A Mom's Social Life

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1. What social life?

2. Social life means play dates and mom groups, right? 

3. As long as we're home by eight, it's all good in da' hood. 

4. Margarita my butt...as long as I can drink Starbucks without little hands reaching for it, then I consider that a buzz. 

5. Cute clutch but I bet you can't fit all the crap in it that I have in my "mom bag." 

6. Bar hopping? More like kid's birthday party hopping. 

Essential Oil Cleaning Spray

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cleaning is now easy thanks to a glass spray bottle, some water and my Thieves essential oil from Young Living. I've been a big fan of homemade cleaners for about a year now and previously cleaned my house with a tea tree oil essential oil cleaner that I made. I love the smell of tea tree (melaleuca oil) and it always makes the house smell great.

Now that fall is upon us (and so is cold and flu season), I've decided to redo my homemade cleaner with my Thieves essential oil. Thieves has such a holiday smell (it has cinnamon in it) that it's pretty perfect for this time of the year, not to mention just how powerful the little bad boy is. Thieves has been shown to kill staph in just twelve minutes of contact...holla. In a research study it was also shown that Thieves can kill up to 99.96% of airborne bacteria...can I get another holla.

Thieves is just amazing because it is such a powerful disinfectant. Not only does it help with the cold and flu (and bronchitis and much more) in the diffuser, but just by cleaning with it you can help prevent sickness from reaching your family.

In a glass spray bottle of water, add 6-10 drops of Thieves essential oil to create an all purpose disinfectant spray that is great for kitchens, countertops and much more.

How to Store Your Cleaner
Store your homemade essential oil cleaners in glass bottles, specifically amber color. Essential oils need to be stored in glass to protect them and their properties that make them so powerful. In a nutshell, essential oils do deteriorate and oxidize over time which makes the oils lose some of their therapeutic properties. By storing them in glass bottles (preferably amber color), you can help to increase the life of the oil. Clear glass bottles are much better than plastic (and is currently what I have), just try to avoid storing it or keeping it out near sunlight. Apparently amber color is the way to go!

Other uses for this recipe?
Add more drops to tackle mold issues and as I'm currently testing out and so far seeing some results, spray on ant trails to interfere with the trail and get rid of the ants without using toxic pesticides. We woke up to a patio of ants and I'm trying to kick those suckers to the curb. But I'll let you know how it goes!!

What's your favorite homemade cleaner recipes? 
Share some things below in the comment feed. 

The Honest Company

If Only She Knew

Friday, September 26, 2014

If only she knew how much she has changed my life.
If only she knew how much I loved her.
How she has helped define who I am, who I want to be and more.
How she has made me a "mother."

If only she knew how she has inspired me.
If only she knew the passion she has grown in me.
The inspirations and passions to do better and to make change.
The desire to chase my dream.

If only she knew that she was the answer to many prayers.
If only she knew that she was a dream come true.
That she is my world wrapped up in one tiny body.
And if only she knew how much I met "I love you."

Being this little girl's mother is the most amazing journey I've ever been on. Being her mother is literally the best thing in this world. And she is literally the inspiration behind everything. Thanks to her, I have become who I am met to be and I know the journey in which I want to grow. Thanks to her, she is inspiring me to do great things and to chase dreams. 

But most of all, she has made me "mama." And nothing will ever beat that. 

I have something very big planned for you guys! It's taking a lot of work and it's my dream. Hopefully I can share it soon! Until then, thanks for accepting that I'm slacking on the blog posts this week. ;)

Thanks for reading! 
Happy Weekend.

The Honest Company

Five "Facts" of Baby Sleep

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Disclaimer: These are just for fun (but are oh-so-true)!

1. Every baby is different. I feel like we need to repeat this again, Every baby is different. Mi baby is not su baby. All babies of various ages sleep differently and begin sleeping through the night at different ages. People like to think that since one baby is capable of sleeping a particular way that every baby should be capable of doing the same. Uh, negative ghost rider. Every baby is different and even within one family each child can be a different type of sleeper. Most articles will say that there is no "average" baby that you can go by. Besides, we all think are kids are above average anyway, correct?

Oh and did you know that formula babies usually sleep longer stretches than breastfed babies? Breast milk digests quicker than formula. Sigh. 

2. You're not alone. If you're like me, you may have a young toddler who still doesn't sleep all night and you're surrounded by all of the voices and stories of all the other fabulous babies who sleep all night. I can assure you that you are not alone (and you're not the only one wanting to bang your head against the wall). I know tons of mommies who still frequently wake up with their toddlers. Some are even far worse situations than mine. Someone needs to buy them coffee. Heck, someone buy me coffee. 

Let's Get a Few Things Straight

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Being a blogger and a writer who puts it all out there on the Internet leaves you open for judgment, misunderstandings and so much more. Unfortunately, many people probably read just titles and captions and never really read what the writer is saying...

Here's the deal folks...I'm passionate about these things and knowledgeable about them because I do them. It doesn't make anything I do right or better than any other mama out there. So, let's just get a few things straight...

Breastfeeding. This is something that I'm a huge advocate for. Let's all be honest here and admit that we all pretty much know "breast is best," the signs are all over in hospitals and they even say it in formula commercials. Here's the catch though, it's not what is best for everyone. If you choose formula or if you try breastfeeding for a short duration and stop, there's no judgment here. Often times the reason some choose not to or choose to stop early is because of the lack of support and knowledge. While breastfeeding is a natural thing, it doesn't come natural. It's hard to get by without support and unfortunately support is sometimes hard to find. I always say be proud of the effort you put in no matter how short or long it was.

Childbirth. Recently I wrote an article on improving birth in America and my experience at a birth rally. However if you really read what I am saying, you'll learn that it's not about natural or epidural, home birth or section; it's about improving birth so ALL women are pleased with their experience. America does have a high cesarean and induction rate that needs to be changed, and many of these are not medically necessary BUT often times they truly are necessary. God designed us to push out babies through our va-jay-jays no doubt, but God also put great men and women in this world who have a passion for medicine and science who repeatedly save mothers and babies all the time through medical interventions during childbirth. We should be thankful for that. Where would we be without that? Improving birth is to help mothers realize there are many options and that they have a right to have a voice. While one mother may walk away from her childbirth experience feeling proud and happy no matter how it turned out, there are many who do not walk away feeling that way. That's what I want to fight for...for every woman to have a beautiful experience no matter what they choose or how it turns out.

Baby Food & Cloth Diapers. Yes, I make my child's baby food and I cloth diaper her. However that does not mean she's never received a jar of Gerber or that she's never worn a Pampers. It's just the way that I, and many other women, choose to do things. For many that choose these things, it simply balls down to trying to save money. Both take a tad bit more time than the conventional way, so it's completely understandable that not every mother can dedicate the extra couple of hours to this. All of us supermoms lead busy lives. 

Cry It Out. Do I think you're a bad mama because you made your baby CIO? Heck no. If you've read my posts you've learned by now that I have even attempted "versions" of it here and there myself. Desperate times call for desperate measures. While I believe the research that shows that it may not really be effective, I also feel like "who the heck really knows whether it works or not..." We all need sleep and however you choose to get your sleep is what you choose and works for you. Whether you co sleep, CIO, or sleep hanging from a tree, I just hope you're at least getting more sleep than me!

Organic Food. I ALWAYS put some sort of disclaimer or funny thing in my articles to let you know that I NEVER claim to be perfect. Yes, I buy as much organically as I can find. However, I also eat something that I want if I'm craving it bad enough and I'll never say everything I cook is natural and organic. It is not and never will be (only in my dreams will I not love Oreos and pizza). I believe in living life and enjoying what I love in moderation.

Living naturally. I choose to live as natural as possible because that's what I feel is best for my family and our health. The science is there to back most things I do and the changes I make. However, this is me and I proudly write about it because it's what I'm doing and what I know. It doesn't mean that I think what I do is better. It is simply what I know and it is my life that I'm putting on the Internet.

This blog has opened many doors for me and has give me a voice on the Internet to provide others with information, tips and even "inspiration" as I've been told. I write about what I write about because it's what I know. I've finally found my niche in the blogging world and this blog may be opening even more doors for me, doors that I've dreamed of since high school. It's what I know. It's what I do and it's what I share with the world.

But it's never what I claim to be the right or best way.
And like I ALWAYS say, we are all Supermoms no matter what.
And yes, the mommy wars are for the birds.

Thank you so much for reading, sharing my posts 
and sticking with me each and every day. 
Sincerely, Sasha and Little Bug

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