9Bliss Features Nine Naturals Unscented Natural Deodorant!

August 22, 2014

Nine Naturals is excited to have our Unscented Natural Deodorant featured in 9Bliss’ “Maternity Essentials for Labor Day Weekend”:

“Rock a sleeveless cover-up without worry using Nine Naturals Unscented Pregnancy Deodorant – you’ll thank us later.”

 9bliss features Nine Naturals!

Nine Naturals Featured On Oh Joy!

Nine Naturals is thrilled to be featured as part of Oh Joy’s Organic Pregnancy Beauty Essentials: ”I love the fresh scent of Nine Naturals shampoo and conditioner…the mint seriously wakes me up!”

Nine Naturals Featured On Oh Joy!

Planning For The Unexpected: How To Choose A Guardian for Minor Children or Dependents


Article is courtesy of Everplans.com

If there is one thing that almost all parents and parents-to-be have in common is that they are always planning and preparing for the next step –  but what happens when the unexpected happens?  That is why Nine Naturals is excited to partner with Everplans in the Planning For The Unexpected Series to help bring you helpful tips and information for everything from financial and medical planning to spiritual and grief counseling.

If you have children who are under the age of 18 (“minor children”), you should name a guardian who will raise and care for your children in case you should die. The role of the guardian will essentially be the role you have now as a parent—caring for your children, acting in their best interests, and providing for them physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally.

If the child’s other natural parent is alive and competent, he or she will likely be granted guardianship, no matter who you name in your will as your desired guardian.

Reasons for choosing a guardian for minor children

By naming a guardian in your will you can have a voice in deciding who will raise your child if you should die. If you die without a will or fail to name a guardian for minor children in your will, the court will determine who should get custody over your children. If your child’s other parent is still alive (whether you’re married or not), the court will usually grant custody to that person. However, if the child’s other parent is unfit, unwilling, deceased, or otherwise unable to care for the child, the court will appoint someone they think will best serve the child. Naming a guardian in your will is your opportunity to make your opinion known and have a say in the matter of who will raise your child.

What it means to name a guardian for minor children

Naming a guardian in your will can be understood as suggesting the person you’d like to care for and raise your child if you should die. However, just because you’ve named someone as guardian in your will does not mean that the person you’ve named will necessarily end up being the child’s guardian. Unlike material possessions, a child is not property and cannot simply be bequeathed to another person, which is why the courts get involved in this issue. Even if you’ve named a guardian in your will, a judge (usually from Family Court, though possibly from Probate/Surrogate Court, Juvenile Court, or District Court) will have the ultimate say in deciding who will be your child’s guardian.

As your child’s parent, your opinion on who should get custody of your child matters very much to the court, and the person you named in your will should take priority in the judge’s mind. However, if the child has another natural parent who is living and capable (even if that person is not your spouse or never was your spouse) he or she may necessarily be granted custody according to the laws of your state.

Types of guardians for minor children

There are two types of guardians for minor children: “Guardian of the Person,” who handles child rearing, and “Guardian of the Estate,” who handles the child’s finances. You may choose one person to fill both these roles or you may choose different people for each role.

To learn more about the duties of a Guardian of the Person, see our article Guardian of the Person.

To learn more about the duties of a Guardian of the Estate, see our article Guardian of the Estate.

Deciding who to choose as guardian

Choosing a guardian is not a decision that most parents take lightly, and it can be very challenging to think about who you would like to have raise your children if something should happen to you. Learning about the responsibilities and duties that each guardianship entails can help you as you choose someone to name as the guardian for your child or children.

For advice on how to choose a Guardian of the Person, see our article How to Choose a Guardian of the Person.

For advice on how to choose a Guardian of the Estate, see our article How to Choose a Guardian of the Estate.

Naming a guardian for dependent adults

If you are the parent or guardian of a dependent adult, you will want to name a guardian for him or her in your will. The guidelines and process for choosing a guardian for minor children also apply to choosing a guardian for a dependent adult.

Busting Pregnancy Beauty Myths

August 20, 2014

Busting Pregnancy Beauty Myths

Navigating the 40 weeks of pregnancy can feel daunting, especially for first-time mothers who are simply trying to safely enjoy what is supposed to be the most beautiful experience of their lives. When you’re not figuring out what food to eat and how much (or how little) exercise is appropriate, you’re questioning your beauty routines, based on old wives’ tales and the, at times unwanted, advice of friends, family and perfect strangers. Look no further, for we’ve unveiled the truth behind three common pregnancy beauty myths.

Myth: All Expectant Women Get The Pregnancy “Glow”

Thanks to those powerful hormones, your skin will produce excess oil during your pregnancy, which can cause breakouts and acne, or, in some cases, a beautiful glow. Skin changes are common during pregnancy and can include: the mask of pregnancy (dark patches of pigmentation on the face), itchy palms and soles (redness and irritation caused by increased estrogen) and skin tags (painless, flesh colored growths). While there is no guarantee that you will get that pregnancy glow, you can combat some of your skin woes with Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm, which can be applied from head to toe, or you can try the Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter to soothe dry itchy skin.

Myth: Perfume and Sunscreen Are A No-No

Research suggests that any product placed on the skin can potentially be absorbed into the bloodstream, so it’s best to use caution during pregnancy; however that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo spritzing your skin with a luscious scent. Rather, you should look for a fragrance that is crafted from essential oils and doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, synthetics, propylene glycol, and dyes. We can’t get enough of the natural scents from Pour le Monde.

Sun protection during pregnancy is vital, as hormones cause your skin to become more sensitive, thus putting it at greater risk for damage. Switching to a non-chemical sunscreen, such as Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32, will coat your skin with nourishing oils, while offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition to using a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, always wear a hat and invest in a few pieces of clothing with sunscreen built into the fabrication.

Myth: Manicures Are Dangerous

All nail salon customers – pregnant or not – run the risk of picking up surface germs and being exposed to bacteria, unless personal tools and nail polish are used during every salon visit. However, now that baby’s on board, in addition to bringing your own tools to the salon, you should come armed with your favorite 5-free nail colors, which are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin and camphor. Brands that are 5-free include: Zoya, RGB, Scotch Naturals and Ten over Ten.

Moderation is key during pregnancy; but if you still feel uncomfortable or concerned using a particular product or receiving a specific treatment, reach out to your physician for guidance.

Ergonomics for Moms: Babywearing

August 18, 2014

ergonomics for babywearing

Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY.

Dr. Gia Fruscione of DVLR Maternity shares 3 tips for supporting you and your little one while babywearing.

Babywearing has become an instinctive parenting style over the years as it allows a busy parent the freedom to continue a hands-free, daily routine while providing the child with a rich environment. While it’s great to have your baby snuggled up close to you, ergonomics is something every parent needs to consider when carrying a baby in a sling or another form of carrier.

Once you find a carrier, wrap, or sling to best suit your everyday needs (and figure out how to put it on – thank you, YouTube), the next step is to make sure you and your little one are positioned properly. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your baby is correctly positioned in the baby carrier to best support your body:

Be Aware of How You Lift your Little One: It is important to use proper body mechanics to lift your child, especially as your child gets bigger. Good lifting mechanics require you to bend at your knees (not your back) and keep the weight as close to you as possible. For example, think about lifting a gallon of milk off the floor (about 8.5 pounds) – which would be easier? Lifting while keeping your arms out straight as you stand up or bringing the gallon of milk to your chest before standing up? The closer you bring the weight to your body, the better!

Keep it Symmetric: It’s not always possible to carry your little one in the middle-region of your body, especially if you’re trying to multi-task. I commonly catch myself with my daughter on my left hip so my right arm is free. Whether you have a newborn in a sling or your two year-old on your hip, make sure you share the love between the left and right side. It’s important to keep your body balanced, and split the load between the sides over time (hips when carrying – shoulders when wearing), and it’s also very important for baby. If you’re wearing a sling or wrap, make sure to change the direction your baby is facing (head turned left or right), so they are not consistently in one position.

Disperse the Load: If you continue to use a wrap or carrier as your child gets bigger, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re carrying the load correctly. First, make sure that your child is centered correctly in the carrier and securely tightened to you – not only for baby’s safety, but also because the closer you carry the load to your body, the less strain it will have on you (similar to the first point above). Also, try to spread the load across as much of your body as possible. Carriers with waist straps in addition to shoulder straps are going to disperse weight better, and make it safer and easier for you to carry your growing bundle!

This article is by Dr. Gia Fruscione courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.