Happy Earth Day

Earth Day Sugar Cookies

We all agree that we have only one Earth and we must take care of it. But as parents we must also teach our little ones to love it because Earth is their home. Earth Day is a special day to share different ideas of how we can show some love to our beautiful planet. At home, we have been making some crafts, and even some Earth Day cookies! Happy Earth Day!

Some crafts made with recycled materials

Paint Pouring Art

If you have never painted with acrylic paint, paint pouring is perfect for beginners. I love making this type of art with my little kids. It is easy and fast to make. All you need is canvas, acrylic pouring paint, varnish, a brush, paper or plastic cups, gloves, and a cover to protect your surface.

So you start by pouring a coat of white paint on your canvas. You can evenly spread it with a brush. Then, in a cup, pour the colors that you would like to use in your piece. I always start with white, and add the other colors in layers. Next, gently pour the colors on top of your canvas. You can do this in many different ways as you like. They are no mistakes! Finally, just rock your paint gently from one side to the other, from the top to the bottom, until the paint moves in the wave patterns that you like. Let it dry for about two days before applying your varnish.

My 5 year old enjoying the easy technique.

Below are all the the materials I like to use (you can click on them to purchase them):

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

My little daughter is into baking, so for this Easter she wanted to make some Easter Bunny cupcakes.

I found this decorating kit from Wilton. Click here to find it. I loved the design. It looked so cute on our Easter table!

Jell-O Easter Eggs

Jell-O Easter Egg

So my mom used to make this recipe for me as a child. I used to love these Jell-O Easter Eggs, and I still do! The recipe is very easy and inexpensive. All you need is to empty about a dozen eggs by removing the insides through a very small hole, wash them, and fill them with Jell-O. After cooling them, gently crack them around, run them through hot water for about 2 seconds, and peel them.

You can also use different layers of Jell-O to make stripe designs. It will take a little longer between cooling layers to add the new ones, but if you had the time go for it!

Cookie Decorating

Sugar Cookies Decorating Time!

My daughter loves decorating sugar cookies. It is a fun activity to do with your little ones. You can make your own cookie dough or you can get a cookie mix. To see the one I use from Betty Crocker click here.

Sugar Cookie Mix

After getting your cookie mix, the next thing you need is your decorating materials. We love pink and white cookie icing and sprinkles. For these, I like Wilton cooking icing (click here) and their sprinkles (click here).

Cookie Icing
Sprinkles
Happiness!

Oh no! My Baby is Breech: Techniques for Turning a Breech Baby

Most babies are already in a head down position between weeks 32 through 38.  Only a mere 3% to 4% of babies do not turn.  Mine must be special because she fits in this tiny category.  So what is a mom to do when her birth plan was to follow a natural delivery?  Well, best to keep the hopes high as there are indeed a couple of things you can try to flip your stubborn little muffin.

  1. Cold and hot presses.  This is a very simple technique you can manage to do a couple of times a day at home when you feel your baby is active.  Just go to your freezer and grab that bag of peas you never got to cook and place it on the top of your belly, where your baby’s head is supposed to be resting.  At the same time, you can place a hot towel on the bottom of your belly.  Stay in this position for a couple of minutes.  The idea behind it is that the baby will try to move away from the cold and go to the warmest place.
  2. Music and light.  You can try playing music to your baby by placing your ear-buds on the bottom of your belly.  Same thing you can try with a lantern.  Your baby may want to get closer to either the music or the light.  As in the previous technique, do this when your baby is active.
  3. Yoga headstands and pelvic tilts.  Yoga headstands are believed to help turn a breech baby within24 hours.  For your safety, and that of your baby, do them with the assistance of a licensed yoga practitioner.  Pelvic tilts are very safe and you can do them anytime around the house when your baby is active, and your stomach empty! Try to keep the position for as long as you can, up to 10-15 minutes.  Another position is to walk on your knees around the house.
  4. Hypnosis.  You may download a hypnosis mp3 and listen to it whenever you have a time to relax.  Listen to it at least once a day.  The hypnosis session will help you connect to your baby and hopefully help him or her to turn.
  5. Homeopathy.  If you would like to try homeopathy to help your baby turn, then you can take around 200c of Pulsatilla.  Pulsatilla will aid your uterus to grow more evenly so that your baby has more space to turn.  Always consult a midwife or doula before taking any homeopathic medicine.
  6. Moxibustion.   OK, here we start getting a bit more complicated.  Moxibustion is a very ancient technique employed in Chinese Medicine, which combines Acupuncture and the use of Moxa.  Moxa is a cigar shaped stick containing the herb mugwort.  The Acupuncturist will stick a needle in each one of your pinky toes and then will burn the Moxa stick close to those acupuncture points.  The heat will then stimulate these points and help your baby turn. Success rate is believed to be between 69% and 85%.
  7. ECV (External Cephalic Version).  This is the last procedure you would like to attempt, as it is painful and can result in the rupture of the amniotic sac, sending you to labor. It is usually performed after 36 weeks, and it must be done by an experienced doctor, while under constant fetal monitoring. Success rate is very high, around 65%, although some babies manage to turn back into a breech position after the procedure.

So there are many things you can try before giving up on your breech baby.  Also, it is important to note that some babies have been reported to turn head down on the day of delivery.  So good luck on that muffin!

Trendy Swimsuits 2015

I am completely in love of the Australian swimsuit line Triangl.  I saw them for the first time on Instagram, and right after I saw them again on the cover of Women’s Health magazine worn by Britney Spears.

These swimsuits are made of neoprene bright colors.  They are indeed very unique, and so far you can only get them online at northamerica.triangl.com

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