Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Landon's First Day of School

Sent Landon off to his first day of full day kindergarten this morning. It was a really hard decision but after much prayer and thought and many conversations with his teacher and principal dating back to last spring, we made the decision to hold him back this year and repeat kindergarten, only in the full day enrichment program from 9-3:30. So he'll be receiving academics in the morning and afternoons are filled with lunch, recess, art, gym, music and play. We feel so good about this decision as he will finally be the same age as his peers! It was a hard year last year academically and socially as all the other kids were older than him due to him having a summer birthday. But he is so ready for school now and we feel so confident that he's going to have a great year, make great friends, thrive academically and physically and socially this year and in the future. And he's off!!! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Oils During Pregnancy, L&D, + After Baby

Words can't express how amazing these little bottles have been throughout my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and have already been for support postpartum.

This was definitely the most challenging and unbearably sick pregnancy I've ever had and I could tell a huge difference on days that I used my oils versus the days I didn't. The changes made to my life (and Landon's and Blair's) with essential oils was a huge game changer for us. I used my oils my entire pregnancy, during labor, and have continued to use them post partum. I have LOVED knowing I'm using something so natural, pure, & safe. I'm only 5 days post-partum and I can already tell a huge difference in how I feel now versus how I felt post-partum with L & B. I truly wish I had only started on this journey years ago!!

Many people I talk to are curious about which essential oils to use while pregnant. My absolute favorite oils throughout my pregnancy were:
- Aroma Ease to battle my non-stop morning sickness. This is an amazing Young Living blend that has ginger root oil extract as well as peppermint essential oil which helped IMMENSELY with nausea. I was soo sick the entire pregnancy and only wish I discovered this one in my first trimester!! I diffused this one since I got it at about 28 weeks.
- I also diffused and absolutely loved Abundance  - this smells like a dream and it really (!) helps bring out feelings of gratitude, tranquility, peacefulness, and fullness of life.
- I used Frankincense and Tea Tree in my facial oil cleanser (twice a day at morning and at night), which helped soo much for my skin. I had some bad hormonal breakouts in the beginning of the pregnancy and the Frank + Tea Tree combo in my oil cleanser made it go right away. 
- I use(d) the Thieves multi-purpose household cleaner and it was honestly the only cleaning agent I could (can still only) stand the smell of. It smells simply amazing and will make you super happy when cleaning your house (its a blend of cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and cloves and words do not do it justice). It works tremendously well on all surfaces and is 100% natural so it gave me complete peace of mind cleaning like a crazy lady throughout my third trimester nesting slash OCD, and also with a fresh newborn baby.
* This is a great post about oils and pregnancy!

Favorite oils during labor were:
- I had Peace & Calming diffusing all day during pre-labor. (I also diffused and put on my wrists during anxious/stressful days throughout the third trimester).
- I had Valor diffusing in the hospital during labor and it played a huge part in helping me deliver our precious baby completely drug-free & epidural-free. (!!!!)
And favorite oils I'm using Post-Partum are:
-Valor on the wrists for emotional support and strength.
- I also love Tangerine in the diffuser, by itself or also mixed with Grapefruit. It's so happy and uplifting.
- Stress Away, speaking for itself.
- I'm also still also loving Abundance and Gratitude post-partum as well.
I could honestly go on and on about how much I love my oils and what they have done for my life. But if you want more info, please email me! & do your research....oils do not have to be intimidating! I am forever grateful for what they have done for me and my family.
If you want to SIGN UP with your own Young Living membership through me, click HERE :)
(WHOLESALE/distributor is the way to go even if you never, ever, ever want to sell a thing- you'll get the 24% off discount forever and only need to spend $50 a YEAR! ZERO strings attached).
ALSO: Not only is Young Living offering a FREE 15 ml bottle of Cedarwood oil with the purchase of the Premium Starter Kit this month, but I will also give you a $10 gift card to any store of your choosing if you sign up with my link the during the month of August + buy the Premium Starter kit. (I've been diffusing Cedarwood + Lavender in Blair's diffuser every night and it's been HUGE to get her sleeping all the way through the night. And it smells amazing. (Of course). She calls it her 'magic potion' and won't go to sleep without it running).
And last thing but really important is when you sign up with someone, you are joining their team. Make sure you do your research -- My team provides classes, resources, webinars, online events, business training (if interested) and is a beautiful community and support line that feels like family. <3 There's no better time to start your oily journey, I truly wish I had only done so sooner.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Havana Grace :)

Introducing Havana Grace Bauman:)
I was (and am still!) in total shock that we have another little girl! She is perfect in every way and has completely stolen our hearts.
She came into the world last night, 8/18 at 7:21pm, at 7 lbs 11 oz, 20 inches long, & a full set of BROWN hair! 
I had her completely drug-free and epidural-free (!!!! Holy shit man), exactly as I wanted and hoped for and fiercely prayed for.
Thank you everyone so much for the prayers and encouragement the past 24 hours and all of you who have put up with me and still loved me through the past 9 months πŸ˜† 
@chrisjbauman, you are the absolute best. 

My adrenaline is kicking right now, baby girl and baby daddy are both sound asleep as I lay here wide awake purchasing all sorts of adorable baby girl things on etsy πŸ˜πŸŽ€πŸŽ€ Hope to get a full birth story up on the blog at some point,  but for now I just wanted to share our beautiful, happy, healthy news πŸ’πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School Fashion with Ladida!

I ahh you guys, I am absolutely swooning over Ladida's children's clothing company, especially in the spirit of back to school season. I'm getting so excited putting together outfit ideas for our newborn photo shoot, as well as first day of school and school pictures. I love dressing Landon and Blair in outfits that are unique and stylish, which for boys is SO hard to find. carries a huge online selection of designer children's clothing with so many beautiful classic and sophisticated pieces, as well as clothing for special occasions. They have everything your heart could desire for upscale kid’s clothing that just exudes swag and originality. This company is perfect not only for your own little ones but I love their unique and boutique styles for special friend's birthdays or holiday gifts as well.
For the BOYS:  

My favorite boys outfit would have to be these pants, this shirt, & these shoes. (but oh my gosh - just look at these shoes for a special occasion, all the heart eyes). Also love this boys' backpack and this cute scarf & hat set!
For the GIRLS:

My favorite girls outfits would be this dress with these boots. I'm also loving this classic Peter Pan collared shirt with this gorgeous plaid skirt! Also obsessed with these pony hair cheetah slip ons :)

And of course for the baby they have SO many adorable options that would be perfect for our newborn photoshoot. I'm totally in love with these knitted rompers (1 & 2) for a boy or a girl:

Right now ladida is offering free shipping on any order over $49. Go check em out, & happy back school shopping!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bits of Life Lately

Carnival days, envisioning how terrified I'll be when they turn 16
Little L up there bulldozing
& Picking out Landon's new apple tree, he went with a Figi and is planted in our backyard now. Now just to figure out how to keep the deer from eating it..

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Life, Loss & God's Grace

Despite the hardships of this pregnancy, I was reminded today how graced I am to be carrying this little life inside of me. 
Having gone through two miscarriages of my own after Landon I am aware of the type of pain you can feel ripped in your heart when you've lost a baby. I've been there and I've felt that aching feeling too and I want you all to know that you're not alone and that God is STILL at work. No matter how hopeless and aching that feeling may feel I can tell you firsthand that His plan is always, always better than ours. All you mamas out there who have suffered a miscarriage, an infant loss, or troubles conceiving, my heart is with you and I'm so sorry. But hold onto God and turn it over to Him because when you surrender it all over to Him, He will always be faithful and He is the ONLY one who can grant you your heart's desires. 
It may not look like you had originally planned but in the end, it will be exactly what you wanted and more importantly you will be prepared to live it in the most beautiful way. All that I am and everything and everyone I have in my life I owe completely to the love, peace, and promise I receive from my faith. 
I take none of this for granted, and I pray that if you're aching, that you can find the glimmer of faith and hope in your heart and just keep holding on, because He won't let you down. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway!!

*Disclosure: I have received Freshly Picked moccasins to help facilitate my review but all opinions contained herein are 100% my own.
The only thing worse than having a pair of amazing new shoes that you can't wear yet is having a new pair of Freshly Picked baby moccasins for a baby that is STILL.IN.YOUR.BELLY. I just received baby's first new pair of FP moccs and they are literally making me even more crazy (Chris didn't think this could be possible) for the baby to get here and for the moment we get to carry this little bundle home from the hospital in his/her sweet new beautiful Birch moccs.

I know baby moccasins are all the rage right now and that you can probably find some great cheaper or knockoff versions of the original FP baby mocc, but the reason I love and stand by Freshly Picked is because they are handmade in the United States with a lot of love and care, made with genuine and quality leather or suede, they are super stylish and have so many trendy prints and options, & they actually stay on your baby's feet (!) due to the hidden elastic opening. We had the Bubblegum Pink suede, Platinum, & Pin the Flower on the Petal moccs for Blair and I absolutely loved them all so much. An added bonus to these moccs is that that soft soles actually help little ones learn to walk as it helps promote balance.
Thanks to their Shark Tank deal (fast forward to the 32 minute mark to hear Susan's story because it's amazing), and the brand growth, Freshly Picked moccs are now sold at many retail stores and most notable, stocked in the children's shoe department at your local Nordstrom.

I am so excited today to be hosting another Freshly Picked giveaway to a lucky on of YOU!! These moccs are a $60 value, plus free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. They come in baby-toddler sizes 1-10, and now have select colors stocked in a special 'crib' size, one size smaller than a size 1 and perfect to take baby home from the hospital in and keep as a special heirloom :)

How to Enter:
1. Visit Freshly Picked and leave a comment on this post telling me which pair of mocs you would get if you won! Be sure to leave your email on your post so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner!

For Additional Entries:
*Please leave a separate comment on this blog post for each additional entry, and be sure to leave your email address on each post so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner!
1. Like Freshly Picked on Facebook
2. Share a link to this post on facebook & tell your friends about it! (make sure to copy & paste the URL to this post on your page)
3. Share a link to this post on Twitter & tell your friends about it! (make sure to copy & paste the URL to this post to your Twitter)
3. Follow @FreshlyPicked and @lisab3 on Instagram, post an image of the mocs you want, tagging @lisab3 and include the hashtag #mummascornerFPgiveaway
4. Follow Mumma's Corner (either via google friend connect, bloglovin', or subscribe to posts by email)

Giveaway will run for one week and will officially close at 9:00am cst on August 7, 2016

Good luck!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hospital Bag Checklist!

Holy batman I can't believe baby is ALMOST here!! We're in the final 3 week countdown, and most importantly made it to the 37-week mark, making baby full term and chances of complications from a premature birth are behind us. As of Tuesday, I'm 2 cm dilated and baby's head is down. I've been going crazy nesting and organizing and cleaning and just basically being insane around the house, making sure everything is as my crazy hormonal self needs it to be before we bring this baby home. Which is actually a really good thing considering how fat, tired, sick & lazy I've been this entire pregnancy.
Chris deserves some type of honor for loving me through psychowife status the past few weeks and has been home much more lately to help with the kids and around the house. He took them out the other day and I packed our hospital bags (shit's getting real!) and I decided to throw up this checklist in case you need to pack one for yourself, considering myself an expert now.

For Baby:
- Going Home outfit - for me this includes our new Freshly Picked moccasins, as well as comfy clothes that won't bother the umbilical cord stump.
- Cute & comfy baby beanie to keep baby's head warm (love ours from Infanteenie Beenie)
- Nattursutten newborn baby pacifier
- swaddle blankets - they have these and will give you these at the hospital, but I'm packing some of our own organic, unbleached muslin swaddle wraps.

For Mom:
- Insurance card/ID/wallet
- Pre-registration hospital documents (if you didn't do online)
- Cord Blood Kit if storing your baby's cord blood or otherwise donating.
- Pillow and/or blanket. I remember the IV and epidural made me freezing, shaking cold when I was in labor with Blair and it was really comforting and nice to have a soft plush blanket from home to have with me. If you do bring a pillow or blanket, make sure it's nothing you don't mind getting ruined.
- Bathrobe (Love this one from Jessica Simpson I got at Macy's Maternity section - it's stretchy and thin and perfect for nursing, and so, so comfy, and makes you feel a little less gross and a little more sweet and romantic with the soft pink lace shoulder cut outs)
- slippers and/or flip flops
- cell phone and charger
- eyeglasses and contacts
- deodorant
- toothbrush & toothpaste
- hairbrush & elastics
- Going Home outfit - remember you will still look about 6 months pregnant when leaving the hospital, so either pack one of your maternity outfits, a comfy maxi dress, or  yoga pants & a large top
- My dewdrop diffuser and some special oils to diffuse during L&D: Valor and Peace & Calming)
- My labor playlist. I never did this with Landon or Blair, but as I'm really hoping to have a natural pregnancy this time around I'm doing some things a little differently with music and essential oils. My playlist currently consists of some of my favorite Christian songs, because I know I'm gonna need Jesus to get me through this. Currently:
David Crowder, "Here's My Heart"
All Sons & Daughters, "Oh How I Need You"
Kristine DiMarco, "It Is Well"
Switchfoot, "Your Love is a Song"
Lifehouse, "Everything"
Rufus Wainwright, "Hallelujah"
Amanda Cook, "You Make Me Brave"
Michael Smith, "You Won't Let Go"
Francesca Battistelli, "Holy Spirit"
Switchfoot, "Always Yours"

In the past I always over-packed for myself and baby but ultimately the hospital really has everything you truly need - granny panties, pads, breast pump, diapers, pacis, bottles, swaddles, lansinoh, and you really don't need to pack nearly as much as you think.

What'd I miss? What's a must in your hospital bag? I'd love to hear it, leave a comment below!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cleaner Water For Your Home!! A New & Much Improved Water Filtered Pitcher, Aquagear

As my nesting & OCD has only been increasing these past couple of weeks, a few things on my "third trimester checklist" is to check our carbon monoxide and fire alarms, and also to get our water re-tested to ensure its drinking quality. So when Aquagear reached out to me about collaborating on a blog post and giveaway, it was such a perfect timing moment and I am so happy I learned about this company, and even more happy to be sharing all this valuable knowledge with others. If you watch the video above, you will see that Aquagear filters out 2,000% more contaminates than Brita filters do, and the most concerning about these if you have (or plan to have) young children in your home is that of lead, mercury, THMs, and fluoride.
  • Lead: Exposure to lead, even in very small amounts, has been directly linked to a variety of health problems, especially in children, including: lower IQs, behavioral problems, and kidney and liver disorders. Lead is usually leached into drinking water from corroding faucets and pipes, or runoff. What is scary about lead is that even at dangerous levels, it cannot be tasted or smelt. The Aquagear filter has been proven to remove 97.5% of lead.
  • Mercury: The Aquagear also removes 99.6% of Mercury. High exposure to inorganic mercury can result in gastrointestinal damage, damage to the nervous system, and the kidneys.
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs): THMS are a serious and seriously understudied group of chemical compounds that have been proven to increase the likelihood of miscarriage. THMs are a byproduct of chlorine, which is used to clean water.
    The EPA allows for some THM in drinking water--about 80 parts per billion (ppb). However, even tap water meeting this regulation has been linked to a significant increase in miscarriage risk. The Aquagear filter removes 99.99% of these trihalomethanes.
  • Flouride: Fluorosis is an often permanent condition characterized by discoloration and pitting of the teeth. It can be caused by an overexposure to fluoride in tap water and mostly affects children in their first eight years.This condition is becoming increasingly common in the United States as more and more tap water supplies are becoming fluoridated.
    The Aquagear filter removes over 90% of fluoride.
Although those are the most important contaminates, there are many more -- check out this chart below to see the stark comparison to Brita:

It's a little scary to me how much the Aquagear very clearly beats out your standard and common household Brita, and I would highly recommend getting one for your home, especially if you have young children. You can conveniently purchase it right on Amazon here, as well as replacement filters, here.
Although their pricing is more than Brita, you get a much better, safer product, and for every filter product we send to your door, we provide six months of clean drinking water to someone in need. This makes me so happy, as contaminated drinking water in third world countries is a cause very near and near to our family's hearts, especially Landon's. You can read more about their Partnership with Thirst Relief International here.

Today I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway for a very lucky one of you to win your own Aquagear pitcher & filter (a $69.95 value, plus free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.!)
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Farm Day(s) + Chicken Update

Photos from Randall Oaks Park & Petting Zoo, as well as a chicken coop tour at a few homes in Barrington... We're so excited to get some chicks of our own. Right now our village as well as subdivision specifically disallow the raising and keeping of poultry, but with my lawyering skills and hubby's politician skills, we're working on changing a few things around here 😏 We first need to get a majority vote from our subdivision to want to allow, and then need to petition the village. Currently other villages of Barrington already allow them and think we have a pretty good shot with the newly elected board in our subdivision, and Chris elected as the new VP ;) The kids love having our little 'garden' and get so excited when they notice a new ripe veggie or fruit they can pick for themselves and eat. They truly understand the concept of farm to table and I love teaching it to them. I cannot wait until the day they can go looking for fresh eggs in the morning and I know we are all going to love having some sweet little feathered friends around to join our family.

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