Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens

Hi Friends! I am so excited for summer to be here. I am definitely a summer person because I love the sun and water. I live in Gilbert, Arizona so that means very sunny and hot days.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you probably know how much I love to spend time in the sun. The sun is our friend and getting sunlight every day is very important, but we do need to be safe about it.

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Not All Sunscreen Is Created Equal

Many sunscreens on the market are linked to endocrine disruptions and cancers as well as organ toxicity. Most of them use artificial fragrances, which is a combination of lots of different chemicals.

Keep reading for a list of non-toxic sunscreens, just click the pic for the link!


nontoxic sunscreens

ThinkSport and Thinkbaby

ThinkSport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen
ThinkBaby SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen for babies

Badger

Badger SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
Badger Kids SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen
Badger Baby SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen

Pipette Baby

Pipette Baby SPF 50 mineral Sunscreen

C’est Moi

C’est Moi SPF 30 Sunscreen
C’est Moi SPF 45 3 pack Sunscreen

Biossance

Biossance SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

SuperGoop Face Sunscreen

Not all Supergoop sunscreens are totally non toxic, but this face sunscreen is!

SuperGoop SPF 30 Face Sunscreen

Erbaviva

Erbaviva SPF 30 Sunscreen

Block Island

Block Island SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

stay safe in the sun!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, remember to stay safe in the sun and have fun this summer!

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Raw Honey vs Filtered Honey

Have you ever wondered what the hype is about “Organic Raw Honey” or “Unfiltered Honey”? Why buy local raw honey rather than the store-bought filtered stuff?

What is Raw Honey?

As you know, honey is extracted from beehives. Once extracted, it can be filtered to get rid of large chunks and placed into a jar to be sold as “raw honey”.

Honey is pasteurized by being filtered and taken through a high heat process. This process gets rid of the pollen and phytonutrients that are naturally found in honey.

benefits of raw honey

Raw honey contains lots of antioxidants, which help prevent the breaking down of cells due to oxidation. In other words, antioxidants are anti-aging agents.

Pollen is also found in unfiltered honey. Eating it can help boost immunity and make us less sensitive to allergens. So if you have allergies, eat raw honey!

Hydrogen peroxide is naturally found in raw honey which makes it have antibacterial properties. For this reason, honey is very good for wounds and healing acne or other skin problems. It can also help maintain a healthy GI biome and prevent infections.

raw honey vs pasteurized honey

Like I mentioned above, when honey is pasteurized, there are lots of key ingredients stripped from it. Because of that, pasteurized honey does not have all of the antibacterial properties as well as the antioxidants and pollen which help boost immunity.

If you want all of those sweet (pun not intended) benefits I told you guys about, be sure that you are buying “raw honey” or “unfiltered honey”.

where can you get raw honey?

You can find raw honey at local farmer’s markets or even on the side of the road sometimes! I love to support small businesses in this way. So next time you see a “local raw honey” sign, stop by and get some!

If you want it shipped to your door, here are some amazon links to some good products. Just click the pic!

Nature Nate’s Organic Raw Honey
Beekeepers Naturals Raw Honey
Rosie Honey Orange Blossom

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Rose Gold balloons saying "Love"

Non-Toxic Valentine’s Day Gift Guides

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in lots of different ways. For us, its mostly a small gift, flowers, chocolates, or a simple gesture. But for others, it is a larger gift giving holiday.

Fun Fact: My husband and I started dating the day after Valentine’s Day (he says that was on purpose lol)

I have put together a small list of gift ideas that have non-toxic products and self care items (because something we all need is self care!)


Gift Guide For Her

Lounge Set

Jade Face Roller and Gua Sha

Face Serum

Face Mask

Scrunchies

Tongue Scraper

Magnetic Lashes


Gift Guide for Him

Lounge Set

Sunglasses

Shaving Soap

Beard and Hair Trimmer

Facial Cleanser

Men’s Shower Soap

Tongue Scraper

Beef Jerky


Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you enjoyed my gift guide. However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, and whoever you are with, I wish you and your significant other a happy day.

To all my single pringles, treat yourself! You deserve it.

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How to Start Living Non-Toxic

Have you been interested in living a less toxic lifestyle but don’t know where to start? I know how you feel. When I started learning about non-toxic living it seemed overwhelming. I am still not perfect and honestly am still making the switch myself as I learn new things.


One thing that is always on my mind when putting something in or on my body is “is this actually good for me?” I am not talking about that sweet tooth that you occasionally get – if you want that brownie, then eat that brownie (as long as it is in moderation)!

Today, I am going to share some things you can change to gradually start living non-toxic. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to take them one at a time.

Why Live Non-Toxic?

We live in a time that has the highest percent of chronic health issues, cancer, and reproductive problems. What could be causing this epidemic?

Through recent studies, we have discovered that some chemicals that we are exposed to are linked to these problems. A lot of these chemicals are even FDA approved.

Its practically impossible to avoid all of the toxins that we live with, and by no means am I trying to use fear to convince you. I am only trying to raise awareness and to help those who may be struggling with a health related issue to explore different options.

Even something like chronic migraines, acne, or asthma can be helped by choosing to live a non-toxic lifestyle.

Things to Start With

Buy Safely Sourced Food

Organically grown food means that the product is grown, harvested and stored without dangerous chemicals used for pesticides and preservatives.

Some of the pesticides that farmers use have been linked to neurological, reproductive, growth and internal health complications.

Preservatives are typically found in processed foods. Some of them are linked to heart disease, GI issues such as colon cancer, and asthma.

Use EWG or ThinkDirty to Search Products

This is a very good way to find products that are clean. Both apps have the ability to scan a product at the store and give you a list of ingredients and the concerns behind them.

I have been using the EWG app whenever I am out of a house cleaning or personal care product and I try to find the best option for me and my family.

You can do this slowly, you do not need to throw out all of the products you have now – just replace them when its time to get more.

Switch to Fluoride Free Toothpaste

The ingestion of fluoride, even in small amounts over time, is linked to cardiovascular problems, acne and skin impurities, reproductive health and infertility, and neurological problems.

See my links below for some recommended brands.

These are some things that you can start doing. There are many more changes that can be made, but these are the ones that I would recommend starting with to not overwhelm yourself.

Remember that none of us are perfect. Its all about trying the best you can to try and reduce your exposure to toxins.

Below are some non toxic brands, just click the pic!

Skin Care

C’est Moi Face Cleanser
C’est Moi Moisturizer
Honest Co. Cleanser
Honest Co. Moisturizer
Knours Cleanser
Knours Facial Mist
Knours Face Mask
Honest Face Serum
Alder New York Face Serum

Oral Care

All products are fluoride-free

Boka Mint Toothpaste
Boka Coco Ginger Toothpaste
David’s Toothpaste
Risewell Toothpaste
Risewell Kids Toothpaste
Hello Toothpaste
Hello Charcoal Toothpaste
Hello Kids Toothpaste

Hair Care

Aromatica Shampoo
Aromatica Conditioner
Wellnesse Shampoo
Wellnesse Conditioner
Clean Kids Shampoo
Whamisa Hair Serum

Body Wash/ Moisturizer

Attitude Body Wash
Whamisa Body Wash
Attitude Lotion
Prima Body Cream
Everyone Soap
Kora Organics Body Oil

Deodorant

Schmidt’s Deodorant
Native Deodorant
Attitude Deodorant

Sunscreen

C’est Moi SPF 30
Biossance SPF 30
Supergoop SPF 50

Food Storage

Remember – lots of glass containers still have plastic lids

Glass Containers with Bamboo Lids
16oz Mason Jars
6oz Mason Jars

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Why You Should Get Sunlight Everyday

The sun is one of the best healing tools out there. When we get a healthy amount of sunlight, our minds and bodies can benefit in so many ways.

These days, so many people do not get enough sunlight each day. We have become so busy with working and running from one thing to the next that we have forgotten that it is okay to take a moment and do something positive for our mental and physical health. And we shouldn’t feel guilty doing so.

If you let lots of sunlight into your home, do you notice a difference in your mood and sleep cycle? Even letting sunlight in through your window can have lots of benefits, keep reading to find out why.

It is okay to take a moment and do something

positive for our mental and physical health.

The Benefits of Sunlight

Improved Sleep

If we open the window or go outside when we wake up, it helps our minds set a good sleep/wake schedule.

Morning sun exposure is best done within an hour of waking up to get the most benefits.

Studies have shown that individuals with sleep disorders can have improved sleep by spending 30-45 minutes each day in the sunlight. This is due to the increased levels of Serotonin.

Increased Serotonin

Serotonin is linked to wound healing, bone health, digestion, and improved mood.

So opening your windows to let in natural light can actually go a long way for your mental health.

Low levels of Serotonin are linked to seasonal depression, insomnia, weight gain, nausea and fatigue.

Our bodies produce Serotonin in our brains when sunlight is absorbed through our eyes. (But that does not mean look directly at the sun!)

Vitamin D

Sun exposure is the best way to boost Vitamin D levels. Our bodies produce Vitamin D when exposed to the UVB sun rays.

UVB rays cannot be absorbed through windows as they are made to filter them out, so you must go outside for this benefit.

Vitamin D supports our immune function and targets inflammation. It is also linked to bone health as it helps our bodies absorb Calcium.

Low levels of Vitamin D can cause fatigue, hair loss, bone pain or muscle pain.

Healing Skin

Although excess sun exposure is linked to skin cancer, a safe amount of exposure can aid in healing different skin conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Jaundice
  • Eczema

Conclusion

Safe amounts of sunlight are very important to get everyday. There are so many more benefits but these ones are important to me and are the most prevalent ones. Check out the products I have linked below to help you get the most of these benefits!

Non Toxic Sunscreen

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen
Biossance Sunscreen
C’est Moi Sunscreen

In case you missed the product links in the post, click the pic!

Light Therapy for Skin
Vitamin D Supplement
Serotonin Supplement
Sunlight Alarm Clock

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Healthy Habits to Add to Your Oral Care Routine

We all know that oral health is important to maintain. We are told all the time: brush and floss everyday to prevent cavities!

But what lots of people do not know: Brushing and flossing is only a fraction of what you can be doing for your oral health. Our mouths are more complex than just a set of pearly whites and a tongue. It is the main portal to our internal organs. It is the largest opening to our bodies.

With all that being said, wouldn’t it be important to prevent as much unwanted bacteria from entering as possible? Continue reading to find out what you can add to your oral care routine for a healthy mouth and body.

Our mouths are more complex than just a set of pearly whites and a tongue. It is the main portal to our internal organs. It is the largest opening to our bodies.

Tongue Scraping

Tongue Scraping uses a metal U-shaped tool to remove the buildup on your tongue.

When done each morning before ingesting anything, tongue scraping can prevent lots of bacteria that have been accumulating in your mouth from entering into your system.

Tongue scraping can also help your breath, prevent cavities and gingivitis, and improve your internal health.

Use Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

Did you know that Fluoride can actually be harmful to your teeth and internal health over time?

Ever wonder what the white spots are on your teeth? It is actually caused by Fluoride! Dental Fluorosis is caused by the ingestion of fluoride, especially in childhood.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water frequently can help prevent bacteria from accumulating on your teeth, gums and tongue.

Bacteria is what causes gingivitis and other dental disease. It is also the biggest cause of bad breath.

If you typically drink a bunch of water every now and then, try switching to sipping water every couple of minutes.

Wooden spoon with solid coconut oil

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling draws the toxins out of your mouth. When done in the morning after tongue scraping and before ingesting anything, it can prevent those toxins and bacteria from entering your digestive tract.

How to: Simply get one tablespoon of edible oil such as coconut, sesame, or olive oil. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes and spit into the trash.

OIl Pulling Mix and Tongue Scraper
The Tongue Scraper We Use
Boka Mint Flavored Toothpaste
Boka Coco Ginger Flavored Toothpaste
Risewell Toothpaste
Risewell Kids Toothpaste

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Waist down of a woman in a white dress walking in shallow water on the beach.

What is Grounding and Why Should I do it?

Our bodies are amazing and are made to do incredible things. My body has recently gone through a lot of stress and change with pregnancy and birth, so I have been looking for ways to help my body with this healing process.

I have been a little MIA for a bit… The end of pregnancy honestly kicked by butt a little but luckily now I am on the postpartum recovery.

If you’ve been here before or if you know me personally, you know that I love natural ways of doing things. I am a firm believer that our bodies know what they are doing when it comes to surviving and thriving. I have recently discovered the method of grounding and love it so far, so I thought I would share my knowledge with you all.

Me and my baby, Olivia sitting under a tree.
My feet in the grass.

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What is Grounding?

Woman's feet on a rocky shore with her toes in the water.

Grounding, or Earthing, is the act of connecting yourself with Earth’s natural electrical charges via skin-to-ground or skin-to-water contact.

This technique was originally discovered in 1998 by Clint Ober, who noticed that our shoes with their rubber soles were preventing us from connecting with the electrical waves of the earth.

Once Mr. Ober began to use grounding techniques, he noticed improvement with his sleep and pain levels. See more info here.

Benefits of Grounding

Now I know that this might be sounding a little strange and you may be a little skeptical about it, but there are science-based studies that prove there are lots of benefits to earthing.

Like I mentioned above, grounding can help improve one’s pain levels and quality of sleep. But the Earth’s electrical currents have much more than that to offer. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Lowers inflammation
  • Aids in muscle recovery
  • Improves overall mood

How do I do it?

Girl meditating on a log.

Grounding is very simple, you can take a barefoot walk outside in the grass, on the beach, etc. It can also be done by laying or sitting so that your skin is coming into contact with the ground (not sidewalks or concrete – the actual ground).

Grounding can also be done via contact with the ocean, lakes or rivers. So when you are wading out in the waves on vacation you are actually doing more for your health than you think!

You do not need to spend a lot of time doing this either, just a 5-10 minute walk each day can give you so many benefits.

But… Allergies?

A lot of you are probably thinking that there is no way you are doing this because your allergies will go nuts. There is a solution for that too!

If you cannot come into contact with the ground with your bare skin, try using this grounding mat or these grounding shoes and socks. The mat can be used indoors and the attachment to your shoes and socks can conduct the electricity to you in the same way.

Sharing is Caring!

I hope you enjoyed learning about this topic, I personally find grounding very fascinating. If you liked this post, don’t forget to share it with your friends! See you guys at the next post!

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Ways to Boost Energy Naturally

In today’s world, we work ourselves constantly and are sometimes a little sleep deprived. So many people require their daily coffee or other form of caffeine to wake up in the morning. If this is you, and you want a more natural way to boost your energy, look no further than these techniques I am about to share with you.

Now I am not trying to shame anyone for their use of coffee or caffeine to boost their energy. I personally have always liked the idea of natural alternatives rather than artificial solutions. If you feel the same way, then keep reading!

I have never had coffee nor required a caffeinated drink to be energized, so seeing people around me that do require them made me want to share my secrets with you.

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Benefits of Choosing Natural Solutions

The main reason why I choose natural is because it gives me more control over my body. … This is because I am controlling the amount of hormones my own body is producing.

Before I get into my techniques I use, I wanted to share the WHY. Why choose to naturally boost energy when I can just drink some coffee or a soda?

The main reason why I choose natural is because it gives me more control over my own body. I feel a sense of self mastery and I love that. This is because I am controlling the amount of hormones my own body is producing.

And the obvious benefit: its healthy for me and my body! There are lots of micro-ingredients hidden in today’s products that our bodies do not process well. When I choose to omit artificial energy boosters and focus more on natural techniques, I am choosing to keep my body more clean.

Energy Boosting Techniques

Stretching

This is very beneficial for your joints and muscles to be able to perform the tasks ahead. It helps loosen your body and lower cortisol, or stress hormone, levels.

When done in the morning before getting out of bed, it wakes me up and is a positive start to my day. I like to sit up in my bed, face my window, and do some of the following stretches:

  • Chest Opener: clasp your hands behind your back and lift your chin up while pushing your chest out. You can take side-to-side movement with it. This allows you to breathe more deeply as well as loosen the joints in your shoulders and ribs.
  • Head Circles: deep stretches in your neck muscles allow you to feel less tense in the morning and can help lower stress.
  • Side Stretch: Reach one arm up in the air, then over to the opposing side to open your ribs and stretch your side body. I like to go side-to-side multiple times to help loosen everything up better.
  • Hamstring Stretch: Fold forward and reach for your toes. You can do this with both legs extended forward or in figure 4. Try to keep your back flat and lengthened.

Take a Break

If you can, try to step away for a couple of minutes and drink some water, do some light stretches, go on a walk, whatever you can do to change up the routine for a sec.

I am a little over 7 months pregnant and I work long shifts on my feet as a vet tech, so sometimes when I have a minute I like to grab a drink of water and do some quick breathing exercises to keep myself from being drained by the end of the day.

Taking breaks is totally okay and should be encouraged for your mental and physical health. Be sure to have a good balance between working hard and over working yourself.

Develop a Good Morning Routine

In this blog post, I wrote about healthy things to add to your morning routine. It is so important to me that I start my day off right so that the rest of my day is full of happiness, energy, and productivity.

It is hard to practice waking up earlier to have time to stretch or exercise at first. Your mind will trick you into thinking “if I sleep longer in the morning, then I will have more energy”. But this is a LIE!

Waking up earlier to have a good morning routine has boosted my energy so much, especially when I am extra tired from pregnancy. I notice a huge difference in my energy levels on the days that I sleep in versus the days that I prioritize exercise and stretching.

Some examples of good morning routine activities include: eating a healthy breakfast, stretching, working out, going on a walk, hydrating immediately, reading motivational quotes, or even just taking a second to breathe and relax before the grind.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration benefits literally SO many aspects of our health. When we have enough fluids in our body, our tissues can better perform their proper functions. For example, our muscles will be able to endure the long work day because we have better circulation for the blood in our body to transport oxygen to them.

Cold water also helps to wake us up in the morning. I like to keep my water bottle on my nightstand with ice water in it so that when I wake up in the morning, I can immediately drink water.

If you are one of those people that does not like plain water, you can try adding frozen fruits for flavoring. I like to add lemon slices and frozen strawberries to my water. You can also add Liquid I.V. to multiply your hydration. Here are some Liquid I.V. flavors you can purchase on Amazon:

Strawberry Flavor
Lemon/Lime Flavor
Passion Fruit Flavor

Work Out

I know what you are thinking: Why would I work out if I need MORE energy? Wouldn’t that drain my energy?

Working out releases endorphins which energize your body. So while you might be tired after your workout, you will be energized overall. The more consistently you work out, the more energy your body will have over time.

Exercise also lowers your cortisol, or stress hormone, levels. This means that you will have less stress on your mind, which would take up a lot of our energy as well.

Eat Healthy

Eating more proteins and fiber can help boost our metabolism and support our muscles. If we eat too many carbohydrates, specifically sugar, we are inhibiting our bodies production of Thyroxine, which is produced by our Thyroids, the ultimate metabolism hormone.

I like to eat fruits in the morning to help naturally wake myself up. There’s nothing like a glass of OJ or lemon water to help me to feel energized and ready to continue my morning routine.

My last post has a list of Superfoods that are healthy and provide many different benefits to our bodies, so go check that one out as well!

Don’t Forget to Share!

Thank you for reading, I hope this was an inspiring post and that it helped you to feel more energized through your daily grind. Remember to take care of yourself and give your body the credit it needs. Share this post with a friend or on social media if you enjoyed it!

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Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

The best way to have a good day is to start the morning off right. Having good routines and habits in the morning plays a huge impact in your mental and physical health. There are so many benefits to developing these morning habits such as boosting energy, loosing weight, better productivity, having a happier attitude, improving your overall health, and so much more. If one or all of these are what you need, then consider taking the time in the morning to do these things.

Now I know what you may be thinking – I have such a busy schedule that I couldn’t possibly fit anything else in, or that it is easier said than done. Now we are not all perfect and that is why we are here, to improve each day. A good start would be to just take 10-15 minutes out of your morning to do one or two of the things I have listed below. Then start to add more things from the list, or even incorporate your own ideas! (And share your ideas with me, because I love to hear what other people come up with as well!)

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Meditate

The word Meditation comes from the Latin word meditatum which means to ponder. When we meditate, our minds are clear and we focus on ourselves, creating a better connection with mind and body. Meditation is an ancient Indian practice that began thousands of years ago and is still common in today’s society. Something that has been around for so long and is still widely practiced today must have some good effect right?

Meditation is simple, you do not have to do anything complex or “voodoo-like”. I like to meditate right when I wake up, before I even get out of bed. This is because my mind is already clear from just waking up and has not had to process much yet. I sit up in my bed, close my eyes, and take a few deep breaths in and out. I try to focus on nothing but my own body and mind. Once I have done this for a couple of minutes I already feel refreshed and my energy level has boosted. I am ready to take on the day.

Drink Water

Starting the morning off by drinking at least a glass of water when you wake up is a great way to boost your energy. (Hint: add a squeeze of lemon for many benefits such as: weight loss, healthy skin, and much more) Fun Fact – there was a study done in mice that were fed a high fat diet. One half of the group was given lemon water and showed significantly less weight gain and underlying conditions than the other half.

Drinking about 1 gallon of water every day is vital in keeping your body and skin healthy. I know it can be hard for some of you, as it sometimes is for me. If that is the case, try THIS water bottle to keep track. For those who do not like water – try adding fruits or flavorings to your water. Eating watermelon or oranges is also a good way to hydrate yourself.

Exercise/Stretch

The moment you wake up is when your muscles and joints have been most relaxed. This is what makes morning stretches and exercises very effective. It does not need to take a long time. Even if you have a busy morning schedule, 5-10 minutes can still make a difference. Here are some ideas:

  • Yoga – this is my FAVORITE morning exercise! It gives me so much energy. There are lots of great Youtube videos. You can get a good yoga mat here!
  • Hamstring Stretch – sit with your legs straight in front of you and reach for your toes. (Hint: try to keep your back as flat as possible)
  • Lunges – Try to keep your torso upright to stretch your hips as well.
  • Cat/Cow – Get on your hands and knees and arch your back up and down, holding it in each extreme for a moment. This will loosen up your spinal joints.
  • Head Circles – move your head around in circles, alternating directions.
  • Chest Opener – clasp your hands behind your back and open your chest upwards. This is perfect for the mornings to wake you up.

Don’t Skip Breakfast!

Most people eat dinner around 6pm and go to bed around 9 or 10. They then sleep for about 8 hours, so the majority of us are going about 10 hours or so with no food. Eating breakfast helps to restore a healthy glucose level.

I work in the mornings and love to have something that I can throw together quickly. Protein shakes are a great go-to for that. I love to use this Protein and Greens Shake because it tastes GREAT with cold almond milk (does not have the classic weird protein taste!)

If you are trying to diet or loose weight, I know it may seem like a good idea to skip breakfast to intake fewer calories. However, eating a balanced meal in the morning can trigger our metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day.

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