A Tasty and Healthy Way To Stay Hydrated for Moms on the Go

welch's 100% juice with coconut water

 

Are you one of those people who gets tired of plain old’ water and needs something else to be able to get your recommended daily intake of fluids to stay hydrated? I get it. Sometimes water just doesn’t cut it!

One thing I love is coconut water. I actually drank it a bit back when I was breastfeeding since it helps with milk production. But, if you’re anything like one of my sister’s, the taste absolutely disgusts you. Well, now you can get the added health benefits without sacrificing your taste buds because Welch’s has 100% juice flavors with coconut water now! Talk about tasty and healthy!

 

Coconut Health Benefits:

Coconut water is found in young coconuts and is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and several important minerals.

Coconut water contains antioxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals.

Coconut water is effective at replenishing fluids and electrolytes after exercise. It is comparable to other sports beverages.

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DIY Teeth Whitening at Home: A Smile Brilliant Review

I was invited by Smile Brilliant to test out their teeth whitening product in exchange for my honest opinion. Please consult your dentist before using any products on your teeth.

Have you ever seen those annoying teeth whitening commercials where the girl with the supposed yellow teeth (already has exceptionally white teeth), but is complaining about yellowness with the napkin test? Yeah, I don’t get it either. They could, you know, at least have someone on there with actual yellow teeth so that we know their product is believable; like my teeth for instance.

I haven’t whitened my teeth the entire 35 years I’ve been alive and I figured now is a great time. I don’t smoke and never have, but I have drunk coffee for the past couple of years (having a kid will do that to you), and of course, I drink fruit juices and the occasional soda but nothing too out of the ordinary.

I never had the courage to try over the counter teeth whitening products because I heard the strips don’t work very well at getting all of the crevices of your teeth, so you’re stuck with yellowness between teeth, AND, they’re also expensive! Didn’t sound like my cup of tea.

Smile Brilliant is different though.

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Make Your Next Party a Hit with These Easy Party Tips

Everyone loves parties, but throwing them is another thing. To some, they can be fun, while others don’t know quite what to do. A professional party planner is willing to part with their pearls of wisdom so you can blow your friends and family out of the water with your next event.

The first question you are going to want to ask yourself is if you want to throw a themed party. Some popular theme ideas are south of the border, a 1920’s theme, or even a superhero costume party. It will make it easier to determine the decorations by your theme and food choices. Just keep it simple and easy whatever you do. Once you decide your theme, send out those cute little invites. You can do them through the mail, or email. You can also tease your guests with clues to your theme with the invites. Getting organized is going to be your best friend. You will not regret it. Lists can help you determine what you need to buy as far as decorations, food, party favors, etc. You can also write down who’s coming on a list, and then their response to your R.S.V.P.

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The Best Pumpkin Patches in Portland, OR (and surrounding areas)

It’s almost that time of year AGAIN. I know I say this all of the time, but where does the time go? UGH! I wished it would slow down a little bit.

My daughter and I have already begun our pumpkin season by starting off with a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen; yum!  We’ve even seen some pumpkins at the store already. I think it’s a little too soon for pumpkin carving since Halloween is over a month away, but that’s just me. Get them a week or two before Halloween if you don’t want them to rot or go bad or better yet, go to a pumpkin patch farm for some seasonal fun! Most open up at the end of September.

Bi-Zi Farms

Address: 9504 NE 119th St, Vancouver, WA 98662

Bi-Zi farms is a fun one located in Vancouver, WA but it can be kind of spendy at $10 admission per person. (2 years and under are free and seniors are $8)

But, the admission price includes a pumpkin (any size you can carry, the corn maze, the farm animals, free children’s activities, live music (Friday afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays), one free hot drink (coffee, spiced cider or hot chocolate), wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, corn shelling and grinding station, and a cider sampling!

bi-zi farms

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Why I Declined the Vitamin K Shot at Birth

This is one of those controversial posts no one likes to talk about but I think it’s important. Everyone wants to believe that their doctors have their best intentions when it comes to their child’s health and well-being. But, that doesn’t always mean they’ve done the research to the best of their knowledge. Now that I have a child, I am constantly researching and trying to make the best choices for me and my family.

I knew when I gave birth to my daughter that I was going to decline the Vitamin K shot because it’s 20,000 times more than what babies need and it can cause all sorts of problems for infections to occur. I got a shit ton of flack by the nurses when I told them I wasn’t doing the vitamin k shot, and they were acting like I was committing child abuse. I finally had to tell them I would do the oral vitamin k shot with our pediatrician. And they said, by the time I visit the pediatrician (because they don’t do the oral vitamin k at the hospital), she would no longer need it. Well, then I guess she is going without. Yes, I believe there may be instances where a newborn may need it if there are bleeding issues, but my daughter was completely healthy and normal with no visible signs of trauma after coming out of the birth canal. My mind may have changed IF there were issues, but there were not. I also believe the body is capable of doing what God intended it to do. The body is a powerful thing that can heal itself.

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DIY All Natural Eyelash Growth Serum

Since I have really short eyelashes and don’t want to pay a well-known beauty brand big bucks for their magical eyelash growth serum, I decided I would make my own. Plus, I am not fond of all the unknown chemicals that these companies add into their products. I am trying to go through life now with a more natural approach even though it’s a little more expensive. My family and I are important to me and so is our health, so it’s worth it.

The Ultimate DIY All Natural Eyelash Growth Serum

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Local Eats: Kells Irish Pub and Restaurant in Portland, Oregon

Kells Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown, Portland, Oregon is one of those popular spots that everyone has to try at least a couple of times.

They have the traditional Irish Pub food that one would expect, like Sheppard’s Pie, Cabbage  & corned beef, lamb stew, Irish cider and more. They also have burgers and fries if you want American, which was perfect for my daughter since she wouldn’t try either of our meals.

I’ve really only eaten the Sheppards Pie here and it’s been good every time. I don’t know what a REAL Sheppard’s pie is supposed to taste like, so I am only going by what my taste buds know from here since I’ve never been to Ireland to have real Irish food. (Maybe one day I’ll get over there)

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5 Cute Coffee Mugs Found on Etsy

If you’re a caffeine addict like most of the world, you’ll  obviously need a cute coffee mug to drink out of. Am I right!?

As some of you know, I run an Etsy Shop, but with busy summer days comes low sales and not as many views as a small business owner hopes for. So I figured I would do a shameless plug for myself since I also run a blog. It’s like a win-win for both. Create content + get a possible sale.

I haven’t been able to stock my shop with as many new ideas as I would like. But maybe one of these weekends I can get some ideas out of my head and onto coffee mugs.

Here are 5 Cute Coffee Mugs Found on Etsy

(in my shop *wink*)

Mermaid at Heart

You can get this cute coffee mug ——> here

This is a cute mermaid at heart glitter coffee mug using a mix of blue and pink glitter to match the cup design.

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Drug Addiction is NOT a Disease!

This is one of those personal posts that gets me kind of heated; okay, fired up, A LOT!

Drug addiction is NOT a disease. Just like drinking is not a disease; it’s a choice! You choose to take that drink and you choose to do that drug. No one is putting a gun to your head, telling you you must do these things.

Calling it a “disease” just placates the drug user/alcoholic and makes them feel better about the problem. Calling it a disease is counter productive and enables them to keep on their destructive path because in calling it a “disease” they don’t have to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Basically, giving the person a free pass.

I have zero sympathies or compassion for addicts. Especially those that relapse for no good reason other than they have no will-power to control their emotions.

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