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Deja shares her vast knowledge about living a healthier, organic life with me, and I want to learn more and advocate this lifestyle to you, my readers, so I am super pumped to have her guest posting here on Lisa Designs Life.
Deja Cronley is a Registered Nurse turned Blogger. She fell in love with natural living four years ago and has dedicated herself to educating others about organics. She loves Crossfit, the beach, and playing with her kids. Today, Deja is sharing her ‘organic beginnings’ with us, you can read more about organic, non-toxic living at DejaVuOrganics.com. Be sure to check out her resource library, I know your little ones will love the chocolate toothpaste! You can read more about healthy living in these recent posts here and here.
Smiles from Lisagirl xo
When I got pregnant with my first baby four years ago, I did as most moms do and went into hyper research mode. I researched everything from diapers to bedding and discovered my tribe of women- crunchy mothers. It was full of moms who cloth diapered, wore their babies, and made their own baby food. At first, I was a bit intimidated and overwhelmed but I quickly felt at ease within this new community.
However, it didn’t take me long to realize organic, natural living was more than organic baby food. It included things like organic clothing, personal care items, essential oils, kitchen supplies and even laundry detergent. Thankfully, I had a great support system. I made it my mission to detox our home as much as possible over the coming months.
From Student to Organic Teacher
Fast-forward three years and I had gone from student to teacher. Of course, there is always more to learn but natural living is no longer a chore it’s just another part of day-to-day life.
During my transition to a more natural life, I became the go-to person among my friends for all things natural. At least once a week, I would get questions about everything from natural bug control to the best home remedy for indigestion. I didn’t mind though and loved sharing what I had learned with those close to me.
After the birth of my second child, I also went from being a Nurse Case Manager to a stay at home mom. Things were going well until my husband’s rheumatoid arthritis became unmanageable. Two months later he had to medically retire which took us from being a one income family to a no income family.
We both wracked our brains for ways to help ends meet and he suggested I take my knowledge of natural, organic living and share what I know with others. Thus, my journey to building my organic business began.
Deja Vu Organics
When I started my blog, Deja Vu Organics, I initially wanted to focus on essential oils. I love EOs because they are a great alternative to conventional medication. There are tons of different oils and they are perfect for organic home remedies, cleaning, and even beauty supplies.
But, as I started to build my content, I realized there is much my readers could benefit from when it comes to organic living, not just essential oils. I now also write about other home remedies, natural cleaning solutions, and how to live a non-toxic life in general.
Throughout my research I have discovered we can all benefit from organic furniture. Crazy, right? Did you know your couch cushions, child’s car seats, carpeting, and even your mattress are all covered in flame retardants?
As reported by the Chicago Tribune:
“The average American baby is born with the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. The toxic chemicals are present in nearly every home, packed into couches, chairs and many other products. Big Tobacco and chemical manufacturers [have] waged deceptive campaigns that led to the proliferation of these chemicals, which don’t even work as promised.”
Sadly, these kinds of facts are not common knowledge which is why I feel it is so important to help educate people about the health risks that can be associated with living a conventional lifestyle and the benefits of small changes to help you live a little more organic and less toxic day-to-day.
Triple Duty – Organic Mom, Blogger, and Teacher
With school starting and my daughter about to turn four, we have started to home school which makes me mom, blogger, and teacher. We spend tons of time outside and do lots of projects and hands-on learning which my daughter loves (as does my handsy two-year-old).
Being a work at home mom is great but also comes with its own challenges. I love being with my babies but they hate to see me work which I get. I now limit my work time to after my daughter goes to bed which makes for long days and even longer nights. However, I wouldn’t change a thing about our lives.
I love staying home with my babies while sharing what I have learned with others. It’s tiring but so rewarding when someone writes to tell me I’ve made living an organic lifestyle just a little easier for them, all without missing out on time with my kids (I miss out on sleep but what parent doesn’t?).
Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey. If living a more organic, non-toxic lifestyle is something that may interest you, feel free to contact me. I am always open to answering questions and love helping others!