Strawberry Freezer Jam

For those of you that wanted to know how we make our delicious jam, here it is:

Ingredients for one jar:

1 container of fresh strawberries

1 cup of sugar (more or less to personal taste)

1/2-3/4 packet of sure jell fruit pectin

*Some people like a sweeter jam and some like it more sour so its totally up to you! Start with a cup of sugar and you can always add more if you want it sweeter.

Hull and cut the strawberries into quarters. We then threw them into our nutri bullet (or any blender) and pulsed them until slightly pureed. We leave ours a little chunky.

Mix in the sugar and pectin and stick it in a jar! Its as simple as that. Leave it in the refrigerator for about an hour before eating to allow the sugar to dissolve.

We always use ours right away which is why we make such a small batch. Your jam will keep in the refrigerator for a week. Maybe a little longer.

If you choose to make more and  freeze it make sure to put it in a plastic container. Not glass. The jam will keep up to one year in the freezer.

This is a summer staple in our house! Nothing beats fresh Jam!!

 

 

A day at Wheeler Farm

Yesterday my husband got to watch his kids enjoy a place that he remembers visiting as a child. It was interesting to hear him share his memories with the kids and to describe to them how some things had changed and how others were exactly as he remembered them. This place is amazing. We had so much fun. Cove hasn’t stopped talking about the animals since we left. the best part Wheeler Farm is that its FREE!! As a family a five, we don’t want to spend a ton of money every time we go out. Perfect example that it does’t take a bunch of money to create wonderful memories. There are things that cost a couple of dollars like the tractor rides but I think they were literally $2 for a ride around the entire farm. This was one of my favorite family day destinations so far.

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I am still amazed at how many brother bonding moments we were able to capture!

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I dont think my kids had favorite animal. They loved them all.

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Cove loved the old machines and found that the wheels make for a great hat rack

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Jordan sat and listened to the blacksmith for awhile

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and both boys enjoyed feeding the ducks (more brother bonding!)

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of course cove couldn’t resist trying to swim with them.

Adapting

My determination to leave the house today came on strong and was brought into light by the inability to go out for the past few days. Having any sort of ailment or chronic illness can make many things difficult. In my case, when said illness is rearing its ugly head,  leaving the house is a struggle and most times we just stay home. (Insert major mom/wife guilt here.) We have had to adapt to short jam packed outings rather than long all day events or things that keep us out for too long. Thankfully in these moments I have learned to shift my thought process. I take advantage of the days that we have dad home. His presence in no way takes away the symptoms that I have to deal with but I feel a sense of peace knowing that there are an extra set of eyes on the kids if I have to run an take care of myself for a minute. I have also learned to celebrate even the smallest of things. We left the house for 2 hours today and in that short amount of time the kids experienced some really cool things. It is so important to us that they have amazing memories of their childhood as big or small as they may be and sometimes the most simple things leave the biggest impact.

Moving on from depressing talk of illness 🙂

Today we ventured to Salt lake which has become a place of such spirit lifting experiences for me. This place just speaks to me and I would absolutely love to move here in the future. We visited Liberty park, the oldest park in Utah. The park opened in 1882 and has so many cool attractions and was filled with such community and diversity. We visited the Utah Folks Arts museum and there were awesome art and jewelry booths set up. The kids visited the lake filled with ducks and we hope to go back and ride the paddle boats soon. There was also a aviary that we somehow missed so we will for sure be heading back ASAP.

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Its amazing how much fun a giant hill can be!! Running and rolling and dodging duck poop! Jordan stuck to riding his hover board along the top.

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This garden was my favorite part. The colors were so vibrant (and conveniently matched my kimono). Bowie enjoyed the view, the other boys… couldn’t have cared less about the flowers lol

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Then they have the seven canyons fountain, the splash pad and multiple playgrounds.

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and my ridiculously cool pre teen… well he was actually super stoked about the vintage car show that was going on. That and chilling out on the grass with his baby bro.

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So today we celebrate getting out of the house, overcoming challenges, appreciating the smallest things, and spending time together as a family. Not settling or giving into the crap that we can all get handed. Here’s to pushing forward.

I am in the process of writing about my journey with Crohns disease. Its taking me a bit longer than expected. Hoping to have that up soon.

The Fourth of July at Discovery Park

I knew that I would be finding more of Utahs hidden gems as the summer progressed, I just didn’t realize it would be this soon after my summer activities post! I had been hearing great things about this park In Pleasant Grove that is filled with amazing learning activities. Since my husband was home for the Fourth of July, we decided to check it out.

This park is called  the Novell Kids Discovery Park and is a part of the Manila Park in Pleasant Grove.

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The first thing I noticed when we pulled up was that it was all wood, which I loved! No dirty plastic or Hot metal. The second thing I noticed was how huge this park is! Also I saw a wide range in ages. I liked that I can bring my almost 3 year old an my 12 year old and they both had a great time.

Discovery Park is broken up into Learning Zones. They have a Science zone, a huge wooden rocket ship that the kids can climb inside of, a dinosaur sand pit with a geological timeline, speaking tubes placed around the park that the kids can communicate through, whisper dishes made from old satellite dishes, an echo box perfect for screaming! and Plenty of climbing activities for all ages. There are also great areas for adults. plenty of seating, one table has a chess board and a plant garden if you want to take a break from the playground.

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There are giant musical instruments which I think my husband may have enjoyed more than anyone…

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my favorite part were the giant beehives!!!

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There are , of course, all of the normal park amenities. All the usual suspects. Cove loved the tire swing and puzzle boards.

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The kids were all over the place. They explored every inch of this park. By the end Jordan was ready for a nap. Its really difficult being a pre teen 😉

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As we were leaving people were setting up chairs and blankets for the fireworks show going on at the park but we decided to head back home and enjoy them from our yard. We were starving after all of that playing. We cooked up some burgers and corn had a picnic on the front lawn.

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Later on that night we headed back out front to watch the many fireworks shows going on in our neighborhood. I think we counted 4 different shows going on at once.Our cul de sac was the perfect central location to view all of them. The kids climbed on top of dads car for a better view.

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Hope everyone had an amazing had an amazing holiday weekend.

 

 

 

Summertime and the living is CRAZY! some of our favorite summer activities

The topic of what to do with your kids  during this major heat wave has come up a lot recently. I’ve been asked what we do to stay cool and how I keep my kids busy.  I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about these activities at the beginning of summer because I was still trying figure out life with a third child!! If I still lived in Los angeles my go to spot would of course be the beach but obviously thats not an option. Luckily Utah has a ton of gorgeous, family friendly places to check out and I’m sure that we haven’t even seen a quarter of them. We have so much more to explore here . But we have managed to find some places and things to do that are fun for the kids while being manageable for mom. 🙂

There are some days that I absolutely need to get out of the house but there are other days when I just want to stay home! On said days, when packing up, getting dressed and driving anywhere seems more than I can bare, we head to our “backyard wonderland” and have just as much fun there as we would anywhere else. Anyone that knows us would tell you that my children are naked most of the time. Yes I have little nudest nature babies and that is totally okay with me! So most of the time we will turn on the sprinklers or fill the kiddie pool. Clothes come off, water goes on and thats our afternoon. Here are some other backyard adventures we enjoy:

Backyard camping

One of my favorite things to do is set up a tent in the back yard. I bring out blankets and pillows (sometimes the mickey mouse couch makes its way outside as well) snacks, drinks, crayons and books. everything we would need for a real camp out. This is so fun for the kids because its something a little different than our everyday back yard routine. They think its fun and a special treat. We sit in our little shaded tent area and i’ll set up the kiddie pool also in case they get too hot. These days usually include a nature scavenger hunt and we draw and color what we see outside! Cove usually collects sticks to make a pretend fire.

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Water Trampoline

Spraying the trampoline with the hose has become a favorite of my oldest son. Or he puts the sprinkler underneath and they both think it hilarious  that the water comes up through the bottom. Easy fix to them telling me its too hot to jump!

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Painting Parties/Art Days

These pictures are from awhile ago but being creative and getting messy is still one of my favorite things to do if we are going stay home. I love putting on music, grabbing a canvas and some paint and letting the kids go for it! Take a hose and soap to them when they are done. They are clean and you are left with some awesome art to keep forever!

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On days when I feel like getting out of the house and its too hot for the park, we have found a ton of fun things to do that are still outdoors (our preference) and also involve water.

Splash Pads!

These magical places are now something I hold near and dear to my heart! When my husband isn’t with me, I can’t take both babies to a pool since I wouldn’t be able to be in the water with one and out holding the other at the same time. Splash pads are the answer!! I can watch from the sidelines, kids stay cool and we are lucky enough to have found one near our house that has an enclosed playground attached!!! winning! We love this place so much we ended up having coves second birthday here last year

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Scera water park

We have this amazing water park near our house. There are Multiple pools, a huge water slide, a splash pad and a large grass area to set up for the day. There are lounge chairs, a concession stand and water toys available for purchase. We love it here.

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Lakes and Ponds 

We are so lucky to live near so many beautiful lakes and ponds and waterfalls! Hiking may not sound like the best idea when its scorching outside but when there is a gorgeous waterfall near by, hiking seems a lot more appealing! We feel so blessed to have these areas all within a 15 min drive.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

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Utah lake

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Manila Creek Pond

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Bridal veil Falls

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Although we are lovers of the outdoors, there are some days when coming in from the heat is necessary. On those days there are always indoor play gyms and bounce houses. We are frequent visitors of Kangaroo zoo but there are plenty of these places around. They are great for staying cool and allowing the kids to run and jump and be crazy!! The kids get to play and there are couches and tables for moms to sit and watch from a safe distance. 🙂

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and last but not least….. The ARCADE!! my personal fave 🙂 Cove is now old enough to appreciate how fun this is because he can finally play the games himself and he understands the concept of collecting tickets for prizes. We just went the other day and had so much fun. Thankfully I had my baby wrap so I was able to carry the baby on me while chasing cove around with jordan.

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I am sure we will be adding to this list as summer moves forward and I need to get more creative in order to keep my little babes entertained.

BBQ Chicken Meatballs

Last night I went to bed craving BBQ chicken pizza. As I slept I dreamt of making these meatballs. No this is not a joke. This is actually what I dream about people!! So tonight I went to the store grabbing what I thought I might need. Totally improvised and voila! Dinner was served. Glad my family loved it because I definitely didn’t have a back up plan. Here is how I made them

Meatball Ingredients :

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper

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BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • a splash of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin

Pre Heat your oven to 400

Add all BBQ sauce ingredients to a small pot. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer while you prepare and cook the meat balls.

Mix all meatball ingredients in a bowl. Form into balls and place to the side. Heat some butter and olive oil in a skillet. Once thats hot, add meatballs and brown evenly all around. Remove them from the skillet and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 min until cooked through.

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Once they were done I just spooned some of the bbq sauce over the top and served them with a side of corn and arugula with a mustard vinaigrette (Appel vinegar, honey, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper).

These were really easy to make and everyone loved them. Hope you guys do too!

My Favorite Things: Summer Edition

Hey guys! Just a quick little post to share some things that I have found within the past few weeks that I am certain are going to be my staples throughout the summer.
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products

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What first drew me to these products was the packaging. Walking down the aisles of target, I was searching for a more “green” alternative to the usual harsh, chemical filled cleaning products that I had in my home. This packaging was  very inviting to me. Colorful and clean and of course the fragrance selection sounded promising (we all know I am a sucker for floral scents) I started off by just purchasing one item, the all purpose cleaner, and from that moment on I have been hooked. This stuff kicks some serious, raising 3 boys and a husband that works in a garage, butt! Aside from how amazing they work and smell, I am all for what is this company is about. The products do not contain ammonia, chlorine bleach, petroleum distillates, phthalates,  or phosphates. The liquids are concentrated biodegradable formulas and are also cruelty free! The formulas are derived from plant based ingredients to produce a safe and effective cleaning experience. Now, Lets get back to the scent! Because of these products, cleaning has become somewhat of an aroma therapeutic experience. I find myself spraying down my counters way more often than necessary just to fill it with the scents of basil, honeysuckle, peony (my 3 favorites) or whichever sent I desire at the time. The smell isn’t overpowering in my option and it really does put me in a good mood. I mean, who doesn’t want a product that was inspired by the scent of Mrs. Meyers , a homemaker and mother of 9, garden??? The woman obviously knew a few things after raining 9 children. I think I trust her! They also make hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, soy candles and a multitude of other great products. This brand is sold at target or you can check out the website http://www.mrsmeyers.com/product/

Sun Bum sunscreen

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With this massive heat wave my kids have been spending a lot of time outside in their kiddy pool or at splash pads! I ran out of sunscreen and wanted to try something new. I remembered seeing a post awhile back from The girls of  Target does it again about Sun Bum sunscreen. They are not a huge corporation but a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This company gives back!!! They started a non-profit organization called “protect the groms” to educate our youth about how to protect themselves from the dangers of harsh sun exposure. They are also the official sun care product of Surfers for autism which is something that is very close to my heart. It doesn’t end there. They are involved with Boarding for Breast Cancer, Pipeline to a Cure and also The skin Cancer Foundation. I think its safe to say that I am stoked on this product. It smells amazing, The lotion is easy to apply. It isn’t too thick which I hate in most sunscreens. Their products are:

  • paraben free
  • oil, PABA free
  • gluten free
  • hypoallergenic
  • 100% vegan
  • cruelty free
  • non-comedogenic
  • retinyl palmitate free
  • propylene glycol free

I purchased mine at target  or you can view their other products and shop from the website http://shop.trustthebum.com

Mesh Totes by Mossimo

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I dont have too much to say about these as they are pretty self explanatory. What I will tell you is that they are only $10 (currently on sale for $7) at target and I can pretty much fit my entire life into them. They come everywhere with us! oh and they are super easy to clean. http://www.target.com/p/women-s-mesh-beach-tote-mossimo-supply-co/-/A-51073496

Smoothie Bowls!!!!

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These are so fun to make and even more delicious to eat. The flavor combinations and topping options are endless. Here is how I make one of our favorites. I use my nutribullet for these. It makes the perfect amount for what I need to feed myself and my kids but of course a blender can be used.

Ingredients:

  • Organic frozen mixed berries
  • Organic frozen mango
  • Organic frozen pinapple
  • Strawberry flavored kefir. Yogurt would work just as well.
  • fresh apple juice
  • a tablespoon or so of coconut oil

For toppings I usually use chia seeds, granola. I like to use the Hemp and Greens granola from living intentions http://www.livingintentions.com/store/products/superfood-cereal/hemp-greens.html , and  coconut flakes if i have them.

Summer Soundtrack??

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And just in case you guys were wondering what type of music has been filling my life with those chill summer vibes lately, the answer to that is simple. Xavier Rudd. We have been listening to his genius musical stylings for the past month. Just him and nothing else. This man will have you wanting to reconnect with mother earth. he is an acoustic style folk rock singer/songwriter with some definite reggae influences. He is a surfer from Australia and yes he plays the didgeridoo. His voice, his lyrics, his message all melt my heart. I often find myself stumbling upon music, be it a song, and album, a singer or a band, that just speaks to a certain mood or time period. This man is just that. He is filling my soul right now (and possibly until the end of time) Yes! I am a bit obsessed and the fact that he is coming to town at the beginning of july makes me a very happy chick. Check out his music!!!

 

The Camping Blog

It was my husbands birthday this week and as always, a camping trip is number one on his list of things to do. Its a really good thing I enjoy camping! I like it even more since moving to utah. It is just so beautiful here.

Camping with my husband usually goes as follows: He picks a general area and then we just drive. No exact destination planned. We drive until we find something that looks appealing to us. Years ago, this was a totally different experience. We used to be pretty legit campers in that we would just pull off any random dirt road and camp without the “luxuries” of a designated campground. No bathrooms. No tables. No cement fire pits or grills. Just us and nature. My oldest son got to experience this which has turned him into a pretty bad A camper!

Now that we have 3 kids, one that is only 2.5 months old, I was not as excited to rough it! So when we stumbled upon Lodgepole Campground on our drive through Uinta National forest, I was, shall we say, a very happy camper! The second we entered I could tell that this place was well kept and clean. The cleanest campground I have ever seen. It was gorgeous. Each site had a paved area with a fire pit, a grill, a table and a paved parking space. Many campgrounds I have been to cram each site on top of the other so you feel like you have zero privacy. This place was spaced out with each site having plenty of room and there were restrooms every few sites so you didn’t have to walk a mile to go the bathroom (these bathrooms also had working toilets!! REAL TOILETS!! AND A SINK! major bonus!!). The bathrooms were just as clean as everything else. Not to mention that your surroundings are just absolutely breathtaking.

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I had some reservations about camping with our newborn but I was prepared and packed everything that I thought I could possibly need (we were only staying one night). I also had to pack for my toddler. My 12 year old thankfully now packs for himself. Here are my lists for the babes:

Newborn camping needs

  • More diapers than I would ever use
  • More wipes than I would ever use
  • A million blankets (lightweight and heavy) really just 2 of each
  • Multiple outfits (long and short sleeved onesie, pants, jackets, one piece pajamas, socks)
  • boppy
  • pacifiers
  • bottles
  • 2 hats. one for nighttime and one sun hat
  • burp cloths

Toddler needs

  • Diapers
  • a few clothing options (t shirt, long sleeves, fleece pants, shorts, bathing suit in case we camp near water,warm pajamas, hats, multiple pairs of socks, sneakers and sandals, jacket)
  • pillow from home
  • favorite blanket
  • pacifiers
  • cups

Other things I always bring

  • benedryl!! (my oldest once fell into a bush within 5 minutes of us getting to camp and immediately started itching and his skin bubbled., I now always bring this with us)
  • first aid kit
  • plenty of water
  • towels

Once we saw the place we selected our site and immediately set up camp. I placed blankets out on the table to serve as my changing table and also set up a little sitting area in my trunk in case i wanted to bring the baby in from the open air.

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My husband set up our tent and the older boys helped him collect wood for the fire

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When the set up was done, we took a walk to check out the rest of the campground and some of the hiking trails.

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Once the sun went down we settled in, ate dinner, made s’mores and sat around the fire until it was time to head into our tent, snuggle into our sleeping bags and go to sleep.

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It got pretty cold in the middle of the night. Lucky for me, my husband knows what he is doing when it comes to purchasing camping gear and bought each of us a mummy sleeping bag. They are so warm and you can actually tighten them all the way around your head if you need to.  They are the most amazing sleeping bags on earth! I slept with the baby snuggled next to me in mine. http://www.big5sportinggoods.com/store/details/Suisse+Sport-summit-0-5-degree-mummy-bag/0720131131279/_/A-4509881?#.V1nrcrRH2Rs

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The next day, before heading home, we traveled about 5 miles up the road to Strawberry Lake! There is also a little river that runs through this town. So worth the extra few minutes in the car. I definitely want to come back and check out the area more. There was the cutest little lodge with a restaurant and a mercantile store. The water was crystal blue and people were out on their boats. I felt like I was in another world.

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I have to say, this was the best camping experience we have ever had. I think its safe to say that my husband enjoyed his birthday and I am always happy to get my kids out into nature, away from tv and electronics!! It so fun watch them invent ways to entertain themselves with what they have in their surroundings. They both found little round pieces of plastic that they raced down a hill for hours! I can’t wait to go again. This may end up being our go to camp ground from now on.

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Bringing home baby number 3!

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Bowie Fox aka Baby Bo Blue!! Born March 18, 2016.

This little guy has the sweetest personality. He has such a gentle spirit, the deepest blue eyes and the biggest smile (which made an appearance very early on). We are so in love. He completes our family and our hearts are so full.

Okay, so I planned on writing this months ago.Two and a half months ago to be exact. I thought I would come home from the hospital, figure out my new routine as a mom of 3 and that would be that! Well, thats not at all how it went down. It seems that I was not ready. I thought I was ready guys! I figured I had it all figured out. I had done this twice before. Easy! Oh man was I wrong. Yes. I knew how to care for a newborn. There are the usual things that I had prepared for. Lack of sleep, late night feedings, early morning feedings…. pretty much breastfeeding for what seemed like my entire day. No problem! I figured my toddler would go through some emotional and behavioral changes while adjusting to the new kid in town and perhaps my pre teen would as well. All of these things happened but it seemed as though we were blessed with a miracle baby. He was so mellow! He barely ever cried. He ate every 2 hours, pooped and slept in between.

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Days went by. People visited (not that I clearly remember any of this because I was walking around in a constant fog) Husband went back to work. Visitors left. This is around the time that everything turned upside down. My toddler at this point was refusing to sleep in his own bed. He now preferred the couch. He also started throwing some major tantrums and did not like the fact that he had to share mommy during nap time. I also started noticing that Bowie was crying a lot more than usual. My first son was colicky and my second had acid reflux so I figured it must be one of the 2. Before I was able to get him into the doctor, I experienced one of the scariest days of my life. During one of Bowies screaming fits, all of a sudden, he arched his back in a way I had never seen and stayed that way. His eyes crossed and they stayed that way. This lasted for what seemed like an eternity and being as exhausted as I was I really did not have the emotional strength to deal. I called my husband and made him come home from work because at this point, I was sure the baby had had a seizure. His body eventually relaxed ( I, on the other hand, did not) When we got him in to the doctor he diagnosed him with 1. acid reflux and 2. He said that Bowie had something called Sandifer Syndrome. I had never heard of this before but I was told that it occurs in less than 1% of babies. This condition from what I understand, is a reaction to the Acid reflux. The baby will spasm in a response to the pain they are experiencing. From what I have read there isn’t too much known as to why some babies react this way and others do not. All I know is that I was happy that we were able to diagnose him as quickly as we did and that it wasn’t something much more serious. We were given medicine for the acid reflux which in turn, stopped that spasms from occurring.

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I know so many moms have it way worse and there are kids who suffer with some horrific things. We are truly blessed. Within a day or two he was back to smiling and resting peacefully without being in any pain. His big brothers were no longer afraid to hold him although I still can’t get my oldest to change a diaper. 🙂

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Things are still crazy but in a much more normal way lol. Life with 3 boys is going to be insane, thats not going to change, but I have managed to figure out somewhat of a routine. The other boys have accepted their new little brother and are great helpers. Cove (2yrs) loves holding Bowie’s bottle, burping him, and is so proud of himself when he can make his baby smile.Jordan (12yrs) is always ready to  hold the babe. He is as patient as a pre teen can be with 2 little brothers.

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I am so in love with my family! I have the coolest kids on earth and love watching each of them develop their own personalities.

 

All Natural Diaper Rash Cream/Healing Balm

Or “Booty Cream” as my my 2 year old refers to it.

Easy to make. Just melt, pour and cool!!

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Once we realized that our son was prone to diaper rash, I instantly became concerned with the store bought cream we were applying and how often. We had switched to an organic brand but I still felt that I would be more comfortable using something that I made myself. I already knew that coconut oil had some pretty impressive healing properties so that is where I started. I researched and tested and as it turned out, I already had everything I wanted to use in my house. SCORE! I melted these ingredients together in a double boiler (my own homemade version) and what was created was magic!! Its the perfect consistency.When it cools it hardens into a solid in the jar but once it hits your skin it melts right back into oil. I hated trying to smear that thick store bought cream on my poor child’s already irritated skin. The oil makes it so easy and painless to apply. The ingredients I chose all serve a purpose. Here is what I use and why:

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil– coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. It also contains Lauric acid which is found in breast milk and has anti viral , anti fungal and anti microbial properties.
  • 1/4 cup Shea butter– Shea butter is extremely nourishing to this skin. It prevents redness and will protect the skin from wetness.
  • 1 tbsp beeswax– Raw beeswax is said to have anti microbial and anti bacterial properties and also provides a wetness barrier. You can use beeswax beads or you can buy it in bar form and just grate off as much as you need.
  • 1/2 tbsp coco butter– This is optional but I added a small amount as it is said to help heal skin irritations. Its is also high in anti oxidants. I would just make sure you use a raw, unrefined coco butter.
  • 15 drops lavender oil– lavender oil pretty much takes care of everything! Its is an antiseptic, its antibacterial and anti inflammatory. It also aids in the pain, redness and soreness of irritated skin. The scent of lavender is wonderful for soothing a cranky mood which I think anyone with any type of rash could benefit from 🙂 especially babies! ** I would suggest not using potent oils on infants until 3 months old. One of my babies developed a terrible rash at 1 month old so I treated this with plain coconut oil.

 

If you aren’t sure where to purchase any of these products I would recommend checking out http://www.iherb.com This website is great for finding natural products at a great price. They carry everything I have mentioned above. 

*for a double boiler i just used a glass bowl and placed it over a small pot.

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Just fill the pot with a few inches of water, bring to a boil. Add your ingredients to a small bowl that will fit on top of the pot without falling inside. Set it on top and let everything melt. You do not need to keep the water boiling the entire time. Once things start to melt you can lower the temp. The wax will take the longest. I usually add my lavender oil at the very end once everything has melted.

Now pour the mixture into the container of your choice. I used an amber glass jar that I found at a local health food store and also poured some into a large roller tube for on the go use. You can use any container that you have available. I allow mine to cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

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This product has become and all purpose healer in our home. Here is list of some of the many uses I have found for this magic healing balm.

1. Diaper Rash (or any other rash or skin irritation): easy to apply. soothing. absorbs into the skin so no messy white cream!

2: Eczema: During my current pregnancy, my eczema has flared. This is perfect and really helps sooth and moisturize my cracked, red, concrete like skin.

3: Massage Oil: Also during this pregnancy my husband and I have been trading a good amount of massages. As I mentioned this balm turns  to oil on your skin so it makes for the perfect massage oil.

4. Pregnant Belly: I cannot claim that this has prevented stretch marks but….It hasn’t hurt either.Most of these ingredients are said to help prevent stretch marks.  I love applying this all over my belly. Its soothing, moisturizing and feels amazing.

5. Cradle cap: All of the same healing properties apply. I use a small amount on the effected area. Let it sit for a few minutes and then gently comb the scalp.

UPDATE: The roller container is great for on the go and also for keeping your hands clean. I don’t recommend keeping this in your diaper bag on extremely hot days! The oil melts and this container does not keep liquids from spilling. You are fine during cooler months but during really hot summer months If I am going to bring this with me in my bag I put it inside a easy to clean bag or ziplock. I take it out when I get home and store it in the fridge.