Happy Wednesday! It has been a while since I sat to write a post. I decided to combine two posts into one, because they are directly related to each other. I will try not to get overly passionate and make this blog longer than it needs to be…
First, my theme word for this year is CARE. Both to care more, and practice more self-care. Caring more, to me, will mostly be in the area of my children. I hope it will look like;
- More patience
- When the kids are upset, try and understand the root of their frustration
- Respond in love
- Take time to listen, less time to respond
- Care about their passions and interests
- Continue to invest into them
My goals for self-care are;
- Don’t overfill the calendar
- When asked to take on a commitment, think “Can I afford to lose sleep during that time?” (I am a planner. It keeps me awake at night.)
- Take time to listen to podcasts that use the Word of God and inspire growth
- Spend time in God’s Word daily
- Eat healthy and make good choices
- Make marriage and time with Cam a priority
- Pay attention to my heart, use Proverbs 4:20-27 as my guide
If I seem more prepared than usual, its because I had an entire plane ride to write these thoughts out 😀 . Reading over this list again reminds me of all that I need to work on, but it also inspires me to continue on some of the progress that I have made! Not a bad way to end February.
Next, and far more fun…The products that I am currently loving! Each one is something I use frequently, and so they tie into my own self care. I will note before I begin that I was not asked to write about any of these products, and paid out of pocket for them all. Nothing is a promotional item.
I picked up this shampoo and conditioner from Hannas Seeds yesterday, but it is already my most favourite set that I have ever used. The scent instantly makes me feel like I am at a luxury spa, and my hair is very soft. My kids have been using Rocky Mountain Soap on their bodies for a few months already, and I am so glad I took the plunge for myself!
Note: Did you know that kids absorb more toxins than adults? Their skin is thinner and their bodies are smaller. Google the topic to learn more! It is why I switched to Rocky Mountain Soap Co for them, and I have been very pleased with the pump top bottles that control how much the kids use. I haven’t replaced any of the bottles yet!
By picture two, you are probably catching on to my theme here. Toxin free deodorant is becoming very popular. I am aware of the link between Alzheimers and aluminum, and that has pushed me to find a healthy way to smell better. I actually struck out many times on different brands, and mostly just made my own deodorant which left me with rashes from too much baking soda. But then Facebook pointed me in the direction of Native Cos, and I haven’t looked back! This deodorant ACTUALLY works. The coconut vanilla is my favourite. I have signed up for a subscription that mails me a new stick every two months. Signing up for a subscription saves you about $2 per bar, plus you don’t have to remember to order more. I chose to go with every other month shipping because I don’t go through a bar a month. I still have some left from two months ago and just got another bar. I am okay with this!
You had to guess that one thing I am loving is chocolate, right?! I work at Chocolates By Bernard Callebaut, owned by Cococo Chocolatiers. It is far superior to any chocolate I have had, and they don’t use any artificial preservatives. But thats not even why I am loving it so much right now.
See that little green frog in the middle? Thats a symbol for the Rainforest Alliance. Our company worked hard to attain that amphibian on our chocolate. Why does it matter? Because deforestation is a problem, which would lead to no more chocolate. But that isn’t even the saddest part. One of the worst industries for using child labor is the harvesting of cocoa pods. Read that over and over. Its horrific, its real, and it is likely happening in every piece of chocolate that you are consuming that does not support fair trade. A.k.a, cheap chocolate. Hershey’s, Nestle, Mars – they are guilty. As I started to research the topic more, my heart broke. I decided right then that I could not give my children chocolate that came at the hands of someone else’s child. Think of your 12 year old climbing up a ladder to chop down a cocoa pod with a machete, then having to reach the ground again and strike that pod with that same knife to open it. Cheap chocolate still comes at a price, and thats not a price I want to pay. If you want more information, here is one article that I read.
Because Westcoast Africa relies heavily on its cocoa industry, it is hard to know if even your fair trade chocolate has come from a sustainable farm with good ethical practices. However, these organizations are working hard to change things, and buying chocolate from Chocolates By Bernard Callebaut makes me feel like I am helping the change, instead of furthering the child labor problem. I can deal with that!
Finally, the most shocking product for this matcha-loather… My very own bag of green tea powder. I attended a tea tasting for a friend who was beginning to sell Steeped Tea. I assured her that I do not drink hot drinks of any kind, I am not a fan. She told me to come anyway, and I am so glad she did! Green tea has huge benefits, and consuming it in powder form is a much better way to get those benefits than to drink it as a tea. The downside? Matcha tastes like rabbit food. It even smells like rabbit food. However, Steeped Tea does something different. They flavour it! They also recommend that you add it to orange juice. That is how I first tried the coconut matcha green tea – mixed with some OJ. It was actually quite nice, and I bought a bag that afternoon. I also bought a stainless steel shaker, which I now use to blend my smoothies with the matcha powder. It keeps my smoothie from melting for a few hours! I get pretty excited about it.
I have a few more products that I could have added to this post, but I will save those for next time! Thanks for hanging on this far. Have any ideas of what I might love? Leave a comment!
Enjoy the sunshine, everyone.