Jessica Alba is a wife, mum of two and one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. And after reading her book ‘The Honest Life’, she’s also the kind of warm, friendly, down to earth girl who you’d love to have as a friend.
Her book is a very practical guide to living a life that’s as chemical and toxic free as possible, without being over the top or preachy. If anything, it’s a fantastic way to become aware of the hidden chemicals and toxins that are in everyday products and food.
Jessica starts off with a chapter on food and how she loves to create healthy, organic meals for friends and family. She includes heaps of nutritional tips and great party and entertaining ideas.
She also talks about cleaning your home without using nasty harsh chemicals, and explains how to find those hidden chemicals in everyday products that you might already have in your home.
Some of my favourite chapters are on beauty and style, Jessica shares her make up and style secrets, how she organises her beauty products, jewellery and shoes and even includes sections on pregnancy and new mummy style which I absolutely loved.
Jessica is a keen home decorator and there are some beautiful ideas and photos of how she has decorated her home using vintage decor and furniture, and an entire section on babies, surviving pregnancy and decorating a babies room which is perfect timing for me as I am right in the middle of pulling together our new nursery. Happy days!
She includes loads of other very handy tips, from breastfeeding, traveling with kids, what’s in her nappy bag, parenting tips, sleep issues and much much more.
“No matter how prepared we are as mums, I’ve found that we’re always going to make mistakes. And most crushingly, for whatever reason, I always feel like I should be doing more. I think we all need to cut ourselves some slack”
Jessica finishes off with a chapter on inspiration, which is exactly how you feel after reading her book – inspired and full of ideas for living a more honest and chemical free life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to throw out everything in my kitchen and laundry cupboards, but I am going to make more informed, healthy choices for me and my family.
There’s so much to devour in ‘The Honest Life ‘ it’s definitely a book that you’ll keep coming back to time and time again for inspiration, information and ideas. It would make a gorgeous gift or you can treat yourself to your own copy here.
Jessica’s range of eco-friendly and non toxic products ‘The Honest Company‘ currently don’t ship to Australia, but I’ve listed below some Aussie websites where you can find organic and chemical free products, and included some of my own tips.
My Own Guide to The Honest Life
Eco Store – After developing a reaction to other dishwashing liquids, I switched to The Eco Store and haven’t looked back. I also use it to clean my shower and bath, as it cuts through soap scum brilliantly without using harsh, nasty chemicals or spray on foaming cleaners which only create more mess!
Method Products – I’ve slowly been replacing my chemical cleaners with Method products and I love the confidence it gives me knowing I’m cleaning my home without wondering what adverse effects there might be. Plus, the products smell so fresh and clean!
Peachy Clean Organic Beauty Boutique – The owner of Peachy Clean, Haley has made it her mission to find real, effective and organic skincare and beauty products. With her help, I’ve switched to Sodashi skincare and absolutely love it, it’s the best investment in my skin. Peachy Clean offers the most incredible variety of products, including beautiful gift ideas, skincare for men and babies. PLUS Peachy Clean now offers free express shipping Australia wide!! Woo hoo!! Happy days for all us peaches!!
My Sodashi Skincare
Lavender Oil – I’ve been using lavender oil for years. Not only does it have such a soothing scent, but it’s a brilliant all rounder and can be used as a natural disinfectant (I use it in my bathroom), for stings and bites, at bath or shower time, at bed time to soothe and relax, and a few drops mixed with water in a spray bottle makes a great air freshener. It can also be used in laundry in your final rinse to give your clothes a lovely, clean smell.
Vinegar – Another brilliant all rounder, it can be used with hot water as a floor cleaner and mixed with bicarb soda as a bathroom and toilet cleaner. I often pop some in the dishwasher and washing machine to get rid of any grime build up.
Happy honest living lovelies!!
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