Green Resolutions Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Breanne! You’re the winner of the Shaklee Prize package for this Green Resolutions Giveaway. The products are sure to help you clean up that laundry room!

Please email your address and phone number to Mrs.Eco@EcoIncognito.com. Lynn Reynolds, the Shaklee representative will be contacting you to let you know when you will receive your prize and to let you know about all the wonderful cleaning powers of Shaklee. It cleans everything in a safe and natural way!

Thanks to you and your husband for your service.

Prenatal Advice: Part II

Morning sickness is something that nearly all pregnant women deal with in the first trimester. I remember being horrified when my husband’s Granny told me that she had terrible sickness for all TEN of her children! When I asked her how she coped, she replied, “I just loved having those black-haired babies.” (Ok, I get it now.)

So how does a pregnant mom-to-be get through the nausea? My advice is to sleep through it. Nap as often as possible and take off as many days as you can to rest. If you can avoid travel, save it for after the baby comes. Nausea can also hit later in the pregnancy from surges in hormones, so it’s a good idea not to aggravate that with travel if possible. Luckily you can do a majority of shopping online now, but if you are at the mall seek out a department store with a lounge to take a quick power nap.

The number one cure for morning sickness is (unfortunately) time. It will eventually pass. There are a few things I did to ease the distress that may work for you, so here are my suggestions:

1. Sea Sick Bands
These 80s style arm bands are ugly as sin, but they work wonders. You can pick up a pair at the drug store with the rest of the nausea remedies for about $10. Take them off at night and keep them next to your bed so that you can put them on first thing in the morning for about 10 minutes before rising.

2. Wheat Thins
Any time you get out of bed can trigger an upset stomach. To lessen this, try eating a Wheat Thin or other flavorless cracker before rising. Also, keep a few in a ziplock or pyrex container. Your husband will thank you for not digging into the crinkly, loud box first thing in the morning.

3. Flintstones Vitamins
Remember those awesome chewy vitamins from your childhood? You can take those when you’re an adult, too! Lots of women get sick from their prenatal vitamins and find relief by taking two Flintstones instead. If you want to go this route, talk with your doctor to be sure it’s right for you. Vitamins are very important for pregnant women, but so is digestion. Keeping down a healthy meal is much better for you than heaving prenates.

4. Eat Small Meals
I knew about eating small, frequent meals and I tried to go that route with limited success. I found out later in my first pregnancy that this can mean eating 2 grapes every half hour. This is working much better!

5. Read Baby Blogs
Yes, I’m sure you’ve already joined TheBump, but there’s a lot of information on that site. For me, the best cure was reading honest-to-goodness mommy blogs about wonderful babies. Hearing about how they play, looking at pictures, and seeing the joy in the family were the best pick-me-up I found. My favorite during my pregnancy was http://mamamayiblog.blogspot.com/ so you can check that out, too!

Keep thinking about the amazing little baby growing inside of you and rest as much as you can. Take care little Mama!

Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Mama Chocolate and Purposeful Homemaking! In addition to my green giveaway, there are an additional 40 blogs featuring eco-friendly prize packages. After you’re done entering my giveaway, please visit the other blogs, which you’ll find listed below. Good luck!

Giveaway Details

If your New Year’s resolution involves a clean house and a healthy lifestyle, you will love this giveaway! The main component of the prize pack is Shaklee’s Get Clean Organic cleaner. You’ll find that this superconcentrate produces 48 Gallons of cleaning solution for any task around the house! The prize also includes 3 spray bottles so that you can dilute the mixtures for each household need. You’re receive a microfiber window cleaning towel for a streak-free shine, too. Finally, you’ll get a sample of Shaklee’s tasty energy chews. Total prize value: $40!

This prize is sponsored by Lynn Reynolds, a Shaklee representative from suburban Philadelphia. You can contact her to find out more about these fantastic products at LynnReyn@gmail.com.

To Enter

You can enter today simply by commenting on this post and letting me know the dirtiest room in your house. Don’t be shy! Around here, the guest room is where dust bunnies and laundry piles find the safest hiding. You can gain one additional entry by following @EcoIncognito on Twitter. Simply come back here and make an extra comment with your twitter handle for that entry. There will be other ways to enter in the coming weeks, so check back for new posts about the contest! *Open to continental U.S. contestants only.

The Rules

The winner will be selected randomly on January 31 and notified that day. After the announcement, the winner will have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be selected.  All entries must be received by January 30.

Prenatal Advice: Part I

I’m a new mom to a 6 month old baby girl and I’m also 8 weeks pregnant. Over the past year, I’ve researched and read everything under the sun about Motherhood. Now that I’ve got a new baby on the brain, too I’m starting this blog series to share my best advice for prenatal care and preparation.

A successful pregnancy has three main components: Diet, Exercise and Education. You’ll want to use this time wisely to prepare for the most important job of your life. Being a Mother is no easy challenge, but we are lucky to live in the digital age, when advice is always at your fingertips. It can be overwhelming at first, so here are my tips for navigating the web of Motherhood and sorting through the details to get the information you need.

You’ve probably already registered for The Bump, purchased a copy of What to Expect when You’re Expecting, and possibly even downloaded the baby bump App. The “bumps” are wonderful for teaching you about how your baby grows and develops throughout pregnancy. What to Expect has some of those details, but mostly covers symptoms you will experience during each month and how to manage them. It also overviews your many different options for your birth plan.

You’ll need lots of rest during your pregnancy, and I recommend filling some of that time by reading. Not only will you feel more prepared for Motherhood, but reading is also a great way to wind down and relax. Since sleep becomes more and more difficult throughout the pregnancy (and non-existent after it), it’s helpful to have a nightly ritual to help ease you to bed.

One of my favorite books was The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. I can tell you for a fact that his Cuddle Cure works! It is a miracle for new babies. This book is wonderful because it helps you understand how to care for a newborn and offers encouragement that you will do a terrific job. His method is especially useful for babies that are born early because they need the “womb-like” environment even more than full term babies. This book says it works for babies up through one year, but it’s really the most effective during the first three months.

Another great series about raising your baby are the two Baby Whisperer books by Tracy Hogg. She details a wonderful plan for child rearing that includes all the developmental necessities for baby while encouraging you to manage your time and live your life! Her method of Eat, Activity, Sleep, Your Time builds a routine for you and baby that will help your baby blossom into a sweet and engaging infant.

Around the second trimester, you’ll want to look into birth classes and select your hospital. We opted to watch Laugh and Learn about Childbirth at home instead of taking the course at the hospital. I borrowed the DVD from the library and we watched it over a few nights on our comfortable couch.
In addition to your childbirth class, I would encourage you to read a book that supplements the method you choose for your birth plan. I’ll share in more detail about my choice to have an unmedicated birth in a future post. For now, I’ll just let you know that I read “Husband Coached Childbirth” by Dr. Bradley and it offered fantastic prenatal advice, an understanding of the Bradley method, and details about every step of labor. Even if you are positive you will want an epidural, the prenatal exercises are beneficial to all Moms and babies.

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy a humorous account of pregnancy while you’re going through the ups and downs, so pick up a copy of Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs. This book is such a quick, great read that you’ll only be sorry it’s not longer.

I’m a huge fan of the library, and I borrowed nearly all of these books during my pregnancy. I used the online reservation service to save time and pick up the books at my local library. Some books are also available on e-readers so get out that library card and save your money for the baby! That being said, there are two books that you will want to own on your shelf for reference. A pediatric reference and a breastfeeding guide will need to be at your fingertips. I have the American Academy of Pediatrics guide and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding on my shelf and frequently leaf through them as a first resource for questions.

I hope that you will enjoy reading these books as much as I did, or you will be inspired to find other great books about Motherhood and Childbirth. It truly is a miracle, and being informed in advance is the first way to relax and enjoy every step.