It's May and, if you're feeling anything like us, right now you're over it.
Over school projects and homework and signing folders and remembering all the things. We've got your pick-me-up recipes right here. Throw these blends in your diffuser for some extra oomph to get you through these last few weeks of May.
Hang in there, June is right around the corner!
~Karen & Rachel
What¹s your must-have Gaia product? Lemongrass Laundry Detergent, it smells great and it¹s the first detergent I¹ve found that¹s safe and REALLY works on all of our clothes, even the gym clothes.
Where do you live? In Irving, TX - just outside of Dallas
What started the non toxic movement in your life? When my daughter was born 10 years ago I started reading and really researching what was going into our home, onto our skin and into our bodies. I feel like I fell down a rabbit hole, but ended up changing everything from our medicine to my skincare to our eating habits. When my husband was diagnosed as diabetic in 2013 I took an even deeper dive into wanting to understand autoimmune diseases and how we can heal and protect our bodies and became a certified Health & Wellness Coach in 2016. We don¹t live a completely legalistic non-toxic lifestyle but I always feel like 90/10 is a good place to strive for. Every little bit helps, it was a slow transition for sure.
What¹s your favorite room in your home? Probably my library. I end up working in there more days than my home office. There¹s something about being surround by books and photos that makes me feel at home.
Why is having a women owned business important to you? Because I want my daughter and eventually my son to see a world where women and men are equally strong and savvy & understand that gender doesn¹t preclude you from a seat at the table. And if no one will invite you to the table? Build your own.
What¹s your favorite scent? So hard to pick just one. I¹d have to say Lavender & Lime. Ask me next month it¹ll change.
We're so glad to kick off the Happy, Healthy Home blog with some introductions. First up, meet Karen.
I'm a little hippy, a little country and have a passion for everything natural and I truly enjoy creating these products. To relax, I plan a pizza (it's all about moderation!) and movie night at home with my crazy, amazing, beautiful family.
Favorite Gaia Item
All-purpose cleaner in mint. It smells so fresh! I use it in the morning to spray down counters after breakfast, throughout the day to clean up my work station and in the evening to clean up after dinner. It also makes a great air freshener. I even use it on our bulldog, Rosie's, bedding to freshen it up. Cleaning days? It’s essential for toilets, counters, showers and to spot clean floors.
I've always been a hippy at heart and as I got older, I was conscious about what products I brought into the house. I wasn't perfect, but aware and improving. After our children were born, the "awareness" was kicked into high gear, especially after our twin boys were born prematurely. I was cleaning the house one day and I was studying the labels on the "natural" cleaning products and it hit me..."I can do better”.
What does a happy healthy home mean to me?
I believe to have a happy, healthy home is to embrace and better everything in our lives. Physical, mental, and emotional aspects play a part in the overall energy in the home. Gaia plays a small part overall, but it’s a very important role. It’s knowing I don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients and the peace of mind that brings.
Where do I live?
I started Gaia in an Indiana farmers market with my kids by my side. We since moved to Florida and we love the sunshine and warm weather all year round!
How did you know where to start when creating cleaning products from scratch?
My college degree and career focus before I started Gaia was health promotion and disease prevention, using that knowledge and the help of a trusted biochemist, I worked tirelessly for years to correct the formulas so that they would be safe but also effective in killing germs and truly providing a clean solution. Once I had created something that I was comfortable using around my kids + pets, I knew I was onto something.
Easy. Kitchen! I love to cook. My favorite recipe is my boilermaker chili (Go Purdue!), but I love to throw fresh seafood and veggies on the grill whenever possible. Now that I have an instant pot it's my new dinner obsession...I'm always trying new recipes! I practically live in the kitchen.
Why is woman-owned business important to me?
I am so proud to be a woman and I want to shout it out loud! Women need to empower and support each other. Being a certified woman-owned business (WBENC) allows us to show strength and confidence in ourselves, each other, and to the entire entrepreneurial world.