I am Soy in Love with Babysoy

Are your child’s clothes TOXIC?

That sound like a silly question, right? But actually, it’s a question we should all be asking ourselves. The US farming and government standards are way below par compared to ther first world countries. In fact, out of 200 chemicals banned across Europe, the US only banned 9 from that same set. Pesticides, antifungals, fertilizers, flame retardants, heavy metals, dies, pthalates, etc….

Effects of these toxins?mugutsy-toxic-chemicals-in-clothing

  • hives/rashes, acne
  • headaches/migraines
  • fever & flu-like symptoms
  • respiratory issues, sinus infections
  • endocrine disruptions, kidney issues
  • heart problems
  • birth defects, infertility
  • gastro issues, IBS, stomach ulcers
  • increased risk of cancer
  • learning disorders, neurological issues

Luckily for us, there are companies like Babysoy that are stepping up to the plate and refusing to use harmful chemicals in the making of their clothing!

Babysoy clothing is made with:

  • Azlon from Soybean aka “Soybean protein fiber” (sustainable & botanical textile baby-soy-cares-shopwholeheartfiber)
  • Non-GMO Beans: cannot be treated or exposed to chemical pesticides during storage.
  • Organic Cotton/Sea-Island cotton which helps to build a longer lasting fabric structure.
  • Nickle-free snaps + zippers by world renowned YKK
  • These products are NOT treated with flame retardants
  • Inspired by nature color pallette
  • Water based ink
  • Fair trade practices (co-founders personally conduct unannounced factory inspection at least 4 times a year)

Babysoy’s mission is to bring affordable, green clothing to families. Their baby and tots line are sustainable and eco-friendly. Because azlon from soybean is a textile that is made from recycled material, it does not add any extra burden to mother nature. And, they’re pretty darn cute, too!

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They also give back!

Their “Janey Baby” collection features whimsical drawings of endangered species from Jane Goodall’s book, Hope for Animals and Their World. This style uses high yarn count organic cotton + bamboo fiber to provide superior softness and silky surface. Artworks are printed with water-based ink. Proceeds from each sale benefit the Jane Goodall Institute and its programs.

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Shopwholeheart.com has a HUGE selection of clothing for babies, toddlers, and kids from Babysoy, including the adorable Janey Baby collection. The prices are affordable, the clothing is 100% toxin free, and they are SUPER cute! Hop on over to shopwholeheart.com and check out the Babysoy collection. Let’s start supporting companies that do what’s right for our world and our kids!

Gosh Golly, I Love Three Lollies!

There’s a reason this has become a popular way to announce your pregnancy…

Photo credit: Pinterest

…because this is likely to be the way friends and family see you (or picture you) for the next 3 months!

However, you’d prefer to picture yourself like this…

But, the truth is, about 75% of women experience nausea, vomiting, lost appetite, queasiness, or morning sickness to some degree during the first trimester. Unfortunately for many moms its not so much “morning sickness” as “ALL EFFING DAY LONG SICKNESS!”

Don’t worry, 3 Lollies has you covered! They’ve created delicious, all natural, drug-free, doctor recommended lollipops and candy drops to ease queasiness and fight morning sickness!

Most internet sites and web searches will tell you to keep non-perishable food items by the bed and eat a light snack before your feet hit the floor, but for some preggo mamas just the thought of food makes them want to yack! I know when I’m queasy I want something in my mouth, but I don’t want to chew, I don’t want to smell food, and I don’t want to have to decide on anything. All I want is for the nausea to go away. That’s why the Preggie Pops and Queasy Drops are miracle workers!

Instead of keeping peanut butter crackers by your bed (yack), keep these drops or lollipops by the bed and pop one of those little babies in your mouth the moment you wake up. They’re made with essential oils for an aromatic effect on your upset stomach and the sucking is also essential to providing calm and relieving queasiness.

Preggie Pops and Queasy Drops by 3 Lollies can be used to end nausea from:

  • Pregnancy & morning sickness3 Lollies
  • Labor & delivery
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Illness
  • Motion sickness (air, boat, car)
  • Poor diet
  • Hangovers (9 months from now, of course)

They offer their life saving formula in the form of:

Preggie Pops

Preggie Pop Drops

Preggie Naturals

Queasy Pops

Queasy Naturals

Queasy Pop Drops

They offer several yummy, gluten free flavors or you can buy the variety pack of:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Sour Lemon
  • Sour Tangerine
  • Sour Raspberry

Smoke Free Naturals, by Three Lollies:

Hopefully since we’re in the year 2014, you are aware how dangerous smoking can be to yourself, your unborn baby, and those around you. Perhaps it’s not you that smokes, but it’s your spouse? Your parents? Your friends? You’re in luck…

3 Lollies has also designed a line of products to help consumers QUIT smoking!

  • Smoke Free Naturals Pops
  • Smoke Free Naturals Drops

How do Smoke Free Naturals products help?

Oral Fixation:
Smoke Free Naturals, can help curb the oral fixation associated with smoking by substituting a cigarette with a healthy, drug-free lollipop.

Nicotine Addiction:
Unlike other products that claim to help you quit smoking, Smoke Free Naturals do NOT contain nicotine. This prevents you from transferring the nicotine addiction from one substance to another. Instead, Smoke Free Naturals help you break the addiction completely.

But, “smoking relaxes me”?
Smoke Free Naturals understands the need to stay calm and relaxed while you’re attempting to quit, but they also know that artificial and harmful chemicals are unnecessary to provide calm. They’ve added all natural sugars to Smoke Free Naturals to replace the harmful sugars once received from cigarettes.

So, whether you’re a mom-to-be or not, Three Lollies has something for you! The Queasy Drops and Queasy Pops are something that should be kept in everyone’s:

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  • Hospital bag
  • Purse or diaper bag
  • Glove box or console
  • Travel bag
  • Nightstand
  • Desk drawer

You never know when you may need a natural way to ease an upset stomach!

How do you deal with queasiness?

 

I Do…For Worse…Until Death Do We Part

What if these were our wedding vows?

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I, ________ take thee, __________

For worse, for poor, in sickness, not health.

In bad times and sorrows, in let downs and disappointments,

Until death do us part.

Fortunately for the institute of marriage there’s an upside for each one of those in traditional wedding vows. When we’re reciting our vows we’re all secretly praying for nothing but the upsides and blessings. Of course we go in to it knowing that things will get rough from time to time, but “we’ll get through it together”, right? But, what if things spiraled downward the moment you said your “I Dos?”

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No, I’m not talking about the fact that the AC was out in the newlywed suite, or about the 11 fingered cab driver that drove insanely through the windy streets of St. Thomas, causing my new husband to vomit for hours upon arriving at our honeymoon destination. I’m not even referring to the 4 inch gash he cut in his foot on the bathtub faucet when we checked in. We were able to laugh about all of that…

I’m talking about once real life started.

We had been together almost 8 years by the time we got married so we knew we wanted to start trying for a family right away. He wanted a baby so badly that even before the wedding he tried to convince me we were in the “safe zone” and no one would know any different, lol. We wanted a child that was a piece of him and a piece of me to complete the family that we’d built a foundation for. I knew after 2-3 months of trying that something was wrong that we hadn’t conceived yet. It’s been a downward spiral for me ever since then (my journey HERE). I tried for so long not to involve him in my fears and pain, but that only made it worse. I hated suffering alone.

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Over the past two and a half years we’ve gone through tests, procedures, ultrasounds, lab work, medicines, shots, and surgeries. The hormones make me Suzy Homemaker one minute and Loraina Bobbit the next minute. Sometimes I’m thin, sometimes I’m fat. Sometimes I’m hungry and sometimes the thought of food makes me sick. I have no control over my schedule because the doctors decide my every move. I had to quit my job to work from home because the stress of work, the refridgerated medicines, and the doctor’s appointments became too much to juggle (as if it wasn’t already hard enough to pay the fertility bills).

IVHe’s had to listen to me through let down after let down after let down. Every time the doctors call, I get off the phone in tears. Every time someone announces their pregnancy I feel like I’m choking. He’s seen me scared, sick, sad, hurt, sweating, bleeding, exhausted, and annoyed. I’m sure he’s thought, “Where’d my bride go?” Now here I am, 4 days post operative with a balloon in my newly restructured uterus. I’ve been teeth chattering in pain for days, confined to my bed and loopy from the pills and every day I wonder to myself, “Would he have married me if he knew he was marrying me in sickness, in poor, with faults, in bad times, and sorrows, in disappointments and failures”?Chelsea and Cloudy

I know walking down that aisle looking at the love of my life all I saw was rainbows and butterflies. I saw a house full of kids. I saw love, laughter, happiness, and a world full of possibilities. On days like this, it’s hard to see that still, but I try.

My hope is that he still remembers his bride and knows deep down that…this too shall pass! There is an end to this road and it’s effing awesome!

Rubbie Duckie & Friends: Lifesavers!

Rubber  Duckie, you’re the one…you make bath time so much fun! We all know the popular tune of the Bert & Ernie bathtime song; however, I’m not talking about a dinky yellow rubber bath toy here. I’m talking about Rubber Duckie & Friends, a

“NEW MOM MUST HAVE”

The Rubber Duckie & Friends shower head is the winner of 3 national awards including Mother Knows Best, Family Choice Award, and the very prestigious National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award.

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Before I tell you why I love Rubber Duckie & Friends, let me describe a few scenes from my experiences bathing little ones and you’ll begin to understand why this product has saved my life. I’m sure these scenes are  all too familiar to you moms out there:

Scene 1) I’m sitting tubside with a baby and a toddler in the tub. The toddler is covered in Baby laughing in the tubsand from the playground and the baby has remnants of play-doh, squashed raisins, and God knows what else in every crevice on their chubby little body. They’re both covered in soap, but I realize all too late that the rinsing cup is in the backyard because the toddler wanted to build sandcastles. Now I’m wrestling the baby to keep her safe while trying to rinse the toddler and vice versa.

Scene 2) My niece, 15 months old, is in the tub and because she loves the flow of the water on her head, I have to roll my pants up and get in the tub so I can be within arms reach and play bodyguard for 20 minutes as I try to prevent her from accidentally cutting her head open on the faucet. My pants are soaking wet and my back is aching by the end.

Scene 3) A three year old boy who thinks he’s “too big for a baby bath” wants to take a shower, but cries because the water pressure from the shower head is too hard and stings his skin. When he sits under the faucet he’s frustrated because leaning back under the water hurts his neck.

All of the above issues (and more!) have been solved by the innovative (and life saving) Rubber Duckie & Friends Shower Heads!

  • East to install
  • 2 way diverter to switch flow
  • 5 adorable choices of “friends”
  • 6 ft hose to reach anywhere in the tub
  • Mounts easily to tub or shower wall
  • No sting, gentle spray
  • Alleviates back strain and joint pain from kneeling over the tub
  • Includes wand, hose, diverter & mount for $24.99

Collect all 5 friends!

What’s your bath time routine?

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My Response to the Jennifer Garner “Baby Bump” Article

Hallelujah! Finally a celebrity has not simply denied the rumors that they’re pregnant and acted offended because it takes “time to return to a pre-baby body”. Jennifer Garner took the best approach to rumor’s that she was pregnant…

“I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump,” said Garner. She jokingly said her bump is named after her three kids! I love it and I know women everywhere, especially moms, are rejoicing.

The majority of women past the age of 12 years old have a “baby bump”! A real woman’s body has a lil extra pooch on their lower tummy in preparation for carrying a baby. Some women have bigger pooches than others, but we all have a little something there, even before baby. Now, there may be a special pool of women who don’t have a pooch at all; they’re called “Victoria’s Secret Supermodels”, but that’s it. Even top hot bodies like Brooklyn Decker, Kate Upton and Jessica Alba have “baby bumps”. And who can forget when Kate Middleton rocked he post baby bump right after the birth of Prince George?!

I’ve always been self-concious about my baby bump, but my husband acts like I’m insane. He says, “It’s supposed to be there! That’s your baby makin’ reserves!” And guess what, it remains there after baby and can often protrude a bit more into what my friend jokingly refers to as “mom gut”!

My body has yet to produce a baby but I can tell you with sincerity that I admire…

  • MOM GUT from creating & carrying a human being for 9 months
  • STRETCH MARKS that represent your body’s ability to adapt
  • C-SECTION scars aka battle wounds from the war your body endured
  • WIDE HIPS that represent fertility, something I lack
  • SAGGY BREASTS that fed, nurtured, and nourished an innocent, new life

I admire all of the above worn by the women whose bodies are strong enough to conceive, carry, and raise a baby. To all you mamas out their…BE PROUD of your MOM BODIES; whatever they may look like.

Read the original article about Jennifer Garner’s “baby bump” on People.com

You Oughta Get an Otteroo

See what I did there? Oughta get an Otteroo! (insert courtesy chuckle here) But, seriously, if you’re a new mom or have a new baby at home, you oughta get an Otteroo!

I first saw this thing on Jamie’s site, aka “TheBabyGuyNYC” and I was a bit freaked out at first. I wasn’t even sure what I was looking at. At first glance it looks like something only an uber paranoid mother would buy. But, au contraire, it is much, much MORE!

I saw the Otteroo a second time at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas and had the opportunity to explore it’s purpose a bit deeper. This is not just a floatie; it’s a tool for enhancing development!

The Otteroo assists in the development of gross motor skills (the large muscle groups) by building trunk control, neck strength, upper body, arm and leg muscles with less stress on baby’s joints due to the floating factor.

The Otteroo helps baby hold on to the swimming reflexes it was born with. Humans have the innante desire to survive and are born with reflexes to swim, but unfortunately those reflexes are lost by about 4-6 months of age. Use it or lose it, am I right? The Otteroo can be used as early as 8 weeks and helps turn those swimming movements from involuntary to voluntary and purposeful.

Babies who’ve used the Otteroo may actually walk earlier than other babies due to the stepping practice, large muscle use, and motor development. Baby is buoyant in the water, making it safe to practice what comes naturally- stepping!

The Otteroo allows:

  • Freedom to explore water safely
  • Satisfies curiosity about arms, legs, hands, and feet, etc.
  • Allows baby to satisy their “cause and effect” curiosity and learn the impact their actions can make on their surroundings
  • Creates a feeling of safety in the water and decreases fear while increasing confidence
  • Increases coordination, motor skills, and strength

Want to know how to use the Otteroo safely? Complete this simple checklist before using:

  • Does baby weigh between 9-35lbs?
  • Is my Otteroo firmly inflated?
  • Are the air valves closed and pushed in?
  • Did I complete the “Palm test”? (Place your palm in the area near the buckles, diagonally across from the chin rest and push away from the center. You should experience some resistance and not be able to easily push out or expand the interior space if the otteroo is properly inflated.)
  • Is the Otteroo on my baby with chin on the chin rest?
  • Have I buckled the straps and made sure they are secure?
  • Did I complete the “finger test”? (Your index finger should not fit easily between the baby’s neck and inner rim of the floatie)
  • Is the water level appropriate? Is it too bubbly or soapy for safety

Of course you’d never leave your baby unattended (even for a second) in the Otteroo and you’d be around to encourage healthy, safe, water play in the tub! So,for the lil otter in your life, you oughta get an Otteroo!

Read more about the Otteroo HERE.

What are your thoughts on the Otteroo?