“Shane, smell my face.”

“Mmmmmm, smells like a delicious meal.”

Yes, this was a real conversation in my house!

I have never been a big skin care product person.

I’m not consistent with any products and these days all the crazy ingredients scare me!

I looked at the organic/natural stuff about a 100 times in target and elsewhere, but nothing really jumped out at me.

And truthfully, I’m pretty cheap so I didn’t want to buy $20 eye cream and then never use it!

Let’s face it though, I’m not getting any younger and could use a little help!

A little googling led me to the conclusion that coconut oil was my best bet!

According to Mercola, “Many experts believe coconut oil may help restore more youthful-looking skin. When coconut oil is absorbed into the skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Coconut oil will not only bring temporary benefits to the skin, but it will aid in restoring your skin’s youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. It also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying tissues.”

Well damn skippy! Sounds good to me.

And just to make certain I watched this youtube video, and she sounds pretty confident so what the heck, why not!

So far, I smell delicious. :) No breakouts and my skin is nice and soft.

It also works great on Avery’s chapped lips. And I love how it feels and my hands and arms.

Not sure I look younger, but….

Try and let me know what you think!

In addition to eating clean and eliminating chemicals from our diets, I believe it is really important to stop using household and personal hygiene products that are not all natural.

That switch was really easy when it came to things like laundry detergent, cleaning products, toothpaste and even shampoo and soap.

But oh my gosh, what is the deal with natural deodorant?

Seriously?!!!

I have tried and tried. Luckily, I don’t need it every day, but when I do, it sure would be nice to know it is going to work.

Of all of these, I rank the crystal essence the highest. I’m not a huge fan of the wet roll on, but at least it works for most of the day.

The others, not so much.

Oh, and I tried the rock for a few days but maybe did not give it a fair chance?

Have you found the ONE?!

I have long suspected that my thyroid was not working to its full potential and so about a year ago I started getting blood work done to analyze the situation.

At the time, my only symptoms were hair loss and an inability to lose weight no matter what I did to alter my diet and exercise.

I did not want to start taking medication just because I wanted to lose weight, but I did want to know if my suspicions were correct.

And they were.

My TSH is on the high side, but nothing alarming.

The real problem is that my T3 and T4 do not convert.

Because my symptoms were so minimal, I decided not to take the meds at the time. I decided just to continue monitoring it with periodic blood tests.

At that point I really tightened up my paleo diet, and started taking some natural supplements that are supposed to help with thyroid.

I felt pretty sure that I could control it myself. Maybe not get totally better, but certainly not get worse.

This past July, I went to get follow up bloodwork done.

THEN, This past August as I was on my way to get the results, and I decided to make a quick pit stop at Walgreens on the way.

Like a nervous high school student, I bought a pregnancy test, went into the bathroom and peed on the stick!

We all know how that worked out for me!

My heart was racing when I got to the Dr. and I just laughed when the nurse went to take my blood pressure!

I knew that pregnancy would totally alter the course of action in terms of thyroid, and it did.

Turned out my T3 and T4 were still not cooperating at all.

The Dr. was concerned about my ability to sustain the pregnancy without proper thyroid function and so I am now hesitantly taking Armour Thyroid.

We are constantly monitoring it until we get the dosage correct. And I am still not sure how I will feel about taking it after the baby is born.

I am posting this abbreviated version of my thyroid story becuase I am shocked at how common thyroid troubles are. If you have any of the symptoms you should just go get checked.

BUT, DO NOT GO TO A GENERAL PRACTITIONER. They only test your TSH and maybe T4. You need ALL your hormones tested to get the real picture.

For example: At my first ObGyn appointment, with the standard bloodwork, they tested the TSH and T4. I was told both were normal, which is true, but I have NO T3 so the other numbers are not telling the whole story.

You have to be your own Advocate!

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This post was getting too serious so I thought I would show you what happens when you ask weirdos to help you roll the change!!