Homemade Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash

Quick and easy recipe for homemade baby wash and shampoo (16oz.).  It’s great for hand soap as well!  We use it in our office and at home.  I have to add if you try this recipe using the essential oils (optional) make sure to use pure, unadulterated organic oils.  These are NOT synthetic.  If you use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps, the Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap works best for my kiddos.  You can purchase it here.

Also, Dr. Bronner’s has an array of scented soaps that work wonders if you are going to make hand soap – these include tea tree, rose, peppermint, lavender, citrus orange, eucalyptus, and almond.  I would stick to very mild scents or unscented for the baby wash.  Always remember to change-up the recipe to suit your needs, such as your baby’s skin type, age, and/or possible allergens.  In my opinion, warm water is all you need for the wee little ones!

Side note: If you do use this soap on your babies, make sure to avoid their eyes because it’s not tear-free and it will sting a bit.

If you have a homemade recipe please share it below.  I am always looking for new ideas!  Anything with olive oil, coconut oil, oatmeal, etc.  I am currently on the hunt for a great natural DIY laundry detergent.  Anyone have one?

petroleum, coal tar, and popsicles?

The sun is blazing, the pool is open, the kids are energized, and school is on its way out!  This could only mean one thing – SUMMER is on the horizon.  I for one, could not be happier!  I ♥ summer.  The smell, the late nights, the campfires, the smores, the sand, the swimming, the people, the parties, the food.  Need I go on?  Okay, one more thing…frozen treats.  Popsicles!  Popsicles!  Popsicles!  Freezy pops, italian ice, ice cream cones, and lots of yummy summer fun!

All these goodies are so colorful and pretty!  And refreshing.  And easy to market to kids.  I mean what kid doesn’t like the bright colors of the rainbow?  Or a box of crayons?  Or better yet, a rainbow-colored popsicle that looks like a crayon?  Popsicles are a summer staple and they are oh so good.

One question though:

Would these treats look less appetizing if instead of listing

Red 40, Yellow 5, or Yellow 6

(which sound harmless) on the food label,

it listed

Food dyes derived from petrochemicals?  yum. yum. yum.

Did that grab your attention?  Would you knowingly feed your child ingredients derived from coal-tar or petroleum?  Probably not.  Yet we do it every single day in this country.  I know if I were reading a food label and saw the words ‘petroleum,’ ‘petrochemicals,’ or ‘coal-tar,’ I would immediately put the product back on the shelf and I bet you would too.  The problem is we aren’t properly informed on what ingredients go into the foods we consume.  Get this, food dyes were originally synthesized from coal tar and now they are synthesized from petroleum.  Yes, chemical byproducts of petroleum are what make those red popsicles so red!  Uhhh, gross.  Food dyes have long been controversial because of their possible health risks.  No kidding?  Oh and they are in almost everything!  From frozen goodies to yogurt to chips to mustard to Jello to lemonade to Poptarts to salad dressings to candy.  You name it.

The problem…

Recent studies linking food coloring to hyperactivity and ADHD in kids is causing some experts to call on the FDA to ban foods containing them – or at least require a warning label.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the dyes are a “rainbow of risks” for children and can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer.  I must point out that 1 in 17 children have allergies in the US, 1 in 10 have ADHD, and 1 in 5 are obese.  Despite those concerns, manufacturers put about 15 million pounds of eight synthetic dyes into our foods each year, according to the CSPI.

And now for the kicker….

Per capita consumption of dyes has risen five-fold since 1955, thanks in part to the proliferation of brightly colored cereals, fruit drinks, candies, and yes popsicles, all pitched to our children.

How do we avoid them?  How can we possibly go dye-free?

First read this: http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf to educate yourself on food dyes.

Second, avoid synthetic dyes by choosing organic products. Organic standards prohibit the use of these dyes in products bearing the USDA Organic label.  Organic products use natural food colorings such as:

Red = Beet Juice or Paprika

Orange = Carrot Juice

Purple = Grape Juice

Green = Seaweed or Spinach

Yellow = Caramelized Sugar

Blue = Blueberry Juice

Third, read your food labels!  If you see colorings such as Blue, Red, Yellow listed on the label, don’t buy it.

Mommy OM Art Print Giveaway

After numerous emails and requests for a frameable print of my popular blog posts: 25 Things I want My Daughter to Know and 25 Things I want My Son to Know – I’ve finally created them!  I am so excited!  With the help of dRE from Solid Art Collective on Etsy, I have taken the words and a few images from both lists and put them on an 8.5″x11″ print and an 11″x14″ print to be framed, hung, or given as a gift.  The prints are simple, classy, and neatly done.  Details and pictures below.

Print details of Daughter List:

  1. Enjoy the INNOCENCE of your childhood.  GROW SLOWLY.
  2. SMART is the new cool.
  3. “Diamonds are NOT a girl’s best friend.”  FRIENDS are invaluable.
  4. Go for it, get DIRTY!  It’s good for you.
  5. Beat the boys at their own games.  Bust out your Light Saber!
  6. Be Spiritual.
  7. See the World.  Open your Heart and Mind.
  8. A Strong Handshake leaves a lasting impression.  It represents self-confidence and ambition.
  9. Choose your Role Models carefully.
  10. Read something everyday.
  11. LESS is more when it comes to putting on MAKE-UP.
  12. Shorter does NOT always equal better in the world of FASHION.
  13. NEVER allow yourself to become someone’s PROPERTY.
  14. Be CONFIDENT going against the grain.
  15. Fearlessly pursue your BIGGEST dreams.
  16. Try to make the RIGHT choices, not the easiest ones.  Have the COURAGE to lead, not follow.
  17. Don’t let Pop Culture define you.
  18. Accept yourself for who you are.  It’s what makes you B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.
  19. Mainstream your HEALTH.  Lay a strong foundation for continued WELLNESS.
  20. A positive self-image assures Power, Strength, Ability, and Value.
  21. Be a Sister, a Protector, a Friend
  22. LOVE with all your ♥.
  23. Never be afraid to LAUGH at yourself.
  24. Wherever you are in life, you can come home.  I will be here – ALWAYS.
  25. I LOVE YOU to the MOON and back.
Print details of Son list:
  1. When I look at you I see my ♥.
  2. It’s okay to let go of your penis.  It’s not going ANYWHERE.
  3. I will be happy to buy you a Pink ball, a Pink balloon or a Pink toothbrush if you so choose.
  4. Your nose is NOT an appropriate place for the following items: crayons, beads, marbles, cheerios, pasta, peas, carrots, french fries, legos, q-tips, or your finger.  Period.
  5. Play.  Draw.  Paint.  Create.
  6. RESPECT others and their possessions.
  7. Take your time summoning your inner genius.
  8. Explore the outdoors.  Play.  Ride.  Skip.  Hop.  Jump.  Climb.  NOW.
  9. ACCEPT others for who they are.  Power lies in FRIENDSHIP.
  10. Always keep moving FORWARD.  Go.  Go.  Go.  kid.
  11. To me – you really are SUPERMAN.
  12. LOVE letters are legacies.  Ask your father to teach you, he’s a pro.
  13. It’s okay to CRY.
  14. Always be PROUD of who YOU are.  Everything else will fall into place.
  15. Stay TRUE to yourself.
  16. Learn how to properly put on pants.  One leg in, then the other, pull’em up at least to your hips, zip, button, buckle.  Done.
  17. THINK before you SPEAK.
  18. Be an apprentice.  You must acquire some skill at performing HOUSEWORK.
  19. Find your PASSION.  Keep looking and searching.  NEVER STOP.
  20. You will be my son FOREVER.
  21. Love your Mother EARTH.  Now go hug a tree.
  22. Be a BROTHER.  Be a PROTECTOR.  Be a FRIEND.
  23. Take the Road Less Traveled.  Try to make the RIGHT choices, not the easiest ones.  Have the COURAGE to lead, not follow.  DREAM BIGGER than most others think is possible.
  24. Wherever you are in life, you can come HOME.  I will be here – ALWAYS.
  25. I LOVE YOU to the MOON and back.

More colors:

They look fantastic, right?  Yay!

Now onto the giveaway:

I am giving away FOUR 11″x14″ prints.  That means FOUR lucky winners!  Two daughter and two son prints.  All you have to do is comment below and let me know what list you want, what your favorite line is, and what color (daughter: PINK, PURPLE, SILVER) (son: BLUE, GREEN, MAROON) you would prefer.  This giveaway ends on Saturday May 19, 2012 at midnight (EST).

These are professional quality unframed prints. The prints come on medium weight ultra-bright card stock and are printed using a professional printer and ultrachrome pigment inks.  The prints you will receive are bright and clear and will not have the watermark.  All images are copyright to Mommy OM.

Contestants must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry.  FOUR lucky winners will be notified by email so make sure you use your correct email address.  Winners will be chosen using random.org.

Please visit my new Mommy OM Etsy Shop for more pictures and details!

Good Luck!

Don’t forget to share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook and Pinterest!

why God made moms

This was forwarded to me by a great friend (thanks Lauren!) and it was too funny not to share.  Enjoy!  ♥ Lisa

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1.  She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2.  Mostly to clean the house.
3.  To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1.  He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2.  Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3.  God made my mom just the same like he made me.  He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1.  God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2.  They had to get their start from men’s bones.  Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1.  We’re related.
2.  God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1.  My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2.  I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3.  They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1.  His last name.
2.  She had to know his background.  Like is he a crook?  Does he get drunk on beer?
3.  Does he make at least $800 a year?  Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1.  My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world.  And my mom eats a lot.
2.  She got too old to do anything else with him.
3.  My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?
1.  Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2.  Mom.  You can tell by room inspection.  She sees the stuff under the bed.
3.  I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1..  Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2.  Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them..
3.  Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4.  Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1.  Mothers don’t do spare time.
2.  To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1.  On the inside she’s already perfect.  Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2.  Diet.  You know, her hair.  I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1.  She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean.  I’d get rid of that.
2.  I’d make my mom smarter.  Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3.  I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

(unknown source)

philosophies and politics and motherhood – oh my!

All this TIME magazine hoopla got me thinking about the philosophies and politics of mothering.  Simply put, how do we discuss or share our parenting philosophies with others without looking opinionated and judgemental?  Is it possible?  Did Jamie Lynne even stand a chance given the chosen cover photo or that controversial headline?  Is holding a view that is different from some of your mommy friends automatic grounds for tension?  Can we agree to disagree on subjects that we hold so dear?

We all have different ways of nurturing, nourishing, and raising our children.  We all make choices about how to live our lives – What we eat, how we exercise, if we exercise, how we love, who we love, what we learn, how much me learn, where we go, where we work.  We have different sets of priorities.  Most of which we are extremely passionate about and for good reason.

This is me…

My priority is health.  Health for my children, health for my family, health for myself, health for others, health for the planet.  Every single day I ask myself how I can contribute to keeping my children healthy and happy.  Every single day I try to educate myself on a topic whether it be agriculture, politics, chiropractic, health care, pharmaceuticals, supplements, yoga, etc.

From the food we eat to the products we buy to the relationships we build to the love we give – all of the choices we make affect our lives and the lives of others, especially children.

In America today, the rate of chronic disease among children has more than doubled in the past two decades from 11% in the 1990’s to over 25% in the year 2006 according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.  And it’s only getting worse.

According to the 2010 Drug Trend Report, prescription drug use among American children rose by 5% in 2009.  The highest of any other single demographic for the second year in a row.  The report found that more than 1 in 4 insured children are now taking at least one prescription medication to treat a chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma, autism, ADHD, cancer, and arthritis.  The most significant increases over the past 9 years have been seen in the use of antipsychotic, asthma, and diabetes drugs.  There was a HUGE increase (over 150%) in diabetes over the decade seen especially in girls (a 200% increase).  Higher rates in obesity, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), autism, and ADHD have all contributed to significant increases in drugs approved for younger patients.

Bottom line: Our kids are sick.

We need a grassroots movement to change the health landscape in this country.  It needs to start with the foundation and core of our society – OUR FAMILIES.  We NEED to educate ourselves and do all we can to stop this insanity.  We have the POWER to take back our children’s health.

The dilemma…

How do we as moms encourage such debates with our mommy friends?  Or do we avoid them simply to not look like know-it-all’s?  Should our passion for health and wellness be put aside to keep the peace?  Isn’t it about time we engage adults and children in topics relevant to living healthy, happy lives?

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S.Buck.

What do you think?