Detox Your Skin, DIY Clay Face Mask

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“Your skin looks amazing!!” When’s the last time you heard that?!? If it has been awhile or your answer is never, you have to give this all natural DIY detox face mask ago.

Seriously, my skin has never felt so smooth!
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Ladies, let me introduce you to Bentonite Clay, the most effective and powerful healing clays. Here is how Mountain Rose Herbs describes Bentonite Clay – 

Bentonite is one of most popular clays and comes from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments here in the United States. Bentonite clay has been traditionally used to assist in mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays.

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. The clay works both internally and externally to detoxify. 

How to use bentonite clay to detox your skin

Bentonite clay has a negative electrical charge, which means it can bond with positively charged toxins in your skin. Some positively charged toxins are heavy metals, chemicals or pollutants in beauty products or your environment. 

Bentonite clay also helps remove impurities from your skin, making it an effective detoxifying mask. The clay itself can reduce inflammation of the skin, shrink pores, and exfoliate dead skin cells. The end result is smooth, detoxified skin.

Using bentonite clay is a natural way to detoxify your skin and eliminate any breakouts or blackheads. Making your own face mask is a sure way to avoid harsh or toxic chemicals going on to your skin.
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Using bentonite clay mask for your skin type

Bentonite clay is suitable for all skin types. Young, old, oily, or dry. I personally have dry skin that is breakout prone. Lovely, right?!

You can tailor your detoxifying mask to your own skin’s needs. I add in lavender oil for a relaxing, calming effect. If you have acne prone skin or breakouts, try adding tea tree oil to the mask. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial/anti-fungal that helps draw out acne causing bacteria. 

For anti-aging benefits, add in a few drops of clary sage oil or frankincense oil.
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My DIY face mask also has raw apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a natural Ph balancer for your skin. It also contains malic acid, which is an exfoliant. The magic acid gently removes dead skin cells, dark spots, scars, and even breakouts. 

DIY Bentonite Detox Face Mask

Here is a quick DIY recipe for a bentonite detoxifying mask. Add in essential oils that suit your skin’s needs. **It is very important that you do not use a metal spoon or bowl. The metal reacts with the clay and reduces it’s effectiveness.**
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1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay 
(I picked mine up at the health food store, but here are some you can buy online – here and here)

1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
2-4 drops essential oils (I use lavender)

– Mix all ingredients in a small, glass bowl until smooth paste forms.
-Apply the mask to clean skin evenly.
-Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
-Using a warm, wet wash cloth, remove the clay mask from your skin.

After I remove the mask, I use witch hazel or rose water as a toner and moisturize. My favorite moisturizer is Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream. Another great moisturizer for skin brightening is Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream

Use this mask once a week for maximum benefits! Enjoy!

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Magnesium, Why You Might Need It

Why you might need magnesium. After all, magnesium deficiency is one of the leading deficiencies for adults. it impacts about 80% of adults today.

Why you might need magnesium. After all, magnesium deficiency is one of the leading deficiencies for adults. it impacts about 80% of adults today.Why you might need magnesium.

It’s just one of those things I think is missing in some of our lives. Before I read up on magnesium, I had no idea HOW MUCH I actually needed it. After all, magnesium deficiency is one of the leading deficiencies for adults. it impacts about 80% of adults today. Here are some indicators, poor digestion, trouble sleeping, muscle spasms or muscle aches, and anxiety/anxiousness. Magnesium deficiency can also lead to migraine headaches, mood swings, increased PMS symptoms, or insomnia.

This article from Dr. Axe explains why magnesium deficiency is so common. “A few factors are at play: soil depletion that lowers the amount of magnesium present in crops; digestive disorders that lead to malabsorption of magnesium and other minerals in the gut; high rates of prescription medication and antibiotic use that damages the digestive tract to the point that magnesium cannot be absorbed and properly utilized from foods.”

Magnesium is extremely important for your metabolism, enzyme function, energy production and for balancing nitric oxide in the body.Here are some indicators, poor digestion, trouble sleeping, muscle spasms or muscle aches, and anxiety/anxiousness. Magnesium deficiency can also lead to migraine headaches, mood swings, increased PMS symptoms, or insomnia.

How do you know if you have a magnesium deficiency?

Here are some indicators, poor digestion, trouble sleeping, muscle spasms or muscle aches, and anxiety/anxiousness. Magnesium deficiency can also lead to migraine headaches, mood swings, increased PMS symptoms, or insomnia.

I personally take magnesium just before bed to help me get a good nights sleep, without feeling groggy in the morning. There are properties in magnesium that help promote relaxation and calm the brain. I take it at night also because it helps keep everything “moving” correctly in the morning. You know what I’m sayin’? Magnesium helps relax the muscles within our digestive tract, but it’s not like “run for the hills. OMG! I have to GOOOOOO!” type of movement.

Recently in pregnancy I have experienced more muscle aches and Charley Horses than ever before. Magnesium helps relax muscles.Here are some indicators, poor digestion, trouble sleeping, muscle spasms or muscle aches, and anxiety/anxiousness. Magnesium deficiency can also lead to migraine headaches, mood swings, increased PMS symptoms, or insomnia.

Where do you find magnesium?

Magnesium can be found in several different foods. Spinach, Swish chard, black beans, almonds, cashews, potatoes, pumpkin seeds, banana, avocado, and broccoli are some foods high in magnesium.

You can also take a magnesium supplement in pill form. You can research the proper dose for yourself. I take 200mg per day, but I have read you can take 300-400mg. You will want to find what works best for you. A sign of too much magnesium is a laxative effect, nausea, or cramping. 

You can find magnesium supplements at your local grocery store or health food store. The magnesium supplement I take is from Salary and you can find it here

In addition to magnesium, I love acupuncture to help me relax, help with my headaches, and stress.

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2 Pink Lines

To be honest, there were days I doubted if I would ever get to write a blog post like this. Those days were more recent of course, because growing up I never even knew the “m word” was a possibility.

Nick and I got married on September 25, 2015. We had talked before we got married that we would wait 2 years before we started to try for children. We wanted to experience life as newlyweds and we wanted to lay a sturdy foundation for our family. We wanted control and to call the shots. 🙂

Our plan kind of changed a little in May of 2016. We decided my body needed a rest from “the pill” and who were we to try to control so much of our lives. Looking back on it, I remember the conversation. It was so innocent and we had no idea what God had in store for us.

July 3rd, 2016 we saw 2 pink lines and joyfully laughed about the journey we were about to take on. I will give you the short version because I shared so much on this post and this post already. God had other plans for that pregnancy and on August 8th we would experience our first miscarriage around 8 weeks.
Heartbroken, but strong we picked ourselves and went back to life as we knew it. Looking back, we probably never truly grieved the loss we had experienced. We took a trip to Washington, we celebrated our first anniversary, and the holidays took over.

The holidays swept through our lives and January 2017 started our new year. We prayed for a family in the year 2017. As we dreamt about our family, we decided we would start looking for our first home. In all of the commotion of house hunting, those 2 pink lines appeared again on January 27th. House hunting was put on hold.

We would go on to see a heartbeat of our precious baby. Despite my gut saying “something is wrong”, I listened to the outside world say “this time is different”. It was different alright, but it was the same all together.

Our hearts would break again on February 24th when we were told that baby stopped growing. On February 28th we would lose our second baby.

I fell apart, retreated, questioned EVERYTHING I thought about myself. I doubted if I heard God’s “you will be a mother” correctly. I feared what was ahead and considered NOT trying again. I didn’t think I could take it on.

Our first due date came and went in the middle of grieving our second loss. I felt so lonely, even in the midst of everyone extending a helping hand.

I felt tremendous envy accompanied by guilt by the waves of pregnancy announcements in social media. The envy and guilt rollercoaster was overwhelming, to say the least. I finally turned it off for 30 days. I needed to heal.
We were told to wait 2 months before “trying” again. I became extremely focused on improving my health and reducing my stress. Acupuncture, changing things in our household, removing negative energies, focusing on God, and nourishing my body.

In May I decided I wasn’t ready yet and decided in June I would start a fertility cleanse. Put off “trying” for one more month. I was excited, I was in need of a cleanse. I was in need of relief. I felt like I needed a break from disappointment.

Here’s where it changed

On Sunday May 27th we attended church. During worship I closed my eyes to focus on the lyrics of the song.

“Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me….”

I can tell you what I was wearing that day. I can tell you where I was standing in our church. In that moment, eyes closed, I saw Jesus extend a child to me and connect a bright light to my womb.

In my head I just believed it was like all the other moments. I believed I created an image in my head of what I desired most, but it was a manmade vision. I continued on with my day without giving much thought to it. God had plans for that vision.

The following day… May 28th… we received 2 pink lines, again. Surprised, but comforted. My immediate reaction, before any fears set in was “this is it”. I remembered the moment the day before standing in church. I did my best to surrender and allow it all to sink in.

9 weeks

The weeks following were filled with weekly sonograms, HcG blood draws, and prescription progesterone. Everyone was hoping, fighting, and praying for this child.

There were fears and anxiety, but there was reassurance. I was scared, but I have a husband who is sturdy as a rock. Each week our sonograms would have more growth, a heartbeat, and slowly our little one would take shape. Slowly… I would realize this was different.

13 weeks

Faith… Hope… It didn’t come easy. It took effort. It took prayers.

In moments of doubt and questioning, I would see butterflies drifting through the sky. Days where God would deliver me a butterfly right in the middle of a mid-drive prayer. I knew… I still know… those are Heaven sent for reassurance. Because of that, butterflies have taken on a new significance in our household.

I’d remember that day in church where God so faithfully showed me He had heard our prayers. 

20 weeks

As my fingers type, my belly is popping with the movement of our little bear at 22 weeks. More than halfway to holding this child in our arms.

God works in the most mysterious ways. When He wants our attention, He will get it however He sees fit. Heartache isn’t forever and as cliche as it sounds, there is always a reason. It hurt. It hurt more than I can describe, but God needed to pull us closer.In the real world, a beautiful & bright rainbow follows a storm & gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison. A rainbow baby is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Our double rainbow baby is such a blessing!

We are anxious for the arrival of 2018 and for the arrival of our precious child. I pray daily that God keeps His safe hand on our baby. I am grateful for the growth I was forced to do over the last year. I can’t imagine my life without the heartache and chaos. I can’t imagine who  WE would be without it.

I would by lying if I said that I didn’t have fears or concerns. I try to focus on Who is in control. Each week brings us closer.

If I am going to be able to teach our children how to love God and trust God always, it’s going to have to start with me… right now. Every day is a new opportunity to strengthen my faith.

At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.
– Isaiah 60:22

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Dear Mother Who Miscarried

A letter to the mother who miscarried and a poem from our little angels.

A letter to the mother who miscarried and a poem from our little angels.Dear Mother Who Miscarried –

I write these words from the sincerest place in my heart.

A place of knowing exactly where you are. A place of wonder, hurt, and sadness.

To the mother that miscarried, I am sorry for your loss.

I am sorry for the hurt and pray for comfort.

I pray that the world around you and the people around you are both gentle and supportive.

It’s okay that you don’t know where to pick up at. It is okay that you’ve grown weak. It is okay that you have grown distant and want some quiet.

It is also okay that you are afraid of the quiet, because that’s where your mind starts to wander.

It feels lonely, but know you aren’t alone.

I will tell you, the days get easier. There will come a day when you stop questioning everything you did. There will come a day when you can pick yourself back up and smile again. There are brighter days. They won’t come suddenly, but they will come.

Give yourself permission though to feel these moments. It is okay.

For me, it took time. The fitness guru, the girl who ate healthy, that all went out the window. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to feel sad and to wonder.

There will be a day where you forgive God. There will be a day where you accept that you didn’t cause this. I hope that day comes sooner than later, because it is oh so true.

You are not alone, but I know there are no words that can make the hurt fade instantly. I pray one day soon the clouds start to fade away and your smile softly returns. I pray that one day your story and this storm become healing to another woman.

For now, I simply pray for comfort.

The poem below was shared with me while I was grieving our second miscarriage. My first read, I couldn’t finish it. However, as time went on it brought me comfort.A letter to the mother who miscarried and a poem from our little angels.

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Why Your Laundry Might Be Toxic!

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household. Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going green

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household.  Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going green

Laundry, you either love it or hate it. Finish a load of wash, throw it in the dryer, and in go these little white sheets for softness.

Dryer sheets were something I never thought twice about. We’d use anywhere from 2-5 in every load of laundry. In fact, I used them for more than the dryer. Stinky trash can? Dryer sheets. Stinky car? Dryer sheets.

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household… and I am not “just being dramatic”.

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household.  Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going green

What’s the deal with dryer sheets?

Currently the Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require dryer sheet manufacturers to list actual ingredients, including chemicals used in fragrance blends. Even if there are ingredients on the box, they typically aren’t all listed. So what’s the result?

That box of Bounce dryer sheets or generic brand fresh scent dryer sheets are full of arcinogens, hazardous pollutants, and endocrine disruptors. Endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) are chemicals that can alter hormonal signaling and have potential effects on developing reproductive and nervous systems, metabolism, and cancer (Colborn et al. 1993).

In a 2016 study, it was found that 12.5 % of the population reported health problems from the scent of laundry products.

Fragranced products have been associated with a range of adverse health effects, such as migraine headaches, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, mucosal symptoms, and contact dermatitis.

Some other facts about those innocent sheets of floral sunshine –
Forty-four percent of scented laundry products tested spewed at least one carcinogenic hazardous air pollutant. Some of these include acetaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde.

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household.  Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going green

In a study focusing on hormone disruptors and asthma triggers in everyday products, Silent Spring Institute researchers found dryer sheets contained some of the highest concentrations of harmful fragrance chemicals.

Even those free and clear dryer sheets can have toxic chemicals lingering. Because remember, companies are not required to list ALL ingredients on the packaging for dryer sheets.

If you’ve been following along for the last several months, you know that I am obsessed with finding hormone/endocrine disruptors to eliminate in our home. After all of the research, I had to find an alternative to these sheets of softness. 

So what’s the alternative?

Wool dryer balls! Wool dryer balls are just that, balls of wool. They are a natural fiber alternative to both dryer sheets and rubber dryer balls.

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household.  Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going green

Dryer balls work by separating laundry in the dryer so that air can circulate more evenly and efficiently.  The dryer balls find their way in-between the articles you put in the dryer to dry. They work by separating and moving through the fabrics with their weight.

That space dryer balls make between the fabrics can actually save you time. You can decrease your drying time by about 30-50% because the space created by the dryer balls allows for more air to circulate through the load. Savings on electricity AND reducing your exposures to toxins? I will take it!

The wool dryer balls natural soften the fabrics in your load, reduce wrinkles, and naturally reduce the static cling in your laundry.

Wool dryer balls can be used for about 1,500+ laundry loads, which means you will save money by not buying those boxes of disposable dryer sheets.

Missing your April Showers and Lavender Fields scents? Scenting your dryer balls is simple and natural, too. Using 100% essential oils on the outside wool is a great way to add a fresh scent to your load. My personal favorite is lemon, but you can use lavender, orange, or even pine.

That was until I found out that dryer sheets are one of the MOST toxic products we use in our household.  Natural alternatives for dryer sheets. Going greenDryer balls are not only a great, non-toxic addition to your laundry, they will save you money in the long run. They are fairly inexpensive too! Which is something I LOVE!

Here is where you can find wool dryer balls without breaking the bank:

Kintor New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls
Heart Felt Wool Dryer Balls
Pure Homemaker Wool Dryer Balls 

I LOVE our wool dryer balls. I simply throw them in to the dryer with each load of laundry. When I am unloading the load, I take them out, and throw them back in the dryer for the next load. They’re really that simple!

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