How To Treat Diaper Rash FAST!

 

Anytime my kids are hurt or sick it’s literally the saddest thing ever for me. Like most mom’s, I can’t STAND it! I feel so helpless. So you better believe that anytime I find ways to help prevent or fix it, I’m def going to. I’ve spent hourzzzz of my life mending scrapes and bruises, in steam showers with stuffy noses and coughs, and even spent more money than necessary on ice packs with cute characters on, because obviously it doesn’t feel as cold if it’s cute. Then there’s diaper rash. One of the worst.

I remember a time when Macy (who is now 8 and I’m sure is thrilled to have this story out on the Internet lol) was a baby and ate something that didn’t agree with her. You guys. The diaper rash was INSANE. She was crying, I was crying, we were all crying. The ONLY thing that worked that night was DESITIN the maximum strength formula. Within 12 hours it was all healed up! My mom is the one who told me about it. She’s always said it’s the only thing on the market that works that fast and she was right! So I’ve been a loyal customer ever since….8 years and counting!

Through 3 kids, eating transitions, long road trips where I couldn’t stop to change diapers right away and stomach bugs, I’ve never let the DESITIN run out! No joke, I have one in Gia’s (the baby) room upstairs, one in my room (ya know, so I don’t have to walk all the way up there each time lol) and one in the diaper bag.

My other tips for treating diaper rash:

-Keep the area as dry as possible. Check the diaper every 2 hours or less and change it right away if it’s dirty!

-Don’t irritate the skin anymore than necessary, be very gentle when changing their diaper and when wiping them. Sometimes I even use use a warm wet washcloth if it’s a pretty bad case.

-Apply the DESITIN as often as needed, especially at bedtime. I can’t tell you how many times I sent my kids to bed with a horrible diaper rash after applying DESITIN and they woke up with ZERO rash! That’s less than 12 hours (well depending on how long your kids sleep)!

Take a second and read up about DESITIN products and how they can help your family make life a little bit easier! Click HERE for more info!

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22 Ways to Sneak Veggie Powder in Your Kid's Day

Is anyone else obsessed with veggie powder like I am? Although our family eats extremely healthy most days, we still have days where we really miss the mark lol! THESE are the days I’m extra grateful for veggie powder because I know that they are at least getting in some nutrition amongst the pizza, mac and cheese and ice cream! I want this post to encourage all of you to get creative with your veggie powder. We typically put it in smoothies but for the days we don’t make a smoothie we use it in lots of other ways!

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The brand I buy is berry flavored so the kids love the taste so it’s really easy to mix it in all kinds of things. I love this brand because it’s organic and it has probiotics in it!

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My sister and I both use this brand of veggie powder and started texting each other when we found a new way to use it…so I kept a running list. Anything to keep those little immune systems up (esp during cold and flu season)!

Here are some ideas (this is one to save on your Pinterest board)…

  1. Mix it in applesauce
  2. Mix it in yogurt
  3. Make a berry yogurt parfait
  4. Mix it in ice cream if you’re just totally going in with a cheat day!
  5. Use as a topping for ice cream (sort of like sprinkles)
  6. Mix it in with their milk (we use coconut milk but any milk would work)
  7. Mix it in oatmeal
  8. Instead of fun dip, take slices of mango or pineapple and let them dip the fruit strips in the veggie powder
  9. Mix it in lemonade
  10. Use the berry lemonade to make popsicles
  11. We always use it with smoothies
  12. Make smoothie popsicles
  13. Mix it in tea to make a berry flavored tea
  14. Use the “berry milk” for their cereal (probably a plain cereal would taste best)
  15. Use it as extra flavoring to make cupcakes, cakes, cookies…any sweet treats
  16. Mix it with cool whip to dip berries in or for a dessert topping
  17. Mix in with the icing for cupcakes
  18. Mix with apple juice for strawberry apple juice
  19. Sprinkle on top of peanut butter toast
  20. Frozen Ice cubes for tea or lemonade
  21. Add to Pedialyte for extra nutrients when they are sick
  22. Add to a salad dressing

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Give me more ideas on how to use veggie powder in your day in the comments below!

 

{Giveaway} Modern + Insulated Kids Bag

Gabbybox sent me this adorable kids bag as a gift and I’ve partnered with them to do a giveaway that you will love! All opinions are my own 🙂


This bag is one of the cutest I’ve seen! They have several colors and the winner will get the color of their choice! {keep reading for details on how to enter}!

This bag comes with several straps so you can wear it many different ways! My 5 year old, Brooklyn, is contantly changing the straps for different occasions.

One of my favorite things about this bag is that it’s insulated. It would make THE CUTEST lunch box ever! I mean honestly!


When I get baby Gia potty trained, I’ll be toting this thing all over the place with sippy cups and snacks in it for her!

To enter the giveaway (this bag in the color of your choice), head over to my instagram —> @brittanyeastham for the details!

For those ready to purchase NOW because it’s so adorable and you can’t wait, use code “brittany20” for 20% off your purchase!

Website: www.gabbybox.com

The brand name is bessonjoujou by Gabbybox.

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Fuel Baby Bottle Review

I’m so excited to share this product with you guys! I was able to nurse Gia until her first birthday…I really wanted to and was so glad it worked out! BUUUTTTTT I set aside one feeding a day for someone else…her dad, a big sister, herself once she started holding her own bottle…whoever. I Just needed a minute. A lot of times it was pumped milk but there were times we were traveling or I had her in nursery at church and I gave her formula. I wasn’t able to nurse my other 2 girls as long as Gia and I would have been buying a ton of these bottles like crazy. This company has made formula bottles so quick and easy! I use this for Gia several times a week and I’m obsessed! This would make an awesome baby shower gift!

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You make the bottle before you leave the house and with one push of a button the formula drops into the water, you shake it up and done and done. Gia is IMPATIENT to say the least (for those of you that know her…that scream is so serious when she’s hungry) so this bottle is perfect for her. I have my 7 year old shake these up and give to her in the backseat when we are on road trips or out running errands!

Ok, so here’s how it works:

Put the desired amount of formula in the bottom container and put the little shaker ball on top. You will press the shaker ball down and the bottom of the bottle to make a suction.

You will put the top of the bottle on, unscrew the nipple and fill up with however much water you need.

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When you are ready to use, you will press this heart on the bottom of the bottle and the suction releases the shaker ball and formula, shake, then feed to make the baby stop screaming 🙂

I have been using this bottle for several months now and I’ve not had it leak on me one time. I wash it in the sink, I havent’ put it in the dishwasher yet.

If you want to learn more about FuelBaby Bottle, check out the different colors or purchase…CLICK HERE. For 10% OFF your purchase, use code : BRITTANYEASTHAM

They are having a sale right now until April 26, 2017, that will get you free shipping when you buy 2 or more bottles!

A Letter to My Last Baby on Her First Birthday

My Dear Baby GG-

Girlfriend! WE. DID. IT. I mean honestly, we should be in Mexico somewhere soaking up the sun as a reward for everything we have been through this past year!

It was the hardest, yet most amazing year of my life. I want you to know that I cherished EVERY SINGLE moment with you as an infant. I made sure to take in every newborn smell knowing it could be my last. I made sure to snuggle a few extra minutes during those night feedings, knowing they wouldn’t last long. I soaked up all the silence and naps in those early days knowing that you would be a jabbering, busy bee before I knew it. Even though nursing is the hardest in those early days, I cherished every moment knowing that soon enough I would be stressing about making sure your foods were soft enough and cut up small enough so you didn’t choke haha. All I had to do was hold you and stare at you (for hours and hours and hours and hours, but still…) Nothing in this world will replace those moments of letting you sleep on my chest when you were just a few days old, Lord knows I can barely hold you in my lap these days because you’re so busy taking in the exciting world around you.

 

 

I’ll never regret NOT sleep training you right away and letting you sleep in our room until you were well past 6 months old. I won’t regret picking you up EVERY. SINGLE. time you cried (and laughing at how cute it was) instead of making dinner and letting you work it out (we kept delivery guys in business). I won’t regret telling everyone I was feeding you knowing we were done 10 minutes prior, but  I was just starring at you and holding you for an extra minute before I had to pass you off and share you again. I won’t regret letting the laundry pile up, the house not being clean or even not getting that daily shower I needed lol. I genuinely soaked up ALL of your baby-ness and I don’t regret one second of it.

 

It’s funny how the things that stressed me out as a new mom with your big sisters were the things I looked forward to. Putting you to bed (even though I was tired and wanted to get in bed myself), bath time (even though I needed a shower- we may cover this several times) and middle of the night feedings (because who WANTS to wake up in the middle of the night ever??). I loved all of it.

There were definitely some rough times with you, but just like the horrific pregnancy and c-section you put me through (hence the reason I KNOW you are my last baby), I’ve already forgotten about them.

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Baby Gia, I want you to know how happy you make our family. You are the best grande finale your dad and I could have asked for. You are the sweetest most tenderhearted little (literally, you are still wearing your 6 month clothes and in a size 2 diaper…you weighed 16.14 pounds at your weight check yesterday) thing I didn’t know I wanted or needed in my life.

 

I look forward to sharing secrets with you, laughs with you and memories that you can actually remember lol! We have a lifetime of fun ahead of us, you just wait and see sister!

But today, with tears streaming down my face, I say good-bye to my last baby. I know nothing magical happens today in the physical, but my heart knows exactly what today is. I don’t have an infant anymore. Now when people ask me your age, I have to say 1…and that just sounds too grown. I’m not ready for you to grow up. But here goes nothing….

 

I’m already proud of the little thing you’ve become and I can’t wait to see where God takes your life. You are sweet, sassy and so much in between. He has the perfect place for you in this world and I’m so lucky I have a front row seat.

You will forever be my baby girl…

“Mama”

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PS. Back to the conversation about going to Mexico….

A Letter to my last baby on her 2

Why We Made Our Kids Do Whole 30

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I’m still not exactly sure how I convinced my entire family to do a Whole 30 with me but I did! Actually, I know exactly how…I cook, they eat what I make lol! I have 3 little girl ages 7, 5 and 10 months. The baby obviously didn’t participate, but the rest of us went in hard core. My husband and I didn’t cheat one. single. time. We were pretty proud of that! The girls did AMAZING! They went on a trip with my parents and had one or 2 meals they weren’t able to comply but that’s it! My mom went and bought tons of fruit to keep on hand to help them stay on track.

I had a few snarls as to why I was “making my kids do this” and the answer is easy: to change their relationship with food. We have been in the habit of fruit snacks, chips and donuts for so long, that sometimes they would go days without healthy fresh food in their bodies. I want them to grow up strong and healthy and loving fresh foods, but that starts at home. I knew I had to be the one to help them get there. We all needed to get there. I have done my fair share of research about how the things we put in and on our bodies can destroy your health. I don’t want me or my kids to wake up in 20 years and it be too late. We have to change things now.

Fresh fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and we could ALL use a good dose of that this time of year. Now we have still battled the runny noses, but we have managed to skip (knock on wood) the serious stuff this season. Either we have been lucky or our immune systems really are in full gear due to all of the raw fruits and veggies we are eating!

I also want my kids to operate at their best! I want them to change the world and to thrive in what God has called them to do! I want them to FEEL up to the challenge! This is a big motivation for Jeff and I right now, to feel better and to have the energy to to do the things we are meant to do in this life. It’s no different for my kids. I want their minds, bodies and spirits to operate at their absolute best! I want their minds to be clear and strong for school and their bodies to be ready for the sports they are playing. I want their spirits to be up to the challenge for whatever life may throw their way, but if they don’t FEEL good, they just won’t be prepared for it all. Feeling good starts with whatever you are fueling your body with. There’s a lot more to it, but it STARTS here.

Real talk, the first few days with the girls were not the easiest, BUT I was surprised how serious they took it. After a week or so, they got the hang of it all and it was their new norm. During our Whole 30, at church the girls had a party in their class. They served cupcakes and my 5 year old told them she wasn’t eating sugar and didn’t eat one! I was honestly really surprised and happy to see how serious she was taking it!

So here’s the HOW:

-We talked to them. Yep. Rocket Science, I know. We sat them down and talked about the effects that sugar can have on their body. We talked about foods that have sugar in them and how most grains turn to sugar in your body. We also talked about the effects sugar can have on their teeth and how they could get cavities lol. Might have been a little scare tactic but it worked haha.

-We talked about how God wants us to live a healthy life and honor Him with our bodies and life that He gave us. We were built for exercise and fresh foods…not laying around and eating junk food all day.

I’ve complied a list of some helpful tips to help your family survive a Whole 30…esp with kids!

  1. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, I def recommend the official Whole 30 book! You need to figure out WHY you want to do this. This is not a diet, it’s meant meant to help you change your relationship with food and clear processed food and sugar out of your body!
  2. Pinterest your life away. Seriously guys, make this fun! I set out not to just at chicken, broccoli and salads every single night. We did eat them but not all day everyday. There are some to die for, delicious recipes out there! Follow me on Pinterest here and check out my Whole 30 board!
  3. DO SOME MEAL PREP. You have to. You just do. Otherwise your kids will ask for a snack and instead of peppers and hummus you will reach for the fruit snacks because you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wash and cut everything. Let the weekends be your friend! Make soups to keep around, cook chicken ahead of time (to throw in salads or lettuce wraps), wash and cut your veggies and put them in containers. IT WILL PAY OFF!
  4. Buy an instant pot. Guys, I used this thing almost every single day. If you don’t have one, read up on them. For the days I didn’t meal prep appropriately and I needed dinner in a hurry, or I needed the oven for 2-3 dishes, I was so glad I had it! My kids give me like a 15 minute warning (if that most days) to the time of death by starvation, so I don’t have long to get food ready. INSTANT POT FOR LIFE.
  5. Make it fun. If you eat boring meals, you will…..get bored. Think about your favorite foods and search Pinterest and Google. I’m SURE one of those cool food bloggers has come up with something!
  6. Make it a salad. When we had cravings we made it into a salad. Now clearly you can’t do this with everything but we did it a lot! Want pizza? Throw all of your favorite toppings in (no cheese) and use pizza sauce as your dressing! Want a burger? Ground beef, pickles, onions, tomatoes, ketchup and mustard as dressing.
  7. Larabars are life. Most of the are Whole 30 compliant. I have a pin on my Whole 30 Pinterest board that tells you which are and which aren’t. I hopped on Amazon and bought several boxes of these and kept them around for snacks and quick meals!
  8. Study your list of do’s and don’ts before you start. I focused on my list of do’s: meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts. This made my life easy!
  9. Make your own rules. Okay so I’ll get some ugly e-mails over this one, but I’ll just delete them so I’m not too concerned 🙂 But feel free to make your own rules for your family and your health issues. I’m still nursing and was concerned about my carb intake, so I kept eating peanut butter and white potatoes which is technically not on the program. But I didn’t over indulge in these and I didn’t get processed peanut butter. For the kids, I bought some turkey pepperonis and turkey meatballs and store bought applesauce (yes, store bought…I can hear the gasping through the screen…blog on another day about how I didn’t feel like making homemade applesauce haha). These helped me keep around some quick throw together lunches. But for sanity sake, do what works for your needs. Just do go so far off course that you’re w not actually Whole 30-ing anymore.
  10. Buy a potato masher. Random piece of advice but we used it allllll the time. We made muffins and pancakes and needed mashed bananas, we made lots of cauliflower mashed potatoes. We just used it all the time!
  11. Dried Fruit is my BEST piece of advice for helping kids through this! I bought a lot of different kinds and replaced their chips and snacks with this. I made some up in baggies so we could grab them on the go as well!
  12. Let your kids play with their food. I would cut up their fruits and veggies and have them make a picture with their food, or I would make a cute picture with their food! They were giggling too much about eating Elmo’s face that they forgot they were eating tomatoes.
  13.  Let your kids go to the grocery store with you and help pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables. This was one of the most helpful things we did! They would be excited to get home and show their dad what they picked out. And I would say, “how about you try those plums you bought at the store!”
  14. Give them choices, this way they don’t feel like you’re “making them” eat this way…well…as much haha. For breakfast I would say “would you like eggs with avocado and cilantro on top or would you like to make your own fruit salad?” For lunch, “I’m making BBQ turkey sausages, you get to pick 2 other items…any fruit or vegetable as your sides.”

If you are really wanting to do a Whole 30 and want your whole family to participate, you can do it with a little prep, a few machines to do your work for you and some creativity! I could list all of our favorite meals but most of them on are my Whole 30 Pinterest board! It was one of the best decisions we have made! We have added back in some oatmeal and yogurts, but we still pretty much eat this way every single day. Trust me, if our family can do it, yours can too! Good luck!

Have you done a Whole 30 with kids? How did they do?

Valentines Day Outfits for Little Girls

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I love a good holiday outfit for my kids and Valentines Day is no exception! My sweet mama got these for the girls (yay for moms!). You will not believe where she got these! AMAZON! I meannnnn, you can literally buy ANYTHING on Amazon. I’m convinced.

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Macy’s Shirt This adorable shirt can be worn all year long! If you’re like us, we wear shorts with long sleeve shirts on cooler Summer nights. It says toddler but they go up to a size 8! The ruffles on the sleeves are my favorite part of the shirt!

Macy’s Pants are from Target I love the sparkle leggings! You can pair them with anything and everything. They are a fun edition to most any outfit for girls!

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Brooklyn’s Outfit This is a 3 piece outfit that comes with the shirt/dress, leggings and scarf. I literally had to physically remove the scarf from her body before bed the other night because she loves it so much. She said it makes her feel “like a big girl!” I love that I can separate all 3 pieces to make different outfits. Getting the most out of my money (well, my mom’s money haha)!

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Gia’s Outfit This is a 3 piece outfit also! It comes with the shirt/dress, leggings and hair bow! I’m OBSESSED with the ruffled leggings! You will see those around Memorial Day, 4th of July (and any other USA-ish excuse I can find) paired with Navy! Even if they are short and have to be capris lol! She looks adorable in this outfit if I do say so myself! ad She is our last baby so why not splurge on a “My first Valentines Day” outfit??

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What are your favorite Holidays to dress your kids for? Where do you shop?