Tip Tuesday – Pin Holder

Bobby pins always come in a nice row on their cardboard housing. After used just once, they get scattered around your drawer only to become missing in action over time. Try using an old Tic Tac box to store your pins. They will have a long lasting home where they can always be found.

Hint: It works for tooth picks too!

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Food Friday – Superfood’s for Breastfeeding Mom’s

It’s no surprise that a breastfeeding mom should have a healthy well balanced diet. Good nutrition is key in producing a healthy mom and baby. But we have the 12 super foods that nursing mothers should be sure to incorporate (PS these are great foods for non-nurisng moms as well)

1. Salmon - like other fatty fish, is loaded with a type of fat called DHA. DHA is crucial to the development of your baby’s nervous system. All breast milk contains DHA, but levels of this essential nutrient are higher in the milk of women who get more DHA from their diets.

2. Low-Fat Dairy Products - Yogurt, milk and cheese are all great choices.  In addition to providing protein, B vitamins, and vitamin D, dairy products are one of the best sources of calcium. If you’re breastfeeding, your milk is loaded with calcium to help your baby’s bones develop, so it’s important for you to eat enough calcium to meet your own needs.

3. Lean Beef –  Boost your energy as a new mom with iron-rich foods like lean beef. A deficiency of iron can drain your energy levels, making it hard for you to keep up with the demands of a newborn baby. Nursing moms need to eat extra protein and vitamin B-12. Lean beef is an excellent source for both of these nutrients. If you don’t eat meat, be sure that you get enough B-12, iron and protein from things like beans, leafy greens and eggs.

4. Legumes - Iron-rich beans, particularly dark-colored ones like black beans and kidney beans, are a great breastfeeding food, especially for vegetarians. They’re a budget-friendly source of high quality, non-animal protein.

5. Blueberries - Breastfeeding moms should be sure to get two or more servings of fruit or juice each day. Antioxidant-rich blueberries are an excellent choice to help you meet your needs. These satisfying and yummy berries are filled with good-for-you vitamins and minerals and will give you a healthy dose of carbohydrates to keep your energy levels high.

6. Brown Rice - You might be tempted to drastically cut back on carbohydrates to help lose the baby weight. Don’t. Losing weight too quickly may cause you to produce less milk and leave you feeling lethargic and sluggish. Incorporate healthy, whole-grain carbs like brown rice in your diet to keep your energy levels up. Foods like brown rice provide your body the calories it needs to produce the best quality milk for your baby.

7. Oranges - Portable and nutritious, oranges are a great food to boost energy for new moms. Oranges and other citrus fruits are excellent breastfeeding foods since nursing moms need more vitamin C than pregnant women. Can’t find time to sit down to a snack? Sip on some orange juice as you go about your day — you’ll get the vitamin C benefit and can even opt for calcium-fortified varieties to get even more benefit from your beverage.

8. Eggs - Eggs are a versatile way to meet your daily protein needs. Scramble a couple of eggs for breakfast, toss a hard-boiled egg or two on your lunchtime salad, or have an omelet and salad for dinner. Opt for DHA-fortified eggs to increase the level of this essential fatty acid in your milk.

9. Whole-wheat bread  - Folic acid is crucial to your baby’s development in the early stages of pregnancy. But its importance doesn’t end there. Folic acid is an important nutrient in your breast milk that your baby needs for good health, and it’s crucial you eat enough for your own well-being too. Enriched whole-grain breads and pastas are fortified with this vital nutrient and also give you a healthy dose of fiber and iron.

10. Leafy Greens - Leafy green veggies like spinach, Swiss chard, and broccoli are filled with vitamin A, good for both you and your baby. The benefits don’t stop there. They’re a good non-dairy source of dietary calcium and contain vitamin C and iron. Green veggies are also filled with heart-healthy antioxidants, are low in calories, and are tasty to boot.

11. Whole Grain Cereal - After yet another sleepless night, one of the best foods to boost energy for new moms in the morning is a healthy breakfast of whole-grain cereal. Many cold cereals are available that are fortified with essential vitamins and nutrients to help you meet your daily needs. Whip up a healthy hot breakfast by stirring blueberries and skim milk into a delicious serving of oatmeal.

12. Water - Breastfeeding moms are especially at risk for energy-draining dehydration. To keep your energy levels and milk production up, make sure you stay well hydrated. You can vary your options and meet some of your fluid requirements by drinking juice and milk, but be careful when it comes to caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea. Keep your intake to no more than 2-3 cups a day or switch to decaffeinated varieties. Caffeine enters your breast milk and can cause your baby to become irritable and sleep poorly.

To read the full article visit: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/breastfeeding-9/breast-feeding-diet

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Thrifty Thursday – Free Pump?

Breast pumps are expensive! Would you like to save money on yours? How about get it for free!!!

Did you know that under the ACA (Affordable Care Act), your insurance will cover most is not all of the cost of your breast pump? It’s true.  Here are some details about the Act :

  • Under the Affordable Care Act, breast pumps are covered 100% by insurance for all healthcare plans that begin after August 1, 2012. This applies to both the purchase and rental of breast pumps. Your insurance company might have restrictions on which pumps they cover, or cover them at 100% only if they are purchased in-network. However, many plans cover any pump you choose by reimbursing you about 80% of the cost. So know your options.
  • Ask your plan administrator to give you your breast pump coverage information in writing. Because this is still a confusing marketplace, phone calls might yield different information than a written request.
  • Even if you’re not covered under the Affordable Care Act yet, many insurance companies do cover breast pumps. Almost all plans cover some type of breast pumps if deemed medically necessary. – See more at: http://www.hygeiainc.com/will-my-insurance-pay-for-my-breast-pump/#sthash.Lr03LnEs.dpuf

So before you drop a ton of dough on your pump, check out your insurance options. it may be FREE!

Thank you to our fan and follower Jac Hall for todays Thrifty Thursday Tip!

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Tip Tuesday – Breastfeeding Tip

In celebration of breastfeeding awareness week, we’ve got some breastfeeding tips for you.

1. Lanolin – It’s a great moisturizer for your nipples to help prevent cracking or bleeding. There are lots of products available out there. Remember that your baby is ingesting whatever you put on your nipples. Be sure that it is safe! If you don’t want to use any substitutes, try using a little of your own breast milk around your nipples after feeding to prevent dryness and cracking.

2. Breast shields – If your baby is having a hard time latching on, try a breast shield before giving up.  Most times your baby knows how to suck and just needs a little help with latching.

3. Sanitary napkins – Thats right! If you have leakage (everyone does).  Try a sanitary napkin instead. They area cheaper, more absorbent, and have a sticky back to hold them in place.

Happy Nursing!

 

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Breastfeeding Awareness Week!

It’s here again! The beginning of August marks a week of events, awareness, and celebration. With events taking place all over the world, this is a great week to volunteer, participate, and educate. We here at bizzy babes Inc. are located in beautiful Utah, USA where we are helping with breastfeeding cafes, silent auctions and raffles. If you are in the Utah areas, check out the calendar of events here: http://breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com/events-2013/. Outside of Utah, check out the World breastfeeding website at: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org where you can get information, join a photo contest and register to participate in “the big latch on”.  If you are interested in supporting the breastfeeding community please visit the sitghts listed below where you can participate in an auction, volunteer your time or donate to your local chapter.

In Utah: http://breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com/silent-auction/ 

In Utah: https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingCafeSLC

Internationally: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org

Internationally: http://www.llli.org

 

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Tip Tuesday – Easy Garlic Peeled in Seconds!

We all know that you can peel garlic with a hit of the flat side of the knife, but what if you need an entire bulb peeled? We’ve got a way to peel several cloves all at once in just a few seconds!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 2 deep bowls of equal size, made of a hard material like metal or Pyrex
• A dry (not fresh) head of garlic

 

DIRECTIONS:

Smash the head of garlic with the heel of your hand. Sweep the cloves into one bowl, and invert the second bowl over the top of the first bowl. Hold the bowls together where the rims meet and shake the dickens out of it for 10-20 seconds, until the garlic cloves have been released from their skins.

OR –  just watch this martha stewart video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcAJ8yMB4XA

 

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Food Friday – Pretty Dessert’s

This dessert is both easy and attractive! Don’t waste a lot of time on high sugar treats that have a lengthly preparation. Pick out your favorite colorful fruits and add them to a pretty glass for a beautiful presentation. Top with some fresh whipped cream and you’re ready to serve. If you don’t have champagne glasses try a scotch or even a juice glass instead!

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Thrifty Thursday – Money Saving Make-Up

Women know how to do a few things really well! One of them is saving money.  We know how to budget, coupon and bargain shop. And why do we do all that saving? Sometimes it’s for a vacation or an improvement on the house. But sometimes it’s for that fabulous purse, new shoes or a few new items for the wardrobe. We all have our priorities on what we can buy generic and what has to be “name brand”.  One area that is always up in the air is make-up! Some women swear by their department store counter brands, some from the catalogs their mothers shopped from, and others buy at the drug store. We found a great blog by Sparkle & Mine that compares the name brand favorites to the drugstore equivalents. The savings were tremendous and worth a shot for the price you’re paying. Take a look at the full story at:

http://sparkleandmineblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/drugstore-dupes.html

 

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