How to use the It Works Body Wrap

What is the It Works Body Wrap ?

The Ultimate Body Applicator or “It Works Wrap”  is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin. You can wrap your body anywhere from the chin on down.

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So how do I use the It Works body wrap?

  • Apply the wrap to clean dry skin. I like to shower and exfoliate the area first.
  • Take a picture.
  • Remove the wrap from the package and unfold it.
  • Place it lotion side down on your skin and hold it in place with tight clothing, elastic bandage or plastic wrap.
  • Wear it for at least 45 minutes.
  • Remove and vigorously massage the lotion into your skin.
  • Make sure you are well hydrated the day before you wrap, the day of, and the day after. Avoid diet soda and tea if possible.
  • I’d recommend you take pictures after you remove the wrap, and for the next 3 days afterwards. Your results will continue to get better. Remember that a full treatment is considered 4 wraps. You will probably want to wrap the same body area every 3-7 days until your box of wraps is gone. Eating healthy and exercising will help you get better and longer lasting results!

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*Results may vary and are not guaranteed

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Sleep Training

I absolutely love to cuddle with my kiddos. To listen to her coos and sighs, her slurps of breastmilk while she plays with my hair and nuzzles right up next to me. It’s magical! I am amazed at this tiny human, this beautiful baby I made (we made:)) However, I do not enjoy sleeping with her! She is up every couple of hours to nurse. And well, I just can’t do it anymore. Long term sleep deprivation truly is torture.

I know how it is to be desperate for sleep. I get it. I really do. There are times I’d do just about anything for some rest! Many times I have fallen asleep nursing and decided not to get out bed to put baby away. Each time this happens I regret it. Without a doubt, baby girl wakes more often to nurse and I worry I’ll roll over on her. Nobody at our house is getting good sleep, especially me. So we’ve decided to bite the bullet with baby girl and do the whole sleep training thing.

I believe sleep is a learned skill we need to teach our babies. I’ve read every book about sleep, trained as a nurse, and even worked for an amazing pediatrician. The following are just my tips and tricks for training your baby to sleep better (not meant as medical advice!)

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As long as your baby is gaining weight appropriately and is not ill or diagnosed with any other medical condition…. At 4 months of age they can sleep a minimum of 6 hours! They have mature livers which can sustain their blood sugar throughout the night. With the exception of growth spurts or sickness, most of the time when they wake up and want to nurse it’s really about comfort! We wake up naturally several times per night, but as adults we can usually soothe ourselves back to sleep. We need to teach the baby how to self-soothe too.

Nurse on demand throughout the day. So that baby is getting enough nutrition and isn’t waking up due to hunger.

Move baby out of your room! They can smell mom-especially if your breastfeeding (crazy huh?!) They will sleep longer and more soundly in a different room.

Teach baby the difference between night and day. Choose an 8-hour time period that works best for your family. (Our family does 9:00-5:00) During this time, if they wake up- no breast or bottle feeding. Dad gets up to comfort her by offering reassurance or in our case rocking baby back to sleep the first few days of sleep training. (Yes, we modified the advice a little bit- for the sake of our 3 year-old. I want him to sleep through the night at least.)

Involve your spouse. Yes, he may need to work in the morning, but so do you! I’d even go so far as to argue that caring for a baby is probably more taxing than a traditional 9-5. (I know working my J-O-B is easier than being at home sometimes. Shoutout to all those working moms!) Plus my husband means business, I’m the pushover.

Establish a bedtime ritual (Ours is bath time, pjs, nurse, and stories as they get older.) No music, lights, vibrating mattresses, etc. They become dependent on those things to sleep. A comfort item like a blanket, stuffed animal, etc. is fine; maybe even helpful for older kids (avoid suffocation hazards!)

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Alexa Rae

So how do you sleep train?

Lay baby down in the crib. Give hugs & kisses then say, “it’s bedtime I love you-goodnight.” Immediately leave the room. Wait 10 mins, if baby is still crying enter room say, “Alexa it’s okay-bedtime.” Check on baby make sure she is safe. Immediately leave the room again. *Do Not pick up or touch baby! This is key. (DO NOT give in, if you do, forget everything you just did and consider yourself completely starting over!)

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

The first night is the hardest. But if gets significantly better each day. This method takes 3 days total! 3 days of hell, fury, damnation & drama. But your lives will be forever changed at the end!!!! Trust me on this.

This isn’t meant to make you feel judged or inadequate or anything else if you don’t parent the same. This is what works for me and my family. I’ve become the sleep training “guru” for my friends and family and thought I’d share what I’ve learned with you all. It’s amazing how much better you feel with adequate rest. Good luck!

Losing Weight The Basics

I just returned from my 8 week postpartum doctors visit. Ugh, I’ve got some baby weight to lose! Over the years my weight has been up and down. During my senior year of high school I gained 25 pounds. Lost it. Gained my “freshman 15.” Lost it. Had my first baby, gained 40 pounds! Lost it. Now after baby #2 I’m struggling to find the motivation to do it yet again! Instead of focusing on feeling overwhelmed I’m going back to the basics.

Start small and keep it simple. While I love some of those fancy fitness trackers (FitBit, Up, Garmin, etc.) you don’t NEED them! The concept of weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in. Choose one lifestyle change below and incorporate it into your week. It only takes 30 days to develop a habit.

1 pound of fat = 3500 calories. To lose a pound per week you need a calorie deficit of 500 per day. To determine how many calories you should eat use the “rule of 10” to find your BMR (basal metabolic rate.) Multiply your weight in pounds by 10. For example: a 150 pound woman would eat 1500 calories each day.

Need a boost? Try Thermofit a natural plant based metabolism booster made from red hot chili peppers. All the benefit without the burn! One of my favorite products from It Works.

Eat breakfast if you don’t. It will jump-start you metabolism, balance your hormones, energize, and turn on your brain. Studies have shown that people who eat within 2 hours of waking weigh less than people who don’t!

Keep a food journal. You are far more likely to be successful if you track what you eat. Some studies conclude you are twice as likely compared to those who don’t! Increasing awareness and learning “better” foods to eat will absolutely blow your mind! If you’re a big Starbucks fan (like me) I’d recommend sitting down before you google those nutritional facts. I really like the app My Fitness Pal.

Move. Do more than you did yesterday! Park further away than usual, take the stairs instead of the elevator, go on a short walk- increase your distance week by week. Again make SMALL changes and eventually they will become a habit.

Be accountable. I can’t stress how important this is! Find someone (besides yourself) to keep you in line. A friend, spouse, workout buddy, join an online group (there are many,) meet with a personal trainer if your budget allows. Invest in yourself! It’s money well spent.

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