Beauty should be GOOD for you.

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Beauty should be GOOD for you...in all the ways--

for your body; physically

and for your mind; mentally

 

PHYSICALLY-

We've grown up in a society that says you need "this magical product" or "this life-changing procedure" to make us beautiful. And for years we as women have been blindly following the trends in search of feeling beautiful, and fitting in. Without any thought as to the negative affects these things could have on our bodies.

There is SO much I could say here...but instead, I'll just give you this clip to watch.

And, refer you to THIS previous post of mine. 

I have partnered with Beautycounter to make it my mission to get safer products into the hands of EVERYONE. 

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Curious about Beautycounter ? Email me at motherhoodessentials1@gmail.com to request some samples + more info! 

MENTALLY

I am so thankful to be apart of this generation--the woke generation. The generation that is saying things like #timesup #metoo and #thistimeitspersonal .

The generation that is taking the the words "beautiful" and "pretty" and using them to describe women universally as opposed to just the ones who we grew up seeing on the cover of magazines. 

Today I listened to Oprah's Supersoul Conversations Podcast with Amy Schumer, and it was full of SO much goodness. She talked about her movie "I Feel Pretty" and it's message that confidence and true beauty come from within.

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You know the saying "beauty is pain"? The one that we've heard most of our lives, alluding to the fact that beauty comes at a price; a painful one? FORGET ABOUT IT. STOP SAYING IT. STOP THINKING IT. It's just not true. 

Now, I'm not saying that you should quit your morning work out routine because it's painful, or that you should never wax your eyebrows again because, let's be real--it HURTS. What I'm saying is, we need to stop telling ourselves that in order to BE Beautiful, we need to earn it by enduring some kind of pain. 

A saying I'm more keen on that I think every woman + person needs to know and believe is that "true beauty comes from within." You already ARE beautiful just the way you are. The makeup you wear, and the cosmetic procedures you choose should be to ENHANCE that beauty, not create it. 

Beauty should be good for you. Physically + Mentally. Ask yourself, does beauty have a positive role in  your life? If not--what are some changes you can make? 

Might I suggest-

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1. Swapping out your toxic-filled products for some clean beauty products with Beautycounter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Implementing some self love practices with meditation + gratitude practices. Try out these guided gratitude practices from The Alison Show. They're freaking AMAZING. (I'm kind of obsessed with her.)

 

 

 

Stay BEAUTIFUL. 

xx

Safer Beauty ?

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If you're here it's because-

1. You're my mom or grandma showing your undying love and support reading everything I post. (Thanks ma!)

2. You're a fellow mama in search of ways to give yourself and your family a cleaner + healthier lifestyle.

3. We went to high school together and you're just trying to see what exactly it is that I'm up to over here...

4. OR you stumbled upon this page because you're dying to know what safer + cleaner beauty is all about and how you can get in on the action. 

 

I'm hoping the majority of you find yourselves in the 1 & 4 categories. 

 

Regardless of WHY you're here, thanks for being here. 


 

Now let's get to it...

WHY safer beauty?

That's easy...why risk your health and well-being in the name of beauty? Why up your chances of becoming terminally ill, or exposing your little ones to chemicals and things that can have life changing affects on them? Simply put; why NOT!? 

WHAT is safer beauty? 

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Beautycounter is leading the conversation

The European Union has banned or partially restricted over 1,400 ingredients from personal care products. Canada, has less than 600. And the good ol' USA-- 30.

Beautycounter goes above and beyond what is legally required to ensure that the products work beautifully without compromising safety.

Every potential ingredient is screened for specific human health hazards like cancer, hormone disruption, and developmental toxicity. They consult with scientists and industry leaders working to develop safer formulas and even commission their own studies when there simply isn't enough data available.

Over 80% of the ingredients used are organic, natural, or derived from plants. The rest are held to the same rigorous standard of safety and performance. 

WHERE can I find safer beauty?

Obviously, I my safe beauty source is Beautycounter! And while I think they've got it going on when it comes to effective, safe, and high performing products...I think it's important for you to develop that opinion for yourself! Which is why I encourage everyone to do their research before following blindly. 

My favorite tool in my search for safer is- the EWG app! It's easy to use and breaks down the products you are using with the scan of a barcode! So you can know what's in the product BEFORE you leave the store! Check out more below!


Let's try an experiment,

Now that you're familiar with EWG, go ahead and search out your favorite beauty products and see what's inside. Then, give Beautycounter a search and compare. What did you find!? I'd love to hear the results!

Cleaning up with the Kardashians

Confession-

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I keep up with the Kardashians, and I love them. I'm a big fan of Khloe and her sense of humor...

 

 

 

but lately Kourtney's been at the top of my fave Kardashian/Jenner list and here's a big reason why:

 


Thanks to Kourtney, the conversation about clean cosmetics is reaching a wider audience than ever before, and people are finally becoming aware of the need to get the ball rolling and have some changes made.

I don't know about you, but I am done with compromising my health in the name of beauty, and so is Kourtney K. 

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Kardashian, who has three kids, said becoming a mom is what got her interested in the ingredients found in the products she and her family use. “As a mom, you really take so much interest in the products…I remember learning from my mom's friends that [many baby products] were not healthy at all,” Kardashian said at the briefing per People.

“Even going into a store to buy just about anything … you shouldn’t have to walk around aimlessly asking ‘Is this OK?’ ‘Is this not OK?’ Everybody should have the right to healthy products. I do feel like it’s time for Congress to do its job,” Kardashian said. --Fox News

I could not agree more, Kourt.


Here are some not so fun facts for you--

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Okay, so we know the cosmetic industry is corrupt and there is literal danger lurking around your local makeup store, so now what? For me, that's where Beautycounter comes in...

Beautycounter is on a mission specifically to get safer products into the hands of everyone. And you know what, they're doing it...and doing it well! 

 

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Not only does Beautycounter go above and beyond when it comes to regulating their products. (With over 1,500 ingredients banned from their products, and rigorous testing done), you're not only getting a SAFE product, you're getting a QUALITY product (like, high-end quality product!)

Like Kourtney, I too am on a mission to make some changes in the cosmetics industry and clean it up with the help of Beautycounter. 

Interested in learning more? CLICK HERE

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TOGETHER we can make beauty better! Shout out to Kourtney K for doing her part to help.

 

xx

In LOVE with Beautycounter--my top favorite products.

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As you may already know--I am IN LOVE with Beautycounter. The products, the mission, all of it. If you want to hear me gush about cleaning up your beauty with Beautycounter, check it out HERE. 

 

If you're ready to make the change + clean up your beauty my #1 recommendation is the Flawless in 5 set. It comes with all the basics you need to begin your journey towards cleaner beauty. 

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You get the Tint Skin foundation--which is my favorite Beautycounter product (the one that inspired my swap to cleaner beauty), concealer, mascara, blush + bronzer duo, and lipgloss. All the staples! Shop it here

As for the top 5 products I just could no longer do without--here they are: 

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1. TINT SKIN FOUNDATION. Already told you, it's my fave that inspired my swap to cleaner beauty. It's the perfect weight, and lasts all day. You can purchase on it's own, or with the Flawless in 5 kit! 

2. CHARCOAL CLEANSING BAR. This bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. It's AMAZING! 

3. POWDER BLUSH DUO. Love this staple that's also found in the flawless in 5 kit! Great colors, compact + easy to use! 

4. SEA SALT SPRAY. In search of something to give your hair a little volume and texture. This stuff is my GO TO. 

5.  PLUMPING + PEONY FACIAL MIST Love this refresher! It's ideal for prepping skin, setting make up, and refreshes skin throughout the day. 

There you have it, my top faves! Interested in giving them a try!? Good news: Beautycounter offers 60 day MONEY BACK guarantee! Yeah, you read that right. If my favorites aren't yours, send them back and get your money refunded. So what are you waiting for!?

CLEAN UP YOUR BEAUTY NOW! 

5 reasons why you need to CLEAN UP your beauty routine.

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There's a major shift happening in the world right now.

People are becoming more aware than ever before. Aware of social injustices, aware of better ways to manage health, and aware of the chemicals that have been finding their way into personal health products and food for far too long. In an effort to "clean up" my beauty and skin care routine for 2018, I was APPALLED at what I found in my research...

It is my intention to use this space I have created here on the internet to inspire others to live their best life, naturally. And I genuinely feel that in order to live your best life, you have to clean it up. Literally, and figuratively. In the literal sense, your skin care and make up products is a MUST on your list of clean up to-dos.

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Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin's absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. That's water. Imagine what it's absorbing of the chemical filled products your using daily...

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2. The United States has introduced over 80,000 chemicals since WWII and only 10% of those chemicals have safety data. So that means the other 90% of chemicals being added to our everyday products have little to no research done on them, and ZERO safety data collected. Terrifying.

3.  There are 1,400 chemical ingredients commonly used in U.S. skincare products that are banned in the European Union. In the U.S. there are only 30 chemical ingredients banned. THIRTY compared to ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED...the numbers just don't make sense. That right there made me want to dump out every U.S brand make-up product I own. 

4. There is a link between some of these chemicals and chronic health issues. (which, duh...) Toxic chemicals can mess with your hormones, potentially causing infertility, and many of the ingredients in conventional skin and beauty products have been linked to cancer. And these chemicals are being used on our bodies DAILY. 

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5. There is a complete lack of regulation and all the loop holes when it comes to the ingredients companies are allowed to use — and we put those ingredients on ourselves and our families each and everyday. If our government won't do it, it's time we make a stand and do it for ourselves and our families! 

 

Okay, now that you know WHY you need to clean up your beauty routine; here's HOW:

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BeautyCounter is on a mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone. Gregg Renfrew, BeautyCounter's founder and CEO said it best:

"Women have been asked to compromise their health and safety in the name of beauty for far to long."

BeautyCounter does a wonderful job in cleaning up their products and being transparent about what is in each product, all the while maintaining high quality product! You know the feeling when you're using an all natural product and  you have to convince yourself you love it because it's good for you? NOT with BeautyCounter! I fell in love with their make up products long before I even learned about the deeper beauty of their products with their high standards for cleaner beauty. 

Interested in learning more!? Leave your email address below or contact me at motherhoodessentials1@gmail.com . 

Let's clean up your beauty routine for a healthier + happier YOU! 

xx

 

 

Give me all the Mom Swag: Ford + Wyatt.

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I genuinely think being a mom is one of the most elite roles in this life. And as such, it's something to be proud of, something you may want to flaunt a little bit. And what better way to do that than with some Mom Swag!?

Yes, the occasional home-made jewelry piece or paper flower is a sweet sentiment and way to show off your little one's love + your devotion. But sometimes I like something a little more subtle and stylish. 

One of my all time FAVORITE "Mom Swag" brands is Ford and Wyatt! The shop is owned and run by an adorable mom in the PNW. The shirts are simple with fun phrases across the front like "Raising Legends" or "Mama Love".

And while they're super cute, they're also great quality! My tee has been through the tried and true "mom life test" (you know the one, messy hands grabbing at your torso, the accidental swipe of the red Crayola marker, etc.) and has passed! It's kept its color and size, and still feels great. It's an all time fave. 

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Ford and Wyatt has just RESTOCKED their shop so you're going to want to HURRY over and snag some mom swag for you + you mama bffs, AND even some swag for your kiddos because this shirt is all the heart eyes ------------------------->

SURPRISE! Who wants a discount code!? Enter "FWLOVE" at checkout for 20% off your order. 

Now hurry on over and                   GET YOUR SHOP ON! 

 

xx

Nordstrom Sale Faves for Mom + Babe

Obviously, this is not a fashion blog. I'm just a girl with a deep rooted love for shopping, sales, + Nordstrom. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my fave times of year because : It falls during my birthday, so my birthday $$ always goes a little further! And it means Fall is fast approaching, and Fall is my FAVE fashion season. So yeah, I LOVE THIS SALE.

Here are some of my fave picks for MOM: 

 

Here are some of my fave picks for BABE:

 

If you have a Nordstrom card RUN + get shopping the Early Access Sale (July 13th-20th). These items are going fast! 

Have some Nordstrom Sale faves of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!

xx K

Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide

So obviously, we here at Motherhood Essentials L O V E Mother's day! Here's a guide with all our favorite gifts for the mom in your life. Our favorite part about these gifts is that most of which are made by self employed, business owning, MOM BOSSES. Shop for mom by supporting a mom. YAY for moms everywhere! 

ILY Couture MOM LIFE IS THE BEST LIFE TEE. This tee is comfy, cute, and a fabulous addition to her "momiform" wardrobe! 

Sonnet James Dress. While a bit on the pricier side, these dresses are PERFECTION for a mom. Made especially with motherhood in mind, these dresses are flattering, practical and fun! 

doTERRA Spa Kit. Don't just get her a one time trip to the spa. Make it last and give her the choice to "spa day" at home! This kit comes with a cleansing, all natural clay mask, yummy sugar scrub & body butter. (Seriously this mama's FAVORITE doTERRA products in her home!) 

Made by Mary Necklace. For a personalized, sweet gift she'll love (and wear every day) the Made by Mary necklace options are endless. Get her a bar necklace with the names of the littles that made her a mama, or a disk necklace with the kid's initials. These necklaces are dainty and beautiful! 

Fawn Design Diaper Bag. These bags are all the rage in the world of motherhood right now. And we get why...they're amazing! Not only are they beautiful, they're functional. They don't look like your typical diaper bag...but they sure do function like one! 

Minted Photo Art. Tell mom you love her with a cute print from our favorite printing company Minted! We are kind of obsessed with their heart print. 

LetterFolk Board. For the mama who loves to express herself through words, the Letter Folk letter board is the perfect addition to any home and sure to be a gift mom will LOVE.

Gathre Mat. These mats are everything good for a mom. They are ascetically pleasing and easy to wipe/use. You can take them anywhere from a picnic at the park to a day at the beach. Or, use them in your home for playtime or snack time! This is a product at the top of my list this year!

For the oil loving mama in your life, here are some fun gift ideas she'll love! 

Lava Essentials Necklace. Simple, sleek, and sophisticated; the Lava Essentials line is the perfect choice for any minimalist mama! 

Whimsy and Wellness roller bottles + gem rollers. Not only are these roller bottles great for on the go oiling, they're also SO cute! 

Shop Oil Babe.  Because, every oil mama needs some swag.

Baggage & Co carrying case. Your oil mama will LOVE these carrying cases to keep her oils close when traveling.

Petal Diffuser. A great diffuser for a GREATER price! (an extra 10% off this month only!) 

Blooming Bath Gift Set. Because, the best way an oil mama can use her oils is to pamper herself for Mother's day, right!? 

 

And for those of you last minute gift-ers--thank goodness for Amazon Prime! Am I right!?