Calming Essential Oils for Mama & Baby

Essential oils are very powerful, potent, and strong. Thus, it’s very important to take precautions before use. Here are the precautions on using Essential Oils on pregnant women and children:

Pregnant Moms: Avoid basil, birch, calamus, cassia, cinnamon, bark, hysspop, Idaho tansy, lavandin, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and wintergreen.

For Babies (one day to two years old): avoid eucalyptus, basil, juniper, mint, hyssop & wintergreen.

For Toddlers & Young Children (2 and above): Always dilute essential oils for toddlers and young children. Since essential oils are very potent, mix 30 drops of carrier oil per 1 drop of essential oil, just to be on the safe side.

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There are many powerful ways essential oils can be used from pregnancy, post-partum, and for children. Here are some ways essential oils can be used for calming and relaxing:

For Pregnancy: 

  • Gentle Baby:
    • Comforting, soothing, and relaxing, and beneficial for reducing stress during pregnancy.
    • Dilute 1 drop of Gentle Baby with 1 drop carrier oil.
    • Apply over mother’s abdomen, feet, lower back, face, and neck areas.
  • Stress Away:
    • Promotes relaxation and lowers hypertension
    • Apply liberally to temples, neck, or wrists as neededPREGNANCY v2.2

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For Post-Partum:

  • Frankincense: Diffuse or apply anywhere on the body, direct or dilute 1 drop with 1 drop carrier oil.
  • Joy: 
    • creates a magnetic energy that brings joy to the heart, mind, and soul. Helps overcome deep-seated grief and depression.
    • Inhale and wear daily as a perfume
  • Present Time: diffuse or apply 1-2 drops to stay focused on the now
  • Surrender: Diffuse or apply 1-2 drops to support in releasing negative emotions.
  • Jasmine: Add a few drops to 1/2 tsp of salt and mix into bath water.
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For Sleeplessness in Babies & Children:

  • Peace & Calming: 
    • Promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being.
    • Dilute 1:2 and apply on soles of feet at nap or bedtime.
    • Diffuse 20-30 minutes in the bedroom before bed.
  • Lavender:
    • Same application as above, and apply one drop on pillow or bath water.

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Peace & Calming and Lavender are our household favorite! These are are part of our bedtime routine! To order these oils, visit www.youngliving.com If you would like to order, please leave me a message and I will walk you through it!

Do you use essential oils during your bedtime routine,too? If so, what do you use?

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The best way to get into oils is with a premium starter kit. They include a diffuser and 11 oils, and are $150 or $160 depending on the diffuser you choose (both are great!).  By ordering a kit you will get your own personal membership that you can use to get a 24% discount on oils! You are never required to buy anything else or to sell anything, ever.

To get your own kit – click here, then choose “order oils” and then “wholesale member”.

References: Information has been obtained from book “Gentle Babies Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children” by Debra Raybern.

Homemade Raw Fig Newtons

It’s Dates weeks for the #InstaWeanTeam! I didn’t want to make the usual energy balls, so I incorporated it with one of my favorite fruits. FIGS!

Both figs and dates are a great source of fiber. To learn more about the health benefits of dates, check out this site!

I found a recipe for raw fig bars using dates from A Whisk and Two Wands. What I love about this recipe is that it’s no bake! So easy to make too, and delicious!

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Fig Bars
Makes an 8×8 pan, 16 big bars or 24 smaller bars

Crumble Topping and Crust:
1 1/2 c whole raw almonds or cashews
2 c oats, gluten-free
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1c Deglet or Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (used Deglet as I had some I needed to use up, about 15 dates)
1/3 c organic coconut oil, liquid
1/4 c raw pecans, for topping, optional
Filling:
1lb, about 3 cups, organic Mission figs dried, steams removed
1/2 c warm water, plus a tablespoon or two as needed
2 TBSP coconut palm sugar

Directions:

1.Line a square 9×9 pan with parchment paper going opposite ways.

2.In a food processor, process the almonds or cashews, salt, cinnamon, and oats until a fine crumble forms. Add in the dates and process until crumbly coarse texture. Add coconut oil and process until sticky. Remove 3 1/2 cups from the food processor, and press firmly and evenly into the pan. Add pecans to the remaining mixture and set aside for the topping.

3. Clean the food processor and add figs, coconut palm, and warm water and process until a paste forms. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl often. You can add a tablespoon of water if needed, but you want the paste thick so I wouldn’t use more than 2 additional tablespoons.

4. Scoop out the date mixture onto the crust and gently spread until even. Sprinkle the remaining mixture with the pecans and gently press down with fingers. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

5. Cut into squares and serve. Store in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from A Whisk & Two Wands

Memoirs of a Miscarriage

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Miscarriage, is a term used for a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation. Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage (AmericanPregnancy.org).

There are numerous books, articles, and websites explaining what a miscarriage is; the signs, symptoms, and treatments. However, there’s only one sentence in those articles explaining the causes, because it really is quite a mystery.

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Another mystery is..why aren’t there many articles explaining to a woman what emotional states she will be feeling? Everyone has a different input on when an embryo or fetus is considered a life. However, to many mothers the moment they find out they are pregnant the zygote, embryo, and fetus IS already a life and their life. From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, you do what you can to protect yourself from harm, eat healthy and maintaining a joyful and stress-free emotional state. You’re elated, you’re happy, and you cant wait to share it to everyone you know.

Since miscarriages are prevalent during the first trimester, many women are advised to not announce their pregnancy until after 12-14 weeks “just in case” a miscarriage could occur. Do you how hard that is? A pregnant woman is already feeling all sorts of emotions and it’s only normal that they want to talk about it. But many don’t because they don’t want to “jinx” it and only tell those close to them, such as their partner or parents.

Then the unexpected happens, and the next thing you know, you’re in the ER or doctor’s office finding out your baby’s heart stopped beating. A range of emotions surge through you with endless questions of why, how, and what? As much as you are trying to comprehend what your physician is telling you, all you can hear is “blah blah blah”, because the main question you want answered is WHY THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN?!

You come home either waiting to pass naturally, or already have lost the baby with unanswered questions, feelings of guilt and sadness, and a whole lot of “what if’s” running through your mind. What did I do? What could have I done differently? Those questions just won’t leave your mind. Every time you think about it, you can’t help but break down and cry. Why did this happen? Did I do something wrong?

If you are wondering if this is my story, the answer is yes. Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been dealing with my second miscarriage. The first time it happened, it was very difficult, but the second time around has hit me the hardest. I’m not writing this post for pity or to cry out for attention, but to reach out to those mothers who are or may have been in the same predicament. Miscarriages are one of those topics you just don’t talk about publicly. Why can’t we? Why do we have to hide our pregnancy for the first 12 weeks, then if we don’t reach 12 weeks, we still hide the pregnancy plus the miscarriage too?

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That’s so difficult, and no woman should go through it alone. I was too afraid to talk about it to anyone, but I felt much better when I did. Even just a hug, or just to be surrounded by people who will make you laugh or smile makes everything better little by little. Even if you don’t want to talk about it, but they know what you’re going through, and help you ease your mind, those are the types of people you should be around.

We may all have different stories and histories, but our sadness and sorrows are parallel.  You are not wrong for how you feel. Right now, I feel fear and sadness, but still blessed. Since this is the second time I had a miscarriage, I fear that if it happens one more time that there is something wrong with me. I am sad because I really want to have another baby, and a sibling for my son. However, I am still blessed because I have my son, and he makes me so happy. He gives me hope and joy. Without my son and my family, I wouldn’t be able to get through what I have gone through.

This is for all the mothers around the world with despair of losing their baby. When despondency strikes, remember you are not alone, and it’s okay to feel how you feel. Take your time, and when you’re ready to talk about it, find a shoulder to lean on, and slowly the pain will ease. Slowly, it will give you hope, and slowly you will find happiness once again.

How to Make Almond Mylk Using Omega Juicer 8004

I had all these leftover raw almonds and I’ve been wanting to make Almond Mylk for quite some time now!

I don’t own a blender, and many say it’s easier to make using a Vitamix or a Blendtec, but I do own a Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, which did the job pretty well! This is my first time tasting homemade almond mylk & I’ll never buy store bought almond milk ever again! It’s so delicious and creamy!

Makes 32 oz

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Recipe:

-2 cups raw almonds

-6 cups filtered water

-5 pitted dates (roughly chopped)

-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Soak almonds in water overnight, around 8-10 hours. Ladle almonds w/ some water into juicer. Don’t use too much water all at once, gradually add water little by little. Run the almond pulp through the juicer with a little water 2 more times. Lastly, blend almond mylk with chopped dates & vanilla extract until smooth. I don’t own a blender, but I do have a handheld emulsifier which also did it’s job.

Enjoy!

My Favorite Nursing Wear!

When I was pumping and breastfeeding my son, I lived for simplicity. I wanted things to be effortless so that they were easier to manage, and easy to use. Breastfeeding and pumping around the clock with the newborn was hard, so I needed things around me to be less-complicating. Especially my clothes! I lived in mostly leggings, sweatpants, and nursing tanks. And my bras were always nursing bras. I had to be able attend to my child’s needs as quickly as I could wherever I was and dress back up as quickly as I can to do whatever else I needed.

So here a few of my favorite items to wear when I was nursing:

1. Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Nursing Tank:

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If you want to feel sexy and you are breastfeeding, this is THE NURSING TANK of ALL NURSING TANKS! It will compress your muffin-top and give you a slimmer look, with the convenience of the easy pull-side nursing access without the snaps. This is what I loved wearing whenever I was out & about.

2. Belly Bandit Bandita Nursing Bra

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Can you tell I love Belly Bandit products? Yes, I sure do. The quality of their products are top notch, and last for a very long time. I would definitely use them again for when I nurse my second child. This bra is so comfortable, and it has removable contour pads, great for leakage protection!

3. Nursing Dresses– I loved basic nursing dresses that are easy to wear and to pull open the sides whenever I needed to pump or nurse in public. My favorite dress was from H&M called Mama Nursing Dress, because it was stylish yet convenient to wear while nursing. You can’t even tell that it’s a nursing dress!

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4. Sleep Chemise- Lastly, I also wanted be comfortable while sleeping, and the most comfortable & budget-friendly night gowns I found were at Target by Gilligan & O’Malley. It made night feeding easier, and I highly recommend this to those who nurse on a laying position.

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Did you have any favorite nursing wear? What was the most comfortable clothing item for you when you were nursing?

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CocoMango Oatmeal + EZPZ Mats Review

Happy Monday! I’m sooo excited to announce that the InstaWeanTeam is collaborating with EZPZ this week! All week, check out our Instagram posts to learn some BLW and portion tips, and also some fun #TBT recipes! On top of all of that, this week’s #InstaWeanTeam ingredient of the week is MANGO! Mango is my absolute favorite fruit! I can’t wait for Summer because mangoes are in season. But, I don’t like all mangoes, I ONLY love Manila mangoes!

Breakfast is pretty boring at our house. We usually eat oatmeal topped with bananas, and I like adding flax seeds or chia seeds too. However, I want my son to try different types of fruits and not get sick & tired of eating the same thing over & over gain. So for my mango challenge, i made him CocoMango Oatmeal! I was inspired by Thai restaurants’ mango with sticky rice, but we hardly eat white rice so, I put my own spin & twist into it.

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CocoMango Oatmeal

  • 2 very ripe Manila mangos
  • 1/2 cup steel cut or old fashion oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I like using the Asian brands in a can)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of sweetener of your choice (I used agave syrup)
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional -for garnishing)

Peel mangoes and dice. Use 1 1/2 of the mangoes and blend with coconut milk in a blender until smooth. You’ll use the other half of the mango to garnish on top later.

In a saucepan or small pot, prepare oats according to package and then stir in mango coconut milk blend. Cook for another  3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat & add in sweetener of choice and stir. Transfer to bowl, top with the other half of diced mangoes and chia seeds! Let it cool down a little, and enjoy!

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EZPZ Review:

My son and I have been thoroughly loving our EZPZ Happy Mat and Bowl! Okay, maybe I love it even more! Ever since we received these awesome products, we said goodbye to meal time mess! I just love the plate & bowl that is built in the placemat. Food does not wind up on the floor or table anymore, the mat catches it! Another plus, the mats are made of silicone, thus the mats suctions onto the table and doesn’t move! Which is great because sometimes my son accidentally knocks over his meals!

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These are great for BLW since the mat catches all the food!

A little background on EZPZ:

  • EZPZ is the first of its kind on the market (there’s nothing like it!)
  • Self-funded and family-run business founded by Lindsey Laurain, a mompreneur based out of Denver, Colorado.
  • Their mission is to help connect children with their parents during mealtime.

All mats are:

  •  100% FDA-approved silicone
  • BPA, PVC, phthalate and lead-free
  •  Mats don’t wear and are built to last
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  •  Easy entertaining (mats can be stacked and carried)
  • Easy cleanup and storage
  • Extra fun (dry erase markers can be used on mats)
  • Stylish, eye-catching design
  • Durable, high-quality product (silicone doesn’t wear)
  • Available on www.EZPZfun.com, Amazon, Nordstrom, over 75 boutiques!

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If you want to learn more about EZPZ check them out on Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram .

Mango Banana Matcha Breakfast Smoothie + Simple Baby Foods Review

This week’s #InstaWeanTeam theme is SMOOTHIES! We were sponsored by Simple Baby Foods and Nom Nom Kids and had the opportunity to test their products out with our smoothies.

I would say the meal that Nathan doesn’t like very much would be breakfast. It’s either he’s still too sleepy to eat or he doesn’t like breakfast items. However, one thing I know he does like are smoothies and green juices. So, this week I made him a breakfast smoothie! Delicious and refreshing, and perfect to drink inside Simple Baby Foods pouches. Especially, when you’re on the go in the morning.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mangos
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 1/2 tsp organic matcha green tea powder

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I don’t own a regular blender, but I do have a hand blender (emulsifier) so I combined it all in a cup and blended it in there. Blend until desired consistency. Nathan likes his smoothies in a smooth consistency.

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Viola! So good, and refreshing. We love matcha green tea in our house. Matcha is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. As well as, it is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg!

Quick Review on Simple Baby Foods Pouches:

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Nicole from Simple Baby Foods was so generous to send me the starter pack (shown above). I’m really impressed with the quality of these items, and I really enjoy using them. Each pouch holds about 3.75 oz.

The pouches are AMAZING because:

  • They are BPA, PVC, and phthalate free
  • They are reusable, resealable, and freeazable.
  • Easy to wash, clean, and to fill.
  • LOVE the seal of the pouch. They are thick, not flimsy, and stays together.
  • No leakage
  • Inexpensive and very affordable

To learn more about Simple Baby Foods, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Olive & Sundried Tomato Orzo

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This week’s InstaWeanTeam key ingredient is OLIVES! Olives are a great source of fiber, but don’t eat too much! They can also be salty. So try finding olives  that don’t have added sodium.

I made an easy olive & sundried tomato orzo pasta this week! It’s great for picnics and can be served warm or cold! I love it both ways!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of orzo (cook according to package)
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • 1 cup of black olives (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of sundried tomato in olive oil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook orzo according to package, drain & set aside. Heat large pan in medium heat, add EVOO & sundried tomato. Quickly add parsley & black olives, mix. Add cooked orzo, mix all together until well incorporated. Add salt, pepper, & feta cheese. Mix. Turn off heat. Enjoy!

 

Let me know how you like this recipe!

Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini

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This week is EGGPLANT week for the #InstaWeanTeam! So I made a delicious Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini. It’s simple & absolutely yummy! The recipe is adapted from Skinnytaste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium Italian eggplants, cut lengthwise into 10 (1/4-inch thick) slices (21 oz total when sliced)
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups quick marinara sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 8 oz frozen spinach, heated through and squeezed well
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella

Directions:

  • Cut the 2 ends off the eggplants. Cut the eggplants lengthwise, into 1/4-inch thick slices until you have a total of 10 slices about the same size.
  • Sprinkle the eggplant with kosher salt to help remove excess moisture and bitterness from the eggplants. Set aside for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Season the eggplant with a little more salt and pepper,  then arrange on two parchment-lined baking sheets.  Cover tightly with foil and bake until eggplant is tender and pliable but NOT fully cooked, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Spread 1/4 cup marinara sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg then mix together with ricotta, Pecorino Romano, spinach, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  • Pat eggplant dry with paper towels.  Dividing the ricotta-spinach mixture (about 2 generous tablespoons each) evenly and spoon onto one end of each eggplant slice, spreading to cover.  Starting at the short end, roll up slices and arrange them each seam side down in the prepared dish.  Top with remaining marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and tightly cover with foil.
  • Bake until the eggplant is very tender, about 60 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving with additional Pecorino Romano if desired.