Coconut Oil- My New Favorite Conditioner

Coconut Oil- Courtesy of Trader Joes

Coconut Oil- Courtesy of Trader Joes

These days it seems like I am having a bad hair day, EVERYDAY! Since I started nursing my little peanut, my hair has been falling out in clumps, yes clumps! At first it really freaked me out, but after some research and a panic call to my Dr., I learned that this is completely normal for nursing mothers…Annoying but normal! Well, now all these little hairs are starting to regrow and they are small, they stick straight up and are annoying.

As I was discussing these frustrations with my Stroller Strides running partners, they started naming off suggestions to help! One suggestion that came up and stuck was Coconut Oil. I thought it was interesting, simple and I had it in my cupboard so that I could start right away. When I got home, I grabbed the coconut oil and went to town. At the end of the process and after a much-needed shower, my hair felt AweMazing, salon AweMazing! I have been doing this treatment once a week for a few weeks now and each week I get better results. My hair is softer, shinier and I even think my hair is growing faster, it’s like miracle grow for hair. At this rate, these new little baby hairs will soon be long lush layers that blow in the ocean breeze! I can dream right?

Here are the steps for my new favorite deep conditioning treatment:

INGREDIENTS:

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Towel

Shower Cap (or Plastic Bag)

DIRECTIONS

  • Take approximately 2 TBS of Coconut Oil (note: amount will vary depending on hair length) and rub in your hands to make smooth oil. Apply to dry hair avoiding the roots and concentrating on the ends.
  • Clip your hair on top of your head.
  • Run your towel under hot water and place in microwave for 30 seconds. The heat from the towel will help the oil penetrate the hair
  • Wrap the warm towel on your head and cover with shower cap (or plastic bag) to seal in the heat. Let sit for at least 45 minutes, I like to go a little longer like an hour and if I have time 2 hours! Hey you have some DVR to catch up on right?
  • Rinse hair with shampoo (I wash my hair twice to make sure all the oil is out) and conditioner.
  • Style and feel the silkiness of your gorgeous hair…AWEMAZING! 

FREE Resources in a Community Near You!!!! Yes FREE!

Today, I made the discovery of all discoveries! When I took my little peanut to the library for a free infant massage class, I thought why not learn to relax my baby before bed, who doesn’t love a great massage. The class was not only informative and free but we also walked away with massage oil, well it’s Grapeseed Oil (we were told you should us an oil you wouldn’t be afraid to eat and that was odorless), and stacking cups for baby to play with… Win! But that’s not all, I learned that there is more to this program then just an hour trial class, it’s actually a 4-week series and the series is FREE! I know; I couldn’t believe it either! The program is part of a program called First 5 San Diego and it is directed towards parents with newborns to 5 year olds. They provide parenting classes, classes on sleeping, massages, nutrition, behavior, and the list goes on. They even provide testing to make sure your child is where they should be developmentally so that you can make sure they are on the right track as they prepare for grade school! AWEMAZING right? The program is all FREE; it’s paid for from money earned from a tobacco sales tax (thank you San Diego smokers)!

Photo Courtesy of First 5 San Diego

Photo Courtesy of First 5 San Diego

As we were sitting and learning about everything First 5 San Diego has to offer we discussed how many free programs there are out there for parents from helping them to stimulate their peanuts, to classes’ on behavioral issues to family activities. Here are some ways in which you can find some of these programs in your area.

  • Check you Library Events Calendar
  • Find Local Parent Magazines (they often have event calendars in the back)
  • Check your local newspaper
  • Call your local community center
  • Google your city names and free activities
  • Check with your pediatrician or local hospital
  • Check local museums, gardens, etc. (they often offer a free day for residence)

These are just a few of the ways to search for programs in your area. I encourage you to look around. There are so many programs out there for families that are absolutely free so why not take advantage of these to enhance your child’s life as well as your time with them!

Enjoy what is out there; it’s nothing short of AweMazing if you take the time to look for it!

XOXO

P.S. I did sign up for the FREE 4 week Baby Massage class, I will let you know how it is- Thank You again San Diego Smokers!

Test of Motherhood: My Attempt as a “Single” Parent

Oh man…. These last few weeks I have experience what it is like to be a single parent (or have a spouse deployed) and it is NOT fun! My husband has been working over 70 hours a week trying to meet an upcoming deadline, I didn’t even know there were 70 hours in a week! Needless to say it has been just me and peanut all day every day, luckily we do get to see daddy in the morning, at lunch and for dinner so we aren’t completely on our own. Through these trying weeks, I have learned a few things that have helped me keep my sanity. These few things have helped me get through each day and will continue to help me until this project is done and once it is done, we plan on some quality family time that will be AWEMAZING!

Create a schedule and stick to it: I have created a schedule for feedings, naps, library time, grocery store shopping etc. and have stuck to it (for the most part). This has helped me keep my focus and keep me active each day.

Schedule play dates: Scheduling play dates has been crucial, it not only give peanut time with her little friends but it also allows for me to have some adult conversations, which you would be surprised how important it is! It’s nice to be able to catch up with friends, get support and just talk about things besides the ABCs and farm animals.

Pick-up the house before going to bed: This one sounds like such a drag, but for some reason waking up to a clean house that has the dishes done, toys put away and laundry folded just helps get the day off to a better start. Throughout the day you will spend making the mess, creating laundry to fold and scattering toys around at least you didn’t have to deal with it right when you open your eyes.

Me, Me,  Me time: This has been probably the most important thing I have done that has kept me sane. Now I obviously couldn’t take a spa day or a marathon of yoga classes since I don’t have my husband to stay with peanut. Instead, I improvised, I made sure that I would go for a run (with baby and the jogger of course) with headphones in and just let my mind focus on my run. Even though peanut is with me, I was still doing something for myself that made me feel good and cleared my mind. I also make sure I take time during nap and at night to relax whether I watch a show on TV, read a book or magazine or catch up on Facebook posts, it was quiet time for myself and was much needed

These have been lifesavers for me during my husbands project; I just hope I can keep it going for the next month and half! Please send any other ideas that work for you!

XOXO

Coconut Water: A Win All Around

Coconut Water

Coconut Water

Hot summer days (and by hot I mean 85 degrees here in San Diego), brings the need to stay hydrated in order to keep the body functioning all cylinders. While water is good and probably the best choice, coconut water is a good substitute as it contains electrolytes like potassium that are essential to the body in order to maintain hydration. Electrolytes found in coconut water help detox (i.e. aftter a night of drinking) and repair (after a long workout) the body.

While I was pregnant my swollen feet and leg cramps were unbearable. As I was drinking as much water as I could I still was in pain. My Dr. then suggested I try coconut water to get the extra electrolytes that my body needed. I started drinking coconut water once in the morning and again at night and I was able to feel the difference, I wasn’t waking up at night with excruciating leg cramps and the swelling in my feet went down (slightly). Since having little peanut I have continued to drink coconut water to help stay hydrated so that I can continue to breastfeed.

Just recently, I have looked into the true benefits of coconut water and was truly shocked at how AweMazing it really is.  It provides so much more for your body than any sugary sports drink out there plus it’s all natural without any of the sugars added. Many professional athletes are ditching the standard sports drink and going to coconut water for a faster recovery. These benefits are a win all the way around.

Benefits of Coconut Water

Benefits of Coconut Water

The $10 Lemonade

Photo courtesy of stacyloliver.com

Photo courtesy of stacyloliver.com

In the middle of summer, kids start getting antsy, while parents run out of ideas to keep them entertained. Well, today I think everyone had the same idea…”Lets have a lemonade stand”! While walking with the baby or driving through the neighborhood I counted 6 lemonade stands, yes 6!!!!! Some had professional looking stands with cash registers, while others were on a card table with a bright balloon, some even had sign twirlers!  Either way, all the stands had the same objective, there was some reason to start a lemonade business. Whether it be to save for a new bike or a trip to Sea World, lemonade stands teach kids about working for their money, it helps them understand how to run and market a business (or lemonade stand) and it teaches them how to succeed and yes even fail. Whenever I am walking or even driving, I always make it a point to stop and support their business. Today was no exception, although I didn’t stop at all 6 stands, I did manage two stops. When I stopped at the last stand all I had was a $10, I could tell the kids were working hard holding their signs up for all the cars to see. When I gave them the $10 and they handed me my half of glass of  watered down lemonade, I told them to keep the change. Their eyes lit up so bright and as I walked away I could see them all jumping and and talking about how they just made $10. It made me smile knowing that I had played a part in helping them learn that money doesn’t grow on tree and you have to work if you want something. That right there is what summer is about and it was totally worth the extra $9.50 for the lemonade!

XOXO

Meeting Moms, Keeping My Sanity

When my little one was born and I decided to become a stay at home mom and have distant myself from my friends.  Since I live 45 minutes from most of my friends, it became harder for me to see them on a regular basis, not to mention they are often busy with work. When peanut was born I found myself needing some kind of adult interaction on a regular basis or I was going to go CRAZY! That’s when I found a few groups to join that had other moms that were close to me and that had similar interests. Thanks to these groups I have been able to maintain my sanity and meet some AweMazing moms!

Stroller Strides: I joined Stroller Strides the minute I was cleared by the Dr. and immediately felt welcomed.  There were kids of all ages watching their moms live an active and healthy life, which is something I was always a believer in. The kids were entertained with snacks and songs from mom and the moms bonded over discussions about breastfeeding, potty training and recipes. This was my kind of group.  www.Fit4Mom.com

Meet-Up: Meetup.com is a site that allows you to find special interest groups in your area. I did a specific search for New Mom’s in 2012 in my neighborhood and was able to find a group. It was a new group with only a couple members (it has since grown to over 40 member). All the members live in my neighborhood (or in close proximity) and all have a baby that was born in 2012. We organize playgroups, pool time, park dates, beach dates, walks, and mom’s night out. This is such a cool group as all our kids are around the same age and going through the same thing so we can all relate. We have even started a Facebook page where we can communicate. www.Meetup.com

Library Story Time: I started taking my peanut to the infant sing-along and story time at our local library when she was just a couple of months old. Every week I would see the same moms that we were able to eventually form a bond.

Lactation Groups: Breastfeeding for the first time can be one of the most rewarding yet frustrating. Joining a lactation group is a great way to gain support and meet new moms. You can find a lactation group at your local hospital.

If you can’t find any groups that match what you are looking, start one… you will get members because others are looking for the same thing!

Get Your Groove on with these Pandora Children’s Stations

I find it absolutely hilarious that since having our peanut, our DVR recordings, CD changer and Pandora stations all have a new look. Our DVR used to be filled with trashy reality shows, Si-Fi Series or just plain comedies. Now it’s filled with Dora, Sesame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba just to name a few. I am not a fan of peanut watching T.V., I often have it in the background, and until recently when I discovered some kid focused Pandora stations that I decided to play instead.  Here are a few of our favorites so far!

Hullabaloo Band: Is a local San Diego band that we often see playing at San Diego libraries, parks and events. This Free-Range Organic Kid-Folk music is perfect for getting the wiggles out and won’t make mom and dad pull their hair out. With original songs like “Raise a Ruckus” (2012 Parent Choice Winner) and “Dad Upside Down”, your little one is sure to get their groove on! Hullabaloo Band

Sandra Boynton Station: But wait you say, isn’t Sandra Boynton a children’s author? Yes she is, however many of her books have been made into catchy tunes sung by various artists (including the Bacon Brothers). Some of these songs include Tickle Time and Snuggle Puppy”. This station is full of original songs by Sesame Street, the Muppets and many more that won’t bore the family.

Mozart Lullaby: When we first found this station we were looking for instrumental Mozart songs, as we knew that they were good for babies. Well, this is anything but instrumental, however the calming tunes always help our peanut fall asleep. This station has a variety of relaxing tunes from Michel Bubble to Nat King Cole, to children’s classic lullabies. We often find ourselves listening to the station long after peanut is asleep.

Mozart Piano Quartet: Now this is the station we were originally looking for when we found Mozart Lullaby. This is pure classical music that sooths the mind and the soul.

Baby Einstein Radio: This station is full of your more traditional children’s songs such as “Wheels on the Bus”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “If Your Happy and You Know it”. Hey you have to have at least one station that the kids can sing along to right?

What Pandora Station do you think is AweMazing for children (and won’t have parents going crazy)?

XOXO