#EarthMama in the Home

I did this NonToxic Household Cleaning Guide a couple of years ago and love how seamlessly Earth Mama Angel Baby Soaps fit into this guide where castile soaps are listed.  The best part is the scent with the saponified oils!  One of the major complaints with cleaning with vinegar is the scent and need for essential oils, the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Washes have beautiful scents so the need for oils does not have to occur.  See my Ignite Denver video for cleaning with vinegar that I did a couple of years ago if you need more convincing about vinegar.

If you are wondering why you should consider non-toxic cleaning then consider reading this synergistic effects piece I wrote that talks about the unknown effects of all the chemicals we come into contact with in our homes.

Here are a couple of cleaners you can use from my guide with Earth Mama Angel Baby Products

Laundry Detergent
**I do not use this on BRIGHT colors or fine thread fabric
1 cup Earth Mama Angel Baby Soap
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup salt
1 gallon hot water
Mix and use 1/4 cup per small load

The All-Purpose Cleaner

4 cups hot water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Soap

And a demonstration of how easy making these cleaners can be

Thanks for viewing and thank you Earth Mama Angel Baby for letting me part of this campaign with you!

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FTC Disclosure:

I am compensated for this campaign and was given product. However all opinions and true love for this brand is my own.

#EarthMama On the Road

I am very, very lucky that my kids are really great when it comes to traveling.  They are great on planes, they are great on the road.  Just because we leave home is no reason to sacrifice high-quality personal products for any of us.  I love Earth Mama Angel Baby when I leave home with or without them because their products multitask as much as I do.

The whole family is accompanying me this long weekend as I am a course manager for about 50 miles of a relay race.  I have a big van of supplies to help my volunteers and runners as well as needing to keep our suite at elevation (8500′-9500′) stocked for my family.

Here is a pretty standard set of goods I am using to travel with the whole family.  When it is just me and I am flying it is usually the Angel Baby Oil (I use this as a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, and a hair oil if I need some softness and control) and some of their lip balm.  The baby oil is available in 1 oz. size which is easy for TSA carryon convenience. For everyone on this trip it is Nipple Butter, Angel Oil, Body Wash, and Bottom Spray.   When I am in my van cruising the course I will have the Nipple Butter and Bottom Spray on hand for runners who get too much sun or encounter plants on the trails that they may have reactions too. These products multitask for me with beauty routines, my kids and family with their needs, and for endurance athletes who need an extra hand on the course.

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The Shampoo & Body Wash is so crucial on the road for the boys because of its distinctive scent.   As a standard the boys and I are used to using the Natural Orange Vanilla Scent.  Even though we are not at home this familiar scent helps to keep them in their usual rhythm of nighttime steps and as a cue for when to go to bed.

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I hope to add some images of athletes on the course getting a little EMAB TLC.  I use it with my endurance training so why not introduce it to others?  To get a feel of alternative uses of Earth Mama Angel Baby products please visit this summary.

FTC disclosure: This is a compensated campaign I am part of with monetary compensation and products provided.  However all opinions are my own. I am a longtime fan of Earth Mama Angel Baby so it may seem hard to find me criticizing their products.

#EarthMama Home and Herbal First Aid Challenge

If you are any visitor to my blog or know me then you know I am a fan of Earth Mama Angel Baby for me and my kids.  I am so much of a fan of them that last year me and my little man posed for them and our image was used for Breastfeeding Week and Month.  Well today to kicks of World Breastfeeding Week and EMAB products are great to support your lactation journey but that is not the point of this post.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Month 2013

However when they asked bloggers to step forward to take a challenge to use their products I wanted in but did not want to lie so signed up for the Home and Herbal First Aid Challenge. And I am so happy to be on this blogger ambassador team!

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They sent a bunch of goodies!

EMAB products

And even though they are for cleaning our home and helping to mend our bodies after accidents I am 100% completely fine with letting the toddler play with them because they are NON TOXIC. This is a big reason I fell in love with this company when I was pregnant with my first, they are like the kind of products I like to keep in my home for the safety of my kids and so that they do not mess with our endocrine system as they mix with everything else in our household.

Why do I mention endocrine systems here… very simple, SYNERGISTIC EFFECTS. If you are unfamiliar then read this primer that I wrote here.  Healthy homes are necessary for everyone whether you are coupled, have kids, regardless of your age, or any other factor. Everyone. And these products are not exclusive to mamas and babes.

So how did our first week go? I figured I would focus on the first aid portion with two young boys around the house and what a week it was.  With two young boys and a colorful (read clumsy) husband I was the only one with any owies. I got a small sunburn after spending the day at a high-altitude wolf sanctuary last night and I cut myself a little shaving last night.  I hardly ever shave since I usually wax a couple of times a year but it has been hectic lately.  This was one of the tools in my first aid arsenal. I almost feel like all alternative uses applied to me in the last week. Wonk wonk.

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New Mama Bottom Spray

  • sunburn
  • facial toner
  • aftershave
  • minor scrapes
  • bug bites
  • puffy morning eyes

To see other alternative uses of EMAB products visit their blog.

FTC disclosure: This is a paid campaign and I was comped products but these opinions are my  own.  I just happen to love this company.

Venus de Miles pumped up! #rideVenus

Venus-2014-BloggerBadges-KiaLast year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.

To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!

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The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles.  It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride.  Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.IMG_1524

Marianne was pretty remarkable as well.  She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.

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Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.

15 minutes is better than no minutes.

You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.

Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.

Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process. 

Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.

 

fitbloggin’ #toughlove #justtrollin

Fitbloggin’ was a week ago and I am so grateful for every nook and cranny that people allowed me to be a part of. I went wanting to be vulnerable and just present. For the most part I was present. I am so grateful to people like Erin from DigDeepPlayHard for checking in on me when I confessed I was going in feeling broken and weak. Physically I had just recovered from a hamstring strain I got on Memorial Day and then sprained the heck out of my ankle shortly before the conference catching my preschooler from a fall on concrete. This post-partum comeback still has not been graceful. I am not freaking out over it (I really do believe in the two years to heal from having babies like a good aruyvedic person should), but it can be frustrating. However a lot of people did not know about all that going on with me and why should they? I am quiet and if you look at my blog, really quiet.

So there are still a lot of highlights and OMG moments to go over but I am going to keep this short since I just got back from four days at an epic yoga festival and want to post. My tough love to myself is to get back on my content creation, curation, and broadcasting. My roomies Steve and Sue held a Tough Love session and gave homework, to call ourselves out. This blog or lack of blogging is my call out to me.

Hell, my husband has designed a new logo for me, bought me a new domain and I am slacking on even those gifts.

In my own #toughlove I am challenging myself to 31/31 in July. So here is 3/31 on day 7. I got some stuff to do.

And as far as Fitbloggin’ – I’ll post light and at least include a vlog. It is funny to think that 4 years ago I was really killing the vlogging thing. Ha! O.k., July – time to get back on the blog/content horse.

Wanderlust Revist – 5 years here we go

Five years ago I headed to the first Wanderlust in Squaw Valley…

then I got pregnant and had a kid, then another.  I have been on a little lockdown since then but here we are five years later and I am going back.

Wanderlust is in a number of locations now so the road trip to Cali will not be necessary – only a 3 hour drive to Snowmass.

I have also been a yoga teacher for five years and have watched the yoga hustle explode around me while I have chosen to watch from the sidelines with little ones as my priority.  I am curious to see how that has translated into whatever Wanderlust is now.

I’m back and covering for Yogadork again (there are three or four posts of coverage I did from 2009). Hit me up if you see me. Follow me on twitter and instagram as @kiamruiz. This is going to be fun no matter what!