5 Books for Parents to Be

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My sister purchased several best sellers for me to read before Emilia makes her debut in July. I always end my day snuggled in bed with my doTERRA Petal diffuser blasting lavender engrossed in a book. Reading has always had a calming effect on me. These are currently on my nightstand:

I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting by Karen Alpert

I finished this book in 3 days and laughed out loud almost every single page. It made me realize how my life is going to completely change in a few months. Kids are true blessings – but I know that this parenting ride may not always present with smooth sails. The author has a comical way of giving us soon-to-be parents a glimpse into reality.

The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner’s and Instruction Manual) by Louis Borgenicht M.D and Joe Borgenicht

Another light-hearted, non-threatening read that I finished over the course of a week. It covers the basics, but with some new information that has changed since my babysitting and nannying days. It calls doctors “service providers,” which always gives me a good chuckle. This owner’s manual also helped me with a few things on my baby registry.

So That’s What They’re For!: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide 3rd edition by Janet Tamaro

Breastfeeding. This is my take on breastfeeding; fed is best. I am hoping that Emilia and I both enjoy and have an easy breastfeeding experience. If not, formula it will be. I was a formula kid. So was my sister, husband, and sister-in-law. We all turned out somewhat normal. Our moms didn’t even attempt breastfeeding. I, on the other hand, would like to give it a try. Of course, like any new mom, I’m nervous, so this book is a great way to educate me on everything relating to breastfeeding in an informative, direct, conversational way.

Your Baby’s First Year For Dummies by James Gaylord, MD and Michelle Hagen

I love for Dummies books. It breaks everything down so simply and reviews every topic within the baby’s first year. I like how it has pictures (I’m a visual learner) and pediatrician recommendations that really helped me to formulate a plan when Emilia arrives. The book is extensive, so the index is super helpful when I want to read a specific topic.

Show Dad How (Parenting Magazine): The Brand-New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Shawn Bean

Jason claims he has never been much of a reader so when my sister surprised him with this Show Dad How book, I got really excited because this is a very simple picture book to learn how to do basic things, like change a diaper. It provides comedic relief, as we all know, raising children does take a village.

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doTERRA Products During Pregnancy

Disclaimer: This post is MY personal experience and not to be taken as medical advice. I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to be one, so make sure you seek professional medical advice before using any products or supplements, pregnant or not. Post contains affiliate and referral links. Thanks for supporting my blog. 

Secret’s Out. I’m pregnant with my first child. I’ve come to realize in the 23 weeks I’ve been carrying this cherub that anything negative that I say about pregnancy will be followed by bulging eyeballs and a comment like, “It’ll all be worth it.” I hope so!

I give props to the woman who had an uncomplicated, happy pregnancy. I suffered from all day sickness from Week 5, Day 1 to Week 17, Day 5. Without the help of my husband, an informative, helpful holistic book, and my doTERRA products, I’m not sure if I would have made it through the storm. But I did, and I’m here to help you!

Let’s begin with what products have helped me:

Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz

Note: This is not a doTERRA product or sold by doTERRA. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this book is throughout your pregnancy. Stephanie is a midwife who uses essential oils for anything you might (well, hopefully not) endure. She helped guide my holistic pregnancy plan, below.

Ginger and Peppermint Essential Oils

Another disclaimer: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I had food aversion pretty early on in my pregnancy. I was so nauseous and would vomit for hours during the night. I would be heaving so hard my head would start to pound. I thanked God many times that my bathroom is only 5 steps away from my bed and that my husband was on cue for bringing me my water glass.

doTERRA’s Ginger and Peppermint essential oils are lifesavers for me. I would add one drop of Ginger to a cup of hot water and sip on it throughout the day. Ginger may help with nausea, soothe digestion and may help to reduce gas, bloating, or cramping.* Ginger seemed to calm my stomach when nothing else worked.

Ginger

Peppermint also can be great for digestion and relief from stomach upset. Whenever my head would start to hurt, I would inhale peppermint (and diffuse it in my Petal diffuser), and apply with Fractionated Coconut Oil to the back of my neck. If I needed something refreshing, I would add one drop to a glass of ice water. Peppermint was everywhere I was – my nightstand, my bag, my car…it quickly became my go-to oil.

Peppermint

PB Assist+ & DigestZen Terrazyme 

Gut health is super important, especially when your little cherub is causing you to eat things you don’t normally ingest. Before I was pregnant, I’d try to adhere to the Whole 30 principles (lean meat and fish, vegetables and fruits). My body reacts poorly to dairy, gluten, and soy. Throughout my 13 weeks of hell, I was meat averse and didn’t care for vegetables. So what was I eating? Carbs and dairy. Bread, bagel with cream cheese, pizza, rice and pasta with butter. Some days, it was all I could keep down.

Terrazyme and PB Assist+

PB Assist+ is a pro and pre-biotic, offering 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that encourage healthy bacterial growth within your body. It intends to support healthy digestive and immune system function. The pills are like no other – you can actually see through the Veggie Cap at a green and clear substance, looking similar to a gelatinous oil. I’m obsessed with my PB Assist+, and have taken them religiously for months. I would take 1 a day, after a meal.

DigestZen Terrazyme are digestive enzymes that help to support a healthy digestion of enzyme deficient, processed foods.* Unfortunately, I was eating things that weren’t the healthiest choices for my dietary intolerances. I would take 1-3 pills a day, depending on how much and what I was eating. DigestZen Terrazyme helps with food tolerance, and I strongly recommend these to anyone needing digestive help.

DigestZen TerraZyme by doTERRA

Isn’t my vitamin holder adorable?

These are my top product recommendations that I have used consistently during the first (and into the second) trimester. I always use Lavender to sleep, Melaleuca for my face wipes, and On Guard when I need immune support. I take the Lifelong Vitality Pack as my prenatal vitamin. I can’t reiterate enough how reading Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz helped me to safely integrate essential oils and products into my safe, effective pregnancy.

Where do I buy?

Let me help you get started. I am a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA and want nothing more to guide you on your health and wellness journey. (Whatever you do, please do not purchase your oils at the supermarket! doTERRA’s are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, ensuring your safety when using them topically, internally and aromatically).

Start by browsing my shop, here. If you want to become a wholesale member, click JOIN. If you want to purchase retail, click SHOP.

You have two options to become a wholesale member:

  1. Pay $35 and have a wholesale membership for a year. It will auto-renew and you will get a free 15mL bottle of peppermint as you enter your second year.
  2. Select an enrollment kit and your membership is FREE. I started with the AromaTouch Diffused Kit and also purchased the Home Essentials Kit.

Add your kit and/or products, and voila! Checkout and you will receive your products via mail within a few days.

Have questions?

Contact me. realmofvibesdg@gmail.com

Namaste,

Danielle

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Where have you been?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, doesn’t it?

I have some big news. My husband and I are expecting our first child, a baby girl, Emilia Ann, in July. We share a mixture of emotions; one minute we are excited, followed by nervousness, and completed by overwhelming feelings of joy and love. We are truly blessed.

We're Expecting!

Nesting has been a reoccurring theme in our house. We undertook a huge laundry room renovation before we start working on the nursery.

We’ve been working nonstop, trying to tackle my student loan and save for maternity and paternity leave. Ebates and Ibotta have been lifesavers for all of my baby shopping. (And if you want to browse and buy anything off of my ever-changing baby registry, click here.)

I’ve been focusing on getting my doTERRA business off the ground, and have plans to share which products I’ve been using during my pregnancy in an upcoming blog post. If you are interested in hosting a Facebook party (with the opportunity to earn FREE doTERRA products), please contact me via realmofvibesdg@gmail.com. I’d love to get you started on my oily train.

Gender Reveal Sheet CakeWhat does this mean for Realm of Vibes?

It means I will continue to produce new content when time allows. And, I am always looking for products and businesses to review. (Contact me.)

Are you going to be a mommy blogger? 

I can’t believe I’ve already been asked this question… I’m sure some of my posts may involve my pregnancy and baby, but Realm of Vibes was intended on encompassing a wide variety of lifestyle components, including product reviews, travel, health and wellness, DIY, and more. So no, it will NOT become a sole mommy blog.

Until the next post,

Namaste,

Danielle Where have you been?

Bleu Bliss – Just for Denim Spray

I’m obsessed with all-natural sprays. I’m NOT obsessed with doing 95% of the laundry in our household, so I am always looking for shortcuts. Enter Bleu Bliss – Just for Denim spray.

About Just for Denim

  • Non-toxic
  • Phthalate, Paraben and Synthetic Free
  • Antibacterial and anti-odor properties
  • Made with natural ingredients and Non-GMO grain alcohol
  • Made in the USA
  • Not tested on animals
  • Biodegradable
  • Ingredients: Grain Alcohol, Distilled Water, Essential Oils and Fragrance

Blue Bliss World - Explorer

 

Directions

Lay or hang garment in a well-ventilated area and spray from 5 inches away. Allow to air dry before wearing.

This product can also be sprayed on yoga mats, gym bags, shoes, luggage and car upholsteries.

Varieties

Just for Denim sprays are available in 2-ounce bottles in 3 different variations:

  • Explorer – citrus & sunshine
  • Traveler – lavender & powder
  • Voyager – woodsy, cedar, bergamot

Each bottle is priced at $5.99 USD a bottle.

 

 

Bleu Bliss World - ExplorerReview

I wear scrubs to work every day. (I call them professional pajamas). I bring a zip-up to throw on when I get chilly. Since I refuse to wear antiperspirant and haven’t found the best deodorant, the armpits of my zip-up can get rather…funky. Again, I abhor doing laundry, so I used Just for Denim‘s Explorer spray to trial on my pits of my zip-up.

I followed the directions – it definitely goes on strong, so don’t put your nose right up to the garment like I initially did. Give Just for Denim time to work. After a few minutes, take a sniff. I feel like I just stepped into a Floridian citrus garden. It smells like my entire house has been cleaned (Yeah, right…some wish!) with lemons, limes, and a big bottle of liquid sunshine. I love the smell.

As for the stench – bye bye! No more smelly pits. And, the scent lasts a long time, too.

I have used this on my favorite pair of jeans, bedding, and my stinky work sneakers. The results are consistent so I would absolutely recommend this product.

Support an Entrepreneur 

Carmela started Bleu Bliss Company and invented Just for Denim sprays. Her boutique store is based in California. Realm of Vibes prides itself on helping women with small businesses.

Make sure you support Carmela and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Disclosure: The product above was given complimentary to Realm of Vibes for testing and reviewing purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you have a product that would like to be featured on ROV, please contact realmofvibesdg@gmail.com

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Happy Holidays & 1 Year Blogiversary

I want to thank my loyal subscribers, readers, family, friends, public relations associates small business owners, and companies for supporting Realm of Vibes this past year. 2017 was a period of learning and growth. Without your support, Realm of Vibes would not have been successful.

Happy Holidays!

To my husband, Jason – thanks for supporting me through this adventure. I know you’ve seen how much happiness and opportunity Realm of Vibes has given me. From fulfilling my dream of becoming a (paid) freelance writer to breaking mail records and becoming friends with the delivery men and women, I appreciate your tolerance when I was typing on the computer to wee hours of the morning instead of snuggling in your arms. I love testing products with you – from tasting delectables to cleaning my car, your opinion always matters.

To my mom, dad, and sister – thanks for being my editors and biggest fans. You believed in me and my abilities since Post #1.

I had the pleasure of reviewing products from 32 companies. What a dream come true! I absolutely love writing, marketing, and helping small business owners promote their products. I look forward to new opportunities in the upcoming year.

I loved sharing pieces of myself with my readers. Blogging is an oversaturated industry, but your comments always inspired me and made me want to continue writing. If one person benefits from my banter, it’s worth it.

I wish you and yours a very happy holiday and a safe exit out of 2017.

2018 will hopefully bring Realm of Vibes more product reviews, guest posts, and fun.

Enjoy time with your loved ones, and I will return in the new year with new content.

Love,

Danielle