Hello my sweet sweet friends. I’m glad you could join me for this mid-week blog post. I’d love some feed back from you guys. Please let me know if you enjoyed this  extra post, or if you prefer I posted once a week.

So I’m sure a lot of you are a lot like me around this time of year; you set a goal to become a healthier person. Well if you are like me, you’ve probably fell off that wagon once, or twice, or seven hundred times . But hey-new year new you, right? This year I’m determined to stick to my goal of getting healthier, and I figured I should share my favorite healthy tips with all of you guys!

If you’re interested in any of the products I’m talking about today, I’ve included links to all of them. Just click the blue works to be taken to iherb.com where you can purchase any of this products. The links will open in a new tab, to make it easy for you to come back 😉

1.Use coconut oil every day!

I know, I know you’ve been hearing people talk about coconut oil for years now. Just bare with me on this guys, I mean if it wasn’t truly amazing would everyone be talking about it?! Honestly coconut oil is one of the best multi purpose health product out there. It can be used for almost anything. It’s great for oil pulling, DIY toothpaste, I even rub it on my dog’s teeth and gums. It works as a wonderful skin and hair moisturizer, and you can even cook with it. Seriously you can really use it for almost anything! Plus it is high in a ton  of nutrients. When looking for coconut oil look for an organic, cold pressed, unrefined, virgin oil. The brand Nutiva is great!

2. Eat hemp seeds daily!

Hemp seeds are rich in fatty acids, they’re rich in minerals, and hemp seeds are also a wonderful source of easily digestible protein. Because of all this they can help support cardiovascular health. Try putting them in salads, or even making your own hemp milk. Just make sure you don’t put them on anything hot. I like to make sure I always have some Nutiva organic hemp seeds in the fridge!

3. Always have a snack with You!

Making sure you always have a snack with you is so important. I always have a bar with me either in my purse, or diaper bag. Having a snack on me not only helps keep my blood sugar stable, but also keeps me from getting hangry! When you’re out and about BRING A SNACK WITH YOU! This way you won’t be tempted to buy fast food because you’re starving. These Luna bars are the ones I always have on me. The lemon zest flavor is the best ( if I do say so myself) but they have a ton of flavors for you to try.

4. Swap table salt for Himalayan salt!

Conventional table salt is highly processed,and during its manufacturing it is often bleached and has anti- clotting agents and artificial iodine added to it. As most of us know high levels of table salt can cause health problems, since sodium is an essential part of the human diet switching to Himalayan salt is a much healthier alternative. Unlike table salt Himalayan salt is rich in 80+ minerals, high in natural iodine, regulates blood pressure, balances electrolytes, and can reduce muscle cramps.If that wasn’t enough it’s pink too! This Himala Salt brand is a good choice, plus it comes in a refillable grinder!

5. Eat more fermented food!

Fermented foods are great for gut health. They are an amazing source of pro-biotics, B vitamins, and immune boosting nutrients. They aid in good digestion, and can help clear some skin conditions. Our gut is where our immune system lives, so a healthy guy equals a healthy body overall. Try adding foods like kimchi, or sauerkraut to your diet. If you like fizzy drinks ,kombucha is a great alternative to sugar filled sodas.

6.Add more turmeric and cinnamon to your diet!

Turmeric and cinnamon are amazing spices. Not only will they add wonderful flavor to your food, but they are packed with tons of health properties too! Turmeric contains curcumin a powerful anti inflammatory, and antioxidant. Turmeric is great for heart health and if you’re suffering from pain you can take a concentrated dose of turmeric in capsule form. Gaia herbs turmeric supreme is like natures ibuprofen! When adding turmeric to food try taking it with black pepper, and some healthy fats (like coconut oil) for best absorption.

Like turmeric, cinnamon is a powerful anti inflammatory,and antioxidant. It’s also anti microbial, can lower blood sugar, and improve heart health. However all cinnamon is NOT created equal. The cinnamon found in most stores is cassia cinnamon also known as Chinese cinnamon. This type does not hold all of cinnamon’s amazing health properties. You want to make sure you’re using Ceylon cinnamon in order to gain all the benefits. Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, and has a much sweeter taste and contains the true health benefits.

If you made it this far, I’m glad and I hope you take something away from this post. These are just a few of my favorite health tips. If you’re interested in more check in later this week for more! Also make sure you subscribe so you never miss a post!




5 Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Products.

5 Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Products.

Well We all know I love natural products! When we’re faced with so many products that are filled with harmful ingredients, who wouldn’t!

Like a lot of people out there I would become dizzy and often very sick when I used conventional cleaning products.In fact, a few years ago, while cleaning my bathroom I almost fainted because of the fumes! That’s when I deiced I would take a look at the ingredients list of the products I was using. I’m sure this is no shock to you, but I didn’t recognize a single ingredient, so I started doing some research. What I found was terrifying, and if I’m being honest it enraged me. How could companies get away with putting these toxic chemicals in their products! After I made this discovery I was determined to make a change. I’ve been using natural products even since, and I’m loving it! I’m loving it so much, I felt compelled to share my knowledge with others. Below is a list of just a FEW of the many chemicals that have very harmful side effects, and ways to avoid them. Enjoy!

  1. BPA

Bisphenol a (BPA) was created in the 1891,and in the late 1930s it was discovered that BPA acted as a synthetic estrogen. Because of it’s ability to mimic estrogenbit was meant to be used as birth control. Soon after the birth control plans failed scientists discovered BPA could be used to make plastics hard. Since then it’s been used in everything from plastic food container, to baby bottles and has been linked to various forms of cancer, as well as reproductive problems and heart disease.

How to Avoid It: Since BPA is found in so many items, it can be hard to avoid. To minimize your family’s exposure, avoid plastics that are marked with “PC” or recycling label #7. BPA is also commonly used in receipt paper, so forgo taking receipts whenever possible.


Dioxin is a carcinogen that can easily build up in the body. It is cause by manufacturing processes such as pesticide manufacturing, and the chlorine bleaching of paper products, and feminine hygiene products. It’s linked to immune and reproductive disorders such as endometriosis.

How to Avoid It: This toxin is commonly found in animal products especially fish, milk, and eggs, So try eating fewer animal products. For all my ladies, out there dioxin is found in conventional pads, and tampons. To avoid this try buying organic feminine hygiene products or consider using a menstrual cup to help your health and the planet!


Phthalates are used in hundreds of products throughout our homes. This chemical helps create flexible, durable, and resistant products such as flexible PVC. Because this chemical is used in so many products it can be difficult to avoid.

How to Avoid It: This chemical is commonly found in toys, plastic food containers and plastic wrap that are made from PVC. Phthalates can also be found in personal care items such as lotion, body wash etc. They are sometimes listed as “fragrances” so be sure to check the labels. Try switching to fragrance free products, or products that are scented with essential oils instead.


The chemical Perchlorate is commonly found in rocket fuel. This component can severely disrupt thyroid function. Decreased thyroid function can cause anything from fatigue, and weight gain to a slowed heart rate and depression.

How to Avoid It: Perchlorate is most often found on fresh produce, and in milk, so avoiding it altogether isn’t possible. You can try cutting out dairy, and buying organic when you can.


Parabens are commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria These harmful chemical can mimic estrogen in the body. Exposure to high levels of parabens is now being linked to the development of breast cancer.

How to Avoid It: Switch to paraben free products, and I can’t stress this enough READ THE LABELS! Companies can say a product is paraben free but when you read the ingredients list it’s a different story. So make sure you always read the labels. If you’d like to make sure your products don’t contain parabens make them yourself. There are tons of fun DIYs for everything from body lotion, laundry detergent.

If you made it this far I’m glad and I hope you found some interesting information. If you have anything in your home that contain these chemicals get rid of them immediately! I’ll be writing a blog post all about my favorite natural alternatives to conventional personal care, and cleaning products. If You’re interested be sure you’re check back for a list of AMAZING companies, and great DIYs.

Also, I’ll be posting a special mid-week post that will include a few of my favorite health tips! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

Sources: EPAAmerican Chemical CounselFDA



Well hello, my sweet, sweet friends! I’m glad you’re back for another one of my crazy blog posts.

I guess I should be honest and tell you guys I debated if I should make this post at all. After a lot of thought, I decided I would go ahead with this post. I know some of you may not agree with my family’s choice not to vaccinate, and that’s okay. I’m not writing this to convince you of anything, I’m simply making this post to share MY reasons for not vaccinating my son.

To the people who don’t agree with my choice please keep in mind I’m a person with feelings just like you, I welcome your feedback but if you have any negative comments please keep them to yourself. And to the family’s that are just like mine, know that you are not alone, I understand your struggles, and I will stand tall beside you in this fight. At the end of the day, agree with me or not we are all parents who are trying to do the very best for our children. Please keep that in mind. Now on to the good stuff

so….Why don’t I vaccinate?


To help keep this post as short as possible ( yeah I know I basically wrote a book) I’ll just be comparing the CDC recommended vaccination schedule of 1995 to the one the CDC recommends today. If you’d like to take a look at all the vaccine schedules from 1995 until today I’ve included a handy- dandy link that will take you straight to the CDC website. If you’d like to go straight to the vaccine schedules I’m looking at today just click the year you’d like to view and it will take you right to the charts.(You’re welcome).
In 1995 it was recommended children receive at total of 19 vaccinations over a 12-year span. Today (the CDC still recommends the 2015 schedule for today’s children) the CDC recommend children receive a total of 28 vaccinations BEFORE age 12. This number DOES NOT INCLUDE the vaccines recommended for 12-18-year old children or the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. With those vaccines included the number becomes a staggering 35 vaccinations by age 18. So as you can see the number of recommended vaccines has more than doubled in the past 22 years. I personally found this unsettling. I was not comfortable injecting my child with 35 doses of 15 different viruses. Once I saw how many vaccines my son was supposed to have I started to do more research, and what I discovered was terrifying.


Don’t worry I’m not going to bombard you with a huge list of mystery chemical and ingredients. I’ll keep my list here short, but if you’re interested in the ingredients of the recommended childhood vaccines I’ve made it easy for you. Just click this link and it will take you right to it (again, you’re welcome).
So here are just a FEW of the ingredients in vaccines and why the CDC says they need to be in them.

Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.

Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.

Egg protein is found in influenza and yellow fever vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines. ( This is also found in the MMR)

Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.

Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
We all know that these substances not only unhealthy but can also be incredibly dangerous. So let me ask you..why are we injecting these into our children?


I know, I know this is a touchy subject.I’m sure this is where a few of you are going to sign off. I understand, trust me I really do. Some of you probably think I’m crazy, honestly a few years ago I would have thought I was crazy too. So for your sake and mine, I’ll keep this part short. Please go watch the movie Vaxxed! Believe me, it’s eye opening. For your convenience, I made yet another link for you. Click right here to be taken to the vaxxed website.
I’d like to end by saying thanks for sticking around if you made it this far. If you were on the fence about vaccines or even if you weren’t I hope you gained something from the tiny bit of information I shared with you today. If there’s one thing I want you to take from this post it’s this, Please don’t always believe what you’re told. Do your own research. I know as parents we’re faced with a million difficult decisions, but like I said before we’re all just trying to do the very best for our children. So please I implore you, gather all the information you possibly can; your child’s future may depend on it.

Disclaimer: I am by NO way saying this is what’s right for everyone. I understand different things work for different families. This is just what my family chose to do. I am by NO means saying anyone is a bad parent/person if they chose to vaccine their child. DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.

* more information is available on the CDC website.

My home birth story.

My home birth story.

I’d like to start by saying thanks for stopping by friends! I’m sure some of you clicked this link because you’re crunchy mamas like me who just LOVE reading other women’s birth stories, but let’s get real- Most of you clicked this thinking “HOME BIRTH…THAT B!*$% IS CRAZY!” It’s okay, trust me I hear that all the time. At one point I thought home birth was crazy too, but with the help of Ricki Lake (more on that in a minute), I was able to have a completely unmedicated, natural birth.

So I guess I should tell you how I discovered home birth right. Well. one night while scrolling through the list of documentaries on Netflix I came across “The business of being born, a documentary created by none other than….you guessed it Ricki Lake! so I won’t go into to much detail because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the film basically discusses how modern birthing practices aren’t as cutting edge and safe as you’re led to believe. I won’t say more than that because I actually want you guys to watch it (no but seriously, it’s great!). I’m sure you get the point, but what I’m saying is that film changed my life.

Alright, let’s get into the good stuff, the stuff I know you all came for. August 24th, 2016 I went into labor. I’m sorry if you’re hoping for something dramatic like my water breaking at Wal-Mart, but yeah sorry that didn’t happen. It started with some back pain; back pain that was so dull that other people had to convince me I was in labor might I add. As you can imagine the back pain got progressively worse (duh), and by about 9 pm I was like ” Damn, I might actually be in labor.” So I called my midwife Nancy (if you’re reading this Nancy you’re amazing, I love you, thanks for being fantastic), My mom, and my best friend. Everyone headed over to the house, and that’s when shit hit the fan- I mean not really but the contractions did get way worse. After everyone arrived at my house, we got the ball rolling. We grabbed the birth kit, plastic floor cover, and per my birth plan had The Golden Girls playing on TV, and got ready for a crazy ride.

Over the next eight hours, I paced around the house trying to walk through contractions.I’ll take a moment to mention that if you’re going to have a natural birth walking through your contractions is KEY. Honestly, it makes them ten times more bearable. So again over the next eight hours, I’m pacing the floor, hoping in and out of the shower, doing door squats, and sitting on a birthing stool. Finally, I make it to ten centimeters and can finally start pushing! This is the moment everyone was waiting for, pretty soon we were all going to meet my little bundle of joy. If only things could be that easy, but oh no of course not. So if you’ve never had a baby you might not understand this but pushing is basically like taking the biggest poop of your life. It literally takes ALL of the energy you have to push your tiny, wrinkly, little baby out of your body. Maybe it was just me, but after pushing for four hours….ahem louder for the people in the back. After I pushed for FOUR hours straight I was literally falling asleep on the birthing stool. Looking back on that now I’m laughing so hard because I can’t imagine how hilarious that looked.

After those four hours passed I finally got to meet my beautiful baby boy. All in all, I wouldn’t have changed anything about my birth experience. Honestly, it was amazing and beautiful. Giving birth naturally was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done, and nothing has ever made me feel more powerful but, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my amazing boyfriend, and the truly amazing women who helped through it all. I’d like for everyone reading this to note that: 1. I didn’t mention much about the pain because obviously, it hurt everyone knows that 2. I am in no way saying that home birth is the right thing for everyone. It’s not I understand that. Home birth was just what was right for me and my family.