The Clean Slate Club

An energetic new beginning

As the New Year symbolizes a clean slate and a fresh start, we at Bushbaby are excited to introduce our new Clean Slate Club: a membership that allows us to help fuel an energetic new beginning for you and your family through fun gifts and discounts on clean body care and snacks at Bushbaby. There are new possibilities on the horizon and we want to help position our Bushbaby tribe to approach these possibilities mindfully, ethically and in conscious balance with our health and the earth.

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January invites us all to make a clean break with the past and set a declaration – for ourselves and our families – that the old way is over. In raising a new generation to love the outdoors and respect nature, we hope you will join us in setting a mutual intention for 2018 to respect nature and our environment with the choices we make…starting with what we put in, on and around our bodies.

With this intention in mind, we are honored to invite you to join our Clean Slate Club.

The Club is free to join (sign up in the store or with the form below), and members receive a special introductory gift bag, free samples throughout the year, access to Bushbaby’s exclusive BeautyCounter membership, and a 15% club discount on all Erbaviva and BeautyCounter family body care products as well as 15% off all Thrive Life snackies.

Once you sign up (in-store or online), you will be able to enjoy very nice discounts on our top handpicked brands of family body care and snack products. We are fully invested in these three brands because of their meticulous ingredient selection processes, ethical production and business practices, and fully conscious impact on the earth and its people.

Read on to meet these wonderful brands.

Meet Erbaviva

Organic Skin Care

Part of daily self-care is being mindful about what we put in and on our bodies.

In addition to maintaining a balanced diet of nutrients and drinking plenty of water, we have to be aware of what products we apply onto our skin. Skin care products and cosmetics can contain toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. We should consciously choose natural and organic products to consume and to use.

Those living the organic life have experienced the human body's amazing ability to heal itself. When we utilize the power of nature, the body works its own magic and we simply inspire positive results.

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Erbaviva consistently implements sustainable and environmentally responsible principles to create healthy products that better the lives of people while working harmoniously with nature.

We source our ingredients meticulously with great consideration of how they are are grown and harvested. From the particular region, to the particular part of the plant, from the health of the soil, to the transparency of the supplier, we know it ALL matters. Each product is crafted with pure living herbs, essential oils and botanicals, sourced near and far, and to the highest standards of organic certification, safety, efficacy and sustainability.

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It all starts with pure, rich soil, untouched by chemicals. Then add organic, biodiverse non-GMO seeds. Organic farming protects soil, conserves water, and safeguard wildlife.

Organic crops are grown and harvested without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic chemicals that break down plant’s natural defense and compromise human health.

Each botanical extract, essential oil and living herb is produced through clean, green chemistry ensuring pristine quality, superior aromas and the highest levels of therapeutic efficacy.

Erbaviva creates high quality organic products by infusing organic butters, oils and emollients with pure living herbs, essential oils and extracts. 100% chemical free and never tested on animals we practice sustainability, and social responsibility from “farm to bottle."

Meet Beautycounter

Clean Beauty

Beautycounter's Mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day, and to make their own judgments about safety.


At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our "Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.


Making safer products starts with safer ingredients. Beautycounter’s five-step Ingredient Selection Process truly sets them apart.

Step 1: Ban Intentionally

The Never List: 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients we do not use, no matter what (including nearly 1,400 cosmetic ingredients banned in the European Union).

Step 2: Screen Rigorously.

Using the best available data, we screen every potential ingredient, considering it both individually and within a mixture of chemicals, as it would be in a final product. After all, if a company removes one toxic chemical and replaces it with another, nothing has been done to actually protect our health.

Step 3: Learn Constantly.

We regularly review emerging data on ingredients and even commission our own studies. The absence of data does not mean that a chemical is safe.

Step 4: Source Responsibly:

  • Choose the best available ingredient options.
  • Work to source ingredients from non-GMO, sustainable sources, many of which are organic. Over 80% of our ingredients are natural or plant-derived.
  • Ask for certificates of purity, and test for heavy metal contamination.
  • Work to manufacture all products in the U.S.
  • Do not test products or ingredients on animals.

Step 5: Share Transparently.

Every ingredient we use is shared on our product packaging, online, and in EWG’s Skin Deep database. We share the source of all ingredients. 

Meet Thrive Life

Clean, safe and delicious.

"Helping families starts with a healthy meal, but our passion for helping people stretches past the dinner table."

We send 5% of our profits to developing countries, which means your dinner is helping build schools, empower women, and build communities around the world.

It depends on what’s important to you. If you’re a health nut, it’s the fresh taste, high quality standards, and natural health of our foods. If you’re looking to get a quick, nutritious, and tasty meal on the table it’s the convenience and versatility we offer. 

No matter what part of mealtime’s most important to you, THRIVE has something great to offer. 

It’s obvious that eating THRIVE is better for you than chowing down on processed or fast food. But have you thought about how THRIVE stacks up against the grocery store? THRIVE foods typically keep their fresh taste and nutrients better than their produce aisle counterparts, and they aren’t full of harmful additives and preservatives. You can rest easy knowing that THRIVE is the healthy choice for your family.

When you pick up a can of food at the store, do you know where it comes from, or what standards of quality it was held to? With THRIVE, you can. We painstakingly pick the very best products out there so you don’t have to. You can be confident that every can contains only foods with the flavor, taste, color, and appearance that will create the best possible eating experience.

Use the form above or stop in to join the club and save 15% with every purchase of these amazing brands!

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Guest Post by ANGELA: A Mission to Explore

Hi! I am Angela.

Born + Raised

I was born in Dayton, OH and went to school in the surrounding suburbs. I stayed in that area through college, and then moved to Cincinnati, OH in my early 20s to be closer to work.

University + Career

I could never see myself going to a 4 year school, so I went to community college. I got an associate’s degree in business management – network management from Sinclair Community College. While there, I worked a full time internship as a network administrator and fell in love with email systems. Yep, I’m super cool. I took a consulting position for a company in Cincinnati, OH. When I moved to Illinois, I worked from home, and then we bought a house out in the country. I quit my job. We had big dreams of living a more homestead lifestyle and seeking out new adventures on the weekends. Our expectations of what one person can accomplish proved to be a little unrealistic, but I’m still here… hustling to do what I can the hard way and trying to teach a couple littles how to be decent humans.


I love all things food. I am an aesthetic enthusiast. I am passionate about giving new life to things others have discarded. I love to create things. When you put all those things together, I become a pretty rockin party planner.

Meeting hubby + settling here


wo nemo toss a lasso to me now

Say what? That palindrome was the beginning of what my life looks like these days. In my mid 20s I joined a dating site even though I had no interest in a relationship. Some random guy that lived in Peoria, IL sent me a quirky email that started a 2 month long conversation. I decided it was obviously a good idea to invite him to stay with me for a long weekend and at the end of that weekend, Jamie and I had already settled into an old married couple dynamic. After doing the long distance thing for a while, I moved to Peoria, we bought a house on a little piece of land outside of Mackinaw, and here we plan to stay.


We have two little adventurers in our family. Finch is 3… soon to be 4 and Wren is 2.5. They love nothing more than when they get to help set up our tent or have the opportunity to get real dirty in a creek.

Best part of being their mom?

So much of my time as a parent is spent trying to channel the patient person I thought I was before small humans entered my life. I had this idealistic expectation of what an awesome mom I was going to be, and I am… but it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine over here. I am used to excelling at the things I undertake… being able to step back at the end of a project and feel proud of the work I have done. For me, parenting is nothing like that. Sure there are days where I feel like I am crushing this mom thing, but more often than not I am just trying to keep my head above water. By becoming their mom, my kids have forced me to realize that I have to let some things go, lower my own expectations of what I “should” be able to do, and how important it is to take the time to just get lost in all the wonder that is around us. Without them, I don’t think I would have pushed myself to slow down… but now that I have I am forever thankful.


Helpful Activities to keep your little ones active, to pass along to other local families?

This year we have been on a mission to explore a lot of different parks in the area. I have been focusing on one area at a time and then trying to make time to visit all the different places listed on the community’s parks and recreation page. Not growing up in the area, I have no idea what the “good” places to go are, so it has been nice to spend time finding what works best for our family. There are so many places around and many of them are underutilized. I prefer parks a little off the beaten path that don’t get a lot of foot traffic. That way, I can be more of an observer while the kids explore more independently.

As the weather gets colder, we will likely rely on some trusty favorites to run the crazies out. Last year, we really enjoyed the toddler time at the Morton Indoor Soccer Complex and our membership at the Peoria Playhouse.


Favorite fall adventures for your family?

The highlight of our fall is a big campout we host at our property. Since both my husband and I are imports to the area, it started as a way to see folks we otherwise don’t get the opportunity to visit every year and as we make new friends locally, the guest list grows. When we first started doing it, nobody had kids, but these days the majority of people who make it have littles. For a lot of them, it is the first place that they experience camping out as a family. Planning a camping trip with babies and toddlers can be an overwhelming step to take, but here there is a backup plan if it is just not working. For many of the kids, this will be their 4th year coming to the campout, and as they get older it is so fun to watch them truly excited to spend the entire weekend outside… becoming experts at “roughing it” in the great outdoors.

Get to know a local mama: Meet Jenni


I was born and raised in the small town (6000) of Independence, Iowa. I always swore I wouldn't live as an adult in a small town but having kids made me really appreciate the closeness of community in a small town so we live in North Pekin (1500) Quite a bit smaller than my hometown but only 10 minutes from the big city!


I attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, which at the time had one of the top 3 Professional Photography programs in the country. I graduated with an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Professional Photography in 1999.

Meeting hubby + settling here?

I became very close friends with 3 couples in Peoria in after meeting them on a convention cruise. I moved here in 2009 to be close to them as they were like family. I lived in an apartment building across from OSF when one night right before midnight, the fire alarm went off. That night I met my neighbor across the hall and he calmed my nerves as we were evacuated from the building. We hit it off instantly and got married in Las Vegas with our parents and siblings by our side on 11/12/13. Ryan works as an automotive technician at Velde.


We have 2 girls. Arianna is 5 and Nola is 2 ½. The night I met Ryan he told me he wanted to name his daughter Arianna. Nola is named after the acronym for New Orleans, Louisianna.

Passions, career?

I am a Certified Professional Photographer with Blissful Images. I have owned my own business now for 15 years! I love to give back through my volunteer work with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. My favorite things are working on our home we gutted and transformed from a hoarder house to our dream home, vising friends in our favorite city, New Orleans and cruising on Carnival Cruise ships.

Best part of being their mom?

Experiencing life through their eyes is my favorite. I never knew I could love do deeply as I do. Ryan and I didn't get to travel when we were kids so we prioritize that for our family and strive to take them places and show them things we didn't get to.

Summer plans for the family?

Our first family trip to Wisconsin Dells and a Cubs game in Wisconsin at the end of the month.

Helpful activities to keep you little ones active, to pass along to other local families?

My kids love going swimming, to the park, walking around our neighboorhood and playing in the yard. They are always wanting to be involved with things at home so they often are helping with household chores as well as starting to cook. I love their independence! Our 5 year old will make scrambled eggs with toast and clean up after and is so very proud of herself. I love to encourage their independence!

Guest Post by ABBEY: The More We Get Together

We are happy to share insight into "Miss Abbey" as many of us know her by.

Born + raised?
I was born in Peoria and Lived here my entire life until leaving for college.

College + career? I received my undergrad at Saint Louis University and my graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology, at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. After graduation, I moved to Virginia Beach with my husband and worked in an elementary school for 5 years, serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, preK-4th, as a Speech Therapist. We moved back to Peoria in 2009 and I started Communication Junction to continue sharing my passion for early communication and language development.

Your hubby?
My husband was born in St Louis, but moved to South Africa when he was three months old. His father is from Johannesburg and his mother from Peoria. At age 15 he moved back to Peoria with his mom and sister. He graduated from Woodruff Highschool. He received his undergraduate degree from South West Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and his graduate degree from University of Virginia. After graduate school he received a Commission from the Navy and was active duty for 6 years. He is currently serving in the Naval Reserve and is a Civil Engineer, locally, with River City Construction.

Your kiddos? Owen (9 almost 10) and Colin (8) keep us going. Both are involved in local running and summer swimming. Owen, who will be in 5th grade, also enjoys acting, singing, reading and "all the sports". Colin, entering 3rd grade, enjoys Martial Arts, being home and reading.

How did Communcation Junction meet Bushbaby? Bethany and I originally met when I stopped into BushBaby shopping for my kids. We quickly became great friends and CJ was invited to petticoats in her 1st birthday party. From there we have continuously looked for opportunities to work together, combining our love for children, outdoors and fun!

Thank you ABBEY for sharing you with us!  You can find Abbey at Bushbaby on the first Saturday of every month.  We have taken Sign + Sing to Donovan Park through September 9th, starting at 9am.  We will be back at Bushbaby in October at 9:15am.  For more information on Communication Junction events, find them on facebook or on their website.