branches & vine floral | southern oregon florist

It happened like many familiar modern love stories. We found each other on instagram. Intrigued by her hellebores and the startling fact that I found a florist under forty in my town, I knew we had to meet. I messaged her at once with hopes of days ahead filled with frolicking in fields and foraged flowers. 🙂 Her reply was matched by equal excitement and we had a plan to meet up. As I walked to her house just a few blocks away I couldn’t believe as I approached that she lived in the yellow victorian I had admired for years! That among so many other little things we have in common as lead to a friendship so cherished and Im so happy to introduce my kindred spirit, Becca of Branches and Vine Floral!

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Rachel

So lovely, Laura! You are so lucky to be able to spend an afternoon at the coast! For us it requires hours and hours of driving. Totally worth it when we have a free weekend!! But definitely not a day trip.

However! We did take a day trip to “Nelson” British Columbia earlier this month. The name reminded me of you as we were driving! It’s a really quaint little town. It reminds me of Ashland or Hood River… Maybe a little less charming, but still so cute and quaint. There are some hot springs north of Nelson that are fun to visit this time of year when it is cold and snowy. And delicious tacos! (In Nelson.)

pregnancy essentials

Mama! Growing a baby. Is there anything more miraculous?! I will forever be in awe of how incredible our bodies are and that we get to be a part of this beautiful miracle.

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Here’s a few things that I loved during those nine months!

Books:

Ina may’s Guide to Childbirth

The womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Supernatural Childbirth – if your spiritual and fearful. I was so afraid of miscarrying again, the verses and hope in this book helped.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, we took a three month class with a Bradley instructor and it was one of the best decisions! You can check here to find a class in your area.

Happiest Baby on the Block

Bringing Up Bebe– just for fun 🙂

Hydro flask– keeps your water ice cold, forever! So amazing during those summer days!

Sea-Band– I was pretty nauseous from week 7 to 13 and these helped a lot!

Food journal- once you are out of that first trimester it’s good to start getting those 80grams of protein a day
(now that you can eat more than a grape without throwing up) and keeping a journal makes it easy to add up the grams! You can google any food and it will tell you the grams of protein.

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Minerbs mama bundle. The mama glow serum and rose water are my favorite products to indulge in.

Protein powder– all I ever wanted to eat was fruit (& doughnuts) so smoothies were my go to and you can add so many extra things to get protein. I love hemp and pumpkin seed protein powder (whey is from cows milk, so we don’t use it) you can also add chia seeds, hemp hearts and spirulina powder! Having a smoothie helped my morning sickness so much. Having it first thing before the nausea would hit would actually prevent it for me.

Coconut oil or any carrier oil you can find at your health food store. Jojoba is a good base oil and doesn’t clog pores. I was a bit ocd with slathering my belly all day long, but I didn’t get one stretch mark (don’t hate me, I do have one boob bigger than the other now, soooo). Keep it on hand so you can rub it on your belly (dont forget your breasts too!) whenever it itches, instead of scratching, which can lead to stretch marks.

Peppermint oil– I would just carry this around with me that first trimester and smell when I was feeling nauseous

Pregnancy journal– writing to your future babe. The excitement, the struggles and joy, write it all. How amazing will it be for your child to be able to read about this precious time when they were in your belly!

Pregnancy tea after first trimester. Raspberry leaf helps tone the uterus to make for more efficient contractions during labor.

Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy massage- perfectly safe and so good for you! There are a couple trigger points that stimulate the uterus and your therapist knows them and that they are contraindicated for you…unless you’re at the end and trying anything to start labor:) While you’re at it, schedule a massage for after delivery. The day after Ivy was born it felt like I had whiplash from pushing for so long.

Prenatal vitamin, DHA, Iron (make sure to take iron a while after eating and not with any diary because dairy binds it. Take iron with orange juice. Take b-12 if you’re vegetarian too!

You live in stretchy pants most days, but it’s nice to feel cute and wear actual clothes sometimes. ASOS has super cute maternity clothes!

A nice body pillow to place between your knees while you sleep. Your joints are more loose, your belly is big and it can be so uncomfortable to sleep. My hips hurt so bad in bed but placing a pillow between them relieved that pressure on my hips.

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christmas tree hunt

every year after Thanksgiving our whole family piles into the car & we drive through the mountains in search of that perfectly quirky tree. it’s my favorite tradition!

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Merry Christmas!

cloth diaper wash routine

Here is our wash routine for cloth diapers. im sure it will change once she is eating solids, but this has been working great these first 6 months!

we keep all the soiled diapers in a wet bag.

separate diapers from inserts & put them all in the washer on cold water,  prewash/soak cycle with one scoop of detergent.

< i use Bio Kleen laundry powder. love love it! its natural, smells really light and wonderful, no animal testing and is gentle on the earth. >

second wash on regular clothes cycle with hot water & one scoop of detergent.

dry like normal. in summer you can hang dry outside to get rid of poo stains.

When i first started cloth diapering i wasn’t doing a pre wash cycle first and Ivy was getting a rash. so definitely do two cycles! The hot cycle is really important 🙂

 

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