There are nights where I just don’t feel like cooking and especially after coming home from a long day at work. Trying to find something quick and easy and relatively good for you is sometimes a challenge. When it was just my husband and I, we would eat whatever was available but of course with Ella, I’m trying to be a little more careful. Serving a sandwich was always an easy solution but the options for cold cuts was always filled will a ton of preservatives! No wonder every time you pass a deli counter, they were always stacked to the rim with packaged meat in their back-up fridge (and it wasn’t because they sold through it weekly). (more…)
Not sure if Ella is much different from others but it seemed like it took forever for her hair to grow! Of course I have yet to cut her hair and now that she has a mind of her own and obsessed with princesses, not sure that she’ll let me cut it anytime soon. As everyone knows, with long locks comes issues with tangles. When her hair was a little shorter, I could get through the tangles with a Wet Brush but as her hair grew longer using just the Wet Brush was not enough so off I went on a search for a leave-in detangling spray. I wanted one that not only helped get the tangles out but also didn’t leave a residue in her hair since I didn’t want to wash her hair more frequently as a result.
As I have long hair myself, I’ve tried several detanglers but stopped using them as I hated the residue it left behind. After reading countless reviews, I settled on trying a leave-in detangler by Original Sprout for Ella. I’ve used this for several months now and am happy to report it’s exactly what I was looking for. It’s easy to spray, let’s the brush glide through her hair without pulling, keeps her hair soft but does not leave a residue that makes her hair become dirty faster. In addition, she wakes up each morning and her hair remains easy to brush instead of the rat’s nest I had to comb through previously. As a bonus, the product has no parabens or phthalates. As always, my primary objective is a product that works but being free of these additives/chemicals is a bonus for sure.
I always figured that everything we use or eat that was once considered safe would one day be found to be bad or hazardous for you. I guess I never really cared much but of course, things changed when I had Ella. Where I can, I try to purchase things free of phthalates and parabens which are essentially chemicals found in many lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, make-up and many other personal care products that are especially dangerous for pregnant women and children who are still developing. From what I’ve read, these chemicals are used to add flexibility to plastics or a synthetic preservative to make things last longer. Parabens for example can mimic harmones in the body and has been linked with increased risk of developing breast cancer. In boys it can contribute to reduced production of testosterone and has even gone as far as contributing to deformed sex organs. Is this a little over the top and bordering on paranoia – maybe, but for me if I can avoid it for Ella especially when she’s really young and developing then I will. I figure what’s the harm with choosing more natural products when there’s an option and as long as the product still works.
What was concerning to me is that you have no way of knowing if the product being used has phthalates and/or parabens since it’s not required to be listed as such on the list of ingredients. Even crazier is that it’s normally hidden under the word “fragrance”. Take a look at the back of your creams, shampoos and other personal care products – you’ll be surprised as I was. Since the chemicals can mimic synthetic hormones once absorbed in the bloodstream, creams and other similar products which are applied to be absorbed into the skin increases your exposure! The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) rates products on how safe they are and was a great resource. I’ve used this site to help research and select many of the products I purchase for Ella.
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