Favorite Essential Oil Hacks

Whenever someone says they don’t know what to do with their essential oils besides diffuse them, I send them straight to Pinterest! Have an oil that you’re not using? Just type it into the search bar. The free resources are endless and that’s how I discovered the majority of my Favorite Essential Oil (EO) Hacks. I’ve found the rest through word of mouth, chatting with my fellow oil users in our supportive community groups. These hacks below are just a few of the many surprising things these oils can do!

  • Use Lemon EO to remove sticky residue left behind from a price tag.
  • Instead of throwing away your old Bath & Body Works plug-ins, save them and make your own Essential Oil mix to put inside.
  • Put 5-10 drops of EO (depending on your strength preference) on your air filter.
  • Put 5-10 drops of EO on a dry log a few days before burning it in the fireplace to allow the oil to permeate the wood. When you burn the log, the scent will fill the air.
  • Put a few drops of your favorite EO in your vacuum cleaner bag or on the vacuum filter.
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lavender EO to your mascara to support longer, stronger, healthier lashes plus extend the life of dried mascara.
  • Put a few drops of Peppermint EO on a cotton ball and rub doorways and window sills to keep bugs away.
  • Put a few drops of Purification EO on a cotton ball and place in stinky shoes overnight.
  • Add a drop of Peppermint EO to your lip gloss for a natural lip plumper.
  • Mix Tea Tree EO or Purification with witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab on blemishes and breakouts.
  • Cut drying time in half and remove dryer sheets from your grocery list by adding a few drops of EO to wool dryer balls.
  • Remove a grease stain by putting a drop of Lemon EO on the stain, rubbing it in and throwing it in the wash. Act quickly!
  • DIY car diffuser- put a few drops of EO on a clothespin and clip to one of the vents.
  • Put a few drops of Purification, Lemon, or Tea Tree EO on a cotton ball and place on the bottom of your trash can to keep it fresh.
  • Add a drop of Orange EO to your toothpaste on your toothbrush daily to support naturally whiter teeth.
  • Create a spa like shower experience by placing a few drops of Eucalyptus EO in the corner of the shower floor and turn up the heat to create steam.
  • Use Lemongrass EO on a cotton ball to replace nail polish remover.
  • Use Lemon EO and hot water to remove crayon from walls.

So, what did you learn? What are you excited to try? Let me know!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

 

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Tips For Staying Healthy & Boosting Your Immune System

In the past month, as the weather has changed, friends and family members around me have gotten sick left and right. Aside from the sniffles and a faint sore throat that passes quickly, I have managed to stay healthy, so I thought I would put together my best tips for staying healthy during this season! These are all things that I have done personally, and feel have contributed to supporting my healthy and strong immune system.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

I take at least a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) a day, first thing in the morning, usually with warm water and a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil. ACV along with lemon is a great daily detox and reset for your body, especially first thing in the morning. The natural minerals, enzymes and vitamins in ACV as well as its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties help ward off illness, balance the body’s PH levels and remove toxins from the body. Already come down with something? In that case I would up the ACV intake as it breaks up mucus throughout the body and cleanses the lymph nodes improving immune system response in no time! Not a fan of the taste? Try diluting more or putting it in some juice or sparkling water.

  1. Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? Feeding your body nutrient rich foods can help keep your immune system strong. The following are great foods to help boost & strengthen immunity:

Citrus Fruits

Peppers

Broccoli

Ginger

Garlic

Spinach

Turmeric

Almonds

Mushroom

Sweet Potato

  1. Kombucha & Probiotics

Drinking Kombucha often can help you maintain peak immune health with its naturally occurring probiotics, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness. Not a fan of kombucha? Make sure you are taking a daily probiotic or getting probiotics from another source (yogurt, sauerkraut, etc.). I love this probiotic by Klaire Labs.

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  1. Essential Oils

There’s an oil for that! Ya you knew this was comin’! 😉 When people are sick around me, when I feel like I might be coming down with something or if I just want to give my immune system a boost, these are my go to oils/supplements:

Oregano Essential Oil:

Oregano essential oil is known for its healing and immune-boosting properties. It fights infections naturally due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasite compounds. A 2016 study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found that the main compounds in oregano that are responsible for its antimicrobial activity include carvacrol and thymol. Several scientific studies found that oregano oil exhibited antibacterial activity against a number of bacterial isolates and species, including B. laterosporus and S. saprophyticus. I really dislike the taste of this oil, so I usually put a drop daily in a small amount of juice and throw it back.

Thieves Essential Oil:

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Ahh Thieves! I just can’t rave enough about the power of Thieves. Thieves is an essential oil blend with Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus. These oils contain powerful antioxidants, cleansing and purifying properties and promote a healthy immune response. Anytime I feel something coming on, I diffuse it, put some on the bottom of my feet in the morning and before bed and ingest it by taking Thieves tea (recipe below).

Why do people put essential oils on the bottom of their feet you ask? Along with the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet are the only part of your body which don’t contain sebaceous glands. Sebum essentially acts as a barrier. For this reason, it can act as a disablement to the essential oils which you want to absorb into your body.

Thieves Tea:

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Recipe-

1-2 drops of Thieves essential oil

1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil

Warm Water

Honey to Taste

I personally add good ol’ ACV to this recipe too. And I just learned a trick that if you mix the oils with the honey (put honey on spoon, put oils on honey and mix with a toothpick) and then put the honey oil mix in the warm water, it mixes and tastes better!

Inner Defense Essential Oil Supplement:

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Inner Defense supports the body’s natural defenses and healthy immune function through antioxidant support. This supplement is formulated with Eucalyptus radiata, which may help support healthy respiratory function, and infused with Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary and Cinnamon bark essential oils for antioxidant support. I have taken 1 daily for the past month, but you can also take 1 softgel 3-5 times a day when you come down with something.

If you are newbie to essential oils and want to learn more, you can check out my Essential Oils 101 post here.

  1. Get Outdoors, Get Moving

Being a work from home mama, it’s easy to just get wrapped up in things and stay cooped up in the comfort our cozy home, but I always feel better when I get outside multiple times a day. Lane really seems to love the outdoors too. I make it a point to do this to get my body moving and get both of us some fresh air and Vitamin D. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses and a vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Research shows that vitamin D works to maintain tolerance and promote protective immunity.

Getting at least 20 to 30 minutes of daily physical activity can support many defenses of the immune system. Exercise gets antibodies and white blood cells moving through the body faster, so they may detect illnesses sooner; plus, an increase in circulation may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding pathogens.

Hope these tips help you stay healthy this season! As always, thanks for reading.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Resources:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3598/7-Reasons-to-Love-Apple-Cider-Vinegar.html

https://draxe.com/how-to-boost-your-immune-system/

https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

https://www.today.com/health/7-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-2D80554874

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US

 

Baby Must-Haves: 2-6 Months

Sophie The Giraffe Teether

I don’t know what it is about this (practically a squeaky dog toy) giraffe, but Lane and babies everywhere according to the reviews just love it! It’s easy for him to grasp and hold on to, makes a squeaky noise as mentioned and has smaller soft textured parts that he can fit into his mouth to chew on for sore gum relief. Made of 100% natural rubber and food-grade paints.

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Mommy’s Helper Inflatable Bath Tub

When Lane outgrew the sink and we moved to the bath, it was quite a large jump that we weren’t fully ready for. I felt like we wasted so much water during baths and it was hard to keep him from slipping around all over the place. Then I found this blow up bath tub insert! Genius! Saves water and keeps him contained in one area since he isn’t quite stable enough yet sitting up on his own in a slippery environment. Also made of 100% phthalate free materials.

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Skip Hop Nightime Soother Lamb

Lane loves this adorable little lamb! We put it in the corner of his crib and turn it on to signal nap or bed time. We’ve read about the importance of sleep associations and routines so every time we start the routine we turn on the melody and stars. It has a 20 minute timer too which is pretty convenient since our nap routine usually lasts around 10 minutes and then he gets 10 more minutes once he’s in the crib. He loves looking at the different color stars that project on the wall and the side of his crib and focusing on them helps him gently drift to sleep.

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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

This toy is super simple. It has multi-colored, flashing lights which are visually appealing to baby and cute classical tunes. The #1 best seller on Amazon for musical toys and only $7… Can’t go wrong!

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Nursing Breastfeeding Cover – Multi-Use Infinity Shawl

This multi-use cover has definitely come in hand and we love that it can be used so many different ways. The one thing I would recommend is to get a solid color and not a high contrast print like black and white stripes which is what we have. I feel like this print stimulates baby too much and I’m usually putting this over his carseat or while breastfeeding when I want him to start winding down and block out distractions. I just saw that the brand Milk Snob came out with some multi-use organic covers similar to this one and will be ordering one soon.

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Ergobaby 360 Cool Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier

We have used this carrier around the house, at the grocery store, on hikes, at the airport… and I know this is only scratching the surface of how much we will use this carrier in his first year. The carrier is easy on my back, neck and shoulders, is easily adjustable and fits comfortably. I will say that this version is a bit stiff and takes some time to “break in”. Some of the cotton versions look a little more appealing now looking back. Lane also seems comfortable and content in this, but prefers facing outwards to take in the surroundings. I had to watch a few YouTube videos on how to use it and adjust it for different positions, but once you get it, it’s easy peasy!

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Love to Dream Swaddle

If you saw my newborn must-haves then you know we were all about the swaddles. But there comes a time when baby starts to bust out of them and just won’t stand to have his hands glued to his sides. Enter the Love to Dream perfect transition swaddle. This unique design allows baby’s hands to be up by his head but still contained, and when ready to transition again, you can remove the sleeves so baby’s hands can be free. We still use this for naps and bedtime without the sleeves as another sleep association and he seems to like being snug in a sleep sack.

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Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Lane is obsessed with this! When we first got it at around 4 months, he didn’t know what to do and wasn’t quite sure about it, but once he figured it out he LOVED it. Now we can’t peel him away and it’s his absolute favorite activity. He would literally jump for hours if we let him…. Don’t worry, we don’t! Haha

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Organic Baby Bandana Drool Bibs

I already raved about these on Instagram. Lane is a drooler! Big time. We are talking buckets, not dribbles… so these are necessary if I want to even somewhat preserve his outfit for the day. They are organic and super-absorbant. These linked ones have the cutest monochrome designs too. They didn’t have these when I registered for them, but ours have pretty cute prints too!

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Thanks for reading!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

My Favorite Websites & Apps for Green Beauty and Natural Living

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Now in its eighth year, EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of personal care/cosmetic products and ingredients on the market. You can search over 70,000 products and 2,000 brands! The American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products, even though just about everyone is exposed to them. Through Skin Deep, they put the power of information in consumers’ hands. When you know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how those chemicals may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace. At the same time, they advocate responsible corporate and governmental policies to protect us. I also love EWG’s Healthy Living App. On the app, you can search food products as well.

All Natural Savings – Organic Coupons & Deals

I’m a deal finder so I love this site! Natural and organic coupons, store matchups, freebies, online deals, and price comparisons. You can even just search a brand to see if there are any recent coupons or deals. Print out coupons or sign up for text alerts if you’re into that too!

Think Dirty App

Think Dirty app is an easy way to learn about potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products on the go. You just scan the product barcode or enter information into the search bar and Think Dirty will give you easy to understand info on the product, its ingredients and you can shop cleaner options. Think Dirty empowers ingredient conscious consumers to choose the safest beauty and personal care products with a database of 550k products, 3.8k brands, and 8.5M unique consumer scans.

Citrine Natural Beauty

I live in Arizona so I can visit the Citrine Beauty Bar here in Phoenix, but this website was my go-to when I started to order green beauty online and it still is today! Citrine offers free shipping for U.S. orders over $75 and free samples with purchase. They do online color matching, skin analysis and consultation, and have an awesome sample program. The website isn’t just an online store but features blog posts, tutorials and green beauty advice. And most important of all, I trust Citrine to only carry the best, super-clean, non-toxic beauty products. If you’re local, make sure you sign up for their newsletter to hear about the great events and classes they have in-store as well.

Mama Natural

Whether you’re pregnant, caring for your baby, interested in gentle parenting, or just want to be more natural yourself, you’ll find resources here to help. This site even has an entire week by week pregnancy guide from a natural perspective. You can sign up for the Mama Natural: 3 Things for Thursday newsletter. Every Thursday Genevieve aka Mama Natural sends an email with three quick tips to brighten your day and help you and your family lead a more natural life.

Food Babe

Through reading the investigations and information posted on FoodBabe.com, you can expect to learn the truth about harmful ingredients in processed foods and how to avoid the stuff the food industry is trying to hide. You will also learn how to make the right purchasing decisions in the grocery store so that you can create a life long habit of choosing healthy food. You can join Vani’s (The Food Babe) personal email list to stay up to date on hidden truths the food industry doesn’t want you to know about and the big changes that are happening in our food supply.

If you’re a non-toxic newbie like I was when I started this natural lifestyle overhaul last year, I suggest also checking out my post Where to start: Making the swap to natural beauty/personal care products

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Placenta Encapsulation

This is surely my most controversial post to date, and definitely not for the squeamish. If the title alone gives you the heebie jeebies then stop reading now, but I hope that you do continue to read with an open-mind!

This post is about my choice to consume my placenta via placenta encapsulation after giving birth to my son in April. This practice is not necessarily new and has been done throughout history by different cultures, however recently it has become more “mainstream”, or at least talked about and getting some buzz.

I do want to be clear that most of the benefit claims on why one would choose to do this have not been proven or fully researched and are just from different women’s experiences although they are slowly starting to be studied now. On the flip side, while many women rave of the benefits, you can also find posts and articles from those who regret doing it and have experienced negative side effects. A review by Northwestern University said there were no proven benefits, but this conclusion was only based on 10 studies. I encourage you as I always do to research this topic further if it remotely interests you for future pregnancies or if you are simply curious.

There are different ways you can consume your placenta after delivery, however I chose placenta encapsulation which involves steaming the placenta, drying it, grinding it and putting it in pill form. This was done by a doula service that was recommended by my birth center and cost $150. If you do plan to use and keep your placenta, this is something that you must clear ahead of time with your doctor. I had a c-section and I told my doctor ahead of time so that they didn’t dispose of the placenta after delivery which is what typically occurs. It also is monitored very closely and time sensitive. I had to sign off that I wanted to keep it and the hospital only agrees to keep it for a short period of time before someone is required to pick it up. That designated person had to sign off as well. This is all to ensure proper handling and lower any related risks involved.

Some of the most common benefits of consuming the placenta reported include:

  • Helps prevent postpartum depression and “baby blues”
  • Improves breast milk supply
  • Boosts postpartum energy levels
  • Shrinks the uterus
  • May prevent postpartum hemorrhage and decrease postpartum bleeding
  • May prevent iron deficiency anemia
  • Encourages faster physical recovery
  • Reduces stress
  • Balances mood and hormones
  • Speeds up metabolism

While most of these have not been proven true specifically by consumption of the placenta alone, there is some science behind the placenta and what it contains. The placenta contains oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce pain and can also increase bonding with baby. It also contains thyroid stimulating hormones, interferon and prolactin, which can boost the immune system, energy, recovery and milk supply. The placenta is rich in hormones, protein, vitamins, and hemoglobin (which is an iron-rich protein) all of which need to be replenished and balanced after birth however some would argue you could just do this through diet alone.

So, what did it do for me? Honestly, it’s hard to say…there are just so many other outside factors to consider. Especially since it was my first pregnancy and I have nothing to personally compare it to. Below are my comments on a few of the reported benefits and my own experiences:

  • Helps prevent postpartum depression- I did have a mild case of “baby blues” right around the time I began taking the capsules which was when we arrived home from the hospital. This went away after a few days and while taking the capsules I feel like I had a rollercoaster of emotions, but no strong feelings of depression at that time while consuming. I have struggled with it on and off since due probably in most part from stress and lack of sleep.
  • Improves breast milk supply- My milk came in very quickly, but this was also before I even started taking the capsules. If you follow my Instagram you might have seen my post about my overproduction/oversupply so it is very possible that the pills affected my milk supply in a big way as this is not very common. Oversupply was frustrating, exhausting and heartbreaking when it affected my son negatively, but if I had to choose between oversupply and undersupply I would choose oversupply again in a heartbeat. Now that breastfeeding and my oversupply have balanced out, and I’ve had a chance to reflect on it a bit, I hope to write a separate post about it soon.
  • Boosts postpartum energy levels- The first few weeks after Lane was born, I seriously had so much energy! I remember telling people, “I’m not getting any sleep, but I’m not tired… it’s just such a weird feeling, like I have super powers.” I just felt like it was nature’s way of giving me that boost that I needed to get through the lack of sleep and give baby what he needs. Eventually that energy began to run out, and I started to feel the side effects of no sleep which I am still feeling today! Ah, mom life!
  • May prevent postpartum hemorrhage and decrease postpartum bleeding- I had a c-section, but if you don’t know, you still experience postpartum bleeding. I felt like my bleeding was very mild so the capsules very well could have affected it.
  • May prevent iron deficiency anemia- This was actually one of the big reasons why I became especially intrigued about consuming my placenta. I’ve always struggled with anemia off and on throughout my adult life so anything I could do to help that situation post-birth was on my radar.
  • Faster physical recovery- Whether you are recovering from a vaginal birth or from a c-section, I’m sure it’s a trade-off, both are intense in their own ways, and recovery is no joke. That being said, while the days following were brutal, I did feel that after about a week, I was on the up and up. Pain was gone for the most part, I was climbing stairs and going about my tasks without any issues and this all really surprised me in comparison to the scary c-section recovery “what to expect” posts I googled and read about in my last few weeks of pregnancy. (Don’t do this! Haha)

But let’s be honest. My results or lack thereof are probably not going to sway you either way and they shouldn’t because everyone is different and will have a different experience. This is just something that after I researched, I felt drawn to, like I was meant to do it and I just wanted to do it. I can’t really explain it! When I first read about it, it just made perfect sense in my mind…I felt and thought, “why would I want to dispose of something that contains so many beneficial vitamins and other good things? Good things that benefited my baby for so long and could possibly continue to benefit both of us in other ways by consuming it after birth. And even though I can’t pinpoint the exact effectiveness after the fact, I am glad I did it and will probably do it again 😉

So there’s my story! If you are still reading, thanks for sticking around!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

 

Newborn Must-Haves: 1-2 Months

2017-05-20_0038Lane is 2 months old today so I thought I would put together my newborn must-haves that have gotten us through these first months.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm

ABBBIn the first few weeks, poor Lane had some very raw skin within his cute little leg/groin rolls. To be honest I didn’t know if I should put baby powder on it to keep it dry or something else to heal. Enter Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, the correct choice. The raw, peeling skin healed so fast, and you could tell he loved it and it was soothing for him the moment I put it on.

Swaddles

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All the swaddles! Haha, but really, swaddles have been life savers. We have tried a few different ones but the ones we have liked the most are the Ollie Swaddle and the SwaddleMe Pod for newborns. The one thing about the Ollie Swaddle that I don’t like is the velcro is soo loud! It’s really startling to him sometimes in the middle of the night. What’s great about the Ollie, is it will grow with him (which makes the pricepoint somewhat justifiable). The SwaddleMe Pod is awesome because it zips up so easily and you can even just unzip the bottom for a quick mid night diaper change. He will outgrow that one pretty soon though. I think these were the winners for us mostly because of their similar stretchy, lightweight, breathable fabric.

iLuvBamboo Waterproof Changing Pad Liners

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These liners are meant to go on your changing pad, however I use them all over the house. If he is downstairs with us on the couch, I put one of these liners down and same thing on our bed…then I can change him wherever and also not have to worry if there is an accident. I put him on these wherever he sleeps in case he spits up or has a blow out…much easier clean up.

Portable Nightlights

lightAdd these to the list of things no one tells you that you need for a newborn. Portable nightlights! My husband and I got in so many silly mid night arguments over turning on lights. I couldn’t see what I was doing when I was trying to change the baby or breastfeed, and he thought my phone light was too bright or would turn off other lights that I had just turned on. It’s pretty funny now thinking back on this. This mini nursing light is awesome! You can even clip it on you and it turns off automatically. I think it’s good to have a portable nightlight for your changing table as well, but we are still on the hunt for the right one to put there.

Bath Sponge

SpongeYes, there are some pretty cool fancy baby baths out there right now, even ones that make sure the temperature is just right…But we have absolutely loved this really affordable and easy bath sponge to line the bathroom sink during these early days when he is so small. He seems comfortable and we save a lot of water bathing him in the sink versus the tub.

Washable Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads

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These nursing pads are the best and most absorbent. The Bamboobies ones while not as thick and a little more discreet, could not keep up with my leaky boobs, especially at night.

Gentle Baby, Lavender & Tummygize Essential Oils

GBUThe Gentle Baby blend and Lavender essential oils have been such lifesavers for all of us. I typically diffuse GB during the day for a more relaxing environment and then Lavender at night to encourage good sleep. Young Living recommends waiting until babies are 6 months before applying oils topically, but I have felt comfortable applying Gentle Baby as well as Tummygize to the bottom of Lane’s feet as long as they are heavily diluted with coconut oil. These have helped so much with his fussiness due to gas and other things. Make sure you consult with your pediatrician and research proper dilution before using EOs with babies.

 

Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets

swaddlesOh you thought we were done talking swaddles? Nope! Can’t forget to mention Aden & Anais Swaddles. Not the regular muslin ones! You have to get the organic bamboo ones or the ones that say silky soft. There is a huge difference in the feel between these and the regular ones. Trust me! We use these blankets for everything but swaddling haha! We put it in the carseat to protect his legs from the sun, or over the carseat to block the sun but let air through since they are super lightweight…as a nursing cover, burp cloth… They really are the best blankets and get better with each wash.

Fridababy NailFrida SnipperClipper Set

frida babyThis set includes a uniquely designed nail clipper with a safety spyhole that allows you to see exactly what you’re cutting so you’re not totally freaked out that you might nick your baby’s precious little fingers. It’s curved, overlapping blades allow for safe, smooth and silent snipping. It also comes with a uniquely shaped s-file which is perfect for newborn nails. Lane’s nails grow like crazy so these tools have gotten good use.

 

Onesies That Wrap or Zip

BBNo one likes putting those regular onesies on. Not you, not baby. Even if you know the baby life hack that you can put it on from the bottom up and don’t need to put it over their head, they are still annoying. These wrap onesies from H&M are game changers and bonus they are made with conscious organic material. And if you are gonna do the full jumpers with the feet, get the ones that zip like this one by Burt’s Bees versus the ones that snap. It will save you so much time and hassle especially during the night.

Hope these are helpful for a new mama or mama-to-be out there 😉

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Ecocentric Mom May Box Review

USE THISEcocentric Mom is a subscription box inspired by green living! Each month they deliver thoughtfully curated boxes designed to help busy moms discover safe (and fun!) eco-friendly products for themselves and their babies up to age two. I absolutely loved this box! Fun stuff for mama and something snuck in for baby too! Subscription boxes like this one are a great way to discover new brands especially when just starting to make the switch to non-toxic products.

Organic Fiji Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion

This fragrance free lotion made with raw, cold pressed, extra virgin, organic coconut oil  is great for those who prefer a neutral aroma and is ideal for even the most sensitive skin: perfect for baby skin or tender skin conditions. This lotion definitely was soothing and moisturizing and didn’t feel too heavy on the skin, but personally I like a little natural fragrance in my lotion. I actually added a drop of Stress Away essential oil (one of my favorites) to this and it was perfect. They do have some fun, natural fragrance options available as well like Pineapple Coconut, Pink Grapfruit and Lemongrass Tangerine.

Z Skin Cosmetics Simply Organic Sunblock SPF 45

With simple ingredients like zinc oxide, raspberry, carrot, lemon, citronella, peppermint, orange, kiwi and tangerine, this lightweight fruity sunblock smells amazing and doesn’t leave that yucky white residue. And bonus, this sunblock also doubles as a natural insect repellent. I love 2 in 1 products like this! This has been an everyday AM staple since I got it for my daily early morning walks with baby boy.

Seeds Now! Basil Italian Large Leaf Seeds

You can grow your own organic garden with the Seeds Now! collection of pure non-genetically modified seeds. Their seeds are 100% non-hybridized, 100% heirloom/open-pollinated, and 100% raw & un-treated. These seeds actually inspired me to get more seeds and grow more at my home. It was almost ridiculous how easy it was. Before I knew it, I had sprouts and I almost have full basil leaves now (see picture below). No green thumb needed. How awesome?! On their website they have lots of affordable sampler seed packs that you can try!

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GoumiKids Goumimitts

Honestly these baby mitts are my favorite item in the whole box and they aren’t even for me, but they are amazing for newborns. These little mitts are machine-washable, 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton blend is breathable, naturally antimicrobial and environmentally sustainable. They stay on which is hard to say when it comes to baby mitts and lastly, they have a cool high contrast print that stimulates baby’s brain. How cool is that?! I’m so glad I found this brand and can’t wait to order some of their other equally awesome baby items.

YumEarth Organic Sour Twists

Confession: I live for sour candy and devoured these seconds after I opened the box. I try not to eat conventional sour gummy candy often because of all the hidden nasty ingredients so it’s nice to know there is a better alternative available. These did not disappoint! Vegan, nut free, non-GMO, gluten free, and USDA organic, free of artificial dyes and flavors. These were watermelon lemonade flavor and I can’t wait to get more. They have a super helpful “Where To Buy” link on their website so you can easily find them at a store near you.

Visha Skin Care Bump 2 Baby Body Balm

A multitasking body balm that is 5 products in one. It encourages skin’s natural elasticity, soothes and relieves dry skin and eczema, helps minimize emerging stretch marks, moisturizes and protects sensitive and delicate skin, helps strengthen thinning skin. This felt so soothing on my postpartum delicate belly skin. The small sample wasn’t really enough for me to see it work wonders or live up to its claims, but I loved the feeling of this lotion/balm.

Pair’d Beauty Bath Bomb

Not all bath bombs are created equal. Actually, most are very toxic. These are vegan, fair trade, mostly organic and 100% natural. There’s nothing like treating yourself to a nice warm bath after a long day and bath bombs just make the experience even more fun. My bath bomb was the Sweet Breeze…this fizzy bath bomb turns your bath tangerine orange while it releases the ​scents of Sweet Orange, Lavender and Peppermint. This tired new mama really enjoyed this!

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Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie