Baby · Food · Life At Home

The Perfect Lactation Bars with Milkful

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I forget how much I snack when I’m breastfeeding. It seems like I am always hungry (although, is that really any different from my normal behavior?)

Recently I found the perfect healthy snack to munch on during the day when I’m feeling slightly hungry, and it helps to boost my supply if I find it getting low later in the day. Milkful is a company that makes gourmet lactation oat bars for breastfeeding mama’s in need of boosting their milk supply.

These bars are dairy free, soy free, egg free and wheat free. Their three flavors are Chocolate Banana Nut, Blueberry Almond Coconut, and Maple Walnut. They are the perfect size for when you need that little extra snack during your day filled with feeding babies, changing diapers and rocking that newborn to sleep. Just eating one bar a day can help boost that milk supply.

If you’re a new mama, struggling to breastfeed or make enough milk, I would definitely recommend trying these awesome bars! Check out their website here.

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Thank you to Milkful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Delicious Organic Snack with OCHO Candy

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Is there anything better than sharing a bunch of chocolate with your two-year-old daughter while you are 39 weeks pregnant? No, the answer is no. There is nothing better than that.

That is why I am so excited that we recently stumbled upon OCHO Candy. They make delicious organic chocolate with tons of amazing flavors to choose from. The OCHO stands for Organic CHOcolate, and being organic all of their products are GMO-free.

You can get their products in bars or in mini pouches. They do holiday subscriptions and birthday bundles, which make great gifts if you’re looking to give someone you love something yummy!

My favorite is either the dark or regular peanut butter, while Margot’s is by far the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor which is perfect for kids. Check out their site, and try some of their amazing flavors.

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Thank you to OCHO Candy for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Recipe with Maty’s

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This time of year is when my daughter and I start catching the dreaded colds. I know it’s inevitable, but we also learned a great way to keep it at bay with a few immune boosting recipes. The reason I say it’s “immune boosting” is that we add a little bit of Maty’s cough syrup. Now I know you may be thinking, “What? Cough syrup added to a recipe?”, but let me tell you it not only helps to boost that immune system it is so delicious as well.

Margot and I recently made a batch of Blueberry Banana Oatmeal that we added some Maty’s natural cough syrup. Their syrup is filled with all natural ingredients, and can easily be substituted for things like maple syrup or honey. That’s why I thought this recipe would be perfect for it, and it’s so easy.

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Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of Maty’s Cough Syrup
  1. First add the oats, water, milk and half of a thinly sliced banana into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the oats begin to bubble. Then stir until oats are cooked and creamy (about 3 minutes).
  2. Next, remove the pan from heat and then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining half of sliced banana, blueberries, and Maty’s Cough Syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

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Thank you to Maty’s for sponsoring this post, and for having the most amazing, natural products that I trust to use with my child. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Baby · Life At Home

A Healthy Pregnancy with Promise Prenatal

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Every week I use an app on my phone to determine what size the baby is, how the baby’s body is developing, and any common pregnancy symptoms this mama may be feeling as well. It always amazes me to see the different senses baby is developing, and how this little human is continually growing inside my own body.

It can be a lot of pressure for a pregnant mama to make sure that she is staying healthy, eating right, and getting enough exercise. That’s why it’s a relief to know that companies like Promise Prenatal put mothers and babies first with every single product they create.

Promise Prenatal has created prenatal vitamins for each trimester with mom and baby in mind, including before pregnancy as well as postpartum. Currently, I am taking the Stage 2 vitamins which I will take through the second and third trimesters. Stage 2 follows the recommendations from the National Institute of Medicine to increase iron at the beginning of your second trimester to help prevent anemia, which is common later in pregnancy. It also provides higher concentrations of vitamin C, calcium and magnesium which mother and baby need during this period of extraordinary growth, and is made from all natural ingredients.

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I have also been using Promise Prenatal’s Stretch Mark & Scar Oil. Every time I get out of the shower I rub a little on my growing bump to help prevent stretch marks. It is made from 100% organic oils and helps to maintain healthy, soft & supple skin throughout this pregnancy. Because this is my second pregnancy it feels as though everything is growing so much faster than before. I am so thankful to have this stretch mark oil to help prevent any unwanted stretch marks and lines.

One of my favorite things about Promise Prenatal is that with every purchase they give a mom in a developing country prenatal nutrition. They are a company that truly cares for the health and well being of all mothers and babies.

I may not be the perfect pregnant mother, but Promise Prenatal makes it so much easier knowing I am taking something healthy and safe for my baby and I.

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Thank you to Promise Prenatal for sponsoring today’s post and for having the best, quality products for pregnant and new mothers! All content and opinions are that of my own! 

Baby · Life At Home

Happy Little Camper

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Caring for another human being is extremely overwhelming, especially when you are a first time mother. Am I feeding my baby enough healthy foods? Are these products appropriate for bathing? Are there chemicals in things I use that are bad for my child?

I love when products come right out and share what they are all about. Happy Little Camper is a company that can be trusted to say no. No chemicals, no dyes, and no fragrances. Their wipes and diapers are Mother Nature approved and help to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and skin irritations. They are premium quality at a premium price. Check out their products here.

We tried out their wipes and loved them. They were soft and easy to pull out. My daughter who hates to blow her nose even let me use them to wipe her face when she was sick with her cold. We will definitely be getting more of these in the future!

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Thank you Happy Little Camper for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty & Fashion · Fitness

How I Get Motivated to Run

If you are anything like me the worst part of running is getting ready to run. From putting on my clothes to walking out the door I procrastinate like no other. Some days it takes me longer to get ready for a run than it actually takes me to run, and it’s not because I’m a fast runner.

The funny thing is that once I’m actually running I don’t mind it, and when I finish a run I’m glad I did it. Because of this I’ve come up with some ways to motivate myself before the run.

Buy running clothes you’re excited to wear.

Yes that’s right, I’m telling you to go shopping! Go get yourself some workout gear that is comfortable, and fun to wear while you run. It will make you so excited to want to use them. Don’t go using your old gym shoes that give you blisters, or you will never be motivated to run.

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Find a route you love to run.

After you’ve gone running a few times, find a route that you just love to run. Who cares if it is the same route every single time. If you’re happy that’s all that matters.

My favorite place to run is a local cemetery that is gorgeous, flat and has fall leaves for days.

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Have a playlist you run to, and even a playlist you get ready to run to.

Some people don’t like to listen to music while they run, but that is what keeps me motivated and on pace. I have started using the “Running” feature on Spotify which gives you music that you can run to at a certain pace. All the songs mesh together into the same beat so you never have to change your running rhythm.

If you need some motivation before your run make a playlist to listen to that gets you pumped for what you’re about to accomplish.

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Untangling headphones sometimes takes longer than the actual run.

Whether your runs are short, long, flat, hilly, hard or easy at least you’re running and staying healthy. If you can get passed the pre-run procrastinating you can do anything you set your mind to.

 

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Self Love

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer has been a huge part of my life. Not because I was diagnosed, but because my mother is a breast cancer survivor of twenty years. October is breast cancer awareness month so I thought it only fitting to share a few reminders about checking yourself for any signs and symptoms.

Here are some things you can do to prevent the risk of breast cancer:

  • Stay active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat properly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Breastfeed if possible
  • Get to know your normal breasts so you know what something abnormal might feel like
  • Do a self-breast examination on yourself monthly- lean over, lay back and examine all parts of your breast
  • Talk to your doctor about what age you should start getting mammograms

For more information on breast cancer or taking preventative measures visit breastcancer.org.

Wear pink for breast cancer awareness