NON TOXIC SWAP OUTS


The bathroom is one place we don’t always think of that’s lurking with toxins. Convtional beauty and hygiene products are full of harmful ingredients, so if you haven’t swapped them out already, I’m challenging you to clean out your bathrooms today. Toss out all of the products that aren’t truly clean (watch out for those green washed items! They’re unfortunately everywhere) and replace them with something so much better for you and the environment!

  • Toothpaste. You can read my post here that goes into all the chemical ingredients in conventional toothpaste. I recommend a swap out for Davids or Dr. Bronners. For a baby toothpaste, we really like Jack and Jill.
  • Deodorant. I like making my own (recipe here) but if you’re not into that I recommend Pachi. They have men’s and women’s, they smell amazing and they actually work great!
  • Sunscreen. Just like many things, conventional sunscreen is chock-full or harmful toxins. I love BRAND and it works really well too. I would also recommend Badger’s. They both perform amazing and are very clean.
  • Lotion. I think here are a lot of non toxic lotions easily available, but I really like Acure and Dr. Bronners.
  • Shampoo. Read my post about oil training, and then swap out that toxic shampoo for Wild Willow (local company!) or Griffin.
  • Hand soap. There are quite a few decent hand soaps at regular stores now, but if you want something super-clean that smells amazing, works amazing, and lasts awhile I highly recommend Kosmotology.
  • Dry shampoo. Not many people know that there is a clean version of dry shampoo out there! I have good news for you, this one from Green and Gorgeous not only works incredibly well, but for me it doubles as finishing powder (for those rare times I wear makeup) and one thing lasts a really long time!
  • Eye makeup remover. I love this little kit from BRAND. It’s a great swap out choice for a clean product and the cloth is so soft it feels like clouds are washing your mascara off.
  • Skin care. You guys know my deep love (possibly obsession) with Cocokind Skincare. If you’re using a conventional cleanser on your face, swap it out for this brand. Their cleansers are oil based which is ideal for all skin types, yes even oily! If you are already using a natural oil cleanser, I still would recommend trying out Cocokind. They’re organic, well-sourced, high performing, and every item is priced so amazing!
  • Makeup. Head over to tour closest natural grocery store and pick up some cacao powder. This is now your eyebrow powder and bronzer. I also really like the makeup made by 100% Pure and BRAND.

There are so many non toxic choices out there, and many of them are great. Do what works for you. These are purely my recommendations for products I know and use.

These products are also SUPER easy to find. I like to purchase my stuff from The Choosy Chick because they carry all the brands I love in one place, making purchases simple and quick.

Here’s to getting all the toxic products out of your bathrooms, and a wonderful Thursday.

If you want to see the video from Good Things Utah that goes with this post, you can watch it here!

COCONUT BALLS TWO WAYS

Coconut balls are e v e r y t h i n g. Trust me, you need them in your life. If they aren’t already. I started making these because my kids and I love bars. They are often a go-to snack when we are running errands or while they wait for breakfast to cook. Coconut balls are amazing because they are easy to make, full of healthy fats, high in protein, and delicious af. You need to try them!

I have been making these two different ways, and each is just as delicious as the next.

COCONUT ALMOND BALLS

1 c. desiccated coconut

1/2 c. coconut oil

2/3 c. almonds

1/3 c. cashews

1/2 c. sunflower seeds

1/4 c. coconut butter

1/4 c. cacao nibs

3 pitted dates*

1/4 c. almond or cashew milk

cinnamon

Blend all in a Vitamix or food processor, roll into tablespoon sized balls, and freeze.

COLLAGEN VANILLA COCONUT BALLS

2 scoops vanilla coconut water collagen peptides

1/2 c. almonds

1/3 c. cashews

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c. cashew or almond milk

1/2 c. coconut shreds

1/4 c. coconut butter

3 pitted dates*

cinnamon

Blend, ball, freeze!

Thaw on the counter for 5-7 minutes before eating. Sometimes I’ll store a few in the fridge at a time for my kids so they are ready to serve.

These will last a long time in the freezer, I would say about a month. But I honestly make them weekly! They’re so delicious and a great snack choice for me and my babes. I also love them post workout or before bed if I’m in need of a snack. They’re great before bed for the babes too!

I really have been trying to move away from the packaged bars (while they may be organic with minimal real food ingredients, homemade is still better for us! And cheaper!) and these balls have been such a great alternative. I love their taste and texture, and they’re really love in sugar which makes me so frickin happy!

Please share if you try either of these recipes, I would love to hear how all of you like them! Be sure to tag me and use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram.
*i use and recommend medjool

 

 

OIL TRAINING YOUR HAIR

So many people have been asking me about oil training lately, that I thought I would just write a post on it! I have been oil training my hair for quite a long time. I have made a lot of mistakes and learned so much about my hair along the way. I think I have a pretty good understanding know of what works and what really doesn’t work!

What is oil training? 

Oil training is teaching your hair to go longer between washes. The more we shampoo our hair, the more oil it produces. Conventional shampoos strip the oil from your hair and scalp, which causes the over-production. In turn this causes us to shampoo more often, therefore using more product. You see the cycle?

This is a hard thing to break, too, because most of us have been shampooing our hair this way since childhood.

Why should you oil train?

Training your hair to live off less shampoos is not only a huge time-saver, especially for those washing daily, but it’s healthier for your hair and scalp. Not stripping your hair of oils will leave your hair stronger, longer, and healthier. It can also help with itchy/dry scalps.

Pro-tips for oil training:

-Start slow. If you are washing daily, start doing every other day, then every third day. See what schedule works for you, everyone is different!

-Wear your hair up. When your hair is down, you are likely touching it more, creating more oil and leaving you feeling (and looking) like you need a washer sooner than you would otherwise. This is not a forever thing, your hair will learn to stop the over-production of oils no matter how you wear it. I love braiding my hair for this purpose.

-Switch to an all natural shampoo that won’t strip your hair. I use stuff from a local company, or make my own. (I will share this in another post!)

-Between actual shampoo’s, do an ACV rinse on your hair. I soak my whole scalp in my concoction (again, will post soon!) and rinse it well with water.

My experience with oil training:

As I mentioned earlier, I have been oil training my hair for a long time. When I started having kids, I didn’t always have the time to wash my hair so that is how it essentially began. I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I have learned, because I have been doing this for awhile.

-Use dry shampoo is rarely as you can. When I first started skipping a wash, I would go to dry shampoo. I was using SO MUCH of this stuff that it caused a massive build up and me having to start the oil training process all over again. I use dry shampoo in serious moderation now, and I recommend this all natural, organic dry shampoo.

-Do a coconut oil hair mask before you use the acv rinse. You can do this the entire day before, the night before, or even just an hour before.

-If your hair smells, or your scalp is itchy it is time to wash. When you get going and you are trying to build up more days between washing, these are the signs that it is time to wash your hair! Gross, I know, but even at this point it probably doesn’t look as bad as you think!

-DON’T do a rinse with water alone between washes. I promise it’ll come out looking worse than before.

-Be patient and give yourself grace. In all things, we are all so different. I know women who go 2 weeks between washes and others who go 3-4 days. Don’t push yourself (or your hair 😉) to be like someone else.

Do you oil train?

VAPOUR BEAUTY REVIEW

Vapour organic beauty is a green beauty company, made in the USA, that I have loved working with. They are clean and the products really deliver. If you haven’t heard of them out, I think you should definitely check out their website! Here are the products I have been trying out, along with my full review:

Atmosphere Luminous Foundation: This is a foundation stick that is creamy and very concentrated. It spreads on nicely, and feels like you’re applying velvet to your skin it is so smooth! I love the texture. The color I use is number 115, and it matches my skin tone well. The coverage is great, but it does feel pretty thick on your face (maybe I am hyper-sensitive to that because I don’t wear makeup daily) yet it doesn’t look thick or caked on. It leaves a clean, smooth, and natural look that I really love!

Instant Skin Perfector: This is used as the primer before the foundation stick. It’s purpose is to smooth out any lines in your skin and balance the overall texture. I love that it left my skin balanced, glowing, and gave a really good canvas for foundation. I use color 902 and it blended into my skin perfectly. After application, I waited about 5 minutes before applying the foundation to let the primer sit. I love the creamy texture and the dewy glow it gave me.

Eye Liner: I love this taupe-brown color for my green eyes. The pencil is really smooth, and smudge-able to create some really gorgeous eye looks. I love anything that you can use several ways, and this pencil is it. It’s great for so many looks. In these photos, I went with a more subtle eye, lining the top lid and waterline, then gently smudging the line. I love it!

Siren Lipstick: I have the color desire, and love it! The color is a soft petal pink, that looks great for any occasion and daily wear. I love the creamy texture of this lipstick, it’s not super gooey or sticky. Amelia (my 3-year-old) also loved this color and puts it on constantly!

Elixir Lip Gloss: This color is called flutter, and its a classically subtle pink. It’s gorgeous for everyday wear, and my favorite thing to apply when I am wearing no makeup or very neutral makeup look. The gloss isn’t too sticky and also looks killer over the lipstick I mentioned above!

Overall my experience with Vapour has been amazing. The products are clean and high-performing. If you are looking for clean makeup that is similar to high-quality conventional brands, this is it ladies. But now you don’t have to worry about applying toxins to your face just to wear makeup, or breaking out your skin over conventional makeup. Vapour, you have done well my friends!

 

DIY: ALL PURPOSE (ALL NATURAL) CLEANER

Walking through the cleaning isle, reading all those ingredients. Toxins, chemicals, things you don’t even know how to pronounce. Cleaning products are so rarely “clean” themselves, leaving us all wondering: “what in the hell am I putting on my counter top?”

If you have ever been there, I have a solution for you. While there are many natural cleaning solution products (this one is what I would recommend for store-bought), making your own all-purpose cleaner is not only more affordable, but also you know exactly what is in it, and can customize the scent.

There are a few different ways to make your own cleaner, but this is my personal favorite, because it is really simple and really fast to throw together when you have procrastinated making a new batch. I don’t love to set aside a lot of time for making my own products,so the easier the better. I also really believe that less is more, and this recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients you might even have on hand already!

Recipe:

-1/2 c. apple cider vinegar 

-2 T. castile soap

-10 drops essential oil (of your choice, I like to go with things that are naturally disinfecting: tea tree, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, etc.)

-1/2 c. water

Instructions:

Add all items into a spray bottle using a funnel (pro tip: use an old ACV bottle to be plastic free, and really sustainable! A standard spray bottle top will fit on it. You can also re-use a bottle from old cleaner, etc.).

Gently shake the bottle (after putting the lid on) to mix everything together.

Use to clean your kitchen, floors, bathroom, windows, door nobs, car, kid’s toys, literally anything! I find that this cleaner works really well for disinfecting, and I use it daily for regular clean-up in the house, but when I am needing to deep clean the shower/tubs/toilets, I use something a little more powerful.

Have you made the swap to safer and “greener” cleaning products?

 

100% PURE MAKEUP LOOK


Good morning babes! And happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend, and I want to talk about a few green beauty products that I am loving for those times I want to wear makeup, but don’t want to spend more than 5 minutes doing it (hey, mama’s!). I know I am not the only one!!

I rarely, r a r e l y, wear any makeup, but there are times I want to! I love makeup but have been working the last few months on being confident without it and not feeling like I “need” it. After several months without makeup, I can’t remember the last time I felt like I had to have makeup on.

Which is so incredible, but it’s also okay that sometimes it’s fun and I want to put it on! I’ve been playing around with 100% Pure fruit pigmented makeup, and I have been really impressed. I have been trying their Healthy Skin Foundation. First of all, the color matches my skin tone better than anything I have ever tried (thus far). I was immediately impressed by that.

I also really love the consistency of the liquid. It’s really creamy and dense and I feel like a little goes a long way! It’s such a smooth foundation of really high quality. Something you can tell the moment it touches your skin.

It lasts ALL. DAY. seriously. It really does! I used this brush to blend the foundation in and topped it off with some organic dry shampoo as a finish. It lasted all day without a smudge anywhere. I wore this while playing outside with my kids all day and they were getting in a small pool/playing in water. My face was splashed several times but the makeup held up like it was nothing. This was definitely unexpected and pretty amazing. (side note: this stiff already has spf 20 which was a huge bonus!)

The coverage is really superb. I have some healing scars on my jaw and they were covered completely with only a small amount of the foundation. It didn’t look (I don’t think so but tell me if I am wrong!) or feel thick or packed on. I actually think that it looked very natural, even with all of the coverage.

I also have been loving their Mermaid palette. The colors are really flattering and look very natural, something I always look for in bronzers, blushes, and shadows. The powders are super blend-able. I love the eye shadow colors! They’re personally my favorite for my green eyes. They definitely make them pop without having a ton of makeup on my lids.

Overall 100% Pure has it down! Amazing products that deliver. I’ve been so impressed by the quality of this makeup, especially considering the clean ingredients. I have rather sensitive skin, and this stuff didn’t break me out, or irritate my skin either. You can buy these directly from the brand’s website, but I recommend buying through The Choosy Chick. The foundation is cheaper from here, and you can find a ton of great organic products you might need as well.

I did also want to mention real quick about The Choosy Chick sale that is going from Friday at midnight until May 30th. Here are some things I want to highlight:

  • All orders of $20 or more will receive a 2 oz. jar of Splurge’s  Lavender Mint Body Scrub (no code necessary!)
  •   HollyBeth Organics just launched a new Blue Purifying Face Mask.  The Choosy Chick will be taking pre-orders (in stock on June 5th!). They are one of the first to stock this as well! All pre-orders will get free shipping in the U.S. use code: HBMASK
  • The Orgaid Sheet Mask Save 15% with code: SAVE15

I would love to hear if you guys have tried out any of these products and what you think?

If you haven’t tried, then you need to! I think they are a really great switch if you are still using toxic makeup brands.

xx, Chels

MODERN TWIST


Good morning! I have been loving on a brand lately that I want to share with you guys. I know most of us have heard of Stasher, their sister company Modern Twist has some of the cutest products for kids!

The first one is the tiny tote which has been so perfect for snacks at home, and on the go. My kids love it so much. I love that it’s re-usable, completely toxic-free, and easy to clean. This bag zips closed really easily, and my toddlers can open it on their own too. I love having a great option to put their snacks in when we leave the house!

We have the garden play mark-mat too that we love! It’s such a fun idea, and something my 3 year old has really enjoyed coloring on. Heck, even I love coloring on it! It’s so cute and for some reason coloring on silicone is way more fun than anything else. I love that we can use this as a place mat as well, and that it’s dishwasher safe! It’s amazing! I am looking at getting this one and this one next! They are all so cute.

They also have stuff for younger toddlers and babies, too. We have been using the bucket bib (on backorder in this print but the others are SO cute too!) for out 1 year old and he actually likes it! The silicone makes it a lot more comfortable, and its super easy to clean after (my favorite part!).

Like Stasher, Modern-Twist is out the make the planet plastic-free, which is something we should all be getting behind. I also love that with these high quality, easy to clean products, I don’t need a ton of them to get us through each day.

Have you tried them out yet? If you have, what is your favorite product?

xx, Chels

HOW I AM NATURALLY TREATING MY POSTPARTUM ANXIETY

Good morning babes! Hope everyone has had a great week, and that you are ready to take on Friday! I have been getting a TON of emails and DM’s asking about my postpartum anxiety and how I am treating it. I knew I needed to address it all in one post, because there is a lot that goes into this subject, at least for me! I want to mention first of all that I am not a medical professional and everything I do works best for me personally. That might not be the case for you. We are all so different and the biggest thing is to do what works best for you and your family! I have tried so many things before I got to this point where I finally know what works and what does not for me.

I share a little bit of my backstory on postpartum anxiety and depression here. I also shared in this post the things I did when I first noticed that I was suffering from postpartum anxiety. Our baby is now 15 months, and things have changed in how I address these things. Here iI share mindfulns what I am doing now:

  • Ashwaghanda I take two capsules daily, and if I am feeling off or having a hard day, I take more.
  • Maca I add 1-2 t to a latte or smoothie that I have throughout the day.
  • Collagen You can read more about collagen here. I take 1 serving of it daily, usually in a smoothie or oatmeal.
  • I limit my caffeine more than I used to. I will have 1-2 cups of coffee a day, on a good day. On a day I am feeling stressed or off, I will stick with a cup of matcha. Try swiss water method decafmatcha, or Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee.
  • I track my sleep, and stick to a consistent schedule. I use the “bedtime” feature on my iPhone to keep myself on track to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. I allow myself time to be up before my kids, too so I have time to start my day with mindfulness, exercise, writing, or whatever it is I need that day.
  • Mindfulness has played a huge role, too. I share mindfulness tips on Mondays, either here or on my Instagram. One of my favorite tools has been my Purposeful Planner. It is my space where I log all my to-do lists, keep my life organized, meal plan, brain storm, all that. It’s really been helpful with my anxiety because it’s an easy way for me to keep track of everything and make sure I am giving myself what I need. I start each morning in my planner and it gives me a great start to the day.

So these are the things I am doing now, at 15 months postpartum, and I am feeling really good! I am also going to be trying out hypnotherapy soon too, and will keep you guys updated there.

Thanks so much for reading,

xx, Chels

EASY AND HEALTHY CRUSTED SALMON RECIPE

I love salmon, but I don’t usually like crusted salmon. This is one that I actually do love and it is so easy, so clean, and so frickin good! My kids devoured this, so it is definitely going in our dinner rotation. I hope your family loves it too!

Primizie Crusted Salmon

4 servings of salmon

1 c. Primizie Simply Salted of Italian Herb Crispbreads

1 T. coconut oil

Smoked paprika

Garlic

Salt & Pepper

Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet, dust on paprika, salt, and pepper. In a food processor, add the Primizie Crispbreads, coconut oil, and garlic. After that mixture is a chunky consistency (how chunky or fine you want it processed is up to you!) top the salmon with a thick layer. Bake at 415 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pretty simple, am I right?

Don’t forget to share and tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe! I would love to see and hear how you and your family enjoys it.

xx, Chels

10 REASONS TO TAKE COLLAGEN

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Good morning friends! I hope this post finds you well, and that you are all enjoying your Sunday. As I am sipping a super-food latte filled with some tasty Vital Proteins collagen, I want to share with you guys my 10 reasons for taking collagen.

First of all, I want to mention that I do not eat much meat. I was a vegetarian for a long time before we started having babies, but now I eat very intuitively. I will make a post about this later, but even though I really like to veer away from any animal products, there are reasons that my body sometimes needs collagen and so I take it. You just need to listen to your body and feed it what it needs, and do what works the best for you!

Okay, here we go!

10 reasons to take collagen:

1. Collagen can help heal your gut. Amino acids found in collagen are proven to heal the lining of the intestine and leaky gut symptoms. A healthy gut is so important, you guys! Your gut is like your second brain, so it’s health is everything.

2. Collagen can improve skin elasticity and moisture. Who doesn’t want that? Many creams have collagen in it to “improve and prevent wrinkles,” but collagen cannot actually be absorbed through the skin! So the best way is to ingest it.

3. Collagen (and gelatin) help to break down other foods, which aids in better digestion. It really does work! One of my biggest reasons I started taking collagen.

4. Amino acids and protein found in collagen helps your hair grow faster, stronger, and healthier. I have personally noticed this too! I have pretty healthy hair, and it’s really long, but it grows even faster when I am consistently ingesting collagen.

5. The amino acids found in collagen are obviously a game changer, another amazing thing they do is improve thyroid health which directly improves metabolism!

6. Collagen can help regulate and balance hormones. More info here! I needed help with my hormones after baby boy was born, and collagen is one of the things I take daily and it’s truly been so helpful!

7. Collagen is high in glycine, an amino acid that aids in better sleep! I have noticed this difference as well. It is amazing!

8. Glycine also helps treat stress and anxiety, naturally. This is the number one reason I wanted to get on it. I take several things for my postpartum anxiety, and collagen is one of them. It helps so much and I notice a day-to-day difference if I don’t take it.

9. Collagen is great for joint health, and easing joint pain. I have known people who take it for arthritis, and claim it really helps them!

10. Collagen is such a pure form of protein, making it a great “protein shake” option post workout. This is what I often do and its amazing. I also know people who take it before and love that too.

Basically, collagen for everything, haha! It really is that good you guys. It helps with even more things than I mentioned, but these for my 10 reasons that I take it and use it for.

Collagen, unlike gelatin, dissolved in liquid making it super easy to add to just about everything. I add collagen in my smoothies, superfood lattes, coffee, oatmeal, and other recipes (so good in bars!). I post a lot of my recipes for these things on my Instagram, so be sure you are following along there!

It is really important to find a pure, non-gmo, grass-fed form of collagen. I trust Vital Proteins 100% for that and love their products. My favorite collagen from them to add into smoothies is collagen veggie blend to get more veggie servings, too! I also love the collagen peptides with vanilla and coconut water for lattes, its sooooooo good! The original peptides are great too because they can be added into everything with no flavor! You can also purchase these on amazon!

Do you take collagen? Share your reasons/experiences with me below!