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Silisqueeze from the Silicompany. Reusable food puree pouches!

I just received my Sili Squeeze for replacing those costly and non-ecofriendly food purée pouches that little owl loves. Ever sine she started showing an interest in the food pouches- they were not popular when she was doing purées AND we made our own baby food anyway- I have tried to find a more ecofriendly solution that we could make ourselves. I tried everything and ended up frustrated and wishing I could think of someway to create what The SiliCompany offers with SiliSqueeze!

When it arrived I was very excited to try it out so when we went to store for errands I excitedly gathered the things I needed and got a happy tingle in my stomach as it brought back memories of making puréed baby food for little owl when she was a baby. We got home with our ingredients, washed and simmered, and, while eaiting, I got out our Vitamix; a baby food making mama’s best friend! Little owl immediately said “noisy” and covered her ears with a concerned look and whimper. Now the Vitamix is noisy, after all it is a blender, but not bad compared to some. I offered her her headphones and she asked daddy for a cuddle and we were ready to go!

After making our yummy mixture, we poured it in the SiliSqueeze and the leftovers into her glass storage container and put it into the fridge- I gave her a taste and she couldn’t wait! I had to put it in the freezer to cool faster.

The regular nipple is as I feared, impossible to suck things from even as an adult. I tried biting, gumming, chewing, and sucking and with no avail, I got out the scissors. I started to cut the stopper on the inside to allow for a smoother suck. The silicompany is coming out with a nipple that has no flow restricting spill protection that will be ideal. My suggestion would be to keep that slower flow for infants starting purées but use a reusable stopper under the nipple like the Dr. Browns bottles. This may be the case for the newer nipple that they have coming out soon, but for now the scissor snip inside the nipple worked just fine and allows for little owl to have frustration free sipping. Now I am sure to keep the lid on and keep it upright. It is nice becaus eit does stand upright in the fridge.

Compared to food punches…
Pros:
-Ecofriendly
-You can make your own purée compared to food punches companies that choose
-Saves money rather buying endless expensive food punches
-Dishwasher safe
-New valve flow to choose from and grow with your child–I ordered one of these as well and it is MUCH easier for children to suck the purees through.
-Fun colors!

Cons:
-Must stay refrigerated after making purées Rather than taking it with you and using it whenever or throwing it in a diaper bag or purse. It would probably be a lunch box thing
-Requires you to go the extra step to cook and clean up
-Difficult nipple valve could cause some frustration–if older child get the SiliSqueeze with Eeze

Overall, this product is going to a new item in our household over commercially made food pouches. Being an ecofriendly family, conservation and reducing our impact on our environment is important to us as well the ability to create combinations of our own while saving money at the same time, therefore little owl will be sorting SiliSqueeze pouches from now on! I will probably be using the commercial pouches for travel or vacations longer than a day, but other than that, day trips and home will have little owl squeezing her snacks Sili!

Little Owl’s “Nummy” Purée:

Organic blueberries, small carton
Organic apples, cut and unpeeled
4 tbsp plain organic Greek yogurt
Cinnamon
Vanilla

Mango Pineapple in Paradise

Organic Pineapple

Organic Mango

1 organic banana

coconut flakes

Wash, cut, and peel apples and add them in a saucepan. Add washed blueberries. Simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. Blend. Fill SiliSqueeze. Cool. Serve. Makes 2 SiliSqueeze pouch servings. Put remainder in glass Container for filling within 2 days of making.

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BumBoosa 100% Natural Diaper Ointment

We received the BumBoosa 100% Natural Diaper Ointment in the mail and the minute we got the ointment out of the package-my daughter was already excited! She wanted to open the jar and rub it on her skin like lotion. We talked about how this was to help her bottom when she had rash and she smiled. Whether or not she really knew exactly what that meant I am not sure, but when a rash comes we will be ready! It is rare when we get a rash because we cloth diaper, but when we do, we will try our BumBoosa!

After doing more research about Zinc and cloth diapers, I found that applying the diaper rash cream directly to her bottom without a liner to protect the diaper is not advised. That being said when redness cropped up, I simply used a disposable/flushable liner to keep the cream from getting onto the diaper and repelling moisture rather than absorbing. I put it on before bed and when she woke up in the morning she was a good as new! Like I said before, we very infrequently get rashes with cloth diapering, but this works for redness, rashes, and what appeared to be a bout of dry skin.

It smells delicious, very natural, and earthy. I can smell the lavender and tea tree oil but it is not to strong that I would fear it would burn or chafe her skin. I also really like the fact that the company uses renewable recourses and is planning its next batch to have calendula extract made completely from 100% wind power! Go Baby Bumboosa! They are the only wipes I ever used (as we use cloth wipes as well), but if we need to get wipes from traveling or the diaper bag they are what we use. My only challenge is that it isn’t on shelves of stores nearby. I would LOVE to see baby Bumboosa at grocery stores such as Whole Foods or the like. This would make it easier to get rather than ordering in bulk from the website and maying shipping. I even used the wipes on my daughter when she was a newborn as we hadn’t started cloth wipes at that time, and I wouldn’t have any other wipe touch my fragile and innocent daughter.

Anyway, the diaper cream is wonderful, natural, and smells great! It worked for us and my daughter even wants to smear it all over her body like lotion! We will never use any other wipes as BumBoosa will always be our #1 choice for renewable wipes. Thank you BumBoosa!

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EcoPiggy Pacifier

We recently received an EcoPiggy Pacifier for review from the Natural Pacifier Company. It was great! We have used the Neufsetten Natural Pacifier and now got to try the EcoPiggy. The first thing I noticed was that it in NOT bitter like the Neufsetten pacifier. I also preferred the end of the EcoPiggy as it was a U-shaped and easier to hold on to or attach to a pacifier clip rather than the pinched style of the other. It has the option of a rounded or orthopedic tip as well as different sizes for 0-6 months and 6+ months. The other difference I noticed that makes the EcoPiggy more desirable, in my opinion,  is the fact that it doesn’t get SUPER sticky and dark.  It also seems important that the guidelines of  6-8 weeks be followed for refreshing the pacifier, although a few weeks beyond that seems okay, but no more than that as they do get darker, sticky, and warn out.

All and all it is a relief to know that it is a natural material that little owl is sucking on several times a day. It is easy to keep track of, clean, and know that it is one solid piece so fuzzies, lint, dirt, and germs get caught in. Thank you EcoPiggy!

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The real test of the Femmecup according to the Mamas

Mama Ladybug:

****Again a disclaimer that this is a honest review thus the content may be graphic, so read on brave views or just cover you eyes and scroll down


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Well this thing has a learning curve for sure and insert/removal take some getting used to. I did end up trimming the stem, apparently wiping feels….um different…if the stem is too far down. Day One I was not convinced I would keep it, as the insert and removal took a bit of work. But half way through day two I got the hang of it and its so easy to use. Using it for the first time does feel different, I couldn’t put my finger on it but Mama Owl equated it to feeling as if there was an air bubble. After a short while I found it unnoticeable. As for changing it I decided to check it after 5 hours instead of waiting the 8-12 hours as suggested by the manufacture. I think 8 – 12 may work well for average or light days but if you have a heavy flow I would change it closer to 6 hours. This is much better than the standard tampons for me. I would also highly recommend a pack of travel sized wipes if you are using public restrooms. The manufacturer says you can wipe the cup out with toilet paper at changes if needed but I found that ineffective and rinsing or a wet wipe to work best. I didn’t find it to leak although some say they use a cloth pantyliner with it just in case. I cannot attest to its effectiveness overnight as a personal preference I cant use anything but a pad at night.

I’m a convert!

L rating (O rating to come): *****

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Mama Owl:

Okay, I am not afraid…I am going there.

The insertion:

Well, I waited…and waited…and waited. Crazy post baby periods taking their own crazy amount of time to show its ugly head. When the time finally came, I never thought I would be thinking this way, but I literally COULD NOT wait to get my period in order to try it! When that day finally came, I anxiously trotted up to the bathroom to meet my new friend! Cup in hand and pants around my ankles, I nervously stared at the instructions one last time (as if that last glance did anything). I had already had the ‘dress rehearsal’ and now it was showtime! I wet it with some warm water, folded it into my choice of folds to start; the 7-fold, and the fun began. I got it in part of the way where I could feel that it was still folded a bit, slightly pushed a little bit more, and then it comfortably slid into place. “Well that wasn’t bad,” I thought to myself. I stood up, pulled up my pants, did my shimmy once again, washed my hands, and was on my way. Yes, walking with it was a fun experience for the first few minutes. Definitely had a feeling there was a bubble in there. Then slowly as the moisture balanced out and my body registered and accepted its existence, I couldn’t tell it was there just like a tampon.  Now removing it…that is a whole different story….

The removal:

So it came time that I thought, “hmm maybe I should check on this thing.” So hands washed, I sat down to begin my excavation. What felt like fist deep in places I do not want to be during this time of the month, I was able to release the suction. I tried the traditional pinching of the cup to release the suction and, yeah, no dice. Let me be the first  to tell you…in a state of panic, TUGGING DOESN’T WORK! This is a suction item so that way is a no go. Okay. I have a cup…stuck in my vagina. Awesome. There are 6 children and my aid downstairs, and I have a cup stuck in my body. Okay, more digging. One last desperate PULLLL. Hmm. Leg up on the tub, one cheek on the seat, I found the top. Released the suction at the rim of the cup, and slid it down. It wasn’t folded anymore however, but I was just so relieved at getting it out that I toughed it out and…POP! I gave birth to a beautiful 2 ounce silicone cup! and I couldn’t have been more proud! Little did I know that this would be my way of getting it out…EVERY TIME! I am still working on it. I love it though, don’t get my wrong. I do find sometimes that the stem can shift a bit and get trapped between the inner skin of the vagina and pinch, but a shimmy and a shake of the leg and it rights itself again. I almost wonder if the Diva Cup has a “post childbirth size” for a reason? Maybe mine moves around in there too much and gets wedged a bit. As far as leaking goes, I didn’t find very much leaking after a few hours, but it was a very heavy period for me this time being my first real period since giving I conceived little owl (21 months), so I changed it about 3 times that day. It would help to keep a panty liner or a cloth pad to wash easily or prevent any leaking to your outer pants. I really like it though and am ready for the next period to meet my match once again!

The dump:

Did you think I was going to forget the most disgusting part??? All of this talk about dumping it at a public place; here is my thoughts…avoid it if you can if you are in a stall. Find a one person bathroom or do it at home before you go and immediately upon getting home if you are out for a long time. It is just my personal opinion as it is definitely easier, cleaner, and the ‘ick’ factor decreases from a hand washing standpoint if you have a sink to privately rinse out in and wash bloody fingers. When you get it out, it is full of uterine lining, blood, and whatnot so yeah, its a bit messy and gross to look at, but it really is fascinating in a nasty way. It gives you a sense of what your amazing body does once a month to prepare for the eventual shot at the beauty of life that will be growing inside you.

Armed and ready for next month…even got a Party in My Pants (cloth pad) to keep my Femmecup company in the land of future life-giving.

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AND THE GIVEAWAY Is now CLOSED!!
Previous entries from giveaway one will automatically be re-entered in this giveaway, but to double your chance at winning post a new comment that follows the rules of the second drawing.

Rules:
Do you have a magical cure for cramps? Eliminated bloating? Post a comment with your best PMS and Period tips…Don’t have one? Be creative and make it up! Only one comment per person please!

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Our First GIVEAWAY!!!!

Our first giveaway has arrived! As you can see in the previous post Femmecup is the topic de-jour and we will be giving one away for you to try! It even comes in its own handy carrying case. This may just be the last feminine product you will ever need. Can you imagine not having to buy pads or tampons again? The cost and hassle savings? You can go out and not worry about where to store your spare pads and tampons! So to enter simply leave a comment below  and “Like” our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybug-and-Owl-Review/134135513320074 and a winner will be chosen at random. Remember to comment here and “Like” on facebook, we will make sure the winners name is on both sites, if not another name will be chosen. One entry person, so you can comment 15 times if you want but you still will only be entered once. Don’t fret if you aren’t chosen this time because after part two is posted there will be another Femmecup giveaway! Tell your friends because the next giveaway might just have to do with referrals 😉

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Femmecup: Part One

Femmecup ( WARNING: Graphic content, read at your own risk or cover you eye while screaming “LALALA I can’t read you” and scroll to the next post)

“Femmecup is a soft reusable menstrual cup worn internally just like a tampon except it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. Femmecup has endless benefits, it is more eco-friendly, healthy, cost effective and convenient than tampons or pads.”

Information from Femmecup’s website:

How Femmecup Works

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Femmecup is a reusable menstrual cup worn internally just like a tampon except it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it.

Femmecup forms a gentle seal with your vaginal walls and any flow is contained in the cup.  It is then simply removed, emptied into the toilet, rinsed with water and then reinserted; Femmecup is always with you when you need it most!

Femmecup is non-absorbent so it can be left in place for up to 12 hours with no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome; you may want to empty it more on heavier days and less often on light ones, it really is your personal choice as long as you always keep to the 12 hour rule.  In between periods your Femmecup should be sterilised either by boiling in water for 2-4 minutes or rinsing with sterilising fluid such as Milton.

Femmecup holds up to 30ml, that’s 3 times more than tampons or towels can absorb; so Femmecup is great on heavy days and light ones too.

Femmecup is easy to insert and remove.

Technical Information

Femmecup is 50mm in length and 45mm at its widest point. It holds 30ml of fluid (approximately one third of your entire monthly flow). It is worn internally but unlike a tampon it collects the flow instead of absorbing it. When inserted Femmecup forms a gentle seal with the vaginal walls so there is no leakage. Femmecup is reusable and lasts around 5 years so it is highly cost effective.

The stem at the base of the cup is 15mm long and aids easy removal, it can be trimmed to any length; some women even remove it altogether.

Ladybug & Owl meet Femmecup…

Mama Ladybug and I could barely wait to get our periods once we received our Complimentary Femmecups to review (and some to GIVEAWAY!! Stay tuned) I chatted with Mama Ladybug about how we should probably give it a go BEFORE the big day arrives. She thought it was a good idea so when we had some ‘alone time’ after the little ones were snuggled in their beds we gave it a go in preparation for what was to come. Being eco-minded mamas, we were eager to save the earth one tampon at a time! Here is our story…

Journal of the Femmecup.

Mama Owl, Day 1: So I received my Femmecup in the mail and excitedly checked it out. It is smaller than I thought which is a good thing I suppose. I put it up in my bathroom to try later. After passing by it several times and KNOWING that I would need to try it before showtime, I finally decided today was the day. I washed it off and got it a bit wet. Folding it into the 7-fold (the only one I could remember or even get it to fold into) and gave it a go. POP it opened halfway ‘in’. Okay, attempt number two. POP—OUCH the stem is sideways. Hmmm. Well now what? Its a tad ‘slippery’ and I get it into the trusty 7-fold and try again. POP, almost in, but not quite. With a bit of shoving in the right spot it fit right in like a glove. I stood up. Did a shimmy. Can’t feel it! Well it was successfully in, now to get it out…yup. Get it out. Well I sat down and went digging. That thing is in there to stay. Supposedly they say that they can be in there for 8-12 hours and they aren’t kidding. I broke the seal, but definitely had to get a bit in there to get to the top, pulled it down from the stem (I cannot IMAGINE how people cut it off! I need it or I think I would panic that it is going to be lost and stuck up there forever!) and it caught the suction again. If the “material” it holds stays in there well, this shouldn’t be that messy, but I am sure we will need several cycles to get the hang of it exactly. After one more break of the suction I folded it a bit (definitely not enough), and it came out. Okay, not so bad for my first try! I certainly wouldn’t say it was “easy” but with time and practice it definitely will be. After all my first attempt at a tampon was 10 times worse!  I did feel slightly crampy for a short time after, but that could be from all the tugging, suctioning of the nether-regions, and maneuvering that ensued. That is all for now. The Femmecup as been throughouly washed with warm soapy water and adorning my vanity waiting for another try or the real deal! Until next time…

From Mama Ladybug’s perspective
Can I just say I’ve never been this excited to get my period. I was just hoping my Femmecup would arrive in enough time and is showed up right on time. I have recently had a desire to find an alternative to tradition pads and tampons, not only for the obvious eco-friendly reasons, but because my poor girly bits get all rashy and uncomfortable after even just a day or two of pads/tampons (more so after Little Ladybug came along). So when Mama Owl wanted to review menstrual cups I was all for it!

Mama Owl suggested to me that I try out the femmecup insertion techniques before I actually get my period. She’s smart, I didn’t even think of having to dig around down there with all that going on. And I would recommend practicing the folding techniques even before that. Because let’s face it, while it’s not rocket science you are kind of going in blind. So I went home, folded and unfolded my cup in a few different styles, washed and re-washed and then popped it in. I will say it was a strange sensation, my folded cup popping open but once it was in I really couldn’t  feel it. The instructions said that you may need to trim or cut off the stem but so far I don’t think I will need to. I couldn’t even feel it in after walking and moving about. Taking it out was interesting….I’m not sure I would know what removing a suction cup from you nether-region feels like but I’m sure it felt something like what I experienced. That might be what takes more getting used to than the insertion. So far I love it but now I just need Flo to come visit to give you the real low down.

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Inspired By Finn-Hazelwood Necklace

First of all I wanted to thank Inspired by Finn for allowing me to review their Hazelwood necklace. I chose this product because I purchased their Baltic Amber Teething Necklace from Babyhalfoff.com and LOVED it! My daughter has been much less fussy and the painful effects of teething have seemed much lower when wearing her necklace. It is also very cute and she gets SO many compliments on it. The attention she gathers allows me to explain the holistic healing nature of amber and its effects on teething as well as many other ailments. Since then 4 of my mommy friends have purchased Amber Teething Necklaces for their children.

The hazelwood necklace I got was for me! it isn’s often that I buy things for myself, any of you moms out there I am sure you can relate. The first thing I notice upon opening the package, other than the how nice it looked, was that it said to wear it all the time! Wear it while you sleep and especially when bathing! This is the kind of necklace for me! I am an immutable jewelry mama. I don’t change my jewelry or take it off, so this was PERFECT. I was thinking I was going to have to get into the habit of taking my necklace off before the shower, and I was alright with that, but got even more excited when I found out that, not only did I not have to take it off, but it BETTER if I leave it on!

A little bit about me; have eczema and often am itching and scratching at my skin. When I was pregnant I had some pretty bad heartburn. There fore reading about Hazelwood, I was intrigued that maybe this might be the answer for my dry, chapped, cracked, itchy, and at times, bleeding skin.

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Hazelwood Necklace (from Inspired By Finn’s website: http://hyenacart.com/inspiredbyfinn/ )

Wood from the Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta) tree has the medicinal property of neutralizing the body’s acidity. It is an ancient remedy first used by aboriginal people. It relieves or prevents ailments such as acid reflux, ulcers, heartburn. It may be helpful with skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, acne), arthritis, constipation, migraines, bleeding gums, and more. These necklaces are a great remedy for heartburn and morning sickness during pregnancy! In order to receive a therapeutic benefit the necklace must be worn as much as possible, including over night.

Hazel wood necklaces are made from the branches of a Beaked Hazel tree alternated with gemstone beads. No chemicals of any kind (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) are used to grow the trees these necklaces are made from. (Often when wood comes from a plantation chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used.) The necklaces are handmade – from the gathering of the wood to the stringing of the beads. The clasp is a sterling-silver plated lobster clasp.

The life span of the necklace will depend on the level of acidity of the body. In general, a necklace will maintain its medicinal benefits for 6 months to 1 year. Higher acidity may mean a shorter lifespan of the necklace. Indicators that a necklace is losing effectiveness are: the ends of the wood beads will darken and/or symptoms return.

Keeping the wood moist aids the body in absorbing its beneficial properties. Though it is not recommended to wear it in the pool, spa, or in other highly chlorinated water. Don’t be alarmed if/when the bark comes off – the wood beads will change over time.

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Not only does it look nice, help the body, and work even better when leaving it on, but I am hoping for long term effects in the future! So far, so good! Thanks to Inspired by Finn and the wonderful healing powers of nature!

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