Monday, August 17, 2015

The Etsy Shop Has Launched!

You can now purchase our Endless Love Bracelets on our new Etsy site (click on the shop tab at the top for a direct link)! My goal is to upload new products to the shop every two weeks-sometimes it will just be a restock of current products, and other times I will be introducing brand new products. You can keep up to date with shop news by following us on Facebook and Instagram @onabutterflyswings.

The Endless Love Bracelet is our charitable cause bracelet, and all proceeds are used to make care packages for other parents of stillborn babies. I donate these care packages to the hospital where our sweet Emma was born. I have ten packages that are heading to the hospital this week thanks to previous Endless Love Bracelet sales.

Thank you for your love and support!

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Stink & The Crunchy Mamas to the Rescue! *GIVEAWAY*

I was provided this product for review. I am not being compensated, and all opinions are 100% my own.

Well, this is going to be embarrassing, but it's the only way you will understand just how amazing the product I am about to share with you is. {There is a giveaway at the end, so I promise this is worth a read ;)}

I sweat. I use natural deodorant. And sometimes that means I get smelly. Am I the only one here? Please tell me I'm not. {Insert cute emoji with the hand raised--you know which one I mean} If you're a natural deodorant user you probably understand. I'm not a smelly person (really, I promise!), but there is a big difference between using conventional deodorants and natural deodorants.

While you think that over, let me give you a little backstory. For several years now I've been making changes in the way I eat, clean, and care for myself, my home, and my family, in an effort to live a more clean and natural life. I'm not perfect, and there is definitely room for improvement, but I'm happy with the choices I make for myself and my family. I got especially crunchy last year when I started using essential oils (I use and recommend Young Living Essentials Oils-you can email me for more info), which prompted me to make even more healthy lifestyle changes. Just to keep it real though--I ate a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard the other night and loved every artificial bite. Balance is my mantra. But, I digress...

One of these healthy lifestyle changes was to throw away my conventional deodorants and replace them with a natural deodorant. There seem to be conflicting beliefs about the health risks of conventional deodorant, but my approach is to always choose a more natural option when possible. Why take the risk of synthetic, potentially toxic, chemicals being absorbed by your body if you don't have to? I'm not here to preach, so do your own research and decide, but I'll tell you my underarms are getting the natural version!

I have been through 4 different natural deodorants, and all of them left me wishing for a shower by the end of the day. Natural deodorants just don't seem to work all that well. AmIright? Although tempted to switch back to the artificial stuff, I've continued to try one deodorant after another, in hopes that I'll find one that doesn't leave me clamping my arms to my sides, or smelling like patchouli incense and the sixties.

Then one evening, after buying said fourth deodorant, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a post from The Crunchy Mamas looking for some people to try their natural deodorant and share a review on Instagram. Helloooo, deodorant number five! I emailed The Crunchy Mamas, and was super excited to receive an email back from Ashley letting me know they would be sending me one of their deodorants to try! I chose the Her Pit, which is their deodorant for women, scented with organic Lavender and Sweet Orange essential oils. They also have a His Pit and Mint Pit. 

I have been using Her Pit for a week now, and I am in love! This is the first natural deodorant that actually works for me. For real. There was a day this week that I went to the gym in the morning and then washed windows and cleaned off the porch outside during L's afternoon nap. I didn't want to shower until after all of that, so that morning I just washed my face and applied some fresh Her Pit. Can I tell you that after all of that, and no shower since the day before, I still smelled fresh?! This stuff is legit. It is priced at $9 a jar, but you only use a pea size amount under each arm. After a week there is barely a dent in my container, which means it's a great value! I've also been happy with how moisturizing Her Pit feels after it's applied. I've had trouble with some natural deodorants in the past and the large amounts of baking soda in them. Applying those after shaving is like lighting your underarm on fire. Her Pit, though, goes on smoothly and without irritation. 
*And they're doing a promotion right now where 10% of deodorant sales go to one of three Pit Bull rescues. Yay for helping doggies!*

Here is what you will find in a container of Her Pit:

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Sure, I could probably whip up some natural deodorant myself (that thought crossed my mind during the deodorant search), but why? The Crunchy Mamas are rocking mamas, working their business and making awesome all-natural products that actually work. I love their mission and fun vibe, plus I'm all for smelling great and supporting some hardworking mamas while I'm at it. 

I'd like to pay it forward and give away one container of Crunchy Mamas Natural Deodorant to one of you! 

This is an Instagram giveaway, so I apologize to those of you who are not on there. Visit my Instagram page @onabutterflyswings for a post with all of the details and rules for entering. 

I hope you'll visit the Crunchy Mamas on Facebook, Instagram, and on their website, and give them a like or a follow. They have lots of fantastic products for the whole family, and I know you'll find something you love!