PRODUCT REVIEW: Honest Co Shampoo and Body Wash

A few months ago the soap/shampoo combo I was using on my daughter was discontinued. It was a lovely, natural product that worked well, and smelled great. I’m not going to name names but this local company totally fell out of favor with me as this was the second popular product in their line that was discontinued within a few months.

Looking around I found other natural products that either ‘smelled like mud’ as my BF put it, or were at an extremely high price point for just a small bottle. Not wanting to use just any old soap on her I kept searching.

I’d heard about the Honest Company and had some friends who ordered them online and loved them. I didn’t want the hassle of ordering something online (actually more so the waiting for it to arrive!), so I put them out of my mind.

One day while shopping at Costco I spotted an Honest Company display! They were featuring a 2 pack of their Shampoo and Body Wash – and it was a great price – so of course I picked it up!

We’ve since gone back to buy more. We all use it! It has a gentle vanilla orange smell that foams up just enough, and rinses off cleanly. I don’t use it on my hair, but it gets my body clean – and I’ve also been using it as a shave gel for the last few weeks. We do use it on my daughter’s hair and it rinses nicely and leaves her hair fresh. The bottles are fairly large and come with pumps so it’s easy to use and each bottle lasts a surprisingly long time, even with all 3 of us using it daily.

So no matter if you have kids or not head down to Costco – or go online – and pick this up! Two Thumbs UP!honestshampoo


Other People’s Parenting


Today at playgroup my 2-year old daughter was playing fairly nicely with another little girl, about her age. Suddenly there was a yelp and a cry and my daughter ran to her Daddy with a red cheek – and teeth marks!

The skin was not broken, and she was calmed down with a hug, so there was no major damage done. The thing that left a bad taste in our mouths was that the parent of the biter said ‘Oh sorry, she never bites’ and continued to let her child play, without reprimand.

I’m not trying to tell anyone how to parent, and nothing was said today. But perhaps it could have been handled better. I know if the roles were reversed I would explain to my child it was wrong and have her apologize, then leave because play time is over.  For the rest of the session other parents were watching their kids like hawks whenever they were around that child. It made for a very uncomfortable experience – luckily the kids didn’t seem to notice the tension, and continued to playing, with no further incidents.

I emailed a few friends about the situation and got responses ranging from ‘I would probably be so embarrassed that I wouldn’t know what to do if I was the biter’s parent’  to ‘The Mom should have disciplined their child and left’, to friends telling me that I should have told the mother off!  It’s interesting to see the different responses to one situation – and makes me realize, yet again, that we all have different parenting methods. Is one better than the other – maybe, maybe not.

I truly believe that even if we have the best of intentions, when put in a situation, we don’t know how to react. I’m not mad at the other Mom. Kids are kids, and 2 year olds don’t have the best communication skills yet – so these things happen. I do honestly think it could have been handled a bit better, but ultimately nothing bad happened. Maybe she is at home thinking about it now, as I am, so she is better prepared to handle it if it happens again. And maybe she isn’t.

As I’ve said before parenting is a journey. Some of us handle it with grace, and others stumble along. Personally, I’m a member of the stumbling team – and from what I have gathered, most parents – especially first time parents – are on my team. I think for the sake of the kids, we need to play nice together.

Advice from the parenting club

When I was pregnant I was given a lot of advice from other parents. Everything from “make sure you do this…” to “make sure you buy…”. If I had followed all the advice I received, I would have one seriously mixed up baby, a lot of unnecessary purchases, and I would probably be miserable.

I’m not saying I didn’t appreciate any of the advice I was given. A few gems have resulted in me being a better mother and having a happier baby. I truly appreciate that when I posed a question and specifically asked for advice many people stepped forward with words of wisdom and stories of what helped them.

A few weeks ago I found myself giving advice to a friend who is expecting her first baby next month and I saw a confused overwhelmed look cross her face – the same one I’m sure crossed mine when I was still the pregnant one receiving the advice. I felt bad and immediately told her I knew how she felt and to just ask if she wanted any advice or had questions I could answer. I felt good about that….until today when I started offering up unsolicited advice again. Whoops.

Parenting is a club of sorts and other parents are rooting for you to succeed. We want you to know you are not alone when your baby cries for hours, the diaper leaks, or you just can’t stand the sleep deprivation. The well being of your children is important to us and if we can offer something that even possibly, might, kind of help then we’re happy to do that.

My cousin gave me a card at my baby shower where she wrote “If there was ONE way to parent there would be ONE book, instead there are thousands”. That about sums it up. So my last piece of advice to new parents is: listen to advice with open ears knowing it comes from a helpful place, take what works for you and your baby, and leave the rest behind.