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Hiking Groups

The Fall is soon approaching and both of our hiking groups will be meeting on Fridays at The Gap Trailhead off of Snow Canyon Pkwy and Dixie Downs, but our 9:15am start time.

Mama & Baby Hiking Group

Bring your baby in a carrier to enjoy a 2 mile hike that takes approx. 90 mins.  The trail is partially sunny and shaded along the way, it makes a full circle, you will need plenty of water.

Little Explores Hiking Group

Maybe your baby is too big for that carrier, and prefers to walk and explore themselves….This is the perfect hike for you!  We take off from the same trailhead as the mamas with carriers, but we walk at a slower pace along side our toddlers (2 and up).  Snacks are encouraged and plenty of water.  After about 45 mins. we turn around and head back.

 

DIRECTIONS:

The Gap Trailhead is located in the Artesia Subdivision just off of Snow Canyon Pkwy.  From St. George, take Bluff and stay left so that you can get onto Snow Canyon Pkwy.  Turn right on Dixie Downs Rd., which is Lakota Dr.  At both “T’s” in the road, make lefts, the trailhead is on your right.

Call or text for questions or directions 435-231-2111

 

See you all then!

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Mommy & Me Yoga 9.22.2014

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Thanks to Jessica Hyde from Downtown Yoga we were able to experience Yoga with our little ones today!  We had a great turn out, thanks to all who came!  She showed us how to incorporate our little ones into our Yoga technique, some of the little ones actually took initiative and followed along with the instructor actually doing the poses.

Jessica lead the Mommy & Me Yoga class at Downtown Yoga on Fridays at 11:00am.  You can buy a 5 class pass for $45, each class includes you with your children.

Join us for our next guest speaker on Monday October 6th as the St. George Police Dept. comes and does a Car Seat Safety class at Free2Feed.  They will be inspecting our carseats and teaching us correct installation techniques.

 

 

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F2F Recap 8.6.14

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Hello Ladies,
 
Thanks to KerryAnn Humphries for putting together The Big Latch On 2014!!
 
This coming week on Wednesday is one that can include all women, nursing or not!  We will be hosting our guest speaker Dayna Player Robinson from My Fit Custom Bras.  She will be doing fittings on anyone who needs it and is interested in a personalized bra.  Her bras are designed for every women and are nursing friendly.
 
This coming Friday August 15th Chantel Blackburn, a local doula, will be teaching an introduction to Essential Oils at The Real Foods Market in St. George at 7:00pm.  On this same note, I will be placing a doTERRA order if anyone needs anything please let me know!
 
Don’t forget about our end of the summer “F2F Pool Party” on Saturday August 23rd from 10-1pm all family members are welcomed!  Robyn Lamoreaux will be demonstrating her infant swim technique at 11:00am.  Everyone is welcomed to come, we will be serving lunch at Noon, an RSVP is needed for an official head count!
 
Thank you once again Sarah Clark and Karen Allen for your support and help at the Downtown Farmers Market this past Saturday.  It was a huge success, we were able to share with people about our organization, car decals were handed out to about 6 breastfeeding enthusiasts and we met 3 new Moms!  Please welcome Jessica Main and 6 month old boy Knox, Emily Creason and 2 1/2 year old Piper and Rachel Federman with 6 month old darling Mara.  
 
For those who missed it and want to help us next time, we will be setting up on September 20th from 7:30am-Noon.
 
 
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Skin Care Class Recap 6.20.14

lavender-150x150Laura Bradford, is a holistic esthetician and owner of Salis Skincare and Spa and has created a line of natural skin care products. They are truly natural products, and are so safe you could even eat them (though we don’t recommend you do). Her facial wash can be used safely on a daily basis and clears away bad bacteria, while keeping the good bacteria on you skin. Just like we want to have healthy gut flora, we also want to have healthy flora on our skin. She also talked about the benefits of eating healthy, nutrient dense foods and staying away from processed, sugary, foods as this can cause skin problems and also wrinkles.

We talked moisturizers and how they often contain things that are harmful to our bodies. Remember our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and everything we put on it goes into our blood stream. It’s wise to consider everything you put on your skin and ask yourself this question: If I wouldn’t eat this, should I be putting it on my skin? A great way to moisturize your skin is to use oil. Jojoba (pronounced hohoba), sweet almond, avocado, or olive oil are excellent options. Try them and see your skin improve!

Some great questions came up in the meeting and Laura’s answers are below.

Q. What is a good toner to use?
A. Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water (1:2 ratio). This is a wonderful ph balancer for the skin, and will also help to give you skin an even tone and get rid of dark spots. Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice also works great too (this product must be refrigerated though).

Q. What else can be used to get rid of sun spots?
A. Food grade (3 percent) hydrogen peroxide (not the kind from the grocery store. Food grade hydrogen peroxide can be purchased at health food stores or online). This can be applied directly to the affected spots. Improving your diet and protein absorption, by eating gut healing foods can keep results long term.

Q. I have oily skin, what should I use?
A. This sounds strange, but using one of the oils we talked about will help you eliminate oily skin. When a person’s skin is oily, their skin is actually dehydrated and it sends a signal to their body to produce lots and lots of oils to rehydrate it. By giving your skin what it needs–oil– you will actually decrease the oiliness of your skin. Do it for two weeks and you will see a dramatic change.

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Laura for coming all the way from Salt Lake City to hold a special skin care class for our F2F moms. For more information on Laura’s products and services visit her at salisskincare.com or facebook.com/salisskincare. If you are interested in purchasing any of her products, let us know and we can put in a group order and save on shipping.

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F2F Recap 6.11.14

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Free2Feed aims to educate, teach, mentor, support and encourage women of all ages and in all stages. Our main focus is the Breastfeeding Mom. This week was a great example of how Moms sharpen other Moms in our group…..

A healthy, beautiful smile is important to everyone and as our babies start getting teeth, we start thinking about oral health and the products we use to keep our mouths healthy.

Our F2F Mom Member Karina as well as other F2F Mom Members shared products they use to keep their mouths and their children’s teeth clean and healthy. We also talked a little about the unnatural ingredients in many toothpastes and how we can replace that old tube of toothpaste with many more natural ingredients, we have options.

Aditi uses DoTerra’s OnGuard Toothpaste–costs around $8. This is made with OnGuard oil, and has a great cinnamon flavor and has several oils in it that are natural tooth whiteners. Some even report being able to fight off infections quicker, just from brushing with this tooth toothpaste.

Sarah shared that she likes to use Earth Paste. This costs around $8 and can be purchased at Harmons and Real Foods Market. It’s made from Redmond Clay and sea salt. It doesn’t contain any glycerin, so it doesn’t foam and may take some getting used to if you like a sudsy toothpaste. Glycerin can inhibit the body’s ability to remineralize teeth and that is why more people are choosing toothpaste without it.

Activated Charcoal–this can be purchased in capsules at most health food stores or in bulk online. Katrina recommends brushing once weekly with activated charcoal, as it cleans away toxins and believe it or not, is a natural tooth whitener! Try it!

Laura shared with us how charcoal can pull toxins out of the body and is very beneficial when a person gets food poisoning or other illnesses. Activated charcoal would be a great thing to have on hand for emergencies and also traveling.

Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth and Gum Powder–this an herbal blend that you brush your teeth in place of regular toothpaste. Dip our wet toothbrush in the herbal powder and brush away. A jar runs around $10, but lasts a long time. You can divide the herbal toothpaste into separate smaller containers so that each family member has their own little jar. This can be purchased at Dixie Nutrition, Real Foods, Dr. Mom, or Vitacost.

Oil pulling–this is a great habit to get into on a daily basis. Simply take a spoonful of coconut oil (enough to fill your mouth with comfortably), olive oil can also be used, but coconut is preferred. Once it begins to melt, start swishing. Continue to swish with the oil for 20 min. (if done for less than 20 min. it’s okay, something is better than not at all). When you’re done just make sure you spit it out into the trash and not the sink. Teach your children how to oil pull too by making it a daily habit. Katrina has taught her 4 year old daughter how to oil pull! There are many benefits to oil pulling, not only for oral health, but overall health. Karina uses both the powder and oil pulling techniques, if you have any questions let her know, she is very knowledgable!

We also touched on fermented cod liver and butter oil. These healthy fats can help teeth and cavities to heal and many, especially those to follow a Traditional diet or Weston Price diet tout the benefits of these oils. Real Food Market sells them in a combination capsule for around $45–a pricey supplement, but much less than a bill from the dentist.

For those of you who are motivated, you can even make your own toothpaste and mouth rinse like Karen does. You may have to play around with the recipes, until you get the consistency that suits you best. http://wellnessmama.com/8780/squeezable-homemade-toothpaste/

Natural Mouth Wash:
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons xylitol (sweetens and kills bacteria)
2 teaspoons sea salt
If desired add a few drops of essential oils (remember peppermint can decrease some moms milk production, so if you are sensitive to peppermint try cinnamon oil, lemon, orange)

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F2F Recap 6.4.14

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Dr. Gibson spoke to us about a childs immune system. What an amazing opportunity to be filled with so much information by such a gifted doctor in such a little amount of time. Thank you Dr. Gibson. His practice is located at 494 E Tabernacle
Saint George. He is currently accepting new patients and works as a family doctor and Pediatrician, children under 5 can be see at no charge as long as one of the parents is a paying patient. I recently took my 3 year old daughter to him for constipation like symptoms and after examining her, he adjusted her sacrum and that evening she successfully had a bowel movement! She was so excited, she cried out of joy and said “the doctor fixed me!”.

I have emailed all of our Mom Members his audio recording (that was professionally done) of the lecture he gave at F2F this past Wednesday.

We look forward to next week, June 11th, we will have several F2F Mom Members share their natural dental hygiene regime with us.

 

F2F Recap 5.21.14

0Free2Feed’s main mission is to help, encourage and support the new, young and struggling Mom during their breastfeeding journey. This week two of our Mom Members were able to visit with a Mom that need just that. Besides several home visits, we were able to bring her family a homecooked meal so that she could rest with her 5 day old son. Mom and Baby are doing well, she hopes to gain stength and join us at F2F this coming week.

At our group meeting last week we all shared our favorite bras: sports bras, sleep bras, everyday, and even date night bras. We talked about staying away from under wire bras since they can cause plugged ducts and lead to mastitis and can also inhibit lymph flow in our breasts. Many of our members have found their nursing bras as Motherhood, Target, and can also be custom ordered from our F2F supporter Dayna Robinson.
                                
We also had a great discussion on natural household cleaners, lead by our F2F member Sarah Clark. Sarah encouraged us all to try Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap. It can be used in so many ways: cleaning floors, counters,  bathrooms, also as a body wash, shampoo,  and even toothpaste! It can be found at most health food stores, Natural Grocers, Harmons, and Amazon. Remember, it is a concentrate so a little goes a long way and bottle will last a long time.

Aditi also shared DoTerra’s OnGuard all purpose cleaner, that smells fantastic and can be safely used around our little ones. 

Laura likes to use Bon Ami powder cleanser (found at Walmart and Natural Grocers) to clean her bathrooms and cut through soap scum.

Karen shared that she uses a vinegar/Dawn solution to clean her bathrooms (counters, toilet, tub/shower). Here is her recipe:
1/2 cup Blue Dawn (has to be or it doesn’t object quite work as well)
1 cup vinegar

Just eyeball it–it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then if it’s too bubbly you can add more vinegar. Put it in a big spray bottle, so you don’t have to keep remaking the solution.

As the summer heat kicks in don’t forget to hydrate. Drink plenty of water, and offer the breast in between meals for hydration. Introducing water and avoiding juice is an excellent way to get your baby to be a water drinker (6 months and up).

We look forward to seeing you all next week on Wednesday May 28th from 11:30-1:300 at Premier Dance Center.

F2F Recap 5.14.14

_MG_0353What a sight to see young ones observe and participate in a Breastfeeding Support Group! The toddlers that attend out F2F gatherings are just precious and we welcome them all!

We had a lovely turn out today for our First Aid Basics 101. We discussed burns, fevers, cuts, bleeding, choking and CPR basics. Ironically we had an undercover Paramedic attend, she was so very helpful! Thank you Laura for bringing Kristen, what an awesome addition to our group!

F2F is proud to welcome Bree Fowles with her precious 4 week old Jared and Michelle Earl with Elsie who is 11 weeks old. We look forward to seeing all of these young babies along their breastfeeding journey as they grown & meet milestones.

 

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F2F Recap 5.7.14

Thank you so much to Keesha Darrington, what a fabulous guest speaker! We learned about how she works with energy to heal emotional problems that stem from how we view ourselves. She uses muscle testing, chakras and tapping to mention just a few techniques. Please feel free to contact her directly (if you are interested in setting up a personal 1 on 1 session for 30 or 60 minutes, or join a group session.

_MG_0363We would like to welcome Brandi Honey and her little baby girl Klari.

We discussed our summer schedule today, we will have a few more guest speakers and then July & August will be weekly gatherings with NO guest speakers until September. There will be a few weeks in June where we will meet in a different location due to Premier Dance Center occupying their space for Dance Workshops. We will keep you posted when these days will be.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

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F2F Recap 4.30.14

What a great way to start off the warm weather months! We had a wonderful Smoothie demonstration yesterday thanks to our Culinary Mom, Michelle Joines. If you would like the recopies to the Green Drink and the Fruit Smoothie please visit Michelle’s blog for more info on her nutritious ways

There will be some dates in June that F2F will be gathering at the St. George Library so please look for that when we announce it. We will also be taking July & August off of having Guest Speakers and simply be meeting weekly to enjoy the summer months.

We would like to welcome our newest Mom-to-be, Laura Norman is due mid July and came to us from her midwife, Cindi Johnson. We would also like to welcome Ashlye Blake and 1yr old sone Ezra, they were just walking by while waiting for her daughter to finish dance class, we welcomed her in and she stayed to enjoy the Smoothie Class (Ironically she just bought a new blender the day before!)

Looking forward to seeing you all next week, Keesha Darrington will be working with Energy and demonstrating how to clear negative, unsupportive energy, beliefs, and emotions.   She detects this energy through numerous techniques such as generational work, birth clearings, intuition, and muscle testing.  Once she discovers the core issues we reframe the issues using visualizations, empowerment exercises, positive affirmations, and meditation and so on. It is going to be a healing gathering so do miss it!