This + That // Catching Up

Well, hey there! It's been a while! My little family and I have been SO busy with packing and moving and unpacking, that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and write anything.

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First of all, as I mentioned in the last post, we moved out of our house. It took 4-5 days of nonstop packing and moving to get everything out. Not gonna lie, it was pretty miserable.  And I honestly have no idea how we emptied our house and garage on time, but we did it. Note to self: slow your role on thrift store shopping and don't move ever again. Seriously. It was as bittersweet as I had imagined it would be to say goodbye to Beau Brummell, but it felt good to close that chapter in our life.

I had hoped that our next house would have been ours by now, but with any purchase of a house, it's taking longer than expected. We are very optimistic though and hopeful that it will all work out.  Once the house is ours, I'll make a post explaining this entire, complicated situation but for now, just keep praying for all the right doors to open for us. We want this house so bad.

I've also started reviewing products for Nuby since my last post, which has been really fun! We received our first round of products last week and Elias loves all of them, especially the Splish Splash Stacking Cups. They are meant to be bath toys, but Elias likes playing with them during floor time too. I'll be posting our bath time routine soon, which will include my full review/opinion on the cups, as well as other bath products we use and love. So be looking for that soon. :)


Something I'm really excited to share with you all is mine and Dave's latest obsession with researching and getting informed on all of our personal care and household products. The obsession started before Elias was born when I read that Johnson's Baby products contained harmful chemicals. This really bothered me, because like every other mom, I had looked forward to using their Baby Bedtime Body Wash + Lotion once Elias was born (it smells soooo good). But after a quick search, we decided against using it and instead registered for Honest Company products. We just didn't feel comfortable putting a product that contained toxic chemicals our newborn baby's skin.

This obsession has slowly grown over time into a full blown decision to switch all of our personal care products, cleaning supplies and baby products over to all natural + organic. I understand that this isn't realistic for a lot of people, especially families living on a single income, like us. After all, natural + organic products will almost always cost more than the alternative. That's why I'm trying my best to make this switch as affordable as possible. I'm looking into making some things myself like laundry detergent and air freshener. But then there are other things like shampoo and soap that I've found and bought at a reasonable price. Everything we switch, how we did it and why we bought it will be posted here, so you can follow along. For example, we have already decided to do away with using dryer sheets in our laundry. Did you know chloroform is 1 of the 7 most toxic ingredients in most dryer sheets? Yikes! Instead, we have purchased, Wool Dryer Balls. They are made of 100% New Zealand wool, they're  eco-friendly, last for 1,000+ loads, cuts down on drying time and don't contain the harsh chemicals that dryer sheets do. I'm obsessed.

We've also spent a lot of time researching essential oils and the various brands that sell them. Just last night, we made the decision to buy from Mountain Rose Herbs. We purchased 10 oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. We also purchased containers so I can make air fresheners, linen spray, pillow spray and various blends to diffuse and use in our laundry (Tip: You can put a drop of lavender or lemon oil on the Wool Dryer Balls to make your laundry smell good). I'm so excited to learn about oils and to start using them in our daily life.

I'm working on posts that are a little more in depth about our decision to make this switch, how we decided what brand of oils to use and where you can find the products we are using. I'm also going to be post the oil recipes and blends that I make so you can make them too.


Here's a list of items we are wanting to replace with all natural + organic products. If we've already replaced it, I added a link to the product we replaced it with.

Handsoap/Dish Soap: Dr. Bronner's // Currently $12.99 at Whole Foods

Shampoo/Conditioner: Everyday Shea Passion Fruit // $9.99 at Whole Foods

Face Moisturizer

Sunscreen

Hair Pomade: O'Douds

Laundry Detergent

Dryer Sheets: Wool Dryer Balls

Baby Wipes

Baby Diapers

Baby lotion: Tubby Toad

Baby shampoo + body wash: Honest Co. + Earth Mama Calming Lavender // Both brands can be found at Target + Whole Foods

Air Freshener

Deodorant

Hand sanitizer

Body lotion/hand lotion


If you see anything on this list that you have knowledge of or know of any other products we should replace, please let me know in the comment section below! I'm still learning and will take any and all advice.

I've also started pinning recipe ideas for soaps/oils/laundry detergent to my Pinterest board that I can refer back to, so if you want to follow me there or send me pins you find, that would be much appreciated!

I'm still working on my new website- which is taking a little longer then I had hoped, but that's okay! I hope to launch it soon. Until then, here's a little sneak peek of what it looks like. I've added easy navigation tabs to the sidebar so my posts are a little more organized/easier to find and I love it! I can't wait for you all to see it.


So that's what we've been up to. We are really excited for what's to come, we're praying for doors to open for a home, we're making changes to improve our overall health + morale and trying to make the best life possible for Elias. My next post is going to be on an app that will seriously change your life- you won't want to miss it!

Happy Friday + Memorial Day Weekend.

Until Next Time,

R + D + E