Let’s talk soap!

So many people are using more soap than ever before to prevent a virus. But, most people are using toxic soap which is increasing their body burden, making them more susceptible to…

you guessed it,

sickness.

That’s why I am SO happy that I know I don’t have to worry about that with the soap in my home. So, I’ll break it down for ya:

✅ Essential? Yep!

✅ Toxin free? Yep!

✅ Zero waste? Yep!

✅ Certified organic? Yep!

✅ 50% off? YEPPPP!

🙌🏼 I know you brilliant mamas already know this… The BEST way to prevent COVID 19, and viruses of any kind, is to wash your hands with SOAP and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Our corporate team continues to blow me away with their generosity and since soap is a vital part of staying well… they whipped together a flash sale to help spread that goodness far and wide! 

🗓 From NOW until Tuesday April 14th 

💲 HALF priced bars of luxurious soap

❕Limit 2 per bar per person 

🙌🏼 Which means you could score 6 bars for just $66 

🔥 While supplies last

•The hubby loves the Charcoal body bar and the gentle bar

•My daughter loves the gentle bar 

•I love all the bars 😂

•All of them are sensational for every inch of your skin! 

🎁 Reach out to me directly for a link that will also get you entered to win half priced and complimentary products, or check out my Wellness Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/

Stay healthy, friends!

Finding the Positive in Quarantine

Our family is making the best out of the current situation and putting our energy to good use!

We started with cleaning out our attic, moved to closet organizing, kitchen reorganizing, and even painted our bedroom. It’s all about perspective, right? 🙌🏽

Some other plans we have up our sleeves:

👩🏼‍🍳 Cooking activities and baking

Spring cleaning came early! Go through old clothes and purge what doesn’t spark joy! (check out our decluttering BINGO in my Facebook Community to join in and win prizes!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/

Regular deep breathing exercises and yoga

💪🏽 Home workouts and runs outside 🏃🏻‍

Get some fresh air for 30 minutes a day with Addie and the dogs

📖 Reading new books

👩‍🎨 Creative time

🏡 Home projects

Let’s use this thread to post home activities, links, and other positive exercises we can do to pass the time and create some memories. 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

Here’s another great site that offers additional activities and sources like the zoo and yoga studios that can involve your kids and learn at the same time! 👉🏽 https://m.facebook.com/ChildrenAndFamilyCounselingAssociates/

The dreaded scale

Ok, girls, let’s talk about something that might be very real and quite frustrating in a lot of our lives. The scale. 

I gained 60 pounds with Adeline and trying to lose that weight after being thin my whole life and never having to worry about what I ate, was so much harder than I ever imagined. I was depressed & I was self conscious.

I was so so frustrated that it just wasn’t happening faster. I actually had an incredibly unrealistic goal while I was pregnant… I was going to be “back to myself” by Christmas… I was due November 10th. Then, there’s the fact that every where we look on social media, we can find people promoting these magical ways to lose weight. The problem with that is I have yet to find one that’s not from a company that sells toxic, harmful products. So, they’re targeting women who are fed up with their weight and want a quick or easy fix, but it’s NOT healthy. 😡😡😡

I’m sure you’ve all seen them…

The brand where you wear these stickers, take these pills, drink these mixes, and you’re magically skinny! Sadly this brand uses ingredients including but not limited to talc, PEGs, phenoxyethanol, and natural flavors.

Then there’s the brand that promotes Keto Coffee to magically lose your weight uses natural flavors in editable products. In their other products they use toxic ingredients including PEGs, Phenoxyethanol, and EDTA. 

Finally, the brand that has a ton of coaches all of whom are constantly asking you if you’d like to join their fitness challenge. Those shakes have natural flavors in them 🙅‍they’re not as bad as the previous two, but I’d rather have something without natural flavors, with fewer ingredients, and more whole foods!

So, what did I do to lose the baby weight? I cut out things like bread, chips, sugary beverages (juice is just as bad as soda friends), and processed foods. I worked out 5-6 days a week doing things like zumba, running, and yoga. You don’t need the next magic fix or diet trend. Just aim to live a healthy life with whole foods and exercise!

To continue learning about living an all around healthier life, please join the conversation over in https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/ 🌷

Hair it is…

Let’s talk hair care.


I’ll be honest, I’ve only tried one toxin free shampoo and conditioner but because it took me SO long to find it, and because I was greenwashed twice before finding a truly toxin free brand, I knew I needed to share!


I found an article from January of this year listing “The Best Shampoos for Every Type of Hair” and dug into these recommendations a bit and you can imagine that what I found wasn’t pretty.


Some common ingredients were:
🚫PEG – While PEGs can be mild irritants, they’re less than desirable primarily because they help traffic funky chemicals across your epidermis, including a slug of impurities they’re often contaminated with. 😱According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, pollutants found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic).” 😳
❌ Phenoxyethanol – used as a preservative in cosmetic products to limit bacterial growth. Skin exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to allergic reactions ranging from eczema and hives to anaphylaxis. Infants exposed to phenoxyethanol can experience a depressed central nervous system leading to a decreased appetite, difficulty waking, skin color change, damaged DNA, and limpness of extremities.
❌ 𝙎𝙇𝙎 – often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a byproduct of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
🚫 Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): This preservative is used to help foods retain color, but it also irritates the skin, causes skin rashes and even asthma. It is on the FDA’s toxicity watchlist, which you know can’t be a good sign (especially considering how many other toxins they let slide).


If you want to hear what I use in my hair or simply want to join the discussion on cleaner living, follow this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/ to the Raising Clean Facebook Community 🙌🏻

Breakfast, dessert, or a toxic storm?

We LOVE cereal in my family. Addie snacks on some every day and Christopher and I have a bowl before bed almost every night.

During my last trimester with Adeline, I ate frosted flakes every day and couldn’t go without it. I didn’t find out until after she was born that it has toxic ingredients in it 😔 I was being so mindful about all the products I was putting on my body but was putting poison in my body, unknowingly, with this craving.

Are you wondering what some of the ingredients hiding in common cereals are?

BHT ❌ BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function.

Artificial Dyes 🚫 Artificial colorings are linked to attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity in children.  They’ve been linked to headaches, stomachaches, asthma, cancer, chromosomal damage, lymphomas, insomnia, eczema, hives, organ tumors, etc.  Animal studies have even linked artificial dyes to organ damage, birth defects and certain cancers.

Natural Flavors ❌ Natural flavors is one of those nasty little phrases we avoid at all costs on every label. It sounds so harmless, but do you actually know what status our lovely FDA has given those two words? Proprietary. Trade Secrets. This allows all kinds of toxic or just disgusting things (google castoreum and know that this is allowed within the term “natural flavors”) to be in your food. It is like the term “fragrance” on personal care products, AVOID IT!

Artificial Flavors 🚫 Artificial flavoring is derived from inedible sources, like petroleum. The problem with natural and artificial flavors on a nutritional label is that you have absolutely no idea what you’re consuming.

Now for the good news. You don’t have to consume these things or feed it to your children if you enjoy a bowl of cereal like I do. Now, that I know better, I make sure I do better, and you can too. I started testing out different cereals with clean ingredients immediately after discovering what’s in the cereals I had been eating. It was discouraging at times when I got some that just didn’t taste good at all. But, I kept trying, and now we have a handful that we absolutely love!

For more clean, toxin free food ideas, head on over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/

Raise clean, friends 🌷

Rise and Thrive 2020

The ✨highlight✨of my year is collaborating with like-minded women who have joined me in the forefront of the clean beauty movement!

And what an absolutely incredible weekend it was. 
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Reflecting on the past few days has me feeling so so blessed. 
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For those of you who don’t know, about a year and a half ago I did something I never thought I would do. I left something I had been building for four years and started completely fresh because I just knew in my heart it was right. Since then it has impacted my life in the biggest of ways; mentally, physically, emotionally, financially. 
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Spending time with the co-founders, learning from a remarkable coach, and stepping into the most confident version of me were just a few of my favorite moments. 
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I’ve never seen or been part of a sisterhood of women who truly support, love each other, and build each other up. Meeting face to face surpassed all my expectations. I knew I would meet a bunch of women, I didn’t know I’d make lifelong friends. 
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I have big goals for 2020 and I’ve never been more fired up. We are going to do HUGE things this year friends and there’s room for you too! The toxin free movement is only getting bigger, come join the conversation in Raising Clean with Jessie Rae 😍!

Let’s Get Personal

I’ve shared my back story and why I started this blog, but I haven’t shared that much about me personally. So, it’s sharing time!

💚 I have a 14 month old daughter who is literally my heart and soul.
💚 I am a certified secondary English teacher who has been blessed with the opportunity to stay home with my baby for a few years thanks to my business.
💚 I love planning and am addicted to planner supplies (give me ALL the stickers!!)
💚 My favorite food group is candy.
💚 I am a fiancé to a man I love with all my heart.
💚 I have two fur babies whom I adore.
💚 I absolutely love to do yoga and Zumba.
💚 I am passionate about the ingredients I put on my skin, on my child, and use in my home.

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🤯 I am not a sales person.
🤯 I am not an ingredient guru (I’m still learning everyday!)
🤯 I am not a health freak.
🤯 I am not a makeup artist.

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Sometimes people think I’m this all knowing, health crazed, makeup genius, rockstar sales person. I am a normal girl, learning how to be a mom for the first time, trying to be more conscious about the products my family uses, while sharing the green beauty movement with other women and helping them to reduce their toxic body burden! I love what I do and more than that I love that what I do allows me to be home with my little girl. 

If any of this sounds intriguing to you, I’d love to just chat more. NO pressure, you don’t have to sell me your soul (even though I am a ginger..), I’d just love to share with you what it’s really like to do my job.

👇 Drop a fun fact or two about yourself below if you’d like to chat!

Routines, Goals, Visualization

Since the start of the new year, I’ve been reflecting a lot and making major changes in my mindset. I’ve been implementing new routines, setting some big, scary goals, and starting to put my faith in the law of attraction and the power of visualization.

I was challenged recently to think about my biggest motivating factors for why I do what I do and while there are a lot of reasons, there were two that stood out to me the most.

One of my top motivating factors for getting up each day and putting in as much work as I can is really finances in general but more specifically being able to either homeschool my daughter or put her in a Montessori school. I have loved every minute of my role as stay at home mom since my daughter was born in November 2018, but sometimes I think about how I’m not using my English/Teaching degree. Homeschooling Adeline would combine two of my passions: being home with my child and teaching.

Another motivating factor is educating women (but more specifically even, moms) about safe products and how to live healthier lives. Finding toxin free makeup completely changed mine and my fiancé’s lives, opened our eyes to all the harmful ingredients in everyday products, and has put us in the direction we want to go for raising Adeline and I want that for other women and other moms so badly!

So, what are some of my big, scary goals? What is my new 5 step morning routine that takes less than 2 minutes and sets the scene for a day of success? What is this visualization and law of attraction I mentioned? Jump on over to my clean living community on Facebook where I’ll be sharing these things live very soon!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/

Want some coffee with your pesticides?

I’m a HUGE coffee drinker…

I’ve loved coffee since my teen years and I don’t go a day without at least one cup (let’s be honest it’s usually more). Coffee has always been one thing I won’t give up as I continue to make healthier choices in my life. I switched to a much better coffee creamer but I knew that still wasn’t enough. We now only buy organic coffee and I’ll tell you why…

*Organic coffee tastes better. 

It has a less metallic taste and just tastes more natural and pure, because it is more natural and pure. Organic coffee is grown without chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, and other additives. Because it is grown without these things, obviously it is healthier and safer. It also has antioxidants and minerals that are good for our bodies.

*Organic coffee has less side effects.

If you are someone who gets a stomach ache after drinking coffee, there’s a good chance it’s from the chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or other additives and not actually from the coffee at all. 

These harmful toxins can also cause cancer and damage to your nervous and reproductive systems. 

*Organic coffee will not hinder a child’s development. 

I have been drinking coffee since I was 13 and I know lots of teens out there drink a cup or more every day. Regular coffee contains hormones that can affect the developmental process of these kids, but that is not an issue with organic coffee. 

*Organic coffee is better for the environment.

The toxins listed above can seriously deplete the environment. Regular coffee also promotes deforestation and I don’t have to tell you the negative effects that has on our environment.

We have our organic coffee on auto ship with Thrive Market, it’s the most affordable option I’ve found so far and I never have to worry about running out.

𝙐𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 25% 𝙤𝙛𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧: http://thrv.me/ujcsNz

I should add that I still go to Dunkin’ Donuts and I’m well aware their coffee is not organic, but I enjoy an iced coffee or latte from there now and then. If we’re consciously making healthier choices in our lives, it’s okay to have some balance and keep some things you enjoy!

raise clean, friends 🌷

Hard work pays off later…laziness pays off right now

Well, friends, Christmas has come and gone and the new year is upon us. 

I’m so excited to hear what goals you have for 2020, to cheer you on, and support you in anyway I can.

I was watching a Ted Talk recently and this quote stood out to me SO much! We are moving into a new decade and there is nothing stopping us from doing the work to build the lives of our dreams except our own limiting beliefs. 🌷

My 2020 Goals:

💵 Double my income from last year helping women detox their products and live healthier lives

🏠 Do some big projects in the house like ripping up the carpet and renovating the kitchen

🏃‍Complete 3 Spartan races including a category I haven’t yet done

💏 Incorporate biweekly date nights with the hubby

I’d love to hear what your goals are! If you have the desire to feel better, look better, make more money, or have more time in 2020, I urge you to fill out this quick form https://forms.gle/TxdtLAp3tcgTtKbaA and/or hop on over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/ where I can help you take the first steps to living your best life.