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My Favourite Toxin Free Products

I’ve talked a lot about making our household toxin free lately and have been slowly phasing out many of our day-to-day products. I admit, it’s not the easiest thing to do and it’s hard to break old habits. The other day I was telling my mom about the benefits I’ve seen since switching most of my makeup to safer products, but then I went and claimed my birthday gift from Sephora, which most definitely was not chemical free makeup. Mom asked why I would have picked that up, if I was focusing on using chemical free makeup. I didn’t have a good answer other than it was a force of habit and it’s hard to pass up free stuff. I’ve since given it away.

Alas, as I run out of regular products, they’re being replaced with more natural options and I thought I share with you some of my favourites.

Skincare, Hair Care, and Makeup

  1. Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar – this is all I use to remove makeup and cleanse my skin. It’s amazing at how clean my skin feels, without feeling tight and dry.
  2. Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – I had originally tried a different moisturizer from Beautycounter that didn’t work for me, I kept getting tiny pimples since I’m sensitive to coconut oil. This one hasn’t bothered me one bit and keeps my skin perfectly moisturized no matter the conditions.
  3. Rocky Mountain Soap Pomegranate Day Cream – I don’t usually need moisturizer in the morning, but if I do, this one is a great one to switch up from the Countermatch
  4. Rocky Mountain Soap Breakout Buster – pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Facial Mask – I use this about once a week or so to treat myself
  6. Neals Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm* – Made with organic orange essential oil and beeswax, this is perfect for those winter days when your skin is extra dry. It’s great for Liam too.
  7. Beautycounter Calendula Lip Conditioner – I love using this before bed and first thing in the morning to keep my lips nice and moisturized.
  8. Nelson Natural Activated Charcoal Toothpaste – I won this toothpaste in an Instagram giveaway and love it. Liam thinks it’s hilarious when I use it too. While not the tastiest, I definitely appreciate having a natural toothpaste that works well.
  9. Rocky Mountain Soap Tea Tree Deodorant – Natural deodorant is a difficult thing but this one has served me well for the most part. I still have days that are a bit iffy, but it’s the best natural deodorant I’ve tried so far.
  10. Rocky Mountain Soap Vanilla Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner – This shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair feeling clean and healthy and the smell is absolutely amazing.
  11. Beautycounter Skin Tint – I’m a huge fan of tinted moisturizers rather than full coverage foundations and this one is probably one of the best I’ve ever tried. It feels like silk and gives me the perfect amount of coverage, plus it’s buildable if I feel like some areas need a bit more. I also use Beautycounter blush and have a tube of concealer on order. As soon as my current tube of mascara is out, I’ll be switching that too. Really, I should have just bought the whole Flawless in Five kit.

Kid Stuff


  1. Tom’s of Maine Flouride Free Toothpaste – Liam loved this stuff when I switched him from a regular kids toothpaste so it’s safe to say the taste is kid approved
  2. Rocky Mountain Soap Root Beer Foaming Wash – This stuff smells amazing and I admit, I steal it more than I should.
  3. Rocky Mountain Soap Juicy Cherry Shampoo & Conditioner – see above, haha
  4. Honest Co Detangler – This stuff is awesome on tangled hair plus it smells amazing.

Household Products

  1. Vinegar – I used straight vinegar, or vinegar and baking soda to clean most things in my house.
  2. Honest Co Cleaning – I use Honest Co cleaning supplies for most everything else. I love their laundry detergent especially.
  3. Seventh Generation** – While I’m not a fan of this particular scent of liquid dish soap, I’ve been using Seventh Generation for years.

I know that I’m not perfect with the products I use and still have a way to go until my house is completely toxin free, but it’s a good start. I know that these choices are not the most cost-effective at time of purchase but I truly believe they will add years to Liam’s and my health by diminishing the amount of exposure to unregulated chemicals.

Tell me: What are your favourite natural products and companies?

*I received a complimentary sample of the Bee Lovely All Over Balm, however, all thoughts opinions are mine
** I received Seventh Generation liquid dish soap and laundry detergent in exchange for an honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
*** I’m not a Beautycounter consultant but Brie is, go order from her, or contact her with any questions! 

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4 Ways to Wear a Kimono with Urban Cowgirl Designs

4 Ways to Wear a Kimono

Kimonos have become a trendy wardrobe piece. I have a couple of beautiful kimonos in my closet that I usually pair with understated, mostly black clothing to allow the kimono to be the focus of the outfit. Let’s be real, I’m not that fashionable and have a difficult time coming up with unique looks. Kimonos can be so much more versatile so with a little fashion advice from a former fashion blogger friend, I’ve put together a few looks to give you a little inspiration when it comes to styling your kimono. And if you don’t have a kimono yet, what are you waiting for? I’m absolutely in love with the gorgeous kimonos from Urban Cowgirl Designs. They are buttery soft, perfectly crafted and sure to collect compliments with every wear. Better yet, Urban Cowgirl Designs was started locally (Lethbridge) by one gorgeous mama who hustles hard to create beautiful pieces to wear each season.

Work

A perfect layering piece for the office, wear your kimono in place of a blazer over a fitted dress, pencil skirt or skinny trouser with a pair of coloured heels. I kept my colours understated to let the kimono do the talking.

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4 Way to Wear a Kimono

Casual

Drinks with friends, a trip to the market, or chasing kids, a kimono goes great with a pair of shorts, or distressed jeans, graphic tee and casual shoes or sandals. Don’t be afraid to mix bold tees with feminine prints. Honestly, I never would have thought to pair graphic tees with printed layering pieces and I’m always far too nervous to mix my prints but I really loved these looks and have worn them a ton over the summer.

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Date Night

Whether you’re taking a romantic walk along the beach or taking in a movie, a pair of coloured ankle pants, a plain tee, and some strappy sandals set the mood for this romantic look.

4 Way to Wear a Kimono

Cover-Up

Whether you’re headed to the gym or hanging at the beach, or maybe even wearing something a little sexy at home, a kimono makes a great cover up. While I’m not one to care about workout fashion, I must say, I’m a big fan of wearing my kimono over my athletic wear!

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*I received my kimono from Urban Cowgirl Designs in exchange for this post, but as always, all thoughts and reviews expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies that continue to make this hobby of mine possible!

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Books I’m Loving For Summer

My reading slowed down for a few weeks, so I don’t have as much to report since last month. But since it’s summer and my summer holidays are right around the corner, I thought I would pop in to share some books to add to your summer reading list.

  • If you only read one book this summer, it has to be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I received an advance copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada and couldn’t get through it fast enough. If you’ve been tuning into my book posts for the last year, you’d know that TJR has become my number one favourite author. Her latest novel is nothing like her previous works, but equally as captivating. You will come to both love and hate Evelyn Hugo as she tells the story of her rise to Hollywood fame and the story behind each of her seven husbands. You’ll learn who her one true love was, and why she’s chosen a seemingly nobody journalist to tell her life story. The ending is like a punch in the gut, one you’ll never see coming.

  • Have you ever wondered if you’ve ever crossed paths with person you’re meant to be with? Gus and Tess met briefly on family holidays in Florence when they were teenagers. Both of their lives changed drastically after that day, with their paths crossing many times, before meeting again sixteen years later. Reminiscent of the novel One Day, Miss You by Kate Eberlen, is the perfect beach read. It’s not scandalous nor is it a page-turner, but it’s the perfect book to flip through while sipping your favourite summer drink and not worrying about much more than tan lines (or sun burns). I received an advance copy from Harper Collins.
  • On my summer to-be-read list is Sarah Jio’s Bungalow. I previously read Always by the same author, that was so much like One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and have been wanting to dive into another Sarah Jio novel to see how well it compares. Bungalow is said to be “a World War II saga of thwarted love, murder and a long-lost painting.”
  • I’m late to the party, but last on my summer reading list is Truly Madly Guiltily by Leane Moriarty.

I want to hear from you! What are your favourite beach reads or on your summer reading list this year? 

*Affiliate links have been used. I was given an advance copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from Simon and Schuster Canada and Miss you from Harper Collins. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this little hobby of mine.