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When my son was born I wasn’t prepared for the lack of sleep. Everyone talked about it, they warned me ahead of time, but I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Once my son hit toddlerhood I also found myself sidelined by the toddler attitude and busyness. Like before, I was warned, but I wasn’t prepared. I also wasn’t fully prepared for the overwhelm. The feelings of complete incompetency and constantly being needed. Add navigating the world of special needs parenting to the list and I was honestly lost. It took me 3 years, but I was finally able to create for myself the type of relaxation I needed. Bear Apothecary Founders

I’m almost embarrassed now to admit that I used to turn to a glass (or bottle) of wine to help me handle all those feelings. I was an exhausted new mom with a husband that worked 120 hours a week. I thought I NEEDED that glass of wine, heck, I deserved it. But with that glass of wine also came the groggy frustrated mom that next morning. The poor sleep, the sugar induced racing thoughts at 2 a.m. and the headache that left me with a short temper the next day.

I didn’t really know any better at the time. I thought relaxation as a mom equaled a glass of wine. It’s preached in the media, it’s in every sitcom. So there I was, the mom to a very adorable special needs son that was tired, overwhelmed and honestly sick.

It wasn’t until my son was almost 2 that I started to figure out there was better options. My better option came in the form of a plant molecule. The funny part is my husband has pivoted his entire career path once my son was born to work in the hemp industry. We had grown hemp on our family farm, but being so wrapped up in my son I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until my husband suggested I try a CBD infused bath bomb that he had purchased from a hemp farming partner.

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I wasn’t a bath taker, I honestly felt like I didn’t have time to take a bath, but one evening I “sacrificed” my mommy time of watching Netflix on the couch with a glass of wine and drew myself a bath instead.

To say it changed my life is an understatement. I relaxed in the warm water for 45 minutes before pouring myself into bed. I slept absolutely incredible that night. And I woke up the next morning feeling amazing. No groggy mind, no headache, no reeling from my 2 a.m. anxiety filled thoughts.

I was so intrigued I could hardly contain myself. Here was an amazing way to calm down, relax, sleep better, but there were a few draw backs that made me realize I could make this even better. One, I didn’t love all of the ingredients in the bath bomb. I’m a stickler for toxic free. It’s very important to me to have completely toxic free ingredients due to my son’s rare condition. Two, the scent wasn’t spot on. It was a generic lavender. Three, the presentation didn’t strike my designer heart. I knew I could do better. So I did.

With almost a year of testing, trial and error, diving very deep into aromatherapy and learning everything else about CBD that I hasn’t learned in our previous years of cultivating hemp I was able to launch my own line of CBD infused bath treats. Then shortly after they released I launched CBD infused body treats also, because not everyone has time to take a bath. To say they were a hit was an understatement. The months of hard work paid off and everyone that tried them all had the same comment, “I can’t believe how well I slept”.

Bear Apothecary Sober Self-Care CollectionNow that I have created a better way to relax, get to sleep and feel more calm I’m inviting you to try it too. All of my products are toxic free, infused with full spectrum CBD and handcrafted with your enjoyment and delight at top of mind. I want you to feel the way I wished I could have felt when I was a brand new mom. You deserve self-care this good.

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