Δευτέρα, 25 Νοεμβρίου 2013

A choice for your baby's health

I don't know if I have ever shared anything about my pregnancy here, before. I wish I had my blog back then so I could have document everything. I had a very nice and relaxed pregnancy. Philip and I were living in Santorini, an amazing greek island. I wasn't working most of the time and I had plenty of time (sometimes more than I could handle). Unfortunately I had no internet access and also no friends around. Therefore it took me a loooong time to realize that I was actually pregnant. One month before I had Nereus, I was back in Athens, searching for a house to rent and preparing for the baby to come (yes, I did all these just a month before my baby came to this world).

Thinking about my pregnancy and labor, I see so many mistakes. Lack of education mistakes. If I could go back I would change many things. Things that I'm still struggling to accept. I know that I can't do anything to change these past events, but if I can inspire a mama to be to make a choice that's better for her child, that's a victory for me.

Let me talk to you about something you can do for your baby's health. Have you heard about stem cells? 

Through cord blood banking, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and doing so could one day save the life of your child or a blood relative. You can bank even more stem cells by collecting them from 2 usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. This service is called Placental and Cord Blood Banking, and it's available only from LifebankUSA. Whether you choose Placental and Cord Blood Banking or Cord Blood Banking alone, there are many important reasons to choose LifebankUSA.   

I would really like to hear your opinion about this matter. Have you kept your baby's cells?

I wish I could have taken this step. And if you can, even though it costs and I know that it's not easy for everyone, I believe you should do it. It's all about our little ones health, right?

Also, LifebankUSA  is having a Facebook contest and giving away 3 Britax Marathon 70G3 Convertible Car Seats with a value of $231.99 each!!! Enter the contest here! Contest ends at 12/31/13.

This post is sponsored, but every word here comes from my heart. I would never promote something that I don't believe in!

Δευτέρα, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Almond - Coconut Butter Recipe

While trying to find ways to put the good stuff into my vegan baby’s belly, I came up with this recipe for almond coco butter. This is the tastier, healthier, greater nut butter ever! Contains only two ingredients!  Yes two! NO sugar, NO additives. Just the fresh natural ingredients you’ll pick. Only the best for our children, right?  And guess what? It tastes divine. Everyone that ever tasted this agrees.
Do you search for healthier options for you and your family? Do you like the taste of coconuts and almonds? Do you like making everything from scratch? Then gather your ingredients, take the blender out and  let’s get started.

What you’ll need…

-1 cup organic almonds (about 100 gr)
-1,5 tablespoon organic pure coconut oil

-A blender
-A spatula (a spoon will work too)

Throw the almonds in the blender and process for a few minutes. Stop the process  a few times to scrap the almonds that stuck on the blender’s sides so every piece gets processed. After about 8 minutes throw the coconut oil in. You don’t have to  turn of your blender just make sure it’s not on high. Process until it looks buttery. Taste…and you can officialy die now! Just put it in a mason jar and put it in the fridge before you do.
Usually nut butters contain sugar and salt. As long as they’re added for flavour and they’re not necessary I prefer not to include them. I think it’s so tasty that doesn’t need any sweetener. But, if you are addicted to the store bought nut butters and you are not ready for this transition, you can add a little bit of brown sugar (try with a teaspoon and taste…adjust to your liking) and a pinch of salt.
This makes a little less than 250 gr and stays in the fridge for at least two weeks.

ps. I buy lots of my food and supplements from IHERB . It's an amazing site that sells a wide variety of products from organic food to supplements to natural baby toys and essentials. And in very good prices too. With every purchase you make from the links in this blog post, I earn a little but very important and helpful amount of money. I truly believe in this company and I wouldn't promote something that I don't believe in.  Also, if you are a first time costumer, by buying from my links, you get $10 off your first purchase of $40 or more and $5 off orders totaling less than $40. How awesome is that?

Παρασκευή, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2013

23 Before 23

Better later than never, I guess. On 13th of July I became 22 (woot woot). My birthday cake was a delicious vegan tropical cheesecake made by me of course, in case you were wondering. Man, what a trip this year has been. Probably the hardest year of my life. Too much sadness and despair. But luckily, things are already a loooot better. Although my life took a completely different direction than the one I wanted (I was hoping that I could go to my village, build a cob house, grow veggies etc.), it seems that this is actually working. I'm really satisfied with my life right now. We still have problems that we're working on but no that thing...no, a lot better!

Into the good stuff now. I have written this list a few months ago. In this photo, you can see how we are this moment as I'm typing these words. I'm having a coffee while sitting on my couch, blogging and snuggling with my (always) breastfeeding baby. The weather is finally rainy (not that I especially wanted that) and hugs on the couch are necessary. Unlike with the 22 before 22 list, I'll do everything to accomplish all of my goals or at least most of them. And if I won't move again, I will.

Before my 23 birthday I'm planning to...

1. Get a driving licence.

2. Finish my reading challenge with success (I have to hurry up!).

3. Make a beautiful yard and a veggie garden.

4. Have many plants is my house.

5. Start composting.

6. Have another tattoo.

7. Have a picnic.

8. Make our life more ecological.

9. Do more yoga and meditation.

10. Organise Nereus's space according to Montessori's ideas.

11. Sell something on my shop.

12. Make our new rental a warm space.

13. Start baby swimming.

14. Start crocheting.

15. Make my own deodorant.

16. Baptize Nereus.

17. Potty train Nereus.

18. Make a donation.

19. Take Nereus to a live concert.

20. Have a vacation trip with my two men.

21. Get some 'me' time once in a while.

22. Plan a party for Philip's birthday (he deserves it).

23. Finish those damn scarves that have been on my list forever.

Check out my previous years goal lists...

Δευτέρα, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2013

A gift for my mum

When my mother was pregnant, she desperately wanted a girl. What a happy moment when she learned that she would actually have one. On her second pregnancy, she didn't mind the sex cause she already had the girl she wanted (and so my brother was born). While I was growing up, my mother was realizing that things with me were not as girly as she expected. I remember her calling me a truck driver all the time.

It was not easy for her to accept that her little girl had a dirty mouth and wanted no hair clips on her head. Finally, she accepted it and although we have many conflicts, she's my favourite. She's the one who has practically helped me the most on the most difficult parts of my life. I thank her so much for this and for her name celebration, I made her the girliest cupcakes and cakepops (vegan of course).

Πέμπτη, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2013

More Changes-A Different House

Do you know that crazy lady who disappears from the blogland and then suddenly comes back just to say "hey, I'm here", and then disappears again?
Yes, this is me!
And I have a story to tell you! 

I remember, one year and few months ago, I was physically and emotionally exhausted by our movement from our rental to my parents' house. What a hit for our ego! I remember something I told Philip these days. That I wasn't going to leave my parents' place, unless I was moving to my own house. Now, I understand how desperate he must have felt cause he knew, we would never be able to afford buying a house. What I wanted to say though, is that I hated moving. Not moving in general, I kinda like that. But moving with a baby, without money and no help. 

In the last three years, since I met Philip, I have moved six times. Six times!! In three years! We have lost many of our belongings, my furniture have been scratched (yes, I cried), we have spent way too much money -money that we could really use for important stuff- for transportation and ordering food cause we had no stove and more. And every single time the same thought in my head "I'm not moving again...". 

And here I am now, after four-five months since we rented our previous house and we're moving again! No, actually we have already moved. We had a very difficult month with no internet, no table, not this, not that. But the worst thing, was Nereus. He refused to eat for a week, with the exception of some spirulina tablets and cookies (now that mama works Nereus gets to eat junk food...that's organic cookies sweetened with grape juice) . He wouldn't play, shower or use the potty. All he wanted was to breastfeed all day long. This time it affected him so much...my poor little man.

Things are getting easier as we adapt in our new house. I'm working on creating a daily rythm for us, and even with our crazy working schedules, it seems to be working. I'm also trying to make this house more toddler friendly. Nereus wants to do everything "mono" as he says (this means by himself in greek) and I want him to be able to be as independent as he wants.

So to make up for lost time, If you want to sponsor us for November, contact me as soon as possible at fairytalecomesalive(at)gmail(dot)com . I'm going to introduce the new blogs you see on my sidebar on my 'November sponsors' post. Just let's hope I won't move out again hehe!

Oh, I almost forgot, this house is still a mess. I think it will take some time until it feels nice and cosy but, I'll share with you some bits and pieces from what makes me happy in here.

Indoor plants and books.
In my tiny house, I want everything to have a practical use. But, I couldn't resist when I saw this guy at a second hand store. I took him for five euros and now he has a shelf just for him. ps. I have dusted the day before I swear.
These two...cooking.
"How to eat chinese food" lessons by a toddler. Step 1) Get your chopsticks on one hand. Step 2)Grab some noodles with your other hand and put them in your mouth. Success!!
And this is what takes huge amounts of my time and energy. Here dressing up to be a clown. I love my job so much!
No words.

I also want to congratulate my friend Desiree who became a mother for the third time!!!
I can't wait to see more photos of her beautiful baby on the blog this time!

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