Where to start… As I sit at my computer, trying to avoid the 12 loads of laundry I need to get done today, I reminisce as to why I wanted to start this blog. What better place to start than with a quick, but most likely not short, history of busyhealthymom.com.
I have three very active children. All three play three sports and are starting traveling sports this summer! Wish me luck with keeping up with their schedule. I also have a husband who works, and travels, A LOT! So the majority of the “family chores” and chauffeuring the kids to all of their activities and play dates is my responsibility. Sound familiar?? I have given up my career for our family and am currently working part time, just so I can keep up with everything around the house; which I am not keeping up with since I have 12 loads of laundry to do – plus laundry that needs to be put away in the laundry room!
There are several reasons why I wanted to figure out an easy way for busy families to be healthy. There are the obvious reasons, but there are also things that we, as a family, have come across that have forced us to modify and not just buy the easy solution at Target or Amazon.
When our son was little he had extreme eczema on his face and arms. It got worse in the winter and his clothes seemed to bother him and made the itching worse. I tried everything I could think of – doctor appointments, over-the-counter creams, medicines. Nothing seemed to help–even Dreft didn’t help. After several years and a second child who had dry skin, not to the same extent, I knew I needed to do something to help them out. So I did a lot of research on detergent and dry skin. It took a ton of time, which I had more at that point in time, but with a full-time career, a working husband and two small children at home, I was exhausted after they went to bed. I wanted the easy answer as to how to fix it or ideas that I could try.
After my research, I determined that Melaluca would be the next product to try. The added bonus of Melauca was that it is generally natural and not a lot of chemicals (at least not as much as the household cleaners that are available to the store). The kids were getting a little older and wanted to help “clean” so I felt better using the Melaluca products knowing that some would end up on their hands and eventually in their mouths. I used Melaluca for several years. The issue with Melaluca, at least in my opinion, is that you are required to order monthly and have to order so many “points” worth of product. I started seeing a large inventory starting to collect at our house. The inventory got worse when we were building a new house and moved into an apartment until our house was ready for 5 months. I ended up cancelling my Melaluca membership and almost 3 years later I have just finished using my stash of laundry detergent and have another year’s worth of cleaning product to go through!
So that leads me to the present… Roughly a year ago I ran out of my Melaluca fabric softener. So I headed to Target and got Bounce. I was hopeful that the kids had out grown their skin issues since it hasn’t bothered them in several years. I was shocked at how fast my kiddos skin started drying out and the eczema returned. I was also very surprised at the amount of lint that was created with each load of laundry. So I started researching again… this time without the additional time. I took the leap and made my own dryer sheets and LOVE them. My husband thought I was crazy and shook his head at me. He didn’t believe it would make a difference or help the kids skin. Well six months later the lint is greatly reduced and the kids skin is not dry!!! Whoop Whoop. Now I’m faced with the issue of laundry detergent. So I’m starting the research again….
As I thought about it – I thought, why not share what I’ve learned and make it easier for other families to be healthy during their busy lives and make it simple. So that’s the history of why…. Stay tuned for the actual helpful posts on items. If you have something you are wondering about or have a question on please contact me. I am happy to research it and share.