Starbucks: Half-Off Frappucinos (May 3-12)

Starting May 3 to May 12,  Starbucks is offering you half off any frappuccino!

only a few locations are participating, be sure to ask before you buy. enjoy!

6 steps to healthier breastmilk for the breastfeeding mom reposted from Parents

First, give yourself a break: You don’t have to follow a diet that’s impeccable to produce nutrient-rich breast milk. Still, every smart choice you make helps. There’s more good news: To manufacture Baby’s meals, your body burns about 500 calories a day. That translates into extra calories for you to enjoy, say, a small chunk of dark chocolate at 3 p.m. without gaining weight. Of course, this metabolism boost can also make shedding baby pounds easier, particularly if you gained more than recommended. “Losing up to 4 pounds a month is safe,” says Eileen Behan, R.D., author of Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding. No matter the number on the scale, follow these food commandments to get the most from what’s on your plate.

Ahhh…wake up with coffee. And it’s okay to have an afternoon pick-me-up too. Just aim to sip right after nursing, so your body has time to clear the caffeine from your breast milk, says Nancy Hurst, Ph.D., R.N., director of lactation services at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, in Houston. And feel zero guilt about your cup of joe: The latest research shows that coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and endometrial cancer.

Meet your calcium quota. If you don’t fill up on this mineral must, your body will “rob” your own bones to make sure there’s enough calcium in your breast milk to nourish your baby’s nervous system and bones. Start with breakfast to hit your daily 1,000-milligram goal: Pour 1 cup of skim milk (300 milligrams) over ¾ cup of original Total cereal (1,000 milligrams), and you are more than done. Some other ideas for heavy hitters: Sip ½ cup of OJ (150 milligrams), slide a 1-ounce slice of cheese (200 milligrams) into your turkey sandwich, snack on a creamy cup of fat-free yogurt (250 micrograms), and steam a cup of broccoli for dinner (156 milligrams). For insurance, take a 500-milligram calcium supplement (half your daily need).

Keep up your folic acid habit. This mineral is crucial for preventing birth defects early in pregnancy, as you know. But its powers continue through your baby’s infancy by encouraging growth. And it’s a friend to your heart. Aim for 500 micrograms each day, slightly less than the 600 micrograms you needed during pregnancy. Try a fortified cereal; 1 cup of Special K and ½ cup of Kellogg’s All-Bran Original each has 400 micrograms. At dinner, add 1 cup sauteed spinach (350 micrograms), black-eyed peas (350 micrograms), or asparagus (243 micrograms).

Wash down your multivitamin. Speaking of folic acid, make sure you take a daily woman’s multivitamin to get 400 micrograms of this mineral, as well as other nutrients you and your baby need, says Willow Jarosh, R.D., co-owner of C&J Nutrition, in New York City. It will keep you from stressing about a less-than-stellar day of eating. If another baby is in your future, switch back to a prenatal dose when you start trying to conceive or get that positive test. Talk to your ob/gyn.

Fill (and refill!) your water bottle. It’s a myth that guzzling H2O boosts your milk supply, says Dr. Hurst. But it does help your body recover from the physical stress of childbirth and give you more energy. Sip water every time you nurse or pump. You’ll know you’re drinking enough if your urine is clear.

Make fish your friend. “The more fish you eat, the more omega-3 fatty acids your breast milk will contain, and that’s crucial for the development of your infant’s eyes and brain,” says Lori Feldman-Winter, M.D., a pediatrician in Camden, New Jersey, and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Chowing down on these good fats is also good for you, staving off heart disease and cancer. A 6-ounce salmon filet packs an omega-3 punch (1.7 grams), and it’s a low-mercury swimmer. Tuna also contains omega-3s. The canned kind is lower in mercury than tuna steak (which you should limit to 6 ounces a week). Not a fish lover? Snack on a handful of walnuts (2.6 grams), add flax seed to oatmeal, and use omega-3-fortified eggs for your morning scramble.

Diaper Deals – Week of 4/28

Thank you SAving with Shellie for sharing the diaper deals of the week!


:: CVS

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers – $9.49
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
Final Price = $7.99

:: Rite-Aid

Pampers Diapers – BOGO 50% off
Final Price = varies

:: Walgreens

Huggies Big Pack Diapers and Pull-Ups  – $19.99
-Use $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups coupon
Final Price = As low as $17.99

(2) Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers – 2/$20
-Use (2) $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Get $2 Register Rewards on 2
Final Price = As low as $15 for 2 items

:: Target

Luvs Value Pack Diapers – $22.99

(2) Pampers Giant Pack Diapers and Training Pants – $34.99
-Use (2) $2/1 Pampers Easy-Ups coupon OR
-Use (2) $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Get $15 Target GC WYB 2
Final Price = As low as $50.98 for 2 items

Huggies Big Pack Training Pants – $18.99
-Use $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups coupon
Final Price = $16.99

Pampers Big Pack Easy Ups or UnderJams – $18.99
-Use $2/1 Pampers Easy-Ups coupon
Final Price = $16.99


see full list on here. 

How Much More Of A Wake-Up Do We Need? 70 Dead In Garment Tragedy – reposted from Refinery29

We reposting this story from Refinery29 because it affects us in such a deep way.

Forgive our French, but if this isn’t a sign that big-box retailers need to wake the flip up, we don’t know what is. (Maybe if our clothing came alive at night and tried to eat us, Ghostbusters-style. Perhaps that might incite the industry to action.) An eight-story building that housed several garment makers collapsed in Bangladesh Wednesday morning. According to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets, over 70 people were killed and upwards of 600 were injured, and many are still trapped. As NPR reports, some of the companies within the building were responsible for creating material for The Children’s Place and Dress Barn, and plenty of others.

What is particularly egregious about this newest tragedy isn’t just the brands involved (c’mon, we should know better), but the fact that, as the Times reports, “workers told Bangladeshi news outlets that supervisors had ordered them to attend work on Wednesday, even though cracks were discovered in the building on Tuesday.” Which means that workers spied the infrastructure giving way and warned superiors, and they were still forced to head into work underneath a shoddy building. It isn’t just sad; it’s shameful.

How many more of these stories do we need to hear to rethink the chain of global distribution in fashion? The problem is two-sides: Bangladesh has 80% of its workforce in the garment industry but also some of the lowest wages in the world — in fact, many companies have left China, which used to be the manufacturing capital, because of increased wages. These issues seems so global, so taxing on human life and wellness, and so deeply ingrained in societal and business structures, they may appear insurmountable…which is why it’s important for us to keep applying pressure for regulations, transparency, and accountability. (Gawker)


Spring Cleanse your body with water


But if you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing!

As a rule, you should try to avoid as much as possible industrial food and beverages

1) The classical : lemon/cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) The granite : Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) The digestive : Fennel/citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) WATERmelon : watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) The traditional : Apple/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.