Granola Girl…that was my nickname for awhile. Who knew that I would come back around to embrace that nickname again. And this time with intensity. Many things, as you may know, have occurred this past year that has made me rethink what I see as “good for my family/me.” Watching various documentaries like “Food, Inc.,” “Forks and Knives,” and “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” I have become more aware of how much we are deceived into thinking a certain way. I feel like a veil has been lifted. So, a few things that have made our family a little bit weirder everyday: we are gluten free, dairy free, and now we have almost rid ourselves of all household cleaners, baby washes, commercial toothpaste (almost). There is so many bad things in those products. It's funny because I knew they had harsh chemicals that were horrible for you, but it never clicked that it would be bad for you after it dried or washed away. My job as a mom of three rambunxious boys and a curious girl is to protect them from harmful things from their environment, right?! So why am I putting things on the places they eat, walk, and play with chemicals?! In place of my previously beloved Comet and Method all purpose cleaner (yep, even that has chemicals that are proven to be cancer causing), I have gotten some good ol' Castile Soap and water. Pure vegetable based goodness. As far as Comet, you can switch it up with baking soda. So many toxins, so overwhelming, but so convicting to protect my family. Hope this spurs you onto investigate a little further into what you are eating, drinking, cleaning, spraying, storing, using. Here's to living up to my ol' nickname from school! Don't worry, I will still shave my legs and armpits. And just so you know, Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap can be used for pretty much anything: toothpaste, all purpose cleaner, shampoo, baby wash :
And just so you know if you are hesitant as I was in washing our clothes in the Castile Soap and baking soda, it is amazing. Our clothes are so soft and smell yummy…with no added detergents. So cool.