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30 Uses for Coconut Oil

I am an absolute nut when it comes to natural remedies, our medicine cabinet is full of essential oils and bandaids. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I love taking life back to the basics. Of course, coconut oil is not all that alternative, but there are still many people that do not understand the power of this edible oil. (Literally, I buy coconut oil by the gallons!)  There are many different types of coconut oil; Virgin is unrefined, and cold pressed is the way it is extracted from the fruit. My personal preference is Organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. As a young mom, I always looked for ways to safely remedy my child. Here are some things that I have used in the past few years that have helped us. 30 Uses for Coconut Oil: Add a couple spoonful’s to a bath for a moisturizing bath, you can also add lavender for additional benefits and aroma therapy. Take a spoonful to get rid of heart burn, indigestion or acid reflux. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is a powerful fatty anti-microbial, this assists the immune system of the baby. So the nursing mom, can take a couple spoonfuls a day to boost her baby’s immune system. Virgin coconut oil balances blood sugar and helps keep morning sickness at bay DRY HAIR -Cover hair in …

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Savi Mom Nursing Nightgown {Review}

I’ve been wearing my Savi Moms Nursing Nightgown throughout my first month postpartum. This would have been great to have in the hospital as a comfortable and functional outfit to wear in bed those first couple of days, but also cute enough to entertaining visitors and having my photo taken with the baby. The fabric is a nice weight and not at all thin or see through. It seems to be very nice quality and has stayed soft with washing and drying without any pilling or fading. The openings are large and easy to access even during nighttime feedings in the dark. I don’t like fussy nursing clothes that are difficult to manage with one hand while holding a hungry baby, and I really like the simple function of this nightgown. I’m very comfortable wearing this while sleeping as well as hanging around home on quiet days. The sizing is very generous. My newly postpartum body falls between a Medium and a Large and I chose to get this in a size medium.  I think the medium would have fit while pregnant as it is spacious enough to accommodate a bigger belly. I am very impressed with the quality of this Savi moms nightgown and would recommend it for pregnant and postpartum moms.  I plan to add this to my list of great baby shower gifts as a treat for …

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Confessions of the Pumping Mama

If someone were to ask me what my superpowers are, I would say, “I can make milk!” after, “I can make babies!”  Breastfeeding and bottle feeding both have their pros and cons. It is very convenient to breastfeed a baby and not have to worry about cleaning and sanitizing bottles. It is convenient for the mother to leave baby for an hour or two for a date night or girls night out and offer baby a bottle. I know some of you are laughing! For our family, pumping was the best of both worlds- I could breastfeed and my husband could bottle feed the baby. Three babies later, I have some “moments” I would like to share with you and a few tips and tricks of pumping along the way. I’m sure many of you pumping mamas can relate: “Look at all this milk I’m making, honey! I can feed an entire nursery!” followed quickly by, “I seriously feel like a cow making all this milk.” Over the years, I learned that pumping too much too early will create an oversupply of milk. I started pumping by day one at the hospital after every attempt to nurse and after a few months, I had over 1000 oz of breastmilk in my freezer and I donated it to a milk bank.  For my second and third baby, I only pumped after I …

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My 5 favorite things about the Carriwell Nursing Bras

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, all Carriwell products are 20% off at Kelly’s Closet this week. Tricia has been wearing the nursing bras during her current pregnancy and has fallen in love with them. Here are a few reasons why… STRETCHHHHH: These bras are made from a fantastic stretchy material that doesn’t sag or lose its shape.  As soon as I outgrew my normal bras I bought the Seamless and Gel underwire styles, and although I have continued to expand through my pregnancy they have grown with me and I have not needed to size up. I don’t have any pinching or discomfort around my rib cage or the top of my ever expanding ribs and baby belly. COMPLETELY SEAMLESS = SO COMFORTABLE!:  No weird scratchy seam lines or puckering.  Completely smooth under your clothes.  Seamless bras are the way to go! The fabric on both the Seamless and Gel Underwire bras does not itch or scratch.  Even the lace on the Gel style is very soft and not at all scratchy.  The Carriwell products have varying layers of support sewn into the weave of the fabric.  This offers support where you need it.  For a little more support and separation go for the Gel Wire style.  The combination of the seamless support and the stretchy fabric makes for a bra that won’t lead to plugged ducts like other ill fitting, constrictive, or …

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Awesome Breastfeeding Snacks

After nine months of food aversions & sickness (yes, I’m a lucky one!), it is so great to be able to eat again once baby arrives.  It can be challenging to find time, or free hands, to make food while breastfeeding.  I try to keep a variety of easy-to-grab and prepared ahead snacks on hand.  With my last baby, I ate something almost every time I sat down to nurse him during the day.  Partially because I am ravenous when nursing and partially because I had to go dairy/soy free for him which in the beginning left me with a lot of snacks that didn’t have the staying power I was used to.  Here are my favorite snacks, many of which are dairy/soy free and easily adaptable to other special diets… Energy bites Balls consisting of oats, nut butter (I do peanut butter), ground flax seeds, chocolate chips (I use dairy/soy free chips), toasted coconut, honey, and vanilla extract.  You can sub in anything you like and really personalize them!  I sometimes add brewer’s yeast to make them even more lactation friendly.  They will last up to a week in the fridge but I doubt they go that long without being eaten. Egg cups Baked in muffin tins, another grab and eat favorite are egg cups.  I like mine with eggs, broccoli or spinach, peppers, onions, and sausage or bacon.  …

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