I’m Rachel, the Natural Strawberry. Welcome to my site! I’m a red head, actually “a strawberry blonde” originally from Louisiana. I am now living in Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband, who is a cardiologist, where we are raising our two beautiful daughters, a yellow lab, a small flock of chickens and attempting an edible yard.
I started this site at the recommendation … okay severe prodding … of family and friends. I am always being asked what is the best product for this? Where did you find that? My husband always says I am ahead of the food and health trends. The truth is, I am a product junkie and a born shopper who loves to find the best of the best. I have been on a path to find a happy and healthy lifestyle for myself and my family for quite some time. I was a RN for 14 years prior to having my first child. My father was a physician, my mother was an RN, so you could say that health is in my blood.
I have always been the “weird mom” because my kids were given healthy food instead of juice boxes and hotdogs. I was using “organic” before it was a buzz word. I would rather make something from scratch than buy packaged. My personal journey began way back in the early 90’s. I watched a show on television that exposed life on a chicken farm. It was quite disgusting and it really changed how I thought about food and where it comes from. Soon after that, I happened upon a little store in east New Orleans called Whole Foods. At the time, the store was so small you could barely fit a shopping cart down the aisles and an organic orange cost about $4. I began learning about natural, organic and free range food. Each year, I felt I became more and more knowledgeable and my passion flourished into a lifestyle.
Over the next decade, I got married and had my first child. I spent my pregnancy reading everything I could about raising a healthy child. I made all of my own baby food and began trying to make our home a toxin free environment. It was a slow process, but at that time I was living in the Napa Valley, so it was pretty easy to do.
There was one aspect of our lives that I had not considered….our health and beauty products. After my first child was born, I developed a rash over my eyes. I tried everything to get rid of it and saw several dermatologists in the Bay Area. Everyone had a different diagnosis and treatment, but nothing worked. We moved to Arizona in 2005. The rash continued and so did my visits to the dermatologist. I had to give up makeup and most skin care products. Nothing worked. One night, I attended a business dinner with my husband. I wasn’t going without makeup, so I took a benadryl, made up my face and prayed! Sitting at dinner, I could feel my eyes swelling. Luckily, one of the doctors at the table told me her husband was a researcher for multiple cosmetic companies. She said I was probably allergic to the makeup I was wearing. I was skeptical at first because I had been allergy tested and changed brands many times during this rash outbreak. But she persisted and said you can not imagine what toxic chemicals are in our makeup. Well, that peaked my curiosity…..
I went home that night and started reading about all of the toxins in our makeup and skincare products. I was shocked and amazed. How could the government allow this? The next day I started exchanging my skin care and makeup products. The only products available at the time where Dr Hauschka and a few other makeup brands found at health food stores. Within a week, my rash was gone and I was wearing makeup again! I have been a convert and advocate for nontoxic skincare and makeup ever since.
I am very passionate about raising healthy children and living a healthy lifestyle. I am hoping to share my passion with you and to learn from you.
Disclosure: I will never accept money for a positive review. All opinions are my own and are just that….my opinion. I use every product that I write about and I would let my girls use them, unless it isn’t appropriate. Some of the links in my posts are to affiliate sites, and I will get a small commission from a sale.