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Monday, February 28, 2011

Its Been Far Too Long

I cannot believe how hard it is to be a Mommy of 2 little guys as well as a wife and employee.  I have two jobs that I love and I have a hard time being able to blog.  I refuse to give up.  I love you all and I will stick this out.  There have been some fun developments here in the last week or so and lots of tears.

Remember when I told you that Oliver's eczema was out of control and he had the worst digestive issues?  Well, after many diet changes and tons of guilt and tears, I gave up breastfeeding!  I really had to take a step back and ask myself why I wasn't changing Oliver's diet.  It came down to the fact that I just didn't want to let go.  I detest store-bought formula and I know that breast is best (for my family at least since you know that I don't judge.  To your face anyway)  I remember Jason's sister telling me about making formula out of goats milk for her youngest who also, like Oliver, had a host of problems.  I did lots of research and read many articles by pediatricians such as Dr. Sears and I decided to try this goat's milk formula recipe.

This recipe is adapted from Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon's Milk-Based Formula recipe in Nourishing Traditions:
Raw Goat Milk Formula

36 ounces: 

*2 cups raw goat milk
*2 cups filtered water
*1/4 cup liquid whey from goat yogurt or kefir (
contains lots of good probiotics and is very nourishing; making it more like breast milk. To get whey simply strain goat milk yogurt or fil mjolk from Cultures for Health
*1 -2 tsp organic blackstrap molassas (
start with less, add more if needed. This provides B-vitamins, iron, trace minerals, and helped relieve constipation.)
*2 tsp raw agave nectar (
adds carbs, necessary for brain growth. Organic Brown Rice Syrup is also an option as I switch between the two. Obviously honey is out.)
*1/4 tsp of bifodobacterium infantis (
I use Nature's Way Premidophilus for Infants and for digestive health have increased it to 1/2 tsp daily)
*1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil (I use the 
Twin Labs Cod Liver Oil from Swansons Vitamins)
*1 tsp unrefined sunflower oil (I bought this from Swansons too)
*1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
*2 tsp 
virgin coconut oil (this is very important, as it contains lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty acid. It's an important antiviral, antifungal that's found in breast milk)  I got mine for review from Tropical Traditions
*2 tsp nutritional yeast 
(this is also very important as it contains the B vitamins. I don't use this anymore because these types of yeast are grown on dairy and I am pretty sure that is one of Ollie's triggers) 
*1/4 teaspoon amla or NOW acerola powder 
(I use amla which I bought online at Swansons  I break open one capsule per batch as it is roughly 1/4 tsp.)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into individual glass bottles or one large. To warm, place in a pan of simmering water. Never use a microwave. This formula is best made daily to preserve freshness and to optimize nutrition
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I figured that I would buy the ingredients and jump in feet first.  I also figured that once I bought the oils, vitamins etc that it would also be cheaper to make this formula versus the nasty canned stuff.  February 17th was the last day I breastfed Oliver (although I am still pumping to ensure that what I have done will work because it would be nearly impossible to go back).  Less than 2 weeks later I am pleased to announce that baby Ollie has a clear face, clear skin and a nearly perfect digestive system.  He is doing so well!  I make one batch of formula a day (with raw milk that I get from a friend's farm) and thats that!  There is now no looking back.  I am so happy with the results and I am here to tell anyone that making homemade formula really isn't all that bad.

Please please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this process.  I am not wanting to debate anyone about the formula industry and such as the above measures that I am taking are what I deem best for my family.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Diapers Etc Blog Party and Giveaway



I wasn't always the eco-conscious and amazing Mom that I am today.  I use to be naive and didn't realize that I was slathering my baby in harmful chemicals and diapering him with chlorine and other nasty things. The day I woke up is the day that will forever be etched deep within my being.  I now make conscious decisions about the clothing that my children will wear, the diapers that they will poop in and the products that they will be bathed in.  I feel much better about life knowing that I am giving the boys the very best start that I can.


I will never forget the day that I approached my husband Jason about cloth diapering Dexter.  At the time Dex was about 9 months old and I really wanted to take my eco-consciousness to the next level.  I thought Jason would think I was insane as I am not a person who loves doing laundry but I figured I would broach the topic and go from there.  The response I received shocked me.  Not only was he fully supportive and on board but he went on to tell me about his memories of cloth diapering his youngest brother (he is the oldest of 4).  It wasn't until I showed him a Fuzzi Bunz diaper that he said "Oh that looks so much easier than the old ones I have used in the past!"  He was use to prefolds and pins.  I assured him that there would be no folding in this house (just a little stuffing).  I cloth diapered Dexter from that moment on until he was potty trained (which he started on his own at 19 months!).  Now that Oliver is here I can say that the rewards of cloth diapering are still pouring in.  I love that I can use the same amazing diapers with Oliver that I did with Dexter without having to purchase anything new.  How awesome is that?


I was just asked to participate in a Blog Party celebrating Diapers Etc and their new website.  I was thrilled to be able to help Debbie, the owner of Diapers Etc, to celebrate.  I love a party.


Diapers Etc is offering a SITEWIDE 10% off Sale from Feb. 14-18th on all purchases at Diapers Etc (with standard restrictions that exclude bumGenius, Flip, and GroVia products).  There’s no coupon required and the 10% off will be automatically deducted at check out.


What's more is that Debbie would also love to offer one Super Savvy Mommy reader a $25 gift certificate to Diapers Etc.  Want to win?  I bet you do.  Just do me a favor and tell me one thing you love about Diapers Etc and also tell me what you   would like to buy with your GC.


Want more chances to win? 






*Follow me on GFC
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie
*Follow @diapersetc
*Like me on Facebook (2 entries)
*Become an email subscriber (3 entries)
*How did you find my site? 

*Grab my button and add it to your blogroll 
*TWEET *You must follow me in order to tweet for entries (once daily) #Win a @DiapersEtc $25 Gift Certificate from Super Savvy Mommy @royaldixie http://tinyurl.com/49dw3cf #clothdiaper


This amazing giveaway will end on March 2nd at NOON EST.  It is open to US residents only (sorry to my friends to the North).  Good Luck! 





19 other bloggers are also giving away a $25 Diapers Etc GC so enter today!  You can only win once though so GOOD LUCK!





**I was given a $25 gift certificate in exchange for my post.  I was not compensated in any other way**

Friday, February 11, 2011













Its no surprise that I love Barley&Birch not only because they make the sweetest tees and onesies but also because they are a very green company.  This Valentine's Day support your inner eco-fashionista by purchasing their Loved Tees and Onesies.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Gift Guide-Yandy Giveaway {closed}

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Valentine's Day is coming up and you know what that means, yes ladies, your husband wants you to dress naughty.  He might not say it but I am sure he is thinking it.  I am sure that he also isn't thinking about the nightie that you received from your bachelorette party umteen years ago.  How about try a new site called Yandy.com


Yandy offers a variety of costumes, dresses, lingerie and even shoes.  They also offer plus size lingerie YAY!  I was able to pick a cute nightie to review but since I am keeping it a secret from DH (and he reads my blog) you will just have to guess what I picked.  In the meantime check out these cute items I found.  Think Valentine's Day lingerie :)










This Green Camo nightie I picked out for those of you that would rather blend in to the bedroom and pretend you weren't there.  Hopefully your sheets are green and brown too because that might help.


















How about a nice pair of pajamas because the lingerie scene isn't for you.  Well Yandy.com has you covered too.  More covered than your husband wishes you were I am sure.










No matter what your pleasure, Yandy has you covered.  How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to dress yourself for success?  Well you came to the right place!  Just like me on Facebook for your mandatory entry and tell me your favorite item from Yandy.com on my wall.






Extra entries after the mandatory entry is fulfilled!
*Follow me on GFC
*Follow me on Twitter @royaldixie
*Like Yandy on Facebook 
*Become an email subscriber
*How did you find my site? 

*Grab my button and add it to your blogroll 
*TWEET *You must follow me in order to tweet for entries (once daily) "#Win a $25 Yandy.com Gift Certificate from Super Savvy Mommy @royaldixie http://tinyurl.com/5wmt556
*Add this giveaway to a McLinky and provide me with the URL (2 entries per Linky)





This is a weekend contest that will end on Valentine's Day at NOON EST.  Open worldwide (since Yandy.com ships worldwide).

**I received a nightie in exchange for this post.  The opinions expressed here are all mine and I was not obligated to write a positive review**

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Flu is Not Welcome in My House

The Flu is not welcome in my house.  I do everything I can to prevent it from coming in and taking over.  I got the flu shot while I was pregnant because I know the importance of Flu protection with little ones in the house.  I am also obsessed with washing my hands and you can tell this by looking at the poor bloody fingers that I have on each hand!


I can now rest easy knowing that my family's risk of getting the flu is LOW.  How am I sure of this?  Well, I recently downloaded the WheresFlu App on my iPhone and it told me that only 0-5% of the Population in my town is affected with the Flu!  What peace of mind!  I am sure you are wanting to know how you can find out if your family is at risk of the Flu.  Check out WheresFlu App for yourself.  It's available for use on the Android, iPhone and Blackberry.


Maybe you are wanting to know how the WheresFlu App works.  Well, WheresFlu measures weekly activity for cold and flu based upon real-time reposts of symptoms from SDI FAN (a source used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  I am impressed (and also happy that I don't live in Fort Smith, Arkansas or Fort Wayne, Indiana because they are HIGH risk cities!


Besides hand washing and getting the flu shot I also make sure that my family takes their vitamins everyday.  What are some ways that your family tries to stay healthy?  I need all the help I can get now that we are a family of 4 and each day is a new adventure!








**This is a sponsored post through the Momtrends Blogger Outreach program for WheresFlu**



Thursday, February 3, 2011

3 Months Old!





As you can clearly see in this picture Mr. Oliver is having an awful eczema outbreak.  The poor baby had it so bad that it turned into a secondary infection on his face!  I am 100% sure that his problem is dairy proteins so I am continuing my no-dairy diet.  It's really rough!  Unfortunately all of the amazing frozen stash I have is dairy-laden so I will have to either start making my own goat's milk formula or start buying some to use when I am at work.  I cried for quite some time today about it.  I keep beating myself up over it but I think I finally realize that there was nothing that I could have prevented.  I won't compare Oliver to Dexter here but I will say that my BFing story and Dexter's babyhood were picture perfect and a dream.  Good thing he came first or I am pretty sure I wouldn't have wanted a second baby.

With a little antibiotic ointment and a whole lot of patience, Oliver is looking like new!  Thanks for following my journey.  I would love to hear about your experiences with goat's milk and supplementing formula or dietary problems.  Its nice to know that I am not alone!

**Thank you Fibers.com for sending me these onesies, I love them!  I designed them myself and I chose all of the colors/fonts.  Fibers.com makes it easy to create your own t-shirts and onesies.  They even have big brother t-shirts for Dexter! 

Facebook Referral Contest

I want to share some love with my Facebook fans!  I am looking to get to 500 followers by 3/2/11  If you refer someone to my page (have them write on my wall telling me that you sent them and you will be entered to win a $25 Sephora GC.  I will use random.org to pick a winner GOOD LUCK!

No need to comment here.  Just write on my wall!