Simple Ideas for Keeping 4th of July Healthy

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Everyone loves a good BBQ at 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day. For a lot of people this means Hot Dogs chok full of fillers, fatty Hamburgers, soda and greasy potato chips. Of course this stuff is tasty but you can still do fun, easy and tasty food thats good for you.

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Fruit Infused Water Recipe is great. You can opt out of drinking soda and up your water levels the natural way.

Organic Grass Fed All Beef Hot Dogs This place carries all kinds of organic meats and food items. *shipping on orders over $200 is free!

Organic Ground Beef 85/15 and its priced amazingly fair granted what you would pay for Organic Ground Beef at your local grocer. *again, free shipping on orders over $200

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Organic Sweet Potato Chips…don’t they look delicious? They cost roughly the same as large bag of conventional chips but they taste great and its a nice change of scenery for your guests. You may turn your friends and family onto something new. If you have a deep fryer and a food processor, you could surely make your own Sweet Potato Chips too using this easy to follow recipe.

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Organic Fruit Kabobs are another great way to get, healthy, cooling foods into the body that hydrate and taste great at the same time. For safety, you can always nip the sharp tip off wooden skewers.

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Fresh Fruit Tarts are a great idea.

Do you have a great 4th of July healthy food option that you love? Let’s hear it!

World Breastfeeding Week 2014

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Each year we run a series of guest submitted breastfeeding stories as an effort to help normalize breastfeeding, share experiences and come together to support women and families in their choice to feed their children as nature has intended.

What is World Breastfeeding Week?

Over the last few years we have collected and shared stories and accounts of breastfeeding relationships of all types. Helping normalize breastfeeding by bringing  mothers together with support, sharing knowledge and information has ultimately been the primary goal.

As we enter into the summer months and see World Breastfeeding Week is approaching we find ourselves delighted that we are able to play a small role in helping normalize the vital function of nourishment in such an amazing global movement, such as such as World Breastfeeding Week.

As many already know, breastfeeding is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts for countless reasons and because of this, we would like to do things a little differently this year. In addition to bringing wonderful stories from real mothers, real babies/children and their journey through breastfeeding, we will be hosting some fantastic giveaways as well.

If you are interested in sharing your candid experience breastfeeding, we would love to hear from you. What we mean by ‘candid’ is that we are not looking for scripted stories. We understand that each breastfeeding experience,  from birth to birth and woman to woman is incredibly unique, we welcome all types of submissions including stories of complete success, stories involving Complications, Milk Sharing, Milk Donation, Wet Nursing, SNS/Tube Feeding, Exclusive Pumping, etc. We are also delightfully accepting information based submissions as well.

We invite you to check out our World Breastfeeding Week stories from previous years and hope that you will be a part of our present WBW and our future WBW Adventures.

If you are interested in a story submission, you may Contact Us by email at: and be sure to visit our Facebook Page and say hello!

Why World Breastfeeding Week is Important
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20 Ideas to Take the Itch Out of the Bite

Let’s face it, no one likes to be chewed up by mosquitoes. If you’ve been turned into a after dinner snack by mosquitoes, here are some helpful ideas on taking the itch out of the bite.

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• Heat a Spoon as warm/hot as you can tolerate against your skin and then hold the spoon against the bug bite. The heat breaks down the histamines that cause the bite to itch. Be careful not to burn yourself. I wouldnt recommend doing this to a child since it is difficult to guage what level of heat a child can tolerate

•Dab some Clear Nail Polish on the bite. It does tend to sting for a moment. Not recommended for raw skin

•Make a paste using Baking Soda and Water

•Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cidar Vinegar and use a bandaid to hold it in place over the bite

•Make a paste using Apple Cidar Vinegar and Cornstarch and apply it to the bite, allow to dry and rinse off

•Apply Calamine Lotion to a cotton ball and use a bandaid to hold in place over the bite

•Apply Witch Hazel to the bite

•Epsom Salt Bath

•Apply an Ice Pack or Ice Cube to the bite

•Dab Toothpaste on the bite and allow to dry

•Rub a wet Asprin over the bite (Asprin usage is not recommended for children)

•Dab Lavender Essential Oil on the bite

•Dab tea tree oil on the bite

•Applying fresh, crushed Basil leaves to the bite can help soothe inflammation

•Apply Aloe Vera Gel or Aloe Vera from a freshly cut Aloe Plant

•The juice of a Lemon or Lime may help with itching since Citric Acid does have healing properties

•Apply the membrane of a cracked egg over the bite. As the membrane dries out, it can help draw out some of the toxins

•Make a paste using water and Meat Tenderizer and apply to the bite

•Applying a piece of Clear Tape over a cleaned mosquito bite and leaving it in place can help relieve itching

•Avoid Scratching. Scratching bites tends to cause more inflammation tenderness, making the problem worse

Or how about avoid the bites altogether? DIY Summer Skeeter Defeater recipe to keep the pesky mosquitoes away.

As with any treatment, you should always consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment. Results can vary from person to person. Itching usually wont stop completely until the bite has healed but there are lots of things you can do to help reduce the level of itching.

Something particularly helpful in soothing your bug/mosquito bites?

DIY Taco Bell Quesarito

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While vegging out in front of the TV this weekend, my husband saw a commercial for  Taco Bells New Quesarito which is filled with seasoned beef, premium Latin rice, Chipotle sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, and then wrapped up in a grilled quesadilla loaded with melted cheeses.

In short, its a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla (cheese crisp).

But since we aren’t too keen on fast food, we made one ourselves. It was much easier than I anticipated and we customized them to our own taste.

I used:
(but of course, you can use whatever you like to fill your burrito, heck you can even make it vegetablarian or go vegan and skip/modify or substitute ingredients to fit your taste buds)

•Two Tortillas

•Shredded Cheese (we used Mozzarella since thats what we had on hand)

•Cooked Black Beans (Organic, Canned Low Sodium)

•Corn (Organic, Canned)


•Beef (We ground a chuck roast and diced some purple onions from the garden to give it some flavor)

•Sour Cream


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I cooked the ground beef and diced onions separate and set aside.

I rinsed the canned black bean in a strainer until the water ran clear.

I added the corn (and water from the can) and black beans (rinsed, drained) to a sauce pan and heated them. Set aside.

I gently warmed the tortilla on the griddle so it would fold easy.

I smeared a layer of Sour Cream on the center of the tortilla and then layered the other ingredients (ground beed, rice, corn & black beans, avocado and shredded cheese) and rolled the burrito. If we had Pico De Gallo on hand, I would have added a generous (heaping) scoop, but we didn’t.

I set aside several wrapped/rolled burritos and then began to make the quesadilla (cheese crisp) by laying the second tortilla flat on the lightly buttered griddle and layering a layer of cheese on it and slowly heating it until the cheese melted. Once the cheese was melted, I grabbed one of my prepared burritos and laid the burrito about 1 inch from the edge (nearest to me) of the tortilla (the quesadilla/cheese crisp on the griddle) and began to roll it away from me. It was hot, so take care not to burn yourself. I didn’t bother to tuck the ends of the quesadilla because the burrito on the inside was wrapped well.

And Wha-La…

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Summer Skeeter Defeater

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Summer is here and so are all the nasty bugs that bite and sting and pinch.

Here in our home we don’t own a can of Deet Based Pesticides, such as OFF™ or anything else like that.

Making your own sprays has other benefits other than just keeping mosquitoes off.

Skeeter Defeater Mosquito Repelling Spray

What you need:
Spray Bottle
1/2 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup Witch Hazel
15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil or Cloves Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Essential Oils

Cassia Essential Oil is another fantastic oil that coild be used in place of Cinnamon Essential Oils

Mix all ingredients together well. Place half of your Skeeter Solution into a Spray Bottle and place the other half in a cleaned out, empty lidded glass jar in the fridge.

I spray this all over myself and the kids regularly, we avoid spraying faces so that we don’t get it in our eyes. We pay extra special attention to areas that seem to be more prone  to insect bites, like elbows and ankles.

Skeeter Defeater Mosquito Repelling Body Butter

1/2 cup Cocoa Butter (just a reminder Palmers Cocoa Butter does not qualify as Cocoa Butter)
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Almond Oil or Oliver Oil

Essential Oils:
15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops of the following (optional):
Orange Essential Oil*
Clove Essential Oil*
Cinnamon Essential Oil*

*Choose one of the starred oils, using all 3 isn’t needed.

Melt ingredients in a double boiler on the stove. Once the indredients have been melted.
I tend to make this in batches this size and only fill one jar with what I need and opposed to making multiple jars of the same thing. What? I like variety.

Two Options

Option One:
Pour approximately 4 oz into a clean lidded glass jar and add add 15 drops of each of the following: Citronella, Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil.
And 5 drops of one of the following: Cinnamon Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil or Clove Essential Oil. Mix well and pour the warm oils into a lidded jar.

Option Two:

Follow Recipe and instruction in Option One, instead of pouring it into a jar as warm liquid, pour it into a bowl and refrigerate until it begins to harden and take a stick blender and whip the cooling body butter until its light and fluffy. Once its light and fluffy, scoop it into your jar.
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Slather it on and rub it in. Reapply as needed. Of course you will need to apply the Skeeter Defeater Spray or Cream more often than a chemical based product. It isn’t designed to stick to your skin like paint. If something says “lasts all day” or “24 Hour Protection” you can be assured it is chok full of toxins.

According to WebMD Scientists believe that people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface will attract mosquitoes. They also are more attracted to people that give off more carbon monoxide.

Here are a few other recipes from other do it yourselfers around the web.

Homemade Bug Spray using Dried Herbs

Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellent using Essential Oils

Essential oil by definition is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance and health benefits of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

If you’ve already been chewed on, there are a lot of fantastic ways to reduce itching!

The Letter, Part One – You have no right to refuse the following.

I am flabbergasted.

One Arizona Midwife Speaks

In mid May, all licensed midwives in the state of Arizona received a letter attached to an email from the Arizona Department of Health (AzDHS). This letter was a reminder that we midwives best be certain we are adhering to the rules or there will be consequences. It was a formal warning of the prosecutory process that has already begun.  There are so many pieces to this communication that need to be addressed, such as the threatening tone via statements like “in an effort to make sure you are all in compliance…,” or the importance placed on submitting timely reports (which in the past AzDHS stuffed in a box, or used for poor data analysis, or used as they are now doing to regulate midwives) or the way in which the letter implies that AzDHS is looking out for the safety and well being of parents and babies by…

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