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 Beach days are fun, but the sand that's left behind makes for quite a sticky mess. Here's a trick we learned a while back that will make your beach days so much more enjoyable.

If you or your kids have dry sand stuck on feet, hands, bums (so hard to change a diaper at the beach), etc., try this:

1- Cover the spots with baby powder. The powder should absorb any moisture remaining on your skin.

2- Watch the sticky sand fall away.

You're welcome!

Between the many mamas of Undercover Mama (and the many children) we have tried a lot of baby products and found what works and what doesn't. There are many nursing pillow choices out there but we have definitely found the best, the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow. It perfectly positions baby for latch-on and makes nursing so comfortable for mama.  Different than any other nursing pillow, It goes all the way around your body and buckles in the back which gives so much more support.  Plus it provides a much more comfortable surface for baby to nurse on. We love the back rest and the arm and elbow rests which make it easier to relax while nursing.  Plus it helps with posture as so often us mamas tend to bend down or hunch over while nursing which creates so much tension.  

We have partnered with My Brest Friend to give away a Nursing Pillow and an Undercover Mama.  

My Brest Friend Giveaway

For breastfeeding mamas, hydration is essential.  You should drink frequently, preferably before you feel thirsty.  We recommend drinking 8 oz. of water every time you nurse.


Here are 3 tips to help keep you hydrated:

1-Find a favorite water bottle.  Our current fav is a Hydroflask Water Bottle.  We love it because it can keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours plus it can have a flip lid or a straw and the color choices are pretty cute too!


2-Keep a pitcher full of water in the fridge.  Start with it full and empty it each day. You can even make it more interesting with some infused water!  Here is one of our favorite recipes from Simple Vegan Blog.
 
3-Don't overdo it! Drinking more water than you need won’t produce more milk and drinking too much can actually diminish milk production.

Want to win a Hydro Flask?  Enter to win one here:

Hydroflask Giveaway

While there is little that can be done to prevent the onset of sciatica during pregnancy, there are some things that can help ease the discomfort:

1- A Pregnancy Girdle- These help lift the abdomen, while supporting the back. This brings ecreased pelvic and groin pain.  You can snag one of our favorites here or check with your doctor to see if they provide one free of charge.

 2- A Firm Mattress and Pillow- Sleep on a firm mattress with plenty of back support, and place a pillow between your legs to help keep the pelvis in better alignment and take some pressure off the sciatic nerve.  This is one of our favorite pregnancy pillows.

3- Yoga Exercises- Exercise can be great to help bring relief for Sciatica Pain.  Check out this youtube video here:

Our founder, Elisa just had a beautiful new baby!  To celebrate, we've rounded up some of our favorite baby products into one fabulous giveaway!  Here's what's included:

The Naturalmat Top Mat with Carry Bag is a lightweight machine washable quilted mattress that rolls up neatly into a drawstring bag for transport making it ideal for travels with baby. Top Mat offers a comfortable natural fiber overlay to a crib mattress ensuring baby gets the best night’s sleep away from home. Top Mat is made by using deep tufted organic wool which is then covered with an unbleached cotton ticking, making it breathable and ideal for all climates. 

Silikids Gift Package- $50 worth of assorted items. Silikids combines function with high design and innovation along with technological advances of silicone. 

b.box Essential Diaper Caddy is a portable and stylish change station at home with an easy clean change mat. 

MAM Gift Package- $50 gift package of assorted MAM items.  MAM is a global authority on baby care product design and quality. 

NurturMe Gift Set- $55 giftpackage from NurturMe, the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NurturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between. Includes: 4 bags organic quinoa baby cereals, 1 pouch each nurturmeal blend + nurtureal quinoa 4 yum-a-roo toddler snacks, 1 re-useable eco pouch, 1 BPA free baby spoon ,1 coupon, and 1 informative quinoa bookmark. 

Babyhome Taste High Chair - Taste is a very light, simple and safe high chair with a polished aluminum frame and wide, stable base from Babyhome. The seat is large and comfortable with a quilted liner. The chair features a new system that allows for the tray to be easily removed sideways with one hand without having to remove it completely. Additionally, the chair’s tray can be totally detached to be put in the dishwasher. The tray can also be fully removed for versatility allowing the use of the chair with or without a table. A five-point safety harness is included that can be adjusted as a child grows. The highchair folds easily in a single step compactly so that it can be stored in small spaces.

PacaPod Jura Bag-  Perfect to suit your everyday look whether that’s a worn wax jacket, or fur collar coat because it has an easy-to-wear over the shoulder style and comes in two much loved heritage colours: navy and cranberry. Tucked inside the bag is the brand’s revolutionary ‘3 in 1 baby organisation system’ which includes two detachable feeder and changer ‘pods’ which make it simple to pack and to retrieve essential items on the move and in a hurry. The lightweight ‘pods’ can be removed from the main bag and attached to most anything.

To make it even better, we threw in an Undercover Mama!

Enter here:

Oh Baby Giveaway

Hi! I’m Brecke from @purefitpurefood. I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago. I know working out after baby can seem like the last thing on your mind. You are up all night with a new baby, body is still not feeling like itself and you are supposed get in your workout clothes and workout!!?? Seems like the worst idea.

BUT once you get just start (just a little) It will help you feel better about yourself, and you will have more energy to take care of that new little baby.

Always check with your doctor to see when it’s safe to begin working out again. AND don’t jump back into doing core work too soon. Your tummy is healing too (think how stretched out it was)

Here are 4 great exercises you can do right at home, with our without weights:

LATERAL LUNGE

weight between your legs (or no weight) lunge to one side keeping weight in the standing heel. Hold you core nice and tight. Try 12 each leg

 PLIE PUNCHES

 while in a squat feet turned out, punch those arms out from in front of you. 24 total.

 BICEP CURLS WHILE LUNGING 

walking lunges, while you are down in the lunge curl arms one at a time. Try lunging 20 times

SINGLE DEADLIFT

this is more of an advanced move, if you want you can leave both legs on the ground. Chest is lifted slowly moving the weights down your leg and lifting one in the air. Try 8 each leg.

Ok! These are a great full body exercises remember to hold your core in the entire time.

You can find out more about Pure Fit Pure Food and the products and services they offer here.  Be sure to follow them on Instagram @purefitpurefood for great motivation, quick workouts and real food advice.

The lovely ladies of Pure Fit Pure Food are offering their 10 Week Transformation Plan to one lucky winner:

Pure Fit Pure Food Giveaway

PUPPS RASH, also known as Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) is a chronic hive like rash that strikes some women during pregnancy. The main causes are unknown and the generally accepted treatment solution among doctors is ultimately delivery.

However there are some things that have been found to help ease this treacherous rash or at least take away the itch momentarily. Here are our top 3 things that can help PUPPS:

1- ALOE AND OATMEAL BATHS:

These are said to help soothe the itch while decreasing the red appearance of the condition. It may only bring temporary relief but even a little bit helps.

2- SARNA LOTION:

This lotion has a very distinct smell but it creates a cooling feeling on the skin and then numbs the skin slightly.  This definitely helps ease the itch.  Check with your doctor to be sure this is 

approved to use as it may not be safe to use around a newborn.

3- GRANDPA'S PINE TAR SOAP

This is a soothing soap containing allantoin (anti-inflammatory), aloe vera gel, baking soda and coconut oil.  The smell is terrible and smells much like a camp fire, but the benefits many have reported are definitely worth it.


And 2 bonus treatments we have heard that work:
Banana Peels to treat the itch
Drinking V8 Juice 

*be sure to check with your doctor before using any of the above recommendations

Every new mama could use a little help with dinner. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for meals to take to new moms:

1- CHICKEN ENCHILADAS-This amazing recipe is a definite crowd pleaser.  Be sure to omit the cheese if the mom is doing no dairy (or any of the family members have a dairy allergy).

2-  GARLIC CHICKEN WITH ORZO NOODLESThis is a great kid friendly dish and a bit more mild for a breastfeeding mom.  

3- CROCKPOT CARNITAS- Carnitas with all the fixings usually offer something for every family member, plus they are easy to reheat so mama can eat anytime.

4-  TORTILLA SOUP- Another great meal to reheat and serve when ready.

5- PESTO AND SAUSAGE BAKED ZITIWe can't leave out a casserole and this is a great one!  Take it uncooked and mama can freeze it to have on hand later or bake when they are ready and the leftovers aren't bad either.

Be sure to send everything in disposable containers because the last thing a new mom needs is to remember who to return dishes to.  In addition to meals,  items that can easily be eaten with one hand while feeding and holding a newborn – granola bars, muffins, scones, etc, are perfect.

Oatmeal is a pregnancy superfood and it helps with milk supply postpartum.  We rounded up some of our very favorite Oat Recipes to share:

  

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal
This sweet and crunchy combo is divine! Thanks Katie Dudley Photography!

INGREDIENTS:
1 serving oatmeal (steel cut if possible)
Sliced peaches (canned or fresh)
Milk or Cream
Syrup or honey and top with sliced Almonds 

Shredded Apple Cinnamon Oats
INGREDIENTS:
1 serving oatmeal (steel cut oats are great if you have the time)
1/2 an apple shredded (we just use our cheese grater)
Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon


Raspberry Coconut Oats

 
INGREDIENTS:
1 serving steel cut oats
3 T coconut milk 
2 T unsweetened shredded coconut 
1-2 T pure maple syrup (or honey)
1 T sliced almonds
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Overnight Banana Oats
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups old-fashioned oats (Note: Not the quick cook/instant kind)
3 ½ cups water
2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1 banana, sliced for garnish (optional)
PREPARATION:
Using non-stick cooking spray, thoroughly spray the bottom and sides of the Crockpot insert.
Add the old-fashioned oats, water, milk, cinnamon and brown sugar to the Crockpot. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
Prior to serving, stir in the mashed bananas. Garnish with additional banana slices if desired.

Milkmakers Oat Recipe

Oats expert Emily the creator of milkmakers cookies shares her favorite and it's all about the toppings.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup thick organic rolled oats.
Top with:
cinnamon
slivered almonds
hemp hearts
dried organic cranberries (NOT CRAISINS!)
Rolled date pieces 
Milk or cream.

Maple Pecan Oats



INGREDIENTS:
1 serving steel cut oats
10 pecans chopped
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seed

10 Breastfeeding Tips

While breastfeeding may come naturally to some, most women could use a little help.  Here are Top Ten Tips for Breastfeeding Success from one of our favorite Lactation Consultants at Lactation Link:

 
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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC is a registered nurse and board certified lactation specialist. She owns Lactation Link, a private lactation consulting company. To find out more or schedule a class, click here.

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