How to get your toddler to brush their teeth

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A huge part of being a parent is caring for your baby/toddler/kid’s hygiene. And it can make you feel totally frustrated and useless when they are refusing to make that part of your job go smoothly.

My daughter recently went through a phase where she would not brush her teeth. This was the week of her 2nd birthday. It had never been a problem before. But one night she just refused to open her mouth. We tried asking nicely. We tried enticing her with rewards. We tried bribery. We tried threats. She didn’t care. She’d rather have her new tricycle taken away than brush her teeth. She’d rather go to bed without reading any books. We were stumped and frustrated. I really really did not want to have to hold her down to brush her teeth. I’d heard many different views on that method and I was avoiding it. But it was getting close to that needing to happen.

After nearly a week of this struggle I decided she might just be bored with the routine. Maybe it was time to switch it up a bit? With a few simple changes we had success! Maybe one of our changes will work for you and your stubborn little one too. Here’s what worked for our family:

 

1. NEW TASTE. We changed toothpaste. Maybe she was bored and just needed it to be new and fun again? Maybe she just genuinely didn’t like the other stuff. Either way this was a simple and inexpensive idea to try first.

 

 2. NEW TOOL. We got her a new toothbrush. We made it a fun experience to go to the store for a new one. We told her what we were doing and that it was for brushing her teeth, basically talked it up to build the anticipation and fun. I then picked a few appropriate options and let her pick the one she wanted. 

 

 3. CONTROL. I let her brush my teeth. I didn’t want her to think this was something only she had to do. So I gave her my toothbrush and let her do to me what I was trying to do to her. It’s only fair, right? I held my hand over hers to control how much force she used and helped keep from her being too rough. She thought this was lots of fun! She laughed and smiled the whole time. Did I end up with some toothpaste on my face? You bet! But if it helped her get over this stage, worth it!

 

4. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! We changed bathrooms. We usually had her sit on the toilet in the guest bathroom to have her teeth brushed. That stopped working so we moved the routine to her sitting on the counter in our bathroom. Maybe her being in “mommy and daddy’s bathroom” made it a little more fun and interesting? 

 

5. VISUALS. We let her see what was happening. We sat her on the counter and turned her around to face the mirror. She is much happier to oblige if she can see exactly what is happening. She seems to actually enjoy watching and observing the routine now. If there was fear behind her stubbornness, giving her a visual really seemed to  help alleviate it.

 

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Alternate ideas:
– don’t have a second bathroom? Why not try the kitchen sink and a small, easy to move mirror?

– order new toothpaste and toothbrush online and make it out to be a gift when it arrives. Involve them in the unpacking and make a big fuss about it. My daughter seems to be liking this Nuby toothpaste:

– get a timer so your little one knows how long to brush for when they are old enough to do it themselves.

– get a fun, vibrating toothbrush like this Finding Dory one:

 

– Use a reward system like this one below. Every time they brush, they get a sticker. It hangs on the bathroom doorknob. After a full week of brushing, maybe you’ll choose to reward them with a little toy or book from the Dollar Store.

That’s it! 5 super simple changes that put an end to our teeth brushing struggle. I can’t guarantee they’ll work for you, but they are easy enough to give them a try. 

 

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Affordable Bohemian Home Decor

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Spring is here and I’m itching to clean, purge and give my home a fresh new look! Deep down I’m a yoga loving hippie who can’t get enough of the ever-so-trendy, Bohemian style. I love the clothes, the lifestyle, the home decor, everything!

If you are like me and wanting to add a little boho-chic flair to your world, check out the list I’ve compiled below. All items are very well reviewed and super affordable.

 

Handmade Tassel Dream Catcher

I’m loving this decorative boho chic dream catcher. It’s handmade, has great reviews, and is available in 5 different colour options.

 

Macrame Woven Wall Hanging

This vintage-meets-modern boho wall hanging is simple, elegant and trendy. It’s a best seller and comes in 3 sizes and is handcrafted using natural materials.

 

Bohemian Duvet Cover Set

Bring boho style to your bedroom with this 4 piece, mandala pattern, bedding set. Available in 5 sizes and 3 different colours.

 

Hanging Wall Mirror

This octagonal macrame hanging mirror is perfect for walls, hallways or to complete and add dimension to a space. They look rad paired together too.

 

Handmade Leather Footstool

I want this gorgeous, 100% handmade Moroccan Pouf made of high quality leather. This pouf comes unstuffed but that’s what makes it so affordable. You save a ton of money by stuffing it yourself. You can read the positive reviews and see what others used to stuff theirs. I’m wondering if you could use old clothes or blankets?

 

Natural Seagrass Belly Basket

These natural seagrass baskets are handmade from natural materials. They can be used for storage, laundry or plants. So versatile!

 

Boho Decor Globe String Lights

Add warmth to any room or patio with these rose gold Moroccan style string lights with a copper finish.

 

Macrame Candle Holder

This macrame vase can be used as a candle holder, a flower vase, or for kitchen utensils / as a decorative way to display cutlery. 

 

Bohemian Pouf Cover

I love this bohemian floor pillow cover! Use it for additional seating, a place to meditate, or just to add that boho chic feeling to your space. This is the cover only for those who already have a floor pillow. If you don’t, you can get one here.

 

Elephant Wall Tapestry

Release your inner hippie with this elephant mandala patterned wall hanging. It adds some flair to walls (and is also great for covering imperfections). 

 

Bohemian Pillowcase

Add some bohemian style to your space with this handmade cushion cover. Also available in blue or green.

 

Bohemian Throw Blanket

The practical blanket will keep you cozy and add that boho/tribal look to your space that you’re looking for!

 

Boho Inspired Wall Clock

This blue mandala print clock is chic and practical. The coolest thing about this clock – An independent artist profits from every purchase! 

 

Distressed Stamped Metal Feathers Garland

Pretty pretty pretty! This feather garland would add a unique and beautiful feeling to any room. 

 

Moroccan Style Candle Lantern

This lantern comes in a huge variety of colours and styles. Great for indoors or out on a patio.

 

I’ll end the list here, although I could go on and on! My inner hippie is having so much fun! I hope you’ve found something you love to add to your home. If not, it’s still fun to look and daydream 😉

 

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Gift Ideas for Yoga Lovers

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Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers

Do you have a friend or family member who loves yoga and/or fitness? Gift guides seem to be so popular right now. I thought I’d join in and create a gift guide for yoga lovers. Any yogi on your gift list will appreciate that you know their interests and cared enough to get them something they can use to help their practice flourish. As someone who does yoga almost daily, I’d be thrilled to receive any of these items.

Here we go!

 

Fit Spirit Yoga Mat

Starting with the basics – a yoga mat. Now most yogi’s on your list will likely already have a mat. But maybe you know someone who’s just starting their yoga journey. Or perhaps your yogi has specifically asked for a new mat. This mat is a nice, affordable option that’s also nice to look at (bonus)! Other patterns available too.

 

Lotus Flower Necklace

Jewelry is always a great gift. This lotus flower necklace with Om symbol is unique and suitable for every day wear.

 

Gaiam Grippy Toeless Yoga Socks

These socks are perfect for yoga, Pilates, barre, dance. They allow your toes to move and spread naturally while the grips on the bottom provide a non-slip surface.

 

Yoga Spinner Game

A fun yoga game of flexibility and balance to strengthen the body and stimulate the mind. A great way to introduce yoga through fun play to children 5 and up. How it works: Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins!

 

Yoga Joes

 

A great update to a familiar, classic toy. These will make any yogi smile and are a fun conversation piece. Packaged in a “mini yoga studio” clear box with bamboo floor. I’ve seen these guys at a local store and they are so cute. Available in Green or Pink.

 

 Elenture Yoga Mat Carry Bag

Anyone who travels with their own mat to class will appreciate this great bag with pockets for their keys, books, water bottles, cell phones, wallet, etc. It’s 100% organic cotton canvas and is machine washable. And if you don’t love this pattern, there are 20 others to choose from!

 

Yoga Dice 

This container of dice holds endless inspiration for every yoga lover! Seven wooden dice (one for each chakra) represent different types of poses—seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more—that, when rolled together in the hand or using the container itself, generate a variety of yoga practices for practitioners of all levels.

 

The Yoga Journal 

This journal is a 3-in-1 tool for yoga lovers. Part tracker, part journal, and part reference guide, it offers everything today’s yogi needs to bring the benefits of yoga off the mat and into their daily lives. This yoga journal is the perfect place to keep track of your yoga routine, goals, experiences, improvements, and achievements. Like yoga, journaling is a great exercise to improve the mind and soul.

 

Om Nom Noms Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters

Use these fun cookie cutters to create cookies, pancakes, fruit, sandwiches, etc. in the shape of three popular yoga poses. Perfect for gatherings with fellow yogis or just to enjoy at home.

 

Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray & Towel 

It doesn’t take long for yoga mats to get sweaty and germy! This lavender scented yoga mat cleaner refreshes and renews without leaving an oily residue. It dries quickly while killing bacteria, fungus, and mildew. An essential tool for any yoga lover. Because who wants to stick their nose onto a stinking mat?

 

Tervis Water Bottle

Perfect to take to yoga class or have by your side during home practice. Everyone loves a pretty water bottle. It’s like a healthy accessory!

 

Peace Yoga Zafu Meditation Cushion

Meditation should not be interrupted by aching bones and sore muscles. Meditation pillows (bolsters) provide a boost up from hard floors, relieving stress from hips, knees and ankles. Bolsters also help to properly align and support the spine. I love this purple peacock cushion!

 

UPCIRCLESEVEN Yoga Wheel

This sweat resistant yoga wheel is the strongest one on the market. Considered to be the BEST back opener & stretcher you could have, this yoga wheel will open you up to new sequences & forms. BONUS PDF E-guide is also included w/ each purchase. They’ll also give a full refund if you’re not 100% satisfied with the product. I love the look of the cork, but there are 4 other colors available as well.

 

 

Wacces Yoga Strap

A yoga strap is a welcome addition to any yogi’s practice as they assist with holding poses longer and with less discomfort. This one comes in a variety of colors, is super affordable and gets great reviews. 

 

UOON Buddha Head Essential Oil Diffuser

I love this Essential oil Burner / Tealight Candle Holder! Perfect addition to a home yoga space or studio. It just screams (peacefully) warm, zen vibes.

 

Namaste Inspirational Motivational Coffee

Who doesn’t love a new pretty cup to sip coffee or tea from? Any yogi would enjoy this peacefully colored mug to fuel their practice.

 

Yoga Pug Novelty Socks

These funny, novelty socks are perfect if you just need a small gift for a yoga lover. Would also make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas time.

 

French Bull Yoga Block

Lastly, I’ll leave you with one last piece of equipment. This yoga block is as pretty and fun as it is useful. It’s lightweight yet sturdy and will help ease into certain poses. Every home practice needs a yoga block…even if you don’t know you need one!

And there you have it.  I hope this gives you some great ideas or at least a place to start looking for yoga themed gifts. Namaste.

 

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How to Increase Your Water Intake

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Drink more water

I think everyone knows we need to drink lots of water. And I’m sure most of us know we need to be drinking more water than we actually do. I’m definitely guilty of not drinking enough. Drinking water is essential for our health. Our bodies just don’t function properly without it. Which is understandable since our body weight is 60% water!
Let’s look at some benefits and tips to help increase that water intake.

A few Benefits:

– reduces fatigue
– aids in weight loss
– flushes toxins
– promotes healthy digestion
– improves skin complexion
– reduces headaches
– boosts immune system
– lubricates and cushions joints

How much water do you need?

The water intake benchmark is commonly thought of as 8 glasses a day. But that’s not very precise. What size glass? How many bottles is that equal to? And of course based on age, weight, health concerns, and climate, everyone’s needs are a little different. Here’s a link to a handy dandy Hydration Calculator to help you determine YOUR individual need.

Tips to increase your water intake

  • Simply write on a water bottle with a permanent marker. Definitely the cheapest/easiest method. Mark times on the side of a bottle with a marker to remind you where you should be at throughout the day.
  • Compete with a friend. Like some people have weight loss competitions with friends to stay motivated, try doing the same with water intake.
  • Add some fruit if you find plain water boring or unpalatable. Simply add a few slices of lemon or lime (keep scrolling for infused water recipes). Or try one of these fruit infusing water bottles.
  • Set a notification on your phone that repeats every hour reminding you to drink some water.
  • Get a pretty water bottle or drinking cup. Treat your water bottle like an accessory. If it’s pretty and something you love, you’ll be more motivated to use it.
  • Track your intake. Keeping track of your water intake and setting goals for yourself can really help you stay on top of things. Try it for a week. Once you get in the habit of writing things down, you’ll become more mindful of your intake. 
  • Pick up a time trackable water bottle like these (I love the one on the right). With times marked on the side you can see at a glance whether you are on track for the day or if you need to pick up the pace! 
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  • Eat spicy foods. Add some hot sauce or chili peppers to your lunch and dinner. The extra kick will have you reaching for more water.
  • Install an app. There really is an app for everything! Search your app store for one of these: 
    Waterlogged – Daily Hydration Tracker
    Daily Water – Drink Reminder
    My Water Balance – Daily Drink Tracker
  • Carbonate it. If you aren’t a fan of flat water pick up a bottle of carbonated water on your way to work. OR check out this cool soda stream machine to do it yourself at home.
  • Get in the habit of drinking 1 glass of water before every meal. Not only will it increase your intake, but it will also make you feel more full, and therefore you’ll be less likely to overindulge at mealtimes. Studies have also shown that drinking water before eating helps digestion.
  • Finally, if you are really serious about increasing your water intake, the Gigue Smart Water Bottle may be your answer. It’s a little pricey, but the technology is really cool. The water bottle connects to your iPhone and tracks your hydration levels. It takes things into account like your age, the weather, your weight, etc. and adjusts the notifications accordingly. It’s also handy for tracking weight loss goals. 


Infused Water Recipes

Personally, I am a fan of simply adding lemon slices and ice to my water. When it’s icy cold and lemon-y, I tend to guzzle it down like crazy! But if that doesn’t float your boat, check out these fantastic recipes put together by EatingBirdFood.com

Water Recipes

I hope you find a few of these tips work for you. Whether you want to increase your water intake for weight loss, energy levels, skin complexion, or just to be healthier in general, we can ALL benefit in some way, shape or form to increase our water intake. Cheers!

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Keto Diet Recipes for Vegetarians

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Keto Recipes for Vegetarians

The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet seems to be THE trendy diet right now. Keto is a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. But if you are a vegetarian (like me) it can be a difficult diet to follow.

I’ve rounded up 10 delicious recipes that are both meat free and still follow the Keto diet, low carb guidelines. Have a peek and click through to any recipe that might interest you.

If you want to learn more about what exactly a Ketogenic Diet is and how/why it works, check out THIS awesomely detailed post. I couldn’t have explained it better.

But first, on to the recipes!

 

1. Portobello Mushroom Margherita Pizzas

This yummy pizza recipe by 80TwentyNutrition.com is a Low Carb, Keto, vegetarian, gluten free option that’s also super speedy to whip up. And who doesn’t want to still eat “pizza” while dieting?
Check it out
HERE.

 

2. Almost Zero Carb Keto Bread

If the low carb Keto diet has you feeling deprived and missing bread, this is the recipe for you! BodyRecovering.com has scoured the internet for the absolute BEST Keto bread recipe out there and this is it! Give it a try HERE.

 

3. Low Carb Spinach & Artichoke Dip Cauliflower Casserole

I’m getting hungry just looking at this one. The recipe also includes instructions on how to add an egg to make this dish a yummy breakfast or brunch option. Thank you IBreatheImHungry.com! Have a look HERE.

 

 4. Vegan Keto Crack Slaw


Given it’s name because it’s so addictive, this recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. It can be eaten right off the stove or chilled. MeatFreeKeto.com has lots of other awesome recipes too. Have a look
HERE.

 

5. Low Carb Zucchini Fritters


These versatile little guys are a great keto friendly option for breakfast or lunch. Also very kid friendly! A great way to sneak veggies into kids and toddlers. Get the recipe from LowCarbMaven.com HERE.

 

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6. Crustless Spinach Quiche

This quiche could be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Now I’ll admit, the recipe does call for 2 slices of bacon. But it’s not a crucial ingredient and can easily be left out to make this a keto vegetarian option. This one is from KetoVale.com. Check it out HERE.

 

7. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

You won’t feel like you’re dieting while you’re enjoying these cheesy bad boys! Can you say comfort food? Brought to you by BakingGlory.com – have a look HERE.

 

8. Spinach Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Cheese

This one comes from KetoVale.com and looks so hearty and satisfying. You’ll feel like you’re eating cheesy pasta. This does not seem like diet food…yum! Check it out HERE.

 

9. 3 Ingredient Keto Chocolate Coconut Cups (Fat Bombs)

These Fat Bombs are fast, easy, and only 3 ingredients. Score! They are Keto and Paleo friendly. But I bet they can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. Get the recipe from TheBigMansWorld.com HERE.

 

10. Fabulous Boston Cream Cheesecake

Ending the list with dessert. Low carb, gluten free, and Keto Diet friendly. Who doesn’t love a dessert that fits in with their diet plans? This Boston Cream Cheesecake looks amazing! Created by KetoDietCafe.com. Get the full recipe (and lots of others) HERE!


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What Exactly Are Probiotics?

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Are you curious about probiotics? What are they? Why do we need them? Are you sick of being sick? Tired of your kids bringing home a new cold or bug constantly from school or daycare? Here’s the scoop!

What are probiotics?

I could go way into detail about microbiology and digestive function…but I’ll spare you all the scientific mumbo-jumbo and give you this simple explanation:

Probiotics are wonderful little bacteria that can actually improve your health. They are most widely known for promoting a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. They are also commonly known as friendly, good, or healthy bacteria.
Our bodies are FULL of bacteria. I know. Seems gross to think about. Some of that bacteria is considered good, and some is considered bad. Probiotics can help balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working the way it should. They help replace the good bacteria your body is lacking. For example, after you take a round of antibiotics, your body is lacking “good bacteria” that keeps your digestive system healthy and functioning well. This is why taking antibiotics can often be accompanied by digestive upset.

 

 

Why should kids be getting probiotics?

If you have kids in daycare or school, you know the pain of how often they get sick. And in turn, how often you and the rest of your family gets sick. Increasing probiotic intake can really help reduce the occurrence of all those nasty little bugs. Basically, the bacteria living in your intestines are largely responsible for your overall health. In order to stay healthy, you need to keep those bacteria strong.

 

Ways to incorporate probiotics into your life:

Yogurt – This is the most well known way to get your probiotics. Easy to find and easy to enjoy. However, not all yogurt contains live probiotics so be sure to read your labels. My favorite is Vanilla Activia.

Kefir – Is a fermented probiotic milky, yogurty type drink. You can usually find it in the dairy section of your grocery store, with the yogurt. I like to add this to my daughter’s milk. I find the plain stuff can be a little bitter so I buy the strawberry flavor to make it a little more palatable for her. She LOVES it! 

Buttermilk – Live cultures are added to ferment the milk sugars. This is an easy to find source of probiotics, available at any grocery store.

• Tempeh – A fermented soybean product. It’s similar to tofu but less processed and contains more protein and fiber. It needs to be refrigerated so if your grocery store has it it’s likely with the tofu. Otherwise it’s usually available at health food stores.

Sauerkraut – Finely chopped cabbage that has been fermented in a brine, allowing the “good” bacteria to form. Traditionally eaten as a side dish or on hot dogs.

Kimchi – a traditional fermented Korean dish – most often found in the refrigerated produce section, dairy or deli sections of most major grocery chains and specialty food stores. If you’d like to make your own, check out this article on Simple Kimchi for Beginners.

Kombucha – Known as the immortal health elixir by the Chinese. You can buy it or make it yourself. For more info and a great recipe, click HERE.

Pickles – Yum! Pickles are a favourite source of probiotics. However it’s important to know that pickles fermented in vinegar DO NOT contain probiotics. Pickles need to be prepared using the lacto-fermentation process. Here’s a tutorial/recipe to further explain that process. At the grocery store, look for pickles in the refrigerated section. Check the label for “live and active cultures”.

• Probiotic Drops – These are ideal for babies who aren’t yet eating solids. They are also known for helping with colic, gas, and other tummy troubles. BioGaia is a well known and well loved option.• Probiotic Gummies – These are ideal for older kids who might not be too keen about eating the foods listed above. Who doesn’t love a gummy “candy”? These gummies by RenewLife are great for both kids and adults. 

Further Benefits of Probiotics:

Boosts Immune System
Improves Digestion
Improves Gut Health after Antibiotics
Prevents and Treats UTI’s
Improves Acne
Fights Depression/Anxiety
Helps with IBS & Colitis
Manages Eczema in Children
Reduces Cold/Flu Symptoms
Eases Stomach Aches and Issues
Promotes Healthy Cholesteral
Melts Excess Belly Fat
Improves Blood Pressure

With so many benefits and easy options available to us, what have you got to lose? Try adding probiotics to your diet today to experience the positive effects for yourself. 

 

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DIY Padsicles – Make Ahead Before Baby is Born

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If you are an expectant mom you may have heard about “Padsicles”. I can’t stress enough how grateful you’ll be to have a stock of these all made up and ready to use in the days following your baby’s birth. Here’s my personal Padsicle Recipe. I made these in the two weeks I had to prepare between leaving work and the birth of my daughter. They truly were lifesavers. I can’t explain the relief they provided. Here is how I did it:

You’ll need:
Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera Gel (Pure)
Large Sanitary Pads 
Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)

The Witch Hazel helps close pores and heal skin.
The Lavender Essential Oil calms the skin and helps reduce inflammation.

The Aloe Vera Gel soothes, cools, and provides wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.

If your local stores don’t stock these items here are links for what I liked/used:
Kotex Overnight Pads (recommended by my midwife)
Thayer’s Witch Hazel (alcohol free)
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel (alcohol free)
Fabulous Frannie Lavender Essential Oil

               

Instructions:
• Unfold a pad (but leave the adhesive backings on)
• Soak the pad with witch hazel (the lid has a small opening that makes it easy to pour exactly where you want it. Not so much that it’s dripping, but enough that you’ll know it’s wet against your skin. About 2-3 tablespoons.  I didn’t measure, just guesstimated. Make sure you put liquid all the way from the front to the back, not just the middle. Trust me on this one.
• Next put 2-3 drops of essential oil on the soaked pad, spaced out evenly.
• Squeeze a generous amount of aloe vera gel from front to back.
• I then took a spoon and spread the gel out thinly. Keeping in mind these will be going in the freezer, so try to spread it so it’s flat. I felt this also spread the lavender oil out a little more.
• That’s it! Fold the pads back up and place in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer.

How many you’ll want/need will vary between individuals. I’d say I used these at least once a day (more in the first few days) for close to two weeks. I had a friend who only needed them for a few days. You can always make a small supply and make more later if needed.

*Tip: Leave a few pads unfolded before freezing. When you are feeling really sore and desperate for the cool, soothing relief of a homemade padsicle, you’ll be glad you can just grab one that’s unfolded and ready to use. Otherwise, you may need to take a folded one out of the freezer and wait a few minutes for it to thaw enough to be unfolded and used. I would leave a few unfolded and try to remember to unfold a couple more for the next time. 

For EXTRA relief, you may also want to pick up a packaged sitz bath mix.
My midwife gave me an all natural, locally made package that I brewed and added to my baths to provide relief and speed up the healing process. 

It was similar to this:
Sitz Bath Soak by Birds & Bees Teas – Postpartum Relief Sitz Bath Herbs.

P.S. While you’re soaking in the the tub, this provides opportunity for Daddy/Baby bonding time.

So that’s what I did to get through the first 1-2 weeks at home after giving birth. These padsicles combined with a soothing soak in the tub every night were my saving grace. I hope this recipe brings you as much comfort and relief as it did for me.

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What is a Bullet Journal?

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Pinterest is FLOODED right now with pins about Bullet Journals. How-To’s and “Prompt Ideas” seem to be everywhere. I had no clue what a bullet journal even was. I thought it was just a short form of journaling or diary keeping. I figured if I was making assumptions about it, other people were too. So I set out to get to the bottom of it and write a post explaining exactly what Bullet Journaling was.

And well…I was WAY off. I had NO idea how detailed it was! I found an amazingly well researched and detailed post about it and honestly, I can’t explain it any better than these gals did. I’m not even going to try. They have everything covered. (More on that below, I promise.)

If you read the post and decide that you’re more of a traditional journal person (like me), I am currently obsessed with Day Designer Journals. They are beautifully layed-out and so pretty. They just make you want to be more organized. Ask anyone who has one…they really are well designed and provide helpful prompts to keep you on task. They’ll even let you try out sample pages for free. 

Look how pretty!


Here’s a look at a sample page:

At the end of the day, I do think bullet journaling sounds amazing! I’m not quite ready to give up on my traditional planner just yet. But maybe someday. I’ll let you decide for yourself. So as promised, here is the absolute best, most detailed description of what a Bullet Journal is:
by Rachel Wilkerson Miller & Ellie Sunakawa (Buzzfeed)

WTF Is A Bullet Journal And Why Should You Start One? An Explainer

They nailed it, right? I get it now! I can see it being totally addicting. Comment below if you have a bullet journal addiction. Or if you have other great methods of staying organized and on task.

 

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10 Awesome Pallet Projects with Instructions

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DIY Pallet projects are all the rage right now. I wanted to find a project to plan for this Spring. There’s so many cool pieces on Pinterest. I found myself getting frustrated though because I’d click through so many pins to find most were just pictures, but no instructions. So I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourites – with full instructions – all in one place to give you guys some crafty inspiration.

 

1. Pallet Coffee Table

Who needs to go to a furniture store and pay high prices for a rustic looking coffee table? I love the barn board feel of this one, built by www.palletideas.info. And if you wanted to dress it up a little you could always stain it. Get the full instructions here.

 

2. Pallet Wood Sofa

How gorgeous is this shabby chic pallet sofa created by Funky Junk Interiors?? I want this for my front porch! For the full tutorial, click here.

 

3. Pallet Planter Boxes

These Planter boxes are a great way to dress up your front porch or deck. Buying big, trendy plant boxes from a garden center can get pricey. Get the detailed instructions from Instructables.com here.

 

4. Rustic Potting Bench

I have always wanted a potting bench. Every year I try to cover up the fact that our deck is old and weathered by placing as many colourful potted plants on it as possible. I try to buy my plants and reuse planters from previous years. I always tend to do my planting on the deck and I make a huge mess. I’d love to have a bench like this to contain my mess and not have to bend over and hurt my back while I pretend I have a green thumb. Get the plans by woodworking.formeremortals.net here.

 

5. All in One Cat Box

I’m loving this cat box by www.ahlly.com. The herringbone pattern is beautiful. It would be great for containing the smell of kitty litter and would keep a dog from eating the cat food. Watch the how-to video here.

 


6. Pallet Planter


This is probably the easiest tutorial I’ve found. And so cute! You could also use it for herbs.
Get the how-to by The Micro Gardener, here.
I also managed to find a link to the cute, decorative shovel hooks for added details.

 

7. Pallet Dog Bed

This dog bed looks so inviting! A great weekend project your pet will love. Tutorial created by Ruggy DIY available here.

 

8. Pallet Playhouse

Your kids will be the envy of the neighborhood with this awesome playhouse. This would be a fun project to either surprise your kids with or get them involved with the building process. Check out the plans by 1001pallets.com here.

 

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9. Pallet Wood Toy Box

This box is a great idea for hiding all those toys in one place. I’m pretty impressed the person who built this had never worked with pallets before! Check out their instructions on home-dzine.co.za here.

 

10. Rustic Cooler

Dress up a boring plastic cooler and add a great conversation piece to your deck this Summer. The Home Repair Tutor put together a great step by step guide here.
Get the hardware – Wall mounted metal bottle opener set here.

 

Feeling ready to tackle a fun woodworking project? Find some pallets and make a plan to create one of these awesome ideas this Spring or Summer! If you’ve never worked with pallets before and don’t know where to start, here’s some great info on how to disassemble a pallet.

 

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Boss Babes to Follow on Pinterest

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What do you think of when you hear “Boss Babe”? For me, a boss babe is a self made, hard working woman who is making a living working for themselves. And maybe she’s helping others along the way.

When I entered into the world of affiliate marketing and blogging, I was totally lost. There is so much to learn. And don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely still learning. I work at it every single day and I must say, I do learn something new every day. There is a fantastic amount of information available to us online. I have found lots of help via Pinterest from some pretty awesome ladies who have worked hard to grow their following and put great content out there. So I wanted to give them some recognition as a thank you. Here are a few of the amazingly inspiring bad-ass boss babes that have motivated me to stick with it. Some have even given me personal advice and/or offered me the opportunity to collaborate with them.

So here they are, in no particular order:

 

Olyvia | Online Business + Blogging

Pinterest Followers: Over 21,500
Olyvia offers business owners helpful advice as well as blogging, website and social media tips. I credit this babe with bringing the power of Pinterest to my attention. I had no idea how helpful a tool it could be until I stumbled upon this pin:

 

Christina Root | Pinterest Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Pinterest Followers: Over 6,500
Christina offers fantastic step by step advice regarding affiliate marketing and using Pinterest to do it without even having a blog, product or website. THAT got my attention. I was on maternity leave, searching Pinterest for ways to make money as a stay at home mom. I had never heard of affiliate marketing before seeing THIS pin:

 

 

Seaside Sundays | All things parenting plus tips for making and saving money 

Pinterest Followers: Over 2,600
Like her description says, she provides great parenting posts and tips for making and saving money. I got a lot of info from her Make Money Pinterest Board when I was getting started. I’ve also received super helpful emails from her regarding glitches and changes happening on Pinterest. I emailed her back with some of my issues and she was fast and helpful in her response. It’s so nice to hear from these ladies and know they are putting in the effort to help others. She has a great guide to affiliate marketing you should check out below:

 

 

Nadalie Bardo | Goal Setting + Slaying, Self-love, Mindset, Inspiration + Blogger

Pinterest Followers: Over 16,500
Nadalie’s main focus is helping others achieve their dreams through goal setting/achieving, inspiring mindfulness and confidence building. She offers lots of inspiring quotes and “freebies” to help keep you motivated to live your best life. She’s also created an awesome printable planner to help you “Slay Your Goals”. Check it out below if you need that extra push to get your butt in gear and really pursue your dreams, whatever they may be.

 

 

Adrian of AdriansCrazyLife

Pinterest Followers: Over 23,000
Adrian is a self proclaimed Pinterest Expert. And judging by her number of followers, you really can’t argue! She’s got the winning Pinterest strategy! She’s got the key to Direct Sales marketing (Etsy, for example) as well. She’s given me some great, personal feedback that I really valued. While Pinterest is her area of expertise, she also offers parenting and financial posts, as well as blogging advice. She’ll even do one on one Pinterest coaching sessions. Because sometimes you just need that experienced set of eyes to look at what YOU are doing.

 

 

Suzi | Start a Mom Blog | Work from Home as a Stay and Work at Home Mom | Time Management 

Pinterest Followers: Almost 12,000
I really wish I could remember the pin that originally caught my eye. But either way, Suzi is a mom blogger, and I was in search of all the info I could get. Suzi’s niche is teaching moms, like herself, how to start a Mom Blog. She been very successful at it, has great blog content and has written courses and e-books on the subject to help others succeed. This one is my favourite: 

 

I hope you can all find some inspiration from these awesome ladies. They may not be aware of it but they’ve taught me so much! I urge all of you aspiring boss babes to follow them and gain some helpful tips along your journey. You never know how much information and education you can get just by clicking on a simple Pinterest pin. 

 

 

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