The little things

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year it’s that a good life is mostly made up of the little joys and celebrations sprinkled throughout every 24 hours. From a good night of sleep to a sunset over the ocean, small moments of little, lovely things truly do elevate the every day. I thought I’d start sharing a few of my favorites – as they seem to come in cycles based on the seasons, our home routines, adventures, travel and work opportunities. Here are a few things that really lighting me up these days. Sunshine Read More →

Pretty Clean: hippie power

There’s no pretty way to talk about deodorant. It’s filled with indisputably toxic ingredients, but most “natural” options are fairly ineffective and leave you feeling sticky, wet and smelly. Now I may have dabbled in a bit of hippie behavior in college, but smelling like the great unwashed has never been cool with me. I’ve tried a number of clean brands at Whole Foods and I’m currently using Kiss My Face roll on in Sport. The scent in mild (it also come in patchouli scent – no joke) and it’s effective in preventing body odor, Read More →

Pretty Clean: some thoughts on healthy living

About a month ago I mentioned my ongoing struggles with chronic migraine. It’s been 11 years of disappointing experiences with general practitioners, neurologists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, all your basic ISTS. Through it all the only thing I’ve managed to treat is the pain – with medication that I routinely overuse. It’s a nonnarcotic, but it’s also the kind of thing that pregnant and nursing moms can’t take because there isn’t enough research on the long term effects…so that’s not ideal. I reached my breaking point and sort of let go of the frustration and anger Read More →

Pretty clean: a nontoxic beauty routine update

It’s been a long while since I’ve updated anyone on my crusade to rid my life of harsh chemicals. I’m making a bit of progress where Emerson is concerned and have started to switch out my make up, little by little. But, honestly, I’m not a huge product person. Places like Sephora are my personal hell. But I’m trying, really I am. Here’s where we are…and I’ll also share with you a fantastic blog that does an exceptional job vetting clean products and a lovely online store to source the products they review. But first, Read More →

Pretty Clean: Sunscreen picks at Practically Green

Sunscreen weather has finally arrived. Although, my family bathes in the stuff year-round (we are a fair bunch) I realize many only break out the protection in the warmer and sunnier of months. I’m guesting over at Practically Green today with a mini round up of my go-to sunscreens. Check it out and let me know if you have found any other safe and clean alternatives. Remember, we’re trying to rid our daily intake of parabens, nano-toxins, synthetic fragrances and generally any yucky additives. Also, I highly recommend spending 10 minutes to take the Practically Read More →

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