Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Week Out East (Spring Break '14)

Realizing my poor blog has been seriously neglected lately....But we've been up to all sorts of things over here-traveling, potty training, packing & getting situated for our impending move, and it seems every day is filled with little odds and ends, and still lots of frequent nursing and very little sleep. We are currently on our first family road trip to Florida and am cleaning up my camera roll (got to free up lots of space on here for Mickey - beyond pumped:) and finally getting around to editing and posting these from our trip to Mass last month. 
I spent the last week of March at my parents with the kids while Chris was in CA, and while Landon was off school for spring break. We had such a great trip and it was so great to see and spend good quality time with my family.  My dad took Landon on several exciting excursions - a real choo choo train ride into Boston, the Children's Museum, parks and playgrounds, ice cream parlors and Story Time - while my mom, Blair and I spent some quality 'girl time' shopping, strolling, and I got a much needed hair cut & color for the first time since she was born. It was really a very low key visit, with no car and nothing major planned, just relaxing and relishing in having the extra hands with the kids. Every little thing was just easier..somehow much more manageable, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it, & them, already. 
I left most of the picture-taking to my dad, the proud photographer, but I snagged a few quick snapshots here & there:
Enroute to the airport (new fleece courtesy of Mimi, all the way from Sunday River)
Best traveler ever.
Long walks and talks with Pampa + Henry
Blair's first selfie
Catching marshmallows on fire with Pamps
QT
Nanz meeting her first great-granddaughter for the first time
Awesome night celebrating my belated 30th with Aunt Wah Wah & Uncle Aaron
Lil photo shoot
The happiest babe. - I'll take the no sleep for this.

There were lots of things I missed that I actually wish I caught on video, like an intense monster hunt (& big scare) one night, an innocent 'walk through the forest' (aka my dad's beloved plant collection), Landon singing Happy Birthday to me, and my grandma meeting her first great-granddaughter for the first time. 
We'll be heading back to MA for Blair's baptism in a few more weeks, which we're really excited about, and really looking forward to spending another 'low-key/QT' week there this summer :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Finally got around to trying out this cauliflower crust pizza and am so pleased with how it came out! I've definitely been much more conscious about what I've been eating these days as I've been working hard to drop those baby lbs & get into tip top shape for Florida next month and summer. On top of working out, I've been trying to eat really clean - cutting out carbs and upping my proteins, fruits & veggies. But of course I have my pizza cravings! So here is an awesome cauliflower pizza crust you can try out if you want to eat healthy, skip the carbs, & still enjoy a just as yummy, guilt-free pizza.

What You'll Need:
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I did mozzarella & cheddar mix but whatever you fancy)
- about 1/4 cup parsley
- about 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- salt & pepper

Directions:
1. Break up the cauliflower into florets and blend in blender
2. Take out your cauliflowerthat should now be crumbles, and put in baking dish and cook in oven for about 10 minutes at 350
3. Mix the cauliflower with beaten egg, shredded cheese, & spices
4. Press your "dough" onto baking sheet lined with parchment or pizza stone
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400
6. Add toppings and bake at 400 for another 5-10 minutes. 
7. Enjoy!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

DIY Homemade Teeth Whitener


I made and used this homemade teeth whitener in the past for only 3 days and LOVED the results. I decided it's about time I do it again so thought I'd share this very simple post on how to do it yourself. It's super duper easy and all you need is a little bit of toothpaste (any kind), water, baking soda, & hydrogen peroxide. And second best of all, you get to save yourself $30+ from the whitening strips :)
*Side note - This was dentist-approved!
Directions:
1. In small mixing bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 teaspoon water, and small amount of your regular toothpaste. Pictured below is what mine ended up looking like - it was a little on the watery side, but if you want it to be a thicker consistency simply just add more toothpaste. The baking soda will cause your concoction to fizzle a little, don't be alarmed.
2. Brush your teeth with it and then rinse your mouth out afterwards.
3. Do this about once a day for about week or until you see the results you want. (I only needed to do it for 3 days). Once your teeth are nice & white, limit yourself to using this once every month or two.
4. If you need to quick start this within a few days or aren't seeing the results you want after a week, you can also try also mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water and swishing it around in your mouth after brushing your teeth before bed and then spitting & rinsing it out.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

My {mostly} all natural skincare & make up

Ever since making the move over to natural skincare for my face via oil cleansing and LOVING it, I've decided to work other all-natural, mostly diy products into my other skincare regimens. I compiled this post back in January of last year and it quickly became the top pinned image image from my blog and received thousands of page views after having gone viral on Pinterest. I've received a lot of follow up questions, and I've also made several changes in the way I've made things, and have explored many new all-natural and organic products since that post, so I'm here today with a revised, bigger, & better explanation of my {mostly} all natural skincare & make up. 

I make my own body moisturizer, facial cleanser, facial moisturizer, toner, make-up remover, & deodorant:

BODY MOISTURIZER:
DIY: I fill an empty 4oz bottle with a mixture of different oils. I personally really like liquid coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and almond oil. Can also add in a few drops of vitamine e oil, + a few drops of your favorite essential oil. My favorite essential oils for body are lavender, lavender + mint, patchouli + lime and patchouli + orange. 

You can get little bottles anywhere - Target or Walmart toiletry travel section, and even Dollar Stores, although I really like the bottles from Mountain Rose Herbs, as they are specifically designed to contain carrier oils and essential oils, and are also made from recyclable materials. You can find your essential oils at any apocathery, Whole Foods, or online (I like Ananda's Apothecary but Amazon carries pretty much everything too). Whole Foods or a local apothecary is great if it's your first time buying so you can smell the samples and ask questions and talk to the store reps. 


FACIAL:


DIY Oil Facial Cleanser: A post all to itself, here. I also sell my custom facial oil cleansers here if you don't have the time or don't want to make yourself)

DIY Facial Moisturizer: I don't use any moisturizers because my oil cleanser keeps my skin properly hydrated. Sometimes, especially in the winter months, I apply my oil cleanser as a moisturizer and keep on throughout the day or at night. Of course, drinking lots of water helps too.

DIY Exfoliator: Occasionally I will use a homemade brown sugar exfoliator. This I probably do once a month, maybe a little more frequently in the winter months.

Make-Up Remover: Again, my oil cleanser works really great at removing both eye and face make up. Seriously, it's like a 3-in-1 product, and so good for your skin. 

Toner: Mix 2 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part water. Combine in a small travel bottle, shake well, and apply to face with cotton ball after cleansing or before applying make-up. (Read more on various topical benefits of apple cider vinegar here).

DEODORANT:

DIY: Straight up lime juice. Fill in spray bottle and refrigerate. You can either juice fresh limes or use store bought lime juice, both will work great.
A lot of store bought brands use lime or lemon juice in their deodrant already and you will find that just using lime juice will work just as well and also smells really good. I was definitely doubtful and hesitant in trying this out but I am so, so happy I finally did because it really works well. I'll admit that there are a lot of other DIY, all-natural deodorants out there but that I haven't gotten around to experimenting or trying to make or use any others yet, but you really can't beat the ease of this one. 

SOAP:

I love 100% Pure's soap, which as you can guess from their name, are 100% pure and made from all natural ingredients. This organic olive oil & grapefruit soap is amazing, as is their lavender butter soap. I also enjoy castile soap from Dr. Bronner's. This stuff works just as good as bar soap & a little goes a very long way.

HAIR:

Shampoo & Conditioner: I use Pureology (the purple bottle, "Hydrate" line) which is absolutely ah-maz-ing. It contains NO sulfates and is 100% vegan and still top notch salon quality. It is on the more expensive side, but it totally pays off as one bottle will last you forever. You just need a very very small amount to get a really good lather and it leaves your hair so incredibly soft & sleek. 

Deep Conditioner: Coconut Oil once every month or as needed. 

Styling products: Moroccan oil & Argan oil. These are the only styling products I use in my hair. They are full of protein to strengthen your hair, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine, as well as antioxidants. You can work a tiny, tiny bit through damp hair and then blow dry to lock in moisture and nutrients, and it will simultaneously serve as a de-frizzing, stylizing & volumizing agent as well.

NAILS:


Not all my nail polish is organic or vegan, and I do still love my essies & OPIs, but as far as natural & vegan nail polish goes, you can't beat Butter London. Their nail lacquers are non-toxic & vegan-friendly, go on smooth & have lots of amazing colors to choose from. My favorites are Cream Tea (pictured above) & Teddy Girl. You can find acetone-free removers now at mostly all convenient stores now but Butter also manufactures a nail polish remover pack that is acetone-free with more favorable scents like pina colada or almond.

MAKE-UP:

You should note that I very rarely wear make up anymore these days. I love, love make up, but since becoming a mom, and staying home, I really only put make up on when we go out socially on the weekends. 
I have a lot of make-up, and not all my make-up is chemical-free {yet} but I will run you through my favorite products that I use most often:
Foundation:
This took me a very long time to find, but I use and love 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation with Super Fruits. I can't even say enough great things about it. First of all, it is 100% natural and vegan, so I have no qualms about smearing it all over my face. Secondly, the quality of it is really great - it looks extremely natural, and it has a really light and smooth feel & effect while at the same time offers full coverage to even your skin tone out completely. I also put a little bit of my facial oil on my face first before applying so it blends better which works just like a tinted moisturizer.

Bronzer & Blush: Not vegan/organic, but currently using Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess & Elizabeth Arden's Radiance Blush in Tearose.

Eyeliner & Mascara: Not vegan/organic but currently using "They're Real" mascara by Benefit & a thin black eyeliner from Maybelline. For big nights out, I love Stila's Smudge Pot in black for a more dramatic liner.

Lips:
Burts Bees tinted lip balm in color Hibiscus. This is a staple that I always have on me, looks good with or without make up, is the perfect color, and is 100% natural.

Chanel rouge allure velvet lipstick in #42 (my fave) - not organic but I only wear for special nights out and it is truly the best lipstick product I have ever known.

For a basic chapstick at night with no color I use plain old petroleum jelly as well as Lansinoh lanolin. I know that sounds kind of gross but it is the purest thing out there and safe for even the tiniest of babies to ingest and works really well to moisturize and protect severely dry lips/skin.

Other natural chapsticks I love are Dr. Bronner's 100% organic lip balms (the peppermint is my fave)

*Not pictured, my new favorite bright red lip, Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro.
Also not pictured, my favorite casual pink, Lancome's Rouge in Love lipstick in Corally Pink

FOR BABY:

Bath Wash & Shampoo: Love Everyday Shea, California Baby, & Burt's Bees

Moisturizer: Currently use my Extract body oil to moisturize & massage the babes with after baths. It works great and is 100% organic & a gentle moisturizer for their sensitive skin. A follow up from the earlier version of this post regarding Landon's ezcema - ultimately not a single topical cream worked. We finally cut out milk from his diet and he only drinks almond milk and coconut milk now, and low & behold, his eczema is gone :)

Diaper Cream: Burt's Bees diaper ointment all the way. I've pretty much tried every single ointment out there (organic and non-organic) and Burt's Bees works the best by FAR and also smells so, so good. If you are looking for all-natural, some mamas like the organic Budreaux's Butt Paste - I haven't had much luck with it but I know it's popular amongst other health/product conscious mamas. I've also heard lots of mamas using Coconut Oil for diaper rash, this hasn't worked well for us but reportedly does for many.


Got any other all-natural diy or vegan products that you currently use & love? Leave a comment and share! I'd love to hear more :)

Also, if you are interested in learning more about why you should make the move from conventional OTC skincare products and cosmetics to all-natural DIY products or certified vegan/organic products, please watch this short youtube video:



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Dainty Warrior.

One of the very first mama friends I ever made was a woman named Erica. I was living downtown and eager to make some new mama friends and I attended my very first mom's group outing with her and her daughter Ania. Ania was born just days apart from my little Landon, and we instantly clicked over being two young city moms with kids born so close in age. 
Over the past couple of months, her family has been faced with some extremely challenging news, they discovered that Ania developed a rare form of cancer, called Retinoblastoma, in her left eye. I've been following her journey over at her new blog dedicated to Ania's cancer, the Dainty Warrior. After many ups and downs and having undergone several rounds of chemo, they just found out that they have now reached a juncture where unfortunately the only remedy they have left to save her life is the removal of her eye. 
Erica has displayed such a strength beyond words, and her little Ania has been an unbelievable trooper through it all. As a way to cope with everything, she began painting some beautiful artwork, and has created so many adorable, bright and colorful pieces, you can check out in her Dainty Warrior Etsy shop. All the proceeds from her artwork are going towards Ania's medical bills and travel expenses associated with her cancer treatments and her upcoming procedure.
Feel free to also visit the family's GoFundMe page if you'd like to send a donation there instead or as well. Any amount you can give is deeply appreciated by their family, as are prayers, well wishes, love and virtual hugs.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Links to Love!

This Argentinian Coca-Cola ad, brilliantly & perfectly captures the reality of early parenthood.

A dad's perspective on public breastfeeding & historical images that normalize breastfeeding. (I've become quite the "lactivist").

Getting back into shape with the help of my girlfriend's new company, YourGymGF, which is an awesome health, nutrition & fitness app. It will be officially up and running within the next couple weeks, but for now, check out their facebook page that offers really great fitness motivation, healthy recipes, clean eating and fitness tips.

Silk Athlete - supplies the most beautiful & eco-friendly yoga and workout wear - def check out their site and follow their IG for continuous & stylish fitspo. What I love most about them is that their clothing is 100% organic and chemical-free.

Just got back from an incredible surprise 30th Birthday trip Puerto Rico, staying at the San Juan La Conacha Resort which was absolutely amazing. We got our room for over 50% off using the Hotel Tonight app and highly recommend. They have amazing deals and customer service AND if you use our personal promotional code you can get an additional $25 your next booking through them! Code: CBauman6

Mini Boden - the cutest kids and baby clothes everrr. Swooning over these super cute patterned tights & this tea dress for Blair and this gingham shirt & elbow-patch cardigan for little man. Use promotional code "D47Q" to get 20% off selected items on their site right now, plus free shipping from now through March 23, 2014 :)

Boden also just partnered up with the non-profit No Kid Hungry. Visit Boden By You and you can design your own catalog cover featuring a mini Boden island, lots of color, prints, and characters - a perfect activity for children that are stuck inside due to the cold winter blues! Catalogs will be mailed out in May featuring the personalized, custom designs. For every cover designed, Boden will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry. Such a great campaign & philanthropical indoor craft for your little one.

I'm on the hunt for some cute spring dresses for myself for Easter, Blair's baptism, & several bridal & baby showers coming up. Love these new dresses in for Spring at Modcloth: this floral printed dress, this maxi & this cute lil polka tube dress.

Check out this new company to start your indoor garden this spring. Access Hydroponic offers a variety of indoor growth lights, nutrients, & other essentials, perfect for growing your own herbs & plants this spring!

Lastly, the winner of the goosewaddle giveaway is Trenda - Congratulations! Will email you shortly and get your new blankets out to you asap :) Thank you everyone for participating, and stay tuned for so many more amazing giveaways coming up on Mumma's Corner! & check out our current giveaway for some sweet gluten-free baked goods :)



Get 10% off led grow lights for sale when you shop at www.AccessHydro.com. Valid through April 2014.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Canyon Whole Grain & Gluten-Free Giveaway!

So excited to host this giveaway for some of the most amazing whole grain, gluten-free breads by Canyon Bakehouse. Their bakery products are so great because they are 100% whole grain, full of fiber and protein, as well as being gluten, dairy, nut, casein, & soy-free. And almost just as important, they taste amazing! So now you can finally feel great about loving & eating bread again :)
My favorites are their 7-Grain Bread & their Cinnamon Raison Bread, but they also offer other products like their Rosemary Thyme Focaccia & Hamburger Buns. & today I'm so happy to give you an amazing opportunity to win a large variety of your own Canyon Bakehouse products!
All You Need To Do:

1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me which one of their products you're most excited about receiving.
To Gain Additional Entries:
1. Share a link to this post on facebook & tell your friends about it!
2. Share a link to this post on Twitter! (Easy way to do this is just to hit the "share it" button at the bottom of my right sidebar)
2. "Like" Canyon Bakehouse on facebook
3. Follow Mumma's Corner (either via google friend connect, bloglovin', or subscribe to posts by email)

*Please leave a separate comment on this blog post for each additional entry, letting me know your Facebook and Twitter name if applicable, and be sure to leave your email address on each post so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner! Good Luck!

Giveaway will run for 3 weeks from today and will officially close at 7:00pm cst on 3/27/14.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Surprise 30th Birthday Trip :)

Just got back from the most amazing surprise trip to Puerto Rico for my Big 3-0 :) Was definitely feeling the seasonal depression this winter and my husband couldn't have more pleasantly surprised me with this little getaway at a more perfect time. It was a first time for both of us visiting Puerto Rico and we hope to definitely return again in the future. We stayed at La Concha Resort in San Juan on Condado Beach, which I highly recommend if you ever go. It was a newly constructed hotel, the rooms were amazing, overlooking the ocean, located right on a block with Walgreens, Starbucks, numerous delicious restaurants, bars, & shops, and gave you the option of hanging out by a beautiful pool, private Oceanside cabanas (our favorite spot), on the beach, or in these big comfy lounge chairs outside in the shade with outlets, where Chris was able to plug in and get some work done towards the end. We booked using the Hotel Tonight app which gave us over 50% discount, and would definitely recommend booking through them for your next trip or hotel night because unlike some other hotel saving sites like Hotwire, they actually give you the name of the hotel so you know exactly where you'll be staying. Also, their guest service was amazing and they had a lot of ridiculous deals to choose from. Def check them out for your next trip and you can use promo code CBauman6 for an additional $25 off your reservation :) 
Alas, some beautiful moments captured on my iPhone for you:

I really think 30 is going to be a really great year and decade for me. Kicked off to a really great start and very excited for everything else in store for me in my thirties (but damn that sounds old!)


Friday, February 28, 2014

15 Things I Want my Daughter to Know

My Dearest Baby Blair,

Having a daughter in today's world is terrifying. I know you are just a baby right now, but I think about you growing up in these times and I can literally feel my stomach tie in a knot. I know there are a lot of things in life that will challenge you, a lot of things that will bring you tears, pain, sadness and confusion. As a mommy I want to always protect you from hurt...I wish I could just swoop in and wrap you up in your little blanket and hold you close and rock you to sleep in my arms forever. But of course that will never be able to happen, and the only way for you to fully experience life is for me to let you, and let you freely. Of course with that freedom there will be pain and confusion and hurt and many lessons learned. There are so many things I want to want you to know as you grow up into a girl and into a young woman and face the world. That there are so many values I deeply hope that your father and I do a good job of instilling in you. And although these are overflowing, here are some of the most important things I want you to know.


1. You are capable of anything you want to do and put your mind to.

2. Trust your gut and that feeling deep in your subconscious. Your instincts will never fail you. 
3. Trust yourself - you are strong enough, smart enough, and brave enough. 
4. Life is meant be lived, not planned. God's plan will always trump yours. But don't worry, it will be much bigger & better than you imagine.
5. You are so beautiful, without makeup, without the latest fashion trends, without changing yourself. Your body is sacred and an important gift that God gave to you, always protect it and treat it well.
6. You do not have to define yourself by a profession.
7. Sometimes the truth will hurt, but it is always better than a lie.
8. Giving always feels better than receiving.
9. You are a gift to the world. Your passions will make a difference. Your story matters.
10. You can always come home.
11. True love will make you a better person. 
12. There is nothing that is worth having that comes without hard work. If it was easy, everyone would do it and everyone would have it. It's the best things in life that are the hardest. Hang in there & never give up on your dreams!
13. Share what you have, and give freely. Everything is better with someone to share it with.
14. Your life is only what YOU make it. Make it a great one.
15. I love you more fiercely, more deeply and more unconditionally than you will ever know. No matter how far you roam or how different we become, I will always, always be on your team.

Love always,


Your mumma.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sick Scenes // Homemade Soup Recipe

A rough past couple of weeks with sicknesses festering all around over here. Currently battling round two of a terrible cold, but at least Landon seems to finally be feeling better, & at least Blair hasn't caught anything yet ::knock on wood::
Sharing a few homemade herbal tea recipes & a delicious (vegetarian) homemade soup I pretty much just invented from everything I had in my fridge and pantry since I was not about to leave my bathrobe today. It came out so good, and is packed with all sorts of healthy super foods & nutrients. Totally recommend you try next time you are feeling under the weather, or just craving a healthy, warm soup during these terrible winter days.
Homemade herbal tea recipes: for sore throat, & for general detox and/or common cold.
Healthy homemade crock pot vegetarian soup.

Directions:
Combine the following in crock pot and let cook for at least a few hours. (The longer you let it sit and all simmer together, the better it tastes):

- 5 cups water
- 3 vegetable bouillon cubes. Mine were "extra large" so if yours are just regular sized, might want to add in a few more. That's the great thing about this soup...you can literally just keep tasting and adding as you go. & most of this is measured in "abouts" or by the vegetable or half vegetable. No need for precision, can just keep adding in more to taste.
- 1/2 sweet potato, chopped
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1 celery stock, chopped
- About 1 cup chopped carrots
- about 1 cup of pasta (I used a quinoa pasta)
- about 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 handful baby spinach leaves
- 2-3 kale leaves (ripped into bite sized pieces, discarding stem)
- about 1/2 cup chia seeds
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