Wow. So, when I say I’m going to announce the winner to one of my giveaways on a certain day someone should really hold me to it. We drove through Tuesday night to get to Texas early Wednesday morning and I’ve been having so much fun getting to see family, friends and my little nephew that I’ve yet to even update my Facebook status. So, sorry about the late post! Also, my parents don’t have Internet so it’s very easy to “unplug” here.
Congrats ladies!!! To claim your prizes just email me (email@example.com) your mailing address and I’ll get those prizes out ASAP. And, by ASAP I mean in a week or so because I’m still on vacation in Texas.
Hopefully, I’ll get back to everyone soon. So many southern adventures to share!
P.S. BIG thank you to Goddess Garden for being such an awesome and generous company!
There’s this term people use when referring to hippy-ish Moms, they say Crunchy Moms. “Crunchy Moms” are the Moms who raise chickens, cloth diaper, grow and make their own everything, swear by all-organic products, home-birth and homeschool, don’t own TV’s and the so on. The nickname is not an insult (I don’t think, anyways), it’s just a trendy new name, and today I’m reviewing a trendy “crunchy” item that most Moms (the crunchy and the non-crunchy) will love.
For the record, I think I’m half-crunchy, half-what’s the opposite of crunchy? Chewy? Can I be crispy? I do use cloth diapers, drive a Prius, make my own baby-food, breastfeed and buy eggs from our neighbors, but I also eat Taco Bell, drink too much Starbucks, binge on Netflix, use paper towels and refuse to give up tampons so I don’t think the “crunchy” society would allow me to join. That’s cool, I prefer to be my own leader anyhow. However, I do love to find a good healthy and organic alternatives to mainstream baby products.
Before our annual beach vacation I began looking for baby-safe beach products, partially because I’m an awesome Mom who wants only the best for my baby and partially because I like any excuse to shop. While searching I immediately came across many all natural baby-safe sunscreens. I was intrigued and decided to try Goddess Garden’s Natural Kid’s Sunscreen. The crunchy half of me LOVES that it is made in a recyclable container, made with organic and all natural ingredients (like aloe vera, sunflower oil, soy beans, zinc oxide, lavender and radish). The consumerist side of me loves that it’s pretty, smells good and does the job.
I have now tested this sunscreen at the pool, at Holiday World, at the beach and at home. The outcome? Luna has never gotten a sunburn. We did our best to follow the instructions: reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or 2 hours in the sun. We mostly remembered to reapply at the right time, but we aren’t perfect and Luna still never got any sun. We spent ALL day EVERY day in the sun at Hilton Head too. It isn’t exactly like other sunscreens, but Husband an I used the mainstream brands and both got burned… I’m thrilled I used the all natural brand on Luna.
This sunscreen is very watery, so I shake it before squeezing any out to thicken it up a bit. I found it easiest to apply quickly because the longer I took to rub it in the thicker and pastier it became. It left a bit of a white residue on Luna’s skin (mostly when she got wet), but who cares? She’s a baby and it kept her from getting burnt, isn’t full of chemicals and left her skin soft and smooth; that’s much more important to me than having a completely invisible sunscreen. Overall, I am really happy with the product and the company.
Goddess Garden was created by a Mom who wanted skincare products that would be safe for her daughter who is allergic to chemicals. She saw a need in the market and went for it. She also happens to care about the planet and is just an overall nice and generous person. In fact, she’s so nice that she is giving away a two bottles of her sunscreen to two of you! One of you will get a 6oz bottle of the the Kids Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 ($20 value) and one will receive a 3.4oz bottle ($15 value) of the same.
I had the best Groupon haircut and dye experience ever yesterday! When I moved to NY I used Groupon to try to find a salon that I liked, and was usually treated like trash the moment I walked in the door. They were not shy about hating people who use Groupon and gave me the stink-eye during the entire appointment. After several tries I finally found a salon worth visiting more than once.
Yesterday, in Nashville, I nervously attempted the same tactic. My roots were disgustingly long and my split ends now have split ends because I have waited to get into my 2nd trimester before doing anything. While browsing Groupon I found a deal at an all Organic salon in East Nashville (because where else would an all organic salon in Nashville be?) and decided to go for it! I’ve always wanted to try an all natural salon and it’s healthier for pregnant ladies too.
When I arrived to Studio Green I was greeted by the friendliest staff who offered me a myriad of drinks. The small group of people working acted like best friends and were nice to everyone who came through the door. Even the owner walked around to make sure everyone was happy between his appointments. The girl who did my hair, Cassie, was friendly, informative, talented and never treated me like she didn’t want me to be there. Not to mention she did an awesome job on my hair.
Now, I decided to go back to brown because it’s just time. I have switched between brunette and blonde A LOT of the years just because I like change and feeling like a new person every once in a while. Here’s a little slide show of “Hilarie’s Hair Through the Years”.
Husband wasn’t home so I had to take “selfie’s”, but whatevs they turned out okay.
What do you think? Do you ever change your hair color?