You know, sometimes coloring in the middle of the floor with no pants and one boot on the wrong foot is exactly what everyone needs.

Life can get crazy sometimes. We get so caught up in the rat race of comparison, keeping up, perfectionism and striving to be excellent that we forget the simple pleasures of life.

This is especially true for us moms out there. From the beginning, we’ve been in analyzing every choice, doing all the research, hearing all the conflicting answers and facing most of the struggles seemingly alone. One thing I discovered is if you keep searching long enough, you’ll find any answer you’re looking for. Researching if you can go to your favorite sushi place for their opening party? Many articles say no sushi ever again, but some say if it’s a reputable place you’ve been before, it’s fine to go on occasion, just maybe skimp on the fish that a likely to have high mercury counts.

Co-sleeping is another hot topic. Many articles say that if you fall asleep by mistake you’ll kill your baby instantly. Then others say most of the world co-sleeps and we’re the only country that advises against it. Are we right even if we’re in the minority? I’ll go ahead a say it- we intended to use the bassinet, then crib, but after the first few nights, went out, bought a mesh toddler rail for my side of the bed, taught our daughter to pull the sheet off her face and co-slept in perfect harmony for about 20 months when she got tired of us and basically moved herself into her crib.

You know what’s right. Trust your gut.

This blog started as a place to share what I was (and am) learning about the state of the personal care and cosmetics industry and the startling lack of awareness and regulation. It’s become more than that, and occasionally I’ll run across articles that talk about how moms are feeling pressured to avoid products containing potentially harmful ingredients. I don’t intend this blog to pressure at all. I write to share what I’ve learned and to share solutions so you can either make decisions for yourself or feel comfortable trusting my research and information.

Look, we can only do the best we can do. It doesn’t do any good to take this type of information and add to your burden. That’s what I love about Beautycounter – they’ve done the work for me, so my efforts can focus on convincing my daughter that there’s more to eat than chips, goldfish (we get Annie’s organic bunnies, but still call them fish…) and actually taking time to play with her.

And you know what, some days we sneak some Wendy’s for lunch, eat ice cream for dinner and spend the day naked wearing one boot on the wrong foot. That’s ok too. Not great for every day, but guess what- some days you just need to be. Go with your gut. Realize that life a balance. Ate ice cream for dinner? Perhaps an omelette with sneaky veggies for breakfast the next day. The bathroom in the restaurant has questionable soap- oh well. Better to wash your hands than not.

Do the best you can.

And when you can do better, do better.

You’ve got this. I’m here to help.

Now, leave the laundry in the dryer and color on the floor. Pants optional.