My Mommy Mind

Pony Rides

  • We had a crazy, fun weekend in KC celebrating my toothless goddaughter turning SEVEN! Where does the time go?! In addition to the pony, there was a unicorn… a real, live unicorn! Finny even rode the unicorn (lovingly named Kate). Talk about all your wildest little kid dreams coming true! Both kids crashed for a bit on the drive home… win for me!
  • The car ride home went much smoother than the ride to KC.  Evie… who was suppose to be napping… decided instead to put on a chorus line show, complete with made-up songs like “I’m Spaghetti” and “I’m Super Girl.”  She also started hollering “Merry Christmas” at the top of her lungs. My threats to not attend the birthday party and “turn this car around” shockingly fell on deaf ears.


  • The kids had dentist appointments last week. We made it without tears or whines or sadness.  In fact, they asked to go back the next day. We’ve come a looooong way since Finn’s first 2 appointments!  Apparently Evie still does not have her 2 year molars, which are coming in now. I’ll chalk her recent sassiness up to “teething” :)
  • I can’t believe kids are heading back to school this week. Didn’t summer just begin? I thankfully have another few weeks with the Finnster before he begins. We’re going to enjoy the quiet parks and kids spots for the rest of the month.

What has been the highlight of your summer? For me, I’ve loved having the freedom to do so many things this summer. Last summer Evie was still napping in the morning, so we were hostage until she woke. This summer we were free to roam and tried to each morning!

The Honest Company Review, Part 3

Several folks have asked about other Honest Company products worth their weight in gold, so I wanted to take the time to review a handful of other products we’ve tried and our thoughts.

Interested in more about the 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

Toothpaste (Adults): I have my tried and true clean toothpaste, but I thought I’d try this one.  While it performed its duty, it didn’t leave my mouth feeling “fresh” like you expect post-brush. I’ve tried a variety of other clean toothpastes that left me feeling much more minty than this “fresh mint” version. Once the tube is gone, I will return to my previous toothpaste. (My favorite is Desert Essence Natural Toothpaste: Amazon // Vitacost. If purchasing through Vitacost, if you sign up here, you will receive $10 off your first order.)


Mouthwash: Both Justin and I are currently using this “sweet mint” mouthwash (separate bottles – I share nothing in a bottle or cup). It certainly gives the “minty” taste the toothpaste lacks and it’s not that overly fake mint that many mouthwashes give you.  I give it a solid B.


Glass Cleaner: I go between my Norwex cloth and this cleaner for the glass.  I’ve purchased a bottle to keep in the kids bathroom, as well as a bottle for the main level where we have lots of mirrors and windows. It never fails that the second I clean the bathroom mirrors, someone shoots water, splashes toothpaste or drags their paw prints across my fresh slate. Drives me bonkers. A quick swipe during bath time and I can convince myself the room is still clean. Recently, Honest made a 4 ounce refill concentrate version so you don’t have to keep buying a new bottle each time. Pretty slick.

glass cleaner

Toilet Cleaner: Just as we have the messy mirror problem, we have a toddler boy in the house.  Finn does exceptionally well, but it’s still a little messy for my liking.  I have a bottle in the kids bathroom and our bathroom for quick “in between” cleanings.

toilet cleaner

Sunscreen Stick: This has been my saving grace this summer! My kids are not fans of putting things on their face (can I blame them?).  We used to battle to get sunscreen on their ears, cheeks, nose and chin. I used to negotiate with Finn on hat wearing when we’d be outside for long periods of time. While still not Finn’s favorite moment before a long morning in the sun, we have found a compromise.  I get 5 seconds… yes, he’s allowed me just 5. I count to 5 slowly and mad-apply this to his face. I’m usually done by 4 and we’re off to the sun! Evie is so good about getting this on her mug.

sun stick

Oxy Boost: Smelly towels and workout clothes always need an extra boost, in my opinion.  Between this or a few drops of Purification Essential Oil, this helps get those extra dirty loads clean without bleach or other harsh chemicals.  A bag contains 24 pods.  Since I don’t use a pod in every load, a bag lasts about 3 months for us.


Soothing Bottom Wash: While I have not used this product personally, I have to tell you about my good friend, Jennie, who uses this often.  Her sweet little girl (seriously – this girl is one of my FAVORITE children) has very sensitive skin.  Jennie hasn’t been able to use wipes on her, even gentle/free&clear/organic/natural wipes. For the last year she’s had to use water and cotton balls for this little pumpkin.  I saw this wash and ordered one for her to try.  No reaction!  This is the only product she’s been able to use to change Rowan’s diaper that hasn’t caused her to break out.  So for a very sensitive child, this will well worth a try!

soothing wash

Diaper Rash Cream: The Honest Healing Balm is a fantastic product, but for kids with sensitive skin who need a little something extra for diaper rash, I have 2 friends who swear by this product.  I have not used it, but my friends with super sensitive kiddos have said it has cleared up their kids bums quicker than any other product they have tried.  Another good “have on hand” for sensitive little ones.

rash cream

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?

My Mommy Mind

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  • Our awesome nugget nephew turned ONE Saturday. Finn and Evie did not understand why there wasn’t another party Sunday. Perhaps we celebrate too much in this house? Finn called Lincoln “Zarbie” for much of his first year. Sadly, he retired the name a few weeks ago. All Finn wanted Lincoln to have since he “was no longer zero and now one” was a superhero shirt, which Finn proudly picked out. Batman, of course. Cousin love!
  • Summer colds are the WORST, right?! I had a doozie last week complete with body aches and sinus headaches. I used these all-natural remedies (including an adjustment from our chiropractor and lots of sleep and water), and felt remarkably better each day moving forward. Oils, tea and adjustments FOR THE WIN!
  • My mission this month is to get Evie in a big girl bed. Girlfriend scales the rails like SpiderGirl and does 10 point gymnastics moves before she falls into a deep sleep each nap and night. It’s getting out of control.
  • This week I’ll be playing my first official game of Bunco during the monthly “Neighborhood Ladies Night.” I am legitimately nervous! I think I’m going to google strategies (and rules reminders).  Perhaps I’ll have beginner’s luck. Any Bunco tips for this newbie?

What’s on your calendar for the week?