Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chew On This! How To Survive Your Baby's Teething

Written by a contributing writer

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Do you dread going to the dentist, especially if you've got a tooth coming through? Well, the issue with our children going through teething is just as bad. Imagine, instead of you having one wisdom tooth coming through, you've got a few. This is what our poor children have to go through all the time. So, it can cause a lot of stress, not just for your children, but for us as parents. And some of us feel ill-equipped to deal with the problems that come with teething, especially all those late nights, early mornings, and that constant feeling of uselessness that we can have his parents. But, here are the best ways for you to survive your children teething and how to help them cope better with it.

Be Reassuring

This is arguably too obvious, but your children going through teething is such a difficult time in their lives. They don't know what's going on, and they are scared. So be as comforting to them as possible. Some parents take the old-fashioned approach of letting them cry it out, and we've seen now that this doesn't always work...especially when they are teething!

Know The Symptoms

There are various symptoms of children teething, and this isn't just the physical signs, such as swollen gums, as well as drooling and nappy rash. But there are other things, such as them refusing to eat food because it simply hurts too much. Luckily with the vast majority of symptoms now, there are things you can use to help alleviate the symptoms somewhat. From diaper rash cream to chewable toys that can be put in the freezer, and topical creams and ointments that can be purchased for cheap. You need to keep on top of the symptoms, and especially with issues like diarrhea or drool, these things can add more irritation to your children.

Make Sure They Rest

Issues involving teething and any other signs and symptoms will make them feel tired and cranky. Make sure that they stick to their nap routines, and if not, and teething is especially painful, it's okay to ask your pediatrician if you can give them some pain relievers, such as Anbesol or Bonjela. A routine when they are miserable and in pain can be very difficult to honor, but it's always worth putting them down for a nap at their scheduled times. You can take the French approach to parenting, and if they are upset when you put them down for a nap, wait 5 minutes, and if their crying hasn't lessened, then you can take them out and cuddle them.

Encourage The Teeth To Come Through

Naturally, your baby will start to chew on everything they see, and this helps to bring the teeth through. There are products like Bickiepegs you can buy, which they can gnaw at, as well as the aforementioned chew toys, including Sophie The Giraffe that will all help to bring the teeth through. You can also apply gentle pressure, by massaging the gums, as long as you've got clean fingers, or use wet washcloths, and in doing this, it can help to prevent bacteria, which will lead to inflammation if left to fester.

Ride It Out

It can be very stressful if your child doesn't want to eat, especially if you've been working so hard to make sure they've been gaining weight, but naturally their appetite will reduce. And because they are drooling a lot, it's important to keep their fluid intake up. But lots of frozen foods can help, so, for example, if they like bananas, you can give them a frozen banana, and this is going to help with the pain, but also it will be food that they can tolerate, as opposed to hard, crunchy foods.

Don't Lose Heart

Yes, it's very stressful, but once their first set of teeth make their way to the surface, this is the hard part done. As time goes on, and more teeth come, you will know the symptoms your child has, but also they learn to cope with the pain a little better. Remember, this is all brand new to them, and from the comfort of the womb to being thrust into a bright world, every new thing is scary to them. The best thing you can do is to protect them as best as you can, reassure them, but don't feel like you are doing a bad job. This always needs reiterating.

We all know the big tasks involved in the early years of any child's life, and teething is one of the big ones.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Family Vacation Idea: Rent a Luxurious Beavers Bend Log Cabin

Those wanting to find a secluded vacation or weekend getaway spot should consider Beavers Bend Log Cabins in Oklahoma. Imagine being in a gorgeous environment that boasts stunning luxury log cabins fit for royalty. The spectacular nature scenes can be your view while staying in an opulent cabin that brings the outdoors in. Situated close to Beavers Bend State Park and nearby Broken Bow Lake, visitors have a wealth of activities and adventures to choose from. The glorious log cabin rentals are reasonably priced and off-season bargains drop rental costs even lower. This is an ideal place to get away from the busyness of modern living.

A relaxing log cabin retreat may be just what an individual, couple, or family needs. These striking cabins are amazing inside and out. The interior design captures the essence of a tranquil forest setting. With varying rentals to select from, guests will enjoy the level of privacy that they desire. Some cabins are only rented to one to two people, ensuring those guests of quiet reflection. Those with children also have marvelous cabins available. Even pet owners can opt for a pet-friendly cabin. They need only pay a small pet fee.

Individuals wanting some outdoor adventures can choose kayaking or other activities on the lovely nearby lake and meandering river. There are outstanding hiking trails that wander through the lush forest location. Individuals can also rent bikes for a breathtaking nature ride that is so beautiful that it seems unreal. The fish are kept stocked so those that desire fly fishing will be in heaven. Guests can rent a boat slip or rent a phenomenal houseboat. Equestrian lovers can go horseback riding here and there is even a fun train ride that travels through the stables via Beavers Bend Depot.

Many take advantage of boat rentals to enjoy a peaceful day floating on the calming waters. For the more adventurous individuals, renting a fabulous jet ski will give lots of thrills. Individuals wanting an easy boat excursion can rent a paddle boat for an enjoyable ride. Family paddle boat rides are extremely fun. Tennis courts offer additional enjoyment and a miniature golf course awaits those golf enthusiasts and new recruits. The majestic natural setting provides pleasure for every personality. There is no need to drag along bikes or boats because they can be rented easily at this fine destination.

The decor inside these wonderful cabins continues the log cabin theme. Expect gorgeous wooden floors and paneling offset by natural stone or brick fireplaces. Beautiful light fixtures, like sparkling chandeliers and unique country fixtures, add warm ambiance to the already homey cabin design. There is no need to pack bed linens or cleaning equipment, as that is included in the rental price. There is no extra cleaning charge tacked on to the cost and there are zero hidden costs. Free wifi is available in the cabins and a large newer model television comes with the cabin rental. Inside the cabins, the natural wooden furniture lends a welcoming vibe. The beds are exceptionally comfortable and the other furniture accents the earthy and back-to-nature feel of these luscious cabins.

The naturally wooded locale, of Beavers Bend cabins, offers many amenities. The peaceful atmosphere makes for a stress-free getaway place.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Self-Care Holiday Gift Ideas For Moms

Mom takes the brunt of holiday stress. She is usually the one coordinating gifts, meals, social engagements, and any family drama that may arise (we all have some, don’t feel embarrassed!). Notice that mom is looking a little depleted? A little edgy? A little more tired than her naturally bright self?  Maybe she just needs a little love. Give the gift of wellness and inspiration to the mom in your life- it's the gift that continues to give because when you fuel yourself, you have so much more to give! Here are some of my personal favorite products that have spoken to all my senses, helping me not only look my best at all my motherhood phases, but helped me reach spaces of calm and focus during the busy times that I need it most. 

Doterra essential oil diffuser:  It’s simple and compact. You plug it into a wall and choose the blend to match the mood you want. 

Sam and Maddy Make Up:  An amazing makeup line made for women to feel their own natural glow. The company was also created by a Beyond Mom who named the company after her children.

Athleta Studio WrapCozy jacket, wrapped in good vibes can be dressed up or down.

Peleton bike: Get your sweat on and workout conveniently at home when time is limited or babies are napping!

Sip Bottle:  A stylish fun bottle that will help keep you hydrated all the time. 

Frends:  Jam out to fun tunes or take time for relaxing music with these Frends headphones.

HeadspaceA daily meditation app to help you connect with your breath and silence.

Intelligent Nutrients. All organic skin-care products and great for anti-aging.

Loyal Hana:  Stylish and affordable maternity through nursing clothing.

Pacifica Candles:  Candles set the intention for calmness and these are beautiful and smell lovely!

Going Beyond Mom: How To Activate Your Mind, Body, and Business After Baby:  This is my book, and I’m so excited to teach moms how to activate and engage with the new woman also born with baby!

Lively:  For mom’s intimates! Beautiful bra and panty sets, they just launched a nursing bra, too!

Beautiful ChorusWomen from around the world, all cancer survivors. Great for meditation, positivity, togetherness, community, and reminding yourself of the life you want to live.

Intention is everything! When we dress ourselves in ways that honor our beauty (inside and out), we feel beautiful. When we use products and tools to bring calm and focus to our lives, we feel those positive effects. When we get moving, we clear out negativity and stress! Help mom live the life she deserves this holiday season. And, of course, tell her how grateful you are for everything she does.


       Beyond Mom website

       Twitter: @randizinn




Randi Zinn is the founder of Beyond Mom and Born from her own experience of motherhood, and the desire for a more connected community- Beyond Mom offers: content, podcasts, mixers, events, and retreats for forward-thinking Moms. She encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom”- one that embraces the gifts of motherhood but expresses all that they are as individuals: creators, businesswomen, thinkers, friends, and so much more.

Her writing has appeared in Honest Company Blog, FitBump, Epoch Times and Well Rounded NY. She is a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus NY and has taught since 2008.

Randi’s first book Going Beyond Mom: How To Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby, will be published on September 19, 2017.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Organic Makeup vs Regular Makeup

Written by a contributing writer

Organic makeup is beginning to make waves in the beauty world. More people are turning to organic options and rejecting the chemical-laden options have been conventionally popular. But is that the right decision? And is organic makeup really any better than other types of makeup? Let's explore the benefits of organic makeup and see what it really has to offer.

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They Usually Contain Natural Essential Oils

One of the best things about using organic makeup is that it often contains natural essential oils. These can help to keep your skin hydrated in a very soothing manner. That’s not something that we typically see in other types of makeup products. Some essential oils can also help brighten skin, prevent acne, or heal dry patches. Check the labels on your beauty products to see which essential oils they can contain.

It’s Good for the Planet

As well as being good for you and your skin, organic products are actually very good for the planet. That’s definitely one thing worth noting and celebrating. You can find out more about eco-friendly beauty products if you’re interested. It always feels good to do your bit for the planet, so try to keep this in mind when you’re deciding which type of makeup you are going to purchase.

Lower Chance of Harsh Reactions

Compared to many ordinary makeup products, your chances of experiencing a harsh reaction from using organic makeup is lower. Of course, there is always a small chance that you could be allergic or sensitive to an ingredient in any makeup or beauty product. But the chances typically aren't as high as ordinary makeup and that’s one reason why organic products are rising in popularity right now. No one wants to deal with the nasty after-effects of having a reaction to the makeup you use.

It’s More Affordable Than Many Imagine

Many people assume that organic makeup will be a lot more expensive than it actually is. You can hardly blame people for making that assumption because it’s certainly true that the word ‘organic’ causes the price of food items to shoot up. That’s not really the case for makeup products, though. You can find organic makeup that suits all budgets. You can browse different brands and consider their affordability at See for yourself how affordable it can be.

There Are Limitations to be Aware of Too, Though

It’s important not to simply skip over the limitations that come with using organic makeup products. It’s not all good news. For example, because these products don’t contain preservatives, it means that they won’t last as long without becoming unsafe to use. Organic makeup is never really waterproof and that might be a major problem for some consumers. There are also limitations in terms of color compared to normal makeup.

All in all, as long as you’re aware of the bad as well as the good, organic makeup is worth trying out. You could find you like it more than the makeup products that you’re used to.