The Honest Life: Jessica Alba


I know first hand that when you have a child you want to create a healthy and safe environment for them to grow up in. What’s kinda scary though, is that there are actually thousands of hidden toxic chemicals in products that we use every day. Jessica Alba knows about this all too well.

Jessica had an allergic reaction to a powder she washed her newborn baby’s clothes with. Frustrated with the lack of trustworthy info available on living a healthy and non-toxic life, she sent herself out on a mission to speak to experts, do plenty of research and gain as much info as she could on healthy lifestyles.Her book, The Honest Life, is the result of all her hard work. It recounts her personal journey of discovery and is packed full of tips, tricks and recipes for living a healthy, safe, stylish and affordable life. It even gives us a behind the scenes look into the actress’s own lifestyle.

From eco-friendly beauty routines, clean eating diets, organising your closet, easy to cook meals, decorating the home to preparing for parenthood, she’s got it covered.At swiish, we’re big fans of The Honest Life - it’s a simple read with great suggestions, including great ideas on activities to do with your kids.

One of my favourite tips is her DIY play dough recipe. Making your own at home means you know that there aren’t any hidden chemicals and gives you and your kids something fun to do that will keep them entertained for hours.

Homemade Play Dough

What you’ll need:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoon cream of tartar (available from supermarkets)
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Natural food coloring

What to do:
1. Mix together all the ingredients, except the natural food coloring, in a saucepan.
2. Stir over low-to-medium heat to cook.
3. Once the dough begins to thicken, add the food coloring. Natural food coloring creates pretty pastels, but doesn’t produce the bright hues seen in conventional store-bought brands. If you want more than one color, divide the recipe equally from start to finish between two or more pots.
4. Continue stirring until the mixture begins to gather around the spoon—it will be much thicker and start to take on a smooth texture.
5. Remove the dough and cool on a plate or other non-stick surface.
6. To extend the play dough’s shelf life, store it in an airtight container.

The Honest Life is available from Angus & Robertson, Dymocks and other good book stores. For more info, visit Jessica’s website and blog, The Honest Company.

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