Part of my health journey and my “why” is my children. I honestly never cared about my health before I was pregnant. I lived a wild lifestyle with lots of toxic daily contributions. One day, I just decided I wanted to change. My shift in thinking and being didn’t really occur until I was pregnant with my first child.
Now, I am a mom of four and focused on being the best version of myself for my children. I know all to well how they watch and mimic Derrek and myself as they grow. They learn directly from us and because of this, I am very aware of what I do and say around them. One part of my life that I am very open with them about is how I used to be verses now.
I do share that I used to use “icky” things that can make you sick and I have spent a lot of my time focusing on finding healthy alternatives. I have three little girls who I know will one day raid my closet and want to borrow my makeup. Because of this, I make safer choices in my skincare and makeup. I didn’t know what I didn’t know until I chose to educate myself.
When Harper wants to wear my lipstick or put on blush. I don’t “shoo” her away. I take the time to let her play and share why I do what I do. What my job is and why it’s important to care what you put on your body. I know that one day, she wants to have babies of her own and what I choose to allow her to put on her body and in her body will directly impact that. Little girls are starting puberty earlier which means that their body’s are developing sooner.
Hormones are released and those hormones target the ovaries, which contain eggs that have been there since birth. The hormones stimulate the ovaries to begin producing another hormone called estrogen. Estrogen along with the other hormones is what causes a girl’s body to mature and prepares her for pregnancy. Why does this matter? Because, if girls are starting puberty earlier that means that their peak fertile body happens when they are younger. By the time they get married and want to start having children, it might be to late and they will experience infertility.
I didn’t know what I didn’t know, until I knew. Now that I know the choices I make will directly impact my children, I choose to do better. What play makeup and body wash she uses ARE IMPORTANT. What foods she eats ARE IMPORTANT. I want her to be able to have children of her own one day and it’s important as a parent to remember that. That’s why I choose safer. That’s why I educate myself and also my children. Everyone means everyone.
I have partnered with Beautycounter because our beliefs aline. I not only love what they stand for but I love their non toxic products. You can see their entire line by clicking here. From their makeup collection, I personally use the following: foundation – tint skin in SAND, concealer: pen in FAIR, mattify powder, blush – pressed powder in NECTAR, highlight – pressed powder in HALO, eyeshadow – the Classic Eyeshadow Palette, mascara – LENGTHENING, lipstick – lipsheer in LILY.