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5 Awesome Do it Yourself Natural Spa Treatments to Try While the Baby Naps

5 Awesome Do it Yourself Natural Spa Treatments to Try While the Baby Naps

sleeping baby

Indulge in a moment of luxury and tranquility with these easy, natural, and beneficial body treatments while your little one naps. 

During a baby’s first months, they sleep more than many parents expect.
In fact some babies can sleep up to twenty hours a day! 

Babies need this rest because they are experiencing exponential growth in a new environment. When the baby is awake it is important to keep them clean and comfortable. This means placing the the baby in a moderate temperature around 78 degrees with a good cover. Your baby should also be well fed. Brain development will be enhanced if your baby carries some fat on itself. A well fed baby also sleeps well!

In the midst of keeping a clean house, tending to a sweet baby, working on your career, it can be hard to fit a beauty regimen in.

Keeping your skin, nails, hair, and body healthy will help you be the best parent possible. 
This goes for both mom and dad! Because when you look your best, you feel your best! Feeling your best will help you make good decisions for child and you will be seen as a role model for them and for other parents.

At home spa treatments are also a great way to bond with your parenting partner! 
Men love to be pampered even though they sometimes they neglect to admit it. 
Being a father to a new baby comes with a lot of responsibility. 
Give your parenting partner a taste of luxury with these fun at home spa creations and help them ease their way into the joys of parenting.

Light some candles, tune in to Pandora Spa Radio, and let that baby sleep for a minute while you give yourself the gift of tranquility with these fun five natural treatments below!

coffee scrub ingredients

Coffee Scrub
¼ Cup of of Coconut Oil From the Jar
½ Cup of Used Coffee Grounds 
In a shallow mason jar or small bowl, mix together the coconut oil and coffee grounds.
Generously apply over entire body while in the shower.
 Allow the scrub treat the skin for two to six minutes before rinsing.
Exfoliating with coffee grounds improves circulation and will leave you you with smooth, glowing skin! 
The caffeine in the grounds will make the skin appear firmer and reduce the appearance of fine lines and cellulite. The coconut oil acts as amazing moisturizer!
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ginger root

Glowing Turmeric Mask
2 Tablespoons of a Flour or Ground Oat of Your Choice
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric
Few Drops of Honey
3 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt 
Mix together the flour, turmeric, honey and milk in a small bowl until you create a paste. Generously apply the paste over the face and to any areas of the skin that need extra brightening! 
 Turmeric is high in antioxidants which help prevent cellular damage and aging.
Turmeric exfoliates the skin and can also improve the skins texture by reducing inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
Turmeric will help reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation and it will help to brighten the skin and give it a nice healthy glow.

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cucumber mask

Cucumber Mask
¼ Cucumber; peeled and chopped.
4 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel
2 Teaspoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
In a blender, puree ½ cucumber that has been previously peeled & chopped.In a bowl, mix puree with ¼ cup aloe vera gel.Smooth mask over clean damp skin.
Relax for 10-20 minutes by reading a magazine, sipping on a cup of tea, writing a letter to a loved one. 
Rinse, pat dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer and serum!
 Cucumber is a cooling vegetable that will help reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that holds up our connective tissue together and contributes to the strength to them. Implementing cucumber into your diet and skincare is essential for the prevention of aging. This mask will also help tighten your pores, help reduce the even the worst inflammation caused by sunburn, windburn, acne, bug bites, etc. This mask will also help reduce facial puffiness and reduce the appearance of freckles!
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 Holiday Foot Soak

holiday foot soak

2 Cups Epsom Salt
3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
3 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Tablespoons Rosemary Leaves, chopped
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the water
Fresh Flowers
Grab a basin big enough for your feet to rest comfortably in.  Add baking soda, epsom salt, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary leaves to the basin. 
Pour hot water into the basin. 
Add a few drops of tea tree oil and sprinkle fresh flowers into the basin. 
Soak feet for 30 minutes while breathing deeply so that you can enjoy the aromatic healing properties of this soak. 
Magnesium and sulfate are found in epsom salts, both of these elements are absorbed through the skin and into the body's blood stream. Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes in the body. Magnesium helps to improve muscle and nerve function, reduce inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates found in epsom salts are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue.
The baking soda will neutralize the chemicals already occurring in the tap water; primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption.
Tea tree is naturally antiseptic and will help get rid of unwanted foot smells. 
Cinnamon has been used as medicine in traditional healing systems for ages. The addition of cinnamon may help reduce the risk of developing cancer and it will help alleviate muscle soreness. Cinnamon may also regulate blood sugar levels. 
Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary helps alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.
This foot soak will have you ready to dance the night away at your next holiday party!
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1 Cup Pureed Pumpkin 
2 Tablespoons of Honey
In a blender, puree pumpkin and honey until you have one full cup. 
Work the freshly pureed pumpkin and honey mixture into hair beginning at the ends. Once the hair is fully covered in the mixture, wrap it up into a plastic bonnet.
Let the hair mask work for approximately twenty before rinsing it out.
Pumpkin contains high amounts of vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, vitamins C, K, and E, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. Vitamin A  and potassium are extremely good for the scalp and can stimulate new hair growth and slow hair loss. Pumpkin is a very moisturizing vegetable and will help keep the hair looking conditioned.  Honey is beneficial for the hair because honey is a natural humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. Honey is also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth. 
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4 Simple Old Fashioned Tips for Looking Fresh and Fabulous Even on the Most Sleepless Teething Nights

4 Simple Old Fashioned Tips for Looking Fresh and Fabulous Even on the Most Sleepless Teething Nights

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Staying up all night with a teething baby can leave your eyes and face puffy in the morning. In order to look and feel your best as a parent of a teething baby you may believe that you have to invest in an expensive cream to combat the puffiness.

The unfortunate reality is that many of the beauty products out there that claim to combat puffiness and swelling of the facial tissues contain chemical agents such as caffeine and alcohol. Alcohols and caffeine ultimately dehydrate the skin. There is no doubt that dehydrated the skin will superficially appear to look less puffy, but that is only because you are dehydration of the skin. Dehydrated skin ages more quickly; therefore products with increased amounts of caffeine and alcohol should be avoided. Luckily, there is a simple and less dehydrating solution for looking your best after a long night up soothing the baby.

Whenever your face is looking a little puffy, simply fill a bowl with ice and water.

bowl of ice

Then wash your face for two to three minutes with the ice cold water from the bowl and say, ‘Goodbye’ to the facial puffiness!

If the facial ice bath still doesn’t get you the result that you want, using your tongue, hold an ice cube at the roof of your mouth. This will help reduce the swelling from the inside of your body and will be felt all throughout the all the facial tissues.

ice cube

Make icing fun by infusing your ice cubes with fruit, natural dyes, or by purchasing a fun shaped ice cube mold!

home-made popcicles


Another great suggestion for parents of teething babies is to purchase a couple extra teething rings for yourself to keep in the freezer. That way when baby has a frozen teething toy to entertain them, you too can lay back with your own teething rings, relax, and soothe yourself by placing the teething rings over your eyes or over your third eye chakra to promote healing!

Happy Icing!

Little Teether


10 Gift Ideas for Parents of Newborns

Recently, my husband and I welcomed twins to our family of four. It took three births, but I was finally able to voice some of the things that made sense to get as newborn parents. This is the result, 10 Gift Ideas for Parents of Newborns

Dinner...or breakfast (fresh baked bagels are a HIT here), or lunch, or coffee from Mom's favorite coffee shop (I'd pay for a Starbucks skinny iced peppermint mocha vanilla latte {hold the peppermint mocha because it can deplete milk supply} or iced right now). Gift cards for local delivery places (sadly, I only know of pizza in our town). Bonus points for freezer crock pot meals. More bonus points for home cooked meals ready to eat with no heating or takeout delivered fresh and ready. (Easter dinner was on the table the day we came home and I was SO thankful. I've also remembered how much I heart soup and salad.) Dinner at the hospital is another bonus...sadly, I had to turn this down due to diet monitoring for the girls' weight and my iron levels, so ask ahead before bringing one's favorite college meal (Mad Mex was honestly offered to us, you know that was hard to turn down) to the hospital. Can't do a whole meal? I scarfed down a nice cupcake or 2 along the way, too!

Newborn Photo Session Our hospital offers professional newborn shots, including a package of digital shots with the rights to print / share the photos. Consider a gift card for this if applicable (Bella Baby is the Magee photographer) or pick your / the parents' fave local photographer and schedule them for a session. (I've been told 48 hours to 10 days old is ideal. I totally missed the boat on an at home session and am admittedly bummed out because I have no photos of all 6 of us in the squishy, comfortable stage I really wanted to remember...and no cheesy posed cheesecloth and headband shots like I wanted.)

Birth Announcements or Thank You Notes A gift card to an online retailer who does photo cards would be an awesome gift...even better if you help Mom create the birth announcement or if the site offers to ship for her. Thank you notes, in my mind, should be personalized as often as possible, but I think new parents get a pass on this one. I personally wrote all of ours so far...but could use some more cards (or a ride to the store), addressing help, stamps, and/or a trip to the post office. Trying to remember it all and thank in a timely fashion is tough!

A Phone Call or Visit This is powerful. I specifically remember calls from one of my aunts after all three births. (This most recent one included a 2nd call to support me through a tough time with the hospital staff.) She probably doesn't know it, but she was the only caller I had on the hospital phone with the twins' stay and integral in lifting my spirits at JUST THE RIGHT MOMENT after all three births. Our realtor (and friend) called us to congratulate us - some people are incredible at making the simplest actions mean the most. We had lots of precious visits from family and friends, all just the right length, during our hopsital stays, too. And visits at home have kept my sanity (especially with Greg going back to work) and helped with some of my other suggestions below.

Grocery Shopping I didn't think this one out before delivery, but our first grocery trip was going to be a daunting task. Two carts, each with a twin in a car seat. No way. Thankfully, I gave my list to a cousin and she handled the task then helped Greg put it all away. Huge time and energy saver. Maybe your local grocer has online ordering with curbside pickup -- offer to help make the order and do the pickup. Even better if there's a delivery service near you!

Cloth Diaper Prep We will be going to cloth once the girls we more "normal" (non runny newborn) movements. Our fluff stash is a mix of new and used cloth, and I opted to wait to prep until they were born. Not sure what I was waiting for, but the day is coming soon when we will switch and I have about 60 diapers that need love. If cloth diapers are your thing and a loved one is going this route, offer to help. Not doing cloth? Bring a pack of diapers (know this the size or bring a size 2 or wipes) when you visit. This takes care of a few awesome gifts at once (no store trip, diapers, and a visit).

Rides to Appointments Most new moms can't drive themselves for 2 weeks (I will be much longer at this point), and many dads don't get the time off. Both mom and baby likely will gave appointments in the weeks following coming home and may need a ride or company...or a.stop for a favorite coffee or milkshake. Personally, I've been glad Greg can go with me because my appointments haven't been fun; however, now that he's back to work, my schedule is going to be harder to manage. Bonus if you score a pedicure appointment for mom post doctor visit.

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Best Friends Day

June 8th is Best Friends Day

It is amazing how many different types of holidays that people have created over the years. If you look at the right calendar, you can find at least one holiday on every day of the year.

June 8th if every year is called Best Friend Day. This is a day that is designed to honor not only your best friend but also the relationship that exists because of friendship.

Your best friend is a person that you are comfortable sharing everything with. It is the person that you share you hopes and dreams, secrets and disappointments. Your best friend is a person that no matter where life takes you. You will be able to stay friends through different jobs, moving, and even when long distance is required.

Wiki How can give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the string bracelets of several designs. A loop bracelet can be done with a loom or without. Pixie Purls has instructions on how to make a loop friendship bracelet without a loom.

One of the best friendship projects that was have found is a set of necklaces made from puzzle pieces.Taking two puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly and making them into two necklaces. Signifying that no matter what they will always fit together like this puzzle is the perfect gift for the special best friend in your life. Speckless has all the instructions on how to make this do it yourself jewelry.

Do not forget some of the non-gift oriented things that only best friends can do together. For example, that perfect spa day. If you do not want to go to the spa, make a spa of your own. Give each other manicure, facials, pedicure, and even massages. Do not forget the cucumber slices because that makes all the difference. pieces. 

One of the forgotten arts, in this day and age, is letters. It is amazing the feeling ti receive something in the mailbox that is not a bill. The letter you write does not have to be long, it can be something quick and short. The important part is taking the time to write down you words. 

Some believe you can only have one best friend. However, my dad said that throughout your life you would only have enough people that fit on one hand that you would call true friends. 


Celebrities that Breastfeed and Why

It is amazing the different things that we look forward to as parents. We take the lead from other parents that as to the best things that can best help our children. One of those people that we look to for guidance is those in the spotlight. Celebrities are many times our guides on what is the popular thing to be doing.

So many celebrities have learned all the benefits of breastfeeding. offers a great list of 15 different celebrities that breastfed their children. There are great reasons to breastfed, but it is not always easy.

food groupsTory Spelling notes that she had troubles with low supply. So many reasons and remedies can help with low milk supply. Kellymom offers several suggestions on how to help increase your milk supply. One of those things is for mom to rest. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Drink tons of liquids and eat a proper and healthy diet.

Some mothers find that breastfeeding helps them lose weight. That is how Christina Aguilera felt as she watched her pounds melt off. This is something that has been proven for many mothers.

twinsTwins is something that can confuse many people. Some believe that nursing at the same time is easier. However, Angelina Jolie stated that for her it was easier to let her twin take turns. She said it can take more time, but it was worth it.

Another celebrity that was able to nurse twins was Julie Bowen. She was proud of the fact that she was able to nurse them at the same time. Even though some people believe that these pictures are not worth sharing, others believe that sharing the amazing pictures encouraging to others who may be having troubles.

breastfeedingCovering up when you nurse is something that can be a nuisance sometimes; Kourtney Kardashian expressed her joy to nursing without a cover. She does cover to avoid paparazzi getting a picture to sell. She thinks that if you do not want to see it then you do not need to be looking at it. This is one of the best attitudes for any mother to have.

There are so many reasons to breastfed if you wish to. There are also many role models to follow, in the public eye and many right in your community.