Breastfeeding ~ The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY (yes breastfeeding can be bad and ugly)

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Gasp!!! Did she just type that in her title?? No!! There is absolutely no way a mama who lives naturally and toxin free, grows a garden, cloth diapers, and composts for God’s sake, would have the nerve to talk negatively about breastfeeding!!

Well blog world, that is definitely what I’m going to do. No I’m not some lady who tried to breastfeed for a day and decided it was to hard or hurt and moved on to formula. I fought the hardest fight I’ve ever fought in my life and made it 18 months with Mr. Precious. I hope to make it as far with Mr. Blue Eyes as well. However I never set my plans in stone. Because like life and childbirth, breastfeeding hardly ever goes as planned.

And for all of you Mamas that naturally produced gallons of liquid gold and your babies miraculously latched on perfectly the first time, that is awesome!! I am so happy for you. But unfortunately it doesn’t always go that way.

Since this is such an important topic for me and has been such an important part of my life, I will be breaking this up into a couple posts. I hope I can keep your attention that long :).

Breastfeeding experience #1 (Mr. Precious)

Well we have to start out with a little of his birth story to give you an idea of  what kind of little person we are dealing with here. He put me through 30 hours of labor, and almost a c-section before finally flipping around from sunny side up and allowing me to dialate 4 cm all in about an hour!!

To say we were exhausted after the birth is an understatement. There are things I don’t even remember happening the day after he was born because I was so delirious.

The entire day after he was born seemed to go ok. He was your typical sleepy newborn and I was your typical first time mama, constantly worried that I needed to do this and that right and if my sweet little bundle was ok.

Then night fell……..and the screaming began. I’m not talking about the usual newborn fussy cries or the witching hour shrieks that are typical. I’m talking about non-stop, top of his lungs until he needed to gasp for breath, screaming for hours. Even the amazing nurses were concerned but could only come to the conclusion that he was just so unsatisfied with anything and wanted more than just the colostrum that I was producing.

So we waited it out. Pacing the floor all night. Swaddling and re-swaddling. Trying to nurse as much as I could to get my milk to come in.

The next day we would get little breaks here and there when he would finally pass out but in between that we went back to hearing non stop ANGRY screams. He would latch on and nurse great and then when the little bit of yellow colostrum goodness ran out, it was back to sheer terror again.

Even when the nurses would change shift, the new nurse would come in and say “oh you’re the intense little guy I heard about”. Yes my child was known on the mother/baby floor!!

The next night was following suit to the first and I was really starting to worry. I had kept a level head up to this point because I know babies cry, I know it takes a while for milk to come in, and I knew “this too shall pass” (fyi-please don’t use this line on new mamas. It really makes me want to gag and then punch someone in the face when I hear it. Even if it’s being said to someone other than myself and even if it is true).

But this had been going on so long. I was already feeling the inadequacy that would begin to flow over me in the weeks to come.

Then in walked Janet. The night shift nurse. She had been with us the night before so she knew what we were going through.

She finally suggested we give him some donor milk. YES!!! I was up for anything that could make him feel better. So I nursed him and then we gave him a tiny amount of donor milk (Thank heavens for any Mama who donates Her liquid gold. You truly are life savers!!). And then………..silence………..peace………..calm!!

We all got a couple of hours of much-needed sleep. When baby woke up he was hungry but had a calm about him. I was so happy. A few hours into the next day I started feeling the newest sensation that goes along with the post natal experience. My boobs were starting to swell and even feel a little dense. Not much but it was a hopeful start to my milk coming in. My OB came in and checked me out and was excited to say we could take our new bundle home.

I can’t even tell you what a blessing our OB and hospital was. They are very progressive with breastfeeding  and sometimes I wonder if I would have even made it the first night if I had them offering me formula right away. Instead they took every other avenue first.

So back to my long-winded story……….we got to go home!!!

The first night was everything to be expected with a first time Mama and Daddy. We laid him in his pack and play that was next to our bed and just stared at him. Daddy Bear said “he looks so small, can’t he just sleep next to us for one night?” So we both swooped in and laid him beside me (Yes, with all the pillows and blankets out of the way. Please don’t send me hate mail about how unsafe we are for letting our baby sleep with us or statistics on infant fatalities).

Of course we were up every couple of hours with feedings and diaper changes but it was everything I expected. I didn’t feel like I needed any help at all. We had it under control.

The next morning was another kick in the stomach. We woke up to the same screechy cries that we had in the hospital. Again for hours and then he would sleep for a bit and then be at it again.

This went on for days. All while I was still waiting for my milk to “officially” come in. I had always heard my mom talk about how her little “B’s” turned into “DD’s” when her milk came in. Nothing like that was happening. All I would feel was a little bit swollen and then it would go away after he ate.

Then we had his first well check. I told the Dr. Everything that was going on and she said it really sounded like he had some reflux and to cut dairy out of my diet (Well shit!! There went all my freezer meals that I made!! Of course they were all filled with dairy!!). I was willing to do anything. At this point my nipples were so bad off that I didn’t know what to do with them either. I literally had to nurse him as much as I could and then pump to keep stimulation up so they never got a break. They were cracked, bleeding, and growing these horribly painful puss pimples (sorry for the TMI but I’m laying it all out there).

The pediatrician wanted to see us back in a few days for a weight check  And to see if he was still showing signs of reflux.

So the next few days only escalated. More screaming, back arching, constantly nursing. The day of our next appointment was a nightmarish day.

First we had his follow-up pediatrician appointment and then a lactation consultant appointment.

The ped appointment was awful. He hadn’t gained any weight and actually lost a couple more ounces. She confirmed that he had silent reflux (I will do a full post on this. It needs much more description than I can fit into this post). She also told us that I needed to start supplementing with formula. I left the appointment very disappointed. I felt like we were at the beginning of the end of breastfeeding and I was devastated. I told my husband I was not giving any formula until the lactation consultant said it was needed. Now I love and trust our pediatrician but it’s well-known that the easiest thing to do would have been to put him on formula. That is something that she is an expert on. The lactation consultant is an expert on breastfeeding and doing everything in your power to continue. That is why I was waiting for her consent.

When we got to the office I was greeted by a quirky little lady with an incredible maternal way about her. She sat us down and looked me straight in the eye and said “I know this question is going to sound weird but I ask every fist time patient this – Do You Want To Breastfeed Your Baby?”

Now I am not a person who ever got hormonal or weepy during either of my pregnancies. I never had melt downs over dealing with crying babies or no sleep or being overwhelmed. But in that very minute, that question resonated with me. I lost it. It was all I could do to not sob in her chest about how truly, madly, deeply I wanted to breastfeed my baby. Hell I didn’t even realize how bad I wanted it until that moment. Ask my best friend, when I was pregnant I constantly told her how worried I was that I wouldn’t like it or want to do it. And yet here I was,  lost in emotions that I didn’t even realize that I had. I had so many love emotions for my baby mixed with so many hate emotions for my body and its lack of being capable of doing what it was “meant” to do!!

So with her motherly touch, the Lactation Consultant did an exam. Mr. Precious had a “beautiful latch”. She had come to the conclusion that his silent reflux, my lack of production and his “intense” demeanor were the perfect storm that was creating my breastfeeding tornado.

She also addressed the white little bumps that were growing on my nipples. “Oh those are blebs!! Totally normal. All I have to do is take a needle and lance them and they will go away” she explained as if it was an everyday occurrence and no big deal.

Now I’m sure as most fellow mamas remember, the first week or two post pardum is full of being poked, prodded, fondled, felt up, seen naked, and violated sometimes all at once. I literally didn’t even bat an eye at her suggestion. In fact I just wanted her to get it over with because I was in so much pain. My husband on the other hand, almost had to leave the room.

Now for those of you that don’t know Daddy Bear, he is Italian. So he has pretty tanned skin. For the first time in my life I saw his face turn white as he asked “so wait……your going to take a needle to her nipple?” He looked at me in horror, almost begging me with his eyes to not let her do this barbaric task.

I looked over at her and said “just get it done”. Surprisingly it didn’t really hurt that bad. I had 3-4 on each nipple so it did bleed quite a bit. She had me nurse right away and when we were done I laid his belly over my hand and gently burped him.

What happened next should literally have been put on a funniest home video…..or maybe not……..maybe I’m the only one that can laugh about it now. Mr. Precious burped a gigantic burp and then we hear a SPLAT. I looked down and saw my worst nightmare. My tiny little baby had just threw up something that looked like a chicken liver. I was terrified and shrieked “what the FUCK is that??” (I know!! Pretty awful words to come out of a new mommy’s mouth. What can I say, I’m my mothers daughter!! Love ya mom).

The lactation consultant runs over  screaming “nonono!!!Honey it’s ok!! It’s just the blood that coagulated with the milk!!! It’s ok!! I’m so sorry I didn’t tell you that would happen”.

I literally just sat there staring at it about ready to lose my shit. Now I’m not one that likes or needs to be consoled by others but she actually had to come sit by me and rub my back to get my crap together.

Then she explained to me that she thought it was in the baby’s best interest of we did supplement a little and that she didn’t take that lightly. She promised she was going to do everything in her power to keep us breastfeeding as long as possible.

And with that we headed home with a S n’ S feeder thing a ma jig and 3 days worth of organic baby formula.

WHAT A NIGHTMARE. For anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure (insert sarcasm) of using an S&S feed, let me explain. You take a syringe and fill it with formula or pumped breast milk, attach a long tiny little tube to it, attach the other end of that tiny little tube down your boob to your nipple. Why not just give the baby the syringe? Because you still need your breasts to be stimulated for milk production.

So every feeding I would have to strap this damn thing to my boob (which constantly fell off and was a huge pain in my ass…….literally and figuratively……did I mention I had horrific hemmroids that hurt so bad every time I sat????).

Then in between feeding I would have to pump so that we could try to replace the formula with breast milk in the S&S and keep stimulating??

I. Literally. Never. Slept.

Because of his reflux he had to eat more often so his tummy could (attempt) to tolerate it. So at night I was up every hour and a half to feed him (again with the pain in the ass contraption that I had to strap to myself every time) and then head out to the couch to pump for 20 minutes!! All to only get an ounce or two out of both boobs.

The odd thing was that during all of this misery I never once thought of doing something else. It just never was an option that came into my head.

After a week of the S&S feeding I had it. I ripped the stupid thing off my body, grabbed my baby and headed to my bedroom. I had heard of things called “nursing vacations” and decided to google it. It wasnt anything fancy. All you do is stay in bed with your baby the first couple weeks after birth and nurse as much as you can. No stress, no errands, no guests. Just you and the babes healing, resting, and getting your bodies in sync.

And that is just what I did.

In the end there was light at the end of the tunnel. After 3 months of tireless work it all paid off. I was producing JUST enough milk to keep him fed. I never could make enough to have a freezer stash. I always look with envy and awe at those pinterest pictures of freezers full of cream-colored bags. Freezers full of gold!!

The pain, bruising, and nipple blebs continued until around 9 months. I still have no idea why and neither did any lactation consultant. I just toughed it out the best I could. I eventually learned how to lance the blebs myself so i didn’t have to keep going in. Hey, after 2 months post partum my hemmroids went away so at least I was rid of that pain right?

I look back on those days now and realize what I went through to breastfeed my son for 18 months. It was really big. It was incredibly hard. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

I’ve never been the most motivated person. I have no desire to run a marathon (well who am I kidding, I have no desire to run at all), never was excited about trophies or awards. But my breastfeeding accomplishment was my Pulitzer, my Nobel Peace Prize, my marathon medal.

So special to me that I will never forget the date that my breastfeeding relationship ended with Mr. Precious. December 16th, I was 6 weeks pregnant with his little brother and had no milk left. I knew it was time. I laid him down for his nap and let him fall asleep nursing. I took every second in of those last moments together. His precious cheeks and lips, his fluttery long eye lashes, and of course his sweet little hand on my chest. I will never forget those moments. Moments that make every second of excruciating pain, of thinking “why me?”, of feeling like a failure as a mother, as a woman, so incredibly worth it.

I am currently nursing his 7 month old brother now and am incredibly grateful that I have every ounce of knowledge that I do. Mr. Blue eyes has been a little easier on me than his big brother but we’ve still had our fair share of troubles. I will talk about breastfeeding baby #2 in the next post.

So why did I write this long ass breastfeeding post? I don’t know. Maybe because every other blog mommy has one? Probably because I’ve heard the same story so many times. Yet in these stories the mamas never had help. They never had cheerleaders in theirs court. They had nothing but negative comments and reactions. It’s for them that I write this. I hope I can show them that IT CAN BE DONE!! You can get through this. 90% of the time there is a way. Ask for help. Breastfeeding is beautiful. But guess what? Breastfeeding is also ugly. It’s painful, exhausting, and the hardest thing you will probably do. But your body was made for this. Your body isn’t failing you. Your body was made for this. You are a beautiful, capable woman. And last but not least, your body was made for this.

How to Clean Your Oven Naturally!!

I just cleaned my oven!!!!!
It was way overdue. It had been a year (I think), but it looked like I had never done it before. GROSS!!!
Oh, did I mention that I cleaned it CHEMICAL FREE!!!! That’s right, no harsh chemicals here.
Oven cleaners are one of the most toxic products people use. They contain lye and ammonia, which eat the skin, and the fumes linger and affect the respiratory system.

Then there is the residue that is intensified the next time you turn your oven on.
Instead, I used Shaklee’s all natural Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste. (I love this stuff, I use it in my shower, bath and sinks too!)

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YEAH!!!! A brand new looking stove without the harsh dangers of oven cleaner.
I also want to let you know that you can put your range hood vent in the dishwasher. Here are some pictures of that…

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I hope that this helps you!
How often do you clean your oven?

Emily 🙂
Buy Your own Shaklee Cleaners Today!

The Shaklee Income Opportunity

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Shaklee Income Opportunity – Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS SOCIAL MARKETING?

Social Marketing is our business model that rewards people for sharing health and the ability to earn income with their friends and family. It’s pretty much what millions of people are doing every day – without the rewards – through social networking web sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

In the traditional business model, customer purchases create company profits that are then directed toward television, radio, print and other forms of mass advertising designed to create additional customer purchases. In Social Marketing™, Shaklee simply redirects our advertising costs to our Independent Distributors to help create our loyal consumer base while placing you in position to take advantage of this multi-billion dollar industry.
More than 50 years ago, our founder Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, knew that someone who tries our products would be the best advertisement the products could ever have. And he thought it was only right to reward people with “thank you” payments for doing what they would do anyway.

And through this radical approach to owning your own business and determining your own destiny, we’ve paid our distributors more than $6 billion in commissions. Without ever missing a payment.

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CAN I REALLY EARN A SIGNIFICANT INCOME THROUGH A HOME-BASED BUSINESS WITH SHAKLEE?

Yes. People have been earning a real income from home through Shaklee for decades.

The income you can generate as a Shaklee Distributor can empower you and your family to achieve the goals you’ve been dreaming about – or stopped dreaming about because you didn’t believe it was possible. You can create enough income to make a car payment, pay a mortgage, finance your kids’ education, travel the world, or even create generational wealth in which your children, and their children, can participate.

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CAN I REALLY BE SUCCESSFUL AT THIS?

Anyone, regardless of their background, can become successful with Shaklee. Our support structure will provide you with all the information you need in your new business venture; and success can come from the simple sharing of your Shaklee experiences with others, and by helping others to achieve their goals for health, well-being, and financial security. In Shaklee, you can do well by doing good. And that’s a great feeling.

Of course, as with anything that offers great rewards and recognition, both success and earnings vary with effort. It wouldn’t be true (and you probably wouldn’t believe us, either) if we said you would earn rewards without any effort on your part. Shaklee doesn’t guarantee success or that any particular level of earnings will be achieved.

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HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I EARN WITH A SHAKLEE BUSINESS?

There is no limit to what you can earn in Shaklee. How far you go and what you earn depends on your efforts. The top Distributors in Shaklee earn over a million dollars a year. Distributors in the Presidential Master Coordinator rank (the top rank in Shaklee) enjoy average incomes of over $ 597,671 a year (based on 2011 1099-MISC). Directors (the first leadership rank) earned an average of $10,002 in 2011, and Executive Coordinators (middle rank) earned $51,168 in 2011.

Shaklee’s compensation program rewards you right away, providing up-front cash that leads to greater and greater rewards as you grow your Shaklee business. Long-term residual compensation opportunities are also part of this program, including the chance to earn income on infinite levels and generations.

Many in Shaklee choose to build a part-time business that helps pay extra expenses, such as family vacations, car payments, or tuition. Many others choose to build a satisfying career in Shaklee with the freedom to set their own hours, goals and income targets. No other opportunity offers greater satisfaction and rewards: a home-based business that offers freedom, unlimited earnings potential, and the chance to make a positive difference in the world. You decide the level of your investment and your definition of success.*

* Once again, earnings will vary with effort. Shaklee doesn’t guarantee success or that any particular level of earnings will be achieved.

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WHAT ELSE CAN I EARN?

The Shaklee Opportunity also offers great lifestyle rewards, like the ability to earn luxurious trips, car payments, recognition and other awards. And have fun while you’re doing it!

Recently, high-achieving Shaklee Distributors have been whisked away on Company paid trips with destinations like Kenya, Bora Bora, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mayan Riviera, and the beautiful Napa Valley in California.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING AND SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

Shaklee Distributors receive essential support from two key partners in developing their business: their upline sponsor, and the Shaklee Home Office. From their upline sponsor, Distributors receive group and one-on-one coaching, and formal Training is available through local and regional meetings, as well as through Global Conference, corporate-sponsored training Events and regularly scheduled Conference Calls.

Shaklee also offers online training to all of our Distributors, through Shaklee University. It’s free, available 24/7, and contains the collective wisdom of top Shaklee Business Leaders who have actually done it – built a successful Shaklee business that affords them a significant income, financial security, control over their own destinies, and the ability to prioritize what’s most important to them.

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CAN I JOIN PROJECT DREAM IF I AM ALREADY A SHAKLEE DISTRIBUTOR?

No, Project Dream is only for new Shaklee Distributors.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET STARTED?

Sign up as a GOLD Ambassador for $349, $699 or $999. It’s the recommended way to get started building a business in Shaklee, because it not only has tremendous value, but also enables you to participate in all of the ways to earn in the Shaklee compensation plan. GOLD gives you the best possible start in Shaklee. (APPLY TO JOIN PROJECT DREAM HERE)
Place an initial product order for 100 PV (joining through the GOLD Ambassador Program takes care of this). Choose from among a variety of GOLD options, or simply choose products you would like to try or change brands on products you buy elsewhere, but now can buy from Shaklee.
Set up an AutoShip order for products you’ll use regularly.
Start using your products and experience the Shaklee Difference. Soon you’ll be talking with everyone you know about the difference in how you feel and helping them to experience it too!
Go through the materials in the GOLD PAK when it arrives. Follow the Plan of Action and schedule a time to meet with your upline sponsor to develop your Shaklee business plan and to officially launch your business.

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Natural Allergy and Sinus Releif Program

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How to relieve allergies and sinuses naturally
Most people who suffer with allergy and sinus problems feel they must resort to using medications that have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects. For those who may be interested in safer, more natural alternatives, some of the following premium products by Shaklee may be of interest.

TO STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM START HERE
Optiflora Probiotic Capsule

Scientists now believe 70% of the immune system is located in the gut … a good place to start to strengthen our immune system against allergic reactions. There appears to be a surprising correlation between symptoms of upper respiratory congestion and sinus discomfort to poor elimination in the lower intestines. This is often associated with an overgrowth of the Candida yeast organisms. An increasing number of Americans suffer from Candida when the essential friendly microbes Nature intended to reside in our intestines get destroyed by medications such as antibiotics, steroid-based drugs (e.g. asthma medications), oral contraceptives, and more. Couple this with a diet culture so entrenched in sweets, breads, baked goods, chips, and snacks that are the favorite foods of the Candida organisms.
The Optifora probiotic capsule

A patented technology that allows the very fragile probiotics to pass through the highly acidic stomach protected by a triple encapsulation so they arrive exactly at the right location in the lower intestines.
Nutriferon

Developed and extensively tested by immunologists in Japan, this proprietary blend of natural plant extracts is derived from pumpkin seeds, safflower flowers, plantago seeds, and Japanese honeysuckle flower buds. Nutriferon supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of macrophages (white blood cells) and inducing natural interferon production. It optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne substances (as with allergies and asthma). Completely safe – no adverse reactions to these plant extracts recorded.
Sustained Release Vita C

For continuous antioxidant protection against environmental assaults, this unique all-natural sustained formula slowly releases Vitamin C into your blood stream over a 5-hour period and provides nutrients from the entire vitamin C complex including bioflavonoids. Thus, it is very economical. It has been found to protect against smog, chronic infection, allergies, asthma, colds, flu, swollen glands, anemia, smoke, poor diet, stress, bruising, varicose and spider veins, colon polyps, and slow healing.
Vitalea Multivitamin/Multimineral tablet

Supported by 7 clinical studies, patented bio-activated absorption system. Exceptional quality, over 340 quality tests on every batch produced. Contains 23 essential vitamins and critical minerals, including 800 IU of Vitamin D3. Kosher and gluten-free.

 

Also helpful to relieve symptoms:
Alfalfa

With deep roots extending 10 to 20 feet into the soil, this amazing plant is rich in trace minerals and protein plus contains 8 digestive enzymes. Recognized as a natural anti-histamine, allergy sufferers report good results from taking 3 or 4 of the little compressed sun-dried leaf tablets … containing no pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, or synthetic hormones. Other popular uses for alfalfa are swelling, pain and stiff joints, ulcers, stomach ailments, hiatal hernia, water retention, gout, body odor, and bad breath.

 

Premium Garlic Complex

Retains all the potency of one clove of fresh raw garlic without the odor. Garlic is traditionally used for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and
anti-inflammatory properties. People often take it to reduce symptoms of
allergy, asthma, colds, flu, sinus infections, yeast infections, diarrhea &flatulence. It also has heart protective properties of lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Diet

Emphasize fresh vegetables and avoid sugar, breads, and baked goods.

REDUCE EXPOSURE TO TOXINS

In addressing allergy and sinus problems, a two-fold approach is usually recommended:

1) Strengthen the immune system (as discussed above), and
2) Avoid products that could aggravate allergy and sinus conditions such as certain foods and cleaning products. Many cleaning products not only irritate the skin, but their odors can aggravate upper respiratory problems.

Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit

Step one in reducing toxins in and around our living space is to remove all toxic cleaning products from the home ..and replace them with the non-toxic, earth-friendly Get Clean Product line. Oprah Winfrey named these remarkable, effective, and yet inexpensive cleaners among her “favorite things”. They can be purchased individually or in the most popular Get Clean Starter Kit. The kit includes products for the kitchen, the bathroom, and the laundry … in particular fragrance-free dryer sheets (made from vegetables and biodegradable), a pint of Basic H2 (that makes 48 gallons of all purpose cleaner for about $10), and Scour Off cleanser for pots, pans, and stove tops in the kitchen and for tile cleaning in the bathroom. Kosher certified.
Basic-G Highly Concentrated Germicide

Disinfectant made without cresol. Cresol is easily absorbed by the skin and causes digestive disturbances, nervous disorders, mental changes, skin eruptions, and jaundice. Basic G kills parvovirus, feline leukemia, distemper virus, and the AIDS virus on surfaces. Note: for allergy and sinus relief in the winter when it’s dry, remember to use a humidifier with a few drops of Basic-G to inhibit bacterial growth.

Shaklee Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy for the Skin Products

Combine advanced technology with herbal and botanical extracts and antioxidants …especially formulated for sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, pH balanced, no artificial col
orants or heavy mineral oils, noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores). Plus a comprehensive highly derma-available complex designed to actually break each link in the chain of free radical damage. Literally reverses the accelerated aging the sun of the skin caused by computer screens, fluorescent lights, and the sun.
OTHER HELPFUL PRODUCTS
Defend and Resist Complex

Contains Echinacea … which activates the immune system, promotes production of white blood cells, enhances resistance to infection (viral and bacterial), anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces mucous, relieves boils, gangrene, ulcerations, bites, abscesses, and fights candida. Also contains larchtree extract and elderberry to surround viruses and help prevent their reproduction. Best taken at onset of avirus. Can also be used as a zinc lozenge or made into a tea. Very soothing to sore throats.
Because the brain is the most sensitive organ in the body, many experts recommend eliminating foods and environmental irritants that could create brain allergies. (Source: Doris Rapp, M.D. “Is This Your Child’s World?”) Using Shaklee cleaning and personal care products may be helpful as they are based on a philosophy of “Living in Harmony with Nature.”
Information courtesy of Lagoni Health Associates.
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How To Pressure Wash Your House Naturally

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Well, it was that time of year again, the time where we need to pressure wash our house. We usually do it once or twice a year. Since we live kind of close to several creeks and we have a slough in the back of our property, we get a LOT of bugs!

I wanted to share this post with you because several people have asked me what I use to wash my house. You will probably not be surprised that I use Basic H for this.

I upgraded to the large bottle this time since we have been gardening and for the fact that we go through this stuff more than most people. I even bathe my kids in it. Oh yes, now you think I am totally crazy! Don’t you? Well, I wasn’t even go to tell you that but I started telling some friends and they loved that idea and was so glad that I told them. Ha, I was embarrassed by that and yet, it makes sense. It is organic (so it won’t harm us), it cleans my kiddos (I do use it too) and it cleans the bath at the same time. I have NEVER had to clean soap scum in my bath!!! NEVER!!!! Which is nice because I don’t have time to do that anyway and then I don’t have to worry about chemicals left around the tub and then the kids soaking in them.

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We (I mean my husband, lol) just put some Basic H in the pressure washer and got to work. It took of ALL the disgusting stuck on bug poop too and that stuff is was caked on and is usually hard to remove!

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So, that’s how we wash our house chemical free! Oh, we also saved a whole lot of money by doing this ourselves and by using Basic H.

Do you wash the outside of your home?

How often?

Do you hire someone?

Do you need to clean your outside again?

Are you looking like the haunted house of your neighborhood?

Do the bugs like your house or stay away?

check out basic H2 cleaning concentrate!! EmilySutten.myshaklee.com

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Spring Garlic Planting

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I took advantage of the little slice of sunshine that we had today and got some garlic bulbs in the ground.

Here is the story on these bulbs. My client has garlic coming out her ears. So she gave me a little bag full and said to just throw them in some dirt (that’s what she did) and wait and we will be plentiful with garlic. This would be awesome since we consume like 20 lbs of garlic…..a month in our house!! Ok maybe not that much but we eat a lot of it. I totally procrastinated on planting garlic in the fall (maybe because I had just given birth?). How dare I not have garlic on the brain enough to plant!!

So I’m excited to try her incredibly in depth method (insert sarcasm) and also have garlic coming out my ears!!

Luckily my garden plan pro app allowed for 21 cloves to be planted in the space I chose  and she gave me 20 exactly!!

I will keep you all posted on how they do.

Do you all plant garlic? If so what is your method? What is your yield?

 

Fresh Food For Baby

Yes you read it right. FRESH food for baby!!

As you know by now I am on my second baby. So most things aren’t new to me, feeding being one if them.

But it is a subject that can be hymned and hawed over for hours along with any other mommy war out there.

To make your baby’s food or not to. To practice baby led weaning or not to. To start solids at 4 months? 6 months? Later?

In this post I will be going over what we do in our home. It’s probably totally different from how my neighbor did it. It’s completely different from how my best friend does it. It may be the exact way that you do it. Or not!! All that really matters is that our babies are being fed and I would love to share how we feed ours.

Mr. Precious (our 2 year old) suffered from sever silent reflux for the first year of his life and struggled with digestive issues for a year after that. To say we had eating troubles was an understatement.

We started solids with him incredibly slow and yet his tiny tummy still couldn’t handle the difficulties of digestion. We even had to eliminate solids for an entire month from 10-11 months just to re-evaluate and let him only have to process breast milk for a while.

This entire experience with solids was kind of traumatizing and didn’t leave me excited about starting solids with my next baby.

Then along comes Mr. Blue Eyes. My sweet, kind eyed, little angel who (ahem, knock on wood) still hasn’t had any tummy or reflux issues.

I was still hesitant and even planned on waiting longer than 6 months to start solids (his pediatrician even agreed it would be fine). But this sweet chubby baby had shown nothing but interest, scratch that, LONGING for every bite that I put in my mouth since he could see two feet away!! He would lick and smack his little cherub lips and paw at my plate (yes I hold him at the dinner table, who am I kidding I hold him everywhere!!).

So on Valentine’s Day, a little after his 6 month birthday we gave him his first food, avocado. He was in HEAVEN and also knew exactly what he was doing. He chewed when he thought he should be chewing and would reach for his spoon if I was going to slow…….sigh………gosh I love that baby boy……..ok back on track!!

Well now we are in the midst of solid training. It’s a perfect time to share with you what we do. It’s really the most simple thing in the world, oh and even better…….it costs no extra money!!

In this demonstration I took frozen organic peas, blended them in my vitamix (god’s gift to my kitchen) and froze individual little ice cubes of peas.

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When it’s time for dinner I take out one little cube of puree and let it thaw. After its thawed I sit it in a glass bowl in another bowl with scalding hot water in the bottom. This warms it slowy without having to micro wave it and kill all the nutrients.

So there ya have it. Pretty simple right. Above I refered to this as solids training. That is because I will do this process only once with peas and a bunch of other veggies. When we are done with these little cubes of purée we jump right in to baby led weaning (I will do another post on that).

How about you Mamas and Papas? Do you make your own baby food? Practice Baby Led Weaning? Have another form of food introduction that you use? I would love to hear about it!!

Thirty-One Review ~ Flip Top Organizing Bin

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I’m so excited to be trying thirty-one products for the first time ever (yes I know I am a little behind). My good friend and thirty one distributor, Jamie (www.mythirtyone.com/jamiekelley) has set me up with some really fun goodies for my car and for my business. I will be doing one post a week for the next three weeks to review each item. Check her website out if you get a chance!!

The first item I chose was for my kiddos (weird) to use in our suburban. It’s called the flip top organizing bin and I’ve only had it for an hour yet I’ve managed to find things to fill it up with!!

I will be putting it between the car seats and it will hold their books, DVDs, extra diapers, wipes, baggies of pre-made trail mix, a burp rag, and a few baby toys. Can anyone think of anything else I can add to this? I love that there are little net things on the side where I can keep extra bottles of water too!! I’m sure Jamie loves my skills at describing her product (little net thing? I couldn’t think of another word). I will also be adding an extra pair of bottoms for my 2 year old and an extra jumper for my baby.

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Most people are probably wondering why I don’t use a diaper bag. To be honest I HATE diaper bags and only use one the first couple months after a baby is born. I just feel like it’s one more thing for me to remember to load and unload, pack and unpack, and forget at places at least a few times (please tell me some one else has forgotten a diaper bag somewhere?).

Now nothing will ever be forgotten. It will always be in the car!!

Another thing that I love about this product is how the lid snaps to the box. It won’t be taken off and thrown in the back and lost forever to the abyss of the back of my suburban. Does anyone else with a suburban feel like the very back is a black hole? A dark abyss that attracts junk that you never knew existed in your car to begin with? Well I’m getting off track but thankfully I have found these products that are going to fix that!!

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So enjoy the pictures and check out Jamie’s site! She’s always got great deals going on and is so helpful with styles and colors!

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Do you use thiry-one products? If so what do you use!?

What do you keep in your flip top organizer?

 

 

Tasty Healthy Energy Bites

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Ingredients

1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup all natural nut butter (we make our own)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup milled flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Protein powder (optional)
Chia Seeds (to taste)

Instructions

Add all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

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Add wet ingredients. Stir.

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Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll into balls.

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Enjoy!

Store extras in the fridge or freezer.

 

 

Common Aliments for Hyper/Hypo Thyroid

NOTE:  ALL programs should begin with the following three items:

1)  Shaklee Vita-Lea   2)  Raw Protein   3)  Optiflora

IF POSSIBLE:  Begin with Shaklee’s Vitalizer Pack which includes: Vita-Lea, B-Complex, Vitamin-E, Vitamin-C, Omega 3 fatty acids, Flavoniods, Carotinoids and Optiflora

What’s the cost for all that nutrition?  $2.37  a day, if on Autoship.

THEN:  ADD the three items listed first when dealing with the ailments listed below.

Hypothyroidism    

(highlighted items are not found in Vitalizer)

Investigate progesterone deficiency

  1. ALFALFA: good source of balanced iodine
  2. LECITHIN: essential for thyroid hormone production
  3. VITAMIN C: essential for glandular health; speeds tissue healing & connective tissue integrity
  4. ZINC: essential for glandular health
  5. B COMPLEX: essential for glandular health
  6. VITAMIN E + SELENIUM: powerful free radical scavenger
  7. CorENERGY (Ginseng/Cordeceps):  for energy
  8. CoEnzymeQ10:  energize every cell, protects organs, especially heart

 

Hyperthyroidism 

(highlighted items are not found in Vitalizer)

  1. B COMPLEX: essential to nourish the hypothalamus gland
  2. VITAMIN C: reduces degeneration of cellular tissue in gland
  3. VITAMIN E + SELENIUM: powerful free radical scavenger – reduces degeneration of cellular tissue
  4. GARLIC: anti-oxidant for immune support; anti-inflammatory
  5. CAROTOMAX: immune support
  6. GLA: anti-inflammatory; immune support, aids hormone imbalance

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