tried and tested mineral sunscreen

Non Toxic Mineral sunscreen – How and which I use

This post is an update and partial re-write of my original nontoxic sunscreen post in 2015. I’m happy to see that there have been some improvements in the world of sun protection in the past two years but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

One of the questions I am asked the most, from friends and family and fellow mamas too, is what mineral sunscreen I use. I’m so glad people are asking and becoming aware of the dangers of conventional drugstore chemical sunscreens. The answer isn’t always a quick one though, as I’m constantly trying new brands and on any given beach day, I may have three different kinds in my bag. More on that in a minute…

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best nontoxic deodorants

Nontoxic Deodorant – Safe and Effective

Deodorant was one of the VERY first things I switched when moving to a healthier, nontoxic routine. It didn’t take me long once I learned about the dangerous side effects of aluminum and anti-perspirants to ditch all my drugstore brands – and I had quite a few.  See, I had tried them all and since not a single one worked consistently, I changed them around a lot. It was a frustrating cycle – and even more so looking back since I had no idea that there was a MUCH healthier, effective and cheaper solution.

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placenta encapsulation q & a

Placenta Encapsulation – my story, photos and expert interview

“Have you taken your placenta pills today?” was a common and frequent question asked of me by my husband in the early days after delivering my first baby. I was hormonal, emotional and exhausted as most new moms are. There wasn’t much else my husband could to do to help other than encourage some healthy pill popping.

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natural beauty products

All About Them Sprays: My Favorite Nontoxic Spray Products

I’m loving any product that comes in a spray bottle lately. Well, as long as the ingredients are clean and effective of course. All about convenience here. With a newborn attached to me at all times, fast and easy is what I need. Here is a quick rundown of my favorite nontoxic beauty spray products, all of which I use daily!

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safe facial sunscreen

Best Natural Facial Sunscreens

I recently wrote about why deodorant is one of my “nontoxic non-negotiables” and the other big one for me is SUNSCREEN. Keep the chemical crap far far away from this family! Below I share the three best natural facial sunscreens, with only the best, clean ingredients to keep you protected.

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how to get your toddler to eat green vegetables

Toddler Nutrition: Healthy Habits and “Tricks” for Enjoying Greens

As parents we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to set the stage for our kids’ futures. And that includes what they eat. I’m talking about creating smart habits and healthy preferences – and starting young – so that the stage we’re setting is one that nurtures their growing bodies and brains.

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manuka honey mask

Om Aroma & Co – organic skincare review

“What’s your skin ID?” Om Aroma & Co asks, providing a quick skin ID quiz to help provide the answer. We all have different skin types and different concerns, some of us with multiple concerns (I’m raising my hand!!) and this organic skincare line makes it a point to address them all.

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Replacing dairy milk toddler

Our family’s experience: Replacing dairy milk with cashew milk

Understanding that the “great dairy debate” is a complicated and somewhat controversial topic, I wanted to simply share the experience I’ve had with moving my family away from cow’s milk to homemade nut milk – and the yummy cashew milk recipe that even my 2 ½ year old loves.

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protein in the second trimester

Pregnancy Nutrition & Health: Protein in the Second Trimester

Some things are just common knowledge when it comes to nutrition and pregnancy, like the fact that you can’t eat sushi or drink alcohol while you’re expecting. And it’s safe to assume that most people know you should increase your calories by up to 300 per day – and that you should be eating as healthy and clean as possible.

One piece of vital information that I was never supplied with (by my doctors, maternity classes, online resources or books) is the importance of increasing my protein intake, especially in the second trimester.

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