Brushing Clean With David’s Toothpaste

Brushing Clean With David’s Toothpaste

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When you brush your teeth as much as I do, you want to be sure that your toothpaste doesn’t involve toxic chemicals. In fact, toothpaste is one of those products right up along side skin care, that you should absolutely be concerned with over the ingredients. Its hard to find a really good toothpaste that cleans your teeth, leaves your mouth minty, is non-toxic and whitens teeth. It’s a tall order but David’s Toothpaste fulfills those needs and more. In short… I love it.

Here’s the story:

In 2011, Davids founder, Eric David Buss, began looking into the ingredients being used in the “natural” toothpaste he was using, and found that many of the ingredients were unhealthy.  After looking for a better alternative, and not happy with what was available, a “simple” idea of creating his own toothpaste was formed. This initial idea turned into a four year obsession to develop the very best natural toothpaste possible, thus Davids was born.

Through exhaustive research with industry experts, we were able to identify the best natural ingredients to safely and effectively fight to remove plaque, whiten teeth, and freshen breath.  While talking to ingredient suppliers, we also found that most toothpaste companies use a lot of imported ingredients in their “Made in USA” toothpaste, which led to our commitment to using premium USA origin ingredient in our effort to sustain American jobs.   Today, our vision, research, development, and commitment to sustainability brings you Davids Natural Toothpaste.

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High points for being made in the USA and for using safe ingredients and for being cruelty-free. Also, David’s goes the distance and includes a metal tube to squeeze out every last drop of this precious toothpaste!

David’s toothpaste source ingredients that are made in the USA, not just assembled in the United States and outsourced from other countries. This toothpaste is fluoride free (read here why you might want to stay away from fluoride) and does not contain artificial ingredients, many of which have been linked to cancer. The carton is actually made with 100%  wind energy. Are you getting a sense of how incredible David’s toothpaste is on every level?

You can find out more by going here. I can’t wait to see what other products this company comes out with in the future. For now, though, I am really enjoying my tooth brushing!

 

 

Products I’m Using Now

Products I’m Using Now

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I’m excited to share this oil with you, Soft Core: Rejuvenating Glacial Oil from vbeaute. You will want to know that this product is Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free, and the brand does not test on animals which is good news!

The Rejuvenating Glacial Oil gives the skin a big boost hydration and moisture thanks a blend that includes the following ingredients:

Olive-derived Squalane,  one of my favorite ingredients that make skin visibly softer. Everything I have tried with squalane is amazing for skin’s texture. It makes my complexion feel like velvet!

Alpine rose, a Swiss flowering plant from the Alps protects against environmental stress.

Camellia oil is another favorite ingredient of mine which is found in this oil. Camellia oil contains vitamins A, B, D and E, plus naturally occurring antioxidants and it’s well known for softening both the skin and hair.  Find a complete list of ingredients here.

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I love this oil because, though it is very nourishing, it absorbs quickly into the skin so you can use it in the morning before you apply makeup or in the evening either by itself or with other products. It also helps to balance skin’s natural oils thanks to that squalene I mentioned. With cold weather right around the corner, this is an excellent product to keep on hand for skin that tends to get dry due to weather.

You can learn more by going to the vbeaute site here!

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On my never-ending quest to find products to smooth this frizzy hair, I’ve been putting the Niucoco Renewing Hair Serum to the test. It is free from sulfates, phthalates, gluten, parabens and is 100% vegan. It’s awesome for all hair but especially dry, color treated hair that needs a little TLC.

The serum is made from cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil, guava fruit extract, rice protein and vitamin E. Can  be used on wet or dry hair but I use it on dry hair after blow drying but before using the curling iron, to smooth any dry hair so my hair is soft and silky.  The texture is very light and won’t weigh hair down. I use only a few drops, emulsify between hands and apply.

I can’t wait to try other products from this brand such as their Hydrating shampoo and a Smoothing conditioner. Learn more here.

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Also loving the Vellabox which is a candle subscription box. You can choose from three different boxes at $10 (The Standard),$20 (The Aficionado), $30 (The Luxe) a month and the candles that are sent are high quality.

Here’s what you need to know:

Here at Vellabox, our mission is to curate the absolute best seasonal selection of all-natural candles. When we discover that perfect candle, we feel truly compelled to share it with you. It’s our promise to continue to deliver them to your door month after month. You’ll be thrilled with any option you choose. The time has come to light up your life with Vellabox.

If you’re a subscriber of the The Standard box, you will receive one candle (approximately 4 ounces) each month. If you are a subscriber of the The Aficionado box, you will receive one candle (approximately 8 ounces) each month. If you are a subscriber of the The Luxe box, you will receive two candles (totaling approximately 12 ounces) each month. The candles are hand-picked by our Vellabox Candle Curator and are always all-natural, non-toxic, and clean burning.

Did you get that? Non-toxic, clean burning and all-natural! The last thing you want is to be filling your home with the scent of a toxic candle. The curator of the candles is picky when it comes to what is chosen, finding soy, coconut or vegetable based waxes and when possible, “we look for candles scented with 100% essential oils, but will allow for phthalate-free fragrances.”

I love a really great (non-toxic) candle, there’s something so wonderful about burning a candle that I associate with the fall and winter months. I just moved into my new house and have been burning the above candle non-stop- in other words, I love it and it smells wonderful! You can check out Vellabox by going here.

 

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

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I love a good memoir especially one that is funny. Clinton Kelly’s book, I Hate Everyone Except You, definitely made me laugh. Aside from the humor, Clinton is a great writer. You probably know of him or have seen Clinton on

You probably know of him or have seen Clinton on What Not to Wear and The Chew. In his book, he tells us snippets and stories about his life and he comes across as witty and engaging.  He is honest and raw and candid about everything which makes the reader feel like we are his best friend.

I only wish that the book was written more like a memoir than a collection of essays but maybe he will do that for his next book? This one is due out in January 2017.

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I know that fans of Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel, A Man Called Ove, will absolutely love this new novella. Both beautiful and sad, And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer will likely be read in one sitting. Here’s what you need to know (oh and have tissues handy):

Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa’s work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.

As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. She’s as real to him now as the first day he met her, but he dreads the day when he won’t remember her.

Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah’s father—Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond.

Grandpa, Grandma, Ted, and Noah all meet here, in this peculiar space that is growing dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they will learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear. This little book with a big message is certain to be treasured for generations to come.

It’s a must-read even for people like me who hate to cry when they read!

 

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Im right smack in the middle of Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld and I have to say I love it. I admire the author’s skill in tackling huge and sensitive topics like rich/poor and black/white and privilege and all kinds of things she writes about. I like the style of writing which is smart but witty too without being obvious.

Karen Kessler thinks she’s the embodiment of her liberal views until trouble starts to brew in her daughters ethnically diverse elementary school which brings to the surface Karen’s own deep issues. I am finding this book very amusing and can’t wait to get back into it later today.

Here’s the official synopsis:

For idealistic forty-something Karen Kessler, it isn’t enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector, aiding an organization that helps hungry children from disadvantaged homes. She’s also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her daughter, Ruby, to an integrated public school in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby’s class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately feel uncomfortably close to home. As the situation at school escalates, Karen can’t help but wonder whether her do-gooder husband takes himself and his causes more seriously than her work and Ruby’s wellbeing.

A daring, discussable satire about gentrification and liberal hypocrisy, and a candid take on rich and poor, white and black, CLASS is also a smartly written story that reveals how life as we live it–not as we like to imagine it–often unfolds in gray areas.

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Disclosure: I find this stuff very interesting and also very creepy. I can venture down a dark, deep path in a matter of seconds when anything having to do with conspiracy theories and the Illuminati is presented. So naturally I couldn’t wait to dig into The Illuminati, The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous by Robert Howells. I am reading this slowly so I don’t get too overwhelmed and crazy, especially with all of that pizza gate stuff being brought to light recently (haven’t heard of this? Look it up immediately).

The author takes us all the way back to the origins of the secret societies in the 1700s giving us the how and why these were formed. The societies were developed to influence people and even in the present day there is a smoke screen up to hide what’s really going on in the world.  This book goes really deep into religion and government, events, and more in-depth topics that

This book goes really deep into religion and government, events, and more in-depth topics that I have to take a while to process what I am learning. I can’t imagine the work that Robert Howells put into this project. A must-read for anyone who is remotely interested in these secret societies, Wikileaks, Anonymous etc.

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I don’t know if you were as into the Netflix series, Making a Murderer like I was. Totally gripped by the show, I was left with many questions and confused as ever about what really happened in this case.  So naturally I want to read Convicting Avery by Michael D. Ciccihi.

Here’s what you need to know about this new book coming to us in April 2017:

The shocking Netflix documentary Making a Murderer left millions of viewers wondering how an apparently innocent man could be wrongfully convicted – not just once, but twice. This book explains, in plain English, the numerous flaws in Wisconsin’s criminal justice system that led to the wrongful convictions of Steven Avery and his mentally challenged nephew Brendan Dassey. Equally disturbing, it also reveals that similar flaws exist in other jurisdictions of the country.

The author, himself a criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin, details the egregious procedures that resulted in the Avery and Dassey convictions. Besides the use by law enforcement of suggestive eyewitness-identification methods and interrogation tactics known to produce false confessions, defense lawyers had their hands tied by a truth-suppressing trial rule. Though they had evidence that someone other than Avery murdered Teresa Halbach, Wisconsin courts rarely permit consideration of such evidence. Perhaps most troubling, the burden of proof in this state is actually much lower than the constitutionally-mandated “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard.

The author not only discusses the documentary, but he also quotes from and cites Avery’s and Dassey’s appellate court decisions, appellate court briefs, numerous trial court documents, other cases, law review articles, and scientific studies.

I cannot wait to delve into this book. If you are a fan of true crime, its going to be a must read for you too.

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And switching gears from crime and secret societies, Kate Alcott’s new book The Hollywood Daughter is going to be a welcome respite from all the information I am downloading into my brain! This novel is written by A Touch of Stardust and The Dressmaker, two books I really enjoyed.

Here’s the synopsis:

In 1950, Ingrid Bergman—already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc—has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman’s fall shocked her legions of American fans.
Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short.
In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid’s affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse’s father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse’s eyes are opened to the complex realities of life—and love.

All I needed to know what that this book is about the 1950’s and Hollywood and I was anxious to read it. Cannot wait to have free time over the holidays to enjoy some good books!

What are you reading?

You’re Not Weird …You’re Just An Introvert

You’re Not Weird …You’re Just An Introvert

“I feel my own emotions. I feel the emotions of everyone around me. I feel emotions from my past, as vividly as though they were happening right now. I feel everything”:

For the longest time, I worried about what was wrong with me. Any more than a few people together in a room and I feel nervous, anxious, out of place and stressed out. Many years ago, when at family events, I’d sneak off into a quiet room to be alone. I wasn’t being standoffish or rude- well, maybe to an observer, but deep inside an anxiety gripped me and the only thing I could do was to have a little time to calm down.

Many years ago, when at family events, I’d sneak off into a quiet room to be alone. I wasn’t being standoffish or rude- well, maybe to an observer, but deep inside an anxiety gripped me and the only thing I could do was to have a little time to calm down. Alone.

Confession 3 INFJ:

Many, many years later I took one of those personality tests, a Myers- Briggs. If you are not familiar with the test, here’s the official 411:

“The MyersBriggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

Isabel Briggs Myers created the sixteen personality types with the help of her mother, Katharine Briggs, and the theories of psychologist Carl Jung. Since then, much research has been done into how each type functions at work, at home, and in relationships.”

. #give #self:

You can take the test here (click here) and figure out which personality traits you have. I think it’s very interesting to get a glimpse into what makes people tick.

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I have taken the test numerous times at different points in my life and always come up with the same personality type which is an INFJ. It’s the rarest of all personalities, less than 1% of the population is an INFJ. It was illuminating, to say the least, to finally have my quirks validated. No, I’m not standoffish or weird.

No, I’m not standoffish or weird.

The draining and anxious feelings that sweep over me when I’m with more than a few people does not equate to me being rude, its the way I am wired. Other introverts will understand. Extroverts will not comprehend this because those outgoing types who enjoy being social actually get their energy from being with others.

INFJ:

INFJ and MBTI:

I also know that I am what’s called a Highly Sensitive Person. There’s even a website dedicated to this type of personality.

Are you one?

  • Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby? YES.

  • Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? Yes, I want to sit and cry.

  • Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows? Our surround sound makes my insides want to explode.

  • Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation? Absolutely. My bed in my favorite place.

  • Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations? Yes. I cannot stand confrontation, bad feelings, negative talk, anger.

  • Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art? All the time. 

  • Do you have a rich and complex inner life? I never stop thinking and find it hard to just relax.

  • When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy? Always sensitive, typically on the verge of tears.

Here’s the site, you can take the quiz, but if any of the above questions having you nodding your head, you are probably highly sensitive too.

AHHH!!! This is so accurate!:

I do see those eight sides, but have no problems deciding; it's about the greater good.:

As I get older, I am understanding myself or at least trying to, and finally, I can conclude that just because I am a highly sensitive introvert, there is nothing profoundly wrong with me. I am often surrounded by extroverts who seem to breeze through life while I am in a dark corner overthinking every detail of my life.

It’s just so hard to feel so much, you know?

If this strikes a chord with you, I invite you to check out my Pinterest board, Empaths and Introverts where I have over four hundred pins letting us know we aren’t alone!

 

Nourish Organic Deodorant Cream

Nourish Organic Deodorant Cream

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One of the first products I swapped out from conventional to green was deodorant. Conventional deodorants typically contain aluminum, parabens and other toxic chemicals which have been linked to serious diseases like cancer and Alzheimers. There is a strong link between deodorant and breast cancer which runs in my family so I don’t want to take any chances!

Nourish Organic has a lovely, creamy deodorant that works well and does not cause any irritation. I have very sensitive skin and certain non-toxic products will bother my underarms so I have to be careful but this one glides on and works perfectly with not the slightest hint of redness or a rash.

Here are the ingredients: 

Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Fragrance*

The coconut oil is so soothing and nurturing while the corn starch helps absorb odor. I apply in the morning and am good all day.

These come in the following scents: Almond Vanilla, Lavender Mint, and Fresh Fig– the scents are very light so if you aren’t big on fragrances, don’t worry.

This was my first time trying Nourish Organic and it wont be my last. They  make lots of other products including face and body creams, oils, lotions, so many clean, non-toxic items that are worth your time to check out. You can see more by going here.