Product Shout Out: Earthbath

Product Shout Out: Earthbath Dog Shampoo

This ones for the pet lovers ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿฑ

We have two 11 year old bichon havanese mixes named Cotton and Gizmo. Over the years I have tried many shampoos for them and honestly never found one worth recommending. They either had bad ingredients, smelled terrible, didn’t lather enough, or just simply felt disgusting. Finally, I found a shampoo that is so good I can end my search!

Earthbath products are totally natural, non toxic, paraben and sulfate free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. Their products are made in the USA with human-grade ingredients and pure essential oils, with no artificial colors or fragrances. And, they never use soap in their shampoos, which can dry skin and remove necessary skin oils. The lather is so good that my dogs baths take half the time and I use a third of the shampoo I normally would. This is a good find for me since Cotton likes to roll in poop multiple times a week ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ

Anyone have any other better-for-you animal products you can recommend?

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – my thoughts

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – take a stand and help prevent this horrible disease.

Since starting this group I have tried to stick to posting positive, helpful information about my journey to clean living, but to be honest, in this day in age it can be hard to avoid the negative topics. No matter how scary the facts are I feel that by not sharing the truth I would be doing you a disservice. This is why while I try to keep it light and educational, there are of course times when I am the bearer or bad news. Some of the information in the images below are jarring, but they are real and it is of the utmost importance that they are shared. The more people see these truths the harder it is to ignore. The concept of “ignorance is bliss” is widely embraced these days because deep down everyone knows how corrupt our system is. When corporate greed comes before public health it can seem like it’s too big a problem for any one person to change. For that reason i understand when people shut down and say “everything will kill you, what can you do?” I felt that way too until I realized we are in fact able to make the fight a personal one and in doing so help drive change. This is exactly the reason I began my Beautycounter business. It is true that if everyone made small changes it would lead to big results and we are seeing that first hand. There has been a major shift in the market that is obvious to everyone. Think about how many more options you now have for organic foods and safer personal care and cleaning products. The more we support companies that care the easier it will be for like-minded organizations to emerge. For me, becoming a Beautycounter consultant affords me the ability to support a company whose very foundation was built around the mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. The work our CEO, Gregg Renfrew, and top executives do in Washington to try to affect change and fight for more health protective laws to be enacted to protect consumers is inspirational and monumental. Being part of that is truly amazing.

Being that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to take a stand if you haven’t already. If you take a moment to read the following images and really think about what they are saying I am certain you will be moved to action. Your health, the health of our future generations and our planet is being threatened and you have the power to help change that. When trying to help be careful of companies that “pink wash”, which is the common practice of using the pink ribbon emblem in an effort to raise money for a cure (often VERY small amounts are actually donated), but simultaneously selling products linked to causing the disease. Instead, find companies that are trying to prevent this disease before it starts by committing to not using harmful ingredients that have been linked to breast cancer and other cancers and diseases.

Beautycounter supports the Breast Cancer Fund which focuses on PREVENTION of this devastating disease. Help us educate on the importance of prevention and host a Beautycounter Social Gathering of friends and family in October. I will donate a portion of all sales to The Breast Cancer Fund.

Of course, if you want to go a step further you can talk to me about joining Beautycounter and spreading our mission, passion and knowledge.

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Multiple posts combined – How to choose chicken, Create fall smells, Pinch of turmeric a day, Avocado oil & Natural cough remedy

October 5th: Natural Cough Remedyย Video

It’s that time of year.. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค’


October 4th: Avocado Oil Benefits: Healthier than Coconut Oil?

I bought avocado oil months ago on a whim and have really been enjoying it. I made my kids chicken for dinner tonight, which I made with avocado oil, turmeric, Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and they loved it. I have been using it to roast veggies for myself as well. I love that it is healthful like coconut oil, but without the slight taste of coconut. This article goes into detail about the many benefits. One thing that I found interesting was under the “Here’s Why” section where it says “even low doses of avocado oil increased absorption of carotenoids but as much as 15x! This means that adding even a tiny amount of avocado oil to a salad improves the bodyโ€™s ability to increase absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein”.

Anyone currently loving avocado oil or have recommendation for any other type? I’m liking toasted sesame oil in my cauliflower fried rice too.

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October 3rd:ย This is What Happens to Your Memory When You Eat a Pinch of Turmeric Every Day

When I learned about the vast benefits of turmeric I began taking it as a supplement daily. The problem is I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate it daily for my kids because I thought you must need to eat a lot of it in order for it to be effective. Once I put in more than a pinch it was detectable to their superhuman toddler taste buds that despise sauce let alone a strong, bitter spice. After reading this article a couple weeks ago I began adding a a small amount into their food daily and they haven’t noticed. I am thankful for having learned that all I need to add is a pinch and now I add it to things like eggs, mac & cheese and soup. This article focuses the memory boosting benefits of turmeric, but there are so many more. Check out this articleย by Dr. Axe too to learn more.

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October 1st: How to Create Fall Smells Naturally

I love this so much! Doing it right now. I have been boiling ground cinnamon for years after seeing my best friends mom boil cinnamon sticks growing up. It’s such an intoxicating smell ๐Ÿ˜

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September 30th: How to choose the healthiest chicken from the Food Babe

Some great information. Especially the part about how to decode labels.๐Ÿ—

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Product Shout Out: Chewie Fruities, Forest Gummies, Yummy Earth Worms & Lollipops

Another Product Shout Out: Chewie Fruities by Torie & Howard, Black Forest Gummy Bears and Yummy Earth Worms and Lilollipops

My kids love gummy and chewy candy, which obviously doesnโ€™t thrill me. I hate the idea of them eating this candy because itโ€™s definitely the least healthy option candy-wise. Not only is it bad for your teeth and high in refined sugar, which has no nutritional value and is extremely processed, but these sticky candies are also loaded with artificial dyes (such as yellow #5 and red #40, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children and contain carcinogenic compounds), preservatives, corn syrup, additives and more. That said I do give it to my kids on occasion because I donโ€™t want to completely deprive them in fear that they could become closet gummy worm fiends. In order to do this in the healthiest way possible (for an admittedly unhealthy snack) I choose to purchase organic gummy and chewy candy instead of the big name brands that are loaded with junk. I figure while their teeth may still suffer at least they wonโ€™t be ingesting harmful chemicals in the process. We tried a bunch of gummy bears, but our favorite brand is Black Forest Gummy Bears. For a starburst swap and they absolutely love Torie & Howardโ€™s Chewie Fruities, which I must say are seriously yummy. For worms we go for the Yummy Earth brand, which is the same brand we use for lollipops. I get the bears at BJ’s and the chewies, worms and lollipops at Whole Foods. ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ

Any other candy swaps you can share with me? We havenโ€™t found a good M&M substitute yet, but it might be because we were busy ruining our teeth trying out all these chewy candies ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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Product Shout Out: Hilary’s Veggie Burgers

Product Shout Out: Hilary’s veggie burgers

I have been a vegetarian for 25 years, but anyone who knows me well knows I’m probably the worst vegetarian ever! I despise mushrooms and peppers and only like onions when they are caramelized. I try to eat healthy and organic (obviously), but that doesn’t always equate to eating low calorie and fat. Since I’m currently trying to shed some pounds I have been focusing on keeping full by having wholesome meals and snacking much less. One meal I love to have is a veggie burger and fries. My favorite ever is BurgerFi, which is the best veggie burger in the universe! Sadly though it is most definitely not low fat, so I have been making my own at home. I absolutely love having the Hilary’s burgers with cheese on top – because I believe cheese makes everything better (a definite downfall lol). It’s super healthy, very yummy and extremely filling. It is great for people with allergies as it is certified gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, yeast-free, soy-free, corn-free, sugar-free, and nut-free. It’s also certified vegan (before I put my cheese on) kosher, non-GMO verified and made with ingredients like coconut oil and organic grains and vegetables. The company is also focused on sustainability and is a B corporation like Beautycounter. For those who are unsure of what a B Corp is – they are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. These veggie burgers taste amazing and my 2 year old even eats it with me! I buy mine at Whole Foods and cook it on a ceramic pan. Enjoy! ๐Ÿค—

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Final vacation – multiple FB posts including: Vegetable storage tips, 10 grocery items to never buy, the Senate holds hearing on cosmetics safety reform, how to regrow lettuce, Moringa, reader question – kids cough meds & Star rewards chart obsession

Sorry for all the combined posts! I will not be traveling for a while and I will be posting daily again. Enjoy these posts from my Facebook group form while I was away:

9/20/16 –ย Good tips ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‘

9/21/16 –ย Great info. Loving the food babe posts lately!

10 Grocery Store Items You Should Never Buy Again (Plus the good alternative swaps!)

9/22/16

Very exciting news!

In May, Beautycounter sent 100 women to Capitol Hill, where they urged Congress to hold a hearing on cosmetics safety reform and today the Senate is holding it’s first hearing on the state of the beauty industry!

Being part of Beautycounter is not just about selling high performing, safer skincare and cosmetics, it’s about making the world a better place! We all deserve better and Beautycounter is making sure of it!!! So proud to be part of such an important social mission and movement! Let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
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9/23/16 – This is very cool! ๐ŸŒฑ

9/24/16 – Moringa

How did we not know about this? Read this article and watch the video and you’ll see why we all need moringa in our lives! Beyond impressive ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿค—

Breaking Study: This Green Herb Could be the Cure to 5 Different Types of Cancer Including Ovarian, Liver, Lung and Melanoma

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9/25/16 – France bans plastic cups and cutlery

9/24/16 – Reader question:ย Hi Stacy- any recommendations on children’s cough syrup that tastes good!!!

Answer:ย We used to use zarbees, which I think it one of the safest options and the kids loved it. I use doterra essential oils now (cypress for coughs), but still have a stock of zarbees – wish you were closer I would share! I use the cough syrup + mucus with dark honey (so not for babies under 1) and also the nighttime cough syrup + mucus and it knocked my kids out! It has melatonin.
All zarbees products have no dyes, drugs, alcohol, artificial flavors or sweeteners and are gluten-free. They have it at CVS. I hope whoever is sick is on the mend quickly ๐Ÿค’

If they dont like the honey taste check out Similasian (with the elephant on the box/bottle) for a more fruity taste.

9/26/16 – Parenting Obsession – Star Rewards Chart!

Parenting obsession: Star Rewards Chart! โญ๏ธ

Today I was talking with a friend and telling her about how well the star rewards chart we use works for our boys. It’s seriously a game changer. It’s an amazing tool that gives me a way to provide frequent and meaningful positive reinforcement as well as an impactful punishment when needed.

To get started I bought a star chart with dry erase so I can easily change the behavioral goals to represent what we need to work on based on their age and developmental stages. Then I began by explaining that for every five stars earned they would receive a reward. I took them with me to the store and told them which items were under $6/ea and let them pick their own gift. I made a big deal whenever they got stars, which made them excited about the whole concept. After they understood how it works and were into it I changed it to 10 stars, then 15, then finally 20. I made it a high number because I like to be able to give lots of positive reinforcement to really drive the concepts home. After about a month of using it solely for praise I began to use it as a corrective measure as well. I threaten to take a star away if they are acting up and it works better than any punishment ever! I rarely even have to follow through and take stars away. I do reserve taking stars away for really bad behavior so that it remains primarily positive. I also made it known that they do not automatically receive a star every time they achieve one of the behavior goals. I don’t want them to start working me and cleaning just to get stars! I give it to them randomly, but frequently to keep them excited and eager to please.

To give you an example of some of our behavioral goals I have attached a picture of our board. These change often. For instance, I used to do one for going to bed on time, but that’s not an issue anymore. Additionally, I had one for potty training the little dude, but I’m happy to say we are done!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Does anyone else use a chart? Any feedback?

PS- Thank you to my friend Melissa for urging me to do this a year ago! Life saver!

Here is a link to the chart found on Amazon

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Beautycounter Media Love

More awards and media spotlight ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–

Beautycounter’s Lengthening Mascara wins the award in Allure’s Best of Beauty 2016

Beautycounter’s Peppermint Lip Balm receives Glamour’s Beauty Award for best natural product in 2016

Beautycounter’s limited time partnership with Target featured in VOGUE magazine!! Swoon! ๐Ÿ˜

I would be happy to send you samples and talk to you about which products suit your needs. Check out my site atBeautycounter.com/stacykeener

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๏ปฟ๏ปฟLife hack: Pass on the lice!

Life hack: Pass on the lice!

Of all the notes to get from school I would say that the “there is a case of lice in the building” announcement is the most unwelcome and panic inducing. Despite being relatively harmless these these parasites will cause you to spend countless hours and dollars trying to kill them and prevent their spread while you frantically itch yourself and feel completely grossed out. I recently found out that these creepy little blood suckers hate melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil and that it can be used not only as a very successful and safe way to treat an infestation (see image below for protocol), but also as a preventative measure to ward them off. Take a look at the easy ways I have incorporated this amazing oil into our lives to help prevent lice from using my kids heads as a breeding ground.

PREVENTATIVE:

Add it to your kids shampoo:
Add 10 drops melaleuca oil per every 8oz of shampoo.

Make a spray:
Add 15 drops melaleuca, 5 drops lavender and 5 drops rosemary to 2oz water in a small, glass spray bottle and spritz on kids before they leave for school.

Let me know if I can help you get started using doTERRA’s trusted essential oils by sending me a message.

* note: there are multiple different protocols for every ailment – the image below calls for clove oil where I was told to use rosemary and lavender. Both will work!

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Reusable Snack Bag Love

With two young kids you could sometimes mistake me for a walking vending machine. I have food in my car and bag at all times to stave off meltdowns. Between meals I give them as many organic, healthy snacks as possible. It’s important for me to be stocked up otherwise we end up grabbing food wherever we are and it’s not always healthy and certainly not organic. Apples are the single most important item for us to never forget when we are on an outing. I have been carrying my cut apples in my Itsy Ritzy Snack Happens bags for 4.5 years instead of using plastic and I used to love them until I tried the Bumpkins brand, which I love even more! They are both waste reducing, reusable, eco friendly alternatives to plastic baggies and are machine washable. I like Bumpkin better because they clean and dry way easier and faster due to the fact that they are single ply rather than layered. It also looks like they will hold up better in the long run with less staining. They are made from BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalate and lead free fabric.

Side note – I don’t keep dry snacks in these bags like cereal, chips, crackers, or pretzels because it’s not airtight, so they do go stale rather quickly, but for food like carrots, string beans, cucumbers, apples, sandwiches, etc. – it’s perfect. While not airtight they still do not leak or spill, which is nice! I also use them as pouches in my bag for non-food items to help with organization – they are very multipurpose! They are great for adults who bring food to work too!

There are so many different versions of these bags popping up in stores and online. I am excited to try the Lunchskins version I included in my first Might Nest order. Does anyone have any other brands you can recommend?

 

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