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4 Simple Old Fashioned Tips for Looking Fresh and Fabulous Even on the Most Sleepless Teething Nights

4 Simple Old Fashioned Tips for Looking Fresh and Fabulous Even on the Most Sleepless Teething Nights

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Staying up all night with a teething baby can leave your eyes and face puffy in the morning. In order to look and feel your best as a parent of a teething baby you may believe that you have to invest in an expensive cream to combat the puffiness.

The unfortunate reality is that many of the beauty products out there that claim to combat puffiness and swelling of the facial tissues contain chemical agents such as caffeine and alcohol. Alcohols and caffeine ultimately dehydrate the skin. There is no doubt that dehydrated the skin will superficially appear to look less puffy, but that is only because you are dehydration of the skin. Dehydrated skin ages more quickly; therefore products with increased amounts of caffeine and alcohol should be avoided. Luckily, there is a simple and less dehydrating solution for looking your best after a long night up soothing the baby.

Whenever your face is looking a little puffy, simply fill a bowl with ice and water.

bowl of ice

Then wash your face for two to three minutes with the ice cold water from the bowl and say, ‘Goodbye’ to the facial puffiness!

If the facial ice bath still doesn’t get you the result that you want, using your tongue, hold an ice cube at the roof of your mouth. This will help reduce the swelling from the inside of your body and will be felt all throughout the all the facial tissues.

ice cube

Make icing fun by infusing your ice cubes with fruit, natural dyes, or by purchasing a fun shaped ice cube mold!

home-made popcicles


Another great suggestion for parents of teething babies is to purchase a couple extra teething rings for yourself to keep in the freezer. That way when baby has a frozen teething toy to entertain them, you too can lay back with your own teething rings, relax, and soothe yourself by placing the teething rings over your eyes or over your third eye chakra to promote healing!

Happy Icing!

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10 Gift Ideas for Parents of Newborns

Recently, my husband and I welcomed twins to our family of four. It took three births, but I was finally able to voice some of the things that made sense to get as newborn parents. This is the result, 10 Gift Ideas for Parents of Newborns

Dinner...or breakfast (fresh baked bagels are a HIT here), or lunch, or coffee from Mom's favorite coffee shop (I'd pay for a Starbucks skinny iced peppermint mocha vanilla latte {hold the peppermint mocha because it can deplete milk supply} or iced right now). Gift cards for local delivery places (sadly, I only know of pizza in our town). Bonus points for freezer crock pot meals. More bonus points for home cooked meals ready to eat with no heating or takeout delivered fresh and ready. (Easter dinner was on the table the day we came home and I was SO thankful. I've also remembered how much I heart soup and salad.) Dinner at the hospital is another bonus...sadly, I had to turn this down due to diet monitoring for the girls' weight and my iron levels, so ask ahead before bringing one's favorite college meal (Mad Mex was honestly offered to us, you know that was hard to turn down) to the hospital. Can't do a whole meal? I scarfed down a nice cupcake or 2 along the way, too!

Newborn Photo Session Our hospital offers professional newborn shots, including a package of digital shots with the rights to print / share the photos. Consider a gift card for this if applicable (Bella Baby is the Magee photographer) or pick your / the parents' fave local photographer and schedule them for a session. (I've been told 48 hours to 10 days old is ideal. I totally missed the boat on an at home session and am admittedly bummed out because I have no photos of all 6 of us in the squishy, comfortable stage I really wanted to remember...and no cheesy posed cheesecloth and headband shots like I wanted.)

Birth Announcements or Thank You Notes A gift card to an online retailer who does photo cards would be an awesome gift...even better if you help Mom create the birth announcement or if the site offers to ship for her. Thank you notes, in my mind, should be personalized as often as possible, but I think new parents get a pass on this one. I personally wrote all of ours so far...but could use some more cards (or a ride to the store), addressing help, stamps, and/or a trip to the post office. Trying to remember it all and thank in a timely fashion is tough!

A Phone Call or Visit This is powerful. I specifically remember calls from one of my aunts after all three births. (This most recent one included a 2nd call to support me through a tough time with the hospital staff.) She probably doesn't know it, but she was the only caller I had on the hospital phone with the twins' stay and integral in lifting my spirits at JUST THE RIGHT MOMENT after all three births. Our realtor (and friend) called us to congratulate us - some people are incredible at making the simplest actions mean the most. We had lots of precious visits from family and friends, all just the right length, during our hopsital stays, too. And visits at home have kept my sanity (especially with Greg going back to work) and helped with some of my other suggestions below.

Grocery Shopping I didn't think this one out before delivery, but our first grocery trip was going to be a daunting task. Two carts, each with a twin in a car seat. No way. Thankfully, I gave my list to a cousin and she handled the task then helped Greg put it all away. Huge time and energy saver. Maybe your local grocer has online ordering with curbside pickup -- offer to help make the order and do the pickup. Even better if there's a delivery service near you!

Cloth Diaper Prep We will be going to cloth once the girls we more "normal" (non runny newborn) movements. Our fluff stash is a mix of new and used cloth, and I opted to wait to prep until they were born. Not sure what I was waiting for, but the day is coming soon when we will switch and I have about 60 diapers that need love. If cloth diapers are your thing and a loved one is going this route, offer to help. Not doing cloth? Bring a pack of diapers (know this the size or bring a size 2 or wipes) when you visit. This takes care of a few awesome gifts at once (no store trip, diapers, and a visit).

Rides to Appointments Most new moms can't drive themselves for 2 weeks (I will be much longer at this point), and many dads don't get the time off. Both mom and baby likely will gave appointments in the weeks following coming home and may need a ride or company...or a.stop for a favorite coffee or milkshake. Personally, I've been glad Greg can go with me because my appointments haven't been fun; however, now that he's back to work, my schedule is going to be harder to manage. Bonus if you score a pedicure appointment for mom post doctor visit.

Want to see the other three ideas? Check out the rest of this post on!

Best Friends Day

June 8th is Best Friends Day

It is amazing how many different types of holidays that people have created over the years. If you look at the right calendar, you can find at least one holiday on every day of the year.

June 8th if every year is called Best Friend Day. This is a day that is designed to honor not only your best friend but also the relationship that exists because of friendship.

Your best friend is a person that you are comfortable sharing everything with. It is the person that you share you hopes and dreams, secrets and disappointments. Your best friend is a person that no matter where life takes you. You will be able to stay friends through different jobs, moving, and even when long distance is required.

Wiki How can give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the string bracelets of several designs. A loop bracelet can be done with a loom or without. Pixie Purls has instructions on how to make a loop friendship bracelet without a loom.

One of the best friendship projects that was have found is a set of necklaces made from puzzle pieces.Taking two puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly and making them into two necklaces. Signifying that no matter what they will always fit together like this puzzle is the perfect gift for the special best friend in your life. Speckless has all the instructions on how to make this do it yourself jewelry.

Do not forget some of the non-gift oriented things that only best friends can do together. For example, that perfect spa day. If you do not want to go to the spa, make a spa of your own. Give each other manicure, facials, pedicure, and even massages. Do not forget the cucumber slices because that makes all the difference. pieces. 

One of the forgotten arts, in this day and age, is letters. It is amazing the feeling ti receive something in the mailbox that is not a bill. The letter you write does not have to be long, it can be something quick and short. The important part is taking the time to write down you words. 

Some believe you can only have one best friend. However, my dad said that throughout your life you would only have enough people that fit on one hand that you would call true friends. 


Celebrities that Breastfeed and Why

It is amazing the different things that we look forward to as parents. We take the lead from other parents that as to the best things that can best help our children. One of those people that we look to for guidance is those in the spotlight. Celebrities are many times our guides on what is the popular thing to be doing.

So many celebrities have learned all the benefits of breastfeeding. offers a great list of 15 different celebrities that breastfed their children. There are great reasons to breastfed, but it is not always easy.

food groupsTory Spelling notes that she had troubles with low supply. So many reasons and remedies can help with low milk supply. Kellymom offers several suggestions on how to help increase your milk supply. One of those things is for mom to rest. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Drink tons of liquids and eat a proper and healthy diet.

Some mothers find that breastfeeding helps them lose weight. That is how Christina Aguilera felt as she watched her pounds melt off. This is something that has been proven for many mothers.

twinsTwins is something that can confuse many people. Some believe that nursing at the same time is easier. However, Angelina Jolie stated that for her it was easier to let her twin take turns. She said it can take more time, but it was worth it.

Another celebrity that was able to nurse twins was Julie Bowen. She was proud of the fact that she was able to nurse them at the same time. Even though some people believe that these pictures are not worth sharing, others believe that sharing the amazing pictures encouraging to others who may be having troubles.

breastfeedingCovering up when you nurse is something that can be a nuisance sometimes; Kourtney Kardashian expressed her joy to nursing without a cover. She does cover to avoid paparazzi getting a picture to sell. She thinks that if you do not want to see it then you do not need to be looking at it. This is one of the best attitudes for any mother to have.

There are so many reasons to breastfed if you wish to. There are also many role models to follow, in the public eye and many right in your community.


5 Things to Make Memorial Day Great

5 Things to Make Memorial Day Great

Memorial Day is a day that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. This is a day that we are to remember the men and women who have died in service to the United States Armed Service. This is a day that we honor all the American’s that have died. For many people this day marks the beginning of the summer vacation season.


One activity that most cities have are parades. In Washington, DC the Memorial Day Parade can draw a crowd of over 250,000 people. Many of the parades have marching bands, youth presentations, and parade floats. Another feature to this activity is the ability to see hundreds of men and women who have fought in the wars of their eras. 

snack boxOne activity that can help our children get personal with the military members, it to create a care package. Many soldiers that are deployed away from home can miss some of the comforts of home. By adopting a soldier and making a care package for them, you honor Memorial Day in one of the best ways. There are many ways that one can find soldiers to help, however the website called Soldiers Angels can help you get started if you are lost. 


A great thing to prepare ahead of time is the BLT Dip. This is a light and creamy dip. It has the combination of mayonnaise and sour cream, with bacon crumbles. Add a few tomatoes chopped. Serve it on a bed of lettuce topping off the BLT dip. 


Devilish offers 10 mind blowing burger recipes. The one that intrigues me most is the Cheese-Stuffed Burgers. Having the cheese melt right inside the burger and not just on top sounds heavenly to me. Although, there are several other ideas to try. You might find one you like better. 

Snacks and Desserts

Those amazing and inventive snacks that people create for the party is sometimes to pretty to eat. Some of the best parts of any Memorial Day gathering is the yummy desserts at the end of the night. Here are some ideas for both.


Some of the cutest ideas I found came from Happy Being Healthy. They have several great ideas for healthy snacks. As a family with several different likes and dislikes these fruit kabobs please everyone. You can even remove one row of banana and add a row of angel food cake to give it a little dessert style.

cakeThe flag is one of the best parts of America. The flag is the one thing that unites all soldiers no matter the battle. Protecting the symbol of our freedom. In honor of our flag, here is a cake flag. This is a cake made to look like a flag, including the design. This cake has only a few ingredients. For step by step instructions check out A Little Taste of Independence

The best thing to remember about Memorial Day is that all the celebrations are in honor of those who fight for our freedom every day. Those men and women fight during wars, but also when we are just in need of protection. The support we give them is in relation to the safety and security they offer us.