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Oil Pulling : Week 1 | What are the Benefits & What are My Thoughts?

You may have heard about the benefits of oil pulling recently.. it seems like it’s all the rage (it was even on GMA this week!) Well, when I first heard of it, I thought it sounded totally ridiculous, but then my natural side came out and I decided to give it a try.

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I figured since my Facebook status about my day 1 experience ended up with 59 curious and encouraging comments, this was a topic worth discussing and why not share my experience week to week with what I’m finding to be the benefits? I started this trend on Wednesday, so here’s my day by day recap.

Day 1 : I thought I was going to puke. I literally cannot stand the taste of coconut, but coconut oil has so many health benefits ranging from containing some of the healthiest and fattiest acids to helping you burn more fat, and even lowering your risks of things such as seizures and heart disease!

My best advice? Melt the oil. Coconut Oil can get hard during the colder months and while I melted mine a little bit, I didn’t melt it enough. I had to spit it out. I tried it again and made it five minutes (the recommended time is 15-20 minutes per day.)

Day 2 : MUCH easier! It was the first thing I did in the morning and made it to almost 20 minutes! The tricks that I found were keeping busy while swishing, going with a spoonful rather than measuring out a full tablespoon, and melting it completely.

Day 3 : I ended up going even longer than 20 minutes, because I was prepping some things for the kids snacks and upcoming lunches! Even the taste doesn’t both me as much (dare I say I might actually start to acquire a taste for coconut oil!?!?!)

Why Start Oil Pulling?

So why did I start this trend in the first place even when I can’t stand the taste of coconut? Well, for starters, you can use other oils. I’ve heard of people using olive oil and sesame oil too, but I’m choosing coconut oil, because of the above health benefits AND it’s supposed to help whiten your teeth naturally.

Some tips :

  • Do it first thing in the morning. You should do it before you do anything else. I rinse my mouth with water first and take a few sips then start the oil pulling immediately after.
  • Make sure you spit out the oil in the trash. I never would have thought of doing this, but if you spit it out in the sink, you’re spitting out all of the bacteria right into it.
  • Swish around a little bit of water after spitting it out then immediately brush your teeth!

The benefits of oil pulling goes back to thousands of years ago when it was used as a way of detoxification. Oil Pulling is not only a great benefit for your overall oral health, but it also help with things such as migraines, sinus issues, hormone imbalance, vision, and allergies just to name a few.

For me, starting this habit know will hopefully grow with me and continue to be a normal part of my day, like brushing my teeth. I know it sounds totally crazy, trust me! I thought the same thing, but for me, swishing around some coconut oil for 15-20 minutes each morning while I get the kids breakfast ready or lunches for school – is totally worth it, looking at what I could stand to gain from this daily hygiene regime.

Have you tried oil pulling? What type of oil do you use and why? I want to hear your thoughts and results!!

Announcing the First Annual Mother’s Day Guide & Giveaway with BabyElan {Daily} & Forever’s Like a Dream!

I am so thrilled to share with you a fun and exciting event in partnership with our friends at BabyElan {Daily} to celebrate moms this Mother’s Day!

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We wanted to put together a fun giveaway for all of our awesome reader’s who are moms to give you the opportunity to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day! From April 28-May 12th, we will be featuring some awesome companies and products to share with you and running a fab giveaway featuring them all for one super lucky reader!!  - – It could be YOU!

All you have to do is make sure you are subscribed to both my email list and BabyElan {Daily} so you don’t miss out!! We’ll be featuring Lindsay Phillips, Danskin, Jessica London, SpaRoom, & many more!!!

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Skinny Jane “Skinny Blend Protein Shake” {Review & GIVEAWAY}

Since becoming a mom, I’ve grown to be really picky and strict about ingredients and what I’m feeding my family. I never realized the benefits of knowing what’s in our food beyond the package saying it’s healthy until I really started researching what we were putting into our mouths.

Recently, I’ve also spent a lot of time looking into different nutritional products. Struggling to lose the weight I gained from my FIRST baby (yes – he just turned five!) I have had a really hard time taking (and keeping) it off. When I got pregnant with my second, I worked out and stayed active throughout my pregnancy to where I hardly gained any weight and that came off almost immediately; the weight from five years ago still lingers.

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I had the opportunity to try out a new protein shake by Skinny Jane; Skinny Blend and I was anxious to look into it and try it out. My husband and I have been on a clean eating diet eliminating soda, coffee, and all the junk and working out regularly; so I thought a protein shake might be a good addition to our clean eating.

The brand offers several weight loss challenges using their products and also offers more than just protein shakes as well.

Upon looking at the shakes, offered on Amazon.com; I loved seeing the ingredient list is shown right on the information. Finding full ingredient lists is hard to come by these days. I also loved seeing that this shake isn’t filled with sugar. Many of the protein shakes out there is just a ton of sugar, and that can’t be healthy; nor something I want in my regular diet.

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My favorite parts about Skinny Blend?

  • Taste. Most protein shakes I’ve tried tasted just plain BAD. Either chalky, chunky, too sweet, not sweet enough. The point of a protein shake is to curb cravings and give you a healthy alternative, but you want it to taste good too. I couldn’t count on two hands the amount of protein shakes I’ve tried that I couldn’t even make it through the first sip!
  • The Variety. I like how Skinny Blend offers a variety of flavors. I tried Vanilla, which I LOVE, but they also offer chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla too – something for everyone!
  • It does what it’s supposed to do. I found really full after drinking a full protein shake and definitely found myself snacking (or at least the craving to snack) decrease.

My Results?

I had already been clean eating for several weeks and dropped around 12 lbs. I drank Skinny Jane for 7 days and stuck to a clean eating plan and dropped 3 more! I found it helped me with overall cravings and portion control – after you stick to a healthy eating plan for several days and have something that takes away that feeling of hunger, it’s easier to curb those cravings and I started finding myself more full sooner during meals too!

THE GIVEAWAY

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Zulily Weekly Deals 3/7 – 3/10

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This upcoming week, Zulily has some special treats for YOU! Some of my favorites are on sale this week and you can snag something for yourself from the Jessica Simpson Collection or Vera Bradley, and stock up some adorable spring essentials for your little one from Rufflebutts and Sesame Street!

Check out what else is in store for Zulily – time to go shopping mama’s!!

Friday, March 7th

Brooks – up to 50% off at zulily

Sesame Street Collection – up to 55% off at zulily


Columbia on sale up to 60% off at zulily

Jessica Simpson Collection – up to 70% off at zulily

Saturday, March 8th

Pearl Izumi – up to 40% off at zulily

Monday, March 10th

Vera Bradley home, bags and accessories up to 50% off at zulily

RuffleButts – up to 40% off at zulily

Stetson Apparel – up to 65% off at zulily

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Decorating with Minted.com {Wall Art, Party Decor, & More}

When I was approached by Minted.com, an online stationary store; I was anxious to check them out and see what they’re all about.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a large assortment of products were available by what they describe as, “a global community of designers.”

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Minted’s collection of wall art is simply stunning. I really have enjoyed browsing all of the different pieces. The website is so easy to use giving you the option of browsing by newest designs, by price, and by most popular. You can even narrow your search by credentials like style, size, color, and type as well.

While I’m not an “art enthusiast,” I do love to find new and creative pieces. We moved into our new home just over a year ago and I have yet to completely decorate the walls, because I haven’t found the perfect pieces to show off my family and my taste.

I really love the assortment of different styles offered. Like chevon? There are some really funky and modern prints you will love! Looking for something peaceful like the ocean? I found a few wall prints I really am in love with.

“Flight of the Ocean” is one of my favorites!

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My absolute favorite room in our house is our sunroom and this would fit perfectly with the look I’m going for in that room! I love how Minted.com gives you the option of buying the print with or without a frame. If you’re like me, you sometimes have a hard time finding a frame at just the right price and look – I love that you can choose from several options right on the website!

Another favorite? “Out to Sea” I love the colors in this one, everyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for teal. Even though this is a little different, I love the unique look and calming feel. It’s different and not something I may appreciate as much if I saw it in a store. I love having the time to just browse the collection from the comfort of my own home, I’ve found I have an eye for things I might just pass by while shopping in a store.

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How do you shop for decor for your home? Would love to hear what your favorites are from Minted.com! Maybe we have the same taste or perhaps you have an eye for something on a totally different spectrum – I would love to hear!

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Disney Movies Anywhere | Sign Up Now to Get “The Incredibles” FREE!

Are you like me and have to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo packs so you get the digital copy? Now that the kiddos have their own iPad mini’s, we like to take our movies on the go. It comes in handy even for trips to the grocery store. I’m so excited for a brand new app, Disney Movies Anywhere!

Disney Movies Anywhere gives you the ability to easily access all of your digital movie copies. The beset part? It’s FREE!

The app will allow you to access any of the digital copies you have download via a digital copy code or if you purchased it from iTunes and access them easily through the app. I love that my kids can now access their digital movie copies anytime, without taking all the space on their iPads!

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The app is available only through iTunes currently, but if you act fast, you can score a FREE digital copy of The Incredibles! Don’t miss out!

 

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Danskin FREE SHIPPING + 25% OFF!


I’m a huge fan of Danskin workout apparel. I’ve started only buying Danskin and LOVE it! As a mom, I pretty much live in yoga pants whether it be doing my day-to-day activities or working out and I’ve grown to really love the fit, comfort, and performance of Danskin apparel.

All that aside – I have a sweet offer for you! Right now, you can score FREE SHIPPING on Danskin apparel + get 25% off! Best part? No coupon code needed! Just click the links below!

Everyone is in workout mode gearing up for the summer and bathing suit season, why not do it in style and be comfortable at the same time!?

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Zulily Weekly Preview (2/24-2/27)

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I am a HUGE fan of Zulily! I love finding good deals at a bargain prices and Zulily always has great brands and deals from furniture to clothing & more! I love that I can not only get things for just me, but deals for the kids too!

So let’s check out what you can score on Zulily this week! I spy some of my favorites like KidCraft, and MudPie!!

 

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Don’t Go Crazy Traveling for the Holiday’s {Infant/Toddler Travel Tips}

Living 18 hours away from family means sometimes having to pack up the car and head on that dreaded trip no one likes making. Now that we have two young kids, flights can either a.) be way too expensive to even consider flying with a family of four or b.) Not really possible at times like the holiday’s with gifts in tow.

Last year we took a break from holiday travel and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! All of us (kids included) really enjoyed being home cozy in our pj’s, but even though we enjoyed the quiet time in our house for this first time… ever; we missed family. As we get ready to pack up and prep for our drive this year, I thought I’d share some of my best tips in traveling with two kiddos under the age of five and share some great products with you to look into yourselves!

First, let me just say.. there are many products out there that are simply not necessary, but when it comes to embarking on a long trip with kids; you never be too prepared. Some of these awesome products by Prince Lionheart can help keep your organization in check and in turn, mom’s sanity a little less overwhelmed too!

1. babyview mirror by Prince Lionheart. These mirrors can be a lifesaver for mom and dad! It’s recommended your baby stay rear facing until two years old now, so these mirrors can not only be great for safety so mom and dad can keep an eye on baby, but fun play for your child too! I know my kids both loved looking into these mirrors and it helped keep them happy during times when nothing else didn’t work.

2. Daddy Diaper Pack by Daddyscrubs. I really love the Daddyscrubs line anyway, but this Daddy Diaper Pack is perfect for dads! I know my husband never wanted to carry around the diaper bags I bought, and this comes equipped with several neat features like an insulated cooler pocket for snacks! I know with many things, less is more when it comes to packing for young ones, but this pack has it all and is the perfect accessory for travel so you can have everything organized in one place!

3. Prince Lionheart backseat KickMat. Many times, all bets (and rules) are off when your stuck in the car for long rides. These backseat KICKMAT gives your little ones something to kick without doing any harm.. and can help keep the entertainment going rather than constantly screaming at them to stop! (I know I’ve done that before and this kickmat could help eliminate at least a little bit of the travel blues when your kiddos won’t listen and get discouraged in the car.)

4. Travel Bottle Warmer. Has your baby ever started screaming for milk, but an exit or somewhere to stop is nowhere in sight? Snag this on-the-go bottle warmer and keep it handy for times when you’re in a pinch! Keep the drive going AND baby happy.

5. Prince Lionheart Bebe Pod Flex PLUS. This is the perfect seat for travel! Take the Bebe Pod PLUS with you on the go and use as a highchair at a table or on the floor. I know I’m kind of a germ-a-phobe and tend to wipe everything down anyway, but this can easily be thrown in the backseat or trunk and barely take up any space so you have it for easy access while on the road!

6. Squeez’ Ems Reusable Food Pouches. I am OBSESSED with reusable food pouches! And I LOVE Squeez’ Ems, because the lid is attached, so super easy while traveling! I normally pack some pre-made treats, freeze them before we leave then pop the freezer cubes into the pouches to toss in the car. This way I always have an easy and healthy treat to throw at the kids if they want one and with these awesome reusable pouches, it’s so easy to keep everything together without losing any parts!

7. Prince Lionheart back seat ORGANIZER. I am a huge fan of organization and I just get more stressed out when traveling and the car gets messy. I also like the kids to have things to keep them entertained in the backseat, but with a van that has bucket seats, I can’t put together a basket of toys to sit in the middle of them. This back seat organizer from Prince Lionheart is the perfect solution! I can pack cups, crayons, toys, snacks, the works and it hangs right onto the backseat! My four year old can reach it himself or I can easily reach back and grab what they need. This will help keep things organized and some entertainment for the kids at easy access.

8. Prince Lionheart Check Bags. And lastly, if you’re flying this holiday season, you can pick car seat and stroller gate check bags to keep your things labeled and together! All you have to do is slide it into the bag and you’re ready to go. These can help keep your items together and less of a headache once you land.

Altogether, all of these products can help make your trip a little less stressful. I know my best advice as a mom of two little ones who has spent many many long hours traveling over the years, keep everything together We have a van, so things can get tossed around and lost so easily and nothing is more of a pain than losing a pacifier or a sippy cup and not being able to find it when you need it most. Things like the Backseat Organizer can help keep all of that headache to a minimum and your trip a little more enjoyable. Keep fun music on hand and make it an adventure, not a stressful pain spending the whole trip wondering when it will be over!

 

 

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Bumbo Booster Seat & #BumboCares {GIVEAWAY}

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Now that little miss is getting bigger, she’s wanting to do more and more things just like her big brother. One of the main area’s we’ve struggled to find the best option is sitting at the dinner table.

Now the kids are starting to get older and going to bed at more grown up times, we’ve started eating dinner’s together more often than separate. I was so excited to be approached by Bumbo to get to try out their new booster seat for the table! Finding a booster seat that is both safe and practicle has been a challenge. For a long time, we used the type of high chair that can attach to a regular chair, but Lavery was wanting to actually eat at the table and most other booster seats don’t come with attachments to securely tighten them to the chair.

Some of the key features in Bumbo and why this mom loves it :

  • Super easy clean up! I really hated how nasty crumbs could get under the fabric of the high chair’s and what a pain it was to clean it up. The material on this Bumbo seat is so easy to just wipe clean right after use and no hidden crevices anywhere for food to sneak in.
  • Straps on both the bottom and sides. I love how you can tightly fasten the straps underneath the chair and on the sides; plus there are also lap straps for your child too! Even though Lavery wants to be a big girl, she’s still only two and finding a high chair that is secure on both the chair and around baby is hard to find.
  • Lightweight. This booster seat is so lightweight and easy to use, we can easily take it with us if we need to! We’ll be traveling for Christmas and this will be so easy to just throw in the car with us for ease of use anywhere!

I love how the Bumbo seat offers all of the key factors every mom wants. Safety, comfort, easy to use; the Bumbo booster seat has quickly become one of my favorite’s and a product I will not want to get rid of! It also comes in a few different fun colors too! The best part? The price tag! It retails on Amazon for only $49.99 – that’s significantly lower than many other high chair and booster seat options!

Bumbo Cares

One of the other things I love about this company is their gift of giving. In 2005, Bumbo formed a non-profit organization to assist underprivileged and special needs children.

The best part? You can win one for yourself! A portion of every Bumbo purchase goes back to this non-profit and helps children in need. To learn more about this non-profit, what Bumbo is doing, and how you can help, go HERE#BumboCares

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will win a Bumbo Booster Seat in the color if their choice! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. PLEASE NOTE : Be sure you complete all required mandatory entries. I reserve the right to choose a new winner should the original winner chosen not follow all mandatory steps of entry. Winner will be verified.

Giveaway will go live at midnight on December 4, 2013.

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