shopping with a conscience 

I am offering toxin-free natural and organic products through two great companies, Beautycounter and Neal’s Yard Remedies (UK brand). 

Beautycounter offers skin & body care products for women, men, kids & babies, including cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, natural sunscreen, makeup, etc. The main reason this vibes so much with me is that the company’s founders are actively pursuing greater regulations to ban toxic ingredients in beauty and personal care products. They have excluded 150 harmful ingredients from their products and the products are still effective and indulgent. Check them out here

Neal’s Yard Remedies, a U.K. brand, has an extensive line of really awesome skincare for women and men, but they also offer aromatherapy/ essential oils and supplements. They don’t test products on animals, have environmentally kind packaging, and use many organic and wild ingredients. Because the EU has banned way more harmful ingredients in products than the US, the “natural” claim is legit. They sell kits with travel-sized products making their stuff easy to try and gift. 🙂 

Feel free to follow my Soul Simple Beauty page on Facebook, or catch my Soul Simple Instagram feed @soulsimpleblog which is full of encouraging stuff, with a little sales thrown in. Let me know if you have product questions or want to sign up to sell and get a discount. 🙂 

I feel like this whole approach to having your own little business has grown tons since the old candle parties way back when, and I am excited to represent such consciously and value-driven companies.

stay authentic 

It’s amazing to see so many awesome people doing and creating incredible things. It can be easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing in any area of your life. 

Comparison makes me confused. The holiday race is stressful. The most valuable thing we can do this time of year is ditch the to do list and make time to stay centered.

Do what you do. Let the real you shine thru. Is it great to get inspiration? Of course. But don’t let the glam get you off your game. ✨✨✨ 

#beyou #realshit #momlife #momboss #momblogger #diy #lightmaker 💕

the glass is full

It is far too easy to focus on what you still haven’t finished or haven’t achieved. 

But much  healthier to stop & appreciate how far you’ve come. 

Make a list of all you have done lately. Make the list in your head, or, better yet, on paper so you can read it when ya need a pick-me-up. 
While you’re at it, write yourself a pep talk & a love letter too. 🙂 ✨✨

winter’s coming….

In my house, two out of three of us have been fighting lots of bugs lately. The third one of us is an avid vitamin C consumer. Avid. Daily. 

You get it. 😉

Here’s the latest scoop on vitamins C & D for colds & flus. 

Vitamin D3 – the 3 is key 😉 – helps prevent you from catching a cold or flu.

Vitamin C lessens the length of your illness.

Both of these also help prevent different cancers. Vitamin D also helps prevent heart disease, type two diabetes & depression of course. Both C&D increase dopamine, the motivation part of anti-depressant, and D also boosts serotonin helping depression and improving sleep.

So, we know I’m not a doctor, and you are your best researcher, too. The safest fairly high dose for both is 2000 IU, but read up reliable sources and you may decide you feel comfortable having more, especially when it comes to vitamin D deficiency. 

Just like we need vitamin C & D3 to withstand winter’s ups & downs, our skin needs a little love too.

Cold weather bringing your skin down? Try out Neal’s Yard Remedies nourishing orange flower collection. 🍊

Soothing skincare, plus about 2000 IU of C & D a day, and this could be our healthiest cold & flu winter yet. 😉 

If you know anyone who likes natural products, spread the word about NYR!  

#nyrorganic #skincare #naturalskincare #organic #selflove 💕

my reading list

I was asked about my favorite spiritual/personal growth reads, and while these are almost all older books, they were, for me, the most transformative. Please put your favorites in the comments below! I am always searching for the next inspirational read. 💕

1. Wishes Fulfilled, Dr. Wayne Dyer 

2. You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay 

3. Start Where You Are, Pema Chodron 

4. Before Happiness, Shawn Achor 

5. A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle 

6. The I AM Discourses, Saint Germain 

7. The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey

8. The Mood Cure, Julia Ross

9. The Law of Attraction, Esther and Jerry Hicks 

10. Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch 

If there were ever a time to let ourselves be moved & uplifted by timeless teachings, it’s now…

Your turn! 🙂 ✨✨✨

cold & flu season = oil of oregano time

I’ve used oil of oregano on & off for at least five years. It’s an amazing antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, stomach helping, allergy reducing oil. Studies have actually shown it to be as effective as prescription antibiotics without the negative impact on your stomach or the beneficial probiotics in your gut. In fact, instead of killing probiotics, oil of oregano actually augments the proliferation of helping gut flora. 

Oil of oregano has two very effective components in it, carvacol and thymol. They are considered extreme potent so research and caution are important. The doTerra website has a great run down on usage and caution when using oregano essential oil

Personally, I have used oil of oregano internally via purchased capsules such as Gaia or putting the oil into an empty capsule. I have also take it in some water to help candida thrush. 

The usual reminder that I’m not a doctor, so read reliable sources and make informed choices. With that said, oil of oregano is definitely a great cold and flu fighter. 

Here’s to a healthy flu season! 

listen to yourself

I did a total mom thing at the end of last week and of course it jumped up and hit me today, a not-so-gentle reminder to look within and not out there for answers.

My sweet girl was getting sick. We do a lot. And we do too much at times. We miss sleep, get super tired and end up crashing with the sickies. 

Now that I think on it, I did two total mom things.

So when it was clear to me that she was getting run down, instead of trusting my intuition and keeping her home from school, I sent her anyway. Twice. 

It wasn’t that I sent her that was the mistake, it’s why I sent her that had me shaking my head at myself a few days later. 

I didn’t send her to school fussy because I didn’t know it meant she was getting sick. I didn’t send her because I had a lot of work today. No important meeting or big deadline. I actually sent her because I thought about how few times her friends had been out sick, how I’d seen other parents send their children to school looking tired and runny-nosed. 

In my half-assed attempt to compare, of course I never compared her busy schedule, lost sleep and extra fun. I simply compared a perception of what the other families were doing. 

On top of that, we had packed tons of fun into the previous weeks mostly because when we do a lot we do A LOT, but also because I was actually comparing once more. I saw people we knew who looked like they were doing a ton and their children seemed fine, hadn’t missed school from what I could tell and didn’t seem to be melting down in the least.

Blah, blah, blah.

So when all signs pointed to sick on Thursday & Friday, I compared, we felt short, so I ignore my instinct to keep her home and sent her to school anyway. 

Sunday came, the day before the school Halloween parade & carnival, and my daughter came down with the biggest cold she’d had in years. And, I’d been subconsciously trying to keep up by over-scheduling and ignoring my tried and true mommy instincts to keep her home *before* she got super sick. 

Clearly I’d forgotten to honor my daughter and myself. I’d pushed her and raised expectations when clearly what she needed was comfort & rest. And, I had decided I was falling short of some fake mommy standard I’d created in my head. 

So all of this self-reflection is meant to give you the moral of the story before you make the mistakes I did. So:

1. Do what’s best for you and not what works for some made-up super family that doesn’t even exist. 

2. Don’t look outside for answers when you have all the wisdom within and the tool to access it, your intuition.

Here’s your reminder. Your welcome. 😉 ✨✨✨