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I just whipped up Olive some teething biscuits tonight while making dinner, sugar free kheer, and vegetable stock. It was an eventful evening in the kitchen. Pretty steamy, too!

I recently started using Pinterest last week. I was largely against it for a while because I thought it would be another unnecessary time consuming social internet thing blah blah. I’ve had an invite for a while and decided to at least peek. To my delight I realized I could use it to “remember” things instead of having a billion bookmarks or tabs open. (Honestly, I don’t even bookmark things.. I’m a billion tab person. So many tabs. It’s so unhealthy.) Duh… you “pin” things to “boards” – why didn’t I put that together when I first heard of it? So I transferred a lot of my taps to pins and did a little more searching for things I can eat on my elimination diet, things for Olive, and more! So helpful!

I stumbled upon a few recipes for teething biscuits and thought I’d post a quick little ditty of what I did since I’ve already had a few inquiries. There are a bunch of different recipes out there but they’re all pretty similar. I basically threw everything in without measuring.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together 1 cup of oatmeal infant cereal (I’m going to try grinding my own oats next time) and 1 cup of oat flour.
In another bowl combine one very ripe banana (mine was an overripe frozen banana), about 1.5 Tbsp of canola oil (I never measure anything), and a splash of water. Mix until combined and then add to the dry ingredients.
Mix together until combined, add more water if necessary, avoid stickiness if possible.
Roll out (I smushed with my hands – I love shortcuts) onto a floured surface (I used almond flour) until is about 1/4 inch thick and then cut into shapes (I made rectangles (sort of) with a pizza cutter).
Place the uncooked biscuits onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

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Fresh, healthy, allergen free, preservative free, and full of yummy teething biscuits! Play around with the fruit or vegetable but plan to adjust your water according to how moist your fruit or vegetable is.

Enjoy! :)

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Yay! It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Baltic amber teething necklace!!

I’m so happy to have had the chance to host another great giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Without further ado…

The winner is…

#5!

Amber, from By Amber’s Hands!!!

Congratulations Amber!

Please email me { anowlsnest(at)gmail(dot)com } the name of the necklace you would like and your mailing address. Yay!

Do you have a baby?  Are you expecting a baby?  Do you know a baby?  Are you a baby?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above.. this post is for you!  :)

Tonight I’m going to be sharing with you our family’s experience with a Baltic amber teething necklace from the Etsy shop Amber for Sale.

Check out their Etsy shop or their website if you get a chance!

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:: About Amber for Sale ::

They are located in Riga, Latvia and sell teething necklaces made of 100% natural Baltic sea amber. They use AAA class jewelry grade raw amber material. They carry many shades of amber beads in both traditional and contemporary designs as well as different shapes. They sell worldwide. “If you like amber jewelry and want to buy a gift for your teething baby then you are in the right place. Browse through our site and see what you like.”

:: About Baltic Amber ::

Amber is not produced from tree sap, but rather from plant resin. Amber is the ancient resin of trees. The resin has gone through a number of changes over millions of years. The result of this metamorphosis is an exceptional gem with extraordinary properties. It is exploited and used by both craftsmen and scientist. Amber, which is in fact a fossil, is often held in the same class as semi-precious stones such as turquoise and jade because of its ornamental uses. Unlike these stones, amber is not mineralized. Rather, it is simple the fossil of resin, or tree sap.

Although considered a gem, amber is a wholly-organic material derived from the resin of extinct species of trees.

In the dense forests of the Middle Cretaceous and Tertiary periods, between 10 and 100 million years ago, these resin-bearing trees fell and were carried by rivers to coastal regions. There, the trees and their resins became covered with sediment, and over millions of years the resin hardened into amber. Although many amber deposits remain in ocean residue, geological events often repositioned the amber elsewhere.

Amber can be found on the shores of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The main producer of amber worldwide is Russia. In fact about 90% of the world’s available amber is located in the Kaliningrad region of Russia, which is located on the Baltic. Here, amber is washed up on the coast after being dislodged from the ocean floor by years of water and ocean currents. Amber can also be found in the forests of Ukraine. Ukranian amber, which is found within the marshy forest floor in the area surrounding the Volhyn-Polesie border, is prized for its wide range of tones and colors.

Amber is still widely used in jewelry and ornament today. Many jewelers who create stately designs enjoy working with amber because such large pieces are available. Furthermore, amber is significantly less expensive than gemstones. Because of the color range within amber, a necklace made of amber beads can include a stunning arrangement of tones and hues.

To learn more about Baltic amber click here.

The active ingredient in Baltic amber is succinic acid, which was analysed by the pioneer of modern bacteriology and Nobel-prize winner Robert Koch (1886). He confirmed its positive influences and discovered that there is no risk of the accumulation of surplus amounts of succinic acid in the human organism. Recent scientific research has also proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human organism, iIt strengthens the body, improves immunity, the course of energy-related processes and the balance of acids. Current research shows that the micronization of amber improves its assimilation by the stress-weakened organism of the contemporary man. The unfavorable environmental conditions prevailing today block the natural flow of energy-related processes in cells. Blocks affect cellular metabolism and significantly weaken the immune system, but the natural energy of amber is able to stimulate its renewal.

For more frequently asked questions about using Baltic amber for teething click here.

:: Our Thoughts & Experiences ::

Olive and I were sitting on the front step waiting for my husband to get home from work when the mailman passed by and handed us this package. We opened it immediately and I put it right on Olive!

I was able to choose which necklace I wanted for Olive. I love the contrast between the light and dark beads on this necklace!

It’s just over 12 inches long.

When Olive began wearing a Baltic amber teething necklace (at 5.5 months old) there were no visible signs that she was teething. At around 3 months of age Olive had a few tips of teeth peeking through her gums that were not giving her any trouble but they had since disappeared. I can say that, as of today (at 7.5 months old), Olive has two teeth! The bottom center right tooth came in first and is nearly all the way in and the other bottom center tooth to the left of the first one broke through about a week ago. There have been a few times that Olive has suddenly become upset and was nearly inconsolable for some reason that we were unable to figure out. After giving her a little bit of gripe water she was able to calm down. It’s possible that these few difficult times were due to teething pain. But overall it seems that Olive has had very little pain during the process of cutting her first tooth and I have seen virtually no swelling of her gums. Olive has bouts of significant drooling during the teething process but it rarely lasts an entire day. She continues to mouth numerous objects but I think she’s been doing that consistently since gaining decent hand coordination. :)

When Olive’s second tooth was coming close to breaking through the skin I could tell for a few days prior that it would be happening soon.. I could see the tooth getting closer and closer to the surface. And then one morning there it was! There were no signs during those couple of days that Olive was having an increase in pain or swelling or any other typical symptoms (save for drooling). That’s amazing!

But unfortunately I cannot ask Olive for her opinions for the purpose of this review so I can only tell you that during the appearance of her first two teeth Olive seemed to be in little to no pain.

In an effort to come up with a little more content for this review I began wearing Olive’s teething necklace around my ankle at night. You see, I have rheumatoid arthritis and my joins, specifically my ankles, are extremely stiff in the morning. I am happy to report that my ankles were noticeably less stiff on the mornings that I wore the necklace to bed! My ankles were still not as flexible and limber as normal ankles but were significantly better than the way they had been recently. I wore it on my ankle on and off so as to avoid any sort of placebo effect I may be experiencing. It came to a point that I couldn’t really remember if I had it on or not upon waking so I judged the stiffness of my ankles before looking down! After not wearing the necklace to bed for a few nights in a row the significant stiffness returned, leaving me hobbling into the hallway like an old woman.

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Note: Amber teething necklaces are not recommended for chewing on. Olive is just too grabby and can’t resist sometimes. I typically keep it between her clothing and her skin (as it works best when as much surface area of the beads is touching the skin as possible).

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Note: Amber teething necklaces should be worn directly on the skin – the necklaces is on top of Olive’s clothing for the purpose of these photos.

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Clearly Olive loves her necklace. :)

:: Conclusion ::

I am a firm believer in natural and homeopathic strategies for ailments of all kinds. I would rather take time to explore those options before jumping to a more medical approach or conclusion, depending on the situation at hand. For teething pain and discomfort I hope to explore various strategies for Olive and I to use before jumping into the world of meds. Hopefully it won’t get to that point and we’ll find safe and natural ways to ease any discomfort she may have. So do I recommend you try a baltic amber teething necklace? Yes, I do! It doesn’t hurt and it’s better than unnatural meds so I 100% support it. The necklaces may not work for every baby but it is worth the try! My personal experiences with decreased ankle stiffness in the morning makes me support the use of amber even more! For around $20 you’d be silly not to try!

:: GIVEAWAY!!! ::

Would you like to try a Baltic amber teething necklace? One lucky reader can win a necklace of their choice from Amber for Sale! You can use the necklace for your own little one or win it as a gift for a friend!
To enter visit Amber for Sale’s Etsy shop and come back here and leave a comment telling me which teething necklace you would choose if you won.
For additional entries do any or all of the following & leave a comment for each:
~ “Heart” Amber for Sale on Etsy
~ Subscribe to this blog or follow via a reader
~ Follow @bymyelf http://twitter.com/#!/bymyelf
~ “Like” my photography Facebook page
~ Tweet about this giveaway & include @bymyelf in your tweet
~ Blog about this giveaway (leave a link for me to see)
This giveaway is open to all! The winner will be chosen via random.org in the evening on Monday, October 10th

** I was provided an amber teething necklace free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review – all opinions stated are completely my own. **

Last week Olive turned seven months old.

Her army crawl has become pretty quick and she sometimes morphs into an inchworm.. briefly getting up on her hands and knees.
Recently she’s been getting onto all fours and rocking back and forth which causes me to giggle every single time.
Olive has become much more consistent when waving. She waves at mirrors in the house when we pass them and today she waved at a lady walking on the sidewalk who was quite far away from us. And not even looking at us. She also often accompanies a wave with a “hhhhhhhhha”. Today she waved when Tyler left for work but he had already closed the door. :(
Olive’s pincer grasp blows me away. I guess I’m not sure how precise it should be at this age but I don’t think it could get any better. She pick up the smallest things with such precision! I think I have baby led weaning to thank for that.
Speaking of baby led weaning – We’ve been feeding Olive the same food that we have been eating for a couple of months now. Just a few of the things she has tried and enjoy include steak, curry chicken, lots of homemade bread, apple pieces, plum, various stir frys, sauerkraut soup, eggs, pancakes, pizza, Moroccan vegetable stew, Ramadan soup, brats, and so many more things. I don’t think there has been anything that she hasn’t been willing to eat though I think there is a clear preference for meat! She is so entertaining to watch eat. :)
We have recently shaken up the nap and bed time routines as Olive was previously falling asleep only during yoga ball bounces, in the car, or rarely while nursing. It’s only been a few days thus far but she seems to be doing well!
Olive has two teeth – she has had the middle right bottom one for about a month and a couple of days ago the other middle bottom tooth poked through. Thankfully she has had little to no teething pain! I think I have to thank her Baltic amber teething necklace for some of that.
Olive occasionally signs milk but when she’s really hungry I don’t think she has the ability to do much of anything besides nearly hyperventilate!
Unfortunately it is hard to tell the difference between waving and milk as Olive’s waving is occasionally facing her and is just her hand opening and closing. Much like milk.
Olive really likes to hug Honey, our pup. It’s cute. :) Until she tears out fistfuls of hair.. yuck.
Olive is playing with all of her toys much more accurately now (not that I think any toy really has a right or wrong – I encourage creativity!). She turns pages, shakes rattles and maracas very well, a and knocks down block towers.
She laughs a lot and plays back and forth with sounds much more than before.
Elimination Communication is still going well. Olive has many wet diapers throughout the day – neither of us are good at catching all of those. She goes weeks without a dirty diaper though, which is great. Every other day or so she has a big big deal poop in her bedroom potty. She usually hugs me while pooping.. which is strange yet adorable.

Overall she’s pretty great. :)

Here are some photos of our seven month old Olive bug!

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Waving:

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Suddenly excited:

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She has a small booger:

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I apologize to those of you who follow this blog, my Facebook photo page, and my photo blog – you’re probably tired of seeing the same thing.

Olive is clearly a winner.

And…
(drum roll please)
The winner of the A Baltic amber teething necklace from Amber Artisans is…

#9!

Amanda!

Amanda, please email me at anowlsnest(at)gmail(dot)com with the email address that you would like Amber Artisans to contact you with.

Congrats!

I’m sorry that not everyone could win. BUT! BUT! There will be another Baltic amber teething necklace giveaway happening in a few days. Wow! So be sure to come back and enter again. :)

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an 8×10 print of your choice from Livy Love Designs!!

I am so excited to share with you today our experience with an amber teething necklace from Amber Artisans!

Feel free to stop by their Etsy shop and their website.

:: About Amber Artisans ::

Amber Artisans is located in Lithuania which is home to natural Baltic Amber.  Each piece of amber comes straight from the Baltic Sea and is polished by hand and carefully molded into pieces such as teething necklaces, bracelets, healing necklaces, and more!  “We our passionate about Baltic amber…it is in our blood; it is our destiny and the source of our livelihood. We are obsessed with amber’s history, beauty, mythology and the amazing healing properties that only natural Baltic amber possesses.”

:: About Baltic Amber ::

One of the most significant uses of Baltic amber is to reduce inflammation.  It is also said to stimulate to thyroid glands and accelerate our natural immune system (via inflammation reduction).  It is a useful non-medical tool for things such as teething and arthritis.  The amber is actually a fossil that is quite old.  It is the resin from pine trees which grew in Europe.  Specifically it is 79% carbon, 10.5% hydrogen and 10.5% oxygen.  The amber releases succinic acid and that is absorbed into skin that comes into contact with the beads.

The following excerpt was taken from Amber Artisan’s teething FAQ page.
The active ingredient in Baltic amber is succinic acid, which was analysed by the pioneer of modern bacteriology and Nobel-prize winner Robert Koch (1886). He confirmed its positive influences and discovered that there is no risk of the accumulation of surplus amounts of succinic acid in the human organism. Recent scientific research has also proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human organism, iIt strengthens the body, improves immunity, the course of energy-related processes and the balance of acids. Current research shows that the micronization of amber improves its assimilation by the stress-weakened organism of the contemporary man. The unfavorable environmental conditions prevailing today block the natural flow of energy-related processes in cells. Blocks affect cellular metabolism and significantly weaken the immune system, but the natural energy of amber is able to stimulate its renewal.

For more information about the benefits of using Baltic amber during teething visit Amber Artisan’s teething FAQ page.

:: Our Thoughts & Experiences ::

I picked up this very well packaged necklace from the post office as I was gone when the mailman attempted delivery and the package required a signature. After getting back into our car I opened it immediately and put it on Olive. I was very impressed by the care of the packaging and I love the little pouch that it came in.

The necklace that I was given is a wonderful light amber color and it is approximately 13″ long.


When Olive began wearing the necklace about a month ago (at 5.5 months old) there were no visible signs that she was teething. At around 3 months of age Olive had a few tips of teeth peeking through her gums that were not giving her any trouble but they had since disappeared. I can say that, as of today (at nearly 7 months old), Olive has the entire top ridge of a bottom tooth showing as well as the tips of a few more. There have been a few times over the past month that Olive has suddenly become upset and was nearly inconsolable for some reason that we were unable to figure out. After giving her a little bit of gripe water she was able to calm down. It’s possible that these few difficult times were due to teething pain. But overall it seems that Olive has had very little pain during the process of cutting her first tooth and I have seen virtually no swelling of her gums.  (While in the midst of writing this review Olive has begun showing additional signs of teething – increased drooling & mouthing of objects, as well as more fussiness than usual.)

Unfortunately I cannot ask Olive for her opinions for the purpose of this review so I can only tell you that for her first teething experience Olive seemed to be in little to no pain.

In an effort to come up with a little more content for this review I began wearing Olive’s teething necklace around my ankle at night. You see, I have rheumatoid arthritis and my joins, specifically my ankles, are extremely stiff in the morning. I am happy to report that my ankles were noticeably less stiff on the mornings that I wore the necklace to bed! My ankles were still not as flexible and limber as normal ankles but were significantly better than the way they had been recently. I wore it on my ankle on and off so as to avoid any sort of placebo effect I may be experiencing. It came to a point that I couldn’t really remember if I had it on or not upon waking so I judged the stiffness of my ankles before looking down!  After not wearing the necklace to bed for a few nights in a row the significant stiffness returned, leaving me hobbling into the hallway like an old woman.


Note: Amber teething necklaces should be worn directly on the skin – the necklaces is on top of Olive’s clothing for the purpose of these photos.



Note: Amber teething necklaces are not recommended for chewing on. Olive is just too grabby and can’t resist sometimes. I typically keep it between her clothing and her skin (as it works best when as much surface area of the beads is touching the skin as possible).

:: Conclusion ::

I am a firm believer in natural and homeopathic strategies for ailments of all kinds.  I would rather take time to explore those options before jumping to a more medical approach or conclusion, depending on the situation at hand.  For teething pain and discomfort I hope to explore various strategies for Olive and I to use before jumping into the world of meds.  Hopefully it won’t get to that point and we’ll find safe and natural ways to ease any discomfort she may have.  So do I recommend you try a baltic amber teething necklace?  Yes, I do!  It doesn’t hurt and it’s better than unnatural meds so I 100% support it.  The necklaces may not work for every baby but it is worth the try!  My personal experiences with decreased ankle stiffness in the morning makes me support the use of amber even more!  For around $20 you’d be silly not to try!

:: GIVEAWAY!!! ::

Would you like to try a Baltic amber teething necklace?  One lucky reader can win a necklace of their choice from Amber Artisans!  You can use the necklace for your own little one or win it as a gift for a friend!
To enter visit Amber Artisan’s Etsy shop and come back here and leave a comment telling me which teething necklace you would choose if you won.
For additional entries do any or all of the following & leave a comment for each:
~ “Heart” Amber Artisans on Etsy
~ Subscribe to this blog or follow via a reader
~ Follow @bymyelf on twitter
~ “Like” my photography Facebook page
~ Tweet about this giveaway & include @bymyelf in your tweet
~ Blog about this giveaway (leave a link for me to see)
This giveaway is open to all!  The winner will be chosen via random.org in the evening on Friday, September 23rd

 

** I was provided an amber teething necklace free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review – all opinions stated are completely my own. **

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