Fall Winter 2017 and Winter 2018 Favorites

Food, Essential Oils, – Life is Fun Especially When You Find Your Few Favorites

What does Fall mean to you?

To me, Fall means family.  It means home. It means cozy.

Do you think that there are items that can be as cozy, as homey and as cuddly as your family? 

I do. That’s why I want to share some favorites with you.

 

 

Congratulations, along with the most wonderful blessing in life also comes the most challenging time of your life. No body can prepare you for this, so sit down and take some notes. This article will save you hours of headache.

You are going to lose your hair. It will feel like it’s all going to fall out. It’s called postpartum hair loss and it’s a result of all those wonderful hormones in your beautiful body. It’s going to be okay. It’s temporary. A year from now it will all be over and you’ll have beautiful locks again. This is what you need to do in the mean time.

Is postpartum hair loss permanent?

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Postpartum hair loss is not permanent. It can last up to three to six months which may feel like an eternity. The hair loss will stop after your hormones settle back into a normal cycle. And your hair will regrow. There are vitamins and products you can use to help the process along.

 

Why do women experience hair loss after pregnancy?

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Hair loss is common about 3 months after you give birth. Your hormones are stabilizing and adjusting to real life. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding all change your hormones, which have an affect on your hair.

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When you experience hair loss you should continue to eat healthy, not stress or make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Stress can perpetuate the problem.

 

Severe postpartum hair loss around hairline

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Hairline Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss can be most severe around the hairline. This can be the most visible place to have hair loss and can really nick at a new moms confidence.

All Over Hair Loss

You can also experience hair loss all over. You’ll notice this as you loop your hair band one more time on your thinning ponytail.

Patchy or Spotty Hair Loss

If your hair loss is a more patchy or spotty, it could be something other than postpartum hair loss.

What products or advice do you have for postpartum hair loss?

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So even though I lost about half of my hair after my first pregnancy, it grew back more beautiful than ever. I did have to experience a few months of having half of my hair at 1 inch and the rest at 10 inches. It looked a bit silly, but I was excited to see the new growth emerge!

Have you ever experienced postpartum hair loss? What are your best tips?

 

 

 

Isn’t it crazy that winter doesn’t end until December 21st?

I don’t know about you, but December just seems very wintery to me.

I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

I’m a bit ashamed to say that I don’t have a hot beverage that I resort to on a daily basis.

But, this Fall I came across a beverage that floated my boat almost by mistake.

You see, I started drinking hot chocolate in college. But I got the single-serve prepackaged chocolate. So all throughout college and since graduating from college, I’ve only purchased prepackaged chocolate.

My favorite variety of hot chocolate is the kind with marshmallows. OF COURSE! I’m not even a huge fan of marshmallows, but drinking hot chocolate without marshmallows is like cake without frosting.

So when it started getting chillier, I went to Walmart to buy pre-packaged hot chocolate with marshmallows.

But guess what? They had run out!!

WHATTT!?!?

I wasn’t happy, but I saw that they had other brands and containers, although they weren’t prepackaged.

It was like a light-bulb went on.

And I realized that I didn’t HAVE to buy prepackaged hot- chocolate.

I discovered that I could buy the same brand of hot chocolate for a less expensive price than… buying them prepackaged.

 

It makes sense because prepackaged foods are usually more expensive than non-prepackaed foods.

 

And then I saw the Seasalt Caramel Hot Chocolate from Walmart.

Oooh! Fancy!

I’m not even a super fan of seasalt caramel but it sounded decadent

Hot Chocolate. – From Walmart

 

Empty Amber Glass Spray Bottles with Labels (2 Pack) – 16oz Refillable Container for Essential Oils, Cleaning Products, or Aromatherapy – Durable Black Trigger Sprayer w/ Mist and Stream Settings 

Amber Glass bottles from Love and Treasure blog by Haydee Montemayor

 

Nutiva Organic, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil from Fresh, non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Coconuts, 54 Fluid Ounces

Nutiva coconut oil from Love and Treasure blog by Haydee Montemayor

 

 

 

Coconut Aminos

Coconut Aminos on Love and Treasure Blog by Haydee Montemayor

 

Kirkland Signature Organic Gluten-Free Quinoa from Andean Farmers to your Table – 2.04kg., 4.5lb

 

Quinoa on Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor

My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you some of the items I’ve greatly been enjoying My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1)My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1) that included the following categories:

  • plugins
  • digital products
  • family products
  • office products
  • fashion items
  • food and
  • baby/kid products

Today, I’d like to share MORE of my favorites with you because I think that you’ll also enjoy them in the seasons ahead.

 

 

Multi-media Favorites

Music

I love music. It relaxes me. It makes me happy.

 

But instead of sharing you ONE song that I’ve been enjoying, I want to share something even BETTER.

 

I have been enjoying Prime Music , which is included with your  Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Music Logo on Haydee Montemayor 's blog Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

 

Basically, Prime Music is a service that allows you to play one of 2 million, ad-free, on-demand songs on your computer, on your Android Tablet, iOS tablet, Android Phone, iOS phone or on your hands-free speakers from Amazon’s Alexa family.  (Just for reference, Amazon’s Echo Dot 2nd generation, has about 4 times as many reviews as the Harry Potter movie with the most reviews.  People are really liking these hands-free speakers).

 

Personally, I use Prime Music on my cell phone, on my computer’s web browser and on my own Wi-fi enabled speakers.

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Money Archetype by Denise Duffield-Thomas recommended by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

Could Your “Money Personality” Be Sabotaging You?

Hello Love and Treasure Community, I have a special treat for you. Here is a guest blog post by Denise Duffield-Thomas, author of two amazing books that will help you remove the obstacles that you have surrounding money, who will help you answer: Could Your “Money” Personality Be Sabotaging You?

It’s hard to love and treasure the most important things in life when you have money worrying you in the back of your mind.

Hope you enjoy it.  =)

And at the end, I highly suggest that you take her quiz so that you know what your money personality is.  This will help you see what aspects of your money personality are positive and what aspects you can tweak to be even more abundant in every sense of the word.

Without further ado… here’s Denise.

 

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You know the feeling you get when you do “that thing” around money AGAIN?

Spend wildly on a new extravagance even though bills are due…

Hoard every penny even though you really want to splurge on a vacation…

Forgo a spa treatment because your daughter really wants that new pair of designer jeans…

Whatever you do with money, I bet you don’t just do it once. Most of us have habits with money — some of which serve us, and some which definitely do not.

So we do “that thing” again, and inside we feel unhappy. It’s not that we don’t want to treat ourselves, or save up money, or buy our loved ones special gifts.

It’s just that we feel like we’re making money decisions on autopilot. Like we’re not in control of the situation, and we’re not so sure we’re crazy about the results of our actions.

Well, what if I told you that you have a unique “money DNA” which is where those habits come from?

Even better, what if I told you that you could “crack the code” on your money DNA and start to leverage your money strengths, while compensating for your weaknesses — so you could stop repeating that same old money story and start living a new one?

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My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1)

Is it just me or has 2017 gone by in a flash?

 

You probably feel it’s gone in a flash, too.

 

So, before any more time slips out of our hands, let me share some of my Spring 2017 Lifestyle Favorites that you can enjoy this Spring and beyond.

 

Some of these links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own, and I share these products with you because I think you’ll REALLY love them.

 

Do You Feel Guilty Just Thinking About Shopping?

Hey, I get it.

 

When you have little ones, what you want to do is buy things for them. Buy what they need, not necessarily what you want.

 

But, let me share a favorite plugin, that will make you feel a little bit better about buying online.

 

Ready?

 

It’s called Ebates.

 

If you haven’t tried Ebates, you’re in for a very special treat. Can I be super honest with you? I had heard several people raving about

Can I be super honest with you? Several years ago, I had heard several people raving about Ebates , but I didn’t sign up. It kept on pushing this task off, thinking that this wasn’t as cool of a plugin as people said it was.

 

But boy, was I wrong! And it potentially cost me hundreds of dollars as a result of not having signed up earlier.

 

Why do I say this?

 

Because within days of signing up, I had earned about $25.56 dollars cash back, given that I had made a few more purchases than usual (you’ll see some of these purchases below).

 

If you sign up for Ebates through this link, you’ll get $10.00 in bonus cash back right away. Pretty sweet, right?

 

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5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 2) 5.12.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure Blog www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 2)

In the previous post, we talked about the first 3 out of the 5 ways to embrace your inner artist. Today, we will explore the rest.

 

4) A Pristine, Clean Home Isn’t The Goal

There is a time and place to teach your kids to take care of themselves. But unless paint, glitter, glue or something super hard to clean is being thrown all around, don’t worry too much about the mess that your kid can be making while making art.

 

Two posts ago, I shared that deciding where to make art was important. I also recommended using an art mat to protect your table.

 

But overall, know that you will see glue sticks out, crayons out, artwork on your home surfaces, paint projects drying. It’s normal.

 

It’s common to see this kind of stuff in homes where kids are just being kids, but if you’re homeschooling your kids with the Mother Goose Time Curriculum, expect to see these artistic products and finished projects even more.

 

“The art supplies, art projects and kid messes you feel overwhelmed by today, will probably be the things you miss most when your kids leave the nest.” – Haydee Montemayor

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5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 1) 5.5.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 1)

What does embracing your inner artist mean to you?

To me, embracing your inner artist means recognizing the benefits of making art for the sake of making art and then pursuing art for the sheer pleasure it can give.

 

It means that while I may or may not be the best artist or consider myself to have any, a little or a lot of artistic talent, I’m cool with making art.

 

In the last post, 5 Ways To Get Comfortable With Art, I shared the basics of being willing to go near art.

 

Today, I want so share how to friend art.

 

Ready To Embrace Your Inner Artist?

 

Let’s DO THIS!

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5 Practical Ways to Get Comfortable With Art 4.28.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure blog www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Practical Ways To Get Comfortable With Art

Last week, we talked about the fact that often, we are the ones who get in our own way of creating art.

 

But, we need to get over ourselves for our sake, for our child’s sake. We need to create art for the fun of it and for the creativity benefits it provides.

“There’s no better way to learning about creativity than by being creative.” -Haydee Montemayor

 

Here Are 5 Practical Ways To Get More Comfortable With Art

There are 5 little things that you need to make art:

  1. Gather The Materials to Make Art
  2. Make The Time to Make Art
  3. Decide The Best Location To Make Art
  4. Be in the Moment While Doing Art And
  5. Appreciate The Art You Make

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The Most Important Lesson You Can Learn From A Millionaire Artist by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

The Most Important Lesson You Can Learn From A Millionaire Artist

As a creative and a writer, I recognize the immense importance that creativity plays in our early years and throughout our life.

 

But, if we stop to really ask ourselves how comfortable we are with creativity, most of us would agree that creativity is an uncomfortable process.

 

We think that in order to engage in creative tasks, we must prune our insecurities and deliver just the fruit.

 

But, it’s an oxymoron to think like that because:

 

“Creativity and insecurity go hand in hand.”

 

Don’t believe me?

 

Just think about it for just a second.

 

If I were to wave my magic wand (or A magic wand… I don’t have one, but it would be nice)… and grant you the ability to do the creative task that appeals to you THE MOST.

 

What creative task would you want to do?

  • Writing a book?
  • Writing a blog?
  • Watercoloring?
  • Cupcake decorating?
  • Sewing?
  • Card making?
  • Jewelry making?
  • Oh I know… singing?
  • Dancing?
  • All of the above?

 

It really doesn’t matter if the creative task that you’d like to do is in the list or if I failed to include it.

 

The following question is much more important:

 

WHAT is keeping you from engaging in this art?

Think about it for a moment. Listen to your internal dialogue and then tell me what your “inner you” told your “outer you.”

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10 Reasons You'll Love Mother Goose Time 4.14.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure blog www.loveandtreasure.com

12 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mother Goose Time

In a world filled with too much information and too many products, it’s difficult to choose. So, what do we do? We read reviews, such as those on Amazon and we ask for recommendations from people who are in a similar situation as us.  So if you’re wondering what preschool curriculum you should choose, here are 10 reasons why you’ll love Mother Goose Time.

 

12 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mother Goose Time

 

Reason #1: You Get To Make Your Child A Priority

We have way too many things to fill our day with.

 

It doesn’t matter if you stretch your days horizontally and wake up earlier and go to bed later… you’ll always have more to do.

 

It also doesn’t matter if you stretch your days vertically and work every weekend and weekday, you still probably won’t have enough time to do all that you want to do.

 

So, I have a tip for you that I often have to remind myself of:

"Instead of thinking of the million different reasons why you can't spend more time with your child, make it your #1 daily goal to actually spend time with your child." - Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure blog www.loveandtreasure.com

“Instead of thinking of the million different reasons why you can’t spend more time with your child, make it your #1 daily goal to actually spend time with your child.” – Haydee Montemayor

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10 Reasons Your Kids Will Love Mother Goose Time Lessons 4.7.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure Blog that you can find at www.loveandtreasure.com

10 Reasons Your Kids Will Love Mother Goose Time Lessons

When was the last time your child told you that they couldn’t wait to start a lesson?

 

When was the last time they followed you around the house to let you know that they wanted to do a learning activity with you?

 

If your answer is “never”… then let me tell you that Mother Goose Time Curriculum is a resource that your children will love.

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