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Handmade Mama: Simple Crafts, Healthy Recipes and Natural Bath + Body Products for Mama and Baby Paperback – Illustrated, 1 July 2018
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940611717
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940611716
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To use: The oil can be applied directly to the skin as a body oil or massage oil. It can also be dabbed onto hair to serve as a leave-in conditioner or used as an ingredient in other recipes.
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 8 ounces (240 ml) apricot kernel oil
- 2 tablespoons (4 g) dried lavender buds
- 2 tablespoons (4 g) dried chamomile
- 1/4 cup (4 g) dried calendula
Herbal Body Oil
Yield: 8 ounces (240 ml)
In our house we call this Magic Oil. We use it for bedtime massage, to soothe dry or irritated skin from head to toe, and even as a hair conditioner when our tresses are feeling too crispy.
This versatile oil also serves as a base ingredient for skin care recipes like balms, body butters, and diaper ointments. Infused with a blend of soothing herbs and sweet smelling vanilla bean, this moisturizing oil really can feel magical as it makes rashes, dry skin, and even frowns disappear.
- 1. Using a small paring knife, split the vanilla bean open by slicing it down the middle.
- 2. Combine the vanilla bean, apricot kernel oil, lavender, chamomile, and calendula in a double boiler over medium heat for 60 minutes.
- 3. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
- 4. Strain the oil through fine mesh, cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag (used to strain solids out of homemade nut milk). Discard solids.
- 5. Store the infused oil in a bottle or jar at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Natural and Homemade for Mama & Baby
Customize Solutions to Your Family Needs
On your journey into mamahood, making your own healthy meals, soothing skin care products, and everyday sewn baby items allows you to choose what goes on and into your—and your baby’s—body. Find an in-depth overview of the different materials and ingredients available, how to choose which ones work best for you and your family, and simple techniques and instructions for each project.
A Healthy Start
Making your own food, skin care products, and everyday objects allows you to choose exactly what you put on and into your body. Many of the everyday products we rely on through pregnancy and baby’s first year are actually quite simple to make at home, giving mama and baby a safe and natural alternative to the confusing and sometimes even toxic big-box baby industry.
Recipes and Projects for Mama
The transformation of your body during and after pregnancy is an amazing thing to watch. Treat yourself gently by creating your own personalized and natural bath and body products and making healthy, delicious recipes to keep you hydrated and fueled during and after pregnancy.
Playtime Projects for Baby
Even from babyhood, little ones are building important connections and flexing their intellectual muscles through play. Create opportunities for your child to have fun with these easy recipes and projects for playtime like a homemade bubble solution, yogurt finger paints, a soft sweater ball, and more.
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There is really a little bit of something for everyone in this book. The author Mary does a good job of sharing personal stories and tidbits and softly encouraging more natural choices while keeping the tone of the book judgment free. As a mother herself, she understands that having a baby can be expensive and therefore many of her recipes and crafts provide ways to save money in the long run.
Even if you never made something from her book, there is so much wisdom throughout. Everything from what ingredients are best to use for baby (and why) to how to freeze and store baby food to what toys are best for different ages to where to find breastfeeding support. She really thought of everything!
One of my favorite parts of the book was the body care recipes. I love finding cleaner skin and body care options, and Mary's recipes are made from scratch. For far, I have made the Head to Toe Mama Wash and the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
I also had to try something from the food section, and since it is summer and 100 degrees here in Houston, I went for what looked the most refreshing - The Berry-Watermelon Hydration Smoothie. With only four ingredients (coconut water, watermelon, frozen berries and yogurt), this was extremely easy to whip up. It also made the perfect amount for my husband and I to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. I subbed regular yogurt for greek yogurt (because that is what we had on hand), and it still turned out delicious.
A big portion of the book is crafting (specifically sewing) and as much as I wish that was a interest and talent of mine - it just isn't! For that reason, along with the fact that I don't have a sewing machine, I didn't try anything along those lines from the book. But if you do know how to sew, this book would be just perfect for you!
The Handmade Mama would be a great gift for a baby shower or any occasion for someone who is expecting, especially if they have an affinity towards natural living.
NOTE - I was generously gifted this book to review on my blog.