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Link Love Friday: Thank You, Shine!

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First, congratulations to Megan McQueen for being the winner of the Beautiful You giveaway! Your book will be on its way soon.

Now, if you haven’t heard about this newish text subscription, please allow me to introduce you. It’s called Shine, and it’s a daily text (or series of texts) with uplifting, confidence-boosting messages. It’s … pretty much my new favorite thing. These texts never fail to bring a smile to my face, and I am just in awe of how spot-on the texts are — plus, they often link to really great content. (Nothing shared from Indigo + Canary so far, but I officially have a new goal. Ahem.)

For the record, this is not a sponsored post. I wanted to share Shine with all of you because I know just how easy it is to get caught up in negative self-talk, and I think, especially in the current political climate in the US, it feels like we’re often surrounded by a dark cloud of anger and judgment. It wears on me, and if it’s wearing on you, too, signing up for Shine is a great a daily reminder of how you want to live your life (and help pull you out of that everyone-hates-everyone funk).

I mention balance a lot here, whether it’s about how to make the best choices in cosmetics and body care products for you and your family (weighing all of the factors, from cost to ingredients) or finding the things in life that make you your happiest and healthiest self. Shine helps me keep all those self-love goals in perspective. So here’s my thank-you to its founders for creating something I didn’t know I needed. Click this link to sign up.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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4 Natural Alternatives to Antibacterial Ointment (And Why You Need Them)

natural alternatives to antibiotic ointmentWhen you’re a parent, there’s always something to worry about or lose sleep over. Always. And when you have a little daredevil like I do, it’s sometimes hard to know where the legit concerns end (no running with a fork in your hand, Kid) and helicopter parenting begins (“Wait, don’t climb up the ladder on the playground until I am behind you to break your fall!”).

But even if you put your best helicopter parenting skills to the test, at some point you’re probably going to need (or want) some kind of ointment or balm to soothe your babe’s boo-boos. But before you reach for the triple-antibiotic ointment — you know the one I mean, right?! — take a look at that ingredients list. Then put the box back on the shelf and back away slowly. But don’t worry. I worry enough for both of us (I promise!), and I’m here to help.

Here are three great reasons to trash that little tube of unnecessary ointment, and four natural alternatives to reach for instead.

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Jennifer Eden, Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe

Tampon Tribe Indigo + CanaryI’ve been noticing more and more that one of my go-to products — one that which, frankly, I have given very minimal thought — is deserving a closer look. Hide your eyes if you’re squeamish, because I’m about to broach a subject that makes most people want to end a conversation mid-sentence.

In a word: tampons. Oh yes, I went there.

So here’s the thing: A while back I read about how some women had discovered their tampons were kind of moldy. (Thank you, Jezebel, for giving me more fodder for my already-vivid nightmares.) Then I started thinking about all that blindingly white cotton, and how it was probably bleached with some pretty harsh chemicals, and then — LALALA — I promptly plugged my fingers in my ears and tried to drown out the sounds of my own thoughts.

Because sometimes it all just feels like way too much, you know? I worry enough about BPA and nanoparticles and microbeads and pthalates and parabens and now I also have to worry about the chemicals that go into manufacturing tampons, too?

Well, the answer is obviously yes. Don’t believe me? Pop over and read “The Truth About Tampons” over at Time and then come back here so we can talk. No, really, I’ll wait.

Are we good now? Great. Let me introduce you to Jennifer Eden, co-founder of Tampon Tribe. It’s a natural tampon subscription service that’s officially launching with an IndieGogo campaign on September 12. The product? 100% organic, nontoxic tampons with compostable applicators. For real.

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4 Reasons to Try a Deodorant Detox This Fall

4 Reasons Fall Is the Best Season for a Deodorant Detox

When you’re making the switch from conventional products to natural beauty, body, and skincare, one of the most important transitions is the one from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. (Sticking it out with natural shampoo is at the top of the list, too.) Changing these beauty habits — especially when your body has worked hard to “adapt” to all those chemicals — can be a challenging, sweaty, and even smelly process. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the work. And guess what? Fall is the best season to do it. Here’s why.

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9 Surprising Ways You Sabotage Your Skin

Miranda Kerr photo by Eva Rinaldi

If you want that supermodel glow like Miranda Kerr, don’t make these skin mistakes.

If you have blemish-prone skin, you probably already practice good skin habits. But even if you wash your makeup brushes regularly and never go to bed without washing your face, chances are there are things you’re doing — or not doing — that have an impact on your complexion.

Pro tip: If remembering to wash your face before bed is an issue for you, stash some natural face-cleansing cloths on your nightstand. (I like these unscented cleansing towelettes from Acure Organics.) Easy peasy for those nights when you crash and then realize you still need to wash your face!

Here are nine ways you could be sabotaging your complexion without even realizing it. 

(Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)

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