FINDING JOY

FINDING JOY

I want to start off by saying I am not an expert. Anyone who has known me for years can tell you I can be one of the most pessimistic people on earth. I’m not denying that, and I’m not saying that my life is always perfect. Trust me it’s far from it, however, since becoming a parent my outlook on life has changed dramatically. Don’t get me wrong I still have my bad days just like anyone else. What’s different is I no longer allow myself to wallow in misery. Basically what I’m trying to say is yes I lose my shit every now and then, but when that happens I pick myself up and move on. Because of that, I can honestly say for the first time in my life I’m finally at peace with myself.

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So what is joy?

Before we dive too deep I want to tell you the definition of joy, “a feeling of great pleasure or happiness”. This can mean something different to different people. I find my joy in motherhood, others may not. In order for you to be truly happy, you have to find what joy is to you.

Before I had my son I was fighting a never ending battle. I felt dissatisfied with my life, and I couldn’t understand why I was so unhappy. I knew things had to change before I brought my son into the mix. I took a step back and really tried to reevaluate my life. What I discovered was astounding. I realized that my outlook on life, my own personal negativity, and the way I dealt with situations was the cause for 99.9% of my problems. I was choosing to be miserable. Once I realized that my life started to change.

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So…what exactly did I change?

I started with the way I viewed life. By “life” I mean the day to day situations we all deal with. I realized I complained A LOT. When I say a lot I mean all the time. I found myself complaining from the time I woke up until I went to sleep. I spent my entire day focusing on every negative thing that happened to me. Once I realized this I decided to make a conscious effort to stop being a negative Nancy. Don’t get me wrong I still find myself complaining about things here and there but it’s nothing compared to the way I was.

The next thing I gave up was negative self-talk. This had a huge impact on my life. I never knew how draining negative self-talk could be until I gave it up (for the most part). I’m a firm believer that we speak things into existence, so if you’re constantly telling yourself you’ll never accomplish XYZ then you never will. Always be kind to yourself.

I would have to say the most important thing I did was stop blaming people for my shortcomings. Often it’s a lot easier to point the finger at someone else when things don’t go as planned. I’ll be honest I did this a lot. Now I’m learning to take responsibility for my decisions. It’s not always easy but it’s worth it.

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So….What’s next?

My next steps is a journey of self-refection, and truly becoming the type of person I want to be. I know I have a long road ahead of me but I’m excited about the future. If nothing else I plan on teaching my son that it’s possible to live a life that it inline with you value, and a life that brings you true happiness.

Live for you and only you. If you’re unhappy with the way your life is going do whatever you can to change it. Don’t settle for a life you don’t want.

xoxo

Destiny

Crunchy Mama Must Haves

Crunchy Mama Must Haves

Hello my sweet sweet friends! I’m glad you’re back. I decided to post a list of my top crunchy must haves. When I was pregnant I read tons of these to get an idea of what I might need for baby. If you’re expecting, or if or looking for more natural products this is the post for you. Enjoy! Oh and to make things a little easier for you I’ve included links to where you can buy all the products listed.

1. The Windi 

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These little beauties are a life saver. I seriously don’t know what I would have done without them. When my son was dealing with terrible gas pain I would use a windi and it seconds my little guy would be gas free. They are safe, effective, and a better option than giving your little one medicine (in my opinion).

2.Gripe Water

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If you’re looking for something to help with more that just gas I would try gripe water. This is great for colic and hiccups! It’s made from all natural ingredients which gives me peace of mind. Whenever my little guy was having a hard time with hiccups, I would gibe him a little bit of this and poof they were gone!

3. Baby Carrier

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A baby carrier is a must-have for any new mom in my opinion! This helps a ton with getting things done around the house, or just getting in some extra snuggles. If you have a baby that doesn’t like to be put down popping them in a carrier meets their needs as well as helping mama keep her sanity! They one I’m wearing here is a chimparoo woven wrap. I rented this from my local baby wearing group and I love it! I’ve tried a few different carriers and woven wraps are my favorite so far. A few other great ones are ring slings and soft structured carriers.

4. Coconut Oil

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The last thing on the list coconut oil. This is my go to for EVERYTHING! I used this when I first started nursing, and it helped a ton with sore nipples. I also mix it with a little bit of breast milk and use it as diaper rash cream. Coconut oil is the only thing I use for my little guy as far as a moisturizer.

I hope this little list helps you find some natural baby products. Each and every one of these products are staples in our household, I seriously couldn’t live without them. Make sure you check back on Sunday for a new post. If you haven’t already make sure you subscribe. When you enter your email you’ll automatically get notifications when I have a new post.  Make sure you post some of your baby must-haves in the comments!

xoxo

Destiny

 

6 HEALTHY HABITS FOR THE NEW YEAR.

6 HEALTHY HABITS FOR THE NEW YEAR.

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!

xoxo

Destiny

 

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.

  1. DIOXIN

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!

  1. PHTHALATES

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.

  1. PERCHLORATE

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.

  1. PARABENS 

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