Hi there! My name is Wendi. I live in Austin, TX, have an amazing husband, three wonderful kids, one really sweet dog, and one evil cat. Seriously, the cat is a jerk. But I digress…
The reason I’m typing about myself is, I’m on a journey. This blog is my tool to research, document, and discover how to live a healthy and organic lifestyle. I’m passionate about finding the safest and most natural products for myself and my family. I’m also pretty crafty and love the idea of chronicling and sharing various DIY natural projects and crafts I do with my kids.
I grew up in a household where my mom seldom cooked and TV dinners, canned soup and Ramen Noodles were the staple of my diet. As I got older and had my own money fast food was added to equation. I never put much stock into what was in the products I consumed though. I wasn’t overweight, I felt pretty good and I liked the way my beauty products smelled and food tasted.
I got pregnant with my first born in 2007. I didn’t drink alcohol, didn’t do drugs and didn’t smoke. I ate salads and fruit along with my processed and fast foods and took my prenatal vitamins. I did everything I was supposed to. At my 20 week ultrasound I discovered my child has congenital heart disease, the number 1 birth defect in the world. My family didn’t have any history of congenital heart disease. My son didn’t have any genetic mutations that caused his heart problem. How did it happen? My research always leads back to “unknown environmental factors” contribute to birth defects. Environmental factors like chemicals and pesticides I exposed my body to while my son’s little heart was forming. Which ones?? When? Why? The answer is, no one really knows.
My sweet boy had open heart surgery when he was five days old and is now active and thriving.
This experience forced me to stop and scrutinize what I exposed my family’s bodies to and I had to learn more. Turns out research does prove the chemicals, GMO’s, pesticides, additives, artificial coloring, flavoring, perfumes and other stuff in our food and products really do affect our bodies and our environment. I’m not perfect by any means. Living naturally is a process. I’m still learning and processing the vast amount of information out there. I want to be a part of the movement. I want my children to be safe from toxins in their foods and products. But I also want to enjoy my food and like my beauty and cleaning products. There are endless “natural” products out there with hidden ingredients people don’t understand.
I want to make it easier to find products that really are safe and work well. From organic baby products and snacks to natural beauty products, I provide in depth reviews, explain every ingredient, try the product myself and give you my honest uncompensated opinion. I don’t want to smell like a dirty hippie and I don’t want you to either. I’ll try the dried sprouted snack, offer it to my kids and let you know if it’s palatable or retch worthy. By blogging and documenting what I’m doing I may be able to remember what I’m learning (my kids have stolen my brain, sheesh!) and hopefully help someone else too.
I’m really excited about this new endeavor. I hope you enjoy my website www.craftyorganic.com!
In my Beauty section, I review natural products like kid-safe sunscreens, organic shampoo, natural toothpaste, organic makeup, natural beauty products and more. I explore the ingredients and let you know what you should watch out for and avoid.
In my Food section, I share healthy, family (kid) friendly recipes my family enjoy, kid lunchbox ideas, healthy organic snacks, organic baby food, product reviews with detailed information about ingredients and more. I try and avoid GMOs (genetically modified ingredients) and eat USDA Organic when I can.
In my Cleaners section, I test and review safe cleaning solutions for household, laundry, cars, pets and more. I am a clean freak so this is pure joy for me. As always I talk about ingredients and toxins you should avoid.
In my Get Crafty section, I share crafty ideas for the home, kids, DIY projects, homemade cleaners, lotions and more.
In my Marketplace, I have links to products I use and recommend including beauty products, food, vitamins, cleaners, child safe utensils, plates, cups, gadgets and more.
Thank you for allowing me to share all of this with you!
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