Beyond Baking Soda: Other Natural Haircare Options and What I’m Using Now

If you read What Years of Baking Soda No ‘Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair and Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda , you’ve been left with a rather obvious question. 

What am I using to wash my hair now?

Beyond Baking Soda Other Natural Haircare Alternatives and What I'm Using Now, the final update in the no 'poo saga from Smithspirations.com

I’ll be honest. I don’t have a magic formula that I’m using to help restore my hair. I’m happy with what I’m using now, but since writing the last two posts, I’m also starting to wonder if I need to find some seriously restorative products.

I’ve gotten all sorts of suggestions from you dear readers, too, so if you have one, be sure to tell me about it! [Read more...]

Can You Really Breastfeed Multiples? {Plus, an Amazing Giveaway!}

Note from Kristen: Two posts in one day? What? I know, this isn’t typical. My friend Jennifer from Growing Up Triplets is releasing an amazing ebook today about breastfeeding multiples, and I’m proud to be offering a Lilla Rose item as part of the celebration. Since today’s launch day, you get a bonus post from me!

Jennifer is incredible in my eyes. Not only is she a mommy of triplets, she breastfed them for over two years. Three babies! I’m ever in awe of that. Hear what she has to say about her new ebook and the great giveaway she’s put together. (This post contains my affiliate links, so you know!):

We’ve been waiting for this day! Not only is it the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, but it is also the official launch day for the new book, Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! This book is the culmination of many tears of experience and an attempt to help other mothers planning to breastfeed twins, triplets or more.

And because we don’t do “excited” in a boring way, we’ve teamed up with the au also hosting a fanta-bulous giveaway with prizes worth over $450! You’ll be the most prepared mama on the block! :)

Oh, and from August 1-7, 2014 you can get the book for 70% off! Buy it in my store (PDF) for $2.99 (regularly $9.99!) or on Amazon (for Kindle) for the same price. Use coupon code “WBWBreastfeedMultiples.”

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But first…

Why a book on breastfeeding twins, triplets and more? Are there really women who want to breastfeed twins? Triplets? Quads?

Yep! Many mothers who see more than one (or two, or three!) babies on the ultra-sound screen suddenly become overwhelmed with all the questions flooding their mind:

  • Is it possible to breastfeed twins, triplets, quads (or more)?
  • Will I make enough milk for all of them?
  • What if they’re born early – will they be able to learn to breastfeed?
  • Can I feed them at the same time?
  • Will I always have someone “on the breast?”

As a mother who has breastfed my triplets for nearly three (yes, three!) years, it is most definitely possible!

What’s in the book?

The Challenges

While in theory breastfeeding one baby is similar to breastfeeding multiples, there are many facets that may come into play unique to a mother of multiples.

In this book, you’ll find a step-by-step guide for nearly any situation a new mother of multiples may face.

Easy to Read

Let’s face it: postpartum mothers have little time to read! This book is designed to give you the information you need to get off to a great start with breastfeeding – who needs to read now about how to deal with jealous triplets fighting for a boob? Time enough to figure that out later!

You can read this ebook and be on your way in no time to having the experience you want!

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Breastfeeding is Not All or Nothing

Most mothers of multiples feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of need these new little ones come with. Add into the mix the stress of prematurity, exhaustion x 2 (or 3 or more!) and not having the right support and information one needs – it’s no wonder many mothers of newborn multiples don’t make it past the first few days or weeks.

But what if each of these mothers knew that breastfeeding twins, triplets or more wasn’t “all or nothing?” What if they heard from other mothers who found a happy medium that worked for their family, resting in the knowledge that even against all odds, some breast milk is better than none?

In this ebook you’ll hear from mothers across the spectrum – mothers who exclusively breastfed their multiples and mothers who exclusively pumped for them. They share with you because they want you to succeed!

Breastfeeding twins, triplets or more happens when a mother plans and has knowledge – and then is able to adjust to accommodate the needs her babies have. We believe that any and every life-giving drop of breast milk is a celebration and a victory!

Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway!

DayDreamer Sleeper

Nurse one baby (or two!) while the other plays happily in this sleeper (stay tuned for a review of this fantastic product!): $129.99 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Amazon Gift Card

Babies aren’t cheap! (And multiples are never “two for the price of one!”) But with this gift card you’ll be able to do that last minute shopping (or buy more diapers!): $100 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

My Brest Friend

Breastfeed your new little ones with comfort – choose a twin breastfeeding pillow and see why it’s the best: $78 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Fit2B Studio

Learn how to heal those tummy muscles with access to an exclusive personal retreat with world-renowned fitness experts – all from the comfort of your own home! Oh, and you’ll be able to gift access to your BFF, too: $69.90 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Jennifer Saleem Books

This author has created these beautiful paperback inspirational books about breastfeeding – Milkies in the Morning and I will Breastfeed Anywhere: $26.90 value

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Undercover Mama

Choose an undercover nursing shirt in any size and color and nurse those babies without fear of what others may be seeing: $24.99 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Lilla Rose

A gift certificate to choose from Flexi Hair Clips, Hair Sticks, Headbands, Bobby Pins, etc. and keep your hair out of reach of little hands! (If you’re already an LR customer, you may choose from the XS Flexi Hair Clips!): $16 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Vision Herbs & Gifts

Keep all those little bottoms soft with one hand-crafted Baby Bottom Cream (4 oz.), and one Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer (4 oz.): $14 value

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Pregnant and looking for support & encouragement?

Join my community! Ask your questions, get answers and feel supported by other mamas on this same journey!

This giveaway runs from August 1st to August 7th and is open to anyone in the USA. Enter below and don’t forget to share this great giveaway with your friends – whether they have multiples or not!!

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! - book launch! Win over $450 in prizes!

Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No ‘Poo Disaster}

After Monday’s post on what years of baking soda “no ‘poo” did to my long, healthy hair really took off, I heard some common thoughts and questions from readers, friends, and friends of friends about my experience.

I thought it would make sense to give some more details and provide any extra information that might help clear up any confusion regarding the damage my hair experienced from washing it with baking soda. So before I share other haircare options, including what I’m using now, I want to go over some extra info and FAQ.

Yes, I'm Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No 'Poo Disaster}. More on the no 'poo story from Smithspirations.com

My experience is not uncommon at all from those who used the baking soda no ‘poo method for years. And, as I’ve continued to learn, it should actually be expected because of the chemical nature of baking soda.

There’s no question in my mind about what caused my hair to become so damaged. [Read more...]

What Years of Baking Soda “No ‘Poo” Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails}

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.

If you’re one of my long-time readers and friends, you very well may remember my enthusiastic posts about “no ‘poo” natural hair care.

I raved about it. I loved it. I had fantastic results. I had to tweak my system a couple of times, but I was convinced that I’d never want to care for my hair any other way.

What Years of Baking Soda No 'Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails} from smithspirations.com

However, as time went on, I started to wonder if no ‘poo wasn’t such a great option after all. And then I became totally convinced of it because of what it did to my long, healthy hair.

Ugh. Friends, it ain’t pretty.  [Read more...]

One Busy Mom’s Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

It’s not uncommon that I hear someone remark that they’d like to earn some extra money. I imagine most of us fall into that category!

A couple of years ago I transitioned from being a stay-at-home-mom-who-gets-paid-in-love-and-snuggles to a stay-at-home-mom-who-also-does-work-from-home-for-a-paycheck-with-dollar-signs. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I have learned that there are some things that work, and some that just don’t when working from home.

One Busy Mom's Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

Today I want to share with you ten tips for working from home. Whether you are currently collecting a paycheck with a baby at your feet or are thinking of starting in that direction, I think that some of these will help shed light into the mysterious world of working from home. [Read more...]

Yes, You CAN Buy Modest Dresses for Girls

If you are familiar with me and this blog, you know that I have a heart for modesty. With four daughters in our home, I know that it can be a challenge to find decent clothing for girls. Prior to the maxi dress fad, it was extra difficult!

When I do find a resource for sweet, modest clothing for my girls, my husband and I take note. It may be a thrift store that consistently has what we’re looking for or a typical brick and mortar store. Whatever the type of store, it ends up being a place that we’re likely to frequent when new (or new-to-us) clothes are needed.

5 Things I Love About Joyfully Sewn Designs {and a $30 giveaway!}

Recently I found one of those places, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with Joyfully Sewn Designs! I have something special for just my readers coming up with JSD soon, so you can consider this your appetizer.

Today I’m teaming up with a few other bloggers to bring to you a fantastic giveaway from Joyfully Sewn Designs! [Read more...]

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

Every now and then I mention my Lilla Rose business in a post, like the holiday style post I did this past winter, or when Lilla Rose has a really special sale going on. Well, today I’m sharing some special because I’ve now been a Lilla Rose consultant for two years, and I want to celebrate with you!

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

I’m doing something special at my home for my local customers on Saturday, but I don’t want to leave out my online friends. Since you can’t join me at my house, I’m inviting you to join in on the Mystery Hostess party. Three of you will win some great prizes, including all of the hostess rewards from the online party!

Read on for details and to check out my newest video, too! [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

I love having a meal with lots of yummy veggies. A crisp salad or steamed broccoli with butter leaves me feeling so healthy after eating. And most of you are probably unaware of the fact that kale is one of my love languages. For real. It’s up there with chocolate. I swoon when my hubby brings home a bouquet or two of those curly, leafy greens.

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

But enough about kale. When cooking for our growing family, I sometimes have vegetables left over, and the last thing I’d want to see is them getting old and icky after too much time in the fridge. When food goes in the trash in our home, I see money going into the trash, and my frugal heart skips a beat.

Sometimes just reheating the veggies on their own leaves them less appealing, but I won’t let that hold me back. By finding creative ways to use leftover vegetables, I can reduce food waste, make the most of our grocery budget, and enjoy healthy foods while I’m at it! Care to join me? [Read more...]

It’s Launch Week for The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies!

I’ve never been one to argue that the amount of money spent on quality, whole foods shouldn’t matter. While some foodies make light of keeping grocery bills down, I don’t. I want to feed my family healthy, whole, real food, but I have to keep our frugal budget in mind while doing so.

Meet The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies, Launching This Week!

I’m not the only one, either. In fact, I recently teamed up with four other budget-conscious foodies to write an ebook called The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies, and we are launching it today. I’m so excited to tell you about what’s inside and share with you the specials we have for this week, too!
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Why I Don’t Regret Our Frugal Wedding, Eleven Years Later

During the eleven years of our marriage, we’ve often talked about our own wedding day, especially when attending another wedding. It’s hard not to remember what our day was like while watching another couple on their special day!

The weddings we go to are often very different from the wedding we had, though. Our wedding was an extremely frugal one. The entire cost, dress included, was somewhere around $1,250, and that was $250 more than I was aiming for!

Why I Don't Regret Our Frugal Wedding, Eleven Years Later

We are often led to believe that a wedding is the biggest event of our lives, and while we knew that it was one of the most important days of our life, we didn’t want it to be an expensive event. We wanted to get married to be together, not to have a wedding.

A frugal wedding made sense to us for a variety of reasons, and we managed to pull it off!
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