Sunday, August 25, 2013

On Vacation

Blogging while on vacation has been harder to do than I thought, as you can tell my my lack of posts lately.  

I will be back to regular posting the first week of September.  

In the meantime I am posting occasional  pictures to my Instagram account- you can sign up to follow me on the left side of this screen.  If I do post on Mother of Style, you can know about it by following me on Instagram or twitter, as well as if you sign up on Google Friend Follower or through the RSS Feed.  

Hope everyone enjoys the last of summer, and good luck with back to school!

- Candy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Feeding Hummingbirds

I love hummingbirds.  It's fun to watch their peculiar looking way of feeding, as they lean in for a sip of nectar and then fly backwards as they pause between sips.  The sounds they make remind me of old video games, like Space Invaders gunfire.

I started making the hummingbird food because I kept forgetting to buy it at the store.  It's really easy to make: 

To fill one feeder just boil 1 cup of water mixed with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.  Allow to cool before filling feeder.  I usually put it in the refrigerator overnight to make sure that between boiling and chilling I've made the hummingbird food less likely to spoil or grow mold in the feeder (which can be a problem during hot weather).

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mother of Style's Quick & Easy Hair "Blow Out" How-To

I love how smooth and pretty freshly blown-out hair is, but it's really challenging to do at home.  My arms get tired and it takes longer than I want to spend on fixing my hair.  Instead, I fake it at home in half the time with the following items pictured above.

Here's how:

1.  Towel dry hair and apply a generous nickle-sized dollop of styling cream.  The styling cream is like old-fashioned setting lotion, so it will help hold your hairstyle.  You can even cut out hairspray at the end because of it.

2.  First work on drying the hair closest to your head- slowly rub the roots as you dry to help speed up the process.  Once it is mostly dry,  concentrate on keeping the air blowing down the hair shaft as opposed to up.  Blowing in the wrong direction as the strands dry will make it frizz.
   I have to mention that I love this hair dryer:  it's a Conair Infiniti Pro that I bought for the kids' bathroom and now I wish it were mine.  I come to their bathroom to dry my hair now because it dries my hair so fast.  It's faster than my more expensive dryer!  I highly recommend this dryer, it's amazing.

3.  Once hair is dry use a 1" barrel curling iron to curl the ends.  Curl the hair so that it flips out, alternating with a few sections curled under towards the back of your head.  After your hair is curled, this is when you can put a few big Velcro rollers on the crown for 5- 10 minutes if you want extra volume.  This won't curl your hair but it gives the roots a little lift.

4.  Take a scant dime-sized amount of finishing lotion and run over your hair.  "Blow-out" complete!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Giveaway Winners of the Dr. Brown's Gia Breastfeeding Pillow Announced

It's time to announce the 5 giveaway winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Mother of Style's Dr. Brown's Gia Breastfeeding Pillow Giveaway.

...But first, a few words about breastfeeding

In the post announcing the giveaway, I asked readers to comment with either something they learned from the post or some advice they had to share.  I'd like to recap and add a bit on some of the great advice shared about breastfeeding:
  • Ask for help if you need it.  Don't be reluctant to get in touch with a lactation consultant.  Online you can find great direction from sites such as, la leche league forums and Babycenter. You can also find help searching Youtube or making a search in "quotes" on your particular challenge.
  • Drink lots of water.  You can become dehydrated as a breastfeeding mom, so take care of yourself!  Keep a big glass of water or a water bottle near where you breastfeed so you can get a drink easily.
  • Give breastfeeding a month.  When you begin breastfeeding, there will come a point that it becomes challenging as your breasts get used to nursing.  It's a short period of time, but it can feel like forever.  If you aim for one month of breastfeeding you will get over that hump and breastfeeding will become a easier again for you and your baby. 
  • Use products that enhance and facilitate breastfeeding.  A machine washable breastfeeding pillow (like Dr. Brown's Gia Pillow), an all-natural nipple cream and a comfortable non-wire nursing bra are great companions for breastfeeding moms.
Now on to the giveaway winners!

Congratulations to:
  1. Brooke Thomas
  2. Linda Trinklein
  3. Elaine
  4. Nicki Joseph
  5. Denise Konkel
I will be contacting you by email today.  If you don't hear from Mother of Style shortly, please email me with your mailing address as soon as possible so we can send your new Dr. Brown's Gia Breastfeeding Pillow to you! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dr. Brown's Gia Breastfeeding Pillow Review with Video and Gia Breastfeeding Pillow Giveaway

 Breastfeeding has been a really positive experience for my kids and I.  I think they are growing up healthy and emotionally secure partly because of the time we spent breast-feeding. 

 Breast milk has everything human babies need nutritionally.  Babies also gain anti-bodies from your breast milk that help to keep them healthy while their little bodies are developing their own immune system.

  Breastfeeding is bonding-time for you and your baby.  It's a special way to start this lifelong relationship you will have with each other because you can really get to know each other when you are hanging out during nursing time.  Even if you are away at work, the time you spend expressing your milk reinforces the bond because you are thinking about your baby as you do it.

  When you and baby are together, a nursing pillow makes it easier for both of you to breastfeed.  The pillow provides a supportive surface for the baby to lay up next to you and it gives you a way to position the baby so you can stay comfortable while nursing. 

  I just received a Dr. Brown's Gia Breastfeeding Pillow to try out and I have to say it's a great pillow.  I liked the density of it and the extra-wide nursing surface was comfortable to rest my arm on, as well as wide enough to still support my son when he rolled back after nursing.  It's made of 100% cotton, is anti-microbial and features an angled design, which is really beneficial in particular for babies suffering from reflux issues.  

Check out my video review: