14 Months

photo(14)14 Months….Almost 15 months!

Here are some of the highlights from the past few months….

She has learned to climb down stairs!

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She said her first sentence “I get down”….although not complete I will take it.  She loves to go in her drawer and get “socks”.  And she repeats “socks” over and over again-she also calls shoes socks :).   Her new favorite  words are Down, Cece, Duck, amen, nah nahs, nigh night, belly, thank you (which sounds more like dank you), and my new favorite is the way she babbles/sings brown bear brown bear.  Just today I sung “clean up clean up everybody everywhere,” and she repeated clean up clean up! I couldn’t believe it??  I have no idea where she gets all her talking from? hehe 😉

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She has gotten a few more teeth.  She has 4 on top and 2 on the bottom.

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She loves to close doors! Everytime we go upstairs she has to shut all the doors.  She loves going in a room and shutting the door behind her.  Oh boy I fear for the teenage years.

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Cece, “What I do?”

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We had so much fun on our trip to Florida and the weather was glorious, such a nice break from the cold.  More pictures to come!  Her and Cecelia played great the whole week and were such troopers with whatever we did!  We had some amazing weather and enjoyed long walks and some beach time!

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She loves playing with daddys helicopter.  She has a love hate relationship with it.  She gets scared, but also wants more when he stops flying it.

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After struggling to adjust to the kidzone at the YMCA (she hated it and would cry when I left her) she finally is doing well!  It was so hard dropping her off knowing she was crying the whole time.  We are starting our first Toddler Class at the Y, that includes physical activity, playing and music!  We shall see how it goes!

She loves to come sit down on your lap and read books or just sit.

She is beginning to understand and pick up on more and more.  The day I asked her to go get her socks and sure enough she did! I have to remember she understands a lot more than I think!

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Since around 1 year old, her eating has become more picky.   She will have great days where she eats a ton and is not picky and the next not wanting to eat much!  She used to LOVE LOVE avocado and broccoli and now hates it :(.  I keep offering it to her and hopefully her love will come back!  She always LOVES fruit though so at least I know she is getting enough of that 🙂

I am noticing she is become more independent in play as she happily plays with her toys.  Sometimes she wants to explore everything and other times stay right in my lap.

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She LOVES being outside.  With the weather being so cold it was such a treat to go down to Florida.  She was afraid of the water though!

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Going to the store has been rather hard at this age.  She hates being strapped in the cart and I often have to bribe her with food to keep her happy.  Errands have become way more difficult. I am hoping it is a stage thing and this will eventually pass.  She is just one busy girl and does not like to be sitting in a cart for very long!

Each stage gets more fun, and I love hearing her talk!

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What I give Malayna for childrens supplements

Several of you have asked what I give Malayna for vitamins so I thought I would do a blog post on it!  First it’s important to understand that Shaklee supplements are truly different than what you can buy at the store.  They are always safe (100,000 annual tests to ensure no harmful ingredients in them), and always work (clinically proven and tested).  One reason I switched over my vitamins was the strong science behind the products (more info on them here).  Especially after researching and hearing about how many vitamins are synthetic and or natural but altered.

Three Types of Vitamins:

1.         Synthetic

2.         Natural/Altered

3.         Natural/Unaltered

1. Synthetic Vitamins are chemically produced in a lab to mirror the real thing. You body does not even recognize it as real because it is a chemical and therefore these are actually MORE harmful to take than nothing at all!

2. Natural/Altered Vitamins start our real, but after all the processing, the live enzymes are killed and you end up with a vitamin that has little nutritional value and, a lot of times, added binders and fillers.  This is worth repeating: By FDA standards a company is allowed to slap ALL-NATURAL on its label if it has only 10% natural ingredients! In other words, don’t be fooled by the label! Make sure you can find the research to PROVE it will do what it claims on the bottle.

3. Natural/Unaltered Vitamins are grown from whole food sources and is cold processed to keep the enzymes alive (Shaklee’s)

The three supplements May takes EVERY DAY are:

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Increadivites- Childrens Multivitamin

Why a Multivitamin?

-23 essential nutrients- most comprehensive

-Contains lactoferrin- boost immune system

-Build strong bones- calcium 200mg and vita d 600 IU

-To ensure they are getting 100% of the RDA

*More info found on this blog post

Comparison of children vitamins here

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2. Mighty Smarts:

100 MGM DHA- essential for early brain development

Supports memory, mind skills and concentration

Promotes eye health

Benefits of dha without the fish taste

Delicious citrus flavored chews

Organic, kosher, and gluten free

Probiotic (About once every 2 days)

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-70-80% of immune system is in your gut- great supplement to strengthen the immune system. Probiotics are especially important for a child who has ever been on  an antibiotic or steroid-based medications(common with asthma). These medications kill off much of these essential “friendly microbes” that live in the lower intestine.  Without adequate amounts of these microbes, research now shows the body is more susceptible to infection (especially sinus and upper respiratory )  because 70% of the immune system resides in the intestines.

For extra immunity- when she is around sick kiddos or seems to be coming down with something…

Chewable Vitamin-C

Reduces severity of colds and flus

Helpful in chronic ear infections- natural antibiotic

Helps wounds heal

An immune stimulant

Stress increases the need

Destroyed by medication

Alfalfa (Great for teething, extra nutrients, or for stuffy/sick kiddos)

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-Natural anti-histamine/ anti-inflammatory

-Naturally detoxifies, digestive aid, decongestant *

-Contains a wide spectrum of trace minerals, which are increasingly difficult to get in our diet today.

-Deep roots extending 10 to 20 feet into the soil, this plant is rich in trace minerals and protein plus 8 digestive enzymes.

-Loaded with vitamins and minerals (Including U which is very rare found in cabbage)

-High in protein – alfalfa has 18.9% as compared to beef at 16.5%, milk at 3.3% and eggs at 13.1%. (Muscles are composed of protein and the lack of it results in fatigue and weakness.)

When sick….

Defend and Resist

Echinacea purpurea to stimulate the body’s natural resistance, black elderberry to help maintain a healthy immune response, and larch tree to enhance immune support.

 

Nutriferon

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Contains MACH*, a patented blend of interferon-boosting plant extracts (500 mg) and a Shaklee exclusive. This proprietary blend of natural plant extracts is derived from pumpkin seeds, safflower flowers, plantago seeds, and Japanese honeysuckle flower buds, which have been clinically proven to support and stimulate the natural immune response process at the cellular level.


The great thing about all these?

I don’t have to worry- is it safe or ok to give to her- I know it is!

Shaklee supplements are made from food and are used in our body just like food is. There are no synthetic chemicals, binders, fillers or anything else that can not be used by our body.  Also, Shaklee does 350 tests on each raw ingredient used in its products for pesticides, heavy metals, fungicides and any other harmful substance to ensure their products are safe.  Shaklee users also report their children getting sick less often and for a shorter duration of time.

I can tell a HUGE difference in Malayna’s health since going on the supplements.  She has been around a lot of sick kids, traveled on airplanes, and has stayed healthy this past winter!  Many of my friends/family report the same thing when their kids go on the supplements.  When I break down the cost, the vitamins are also very affordable AND Malayna LOVES the taste!

**PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL- OBVIOUSLY :)**

Heart Health

Happy Valentines Day!! 

Receive a $5 rebate towards any Omega Guard or Mighty Smarts purchase….combine both for a special offer (email me for details- katie.odom09@gmail.com)

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women. It is also preventable and controllable!

9 Million is the number of adults in the United States that heart disease affects

How to keep your heart healthy?

  1.  The number 1 step in heart prevention is maintaining a health weight.  (Check out my Shaklee180 post to view more information if you would like to lose weight to maintain a health heart!)  Also our team is hosting a Shaklee180 party from FACEBOOK (yes facebook you don’t even have to leave your home) on Monday February 18th at 1:30pm and 8:30pm.  To hear more about the program send me an email- katie.odom09@gmail.com and I can add you to our group party!
  2.  Choose fruits and vegetables (kale is one of the most nutritious veggies you can eat and pomegranates are heart-health super food packed with antioxidants, potassium, vitamin c, and fiber!
  3. Reduce stress, get good sleep, and exercise!  Medical researchers have long been studying the effects of stress on heart health.  Stress, in its simplest form, can lead to high blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
  4. Focus on fiber (beans, lentils, veggies, whole grain) all help curb appetite and lower cholesterol.
  5. Eat good fats (not all fat is bad fat- good fats come from avocados, flaxseed, walnuts, etc)
  6. Lower your salt intake-the daily recommendation for sodium is 2,300 miligrams a day (which is only 1 teaspoon!)
  7. Take an Omega 3 supplement!  Unless you eat fish 4-5 times a week (which many do not,myself included) many people need an omega 3 supplement.  Studies show that Omega-3 fats can help lower triglycerides, help maintain HDL “good” cholesterol, and decreasing the risk of sudden heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes.  Omega-3 complex in addition to protecting your heart helps with reducing inflammation (the cause of many diseases): Asthma, colitis, eczema, migraines, and arthritis.

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Aren’t all Omega 3 supplements the same?

Take a look at the 1st ingredient listed by Nature Made gummies – SUGAR, with only 222 mg of fish oil. Compared to Shaklee’s OmegaGuard – 1st ingredient is ultra-pure marine lipid concentrate with 1,200 mg of fish oil, and no sugar. Don’t be fooled by the names of companies. Do your research. I have done mine and know that Shaklee’s OmegaGuard is pharmaceutical-grade.

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Here is how Shaklee’s are different:

Omega Guard™ delivers a full spectrum of ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids to support healthy heart, joint and brain function. It is made with a proprietary multistep molecular distillation process for the utmost purity and potency of omega-3s fatty acids, including EPA and DHA.

Contains all seven omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, which studies show help :

Reduce the risk of heart disease†

Retain healthy triglyceride levels*

Maintain normal blood pressure*

Support brain, eye, and joint health*

Contains natural fish oil derived from small cold-water fish

Delivers more EPA and DHA than selected brands

No cholesterol

Smaller size for easier swallowing

Gluten free

Also, Omega-3 are critical for BRAIN and EYE development in kids!  Malayna LOVES her Mighty Smarts….

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Mighty Smarts – DHA Chews. 

Scientifically formulated with a power-packed blast of 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA.  Essential brain-supporting nutrient.

DHA has been show to

support memory,

concentration

mind skills

promotes healthy eyes

and vision – without the fishy taste!

 Happy Valentines Day!

Email me for more information- katie.odom09@gmail.com

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