Margaux and May organic swaddle blanket {giveaway}

Here at Willy B Mum, we are very excited to be working alongside an array of fabulous bloggers across the United States and Canada, to help spread the word about Margaux and May.

Organic muslin blanket 3 copyMargaux and May, are a baby product company who are steering away from the cliché baby animals, blues and pinks you generally see when you think “newborn”. Instead, they are putting Mom first, with more “grown up” designs leaning towards style and sophistication. And, you can see that, with the bold print on the twin-set of the organic swaddle blankets we are giving away to our readers.

These blankets are incredibly soft and generously sized at 120cm x 120 cm/47″ x 47″, which are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as being made from 100% organic cotton. Not to mention, they are hand-woven by experienced artisans; with a practice dating back to the Bangladesh of Medieval Times.

The swaddles are also vegan, meaning no animal products are used in the making of these blankets, which we love! Organic muslin blanket 7

Likewise, Margaux and May, have our seal of approval on the natural and recycled packaging they use to deliver these luxurious blankets to the world in.

All of these things are a huge plus to a Mother who is doing her best to be green-hearted and save the world, not to mention reduce the amount of toxins a precious little bundle-of-joy is exposed too.

And, we know you also want to try them out for yourself!

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We are giving away, to 8 lucky readers, an organic twin swaddle set each retailed at $29.99.

Perfect for the arrival of a beautiful bambino, or as a gift to a friend or family member. Another idea; personally, now that my Son is not in need of a swaddle anymore, I use them on beach holidays as a sarong over my bathers, so maybe you just want to keep it for you!

This giveaway starts at 6PM EST on Sunday February the 15th, and ends at 6PM on Wednesday the 25th of February at 6PM EST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

However, if outside of these countries you can still purchase the swaddles HERE from Amazon. Confidently, Margaux and May, offer a no questions asked money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the product you will receive a full refund.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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First Years Video Contest & Giveaway

We are excited to share with you an exciting opportunity from Green Scene Mom and The First Years, who is now casting young families with unique stories for a cool new online reality series. This is a fun way to show off your unique story, and families who enter have the chance to score $7,500+ in prizes. The more personal the story, the better! We are offering an awesome The First Years giveaway too!

0206-first-years-giveaway-enterNow Casting Families!

The First Years is looking for a cast of characters from a wide variety of backgrounds to show America what the first years of parenting are really all about. New parents with children ages newborn to 20 months and expecting parents are all invited to enter.

All it takes for a shot at starring in The First Years Welcome to The Family Video Series is a 30 second Smartphone video and 100-word (or less) story about what makes your family’s story totally unique. We invite you to learn more and enter your family’s story at family.thefirstyears.com

Willie Wilkov, the Chief Marketing Officer of TOMY International shares the inspiration behind the contest. “The First Years totally gets what the first years of life are really like, which is far from picture-perfect. Our video contest is all about documenting the joy, laughter and unpredictable moments that quite often become the most memorable ones. We’re celebrating real families and the experience that make their parenting journey all their own.”
How to Enter

1. A Story: In 100 words or less, describe what makes your new family totally unique by giving an up-close-and-personal look at the parenting journey your family is taking. The more personal their story is, the better!

2. A Video: Share a 30 to 60 second video that shows what parenting moments are really like in your home — the good, the bad and the “I-can’t-believe-that-happened” moments. Think reality TV, only actually real!
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Green Scene Mom is also excited to offer a fabulous giveaway of brand new toddler products, sponsored by The First Years — just a small taste of what the winners of the video contest will receive! Enter our giveaway below for the chance to win one (1) prize package of (boy or girl) toddler products! One winner will be chosen 3/2/15. Giveaway is open to entries with a United States mailing address.

Each household is only eligible to win 3 TOMY product prize packages, via blog reviews and giveaways, each calendar year. Only one entrant per household per giveaway. If you have won the same product prize package on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Valentine’s Day Red Salad

Embrace the spirit of love in your kitchen this Valentine’s Day, by making this delicious “hearty” salad. Kindly submitted by mother and daughter duo, Paulding and Company, a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco. This salad was created to raise awareness and support of, Women’s Cardiovascular Health Awareness.saladhighresYield:  2 servings

What You Need

  • 1 small red beetroot
  • 1 small “cocktail size” grapefruit
  • 1 small blood orange
  • 1 small head Treviso (red chicory)
  • ½ cup finely shaved fresh fennel

Dressing

  • grated zest from the orange
  • 1 tsp. finely minced shallot
  • 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, or more to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

What To Do

  • Steam the beetroot until tender, ½ hour for medium-sized. When tender, cool, peel and cut julienne (if you slice it on a mandolin and then sliver the slices, you’ll get even size pieces). Place in a bowl large enough for all the salad ingredients
  • Zest the orange and set aside in a bowl. Completely peel the grapefruit and orange: first slice off the top and bottom, then stand the fruit on the cutting board and pare away the skin and pith in broad swaths. Slice or segment the orange, and segment the grapefruit (do this over a bowl, to catch the juice for the dressing).  Place the segments in the bowl with the beets
  • Carefully wash and dry the treviso leaves, then slice cross-wise into slivers. Place in the bowl with the beets and citrus
  • Wash the fennel, trim off any brown spots and surfaces. Using the stalks as a handle, thinly shave the fennel bulbs on a mandolin, being very careful of your fingers; if you don’t have a mandolin, simply slice as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. Add the fennel to the chicory
  • Make the dressing: combine the zest, minced shallot, mustard, vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper in the bowl with your captured grapefruit and orange juice. Whisk in the oil. Taste the dressing, adjust balance as needed with more vinegar, salt, etc.  Since the beets and fruit are sweet, you want the dressing a little more tart than a regular salad dressing.
  • Just before serving, toss the salad with some of the dressing, to taste. Finish with a light grinding of black pepper from the mill

We hope you enjoy this salad. Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum!

Love Snowshoeing

I just arrived home from 8 glorious days in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, on a family ski trip, which was beyond some-kind-of wonderful. I enjoyed it so much, saturated with moments spent looking around in awe at the natural beauty surrounding the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort where we were staying. Not to mention, spending quality time with my husband and Son, I am so grateful for the experience.

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Snowbird is one of 137 mountain resorts USA-wide that has a permit to operate on National Forest lands. The compound resides, a scenic 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City airport, in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, at around 8000 feet above sea level. It is known as one of best expert level terrains for snowboarders and skiers, which averages around 500 inches of snow per season – constant fresh powder.

If you are considering a family ski trip I highly recommend Snowbird!

Snowshoeing

IMG_1879Snowshoeing is an aerobic winter activity, which provides the same kind of workout you will get from running or biking. By wearing specially designed snowshoes, a person’s body weight is evenly distributed, which allows walking on the snow with ease.

My husband is considered a double-black-diamond skier, he is very experienced having trained with the US Olympic ski team when he was younger. And, my 4-year-old Son, who started skiing when he was a mere 2 years of age, is a budding and appreciative skier. However, alas, I am not such a fan of the cold and prefer to only be outdoors for a small part of the day. Not like the other 2, who happily spent the majority of every day outdoors in the snow.

With this in mind, skiing has never really been an interest of mine, however snowshoeing is perfect; I can get a quick fix out among my beloved Mother Nature, hike for a bit, burn a ton of calories, and be indoors cuddled up by the fireplace in no time.

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My Son’s snowshoe prints

Snowshoeing, is an easy pastime (once you get used to the shoes), which can be adapted to all skill levels and age, just put on your snowshoes and start walking. It is also a relatively priced sport, all you need are snowshoes, and optional walking poles. Snowshoes for adults start around the $100 USD mark, with children’s snow shoes starting at a lot less.

Snowshoeing is an effective form of exercise to burn through calories, and I love that. Personally speaking, the first winter after I gave birth to my Son I spent many weekends outdoors snowshoeing with my husband, and I saw my pregnancy weight melt away. This is where my love of snowshoeing started!

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  • you have to lift your legs higher walking when snowshoeing – the deeper the snow the more energy you will burn
  • if there is snow, you can snowshoe – take a path less traveled, climb hills and walk in as deep as snow as you can
  • don’t just walk, run – snowshoeing is a low impact sport thanks to the cushioning of the snow, and adding sprints will up your cardiovascular results
  • enjoy the beauty and clear your mind – stay in the moment, notice the sounds the birds and the shape of the trees or buildings, feel the wind
  • spend some time with your family and friends – snowshoeing is accessible to all ages, including grand parents and little ones
  • use walking poles – by using poles you will also be giving your arms and shoulders some love, helping to tone and strengthen
  • get wild and crazy – throw on a headlamp and go for a night walk, check out the wildlife (whether that is in the city or the country)

Added bonus to snowshoeing, your body has to work harder to keep warmer in the cold so you are already burning more calories right there!

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I really enjoy snowshoeing, and Utah was a perfect setting for my recent adventure. The mountain ranges … the fresh air, it was just beautiful.

Now I am back in New York City, where we also have so much snow at the moment, so this weekend I am looking forward to being outdoors and doing it all again, in a completely different world.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Sleep and Our Family {guest post}

I put all this energy, during my pregnancy, so that my Son would have his space and his room and in my pregnant mind that is where he was always going to sleep: alone, happy, long, long hours. I am such a sound and good sleeper that not even for one brief moment I thought my baby could be any different. Or maybe it was just the denial of the possibility driven by my own attachment to precious undisturbed sleep.

The calming quiet nursery, as well as the peaceful images of a profoundly sleeping baby, were very honorable, harmonic and kind, but, soon to be proven, utopic imagery in my mind.

My son happens to have a different kind of awareness of the world, and mind, and alertness and sleep patterns. He only now at age 2 sleeps through the night (half of the nights) and it’s not one thing that wakes him up, like milk or water or diaper or stuffed nose.

IMG_1825Rather, it is his alertness that wakes him up with every little discomfort. Babies can’t soothe themselves as we can, and the process of teaching him that (or better yet, being there for him until he figured it out) was long, and still in progress, to be quite frank.

In the beginning it was super hard for me, as a heavy and sound sleeper, to be there for him, fully present and happy. But harder than the physical demands of that, was dealing with my previous expectations about his sleep.

I was not a bad or not functional mother because my son didn’t sleep through the night at age 20 months, as it turned out. Nor did he have a “sleep problem” because of that. It was just his process through early childhood, our process. It was and is about his nature, and not me, or the parenting books, or the nurse telling me to let him cry.

IMG_1826When I took the pressure off of me, and him also, of “having to sleep though the night”, all that concern gave way to a wonderful discovery, thought and consideration about sleep. Sleep became a journey, and not an end. Something with which we will, as a family and as individuals, have to deal with for our entire lives, and I made a conscious decision of being there for my son, whenever he needs me to be comfortable to sleep, at 2 months old, 2 years old, 10 years old, or older.

Being hands down about it, accepting what our sleep reality at the moment was, and dealing with that integrally, rather than behaviorally – expecting results in detriment of understanding essence before behavior – proved to be for me, and my family, a truthful rich path to follow.

I started to listen more to my son’s signals. He likes to sleep on his own bedroom, with my presence. If he wakes up and needs me for whatever reason, I go to his room.

I really use my intuition to know what he wants and needs (it was especially useful before he could talk). Some phases he needs me and calls or cries, and other phases he’s pretty good on his own.

Being a part-time stay-at-home-mom and observing his early development closely, this kid has been through so much.

We take it for granted how much there is to learn once you pop out your head from your mother’s body: it’s a crazy, complex and beautiful world out here (I would totally be calling my mom over every once in a while to cuddle with me).

Every new developmental milestone is filled with excitement and also insecurity and fear of the new – it’s human nature, especially for tiny humans.

IMG_1828So, the way I see it is: I’m happy and glad to offer my presence and love whenever he needs, be it night or day. I don’t expect him to be able to deal with the “days affairs” by himself, as I also don’t expect me to do so. I don’t sleep well every night, and I still need my mom more than I’d like to admit.

Sleep and relaxation is a much more complex thing that it seems: think about how many close people to you have insomnia.

Aaand, he is just going to be this little and smell and look like this once, so I might as well enjoy it. Soon enough he will be a pre teen and I will be locked outside his bedroom!

In time, with this text I am not trying to sell our solution to other parents. I don’t even believe there is such thing as a “solution” about sleep, just as there is no universal child and parent.

What I would like to share through this journey is, how rich and liberating of a process it was to listen to my intuition, my nature and my son’s nature, to re-think our entire relationship with sleep. It doesn’t make me “right”, it doesn’t make me sleep more, it doesn’t make me tell people that my son “is a good sleeper”, but it brings me (and my family) contentment and peace.

Namaste

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Patricia Borelli is a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher, who thinks a whole lot and loves to write, as a way to help understand, and live, life.
She currently learns and teaches at Hosh Yoga (Brooklyn) and Ishta Yoga (Manhattan), in New York CIty.

Create A Stir – Brown Rice & Almond Milk Stir {giveaway}

IMG_1469Here at Willy B Mum, we love USA grown, non-GMO Della Rice, so we jumped at the chance to spread the good word about them with this article, by creating a plant-based rice stir.

Della Rice comes in a variety of rice including  ArborioBasmati White Rice, Light Brown Basmati, Jasmine White Rice, and Jasmine with Roasted Garlic.

All Della Rice is gluten-free, and is available at ShopRite supermarkets in the North Eastern part of the United States. Or, you can find a stockist in your state by clicking HERE.

So what is a “stir”, basically it is your creation using Della Rice. A stir also goes by other names like a scrap bowl or a buddha bowl. Combine a protein, some veggies and a sauce and serve it all on top of rice. This is usually created with food you have immediately on hand in your home. It is a wonderful formula to be able to come up with a hearty creative dish every time.

Brown Rice & Almond Milk Stir

At the moment, I am on a family ski-trip in Utah, and was looking for something to make that is delicious that my family could eat while up in the air, while traveling from New York City.  Honestly, I am not a fan of food served on planes, it is not the best, and being a vegan there are not a lot of healthy options, well for my family’s standards anyway.

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We flew out of NYC in the morning, so it had to be a breakfast friendly stir. So, I came up with a Brown Rice & Almond Milk Stir, with the help of my husband, who is an amazing cook by the way; thanks Babes! This stir worked well served straight up to my 4-year-old Son, and with portions packed into a container, to take on our plane trip early the next day.

IMG_1471This stir is high in protein, is adaptable as to what ingredients you use, and can be made easily with kitchen staples. Which is another reason I love this recipe, I did not  have to head to the supermarket to pick up additional ingredients, as I had them already.

I also used a rice cooker, which I have only had for a few weeks, but Geez Louise there is no turning back for me, it is so easy to cook rice in. Just put the ingredients in it, hit the appropriate button, and wait. It is so convenient, not to mention it saves the worry of whether your rice is going to turn out okay, which had always been a concern for me in the past cooking rice. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes not so well!SONY DSC


What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of uncooked Della’s Light Brown Basmati Rice
  • 3 cups of almond milk (or any kind of milk for that matter)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

What To Do

  • Add uncooked rice to rice cooker bowlIMG_1470
  • Following the manufacturers instructions, fill the bowl with milk to the line which corresponds with the 1 cup of uncooked rice. This should be around 2 cups of liquid, so you are going to keep the 3rd cup of milk out of the bowl, and put that to the side
  • Add the sea salt, coconut oil, vanilla essence and ground cinnamon to the bowl also. Stir with a spoon so it is mixed well
  • Close lid, hit the “brown rice” button, and wait till it is cooked, usually around 45 minutes give or take
  • Once cooked, add the additional cup of milk, stir well
  • Serve on a plate, add blueberries and garnish with fresh maple syrup

If you do not have a rice cooker bowl, you can still make this recipe in a pot on a stove top, much the same way. Using the same measurements, bring the rice to a boil. Cover with a lid, and put heat to simmer. Once the milk has evaporated and the rice is cooked, add the additional cup of milk, stirring in. Add blueberries, garnish with maple syrup and serve.

I am really happy with the way this stir turned out, especially as I mentioned earlier, it is adaptable. Next time I plan on adding sultanas to the mix (Australian for raisins), and I’d also love to figure out, if adding some mashed bananas will work well. Maybe some nutmeg too?

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Want to make your own #CreateAStir using Della Rice at home with the help of a rice cooker?

Well today may just be your lucky day, as through Friday April the 10th, Della Rice is randomly giving away 50 rice cookers to 50 of their fans.

Use the entry form below to enter, and visit the Della Rice facebook page HERE to be inspired!

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum!

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On the Go in 2015 {giveaway}

All moms understand that it’s really hard to travel with kids, even if only going to the park or the store. Here are some great products to make getting out of the house a little easier, whether it’s just for an afternoon or for a whole weekend. We are excited to bring you this awesome giveaway in collaboration with Green Scene Mom!

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Make taking kids on the go a little easier, and definitely more fun!

Wally Inflatable Bed Rail, from The Shrunks giveaway

The Shrunks Wally Inflatable Bed Rail – $25

At The Shrunks, we believe that kids are cool. Creating stuff that makes bedtime fun and safe for them, wherever they are, is what we love to do. Keep your child safe from rolling off the bed with The Shrunks Inflatable Bed Rail! Its slim design allows the bed rail to slip conveniently under any fitted standard sized twin, queen or king size bed sheet. Each package comes with a bed rail, foot pump, and a carrying bag for easy transport to all of your destinations. Recommended for kids 2 years and up. Shop @ theshrunks.com.

Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch giveaway

Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch – $20

Popdots Go Pouch is the perfect carryall for everyday or for travel. Plus, it’s insulated so it makes a great snack bag too. Use it as a toiletry bag, storage bag or quick change diaper bag. With one large elastic pocket and three smaller elastic pockets, your items will stay in place and organized. It’s the versatile pouch for children, teens and women to take on the go for school, work or travel with plenty of room for school supplies, arts and crafts, toys, cosmetics, medicine, toiletries, first aid, baby essentials, snacks, drinks and much more! Shop @ milkdot.com.

Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch giveaway

Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch – $35

This eco-friendly and portable organic diaper bag pouch is perfect for those times when a diaper bag is too big. Made in the USA with 100% Cotton Muslin Imported. Use it for a quick trip to the supermarket, the park or an airport bathroom. It’s been carefully sized to hold just the necessities. Also works great as an insert in a purse or diaper bag. Shop @ ponchobaby.com.

Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate giveaway

Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate

Poppy Drops was created due to a dilemma lots of us face — when to pierce a little girl’s ears? Poppy Drops earrings really are the perfect solution that is practical for parents and super fun for kids! From our signature earrings came other solutions for modern kids! We now offer Tattoo Nail Art, Mix & Match Tattoo Jewelry, Perfume Sticks & Lip Luster — all of which are designed for little ones but are great for EVERYONE! All of our products are made with natural ingredients — 100% safe for any age. We make staying young even more fun than growing up! Shop @ poppydrops.com.

yummi pouch reusable food pouch giveaway

Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches set of 6 – $15

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Yummi Pouches are easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and are great for taking healthy snacks on the go. Shop @ yummipouch.com.

Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas

Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas – $27.99

Zippyz are baby footed pajamas with a patented design to make diaper changes quick and easy. Zippyz have a zipper from foot to belly so parents can change diapers quick and easy while keeping their baby covered and warm. Shop @ shopzippyz.com.

Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set giveaway

Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set of 2 – $12.50

Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers are the Cute, High Quality Solution to Accidental Paci-Swapping! Baby’s name, monogram or cute saying is engraved on pacifiers and will not rub off or fade. “A little paci love made with a lot of His love”. Shop @ pacidoodle.com.

Enter to win this Amazing Prize Set!

This giveaway is open to United States and Canada. Ends on the 8th of February.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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Keeping it Green with an EcoWasher ELITE {giveaway}

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Hosted by: Easy Green Mom and Sponsored by: EcoWasher

Wouldn’t you love to never buy laundry detergent again?  With EcoWasher environmentally friendly appliance you can and it’s designed to work with your existing washing machine.

Amber from Easy Green Mom recently gave EcoWasher a try and is very pleased with her EcoWasher Elite!  You can read her review HERE. 

The EcoWasher is compact, fast, easy to install and saves thousands over its decade lifespan. Benefits of the EcoWasher® include: less lint in dryers, soft fabrics, increase in fabrics longevity and ultimately supporting a healthier non toxic laundry experience.

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Functions of EcoWasher ELITE:

  • EcoWasher® Germ Shield Technology™- Advanced nanosiler ions create a powerful invisible shield that disinfect and protect your clothing! This antimicrobial agent works to kill and repel odor-causing bacteria, germs and viruses!
  • Sterilizes and disinfects
  • Deep cleans laundry with no use of detergent
  • Decontaminates and purifies
  • Conserves energy and protects the environment
  • Adds no pollutants to the water
  • The EcoWasher® ELITE works automatically. After proper installation, simply operate your washing machine following the manufacturer’s opening instructions. The EcoWasher® ELITE will turn on automatically while water is flowing through it. *Note: Blue light will only appear while water is flowing through the unit.

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Win 1 EcoWasher ELITE, a $477 Value!

This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only. The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on 02/07/2015. 

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the EcoWasher. Easy Green Mom and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact amber{at}easygreenmom.com with any questions about this giveaway.

5 gifts from Mother Nature, to help ensure a good night sleep

RL_Herbs_2014Winter is well and truly here in New York City, and with that inevitably comes colds and bouts of the flu. After a long chilly day not feeling so well, I know personally, I look forward to sleep like it is the greatest thing of all time. To be warm, safe and snuggly under my blankets feels so comforting.

However, if you are not feeling so well, sleep may not be so easy to come by? Taking it one step further, even if you are in top tip shape, sleep concerns are experienced by many. One only needs to take a walk down the sleep aid aisle in any pharmacy, to see that there is obviously a need for this kind of medication. Sleep is one of the most deeply healing and revitalizing experiences known, and without it one cannot function properly. Symptoms of sleep deprivation can include, slurred speech, memory loss, blurred vision, slow reaction times, and memory lapses.

Sure, it is easy enough to pick up an over-the-counter medication to ensure you catch some zzzzzz’s however, it seems counteractive to be taking chemical synthetic medicine to cure a sleep concern. That just opens a whole new set of concerns; what kind of chemicals are in the tablet, are they dangerous etc.

A preferred alternative is plant medicine, from Mother Nature, and thankfully herbal remedies are readily available; herbal teas, eating the right foods, or even just a few drops of essential oil on your pillow at night can all do wonders!

RL_Natural Herbs ImageThe following herbs, as per guest writer Dr Christopher Hobbs, can be used during the day, or before bedtime, to ensure you get a deep night’s sleep to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed:

RL_Herbal Tea Image01. Chamomile is a time-honored sedative herb which can be safely used by children and adults alike. Chamomile tea is commonly used in Europe, South America, and Mexico for insomnia and restlessness combined with irritability, particularly in children.

  • Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Tincture, 30 drops 3 x daily. Can be added to baths (5-6 drops) to soothe overwrought nerves, diluted to 2% to make an excellent massage oil, or used as an inhalant.

02. Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are recommended for persons with sleep disorders.

  • Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Essential oil may be inhaled, massaged into the skin (use 10 drops essential oil per ounce of vegetable oil), added to baths (3-10 drops), and the oil may be used as a compress.

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03. California Poppy is my favorite sedative and sleep-promoting herb which can currently be found in a variety of herbal remedies sold in the United States for promoting sleep, helping one to relax, and easing mild anxiety. Because of its mild sedative and analgesic properties, it can be given safely to children.

  • Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Tincture, 30-40 drops 2-3 x daily.
    **Since the tea is mild, a tincture is recommended when a stronger dose is desired.

blue-passion-flower-opt04. Passion Flower is considered by herbalists to be an important herb for insomnia caused by mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion. In England it is an ingredient in forty different commonly sold sedative preparations. Passion flower is used for minor sleep problems in both children and adults, and is safe even in large doses.

  • Dose: Tea, 1 cup 3 x daily; Tincture, 30-60 drops 3-4 x daily.

05. St. John’s Wort is a common yellow-flowered weedy herb from Europe that is quickly becoming an important part of modern herbal therapeutics. Modern scientific studies show that it can help relieve chronic insomnia and mild depression when related to certain brain chemistry imbalances. Because this herb can sensitize the skin to sunlight, if you are taking a full dose, avoid direct skin exposure to bright sunlight.

  • Dose: Tincture, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 2-3 x daily; powdered extract, 1-2 tablets or capsules 2-3 x daily. Allow 2-3 weeks for the full therapeutic effect to develop.
    **Note: If you experience light sensitivity or other unpleasant symptoms, reduce or discontinue the St. John’s Wort and consult a qualified herbalist for a total program.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Peace, Love and Plants Make the World Go Around.

thDr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac, Director of Herbal Science at Rainbow Light®. He is an internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and botanist, has been formulating market leading natural supplements exclusively for Rainbow Light® since 1985. With more than 35 years of clinical experience in herbal medicine, Hobbs has authored 25 books, including Herbal Remedies for Dummies and Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health.

Natural Solutions, using essential oils, for A Healthy Family {giveaway}

There I was at 2AM with a screaming, teething baby. I had rummaged through my medicine cabinet, coming away empty-handed to find anything to relieve her pain. That’s when I noticed my essential oil stash and oil reference guide on the back of my dresser. I had no idea if anything I had on hand would work, but at 2AM, I was willing to try anything. I quickly read through the guide and grabbed white fir essential oil. It happened to be the closest bottle that is listed, in one of my guide books as a possible remedy? I opened the bottle and took a big whiff.  “Smells just like a pine tree,” I thought to myself. I put a drop on my finger and proceeded to rub it on her gums. She pulled a nasty face like she had just been poisoned and proceeded to cry for another minute or two. Within five minutes she was resting peacefully and I was on my way back to bed in complete awe. This is just one of the many wonderful experiences I have had using essential oils with my family in the past several years.

As a Mother of five active young children (read “accident prone”), we are constantly on the lookout for natural solutions. I am always willing to visit a Doctor, but would rather try to prevent it first by using something natural, safe and effective. In our home that means essential oils. There are great resources, like the New Everything Essential website, which helps me reference which oils to use for different health concerns or goals.

Following, are a few of my favorite essential oils to help with every day kid (and Mommy) issues.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 11.53.51 AMNatural Solution: Lavender Essential Oil

Because of the gentle properties of lavender it can be applied topically on even some of the most sensitive of skin. Topical application to skin irritations like burns, minor cuts, bee stings, sunburn and bruises almost always produce successful results.

At the same time the aroma is very soothing.  Diffusing into the air can help with stress or other mental strain with adults and children.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 11.49.40 AMNatural Solution: Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is a powerful antiseptic and is considered to be an excellent antibacterial agent. This makes it well suited to support the respiratory system and to help with inflammation.

Adding a few drops of lemon oil to warm water has provided relief for many suffering from cough or sore throats. Lemon can also help with constipation, allergies, colds and flu, and can make one feel uplifted and bright.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 12.14.25 PMNatural Solution: Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint can be used either internally, aromatically, or topically for indigestion, nausea, or other digestive ailments. The power of peppermint, especially for stomach and nausea problems has been documented throughout history.

Apply peppermint to the back of the neck to help relieve stress and tension. It can be applied to the temples to relieve head tension like migraines. When applied to the bottom of the feet, peppermint creates a cooling sensation and may help to reduce fever. The aroma is uplifting and invigorating and when used topically can be soothing to tired, sore muscles. Its cooling sensation is perfect for opening the sinuses and airways.

Personally, as a Mother, I can’t imagine caring for my children physically, mentally, and emotionally without essential oils. I have found them to be safe, inexpensive, and effective at assisting, supporting, and caring for the overall health of our family.

**Make A Note
When using essential oils it is important to educate yourself and read all labels and cautions. All essential oils are not created equal! Please make sure you are using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, meaning at the very least organic, to have the best possible results.

For 101 uses for Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint, check out this informative quick link HERE

Giveaway Time

Essential Oil giveaway
We are giving away 3 starter essential oil packages, with each prize containing 3 by 5 ml, better than organic, dōterra essential oil bottles. This includes a lavender essential oil, a lemon essential oil and a peppermint essential oil.

This giveaway starts at 5PM on Monday January the 12th, ending on Friday January the 23rd at 5PM EST. It is open to the USA only.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, and thanks to Heather for writing this post!

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familyHeather is passionate about helping people. She believes that wellness is a process, not a destination and encourage others to find joy & happiness in the journey of life. She focuses on educating about essential oils; how to use them and how to get them for the best price.
You can learn more through her website HeatherGrantWellness.com

Heather lives in the charming, small town of Duchesne, Utah, with her husband Jarom and their five children.

**Disclaimer:  Willy B Mum are not responsible for sponsor if they do not fulfill their prizes.