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Organic Baby Remedies

After a walking migraine for almost 3 days straight (seriously would not wish this on my worst enemy) I think I can finally see well enough to tell you about this great little article I found recently in the August issue (can you believe I just said August!) of Babytalk magazine. Btw, Babytalk magazine is a free magazine that touts itself as “straight talk for new moms.” That would be me folks.  I would say it’s somewhat similar to American Baby magazine but I feel that the articles are a bit more informative and less commercially/mainstream, which I happen to love.

So trying to be as green a mama as possible, and firmly believing that some of the ways and practices of our ancestors are worth reconsidering, I perked right up when I saw the title “Grandma’s Home Remedies.” I perked up even further when I saw that physicians ( namely the infamous Dr. Robert Sears, author of “HappyBaby: The organic guide to Baby’s first 24 months” and “The Baby Book“) had been consulted for their take on the different remedies and gave the logical explanation behind the remedy. Love! Knowing that if I tried these remedies whenever they might strike in the future that I wouldn’t be exposing my DD to possibly unneccessary chemicals-love, love, love!

***Please note I am not a physician, nor an expert  on treating babies (obviously, I am going to be a new mom). If you decide to try these remedies, you do so at your own risk and the outcomes are your sole responsibility. Okay, now that I’ve protected myself in our sue happy american society, lets move on shall we?

Without further ado, here are a couple of my favorite ideas that I plan on trying if and when they are needed.

“Don’t Hold the Onions.”

  • Concern: Your child has a fever and the next dose of medicine isn’t for a couple more hours.
  • Grandma’s remedy: Cut an onion in half and place each half into one of your child’s socks. Put the socks on your child, with the cut sides against the soles of your baby’s feet. Leave them on for a few hours or until the fever breaks.
  • What the doctor said about this: Onions are part of the allium group so it has anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties so it makes sense that this could help, and honestly how could it hurt? (Other than the fact that it might stink!)

“Go for the garlic.”

  • Concern: Child is tugging on her ears, and a trip the pediatrician confirms she has an ear infection.
  • Grandma’s remedy: Place a drop of warm garlic oil into the child’s sore ear.
  • What the doctor said about this: He actually recommends this to his patients since the AAP recommends waiting and seeing with so many manufactured antibiotics in order to avoid the child building up a resistance to them. Garlic is actually a natural antibiotic, it helps the infection as well as the pain. Dr. Sears specifically recommends using mullein-garlic oil eardrops as a first line of defense (available at herb-pharm.com). For a baby you place one drop in the ear (2 drops for a toddler) after you warm the bottle under your arm.  Let the oil sit for about a minute or longer if possible and then let it drain out naturally. Repeat 3 x a day until symptoms are gone. Then follow-up with your doctor.

Sounds interesting,huh? Would love to hear if you try these and they work as I assume I won’t have the opportunity for at least a few more months. I doubt I’ll have the guts to actually try them out until my DD is at least a few months old and I’ve gained my “mother legs.”  (And it seems that so many things are not recommended for a newborn’s system that I feel a bit paranoid about trying them too early.) But I am so excited that natural remedies are gaining more spotlight. It just makes sense to me that God would give us things in nature to help us.

Have you tried any other home remedies that worked for you? Would LOVE to hear them!


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The Nest-Fabric!!! (Part 2)

Sorry about the shadow I don't know why I keep getting it with my flash-still trying to get used to my new camera! The fabric line is called Bloom & Grow.

Oh, I’m so excited to show you what arrived in my mailbox a couple of days ago! Fabric for the nest! I absolutely love it more in person than I did online! I knew I was taking a bit of a risk in purchasing all of the fabric online-sometimes colors can be off a bit but I figured it would be hard to not like a fabric from Designer Riley Blake. All of her designs are just so cheery and I love how they coordinate but aren’t too matchey-matchey. She’s also got a blog that’s all about fabrics and design and sewing-my current favorite hobby even over scrapbooking at the moment. Which is pretty hard to believe, even to me. I am a major paper collector and now I’m a fabric collector. I’m constantly on the look out for useful fabric scraps that others deem destined for goodwill or the junk pile! My goal  is to not throw out any of our clothes from here on out without first reusing them in some way at least once.

So soft and subtle.

But I digress, back to the fabric at hand! I did splurge a bit on the fabric but I figured my baby girl will only be my baby girl once right? And I am still saving money over purchasing a “complete bedding set” from some of the major retailers like Target or even Walmart. I believe they are usually around $65-$150  give or take quality/style and at minimum include crib skirt, sheet, bumper and a quilt. I’ve been told by numerous people that the bumper is hardly ever left on that the quilt is not needed since family and friends tend to shower you with much more adorable and better quality handmade blankets and quilts. So why would I pay $65-$150 for two or three useful items that I can easily purchase for cheaper separate or just make myself? All the fabric came to about $80 but with that money I can make a crib skirt, crib sheet,  rocking chair cushion cover, bouncer seat cover, dresser skirt, curtains, pillows and possibly have some left to spare. And they will all be custom. I like the idea that no one else will have a room just like hers and it will be made with lots of love from her mama. I am not a talented artist like my sister Rogina who can make these crazy beautiful wall murals, but I am learning to sew, this is my way of putting my mark on my little girls room. Something special for her.

Notice how up close you can tell they are birds, but....

I originally wanted nothing but soft sea glass greens and blues in the nest. But when I found this fabric I knew I wanted to use it. I love how there are many colors in it, some soft and some bright and cheery allowing for lots of versatility. I loved the depth and contrast that the chocolate-brown brought to the scheme. I also love using a mix of patterns because that way if I get tired of one pattern I can just replace that one item and go in a different direction very easily saving me time and money!!!

from far away or at a glance they just look like part of a floral pattern.

Stay tuned for fabric and nest projects as I complete them in the next few weeks! I’ve only got 10 more weeks to go-time to get crackin’!


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The Nest, Pt 1

Aren’t they just adorable? DH and I have been anticipating the birth of these little guys for at least a month or so now. Mama and daddy bird diligently built the nest over the course of 2 or 3 weeks and then we noticed they took turns sitting quietly in their newly completed nest watching all our comings and goings with watchful protective eyes. I felt a certain connection to these little birds as they prepared for their coming little one. Finding the best place to care for their little ones, taking time and energy to make sure it was all ready  to go, and then…just waiting for the big day.

Their nest is right outside our bedroom window and I still remember the first morning I heard their weak little chirps. As soon as I got me and the belly out of bed and slid on a pair of flip-flops I quickly (or ask quickly as a pregnant woman can move) headed outside to see the new arrivals. Four tiny little  gray heads and bright orange beaks sure allow for accurate feedings from mom and dad could barely be seen over the tip of the nest. Throughout the next several days mama and daddy bird could be seen making trips back and forth, back and forth. With each trip the little birds chirped and cried for food. It was really sweet actually.The birdies grew and grew til we thought they we’re going to fall out of the nest because it looked so crowded in there.

And then one day…last Friday… I stepped outside and realized how quite the back porch was. The little baby birds had flown the coop. I felt a moment of sadness and though it may sound a little corny-I also felt happy and proud for that little bird family somehow. They had gone from expecting to caring and growing, to moving on to a new phase and new adventures in their lives. It was like watching a two month mini-version of my own life (sniff,sniff).

We actually saw the baby birds and even the daddy bird a few times after that. They we’re just hanging around the yard, testing out their new wings. Perhaps daddy bird was keeping one last watchful eye out to make sure all was well. I’m just so thankful that my own little baby bird won’t be making that first solo flight from the nest for many, many years. In fact I  feel like I’m just now getting that nesting instinct that I’ve heard so much about. I’ve had vague ideas about my baby birds “nest.” But up until a few days ago I just couldn’t picture it. And then I found THE fabric and it all came together in my mind. So I’ve got the fabric all ordered and when it comes in I’ll have pics for you, but until then I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at my inspiration piece for the room.

I guess I’m all about the birdies these days….hope you all  had a great fourth of July weekend!