The Honest Company Review, Part 2 + GIVEAWAY

I feel like the more natural our family gets with food and skin care products, the more we simply cannot go back. When we do use a non-natural product, our bodies let us know within 24 hours. We’re committed! Interested in more about the products we use? Check out these posts:

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

In the last several months we have tried a handful of other The Honest Company products, which I wanted to share with you today. (Be sure to check out the original Honest post, if you haven’t already.) Check out the newest items we’ve tried, as well as a giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Honest Giveaway

Honest Wipes: These are certainly thicker wipes, but at 2 years old, I’m not sure they are necessary for Evie. I liked them, I used them, but I’m not sure I would spend the money again or on a regular basis.  I might reconsider if I had a newborn. Those breastmilk diapers are the worst!

Wipes Honest Conditioner: I actually bought this for me! I was in need of a cleaner conditioner, as my scalp was screaming at me anytime I used an unnatural conditioner. I really like it! It’s light, it’s fresh smelling, and it doesn’t bother my skin in the least. This will be on my “to buy” list for awhile.Conditioner
Organic Lip Balm Duo: Finn has a terrible habit of scraping his lower lip with his teeth. As a result, his chin is dry and tragically chapped. We’ve been applying the Honest Healing Balm at night and in the morning after his teeth are brushed, but having his OWN “lip chap” has been super exciting for him. He chose the orange (sweet orange vanilla) and will apply it during the day when I remind him. We are slowly healing. Now to break the habit…. augh!Lip BalmHonest Floor Cleaner: This is probably a highly unnecessary product, but after we moved into our new house with hardwood floors, I wanted to be sure we were caring for the floor well. This is what I use around the stove when grease has splattered on the hardwood or when something sticky is on the floor. It will take me awhile to get though the entire bottle, so I’m on board with buying this every 6 months or so for less than 8 dollars.
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Honest Sunscreen: This is one of the few sunscreens I’ve ever seen that is actually safe for babies under 6 months of age. It is non-nano and non-greasy. I’ve already purchased 2 bottles so we are ready for our family Boston trip this summer!
Sunscreen Honest Bubble Bath: The kids watched a show with bubbles baths. They thought that would be so incredible to have bubbles in their bath, so one day I surprised them with lots of bubbles! They were thrilled and I was happy not to have them soaking in chemicals as they played. Win-win!Bubble Bath Honest Stain Remover: It took 3 applications and washes, but this got spaghetti sauce out of Evie’s cream shirt! I can’t tell you what a win this is! You can use it on clothes, carpets, linens, etc. I love the multipurpose uses for it. I’m sold!Stain Remover Honest Conditioning Mist: Evie’s hair is finally getting to the length we need a “snarl spray.” She does not like to sit through me as-gently-as-possible working them out, so I knew I needed a spray. This is the first one I’ve tried and it worked like a charm PLUS it didn’t leave a heavy residue in her hair like conventional brands often did to me.Cond Mist Honest Dish Towels: I had read some reviews these towels were incredible so I wanted to test them out for myself. I do like them, but I wasn’t prepared for their size. They are somewhere between wash cloth and hand towel size. A great item, but don’t think you’re getting a full sized kitchen towel!Towels

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. You can change the order each time, 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.)

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Interested in trying some Honest products? Three products are up for dibs for one lucky reader. We’re giving away a bottle of Multi-surface Cleaner, a tube of Healing Balm, and a bottle of Shampoo + Body Wash

Honest GiveawayDon’t miss your chance!

To enter, leave a comment below sharing what Honest product you’d most like to try (even if not one of the 3 included in the giveaway).

Entries/comments must be posted by 7p (CST) Thursday, April 10. The winner will be posted Friday morning.

(This giveaway is open to any reader in the United States.)

**** GOOD LUCK! **** 

Way Better Pita-ahh Chips Review + GIVEAWAY

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We are eight days away from my first webinar on essential oils. Be sure to register now.

Once registered you’ll receive an electronic invitation to invite your friends to your mini workshop!

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Way Better Snacks has done it again, but this time they have reinvented the classic Pita Chip, affectionately re-named the Pita-ahh Chip. (We reviewed their snacks once before: Way Better Snack Review.)

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Way Better Snacks expanded their line this year to include a “first-of-a-kind” line of Simply Sprouted Pita-ahh Chips. Although these items are not gluten-free (like the tortilla chips), they contain a form of gluten that most people can better digest. Note: someone with celiac or a gluten allergy should still not consume these products.

Curious to learn more about these gluten-friendly options SPELT and RED FIFE? Read on…

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Way Better sprouts their unique ingredients because sprouting has been known to enhance the absorption of nutrients and aid in digestion. By sprouting, you naturally eliminate the outer protective layer of grains, seeds and beans that make them hard for your body to digest. 

For a short time, these are a Whole Foods exclusive, but beginning in April, they will be available to all. In classic Way Better Snacks style, they are also verified GMO-free by the Non-GMO Project. I honestly want to send virtual high fives to any company verifying their products GMO-free! Way to go!

As mentioned, Way Better Snacks use heritage grains Red Fife Wheat and Spelt in these chips. These combine with other unprocessed ingredients to create incredibly flavorful pita chips. They are available in three varities: Pinch of Sea Salt, Smoked Havarti, and Toasted Garlic.

(Please note: some of these chips do contain dairy.)

Pinch of Sea Salt

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This is the perfect dip chip! It’s simple, yet flavorful. It almost reminds me of (dare I say) a Wheat Thin. Justin said it’s an excellent “sandwich” chip.

These dairy-free chips contain: Organic Sprouted Red Fife Wheat, Whole Spelt, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca Starch, Yeast, Pure Cane Sugar, Sea Salt.

Smoked Havarti

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If you like havarti cheese, you will love these! The flavor comes through in great ways as it has a great cheese balance. These were Justin’s favorite, hands down.

These chips contain: Organic Sprouted Red Fife Wheat, Whole Spelt, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca Starch, Yeast, Pure Cane Sugar, Smoked Havarti Seasoning (Organic Cheddar Cheese, Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Organic Non-Fat Milk, Organic Whey, Salt, Disodium Phosphate, Garlic, Hickory Smoke Powder, Sea Salt).

Toasted Garlic

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Garlic is the name of the game here! I LOVE garlic, so these were a favorite of mine. These also would be great with a yummy dip for a party appetizer.

These chips contain: Organic Sprouted Red Fife Wheat, Whole Spelt, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca Starch, Yeast, Pure Cane Sugar, Garlic Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Garlic, Organic Natural Butter Flavor, Sea Salt).

 

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Way Better Snacks will be sending one lucky reader a case of Way Better Pita-ahh Chips! That’s 6 bags (2 of each variety).

To enter, leave a comment below sharing what flavor you are most looking forward to trying.

Entries/comments must be posted by 7p (CST) Thursday, March 20. I will post the winner on the My Wise Mom facebook page Friday morning, March 21.

(This giveaway is open to any reader in the United States.)

GOOD LUCK!

Evie: Baby ‘Roid Rage (Part 2)

Just joining us? Before reading today’s post,
check out Evie: Baby ‘Roid Rage (Part 1).

Saturday morning, against my better judgement, I gave Evie her 2nd dose of Prednisolone.

I left for my essential oils workshop and got home around 2p. My dad was outside when I pulled in the driveway with that look on his face. Evie was awake – still – and not happy. My regular 2-hour+ napper was down only 45 minutes. She was crying and fussy and seemingly very angry.

I picked her up and tried to soothe her. There was no soothing. In fact, the crying and fussiness got worse. Two hours later she was still raging. Screaming, crying, hitting. Totally unconsolable. At one point, she ripped all her clothes off (never done this) and started clawing at her skin, namely her back and chest. She had a new shirt on, so I thought perhaps it was irritating her skin. I put her in the bath. The screaming continued. When I say screaming, I don’t just mean a little temper tantrum, I mean an all out rage. At times she was stiff as a board and shaking she was so angry. My mom even asked if I wanted to take her to the ER.

Upset Evie

I’ve never seen her act this way, nor had my parents. Thank God for my mom because all the sudden it clicked for her when she saw Evie incessantly trying to scratch at her back.

“Do you think the medicine is causing this?”

It hadn’t crossed my mind! How could I not have thought of this? My child was literally having baby ‘roid rage, and I mean that with all seriousness.

She was beyond aggressive, eating non-stop, not sleeping and completely beside herself.

I called a local pharmacist (our pharmacy was closed) to ask about her symptoms and what else to look for. I said, “so, I’m assuming you would tell me to stop giving this to her, right?” Do know want to know her response? “No, as long as she doesn’t have an actual rash, I would go ahead and keep giving it to her because you don’t want her cough to get worse.” If I could have jumped through the phone I would have. I said, “you hear her in the background screaming, right? And you would give her more?” “Yes, I would make sure you finish the prescription. Maybe give her some Benadryl for the itching.” As I thought, “because the answer right now is more medicine, right?” I was fuming.

I hung up, grabbed Evie from my dad, took her shirt off and started rubbing lavender oil, a natural antihistamine, all over her chest, trunk and back. Within 30 seconds, she was calm. She hadn’t been calm in hours. Hours. She snuggled up to my chest and didn’t make another peep. In fact, about an hour after that, she started smiling and playing, slowly rejoining the land of the living. I continued to reapply the lavender oil every 20 minutes until she want to bed.

We were awake that entire night, rocking in the Lazy-Boy and walking around. I had little patience and felt like a horrible mom for being so short with her. I knew her body was detoxing but my mind was foggy from being so worn out from lack of sleep.

The whole process reaffirmed why I want to avoid medication at all costs. Her rage was fully my fault. I knew better. I knew she didn’t need it and I knew she would heal on her own, but I let the fear of “what if” talk me into giving my child a steroid that was simply not necessary. The medication side effects were ten times worse than the actual ailment! In 22 months, this was the first medication she’d ever had and this was her body’s response. Ugh.

The next morning, tired as she was, she was mostly Evie again. Not “Evie on drugs.” She slept the full 2 hours on the drive home without a sound. That afternoon, she slept almost 3 hours. That night, she slept a solid 12.

Evie is back to being my sweet and sassy monkey. After I dropped Finn off at school Monday, we went on a little girl date between errands. Evie chowed down on some freeze-dried fruit and water, while I (the non-coffee drinker) drank up. My body still hasn’t adjusted to not sleeping for days on end! (And our eardrums might never heal!)

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(*** Funny story: we had to run to True Life Wellness for a quick meeting that morning. Evie was obsessed with her water cup and had to take it with her. I told Dr. Tyler it was a ‘soy steamer’ just to see his reaction. That dude has such a game face! Nothing like joking to your chiropractor that your child is drinking soy, sugar and coffee – ha! ***)

So, I share this crazy story about medication and oils and Evie’s (literally) insane reaction for several reasons.

One: Parenthood is hard!
Two: Trust your gut. I knew those meds weren’t the right choice, but I caved. Hindsight.
Three: Natural options, in this case essential oils, are all around. We just have to find the options that work for our family and use them.
Four: Kids bounce back from your horrid choices and love you anyway – thank goodness!

Have a medication or medical “gone wrong” story to share? I’d love to know I’m not the only one!