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I have a secret to share and honestly I’m feeling a little guilty about it, but isn’t that always the case when you return to a habit that you once worked so hard to quit? Well I’ve given up on being a quitter, the feeling of doing it is just to good… so here goes… my big secret…

I Poo’d…

Yep… It’s official I am no longer No-Poo

After five long months pouring diluted baking soda on my head each time I took a shower I’ve finally had enough!

Now for those of you who don’t know what No-Poo is it’s a pretty simple concept where instead of using shampoo and stripping your hair of its natural oils every day or so, you instead use a combination of water, baking soda, and vinegar to wash and condition your locks once or twice a week.

Why would anyone in their right mind give up shampoo for a glorified baking agent? You may find yourself wondering… Well honestly it’s WAY better for the environment, and in the long run a lot of people believe it’s better for your body because you’re no longer overproducing oils to replenish your scalp after each shampooing.

But India, Why would you stop if it’s so good for you and the world? You ponder quietly to yourself, riveted to your computer screen waiting on my every word (a girl can dream can’t she)

Honestly I started because I was looking for something natural and toxin free to use on my hair so that when my precious little daughter snuggled close she wouldn’t be exposed to anything that might be harmful or possible irritating to her skin, and I stuck with it for a while and I would have stuck with it forever if not for one tiny factor…

There is no… N – O…. NO… satisfaction in taking a shower without the LATHER; the thick soapy, sudsy, soft mess of bubbles that coat your hair and fingers. That satisfying tickle as foamy freshness trickles down your spine. It’s pure unadulterated Bliss and I’ve deprived myself for far too long. So today as I slip off my day and step into the bath toy filled expanses of my shower I leave the baking soda behind and reach for a beautiful bottle of shampoo – cruelty and toxin free of course.

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Yep, you read correctly, I wash my face with oil and it’s one of the best natural beauty remedies I have ever tried!

A few weeks ago I decided to go No-Poo and after a daunting and greasy first week I have experience wonderful, luscious, happy hair that only needs to be “washes” about every 6 days, but giving up shampoo wasn’t enough. I wanted more, I wanted to trade out any product I could for a more natural way of self maintenance and that’s when I stumbled across the SimpleMom post on Oil Face Wash.

After reading all about it I learned that you can cleanse your face with natural oils instead of stripping it with harsh soaps, and surprisingly enough it doesn’t make your skin greasy at all, in fact it left my skin feeling perfectly balance and I no longer have any need for a moisturizer!!!

It’s super easy too. All you do is gentle massage your oil of choice into the skin on your face, followed up with a hot damp towel to open your pores, then you just use the towel to gentle remove the oil and there you have it, wonderful clean skin with a product that you most likely keep in your kitchen. If you read the article on SimpleMom it has advice on how to mix oils to make the perfect blend for your skin type.

Just like any other change in facial routine switching to oil is first going to make your skin break out as it draws any impurities to the surface, but after a week or two I started to really notice clearer skin with a large downsizing in blackheads, and I haven’t gotten a new blemish in a week!

 

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I started a baby journal when I first learned I was pregnant. It was short lived and only has a few entries, but I found it today and wanted to share some of the words I wrote to her with all of you.

August 11th, 2010 – 12weeks 5days

Dear Baby,

The things I find myself wanting from life are so very different than they used to be. I no longer feel the need for a large house and a new car, but I instead long for experiences with you and your Father; a small cabin in the woods with a dog and a goat, watching bugs crawl across the floor in the living room with you and I giggling together as our puppy tries to eat them up, playing outside and teaching you about nature, mud pies and flower cakes, fresh veggies and the smell of ripe blackberries in the sun, cold rainy days spend by the fire reading books and playing games with you and your Daddy, being happy just to be alive and near the ones I love. What sweet happiness one could have with so very little.

Sometimes it’s nice to look back and be reminded of the things that were most important. I’d forgotten how deeply I felt about just having the simple things in life, and enjoying the moments made with my family over the things I can(or can’t) buy at the store. Today I am grateful for the things I have, and that’s a wonderful way to start the day!

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I spend a lot of time thinking about parenting, thinking about the best possible way to be the best possible mother I can be. I’ve chosen a much more natural version of parenting than is commonly seen in America, but I feel confident in it all the same. Parenting is something that should be done from the heart, and the decisions you make for your child should be the kind of decisions you can stand behind.

I am a strong believer in parenting from the heart. As a human female I already posses all the tools I need to take care of my new baby strictly based on instincts alone, but we live in a modern society where we’ve out thought our basic human instincts, and for the sake of living in a modern world some adjustments must be made, but those adjustments don’t have to compromise my values, and whether it’s to my benefit or detriment  as a mother the abundance of commerce in today’s world has made so many choices available when it comes to the quality of products I can choose to put on and near my child.

We’ve chosen to cloth diapers our baby for comfort and to minimize our contribution to the already overflowing landfills on this planet, but my main motivation for them is because it’s what I’d rather wear, and if put into my little Sweet Pea’s shoes (well… booties?) it’s no questions that I’d rather have some nice soft fabric against my new to the world heiny than some chemically conspicuous plastic disposable against my fresh young skin, and that’s just what seems most “natural” to us, so it’s what we do.

Together my Husband and I have made the choice to raise our daughter as naturally as possible, and by naturally I don’t mean keeping EVERYTHING 100% organic and chemical free (Though a lot of things we use are) I mean naturally in terms of our Nature.  Following our instincts as human beings, and doing what comes most simply to us as her parents.

I apply the same general theory to all of my parenting concepts; I simply ask myself “If I were a brand new baby-person in this world, what would make me the most comfortable and secure?” and then I do it. Now it may not always work, or it may not be the correct answer for the situation, but in order to find good solutions and create good practices as a parent you have to start somewhere, and where better to start than to look inside yourself and do for your baby what you would want done for you.

I will make so many mistakes because parents… no… people make mistakes, lots and lots of mistakes, but mistakes made out of love and an attempt to do the best things possible are the kind of mistakes you should (and can) be proud of. So as I embark on my journey into the unknown world of parenting I am grateful to know that I do not stand alone, but that the knowledge of those who came before me rests somewhere in my DNA, and the knowledge of those who come with me rests right here… on the internet.

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