Natural Body Care
Primal Life Organics Stick Up Deodorant – Black Sensitive – I’ve tried quite a few natural deodorants, but most fall short in actually doing what they say they do. I came across this Stick Up 100% Natural Deodorant in my Instagram feed one day and I was intrigued. It is made with activated charcoal, which is detoxifying and helps to absorb moisture. It works so much better than any others I’ve tried.
Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Wash – I never thought I’d be making my own homemade beauty products, but it is actually a lot of fun! More importantly, I know exactly what is going into it and I can customize it to my tastes. It saves a lot of money, too. I usually buy the ingredients in bulk and they last forever. This face wash is gentle and cleans deep (thanks to the clay) and you can add your own combination of essential oils, I like tea tree and lavender.
Lara Bar – We go through a lot of Lara Bars in our house. 🙂 They have one of the shortest ingredient lists of pretty much any snack you can buy and they are GMO free. Many of the flavors also have no added sugars. They are the perfect on-the-go snack (especially for my two hungry boys) and they are pretty inexpensive compared to a lot of other natural food bars.
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo – Most mayonnaise is made with unhealthy oils like soybean oil canola oil. Primal Kitchen Mayo is made with avocado oil and has no added sugars. I especially love the Chipotle Lime flavor. I use it to make tuna salad and dressings.
Nut Pods – These are THE BEST coffee creamers. A little goes a long way and they come in three yummy flavors. My personal favorite is the Hazelnut. They are GMO free, gluten free, and vegan and have absolutely no added sugars.
Kevin and I started our first garden the year we moved in together. We built a small raised bed garden in the backyard of the house we were renting at the time and I remember being amazed that we actually planted seeds in the ground and vegetables came up. To be honest, I am still pretty amazed by the whole process. Our garden is much bigger now. This year we grew watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and romaine lettuce. Now that we have kids, I haven’t found the time to start our plants from seeds, so we usually just buy seedlings at the garden store and plant those.
The other thing I really love about gardening is that Avery and Norrin get to see where their food comes from and be involved in the whole process. Avery loves watering the plants and he eats so many blackberries right off the plant that I barely get any into the house.
You don’t need much space or a green thumb (trust me!) to start a garden. It can be as simple as a container herb garden on your windowsill, or a large section of your backyard. Some of the resources I love for gardening advice are My Square Foot Garden and Vegetable Gardening for Beginners. Happy farming!
Shopping at the Farmers’ Market
Our current Saturday morning routine around here is a nice long bike ride, a quick stop at the coffee shop for Iced Americanos, and then a stroll around the local farmers’ market. We pick up some of our meat there (especially our favorite local, grass fed bratwurst that we usually grill up later that day) and then look around for other fun, locally grown items. I love picking up a bundle of wild flowers to put in a vase on the dining room table. Last week we even spotted blackberry honey (has anyone ever tried this)!
You don’t have to go all out and do all of your shopping at the farmers’ market, but even committing to purchasing a few items each week is a great way to support your local farmers and get some locally grown goodness into your home!
Supporting Companies Who Share Our Values
I am super-excited because next February, I have a way to meet face to face with many of the food, health, and wellness brands who are doing things the right way. I’ll be headed to California (only my second time on the west coast!) to volunteer at ShiftCon.
What is ShiftCon? It is a weekend-long conference all about health and wellness. There will be workshops with leaders in the green/wellness field, all kinds of food and health brands to connect with, as well as other health and nutrition bloggers; giving us all the opportunity to learn, share, and network with people and brands who want to make this world a better (and healthier) place. Some of ShiftCon’s current sponsors include Vital Proteins, the American Grassfed Association, and Beauty Counter.
This will be my first time attending ShiftCon and I am really looking forward to it. You can learn more about what ShiftCon is all about here. It is being held in Irvine, California at the Hotel Irvine and if you think you’d like to join in the fun, there is a special rate for ShiftCon attendees if you register by January 3rd. You can purchase tickets here. Of course, I would love to see you there, but if you can’t make it, I will definitely be sharing lots of what I learn after my trip.
What do you do to “go green”? I’m always looking for new ideas we can add to our routine so I’d love to hear from you. 🙂