Hey y’all! My name is Christy Byrd Vacchio and welcome to The Curly Butterfly. If you are here, which you are because you’re reading this, you want to know what this site is all about. I’m just a Southern girl in her 40’s trying to navigate life with 2 special needs kiddos and a nutty husband who keeps us laughing daily.
The idea for The Curly Butterfly started back in 2015 after I had been floundering to understand non-toxic eating. I had tried a gluten-free/casein-free diet for a year with my son who has autism. Not seeing any significant changes, we gave up. But that year of endless recipe testing and research led me on the path to Paleo, and in 2014, Whole 30.
After detoxing my diet, I started looking at other ways to eliminate the toxins in my life. Since I have curly hair, I am always looking for great products to make it less frizzy. In 2018, the direct sales company I was with came out with a great hair product. This spurred me on to do more research into other non-toxic products and thus, my journey into a whole new world began.
Now, I look for easy ways to swap out things that are toxic, or wasteful. Honestly, as a busy mother of two with a side hustle (and two blogs!), I just don’t have the time to be a big d-i-y-er. It’s more like an awareness of what comes into and goes out of my house. I figure if I can make even a small difference, and others join me, we can collaboratively make a global change!
As for the name, Curly is two-fold. On the surface it references my curly hair. But it also represents my journey, that has been anything BUT a straight line. I take turns and curves. I fall off the proverbial wagon, but circle back around to the path and what I have found works for me. Butterfly is what I want to be seen as some day. Right now, and probably for many more years, I am in my cocoon. I am going through a slow metamorphosis and hope to someday emerge as the beautiful woman I want to be and fly through my days enjoying nature and contributing to it as I go.
Thank you for joining me on my journey. I hope my own journey can help you along the way.