Little Seedlings

What an adorable way to keep your little ones healthy with minimal ingredient and completely toxin free products. You know that is our absolute favourite topic to talk about and so for all of you moms or moms to be out there, we have some really awesome products we want to review for you!

The seedlings line is completely free of all synthetic and toxic ingredients. All of their products are formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes.

Seedlings Baby Line

Baby Lotion

This gentle, non-greasy moisturizer is completely, 100% plant based and formulated without any synthetic or toxic ingredients. All new or soon to be moms want the best possible products to keep their babies safe from harm, and this Seedlings line does not disappoint.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl caprylate
  • Xanthan gum
  • Cellulose gum
  • Apple fruit extract
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Glyceryl undecylenate
  • Murumuru seed butter
  • Mango seed butter
  • Cocoa seed butter
  • Safflower seed butter
  • Coriander essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil (Furocourmarin free)
  • Marigold flower extract
  • Achiote seed extract
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Tocopheryl acetate

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Wholesale pricing: $19.75 USD

Baby Oil

This oil is formulated with all plant based ingredients and specifically made without the use of mineral oils. All dilutions are made with your baby’s delicate skin in mind and the Seedling’s baby oil is also vegan friendly. This oil is meant to help soothe and calm your little one before bed time to help promote a restful sleep. It’s soft, gentle, nourishing, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

Ingredients:

  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Safflower seed oil
  • Prickly pear seed oil
  • Mixed tocopherols
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Coriander essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil (Furocourmarin free)
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil

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Wholesale Pricing: $24.25 USD

Baby Wash

You’ll never have to worry about what’s in your baby shampoo and body wash ever again, is tear free and only very lightly scented with pure essential oils, properly diluted and formulated for your baby’s delicate skin. Of course, derived from only 100% plant based ingredients & vegan friendly, the Seedlings Baby Wash is sulphate-free, rinses clean without over-drying and makes those tangles very easy to come through!

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate
  • Glycerin
  • Decyl glucoside
  • Xanthan gum
  • Sodium chloride
  • Glyceryl caprylate
  • Glyceryl undecylenate
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Marigold flower extract
  • Eyebright extract
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Coriander essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil (Furocourmarin free)
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil

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 Wholesale pricing: $20.75 USD

Baby Wipes

These baby wipes are so gentle and can absolutely double as a gentle make up remover, ladies. They are truly soft, thick and versatile. The perfect formulation to ensure that your baby’s skin is moisturized with each use while providing and thorough cleansing. Only the most gentle and beneficial botanicals were used in these Seedlings Baby Wipes and of course, they are formulated only with 100% plant derived ingredients, making them vegan friendly and absolutely safe for your baby’s delicate skin.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Phenethyl alcohol
  • Apple fruit extract
  • Soapberry fruit extract
  • lavender essential oil
  • Marigold flower extract
  • Witch Hazel extract
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Coriander
  • Aloe vera
  • Bergamot essential oil (Furocourmarin free)
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil

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 Wholesale pricing: $11.75 USD

Baby Diaper Rash Cream

This is a product that moms really want to be sure is safe, gentle and completely non-toxic for their baby’s bottoms. Diaper rash is a common concern and why we are especially happy to be referring a product from this Seedlings line that offers worry free protection from all plant based ingredients and is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic. This cream helps to relieve and prevent diaper rash and also reduces the severity of the rash when applied at the first sign of redness on your little one’s bum. The Seedlings diaper rash cream acts as a barrier to irritants, which is how it helps to prevent the diaper rash from happening in the first place. Poor babies bottoms!

Ingredients: Click here.

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Wholesale pricing: $27.25 USD

The seedlings line offers something all moms are looking for when it comes to their wee ones. Knowing that all products are completely free of toxic and synthetic free chemicals is enough to feel confident in this line, in addition to the completely plant based and vegan friendly ingredients. There is an amazing amount of confidence we will always have referring moms to these products and even purchasing any of the Seedlings products for gifts to our mom friends!

For years we have been talking about the importance of removing toxic chemicals from your products. Your baby’s skin is even more absorbent and sensitive than ours is, and it’s up to us to choose the best quality products to keep our babies healthy! This includes personal care products that we use on our baby’s skin.

This is truly wonderful news! To order your Seedlings Line, connect with us! If you are in Canada, ask us how to pre-order for the release in July of these brand new products or in the USA, how you can order today.

With Purpose,

Tonia & Colin

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Fresh Start

OK, so you’re not completely unaware of all of these foodies out there talking about eating clean. Perhaps you know some friends who are gluten free and you’re just wondering… why?

Or how? What is the fuss about?

Before we personally made any changes to our diet we were both constantly tired, Colin had headaches every single day (read more about that here), we were bloated without realizing it and our bodies were screaming. We couldn’t hear the screaming though because we’d always been eating this way and it seemed perfectly normal. Normal to (TMI ALERT!) be constipated occasionally? Normal to have the opposite problem on occasion? Is it normal to be eating what you have been taught is healthy, work out every single day (at the time) and get sick often? Does this make sense?

If You Listen To Your Body

There were other (many) tell tale signs that our bodies were screaming at us but not loud enough for us to hear until, one day, reality hit us. We were devastated but grateful – we were still young enough and not sick! We could make major changes, and we were so willing to, in order to understand our bodies signals and work with them instead of hoping for the best, or being completely unaware!

We did a complete overhaul that took a few years to figure out, but we did it safely and we did it smart.

We compiled a list of all of the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that a body in our age ranges required to function optimally. This list broken down into foods high in each then became our shopping list and then once we were home with our groceries (most of these food items we’d never purchased before), we then figured out how to cook meals with them.

Sounds pretty complicated when we lay it all out like that, doesn’t it?

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This was a lifetime ago for us and now we have realized that we are so passionate about lifestyle changes that support your body and mind that we have put together a simple system to share with you. We are now offering one-on-one consultations to help brand newbies get started without the weight of the world on your shoulders – oh and also offer coaching for the first few weeks as you really get your feet wet.

Here’s what we’re offering:

After 4 weeks, meeting up to four times for half an hour via ZOOM call (in addition to action plans), you will be able to confidently:

  • Learn to make your own adjustments/tweaks to any recipe
  • Understand whole food options for substitutions from things like refined sugars, protein, and dairy
  • Understand how a slow-cooker can be your best friend!
  • Turn our favourite pizza dough recipe into all things bread related (unless you’re gluten free, but we have a brown rice cracker recipe for you!)
  • Have a better idea of what your body is trying to tell you when it comes to the foods you are consuming.

Your consultations are 100% custom made and we’re here to simply coach you into understanding how your body works by creating awareness and offering simple tips and action plans to really go out and DO instead of constantly wondering if this is for you or not. We promise, it is. This is for everyone.

Spend four weeks with us to redesign the foods and products you actually want in your life and why – and feel confident to continue this lifestyle change after our four week program. That’s the whole point! We want to show you just how simple and easy this can be, you just have to want to be committed to putting some time and effort into wanting to feel better! Who doesn’t want that?

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A special offer for NEW members only: If you want to take a leap of faith and join our company with one of the three available starter kits, we’ll offer you this lifestyle consultation package completely free!

Contact us for pricing and availability!

With Purpose,

Tonia & Colin

She’s Savvy

This is not our regularly scheduled blog post. Folks, Tonia here to bring some of the most amazing announcements to our business page and here on the blog. If you have followed our page on Facebook or Instagram, you would know that we are super passionate about clean products – and even more passionate about making our own so that we can be sure they are 100% premium quality AND minimal ingredients. That’s my whole shtick – if I can, I’ll make a product with 4 or less ingredients.

Well, there’s this little makeup line founded by a woman we look up to and respect who saw a need that wasn’t being met. What do we want in a clean beauty product?

We want non-toxic, minimal ingredient (when possible) and we didn’t want beauty at the sacrifice or expense of our health. Now our needs are being met and all of this is available to all of us – and YOU! We’re going to break this down now, so without further ado!

Introducing…..

Savvy Minerals

This product was originally formulated two years ago because there was a need to be filled for women who wanted to wear make up but didn’t want to compromise their health. Now, you don’t have to! Email us to pre-order!

Foundation

  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten Free
  • Diminishes the appearance of imperfections and blemishes
  • Minimizes pore appearance
  • Brightens Complexion
  • Absorbs excess oils
  • Long lasting, all day wear
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Mineral based
  • Formulated without bismuth, talc, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances

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Cool tones

For blue veins, more pink skin undertones

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Warm tones

For green veins, more yellow skin undertones

And dark tones, too.

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Get out your misting spray (see below) onto your foundation brush, then your foundation minerals and apply. This is a buildable formula, which means you can add on if you would like to have more coverage.

Ingredients:

  • Mica
  • Boron nitride
  • Lauroyl lysine
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract
  • Kaolin clay
  • Silica

May contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese violet (CI 77742), Iron oxides (CI 77491), Iron oxides (CI 77492), Iron oxides (CI77499)

Wholesale pricing: $44.00 USD

Lipstick

  • Natural-looking shades
  • Medium coverage, adds shine
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Creamy texture, moisturizes
  • Makes lips appear fuller
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
  • formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc, synthetic fragrances or colourants

Four shades of lipstick available:

  1. Daydream
  2. On A Whim
  3. Uptown Girl
  4. Wish

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Ingredients:

  • Castor seed oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Candelilla wax
  • Beeswax
  • Tocopheryl

May contain: Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides, Manganese violet, Mica, Tin Oxide

Wholesale pricing: $22.75 USD

Lip Gloss

  • Sheer to medium coverage
  • Helps lips appear more full
  • Moisturizes and softens lips
  • Adds shine
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
  • No talc, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic colourants

Two shades of lip gloss available:

  1. Abundant
  2. Embrace

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Ingredients:

  • Castor oil
  • Oleic/linoleic/polyglycerides
  • Beeswax
  • Polyhydroxystearic Acid
  • Olive oil
  • Silica
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Jojoba esters
  • Tocopheryl acetate
  • Tocopherol

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491), Manganese violet (CI 77742)

Wholesale pricing: $27.50 USD

Blush

  • Gives cheeks a perfect flush
  • promotes radiance and healthy glow
  • build-able colour, all day wear
  • enhances natural beauty
  • ideal for sensitive skin
  • mineral based ingredients
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not tested on animals
  • formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc or synthetic fragrances

Three shades of blush available:

  1. I Do Believe You’re Blushin’
  2. Passionate
  3. Smashing

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Ingredients:

  • Mica
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract
  • Kaolin clay

May contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese violet (CI 77742), Iron oxides (CI 77491), Iron oxides (CI 77492), Iron oxides (77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Wholesale pricing: $27.75 USD

Bronzer

  • looks shimmery but goes on the skin gives you a nice even glow
  • gives skin a healthy and sun-kissed glow
  • fantastic for contouring
  • buildable colour
  • long lasting all day wear
  • ideal for sensitive skin
  • make with mineral based ingredients
  • vegan friendly
  • not tested on animals
  • formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances

Two shades of bronzer available:

  1. Summer Loved
  2. Crowned All Over

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Ingredients:

  • Micas (Sericite)
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract

May contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891) Iron oxides (CI 77491), Iron oxides (CI 77492), Iron oxides (CI 77499)

Wholesale Pricing: $27.75 USD

Eyeshadow

  • Offers rich shades with high payoff and buildable colour
  • Build-able colour
  • Blends really well
  • Long lasting for all day wearability
  • Enhances natural beauty
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Mineral based ingredients
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc and synthetic fragrances

Eight shades of eyeshadow available:

  1. Best Kept Secret
  2. Crushin’
  3. Determined
  4. Diffused
  5. Residual
  6. Spoiled
  7. Unscripted
  8. Wanderlust (can also be used as a highlighter for contouring!)

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Ingredients:

  • Micas
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract
  • Tin oxide

May contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491), Iron oxides (CI 77492), Iron oxides (CI 77499), Ultramarine (CI 77007)

Wholesale pricing: $15.25 USD

Eyeliner

Jet Setter

  • High colour payoff
  • Buildable colour that blends well to create different looks
  • Enhances natural beauty
  • Long lasting for all day wearability
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Made with mineral based ingredients
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not tested on animals
  • Formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances

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Use dry as an eyeliner or wet an angled brush for a more liquid eyeliner finish! Use the Jet Setter for both eyeliner or for a smokey eyeshadow!  Talk about bang for your buck when purchasing mineral make up this universal!

Ingredients:

  • Micas
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract, Kaolin clay

May contain: Iron oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Wholesale pricing: $15.75

Multi-Tasker

This universal and multi-dimensional rich brown pigment is amazing for shadow, liner and as a brow filler! Talk about an incredibly economical 3-in-1 product made with 2 ingredients + natural colourant! This will be making it’s way to my make-up drawer immediately and will be something I add to my Essential Rewards orders on the regular!

  • Richly pigmented (brown)
  • Buildable colour that blends beautifully to create different looks
  • Emphasizes your natural beauty with a variety of looks
  • Long lasting for all day wearability
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • All Mineral based ingredients
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not tested on animals
  • Formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances

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Ingredients:

  • Micas
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract

May contain: Iron oxide (CI 77491), Iron oxide (CI77492). Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891)

Misting Spray

  • Provides more control with mineral powder make up application
  • Nourishes the skin with pure essential oils
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Provides an aroma that inspires confidence
  • Made with 100% naturally derived, plant based ingredients
  • Vegan friendly
  • Formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic colourants

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Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Glycerin (vegetable)
  • Aloe Vera leaf juice
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Sodium levulinate
  • Sodium anisate
  • Trace mineral complex
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil (Furocoumarin-free)
  • Balsam Copaiba essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Black Spruce essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lime essential oil
  • Vanilla fruit extract
  • Sage essential oil
  • Ocotea essential oil
  • Rose essential oil

Wholesale pricing: $15.00 USD

Spritz your make up brush a few times and apply your choice of foundation, eyeliner or eyeshadow! This mist is a great setter for after your application as well. Can’t wait to smell mine once it arrives, especially since it has some of my favourite smelling essential oils, like Black Spruce, Copaiba, Bergamot and Sage as well as vanilla fruit extract!

Now, my only question for you is, how will you NOT buy all of these incredible products?

Go big or go home?

If you bought yourself a foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, Multi Tasker for brows, a lipstick, a lip gloss and the Mister Spray you’d be looking at an amazing and complete set for under $220 USD!

Mascara is the only thing missing – coming to us in August.

Everything you see here is available July 1st, to pre-order, please send inquiries via email to us here with your contact information and we’ll call to set up your orders. This is an amazing company that we are all going to be so happy to have in our homes! Congratulations on making the switch!

With Purpose,

Tonia

Unblocking Limiting Beliefs

Part of the responsibility of becoming a business owner or moving into a leadership role in any capacity is developing new skills and becoming a better version of yourself. It’s part of growing as a person anyways, but we’ve really sped up this process (or took our sweet time getting here and needed the crash course version to catch up, whichever version of the story you like best – both are true in their own right) since starting our Network Marketing business. One area that almost all of the self-development or leaderships books we have read (or the podcasts we have listened to) refer to limiting beliefs. Also, how we tell ourselves that bullshit every single day without probably even realizing it.

What Are Limiting Beliefs?

Well, they can really be just about anything and you don’t have to be in business to have them. A limiting belief is something you tell yourself in your narrative (that little voice in your head you might not be aware of) that is false or untrue. Something that would generally be harmful in some way. They are what limits you from reaching new potential “in case it’s too hard” or what stops you from doing the things that you know will make your life better because you simply don’t believe you’re good enough.

All created by you. Ouch.

Common Limiting Beliefs

  • I’m not pretty enough
  • Your parents were abusive
  • You live in a place where there aren’t any good paying jobs
  • You live in a very small town
  • I don’t deserve to make a lot of money
  • I don’t know as much about business as ___________
  • I don’t have the skill set

These are excuses.

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Everyone has the same opportunity

It is your limiting beliefs that tell you otherwise. If you and five of your friends stood at the edge of the pool, do you all have the same opportunity to jump into the pool?

Does that seem like a dumb question?

Simply put, people stand at the edge of the pool and they either jump or they don’t. Why not? Ahhh, you might be catching on by now. Fear holds us back from opportunity, even as simple and fun as doing a cannon ball into the backyard pool. Then, let’s break down the situation and compare what happens with the people who counted down from 5 and took the leap of faith versus perhaps the one or two who didn’t.

You DID jump

Man! That water was freezing at first buy – hey! It actually feels great; refreshing for this hot summery day. Your friends who jumped into the pool are laughing, splashing and swimming. Maybe they get out of the pool, but what do they do next? Without hesitation most, if not all, of them will immediately jump back into the pool. Even if they were a bit fearful in the beginning, they jumped and now they know for sure that they’ll be more than ok. In fact, it was pretty fun.

You didn’t jump

How do you feel? Just writing this out I feel embarrassed and a bit sorry that I didn’t just go ahead and do it. And now one of two things might happen. The non-jumper might decide to slump into that bit of shame and not partake in the pool at all, OR, jump right in on round two as the previous jumpers head back into the pool.

The moral of the story is that standing on the edge of the pool might cause your heart to pound a little – and it’s a strange pool, you’ve never swam in it before. You don’t know what temperature it will be or if you’ll be able to touch the bottom. You know how to swim and none of the rest of that stuff matters anyways because it’s the narrative in your head saying, “that’s too scary!”.

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Life Will Pass You By, or Will It?

Or, you will plan your life out the way you want it to go. That’s the whole point of starting this blog. Our whole entire purpose of being here is to keep sharing what we learn down our path to building a life our way. On purpose. Life was passing us by at an alarming rate and now we’re both in our mid-thirties getting our fresh start. We are almost two years into our new business and it’s true! We both wish we’d started five years ago! We’re here now – and we’re aware of that little narrative that says “hey, you have limits, remember?” and little by little, the more you ignore those thoughts, the more you realize that you begin to say, “where to now, boss?”.

Whatever your vehicle is to your freedom or living your life on purpose, do it before your limiting beliefs get the best of you. Don’t have a vehicle yet? Let’s talk and see if the one we’re driving is more your speed.

With Purpose

T&C

Warning Sign

Warning! Deep Holes. Dangerous Current. Slippery rocks.

Ya, but that view, though!

 


 

It’s our song. We don’t know how it happened exactly, how it came to mean so much to us anyways. When we first met Colin lived in Vancouver (Port Moody, actually) and I lived in Calgary after having formally lived in North Van in another life. We met through mutual friends at the time and I just knew he was my husband. In the beginning, I was so drawn to him that my heart raced and I had to stop myself from reaching out to touch him – the first night we met! He drove us home the second night we knew each other and I sat in the front seat. It took all my might not to reach out and touch his hand and I’m certain there was a look of complete fear and confusion just plastered on my face. What was going on with me?!

We got out of the car, our friend and I. We were staying with a lovely friend of mine in Burnaby; in town for a Ben Harper concert (of course!). My friend hugged Colin good-bye. I hugged Colin good-bye. We started to walk away. And then out of nowhere I yelled, “WAIT!”. I turned and I ran back to him and hugged him again. Probably with that very same look of complete fear and confusion just plastered on my face. What the hell just happened?! How embarrassing!

Minutes later I remember telling our friend upstairs over a Guinness on the patio that, had I still lived in Vancouver, that would be the exact kind of man I’d never let out of my sight.

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After a long drive back to Calgary the next day, Colin and I chatted into the late evening. The details aren’t as clear anymore, but I suggested that I come back out to see him. It was undeniable that we had chemistry, but was it real? Enough? As strong as we’d imagined?

Jorja (the beagle) was skunked a few days prior, so we arrived on Colin’s doorstep on September 8th, 2011 nervous, full of wonder and … stinking like skunk. If he was going to love us, this is what life looked like! I was on the phone with our mutual friend as though we were 14 again talking about our boy crushes and giggled with our hands covering our mouths so no one else could hear us. I’ll never forget these chats. It was the last time I’d feel butterflies for a new man.

We spent five days together before I drove home again. There was an earthquake just off the coast of Vancouver that week, I remember a friend of mine who lived on the Island had sent me a text to let me know he was ok since I should have been in Calgary and known nothing of this earthquake. Apparently, Colin and I were there and we always joked that we must have been so wrapped up in the start of our relationship that we just didn’t even notice.

The morning I left, we cried. I packed up the car and remember feeling empty, like I couldn’t wrap my head around how I was going to go back to my life and he to his. After the car was packed and Jorja was in her crate, I went to say one last goodbye. Warning Sign by Coldplay (who had been my favourite band for many years during my early twenties) was playing on the radio in Colin’s house. “And the truth is, I miss you.” The song depicts some of the angst in the beginning though – the excuses we tried to make so that we didn’t have to do the hard thing. Be together and figure it out. Deal with our shit. Get over our pasts. Stop living life with a woe is me attitude. Whoa. Tough stuff.

Fast forward almost 6 years later and we’ve never not once listened to this song without crying. It’s layered, for us. And symbolic. There were many times we were warned that we’d get along so well. There were many times we saw warning signs and knew it would be easier if we just decided to not be together. There were warning signs that “you were an island to discover”. Sometimes I cringe at the terrible things we’ve been through – put each other through, even. Listening to Warning Sign by Coldplay makes me cry because our story is amazing and also because there are so many things in the past I used to wish I could take back.

Then I read Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass, which we’ve talked about here. Chapter 15, I turn the page to Chapter 15 and I read the single most important quote of my life.

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past” – Lily Tomlin.

Nothing matters about yesterday. None of it. Not the friends you used to have. Not the fight you caused. Not the bill you didn’t pay on time. Yesterday you did the best you could and you’re where you are today because of it. You’ll do the best you can again today.

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No relationship is ever picture perfect, but I like to believe that, especially in the beginning, despite the hiccups (what seemed like natural disasters at the time), our story was romantic. I look over and we’re holding hands walking through a field and our hair is blowing every which way. That’s life. The tornado is all around us and nothing else is in focus except for him, and me. Holding hands. Walking. Through life.

Listen: Warning Sign by Coldplay

With Purpose,

T

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Six Pursuits Of Happiness In Six Years

We’ve been so serious lately.

Let’s have some fun and talk to you about six ways in our short (almost) six years together when we were on the pursuit of happiness and making the very most of the ebbs and flows. Some serious, and some not so much.

Six Contributing Factors To Our Happiness In Six Years

#1 – Travel

We celebrated our first anniversary together as a couple by traveling to Belize for 16 days in August of 2012. It was actually this trip that solidified our relationship and where we both decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We had to overcome a lot together on this trip and we learned not only what we loved about one another but what lengths we were willing to go to take care of each other, too. We left our phones and any other electronic device at home and spent 16 amazing days with only a digital camera (remember those?!) a friend had lent us, our backpacks, bathing suits and flip flops.

We learned how to always have each other’s backs, how to really enjoy one another and how to turn off everything else in order to really turn on for just us. There is magic in our travels together and it’s no surprise that the most important thing to us is to be able to build our business up to the point where we can travel the world when and how we choose. This is our greatest desire. It’s when we’re absolutely, undoubtedly, at our very best. After Belize we have added Phoenix, Las Vegas, Paris, Torino, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano and Nice to this list. To be continued…

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#2 – Recognizing Resistance

We didn’t realize that for most of our lives – both together as a couple and separately, how we had been pushing against resistance. Ummm, guys! That’s only making it worse!

We pushed against resistance in relationships, each other and in our jobs until we started to understand the value of focusing on maximizing relationships that are really important and learning to let others go. Accept that resistance is letting you know that there’s probably a better way to go than upstream through the current. Less force means less suffering.

When we planned our wedding it took an entire year to put together something that just didn’t quite feel right to us. We kept being met with resistance from people, about the venue, things going wrong, little things, but still, we knew it was just wrong. As soon as we stopped pushing against resistance and making things harder for ourselves we noticed that what we really wanted to do was easier than what we really didn’t want to do in the first place.

We did a complete 180, changing the venue and the whole look of the wedding and everything fell into place within five days. A whole year and a half of planning a wedding we didn’t want – and five days for everything to magically fall into place when we started doing what was right for us. We rented a cabin in Nordegg, Alberta for 2.5 weeks and threw the reception there. We strung lights all over the beautiful A framed cabin along the front of the wrap around patio and we laughed, cried, hugged, kissed and danced into the night.

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#3 – Starting A Business Together

Starting our business – and thinking we were going to be successful right out of the gates – that was hard but also so crucial to the people we have become. Understanding that we were going into this business, however, to stick with it forever was what helped us the most. We might have given up a hundred times by now if we hadn’t committed so strongly to being entrepreneurs together.

Not only did we firmly believe in the products we were using and sharing with our people, but we were done pouring all of our passion and drive into someone else’s business and dream for very little return on investment. Every time we went to our jobs we were investing our time and efforts into someone else’s idea and when we first began talking about this business neither of us were at a point in our then careers where we were valued in our positions any longer. It was time to stop pushing against resistance once again.

One month after we were married we invested $200 in a Premium Starter Kit that acted like the kindling in a fire having waited years to be started. We lit the match and every since we have been adding more wood to this desire we have to build our business while helping our people to do the very same thing. We grow and new people bring new ideas, thoughts, love, support and then we grow a little more. It is amazing. Being an entrepreneur and helping to build dreams with other entrepreneurs brings us both more happiness than we’d ever expected.

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#4 – Realizing that it’s only the two of us.

It’s no longer lonely and disappointing when you stop depending on other people. The only person that can make or break your life – is you. The only other person looking out for my best interest – is my partner. It’s just the two of us, truly – and when we put positive energy into this idea and focused on what we want for us, life became infinitely better. We stopped worrying about all of these friends we didn’t have, places we hadn’t gone, you know – what we were lacking. How in the hell is this making our lives better? We always had each other’s backs but continually wanted someone else to have it, too? Geez, no wonder we were so unhappy. This is seriously what our self-talk was about when we weren’t aware of it.

So, we got quiet and started doing a lot more listening. Next we just focused on what was right in front of us. We spend a lot of time, us humans, thinking about what we don’t have and it’s heartbreaking. Realizing that it’s only the two of us to depend on one another has changed our perspective to all of the amazing things we do have right here, right now. It gave the space to really think about where worry, anxiety and other troubling thoughts or emotions were coming from.

Only the two of us means that there is only one other person in this world that we can fully trust and rely on besides ourselves. We no longer feel the need to put expectations onto others – because it’s unfair for everyone, first of all,  and we only become upset when others don’t follow through. Right? If people say they are going to do something and they do it, great! Less expectation, less resistance, less force, less suffering. More excellent quality relationships, more pure and unwavering love, more self-love, more pursuing. And at the end of the day, it’s always been just us and it always will be and when there’s more, we’ll be so full with plenty to share. The door is open.

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#5 – We wanted to do a lot of growing and changing.

Acknowledging that we have pain that needed to be worked through was difficult. Sickness was manifesting – which is exactly what happens when you do not have emotional wellness. So, we actively started seeking wellness books, returning to yoga practices, focusing on our self-talk and learning how to use our essential oils to help support us on our journey. We actually just taught an entire workshop on emotional wellness with our team based on the emotional blends we all have used in supporting ourselves because of how powerful they can be.

Becoming better people meant we’d have to give up some things. Limiting beliefs, for starters, and then there’s comparing ourselves to others (we have done this so much with our business and it’s a huge no-no), self-criticism and so on. Have you actually ever really listened to the way you talk to yourself? Awareness is where we are at, and creating the space we need to be real with ourselves so that we can live the life we really want to live. You know how the saying goes, you can’t help others until you learn to help yourself. This is a never ending lesson you commit to learning every single day.

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Then we found that we had to learn to give ourselves permission to actually have the things we wanted. Wine. Time to relax. We had to learn to give ourselves permission to seek to have exactly what we wanted. What’s important to you? You need to check in and constantly be aware of the ebb and flow because what’s important to you will always change as you grow. Being open about how you really feel and who you really are – oh, and what you really want. Be confident.

Gotcha.

#6 – Choosing to live our life on purpose

We have both always wanted to live our lives on our own terms and do what makes us happy. Weird, right? Of course not! Do you know what makes most of us unhappy? Doing things because other people want us to when we especially don’t want to because it doesn’t make us happy. This can seem selfish – because it is! And do you know what the best part about that is? It’s perfectly ok to be selfish. We’re not harming anybody by saying, “No thank you, I don’t want to”. Then why don’t we say it more often?

Life is hauntingly short. Most of the people I love are dead, and I’m not exaggerating. Colin and I talk a lot about how we are grateful to be growing older and how it is a privilege. What little time we do have here, we want to make sure we live it intentionally now that we understand that we can have anything we want to have. In order to do this, we have to be comfortable saying no when we mean no. Don’t do the things you don’t want to do. You will go with regret and resentment, which doesn’t help anyone. Instead, show up when you want to go to the event, the concert, the dinner party, whatever it is.

The second part to this equation for us is doing things even though you know that it’s hard – quitting our jobs, moving out to the Okanagan – that was hard. It was simple but it wasn’t easy. And guess what? We’re alive. We are happy to have made the changes even though they were scary. That’s what keeps us stagnant though, is our fear. So we stay where we are in order to know that tomorrow will look the same as yesterday and the day before that. This is purpose-less. Mundane un-happiness. We were always so frustrated and bored. We weren’t tapping into courage.

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So we started saying no and all of a sudden we were on our next leg of the journey in pursuit of happiness. We want to live with intention and purpose, because if we don’t, the cost will be too high.

With Purpose,

T&C

To Pursue On Purpose

We knew that our blog, Everything With A {PURPOSE}, would be only that, the point is to share only when you have something to share and not for the sake of sharing just because. So, we’ve taken a hiatus for the last two months after writing Leave Your Suitcase At The Door. It was like I didn’t have anything else to say. Period. There is no way to be sure how many times I’ve read it over and over again, almost surprised at myself and at how perfectly written it is. It exactly reveals that day to a T. I poured my soul out into that blog and I haven’t had anything else anywhere near as profound to say since. And that’s ok.

It was a time to stop talking and do a lot of listening, observing, watching. Oh, the treasures this has brought and the amazing amount of epiphanies that come at a time when you’re taking in information with very little output. Fascinating how quickly you reconnect with your intuition, when you’re this inquisitive and paying attention for the answers.

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It was important to quiet all of the noise for a while. Writing is impossible when you’re in this kind of transition. So we did a lot of reading, writing in a journal and something we find so helpful that we encourage all people to really do – talk it all through with your spouse and those closest to you. I sat on my mat a lot. I meditated a lot. We read and we watched a lot of interviews with people who inspired us and even watched a few flicks.

One of those flicks Colin and I were watching was ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ with Will Smith. Colin had seen it before but not for years and I hadn’t seen it at all. We want to share our perspective of the whole concept.

Everyone suffers the exact same way, it’s just different.

We all suffer. You’re not special. I’m not special. We’re not special. Suffering is the human condition and no one gets to skip pain, or pleasure, for that matter. It’s a fundamental part of humanness. It’s why we strive to do and be better humans – which is why this movie is so appropriately named. Happiness is not ever something you can weigh, hold, shackle or chain. You are only ever in the pursuit of it.

Think of emotions the same way. Nothing lasts forever – emotions all end. Pleasure, pain, sorrow, delight, and even laughter. We live somewhere in between happy and sad most of the time with a pendulum that swings sometimes to the far right and sometimes to the far left.

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Everything anyone ever does is because of them. This is one of the hardest lessons I have had to face yet, understanding that I am completely in control of myself – because for many years I have felt out of control. You can’t hone in that control until you realize that YOU have it. Not one single other person is to blame for your failures, nor are they to blame for your successes.

You know when you read something so profound and you think, damn! That was so obvious! That’s because it is completely obvious and you’ve heard the thing time and time again but maybe you weren’t ready to hear it.

In the movie, Christopher asks his dad, “Did mommy leave because of me?”, to which his dad responds, “No! Mommy didn’t leave because of you. Mommy left because of mommy’.

This really was a layered lesson and one that we have spent many a night lately chatting about, usually propped up in bed with a glass of wine as we wind down – we’re not those normal humans who do that in the living room. Colin especially just loves to be in our bedroom space. So we talk a lot about understanding that our actions and thoughts are all chosen by us. Reactions – still us. Someone calls you a bitch and you immediately get mad? You chose to give them power over who you actually think you are. Are you a bitch? Right? Does it even matter if you are or if you aren’t? The answer is no.

What if you go one step further. Our emotional pain attached to another human being is our own doing and finally realizing that you’re in control of this – even though initially it sounds like complete madness – I know. If Tonia continually allowed herself to grieve the loss of a mother, or more accurately, whatever she felt like a mother ought to be, that is her choice entirely and no one else can make her continue to grieve this. The actions causing the pain aren’t there anymore. Pain is actually gone now, but the suffering isn’t IF she chooses not to let it go.

Why?

We haven’t learned the lesson of the pursuit of happyness yet.

Today, while driving around, a thought occurred. The only moment I am living in is now and there is no immediate threat, no pain, no joy. Contentment is here in this moment now as you read through this blog. Contentment is knowing that what happened isn’t happening anymore and it’s not happening again. The moment, the person, the pain, pleasure, grief… it’s been gone for a long time and it’s time to close the door and keep on going. Ready to pursue the next moment of life – happiness and sadness in their varying degrees must ebb and flow and happen as we move through life. That’s it – as simple as that.

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You don’t need a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a lover, a husband, a wife, a dog, a preacher, a mantra, a yoga pose. We were blaming something else for our ‘un’ happiness, because we’re really busy believing that we can hold happiness in our hands and one day arrive ‘there’ and forevermore live in this bliss.

Nope.

You’re already there in every moment that you forgive, move on, take a step forward, read a book, kiss your spouse, wash your hair, sing to one of your favourite songs, drink your favourite glass of wine with the perfect cheese pairing, float in the lake, smell the scent of your favourite essential oil diffusing as you write in your favourite blog.

 


 

There’s been a lot of reflection happening in our home. We say, “I’m so proud of you” to one another, like, a LOT right now. There’s a spiritual growth spirt happening here and it’s why we’ve been so quiet. We’re not saying anything that someone else has already said – we’re just putting it out there in a someone-already-said-it-and-we’re-just-repeating-it-in-our-own-words kinda way.

Try spending some time in contentment appreciating the pendulum, knowing that everything, including emotion, is temporary. We’ll all enjoy the pursuit much better this way.

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With Purpose,

T & C

Leave Your Suitcase At The Door

Colin used to work on Saturdays and I’d get up early with him and head to hot yoga while he headed to his old job. One particular day, a day I won’t soon forget, I walked to my yoga studio for some extra exercise. Yoga mat strapped to my side, I was ready to take on my day. I remember feeling like a warrior. Like, ‘Girl, you got this!’.

I did not have this.

Let me start by saying I have never made it out of Savasana alive. I cry every time. There is this unbelievable release that happens after an intense guided yoga flow that just overcomes me as we lay honouring our practice. This particular day, though. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened.

One thing that bothers me now is that I don’t know name of the Yoga teacher that day. I’m actually not sure if I even remember what she looks like or if I even looked at her because it was as if I practiced alone in the packed room of 49 other yogis. To me, there was only her and I.

For those of you who might not have had the opportunity to attend a hot yoga class, generally speaking you would quietly walk in, place your mat on the floor and set up your space appropriately. Once you’re settled in, you stretch your way down into a comfortable Savasana or Corpse pose position until the Yoga Instructor slowly engages you in practice. This day I knew I was really in for it as soon as she started talking. I was always worried when there was an instructor I don’t know yet because I’d wonder how intense her practice would be. Every Yogi is different. What I didn’t expect or ever worry about was a tiny little yogi kicking my ass emotionally that day.

Laying in Savasana she began ask us to imagine standing up and leaving the room again only to return to the yoga studio, but this time we had to leave our suitcase at the door before we came in to lay down in Savasana. In other words, our baggage was not allowed any further into this room, but we’d spend the next hour and fifteen minutes talking about why. Shit. HOW DID SHE KNOW?!

Our eyes closed, she walked us all back to the change room and then right back in and had us stop as soon as we were inside the doors to the hot yoga studio room. We were instructed to imagine our suitcase in our hand and that the entire room was empty save for her and, well… me.

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It was surprising how magically she’d taken over my imagination as if her voice was that of my own narrative. I’d actually left my body where it was and followed her wherever she told me to go. I obeyed. She then said to imagine that whatever we were carrying in this suitcase was something we’ve been needing to let go of for a pretty long time now. We absolutely can not bring it any further into this room. It stays at the door. Put it down. I listened.

As if nothing at all had happened we began our flow as she gently awoke our bodies from Savasana to seated, seated to Mountain. I don’t remember anything about the class itself after that. Only her voice. And her message.

She said, if you’re thinking about your suitcase, don’t worry. It will be there waiting for you when you leave.

I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. Where the hell was my regular instructor? I actually remember thinking that. I adored my Saturday afternoon Yoga instructor. This one, she was beating me up! I collected myself and drew in my rib cage and pressed further into down dog. She began to talk about the consequences of carrying around this suitcase with us for the rest of our lives. We don’t even open it anyways, she said. Do you know why we keep it though? It comes with consequences. We’re afraid to be brave enough to save ourselves in case the risk of the consequences is too great. Sucker. Punch.

I was so in my head and in my body the entire class. I don’t remember any yummy stretches or how we got back into Savasana but I remember feeling trapped when I got there. Between me and the outside world was now this suitcase I had to face on my way back out of this room. I remember being almost mad. Ridiculous, right? To be mad at the end of a Yoga practice?

She spoke again, softly. She said, something to the tune of:  let me tell you something about the suitcase at the back of the room that you carefully put down at the beginning of our practice today. That suitcase is full of baggage that isn’t yours anymore but you carry it around with you every day as if it means something. You carry it around not because you’re not ready to put it down but because you know there are consequences you’ll have to face for doing so. There will be other people you’ll have to leave behind, other things that will have to be left behind also, even if that’s not what you want.

That suitcase you left at the door? You don’t have to take it with you when you leave.

All of a sudden I heard myself sob out loud. No one moved. No one was surprised. It was me alone in a room with just her and my whole heart cracked open and I felt so much relief. I always cry in Savasana because of this beautiful release of energy I feel, and it usually feels like love and peace. This day it was devastation leaving my body while I sobbed uncontrollably. I knew what I had to do and I knew what I would lose when I did. I’d been waiting for someone to say it was ok to choose me.

Then I felt her over my body as she so gently laid a cold cloth scented with Lemongrass over my eyes. A few more moments passed and the class was over.

After we’d finished our practice I took an extra minute or two to gather my water bottle, blocks, towels and mats. I really just needed to let everything set in.


It has been almost two years since I left that suitcase behind. I did choose me, there were consequences and they hurt like hell, but I saved me. I continue to save me every day and everyday I am more of the woman, wife, leader and friend I strive to be. The suitcase represented a part of my life no one should ever have to face. I chose to leave a parent behind, knowing that others wouldn’t understand and also that relationships would suffer. Or else I would.

I chose me.

I chose to save me because if I didn’t then what kind of a leader would I be?

With Purpose,

Tonia

Changing Gears

What if your reality looked a little different from normal (whatever the heck that means)? It offered you food, shelter, water plus all of the extras you could only dream about. Freedom, travel, opportunity. Isn’t it interesting to you the people who become successful are of a different mindset from the majority of people who… are not?

Growing up we learn about fairy tales that fill our hearts with wonder and then someone who’s “had a hard life” wants to “tell you how it really is” and then, of course, you’re doomed. Done for. You believe them. You’re no longer Cinderella, you’re her ugly step-sisters. POOF. No fairy godmother. We believed them, too, for a really long time. The only time that you have a really hard life is when you don’t do something about “how it really is”. 

This morning we watched a short 11+ minute video (which we attached below for you to watch, too) of one of our favourite self-improvement authors, Jen Sincero, about excuses. She asks her audience to really think (in everything she does) about where you are right now and where you want to be. Where are you? What’s stopping you?

We have watched numerous people in our community achieve incredible freedom (time and financial) in the past year and a half since we have been building our Network Marketing business. Incredible feats that to us, 2 years  ago… seemed impossible, like completely out-of-our-reach. We have listened to people’s stories that sound just like ours did, growing up without much money, without extras – to wanting more for themselves, dammit! What happens is sometimes who you want to be is sacrificed for what you think others will do or say to and about you. We have also felt that way.

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Do you know what we know now? It doesn’t matter, none of it. What anyone thinks, what YOU think… none of that is real. What anyone thinks about you does not pay your bills – and we’re not saying that to change your thinking about other people, we want you to turn that inwards. Your limiting beliefs are created only by you. What’s real is outside of what you think. What’s real already exists and the only reason you can’t see that is because of you.

Thinking back to the conversation started this morning in our inbox, we are humbled by the obviousness of our path. We all want freedom to do the things we want, to be able to say YES instead of having to say no because of a lack of money, time, or freedom. We all have the ability to have whatever we want, but sometimes you have to make a sacrifice to get to where you’re going. The hard truth is that making that change makes most of us uncomfortable.

“It’s going to be uncomfortable, but not necessarily hard.” – Jen Sincero

What do we have to offer?

Our experiences. Our support. Our desires. Our knowledge.

“Change your life in a massively positive way” – Jen Sincero

Why would we hide these things away from those who want it just in case the ones who don’t tell us so? Those who don’t want what you have and what you can offer do not serve you. And that’s OK! For some reason we think it’s not ok and that it’s our job to change their minds. Let us be clear.

It is not your job to change anyone’s mind.

Instead, it is your job to do something incredible with your life because whatever you want to do and be is available for you, but it takes hard work. And some of that hard work happens by understanding your limiting beliefs and then taking the steps necessary to change your way of thinking about yourself.

“When you get the idea that scares the crap out of you that’s when you’ve hit the bullseye.” – Jen Sincero

There is a difference between something being uncomfortable for you and being innately … hard.

The hard truth is that what we want costs a lot and we have to pay the toll, which happens to be hard work, dedication and perseverance. And the willingness to do things that make us uncomfortable. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results. It’s time to change gears.

If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else is going to. Isn’t living a life on purpose fun?

With Purpose,

Tonia & Colin

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

One of the things that makes us happy is, well, not having to clean our toilets every few days – or let’s be real, ever, but I’m sure you can relate. No one actually wants to clean toilets, so that’s the example we’re going to run with because I’m going to talk about a product here (because it’s one of the ingredients in our dishwasher tabs) that I swear to you has changed my life and if you are like me, it will change yours, too.

We talk a lot in our blog about the changes we have made in our lives over the past five years when it comes to removing toxins, changing our diets based on our awareness of our bodies (which is ongoing, turns out Tonia has a new potential food allergy, which we will talk about very soon!) and that includes our cleaning products. Remember in our post, It’s Complicated, we asked why our toilet bowl cleaner is bright blue? It’s not a question any of us are programmed to ask because we grew up with bright blue toilet bowl cleaner. Right?

What if we really did ask? We wouldn’t like the answers. Chemicals, synthetic combinations of a lot of chemicals that none of us want touching our bodies – including the air we breathe when using these chemicals to “clean” our homes. So we stopped using them and looked for healthier alternatives. The problem is that a majority of people associate harsh chemicals with effective cleaning power and unfortunately don’t associate harsh chemicals with disease. You can have plant based and effective without the other stuff.

What about our dishes?

What if there was the simpler, more economical way to make your own dishwasher tabs? I have an awesome recipe that I want to share with you guys and I couldn’t be happier to have come across these products (first, I had no idea what washing soda was until I started making these) and the plant based cleaner has replaced every other cleaner in our home.

Something that really sparked a conversation about this topic recently was that Colin read a label for a very common dish soap that says, “poison if ingested”. Whoa, what?

What we don’t fully understand is that even small exposures to these toxic chemicals over time can cause major health issues. Just because you rinsed your dishes after washing them, doesn’t mean there aren’t traces of those chemicals left on your plate.

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

Thieves Household Cleaner (plant based, infused with essential oils – but you can use any plant based cleaner or solution you might have). ***Side note: If you’d like to know why we use Thieves or have questions about becoming a wholesale member with Young Living, we’d be happy to help you do that***

2 Cups Washing Soda (I baked 2 cups of baking soda in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 1 hour, but I recommend Nellie’s Washing Soda).

Add 1 C Vinegar and it will start to foam
Mix together then add ½ capful of Thieves Household cleaner (I soak my cutting boards in this stuff, clean my oven, windows, sometimes my laundry, toilet bowls, you name it. It’s that good)
5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
Mix all together
Pour into ice cube tray molds (make sure they’re the rubbery kind so you can push them out. Here’s what mine look like:

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Allow them to dry over night ***I find the crumble when I try to pop them out of their mold, so I dry mine overnight in the freezer!*** and then pop them into a glass container under your sink for your next dishwasher load! I usually add two of these little guys per cycle and they really do the trick.
These are the things in my life that truly make me the happiest; finding solutions like these for my family and being able to share then with all of you. We all want to do a little bit better with our health, with the products in our homes and the ways in which we help each other to do that. We’re all in this together.
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Share your favourite recipes with me, too, please!! I absolutely love a good DIY hack with minimal and all natural ingredients.
If you’d like to talk shop about the products we use and why we use ’em, we can do that, too. You’d absolutely love their products if you’re into natural, healthy, non-toxic and easy peasy DIY recipe type stuff just like we do. Send over a note!
With Purpose,
Tonia