A category of services I offer is called Healthy Home. In this post, I talk about what that is, my credentials and how I got here, and outline what the packages include.
In order to understand my why and what, let me give a little history.
In 2014, my then fiance and I were living in Lafayette, LA and I got hired on at Whole Foods. It was through that job that I started using cleaner products, learning the risks of "dirty" products, and replacing what I was getting rid of. For example, I learned to use lavender oil for headaches instead of Tylenol, what essential oils actually were, take elderberry syrup for colds, etc.
Shortly after getting married in 2015 and moving to Texas, we were pregnant with our first child. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I began adding clean, safer, and organic products to his baby registry. I just remember thinking that I knew just a touch about the harmful chemicals in popular products and I felt that he was a "blank slate" that didn't need any of that in or on him.
Fast forward to January 2017 and I had enrolled myself into Bebo Mia's EcoBaby course after taking the Maternal Support Practitioner course. I wanted to help other families minimize toxins in their homes and give their little ones the best start possible.
With my Healthy Home services, I have a threeway approach: Reduce, Replace, Reuse.
First, I get to know what my client's top priority is based on their unique family needs. Is there a history of cancer in the family? Are there any medical diagnoses for members of the family? Do they just want cleaner options for their new little one? By getting to know their wants and surveying their current situation, I then formulate a plan to reduce toxins and products in their home.
After we execute the reduce plan, it's time to replace. But with what? And isn't that expensive? Well, I won't give away all of my tips because then you won't hire me, but, for example, we can replace fabric softener ($8.99 a bottle) with vinegar ($4 for 2 gallons). Multipurpose and cheaper! The process can be as cheap or as expensive as each family's budget allows.
We talk about reusing products in whatever stage a client is in. Still pregnant? Secondhand crib, diaper bag, carrier, etc. are all options. Have an older baby or child? Guess what, they'll keep growing...and growing...and growing. So buy used clothing! Not only is it typically cheaper, but any product that needs to off gas will have had plenty of time to do so.
For those who just want to dip their toes in, I offer a workshop titled "Preparing Your Healthy Home". In this two hour class, we look at common household toxins, how to reduce and replace them, and discuss product and brand recommendations. There's also a DIY portion of some of the classes so participants can see that it's not that hard to do!
For those wanting a more in-depth detoxing, I offer a two-hour consultation. We assess their top priorities, work a plan to reduce, replace, and reuse, and set up a clean baby registry or shopping list.
Lastly, for those who are pregnant and only want help deciding what products and brands to use for Baby, I offer nursery and registry planning assistance. This can be coupled with the consult for a full home prep.
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and three children. As a maternal support practitioner and educator of family sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about family sleep, wellness, nutrition, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, holistic health, and parenting.