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Have you heard of the Made To Matter campaign? Companies like Target and Stonyfield are doing their part to give consumers better choices of products and food. In turn we can make our own moments that matter.
My daily moments.
I make a lot of choices every single day as I try to raise healthy kids. Sometimes it is about feeding them nourishing food. Sometimes it is about teaching them how to take care of God’s creation.
Then there are times when I have to make choices about their health and well-being.
I have also heard from many moms lately that they want to make good choices but find it hard when they are so bombarded with junk food and chemicals everywhere they go. We all really do want our choices to matter.
Taking care of my baby.
If you’ve been around very long you know that I’ve had a challenging year with my youngest. We have struggled to figure out why she hardly ate for months.
Sometimes she would scream. All of her feedings were so short.
We finally figured out she has a lot of food allergies and have worked to eliminate the problem foods.
That’s not all.
On top of that she has tongue and lip ties. We have now had them clipped twice to improve her ability to nurse and eat solid food.
Her second clipping was just a few weeks ago. On top of the procedure she was cutting her one year molars. Needless to say she was in pain. She was hardly sleeping either (sometimes taking three hours to get to sleep).
Due to her allergies we can’t use traditional pain medications. They all contain palm-derived ingredients. We tried a few different things without much luck.
Finally we tried Hyland’s Teething Tablets*. What a life saver!!
There was one time I was trying to get her settled for a nap. She just cried and cried. I finally remembered the teething tablets. She was asleep in about sixty seconds (this in not an exaggeration).
We both finally got a little bit of calm and rest in a chaotic time.
Made To Matter companies and products.
There are lots of great companies joining the Made To Matter campaign. One of them is Justin’s. We got to sample some Justin’s almond butter, chocolate hazelnut spread and peanut butter cups**.
My kids were so excited to have these treats! I was very excited that my son could actually eat them all. He had never tried a peanut butter cup before.
Both of my kids liked the chocolate hazelnut spread the best (think healthier version of Nutella®).
We also love the SheaMoisture shampoo***. I use it for my seven year old’s hair. I LOVE the smell.
Another brand I use is Yes To. I like their shampoo!
That’s not all.
Many of the brands joining in the Made To Matter campaign are creating exclusive products just for Target. This includes Stonyfield.
Stonyfield’s new products have just been released. Super Seeds yogurt has softened flax seeds while Super Grains yogurt contains buckwheat and quinoa. They sound delicious!!
I couldn’t finish a post about Target without mentioning their support of breastfeeding moms! Their policy is that you can nurse your baby anywhere in the store. How awesome is that?! You don’t have to hide in a dirty bathroom stall to feed your child. I wish there were more companies like Target that truly supported a healthy lifestyle.
We can all make our lives matter simply by choosing quality products that support health and sustainability.
Have you had any moments that matter lately? What are some of your favorite natural products?
*Please note that Hyland’s Teething Tablets do contain a small amount of lactose. For this reason I only use them when we absolutely need them since my daughter can’t have dairy. In some cases the benefit of the pain relief outweighs the reaction to the lactose.
**All of the Justin’s products we tried contain palm fruit oil. So even though my family loved them I’m not sure I would buy the product due to my daughter’s palm allergy. I don’t really like to have it in the house/have my big kids getting it on anything.
***SheaMoisture does contain coconut oil. So avoid it if you have a coconut allergy. I do not use it on my infant because of this.
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