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Organic Skincare Products for Babies

 

My babies are so precious to me. There are no words to describe how much I love them. Their skin is very delicate, which is why I want to nurture it the best way I could. Most baby skin care products in the market have harsh and toxic ingredients. These toxins are harmful to your baby’s sensitive skin and immune system.

I stumbled upon the blog www.hugyourskin.com, while doing my research about baby skin care.  I found the following statement so alarming;

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “infants up to age 2 are, on average, 10 times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults, and from age 2 to 15 they are 3 times more vulnerable to carcinogens than adults. Before the age of 2 babies have accumulated 50% of their life-time cancer risk.”​

No wonder I hear stories about kids having cancer at a very early age. We live in a very toxic world. It is up to us, parents, to protect our young ones as much as possible.

 

why use organic products?

Baby’s skin is not the same as adult skin. Our skin’s protective barrier is fully developed, while our baby’s are not. Baby’s skin is thinner than adults, which makes it weaker and more sensitive. That means that if you use products with added perfumes or fragrances and harsh chemicals, it will be absorbed into the baby’s bloodstream very quickly. Moreover, their skin will become irritated.

 

what ingredients to avoid?

 Avoid ingredients such as mineral oil, nitrosamines, formaldehyde, parabens, talc, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, 1,4-dioxane and fragrance. These ingredients, present in most over-the-counter products, are harmful to your baby. 

Instead look for organic, chemical free, no sulfates, gluten-free, vegan, raw, gmo free, biodegradable and formulated food grade ingredients. This research leads me to recommend baby skin care products by Nature’s Paradise.

 

main ingredients of Nature’s Paradise baby organic products

Nature’s Paradise is all natural. It is a family owned company, manufactured here in Huntington Beach California. I am a big supporter of family owned and local businesses here in the US. Their products are vegan, non toxic, chemical free, cruelty free, 100% vegan and gluten-free with NO parabens, phthalates, propylene, glycol, petroleum and gmo’s.

The ingredients present in Nature’s Paradise products are raw organic virgin coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic arrowroot powder, organic raw shea butter, xanthan gum, organic clarified lemon juice, organic argan oil, unrefined sesame oil, unrefined avocado oil, unrefined olive oil and unrefined safflower oil.

 

Nature’s Paradise products are good for moms, dads and bigger kids. Overall, I am very happy that I found a brand dedicated to take care of the entire family’s well-being.

 

You can buy Nature’s Paradise Baby Organic products here —->http://www.naturesparadiseorganics.com/#!product/prd1/1417859921/baby-organic–complete-(6-item)-skin-care-gift-set

 

 

*in collaboration with Nature’s Paradise

 

 

References:

https://www.hugyourskin.com/blogs/expert-advice/why-it-s-important-to-use-organic-products-for-babies-skin

https://thebestorganicskincare.com/organic-baby-skin-care/

Egg Hunt

 It’s that time of year again, when little kids hunt for Easter eggs. The Davis family decided to celebrate Easter at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This place has always been one of my favorite gardens to visit. When there’s a special occasion, Moms  have to plan for everything. What clothes are the kids going to wear? Where is the best place to celebrate the occasion? Most mothers are really good at planning ahead. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

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  It was tough for my husband and I to get up this morning. I was not able to get a good night’s sleep because my baby was awake numerous times throughout the night. Paul was out networking as well and he wasn’t in good spirits either. When you have three kids, it takes time to get everybody ready and out the door. There is chaos everywhere, outfits are not ready and mommy has no time to shower. If only I planned ahead and packed everything the night before, then we wouldn’t have been so late for the hunt.

Jackie and Clo

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Finally we arrived at the event! It was a hot summer day in the Arboretum Garden. I must say, I’ve been to nicer Easter Egg Hunts with music, dancing and plenty of treats. There is nothing more disappointing to a kid than empty Easter eggs. But, over all  they still had a great time.

bamboo

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What is it with nature that is so relaxing? Is it the feeling of being away from reality, people, noise, cars and pollution? Or simply, it’s just nice to be “away from chaos.” Arboretum garden or any garden is my way of finding peace, at least for a split second…

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Scarlett Carmina Davis was born in the “year of the Dragon” and her name means red in French. Her emotional Red Dragon spirit is deep inside her core being — ready to blast everyone around her with fire and brimstone. I’ve always wondered how kids decide when to be difficult and when to be nice? Today Scarlett clearly wanted to be argumentative. Kids have this crazy need to demand everything immediately. If they don’t get their way, they will make your day miserable! Scarlett definitely creates drama but she is also alot of fun to be around. paul and peacock1.jpgmommy.jpgI learned some valuable lessons today; First – always be prepared or else disaster will strike. Second – if everyone is not having a good time, move on to the next place. A new location can sometimes lighten everyone’s mood. Lastly – keep calm! Kids follow their parent’s. If they see you handling things in a stressed out and bad manner, they will reciprocate.

It’s time now to leave paradise and I am looking forward to volunteering here soon to learn more about gardening at this marvelous place in the sun.

Should I have kids or not?

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Questions About Being a New Mother

    Is my life over? Will I be a good mother? Will my body go back to the way it was before pregnancy? How do I know that I’m ready to be a mother? These are some questions women are concerned about when they get pregnant. However, It was mostly excitement for me.

What’s it like to be pregnant and to give birth to your first baby?

      When I met my husband, I knew he was the one. He was and still is funny, crazy, talented and such an easy-going person. Our relationship moved quickly. Before you know it, I got pregnant – our very first baby together. Waiting for my baby to be born was torture. I kept counting days and felt extremely impatient to meet my very first child. Then the day has arrived when I got to hold my newborn child. Tears-of-joy poured out from my eyes. I have never felt so happy in my entire existence! I felt in-love; the kind of love I’ve never felt before. It was surreal, as if I was like dreaming. The smell of a newborn baby is amazingly sweet. I remember thinking of her like a puppy – a new pet, my new buddy and my one true precious, who I will always have in my life.

 

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Arianne and Scarlett – 10 months old

Reasons Why Couples Wait to Have Children

      The society we live in right now is leading us into having kids later in life. A lot of couples wait the utmost last-minute before having children. Why have children now, if we can spend our lives partying for another decade? Why settle and have a family, if I can barely take care of myself? Los Angeles is an expensive city to reside in, and so, being responsible for another human being’s life will be without a doubt, costly. Although, waiting to be financially established was the suitable thing to do at the time, my mindset was not in the same boat as other couples.

I watched my parents started from scratch into bringing us into private schools, to purchasing a home, and being able to afford college tuition. This made me learn that no one will ever be ready financially to have children. Most people are not financially stable in their 20’s or even 30’s. It takes time to build a career or a business. I told my husband Paul, “let’s grow together with our kids.” Children are wonderful addition to your family not a burden in your life.

It’s Better to Start Early Than Later

       Another reason it’s better to have kids earlier than later is because it’s quicker to lose the baby weight in your twenties rather than 30’s or 40’s. As you get older, your Metabolism moves slower. Metabolism is what converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing. Moreover, when you get older your muscle mass decreases, which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. For instance, my first baby was born when I was 26 years old. There was not a problem into getting back to pre-pregnancy weight. In a matter of 3 months, I was back to size zero. I did not go to the gym or changed my diet. However, giving birth to my third baby in my early 30’s gave me an extremely hard time to lose the excess weight. My body never went back to the way it was. Although, I can’t wear my skinny-jeans anymore, I learned how to embrace my new body. Preferred looking more “womanly” rather than “model-skinny.”

       Your decision to have children, will change your life forever. There will be good and worst times. You will discover some physical, emotional and changes in your mentality. It will be a roller coaster ride starting from the day you bring your baby at home all the way through the day your child goes off to college. Lastly, being a new parent is about learning how to handle each challenge that comes your way with utmost poise and patience. And to enjoy every second of your life with your fast growing family.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/slow-metabolism/faq-20058480