Organic vs Non-Organic For Your Baby

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We’ve all heard the argument. Someone decides to weigh out the benefits of eating organic vs non-organic for their family meals, and they don’t get past the price comparison. “No way am I going to pay those kinds of prices to feed my family,” they say, and then move on with their non-organic lives, feeling satisfied that they have sufficiently researched the issue. But wait a minute! There is much more to consider when contemplating whether or not to go primarily organic in your household.

certified organic

I like to keep a list of reasons to eat organic on my refrigerator to remind me of why it is so important for my kids to be eating this way, even when my budget is stretched. Here are some key points from the list:

1) Although we are all exposed to toxic chemicals on some level, children who eat a primarily organic diet ingest much lower levels of insecticides into their bodies through the foods they eat, and are at much lower risk of being exposed to toxic pesticides. Many studies indicate that long-term exposure to these chemicals may be a contributing cause of various forms of cancer and hormonal problems, so fewer toxins in my kid’s bodies means lower risk of these diseases.

2) Eating organic meat and dairy products helps to ensure that my kids aren’t exposed to synthetic growth hormones that are found in conventionally raised cows. These chemicals can disrupt healthy function of the human endocrine system, so organic milk and grass-fed beef is the best option.

3) Ingesting non-organic meat and dairy products also exposes children to high doses of antibiotics that are given to cows on a daily basis. This increases the risk of my kids contracting antibiotic resistant germs and infections that cannot be treated by conventional strength antibiotics. The culprit? All of those antibiotic-laden cows!

4) Non-organic fresh fruits such as apples, peaches, cherries, and grapes look so attractive, but they have been sprayed with large doses of pesticides. Keeping my household fruit and vegetable options organic assures me that my kids are eating truly healthy snacks.

4) Finally, buying organic foods draws my kids into the arena of making wise choices. They learn to become label readers, aren’t fooled by inflated advertising campaigns peddling “vitamin enriched” products, and they learn to crave real, delicious, fresh foods and produce.

From my perspective, these few reasons alone more than offset the extra cost of buying organic products. For the health of your children and mine, organic products clearly are the best option. Consider making the switch today!

 

Finding Time for Myself At Home

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As a busy mom, finding time for myself is one of the biggest challenges in my life. My family comes first every day, whether it’s doctor’s appointments, school, Little League or my partner’s dry cleaning.

There is always something that needs to be done and it is always the most important thing, even if I haven’t sat down all day for a rest. That is just part of being a mom and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But after the chaos of a normal day has died down and the kids are finally asleep, I just need to rest and get ready for another day exactly like it. And there is no better place to do that than in bed with a warm down comforter pulled up to my chin.

How Do I Escape?

Crawling into bed at night is the perfect escape from the business of a day. It is quiet, warm and always comfortable. That is why the bedroom is my favorite room in the house – it is the only place that is just about me.

Going to bed with a cup of tea and a book is all about what I need and for a very busy mom who would do anything for her kids, that is important. If I wasn’t able to take care of myself with a little me time, then I would be worthless the next day. It’s not about escaping from my kids. It’s about making sure I’m always at my best for them. Still, there is a feeling of escape that I get every time I crawl into bed and I try to savor it as long as I can, usually until one of my kids needs a drink of water or comes crawling in to join me with a bad dream,

Because it is my sanctuary at the end of the day, making sure the bedroom is comfortable has always been important. In particular, I like to have a comfortable bed. If I don’t sleep well, then the rest of the day is just a terrible drag.

I have always enjoyed a set of crisp sheets and a cushy comforter. My down comforter was perhaps the best investment of my life, especially for winter. It is so soft and fluffy that I don’t feel weighed down, but it keeps me warm all night long. It’s a struggle to leave it in the morning sometimes. It’s just that good.

my down comforter

My sanctuary

As a parent with a lot on my plate, having a perfect escape from the hectic schedule of the day is a must. It rejuvenates me so I can be at my best for my kids and we can have fun instead of feeling rushed and frantic.

My bedroom is hands down my favorite room in the house.

Knowing I can curl up in bed under my down comforter makes the day easier. That’s really all I need sometimes and, yes, it really does make a difference.

Stroller Shopping: A Double Stroller Dilemma!

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Here at mother found I want to try to pick different problems that I have run into while being a mother and provide some solutions. I definitely had problems with this we went through 3 strollers before finding the right one!

double strollers

Babies are a blessing. Not every mother just can wait for the day she will hold hers in her arms. However, taking care of that baby can be quite hard, especially when they are still so young and cannot sit on their own let alone take care of themselves. For this reason, when they are still very young we carry them around; when going to the mall, to your book club or even when going to the nearby store! Sounds tedious, Right! Well it is even more tiresome when you have twins. Thanks to innovation, we have strollers. For those with twins, there are double strollers, for help choosing the best double stroller check out the stroller review website I used.

However, there is a little problem that if not solved will bother you a lot: finding the right stroller for your babies. Generally, a stroller is supposed to make your work of carrying the babies easier while at the same time making the babies comfortable. If you do not buy the right stroller, you might wind up with babies who continually cry because of lack of comfort. On the other hand, you might find a stroller that makes the babies comfortable but does not give you an easy time pushing it around.

 

Here are some of the things you should look out for when buying a double stroller:

 

  • Look for a stroller that assures you of the babies comfort. Whatever design you decide to go for, please ensure that it is firm enough to support your child and soft enough to make sure the baby does not get tired of sitting on the stroller quickly.
  • Look for a design that is most convenient for you. For instance, if you want to use the stroller to take your kids out doors to get some sun and be adventurers, consider buying the twin stroller. It allows both babies to have a good view and is equally exposed to the sun. If you are buying a stroller you will use to run errands, you might want to buy the tandem stroller. It is narrower thus allowing you to walk with ease on a busy street and to pass through doors.
  • It is also important to look out for additional features such as the storage tray, the weight of the stroller and the cost.

 

Remember that the main aim of a stroller is to make your work easier. Therefore, whatever you do when choosing a stroller that will suit both you and your babies; have the both of you in mind.

Need shopping tips? Read our last post!

How Not To Break The Bank When Shopping

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As a mother, I have learned the art of multitasking. As a lover of shopping, I have turned my multitasking skills into a shopping weapon. I can shop online for the best deals by comparing website prices and looking for a coupon for the items or the store at the same time. It’s like a treasure hunt.

Finding deals is a thrilling ride, and it helps you explain purchases to your husband. Of course you did not need that new dish set, but you got it for 30% off with a coupon. You are being very sensible with your money. How can he not see that?

moms coupon shopping tips

How To Find Coupons

Coupons are essential for any mom who loves shopping. I can find coupons anywhere. I never throw out the local salespapers that come through the mail. Most people deem them as junk mail. However, if you look into the papers, you can find salespapers for your local furniture store, big chain retailers, and coupons for different products and services.

Here’s a little tip for you. People who have PO Boxes may leave their unwanted salespapers at the post office in a designate area. At my post office, it is a table. You are free to get any coupon salespaper that is placed on the table.

The internet is a great place to find coupons. You can find manufacturer coupons as well as store coupons. Sign up to a website such as coupons.com to get the latest coupons. If you have a favorite brand, for example, DelMonte Foods, you can sign up for their newsletter to receive coupons in your inbox.

Do not forget the ultimate coupon source, The Sunday Paper. A lot of companies still trust newspapers to distribute their coupons. Get a subscription to the local Sunday paper, and your savings can easily pay for the subscription.

How Not To Go Broke When Shopping At Your Favorite Store

If you have a favorite store, you can save yourself a ton of money if you look for coupons targeted towards that store.

Bed Bath and Beyond is one of my biggest shopping pleasures. I love that store. It has everything for my home. Without coupons, I could not afford to shop there as much as I do. I find Bed Bath and Beyond coupons in my local Sunday paper, or get them in my email from bed bath and beyond coupon sites. I also get them from Dealcatcher. Most of the ones from Dealcatcher are 20% in store. There are some for online purchases.

Bed Bath and Beyond has an app and newsletter service that offer alerts on any current deals they are running. All first time subscribers to the newsletter automatically get a mobile Bed Bath and Beyond coupon for 20% for any in-store or online future purchase.

You can look for coupons like this for all of your favorite stores. Just follow my coupon finding tips and have fun shopping around. The more you save, the more you can buy.

Read my last post on placenta encapsulation.

Placentophagy? What is it?

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I was reading a motherhood magazine article the other day when I cam across a term I didn’t fully understand.

Placentophagy

Human placentophagy is the practice of eating the placenta, after birth. In other words, it is when the mother eats the placenta after giving birth to her child.
Wow!

placenta encapsulation

I had not heard of this as a trend until I read this article. That’s when I decided to look into it further and I found some really interesting placenta encapsulation information. That’s the terminology for it, placenta encapsulation. At least when the placenta is eaten in capsule format.

This practice is done for various different reasons, especially by new mothers to combat post partum depression. And actually it’s been around for many hundreds of years and popular in countries like China and India.

The reason it’s becoming more popular in the United States is at least in some part because of celebrities taking up this trend and running with it. Not to mention the health benefits are real. The placenta is a huge source of nutrients, including large amounts of iron and vitamins b-6 and b-12. These nutrients help recovering mothers feel better faster after their children are born.

I know I sure could have used some help feeling better after my kids were born, wish I had known about this new trend in mothering. For more information check out this article.

Read my post on Coupons and shopping tips.

Hello and Welcome

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Hi everyone!

My name is Cathy Nelson and I’m a 33 year old mother of 3. (Wow that’s a lot of 3s)

I have 4, 7, and 9 year old children and they are all gone during the day for at least a few hours.

I started thinking about blogging or doing some form of writing a few months ago when my youngest started going to pre school in the afternoons.

This is the result of that thought process, Mother Found. I’ll be writing about whatever things I find interesting particularly relating to motherhood!

Thanks for stopping in and please come back!