Wondering what this all-natural craze is about? Seems like today all you see are products will all-natural or organic claims on them. I was totally against it at first….like what is the big deal? It was probably all super expensive and not worth it. Then I had a kid…
Once you have a kid you get hit with all these “rules” you’re supposed to follow; put them on their back to sleep, don’t feed solid foods for so many months, use special laundry detergent, breastfeeding versus formula, vaccinate or not, etc. Literally everything will kill them. I didn’t buy special detergent to wash his cloths in…mom fail… because if Tide was good enough for me why wasn’t it good enough for him? I realized after a few months my thinking was backwards. Why special detergent for him, but not me? My cousin actually has her own business making natural soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, and a bunch more, so I hopped on her website and gave it a shot. It was only around $25 for a tub that lasted 2-3 months and worked just as well as my old detergent. It wasn’t super expensive like I thought either. Check it out at www.maplehillnaturals.com.
As I was delving deeper into the craze, I realized I had been using all-natural shampoo and conditioner for a while without even thinking about it. The avoid paraben and sulfate phase had been around for a while and I knew with my curly hair I didn’t want anything stripping it of its moisture. Less moisture = more frizz. The brand I chose was all-natural and I hadn’t thought twice when I bought them which meant they weren’t that more expensive. I found this Alba botanica at Target.
My last ah-ha was when I was losing the baby weight. In the past, the only “diet” that worked for me was to cut out all processed sugar. It wasn’t a diet at all, it was just something I had come up with to try and it worked. I started that back up again and realized I was eating healthier without thinking about it again because I was just avoiding sugar. It wasn’t that hard on my wallet either if I could make it work in our monthly food budget of $250. This was including all the other food I had to buy because my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, not a fruit and green veggies kind of guy. **Hint: I have a HUGE sweet tooth so I have to have something to use. Check out a Stevia sweetener, but make sure it isn’t mixed with sugar, dextrose, fructose, maltodextrin, or agave. Those are the things you are trying to avoid. A little goes a long way!**
What it came down to was simple – it wasn’t super expensive and what’s it going to hurt. Not that the chemicals were hurting me, but less chemicals in my body wouldn’t hurt either. So my all-natural journey began. It is all in moderation. Use as many natural products (or as little) as you want. There are things that I will agree with and some I won’t, but it all comes down to my journey and what’s important to me. Just do your research (or check back here as I will be sharing my research with you all!) and take it one step at a time.
Have a product you are curious about, but don’t want to spend the money on? Send me a suggestion here and you may just see it on an upcoming post!