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Vlog Update on my Surrogate Journey

Vlog update on becoming a surrogate and preparing for pregnancy.

 

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Pollinator Celebration

Earth day is fast approaching, and I was trying to think of something to do with my little man this past weekend to celebrate.  I took him to the local Audubon Society to participate in the first Annual Pollinator Parade. This celebration was to raises awareness of the critically low numbers of Monarch butterfly population and the plight of many other pollinator species.SAMSUNG CSC

Children and parents were encouraged to don their wings and antennas, to participate in the parade around Gilsland Farm. They had a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course of the Monarch butterfly’s migration from Maine to Mexico, art projects and a bee display.

SAMSUNG CSCMe being the procrastinator I am, waiting until Saturday night to make Elliot’s wings, and at the last minute decided I wanted to make dream catcher wings. We joined the ranks of butterflies, spiders, bees, hummingbirds, and many other giggly wiggly creatures to celebrate these unsung heroes of our planet.

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We learned a lot about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystems. Creatures like bee’s, hummingbirds, butterflies and other insects are largely responsible for many of the fruit and vegetable we eat. Things like apples, strawberries, almonds, pumpkins, cucumbers and many more exist due to the hard work of these amazing critters. I know I could not survive without almonds and strawberries, and let’s not for HONEY!!

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So what is the job of a pollinator? They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so that it can grow and produce seeds and food. According to the Maine Audubon, cross-pollination helps in at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of the wild plants to thrive. Without them many plants would not survive. These are the little things we forget about as we go about our everyday life. Without pollinator, we would not have our beautiful fresh organic nourishing fruits and veggies!

Some of the things that that threaten the survival of pollinator like the Monarch butterfly and bees are insecticide such as Neonicotinoids, which are found on pre-treated seeds, the loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat, non-native species and climate changes, all contribute to the loss of our pollinator champions!

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What can we do to help pollinators survive?

  1. Pesticide Free Lawns and Gardens: This not only helps the pollinators, but also keeps your children and pets from being exposed to toxic chemicals.
  2. Plan a Pollinator Garden
  3. Set up a watering station for bees

Here are some additional resources to help Pollinators in you own yard:
http://www.pollinator.org/index.html
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/
http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Building_a_bee_waterer/
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html

 

 

 

 

 

How I got rid of my Baby’s Cradle Cap in less than an Hour…

So many of my friends are having babies. So I thought I would post on how I got rid of my son’s cradle cap, since it is a common issue that comes up with infants. My baby is now 14 months and when he was a newborn, he had a bad case of cradle cap.

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Using my dōTERRA oils, I got rid of it all in less than an hour. And here is what I did:

I mixed:
2 tbs of Organic Olive oil
1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil
1 drop of Geranium Essential oil
(Please be sure to use a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oil)

I applied the mixture to my baby’s scalp and allowed it to set for 20 minutes. To keep the oil from staining any clothing or blankets, I placed a cotton hat on him. After 20 minutes I applied a little more olive oil and used a soft baby brush to gently massage his scalp, by making small circles around the area with the cradle cap. I washed his hair twice and it was completely gone.

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