Better Sleep for 2014!

 

2014

Happy New Year’s !

 

I can’t believe it’s 2014, where does the time go?

So, I thought I would write about a post I read on Dana Obleman’s Sleep Sense blog – Sweet Dreams Mom and Dad – New Year’s Sleep Resolutions for Adult’s.  I have to admit this post really caught my eye, as the thought of extra sleep sounds great!

Right now we’re still trying to work out Lainey’s schedule with her 1 nap and her teething, that she’s been waking up as early as 5:30am.  So I was one of those parents that was in bed and asleep before midnight on New Years.

Because I have been exhausted, I think I’m going to try getting better sleep for 6 weeks and see if it will really help my overall sleep.  If anyone thinks they could improve their sleep too,  please read her post.  And if you want to help your LO’s sleep check out her Sleep Sense Program.  I purchased the program to help Lainey, and ever since then she loves her sleep!

Anyways take care!

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Yummy Yummy Healing Honey

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Did you have any idea how great honey is for it’s healing properties? 

After doing some research, I found out how great honey and beeswax is for healing your skin.  Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can be helpful when used on your skin.  I found an article on the web at Medical News Today about the health benefits of honey.  It said, “In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds”.   Take a look at this link here for more useful facts.    800-Skep-Beehive-Beeswax-Candle-1

I first came to discover the great things that honey and beeswax can do when I was trying to help my daughter with her eczema breakouts.  I went to the doctor because her eczema breakout got so bad that she couldn’t stop scratching which in turn started bleeding.  I really didn’t want to resort to the steroid cream they prescribe, but I was at the point where I had to for my poor little girl.  After spending about $100 on the prescription I thought there has to be something else to help her.  I had tried everything I could find on the shelf, as well as what others suggested, but nothing was helping.  I started doing some research and found out that beeswax and honey had healing properties that had helped with eczema relief.  So I made my own little “formula” 🙂 and put it on her to see how it works.  She woke up the next morning and I swear it worked just as good as that $100 prescription stuff.  And it was all natural!  I was so excited that I couldn’t stop talking about how great this beeswax and honey was for her eczema.  I’m just amazed how it has healed her.  Right now during the winter months her skin is so dry that it’s not helping her skin, but we can take her shirt off now with out her instantly scratching her sores.

From this little discovery I thought, if I can help my lil one, imagine who else I can possibly help.  So right now I’m in the process of putting together something that I would love to be able to sell on Etsy.  And from there I hope I can make even more healing products.  I’m so excited to do this, so I hope it won’t take too long to get it going!
If anyone has started their own products and have any suggestions or helpful tips, I would love to hear what you’ve done.

So, until then….

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My Lil’ Red Riding Hood

I totally forgot to make a post about my cute Lil’ Red Riding Hood.  I guess better late then never?

I decide to make Lainey her Halloween costume and immediately came up with the idea of Red Riding Hood.

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I thought it would be a great idea since it’s usually pretty cold out by then and I could have her wear tights and her coat under her cape and still look cute!  I wasn’t sure the type of dress to make her so I did some research on Pinterest and found the cutest pattern here.  I was excited that I could get the pattern directly from Etsy and just print at home.  Take a look at her other patterns, the dress is too cute!  I even found some fabric from the same fabric line at Fabric.com.  This is my new favourite fabric store because there is so much selection.  And if you are ordering to the States you only have to spend $30 to get free shipping!    The white little shoes she was wearing were mine when I was a lil girl and thought they would be perfect for her outfit.  The basket I picked up from the dollar store.  And the cape I made from left over fabric from my Mom’s fabric stash!  Anyways, here are some cute pictures of my lil red riding hood 🙂

Lainey’s 1st Birthday!

I just realized I haven’t made a post in almost a month.  I wanted to make a post with pictures from Lainey’s 1st Birthday but never got around to it.  I have all her pictures now all together and thought I should share with you her 1st birthday fun!

The theme was the colors Pink, Yellow and Blue.  I guess it’s not really a theme but a color scheme 🙂

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I have to admit her birthday was mostly inspired by Pinterest.  I called it a Pinspiring Birthday Party!

I made this tutu from a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  The moment I saw it I thought it would be perfect for her party outfit.  When I first made the tutu for her and had her try it on, she screamed!  She absolutely hated it.  I tried again a month later and she still hated.  But for the big day she had sooo much fun in it.  I have to say though heads up for anyone making one, do NOT use sparkly tulle.  It falls off and gets everywhere!

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Here is her cake! Homemade by mama!  I got the idea from another little girls birthday that I saw on Pinterest (surprise eh?)

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Hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures!

Restoration Hardware Holiday Catalog is Here!

The Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Holiday catalog is here!

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I just looked through it today, and I’m already thinking of some things I may get for my LO.  I don’t know if there are any other crazy Restoration Hardware fans out there, but I get super excited when a new catalog comes out.  My favourite is all the baby things.  If I could have a shopping spree at their store, I think Lainey’s bedroom would be almost entirely Restoration Hardware.  Probably the rest of the house too 😉

I thought I would share a few things I found in their catalog that caught my eye.  Take a look for yourself at their holiday items on their website: http://www.restorationhardware.com/

 

I had to share this photo as well.  Isn’t this LO so cute!  I almost have to buy Lainey these booties and hat because of this picture.  What do you think?

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Take care!

7 Different Uses for Coconut Oil

Okay so the one thing I’m totally obsessed with right now is Coconut Oil!  I love it!

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I had no idea how many ways you could use Coconut Oil.  I first started using it on Lainey on her eczema, as I heard that it can help with keeping the skin from drying out and getting eczema breakouts.  I started using it and it helped for a bit.  However, then she started scratching and it got so bad that we had to resort to a prescription.  I’ll have to try it again after I have her eczema under control again.

Then I started using it for myself as I have very dry skin too.   Here are some other ways I’ve discovered to use Coconut Oil:

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Eye Makeup Remover

This works awesome for removing eye makeup!  Not only is it great for your eyelashes but it moisturizes your face at the same time.  What I do is splash some warm water on my face then take some Coconut Oil on my finger tips and rub eyelids gently.  Then I take a cotton eye pad and wet it a bit and then remove the eye makeup.

Shaving

I don’t know why but I hate using shaving cream.  For the longest time I would use conditioner to shave my legs.  Then when I discovered some useful ways to use Coconut Oil, I thought why not use it to shave.  After I first tried it and got out of the shower I couldn’t stop touching my silky smooth legs.

Natural Deodorant

Did you know that you can use Coconut Oil as a natural deodorant?  Well I first discovered a natural DIY deodorant using Coconut Oil, baking powder and essential oil.  It smells great but for me personally I don’t think there was enough coconut oil for it to work like I wanted it to.  So then I just used Coconut Oil and loved how it worked.  I’ve heard so many bad things about antiperspirants that when I was pregnant and breastfeeding I really didn’t want to use it so I wanted discover an alternative.  Plus coconut smells great.

Lip balm for chapped lips

This is great for moisturizing lips.  It works great like Vaseline.

Moisturizer

You can use Coconut Oil as an all over moisturizer.  I bet it would be great for moisturizing stretch marks.

Hair

You can use on dry split ends or for frizzes and researched that it can be good to use as a hair mask.  Though for me I found it just left my hair greasy when it was done.

and of course Baking!

Pumpkin Scones

I can’t believe it’s Monday again.  I’ve been so busy now that I’m back to work that I just couldn’t think of a post for my blog this week.  I thought I would share one of my favourite baking recipes.  Pumpkin Scones.  And since it’s October, it’s that time of year when they taste that much better 🙂

These are so yummy.  If you like pumpkin spice recipes I guarantee you will love these.  This is a copy cat recipe to the Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.  Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 C    all-purpose flour
  • 7 TBSP   sugar
  • 1 TBSP   baking powder
  • 1/2 TSP   salt
  • 1/2 TSP   ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP   ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 TSP   ground cloves
  • 1/4 TSP   ground ginger
  • 6 TBSP  cold butter
  • 1/2 C   canned pumpkin
  • 3 TBSP half-and-half
  • 1  large egg

    ICING

  • 1 C    powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP  whole milk (2% is fine too)

     DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.  Using a pastry knife, fork, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and without butter chunks.  (What I did was combine all dry ingredients in the food processor then added my butter and mixed with the food processor.  It works great!)  Now set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball. (I used my mixer for this step and it was a lot faster.  For me it took too long to combine all the ingredients by hand.)
  • Pat out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form into about a 1-inch thick rectangle.  (This doesn’t need to be precise.) Use a large knife or pastry cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal rectangles. Now cut those three slices diagonally through the middle so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 14–16 minutes. They should be a golden brown around the edges.  Take out and cool.
  • While they are cooling prepare the icing.  The directions say to wait until cooled to drizzle the icing on but I like the icing to melt onto the scones while they are still warm.  I drizzle the icing on with a pastry brush.
I found the recipe here