“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” -Dr. Martin Luther King
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” King gave his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August, 1963, to a group of civil rights supporters at the March on Washington. He was the first black American to receive Time magazine’s Man of the Year honor in 1964, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize that same year. He was the youngest to win the award, upon receiving it, he announced that he would use the prize money to further the civil rights cause. King was instrumental in desegregating buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the mid-1950s. He helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and served as its first president in 1957.
This inspirational man who led the civil rights movement championing the cause to end segregation and fight racial discrimination is the first and only U.S. Citizen to have a national holiday named after him. He graduated high school at the age of 15, received a B.A. from Morehouse College in 1948 and attended Boston University where he received his Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1955. In 1960, he followed in the family footsteps and became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. It is believed that he said he would not live to 40. Sadly, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee in April of 1968 at the age of 39.
“Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last” -Dr. Martin Luther King
These are some articles I’ve come across that are worth a few minutes of your time, they offer solid important information & advice…
5 Household Toxins You Should Banish From Your Home ~ Cleaning your house shouldn’t mean having nasty chemicals pollute your home, here are five chemical culprits to kick out of your house—and the nontoxic options that should move in instead
The Key To Your Child’s Heart ~ A magical way to connect with a child of any age, can ease tears and tantrums and even prevent them
Avoiding Canned & Plastic-Packaged Foods Significantly Reduces BPA Levels ~ A peer reviewed study published in Environmental Health Perspectives provides evidence that eliminating canned foods and plastic food packaging from your diet can dramatically reduce the concentrations of bisphenol A (BPA) and DEHP metabolites in your system
Let’s Fight This Terrible Crime Against Our Children ~ Child pornography has expanded into a business so profitable it is no longer limited to pedophiles
Flame Retardant Added To State’s List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals ~ A flame retardant commonly used in furniture and baby products was officially listed by the state as a cancer-causing chemical
Choking Game A Deadly High For Today’s Teens ~ A very dangerous activity that children have figured out will give them a brief quick high, many kids have died participating
Steve Jobs And The 7 Rules of Success ~ Steve Jobs’ impact on your life cannot be underestimated. His innovations have likely touched nearly every aspect — computers, movies, music and mobile. For entrepreneurs, Jobs’ greatest legacy is the set of principles that drove his success
~ Soma Intimates is having their semi annual Giving Is Beautiful Drive ~
Do you know which item of clothing is donated the least but needed the most? Bras. It doesn’t occur to most of us to donate our bras because we think ‘who would want a used bra?’ But the reality is that there are thousands of women in need who could use a few good over the shoulder boulder holders so it’s time to clean out your lingerie drawer ladies (cross dressers, female impersonators…!) because Soma Intimates is once again having their very worthwhile drive.
Music makes the world go round, it's a necessity in life. It adds a fun vibe to whatever you're doing and just makes life happier. My taste is rather eclectic, you'll find all types of music on my iPod. Getting my groove on makes workout sessions, house cleaning and cooking dinner far more tolerable. My iPod is one of my prized possessions.When it's not blasting music from the dock, having the right ear phones is a must.
I was given the opportunity to try out BassBuds high performance in ear headphones and became an instant fan. They work very well, the advanced chrystaltronics sound technology offers great quality, very clear. They have a hands free mic and MP3 controller. BassBuds are compatible with smartphones, have the ability to activate voice commands and come with 6 different sizes of ear buds so you'll find your perfect fit.
Watching my blog grow
Moving into our lovely new home in our wonderful new neighborhood!
Decorating our new home with my mother-in-law
Many fun girl's nights out with my besties
Guest post by Lee Ann Buttery
As the temperature outside is steadily dropping, we must adjust our skin care regimen
accordingly. Perhaps you haven’t been the kindest to your skin this past summer (i.e.,
marinating yourself under the sun’s cruel rays…yikes). Hopefully, that was not the case,
but whether you were skin and sun savvy or not, the changing climate does affect the skin
and it is imperative to transition your skin into more winter-ready products.
Swap Sunscreen For…
Absolutely nothing! Sunscreen is a must all year round, every day- regardless of how cool or cloudy it gets outside. It is crucial to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Moreover, choose a sunscreen that contains a physical barrier like zinc oxcide, not a chemical barrier and natural ingredients such as green tea or aloe. The ultraviolet radiation is still there, rain or shine, summer or winter. It’s a skin sin when people assume that sunscreen is only needed for beach or summer days.
Exchange Lightweight Moisturizer For…
A slightly heavier formula. The colder months can be drying to the skin and a richer
moisturizer will help keep the skin hydrated and healthy. Try one that contains natural,
good-for-your-skin moisturizing ingredients such as seaweed or avocado oil. If you
experience serious dryness, consider switching your night moisturizer to night cream
products specifically formulated to battle the effects of colder weather and dry heat.
2012 was a difficult year for many people. It seems nearly everyone I know was touched by some type of loss or illness. We unfortunately suffered a tragic loss in our family. I haven’t yet written about it but the last few months of 2012 were not easy. A devastating accident took the life of my beautiful mother-in-law, Diane Bonanno.
While on vacation with my father-in-law in one of her favorite places, Hawaii, a huge wave about 15 feet high slammed her to the ground, shattering her neck. This very active woman, young for her years who hiked and did yoga was, in an instant, a quadriplegic.
The next 3 and a half weeks were difficult and scary. We prayed for miracles. She fought hard, her will to live was strong but after many complications, she passed away just before Thanksgiving. My husband lost his mom. The outpouring of support and prayers from friends during this ordeal was overwhelming. We had a beautiful service for her just before Christmas. My husband, his father, sister and both brothers spoke from their heart, it was exactly what I think she would have wanted.
I am blessed to have known her. She was a beautiful person inside and out… kind, generous, thoughtful, spiritual, loving. Diane was a wonderful mother and an amazing grandmother who had a special relationship with each of her 10 grandchildren. She was full of love and helped people her entire life, always giving of her time and talents.
The medical staff in both hospitals said she was special. They rarely see so much love and support from families and visitors. They appreciated how kind and polite she was. Her behavior was a pleasant surprise for them as they expressed to the family how rare it is for patients in her condition to even smile. Another testament to her generous and loving spirit.
I loved being her daughter-in-law. We were very close and fortunately had none of the typical issues most women have with their mother-in-law. I could really talk to her and be myself, I always felt like she ‘got me’. I’m lucky we bought our home when we did because some of my last memories of her are how much fun we had shopping for new items for our home and decorating it together. My father-in-law said it best at her service, “all of my 3 sons are mamas boys and their wives still love her!” She loved deeply and everyone felt her love. A light in our lives dimmed way too soon.
“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
“The greatest wealth is health” ~Virgil
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I signed up for the course to educate myself on how to make smarter choices about the products I use on myself and my family. Prior to taking the class, I was frustrated with all of the misleading information out there. There are many products I was using that claimed they were ‘clean’ when in fact they were green washed. The class taught me how to outsmart this type of marketing and purchase safer products by providing me with an understanding of the specific chemicals to avoid. I can now look at the back of a label and recognize these harmful chemicals. As a registered nurse, I found value in her application of the endocrine system because it emphasized just how these chemicals can be dangerous to our bodies. Kelly helped me gain a much better understanding of clean products, how to protect myself and my family, and inspired me to spread the word. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to create a healthier lifestyle. Since taking it, I have switched over many products I was using and now feel so much better about putting them on my kids knowing they are clean.
~Shannon E., Pediatric ICU Nurse & mom of 2
Even if you think you are a well-informed, up to date or a life long health and wellness zealot you will learn something new and informative from Kelly Bonanno’s ‘The Savvy Girl’s Guide To Organic Beauty.’ This is an eye-opening course exploring and breaking down the safest and most toxic products, ingredients, formulas and chemicals found in the everyday products. Kelly cuts to the chase and takes the confusion out of our beauty, household and health related consumer products in a clear, concise manner. I guarantee you will learn something you didn’t know before. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.
~Eva S., Creative Director/Writer/Producer
“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your talk during the wellness event on Friday! You are SUCH an amazing speaker!! Because of you, I went out and bought healthier deodorant and am committed to buying less-toxic household cleaners, lotion, and shampoo/conditioner next time I run out! I will DEFINITELY keep my ear to the ground for businesses that might be interested in a workshop!!” ~Courtney L., Keller Williams
I was struggling with allergic reactions on my skin caused by something in the products I was using. During the course, I learned how toxic everyday cosmetics and cleaning products can be. One thing that I liked was learning specifically which products I was using that could be causing my skin rashes. Overall, I found the experience very educational and helpful. It raised my awareness of products that I should avoid. I am better because I was able to use alternative products that Kelly recommended, thus avoiding the products that were causing the skin rash. Now I feel great and my skin has cleared up. I no longer have to rely on harmful steroid prescription ointments to relieve the skin rashes. Kelly, thank you so much for solving this aggravating problem with your knowledge of the harmful ingredients in everyday cosmetics and household cleaning products!
~Tracy D., Founder, Tracy Naturals
“Gaining knowledge of, what is harmful to myself and those I love, then avoiding it as much as possible. Following people like you, who put in the time and effort to know what is harmful and how to recognize it for ourselves, is a huge asset. It’s a daunting task!! I appreciate all you do. Thank you. ??”
~Karen A., member of Savvy Girl’s Organic World
Kelly’s course should be on the ‘must do’ list for anyone looking for a place to begin their journey to wellness by adopting a non-toxic lifestyle. I came into the course with a fair amount of knowledge about a toxin free lifestyle, but this course took me to a new level of understanding and awareness about the issue in all areas of my life. Kelly’s passion is real, her delivery is upbeat, and the information she imparts can be life changing. Not only does ‘The Savvy Girl’s Guide To Organic Beauty’ provide valuable information on the bad stuff, it provides an impressive list of alternative product choices to help you get a quick start on going non-toxic! Kelly has done the work for you and will even offer you concierge service to help you create a plan to eliminate the unsafe chemicals from your home. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and sign up for this course!
~Tamra G., Owner, The Studio of Tamra Glaser & mom of 2
“Kelly, thank you so so much for today! You were amazing and gave us all so much great information. My Aunt Diane just texted me that she ordered some 100% Pure products and that she is noticing a lot of her products have “fragrance” and other toxins. Today couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve received so much positive response from the event. I truly can’t thank you enough!” ~Cassy N., mom of 2
I signed up for this course because I was struggling with knowing which products were truly pure and organic. Kelly taught me which ingredients to avoid and why. I feel so empowered now!
~Marianna S., Mom of 4
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves – that heartfelt knowledge that we are (all) caretakers of this planet” ~ Brooke Medicine Eagle
“Hi, Kelly! I want to thank you so much for taking the time to find all of these products customized to me! Wow, I’m really amazed by how thorough the list was, and by the wide selection I never knew I had! My husband is very excited to order some of the products you recommended for eczema. You’ve already been a great encouragement to me as I start moving toward cleaner products! Thank you for all your help, and I will recommend your website to several friends who were interested.” ~Cherise C., mom of 2
Transform your health with the power and peace of mind of an eco friendly lifestyle.
I help busy women who want to go green, clean their beauty routine, get toxins away from their kids, reduce their body’s toxic burden, have glowing skin & more energy but are pressed for time and feel overwhelmed by the thought of one more thing to do!
Are you wondering whether or not I can help you? If you are in one of the following situations, then the answer is a resounding yes! Contact me if any of these scenarios sound familiar:
Melissa is pregnant for the first time and beginning realizing that the products she uses in her home to clean her house are highly toxic, She is afraid of exposing her unborn child and does not want him living in a toxic environment after he arrives.
Pam is a stay-at-home-mom who has been so focused on raising her children and keeping up with the demands of an extremely busy lifestyle that she has put less attention on herself and now she doesn’t feel very good about herself. She’s finally at a place where she’s ready to make a change. She wants to get the toxins away from her kids. She wants to feel better, look better and have more energy but does not want to use products with toxins because she has read about the adverse health affects.
Michelle is overwhelmed. She knows there are toxins in most everyday products and realizes that she should make some changes but she just doesn’t know where to start. She’s not sure about what products to use. She needs guidance from me to alleviate the overwhelm of going green and living eco friendly.
Alexis is a 30 something career woman who is beautiful, loves make up, gets her hair done and colored but she’s also pretty health minded and has concerns about the products she’s using on her body and her hair. She wants to clean them up at least a little bit but she doesn’t want to give up glamour. She’s a make up junkie, a product junkie who likes to look hot, sexy and beautiful.
Sandra is resistant to change. She is not onboard but is curious. She likes the products she is using but wants a healthy routine so she’d like to explore some options about potentially making a few switches. She doesn’t want to go all out changing every single one of her personal care, beauty products or household products, she just wants to dip her toe in, learn more and take baby steps by making a few small changes.
Danielle is a savvy woman. She knows conventional products have a harmful ingredients but she wonders just how clean her products really are. She’s heard of greenwashing and she’s concerned that perhaps her products are not as clean as the companies claim. She wants to make sure that the products she uses from this point forward are truly green, clean and healthy. She wants to ditch anything but claims to be safe and organic but actually has harmful chemicals.
Cassandra is a cancer survivor. She’s a strong woman. She has she beat it and she wants to change her lifestyle habits and live as clean and healthy as possible. She realizes that her illness was not her fault but she also realizes that only 10% of cancers are genetic. She knows our environment and our products can harm us and she wants to do everything she can and her power to stay healthy.
You don’t have to resort to using toxic chemicals to keep your home sparkling clean! Transitioning to eco friendly household products will greatly improve the environment inside of your home which will help reduce your body’s toxic burden as well as your carbon footprint.
Purge your cleaning cabinet & laundry room of toxic products and try some on this list, you won’t be disappointed and Mother Earth will love you extra. Using cleaning products & laundry detergent that contain environmentally responsible ingredients will limit your family’s exposure to hundreds of very toxic chemicals & volatile organic compounds [VOCs].
What’s healthy for you is good for the environment. Transition to using clean household products and you will be one less person contributing to harmful chemicals swirling down your drain and out into the waterways.
This is a comprehensive list of brands that I have vetted and researched. Curious to know how you can get your hands on my list of “bad” ingredients to avoid? Send your email address to me at kelly (at) kellybonanno (dot) com and I’ll send it right over for free or click here and have it delivered to your inbox.
You can find a comprehensive list of clean beauty and personal care lines here.
I’m an affiliate for some* of the lines which means I’ll receive a small commission if you buy something through my link (this does not affect your price) which I truly appreciate as it helps subsidize the free content I share here on my site, in my Facebook group, on Instagram, in my free newsletter, etc. I am an entrepreneur, a creator, affiliate commissions are part of how I support my family. Thank you for supporting me and my mission to help make your eco, non toxic shopping simple. I’m not affiliated with all of them but I do give my seal of eco approval to each one so happy shopping for your happy, healthy home.
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Make your water taste delicious by adding a packet of my latest favorite tea, Pique Tea. They offer a wide variety of delicious teas to build up our body’s defense during this critical time including.
Household: Cleaning, Laundry, Dish & More
Eco Girl A women-owned and operated shop offering natural products for your health, beauty, style, home, and the planet. They have partnered with One Tree Planted to help support global reforestation by donating 1% or more of all website sales. A single tree can provide a habitat for hundreds of species. Trees are vital for the air we breathe, our water, medicines.
ViroShield Quality products using the purest essential oils and ingredients available. They carry everything from hand sanitizer and surface cleaner to Covid protection face shield hats.
Pure Haven Health, beauty, skincare, body care, hair care, baby care and household cleaning products 100% free of toxic chemicals.
Thrive Market Shop their extensive food lines and selection of sustainably sourced Clean Wines curated by a Master Sommelier! Choose a FREE gift, up to $24 value, when you purchase a Thrive Market membership.
ThreeMain 3% of all ThreeMain sales go to Rozalia Project, an organization that cleans and protects our oceans.
TruEarth Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of detergent that you just toss in the wash.
Grab your free eco guide & discover my TOP tips to help you go green, reduce your body’s toxic burden & create a healthier indoor environment while treating our planet with a little more kindness ?
Yes Wellness Online health and wellness store with innovative health and lifestyle products at affordable prices, education and community support.
Find Your Trainer Personal trainers provide expert guidance and support designed for your goals, on your schedule,
in the comfort and privacy of your home or building gym.
YogaDownload Unlimited access to 1500+ Yoga classes. Unlimited streaming, free downloads to keep forever, new classes added every week, beginner through advanced
Food & Beverages
Braga Organic Farms Heart-healthy organic nuts, dried fruit, chocolate and gifts.
Soda Stream Quickly and easily make your own sparkling water and replace 3,700 bottles and cans with just ONE reusable bottle! It saves you $$$ too. I LOVE my Soda Stream, we’ve been using it for years. Cheers!
Miracle Noodles & Miracle Rice Fantastic if you want to lose or maintain weight and still enjoy rice and pasta! It’s low calorie, low/no carb, grain-free, blood sugar-friendly, gluten-free, weight loss-friendly, shirataki noodles & rice. As low as 5 calories, zero fat, zero sugar!
Diffuse for non toxic room fragrance and use for making DYI cleaners.
GS Candles (essential oil line)
Eco Terra Latex Mattress Handcrafted using the finest 100% natural Talalay latex, organic wool and organic cotton. Made with breathable, moisture-wicking materials so you can sleep well. Fabric-encased responsive support coils. No polyurethane. No toxins. Very affordable – less than many toxic mattresses! They keep their prices low by handcrafting everything in-house and shipping directly to the consumer.
Avocado Eco Friendly Mattress Made with organic materials, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certifications to ensure no harmful substances are present. MADE SAFE® certified — which precludes all known and even suspected toxins, including fire retardants.
My Green Mattress Eco mattresses made by hand in their family-owned and operated GOTS and GOLS certified organic factory located in the Midwest. Each mattress is made-to-order and delivered to your home in two weeks or less.
Clothing & Accessories
I am very happy to report that sustainable, eco-friendly clothing and accessories are very on-trend for 2020. This includes shopping at secondhand stores, upcycling and purchasing items made with earth friendly and recycled materials. I can safely predict that this trend will increase as people are becoming more conscious.
EarthLove Subscription lifestyle box full of sustainable, eco-luxe artisanal products and a magazine filled with tips, DIY, activities and stories to make living sustainably and healing the planet easier. Every box supports a cause. They work with truly eco-friendly brands and partner with environmental non-profits each season who help heal our ecosystems.
Wholesome Culture Adorable clothes ethically and responsibly made with 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled plastic bottles.
Tagma Designs Eco friendly fashion made with sustainable fabrics and eco-friendly dyes
MotherErth Handmade Eco-Friendly Designers Bags
Capsul Jewelry Premium custom jewelry made by Capsul artisans in Los Angeles, using the most stringent, environmentally-sustainable manufacturing standards.
AllBirds Shoes Made of merino wool farmed wth high standards of land management and animal welfare, eucalyptus trees, and sugarcane, and other recycled materials.
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