Reusable Nursing Pads

I admit, during three of my pregnancies I just wore the disposable nursing pads. We have so much going on, what seems simple feels easiest and best at the time.

The older I am getting, the more I see loved ones dealing with more health issues than I ever remember hearing about as a kid. Granted, we generally don’t tell our kids everything so I am sure I was somewhat shielded, but research has definitely shown things like infertility and cancer are much higher percentages than ever.

I started looking into companies and found Beautycounter which helped educate me in what the US allows in our products that we use every day, and we trust they are safe because they are store shelves right? WRONG!

Well, it isn’t just about healthy and beauty products. It’s every day products, items, clothing, laundry soap, and even things like nursing pads.

So my last pregnancy I found these reusable bamboo nursing pads. They are so soft, and I was worried since they were a little thicker than disposable if anyone would be able to notice them under my shirts, and the answer is no, they didn’t notice, I never noticed. That being said I don’t wear skin tight shirts, nor should I lol. So if you wear tight shirts, it might be different for you, but if you wear regular t-shirts I think you’ll be just fine. If you wear business casual, just toss on an undershirt and again, you’ll be fine.

Reusable Nursing Pads

The ones I bought came in a few different colors, and like my socks I didn’t care if they matched, I mean who was going to see them lol. I also had a nice mesh bag I would keep them all in, and I just tossed them in with the babies laundry. I was able to wear a full set all day, but kept an extra one to two pairs with me just in case.

I bought them from Amazon, so this is an affiliate link, which means I get a small percentage of any purchases using this link. Which is also greatly appreciated. 🙂

Washable Reusable Nursing Pads

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Natural Deodorant

Since joining Beautycounter, I have started trying to pay attention to everything else we use, especially since I have three other daughters I am raising and two of them are already wanting to wear everything I do.

I tried making my own deodorant years ago, but it was baking soda based. I had read that some people had a reaction to it, but I thought, I use this when I bake surely I won’t have a reaction. It worked great for a few days, then sure enough I had a rash starting. I thought maybe I just need to get use to this, and continued to use it until the red area was larger than my pit!

Since then, I have been nervous to buy deodorants that are baking soda based and that’s usually the first thing I ask if I see a new one. But finally I found one!

Honestly pHresh has an organic prebiotic deodorant. The prebiotics kill the bacteria that can cause part of our BO smells.

Safe Deordorant

The best part, no red rash! I have used this for several days, no sign of irritation at all. The best part is no slight BO smell at all, and it’s been up to 115 here! We get hot during the summer!

So if you are looking for safe natural deodorant that is not baking soda based, this is it!

I am not an affiliate, I do not get anything for you going to their site or buying their product. I am simply sharing my review in case you are looking for a product that works.

Honest pHresh

Safest Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash for Kids

One of the reasons I joined Beautycounter two years ago, was because of how they formulate their products, and what they ban from them.

They not only ban the 1400 ingredients European Union has banned they have banned additional ingredients making the count over 1500!

Your kids are safe using any of their products, heck I even let my two middle daughters wear makeup from time and time and I am not worried about it! But they do have a kids line.

Kids Line

When you purchase our kids line you do not have to worry about ingredients that can cause infertility, early puberty, or higher risk for cancer.

Our Nice Do Kids Shampoo is formulated with broccoli, carrot root and strawberry extracts that leave hair shiny and soft. Their hair will be left with a light sweet scent that kids and moms love!

Our Not a Knot Kids Conditioner is formulated with safflower seed oil, and carrot root extract that helps detangling hair a breeze! This has been our favorite out of everything for that reason. Plus again, the light sweet scent.

Our Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash helps keep their skin hydrated and soft. You can find a combination of pomegranate and cranberry fruit extracts as well as antioxidants.

The Best part, all of these are nut and gluten free formulas. Since they are free of harsh ingredients, and pH balanced, there is no need for any hidden tear free ingredients as they won’t sting your kiddos eyes. Bonus!

You can check out the whole collection HERE, which is $45, or buy individually for $18 each.

Oh yeah, since these are made with good quality ingredients you can trust, you don’t even have to use as much! So they are not only safe for your kiddos, they last longer! So don’t let the price scare you off, esp if you are looking for the safest products for your family.

 

32 Weeks Already!?

I feel like with always trying to catch up my posts, I never get caught up as something else already happened lol. So just going with the most current for this post.

As of today I am now 32 weeks, which seems so crazy that officially there is just 8 weeks left.

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Due to my age, having a premie before, and other fun stuff they are starting me this week with non-stress tests, and next week it will be three appointments a week (two are at least on the same day).

As of a few days ago, I have been having a hard time catching my breath, at least that is how it feels. Not trying to rush her at all, but if she could move down just a little and give my lungs some room that would be fabulous. 🙂

We had our baby shower last weekend and little Ms. Arizona is already loved and spoiled. This coming weekend is time to get everything finished setting up and moved around. 🙂 I just have her dresser/changing table to paint and everything else is ready. Phew.

I forgot to take a picture of the hostess gifts, but they received a stemless wine glass that says It’s A Girl on it..I put some white life savers in them and a votive candle. I am so thankful for them for putting this together. Loved how it was decorated and I think everyone enjoyed the games. ❤

So crazy we are about half way through October already. Well, thank you for following our crazy lives along.

Mom/Daughter Time

I have tried making it a point to get some mom/daughter time, we call them dates, with each of the girls. They are each different and like different things, and yes of course they have several of the same interests and we use those for our family times out.

Up first was a pedicure date with Makaylah. Out of the little two, well current little two lol, she is more girly girl and loves this stuff! She actually wants to a pedicure/manicure appointment for her upcoming birthday day with me.

 

Arianna was next and loves frozen yogurt, so we went to Menchies and enjoyed a little talking over frozen deliciousness.

Arianna momdaugher time

Sonya’s was a little more unique this month. She has been wanting a tattoo, the OM, and I finally took her to get it. Pretty pleased with the tattoo she picked and we were both happy with how it turned out.

 

We started September off taking advantage of both of us being off on Labor Day, and took the girls to Great Skate, enjoyed pizza, the little two skated, and dad and the girls enjoyed some games before we left. Our oldest went to the session after with some of her friends. See…do what you can now before they want to spend time with other people.

 

It doesn’t have to cost a lot, it doesn’t have to be every weekend, but I do feel that time alone with you little helps them be more open with talking to you, and they feel special. Make the most of the time you can.

Thank you for reading about our crazy adventures!

Craft Time!

Last month I actually did something just for me, not a date out friends, not a date with the hubby, not a date with the girls, just me. I don’t it that often, and the biggest reason is because I don’t like doing things by myself, lol. But I have to admit this was fun. I enjoyed conversation with the people around me.

This is even something I am thinking about getting into, this can be done as a business!

Back to the fun though, we made a hello fall sign. Everything you needs comes in a kit, minus hot glue and scissors etc.

Craft night

When you attend one of these nights, there is someone there to direct you each step of the way, like a paint night. I have seen these signs before but was intimidated to even try doing it on my own, but after doing one, I am hooked!

For the letters, which is what always intimidated me, we used transfer paper before doing the final dark color. The paper takes a little work to make sure it comes off and transfers correctly, but once you have the hang of it, it’s just a matter of not rushing.

 

 

While I was there I saw the back to school chalk board signs and had to get it, front and back!

 

My oldest is not so much a picture fan anymore….I will get her yet though lol.

There is one for babies that I am going to get the next craft night I go to.

Thank you for reading about our crazy adventures.

Wednesday Fun Leads to More

The past few summers I have missed taking the girls to the Wednesday fun nights at WestGate, this year I was able to take them to two and am hoping I can take them even more next year.

The first night we went it was IronMan and Spiderman there. If we had a receipt from WichWich for $10+ then we didn’t have to stand in a line for pictures. I got there later than I wanted and thought for sure there would still be a line, even on the receipt side, but there was not. And boy was I glad after seeing the actual line, we might have been there all night! Ok, well at least until the end of all the other festivities.

 

 

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Makaylah won a free two pack of donuts from Fractured Prune, they are delicious if you have not gone, you must! they make the donut right when you order it. You get to choose the toppings, glaze, drizzle etc. We ended up going on the weekend, but the girls were happy to get more time out of the house.

 

We went the following Wednesday and saw Princess Elena. The girls had fun dancing and we enjoyed Shane’s Ribs (no pictures but it was good BBQ).  They have something going on from the time it starts till it ends. We saw a dance performance from a local dance school, the girls got to do a few activities up on stage, etc. Definitely hoping to take the girls a few more times next year. Blessed to work at a company that has a good life/work balance.

Princess Elena

Remember, before we know it the time we have now with our kids will be gone, make the most of it! It can be done around work, sure you are tired, but this time with them means the world to them.

Thanks for catching up on our crazy adventures.