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Do You Really Need That? I Did: Rethinking Baby Registry Lists

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016


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You know you’ve seen the list circulating the Internet, the lists of baby things you “don’t really need”. If you’re a first-time mom you may be likely to heed the advice of these lists because who wants to waste money on things you don’t really need? Sure there are plenty of things that you can live without but in my opinion there are quite a few things on those lists of things to not buy that made my life so much easier! Here are three of my favorite “don’t need” must haves:

Bottle Warmer. I absolutely agree that you can run hot water over a bottle to heat it but do you want to stand by the sink while you wait or would you rather be doing something else–like calming a baby? A bottle warmer can not only help you multi-task, it can also help keep you from overheating it and keep away the temptation of nuking it in the microwave, which La Leche League warns against because of the possibility of uneven heating and hot spots.

Wipe Warmer. The last thing I need in the middle of the night is even louder screaming from a baby who doesn’t want a cold wipe on their bottom. In my opinion, anything you can do to keep a baby comfortable is worth the money. Being comfortable lowers their stress levels, as well as yours.

Diaper Pail. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t empty the trash every single day and I certainly would not have been flushing baby poop down a toilet before trashing a disposable diaper. Diaper pails
can handle a big load of smelly diapers without stinking up a room. If you know you won’t be taking your trash to the dumpster every day and you don’t want to smell dirty diapers, I’d invest in one of these!

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their groove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby. 

Taking Time for Self Care

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Taking Time for Self CareSelf care–such a basic concept but something so many of us moms stop once we become moms. We tend to shift our focus away from ourselves and instead focus on everyone else. That’s part of being a mom right? The fact of the matter is that if we don’t take care of ourselves then we probably won’t feel well enough to take care of the people we love in the best possible way. I was totally guilty of this!

Since it did happen to me I can be the first to admit that carving time for primary care can be really hard. Especially if you’re a working mom that is riddled with guilt about being away and then wants to do nothing more than spend time with their kids. Been there, done that.

So how exactly do you do that when your daily schedule is full? It can look very different for everyone depending on your interests. It doesn’t really matter what it is you’re doing as long as whatever it is makes YOU feel good and nurtured.

It took me a little time to figure out what I really wanted to spend time on that would make me feel like me again. We don’t want to spend time doing things we don’t really want to be doing in the name of “self care” because if you’re not really enjoying it you’re not really taking care of yourself.

A great thing to do is to make a “Primary Care Menu.” A whole list of things you can do, or want to try to nourish your soul and get you that special glow that you can only get from doing something you love. Some will probably require some alone time, some are things you can do once the kids are in bed. Find what works for you so you can stick with it.

Here are some of the things on my menu to give you some examples. Some are already a part of my life, some are things I want to bring back into my life and some are things I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to yet.

Take an essential oil bath



Do some yoga

Have a dance party

Take a knitting class

Play tennis

Read an uplifting book

Take a Jazzercise Class

Color in a coloring book


Now that you’ve got some ideas, come up with a list that works for you and put it up somewhere you’ll see it every single day. Make it a priority to do something on your list every single day–even if that just means a 5-minute bath (without a small child!) or reading a couple of pages of an uplifting book.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and online fitness coach. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their grove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby.

Quick and Easy Breakfasts

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.38.28 AMI don’t know about you but we spend many mornings running around and well- running late. My alarm is always set for an hour before my daughter wakes up for preschool, but that hour goes by really quickly. Having really quick breakfast options that are also healthy are key for our family. Here are some of my favorite easy-to-put-together breakfasts.

Breakfast Quesadillas.  This is nothing more than scrambled eggs and cheese between two organic corn tortillas. If you have some pre-made guacamole on hand even better! The mix of healthy carbs, protein and fats will give them plenty of energy and keep them full.

Overnight Oatmeal. There are lots of varieties to play with here and you can either make individual servings (I use about ½ cup dry rolled oats per person) or enough for the whole family. Just put it a glass container or mason jar and cover with organic milk, nut milk or plain yogurt. You just need enough to just cover the oats, add some vanilla extract and raw honey and leave it in the fridge overnight. You can serve it cold or if you used milk instead of yogurt you can quickly heat it before serving. Try topping it with some berries, bananas, chopped nuts, peanut butter, raisins or whatever else your family loves.

Apple Sandwiches. This is one of my favorites. Pick a large apple and cut into slices that can be stuck back to each other to make little sandwiches. Spread each slice with your favorite nut butter and maybe some coconut flakes or granola, and then sandwich them together and you’re done!

Egg in a hole. Choose high quality, healthy bread such as sourdough or Ezekiel bread and grab a fun cookie cutter to make a hole in the middle of it. Heat a little butter in a pan, put the bread on the pan and then add either a whole egg or a scrambled egg into the middle of the bread and let the egg cook through.

Fruit Kabobs with Greek yogurt dip. These are great to make in large batches to have throughout the week for breakfasts or snacks. All you need is a kabob stick and your favorite fruits and a little bowl of Greek yogurt for dipping in. You can keep the yogurt plain or add some honey, strawberry jam or a touch of maple syrup.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and online fitness coach. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their grove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby.


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The Benefits of Chiro Care

Monday, May 30th, 2016

chiro care for toddlersWhen my daughter was about 10 months old she had gone through so many chronic ear infections that our pediatrician suggested tubes. I decided not to do it until I had exhausted every natural option that I could think of. That’s when someone suggested taking her to see a pediatric chiropractor. I had never even heard of a pediatric chiropractor, wasn’t really familiar with what they do and was very skeptical–but I was also desperate, so I tried.

We went 3 times the first week and the ear inflection cleared up. We slowly started spacing our visits our more and more and nowadays, 5 years later, we go about once every six weeks. The ear infections went away and she never really gets sick–maybe once a year. While we do follow a healthy diet and try to keep our immune systems boosted with food and supplements, I certainly believe that regular chiropractic care has a great deal to do with keeping us healthy.

According to the Well Adjusted website, chiropractic care can help what they call “ineffective communication” in the body. The nervous system controls the body’s communication, so if it is not functioning at its highest potential it can manifest as a range of different things such as colic, digestive issues, asthma and poor sleep to name just a few. The bottom line is to give the body back its natural ability to self regulate and function at its highest capacity.

Over the years I have met several moms who take their children to get adjusted regularly for very different reasons. As I mentioned, for us it started with ear infections but for others it might have been colic, a constipated baby, trouble sleeping or just to help keep their immune system boosted!

If you decide to try chiropractic care for your child, make sure you chose someone who is trained in working with children. Take the time to search out a pediatric chiropractor in your area and remember that this is not a quick fix for anything. Chances are you won’t see the dramatic results you might like after just one visit so don’t give up. Let your chiropractor know what you want to get out of the visits and come up with a regular treatment plan together.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.


Positive Affirmations for Toddlers

Friday, May 20th, 2016

ve affirmationsYou’ve probably heard about positive affirmations before, but if you haven’t given it a chance yet you might not know just how powerful they are. I’ve had plenty of books filled with affirmations lying around the house for years but it wasn’t until my four-year-old daughter started having terrible separation anxiety when going to preschool that they really became a part of my life.

The dialogue that we have with ourselves on a daily basis has a powerful impact on how we feel about ourselves. If you look in the mirror and find yourself complaining about a pimple on your face, the width of your hips or how you always fail at anything you start, then that is what your body will start believing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not–if YOU think it’s true then your body will think it’s true.

The beauty of positive affirmations is that you can turn your thoughts around. Every day we have the opportunity to shift our mindset to a positive one. One positive thought in the morning will set an intention that will help shape the rest of the day.

Our attitudes, beliefs and intentions can help shape our experiences as they do our thoughts, actions and perceptions. Taking a few minutes to reflect on how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish goes a long way in creating a positive attitude for the day.

There are lots of different ways to make affirmations a part of your life. The secret to making it a habit is to find the way that works the best for you. One way to start is to grab a journal and write down some things you want to have a more positive attitude about such as “I finish everything I start,” “I am loveable and fully supported by the universe.” Take some time to think about it and then look at it every morning or write them on sticky notes and put them on your front door to grab on your way out or on your bathroom mirror to look at and repeat to yourself while you’re getting ready for the day.

If you can’t come up with anything on your own I suggest buying a pack of affirmation cards by Louise Hay. It’s like a deck of cards, which makes it fun for the kids to pick out a new affirmation every day too. Starting your day off with a positive affirmation will put you in the right mindset for a fabulous day!

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their groove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby.