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I simply cannot do it

I’ve tried.

I’ve looked up dozens of sites.

I’ve researched so many different recipes.

I’ve TESTED so many different recipes.

And they’ve all led me to one conclusion.

 

I. Hate. Coconut. Flour.

I cannot stand it! I love coconut – coconut milk, coconut water, coconut flakes, I am COCONUT 4 LYF.. but my god, if I’m left with coconut flour then I guess I’m not eating because it simply does not work for me. blargh no that’s one healthy switch getting kicked to the curb in this household.

We HAVE made the switch to Almond milk. Silk dark chocolate Almond milk is the ABSOLUTE best. And bonus – almonds help with breast milk supply. That’s really why I’m drinking it.. really..

And I’m making these banana dark chocolate almond pancakes this coming weekend!!! I’ll let you know what we think of them!

 

In further news, me and the Little were sick last week. Like super duper sick. She started Monday off coughing and congested and steadily worsened throughout the day. Her temp was hovering around 100.5 until evening when it hit 100.8 so we took her to the ER…where it hit 102.4. They dosed her up with Tylenol and sent us on our merry way after her fever broke and she started acting like her normal self.

fe fi fo fum I'm the sickest baby bum!

fe fi fo fum
I’m the sickest baby bum!

many hours after bedtime..

many hours after bedtime..

 

Tuesday, I had a super sore throat where I couldn’t drink anything let alone eat but Lily was finally gracing us with smiles so I knew she was on the mend. I went to bed, woke up around 1am to a crying baby, fed and medicated her.. and then proceeded to lay there for 2 hours twitching and shivering from an extreme fever. That fever finally broke and I got some sleep. Wednesday, my fevers were all over the place from 100 to 102.5 degrees. I was so sick I couldn’t carry Lily five feet and Eric had to come home from work in the morning. My fever finally hit 102.8 then broke. We both went to our doctors on Thursday. I was diagnosed with HFMD which has no treatment and no test to prove it so rest + liquids + doctors note for my physical therapy and I was released. We then went to Lily’s doctor for an ER follow up. This is the first time I met that doctor and I immediately disliked her. She wasn’t very personable (which I wouldn’t care if she was my doctor and not personable buuuut you’re handling my kid so we gots ta have some good vibes) and she abandoned Lily and myself for 15 minutes to find a nasal swab to test Lilyian for RSV… even after I said the ER had already done that. She returned with no nasal swab, bitching that the ER didn’t run a urine sample because that’s what SHE would have done… then proceeded to inform me that allowing my 4 month old to stand would bow her legs and I should not be letting her do that but “that’s just MY advice.. you don’t HAVE to follow it… but it’s my MEDICAL advice.” kk so I get that you’re an old woman but.. if you’re not going to keep up to date on the research which disproves that myth*** then I don’t want you near my child.. so Lily has a new doctor!!

**I’m going to look up the original source found at the bottom of the article(s)

Super random post, I’m sorry. I just felt like rambling. I’ve been running On Guard in the house since we got sick so everything smells great and clean at the same time and I’m just in a ramble-ly mood!

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DIY Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

NOTE: Essentials oils must be kept in glass containers. Essential oils CAN be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.

 

Hand sanitizer

Roughly 6oz bottle:

-5 tablespoons 100% aloe vera gel

-4 tablespoons water + more

-1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

-8-10 drops On Guard Protective Blend

-Small Squeeze Container or 6oz spray bottle

You can either mix it in the bottle or mix in a bowl and pour into your container afterwards. Mix the aloe vera and vitamin E oil together (or add to the bottle). Add the On Guard and the water. Mix then pour into the bottle (or simply shake the bottle!). You want it to look slightly creamy/white. If it’s too watery, add more more aloe!

 

Wipes

-Bounty paper towels (trust me, you want Bounty. For some reason, almost all other brands fall apart)

-2 cups lukewarm water (you don’t want the water too warm or you’ll destroy the oils’ healing properties)

-1 or 2 TBsp coconut oil

-3 to 5 drops lavender oil

– 3 to 5 drops malaleuca oil  (aka tea tree)

-Large enough container to hold your paper towels (we use a Folgers container!)

Cut your paper towels in half so you have to mini sized power towel rolls. Mix your water, coconut oil, lavender oil, and malaleuca oils together. Place one of the paper towel halves into the container and slowly pour your oil mixture around the paper towels. Let sit for an hour, remove the cardboard center, and you now have pull-from-the-center wipes the moisturize and heal all at the same time!

 

If you have any questions, leave a comment. If you’re interested in essential oils, visit my page: http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315/#/

One of my favorite oil blends is the PastTense. My husband gets horrendous headaches that last three days no matter what we do. I used PastTense on him (both temples and where the hairline meets the back of the neck) and it was gone within an hour.. and it hasn’t come back. That was YESTERDAY. This isn’t a “oh look what it can dooooo” story.. it is a real life experience of ours and wow, we’re hooked on THAT oil blend now!

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Cloth Diaper Review!

We’ve been using cloth diapers for two days now (we’re so experts, right?) so I figured I should write down what we like, what works best for us, our experiences, etc etc. Here we go!

Prepped: Hot water with extra rinse + all free and clear (military) + cold wash with extra rinse (no detergent) -> 4-6 times

My diapers were ready after 3 washes but I wanted to make sure we were GOOD. TO. GO.

Night time: Flip cover + Flip organic night time prefold -> Lily goes anywhere from 7-11 hours in this diaper without a wake up and if she does wake up, it is because she’s hungry but we go ahead and change her anyways. We haven’t had a leak yet (mind you, this is only night number 4 with cloth diapering)

Daytime: We prefer covers + prefolds! Pockets are a bit of a hassle and seem a lot bulkier when using prefolds. We’re using both though until we build up a great diaper cover stash (if anyone can point us to some super cute covers, leave a comment PLEASE!)

Inserts: Hands down the winner is Green Mountain Diapers unbleached prefolds. We are currently using the small (yellow) ones and they are perfect for my 13lb baby and her diapers which are on the smallest setting (unless it is the Thirsties covers, she’s on the biggest setting for the size 1 because I’m pretty sure they run smaller than advertised). We’re also using GM hemp doublers which are pretty darn awesome, we just lay them in the prefold then padfold! The SoftBums one size DryTouch pod with newborn insert are pretty nice, they can also snap into the AI2s. We also like the Bumkins contour soakers and Perfect Bum booster s/m.

Washing:

1. Thoroughly soak a towel and toss it + the diapers + the pail liner into the washer (HE front loader)

2. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, low speed, NO detergent : 57 minutes

3. Fill a kettle halfway with water and set it to boil

4. Once the washer is done, fill the kettle the rest of the way with cold water and pour into onto the towel and diapers IN the washer

5. Whites + extra rinse -> hot, high soil, high speed, detergent filled half way up to the 1 marker: 1hr 54 minutes

6. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, high speed, NO detergent: 57 minutes

7. Tumble dry on medium or hang dry. Stains automatically going into the sun

 

I am so beyond happy we switched to cloth diapers. They’re not nearly as hard as they seem on the surface and I just adore them.

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

 

 

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This mama is getting crunchy.

I am preeeeeetty darn excited to say that this household is about to start cloth diapering and essential oils! I will be keeping track of both adventures via this blog so keep an eye out :]

I am beyond excited to start essential oils for Lilyian. She’s been my problem child since the get go (did you know there are essential oils for jaundice?!?!?!) and I’m ready to jump into this! If anyone has any questions or you are interested in essential oils, leave a comment! I would absolutely love to start this journey with someone so we can bounce ideas, experiences, and ailments off one another.

I was first drawn into the oils for helping Lily sleep but wooooow there are a billion uses for them! Lavender alone can help with SO MUCH STUFF.  It helped with Lilyian’s contact dermatitis (we don’t react well to Papa Bear’s beard), and cleared up my allergies. Peppermint = headache aid (but don’t get it on your breasts if you are breastfeeding! Peppermint can decrease milk supply). Lemon? CLEANING!

the three biggies

the three biggies

If you’d like to start this journey with me, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 If you want to try a specific oil or some other products, my page is http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 and I am more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

Also! Eric and I are starting to eat clean. We are cutting out a lot of (delicious *sad face*) food and I’m going to start posting about that as well 🙂 get ready! This is about to be an active blog all around!

In closing, here is my little one in all her 3 month old glory!

one, two, three my lil baby!

one, two, three
my lil baby!