When you ask your wife/mother/partner/Bombshell what she wants for Mother’s Day, there’s a 9 to 1 chance that she says, “Oh, I’m happy just knowing you and the kids are safe, happy, and healthy.”
Taking a trip with your main squeeze is one of the best ways to spark some romance in your otherwise monotonous routine. Whether it’s a one-night retreat a mile from home or a month long trans-continental escapade, make the most of your time away and pack a little passion in your suitcase.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schultz
Charles M. Schultz’s quote sums up the reasons why we love Valentine’s Day: It combines the best emotion in life (love) with one of the world’s best foods (chocolate). Ahhhh.
When you’re pregnant, suddenly everything in life is about the baby. You probably used to eat foods that you liked. Now, what you’re eating is “womb service” for that little growing sprout, so you choose your foods with care. (Or perhaps you just choose cheese fries—we won’t judge.)
Sleeping isn’t just about recovering from a long day—now it’s about getting enough zzz’s to grow a healthy baby (and perhaps experiencing some bizarre dreams…I can’t be the only one who dreamed she gave birth to a maimed Cabbage Patch Doll.)
There’s nothing more frustrating than being unable to console a crying baby. You can cuddle, walk, rock, sing or drive around in circles, but sometimes little ones keep wailing despite your best efforts.
Societies and cultures throughout the ages have used different techniques to calm cranky babies. The practice of “baby wearing,” or keeping infants close to Mom using a sling or wrap-style carrier, is especially popular around the world, as is on-demand breastfeeding and infant massage.
Some parents also incorporate herbs into their soothing efforts. Lavendar, chamomile and lemon balm are gentle, natural and well known for supporting relaxation. Here are a few ways you can try using them with your baby:
• Massage. After creating a calm environment (dim the lights, turn on some soft music), gently rub baby’s skin, applying very light pressure with your fingertips as you work in a circular motion. Use a light massage oil* such as Aura Cacia’s Organic Calming Baby Oil with marjoram, lavender and chamomile oils for an extra-soothing touch.
• Baths. Herb-infused shampoos and body washes may also help take the edge off baby’s bad mood. Try giving him or her a nice, warm bath and use Nature’s Baby Organics Shampoo & Body Wash, which contains essential oils of vanilla, lavender and chamomile.
• Room Diffuser. Scent can have powerful effects on mood and well-being. Filling your home with a pleasant, peaceful aroma can help baby unwind. Simply add five to 15 drops of essential oil to the Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Room Diffuser and plug into any outlet, or dab a few drops of essential oil to an ordinary light bulb to spread the scent.
*Note: If using essential oils rather than a pre-made baby massage product, do not apply directly to baby’s skin. Instead, mix with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba oil, according to instructions on bottle. Always consult with your pediatrician before using herbal products with your baby.
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