One of the greatest, and most unexpected, rewards of motherhood for me has been an increased awareness about my body and health. I couldn’t help but see my body in a new light after having birthed my daughter. I mean, a miraculous little human being was made from two cells inside of me. My body’s journey from conception to pregnancy to birth to breastfeeding really and truly filled me with amazement at what we, as women, are naturally equipped to do (and endure!) for our babies. With this newfound amazement and respect for the human body, I started making some changes to take better care of my family’s health as well as my own. I started paying more attention to not only what we were putting inside our bodies, but also on them. I soon realized that a lot of our body lotions, bath products, deodorants and even make-up were heavily loaded with many toxins that were being absorbed by our bodies. I began choosing more naturally-derived products and became a label reader looking out for some of the main culprits like parabens and phthalates.
I wanted to share one of the coolest all-natural local artisan products that I have used. The name of the company is Me and a Tree. I first came across their soy hand-poured candles a couple of years ago at a local art fair and really loved it. The smell is awesome and since it’s made of soy, you can use it on the body, as well, and it is completely nontoxic when you burn it. More recently, I was pleased to see that they have expanded and have many more products including; face care, bath and body care, artisan soaps, essential oils and sprays! My poor Lucie is a mosquito magnet so I was psyched to see that they had a natural bug repellant and even a specific essential oil roll-on to treat bites! It works amazingly. All of their products are truly all-natural, organic, chemical-free, vegan, cruelty-free, AND eco-friendly. They really didn’t miss anything! I love the artisan soaps which can even be used as shampoo! Perfect for kids.
Hope this was useful for my fellow natural ladies out there!
What are some of your favorite all-natural brands?
How has Motherhood changed your perspective on your health and body?
Some of my most loved items are below. Find them and more at Meandatree.com :
Artisan Soap Natural Bug Repellant
Tea Tree Itch Stick Roller
Natural Body Lotion
Natural Sunscreen Biodegradable
Happy Monday! Hope the week is starting off right for everyone. I’m feeling the typical Monday morning sluggishness. We’ve had a pretty busy last couple of weeks with lots of visitors in town, which we love, but the action is catching up with me! My brother, Donovan Solis, was in town this past weekend from Atlanta. He is a producer for CNN en Espanol, and is extremely talented behind the lens, so you know I had to ask him to take a few shots for the blog! We started off by the bay behind my house then went to Wynwood for the monthly Art Walk. The whole colorful artsy vibe of this ‘hood inspired me to dust off this vintage dress that I hadn’t worn since before my pregnancy! I adore the print and fit of this dress. It has a great wide belt made of the same material as the dress, which gives a great natural looking sexy shape. Being that I have a boxier build this is a huge plus for me! The bold print speaks for itself so I went simple with the accessories just adding my favorite vintage hat and some fabulous Ferragamo heels.
How was everyone’s weekend?
How do you accessorize your favorite vintage dress?
Photo cred: Donovan Solis
Dress: Vintage (similar here) | Hat: Vintage | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Handbag: Valentino
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Happy Friday! I know it’s a bit late, but wanted to share this little impromptu shoot from Labor Day. My family was in town for the long weekend so we braved the Miami September heat (it’s been intense!) and went to the beach. My mom always comes bearing gifts (and I love you for it, Mama!) and she didn’t disappoint me with this 6 Shoreroad bikini top. I find that most of my favorite swimwear is white because who doesn’t think of flowey angelic white when they think of the beach? I also love the contrast between tanned summer skin and bright white. My favorite part about this bikini top is that it can also be worn as a strapless to avoid those tank-top clashing tan lines. The built-in cups are everything for a small-chested girl like myself! You can shop it here.
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend!
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Bikini top: 6 Shoreroad | Sarong: from Kenya (similar here from an organization helping women in Ghana!) | Sandals: Sam Edelman (sold out- similar here) | Sunglasses: Valentino (similar here)