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So I’m a hippie... Ehhhh sorta. It was once pointed out by a friend’s husband that while I have an affinity for the natural and eat a plant based diet that does not a hippie make... He has a point, yet even with all of my decidedly non-hippie luxuries most of my friends and family would label me a hippie. Moving on.

Last May when The Captain returned from the high seas we decided it was the right time in our lives to make a baby. I’d been a vegan for nearly 5 years at the time, exercised regularly, rarely took even over-the-counter meds, and would consider myself a pretty healthy individual. We thought getting pregnant was going to be a breeze... Not so much, now we in no way had long term struggle, but at nearly 8 months, it was much longer than expected. During this time I read everything I could possibly find about fertility and pregnancy all under the guise of wanting to learn how to “natural family plan.” Ha! I also started reading about how many of the toxic products we ingest and apply topically have a very real and serious affect on so much of our health, including fertility.

I had stopped using my beloved Retin-A and just about all other acne products in my arsenal, but still decided to check out Jessica Alba’s book. I had heard her story on Ellen or something and really was digging what she was selling. She, being concerned for her daughter, wanted answers about what is in the products we buy, especially those for our children!!! Like come on, it’s absolutely our right and I hate to break it to you... People be effing shady!!!! The business culture of today is just sell, sell, sell by any means necessary and we are all suffering. The toxic chemicals that are allowed in the products we buy is absolutely appalling and I refuse to be blissfully ignorant anymore.

honestI loved her book and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to kick the toxic crap out of their lives! I got rid of every single soap, lotion, sunscreen, body wash, or cleaning product that had any questionable ingredients. I’m still working on cleaning up my makeup drawer, but I got rid of my foundation and started testing non-toxic options and finally have one I love. More on that another time. Now, I'm not saying that by tossing my Jergens lotion I was magically able to get pregnant, but I will say that I am healthier and better for it! Now being very much pregnant, I'm grateful for the knowledge and so happy to be able to grow Rocco without all that added toxic junk!!

I’m so excited to start receiving The Honest Co Essentials bundle in the next week or so!! Be sure to check out The Honest Co's website for a free trial of their most popular items!!!  And you guys, they are starting to sell Honest products at Target!! Praise The Lord! So far, I am a huge fan of their shampoo/body wash which smells like Heaven, literally just like Heaven. Their healing balm has been keeping my lips silky smooth and will definitely be a must have when lil’ Rocco arrives for pesky diaper rash! I’m also loving their all-purpose cleaner, it smells like delicious grapefruit, which I then wanted to eat. The Captain assured me while it was non-toxic it was probably best to just use it to clean counters. I can’t wait to get my first shipment of goodies and I’ll keep you posted on the products I just can’t live without!!!

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