Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Year, Healthy Choices with Silver Fern Brand

I have always been a pretty healthy eater, but ever since I was pregnant and now that I'm nursing I REALLY pay attention to the foods and ingredients that go into my body. That being said, I'm human and still love a good batch of brownies!

I was super excited when Silver Fern Brand reached out and offered to let me try one of their baking mixes. They had several varieties to choose from, but their Natural, Gluten Free Cake Brownies caught my eye for sure.

I love that they are made with Almond Flour so they still have a rich, dense texture that's GOOD for you (never thought I'd be able to say brownies and good-for-you in the same sentence!) They also only have 2 grams of sugar per serving - I know! You're probably wondering how they taste? Great! Less rich than a real brownie, but fit the bill for a nice chocolate treat!

Silver Fern also send us some of their Prebiotic and Probiotic WAI Drink Mixes. I have always been intrigued about probiotics so I was excited to try these! According to the brand, "Wai's special probiotic converted the prebiotics and dietary fat into sort-chain fatty acids which support healthy fat metabolism." Worth a shot, right?!

Both Adam and I decided we would drink one a day for 21 days. According to the directions, you re to mix one WAI drink powder packet into 16-32 ounces of water, shake or stir to dissolve and drink up. The drink mixes are tasty, but quite sweet, so if you prefer drinks a little less on sweet, I'd for sure dilute the mix into 32 oz of water. 

The first couple days of being on the probiotic, my body kind of detoxed. I had a pimple or two and had to use the bathroom more frequently - all signs it was working! After about a week of taking it my whole system felt amazing. I felt detoxed and like my whole system was reset. My husband took them too and loved them. Taking probiotics now is something we plan on doing daily and the great tasting and convenient WAI mixes are an excellent way to get our daily dose!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Baby Wearing with Nesting Days

This post is going to make me reminiscent - I can't believe my little peanut is almost 4 months old!

Baby wearing was one of the things I wanted to do more of with my second child than my first. I admit, I was very intimidated with baby wearing the first time around. I didn't know how to "do it" correctly, was worried that my baby may fall out, or they wouldn't be comfy in their carrier. That was why I was so overjoyed when Nesting Days offered to send me one of their carriers to try out!

Instantly I could tell that this carrier was different, It's made out of a lightweight technical yoga-wear inspired fabric (it actually feels and stretches just like your favorite yoga pants!) It doesn't have any complicated rings or buckles or anything that I could potentially "mess up" either. It's a tubular design that I literally could put on in under a minute! I just step into the bottom of the carrier, pull it up to my waist, pull the left arm strap up, tuck my baby in, then pull the right arm strap up and tie. See?! So secure, so simple, and the baby is so sung, happy (and safe!)

I used this so much when Taylor was little. When she got a little fussy or tired, I'd pop her in take a walk outside and she'd instantly fall asleep. We packed it in the diaper bag at Thanksgiving and as soon as she started to cry, again, put her into her Nesting Days carrier and everyone was amazed that she instantly calmed and then fell asleep. Heck, I've even made muffins and meal prepped while little Taylor slept peacefully in her favorite carrier. This thing was a lifesaver when she was little.

Not only is wearing your baby convenient when they are small, there are so many other benefits to baby wearing for both the mama and the baby. Baby wearing offers many other advantages such as: happier, healthier babies, more confident parents, more successful breastfeeding, and less likelihood of postpartum depression. Pretty incredible. right?

The amazing folks at Nesting Days have given me a promo code for you. It's GOFASTMOMMY and will save you $5. You can also stack this code with their special pre-order pricing (which will save you an additional $10 if you choose to order a carrier for shipment in 4-6 weeks as opposed to the normal delivery time!)

Do/did you wear your babies or do you plan on it? Please share!