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?