• • Safe Swap • •

You may not know this, but in 2015 I actually worked at Bath and Body works. I had a ton of their products and that Christmas every single present I bought was from that store. This legitimately hurts my heart to think about. I just didn’t know then what I know now. 

So, let’s talk lotions today. I’ve never been someone who uses hand lotion specifically, but body creams and such are what I always used on my hands as well. One of my favorites was the French Lavender and Honey from Bath and Body Works. They are SO good at marketing these to look and sound so lovely and innocent. But when you look at the ingredient label you will find several 🚫 toxic ingredients…

🚫 Petrolatum, 🚫 Fragrance (Parfum), 🚫 Tetrasodium EDTA, 🚫 Disodium EDTA, 🚫 BHT, 🚫 Diazolidinyl Urea, 🚫 Methlyparaben, 🚫 Propylparaben, 🚫 Red 4, 🚫 Red 33, 🚫 Yellow 5

Sadly, you will find these ingredients in most conventional lotions. They come with a slew of potential health issues according to the EWG such as: 

organ system toxicity

Endocrine disruption 

Enhanced skin absorption 

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Contamination concerns

Biochemical or cellular level changes

Ecotoxicology

I think I’ll pass… 

OR you can switch to my favorite, which is:

🌻 Made with raw ingredients

🇺🇸 Made in the USA

🌿 Toxin- free 

I feel good supporting another small business and it feels like heaven on my skin! 

For all of my safe swaps, make sure you join the wellness community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean

I owe it to you…

🤍 because not every mom gets to make muffins with her daughter at 9am on a Monday, but I do.

❤️ because not every mom gets to be there for every moment (good, bad, and ugly), but I do.

🧡 because not every mom gets to follow her dreams, but I do.

💛 because not every mom gets to do what she’s passionate about every day of her life, but I do.

I owe it to you to share these things because if someone hadn’t shared with me 3 years ago, I wouldn’t be here. I would be working a job I hated, away from my daughter every day, with no time to pursue my own dreams or passions.

You can live the life you want. You just have to take the first step.

If you’re at all curious about this life as a clean beauty educator, please reach out to me. You can also join the conversation and simply start to become a more informed consumer over at -> https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean

I owe it to you… and you owe it to yourself 🥰

I did a thing.

A thing I almost didn’t do. A thing I didn’t know if I’d be able to complete. A thing that truly is one of my most proud moments of my life thus far. 

I completed a Spartan Super entirely On. My. Own. 

I did two Spartan Sprints in 2019 and I had someone with me every step of the way. Motivating me, helping me over some obstacles, literally dragging me along the course at times. So, I booked a Super thinking I would have that same support system for a race double the size with more and harder obstacles. But, that person is no longer my support system and the thought of doing this race alone quite literally petrified me. I didn’t know if I had it in me physically and I was 100% certain I didn’t have it in me mentally. I almost did not make it to the starting line. Thankfully I have a new support system now in some amazing friends who encouraged me and helped me see that I could do it on my own. 

So, I showed up at that starting line. And I took off by myself. 

It was hard. So freaking hard. And yes, I cried like a baby when I achieved that damn obstacle that I never in a million years thought I could do. 

But even though I did the race alone, I had people. I’m so thankful for the spartan community. The people who chatted with me as we walked along in agony. The woman who gave me a boost two separate times when my five foot basically nothing self didn’t stand a chance at getting over something way too high. The woman who stopped after completing the monkey bars and could have kept going but she stayed to talk me through my own fear of the obstacle. 

It was an absolutely amazing experience and I think I came out on the other side changed. I now know, truly, that I can do anything. I’m braver than I give myself credit for. I also know that there are some very kind souls out there and those are the people I will surround myself with. 

AROO 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

vulnerable post ahead ↴

Formerly, I was a partner (fiancé) who gave up a teaching career to show up for her family as a stay-at-home mom. What I did not see coming was a break up after 7 years.

5 months ago I became a single mom with primary custody of my daughter (plus our two dogs). A daughter who I wanted to continue to support and show up for as I always had. What immediately ran through my head was:

1. WHERE are we going to live?

2. HOW am I going to support all of us, feed us, clothe us, without her dad’s income?

3. WILL I be able to do this on my own?

SIGH – 😞

Well, it’s all because of my toxin free business that I’ve been able to get us into our own home (that even has a small yard for the dogs), work around the needs of my daughter, and SHOW up for her as I always have!❤️❤️❤️❤️

It nearly brings me to tears each time I take a moment to truly reflect and be grateful 💫 for where I am and what I’ve accomplished. I am forever grateful to the direct selling industry as it has changed my life not once. It’s because of companies like this one that women have the opportunity to make part time income working less than part time hours or make career income and accumulate wealth working full time hours. Did you know that 80% of women who make six figures do so through direct sales?!

Now, I ask you… what could you do with an extra 400-600 a month, or even an extra couple thousand+ a month, or heck six figures a year?

I do it for her

Because 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime — I do it for her
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Because more than 40,000 women will die this year of breast cancer — I do it for her
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Because research is showing that 5-10% of breast cancer is actually genetic and the other 90-95% of breast cancer is due to environmental toxins — I do it for her
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Because of my daughter, my eyes have been opened and I’ve made changes I never thought I would make — I do it for her
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Because of her, I’m conscious and aware and making educated decisions on the products we use in this house, on and around our bodies, that will impact our health.
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Because of her, I have much less of a chance of becoming a statistic and a greater chance of living disease-free WITH her.
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If not for yourself, who would you do it for?
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Sources // Breast Cancer Fund // The American Cancer Society // California Breast Cancer Research Program // BCPP //

Wegman’s Faves!

I’ve recently been asked what are my go to’s when grocery shopping at Wegmans. I love grocery shopping so I love this question lol. Below you’ll find what makes its way into my shopping cart often.

Kitchen Staples:

Wegmans Organic Beans

Woodstock Organic Oatmeal

Wegmans Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Thin Sliced

Pacific Foods Tomato Soup, Organic, Creamy

Banza Penne, Made from Chickpeas

Mighty Sesame Tahini, Organic

Cascading Farms Cereal, Organic, Cinnamon Crunch

Wegmans Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, Family Pack

Wegmans Organic Kosher Dill Baby Pickles

Pacific Broth Organic – different kinds

Wegmans Organic Spices

Wegmans Baby Cut Carrots

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, Mini, Semi-Sweet

Wegmans Italian Classics Organic Pasta

So Delicious Coconutmilk Creamer, Organic, French Vanilla

Wegmans Organic Uncured Bacon

Wegmans Just peanuts creamy Natural peanut butter

Traditional Medicinals Tea

Special Treats on Occasion:

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Kodiak Cake Waffles

Cliff Nut Butter Filled Nut Butter Bar

KASHI Frozen Breakfast Waffles

Black Forest Gummy Bears, Organic 

Alter eco Grass fed Collection Chocolate Bar, Organic, Milk with Rice Crunch 

Do you have faves from Wegmans?? Share in a comment! For live videos of my grocery hauls and more, make sure you join the community over at –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean

Wake up to Make up

Real talk time… the stress in my life has been a lot lately. My life has drastically changed within the last couple of months, and significantly within the last couple of weeks, in ways that I was not expecting. 

Because of this, my routine has been completely derailed, I haven’t been working out as much, and my diet has been garbage. Add all of these things together and you’ve got a break out. I will say I love that I know exactly why my skin is mad at me and I can fix the problem instead of it just being angry because of all the toxic products I had used on it like it used to be in the past. 

Anyway, I was going for a run yesterday, so I didn’t want to do a full face of makeup, but I also had some other errands to run and I wanted to cover up this breakout. All I’m wearing on the right is foundation, mascara, and gloss (and of course my skincare including primer). I’m not even wearing concealer! This foundation is literally life you guys. Let me know if you want to try some!

Are you cleaning your hair with dirty shampoo?

Shampoo and conditioner has been one of the hardest things for me to master in the past almost 3 years. 😭

 I’ve always struggled with shampoo and conditioner anyway (even in my pre-toxin free life) because I have an incredibly dry scalp and very sensitive skin and have been known to have reactions to different hair products.

Years ago I tried the “no poo” method and used only Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda. That was not my idea of fun. 😅 

Then, I found Function of Beauty and I was so excited, I loved it, I thought it was toxin free… then I became a clean beauty advocate and learned how to read labels and realized I had been green washed. 🤦‍♀️ 

So, let’s break down why you need to read those hair care labels and my experience with the 3 I’ve tried since starting this toxin free journey. 👇

Common Ingredients in store bought shampoo/conditioner such as (but not limited to) Herbal Essence, L’Oreal, OGX: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance/Parfum, BHT, Methylisothiazolinone, PEGs, Propylene Glycol, Artificial Dyes, and many many more

What about the more expensive hair care though? 🤷‍♀️ That must be better right? Wrong…

Common Ingredients in more high end hair care such as (but not limited to) Monat, Melaleuca, Arbonne, Modere: Urea, Fragrance/Parfum, PEGs, Phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA

When you dig deeper into these ingredients, you will find:

👎Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) – classified as expected to be toxic or harmful

👎The European Food Safety Authority reports that this substance can cause liver cancer in animals

👎This peer-reviewed study reports this substance is a tumor promoter

👎Upper respiratory tract irritation

👎Development/Reproductive Toxicity – A peer-reviewed study found this substance caused adverse developmental effects in rats.

👎Skin sensitizer – can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin

👎Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics – Canada – Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients

👎Neurotoxicity – In-vitro study demonstrates this common biocide is highly toxic to neurons

👎The US EPA reports the LC50 value is very toxic to aquatic life

I had to actually stop researching this here friends, the post was getting too long.

TIME TO SWITCH!

I have officially tried 3 toxin free shampoos/conditioners and am excited to share the winner with you.

My reviews:

Carina Organics: 12 fl. oz for $10.99 – I had to use a tonnnnn to feel like it was doing anything in my hair. My hair felt more dry while using as well. I did really enjoy the smell though. Would not order again.

Evolv: 8.5 fl. oz for $26 – By far the most expensive in the toxin free world (but still cheaper than some of the toxic ones above). Again, enjoyed the smell. Felt it worked much better than Carina and would have continued using had I not found a more affordable option.

Attitude: 16 fl. oz for $9.95 – Clearly the best option looking just from a cost standpoint. Even better is that it performs better (in my opinion) than the other two. This one worked the most like conventional hair care products I’ve used in the past. I don’t personally like the smell of the Soothing and Volumizing one but I love the smell of the Nourish and Shine. I don’t feel like I have to use too much and my hair and scalp feel great.

I love testing out different toxin free products for all of you, so if you know of others you want me to try, let me know. Or, if you want me to check the ingredients in your hair care (or any other products), just comment below, I’m always happy to help!

Why?

🤷‍♀️ Such a simple question, one word, that we talk about a lot in my line of work. Why do we wake up in the morning and spend the day sharing clean beauty?

My why has changed since I clicked “join now” 2 and a half years ago. As we enter the new year, I find myself reflecting on my why, what keeps me working my business. It isn’t why did I join anymore, it’s why do I continue to share day in and day out…

So why…

❤️To be able to support myself and Adeline on my own, no help.

❤️To share something I am beyond passionate about to women who have no clue just like me 3 years ago.

❤️To show women that safe AND high performing cosmetics really do exist.

❤️To share the joy with my teammates when they hit new goals and start to see their own lives changing.

My why isn’t because I like selling makeup, I never imagined I would sell makeup. My why is the income to change mine and my daughter’s lives, the platform to change other women’s lives, the knowledge to reduce body burden and help that couple have a baby, help that mama with chronic fatigue, rid that young woman of cystic acne, etc. And the responsibility to have success that is duplicatable so I can help change the lives of the women who join me in this mission.

If you don’t have a reason that could bring you to tears for doing what you do everyday, it might be time to reevaluate what you’re doing. I’ve been there and I’m so happy I made the change!

Safe Swap Sunday – Tissues

I do not purchase tissues. I’ve never had a need for it. I have toxin free toilet paper auto shipped in bulk and that works just fine! For those of you who do love having a box of tissues in your home, though, it’s time to ditch and switch for sure!

If you go with a conventional brand, Kleenex for example, you’ll be getting a daily dose of:

❌ Mineral oil  

❌ Formaldehyde

❌ Chlorine bleach

❌ Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLF) 

❌ Dioxin

🙅🏻‍♀️ That’s gonna be a no for me…

If I were to buy tissues, I would buy them from the same place I buy TP, Who Gives a Crap. 

✅ No trees harmed – made with 100% bamboo

✅ 50% of profits donated to help build toilets

✅ Biodegradable 

✅ No inks, dyes, or scents

Good for the world

They’re B Corp™ certified for the highest standards of social and environmental impact, making them a company I’m proud to support.

Remember, we vote with our dollars. Companies are going to continue to sell and make toxic garbage if we continue to purchase it. Ready to ditch the toxic tissues and grab some toxin free? Here’s a link to grab $10 off for ya: https://www.talkable.com/x/kYIJPf