Why does children’s makeup contain asbestos??

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This tested positive for asbestos. Photo from here

There was a story circulating in the news lately that was really alarming. I posted the article on my Facebook page Healthy Beauty Mama, but I want to talk about it a little bit more here.

Mom’s of daughters…I’m sure you know that little girls love to play with makeup, particularly glitter makeup. Honestly, what little girl doesn’t love glitter?? Girls especially want makeup when they see their mommies putting it on frequently. Companies like Claire’s have started marketing makeup to children. It makes sense from an advertising point of view, create a product for a specific niche.

Over the recent holidays, a mother from Rhode Island who also happens to be a lawyer who’s firm specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits, decided to send her six-year-old’s makeup to an independent laboratory to see what was really in it. Shockingly, it tested positive for tremolite asbestos. Tremolite asbestos has been linked to the cancer mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers.

This is bad. Likely really bad.

The following makeup products sold at Claire’s stores have been pulled from store shelves until the company is able to complete their own investigation. The items included in this recall are (please check Claire’s website for more information):

  • Ultimate Mega Makeup Set (code 71844)
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set (code 76094)
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact (code 26556)
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set (code 11767)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Makeup Set  (code 20926)
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set (code 97275)
  • Mint Glitter Makeup Set (code 74769)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Makeup Set (code 21044)
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss (code 97276)

As you may or may not know, there is very little regulation over the personal care and cosmetics industry. The last law passed with any regulation over this multi-billion dollar industry was in 1938 and that bill is only 1.5 pages long. To date, there are only 30 products banned from personal care and cosmetic products.

What can you do to improve the safety of products for yourself and your children? Vote with your wallets. Don’t purchase questionable products. Read the ingredients list on products and learn which ingredients you should avoid. Try to avoid products that contain these ingredients. Personally, I trust ethically responsible companies like Beautycounter, Primally Pure, Doterra, Seventh Generation, Molly Suds.

If you have any questions about ingredients or safer options, please feel free to comment below or send me an email!

And Just Like That, We’re Ohioans

Last week we moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus. My father and I drove with our goldendoodle, Sophie from OKC to OH, arriving on December 29th, and my husband, son, mother and our amazing nanny arrived on the next day, my birthday. It was a bit of a bumpy arrival due to weather and airport delays and rerouting, but everyone made it safely.

We camped out on air mattresses in our new house for a few days until the moving truck arrived. The moving company was great. We went with Allied and our driver, Perry was seriously amazing. He knew that I was pretty pregnant and had an almost three-year-old and made it up here as soon as humanly possible, getting a crew together on New Year’s Day to get us all settled.

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The Giant Moving Truck with Perry at the Helm

The last week has pretty much flown by as we work to unpack and rearrange our lives. Indy, our nanny who has been with us for the last 3 years flew home to Oklahoma City yesterday, and we’ve been pretty devastated since. John constantly is asking for her, and due to my pregnancy hormones, just randomly burst out in tears when I think that John may not see her again for a while.

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Our first morning in the new house

One day at a time, right…

Indy was fantastic. She got John’s room unpacked right away so he could have some semblance of normalcy and then moved right onto his playroom.

IMG_5076He’s never had a dedicated playroom before, so this was really special. I’ll post a photo of this sometime in the future now. We just got a sofa from Ikea and it’s mid-assembly…not a pretty sight! She got everything arranged just so for him, and even started to go through his old toys to get things set up for baby boy #2.

She even managed to go through all of John’s old clothes and completely get the nursery set up for me. Seriously, it looks amazing and I am beyond grateful for all the help she gave us. We’re all pretty devastated that she had to go back to Oklahoma though, especially John who asks for her multiple times a day…

However, thanks to all the help she and my parents provided, we can now focus on getting the master unpacked and organized, which is a serious feat. Despite the fact that we have his and hers closets, there seems to much less actual closet space. Therefore, as we open the seemingly endless number of boxes, we have been determining which things we really want to keep and which things we will put into a pile for donations. May I just say, it’s really hard to determine which clothes you want to keep and which you want to donate when you are pregnant. It’s not like you can just try it on to see how it fits and make a decision. Literally nothing fits!

Anywho, I decided that we needed to get our house in order and that meant some serious organization. Cue multiple trips to the container store and lots of Amazon Priming happening over here. Oh, and ordering more furniture. This house is about double the size of our previous house thanks to the amazing basement, which means that we simply don’t have enough furniture to fill it.

This allows me to focus a little bit on my Restoration Hardware obsession and actually purchase some items that I’ve had my eyes on for years. Particularly these chairs and this dresser. I have my eye on this dining room table as well…

The biggest organizational need was our pantry. I tossed a lot of items before the movers arrived in OKC because things were open, or the moving company told me they couldn’t be moved, but there were still a tremendous number of products that needed organization. We ordered some spice racks, some pantry organizational bins, some spinning trays, and lots of [amazon_textlink asin=’B002903KEW’ text=’airtight storage containers’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’healthybea09f-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1e060209-f415-11e7-8d21-f3a179883953′]. Trust me, getting this pantry organized allowed me to achieve somewhat of a zen-like peace that pre-organization, caused serious anxiety. Indy also helped to organize the pantry (seriously, not sure what I would have done without her!).

We finally got ourselves a Nest thermostat as well. My parents have had these at their house for quite some time and it’s always amazing to be able to control the thermostat from afar, especially when you’re pregnant, upstairs and can’t possibly imagine climbing down the stairs to adjust the thermostat!

There’s still so much more to be done, but we’ve certainly gotten a good handle on the unpacking thus far. And on that note…I’m off to unpack and organize some more!

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Happy National Relaxation Day When Your Stress Levels are High!

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So today (August 15th) is National Relaxation Day! I hope you’re all doing your best to relax today. I had my typical busy work morning seeing patients in clinic, but I’m getting my fair share of relaxation in later this afternoon. I’m going for my second appointment with my acupuncturist today (that’ll be a separate blog post after a couple more sessions) to help me de-stress and pump up my fertility.

I’m on some new herbs as well, prescribed by my acupuncturist, with the goal of reducing stress and anxiety while simultaneously increasing my overall fertility. It’s hard to not be stressed right now though, honestly. We told our friends and family that we’re planning to relocate at the end of the year, gave notice at work and we put our house up for sale yesterday. Between attempting to keep our house spotlessly clean with a 2.5 year old and a dog, and house-hunting virtually because we’re moving to another state, stress levels are high. I’m just hoping we don’t end up temporarily homeless at some point.

To help keep my stress in check, I’m trying to work out more, keep those feel-good endorphins coming in regular doses. A few weeks ago I tried Crossfit for the first time, and I’m really loving it. I feel way stronger than I have in a long time and I have the blisters and calluses to prove it. Perhaps it is because I have missed the strength component that comes with lifting some weights. Additionally, the cardio components of the metcon workouts kick my butt on the regular. The camaraderie is really nice as well. It takes me back to my days as a Division I athlete in college when we would have our group practices and weight room time. I like the “we’re all in this together” attitude.

So in an effort to relax as much as possible, I will be going to acupuncture and Crossfit today while our realtor is showing our house this afternoon. Afterwards, I will come home and take a nice hot shower and snuggle my son. I think it sounds like a pretty good way to achieve some good relaxing…

What are your plans for National Relaxation Day?

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Photo from here

A Little about Supplements

A few people have recently been asking about the supplements I take and why, as well as recommendations for supplements, so I thought I’d throw it together in a blog post so it’s all here in one place.

Let’s start with what I take and why…

As mentioned in this post, I take magnesium twice a day to manage my migraine headaches. It is an over the counter supplement, but was recommended by my neurologist and it has dramatically improved my migraines. I use this in combination with prescription medication, but have noticed a big difference since starting these magic mags…As always, I would encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider for any medical issues/concerns you may have.

I also take a prenatal multi-vitamin daily. I’m not currently pregnant, but I love the extra dose of folate and B12. I think it improves my memory and makes me feel more balanced. I really love the mykind organics prenatal vitamin. These are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made from nothing but real, whole foods, which it turns out, can be hard to find. These have folate and iron, but also contain peppermint and ginger which can be soothing for nausea in pregnancy (when that time comes). They honestly don’t smell great, but I’ve gotten used to the smell, and they definitely don’t make me queasy, which other vitamins have done in the past. They also make a gummy version for people who prefer gummies, but the gummies don’t contain iron, which is important for pregnant women, so that’s just something to keep in mind if that applies to you.

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I take a daily calcium + vitamin D supplement as well. This is mostly because I have been on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) since I was 16, and they carry a risk of increased premature fractures as you age, so I’m trying to keep that at bay. Unfortunately, my acid reflux despite trials with dietary modifications is out of control and PPIs are the only way I can survive.

I take a daily probiotic to help improve my gut flora (when I remember) as I can be a victim of irritable bowel at times, although less lately. I say when I remember because I keep them in the refrigerator and usually if it’s not in my handy dandy pill box (see below), I don’t remember to take it. Diane Sanfillipo had this one all over her InstaStories and it looked so convient, so I ordered one for myself and my husband. Yay for no more pill bottles all over the bathroom counter!

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Every morning for breakfast I make myself a smoothie and take it to work with me. These were inspired by Body Love by Kelly LeVeque and her Fab Four Smoothies.  My usual base is almond milk + Garden of Life Vanilla Protein Powder + some other combination of things. Currently I’ve been adding ground flax seeds and some mixed nut butter. I like this powder because it is, like my prenatal vitamins, certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, RAW Vegan Protein powder made with 13 raw sprouted proteins delivering 22 grams of protein that is dairy free with a complete profile of all the essential amino acids along with added whole food fat-soluble vitamins, probiotics and enzymes. It also supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes, which I love. Bonus: it’s not at all gritty which just makes it even better!

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I also add 1/2 tsp. Ashwagandha to my smoothies. This stuff doesn’t take good, so you definitely have to disguise it in something. Ashwagandha is reputed to help support emotional balance and brain function, and acts as a potent antioxidant to boost the immune system.

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In a recent study conducted by the U.S. National Library of medicine, it was reported that this tonic herb may help with asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue, anemia, infertility, depression and blood pressure. It is also thought to support the endocrine and nervous system functions as well.

Since I suffer from asthma, occasional bouts of arthritis, occasional fatigue and am trying to conceive, I fee like it’s a good addition.

The last supplement I use on a daily basis is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. There are several different kinds of products Vital Proteins makes, but I use their beef-based collagen peptides.  It’s unflavored and not at all gritty. I add two scoops to my morning coffee that I take with me to work and I don’t even notice that it’s there. I like the collagen because it has 18g of natural protein, and works to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons.

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I feel like I need as much help as I can get in this area, particularly because I started going to Crossfit and am living in a perpetual state of ridiculous soreness all the time. Also, I have terribly thin nails and they need all the help they can get. I don’t know if this is a coincidence to using the collagen peptides or Beautycounter’s new amazing hair line, but my hair has been way more curly than it used to be and I’m totally digging it!

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OK, I’m pretty sure that’s everything I take and why. If you have more questions about any of these products, comment below. And I’m always open to suggestions. If you use something you love that you want to share with me, comment below for that too!