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!

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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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!