Author: busylittleizzy

Gifts For Mom

Gifts For Mom

I pulled together gifts from my personal experience that I would have loved or have loved while having a young child. Sometimes a gift that makes my life easier is exactly what I want & sometimes I just want something that has nothing to do 

Hemp Wellness & CBD

Hemp Wellness & CBD

Did you know that you have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? You can learn more about how that system works & how hemp can be used to support this system here (please note when Dr. Knox says cannabis she is referring to CBD hemp). For another 

Boo Basket Ideas

Boo Basket Ideas

This year in Izzy’s Boo Basket we have a halloween bag from Sea Bags & candy from Smart Sweets (this is a brand that makes a better option candy). We also have hair clips from Shared Joy Bows, sunglasses from Polarized Mini Shades, organic pjs from Monica and Andy, nail polish from Piggy Paint (save with code: BUSYIZZY ), a play dough activity kit from Bright Box Play Kit, a sticker by number book, a Monster Activity Book, our favorite cups from Elk and Friends, a bat stuffy from Red and Olive and a craft kit from Kid Made Modern.

Check out the boo basket in action in this Reel on Instagram.

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween and & I hope our list gave you some new ideas or introduced you to some new brands.

XO Eryka

Immunity & Vitamin C Gummies

Immunity & Vitamin C Gummies

These Immunity & Vitamin C Gummies are so freaking good, easy to make & GOOD FOR YOU! Ingredients Optional, we added some plant based/natural food coloring to some of our gummies.  3 scoops FlavCity Pink Lemonade  (or 1.5 scoops of FlavCity Lemonade & 1.5 scoops 

Hidden Hazards & Window Safety

Hidden Hazards & Window Safety

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Window Covering Safety Council. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know October is Window Covering Safety Month? It is important to be aware of your window coverings and check your window coverings for exposed 

Kids Summer Clothing We LOVE!

Kids Summer Clothing We LOVE!

We are back in the south and man is it hot! So since it feels like we are already in full summer mode here, I wanted to share some of our favorite brands and clothing with you all.

Let’s start with shoes! Izzy has some shoes from Merrell, Reima and Pediped, all of which we LOVE. They all fit great and have different uses. Keeping her feet cute is easy, there are so may cute shoes out there, it’s the shoes that also are functional that we look for.

Up front are the lightweight cross trainer sneakers in color Redberry

Since Reima is not a footwear only brand, it was a pleasant surprise to find their shoes have been incredible quality. In fact, we have been using their boots and shoes for a few years now and every season brings new types of shoes, all of which have been functional, comfy & cute. Truly everything we have gotten from Reima has been hands down top notch quality. So although it surprised me that they rocked footwear, in a way it also didn’t shock me.

I like Izzy to have shoes for hot days, cooler days & water play days. After all, no one likes having uncomfortable feet. And this busy Little Izzy is on her feet all day long.

I LOVE these lightweight cross trainer sneakers from Reima because the design keeps playground wood chips from getting in Izzy’s shoes and poking her feet. They also can be worn without socks and are breathable for her feet so they don’t get too hot.

As for clothing, we love many brands such as Hanna Andersson, Primary, Tea Collection, Dot Dot Smile, Zyia (which you can learn more about here), & of course Reima is on our list!

Again, their stuff is just very functional & so incredibly cute. Often I find brands pick one or the other to focus on (functionality or cuteness). Reima really focuses on both! I love these little capri leggings for playground play and their shorts for outside nature play. This Reima athletic T-shirt top is made with their Xylitol Cool, which makes it quick drying and moisture wicking fabric. I think that speaks for itself with why/when that might come in handy during the summer months.

Reima has casual everyday clothing as well. And more photos are to come on those once I capture Izzy in her new goodies in the weeks to come. You can check them out on your own here.

If you have any questions let us know. And be sure to follow us along on FB or Insta for more fun!

XO Eryka

Creating a Safer Family Home

Creating a Safer Family Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Window Covering Safety Council. All opinions are 100% mine. Life gets away from us. We are busy juggling so many things. When was the last time you did a safety check in your home? As 

Reducing Toxins in The Kitchen

Reducing Toxins in The Kitchen

Okay there is a lot to cover in this area of my journey to hang tight. I’m going to do my best to keep it as neat and tidy for you to follow as possible. If you missed my intro post about toxins, please check 

How I Reduced Toxins My Life

How I Reduced Toxins My Life

I’m not a doctor and since we live in the day of sue happy people I feel the need to disclose, I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I’m a mom sharing my thoughts, in hopes of making reducing toxins a bit easier than it’s been for me. Not to say it’s been super difficult. It really hasn’t, at times overwhelming emotionally & just time consuming doing research. Which honestly pushing myself to learn and push through the “holy crap why does our government allow this shi*t?” helped me continue to personally strengthen my mental health. Because sometimes it’s just so sadly obvious and would be so easy for us if changes were made by the people in charge. It’s frustrating to think I have to stand in a store and look at ingredients knowing these people can & will mislead you on labels.. makes me so sad for the world we live in. But that is just me word vomiting my emotions and thoughts into this blog post.

Tip 1. Don’t Stress

Easier said than done for most. I can relate, stressing is what I was trained to do. So this is a personal hurdle for me, but I think a lot of people struggle with this as well. It can be so frustrating and overwhelming, but you are in control. Remember that! Take some breaths and do the best you can while still living life & without fear.

I read something that really resonated with me and put things into perspective. So I’m going to start with it.

“You can live a “perfect” life in a bubble and avoid all toxins and never eat out. Or you can put your best effort to minimize toxins and enjoy life, and take time to detox routinely and well. I choose the latter.”

If you have already started this process then that might make sense to you. You can totally go down this rabbit hole of finding how there are so many ways we are slowly being poisoned by foods and products that our government “regulates” and it can make you feel angry, trapped and honestly just freaked out! But you have to remember that every change makes more of a difference than you think. Don’t forget stress isn’t good for your body either.

I was getting to the point that every time I thought of any type of processed foods especially with dye etc I was poisoning myself or my family. It was overwhelming and stressful. I had to take a step back and remember the reason I started this part of my health journey. I wanted to REDUCE the toxins in our life. It would be close to impossible to keep my sanity and remove them entirely.

My journey of mental and physical wellness has been long and slow because I can get very overwhelmed.

Tip 2. Start Small

When you run out of laundry soap or see you are close to running out, get a new & cleaner soap. Now after doing research there seems to be BAD, BETTER, BEST categories for things when it comes to reducing toxins. Keep in mind not all things marketed as “green” are as safe as you think. You see the rabbit hole I’ve already taken you on, just for some freaking laundry soap? Yeah, that’s why I said to start small.

An easier thing to start with, although a bit more expensive up front, would be switching out your cookware. Have you seen the movie Dark Waters? Add it to your must watch list if you haven’t yet. Teflon is legit poison and a known forever toxin! That means, once it’s in you, there is no detoxing it out. It’s extremely dangerous and slowly causes illness and issues that people think is just bad luck. Nothing makes it more clear to me that sadly the government does not care about you being healthy and you must take caring for your body into your own hands. Here is a quick article that gives you a small glimpse into Teflon and the forever chemicals they are allowed to continue making to this day!

Tip 3. Get Outside

Nature has more healing properties than we give it credit for. The sun sanitizes, enhances the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves bones health, improves brain function, eases mild depression, improves sleep quality, lessons Alzheimer’s symptoms, heals some skin disorders, boosts growth in children, & reduces the risk of certain cancers. Just some known benefits.. that are not talked about enough.

A little side track here, but we don’t use sunscreen anymore either. We haven’t since Izzy was a toddler and rubbed it into her eyes. We use long sleeve water/sun shirts hats and more as needed to cover when in the sun for extended periods of time. I have known people that got skin cancer and avoided the sun and then suffered from other health issues and because of that had to get on other medications and supplements. The more research I do, I truly believe everything in moderation and I think sunscreen is poison. Now if you like and use sunscreen, go for it. Please at least do research and buy healthier options. Remember the BAD, BETTER, BEST scale we talked about?

Tip 4. Move Your Body & Tip 5. Drink More Water

Gosh, I could spend hours writing about the importance of these 2 things when it comes to detoxing your body. Just know they are good for you and important for your health.

The next blog coming at ya will be a living blog post! That means I’ll be continuing to add to it with information as I have new information! Get excited! I’m pretty excited to share it with you all. It will have information on actual brands I’ve tried and what I’m liking including pots/pans, cleaning supplies, deodorant, skincare and more! Be sure to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t yet so you don’t miss it!

Again, I’m a mom, not a medical professional… so what do I know, right?! 😉

Blog posts that share tips for reducing toxins in detail

Here are the blog posts I’ve created to break down each area of our life/home & how we are reducing toxins in those areas.

Reducing Toxins in the Kitchen

Reducing Toxins on our Skin – coming soon

XO Eryka

Nature Paint Brushes

Nature Paint Brushes

Izzy and I made Nature Paint Brushes and what a blast we had! This activity is a great way to explore the outdoors. During this activity your child is working on gross motor, fine motor, hand eye coordination, and cognitive development. Step 1 Go outside