Reusable Nursing Pads

I admit, during three of my pregnancies I just wore the disposable nursing pads. We have so much going on, what seems simple feels easiest and best at the time.

The older I am getting, the more I see loved ones dealing with more health issues than I ever remember hearing about as a kid. Granted, we generally don’t tell our kids everything so I am sure I was somewhat shielded, but research has definitely shown things like infertility and cancer are much higher percentages than ever.

I started looking into companies and found Beautycounter which helped educate me in what the US allows in our products that we use every day, and we trust they are safe because they are store shelves right? WRONG!

Well, it isn’t just about healthy and beauty products. It’s every day products, items, clothing, laundry soap, and even things like nursing pads.

So my last pregnancy I found these reusable bamboo nursing pads. They are so soft, and I was worried since they were a little thicker than disposable if anyone would be able to notice them under my shirts, and the answer is no, they didn’t notice, I never noticed. That being said I don’t wear skin tight shirts, nor should I lol. So if you wear tight shirts, it might be different for you, but if you wear regular t-shirts I think you’ll be just fine. If you wear business casual, just toss on an undershirt and again, you’ll be fine.

Reusable Nursing Pads

The ones I bought came in a few different colors, and like my socks I didn’t care if they matched, I mean who was going to see them lol. I also had a nice mesh bag I would keep them all in, and I just tossed them in with the babies laundry. I was able to wear a full set all day, but kept an extra one to two pairs with me just in case.

I bought them from Amazon, so this is an affiliate link, which means I get a small percentage of any purchases using this link. Which is also greatly appreciated. 🙂

Washable Reusable Nursing Pads

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Natural Deodorant

Since joining Beautycounter, I have started trying to pay attention to everything else we use, especially since I have three other daughters I am raising and two of them are already wanting to wear everything I do.

I tried making my own deodorant years ago, but it was baking soda based. I had read that some people had a reaction to it, but I thought, I use this when I bake surely I won’t have a reaction. It worked great for a few days, then sure enough I had a rash starting. I thought maybe I just need to get use to this, and continued to use it until the red area was larger than my pit!

Since then, I have been nervous to buy deodorants that are baking soda based and that’s usually the first thing I ask if I see a new one. But finally I found one!

Honestly pHresh has an organic prebiotic deodorant. The prebiotics kill the bacteria that can cause part of our BO smells.

Safe Deordorant

The best part, no red rash! I have used this for several days, no sign of irritation at all. The best part is no slight BO smell at all, and it’s been up to 115 here! We get hot during the summer!

So if you are looking for safe natural deodorant that is not baking soda based, this is it!

I am not an affiliate, I do not get anything for you going to their site or buying their product. I am simply sharing my review in case you are looking for a product that works.

Honest pHresh

Safest Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash for Kids

One of the reasons I joined Beautycounter two years ago, was because of how they formulate their products, and what they ban from them.

They not only ban the 1400 ingredients European Union has banned they have banned additional ingredients making the count over 1500!

Your kids are safe using any of their products, heck I even let my two middle daughters wear makeup from time and time and I am not worried about it! But they do have a kids line.

Kids Line

When you purchase our kids line you do not have to worry about ingredients that can cause infertility, early puberty, or higher risk for cancer.

Our Nice Do Kids Shampoo is formulated with broccoli, carrot root and strawberry extracts that leave hair shiny and soft. Their hair will be left with a light sweet scent that kids and moms love!

Our Not a Knot Kids Conditioner is formulated with safflower seed oil, and carrot root extract that helps detangling hair a breeze! This has been our favorite out of everything for that reason. Plus again, the light sweet scent.

Our Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash helps keep their skin hydrated and soft. You can find a combination of pomegranate and cranberry fruit extracts as well as antioxidants.

The Best part, all of these are nut and gluten free formulas. Since they are free of harsh ingredients, and pH balanced, there is no need for any hidden tear free ingredients as they won’t sting your kiddos eyes. Bonus!

You can check out the whole collection HERE, which is $45, or buy individually for $18 each.

Oh yeah, since these are made with good quality ingredients you can trust, you don’t even have to use as much! So they are not only safe for your kiddos, they last longer! So don’t let the price scare you off, esp if you are looking for the safest products for your family.

 

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

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Did you know that dirty makeup brushes could be an additional cause for acne or skin issues? Eek!

1 – If you don’t clean them at least once a month, the makeup and dead skin left on the brushes could start being abrasive on your face, even if you don’t feel or see it. This opens your skin for bacteria and buildup.

2 – The bacteria building up on unclean brushes, can then be transferred to the makeup products you are using, and then transferred to your other brushes!

3 – If you are using the brushes for liquid foundation, clean them at least twice a month as there is more being left on these brushes.

So what happens when you clean your brushes?

1 – Cleaning your brushes once a month prevents the spreading of bacteria.

2 – Old makeup and dead skin cells are cleaned off of the brush, leaving you with non-abrasive brushes for your face.

3 – You will actually get better color application from clean brushes.

4 – Your brushes will last longer! Who wants to spend money on buying more brushes when we can clean them properly and have them last longer?!

Here is a video discussing this, and showing you how I clean my brushes and what I use.

Clear Skin Tips

My BC for clear skin

Let’s talk about clearing up, and keeping it clear, your skin.

When I got pregnant, my skin went crazy! I was honestly getting a little depressed. My skin went from combo to extra dry, and even more like the dang desert after I had her and started nursing. Eek! So you definitely need to know your skin type and make sure what you are using is for your skin type.

Fast forward to today where I am pretty much back to a combo skin. So most of the products below are great for combo/oily skin, if that is not you, let’s chat before you head on over to the site to purchase anything. In fact, let’s chat anyways because I want to make sure your skin care needs are being met.

First, keep in mind that clear skin is not just what you use on your face/body, it’s also what you put into your body. That being said, a good routine can still help fight most, if not all, acne/skin issues.

If reading is not your thing and you managed to make it this far lol, check out this video.

Proper skin care is not just washing your face, it’s making sure it gets exfoliated, which helps keep your pores from getting clogged (which causes most common acne issues). Sebum is produced in our pores, and while it helps keep our face moisturized, we don’t want it getting clogged or an excess amount of it.

Be sure that what you are using, is SAFE to use. That’s why I put my trust in Beautycounter. They ban 1500 (more than European Union) ingredients.  Check the EWG’s Skin Deep Guide.

The first step in my routine is my charcoal cleansing bar. I keep one for hands and face at the sink, and then one in my shower. I am not a shower gel gal, I like bar soap.  This has activated charcoal is great for pulling out impurities and cleansing pores.

2 – 3 times a week, 3 seems to be a magic number for me, I use the Charcoal mask. This has kaolin clay which helps absorb excess oil and then has salicylic and lactic acids which are great for exfoliating. I can always tell by my nose that this has done it’s job. The little bumps are gone leaving my nose, and the rest of my face, baby butt smooth. This is even safe for your kids to use!

There is a balancing oil (this is where your skin type comes into play) that I add to the Coutermatch Adaptive Lotion (I just use 2 drops with the lotion) to help keep my face moisturized, balanced, and calm any redness. It has several amazing oils like Rosehip and ylang ylang.

Quick side note, the Countermatch line is adaptive to all skin types giving you what you need throughout the day when you need it. AMAZING!

Now if you like setting your makeup, or you just need a little extra help through the day, there is also a Balancing Mist.  This can be sprayed before you apply your makeup, after to set it, or used throughout the day for any excess oil you might have. I try to keep this on hand, but have found that by using the right other steps above, I don’t really have any excess oil through the day.

Join us in our Facebook group for more tips, fun, and possible freebies!

 

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

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That, is scary! Do you realize that serious health issues, like cancer, are at the highest they have ever been and they continue to rise. Add in infertility, early puberty, asthma, etc. This is from every day exposure to toxic chemicals from what we use in our showers to our daily commutes.

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It’s been 80 years since congress passed a law regulating the cosmetics industry. What?! The FDA is in charge of regulating the industry but doesn’t even have the power to remove harmful ingredients. This is just crazy! Do you know what you are using on your kids? There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today and most of them don’t even  have safety data!

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Yes we sell products, but we also give you information you need to make the best decisions for yourself and your family for free. Even if you never buy a product from me, I want you to know what ingredients to avoid! Just be careful, companies aren’t even required to list all ingredients! That is one of the first things that makes us unique. We feel you have the right to know what we use in our products no matter how minimal the amount is we use.

Want to hear/learn more? check out my YouTube channel, be sure to subscribe and like to stay up to date on future videos.

Come join my Facebook group where I share important information there first, and we have some fun, and we have monthly drawings!

 

Oh Little Peanut!

I didn’t realize it had been such a long time since my last update. I was 32 weeks and now little peanut is just over 7 months old!

The last several weeks of the pregnancy were rough. I went from bedrest and being able to work from home to complete bedrest in the same week. Little one tried coming at 33 weeks, so the goal was to get to me to 37 weeks. We managed to get to 37 weeks and then I was induced.

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She entered the world at 1:09 PM on November 16th weighing 8lbs 13oz. Let me tell you I do not want to know how much more she would’ve weighed had she baked any longer lol.

We soon discovered this little one, would start our adventure in learning sign language. She failed her first hearing test just like Makaylah, so I didn’t think anything of it at first, then she failed her second, but they said that it could still be fluid. So we went back to the hospital a week later, and she failed that test leading us to a pediatric audiologist. Sure enough she was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss.

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She is absolutely perfect in our eyes. That day we were given the diagnosis, my head was spinning just a bit with everyone I was told we would be in touch with. At first I was very confused who did what. We see the audiologist regularly right now, a hearing specialist to make sure she is staying where she should for all her milestones and how we can help her, a case worker who sets goals every 6 months, her regular Dr/Pediatrician who has been great keeping everything together and up to date, and then an ENT because she has had fluid since day 1. We will be getting ear tubes very soon.

Fast forward to today and she is about 7 1/2 months old now.

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I have been able to go to a few events to help me connect to other parents who have child with hearing loss. I have attended an advocacy class, and I even started online ASL courses. I want her to always feel comfortable in her own home, and never have to struggle to communicate with us, or be exhausted from “communicating” all day out of the house and then just not want to when she gets home. This is her safe place and we will do everything we can to ensure she always feels safe, loved, and not like she is has to “work” to talk to her family.

When I was told I was pregnant, the day of my tubal procedure, I could’ve never imagined where this would lead us. I cannot imagine my life with her, and I cannot imagine not wanting to learn sign language now.

She was the blessing we never saw coming, and she completes my heart.