How to find out what's really in your laundry soap and ditch it without breaking the wallet!

How to find out what's really in your laundry soap and ditch it without breaking the wallet!

When we are considering the health of our family, another area to take a closer look are the products we are using in the laundry room. I encourage you to consider the ingredients in your laundry detergent. Once you have stopped using your old laundry detergent for even a month and you go back and try to breathe that stuff or anything that’s been washed in it, you will thank me. If, for some reason, some article of our clothing gets washed in traditional detergents, I have to wash it multiple times to get that out before I’m comfortable with us using it. Just because it’s “free and clear” and you don’t smell fragrances, there can still be many of these other lurking ingredients. 

Many families suffer from eczema, respiratory issues, cancer, sensory processing disorders, and autoimmune diseases that can be triggered or worsened by ingredients found in detergents. Your traditional laundry detergent needs to go. It is literally 24/7 exposure through your respiratory system and skin to horrible things your body has to work hard to process. Strain on your organs. Strain on your health. 

WHAT INGREDIENTS SHOULD I AVOID? Need an easy button on what ingredients you should avoid like the plague? Here's your  Busy Mom Hack

  • Fragrance: Manufacturers combine a number of chemicals to produce a fragrance—so you’ll believe your clothes are clean because they smell clean—and they don’t have to list those chemicals on the label because of trade protection. As we’ve seen, some of those chemicals can be very toxic. 
  • Cleaning agents (surfactants): These are included in the formula to help the product clean better. Examples include chemicals like quaternium-15 (known to release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen), diethanolamine (linked with skin and eye irritation and possibly liver problems), nonlphenol ethoxylate or NPE (toxic to nerves, irritating to skin, potential hormone disruptor, toxic to aquatic life), linear alkyl benzene sulfonates or LAS (irritating to skin and eyes and toxic to aquatic life; benzene on its own is a carcinogen), and petroleum distillates (linked to cancer and lung damage). 
  • Stabilizers: These chemicals help stabilize the formula, so that it lasts longer on the shelf. Examples include polyalkylene oxide or ethylene oxide, which are linked with eye and lung irritation, and even dermatitis. And yet we wonder why we can’t clear up these lingering skin issues. 
  • Bleach: Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage. 1,4-dioxane: This is a chemical by-product of detergent manufacturing. In independent tests, Women’s Voices for the Earth found 89 parts per million (ppm) in Tide Free & Gentle and 63 ppm in regular Tide. They helped increase awareness, and Proctor & Gamble agreed to reformulate to reduce levels to below 25 ppm. Future tests should show whether they made good on that promise. Don’t have a lot of confidence in the progress being made here. 
  • Brighteners: You’ll find these in detergents advertising their “brightening” powers. Brighter whites! Brighter colors! What’s creating all this brightness? Chemicals that actually remain
on the clothes to absorb UV light and help clothes “appear” brighter. We’re talking things like naphthotriazolystilbenes (linked with developmental and reproductive effects), benzoxazolyl, diaminostilbene disulfonate, and more. Since these remain on the clothes, they are likely to come into contact with skin. 
  • Phosphates & EDTA: Manufacturers use these to make detergents more effective in hard water, and to help prevent dirt from settling back on clothes when they’re washing. These chemicals have long been associated with environmental damage, particularly in our streams and waterways. They cause algae blooms that damage ecosystems. Many detergents have eliminated these, but they’re often using ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in its place, which does not readily biodegrade, and has been found to be toxic in animal studies.

Even though it was hard to break away from the detergent I had used for years, I knew that switching to Thieves Laundry Soap was right for me. Ask yourself, “is my health worth at least TRYING this out for a little while?” I know you can make the commitment."


Here's where you can find the Laundry Soap my family and I  use and how its so cost efficient it only costs me $.25 a load! Oh yea and it's non toxic because thats how we roll. Check it out.

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Goal Getter

Goal Getter
It's October...yep Already!!!

Every 1st of the month, I  dig deep and set goals. Big Scary goals for 6 or so months out and then goals for the next 7 days through the end of the month!

Your work has to match your goals.


So many claim amazing, incredible, life changing goals but then aren't willing to show up, work, + grow like it will require.

I'm going to share some personal goals with you in October for me!
** 10k Instagram Followers by 10/31
** Launch Website by 10/15
**50 Mama Vault Subscribers by 10/31
**Help my Team reach their goals
**Put phone away from 5-7pm every night
**Play pretend more with my kids
**Today is a gift and I'm here to use it!



❤️❤️❤️ 
Are you so pumped for your goal for the year but immediately think about the things that are going to hold you back (aka: excuses)?? Too busy? Lots of kids? No kids? Work out of the house? Another job? Introverted? Etc? Spoiler alert: there are Diamonds who are busy, with no kids, who have a bunch of kids, who work full time, who work out of the house, who have other businesses, who are introverted, etc. THIS MINDSET IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU HIT YOUR GOAL.

➡️➡️➡️.         Personal reflection time:

➡️Are you showing up like you're going to make that happen??

➡️How can you tweak things to set yourself up for
success?? Focus in + be efficient with the time you have!

➡️When it feels hard you have to remind yourself that it SHOULD BE because what you are asking for is a lot. A lot of members, a lot of income, a lot of responsibility, a lot of impact, etc. It IS hard + you CAN do it.

Are you willing to commit to match your WORK to your goal? 

XOXO,
Jess

 

Anniversary Weekend Trip to Detroit-

Anniversary Weekend Trip to Detroit-
We celebrated our 10 year Anniversary this past weekend and it was amazing. For some reason, TEN years seems like a big deal to me. And frankly it is. TEN whole years or love, putting each other first, heartache, bumps in the road, learning about each other, kids and all the other things marriage entails; TEN years is a great thing to celebrate! 

But, I do think every year, heck everyday you are together, Healthy and Happy there should be a BIG celebration!

We fully intend to take a big Fabulous vacation to Antigua in November, over thanksgiving to celebrate further as long as COVID allows, but we also wanted to do something special the actual day of our Anniversary. So, in true Nick form he planned a surprise (of which I found out about accidentally but in a really funny way) to Detroit.

We stayed at the Shinola Hotel downtown Detroit. It is a fairly newer hotel and gorgeous. Shinola is a Detroit company most known for their watches which are Made in Detroit. And as a Michigan Native, I'm pretty proud of Detroit and any Michigan based company so of course we wanted to support them. We were blown away by the charm and character of the hotel. While it is newer you can definitely appreciate the older inspired character from the earlier times. The green and black subway tile with the solid oak floors and doors are gorgeous. And the floor to ceiling windows in our room gave way to a spectacular view or a constructions site- Ha- Where they are building a really cool Metropolitan building with Shopping Restaurants and will be the Metro Station. 

Detroit Gets a bad rap. And when I  would travel often for work, people would always ask me is Detroit as bad as they show on the news. Well, of course it isn't. Newsflash you can't believe everything (or maybe anything) you see/hear/read from the mainstream media. Detroit is actually thriving. There have been some big initiatives within the community including substantial investors who have come in and headquartered their businesses downtown and are rebuilding the community. Detroit has a Chicago feel to it to me and we lived in Chicago for 4 years. But Detroit is smaller at least for the time being. But the charm and the people in the heart of Detroit are much friendlier and there is a pride there because of what Detroit has been through. Bankruptcy, Mayor Heartbreak and so much more has brought the people together in a way that is admirable. It brings a warmness to my heart and smile to my face to visit, every. time.   

Want to check out Detroit and visit the Shinola hotel too? Here's your easy button Details including the Room type we stayed in:

Shinola Hotel
1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Alcove Room


Mom Hack: Time and Money Saving Tip

Mom Hack: Time and Money Saving Tip

Hey Friends, wanted to share a little secret with you– I literally never and I mean NEVER go to the grocery store. Not only do I LOATHE making a list.  it’s also so hard to find time in our family’s busy schedule! It just wasn’t working for me anymore. 

Early Last year, I started looking around for more time and money saving options. End of Last Summer I started using Shipt Delivery Service weekly- I can always find my regular snacks and foods I want for the boys and love that it’s easy to add items to my cart by saving my previously ordered items in my account which SAVES ME SO MUCH TIME! I have LOVED this service weekly (sometimes even more frequently) and it helps me spend more time with my family and get back to what I actually ENJOY doing.
I HIGHLY recommend Shipt-  it truly has given me back so much time in my day!

How to Receive a Compliment

How to Receive a Compliment

When as women did we decide that it’s ok to be uncomfortable when someone gives us a compliment? Hear me out on this. When someone says to you, “Wow, I love your shirt-it looks great on you,” we immediately say oh thanks and then offer them a compliment right back.

Why is this? Aren’t we secure enough in ourselves to except a compliment and feel really fricken good about it AND the person that gave it to us?

The next time someone gives you a compliment, really relish in that compliment.

Let’s play this out together; I say to you- “girl you look amazing in those jeans” and you say, (Repeat after me) “Thank you so much”!!!!

That’s it!

Let’s start by allowing ourselves to actually receive compliments because we deserve them 🙌

 
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