Category: Mommy Stuff

Coconut Oil New Best Friend During Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 by 1 Comment

Want to avoid ugly stretch marks during pregnancy? Turns out that coconut oil may be the thing you’re looking for.

It keeps skin smooth, soft, and supple, and can help prevent stretch mark, and is said to even help existing stretch marks fade. However, they all fade over time so I’m not sure the coconut oil can be awarded this recognition.

However, it’s not all about stretch marks, it has other properties that make it beneficial. In fact, in recent years, some nutritionists have labeled it a superfood. Besides all that, it is a natural product that can be used from head to toe during pregnancy (and any other time) without worry of chemicals.

  • Moisturizer: Don’t limit the use of coconut oil to your stomach or other areas threatened by stretch marks. It works great for a whole body moisturizer. It’s antibacterial qualities can also help fight flare-up as your skin adjusts to all the hormonal changes.
  • Makeup remover: Coconut oil works well as a makeup remover, even on delicate skin around the eyes. It even takes off waterproof mascara! As a bonus, its moisturizing qualities help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, too.
  • Conditioner: Use it as conditioner for your hair. Just apply warm oil to your hair before bed and wash it out in the morning. To apply rub the oil between your palms, and run through your hair. The vitamins and minerals in coconut oil help keep hair nourished and helps prevent damage from combing and brushing.
  • Mouthwash: Coconut oil has been used as a folk remedy for centuries in a practice known as oil pulling. Basically take a tablespoon and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes. It kills damaging bacteria, can help get rid of bad breath, and if done faithfully is said to whiten teeth, too.

While all these uses are external, some suggest taking it as a dietary supplement as well. Wellness Mama talks about adding ¼ to ½ cup of coconut oil in smoothies or tea each day for its immune boosting properties and to support the baby’s brain development.

Before you do this, though, be sure to talk with your doctor to get his input. He knows your medical history and what is best for you and your child.

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Link Round-up: Animal Spools, A Coffee Cozy, Vanilla Blackberry Muffins, Casserole, and More

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has animal spools, a coffee cozy you can make, vanilla bean blackberry muffins, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make vanilla bean blackberry muffins.

Handmade Charlotte showed us how to make your own mix-and-match animal spools for the kids to play with.

Sadie Seasongoods showed us how to make a coffee cozy.

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Meatloaf and Melodrama shared a recipe for a loaded baked potato casserole.

Sumptuous Spoonfuls showed us how to make a pumpkin spice chai latte.

MBA SAHM taught us how to make edible finger paint.

Homemade Interest shared a Dutch baby recipe, which is an alternative to pancakes.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Meatloaf and Melodrama

Link Round-up: Be Your Own Best Friend, Funny Face Lollipops, Candy Corn Treat Jars, and More

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for being your own best friend, DIY funny face lollipops, a pet storage crate idea, and more.

My Own Home shared an idea for pet toy storage.

Handmade Charlotte shared an idea for making your own funny face lollipops.

Mind Body Green shared four ways to be your own best friend.

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Polka Dot Chair shared a receiving blanket pattern for a baby doll, which is perfect for older siblings when a new baby’s on the way.

Tater Tots and Jello showed us how to make candy corn treat jars.

A Night Owl shared a recipe for easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake.

Sadie Seasongoods shared a cute idea for something a little different to hang on the front door—a quiver, all decked out and ready for autumn.

Photo credit: My Own Home and Polka Dot Chair

Jessica Simpson Says Life Better Married and Done Having Kids

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by No Comments

Jessica Simpson and hubby Eric Johnson tied the knot back on July 5th. It was one of those celebrity weddings revealed after it happened to ensure their privacy.

Once they had officially said, “I do,” the wedding pictures made it to the tabloids, magazines, and social media where everyone commented on the dress and how great Jessica looked at her new weight.

Jessica’s weight has been an issue of gossip and weight gain was a reality with her pregnancies. The couple has two children, daughter Maxwell, 2, and son Ace, 14 months.

The singer/entrepreneur had gained a lot of weight with her first pregnancy. It resulted in her overweight pictures being plastered all over the covers of celebrity magazines.

After her daughter was born she had lost 50 pounds before getting pregnant with her son. With her second pregnancy she knew she’d gain weight, but she stayed more active and ate healthier.

She continues to do so since her son’s birth and became a spokesperson for Weight Watchers as she lost the baby weight. She has also admitted that her husband, Eric, a former NFL tight end, helps keep her motivated.

In a recent interview for “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Simpson talked about the couple’s future plans, and when asked if there was a chance that Maxwell and Ace would have another sibling, the 34-year-old mom said, “Oh, we are done. I say we’re done. I don’t want to accidentally get pregnant one day and then that poor kid feels like it wasn’t meant to be or something. We’ve got the girl and we’ve got the boy.”

She also went on to talk about her marriage to Johnson and said that she felt like they were in a new chapter of their relationship. “We have felt like ever since we got married, we’ve been kind of living on this honeymoon. Life is better.”

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Link Round-up: Improve Your Posture, Cookie Bars, an Easy Grapevine Wreath, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for improving your posture, toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars, a grapevine wreath how-to, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make a flower box garden cake.

Mind Body Green shared five exercises to improve your posture.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars.

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My Own Home Blog shared a how-to on making a monogramed grapevine wreath.

Living Well Spending Less shared an easy freezer pot roast recipe.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make cute apple cider cups.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the eight tips for a perfect biscuit.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and My Own Home Blog

Link Round-up: HIIT Workout, Recipes, Makeup Tips, and More

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a HIIT workout that you can do anywhere, sweet and savory pizza sauce, recipes, makeup tips, and more.

Tastefully Frugal shared a delicious pizza sauce recipe that’s sweet and savory.

Mind Body Green shared a 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere.

Makeup and Beauty Blog gave us a time-saving beauty tip.

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My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for vegetarian grilled cheesy chicken and tomato sandwiches.

Create Craft Love shared an easy apple fritter recipe.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some of the things she’s learned since turning 30.

Halifax Bloggers offered some tips for decorating with maps.

Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and My Own Home Blog

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Dry Body Brushing

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

As moms, we often neglect taking time for ourselves, but I’m telling you to take time for yourself in the morning. Get up a little early and do something just for you – dry brushing.

If you haven’t heard of this, it’s something you might find on a pricey spa menu. While I admit it’s fun to go for a treatment where you feel pampered, when you can’t afford or don’t have time for such pleasantries, why not still reap the benefits in your own bathroom.

Go ahead, give yourself a treatment! All you need is a natural-bristle brush. One with a long handle is best for reaching your back.

How to Dry Brush

Dry brushing is what it sounds like. It’s brushing your skin while dry. Do it before you climb into the shower.

To dry brush correctly, make long sweeps with the brush and always move toward the heart. Lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart and you’ll want to move in that same direction except on your back. On the back move from the neck down.

Avoid back and forth or circular scrubbing motions. Just sweep the skin in one direction and start at your feet. Move up the legs. Then move to your arms always brush toward the chest.

When brushing your stomach, brush counterclockwise. Use a light touch, hard enough to stimulate the skin but not hard enough to make the skin turn red.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing offers a number of benefits. It increases circulation to the skin and is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite. That alone is a great reason for dry brushing, but there’s more!

Other benefits include:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal
  • Helps eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Helps improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulates nerve endings in the skin
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Makes skin more receptive to nutrients by eliminating clogged pores

Once you brush, bathe or shower to wash away the loosened dead skin cells. All of this results in smoother, brighter skin. It really is a great way to start the day.

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Link Round-up: Duct Tape Key Chain, a Fruit Bat Snack, Outdoor Games, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a duct tape key chain project, printables to keep kids’ clothes organized, candy corn recipes, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a fun Halloween fruit bat snack to make.

Carlsbad Cravings showed us how to make skinny double chocolate zucchini pecan muffins.

The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom taught us how to make duct tape key chains.

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Crafts by Amanda shared some ideas on how to use duct tape for outdoor play time.

Create Craft Love shared candy corn recipes.

Modern Parents Messy Kids shared free printables that will help the kids keep their clothes organized.

Adventures in Making taught us how to make crayon candles.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Crafts by Amanda

Second Royal Baby on the Way

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

It’s official! Prince George is expecting a baby brother or sister.

The announcement made on Twitter says that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “are very pleased to announce” they are expecting their second child. Both Prince William and Kate are now 32 and their first child turned one in July.

A statement from Buckingham Palace says “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.” And guess what! Royal watchers are just as thrilled and so are the capitalists who profit from such news.

For instance, the online betting site Paddy Power is already featuring novelty bets on the gender, hair color, and name of the new baby.

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At this time, no due date has been announced, but along with the information that has been released the palace said the pregnancy is still within the first trimester. Poor Kate is experiencing acute morning sickness again and has had to cancel some scheduled engagements.

So far, this time fighting the inconvenient side-effect of extreme nausea hasn’t sent her to the hospital. Instead the palace’s statement said, “The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace,” which is where the couple lives.

Prime Minister David Cameron also shared his congratulations on Twitter, saying, “I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”

Along with the happy news comes speculation on what maternity fashion she’ll don this time around.

Will she wear some of her maternity clothes from her first pregnancy? Possibly, but we have to remember that Prince George was born in the summer, while this baby will be due in the spring. Different seasons call for different maternity clothes in my book, unless you’re into a one-size fits the whole pregnancy approach, which I can tell you the fashion conscious Kate will not be.

Photo credits: The Telegraph, Twitter