This post is sponsored by EverlyWell & SweatPink. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been blessed with two amazing breastfeeding journeys. Besides some killer bites lately (ouch!) I really have nothing to complain about. I realize that this isn’t always the case for everyone, so I applaud each and every one of you who has figured out the best way for YOU to feed your little love bugs. Personally, I love knowing that breastmilk is the near perfect mix of vitamins, fats, protein and nutrients - and it's ridiculously convenient for a stay-at-home mom like myself. I ended up breastfeeding Miss Mak longer than I had expected to (17 months!) and am well on my way to hit the 1 year mark with Little Hallie. Time will tell how long we continue with her!
In both of my pregnancies and while I'm nursing, I try to pay extra attention to what I’m putting in my body. A variety of healthy foods, lots of water and a high quality daily supplement. What goes into my body goes into my girls’ bodies, so that definitely makes me want to make good choices. Plus, it’s important for me to be fueling my body well so I can continue “mommin’” the best I can! But how do we REALLY know if we are providing them all of the nutrients they need? Not everything has glaring signs of deficiency.
When I had an opportunity from EverlyWell to do a DHA test on my breastmilk, I jumped at the chance! I had never heard of breastmilk testing so I was definitely intrigued. First, I had to remind myself of what DHA was. I know I learned about it in College Nutrition 101 but I was still a little shaky on it. So, according to the awesome resources I received from EverlyWell, “DHA is a vital Omega 3 Fatty Acid for a baby’s health as they grow during their first 2 years.DHA is crucial in a child’s early development, in particular for their visual acuity and cognitive development.”
Well cool! I was definitely hoping to hear some positive results. But here’s the thing – it’s estimated that about 75% of American’s are actually deficient in DHA, so I wasn't holding my breath!
So here’s how it all works.
I was worried that I’d have to go into a lab somewhere (which was SO not happening with my 2 little ones in tow), so I was PUMPED (haha see… what I did there?!) to see that I could collect my sample at home, and actually, without even using a pump! I only needed a few drops of my first morning milk (no food or supplements yet) onto a little card. They actually mailed me everything I needed ahead of time, with really easy to follow instructions.
I collected my sample, dropped it on the card, placed it in the the provided bag, put everything back in the box and shipped it off with the free shipping label. All of the shipping was free! Then I just had to wait a week or so to receive my results via email.
Dun da dun….my levels came in at Optimal! I was actually a little surprised considering the statistics, but really overjoyed! I’m so glad my girlie is getting lots of DHA for that little brain to grow!
One thing I LOVE about EverlyWell, is that they are great at empowering you to be even healthier, rather than making you feel bad about less than optimal results. They included ideas of how to increase DHA levels like eating fatty fish, liver, eggs and microalgae. I rarely eat these things except for eggs, so I’m chalking my good levels up to high quality eggs and great DHA supplements!
Another awesome thing about this test is that my results were reviewed by a physician IN MY STATE, and can be easily shared with my own physician. FSA accounts often cover the cost of this as well. There is literally no easier “lab work” I’ve EVER done.
For those of you who are dying to try this – I’d love to share a 15% discount on this test for you! Just enter HFF15 at checkout HERE!
It's time for a little football here on the ol' Home Field blog! I don't post a lot about being a football wife because - hey, it's my husband's job just like your husband has a job. It comes with it's own set of struggles and perks! While it's a demanding schedule, I wouldn't trade our football life and football family for the world! I do like to share little peeks into our little football family life from time to time though...so here we go...
BIG shout out to Under Armour and Lisa Wells for these awesome sunglasses for my coach! With year round sun exposure here in TX - a good pair of sunglass is so important out on the field! He's loving these CORE 2.0's!! (#ad - we were provided these sunglasses for free in exchange for an honest review)
I was planning to post about Spring Football (the 4 weeks in March/April where college football teams get to do official practices and scrimmages) while it was happening but apparently I missed the ball on that one. So I guess y'all will just get a recap!
We wrapped up our spring ball season last Saturday with a BEAUTIFUL evening spring game. Seriously, you couldn't have asked for better weather. My kids happened to cooperate the whole time as well (I know, a miracle) which made for a perfect night!
Spring Ball is actually one of my favorite times of the football year. As a college coaching family, we have lots of "football seasons". We have pre-season, season, recruiting, conditioning, spring ball, recruiting and camps. Yeah. If you though a football coach just worked Aug- Nov, you thought wrong! But I love spring ball for a few reasons. First, we get to enjoy some football after a few month break from the official season, and it's so fun to get back on the field! Second, at least here in Texas, the practices are actually cool enough to attend, so I get to bring the kiddos more often.
Unfortunately this season, our team held many of their practices in the evening. Not only did this mean that we didn't get to go as much, it also meant I had lots of solo parenting bedtimes in the past month!
Luckily, we stayed busy and we made time to get to the field or to practices as much as possible during the day.
This was my first spring ball with 2 kids - who both happen to be ON THE MOVE!! No more Ergo pack and sleeping newborn (that was short lived!!).
Here are a few fun things I did with the girls during spring ball:
While Spring Football is fun, I'm excited for SUMMER now! Summer means some extra time with my hubby, a chance for vacations and no more solo bedtimes!!
Football wives - what is your favorite football season? What fun stuff do you do during spring ball?
I recently flew solo with my girlies on our summer trip from TX to CO. I spent plenty of time trying to figure out how to pack for 3 people for 7 weeks in Colorado weather (which has proven to be about as extreme as it possibly could be), but I spent practically just as much time getting my oils ready for the trip!
I know, call me obsessed. I know it's true.
But when there is something that helps my family THIS MUCH - they of course had to make the trip.
I selected a few oils to bring in roller bottles for the plane flight, and many others to pack in my checked bag to use, diffuse and share with others while I was in Colorado.
Many people ask me if they can bring oils on a plane, or how to travel with oils, so I thought I would share a few of my tips here!
Tips for Flying with Oils:
You can either check or carry-on essential oils.
I personally did a little of both.
I had roller bottles that I wanted to use pre-flight/in-flight, so obviously those had to be carried on. As long as they fit in your quart-sized ziploc for the security check, you're good to go. Even the 5ml or 15ml full sized oil bottles are fine to put in there. I also brought several full sized bottles and since I was traveling solo with 2 kiddos...my carry-on space was limited (hello diapers, wipes and extra clothes!). So I chose to check them. Do whatever works for YOU!
1. Choose a good carrying container.
For your 5 or 15ml bottles, check out a padded case. I love this one I got from Amazon (aff).
Double seal your carry-on bottles, I like putting them all in a clear ziploc bag INSIDE my quart size bag.
Get a travel keychain like this one from doTERRA - it's an easy, space saving way to bring 8 oils!
2. Double check the lids.
Screw the bottle caps on EXTRA TIGHT. You don't want your entire suitcase smelling like geranium (not that I would know...), and you don't want to lose a single drop of these precious oils!
For extra protection, you could even use a piece of packing tape across each lid (thanks for that tip, Taylor!)
3. Make your oils multi-task.
As much as you may want to bring EVERY SINGLE OIL you have because duh, you can't live without them...you don't have to! Luckily, so many oils have multiple uses, you can pick the ones that can double/triple/quadruple for multiple uses. Think about the oils you use most frequently, and go from there. I brought a few more than usual, because I was leaving for so long, and because I had many classes planned and wanted to be prepared. See my top 5 must-have oils below!
Instead of bringing a large bottle of fractionated coconut oil for your carrier oil, fill an empty 15ml bottle with FCO. That way you can dilute on the go without taking up much space!
My Top 5 Oils for Flying
If your space is super limited, here are my top 5 favorite oils to have while traveling. These are the ones I chose to carry-on with me so I could use them throughout our travel day. They are super versatile and perfect for all things travel related.
I ONLY use and promote doTERRA essential oils because of their purity, potency and sustainable sourcing practices. Please educate yourself on the quality of the oils you choose for you and your family. Don't waste your money on health food store oils! To read more about why I love doTERRA and to order - click here.
1. Peppermint - I love having this one on hand all of the time. Roll-it on the temples or neck to help with headaches (doesn't the air pressure and weird travel smells always give you a headache?) or use on the belly if you get motion sickness or are feeling woozy on a turbulent flight.
2. Lavender - this is a great oil for calming and sleep. I rubbed this on my kiddos toes to help them finally take a nap, and it's great for stress relief or to just give you that little feel of "zen" while you sit back and enjoy your flight. Do people do that? I mean, 2 kids later, I've forgotten what it's like to "sit back and enjoy" my flight. Thank goodness for lavender, I can pretend I'm at a spa for .26 seconds.
3. OnGuard - airports, airplanes, public bathrooms....HELLO GERMS! It seems like everyone always gets sick after traveling! OnGuard is perfect for supporting a healthy immune system before, during and after travel. It is also extremely effective at cleaning surfaces and hands. We use our roller bottle as a make-shift hand sanitizer and massage it into our hands throughout the day. I also like to spray it (or drop it) on the tray tables and wipe it off before my kids eat off them (or chew on them...).
4. Breathe - I recently learned that the main reason we often struggle with ear pain/pressure during a flight, is actually do to the changing pressure and congestion in our sinuses. This makes Breathe, the perfect oil for in-flight. It will help open your airways to keep everything clear. Plus it's a very clean, invigorating scent to get you through your long day!
5. Balance - last, but definitely NOT least. What is life without Balance? Balance is a doTERRA blend of woodsy, earthy oils that will seriously bring you down whenever your stress flag is flying high. Whether you're flying solo with a gaggle of children, or hustling through a busy airport on your way to an important meeting, Balance will help ground you and keep your stress levels down. You can't control delayed flights or annoying kids behind you (sorry in advance...they're mine) but you can keep Balance close by! I personally use Balance daily, it's one of my mama essentials, but it's extra helpful for traveling days. You just never know what stressors you may need to deal with, so know you're armed!
how about you?
Where are your summer travels taking you this year?
What is your must-have essential oil?
It's great to see you! I'm Alyssa and I blog about all the things I've found "essential" in my life as a fit mama and football coach's wife. You'll find all kinds of fun stuff here like workouts, oily info, football stories and more!
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