The Honest Company Review, Part 4

I’ve recently checked out a variety of additional Honest Company products and wanted to share my thoughts. Some of these are fun ones, so enjoy the reviews!

Interested in more about the natural products we use? Check out these related posts:

Health and Beauty Buys
What Products Do Our Kids Use
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies
The Honest Company Review
The Honest Company Review, Part 2
The Honest Company Review, Part 3

Honest Bar Soap: While we normally use Kiss My Face bar soap, this was a nice change up. We tried the Juniper Sage and both Justin and I were pleased. That being said, I wish a bulk option were available.  I think $5 for one bar of soap is really crazy and wouldn’t buy this on a regular basis for that very reason, particularly for a bar that’s only 84% organic. bar soap

 

Organic Belly Balm:  With my recent announcement of Baby #3 heading our way in June, I have been using this for a few months. I’m not a religious belly balm girl, but when I get the chance in the morning (read: if I get a few minutes before Finn barges in the bathroom after I get out of the shower), I slather this on my belly, my hips and my lower back.  It’s not too greasy and has a nice, light, clean scent. I didn’t use anything regularly with Finn and Evie, so I really don’t have anything to compare it to, and really…. can anything truly stop stretch marks? Ugh. It’s a splurge, but it does make a growing belly feel slightly pampered :) belly balm

Organic Body Oil: I would invest in gallon jugs of this oil if it were possible! (Seriously, Honest, please start offering bulk items!) After a reader recommendation, I tried the body oil and will likely not use another winter moisturizer for a very long time. This is worth every cent of your Alexander Hamilton’s. I use this daily on my legs, thighs, arms, chest, back, buns, and often belly. It’s so insanely moisturizing. Yes, it is a bit greasy (it’s OIL), but it’s less greasy than say a baby oil you might be thinking of. One of my favorite Honest products for dryness.

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Organic Nipple Balm: I’ve already purchased 2 jars of this in preparation for Baby Beefcake’s arrival. When I was in the hospital with Evie, the nurses brought me small (like sample size) tubes of Lanolin. Lanolin is far from crunchy and when I received the itemized bill, I noticed we were charged some astronomical price for each of these. Something like $20 for each tube. I remember gasping out loud! These 2 Honest jars will last until I’m, ya know, broken back in for nursing. (Oh geez. Am I ready for this?!?!)nipple balmOrganic Breathe Easy Rub: When the kids are congested we use rubs and essential oils on the kids feet and chest. We also use a different chest rub that is comparable in price and size.  I don’t think we could say we like one rub over the other. Certainly a good product to have on hand for the winter months. breathe rub

Deodorant: Several years ago I started looking into the link between aluminum and a lot of health concerns, including dementia. The link was too much for me to continue to mess with so I instantly started looking for a new deodorant. There were lots of misses along the way! Lots. I realized quickly the baking soda based products were not for me. They gave me a terrible rash. Every last one. Boo! (Aluminum is what prevents you from sweating, hence the reason you will not see an antiperspirant attached to an aluminum-free product.) When I use deodorant, I normally use a Tom’s aluminum-free, fragrance-free deodorant. I tried the Honest deodorant and was pleasantly surprised. (I will note, the 1st deodorant I ordered didn’t work. The spray nozzle just put out nothing. I called customer service and asked for a new nozzle to be sent. They sent an entire new product to me. The Honest customer service has always been incredible.)

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Healthy Child Health World and The Honest Life: A must-have for all homes concerned about creating a healthier, safer environment for their kids!  I haven’t read either book cover to cover, but I refer to both books on a regular basis when I have questions or want guidance on a certain topic. Either option would be a great gift idea for an expecting mother.

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Organic Shave Oil: The scent is fairly neutral, so it could be used for your man or you. I had Justin test this out to get a guys option.  He wasn’t a fan. As he said, “it confused me.” :) He “didn’t understand how to put it on.” He felt the oil-based product was too complicated for shaving. So, there’s one guy’s opinion! I tried it for my legs and felt the same. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, but I wouldn’t purchase it on a regular basis.  I do think it’s nice for winter months for some added moisture, but I’m not sure I’d use it year-round.

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Exfoliating Body Scrub: I have a homemade sugar scrub that I really love. It’s made with almond oil, essential oils, and organic sugar. The Honest scrub is made with a few more ingredients, so it’s a different consistency. I like the consistency, but I’m not a fan of the scent. Vanilla is really not my jam. If you’re a vanilla fan, this would be a great splurge or a great gift idea for friends or family. You feel so fancy using it!

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Zip Pouch: I bought a diaper bag with Finn, but after I slid over the “oh my gosh, what am I doing with a baby?!?!” stage, I rarely used it. I ended up finding a leather Hobo that I love and use as a diaper bag. I toss in a clutch and this zip pouch and I’m set. The pouch is honestly the perfect size once you realize how little you actually need while out and out running errands. There is plenty of room for 2-3 diapers, wipes, a mini bag with lots of goodies, snacks and Finn’s EpiPen. All of that easily fits in this non-bulky pouch.zip pouch

Are there other Honest products you are curious about?  Let me know as I’d be happy to try a few more products and let you know how they stack up in our house. If you’re new to Honest, one way to try the products and get a feel for what you like best is through the Honest Family Essentials Bundle.

You can choose which 5 products to order (at a discount) and, if you choose, get a 25% discount on 3 additional items. These options also make great gift ideas. The shipment normally resends every 4-6 weeks but customer service will help you extend that, if needed. Sometimes I wait 8-12 weeks between orders and customer service has never given me a hard time for that. You can change the order each shipment, too.

You do need to register before you make a purchase. <<<< —– Use this link to register and receive $10 off your first order. (The $10 coupon can be used toward a $25 minimum purchase and can’t be used on the trial memberships.)

What natural products (Honest or another company) have you tried recently and loved/hated?

Newest Addition

Good Morning!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Justin and I are looking forward to a morning date Saturday with brunch and some downtime. We’ve swapped our evening dates with Saturday morning dates because, let’s be honest, we’re both toast by the end of the day. And if we’re really being honest, I’m usually falling asleep on the couch around 8:30p.

I wake up super early to work out (alarm is set for 4:50a*), so my brain functioning much past 7:45p is a stretch. Actually, my brain doesn’t really function beyond 4p, but my body has to keep going a bit longer to get through dinner time and the kids bed time routine.

Because Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate all things wonderful and lovely, I thought it would be the best time to share with you that the Wise family, and my belly, is expanding! Baby Wise #3 will be here by June and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this little baby into our family. (My brother and sister-in-law will be having a baby a few weeks before ours, which makes this baby extra special to have such a close-in-age cousin!)

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You’ve likely noticed my postings dwindle in the last few months. Well, this is the reason – secret’s out! It’s tough work growing kids and raising kids at the same time. Holy smokes!

I have to share my mindset of each pregnancy because it’s changed so much. I think many of you with more than 1 child will relate:

Baby #1: Pure joy and excitement. Everything is new and exciting and confusing and wonderful and filled with anxiety. There’s so much planning and researching and guessing. There’s a weekly picture documenting how your belly has grown and how you feel. It’s honestly bliss.

Baby #2: It’s still such excitement, but now it’s mixed with anxiety for how you are most assuredly ruining child #1′s life, wondering how they will ever possibly adapt and adjust. You rarely take weekly belly bump photos and often have to remind yourself how far along you are.

Baby #3: Wait, when am I due? How far along am I? Take a picture of me and die. Should I schedule an appointment? Oh my gosh, I’m huge. Are we sure we aren’t having twins? I should really make an appointment. This pregnancy thing is overrated… just give me the baby :)

Of course, every time I start to think about this, I think of my Grandma. She did this FIVE MORE TIMES, my dad is the oldest of eight. Now that woman is a saint! Saint Grandma… that’s what I’m going to call her from now on.

The kids have been so wonderful about this baby. They have named the baby “Baby Scoob-a-Doo,” “Baby Margaret,” “Baby Daniel,” and “Baby Henry.”  Both kids are actually rooting for a girl. Finn thinks baby boys just cry and baby girls are extra sweet. He swoons over his best friend’s little sister, Rowan. He eats her up whenever she’s around and keeps saying he wants a “Baby Rowan” at the house. I think he really is pulling for a girl because he’s a caretaker and already protective of Evie. He likes the thought of having another girl to protect.

We debated, but finally decided to have Finn and Evie join us last week at the gender revealing ultrasound. I didn’t know how they’d do, but they were amazing! They sat patiently and were in awe at what they were seeing. The heartbeat, the face, the feet, the hands.  This baby instantly wiggled into Finn and Evie’s hearts!

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And of course… the gender revealing BOY PARTS! I’ll keep that picture in the family, though! :)

The kids warmed up to the idea quickly and are now over the moon about a baby brother joining our family.  My best friend has always said, “boys need brothers,” and she’s right. The world can only handle one Evie… she’ll fend for herself no matter who is around… but Finn and this baby will have a special brother bond. Finn just takes people in.

Since being pregnant, one of my favorite places has been reconnected with my vehicle…

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Thank you all shopping locations who offer this, particularly when I have Finn and Evie with me, PARTICULARLY when it’s freezing out with insane snow amounts. Virtual high-five!

Blogging has been tough as I usually write during Evie’s nap and when the kids go to bed. However, I’m now KO’ed on the couch during those times now, so bare with me.  I’m working through what this will look like :)

I hope you all have the best Valentine’s Day weekend! After college I would always come home and take my Grandma out for lunch on Valentine’s Day. So, don’t sulk or hate on Valentine’s Day if you aren’t in a relationship… find someone to love for the day. There’s plenty of people out there!

Much love to all of you!  What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Are you celebrating anything extra lovely this weekend?

If you have 2 or more babies, how did you feel differently during your pregnancies?

* For those who continue to workout during pregnancy or those who recently had a baby and are getting back in the swing of things, please read this article. I’ve referred back to it every time I need to give myself some slack. I’ve had to quit doing a few things at CrossFit (hand stand push-ups, box jumps, and deep squats), but continue with every thing else… just slower. My coach is fantastic and regularly reminds me to keep my heart rate in check. I tend to push too hard. It’s tough to pull back, but I know it will reverse someday soon. All in good time. Your body is building and sustaining life… give yourself some grace! *

 

Review: The Food Babe Way

When Finn was first diagnosed with a dairy, egg, and peanut allergy in 2010, I was stunned. My world was literally rocked.

“How could this precious little body reject food? Why does he break out in hives, vomit, and start an anaphylaxis reaction when certain foods enter, and sometimes simply touch, his body? I don’t understand!”

We visited an allergist who gave the standard reason for food allergies, but it didn’t sit right. And so I started reading and researching and studying. Justin thought I was losing my mind because I would stay up so late with my nose inches into books and research. What I learned turned my shell-shock into a mama-bear-sized anger.

We had been duped. We had been lied to. We had been sold garbage about the health of our “food” in the name of pure profit. And it hurt my son.

Along the way I found some amazing allies in this fight for clean food, including Vani Hari, best known as the Food Babe.

Vani

I remember feeling freedom and relief as I read through her posts. I remember not feeling so alone in these “strange” beliefs that our food system had contributed to the food allergies of my sweetest first-born. And most importantly, I was reassured I had a voice and that is was important, just like yours is important and needed in this fight for real, clean food.

Fast forward five years and Vani’s first book, The Food Babe Way, is out!

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Two major mainstream media outlets have already indicated they can’t promote the book because of their advertisers. Unfortunately, I’m not shocked. This simply reinforces the power of money in this country and the stronghold that Big Food has on what we understand of our food system.

The Food Babe Way contains the 21 essential habits that Vani used in order to take control of her health. She used to be an overweight, pill-dependent, sick young woman. True story. But changing her diet changed her life.

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In this book, Vani will walk you through the simple changes you can make in your life to live a more energetic and vibrant life. This isn’t a “diet,” it’s a lifestyle.

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The book features ways to:

  • Avoid the top 15 ingredients that wreak havoc on your weight, beauty, and health
  • Spot manipulative marketing and manufacturing techniques the food industry uses to get you to eat processed foods or hide questionable ingredients
  • Replace the foods that make you fat, look older, and zap your energy with healthful, delicious substitutes
  • Prepare dozens of additive-free meals with easy and delicious recipes

The book walks you through the ways we’ve been duped, the chemicals in our food and what they are doing to our bodies, healthful food habits, tips to navigate the grocery store, and offers dozens of additive-free recipes.

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I most resonate with Vani on her endless work to expose the chemicals used by Big Food and how the FDA has turned a blind eye to what has transpired. The word technology and inventions should not be used in the same sentence as food. Food is food, not a science experiment, not a petri dish concoction that needs testing.

The FDA allows roughly 10,000 chemical additives to be used in our food. And yet, there are no credible studies to show that these additives are beneficial, or more importantly, not harmful.

“We do not know the volume of particular chemicals that are going into the food supply so we can diagnose trends,” says Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Food at the FDA.

Taylor continues, “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of the chemicals…”

And yet, we’re told again and again by our doctors that our food is safe and has nothing to do with food allergies, intolerances, asthma, and a host of other health concerns on the rise, particularly among our children.

The Food Babe Way is a must-read! Add it to your book list now and dig in. You won’t be disappointed.

The Food Babe Way is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Park Road Books (signed copy), Books A Million, and Indie Bound.