09 November 2016

Living Naturally Starts In Childhood

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine . All opinions are 100% mine.
 
Living naturally has always been important to me, but it really became a way of life about four years ago.  That's when we moved to the farm and decided that we wanted to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle.  We grow a large garden in the summer and can fruits and vegetables to eat all winter.  We raise chickens for their eggs.  I make most of our bath and body products, but there are two products that we don't like the handmade versions: toothpaste and deodorant.  Luckily, Tom’s of Maine is there with great natural products that we use and love.

One of the reasons that we use natural products is to reduce the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to.  I have two kids with autism, and I can see how some food additives affect their behavior.  I don't want to expose any of my kids to chemicals topically because we just don't know the long-term effects.


We've been big fans of Tom’s of Maine for years.  In fact, their Silly Strawberry toothpaste is the only toothpaste my younger two kids will use.   They have a new line of products called Made to Matter that is exclusive to Target.  My Target had them in a special display, but they were also in the aisles with other products.

Tom's of Maine Made to Matter

We like to support Tom's of Maine because they have great products and do their part to help the environment.  They recycle many of the products that use in their warehouse, including their shrinkwrap.  They also save energy in their warehouses and offset the power that they do use with wind energy credits.

They don't use artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial fragrances, or artificial preservatives.  My son can't have artificial dyes, so it's very important that his toothpaste doesn't have them.

Tom's of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste


My kids have their silly strawberry, and I have my Luminous White toothpaste.  I drink coffee daily, so I like to use a whitening toothpaste to combat stains.  I love this toothpaste because it is clinically proven to whiten, yet it's safe for enamel.  It's also paraben free, which is a big plus for me.  

Men's Naturally Dry North Woods™ antiperspirant


My husband works for a living.  He needs a good antiperspirant, but we'd been unable to find one that is natural and works well until we tried the Men's Naturally Dry North Woods™ antiperspirant.  It doesn't have artificial fragrances, so it's less irritating for him.

Wicked Cool!™ Deodorant


My son is 10 now, and his martial arts uniforms are getting pretty stinky.  I especially wanted him to use a natural product, so I was thrilled when I found Wicked Cool!™ Deodorant.  They also have one for girls, but my daughter isn't quite there yet.  It has no artificial fragrances, no parabens, and no aluminum, which makes me feel a whole lot better about him using it.  And his martial arts bag smells better on the car ride home, too.

I hope that my kids can learn from these experiences in their childhood and take the knowledge with them to adulthood.  It's important to us that they learn how to grow their own food, use natural products, and conserve energy.  

What's your favorite Tom’s of Maine product?




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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.