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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Placenta encapsulation was something I was always interested in,  probably due to the fact that I grew up on a farm and witnessed mother cows consume their "afterbirth."  It was normal and accepted for this mammal to do so, so why wouldn't a human do it? Of course, I wasn't intrigued by the thought of eating mine raw, and honestly I wouldn't feel comfortable cooking it up like fillet mignon with a side of steak sauce either. Encapsulation made sense to me tho, you reap so many benefits from ingesting your placenta and these benefits were definitely worth going to all the trouble, I thought. So I researched how to do it myself. The most helpful article I came across was from Peaceful Parenting and I attempted my own version,  which was quite successful. I wanted to share step by step pictures so if this is something you want to do, maybe this post can help you encapsulate your own placenta!

I had an emergency c-section, but was still able to keep my placenta!  This is what they put it in, and I packed a cooler with ice and kept it in there 2 days until I got home.

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I have heard of placentas being called "the tree of life" and thought the branches were beautiful.

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We bought our Capsule Machine off, but you may find it or other similar products elsewhere.

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Friday, December 20, 2013
I was given the opportunity to try a new brand of clothing, specifically for breastfeeding mothers, by 1 Hip Mom.  I have never had a shirt made for nursing, I have always used the one shirt up/one shirt down method when nursing my babes, so this was an interesting experience for me.  The color choices of the shirts I found exciting for my mainly black wardrobe, and chose a gorgeous purple shade called PLUM.  I am a plus size woman and usually feel most comfortable in a size 2X, and was disappointed that size wasn't available.  Instead I chose a XL and when I put it on I felt that it was very true to size.  There is 5% spandex in the shirt so it hugged my curves and I think under my cardigan, it worked out for the most part.  The structure of the shirt made it very easy to discreetly lift the shirt and place baby to breast.  I found that having a nursing shirt, like the ones made by 1 Hip Mom, as part of your breastfeeding wardrobe is valuable because it makes things a little easier for mom.  You can't argue with things being easier!  Visit to find out more about the nursing clothing that's available!
Here's a pic of me wearing my T-shirt by 1HipMom with my brand new babe!

And for the holiday season, 1HipMom is hosting a giveaway here on Latched On Mom!
One lucky winner will receive a T-shirt (short or long sleeved) with size/color preference based on availability.  All you need to do is follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below.  Open until January 3rd and the winner will be announced on January 4th!

Latched On Mom did not receive compensation or payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated.  
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Using less waste is important to me, I prefer to use products that are reusable/washable any time that I can.  I recently heard about Wearever, which is an American based business with a wide range of incontinence products to fit the needs of practically anyone.  I dealt with some issues with my bladder leaking while I was pregnant (which is common during pregnancy) and was delighted to be able to review a couple of the products.   I tried a white Wearever Women's Super Incontinence Panties 
 and a black Wearever Women's Lovely Lace Trim Incontinence Panties.  
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Because of being pregnant, I ordered a size larger than what I'd normally order, a 3X.  I felt the sizes would accurately match your pants size, so keep that in mind when ordering!  The Women's Super Incontinence Panties are a nice cotton blend, breathable, with a more reliable, thicker padding.  I felt most comfortable in the black Women's Lovely Lace Trim Incontinence Panties because the material and style is more closely matched to my normal day to day undergarments.  It also has less noticable/thinner padding, which felt thin and flexible.  I was pleased with my experience, and would recommend using washable incontinence products, like those by Wearever, to anyone facing a need for a little extra protection.  Visit for more info!

Latched On Mom did not receive compensation or payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated.  
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Welcome to $500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

With summer just around the corner, we gathered some treats for our beloved fans and avid readers!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Have you heard of Old World Gourmet?  Their products, which include a variety of gourmet snacks and drink mixes are made in the United States of America and the company is owned and operated by women!   To satisfy your sweet tooth, four different flavors of "Cream Cheese Chewies" are available- and I was lucky enough to get to try a couple over Mother's Day weekend!  Thanks OWG for the opportunity to review your products!

First, I'm going to tell you what I think about the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies.

I loved how pretty the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies came out of the oven.  Don't they just look scrumptious?  Preparing these only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and cabinet.  And you don't have to have much experience in the kitchen to get them to turn out perfectly.  
After they cooled, I cut them and put a few into a nice little to-go box and took them over to my mom for Mother's Day.  She LOVED them!  She ate several while I was there visiting.  
I also thought they tasted great.  The strawberry flavor is delightful, and meshes well with the cream cheese topping.  Great for a spring or summer dessert, especially!

Now let me tell you about the Chocolate Espresso Cream Cheese Chewies.

If you know me, you know I LOVE coffee and I LOVE chocolate.  So naturally, I fell in love with this dessert.  Just like the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies, they're easy to make with a few extra ingredients.   The Chocolate Cream Cheese Chewies compliment your cup of coffee in the morning so much so that you may have to have two of them just to make sure... Well that just may be me.  I definitely will be wanting to make more of these in the future.  And you have a chance to do so too!

OWG is giving away one bag of Cream Cheese Chewies to one lucky reader, US resident only.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to get your entries in.  

Also, here's a really awesome OWG coupon code for FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $50 or more, just enter SHIP50 on checkout at

Latched On Mom did not receive compensation or payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated.  

Sunday, May 12, 2013
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