Valentine’s Day Slime!

I am so tired of people giving my kid candy! For the last couple of years, I’ve chosen to take matters into my own hands, and give non-candy gifts for valentine’s day and halloween, hoping that other parents catch on and do the same. I feel like I’m constantly trying to ward off a bombardment of candy with my kid. I can’t go the bank or the grocery store without someone offering my child a lollipop. Candy is so readily available these days because it’s all made with corn syrup, therefore it’s CHEAP. I feel like there wasn’t such an abundance of candy in the 90’s…like, if you got candy it was a big deal because we didn’t get it all the time. Times have changed! Anyway, enough of my rant, let’s do something fun.

Last year, we made heart shaped crayons, which was a big hit! This year, I’m making slime, or silly putty as some call it, and we are going to play off the words “will you be my Valen-slime?”

Cute, right?! This project is fun to do with your kids and the parents and kids at school will be thrilled to receive something they can actually play with rather than another piece of candy. Here is my video tutorial on how to make it!


10 RAD Coconut Oil Uses for Babies & Kids!

Not to sound like a total hippie, but in my circle of friends, we have a saying….”put some coconut oil on it.” It sort of reminds me of Dave Chappelle’s skit about Robitussin. If you’ve never seen it, GOOGLE IT NOW. You won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, Coconut oil is a staple in my house. I use it for so many things, it’s tough to even know where to start with the list. Here are 5 things you can use it for with your babies and kids! By the way, coconut is not an actual nut, and is pretty low on the allergen scale. Therefore, it is generally considered safe to use on babies. As with any new thing, always test a patch on baby’s skin first before using it liberally.

 

1. Cradle Cap

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Cradle cap is a gross, crusty layer of skin that forms on a baby’s head within a couple of weeks after birth. It is totally normal, but looks pretty flaky and strange. It is not harmful for the baby, so really you should just leave it. But if you want it to resolve itself quickly, rub your baby’s head with coconut oil and let it sit. You can use a baby brush and brush the head also to remove some of the dry flakes. Do this everyday for a week to speed up the healing.

2. Toothpaste

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Did you know, you can actually use coconut oil as toothpaste?! You can use it neat, or you can mix it into a paste with some baking soda. It’s now being touted as a miracle dental bacterial killer all over the internet and health sites. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about all of those icky ingredients and fluoride in store-bought toothpaste…oh, and it’s CHEAP to make!

3. Diaper Rash Cream

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I only ever use cream when my baby actually has somewhat of a rash. I find putting creams and ointments on the bum if there is no rash can sometimes irritate and actually create one. I like to leave it clean and dry all the time. If there is any redness or irritation, I just slather on some coconut oil and maybe a drop of lavender oil and voila, whatever was there is usually gone the next day. It’s great for the bum!

4. Scrapes and Burns

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Coconut oil makes the perfect barrier for dust and bacteria lurking around on a scrape or burn. It also has great antiviral and antibacterial properties. The coconut oil will also keep the wound moist and help it not to scar badly. Use straight up or mix with an essential oil of your choice. You can also use under a bandaid.

5. Nipple Cream for Nursing Mothers

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I exclusively used coconut oil on my cracked nipples at the start of nursing! I found it worked way better than the lanolin. It HEALED my cracks. I would just apply directly to the nipple after ever nursing session. Don’t worry about washing your nipples off, as coconut oil is not a high allergenic food & most people and babies have no problem with it. Of course, always test a patch on the skin before!

6. Eczema & Baby Acne

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When Pearl was little, she had a persistent patch of eczema on her foot. The coconut oil helped a LOT with the irritation. Every time I used it, the rash lessened. It is also good for any other types of skin rashes or irritations.

7. Use it In Baby Food

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Coconut oil is an excellent fat source. It is a total superfood, great for adults, babies, and kids. One of my favorite things to add it in is sweet potatoes for my baby food. I just blend up a roasted sweet potato with a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil. Yummy! You can use it in all baby food as well, in place of where you would use butter.

8. Ear Infection

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I have not tried this one personally, because my kids have never had ear infections, but supposedly it works. 1-2 drops in each ear helps fight the infection, as coconut oil is very antibacterial and anti microbial.

9. Head Lice

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Yeah, you read that right. Apparently according to a study, it is 90% effective, more so than the chemical shampoos! Read about how to use it HERE.

10. Croup

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Speaking from experience, croup is one of the worst viruses a kid can get! That tell tale barky cough caused by the larynx being swollen….it’s the worst! The coughing and shortness of breath are so scary. I know many moms who’s kids have gone to the E.R. because they weren’t breathing properly. It is one scary illness when your kid has it. Rubbing coconut oil mixed with a respiratory blend of essential oils on the chest can be GREAT for opening up the lungs and nasal passages in a pinch to provide deep breathing. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great respiratory oils but make sure you dilute heavily with coconut oil, as they can sting the skin.


Pistachio & Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

Tired of the same old peppermint bark every Christmas? I for one, do not like peppermint flavors in my chocolate! I like nuts, caramel, fruit, and other crunches, but not peppermint. If you are looking for a sweet, easy gift to hand out to friends this year, look no further! This classic take on holiday chocolate bark is unusual and delicious! Here is the super easy recipe:

Pistachio & Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

1 bar of Lindt white chocolate (or any other brand of good white chocolate)

1/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries

1/4 cup of shelled, salted pistachios

note: this is for one serving or one “gift bag” of bark. If you want to make more just multiply the ingredients!

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Directions:

In a double boiler (a saucepan with 2 inches of water in it and a glass mixing bowl on top), break up the bar of chocolate and melt it down in the glass bowl slowly.  Stir frequently. You don’t want to burn it or have it get too hot. You can also do this in the microwave by melting in 10 second increments and stirring in between.

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While the chocolate is melting, give a rough chop to the 1/4 cup of pistachios and 1/4 cup of strawberries. Divide each into half. Half of the strawberries go in the chocolate and half go on top. Same for the pistachios.

IMG_2457After the chocolate melts, put half of the strawberries and half of the pistachios in with the chocolate & stir to combine them.

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IMG_2476Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with a piece of wax paper to prevent sticking. Smooth the chocolate out with a spatula.

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Top the chocolate with the leftover pistachios and strawberries.

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Place the sheet in the refrigerator for about an hour so the chocolate re-hardens. When it is completely solid, peel if off of the wax paper and break it into chunks.

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IMG_2510You can put the chunks in a decorative mason jar or a holiday themed plastic baggie and tie some ribbon around it. These make great gifts! Much better than fruitcake! Let me know how you liked this recipe in the comments! Happy Holidays Everyone.

XO
Lisa O


Medela Breastpump Giveaway!

Calling all nursing or soon-to-be-nursing moms! I have an amazing giveaway for the Holidays this year!

I am giving away:

1 Medela Freestyle Pump, retail value of $400

Go hands free with this freestyle pump

Go hands free with this freestyle pump

1 Medela Accessory Starter Kit, retail value of $50.00

starter kit-everything you need!

starter kit-everything you need!

1 Medela Calma Bottle, retail value $19.99

calma bottle

calma bottle

I really love the folks at Medela. Not only are they the only pump I use, they are the original gangsters when it comes to breast pumps. Hospitals use them, as well as millions of moms around the globe! Another thing I’d like to point out about them is that they have a program called “Medela Recycles” where they recycle used pumps. They donate two symphony Preemie+ Breastpumps and breastfeeding supplies to the Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country in exchange for the pumps they receive thought the recycling program. The goal is to provide mothers with the same high quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House. SO, when you’re done with your Medela pump, if you can’t give it to a friend, recycle it! They recycle nearly 12,000 pumps a year! What a great cause :)

To enter into my contest, simply share the link to this page on your Facebook page, and a winner will be selected randomly from the list of people who shared! Winner will be chosen on DEC 9th!

Good luck peeps!

XO

Lisa O