Are you looking to make some healthier decisions in the new year? Simple, healthy switches are important, and if you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time! The new year gives all of us a chance to start fresh and new. And if I can do this, so can you!
Progress not perfection is my mantra. Making small changes in your house can make a big difference when it comes to how many toxic chemicals are coming into your home.
Are you ready to give back? Let’s do it together!
I was planning to do a FUN giveaway this weekend for all of you to learn more about Beautycounter’s safe products, as well as a great brand of sunnies that I am loving called DIFF.
When you support DIFF, you are helping someone in need. For every pair of sunglasses sold, DIFF donates a pair of reading glasses to rural Africa. I am LOVING all their sunglasses, and I know you will too.
Now my plans have changed due to MOTHER NATURE! In addition to being able to WIN a FREE pair of these fabulous sunnies, I am also going to be giving back some of my sales from this Beautycounter shopping event to the AMERICAN RED CROSS.
Do you take your shoes off at the front door? If you answered no, then you are most likely bringing in all types of germs and bacteria into your house. A study done by the University of Arizona found an average of 421,000 different bacteria on shoes. That’s a lot of bacteria!
The biggest culprits were the following: Escherichia coli (E. Coli), which can cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, which can cause infections in wounds and bloodstream, and can cause pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare infection that can make its way into your respiratory tract and wounds.
Since we recently moved to a new house, I thought it would be a good time for us to re-think what cookware we are using in our kitchen. I am trying to be more aware of what toxic chemicals are being used in my household. You’re probably thinking what’s not to love about non-stick cookware? It’s easy to clean and cook on, plus it seems that it doesn’t darken or blacken as fast as other cookware does. But did you know that when pots and pans made with Teflon are heated above 350 ºC (662 ºF), the primary chemical in Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), “begins to degrade, releasing fine particles and a variety of gaseous compounds that can cause damage to the lungs when inhaled“?
According to recent studies, these toxins are accumulating in human blood dangerously fast, and the problem is that they are leading to chronic disease over time.
When I first took my daughter in to see her pediatrician regarding her chronic stomach issues, his very first question was: “Does Blaine take a daily probiotic?” When I told him no, he told me she needs to be, and actually, I should be taking one too. His advice was everyone should be. Interesting, right?
It made sense to me because I had recently heard health plus wellness genius, Dr. Frank Lipman, tell a packed crowd that our health all depends on our gut. “80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract!“ So why should we care about probiotics?
How many times in your life have you had to pack your bags, load the cars and trucks, tape the boxes, and move? Some of us have moved more times than others, but the process is always the same—long and tedious—but the end result is so rewarding. New place, new beginnings!
If you’re moving or are planning to move in the near future, here are some moving tips that I believe may help you, as they did me, on your big day.
Keeping a healthy balance between work and family life, especially as we transition from the school year into summer, can be a little tough. Let’s be honest! With the kids around more often, sometimes we want to pull our hair out as we try to keep them entertained and work at the same time. I think this is a period of adjustment for all of us—the kids go from a rigid school schedule to a much more relaxed schedule, so this is a challenging transition for sure.