Just so we're clear, I'm talking products here. No, I don't have tips on how to smooth things over with your mother-in-law. I'm talking about the problem of toxins in our everyday products, and I want you to know, there is no need to compromise! Most of our life is about compromise, on this thing, this health thing, let's not compromise.
You know I am a messenger. I am not an expert, I am not an aromatherapist, I am not a doctor. I am a mom who wants the best for her family. And, for you, too.
Why does this even matter?
Well, maybe you or someone you know has a gluten sensitivity or eczema or psoriasis. Maybe it's important you shop organic or you're tired of being greenwashed by brands. Maybe it something more serious, perhaps you have asthma, or a chronic illness or you’re a cancer survivor and you really need to be careful about what you bring into your home and put on your body.
Did you know that every day, women in the United States are exposed to more than 168 toxic chemicals? Even unborn children are exposed. Umbilical cord blood has been found to contain over 200 toxic chemicals! Some of the most common are isobutane, aluminum, fragrance, and propylene glycol.
What is this doing to your body?
Have you ever considered how these toxins buildup over time? Your skin, your largest organ, is a carrier—not a barrier. Is it a coincidence that disease rates are on the rise?
Since 2000, Alzheimer’s death rates increased 123%.
Since 1960, breast cancer diagnosis rates increased 150%.
Since 1995, children’s autism diagnosis rates increased 747%.
While there have been advances in diagnosing and documenting diseases, with all the advances of modern medicine, shouldn't those rates be going down, not up?
But, here’s the good news - you can make a difference! Use your dollars to make your voice heard. You are already buying these products, why not buy the safest products?
So let's take a look at three popular gifts you may be planning to give (and how to read the label if your receive them):
It seems there is always a seasonal one or cute holiday labeling. But many of them contain that pesky "fragrance" or "parfum". Those are catch-all phrases. There are an untold number of chemicals hiding under these umbrella terms and you don't know what any are! Many contain phthalates, which are linked with birth defects, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, autism and ADHD.
Find a hand cream with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and aloe. And the scent? Look for essential oils on the label.
We see the little gift sets you can buy for your bestie or tween and teen but did you know many of them contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips so you have to keep using the product? Did you know woman consume 2-7 pounds of lip product per year?! Make sure you know what is in yours... Ditch the petroleum, alcohol or even lead!
And last but not least, the scented candle. Have you ever noticed when you burn a candle that it gives off black soot or maybe the scent is so strong you can taste it or you get a headache? I have experienced all of those things. Including rashes on my arms.
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which is actually bleached petroleum. So choose candles with cotton wicks, natural waxes, like non-gmo soy, beeswax, or coconut, and make sure the candle is scented with pure essential oils, not “fragrance”.
The Simple Solution
Get your ingredient to avoid guide right here so you know what to look out for and can make an informed choice. Stick with a company that has done the homework for you and won't compromise! I'm glad I can lead you to an easier, healthier life...
Yeah, morning routines are a thing and there is no denying they’re important.
I remember when I was a kid I was an early riser and I was usually the first one to appear in the kitchen. My mom was already up, sitting at the kitchen table, reading the paper or making a list while she sipped her Salada and my Dad was almost done getting ready for work.
When I was older, I asked her why she got up so early and she said, “it was the only time I had to myself.” Well, don’t I get that now that I am a mom! She was a school teacher and mother to six so, truly, there were no breaks…
It’s definitely taken me some trial and error to nail this down and now that our three boys are school aged, a morning routine is more realistic. When the following things happen before the boys are circling for breakfast, my day, and theirs, is just all around better. When I don’t hit this list, I’m, how shall I say this, yelly. Enough said.
1. Start the night before.
My best mornings actually start the night before. I actually set an alarm on my phone so I stop working (or more than likely, dozing on the couch) and get things together. Taking some time the night before can change your morning. I lay out their clothes and mine, I line up the lunch boxes and put the snacks in, then I take care of my skin, brush my teeth, and maybe read or take a look at my calendar before I go to bed.
2. Get up before they do.
It’s kind of like the airplane thing, put your oxygen mask on first before you help those around you. By waking up early, there I said it, you’re not trying to meet everyone’s needs before your own through sleepy eyes. (Though if you need an ah-mazing eye cream, I know a girl.) Typically 45 mins to 1 hour before the brute squad rises is ideal for me. Gives me plenty of time to do 3, 4, and 5 on this list and put myself together so I don’t embarrass myself at school drop off.
No, I don’t work out this early but I do stretch. I do some simple range of motion exercises my chiropractor gave me and I BREATHE. If you're not up to a full work-out, at least try stretching, it feels good and it's a simple way to take care of yourself.
I don't look at my phone yet! I sit in silence and get my mind together, this includes prayer. You can pray, meditate, journal, or make a to-do list, whatever helps you set the tone for your day.
I try drinking some water first. When you sleep, your body uses up some water so give it a boost before you drink coffee or tea. Do you struggle with just water? Get a fun tumbler and straw, and try infusing it with fruit.
Maybe you need to do these in a different order or maybe your five are completely different but figure out what works for you and be consistent! On the days I’m intentional and get to do this list FIRST, those are the days I’m a better wife, mom, and businesswoman. You can’t control everything that happens in your day but at least prepare yourself to navigate through it…
I have a confession.
Before we cut the (cable) cord I used to watch QVC. I liked to veg out on the beauty nights. I was always curious to see what was trending. One treatment that was talked about on the regular was argan oil.
It comes from kernels of argan fruit, and is referred to as “liquid gold” by beauty experts. It's high in unsaturated fatty acids like omegas 3, 6 and omega 9, and has natural vitamin E, which means it truly nourishes your hair and skin. It can help to renew and repair hair damaged by over styling, environment and oxidization. Your skin will drink it in too, you'll feel smooth and hydrated, not greasy.
Check out the versatility of this powerful oil:
1. Use it as a leave in conditioner and tame flyaways
2. Massage it into your cuticles at night to promote healthy cuticles and nails
3. Use it as a facial or body moisturizer (Sometimes I mix it with our hyaluronic acid and it feels ah-mazing!)
Preferred customers get our pure, organic argan oil at 30% off this month! (That's my discount!) Not a preferred customer yet? You're missing out on free shipping! Check it out here.
My husband takes care of himself, he goes to the gym regularly and takes care of his skin. So one of the many things I love about my business is it’s a one-stop shop for my family. I used to go to several different stores to get what we needed. Now everything we need is at my fingertips and arrives at our doorstep. This is a great convenience for our family of five. But we still need to work on my husband telling me before his tube of shaving gel is empty...
About five years ago I started taking a closer look at our product labels because our boys were having reactions. I also took a closer look at the ingredients in my husband’s anti-perspirant because it wasn’t standing up against his long stressful days as a teacher. (In other words, he was a little stinky at the end of the day.) Fragrance and aluminium, just to name a few. The pesky thing about fragrance is it’s a catch-all word that can mask hundreds of unnamed ingredients which can mess with your hormones. Aluminium is in many anti-perspirants, but it’s a neuro-toxin which builds up in your system over time. It’s safest to avoid putting it under your arms in such a sensitive and absorbent area.
While one swipe of these products may not be a big deal, I’m concerned about my family’s toxic body burden, the building up of these toxins over time in our bodies.
So at my urging, my husband made the switch to an all natural deodorant and it totally stands the test of stressful day! He doesn’t come home smelling like a hard day, even though I know he’s had one.
Another must-have for him was cologne, especially on date nights. (Which, we so need to get back to regularly scheduling but anyway…) Since using his non-toxic skincare there is no need for cologne because the subtle scent of pure essential oils smell fresh and yummy.
Be sure to help the men in your life take a closer look at what they are using every day. They’re busy, want convenience, and like what they like, but what they don’t need are hormone disrupting toxins or carcinogens building up in their system. I want to live a good, healthy life with my husband and watch our three boys grow into men. I’m glad I can provide them all with safe products they use every day.
To help the men in your life take a closer look at what is absorbing into their bodies, compare their ingredient labels to this list. If you need help switching to safe products, I’m here for you and have already done the homework. Skip the struggle. Keeping your family healthy and saving your precious time is worth every penny.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is quite the rage. But what is it? Don't worry, it's not a chemical peel. Just a nice drop of dewy goodness in your skincare routine.
Your body does produce it naturally but it depletes with age. Think of the beautiful skin babies have... So when you get to be in your fauxties, like me, it's a good idea to add hyaluronic acid into your routine. I think of it as a skincare supplement. HA provides continuous moisture for the skin because it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Pure Haven's hyaluronic acid contains an astounding 3%, which is double the amount that most designer and drug store versions contain. And, recently this little wonder serum got some acclaim in the press.
Here are the benefits of adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine:
Here is how I use it daily with my non-toxic skincare bundle:
after cleansing and spritzing on some toner, I apply a pumps worth of ha and immediately follow that up with moisturizer. I make sure to cover the area under my chin too. You can use it with night serum, as noted above, or even dab a little on your lips, then apply lip balm.
Remember your skin is a carrier not a barrier, so nourish it with non toxic products. You can get your own bottle of hyaluronic acid for free this month with your order of $95 or more. Shop anytime.
So, what is this stuff and how do you use it? Well, it's a little slice of heaven here on earth and that's why you need it in your life.
Benefits: helps to relieve aches, pains, sore muscles, headaches, cramps, burns, plantar fasciitis, you name it, if you're in discomfort, try this. This powerful blend of essential oils offers a beautiful aroma and feels likes a warm hug.
Helichrysum is known for its strong anti-inflammatory and skin-rejuvenating properties, has remarkable effects on sensitive and inflamed skin, and is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is one of the most ancient and valuable healing substances, known to aid in tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East. (As my friend likes to say, if it's good enough for the baby Jesus, it's good enough for me.) It is often used as a valuable ingredient in skincare products, beginning with ancient Egyptians, who used it in rejuvenating face masks. It is also known to aid in infection fighting.
Lavender has a host of benefits and great value in helping the skin heal itself, stimulating cell growth, reducing inflammation, preventing scarring and balancing the production of oil while at the same time cutting down on localized pain - all perfect when fighting acne and problem skin.
If you're a DIY-er or enjoy diffusing essential oils in your home, take a look at our collection, which includes frankincense and lavender.
How to use comfort oil: try it alone and massage it in where you need it, add it to your bath, or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or body lotion.
Comfort oil is on sale now at 30% off when you sign-up for free shipping for life as a preferred customer! You're probably already doing it with Amazon Prime, this is just the toxin-free version. What are you waiting for? Start here.
Did you know you can enjoy a free product each month? This foot therapy cream is just the thing to get pedi-ready for spring. I don't know about you, but here in New England I am happy to think warmer thoughts right about now. Here is my in-home pedi to get sandal ready!
1. Soak your feet and relax with my foot therapy soak. The soak includes dead sea salt, which is a gentle, natural exfoliate that removes dead skin. Its minerals rich formula will soften skin and restore hydration. It will absorb dirt, grime and toxins to cleanse your skin's pores. While you're relaxing, you may want to try my weekly go-to, a charcoal detox face mask.
2. File your toenails and exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or one of our sugar scrubs. You can try lemon, pink grapefruit, or for a limited time, lavender.
3. Pat your feet dry and moisturize. Try massaging our foot therapy cream into your heels. Push back your cuticles then apply your favorite nail polish. The beneficial organic blend of essential oils in the cream include tea tree and cedarwood. Tea tree oil has healing qualities, known for thousands of years. It has so many anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. Fun fact: the Australian army puts it in soldiers' first aid kits. Tea tree oil can also treat minor wounds, encourage healing, and prevent infection.
Cedarwood oil reduces inflammation, skin peeling and acts as an antiseptic on wounds. I love the woodsy scent. I made a rollerball of jojoba and cedarwood for my husband to replace his toxic cologne. You could add sweet orange to that to kick it up a notch.
Looking for some less toxic nail polish options? Check-in to the Liz Lounge for some of my favorites.
I was never one to think of even using it but since making it a part of my in-home manicure routine, adding it to my bodycare routine in the summer to enhance that sun-kissed glow, and even using it as a bug repellant and deodorant when I forgot to pack them, I'm a believer!
This body oil contains a nourishing blend of organic sunflower, olive fruit oil, jojoba, coconut, and key lime oils; and geranium rose and sage essential oils. It is the ultimate in luxurious hydration and makes a great massage oil. Apply after your bath or shower to combat winter skin. Or use it as non toxic subsitute for perfume. If you're like me and prone to "fragrance" headaches or rashes, this fresh, subtle scent won't aggravate your skin or disrupt your horomones.
Geranium rose oil has a long list of benefits, including helping to prevent bacterial infections; reducing dark spots, scarring, inflammation; treating acne, dermatitis and other skin conditions; and helping to fight premature aging of the skin.
Key lime oil rejuvenates the skin, keeps it shining, protects it from infections, and reduces body odor.
For just a few more days, you can get this body oil for 30% off as a preferred customer! Already a preferred customer? You have the option of adding this to your order at checkout. Want to go preferred to enjoy free shipping, plus discounts? Just get started with one of our bundles and after that, you can customize your order to whatever you need. No fees. No penalties. Click here to add yours to your cart.
After you look past the comfy clothes and messy bun, what does working from home mean? For me, working from home is a privilege, and for my family, it's a necessity.
When I was living in Boston and working fringe theatre, my 9-5 meant I could pay my bills. But, my life was very compartmentalized. My job was just a paycheck, and I was working my passion like a hobby. I could have shown up to the office and to rehearsal with my best but, in reality, I held myself back from doing either really well. (Psst, pro tip: whatever you do, do it well.)
When I remarried and we started a family right away, I became a stay-at-home mom. Still the most important and toughest job I will ever have. In between sons two and three, I started my own virtual assistant business. I figured, why not, that's what I was doing before and it went pretty well. Well, it went pretty well until my clients wanted more of my time. I decided that line of work was not what lit a fire within me. And, with son number three on the way, there was no way I was going to stay up late to edit PowerPoint slides...
"Be who God meant meant you to be and you will
set the world on fire."
-St. Catherine of Siena
I finally decided I needed to prioritize a creative project I had been pushing aside - a one-woman, faith based show. One day as I sat spoon feeding our youngest and reading the bleak headlines, I thought, there is a lot in this world that is going to get worse before it gets better. I need to make a difference and I need to love what I do. Once I made this commitment, many things I had been struggling with fell into place. But I still had no idea how I would fund my start-up costs.
And, that's when I lost my makeup bag and our oldest couldn't stop scratching. Last place I saw my makeup bag was in the car on our way to church. And, I had narrowed down our son's constant scratching to our laundry detergent. I thought I would DIY-it, but really, was I going to make my own laundry detergent? NO.
A few days later, a fellow mama friend visited and helped me read our children's sunscreen label. Well, that was an eye opener because I thought we were using the good stuff. Then, another few days later, a friend invited me to an event where I learned more about these products and the toxic issue.
I figured someone was trying to tell me something, and, honestly I felt like His timing was pretty bad. We had our house on the market and my father just had surgery to remove part of one lung due to lung cancer. But, let's face it, if we all waited around for the perfect time to start something new, we'd miss out on a lot! Yes, there was a lot going on but I had a need, a few actually, relief for my son, clean makeup, and a chance to earn some money to help fund my creative work. So, I said yes to starting my own business.
I never thought I would be a work-at-home mom. I never thought I would work in direct sales. I never thought I'd grow as much as I have building a business from my home. And, I get to use all my talents and strengths - together. I'm not compartmentalizing my life as before. I can create my own schedule to make room for my creative passions, which I can also use in my job. I can write, create a video, plan a special event, and make a difference helping other families like mine.
I did not choose the easy path, but I feel so fortunate to do what I do. There will always be someone out there giving my industry a bad name, just as there will always be someone out there using this industry to build their best life. I've learned to tune out the doubters and build my best life.
What would working from home mean to you?
I remember on a weekend getaway to New York state with my then fiancee, now husband, we stopped at lavender farm. We could smell it before we could see it. If you've checked into the Liz Lounge, you know I love a good cuppa tea so I picked up a jar of lavender infused honey while I was there. I don't mean sprigs of lavender in the jar, I mean these bees worked hard to take care of their lavender farm and the honey they produced was out of this world!
I also picked up a bunch of dried lavender. I would later add a sprig to each one of our hand-made wedding invitations. I always have fond memories when I see the little purple buds. I never thought I would later share this beautiful flower in my daily work...
Lavender is a popular scent. It's versatile and blends well with other oils, such as frankincense and lemon. It can aid in relaxation and even help to keep a clean home. Here are some uses for lavender essential oil.
• Relaxation: add 1 – 2 drops to Jojoba oil and apply to temples and bottoms of feet before bed. For extra relaxation, add a few drops to Epsom salts and then add to a bath.
• Skin soothing: add 1-2 drops to Jojoba oil and apply to burns and scrapes.
• Calm surroundings: in your home, bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Next add 1-2 drops to the water and diffuse for 15 minutes.
• Supple skin: add 1-2 drops of Jojoba oil and massage into your skin before bedtime.
• Odor eliminator: add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball and place in trash can.
As I write this, it's freezing outside and I can actually feel the warmth of this photo! It's only February but I'm ready for the scents and pops of color of spring. If you could use a dose of lavender too, maybe one of these beauties will lift your spirits.
Wife, boymom, and lifestyle consultant. I empower families to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. I leaped from executive assistant to stay at home mom to running my own business. I love what I do and want to lead you to health and wealth.