Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How we beat the really awful cold going around

We're just getting over a pretty nasty cold, Noah and I. Lots of coughing, head and chest pain, shakiness, dizziness, sneezing and sniffles and nausea. I mean, I was so dizzy I couldn't stand up.
But we're both almost 100% better in less than 48 hours!

What we've been doing:

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a few times a day. 
It's awful tasting, but there are lots of ways to do it. 
  • Dilute in 8oz water
  • Dilute in 8oz fruit juice (I hear orange, cranberry, apple and grape are best)
  • Make in a tea with some honey
  • Do ACV "shots" followed by an 8oz glass of water
  • Make a salad dressing
  • Make a smoothie
It does help a lot. I didn't use any of these but rather, made a "super tea" which I'll put toward the end.

One tablespoon of organic coconut oil a few times a day.
Coconut oil is actually pretty plain. 
We just melted a spoonful in tea a couple times a day.

One tablespoon of cinnamon a few times a day.
Cinnamon has natural healing properties, and it even tastes great! We put ours in tea or for me, in coffee.

Vitamin C to bowel tolerance.
Self explanatory.

Daily dose of Echinacea.
Also great for immune support!

Lots of rest.
Not easy as a mom, but luckily my kids were up for lots of snuggling and movie time.

Cool mist humidifier with EO.
We ran our cool mist humidifier with eucalyptus essential oil to help us breathe better (10 drops) and chamomile essential oil to help us relax and promote restful sleep (15 drops).

Lots of fluids.
Especially if you have vomiting or diarrhea. Water, fruit juices watered down, electrolyte drinks (Wellness Mama has a great recipe for a homemade one!).

"Super tea" a few times a day.
Decaffeinated is best during a cold. 
I brewed a cup of black Lipton tea 3-4 times a day and added 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar) and 1 tsp of sugar. It covered the taste pretty well! I do think a fruity tea would mask the ACV better, though. Find what works for you!

All we have left are a couple sniffles and I have a bit of a cough left.
Other things you can add are bee propolis, elderberry syrup, and pure organic honey.
Remember - hot liquids stimulate the immune response, so lots of soup broth and decaffeinated teas will help!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I haven't forgotten about you guys! Life is busy with two kiddos, a lot busier than it was with just one.
And Bugman is going to be three in two days. Today, three years ago, was my due date with Noah. Today, three years ago, I was putting away the last of his clean clothes, readying my homebirth basket, and playing games on the Wii.
At 2am, tomorrow, the 26th, (three years ago) I was woken by contractions.
It's so bittersweet.

Anyway, both kids are getting big and growing too fast. Gage is three months old now.
We've moved to New York and I'm trying to get my doula business going again down here. Curtis is working in a cabinet shop and deciding whether he's joining the Army Reserves or the Army National Guard, and he plans to go active duty in a few years (roughly three years from now).
As proud a career as that is, I hope he changes his mind. Losing him is a terrifying thought.

Amidst the move, the stress of starting my business again and of planning for Noah's party, and moving our entire life, I haven't had much time to blog. I'll post on the 27th or 28th about Noah's birthday, but for now, laundry is calling my name (and I have to stuff diapers).

I'll update y'all soon. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What are your New Year resolutions?

This year my resolutions are just what I've been working on all year, really.

Be more patient.
Be more kind.
Judge less.
Understand more.
Eat healthier.
Work out daily.
Do more yoga.
Spend more time outside.
Make more memories.
Drink more water.
No more soda!
(I'm struggling with that one)

I have a work out group that I made on Facebook, that mainly consists of 30 day challenges that change every month. If anyone is interested, click here to join. :)
I've actually made quite a bit of progress. It was unexpected to say the least! But hard work and perseverance go a long way.

I also found a healthier alternative to soda, which is basically just making your own flavored syrup (from berries and sugar, or some people like maple syrup on its own, or you can even buy your own all natural syrup) and adding it to seltzer water to taste. I suppose you could do the same with Mio or something similar, but all that fake sugar just isn't for us. It's horrible for you, and it makes me and my two year old sick.
So anyway, there's that. I also want to drink more water to be healthier.
I've cut out dyes as much as possible for my son, as well as high fructose corn syrup, but I've decided it's time to do the same for myself. The best way to get healthy is to start from the inside out!

I know this is a short post, but my resolutions are mainly to keep up what I'm already working on.
Happy (late) New Year!

You Might be a Crunchy Mama if...

  • You use cloth diapers
  • You have a slight obsession with essential oils
  • You know that raw garlic is a potent antibiotic
  • You're totally cool with breastfeeding for longer than a year
  • You're very proud of your 4 year old who is still rear facing
  • You're all for home births
  • You prefer midwives to OBs
  • You make your own baby food
  • (or practice Baby Led Weaning)
  • Your baby wears an amber necklace for teething
  • You wear an amber necklace/bracelet for various aches and pains
  • Instead of reflux meds you successfully use hazelwood necklaces for you &/or your baby
  • You know what mama cloth is
  • You delay or skip vaccinations
  • You call yourself a lactivist
  • You call yourself an intactivist
  • You know what unassisted childbirth is
  • You encapsulated your placenta
  • (or made a smoothie or just flat out ate it)
  • You've watched The Business Of Being Born repeatedly
  • You know who Ina May Gaskin is
  • You love your doula
  • You love everything organic
  • You still buy wooden toys for your kiddos
  • You have a nice stash of vitamins
  • You love babywearing
  • You made your own cloth baby wipes and wipe solution
  • You know what Sophie the Giraffe is for
  • You made or bought reusable nursing pads
  • You put your essential oils in everything
  • You know coconut oil is great for literally everything
  • You have Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap in your bathroom right now
  • You make your own toothpaste
  • You regard artificial dyes as the plague
  • You have your placenta in the freezer so you can plant it in the spring
  • You grow your own veggies and fruits
  • You homeschool
  • You gave birth in your living room (on purpose)

My boss at CVS actually used to refer to me as his "hippy employee" because I told people about natural alternatives (like Hyland's Teething Tablets instead of Motrin, because Hyland's is homeopathic and not loaded with crap) and because I refused to push vaccines and because I'm a birth doula and because I frequently wore my son in a ring sling when I shopped there. Everyone I know sort of views me as the "hippy mom" but, I'm pretty okay with this.

And, a final note, this is not to bash anyone's parenting, and this is not intended to say that crunchy moms do ALL of this. It's a post made in fun and good humor. :)