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Baby Skin Care: Dealing With Eczema


Hello buddies! I am back with another  Mom / Mom to blog post which I used to write monthly to give advice and inspiration from my personal experience and researchers to new moms out there, since I myself keep looking for guiding tips from other Mom blogs and maternity websites. 

Nowadays when I get flashbacks and memories from my daughters newborn period, the first thing I remember and miss the most is that soft newborn baby skin and smell. I guess we all relate to that :-) During my daughter early months I made sure than and until today to use good quality products when treating her skin and keeping it moisturized and healthy, especially during the winter when it gets dry in here. I keep searching for what is highly recommended and what is adviced to avoid in general.

Skin health is a very important thing just like any other body part, lucky my daughter did not have skin problems but as a Mom, I understand how frustrating it is for new Moms with newborn or toddler skin problems such as eczema. Eczema is a skin rash, it tends to show up on the cheeks and scalp, but it may spread to the arms, legs, chest, or other parts of the body. After a child's first year, it's most likely to show up on the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, the wrists, and the ankles, but it can also appear elsewhere.

No one knows for sure what causes it, but the tendency to have eczema is often inherited. So your child is more likely to have it if you or a close family member has had eczema, asthma, or allergies. Eczema is not an allergic reaction to a substance, but allergens or irritants in the environment (such as pollen or cigarette smoke) can trigger it. Less frequently, it can be triggered by allergens in your child's diet – or in your diet if your child is breastfeeding.

I highlight here 10 baby skin care products from Check Pregnancy Website which are a good use as an eczema treatment. Because steroids are harmful to a baby’s skin, these eczema creams are recommended by many of the dermatologists. It is evident that slathering on a mild and fragrance-free cream meant for eczema is one of the best treatments for eczema. They soothe the skin perfectly if applied several times daily on the skin of the affected baby. 

1.Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream




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Full Moon Meditation



Meditation helps us remain in the present moment, so whenever we notice our thoughts casting back or projecting forward, we can gently bring them back to the here and now.

Sit crossed-legged with a straight spine, head slightly lowered and fingers in the chin mudra position—if this isn’t comfortable, choose any seated or lying down position with the hands together in front of the chest, palms lightly together, and thumbs and little fingers touching one another.

Deeply inhale through the nose, feeling the belly area expand and hold for approximately five seconds. As we inhale, we may feel the chest expanding slightly as this allows the heart chakra to open and lets loving energy circulate. We can then exhale slowly through the mouth. Pause for a few seconds before deeply inhaling again as above and then exhaling once again, while allowing any thoughts in the mind to come and go.

We may notice one significant thought continuously repeats. If so, focus attention on it briefly, acknowledge any feelings attached to it, and on the exhale breath envisage gently blowing the thought away. Continue this process with other persistent thoughts and allow each of them a few moments before softy releasing them.

When we feel more calm, we can inhale deeply while keeping our awareness on whatever we wish to incorporate into our life. On the exhale breath we can focus on whatever we wish to eradicate from our life.

If it helps, we can think of a mantra or phrase to repeat that relates to our manifestation, so we send a clear vibrational message out to the universe stating exactly what we want. One example could be, “I am open to giving and receiving unlimited, unconditional love,” or, “I am inviting in a positive new beginning for…” We can also try visualizing a person, place, or object that is connected to our new start and invokes positive feelings. On the exhale breath, we can choose a mantra that lovingly releases what we no longer want, such as, “I am letting go of…with love and gratitude.”

As we remain in this calm setting, we may begin to feel a warm and optimistic sensation rippling through our body and mind. The more faith we have in our ability to manifest, the greater chance we have of attuning our thoughts and feelings to the lunar energy so that they can come true.

Each inhale of breath signifies a new beginning, and each exhale signifies an ending. As we continue inhaling and exhaling, our beginnings and endings will start to flow as one, allowing the desired new intentions to firmly embed in our hearts and minds.

The above exercise may seem simple, however it will cause a powerful shift to take place that can directly affect our future, as we have set a clear intention for what we want to receive. We don’t need to worry if we change our minds about what we want right now—we can alter our intentions by repeating the exercise and changing the mantra whenever we choose.

Once we have completed the meditation, we can transfer our new empowered thinking, wishes, and beliefs into our daily lives so that we start living as though every small step we are taking gets us closer to our dreams.

Burning sage at the end of this ritual will assist with cleansing any negative energy that lingers and will charge the atmosphere with a positive, high vibration. We can then ground and center ourselves by drinking a glass of water with a few sprinkles of pink Himalayan salt in it while remaining aware that we are safely supported by the earth below us.

If possible, carry out the above meditation each evening, from the full moon on May 29th until the new moon on June 13th, to greatly enhance the manifestation energy. 

This is an intense phase that will cleanse anything toxic from our lives, including bad habits, unhealthy patterns, reactive behaviours, outdated beliefs, and irrational fear-based thoughts and feelings that drain our energy and leave us feeling anxious and burnt out. Ties that energetically bind us to people or situations that are detrimental to us or that limit us in any way will easily be severed during this period, and we will feel the freedom to walk away with peace, love, compassion, and forgiveness.

How to manifest on the Sagittarius full moon:

The first thing to remember about manifesting is that our vibrational frequency is the greatest factor in determining what type of energy we bring into our lives. Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, and intentions all influence our vibration, so we must be mindful of what we think, feel, and believe so we are crystal clear about what it is we want to manifest. 

To attract and receive what we want, our mind and heart must both agree; if our heart wants one thing and our mind is asking for something else, this creates confusion, making it unlikely that our manifesting will be successful.

Our physical reality is a mirror image of our energetic reality, and is the clearest way to see how we feel about ourselves on the inside, as we are constantly looking to create an external existence that matches with our internal existence. It is also essential not to put up resistance through energetic boundaries or blockages that will limit the potential abundance of our manifestations.

Many of the situations in our lives are there because at a soul level we need to gain a deeper understanding and awareness of who we are. Our personal circumstances are reflections of our character, such as our genuine nature, our level of understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance, as well as our oppressed, rejected, or denied personality flaws or unhealed wounds. Therefore, although we may not see it at the time, many of our interactions are blessings that, when acknowledged, can be profound lessons propelling us forward.


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Rhubarb Soft Drink Recipe

This is a simple Swedish recipe that I like very much. You can skip the lemon part if you want but for me, I prefer the lemon taste in that which takes away some of the bitterness in the rhubarb. This recipe makes 2 liters of intense soft drink which you can add cold water to for serving depends on your favorite taste of sweetness and intensity city. I do not like sweet drinks so I add lots of water to my glass. I hope you enjoy this spring weekend inspiration! 



You will need: 

2 kg of rhubarb
1 1/2 liter of water
juice or 1 lemon
1 kg of powdered sugar

Method 

Clean the rhubarb and cut it into pieces. Boil in water add the rhubarb and cook until is gets completely soft.

Pour through a silk cloth or thin filter to get read of the rhubarb pieces, and then allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Clean the pot and pour the juice back. Add the sugar, and lemon juice. Boil under constant foaming and until the juice is completely clear.

Pour into well-cleaned bottles.

Close the bottles and keep cool.


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Heart Chakra Opening Symptoms

For those who do not know what is the Heart Chakra: its the center of our being and emotions, the green Flower of Life- that supports our capacity to love deeply and unconditionally. It’s healing properties harmonize the mind and the body. The color green is associated with the fourth, or Heart, chakra. It is linked to our capacity to love and to feel compassion. This applies to our ability to love one another as well as our ability to love ourselves.

The heart is located at the center of our physical bodies; likewise, the Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest and mediates between the lower (physical) and the higher (spiritual) planes of being. Green is the color of nature and Earth; it is a healing color that balances and harmonizes the connection between mind and body. Its sense is touch.

Try this: Take a deep breath and bring your awareness to your heart area. Think about something or someone that makes you feel happy and loved. Take another deep breath and feel the smile on your face. Now start bringing other people or circumstances into that loving, happy place.



In order to open the heart chakra we can practice:


  1. Acknowledging different parts of yourself that are at play in our daily life; some easy to recognize, some may be hiding in our shadow with guilt and shame or anger;
  2. Honoring and accepting the different aspects of our personality;
  3. Learning how to provide self-love
  4. Working out inner conflicts
  5. Learning how to make workable alliances with parts of yourself that tend to resist
  6. Taming our inner critic and be less judgmental towards oneself
  7. Traditional psychotherapeutic or self-development approaches might be helpful in identifying and working with the areas of resistance of blockage affecting the opening of your heart chakra.

When you open and balance your 4th energy center, you may experience the following heart chakra opening symptoms:

  1. Feeling love for others, for life in general
  2. Being more compassionate
  3. Being more acceptant with yourself
  4. Feeling inclined to forgive
  5. A better overall sense of balance and well-being
  6. Integration between with physical and earthly plane needs and spiritual aspirations
  7. Altruism, selflessness
  8. Harmonious, balanced control of the senses and emotions (does not feel like constriction or excessive control)
  9. The balance of female and male energies within oneself
  10. Harmony in relationships

Symptoms of a Heart Chakra Blockages/Imbalance

A blocked heart chakra manifests as a lack of love and compassion. Symptoms include:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Shyness and social anxiety
  3. Being overly critical towards yourself and others
  4. Holding grudges
  5. Inability to give or receive freely
  6. Suspicion and fear, especially in friendships and romantic relationships

At last, opening the heart chakra is an essential practice in a number of spiritual traditions. The fourth chakra becomes the mediator for divine love and access to non-dual states where there is only love, where the one who loves and the object of love, the lover and the beloved are one. As a person living in your 4th chakra, you may start to see love in anything and everything, being at peace and centered in your heart no matter the circumstances. You may find yourself effortlessly trusting other and interacting with people in a loving and graceful way.


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Rhubarb Crumble Pie Recipe

The house where I currently live has rhubarb plants. I watch its leaves grow quickly the past few weeks and couldn't stop thinking of the pie I will make when they finally complete their growth. 

As you may already know there are a lot of methods to make a rhubarb pie. I usually go with my own taste as I do not like too much sweetness. I am not a sweet tooth like the Swedes here! so I prefer to add less sugar, preferring brown sugar when making the crumble as well. 

As for the bottom, this time I used butter dough because I love love love it! just like my french fluffy croissant. Anyway, making the pie with the soft dough was perfect for my braces bite as I am not so comfortable yet with "hard food".  I hope you enjoy this spring inspiration! 





All-Butter Pie Crust
Makes one 9-inch pie crust

1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter on top and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, with a few larger pieces. It's better to err on the side of caution and not over-process.

Add 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse until dough holds together when pinched. If necessary, add another tablespoon of water. You may need up to 4 tablespoons of water to reach the desired consistency. Pulse as little as possible — do not process so long that the dough forms into a ball.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or freeze for up to 3 months.



Rhubarb Crumble Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie

1 recipe prepared All-Butter Pie Crust (recipe below) or any favorite recipe for a single-crust 9-inch pie
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds or almond meal
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
1 3/4 pounds (about 6 cups) fresh rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot

*Whipped cream or crème fraîche, for serving

Roll the prepared pie dough out into a 13-inch circle. Roll the dough carefully over the rolling pin and transfer it to a 9-inch the pie plate. Tuck the dough into the bottom and sides of the plate. Snip the dough hanging over the edge leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold this dough under itself and crimp the edges to seal, in a decorative pattern if desired. Chill the pie shell in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk the flour, almonds, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. With your hands or a pastry blender, work in the butter until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the butter and large clumps form. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven, place a large sheet of foil on the bottom of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss well to evenly coat the rhubarb with the dry ingredients. Transfer this mixture to the chilled pie shell.

Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the pie.

Place the pie in the oven. Bake until the topping is bubbling and the crust is browned about one hour. If the crust browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Cool completely before serving.

Serve with whipped cream or a dollop of crème fraîche.



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DIY Build and Decor a Farmhouse Dining Room Table

Hi, dear loyal readers! Nature whisper blog is back to be a home, food, decor focus lifestyle blog where I share my ideas, taste, and things that inspire me.  I've created another anonymous blog where I share my personal diaries and life theories with limited access to an only certain group of people who know me personally.  

This blog post is from 2014 archive and I am reposting it as a cooperation with the fantastic sawshub.com website. They have this amazing DIY article about How to Build DIY a Farmhouse Dining Room Table. The reason they are being featured in this particular blog post.

Once you are done making a DIY dining room table farmhouse style. Consider this country farm decoration idea to take it to the next level. I hope you enjoy this inspiration from my most pinned fall season , DIY decor on my pinterest profile