Let’s talk about: vaccinations

No doubt, I would jump in front of a bus for this kid.

There are a lot of important decisions you have to make as a new parent—and even before you’re “officially” a parent, whether you go the traditional preggo route or adopt. Here’s a sampling: Will you breastfeed, if you can? What kind of diapers will you use? What kind of mattress will you buy for your crib? (This was a biggie for me, since I’m such a big fan of my natural latex mattress.) Where will the baby sleep for her first few months? What detergent will you use to wash his clothes and sheets and towels? If you formula feed, what brand will you use, and which bottles? What products will you use on Baby’s delicate skin?

Then your baby arrives and you realize that you’re more deeply in love than you could have ever thought possible, and the decisions keep coming. Like…vaccinating your child.

Let me take a moment, before I dive into this topic, to make it abundantly clear that these are my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not a doctor. I am choosing to share the decision I have made for my child, and I know this is a touchy subject (especially with the green/organic/sustainable living crowd!), so I am going to just say right now that I will not tolerate hateful or inflammatory comments on this site. If you post something that I deem offensive, hateful, or inflammatory, your comment will be deleted. Period. 

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Does the term “anti-aging” bother you?

It bothers Cameron Diaz. She recently spoke with Oprah about her dislike of the term—watch the video to hear what she has to say.

I get her point, and in a lot of ways, I agree with her. (Read my philosophy on a related topic—birthdays—here.) Re-thinking this term and its implications isn’t a bad idea.

However, I do think taking care of your skin (and the rest of your body!) will help keep it looking more youthful later in life. Maybe not young, but definitely more youthful. So perhaps instead of “anti-aging,” we focus on a product’s ingredients and their benefits for your skin. Or we stick with descriptions of what those ingredients do, like tighten, smooth, or reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

What do you think? Does “anti-aging” bother you, too? —Aleigh


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Beauty Obsession: Shamanuti

I don’t think of myself as complicated, per se—although I do admit that I have combination skin. And that can make skincare a bit complicated.

However, I still like Shamanuti’s* tagline: “Simple skincare for complicated creatures.” Clever, no? And I do also have to admit that I’ve been a fan of activated charcoal for a while. It’s the best friend of a girl with skin like mine that can’t make up its mind. Is it dry? Oily? No. It’s both.

So I was understandably excited to test out two Shamanuti products—especially considering that my skin has been particularly indecisive lately, because: hormones. (See also: pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum skin craziness.) Which I think makes me the perfect person to test these products out. My crazy skin has given both of them a true challenge. Read on for my review!

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Baby Love: 3Girls Holistic

Deborah Triplett Photography

Well. I certainly didn’t intend to take such a long break from Indigo+Canary, but I had a very good reason for my absence! The last several weeks of my pregnancy were a flurry of working, last minute baby shopping, and getting prepared (as prepared as possible, I suppose!) to welcome our little bundle to the world. And also a lot of complaining about how uncomfortable I was/fretting over feeling as if I’d be pregnant forever.

Our little miss arrived fashionably late, nearly a week past her due date! But I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Claudia Jeanne.

Now that she’s nearly a month old, I’ve had some time to spend with the baby products I’d received during my pregnancy, and I’m launching a new feature: Baby Love. They’ll be my reviews of baby products so that they’re easily searchable and won’t get lost amidst my Beauty Obsession posts. (And don’t worry; I have plenty of those on the way as well!)

First up: a trio of products from 3Girls Holistic*. Read on for my review (and be warned: if you’re squeamish about new mama topics—like breastfeeding!—you may want to skip this one).

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2013 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

I can hardly believe it—tomorrow is Thanksgiving! If you’re like me and completely behind on your holiday gift shopping (or just looking for some deals), take advantage of these upcoming sales on some great, natural and organic beauty products. (Psst…there’s also a little giveaway in this post—scroll to the bottom to enter.)

If I’m missing a sale, let me know! Send me an email with details or leave a comment on this post and I’ll add it right away. Happy shopping!  —Aleigh


Beautorium

Black Friday deals: Spend $60+, save 10% (code “SAVE10″), spend $100+, save 15% (code “SAVE15″), spend $200+, save 20% (code “SAVE20″)


Blissmobox

Monday, December 2nd enjoy 20% off ALL blissmobox gifts with code 20off


Dr. Sponge

20% off with code THANKYOU through December 1


Forager Botanicals

15% off on Monday, December 2.


Juice Beauty

Free full-size Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer with $50 purchase. Promo code: BFS13


Leaf People

For Small Business Saturday (11/30): 20% off storewide; free shipping on orders over $75 with code SBSAT2013.


Love Beauty Alchemy

Free shipping on all orders + a coupon for a complimentary hydrating botanical toner with any future purchase through Cyber Monday.


MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Starting on Black Friday, buy one, get one free on all products site-wide, plus 50% off all products on Cyber Monday when you use the code CYBER13 at checkout.

BONUS: MyChelle is offering a holiday giveaway for Indigo+Canary readers! Enter below to win the All/Combination Daily Basics Kit, including Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, Perfect C Serum, and Pumpkin Renew Cream. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details. Winner will be announced December 6. Good luck!


Nature of Beauty

20% off on Cyber Monday only with code CYBER20


Naturopathica

30% off with code 30NOW


Osmia Organics

One-day site-wide holiday sale on December 2.


O&N Collective

Buy two or more of O&N Collective’s exclusive Tata Harper Holiday Beauty Survival Kits (which look fabulous!), and get 15% off with the code HOLIDAY15.


Pangea Organics

Buy one, get one free on all items (!!) + free shipping on orders of $100+, ends at midnight on 12/2. No code necessary.


Pure Citizen

10% off everything with code THANKFUL


Splurge Skincare

15% off all scents of “The Rub” sugar scrub on Black Friday and Cyber Monday through Splurge’s OpenSky storefront; 15% off total purchase with code THANKFUL on their site.


Vapour Organic Beauty

30% off everything (excluding samples) through Monday with code blackfriday13.


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