Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Homemade yummy mini Baby muffins!

Between my baby (I literally have her tugging and pulling on my pants and trying to grab my computer mouse as we speak lol), freelance graphic design work and other everyday things, I don't always have time to stop by here (which I would like to apologize for) but whenever I do something in my everyday life that I feel I should share, I try to do just that! :)

My little girl Ciara is 9 months and a half and has been eating more and more food lately and is enjoying a variety of them. I've started to change things up a lot more now since she gets bored of repeats, and since her appetite is increasing, I try to come up with some snack ideas as well. I made a snack today for her which she seems to love! They're organic whole wheat raspberry/zucchini muffins! I made them in a mini muffin tray so that they would be bite size and snack friendly. I froze most of them and just take out 1 or two the night before I plan on giving them to her so they're always super fresh, but I only need to bake them once in a while!

INGREDIENTS:
(I used mostly organic ingredients but it's not a necessity.)

Homemade Baby omelette recipe!

My daughter is 9.5 months already and always excited to see new things and I've had to think of different ways to introduce the same foods to her. She only started eating eggs this week (was previously eating chicken and lamb). I thought of making her a mini omelette and thought I'd share :)

I used very basic ingredients and popped it in the oven while she was taking her nap so it would be cooked and cooled off by the time she woke up. 

INGREDIENTS:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Homemade Baby Wipes!



Many people are interested in diy wipes since most of the leading brands do have some questionable ingredients in them. Luckily, homemade baby wipes are super easy to make! I kept it super simple for this one. I've see recipes out there with many more ingredients which sound great (I have many ingredients at home since I make many homemade recipes for my home and my baby), but so many of you out there don't, so I thought the more simple the better :) You can also use these wipes for whatever else you would want to use wipes for!

ALL YOU NEED IS:

1/2 of a premium paper towel roll
1 TBSP of Castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Organic Baby Mild Liquid Soap)
1 TBSP Avocado oi (you can use almond, grapeseed or olive oil)
1 cup of purified water (I used bottled spring water)
A good size storage container that fits your paper towel roll.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Homemade Vicks vapor rub alternative for you or your baby using eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender!.


Unfortunately we all came down with a bit of a cold in our home, and my 8 month old baby girl has a phlegmy chest cough which breaks my heart (first time she's been sick), she's also teething so she hasn't been too happy the past couple days. I've been keeping a close eye on her to make sure the cough doesn't get too bad and interfere with her normal breathing and making sure she doesn't have a fever and so far she eats perfectly normally, sleeps at her normal times and has the same level energy with no fever, just has a cough and runny nose, so I haven't gone running to the doctor just yet since she's also 8 months old now (vs a newborn 3 month old). If anything changes or gets worse, I'll bring her in, although it's my understanding that unless there's something more serious (like pneumonia for instance), there isn't a whole lot you can do about a cough except for maybe some steam and maybe some vapor rub until it passes. I did purchase a COLD steam machine and really helps in her sleep.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Coconut oil for your baby's skin. The perfect baby moisturizer!


 I really try and replace commercial product for natural DIY's whenever I can, especially with daily products since it's simpler and safer. Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils! Did you know it can make a great moisturizer/massage oil for after baby bath time? The only time I've ever used a non homemade natural lotion on my baby was 2 times when I put sunscreen on my daughter on the days when I knew she would be outside in the sun all day and I didn't want her to get sunburned (which btw I've made a natural sunscreen, but I'm testing it on myself in the sun before I do on my daughter so she wont get a sunburn). Other than that, I've only ever used a homemade lotion on her since she was born. I really wanted to avoid any chemicals going onto her skin, so I made sure she was using a moisturizer that hydrated her skin safely and effectively :) I make her a lotion that contains organic shea butter, aloe butter, organic coconut oil and grapeseed oil for a luxurious baby treatment :), but if you only use a good organic coconut oil, that's enough!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cake idea for a 6 month old baby girl!


So I thought I'd post this cute 6 month old cake I made for my baby girl since I found myself looking for cake ideas that were fun and didn't see too many out there for 6 months (I only have my 1 kid so I probably have more time on my hands than mothers out there with a handful of kids so I did want to take some time making a 6 month old cake lol but wont be doing this every 6 months if you're wondering...). It's super cute and pretty, but not healthy in the least and too sweet with the frosting, so, basically a show cake. I guess I could have made a carrot or banana bread cake with cream cheese frosting to make it less artificial, but I had to get it done asap...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My thyroidectomy and thyroid cancer experience...

WARNING! This wound up being a very long post! But in the end, It helped me a lot to get this all down in words :) Hope this can help at least one person out there that is going through the same situation xoxo.

July 2nd, 2013,

I struggled with whether I should write a post about this since it's been a tumultuous past few months mentally and spiritually for me. Some days I still felt a bit like I wanted to just avoid thinking about the past few months which I realize isn't the best way to go about things. I feel like I'm really starting to get back to being myself slowly since it wasn't only the stress of the results that rattled me, but also the adjustment my body has been going through since removing my thyroid and levelling out all my hormones and getting my calcium back to where it needs to be. To add to all that, I'm a first time mom of a 7 month old beautiful daughter that was 4 1/2 months old at the time so I felt like everything was coming down on me. I thought I should share my story since there were some posts out there that made me feel better at times (but most of them made me feel worse!!!) so I wanted to write about my experience, which I'm very happy to say, has a positive outcome.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO before getting my complete thyroidectomy:

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tee tree oil for clear skin. It really does work!


So I had always heard that tee tree oil can help clear up your skin, but I never really tried it. After having my baby girl, for months afterwards, my skin was not itself. I had some light breaking out on the sides of my cheeks that were really bothering me, but I certainly wasn't going to get something crazy strong like Acutane, Proactive or anything like that since I'm still pumping (obviously you can't even use that stuff when breastfeeding, pregnant, or even thinking of getting pregnant in the months to come!) and that stuff is questionable in safety in my opinion to be using in any situation. Tee tree oil is an essential oil and EO's can be pretty potent, in fact, you can't use topical tee tree oil if you're pregnant, some might even argue topical use while breastfeeding should be avoided, but I use minimal amounts topically that I very very very highly doubt reach my milk supply so I started using it when my baby was about 5 months (she's 7 months now) since I really starting getting upset over the change in my skin (which I'd like to add wasn't that bad, but it was for me since I always had pretty good skin) ***I'm not a doctor though so if you have concerns, please ask your doctor :)***. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much, but I was super surprised on how it cleared up my skin, and how quickly it did it!

I applied some on my face for the first time one evening after my shower, and the next morning my skin was better! That's pretty impressive. I would also like to add that I'm a bit particular...Obviously we can't always find the time to wash our sheets daily, and that includes our pillow cases, but It bugs me to lay my face down on a not fresh pillow case since some dirt and dead skin cells can accumulate and lead to a deteriorated skin situation, so I just started using fresh towels or cloth blankets (my daughter has millions of them so I'd takes some of those since she doesn't even use them for anything anymore now that shes bigger) and I would change them every night or second night to make sure my face was always laying on a relatively clean surface.

NOW, how do you use tee tree oil you ask?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Avent electric bottle warmer review

Love love loooove this product!!! I can live without it, but I don't want to...I pump everyday and since I refrigerate my milk after filling up my baby bottles, I need to quickly and safely heat up my bottles in a reasonable time frame. This does the trick every time! If I'm just going to a friends house, I'll just boil a bit of water then sit the bottle in the simmering pot off heat and that works, but it takes longer that way, whereas with the electric warmer, I just make sure the water level is bellow the rim of the bottle, then turn on the level of heat I want. There's 3 levels, 1,2 and 3. I leave it at 3 and for a bottle containing 120 ml, It takes about 5 minutes for it to be just right! Love this product!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

How to increase your breast milk supply.



I had my baby end of November 2012, and I did try feeding her from the breast the first 3 weeks but it got pretty hard for me, so I started pumping and have been pumping exclusively for the past 16 weeks now. For anyone wondering if exclusively pumping is possible, I can only speak from my experience, and the answer is yes in my case, although there are certain routines that must be followed and some set backs can occur such as milk reduction, but the good news is that you can increase your milk production with a few steps and a little dedication :) I use a Medela Freestyle double electric pump which I wrote about here. 

UPDATE! (It's been a year since I wrote this post and I would like to add that I pumped exclusively for 11 months, so it is possible to pump long term if you remember to keep pumping).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Using Rice flour as a skin polisher, brightener and exfoliator!


I started using this lately since I find my skin has been ultra sensitive with the pregnancy and now with breastfeeding, I just don't think my skin is as resilient as it usually is without all the raging hormones so I wanted to find a way to exfoliate and brighten my skin at the same time since I did get a bit of pregnancy mask...I have posted an exfoliant tip in the past of using baking soda which you can find here, this works really great too, but not if you have really sensitive skin, and mine has been lately so I've had to avoid it.

Rice flower aka rice powder has been used by many for beauty purposes to lighten and brighten the skin, I find it also works well as an exfoliant but I found that different brands have different textures, both having their own benefits. I use a mix of two of them and I'll explain why. I use the ones below.

Ecover for washing baby bottles and dishes!




UPDATED 07/03/2014
I've had to switch over to Nature Clean dish wash soap because Ecover is no longer distributed in Canada.
I really like Nature clean but still looking for a dish soap that scores really well on EWG...I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Medela Freestyle Double Breast Pump Vs Avent Manual Pump


I decided to do a quick review on this breast pump since I use it every three hours everyday, so if there's anyone out there wondering about this product, I thought i'd throw my two sense into the mix. My apologies to anyone expecting me to get back into the everyday natural beauty tricks, but the birth of my daughter has pretty much catapulted me into another dimension of everything baby and mother stuff so naturally it will be crossing over into the subjects I'll be blogging about...

Ok, so like so many other moms, I tried breast feeding since I do believe breast is best, and it was hard for me. With the lack of sleep and the task of being the only one to be able to feed the little one, I started getting pretty overwhelmed. I was getting pretty stressed out since I really was dedicated to the idea of giving my baby breast milk, so I ended up trying to pump the day my daughter sucked badly on one of my breasts and hurt the hell out of it.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Topical Castor oil


Ok, so I had my baby and she's a little over 3 months old now and I definitely neglected my blog because of the craziness I was adjusting to but everything is stabilizing quite nicely. I definitely have not been prioritizing my search and trial of natural beauty remedies lately since I'm not focusing on myself too much right now lol,  but I am still occasionally searching for all natural tricks to try but mostly for my baby! One thing I am doing is breastfeeding/pumping so I want to make sure I avoid toxic ingredients. 

The problem I'm trying to remedy:
I got a bit of hyperpigmentation during my pregnancy and I wanted to see if castor oil would help, I also started getting more breakouts postpartum and wanted to see if castor oil would indeed help with this as I read it could. I was only using a combo of coconut oil and grape seed oil to moisturize my skin but noticed my skin was dry and I know that hormones can really pull a number on a woman postpartum and especially while breast feeding so my skin is still not in my pre pregnancy state yet :( but right now my baby is my priority so I'll focus more on myself once I finish breastfeeding. For now, I want to see if I can use some natural remedies to help out my complexion a bit since I am still a tiny bit vain, but in a considerate way lol.