Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Breastfeeding Level: Expert


Killing two birds with one stone, today. Little one got hungry during my yoga workout. Problem solved :)

My NEW Cloth Diapering MUST HAVE!

Hi cloth diapering mamas! I have a couple of questions for you!

How do you spray your diapers off? Or do you spray them before washing at all? 

In the beginning, I opted out of getting a diaper sprayer because breastfed poop is water soluble and easy to get out so I just used a DIY method of buying a long shower-head and using that to spray my diapers off into the toilet. This worked wonderful... till we moved! And our stand up shower is nowhere near the toilet so this method just did not cut it anymore. PLUS, Grey has started eating some solids here and there so we needed a more powerful sprayer to spray the poop off with. 




Our solution? 
We turned to The Potty Pail for one of their top of the line diaper sprayers. The Potty Pail is a company which offers a complete diaper spraying system that includes a pre-washing bucket that actually sits onto your toilet! Pretty nifty, right? YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!


The Potty Pail diaper sprayer was super easy to install and did not come with a million parts thankfully.
The sprayer features:
  • Solid Brass Plumbing Adapter 
  • Top Quality Stainless Steel Supply Line 
  • 4' Reinforced Heavy-Duty Kink-Free Hose 
  • An easy instruction sheet
  • Lifetime guarantee!
The sprayer itself retails at $44.95-that's about $25 CHEAPER than the leading brand BumGenius which costs $69.99! I would definitely say it is a great deal for a great value!

Or you can do like I did and buy the whole complete system (the pail AND sprayer) for just $78.95-that is shipping included! 

The complete system system:
  • Fits on all toilets! Includes Off-Toilet Drip Tray and lid.
  • Un-Sanitary-Over-Spray stays in the pail!!
    Sprayers can splatter toilet water and its contents all over you and your bathroom we make pre-washing easier.
    Keep the poo in the pail and not on you!
  • Near Zero Clean-up!   Poo will not stick to the inside
    of the bucket. A quick once-over with your sprayer
    and you're done.
  • No More Dunk n' Swish! Replaces the old fashioned
    back-breaking way of pre-washing soiled cloth diapers
    in the toilet. With no mess, your cloth diapers will take the express straight to the wet bag.
  • Two Hooks Inside Enables you to work more efficiently,
    diapers can also drip dry inside the bucket.
  • A 2½" Rubber Stopper on a Solid Brass Chain       Soak diapers with dried poo - or - lanolize your new diapers. (Recommended for on the toilet use only!)
  • Indoor Utility Sink Great for apartment dwellers!
    Can be used for other messy jobs like...
    • Cleaning painting tools 
    • Muddy shoes 
    • Scary refrigerator containers..!


The total time of installation took us maybe ten minutes, if that. It discretely and conveniently attaches to the side of the toilet, thanks to the adhesive clip that comes in the package. You can actually loop it around like a water hose and hang it that way, but hanging the sprayer by the nozzle was easiest for me.


Check out that force! When we turned the sprayer on, we were amazed at how strong the spray was. We tested the sprayer out on the next poopy diaper and lo & behold, it sprayed the poop off completely.



Overall, I would absolutely say that this diaper spraying worked wonders for us-without breaking an arm and a leg to put together nor breaking the bank either. It also helps keep things sanitary and clean and takes any "yuck" out of cloth diapering.

Be sure to check out The Potty Pail on Facebook & Pinterest!


Disclaimer: I was given a diaper sprayer to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

25 Instant Ways to Improve Your Relationship Now

Relationships can be hard. Really, really hard. Finding the best person for you is only half the work, though! During your relationship, you've got to keep things fresh, find time for each other, and deal with ups and downs in the best ways possible. 

As my husband and I near our second anniversary of our wonderful marriage, I look back on some tips that have truly helped to keep things pretty amazing.


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Here are 25 instant ways to improve your relationship now:
  1. Be you.
  2. Listen.
  3. Love yourself.
  4. Pick your battles.
  5. Have your own life.
  6. Forgive.
  7. Keep no secrets.
  8. Never talk bad about your partner.
  9. Go for a walk.
  10. Have your alone time, too.
  11. Pray together and separately.
  12. Cuddle.
  13. Never stop dating each other.
  14. Have a picnic.
  15. Compliment randomly.
  16. Get off of Facebook, your phone, your computer, or the Xbox for one day.
  17. Create a hobby to share-together.
  18. Cook together.
  19. Have sex!
  20. Take an interest in your partners interests.
  21. Be thankful.
  22. Live in the present. Past is past.
  23. Smile.
  24. Be a helpmate.
  25. Never stop communicating.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY 2 Ingredient Blackhead Remover


My husband and I decided to get a little crafty today after I found a recipe on Pinterest for a DIY blackhead removing mask-one that only contains 2 ingredients: honey and baking soda! We decided to test it out.

The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp organic raw honey
  • 2 tbsp Arm & Hammer baking soda
Directions
  1. Stir the mixture in a small bowl.
  2. Immediately apply to face, rubbing in a circular motion.
  3. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with warm water.
*if you paste is too thick, add a tbsp or two of warm water and that will help make it a bit easier to apply!

Upon putting it on, it actually felt great! It was very soft and soothing-and wreaked of delicious HONEY! I tried not to eat it, especially since baking soda tastes less than pleasant. 

I kept my mask on for ten minutes because the way it made my face feel slightly bugged me. My husband kept his on for the whole entire 30 minutes. 

The result?
My face was incredibly soft even though I did not leave mine on and my husband's was even softer. I noticed a lot of the redness (patches, rashes) on my face were no longer visible and my husband's blackheads around his nose were practically gone.


Verdict:
It's a win!

Our Family Shoot














Total Body Underwater Workout

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Swimming has so many benefits! Did you know that water is about 800 times denser than air? Because of this, it provides about 12 times more resistance to your movements. Therefore, you end up giving your entire body a killer workout-without the high risks of developing injuries or hurting yourself.

We have a little total body underwater workout for you to try next time you take a dip in your pool.

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Total Body Underwater Workout

Warm up: Tread water for 3-5 minutes

Underwater Handstand
  • Make sure you are in at least 4 feet of water to try this.
  • Submerge yourself into the water, flipping your body upside down.
  • Anchor your hands steadily on the bottom of the pool floor.
  • Lift your legs straight up and out of the water to point your toes towards the sky.
  • Use your abs to balance your body, keeping yourself upward.
  • Hold for 5 seconds (or as long as you are able) and come back up to the surface.
  • Repeat 10 times.
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Underwater Medicine Ball Sprint
  • Take a 12lb medicine ball (or a weight that suits you best) and walk into the shallow part of the pool.
  • Walk down towards the deep end, holding the ball steady.
  • Hold your breath as you enter the deep and start running, using the ball as a weight to hold you under the water.
  • Run for 5-10 seconds (if you can hold your breath longer, then you can do what is most comfortable for you. if you cannot do 5-10 seconds, do what you can).
  • Run back towards the shallow, holding the ball.
  • If you ever feel like you need air immediately, drop the ball and float back up to the top.
  • Repeat 3 times.
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20 Underwater Lunges (per leg)
  • Complete this exercise in the shallow end of the pool where your body is well grounded.
  • Just as with any lunge, stand up straight and begin by stepping forward with your right leg while keeping your torso upright.
  • Maintain balance and inhale as you go down.
  • Using mainly the heel of your foot, push up and go back to starting position as you exhale.
  • Repeat for 20 reps each leg.
  • You may use a water noodle to help balance or you can also use dumbbells for added weights.
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25 Underwater Squats
  • Complete this exercise in the shallow end of the pool where you can stand grounded.
  • Using free weights (or your body-weight alone), get into squat position-knees bent, back straight.
  • Squat down slowly as low as you can go.
  • Slowly come back up to complete the rep.
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One Minute Underwater High Knee Sprints
  • Run from one end of the pool to the other, lifting your knees with each stride while your arms swing forward and backward at a 90-degree angle.
  • Repeat for one minute. Do 5 sets.
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Cool Down: Freestyle swimming for 10-15 minutes

Photo Source: Details Magazine, Pinterest

2 Ingredient Moisturizing Make-Up Remover


Coconut oil is one of the best natural resources on this planet. You can practically use it for everything: hair, skin, nails, cooking, weightloss, lotion, rashes or blemishes, energy-you name it!

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However, my favorite way to use coconut oil is to remove my makeup. Store bought makeup removers tend to contain harsh chemicals and alcohols that can actually DRY and AGE your skin! This recipe is all natural and you can tell a difference in your skin within a couple of weeks. Also, it makes taking off your makeup a cinch.

2 Ingredient Moisturizing Make-Up Remover

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Water
Directions
  1. Melt the coconut oil by leaving it out in the sun or at room temp.
  2. Pour oil into a spray bottle or bottle, following the water next.
  3. Spritz or dab onto your face or a washcloth when ready to take off your makeup. You may even do this nightly as a moisturizer.
Store at room temp and shake prior to use.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Then & Now

5 Myths About Breast Implants Debunked




There are so many women out there who already have implants or who are considering getting them. So many questions, fears, and worries come to mind revolving around the surgery and the implants themselves.

I made the decision to go under the knife in 2011 and shared my personal story of the whole process. Before my surgery, I heard millions of things that honestly almost scared me from even going through with it. However, I am glad that I did and love my look!  I can tell you that most things that you hear are either outdated or big fat myths!

Here are the top 5 myths about breast implants and the truth behind the myth:

1. MYTH: You cannot breastfeed with implants.  This is not true for many women. I breastfeed with my implants and it is absolutely fine! I chose to go the submuscular route so that my mammary glands would not be effected or cut into. However, on the flip side, some women are not able to breastfeed with implants because they went the subglandular route or somehow the surgery damaged their nerves, breast milk ducts, or milk glands. Where and how the implant is inserted has everything to do with the likelihood the woman will be able to breastfeed in the future. If you avoid a nipple incision and instead put the implants under the breast crease – a procedure called an inframammary incision – or if you put the implants under the muscle of the chest wall, the majority of patients do not have a problem breast feeding.

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2. MYTH: Breast implants are dangerous. Contrary to popular belief, breast implants are no longer as "dangerous" as they used to be. They have actually come a long way from when they were first introduced. However, they do carry some risks-just as with any other surgical procedure out there. The FDA mentions the following risks associated with breast implants:
  • Additional surgeries, with or without removal of the device
  • Capsular contracture, scar tissue that forms around the implant and squeezes the implant
  • Breast pain
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation
  • Rupture with deflation of saline-filled implants
  • Rupture with or without symptoms (silent rupture) of silicone gel-filled implants

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3. MYTH: Implants must be replaced every ten years. Most surgeons recommend that implants be replaced by the 10th year or so. However, this is just a basic guideline because the FDA intends for the implants to not be "lifetime devices"  since with time, implants can be more susceptible to tearing-but that is not a guarantee. Most women actually can live off one or two surgical procedures since implants only need to be replaced if there is a problem with them-though most women choose to redo their breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and with age as gravity tends to take its toll.

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4. MYTH: Implants feel "unnatural" or "fake." Not at all-especially if you choose the silicone gel route. They are actually very natural feeling and looking; moreso than saline implants. There are other factors that come into play that can make implants feel absolutely natural such as the amount of normal breast tissue you already had, the implant's covering, the position of the implant, how the implant was inserted, and of course your doctor! Always do your research and if you want them to look completely natural, speak up! You should never go too big for your frame.

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5. MYTH: You will look awesome right away. This is usually NEVER the case! Immediately after surgery, you are swollen, bruised, and your implants look as it they were stuffed in your neck. It takes time for swelling to go down and for the implants to "drop" into their places. You usually do not come out looking your best-more like Frankenstein's bride. However, the look of your implants will get better!
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Do you have implants? What has been your experience?

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