Fashion for Friday: The Long Short

One of the most doable, wearable, and terrific trends of the year:  the long short.  Here are 5 reasons why:
  1. This “trend” is classic.  Timeless, not trendy.  It is not something you’ll want to remove from your wardrobe in future seasons.
  2. This style is is great for any age.
  3. Wear it anywhere.  You could confidently wear this to anything from work, to meeting your future in-laws.
  4. It is modest.  (Remember ladies:  men imagine perfection.  Why make them think less?)
  5. A DIY opportunity.  You (or your local tailor) may hike up the hem on a pair of trousers or jeans you already own. knee shorts
The Row striped shorts, $475 / Knee length shorts, $600 / J Brand short jean shorts / Marni knee length shorts, $515 / Dondup metallic shorts, $270

Toys for Tots: Homemade Rattles

Toys for Tots:  Homemade Rattles

I was inspired to make my own rattles by Magda Gerber, the founder of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). She asserted that it is best for babies to actually see what makes a rattle’s sound. I thought it would be nice for our son to see some things from our kitchen pantry. For our rattles, I used a cinnamon stick, angel hair pasta, wild rice, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, and dried basil. I hope you find this inspiring for the tots in your life. These are so easy to make. What a wonderful baby shower gift!

What homemade toys have you made for your tots? Please share!

Coconut Oil, Coconut Juice, Coconut Milk, & Coconuts: Nutrition for Babies

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It took us 4+ lactation consultants, 2 midwives, an ENT, 2 frenectomies, a dysphagia specialist, a Modified Barium Swallow Study, physical therapy, double-pumping with a hospital grade pump (every 2-3 hours, around the clock), donor breastmilk, a list of lactogenic herbs, nipple blisters, mastitis, and 7 weeks to establish breastfeeding.

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During our 7-week circus, I ran out of milk…several times.  It was heartbreaking.  Nevertheless, I had many hours in which I was hooked up to pump, and thus I spent many hours researching options for our newborn’s nutrition.  One of my delightful discoveries was the option of coconut juice/water/milk/oil for infant nutrition.  Apparently coconut is one of the least likely foods to elicit an allergy, and it is the first food fed to Thai babies.  In addition to being safe for infants, it is composed of the main fatty acid found in breast milk –lauric acid.

To assist you in navigating the benefits of the various renderings of the coconut, some basic descriptions may be helpful.

Coconut Glossary:

 Coconut Juice – This is the liquid from a young, green coconut, before it matures to the brown coconut.  This may be presented in stores as “coconut water”, but the juice is more flavorful than the coconut water from a mature, brown coconut.

Coconut Water – This is the liquid from a mature, brown coconut.  It is not as sweet as coconut juice from the green, immature coconut.

Coconut Milk – This white liquid is often used in cooking, and can be made from coconut “meat”.  (The process of making coconut milk is in a link below.)

Coconut Oil – This is solid, translucent white oil at room temperature.  There are many, many applications for this miracle oil.

 

Here are some of the resources I found in my research.  I hope they are helpful for you!

Coconut ‘meat’ provides B vitamins, protein, zinc, phosphorus and iron. Experts used to believe that coconut is too high in unhealthy fats to be considered a useful addition to the diet – but more recent research has suggested that the fat in coconut is actually very good for us!

This is because it is high in lauric acid, which also happens to be the main fatty acid found in breast milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

Read more:  http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/can-babies-eat-coconut.html#ixzz21BTwd8UX

Here there are “formula” recipes* with goat milk & green coconut juice.
Here is a coconut milk based “formula” recipe.
Recipe for homemade coconut milk.
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*Because I was offering at least half of our son’s nutrition from breastmilk, I used the following simple recipe for our baby.
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Coconut Juice & Goat Milk Infant Formula Recipe
2 oz Green/Young Coconut Water or Juice
3 oz Goat Milk
Infant probiotics
I strongly advise against the use of any white or brown or raw sugar –no matter how small the amount– in infant formula recipes.  Young coconut juice is naturally sweet.

Motivation on Monday: When? No Time Like the Present.

Be present. Live in the present. Carpe Diem.

Put down the games. Put away child’s play. Play out your life just the way you dream it should be.

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

~ George Harrison

What are your dreams for your life?  Take the time to think about them.  Take the time to write them down.  Take the time to map out your plan for their achievement.

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

~ Napoleon Hill

This is the dawn of a new day. The time to do that thing of which you dream is now.

Hop to it, Sweetie!
(And, let me know how it goes!)

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Natural Treatments for Group B Strep

The Contrarian Mom

Have you been told that Group B Strep will likely kill your baby?  Has your doctor put the fear of God in you that if you don’t treat Group B Strep with their exact protocol (penicillin) for 4 hours during labor, you will be causing extreme danger to your little one and it will probably kill them?  I get a lot of emails and phone calls concerning GBS (group b strep) and frankly I am tired of ‘everyone’ being afraid of this bacteria that is commonly found in healthy individual’s intestines.  I have done a lot of research about the treatment of Group B Strep.  My goal for the research was to figure out if it really is in our favor andis it really safe to take antibiotics during labor to prevent the baby from contracting GBS during delivery.  Read my disclaimer please, because my lawyer/husband doesn’t want…

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