Saturday, March 19, 2011

Why use mama cloth pads? & GIVEAWAY!


I know what you're thinking "ewww cloth pads?" Yes, cloth pads. It actually makes a lot more sense than you think. Let me explain.

First of all, Health Benefits: Tampons put you at risk for TSS, infertility, endometriosis, and the fibers left behind from tampons can cause odor and inflammation and give rise to tumorous growths. Pads are made with chemicals, fragrances, and are also often made with a dry-weave plastic cover which can cause rashes, irritation, sensitivity, and allergic reactions.

Environmental: The average woman will have 500 periods in her lifetime. Thats almost 17,000 pads or tampons. Cloth pads do not contribute to landfill as they are reusable and do not come in or contain plastic packaging.

Cost: In the long run it is much less expensive to buy or make cloth menstrual pads, it costs more up front but it's worth it.

Cloth pads are also known to reduce cramping, odor, they're super comfortable and they're also cute! Another plus is that they are customizable when it comes to shape, size, flow, pattern, and color!

So go ahead! Give them a try! Go like mine and my sisters new facebook page called Two Hip-Peas in a Pod ;) We make cloth pads, cloth wipes/wash cloths, cloth diapers, wet bags, and more to come!

GIVEAWAY RULES: Go "like" our facebook page and comment saying that you liked our page with your name and email address. For an additional entry go share our facebook page with your friends and then comment again saying you shared our page! You will be entered to win a cloth pad of our choice. Winner will be chosen next Monday 3/30/11. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bird feeders/easy kids crafts!

I love doing crafts. Juliette is a little too young to participate most of the time but I still let her watch and learn and try a little and my 3 1/2 year old niece loves crafts so do them as much as possible whenever ideas or read about them online. Today we did pipe cleaner bird feeders!
Just make a loop at the bottom, string some cereal on it, and hang it!

A few weeks ago we made pine cone bird feeders:
Just tie ribbon, yarn or string to a pin cone, dip it in melted peanut butter (crunchy or regular), then roll it in wild bird seed and hang it outside!

Speaking of birds, I'm going to be saving all my dryer lint from now on for the birds to use in their nests! I'll probably just put it outside or hang it up somewhere for them to find! I read about it here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Why use natural home made soap? (GIVEAWAY & review!!)

I'm all about using as many natural things as possible, especially when it comes to what I put in and on my body because I'm breastfeeding (almost 16 months and going strong, yay!)
Good thing my awesome friend and hard working WAHM Melissa started her own soap making business called Guavas and Bananas! I recently bought a bar of her Eucalytpus & Oatmeal soap
and I was SO excited to try it especially since I've been battling acne since I got pregnant with my daughter 26 months ago! Goat milk PH level is close to human skin, it's moisturizing, has alpha hydroxy acids, and proteins that kill acne causing bacteria.
Here's a list of other things that she uses in her soaps and why she uses them:

Sodium Cocoate: a surface-active substance that helps get rid of dirt, oil and other pollutants. It's also less irritating than other types of alkali salts. In fact, it's used so commonly in cleansers because of its nontoxic, all-natural properties.
Sodium Palmate: similar to sodium cocoate, but derived from a palm nut
Castor Seed oil: provides a great lather and is moisturizing
Safflower seed oil: a mild and moisturizing oil
glycerin: helps seal in moisture and most commercial soap companies extract the glycerin from soap and use it in the recipes of more expensive products.
water: ummmm yeah...plain ole H2O
Sorbitol: Sorbitol is found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes and is used in soaps as a thickener and humectant
Sorbitan Oleate: Sorbitan Oleate is the monoester of oleic acid (a source of omegas) and hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol,it is primarily used as an emulsifier
Soybean protein: used as a skin conditioner
Titanium Dioxide: used to add a white color to soap, derived from the naturally occuring oxide of titanium...used in everything to make it white.
Coconut oil: moisturizing and anti-fungal properties
fragrance or essential oils.

Here's a list of things to AVOID that you probably never knew are in regular bar soap and why they should be avoided:

BHT - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

DMDM HYDANTOIN - Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns: Formaldehyde.

FRAGRANCE - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity.

METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

TRICLOSAN - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

TRIETHANOLAMINE - Type of Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

PABA (PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID) - Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Biochemical or cellular level changes.

Another reason to Use bar soap instead of liquid soap. Liquid soaps create 2.5 million pounds of plastic trash per year.

As you can see from the picture of the soap it lathers really well. I used it as shaving cream too! It smells SO good and made my skin really soft! Fortunately for you guys, the winner of this giveaway gets their choice of any bar of soap from Guavas and Bananas!

PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

To enter the giveaway do the following things, each thing counts as 1 entry:
Follow my blog, follow Instinctual Mamas Blog, Like Guavas and Bananas fb page, like my facebook page, like Instinctual Mamas fb page, & "heart" Guavas and Bananas Etsy shop.

If you have already done any of those things, yes it does count as an entry. Leave a comment on this blog post for each entry telling me the specific page that you liked, followed, or hearted and an email address where you can be contacted.

The winner will be chosen on Friday 3/11/11 & will be announced within 48 hours.

GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Formula vs. Breastfeeding: You might think it doesn't, but it does concern YOU!

While reading a website about the benefits of breastfeeding today I found some really interesting information and I decided to share it on my facebook wall and on Instinctual Mamas wall:
Repost this on your walls to try to encourage ALL people to support breastfeeding:
Think breastfeeding has no impact on your life because you don't have children or you're not a woman? Think again. Here's a great reason for YOU to support breastfeeding women. If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month. Yes, BILLIONS every year.
It made me want to blog...
Imagine what the government could do with all of that money? Especially when you take into consideration not only the cost of formula itself but the excess healthcare costs for illnesses in formula-fed infants (e.g., office visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions.) In 2001, the USDA concluded that if breastfeeding rates were increased to 75 percent at birth and 50 percent at six months, it would lead to a national government savings of a minimum of $3.6 billion. This amount was easily an underestimation since it represents savings in the treatment of only three of the dozens of illnesses proven to be decreased by breastfeeding: ear infections, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing enterocolitis.
The AAP says each formula-fed infant costs the healthcare system between $331 and $475 more than a breastfed baby in its first year of life. The cost of treating respiratory viruses resulting from not breastfeeding is $225 million a year.
I can go on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding but I will leave it at that and let these numbers speak for themselves.
Now EVERYONE who lives in this country and pays taxes has every reason to support every breastfeeding Mother he sees or speaks to. Breastfeeding might not interest you or be your passion like it is mine but you can make a difference. Whether it's just reposting this blog or telling someone about it or giving a nursing Mama thumbs up, be supportive! It will make an impact.

Added today 3/7/11 after I saw a few debates about this on facebook:
If you think that this post is saying something negative about people who are on WIC you're reading it wrong. It's just a fact. It's just numbers.
The fac...t of the matter is if more women had support to breastfeed they might make the decisi...on to breastfeed instead of formula feed since breastmilk is free for everyone thus costing the government less money that they could "hopefully" put to better use. We just want more support, if you haven't breastfed you would be surprised to learn how hard breastfeeding can be when you don't have support, its the most unnatural natural thing in the US where only about 25-30% of women breastfeed.
By saying that bottle feeding costs taxpayers money it puts it into a different perspective for the average Joe Shmoe who never thought it affected him. Maybe next time he will make more of an effort to make his employee more comfortable while nursing at work and possibly give her more time to pump. Maybe he will give the next nursing Mother he sees a thumbs up instead of looking away or giving a dirty look.

I'm very passionate about breastfeeding and I'm trying to make a difference and I believe I will. My blog has been viewed almost 400 times (scratch that-800 times!) since I posted it last night and it was shared on facebook almost 300 times so if just one Joe Shmoe changes his perspective on breastfeeding and is kinder to just one breastfeeding Mother, I have made a difference ♥

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Instinctual Mamas "club"

Back in my childhood and school days, I never really felt like I belonged in any particular clique. I had friends from just about every clique but never felt "at home" in any certain group. I wasn't into sports, I wasn't into music, I didn't really have any hobbies (except your occasional pog and slammer collection or rubber bracelet all-the-way-up-my-arms collection~don't judge me!) ;) I never felt passion for anything in life until I became a Mom. Once I had my daughter I felt complete, I felt like I was put on this earth to be her Mom and I felt whole. Then I started parenting differently than my other Mommy friends and I started getting that feeling again, that feeling that I was alone and no one understood me or why I do things the way that I do. I felt like I had no one I could relate to. Until I started making online Mommy friends who have the same parenting style as I do. I love all of my Instinctual Mamas/AP Mamas. Don't get me wrong, I have some old friends who I love dearly and keep in touch with. I just love having my own little clique :) We often talk about starting our own little island or village and we are totally serious. Someone just needs to win the lottery and make it happen! With all of this kindess around me with Code Name: Mamas March of kindess, I just wanted to tell all of you Instinctual Mamas how much I love you and appreciate you guys and I finally feel like I belong somewhere! You all make me feel so welcome! Thank you! Thats my random act of kindness for today :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Code Name: Mamas March of Kindness

March of Kindness
Dionna at Code Name: Mama has asked us to join her in the March of Kindness by doing a random act of kindess every day in March and blog about it and share on facebook.
I have to admit I feel kind of strange "bragging" about the boring little random acts of kindness that I do anyway on a regular basis (not to toot my own horn or anything ;)), but it's a good idea for a good cause, so here it goes :)
Today, well the past couple days, one thing comes to mind that I never thought I'd hear myself say. I let my 15 month old toddler use me as a teething toy. It's true. She has teeth coming in and she thinks it's funny when she bites me and it must relieve pain. I don't know what to do to stop it and I love seeing her laugh so we made a little game of it and pretended to bite her and made her laugh while she pretended to bite me and we laughed. I know, I know, I quickly realized "wait I shouldn't be encouraging this" but she was having so much fun! Later she bit me hard and it hurt so bad and was unexpected and I kind of screamed but I felt so bad when I felt her gums and they were swollen with teeth popping through. She was crabby, tired, and clearly in pain. So I rubbed some Hylands teething gel on her gums and rubbed some soothing and relaxing Eucalytus Remix from Mama Knows Best on my chest (an act of kindness for me and her) and she happily nursed to sleep. We also played outside today in her kiddie pool and with her water table and instead of bringing her inside before she was ready to come in I waited until she was good and tired and practically begging to go inside for a nap. We read some extra books, took walks, & I let her 'help' me more... I'm kind to my toddler every day though, that's nothing new. Like right now for instance, I'm laying in the toddler bed that she has never slept in while she sleeps next to Daddy in the Queen sized bed so that my typing doesn't wake the princess up, haha! I also do things like let her hold my nipple hostage for hours when she doesn't want it anywhere but her mouth and the pacifier just won't do. She's pretty much done with the pacifier by the way, I don't know why I even offer it to her anymore. That was pretty easy, she weaned herself!
I've also been making an effort to be kinder to my husband too though, he deserves it.
I'm really excited that I ordered some supplies for a new hobby for myself too!
Today I sent my friend Christy at Adventures in Mommyhood a quote that reminded me of her that I thought she would like because I remembered a blog she wrote about how people treat her funny when she has all 4 of her kids in public. The quote: "How can you have too many children? That's like saying you have too many flowers." -Mother Theresa I found it on a blog I was reading this morning about a woman who is still nursing triplets! You can read her blog here I left some nice comments on her blog (another random act of kindness) although I doubt she will read it anytime soon, I'm sure 9 kids keeps her pretty busy!
So there you have it! My acts of kindness for my child, my partner, myself, my friends, and strangers!
Link or post your random acts of kindness here or on your own blog or facebook!