Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
I’m sure everyone thought I was crazy when I first started talking about having my placenta encapsulated. Although it’s incredibly common in the animal kingdom, as well as other cultures, to ingest the placenta after giving birth, it’s incredibly uncommon in our culture.
In my recent birth story post I mentioned I experienced prodromal labor leading up to my actual labor and delivery. I felt crazy! The last four weeks before I delivered were mental torture! I didn't have a name for what I was experiencing at first, but with a little research I learned that I wasn't going crazy, other women have experienced this as well. Hopefully my experience will help others from feeling the disappointment and mental anguish I felt not knowing what I was going through.
As promised, I’ve documented my labor and delivery in blog form. There will be a second part about the four weeks before I delivered where I experienced prodromal labor and why you shouldn’t feel crazy if this happens to you! I apologize in advance for the long post, but a woman’s birth story is incredibly important to her and wanting to share it with others.
Last night as I visited my parents, my mom said, "I feel bad for you" as my daughter cried and cried and cried. She had just eaten, had a clean diaper, was a comfortable temperature and was being held, but she continued to cry. It's an interesting feeling when people feel bad for you because of your baby. It's already impossible not to feel guilt because you can't comfort your own baby, especially as a new mom. And it especially doesn't help when there are so many experts and natural parenting gurus out there saying "just do these things and you'll have a perfectly happy baby."
Last week I told you about many of our health/beauty products that we’ve replaced with coconut oil based products. However, our switch to more natural, chemical-free products didn’t end there. I’ve also replaced nearly all of our cleaning products with natural alternatives that you probably have in your house right now. At first it seemed overwhelming to replace all the different cleaners with natural products, but looking back, it wasn’t that hard. I don’t want you to think we made all of these changes overnight. It took at least a year to switch all of our old products with DIY ones.
Many of our replacement products are used for more than one thing, so I didn’t replace every cleaning product, I usually replaced multiple products with a single new one. Here are some super simple ones to start:
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like all of a sudden the benefits of coconut oil are everywhere. It’s antibacterial, a moisturizing agent and you can even cook with it. However, my favorite way to use it is in our health/beauty supplies. Today I’m sharing our deodorant, body butter and toothpaste recipes!
I’m a clean freak. You might not always be able to tell by looking at my house, but I feel best when I know my home is clean, tidy and organized. Piles of clothes, random crap and unused items littering shelf space cause me anxiety. It’s not debilitating, but my life is happier when everything is clean and in its place. Now that you know how important cleanliness is to me, I want you to toss out all your commercial cleaning products. There’s a more natural way that will get your home just as clean, if not more so, and you don’t have to pollute it with chemical sprays and soaps.
As you may have noticed our blog has been completely overhauled. The look is different, hopefully the feel is different and our content will be different too. When we started the Sweet Things 4 Life blog our vision was to bring our vegan journey to life, but I'm not sure we had a distinct vision or direction. As our lives have changed so have our thoughts on what this blog should be.
After watching the Republican Prime Time debate, I noticed there was a lot of time spent discussing Planned Parenthood and abortion. Now, I know this might not seem like this has anything to do with veganism, but I beg to differ… just stay with me.
All of these men talk about being Pro-Life and the need to defund Planned Parenthood because abortion goes against the fetus’ rights as living beings. Let’s get one thing straight… I don’t know a single person that is Pro-Abortion.
One of the easiest ways to convince someone to go vegan is to show them the results. If you talk about all the health benefits, you need to back it up. Although Mike and I have been vegan for over a year and a half we didn't start focusing on losing weight and getting into shape until about a month ago. There was a long transition time where we primarily focused just on eating vegan, not on eating whole, plant foods and we hardly worked out at all. I hope you don't think this is true of all new vegans, part of it was the circumstances. We had just moved into an apartment and couldn't afford gym memberships so exercise wasn't a top priority.
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.