My Review of Trichomania Solid Shampoo

Originally submitted at LUSH USA

Coconut shampoo for dry and fluffy hair

Perfect for Babies!

By Mommi Sami from Sanford, Maine on 8/23/2014

 

5out of 5

When you survey your stash, you label this product: Life-Saver

Hair Type: Straight Hair

Pros: Adds Shine, Improves Hair Health, Cleans Thoroughly, Quick and easy, Adds Volume, Great Smell, Lathers Well, Gentle

Best Uses: Daily Use, Babies

Describe Yourself: Minimalist

I am a very paranoid mama who despises the idea of putting anything filled with chemicals on my son (ten months old) so when I found this amazing bar I couldn’t pass it up. One huge bonus for someone like me who doesn’t have a lot of extra money is that they can cut it to any size you want. I spent 6$ and it will last months. This works to clean my son’s whole body, is super easy because there is no struggling to squeeze a bottle, it doesn’t get into his eyes or anything, and I can just run the bar all over him while he plays in the bath. The way it works though is also impressive. His skin is super moisturized, hair is fluffy and soft, and he smells delicious. Either way, I highly recommend this to all parents!

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My Review of Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo

Originally submitted at LUSH USA

For dry or fluffy hair that needs to be tamed

SO Impressed!

By Mommi Sami from Sanford, Maine on 8/23/2014

 

5out of 5

When you survey your stash, you label this product: Must-Have

Hair Type: Straight Hair

Pros: Little goes a long way, Adds Volume, Great Smell, Improves Hair Health, Keeps The Grease Away, Adds Shine, Brightens My Red Hair, Gentle, Cleans Thoroughly, Lathers Well

Best Uses: Oily Hair, Colored Hair, Thicker Hair

Describe Yourself: Minimalist

I absolutely love this shampoo. I am beyond picky about my shampoo usually. I dye my hair red often and I hate that after a few washes it tends to wash out. This shampoo actually brightened the color, a huge bonus for me. Then, I have really thick hair and usually have to use a ton. A little dime size drop of this gets my whole head no problem. I personally love the smell of it, so does my other half, but it probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I also have really greasy hair. I sweat a ton. Shockingly you can go threeish days without washing your hair with this and it wont be greasy. As a mom it’s hard sometimes to find time to shower daily. This is a great shampoo when you have only a few minutes.

Look how bright and shiny it made my hair!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Breastfeeding in Public

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Well, after looking at some of the other threads regarding this all over Gaia,
I feel like I really need to answer some of the concerns and questions that people have.
For nine months, almost ten, I have been nursing my son whenever and wherever we are.
So, here’s the facts:

-Aren’t Breasts sexual?
-Yes, they are, when you’re in the bedroom doing it or when you are trying to attract someone.
When you are feeding your child? No. At that point you are giving your child the milk that the bags of fat on your chest produce when you have a child just like any other mammal out there.
There is nothing sexual. You are serving a need. Frankly I’ve seen more boob at the beach than when we nurse. Seeing a tiny bit of side boob isn’t going to end the world.

-Why not just use a cover?
-Have you tried putting even the lightest cover over your head in summer? It gets hot. No matter how thin, the heat ends up getting stuck in there. It’s not comfortable. More over though, they are useless once baby is older and mobile like mine. I try putting a cover over us and my son rips it off which shows a heck of a lot more than if I just nursed him freely.

-Why not pump and use a bottle?
-Not everyone CAN pump. My son eats 4-8 ounces at a time. I can only pump 2 ounces MAX at a time. It takes too much extra time that mothers usually don’t have. More over, nipple confusion is a serious problem. Most babies will refuse the bottle if mom gives it to them because they prefer the boob.

-Why not go to the bathroom?
-Um… really? That is disgusting. You go eat in a bathroom. You go spend 20 minutes sitting in there, uncomfortable, eating. This is just common sense. It’s disgusting.

-Why not go to the car?
-Oh you mean the portable microwave? Yeah no, it’s hot. Sitting in the car is dangerous and extra uncomfortable.

-Why not just use formula?
-Well if you are talking about just in public, it messes with baby’s belly to use it and breast milk and baby will usually refuse it for the same reason as when you pump. Other than that though, look at the ingredients in formula. Not cool. Look that the “ingredients” in breastmilk aka BREASTMILK. Then you look at ease. At night I just sleep with my baby. He eats when he wants so I don’t even have to wake up. If I used formula I’d have to get up at night, warm the water, mix the formula, and stay up feeding it to baby.

-Why nurse in public at all?
-Because if we don’t then I’ll be asked this forever. Breastfeeding is a completely natural and normal occurrence throughout the world. If more people don’t see breastfeeding it can never be deemed normal. Worried about your child seeing? Why? It gives you a chance to very simply say, they are feeding their child in the most nutritious and normal way.

Any other questions?

A Simple Joy that Fills My Life

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 Time and again my son reminds me of the good things in life.

Last night I was sitting in my “easy chair” whining because I had cramps and I was tired and I just didn’t feel like doing anything. Then this little ball of awesome, also known as Caleb, crawled on over to me like he tends to do, with his truck, and stood against me. He started screaming aka talking to me and driving his car all over my legs. Anyone who could stay grumpy with a cute little man paying so much attention to them is a very silly person. I just burst out laughing and he handed me his truck so I could drive on him as well. I realized then that all I needed was to stop focusing on all the negatives and remember how blessed I am.

When I was growing up, and living with my aunt and uncle, I was kind of a sour puss at times. Every single morning, four in the morning when I’d just woken up to be more specific, my uncle would essentially yell to me, “If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic!” Of course like any teenager I just looked at him like he was the most annoying thing in the world. Since getting out on my own though, I have been enlightened. That really is the way to be. Just smiling releases endorphins that will make you feel better. When you focus on the good, you can see the good and you stop seeing all the bad. The best thing in my life though is my son. He makes me all the kinds of happy that there are.

So I suppose the thing you should all get from this little story is to start focusing on the good rather than the bad. Being bitter, looking at the world in a cynical way, just isn’t worth all the negative feelings that come from it. Being happy FEELS good. So, remember, “If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic.”

This sign hangs above my kitchen table .

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The Dirty Truth About Menstruation after Childbirth

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EDIT: This is just one case. No, not everyone has a period like this once they give birth. This was written because many women have this experience and it can be scary. Everyone is different. Do not take this as, YOU WILL HAVE THIS.

Oh my goodness. They don’t warn you about this. No one talks about it. No one wants to talk about it but gosh do I wish I had known what would or even could happen once I finally got my period back. Let me just tell you, this is not the kind of post you want to read if you have a sensitive stomach or you are squeamish but it is something you should read if you are or soon will be pregnant.

Thanks to breastfeeding I got a wonderful extra seven months of no period. It was wonderful. When I finally did get it though I had no idea what was going on and found myself in the ER. I was convinced I had internal bleeding or even that I had been pregnant some how and was miscarrying. Thankfully neither were true, which we found out after four hours, and it was just a period.

Here’s what you can expect:

-VERY heavy bleeding; don’t be surprised if you soak a pad within two hours

-An insane amount of clotting; it’s like you’ve just given birth and the clots are still coming out

-Watery gushes of blood

-Extreme cramping

It might be scary, and I can guarantee it will be gross and a pain in the neck, but it’s normal and will eventually get better. Sadly tampons tend not to work anymore (they either soak too fast or they fall out) and pads have to be the super kind. The worst thing for me is sleep. I have to get up every few hours just to go to the bathroom, gush blood into the toilet because my body doesn’t let it all out while I sleep, and change my pad.

Some things I’ve found that helps:

-Take Ibuprofen every few hours to slow down the bleeding and help cramps

-Take a short walk

-Relax; take a nap when your little one naps

-Eat foods that are less gassy; avoid dairy and some vegetables

If anything seems off to you, don’t be afraid to go into the doctors though. Just know that it is NORMAL to bleed so much and to pass so many clots. Also, it can last MUCH longer. My second period lasted almost three weeks and was terrible. My first only lasted two weeks and this third one I’m hoping for a much shorter time till the bleeding stops but thankfully Ibuprofen makes it much more bearable.

Thanks For Reading Everyone! Hope This Helps!

What’s in Mommi Sami’s Diaper Bag?

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As most moms know, a Diaper bag is more than something to carry the wipes and diapers around in. It’s your purse; the thing that holds all the comforts of home on the go. Men just don’t understand. They think diaper bag and imagine it’s for just the basics. How wrong they are! That is exactly why I got this wonderful “Bold Bloom” zip top bag from Thirty One. It has all the space I need. Seven outside pockets and a huge inside are available for everything you need. I also got a ton of other thirty one bags in order to organize the rest of the stuff I have to carry around. So, today I’ve decided to share with you just what that is.

To start you have the outside pockets on the front and left side. Diapers right on the front for easy access. The pocket is the PERFECT size; I swear this bag was meant to be a diaper bag. It used to drive me crazy trying to do a quick diaper change and have to dig around the inside of a tiny bag to get said diaper out. No worries here. Then the other two front pockets have Caleb and I’s sunglasses and his Maraca. I always try to have the maraca with us and on the front so that when I’m out chatting with someone and he gets bored he can get it out for himself to play with. Then on the left you have his cup, which is usually empty and more there in case we go out to a restaurant or someone’s house and he wants juice instead of booby milk. Behind the cup are these fun snacks from the brand Plum. I think they taste disgusting but my son loves them and they are dairy, soy, and gluten free. They are like the frozen yogurt bites but made with rice milk instead. Another huge bonus? They are a dollar cheaper than the Gerber kind.

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Then you have the back and right side. As you can see, Caleb’s favorite toy Mickey gets to go everywhere with us. Again, it’s easy access for him. The other pocket has a Thirty-One nail file, nail clippers, and a pacifier just in case. The other wonderful item in that pocket is my Lansinoh lanolin cream. It’s good on just about everything so I try to never leave home without it.

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This is the inside empty and full. My keys hang right off of the inside tag, making them super easy to find, and usually my (you guessed it, Thirty-One) wallet hangs in there as well. Somehow I’ve lost this wallet for the moment. Really a sad fact but thankfully there wasn’t much in it. Even when I’ve put everything I have in the bag I can still fit plenty more including my Maya Ring Sling.

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These are my two zipper bags. Both are water proof and easy to clean as you can just wipe the inside. The black one is full with two swim diapers, a bathing suit, onsie, pants, and socks. The other one is empty in case we have a blowout or no where to put a diaper. It prevents the whole bag from smelling and can be washed once we get home.

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I love this little clutch bag. It has our whole little family on it customized which I find a little too thrilling. What’s in it though? Sharpies and Essential Oils! I am convinced that Sharpies should always be with you. That way you can write on anything you have to. The oils are orange, sage, and rosemary. These are my favorite and I like to always have them with me in case I need a pick me up, extra boob milk, or feel congested. The note book is for all my blog ideas. When I’m out and about I like to be able to write things down just in case. The other one is my iPad carrier with a matching notepad. This is actually only used at church. Bible on the iPad, info on the notepad. It is a safe place for the iPad though and matched the bag.

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This part’s kind of funny. I have a cooler but it’s only really used to keep my WiC folder, bibs, and spoons in. Still if I have a water bottle or something for myself it’s a way to keep it cool at lest. The other thing is my coupon organizer and grocery list. I’m the kind of person who hates those lists but it helps me remember what I absolutely have to get and what coupons I have.

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Last but not least I have a pillowed, portable, diaper change pad. It came with a place for diapers and wipes but to be honest neither get much use. The only time I really use it is if we’re at a store and I have to use a changing table in the bathroom because those things scare me. The other is the best book for when we are out. It has little bells in the handle and Caleb loves to read it over and over and do the actions in it. I think every diaper bag needs a book. You never know when quite time will arise.

And there you have it! That’s what keeps life going smoothy when we aren’t home.

Thank You for Reading!

Personal Comfort and Full Term Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding until your child wants to wean is wonderful. It’s this great bond between mother and child, helps their health, and it’s great for most moms as well. The reality though is that not EVERY mother feels this way. Some moms work really hard to nurse for even the first six months because they feel so uncomfortable. They don’t feel relaxed or comfortable with having another human sucking on their breasts. It’s not something that nature or normality is going to change. That’s okay. You tried and even breastfeeding one day is better than not breastfeeding at all.

What I want to talk about though, is what happens when your child is old enough to understand and tell you they want the boob, but you aren’t as comfortable anymore. Mayim Bialik, one of my favorite attachment parenting role models, mentioned that breastfeeding doesn’t work when either party is uncomfortable. She nursed full term with both of her children but it was on her terms and there is nothing wrong with that. When you nurse and feel uncomfortable you end up stressing. That stress gets passed onto your child and you both end up frustrated. There is no point in nursing by then if it’s just going to hurt your bond. Take a step back, think of what is best for you both, and go with it.

On the other hand, don’t let others make this decision for you. I have a friend who really loved nursing her two year old. Other than me, who only has a nine month old, gave her support on the situation though. Because of this, she decided to wean. We were talking about it just the other day and she really regrets and misses it. Her daughter seems fine with it and there has been no real change there, but personally she wishes she was still nursing. This is a very personal decision. The benefits of breastfeeding don’t just disappear at two years. There is no medical reason to stop. The only ones who can make the decision is you and your baby.

If you every need support, please feel free to message me.

My email is sami.jordynn@gmail.com or you can message me on facebook and twitter.

I am here for you to answer any of your questions.

Thank You for Reading!

Full Term Breastfeeding! -The Breastfed Toddler-

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^^ Joyce and her Darling Daughter. She’s a great defender of Breastfeeding! ^^

Let me just start by saying I use the term FULL TERM Breastfeeding for a reason. There is no specific time that you need to stop breastfeeding. It’s not Extended, the term you see more often, because that would imply it’s more than what you’re supposed to do. The WHO, World Health Organization, suggests you breastfeed a MINIMUM of two years with no maximum listed. The benefits do not stop once your child turns one, or even two. Your milk changes to provide the proper nutrients. Here I will list some of the fabulous things that happen to your toddler when you continue to breastfeed.

1) Eyes- Vitamin A is a very important vitamin in eye development.

If you are nursing at/after 12 months, your breastmilk has 75% of your needed Vitamin A intake for the day.

2) Teeth- Breastfed babies are less likely to suck their thumb, causing teeth misalignment.

It has been shown to improve oral health.

3) Ears- This one is close to my heart from seeing my nephews end up with so many ear infections vs. my son having none.

Breastfeeding helps prevent ear infections which can cause hearing damage.

4) Bones- 36% of your daily needed consumption of Calcium is in your milk after twelve months.

Calcium is responsible for healthy and strong bone growth.

5) Brain- I’ve heard the line, I was formula fed and turned out fine, so many times and it makes me laugh.

Were you outstanding? If you’re calling yourself fine, probably not.

Breastfed babies have been shown to have higher intelligence and cognitive aptitude.

6) Taste Buds- Children are able to taste what we eat at least somewhat in our milk.

They end up being less fussy and picky eaters because of that.

7) Weight- Breastfed toddlers tend to have a slimmer chance of childhood obesity.

8) Portability- Breastfeeding is much easier than carrying around food containers and cups.

Another bonus is that in new places it can aid with comfort.

9) Hair- The protein in your milk after 12 months provides 43% of your toddler’s needs.

This makes their hair much stronger and glossier.

10) Bumps and Scratches- Breastmilk is a great healer for the bumps, bruises, and scratches that come with having a mobile toddler.

11) Skin- Breastmilk helps skin stay soft and can help with any eczema that may occur.

12) Hydration- Breastmilk is easy to digest.

When your toddler gets sick and other liquids can’t be handled breastmilk often can be.

Though the chance of getting sick is so much slimmer being breastfed.

13) Immune System- At two years of age, an immune system is functioning at 60% of an adult’s.

Your breastmilk gives your child antibodies to help them heal quickly and avoid getting sick in the first place.

14) Independence- This is a big one.

The bond your toddler and you will share because of nursing helps build their confidence.

With them being able to trust you to be there and care for them, they are much more willing to go off on their own and explore.

So breastfeed to your hearts content my dear readers!

Thank You for Reading!

 

Attachment Parenting and The Adult Relationship

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I just have to say before I really get into this, I didn’t realize it until now but Corey and I have not taken a single photo together without Caleb since he was born. I looked through both of our phones and every single picture of us together has Caleb as well. So, my goal for today is to take a picture with Corey and without Caleb. Other than this though, our relationship is never better.

As someone who supports Co-sleeping and Bed Sharing I am always getting asked, “How do you have time for sex?” The reality is, sharing a bed with your child doesn’t mean that they are constantly in bed with you. We make the time to do the deed. Caleb is perfectly safe playing in the living room for ten minutes. It’s not like people only have sex once they go to bed. Nothing would get done if that was the case. If you are like me, you’d have to get up after every time, probably waking yourself up too much, and not being able to sleep again right away. Don’t fear not having sex. If you want to be intimate with your significant other, let your kid play alone for a minute and take the time out to spend some alone time. It confuses me as to why people even have to ask.

Another thing that people think is going to be affected is “date night.” I’d like to start by saying, not everyone needs to be away from their child on date night. I LOVE that Caleb is usually with us. We are a family, we all love each other dearly, and it doesn’t hurt Corey and I’s relationship to bring him with us. On another hand though, we can certainly go out without him. Just because I’m nursing and we are an attached family doesn’t mean Caleb has to be with us 24/7. It is okay for me to pump for an evening away. It’s okay for him to be with someone besides me. I’d prefer that someone be family that he’s known for a long time but even a trusted friend or nearly stranger can work out as long as they understand how I parent and will treat my child the same way I do.

One last thing is that some men resent their other half when they become so attached to their child. Well, here’s the thing about that, it doesn’t matter. I’m sorry but the child is and will always be the most important thing. I’m all for giving your other half attention, and it is healthy to do so, but if anything that makes your child comfortable or happy is sacrificed to make him less grumpy then it isn’t worth it. Try to get him as involved as you though. Explain to him why you do what you do. Let him burp baby or feed solids when the time comes. Have dad wear the little one. A lot of men that do it feel a much stronger connection to their little one. I am so grateful to have a guy by my side that supports this style of parenting. I hope you all get the same experience that I have.

Thank You for Reading!

 

The One Flaw of Attachment Parenting-The Overly Attached Parent

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Well dang. I hear all the time how my child is never going to be independent and all this other bologna about Attachment Parenting. They tell me that he’ll never want out of my bed, he’ll always be attached to my boob, and he’s never going to walk. They are SO wrong.

Caleb is so terribly independent and it kind of breaks my heart. Since he was born he has been sleeping with me. It’s just easier to breastfeed and it’s so comforting to have him in bed with me… Now he’s got this desire to sleep in his own bed. It’s actually a swing and not so much a bed but either way it’s not MY bed and that means he is no longer snuggling with me. I was up until three this morning laying there waiting for him to wake up and want to nurse so I could bring him to bed because without him I can no longer sleep. To make it worse, when he was done nursing he couldn’t get comfy in my bed and requested to go back to his swing until seven this morning. I did eventually fall asleep but it was a real struggle.

It’s the same with breastfeeding. He’s a food lover for sure. Now if anyone around him is eating real food he will refuse the boob until he gets a little bit of solids and it makes me really jealous. I love our booby time. It relaxes me and really perks me up and I hope that it does the same to him but when he chooses to eat solids instead of drink the boob juice it makes me question that. I’m just thankful he still likes being worn. He likes his stroller as well but we use it so rarely I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.

Even in everyday play I get a little bit sad. I get down to play with him and because he’s so confident in what he’s doing he’ll just play by himself a lot of the time and I sit here wondering what I’m supposed to do if he doesn’t need me for another half hour or so. I’ve gotten so attached to being there for him all of the time that when he starts to do his own thing because he’s growing up and has all this confidence it makes me feel a little lonely. On the other hand, I’m so happy for him. He’s a smart, healthy, strong, and loving little boy. He will still come check in with me and give me kisses then go back to playing. He’ll still snuggle into me after he’s had a long play and needs a rest. It’s just hard to let go I suppose. I guess I’m doing my job though. Raising independent and caring kids can be a challenge but I think that our little family is moving in the right direction.

Thank You for Reading! Tell Me What You Think? Are You an Attached Parent Too?