Jul 7, 2016

The World's Hottest Baby Names 2016

For some, naming a child can be daunting. I know it was for my husband and I. We couldn't agree on one name. Not one. Plus, there's a ton of pressure behind choosing a person's name. The only thing I knew for sure was that I didn't want him to have a common name. After hours of researching names, and their meanings, we narrowed the list to three possible names.

I was pulling for Finley and the hubs, Oliver or Oscar. Neither was backing down. Until, the people in the delivery room next to us, told my husband they were naming their son Finn.

In the end, my husband got his way. And truth be told, I LOVE my son's name. Oliver and Ollie suit him. 

It wasn't until a few months after delivery did I find out that while, Oliver was #73 on the list of US baby names in 2011, it was #1 in Australia. So much for not choosing a popular name. If we move back to Australia, the chances of him having a few friends named Oliver are pretty damn good. That being said, Oliver is gaining popularity in the states, landing in the top 20 last year according to US Social Security Administration.


What's more, when looking at the data for top baby names over the last 15 years, it's clear to see, when a name gets popular, it sticks around for a very long time. Also, when it comes to boys, at least one biblical appears in the top 5. Always.


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Before I get to the top names in 2016 in the US, so far, here's a recap of Top 10 baby names in 2015 according to the Social security administration.






Now, what you came for, the Worlds Top most searched for Baby names in 2016, so far according to Nameberry.com.




To see the complete top 100 list, click here.
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Jun 24, 2016

Pregnancy and Sleep: What Expectant Mothers Can Expect #Infographic

*I have partnered with LUNA to talk about Pregnancy and Sleep!

It didn't take me long in my pregnancy to realize sleep was going to become increasingly difficult.  Especially because I am a belly sleeper!  By my seventh month of pregnancy, I was considering buying a massage table to sleep on, so I could let me belly hang through the belly cutout for preggies. 

I'm also pretty sure I did not sleep during my ninth month at all! Between the discomfort, four million trips to the bathroom and the fear of becoming a mother keeping me up at night.  Below is a more scientific take on Pregnancy and Sleep: What Expectant Mothers Can Expect...



Without further ado, Pregnancy and Sleep and what poor preggies can expect!


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Feb 25, 2016

DIY All-Natural Healing Lip Balm In 5 Minutes. So Easy.











Being that I live in a state where frigid temperatures and snow stick around for months on end, dry skin, hair and lips are my life. I'm seriously two scales short of being considered a lizard.

One of my biggest issues during the winter is dry chapped lips. I recently fell in love with a lip balm, that is now the center of a class action lawsuit. Something in it was causing serious drying, cracking and then infection! OHMIGAWD. So gross. 

That's when I realized, I have absolutely no clue what's in retail lip balm. What in the hell am I putting on my lips????

The thing is, I cannot live without some sort of lip moisturizer. So, I did what I always do when I have a stupefying quandary, I reached out to friends, family and Dr. Google. Most all were unanimous, The stuff in that junk is mostly fillers. Make your own healing lip balm. It's easy.

Say, What? Make it? 


Off to Pinterest I went. Sure enough, there are quite a few DIY Lip Balm recipes. And sure enough, most used 3-5 all-natural ingredients. What's more, it's stuff I have in my house! 


I'm on day four of my homemade healing Lip Balmand LOVE it! If you are obsessed with lip balms and lip gloss, you have to try this. It's so easy! In fact, the hardest thing for me was finding the right container to hold it.

My new go-to is, Everyday Roots, Natural Healing Lip Balm.  It seriously blends earth's best to create the best lips possible. 


What you need:
-1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
-1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
-A dash of organic raw honey

-2 vitamin e capsules

-several drops of essential oil (optional)-I added peppermint!



Once I'm finished crushing on my Peppermint healing lip balm, I'm going to give a few others try.  

1. Thank you, Beautilish, for this super yummy and moisturizing, Peppermint Lip Balm. There are only three ingredients! THREE. Do this. 





























2. Have kids with constantly chapped lips? Style Me Pretty, has the answer, Kool-Aid Lip Balm! Yes, Kool-Aid. It's as easy as, mix Bees Wax for a natural SPF, Coconut oil for serious moisturizing and then a tasty Kool-Aid. Use small containers, so if they are lost or filled with dirt, not too much is lost!


3. I want to try this, Mint Chocolate Lip Balm from, Food Plus Words, but I'm afraid I will eat it! What an incredibly tasty Lip Balm this must be! 



4. Free The People, offer an amazing Tea Tree and Coconut Oil Lip Balm. Super healing. 

5. girl. Inspired. offers the essential guide to create every single Petroleum Jelly DIY Lip Balm you can imagine. She also gives tips for what mixes and well, and what dosen't. This is the essential guide petroleum lip gloss. DIY Lip Gloss: Each of these balms uses the same basic recipe. But this post has a great guide to different flavors and colors you can mix in. It’s basically a toolkit for creating your own recipes. (via girl. Inspired)
6. Love You Madly, shows how easy the 2-Ingredient Lip Balm is. That's right, TWO.
Think: Petroleum Jelly + Kool Aid! 

7. The Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm from Dear Chrissy, is a Summer-Do. So refreshing.

Get this, just four ingredients make this magical mix!

For more ideas, check out my Natural Beauty Pinterst Board.What's you favorite DIY Lip Balm Recipe?


Motivated to try, but need all the stuff? Here are a few things from Amzon I found to get you started, or atlas thinking...  

1. A complete DIY Lip Balm Kit

2. Have everything, but need the containers? I ordered the Keepie Factory Empty Lip Balm Containers  FDA approved, 100% non-toxic, made int he USAclear plastic lip balm containers.
 Note: these are tubes. 50 per bag. ($10)






3. Prefer, 5 Gram Plastic Cosmetic Containers, With Lids for your lip balm? Here's an option from Amazon, with prime. $10. 50-count



                                                         







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Dec 23, 2015

WARNING: Love, Marriage and Babies require a very delicate balance

Who Knew This Whole Married With Children Thing Would Be So Damn Hard?

Most all of you know the story of how FTD and I met, (if not you can read it here.) It was a true fairy tale. Love at first sight. Fire in my heart and soul the minute our eyes met. To this very day, when he kisses me, my heart skips a beat. When he holds me close, all of my fears and anxieties melt away. It's truly magic.

HOWEVER.

It's not all unicorns and rainbows. We still have our disagreements. Our fights. Nights on the couch. Silent treatments... FOR DAYS.

And since having a child... those disagreements, have increased by a GAZILLION.


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Dec 21, 2015

DO NOT Take This For Granted, You Will Miss It!

15 Things I Took For Granted Before Becoming A Parent



Who knew a child would not only turn my life upside down, but make it look like it too?! Needless to say, I love my incredibly spirited toddler and I most certainly love being a mother and I wouldn't trade it for anything... 

HOWEVER.

The kid is a tiny tornado! He never stops going. On the days the little tornado reaches F5 status, I can't help but think about how much I miss the time when...

  1. ...the back seat of my car didn't look like a child snack buffet exploded on it.
  2. ...leaving the house in less than five minutes was actually doable.
  3. ...I had regular play dates with MY friends.
  4. ...I didn't wonder every time I pick up my tooth brush if it's been used to clean a Hot Wheel
  5. ...I could eat cookies, candy or chocolate without having to hide it from a candy crazy little person.
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