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    African Wax Print Toddler Romper

    ABC donned an African Wax Print Romper made just for her by mommy! Check out how she rocks her favorite romper with ease making style simple! ABC donned an African Wax Print Romper made just for her by mommy! Check out how she rocks her favorite romper with ease making style simple! ABC donned an African Wax Print Romper made just for her by mommy! Check out how she rocks her favorite romper with ease making style simple! ABC donned an African Wax Print Romper made just for her by mommy! Check out how she rocks her favorite romper with ease making style simple! ABC donned an African Wax Print Romper made just for her by mommy! Check out how she rocks her favorite romper with ease making style simple!

    African Wax Print Toddler Romper

    When I bought this fabric, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I’ve made a couple pairs of harem pants with it but thought that this little romper was so perfect for it!!!

    Rompers are some of my favorite pieces for both children and adults. It’s a whole outfit in one piece–no worries about matching. This romper is one of abc’s favorites. Whenever I take it out, she gets excited. There are 2 buttons on the front for easy of getting in and out of it.

    Perfect for play and dressing up a bit, this romper is such a hit with us!

    African Wax Print Romper // The Crunchy Mommy

    Shoes // Target

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    Living with Hidradenitis Supportiva

    On the scale of skin disorders to have, there are worse ones than hidradenitis supportiva so sometimes I feel ridiculous for even feeling some kind of way about having it. But then there are times like yesterday when I couldn’t walk without the tears escaping from my eyes as I pressed to think happy thoughts unsuccessfully. It’s hard to mother or wife when you’re in so much pain doing normal things like sitting, walking, bending over, cooking but still need to function.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    Photo Credit: Hidradenitis Supportiva FB Group

    What Is Hidradenitis Supportiva?

    In short, they’re lumps that form under the skin in areas where skin rubs together–under the arms, groin area, butt. The longer, non-MayoClinic definition from personal experience is they are a network of cystic bumps under the skin that are in the areas where the skin rubs together. They often become painfully infected. Some say that they’re infected hair follicles, others have no clue as of what causes them but there are often a network of tubes that can constantly feed the lumps under the skin. When infection occurs, pain arises. If you have it, it will normally showing around puberty.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    My Personal Journey

    When I was 13, I noticed I kept getting these bumps in my groin area that made it really painful for me to wear my swimsuits. At the time, I was a competitive swimmer so swimsuits were my life. I would go to the doctor, they would prescribe an antibiotic and I would leave. When I was a senior in high school, I had a minor surgery where they removed one just to make sure it wasn’t cancerous–it wasn’t. Then they gave me a cortizone shot in the cyst. This was an unimaginable pain but it was years before the next ones returned.

    Cut to when I was 25. I had a surgery where they removed ALL of the cysts and their networks. After being diagnosed by a dermatologist, we decided this was the best route since this network of tubes had been growing for over 10 years and I was tired of the pain. The surgery was a mix of the best and worst decision for this. They put me under and when they brought me back, he said that it was more extensive then they had thought but they’d gotten it all. There were more little vessels under my arms with wasn’t what they had expected. But they were gone. Finally. But the healing? This was the hardest thing in the world for me. I would literally sit and cry for hours because of the pain. Take a pain pill right? They made me so sick so I chose the pain.

    After I healed, they were gone for maybe a year before I encountered my first one back during pregnancy with mini. It was depressing. I was already low because I was single and pregnant but then this too? It was a lot for just all of me to be in so much pain. Since then, I’ve gotten them sporadically but I was able to track how often they came back based upon my diet, stress levels, and water intake. But they are painful. Very painful and an inconvenience. It’s hard to explain to someone that you can’t walk when you haven’t been injured and can’t really explain the depth of your pain to someone. It’s hard to see your baby cry because you’ve yelped out of pain because of an untimely hug or jump in your lap. It’s tough to see your child wince when they see the scars on your body not from carrying them, but from something that’s uncontrollable.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    Photo Credit: Hidradenitis Supportiva FB Group

    Natural Ways of Healing Your Body

    I’m not going to lie, it’s tough to have an ailment that they don’t really know the cause of and then to just be in so much pain is hard. It’s very hard. But I learned that though there’s a lot that I can’t control, there are some things I can control and that helps a lot.

    Clean Eating

    I know. Everyone is ALL about clean eating for weight-loss. It works. But clean eating is also really important for taking care of your body and helping it to regenerate itself. If you have a chance to watch “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” I totally recommend it. It’s on Netflix so check it out one evening. After having a conversation with a fellow mother and hearing how she plans eating out certain days a week. At the time I thought this was genius! There’s nothing like taking some of the hours I spend in the kitchen off my shoulders! While it’s a temporary weight off my shoulders, being on my 2nd day in pain tells me it wasn’t worth it.

    Salt Soaks

    One of the ways to bring both comfort and cleansing to my skin is with salt soaks. Depending on how much pain I’m in and the location of the inflammation, sitting in an Epsom salt bath or just doing warm compresses with the salt will help with pain management and bringing the infected area to a head.

    Goldenseal

    I learned in my teens that Goldenseal is one of nature’s antibiotics. Instead of going to the doctor, I would just start taking some of these as soon as I could feel the onset of one. Depending on the dosage and timing, I could catch it before it got out of hand.

    Focus on the Positives

    So this seems like it’s self-explanatory but it’s not. I’ve had one of these infections for a week and I was incredibly depressed. When you’re in pain for an unknown amount of time, it does something to your psyche. Trying to do the normal things like hug or shower or lay or breathe and it result in pain is just hard. During these times it’s really important to focus on good things

    Go to the Doctor

    Yes, this is probably my last result. Right after I had abc I had a really bad one. Like really bad. And trying to care for a newborn while in that much pain was something I just couldn’t handle. So I went to urgent care and I had it drained. I’ve had 2 pain-med free births and this pain right here? I almost passed out. If it wasn’t for my little beauty being strapped to me I may have lost it. Some tears went un-caught but they “packed” it (they took a bunch of tape looking stuff that was soaked in an antibiotic and put it in the huge hole that was in my leg) then sent me on my way telling me I couldn’t sweat. I had to come back in a couple days to have the packing removed but because it was so bad, they repacked it and sent me on my way. It healed pretty nicely but alas, I just had another one.

    While there will more than likely never be a cure and all of this affected by this disease will just have to continue, it’s comforting knowing that throughout the almost 20 years of dealing with it, I’ve found some remedies that work and a community that knows intimately what I am dealing with on the daily.

    Juicy Juice Teasers Event + Recipe

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    “Mommy I got my first autograph!!!”

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    Mini’s excitement after the Juicy Juice Teasers Event was summed up in this one line. She’s always loved music and had a flare for the dramatics which is rapidly developing so when she met YouTube sensation Ryleigh Ledford at the Atlanta Juicy Juice Teasers Event, she was over the moon. And I was incredibly appreciative of Juicy Juice for offering the opportunity for mini to feel like a rockstar as she ate, drank more juice than ever, and sang her heart away.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    Juicy Juice Teasers

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    We aren’t big juice drinkers in our household since my girls have enough energy without all the extra sugars that are involved with the juice. But Juicy Juice Teasers has 50% less sugar than the average juice making it easier for me to loosen the reigns when it comes to allowing them to have juice. There are 4 new delicious flavors:

    • Peach
    • Apple
    • Berry
    • Half/Half

    Juicy Juice has taken a fresh take on the traditional Arnold Palmer with their new Teasers. These refreshing drinks are half decaffeinated/caffeine-free tea and fruit juice. There is 50% fruit juice in each of these drinks and they have no high fructose syrup.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Teasers Event

    As an adult, I can say that it was pretty fun and it wasn’t geared towards me! I loved the fact that Juicy Juice created a space that was easy for parents to really just let our kids have fun. The MC was awesome, funny, and age-appropriate. He seamlessly interacted with the kids and also seemed to have a good time.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Food

    So. Frickin. Delicious. So I mentioned awhile ago that we decided to let go of the vegan lifestyle (post to come) and I’m happy I did! They had Sweet Tea chicken, kale salad, shrimp and grits, and macaroni and cheese. It was perfect for both kids and adults.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Entertainment

    Ryleigh Ledford is a pretty big deal in the land of YouTube and she made her way into the hearts of my girls as well. She’s a 15 year old young girl with a sweet voice and personality. She sang some well known songs and invited the kids to the stage to rock out with her. Mini (and abc worked her way up there too) got to sing a duet with her and her mind was blown! I really appreciated Ryleigh for being so age-appropriate and kind to the kids. She was so sweet!

    Mini is trying to take over the show!!!! She loves @juicyjuiceusa and the stage loves her ha! #juicyjuiceteaserkickoff

    A video posted by The Crunchy Mommy (@thecrunchymommy) on

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

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    Did I mention a giveaway?

    Juicy Juice Teasers Giveaway

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    Elephant Harem Pant Romper

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    A couple weeks ago I decided that I wanted a harem pant romper. Naturally, I scoured the internet first before deciding to consult my ever growing fabric collection for something that I thought would be perfect for the romper. This Elephant knit fabric is sooooooo silky soft that I knew it would be perfect once I touched it.

    The romper/jumper is THE perfect outfit since you don’t have to worry about matching tops and bottoms. It’s an all-in-one that offers style and comfort–at least this one does! I’ve paired it with some flat sandals to I could chase the kids around and heels for a more mature look. And it has pockets!!!

    I decided to check out Big Cartel for this outfit since I’m still trying to figure out what works best for my items!

    Sunglasses/Target

    Shoes/Target

    Jewelry/Rocksbox {Use Coupon Code “thecrunchymommyxoxo”}

    Elephant Harem Pant Romper/The Crunchy Mommy Shop

    Book Review: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos)

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    At 18 months, mini was in a Montessori school that taught English and Spanish. As someone who lost their Spanish fluency just due to lack of practice, I loved that she was immersed in a language that is sure to be used more often than not in our country. Most jobs ask if you’re bilingual and languages are important. Which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the Little Chickies by Canticos book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    A Love For Reading

    My girls love reading. I’m not going to lie, I was worried about mini because she would clown me so much when I would review her sight words with her or try and sound things out, but now at 6 she’s in the advance readers program in her school and I couldn’t be more proud.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    And abc? Well if I need her to sit down then I just feed her books. There are moments where I’ll here her talking to herself only to walk in on her surrounded by books that she’s reading. Both their dad and I are lovers of books so the fact that this love has rubbed off is wonderful and it makes incorporating books that will ultimately aid in the teaching of a new language organic and easy.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Book by Canticos

    We’ve all seen the books that are written in both Spanish and English. The Spanish is written either above or below the English words. These are cool but I love the design of the Little Chickies/Los Pollitos books. It’s a board book that has little chicks that pop up. Abc loooooooves this though she’s a little rough so I have to help her with the pop ups.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    But the book folds out! The design of it is sheer genius. When you’re reading one side, it’s all in either Spanish or English but then you flip it over and then the book is in the other language. Here’s what I love about this: it forces you to retain the words in Spanish/English that you just read.

    When learning a new language, people say that you should watch the soap operas or read the magazines so that you can get a better feel of the context in which words are used, conjugated, etc. And this is exactly what this book does all while providing a sleek design and engaging pop-ups for kids.

    But it gets better…

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos App

    In the app that compliments the book, the little chickies that were pop ups in the book come to life as the hatch and sing and dance! The kids get to crack the eggs on the screen (make sure your screen is protected first, ha!) and watch the little chickies hatch before engaging them in nursery rhymes in different languages.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The design of the app flawlessly compliments the book. You can tap on the little chickies and they peep out “Pio! Pio!” just like the pop-ups in the book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    As if the book and app weren’t good enough, they donate a portion of each purchase to provide books and learning apps to low-income families. Grab your book and app (it’s on Android & iPhone) and get your kids falling in love with an engaging and fun way to learn a new language!!! Check out Canticos to keep up with future releases: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest YouTube

    Oh! Did I mention that I love my readers so much that I want to give you one?

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Canticos Giveaway

    **Disclaimer: TCM has received some form of compensation for this post though all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. There may be affiliate links in this post which means that by clicking them, I may benefit from it.**