POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS &DIY GROWTH TREATMENT

Good morning my friends! I hope everyone has had a  great week following Christmas and that you are all ready to welcome the new year (I know I am!).

If you are local (Utah) tune in to Good Things Utah at 9am to see my segment that will go with this post and see the oil made first hand by me! If you are not local, I will be sharing the link in my social media accounts this weekend, so no worries!

I have talked a little about postpartum hair loss before, and I know so many of you have been asking me what I do about it. I need to get a lot better about putting this mask on every time I wash my hair (usually my showers are sooo fast while my kids are occupied with something for a few minutes!) because it really does work. Each time I use this, I notice a huge difference.

When you are pregnant, your estrogen levels go way up, which prevents as many hairs to fall out each day. Then you give birth, and it can feel like you’re balding. But you aren’t. But that doesn’t really help. Postpartum is hard enough and then we have to deal with our hair on everyone’s dinner plate even though you pulled it back, and every time you wash your hair it looks like someone shaved a long haired dog in the tub. Yeah, it’s not fun.

So I found a solution. The great thing is that post partum hair loss doesn’t last forever. But this super easy mask and tips can help prevent and recover the damage.

In a jar, I shake up:

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Lavender essential oil

Breathe essential oil (peppermint and tea tree oil are great for hair loss and growth!)

That’s it!

I just do equal parts of the coconut and avocado oil, add 2 drops of each essential oil, and massage into my scalp for as long as I can. The longer, the better! Then shampoo it out.

I recommend using it once a week, or every time you wash your hair if you are like me and sometimes it’s longer than a week!

Another tip to help your postpartum hair, braid it before you go to sleep to prevent more hairs falling out while you slumber!

5 IMPORTANT LESSONS MY KIDS HAVE TAUGHT ME

Calum’s Moccs: Freshly Picked / Amelia’s Moccs: Freshly PIcked

Being a mom has been the best experience of my life. I love being a mom. It’s really hard, and along the way I have learned and changed so much. More than I ever thought I would. Today I wanted to share (a few) things my kids have taught me…

1- Things (materialistic items) do not matter like they used to.

2- Non-attachment (not literally!). Children are the best example of this, and it is something that I admire deeply.  When I was in yoga school, we learned a lot about non-attachment. I remember thinking how great that would be, but noting I could never, and hardly even trying. Note: this non-attachment Buddhist practice means to be unattached from things like goals, dreams, desires. To not hold expectations of yourself that typically end up making people unhappy.

3- To live in the present. Nothing has made me more present than my kids. Nothing. In fact, before they were here, Sam and I used to talk about how we hated always living for what was next, and never feeling in the moment. We got engaged, and we lived for the wedding. Then we lived for buying a house. Then we lived for the next house, then for a pregnancy, then for the birth. It felt like a never-ending cycle that we were always hoping to break.

4- To smile and laugh more. Kids are literally ALWAYS smiling! It’s definitely contagious, and I think the more you smile, the happy you are.

5- Quality over quantity. Seriously, kids are hard on everything! After about two weeks of certain brands of comfy pants, Cal will tear a hole through them! I do not recommend the H&M sweat pants for babies. Ugh. Freshly Picked moccasins are SUPER high quality and they last forever. They are so durable, my kids walk in them, wear them outside, and Amelia would wear them to dance even! (Also, they are going to be having a year end sale tomorrow, so get ready! YAY!)

 

What have your kids taught you? I seriously feel like my kids teach me more about life in a single day than anything else has for all of my (nearly) 25 years. They are so incredible.

 

*Thank you Freshly Picked for sponsoring this post!

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE BOXES

Good morning! We are getting SO close to Christmas day, and I meant to share this earlier! I know a lot of families do something like this, and I love the idea! We have always done Christmas Eve boxes, and filled them with different things (and some of the same things) each year.

Our focus is things for Christmas Eve:

-Pajama’s

-Reindeer food

-Christmas book

-Christmas movie

-Snacks for the movie

-Craft to make

-Christmas mug and organic cocoa

-Stuffed animal (or in Millie’s case, a stuffed Elsa)

-Blanket

There are so many fun ideas I have seen out there, these are just what I like to do. I don’t do all of it, but kind of switch off some of them so they are always just a little bit different, but the theme is consistent!

I love Christmas Eve, we bake cookies, watch movies, snuggle, and do crafts! What are your Christmas Eve traditions? Do you do a box for your kids?

I would love more/new ideas if any of you have any!

Thank you for reading, and happy holidays!

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

6 DAYS! S I X days! AH! I am seriously so excited. But a little sad, because then it’ll all be over. I love Christmastime so much, as you already know, and our Christmas traditions are my favorite. I want to do these things year-round, so don’t judge me when I try it! Haha!

We love to get in as many Christmas experiences as we can during the holidays, our favorites include (but certainly are not limited to!):

  • Gardner Village
  • Festival of Trees
  • Thanksgiving Point Lights
  • The North Pole Express (meant to post last week… oops! It was amazing!)
  • Christmas crafting
  • Traverse Mountain tree lighting
  • Making salt dough ornament keepsakes
  • Baking & decorating homemade gingerbread cookies and house
  • We love to do a charity/act of kindness (buying someone’s dinner, toys for tots, secret Santa for a family in need, things like that!)
  • Christmas Eve boxes (doing a little post on these later this week! I am behind! :/)
  • Christmas Eve we bake cookies for Santa!
  • Christmas Eve jammie’s and movie (this year will be The Grinch, I am sure. It’s Millie’s FAVE right now!)
  • Christmas morning I have a breakfast prepared the night before so I just throw it in the oven while we start the presents and stockings!
  • Christmas dinner the past few years I made the same thing but want to find something maybe a little easier and less time consuming for now! Haha

 

There are so many more I am so eager to start as our kids get a little older. Next year I am going to start something called “Kindness Elves” which I am so excited to do!

What are your family’s traditions, and how old are your kids? I love that these can change over the years, depending on the ages of your children! It’s so exciting! Share them in the comments or over on Instagram!

More Christmas tradition inspiration posts here:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts/Madeline at CaseyLand/Erica at Good Job Momma/Cayli at Nightchayde/Britt at My Little Sunshine/Juli at Enjoying the Journey/Sue at Sue’s News

 See Kiana or Madeline’s blogs to join!