Hello! Please allow me to apologize for what was, literally, a two-month hiatus. I can’t believe it’s been so long, but time flies when you’ve got some major life events going down! At the end of July, we said an exceptionally tough goodbye to our furry friend of eight years, our Chihuahua named Fajita. From that point, we went right into the planning/execution of a … Continue reading What I Learned From Plastic-Free July (A Belated, But Valuable, Recap!)
It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, which means that the official kickoff to summer is literally right around the corner. You know what that means – it’s time for lotsa fun in the S-U-N! There’s nothing more summery than snagging some good ol’ fashioned Vitamin D the natural way, but don’t forget to practice safe sun! When possible: Reduce exposure by wearing a hat Limit exposed … Continue reading Product Review: Kiss My Face Dry Oil Sunscreen
It’s been a crazy busy couple weeks for lots of reasons, but I’m back in your inbox today with a product I’m very happy to review and share with you readers! Kiss My Face (maker of naturally-effective, cruelty-free skin and body care products) has expanded its product line once again, to include new 32 oz. deep moisturizing body lotions! As a member of their social … Continue reading Product Review: Kiss My Face 32 Oz. Body Lotion
Pop quiz: What percentage of your kitchen (utensils, storage containers, dinnerware, etc.) is plastic? No peeking. Really, think on it. Betcha it’s way more than you originally thought, isn’t it? We all have (or had) or grew up with The Plastic Container Cabinet, am I right?! Open that dreaded cabinet door, and it’s guaranteed that at least one item is gonna come flying out of … Continue reading Put Plastic in Your Past, Starting TODAY!
Phew! 2016 has been a rough one overall, and finally, thankfully, we’ve arrived at its final hours. What a year. To close out 2016 on a positive note, let’s focus on pure awesomeness. Today, I want to showcase my favorite products, my “Best of the Best,” if you will, because I know how overwhelming it can feel for newcomers who want to switch to better, … Continue reading Best of the Best: My Favorite Natural Body Products of 2016!
Just call it kismet. I’d been following Sunny Cabana Farms on Etsy and Instagram for quite a while, so when they reached out to me to test-drive some of their skincare and body products, I was so psyched to have the opportunity! Sunny Cabana Farms describes itself as a “beyond-organic, small family farm and micro-dairy,” located in Riverside, California. Pretty much the stuff dreams are … Continue reading Farm Fab: Farmaceutical-Grade Skincare You Need to Try!
If you love aromatherapy, and want a fantastic office or travel option, have I got a fun little gadget for you! Or, maybe you’re new to aromatherapy, and feeling curious, but aren’t ready to buy a diffuser just yet. In either case, read on! Essential oils are a safe, non-toxic way of making your home or office smell fantastic, but also pack a powerful punch … Continue reading Product Review: Sparoom’s “Aromafier” for Easy Travel Aromatherapy
The phrase “eating healthy” carries so many (untrue) negative connotations (boring, restrictive, tiny portions, terrible food, constant hunger, etc.), so I want to counter that by sharing some really awesome things that I’ve personally experienced in my journey. A while back, I shared my past struggles with weight/body image, and showed you some of the different yo-yo weight phases I’ve experienced. Changing how I eat (and … Continue reading Six Surprising “Side Effects” of Eating Healthy
Saving money is seriously one of my absolute favorite topics to write about. You know why? Everyone agrees! Find me one person who doesn’t love saving money, I dare ya. Wanting better, healthier choices when it comes to food and personal care/beauty products is one thing, but buying them is another matter. Cost can certainly be a factor, especially if you’re not taking full advantage … Continue reading Size Does Matter – Buy Big, Save Big!
Last week, I published the first half of my discussion about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 1: “Pinkwashing” the Truth. Please check it out, if you haven’t already, since understanding both the history and the current forces at work helps paint the complete “pink” picture. Note: There was an issue with that post back-dating from Oct. 1st (the actual publish date) to … Continue reading Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 2: Protect Yourself & Pink Wisely!
The Environmental Working Group released an explosive report on Tuesday that conveys a shocking truth for over 200 million Americans. The carcinogenic chemical chromium-6 (also referred to as hexavalent chromium), which was made infamous during the 1990’s due to Erin Brockovich and the lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric, is present in water quality samples across the nation. Their article is very well-written, so I’m … Continue reading What Can You Do About Chromium-6?
*Giveaway has ended- thanks for entering! Winners posted in comments.* Well, friends, I’ve recently been hinting about some exciting things in the works at a.healthier.happy, and the time has finally come for the big reveal! Ready? Kiss My Face (maker of naturally-effective, cruelty-free skin care and body products) has just launched its brand new, plant-powered deodorant spray, and yours truly was picked as one of … Continue reading Product Review: Kiss My Face Deodorant Spray
Ohhh lawdy, it’s hot out! Here in sunny Florida, we’ve been in the 90’s every day since like April or May, so you know what this means – Armpit Alert Code Red, people! This is not a drill! For those of us who wisely shun “traditional” antiperspirants made by the Big Brand Names because they contain aluminum and other dangerous chemicals, we have a harder … Continue reading Product Review: Fat and the Moon Deodorant Cream
Oh, it’s that magical time of year we so dearly love! S-U-M-M-E-R! It means hot days, no school, staying up late, and endless fun! Unfortunately, it also means much higher risk of sunburn, and greater exposure to the chemicals in everyday sunscreens. I know, I know, I can practically hear some of you groaning, not wanting to hear how another thing is “out to get” … Continue reading It’s Summer! Choosing Safer Sunscreen for You & Your Family
Hello once again, my happy readers! I know it’s been a hot minute since my last post, but life has been throwing some wrenches at me here and there, and I’ve been doing my best to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge (pardon the shameless Dodgeball movie reference). The fabulous news is, in the time since my last post, my husband and I have gotten … Continue reading Natural vs. Prescription: Treating an Eye Infection
I seriously can’t talk or think about this without singing, “Neti pot, neti pot, oh neti neti pot,” to the tune of the 1950’s hit “Lollipop” by the Chordettes. You’re welcome, for that being in your head the whole rest of the day now! I don’t know about you, but I’ve known about neti pots for years, but never envisioned myself using one before now! … Continue reading Neti Pot Virgin: A First-Timer’s Review!
Dearest readers, I know my blogs usually err on the “meatier” side of writing, with a lot of research and information that I jam-pack into each one. But, you know what? This one’s going to be a little different. No documents. No data. Think about how much we change as people throughout the course of our lives. On the inside, the unique cocktail of emotions, … Continue reading Evolution of YOU: Seeking (and Loving) the Best You Possible!
Time to get dirty, y’all! I know it sounds totally counter-intuitive, but adding Bentonite clay to your beauty regimen can actually result in fresher, clearer, cleaner-feeling skin! What is Bentonite clay? Well, it’s a very specific type of clay – not just any old mud – that comes from volcanic ash, and has been used for centuries as “healing clay” topically and internally, and is … Continue reading What Can Clay Do for You? Bentonite Clay for Beautiful Skin & More
A few posts ago, I gave a run-down of the Cosmetic Catastrophe that is the mainstream makeup industry as we know it. I also listed many companies who are driving change and are über worthy of the fab reputations they’ve earned for themselves within the world of (truly) natural and organic beauty products. I promised a special blog to feature the two companies at the top … Continue reading Greener & Cleaner: Gorgeous Makeup I’m Proud to Wear
“Winter Wonderland” it is not. It’s no secret that freezing temps and wicked winds are unkind to mind, body, and soul. For one thing, it’s ‘that time of year’ when plenty of people walk around sick, so keeping your immune system running top-notch is key! And, even though we typically associate summer as the season to monitor hydration, it’s just as important over the winter too. Blasting … Continue reading Healthy Ways to Survive Woeful Winter Weather
How Did We Get Here? Ladies, they’ve been after us for over 100 years, with a product for every need (real or imaginary). Women throughout history have been bombarded by ad after ad from this company or that company, each time promising us that their “newer” and “better” products will leave us feeling more beautiful than before. All of us are guilty of buying into … Continue reading Cosmetic Catastrophe: Detoxing Your Makeup Bag
Post updated June 2016 So, my dear readers, if you’ve read my previous blogs, especially my recent one regarding healthier shampoo, you know that I’ve become quite the Label Reader Extraordinaire. It’s a little bit of a geeky talent, but I actually take a strange pride in being able to look at a product label and point out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. … Continue reading Smartphone Apps for Healthier Product Choices
My path to healthier living started as a teeny tiny little idea to put better things in our bodies. This quickly evolved into us taking precaution that the things that go on our bodies (which, in turn, also equals in our bodies) are safe, quality products as well. I’ve been hitting it hard, looking for safer options to replace dangerous everyday beauty products that I’m … Continue reading What’s in YOUR Shampoo? How to Pick Healthier Products & Go Sulfate-Free
Some of you may have some awareness of aspartame thanks to Yoplait making a big deal of removing it from their Yoplait Light Yogurt starting in 2014, when they finally listened to consumers who wanted this neurotoxin out of their yogurt! (Although this was a step in the right direction, Yoplait unfortunately still chooses to use sucralose in their Light product, another artificial sweetener. Shame, … Continue reading Kicking Aspartame, One Piece at a Time!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait for the day that we own a home and can install a whole house water filtration system, so that I don’t have to even think about what the heck is in our city tap water. If you’re like us, you love your Brita (or other brand) water filter pitcher. You wouldn’t dream of drinking your … Continue reading You vs. Chlorine: Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure
I’m happy to say that I’ve received quite a bit of questions lately on the topic of making the switch to aluminum-free deodorant products (and I’m sure there are plenty more of you out there with some shy curiosity), so to anyone considering making The Big Switch, this one’s specially for you! Continue reading Going Aluminum-Free: A Survival Guide
Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve become passionate within the last couple years (the last 10-ish months especially) about clean(er) eating, which has meant many changes in what we buy (or will never buy again, for that matter.) It’s all about holding a higher standard of what you’re willing to put in your body. That being said, I also starting thinking about what goes on our … Continue reading Chemical Cocktail: What’s Hiding in YOUR Cleaning Products?
My husband and I partake in what some might consider an “unusual” nutritional supplement, so I tend to get a lot of curious, enthusiastic questions about it. I figured I may as well post about it to help out anyone who’s interested, because it sure changed my life! Will it change yours? We bought a NutriBullet in Feb. 2013, and started a new habit of … Continue reading Allergy Relief from Bee Pollen