They also let us know that because of bad weather, Jessica was delayed. That meant the room was quiet and really, it was just us (the crowds were still at lunch). We proceeded to have a great little chat but just then, Jessica arrived. She was kind and gracious to everyone as she settled in, even though I'm sure the day had been hectic. So there we were, the first people to meet Jessica...
Our conversation with her was wonderful. She was really, really great to talk with. She told us why she started her company (she had a reaction to a skin product which made her more aware of what she was putting on her skin and on her children's skin.) She talked about how becoming a mother made her feel like it was up to her to protect her kids - but that she also felt like she wanted to help other families to do the same. She talked about her passion to make clean and natural products accessible to families at ALL income levels...isn't that awesome?? I admire her so much for that. (Honest's pricing is less than Whole Foods, but not quite as cheap as Costco. It fits within prices you would see at Target, which is practically unheard of.) We also talked about design. She loves good design and wanted a product that didn't look like it was homemade in your yoga teacher's backyard. :) Of course, I was loving the entire conversation and it was right up my alley.
Towards the end, she asked us if we'd like to ask her anything else. Danny asked the perfect thing...
He told her that our blog is all about trying to live a life motivated by love...and asked her what that looks like for her. I loved that he asked this, but was also worried for a split second. I mean, that really put her on the spot. But there was no need for me to worry - Jessica loved talking about love...
She said she learned about real love when she got married and later had a child. She said it TOTALLY changed her life and helped her experience love in a way that she had never known before. It was so clear that she just loved her children so much and loved being a mother to them. She talked about how wonderful her husband was, which was really, really sweet, too. She used to think it was important to keep up protective walls - but because of him, she learned to feel open and vulnerable. You could tell her family meant the world to her - and that she knew the best kind of love because of them.
chapstick and healing balm). I had been looking for an all natural, gluten-free chapstick and this stuff is my new favorite thing. (Yep, my lips actually react to chapsticks with gluten in them, which is really common and shows up as wheat oil or unrefined Vitamin E. I just figured this out after years of noticing that some chapsticks made my lips lose a layer of skin.) Anyway, I've been using my new chapstick a ton here in Hawaii and loving it. And, the healing balm is the most nourishing balm full of natural oils. It can be used for dry skin, diaper rashes. She said even people with psoriasis have had amazing success with it. I really can't wait to incorporate more Honest products into our household. And I'll be especially happy to use their BABY PRODUCTS hopefully in the near future! :) :)
How about you guys? How do you feel about using all-natural / toxic free products? I must say, it's been a journey for me to come around to it completely, but I've seen enough studies about toxic products now that I'm totally convinced it's worth paying attention to. I'm so curious to hear how you feel about it.
(photos by Justin Hackworth, Jen & Sarah from Honest and my friend, Koseli, who snapped a photo when she saw us talking to Jessica :)
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