Cleaning Carpets Naturally

With babies and toddlers always on the ground I wanted a carpet cleaner that is SAFE and doesn’t leave any chemicals on the ground (as well as the strong fumes left behind for many weeks to come).  This will leave your carpets super clean and without any fumes!

 

 

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I used Basic H (click on links to read more about these), Natures Bright, and liquid laundry….

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(NOTE you can definitely do this with just Basic H and Natures Bright) I just added the liquid laundry because we had some super bad stains.  You can also use Basic G to disinfect the carpets (will add this next time)

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Here is the recipe- honestly I didn’t measure exactly but it was around this:

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Another added bonus is we can wash all of Caleb and Malaynas clothes with ours- all while saving money too because all of their cleaners are really concentrated so you only need a small amount.  Read more about why I love Shaklee cleaners here!

The Basic H and Natures Bright work so well with stains that it even got PEN out of Malayna’s blanket.

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Want to try our laundry detergent?  All Shaklee products have 100% satisfaction on them!

Summer Favorites and FREE SHIPPING

With all the summer sun, fun and heat can come sunburns, bug bites and itchy skin.  Below are four products I always have on hand to help protect, soothe, calm and relieve the skin from the effects of summer sun and fun.

**Be sure to read to the end to find out what my amazing summer special and free shipping/ product is!

HERBAL BLEND MULTI-PURPOSE CREAM:  A fantastic all-purpose cream.  Customers report success using for sunburns, bug bites, itchy dry skin, athlete’s foot, hemorrhoids, hives, dry calloused feet, knees and elbows, and the list goes on.  *Cooling, mentholated, non-greasy

Calming ComplexCALMING COMPLEX:  Great for soothing sunburns, burns (from heating elements). Provides comfort and skin-soothing moisture for any kind of chafing or irritation. Perfect recovery product from other environmental stresses such as windburn and airplane travel. Hypoallergenic.
*Advanced liposome technology delivers the extraordinary protective and soothing benefits of beta glucan

SPF 30
SPF 30:
 Protects against both UVA & UVB rays. Hypoallergenic. Non-irritating ideal for sensitive skin. *Special patented Vital Repair+ complex adds extra protection against prematurely older-looking skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals.

Time Repair A.M. spf 15TIME REPAIR A.M. SPF 15:  Nourishes and protects with antioxidant vitamins. Great moisturizer that works great alone or under makeup in all seasons. Non-irritating SPF 15 sunscreen. *A defniitive evening of skin tone in 12 weeks.

 

Since your skin is your largest organ it’s just as important to put safe products on your skin as it is in your body

 

To read more about Shaklee difference check out this link

To read more about Shaklee skin care line check out this link

Shaklee guarantees that every product is 100% safe, so you can safely assume it is 

Any orders placed from NOW until June 30th receive FREE SHIPPING (Email me so I can drop your shipping)

Place a 100PV order and receive a FREE Performance Canister
- pure hydration drink (replaces Gatorade, Powerade, etc)
Orange or Lemon-Lime flavor
**NO artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added

 

Please contact me with any questions.
As always, I appreciate and reward any referrals.

Have a safe, fun-filled summer!

Meet Caleb Samuel Odom

Meet our newest, sweetest addition:

Caleb Samuel Odom

Caleb: Faithful/devoted/whole hearted

June 3, 2014

9lbs

21.5 Inches

3:51pm

 photo 2Caleb decided to come on the 3rd a very special date as Sam and I got married on the 3rd, and Malayna was born on the 3rd!  He was also born on May’s half birthday!

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Caleb’s name is a true reflection of God’s faithfulness.  Caleb is doing really well- back up to his birth weight and eating non-stop!  Everyday I feel better and better!  We are so thankful!

Birth Story to come!

Baby Boy Woodland Theme Sprinkle

My sister and mom threw me such a beautiful Baby Boy Woodland Theme Sprinke!

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It was such a special day and I felt so loved and cared for by such sweet family and friends.    

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Wishes for baby Odom.  I loved reading each of these and can not wait to see some of these come true. Oh and may I add some of these were HILARIOUS to read!! IMG_5360

I missed pictures with a lot of you sorry, but here are a few…

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This ice cream bar was AMAZING and pure genius!  They know me so well :) Grandma enjoyed hers. IMG_5388

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Brownie townie love near and far!!IMG_5394PicMonkey Collage

We had some delicious food as always!

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And received such sweet and precious gifts!  So very very thankful to my Shaklee family for getting me the gt double city mini stroller!!!!  I am super excited to use this!!!  And I am super pumped to have my first Petunia picklebottom diaper bag thanks to my mom and sis!   PicMonkey Collage Can’t wait for these bow tie onesies from the talented Steph!IMG_5370My incredibly gifted Aunt made this adorable motorcycle!  She is so talented!!!

So thankful to receive so many precious and sweet gifts and we are so thankful for the support and generosity of our family and friends. We can’t wait for you all to meet him!

Whats in my hospital bag: Natural products to use during labor and recovering from delievery

I’ve been in major nesting and baby prep mode the past few weeks. Now that I am 37 1/2 weeks it’s time to have the hospital bag ready!  May came early so we will see when baby boy makes his appearance.

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Here is “Whats in my hospital bag.” Some things are a little early to pack until its go time, but here is what I have so far:

I know the hospital provides most of what you need baby wise so all I am planning to bring is a coming home outfit, cute blanket for pictures from the lovely Renee, adorable hat, and socks.

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Bag for Malayna to spend the night- Including her  “Big Sister” shirt:

photo(328)A few comfies for the hospital: Nice robe from Jess, comfy slippers, headband (Of course ;)), and a nursing cover:

photo(321)Will also include some shorts/pants and comfy shirts before I leave.

Toiletries:

photo(333)Check out my “Baby must haves” to learn more about the ItzBeen timer!! Love this helpful food/sleep timer.

Need to add toothbrush, contacts, glasses
Skin care products….

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During labor I plan to use Performance, Energy Chews, and have my prenatals on hand.

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Alternative to: Sports Drinks/ Gatorade

Benefits: Improves athletic performance and endurance, replaces essential electrolytes lost in perspiration or diarrhea, spares glycogen (muscle fuel) stores; postpones exhaustion, minimizes fluid loss and enhances hydration, speeds recovery of energy after work or play

Energy Chews
Alternative to: Energy drinks/Red bull/ Shot Blocks

Benefits: Sustains energy, sharpens focus, think clearly, improves mood and performance

 

Vitalizer (My Prenatals)
(See blog post on Vitalizer)

Benefits: Heart/brain health, digestive health, healthy hair/nails/skin, nerve and muscle function, healthy teeth and gums, bone and joint health, lung health, colon health, vision and eye health

 

Love love love my 31 large utility totes! I can’t tell you how much I use it!  Great to pack in a bunch of stuff:

photo(320) After I had Malayna I remember being so hungry in the middle of the night!  I have a few healthy and yummy protein bars on hand for when I get hungry.  I will also probably add some more snacks before I leave: photo(322) Nursing tank and bra.  I highly recommend the Bravado Bras!!!  These are amazing and super comfy!!  photo(324)

After labor recovery help!

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Osteomatrix:

Extra calcium is required for baby’s healthy bones – AND little known fact…Mom’s blood level rises 50% during pregnancy. Calcium along with iron is responsible for producing the extra blood that nourishes the fetus. When taken during pregnancy can prevent leg cramps. Also a lot of sleep issues are linked to a calcium and magnesium deficiency (why a glass of warm milk is suggested before bed cavities, and helps calm the baby after birth!
**I had really bad cramps from my uterus contracting when I nursed May- this helps with muscle cramps, mood swings, water retention, and reduces indigestion. Hopefully my cramps wont be so bad with this!  Many of my friends use Osteomatrix and GLA to help with menstrual cramping and NO LONGER GET CRAMPS!! I take 1-2 osteomatrix with each meal to help my heartburn- it works amazing!
Benefits: Relieves PMS, retains normal blood pressure, reduces risk of osteoporosis

Physique

Shaklee Physique is a pure, natural, high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery, endurance, and strength. Help restore muscle energy. Support muscle repair. Physique contains the right amount of protein and carbohydrates to help you recover faster and optimize muscle rebuilding. No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.
Benefits: Speeds recovery time and reduces muscle soreness

Herb Lax (Probiotics also help with regulation)
Alternative to: Stool softeners-

We all know why I will need these :)

Encourages a mild cleansing action to aid the body’s natural processes. Senna leaf has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a natural laxative
Benefits: Improves regularity, relieves constipation, detoxifier, gastrointestinal problems, relieves hemorrhoids, helps headaches (Did you know many headaches are due to constipation?)

Gentle Sleep
Alternative to: Sleep aids

(I am bringing this because I always have trouble sleeping somewhere else especially a hospital)

This unique Shaklee combination features passion flower, German chamomile, and valerian. Valerian has been used for over a thousand years to help maintain a calm state, promote relaxation, and foster restful sleep.
Benefits: Improves quality of sleep, relaxing effect, reduces anxiety, relieves tension and restlessness

Pain relief
Alternative to: Tylenol or Ibuprofen

I remember taking a lot of Ibuprofen for a few days after having May and my stomach getting really upset from it. Not to mention all the other side effects it can have on your body.
Pain Relief Complex features a blend of clinically tested boswellia along with safflower extracts which provides help for overworked joints. Safe, natural, and easy on the stomach. Relieves discomfort from overexertion, Promotes flexibility and comfortable movement,
Benefits: Relieves muscle and joint pain, potent anti-inflammatory action

May’s special gift from baby brother: (May keep this at home but super excited to give this to her)

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Also need to add:

Iphone

Camera

Phone

Video camera

Chargers

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Moms- am I missing anything??

Pregnant Moms- If you would like to try any of these products- AS A SPECIAL GIFT to you mention this post and receive a free ENERGY CHEWS or PERFORMANCE on your next order (Good until May 31st) with a 50pv order.

 Visit katieodom.myshaklee.com to learn more about any of these products.

Maternity Pictures

Last fall and winter when I was so sick I never thought May would come and now its here!  I am so thankful to be at the finish line of my pregnancy and I can not wait to meet sweet baby boy!

Lauren took these pictures on Easter….

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Thanks Lor for taking these!

Baby Prep!

I am down to almost 4 weeks until baby boy comes (give or take 2 weeks if he comes around when May came)  Hopefully longer!  I am trying to get as much done in April to have a somewhat relaxing May.  As much as you can when you are extremely uncomfortable.

 

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In the midst of all this Sam and I are trying to get our home ready to put on the market.  A little crazy I know!

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Tiny shoes and diapers!!!

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Around 37 weeks pregnant with May such a difference in size with #2.  I also feel like he is so much lower this time.

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Alright all you seasoned moms here is the list I put together of everything I hope to get done before baby boy.  Let me know if I am missing something!!

Also I need some major stroller insight.  Everyone I know says good things about the double jogger Bob, but I have also heard the City Mini is lighter and easier to fold up. I can’t decide which one is better?  HELP PLEASE!  I know the Bob is easier to jog with, but I am not sure how often I will go jogging with a double stroller?  Lets be realistic here lol.

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Baby Prep:

- Wash all breast pump parts
- Buy Nursing bras
- Wash baby clothes
- Freeze meals (have about 5-6 meals but need to make some more)
- Figure out stroller (debating between City Mini GT and Bob Double stroller)
- Install car seat
- Pack hospital bag
- Pack diaper bag
- Get out baby items from basement- wash
- Date nights/time with Sam and May
- Schedule dentist/hair/appointments
- Buy gift for May from baby brother –I got her a book and this fun wheel barrel to play with.

Not quite sure how this will work giving it to her in a hospital lol but I know she will love it for the summer:

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 - Find co sleeper (let me know if you or anyone you know is selling one)

 

photo(309)Malayna loves reading her “Big sister” books over and over again.  Each day she talks more and more about baby brother in my belly.  We are trying to prepare her for the changes ahead (as much as we can).  I know she will be a great big sister!

Thankfully between my amazing neighbor, Sara, and some resales I feel set with clothing until around 6-9 months!  I have been busy doing laundry, organizing, and sorting all the clothes!  Nesting is in full force!

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Moms what are some thing I am forgetting?

What are some helpful suggestions for transitioning from 1-2?