Thursday, December 18, 2014

TBT -- A turd in the tub

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Photo by Jim Lillicotch

 

It's time for another Throwback Thursday post. This week, we're going way back to February 2010, and we're talking about poop. Here we go...

 

A turd in the tub

Lovely title, isn't it? My husband, who doesn't like to talk about body functions, would be appalled! But, the truth is, if you've ever bathed a baby, you've dealt with this issue. So when it happens, what do you do?

First of all, relax. As long as it came out of your baby (and isn't some errant doggy defecation or something), just scoop it out, toss it in the toilet, rinse out the tub and start all over again. Keep in mind, your baby's skin is well acquainted with his poop.

When it comes to peeing in the tub, there's nothing to worry about here either, unless your little one has a UTI. Urine is sterile and contains urea, which is a known antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. As a matter of fact, many commercial ointments and lotions contain urea (check the ingredient list) and there are proponents of urine therapy out there that not only recommend applying urine to the skin, but advise drinking it as well. I know....ewww. The healing benefits are out there, folks. Some even try to bring the wisdom of Solomon into the picture, by quoting (or misquoting, perhaps) Proverbs 5:15 -- "Drink water from thine own cistern and the streams of thine own well." But we're not going there.

All I'm saying is that when you plop your little one into the tub and something else "muddies" the water, don't panic. It really is okay. As a matter of fact, your baby or toddler is safer in a tub of water with his or her own urine or feces than when wearing a chemically-laden super-absorbent disposable diaper! Just saying....

So grab some organic and safe baby wash, such as Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and fill the tub with some warm water. I know you don't need this reminder, but I'll post it anyway -- Never, never, never leave your little one, even for a minute, alone in the tub.

Keeping it real,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review It Wednesday -- A hotel chain that cares about the earth



I'm sitting at the desk in my room at Home2 Suites and I just have to share how excited I am about this hotel. Aside from the fact that it has a lovely decor, with a bit of funkiness, and the most comfortable bed and bedding I have ever experienced, I love the fact that this is a hotel chain that cares about the environment. I didn't know that when I booked the room, but believe me, this will be my number one choice for hotels from here out. And no, this is not a sponsored post. It's just my wanting to share this info with you in case you're ever looking for a hotel.



Here are just some of the sustainability factors at Home2 Suites:
  • The kitchenettes feature Energy Star Rated appliances, which use less energy and less water than traditional appliances.
  • Their Dual Flush toilets give you the option to do a light flush or a heavier flush according to, well, you know...
  • The shower stalls include bulk soap dispensers for shampoo and body wash, eliminating the need for all those small bottles used by most other hotels. 
  •  They use eco-friendly carpeting made of 65% recycled materials and installed without using toxic glues or adhesives, which is a huge plus for anyone with chemical sensitivities, like me.
  • Real plates, flatware, glasses, and mugs -- no Styrofoam or plastics!
  • Recycling containers in every room!
  • Indigenous plant landscaping, which reduces water consumption.
  • Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certification which means lower VOC emissions and better indoor air quality.
  • They offer light touch cleaning services daily, but reserve the full clean for the 5th day of a stay. That means beds are made, but not stripped, daily and guests reuse their towels. Of course, the full clean is done after guests check out, too. 






They also use CFLs, which save a bunch of energy, but are not on my list of preferences. Perhaps somewhere down the line, they'll switch to LEDs.

The building itself was built with non-toxic construction materials and the saline swimming pool uses natural minerals rather than chemicals. Ahhh.

Oh... and all of the coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee, whose mission is "to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.  By purchasing a Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, you are contributing to the preservation of the people, land and spirit that is the Rainforest."

And one other thing -- when you enter your suite, you have to insert your key card into a slot before the lights will come on. After you leave the room, after removing the card, the lights will go off in 45 seconds. How cool is that? No more wasted energy used lighting vacant rooms.

Have I mentioned yet that I love this place? I'm thinking I'd like to extend my stay....

Reviewing it for you,



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Outlook Baby MUST HAVES Giveaway!



Whether you are expecting your first or fourth child, you know there will be things you will need to help you make it through those early months with ease. Outlook has everything your baby needs to make those newborn months easier. 

New moms often need those little things the most. Things that add just a little extra peace of mind, safety or comfort are usually the ones moms love the most. 

We love the Outlook Sleep Pod for new babies. This cover works on car seats, strollers and baby carriers to protect your baby from wind, rain and sun. This is a great adjustable cover that works to shade your child, give them dark for rest, or simple protect them from the elements as you go in and out of stores. While it is most often used for infant seats, it is adjustable to fit on strollers for children up to 4 years old! This is a great investment that will provide your baby comfort while giving you peace of mind.

Another great addition to a new mom wish list, are the Cotton Stroller Liner available on Outlook. Strollers are often rather hard and uncomfortable for your toddler to sit in. If you like to offer a bit of extra cushion and fashionable flare to your stroller, these are perfect. Available in multiple patterns to match the hottest looks in baby gear, they are simple to change in and out.  These cotton stroller linens offer some extra comfort while upgrading the stroller to a more fashion friendly look. Not only do they work in strollers, they are perfect for baby carriers too! However, do not use in car seats as any amount of fluff compromises your child's safety. For more information about this, please click here.

As long as you are looking for ways to keep your baby or toddler comfortable, don't forget the Car Window Shades from Outlook. These were favorites for summer sun when our kids were younger. Nothing is more important than keeping your babies happy and safe. These shades in various sizes will fit perfectly into your car window. Not only do they offer shade for an easier ride, they offer protection from the sun’s rays. No sunburn or irritation for your babies when these are on the windows. 

Outlook has all of your much needed accessories for that new baby. Not only can you give your children a safer experience, you can make it comfortable for them in the process. Invest in these and other great baby and child care accessories on Outlook. 

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Giveaway ends December 30th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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Who doesn't love fabulous recipes made with wholesome organic ingredients? I know I do. That's one of the reasons why I contributed Green Grandma's Sugar-free Apple Cheesecake Dip recipe, made with cottage cheese, no sugar added applesauce, cinnamon, a tiny bit of stevia, and, of course, apple cider vinegar. Sooo good.

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  • Dina's Turkey Tips
  • Callie's Cajun Deviled Eggs
  • Censie's Easy Cucumber Salad
  • Leila's Holiday Rosettes
  • Tracy's Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Whipped Topping
  • Cristen's Kid-Friendly Turkey Pasta
  • Katie's Memorable Green Bean Casserole
  • Chelsea's Holiday Style Quinoa
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Where's the pony?





When I was a child, I longed for one thing, and one thing only, for Christmas. Year after year, I ran down the stairs on Christmas morning and scanned the boxes, looking for the one that would be the answer to all my hopes and prayers. And year after year, I was sorely disappointed.

What I wanted wouldn't actually fit in a box under the tree, however, so what I was looking for was proof that my real present was waiting for me in the backyard, or down the street. You see, like many little girls and boys, all I wanted was a pony or a horse of my own. I ripped open larger boxes, hoping to uncover a halter, the way 16-year-olds rip open smaller boxes, hoping for a set of car keys. It was my only focus.


Image by Jessica Gale

After all the gifts were opened, I waited for my mom or dad to say, "Oh, we forgot one. Hana, we left one for you out in the backyard." In my mind, I rehearsed how I'd act nonchalant and say, "Really? You already got me so much. I can't imagine anything else you'd have for me." And then I'd casually walk outside, my heart beating like the sound of hooves pounding the ground in a full canter, and feign surprise as I wrapped my arms around the neck of my equine-dream-come-true. Instead, what I'd hear was, "Who wants breakfast?" and my dreams came crashing down around me.

Eventually, in my final years of high school, I gave up. I settled for riding lessons, horse camp, and going around town atop friends' horses or driving friends' pony carts. 

I learned early on that we don't always get what we want, despite our heartfelt pleas and dream boards. While dream boards weren't necessarily called that back in the 60s and 70s, I still had them. Pictures of horses were plastered all over my bedroom. I woke and went to sleep each day surrounded by the visualization of what I wanted most in life.

And you know what? It didn't happen and that's okay. 

Somehow, the need to fulfill our children's every whim seems to be part of a new method of child rearing these days, and it concerns me. When did the tide turn?

I imagine it hurt my parents not to be able to give me my heart's desire. But, for whatever reason, it was not feasible for them. 

Does it still tug a little at my heart when I think of the oft-repeated Christmas morning disappointment? Sure, but that's okay, too. When were we ever promised everything we wanted? I fear for the children who are being raised by these kind of "yes" parents. What's going to happen to them when they grow up and face the real world? What will they do when a boss or a spouse says "no"? 

As you know, disappointment is a part of life and I firmly believe it's something children should learn as they mature. From the "No, you cannot have a toy from the bubble gum machine," to the "No, you can't go to the party at Alexis' house when her parents aren't home," kids need to graduate from tiny disappointments to larger ones so they are able to adapt when the really big ones come. It teaches them to roll with the punches.

Of course, that's only my opinion and I've kind of side-tracked from the point of this post. I was thinking about it and just wanted to share my biggest Christmas morning disappointment.

What was yours? I'd love to hear your stories.





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