home. I slowly started to swap out my girls’ products with non-toxic products and I started to learn more about our nation’s chemical policies and how it all comes down to marketing and ingredients.
I was becoming my own ingredient detective! In order for me to achieve full body wellness, I needed to make a change in my home and beauty products. I could cleanse my liver until it was squeaky clean, but it wasn’t going to do me much good if I was lathering up with toxic chemicals every day.
Dr. Samuel Epstein, Former Head of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, said something that I think about almost every day:
It’s more dangerous to put a product on your skin, than to eat it.
I have found a company that offers me products that I know are safe and work too! PURE haven essentials offers me the alternative.
I would love to answer any questions you may have regarding the products. I would love for you to check out the website. I would love for you to give the deodorant a try and see where that takes you.
Are you interested in reducing toxins in your home?
Please click the link below to learn more about how to reduce chemicals in your home:
Consult ID# 16851
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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