Making the Switch to Natural Products

Natural ProductsIn part of getting healthier I decided earlier this year to start making the switch to healthier health & beauty products. I took a look on the EWG Skin Deep cosmetic database and was surprised to see how many toxic chemicals I was putting on my skin! Yes I adored the products I was using they worked great but my health is more important. My total EWG cosmetic database score topped over 30 so I was determined to get that number way down with healthier products that worked the way I needed them to. After some trial and error I found some awesome new favorite products that I’ve been using for the past couple months.

Honest Company

The first two products are both from The Honest Co., which is an online “natural” product retailer founded by Jessica Alba. The body lotion I was using before was graded on EWG at a 7 while the face lotion was graded an 5; combined total of 12 pts. After trying out Honest Face & Body Lotion I was hooked, it goes on without any sticky leftover feeling like many lotions have. Plus its light enough to work as a Face lotion too. Just remember a little goes a long way with this stuff, which is great news since it’s $9.99 a bottle. A little pricey but it’s worth the cost and it’s EWG score is a 0! The other The Honest Co. product I started using is the Hair Conditioner which has a score of 2. My old color treatment conditioner was a 6 and I always had knots in my hair afterwards. I found that with the Honest conditioner it feels like nothing is going on your hair in the shower. Except for the first time after the shower I could comb right through my hair with no tangles. After that I was hooked! Once again it is kinda pricey at $9.99 a bottle but again you don’t need to use a lot, one 6.8 oz bottle lasted me almost two months. Since I liked the products so much I ended up buying them in a bundle pack to save some money, 5 products for $35 {plus shipping}.

Crystal Deodorant

The next product I’ve actually been using on and off for two years, Crystal Deodorant. I tend to use whatever deodorant that is on sale or that I have a coupon for. Until I realized all the bad stuff that is in Deodorant/Antiperspirants, that stuff is nasty. Some studies {whether they are true or not} say the chemicals found in them have been linked to breast cancer. To that I say no thank you and would rather use a healthier alternative. Crystal Deodorant has no scent and pretty much feels like you are just rolling on water. I was surprised that it actually worked! You still sweat since it’s only a deodorant but it stops your sweat from smelling. It runs at about $3 but their website offers coupons sometimes so it’s not too bad in price. Plus it’s EWG score is only a 2 compared to my old brand that was a 3.

Neutrogena Lip Balm

The last product that I’ve recently switched to is Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm. It’s light and smooth, lasts a while and doesn’t leave a weird taste if it gets in your mouth. I actually like it so much I keep two of them, one if my purse and one in the house at all times. The EWG score is only a 1, which totally rocks! {my old brand I used was a 6.} 

What are your favorite “natural” health and beauty products?

Disclosure: Some links may use my affiliate link, however I was not paid for the post. Purely shared these products since they are my new favorites. 
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Straight Teeth

This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

brace face mickey mouseDid you have metal braces growing up? If you didn’t boy were you a lucky duck! When I got braces there were really only two options  silver or white/clear metal braces, neither were “cool”. I had them top and bottom for 3 and half years, 8th grade until my jr. year of high school. I just remember all the pain they caused, the food I couldn’t eat, and then there are those embarrassing brace face photos. {above!} Looking back through my scrapbook from high school most of my pictures are full of a metal smile. Although I am happy I was able to correct my teeth the experience wasn’t very fun. Of course when it came time to getting my braces off and given a retainer. Like many other teens… I didn’t wear it like I should of. In turn over the years my front teeth have moved and started to overlap each other. Most people say they can’t even tell but I can and it bothers me to see in photos. I’ve been thinking for awhile that I’ve wanted to fix it however I knew I didn’t want to get metal braces again so I’ve lived with it.

invisalignNow there is a new option for teens and tweens {and adults}Invisalign! It’s a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is simply a plastic clear aligner that slips over your teeth to wear for at least 22 hours a day. Each aligner is made to wear for about two weeks before you change to the next stage of aligner. You can take them off to brush, floss, eat, etc. so now no more white stained spotted teeth from where the metal bracket was. The great thing also about Invisalign is that in many cases it can correct your teeth faster then traditional braces. Since Invisalign is starting to become more popular the price is also being more affordable, most orthodontists are charging the same as traditional braces. So now you may be thinking what if my kid {or I} lose it, well with the plan you are given an allotted amount of extra aligners just in case this happens. Another worry is, since it’s clear will you be able to tell if your child has been wearing it? The answer is yes you will. There are two little blue dots on the aligner that will change color/fade over the course of the 2 weeks you wear the aligner. If the blue dot doesn’t change in color then that is a key player in knowing if your child has been being responsible or not. {To find a certified Invisalign provider be sure to visit the Invisalign doctor locator.} 

After talking to my dentist, he agreed that Invisalign would be a great route for me to go to fix my teeth. So if all goes as planned I am planning on starting my very own Invisalign journey this fall and can’t wait to have straight teeth again! For more on Invisalign check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Invisalign however all thoughts are that of my own. #INVStraightTalk
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Wear

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Dress – Target Xhilaration
Jacket – Forever 21 {same but different color}
Jewelry – Pandora

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Being Green With Bigelow Tea

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As I said last week, one of the things I am trying to be better at is being healthy… all the way around in life. So with that being greener is on the list. I’ve been paying more attention to the products that I am using around the house & trying to make more eco friendly choices. One product that I’ve been using for years is Bigelow Tea and after a little research I found that they are actually a sustainable company! The family owned company works hard to insure they not only produce recyclable & biodegradable products but to eliminate waste in their facility by being a “zeo waste” company. After looking on their website at all the ways they are being green to help preserve mother nature it inspired me to do a little Earth Day project with Miss.A.

Garden Bigelow Teacompost Bigelow TeaSo we headed to Walmart to pick up of course some Bigelow Tea and gardening supplies. {click here to see our whole shopping adventure} To get Miss.A more excited about getting dirty in the garden I let her pick out a pair of gardening gloves & a new hand shovel to help dig. Plus she got to pick out her very own plant for the vegetable garden, a banana pepper plant. {her favorite} We also picked up a variety of Bigelow Teas to have a refreshing drink after being outside. {it’s been nearly 100 degrees here so something refreshing is a must} Once she had her new “baby” {the banana pepper plant… she’s been very protective of it making sure it survives} in the garden. We worked on our new composter for all our kitchen scraps. We used to just throw them into a pile however I recently realized that they will compose faster if they are able to be tossed/mixed. So we built our own {I’ll share how we did that later this week} it was so simple and a great way to help explain to kids what composting is. One of the great things about Bigelow Tea is that most of their tea bags are staple free. Since tea bags are biodegradable this makes them super easy to compost since we can just throw them in our bucket without having to remove any non compostable parts.

drinking bigelow teaAfter our gardening fun & a quick swim to cool off we had a mini tea party to finish our Earth day festivities. It was a perfect and refreshing way to end our day outdoors together.

Did you do anything fun for Earth Day?

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Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle

I’ve always worked towards being healthier whether its exercising or using non-toxic cleaners. However many times life gets in the way and you get off path… am I right? Staying on track can be hard especially when we live in a go go fast pace world. Recently my mom who isn’t yet 50 had some serious health issues that we {the public} usually associate with people 65+ which made me realize life really is short and we need to really take care of ourselves. So I am now working even harder to find a balance to live a healthier lifestyle all the way around and finding ways to help keep myself accountable so I stay on track. One of the ways I found to keep myself accountable is using Walgreens new Steps with Balance Rewards program!

With Walgreens Steps program you can use it on the computer or even download the app on your iphone or ipad. Which makes all the difference in the world for me, in order to keep on track I need something that can travel with me and is easy to use on the go. The big kicker for the program and to keep on track is that you earn money for logging your steps! For every mile you walk/run you earn 20 points on your Walgreens Balance Rewards card, log your weight for the day and you can earn another 20 points!

After I signed up I noticed that you can sync devices such as the FitBit to your account. I had been wanting one for awhile so I did a little research and decided that a FitBit would A. make life easier not having to log my miles each day on the app because it automatically does it for you and B. Throughout the day it would be a great reminder to keep moving. So I went on Walgreens website and ordered the FitBit One, within 5 days it was in my mailbox. {gotta love online shopping, click here to see my shopping experience} The bonus was I earned 250 points just from syncing it with my Steps account!

Within just a few weeks of daily walking and weighting in I was able to earn more then 1,000 points that can be redeemed as $5 instore cash once you hit 5,000 points. For me, getting paid to get healthier has helped me stay on track and accountable which is hard to do. It’s really a no brainer if you too are looking for incentives to get healthier! Once I hit my 5,000 points I think I’ll use it to buy some healthy snacks, what would you use your hard earned Balance Rewards points on?

On top of all the great things I’ve already mentioned about the Steps program. Walgreens is also giving away some great prizes everyday, from Redbox free rentals to a new FitBit! Be sure to stop over here and enter daily to win some amazing prizes! Also stop over and see how other bloggers are using Steps with Balance Rewards.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Walgreens #cbias #SocialFabric #BalanceRewards
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