Tuesday, April 8, 2014

**RECALL ALERT: CARSEATS**

EVENFLO CARSEATS RECALLED:


MIA but for Good Reason :)

I apologize for being MIA lately. It has been extremely busy around the ReInvented Household. We literally just finished moving into a HOUSE this weekend. So happy to be out of apartments!
It was a long move and with a 2 year old, well, you know that can be both fun and challenging. 
On top of that I have been studying for school and getting ready for a big test, so that has been time consuming as well.
I am 15 1/2 weeks pregnant with Baby B now. It is amazing how much more I feel Baby B early on than I felt Baby A! Also my tummy is much smaller than last time! I haven't  even hit maternity clothes yet.
We have a birth center orientation this week. We are very excited! A new one opened up last year, and a friend told me about it, so we are checking it out. A birth center and home birth weren't an option with Baby A, but both are options with Baby B! 
So many differences, yet so many similarities.
I ended up with a PUPPP rash at 12 weeks with Baby B, but with Baby A I didn't get it until 34 weeks. I have been using natural remedies and THE RASH IS ALMOST GONE! The itch is very minimal. I am so grateful for essential oils.
We have been shopping for cloth diapers, we recently bough some diapers for  Baby B...some Kawaii's and Diaper Safari's. We love them...

Then in a cloth diaper group on facebook I met a really nice woman who just opened an Etsy shop! She sent me a diaper to review!! 
I cannot wait to share my review with you! It is a newborn size diaper, and the quality is incredible. Keep a look out in the next week for a review on Cutie Doodie Diapers!! 

Here is her etsy link the in the meantime so you can check her diapers out:

I am very excited to bring this review to you!

Back to unpacking! We are setting up Baby A's room in the new house, and then tackling the rest of the kitchen! The kitchen here is huge, I feel so spoiled!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Issue of Green Child Magazine is Here!

I absolutely love reading Green Child Magazine!
This issue I thought was a particularly good one, it is filled with recipes, an article on breastfeeding, and sustainable diapering options.

Just wanted to share.


I just wanted to share something I enjoy!
Happy Tuesday!


Friday, March 7, 2014

11 weeks today! Excited to be a mommy of 2!

Today marks 11 weeks pregnant with Baby B! We are super excited and this pregnancy seems to be going fast.
Thankfully I have not had a ton of morning sickness, but let me explain.
Although I did not have morning sickness for more than 3 weeks, it was REALLY bad. I was sick all day every day and couldn't stand  the smell of anything. I am so happy to not have a puke bucket anymore, haha.

I have kept up with my workouts, with an exception of the couple of weeks I had the morning sickness. It feels good to be jump roping, doing HIIT, weight training, and doing prenatal yoga. I love being active and I feel like this has helped me this pregnancy.

As for weight gain, I haven't really gained any. I gained a couple pounds in the beginning, but then lost it immediately with the morning sickness, and haven't gained since. 

My bra size on the other hand has grown like crazy. Forget wearing the same shirts, but at least I am not in maternity clothes yet, LOL. With Baby A I would have been in maternity clothes already.

I still have food aversions this pregnancy, even though the sickness is past. However, I really do enjoy all kinds of fruit, as well as chicken, and turkey. I have found ways of sneaking spinach ( one of my faves) back into my diet, as I think the baby needs more green stuff. Avocado has been a staple as well.


The picture above is from last week, but I haven't grown any, and since I have been slacking at blogging, here is a glimpse into my pregnancy.

There is also a comparison to  my pregnancy with Baby A.

My lines have softened and my muscles aren't as big as they were, but that is due to all the wonderful baby making hormones in my body!

I feel like even though I was healthier than a lot of people when I was pregnant with Baby A, I am doing even better this pregnancy.

I still consumed some sugar  while pregnant with Baby A, I also allowed myself a coconut ice cream treat at night when pregnant with her.
I have not consumed sugar at all since Avani was a couple of months old, and I no longer allow any cheats to my diet at all, and I am happy about it.

I also did prenatal yoga and very rarely light weight lifting while pregnant with Baby A, and a lot of walks with Hubby. This time around though I am working out 5-6 days a week, with my normal workout regimen. 

I was in better shape before pregnancy this time around, so I have stronger abs ( even despite an umbilical hernia from my 1st pregnancy).

All these things account for why I am so different this pregnancy than last pregnancy.

But what is the same, is I love both of my babies with my whole heart!  In addition, with Baby A I was healthy to the very extent of my knowledge at the time, and did my 100% best, and I am also doing my 100% best this time around with Baby B....the only difference is a few more years, and a little more knowledge.

I am so happy to be a mommy of 2.

I can't wait to meet Baby B in September.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Whipped Shea Baby Butt Butter Recipe!

A lot of people have been asking me for my diaper rash cream recipe. This recipe came about because Baby A was getting some bad rashes at one point. We had tried other CD safe diaper creams, and while they helped, they didn't get rid of the rash. 
I found that when I used my shea body butter on Baby A, her rash got a little better, but it needed a boost...and this is how the "Whipped Shea Baby Butt Butter" was born.

This has worked miracles on Baby A's bum, and she rarely ever gets rashes now, not even the little rashes!

I have never had problems with this building up in my cloth diapers either. I use various different kinds of cloth diapers from hemp, bamboo, to microfiber inserts, and even the few pocket diapers I have, haven't had any issues. It may or may not build up on yours, use your own judgement.

I  hope that this will help your baby as much as it has mine!!



Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Raw Shea Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup olive oil or jojoba oil
1-2 tsp. zinc oxide powder
Optional: Essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil. Note that some babies cannot use essential oils so use with caution, ask your Dr before using essential oils on your baby.

Directions:
  • I use a pot and a mason jar instead of a double boiler, either works. Place a small amount of water in the bottom of the pot with the mason jar in the center. I use approx. 2-3 inches of water.
  • Bring the stove burner up to medium heat ( I set my burner at a 5-6) 
  • Place all the ingredients in the mason jar.
  • Make sure to stir occasionally until all the ingredients are melted into liquid.
  • Remove the jar from the heat, and pour melted ingredients into a glass mixing bowl.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and place in fridge for 1+ hours or freeze for approx. 40 minutes.
  • You will want the mixture to harden but still be somewhat soft.
  • Use a hand mixer and whip until fluffy.
  • Now, you will be adding in your zinc oxide powder ( do not inhale, I wear a mask)
  • Mix with the mixer again until all the powder is incorporated.
  • Transfer into shallow mason jar and place lid on ( should make 2 of size in picture above)
  • Place in fridge for approx. 10 minutes.
  • Remove from fridge and store in the nursery for use on baby's bum.
Helpful notes:
  • You can add 2-4 drops of essential oil while whipping the butter.
  • I use 1 tsp of zinc oxide, but more can be used if baby has a bad rash. I would increase 1/4 tsp at a time until  you find the right balance for your baby. I don't recommend more than 2 tsp. for this recipe.
  • Make sure to wash hands and all utensils used to make this thoroughly.
  • Keep zinc oxide powder out of reach of children and do not breathe in the particles.
  • Keep body butter in a room below 72 degrees fahrenheit. Hot rooms may cause this to liquefy slightly. If this occurs place back in fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Where I get my Shea and Zinc: https://www.essentialdepot.com/

I hope that you have found this helpful!

Let me know how it works for you!



Please see my disclaimer page. If you use this recipe you do so of your own free will, I (author) & ReInventing Lolli blog will not be held responsible for any outcomes resulting from you making this or any other recipe on my blog. Use common sense and talk to health care provider and manufacturers whenever necessary. If you have allergies please verify all products are allergen free before using. This recipe contains coconut.


Remember you saw this recipe first here on ReInventing Lolli blog :) If you use one of my recipes, please give me credit, as I work hard to come up with all of my recipes.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

An Honest Review Of A Few Of My Favorite Cloth Diaper Brands!



I wanted to post a video review of a few of my favorite cloth diaper brands. 
This is only the second video I have done, and it was on my phone, so I apologize if there are any quality issues.
This is an unpaid review of diapers that I have purchased and used on Baby A since she was born.
The diapers reviewed in this video are Kawaii, Kawartha, Econobum, and Sprout Change (the pink/green one, I forgot to mention brand).

I hope that you enjoy this video review.



I will be reviewing the Kawaii pocket diapers that I ordered for Baby B later on.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below. 

I want to hear from YOU!:

Is cloth diapering for you?
How long have you cloth diapered?
What are your favorite cloth brands?
Would you like to see more videos from ReInventing Lolli?
How can I improve?


Enjoy the video!!



Friday, February 21, 2014

3+1=4

Kawaii & Sunbaby diapers.
We at the ReInvented Household are incredibly excited to announce that we are expecting another baby in September!

Baby A cannot wait to be a big sister!! 

Amidst school and morning sickness I have managed to get plenty of workouts in. I did miss 2 1/2 weeks of workouts due to dizziness, but got back into the workout game today :) 

Aside from that we have been very excited to add to our cloth diaper stash! We ordered some Kawaii diapers and I cannot wait to show you when they arrive!

In the meantime, keep checking back in!
I will be posting a video of our favorite diapers that we used with Baby A!

We cannot wait to meet Baby B, but in the meantime are excited to be prepping our home for his/her arrival!



Monday, February 10, 2014

Wolves & Witches GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

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Then go here to bid on a SIGNED copy of Wolves & Witches! 


This is a must read, you don't want to miss out!

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A good friend of mine is one of the Authors and I would love if you would support her!



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Thursday, February 6, 2014

When Skinny ISN'T a Problem....The Problem Is With Your Eyes.

All of the Biggest Loser Finale controversary has gotten me fired up.

I have been a victim of SKINNY HATE for years. Jealousy, anger and resentment leads people say some of the meanest things to people that they WISH they looked like.

me at 98 lbs.

When I was "skinny fat" at 5 ft. 1 in. tall. I weighed 110 lbs. I had cellulite in my thighs, I slept 14 hours at a time, and I could not carry a laundry basket. After I got fit, and before I got pregnant with Baby A I weighed 98 lbs. and was the healthiest of my life. Full of energy and bicep curling 15 lbs.
After Baby A was born I got back down to 101 lbs. but I looked just as  "skinny" as before Baby A, but I was the fittest of my life. I gained a six pack, some biceps, and could bicep curl 25 lbs.
After a several month break due to some overtraining ( I loved weightlifting heavy as often as possible) I came back to working out at 103.8 lbs. but at 103.8 I had some work to do. Through weightlifting and HIIT workouts I have gained my leanness back and am bicep curling 20 lbs. BUT am in the best shape of my life.

after Baby A 101-103 lbs 

My simple point is this. 
I still look skinny at 98, 101, or 103.8 lbs.
My fitness level was excellent at all 3 weights.
 At 110 lbs. when people thought I looked great, I was NOT great. I couldn't lift 3 lb dumbbells without being out of breath.

103.8 lbs.


Stop picking on scale numbers. Just stop it. 

I was FAT at 110 lbs! Yes, I admit it, I was a binge eating, cigarette smoking, lazy butt, and FAT at 110 lbs.

If you are offended you may want to stop reading now because the rant continues.

Left picture is 2006, Right is 2007.


I am sick of FAT and SKINNY FAT people making fun of, belittling, and shaming people who are in shape and healthy, simply because they don't like the number on the person's scale. What is worse is they do it because they are jealous and wish that they could look like that person.
I have friends who have been picked on for their size, and told "put meat on your bones" or "one donut won't hurt".

You know what? 
That is BULLYING.

I am not supposed to call a FAT PERSON FAT, but a FAT PERSON can call me ANOREXIC because they don't like how I look?

The difference is the fat lazy person is actually fat and lazy, and I am not anorexic. I eat a balanced diet with unprocessed foods, I work out on a daily basis (5-6 days per week), and my BMI is spot on. I have muscle tone and energy.
As for the skinny fat person getting their panties in a bunch, you are no better judging muscular women saying " they look too manly" or " I can eat whatever I want and stay thin"...tell your intestines that when the Splenda and Diet Coke catch up to your genetics....perfect storm for cancer. You too at 100 lbs or whatever are also FAT and LAZY!

I get it. I was there, but the difference between me and you? I didn't sit around feeling sorry for myself and telling other women  that they are ugly, too thin, too fit, obsessed, blah blah blah because of insecurity. I got off of my FAT LAZY ASS and DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

The latest in skinny hate is people hating on Rachel Frederickson..... You do not know how she lost the weight. In addition her BMI isn't horribly low at 5 ft 4 in and 105 lbs. It is low, yes. but that is no reason to judge her. She has muscle tone in her arms. She says she feels great. 
So WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE HER?
She is a person with thoughts and feelings and can be hurt easily....just like you. 
She lost a bunch of weight and people should be proud of her.
She  busted her butt and then walked out on tv to reveal her body...
only to be JUDGED and PICKED ON and BULLIED by the public?

That is enough to destroy a person who has made so many strides.

Shame on you all who judge her. Especially those who are sitting there, on their lazy butts, watching the show and stuffing their faces, and feeling sorry that they are too unmotivated to do something about it!

Wake up America.

Are we so used to seeing fat unhealthy people and stick figure models on the runway that we don't even know what healthy looks like anymore?

Don't get me started on the newest term "orthorexia" which is a giant load of crap.

Congrats on your win Rachel, you earned it fair and square. Only you know if you are healthy and how you feel! Good luck with the rest of your journey, and don't let the haters get you down.

Rachel Frederickson. 105 lbs. Looking fantastic.
Not my photo. Googled from around web,
 posted for illustrative purposes only.
No profit gained from posting.


Jealousy is an ugly thing.

How amazing would it be if people would just start loving each other?

If someone is overweight but is working out and eating healthy, I don't consider them fat, I consider them healthy because they are living health. If someone is underweight and eating healthy and exercising....Do I think anything is wrong with them?
NO, because they are living healthy.

The only people we have the right to judge is ourselves.
Put the energy that you use to hate on people towards something good. Put it toward motivating yourself to better yourself, put it toward praising people for their hard efforts, put it toward love.

Now, everyone who has hated on someone skinny, go apologize! 

If you have written something mean about this Rachel girl on social media, go back and apologize!
...NOW.

This post isn't to make fun of people or make people feel bad, nor is it to make fun of fat people. Rather it is to draw attention to the reverse bullying that is now taking place in our society. It is to draw attention to the fact we all have worth, whether skinny or fat.

We have gotten to such a place of un-health that we don't know how to handle seeing healthy people. 

We are all people with feelings.

Treat each other like it.

Rant over.



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Check Out This Awesome Blog!




One of my favorite-est people in the world gave me the sweetest, most glowing shout out here. I am blushing!

Thanks so much!

Seriously, check out her blog. She is on an amazing fitness journey and has so much to offer!

She is right too, foam rolling is like a piece of heaven and a very important part of fitness!

Jenn's blog is fun and bright and makes you want to get your butt in the gym!

Thanks girlie!

Now seriously, go check her out now.