Dates For a Faster Labor

Looking for ways to have a quicker labor? Try eating dates! I recently found this study showing that eating 6 dates per day in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy has a significant impact on a woman in labor.

In the trial, women who ate 6 dates per day were compared to women who ate none. The women who ate the dates:

  • Were more dilated upon admission to the hospital than those who had none
  • Were more likely to have intact membranes (meaning their water had not broken) upon hospital admission. (This is significant if you know what it’s like to labor before your water has broken compared to after. That cushion makes a difference!)
  • Went into labor spontaneously (date consumers-96% versus non date consumers- 79%)
  • Had a lower need for Pitocin use

If all of the above is not enough to convince you to try eating 6 dates a day in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, the women who did not eat dates labored for 6 and a half hours LONGER than those who ate the dates. That sold me.

Dates are high in fiber, iron, potassium, b vitamins- especially b6 which helps with pregnancy related nausea, vitamin K, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

Here is an easy way to get your 6 dates per day!

faster labor recipe

Banana Date Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 6 pitted raw dates
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups organic milk or alternative milk
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or cashews
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • optional- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon chia seeds (for those brain building omega 3s!)

Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender and blend until smooth.

Pour in a tall glass and enjoy!

 

 

Shine!

noonday ambassador
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.

-Henry Ward Beecher

I am still reeling from the annual Noonday Ambassador Conference that I recently attended in Austin.

We had many amazing speakers including Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery fame, Jen Hatmaker, Melissa Russell of International Justice Mission, and John Ruhlin.

noonday ambassador conference

In my opinion the real stars of the weekend were the women who traveled from Uganda, Guatemala and Ethiopia to speak to us about the artisans they employ. Artisans who make beautiful, handcrafted goods that Noonday Collection purchases from them.

 

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{This is Jalia- she is the founder of African Style and creates all of the incredible jewelry made using paper beads in Uganda. Seconds before my friend snapped this photo, she said blessings over my baby and kissed my bump!}

I heard first hand how women have been rescued from the pit of prostitution, abusive marriages, and hopeless poverty. All because they now earn a dignified income.

These aren’t just stories, they are lives. And these lives are forever changed thanks to Noonday Collection and our fearless founder desiring to make a difference in the world. We’ve created a marketplace for them in the United States that they would otherwise not have access to.

Many of these women are moms who now are able to keep the children they were considering giving up for adoption because they now have money to buy food to feed them.

So if you ever wonder if your Noonday purchases really make a difference, let me reassure you- they do. Every single order, no matter how small, means a new order for our artisan partners. The ripple effect is huge. And I felt it last weekend.

 

2017 Noonday Sample Sale

Click here to go directly to my Sample Sale! www.bit.ly/2015samplesale
UPDATED AUGUST 1st 2017! New Items added!
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I have always been weary of direct sales. Not sure why, I just mostly steered clear. Then I discovered Noonday Collection, and thought about it for a long time.

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Why did the thought of selling something bother me? And why do I assume friends feel awkward buying from friends?

I mean, in this case, if you’re going to purchase jewelry anyway, wouldn’t you rather support a friend and fair trade artisan hand made business than walk into a big box or department store and pad the pockets of the CEO while the people in the factories get paid nothing and are most likely abused?

If you haven’t heard about Noonday Collection yet, I urge you to check out the website, peruse the impact section, and check out the blog.

And I’m having another online sample sale! Here is the link to some great items at a discount (many of which can still be purchased for full price on the website!) Most of these items have never been worn, and are in like new condition.

Items still available:

Adrift Necklace

Sunburst Necklace

Pathway Necklace

Dauntless Necklace

Trapeze Necklace

Nomadic Necklace

Violet Tassels Necklace

Flora Bib Necklace

Hanoi

Golden Bough Necklace

Quito Necklace

Shine Necklace

Bombay Necklace

kinfolk bag

Santa Fe Earrings

Rashmi Earrings

Carved Pillar Earrings

Raja Earrings

Elongated Brass Earrings

Glasswork Earrings

Compass EArrings

Carved Pillar Earrings

Athena Cuff

Meera Bracelet

Entwined Bracelet

Briye Bracelet

Desert Flower Infinity Scarf

Primrose Headband

Arm Warmers

AND MORE!

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Ideas for the Women In Your Life (Some Ideas for Men Too!)

For the past few years my husband I and have decided to give gifts that give back. That’s why I am recommending these two socially responsible companies for gifts! AND, you can shop from the comfort of your own home.

fairtrade gifts

Noonday Collection works with 28 artisan groups in over 10 countries, and provides dignified jobs, no interest loans, scholarship programs and emergency assistance to these artisans. In turn, through YOUR purchases, we create a marketplace for these artisans here in the U.S..
Noonday has an amazing selection of beautiful jewelry and accessories. Many under $40! Everybody wins.
You can check out the website here.
fairtrade gifts
One of my favorites is the Paper Dreams Necklace– only $38! It is made from PAPER beads in Uganda, and looks like turquoise. I love it.

fairtrade jewelry

If the women in your life love the idea of natural products, or you’d like to introduce them to some, look no further.

Ava Anderson Non Toxic is an incredible skincare line. Almost completely organic.
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They also have home cleaning products, products for men, and baby/kids items!
organic skincare

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I love the pet deodorizer (it works as a stain remover! The best one I have ever tried), the dishwasher pods, the cotton pads and the entire skin care line.

And there is a limited edition candle that is perfect for the season- this candy cane candle is subtle, but refreshing. Not in the least bit overpowering. It is made with organic coconut oil and an organic cotton wick.

ava anderson non toxic

PLEASE contact me directly if you have any questions about any items recommended above. As always, I only recommend products I can whole heartedly get behind, and these products make such fantastic gifts with meaning.

Noonday Terracotta Necklace as Essential Oil Diffuser

If you love essential oils and beautiful accessories, I’ve got a great thing for you-

Use this Noonday Terracotta Rope necklace as a personal essential oil diffuser!

personal essential oil diffuser

 

Simply apply ONE drop of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend to a terracotta bead, and let it absorb into the bead. You can also make your own blend by applying different oils to different beads.

It will diffuse all day long, wherever you go. Your own body heat helps to release the essential oil.

This awesome jewelry holder also doubles as an essential oil holder.

noonday jewelry holder

And love the gorgeous essential oil holder made from reclaimed wood? Contact Beam Design Group to buy yours.

Everything here makes great gifts!