Postpartum Hair Woes…

My hair has never been the same since having the girls. After my first pregnancy I remember the feeling I had when I realized how badly I was losing my hair. It was a Saturday morning five years ago my daughter was a few months old and my hair was falling out in clumps. I was nursing and feeling completely depressed over all of the changes my body had gone through. While changing my daughters outfit I noticed my long hair wrapped around her tiny toe. That was it. I snapped and immediately went to the nearest salon and chopped my hair off. I was convinced this would be the fix I needed. I cut my very long hair to just about chin length. Not only was this a very drastic change, my hair still continued to fall out. This made me even more sad. I felt like no one understood what I was going through.

Fast forward three years I was going through the exact same scenario with my second pregnancy and feeling even more depressed. My hair was falling out in clumps and looking dull and lifeless. I felt this was what I was predestined to look like and I was ready to give up. I knew there were many other moms going through what I was going through and I wanted to find ways to make it better. I started to do research on products and diets that could help.

I came across Foligain products and I wanted to give them a try. This is a 3 step system that uses Trioxidil as its main ingredient. Trioxidil is a triple action hair health complex with bio-active ingredients that promote fuller-looking hair and scalp health. I started using the Triple Action Hair Care Set first. This consisted of a shampoo, conditioner, and topical solution. During this time I also started using the Hair and Scalp Roller. I love this part. It feels so good on my scalp and removes dead skin to allow my hair to grow quicker and stronger. After finishing the hair care set, I moved on to the Shampoo and Conditioner for thicker fuller hair. I love this stuff! It has made such a difference in my postpartum hair. My hair is falling out less and I am noticing a significant decrease in my fly aways on the top of my head. My confidence has gone up and I feel good about my hair. I am finally seeing it grow again and I could not be happier with the results.

You can find Foligain products on their website and on Amazon.com. I encourage moms that are going through postpartum hair woes like I am to check out this awesome product.


Night Terrors… What is working for us!

I have talked openly about Sophia’s battle with night terrors. We have been struggling with this for over two years, and at this point they have become worrisome. Night terrors are different than traditional nightmares or bad dreams. The child is not awake, and cannot be woken up during this state. Sophia cries, screams, thrashes, and kicks during her night terrors and we can not wake her no matter how hard we try. They tend to last several hours as well. This causes a restless night of sleep for the entire family.

We have started to document Sophia’s behavior and what triggers her terrors for the past year. I have noticed that when she is sick or has a traumatic experience we are certain it will not only be a long night, but an even longer week. Her terrors do not just last one night, they come in cycles of weeks. I started to do a lot of research on different scenarios of these terrors. I found a medical condition called PANS/ PANDAS. I was shocked when I started to read more about the condition and just how many symptoms Sophia had. This is for a completely different post, but if your child has had the Strep infection a lot in their little lifetime or the Flu multiple times, this is something to research. Sophia has had Strep very frequently since she was 9 months old and has contracted the Flu in multiple strands yearly since before she was 1. This is even with the Flu shot. This brings me to my next point and my current blog post.

Sophia’s night terrors started two weeks ago after she got her flu shot. I didn’t think much of the connection until I started to think back to last year and her reaction to the shot…. it was almost identical. Sophia has had the worst night terrors to date. She has been angry during the day and displaying the worst temper tantrums we have seen. The saddest part of all of this is she is so remorseful. She doesn’t want to feel this way and knows she has no control of her emotions. She is completely exhausted in the morning and throughout the day. We decided to see the Dr and sure enough she had the Strep infection again. We are on the road of testing and hopefully a diagnosis to get her feeling better. It is amazing to see the difference in our daughter with just a few doses of an antibiotic. I am amazed.

The one thing that has made a world of difference in her sleep has been a 1mg dosage of melatonin. We found an all natural children’s brand. We give it to her about 30 minutes before bed. Now this is not an endorsement at all. In fact I am not even going to tell you the brand that I am using, just tell you what it is doing for our family. The very first night Sophia tried it the night terrors were gone. She was slightly restless, but actually slept without any terror symptoms. The second night was even better. Tonight is night three and she fell asleep on the couch peaceful. I have found that the anxiety of bed time has faded away. I am so happy that I tried this for my little girl. I was never into something like this, but I have tried everything else we could for these night terrors. The waking her up …essential oils… everything… and nothing has worked! This has honestly been amazing for her. I could not wait to share these findings with you! I will write another blog about PANS/ PANDAS soon!

Rainy day off… Target has you covered!

The girls are off from school today and it is pouring! We had a fun morning play date which occupied a few hours, but of course as soon as I get home I hear… “I’m bored”. I needed to think quick so I decided to check out my Target dollar spot stash! Thank goodness we frequent there and they never disappoint. This weekend we found so many goodies in the dollar section for holiday crafting. The girls stocked up on Halloween crafts and supplies. This was the perfect afternoon activity for a rainy day off from school. We colored festive masks and painted spooky houses. I absolutely love Target and it has become my girls favorite store too! For just a few dollars, you can have an afternoon of fun! I would check out your local Target and stock up on dollar spot deals! The crafts are so much fun and can keep your kids busy for rainy or cold days!

Target Dollar Spot

After school snack ! Pretzel and Cheese

I always wanted to be the type of mom that had a delicious and yummy snack prepared in the afternoon. Today was a rainy and cold day, the first day like this in months. I wanted to have a fun and different snack that the girls would enjoy and keep them busy since the weather was not perfect. I decided to make pretzels and homemade cheese sauce. I cannot even begin to say how big of a hit this was in our home. The pretzels were frozen and ready in just minutes and the cheese sauce was so simple. I had the entire snack on the table in about 15 minutes. Perfect rainy day treat!

Cheese Sauce Recipe

4 teaspoon flour

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Salt pepper to taste

In a sauce pan use 1/4 cup of the milk and wish with flour. Cook until combined well. Add remaining milk and bring to boil. Stirring till thickened. Take off head and add cheese. Stir until completely combined and season well.

Enjoy!

Lunch box Mommy Hacks

Have you kids ever asked for the lunchables at the grocery store? Well my little one has!! As soon as kindergarten started she was begging me to buy her those for her lunch. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create her her very own lunchable that she would be proud to eat at the cafeteria. I wanted to show you my easy mom hack to make the perfect size meat and cheese for crackers. I used a medicine cup, one that comes from something like liquid Tylenol. It is the perfect size. I cut around the ham and cheese. It was the perfect size to fit on her crackers. She was so excited to take her lunch to school! I added a few extra touches in her bento box… and she had the perfect lunch!

Floamslimes

After school is the time to play! We love to find fun family activities to fill our afternoon and keep things exciting. Sophia and Priscilla had a blast playing with their two slime creations from Floamslimes !!! Not only is this homemade slime super fun, it smells delicious too! You can find this awesome company on Etsy and Instagram. Check out the company info below!!!

@floamslimes_

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Bobs RedMill Bars!!!! Yummy is an understatement!

I’m a busy mom and always on the go! It is so hard to find a delicious and healthy snack bar that I can carry with me in my bag. I am gluten free and need to be careful what I eat because of my migraine condition. I am always afraid to eat certain meal replacement bars because of their artificial ingredients. Bobs Red Mills recently came out with these amazing snack bars that are so filling they can be used as a meal replacement too! I am in love with the peanut butter and jelly flavor, but there are a few to choose from! They are so delicious and my daughters love them too! That’s a huge gluten free mommy win!!!!

Bobs Bars

Super Mom with the Ninja!

After school snack time … my favorite time!!! I love when my girls are both home and I get to make them something yummy to eat. I try to always create a treat that is fun to eat and healthy. With the ninja foodi I was able to make yummy donut holes in the air fryer in just minutes and they were delicious! The girls loved helping me roll the yummy donuts in the sugar once they were done and of course eating them! Here is the quick and easy recipe!

1 can biscuit dough

Cinnamon and sugar

Powdered sugar

Preheat air-fryer for a few minutes to get warm. Set for 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Once they come out roll in either cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar …and enjoy!

Ninja Foodi

Headbands of Hope

Being a mom of two girls means we have a lot of accessories! My girls love to get dressed up and of course make their hair look pretty too! When I came across Headbands Of Hope and what the company is all about I could not wait to be a part of it! When you order from this company a headband goes to a child with cancer. This is something so special to my heart. I love a company that cares enough to give back. We decided to get a set of matching headbands and we absolutely love them! I encourage you to check out this company and purchase a headband or hair accessory today! Remember giving back feels amazing!

Headbands Of Hope

Go Bare…

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your skin should go unprotected! I love my sunscreen from BARE REPUBLIC! It’s whipped and amazing!!!!! I use my spf 30 on my body and my tinted sunscreen on my face! I love that it is mineral based and safe to use!!! You cannot go wrong with this product! It is a must have all year long!

High Five for Sun Protection!

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