It’s the most wonderful time of the year

I love Christmas and the whole holiday season. My family jokes that I have “O.C.D.” , obsessive Christmas disorder. I love the feel of this time of year. I love the kind spirit, the giving, the music, the lights, the traditions, the family time, the coziness, the warm feeling it brings. I always decorate for Christmas the day after Halloween, which many say I’m crazy for. But I like to enjoy it all for as long as possible! When do you decorate for the holidays? By the way, no I do not forget about Thanksgiving and I still very much celebrate it (hello leggings and an oversized sweater to hide the copious amounts of food I consume)

Haakaa USA breast pump review

The Haakaa USA silicone breast pump is a MUST. It is so easy to use. As I was nursing my daughter on one side, I collected these few ounces from the other…otherwise this would have been wasted milk and you know that this stuff is liquid gold! Seriously, breastfeeding moms do yourself a favor and get yourself one. It makes a great baby shower gift as well!

Warm up with this PSL

Today in Upstate New York it is a chilly morning, with a high of 28 degrees. To warm up this morning I had my own cheaper version of a pumpkin spice latte. Coffee, pumpkin spice creamer, whipped cream and cinnamon. Now, I know that creamer isn’t the healthiest thing in the world & because I have coffee every morning, I’ve tried many creamers to try to find a healthier alternative that I actually like. I’ve had no success. Does anyone have any healthy alternatives to creamer? I need sweetness and I need flavor. Until then, I’ll stick with my unhealthy creamer because coffee that tastes good is life and is an essential. I hope everyone has a good day, happy Friday! Ps. What is it about cute mugs that make your coffee taste that much better? Haha! #momlifeAD367860-3347-4233-868C-69E65C9D5BF6.jpeg

Morning oatmeal bowl

Each morning I have a big bowl of oatmeal. What I add to my oatmeal depends on the day and what I’m feeling like having, as well as on the season. For example, in the oatmeal bowl pictured above I added puréed pumpkin and pumpkin seeds for the fall season. It’s my current favorite!

In the summer, I add a lot of fresh berries to my oatmeal bowl such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. I have also added some toasted coconut to my oatmeal bowl before. Yum!

I love oatmeal bowls because they’re healthy, keep me full, and are versatile! You can really add whatever you’d like! The combinations and options are plentiful, therefore, I don’t get bored with it. I actually look forward to breakfast every morning.

Once I had my daughter and began breastfeeding, my love for oatmeal grew because it helps with milk supply. I also added other certain ingredients to increase my milk supply. Those ingredients were ground flax seed meal, brewers yeast, and cinnamon.

Oatmeal: oatmeal is a good source of iron. Sometimes mommas are anemic or have low iron levels which can result in a decreased milk supply, so it makes sense that eating something high in iron might increase milk supply in some women. Oatmeal is also full of fiber which provides energy and helps keep you full longer! You don’t want to use instant oats or quick oats because they are more processed. I use old fashioned oats or steel cut oats, depending on what I have in my pantry at the time.

Ground flax seed meal: flax seed has phytoestrogens which can influence breast milk production. It also contains essential fatty acids.

Brewers yeast: brewers yeast is a supplement that supports lactation and helps moms make more breast milk. The protein, iron, and B vitamins in brewers yeast may help to fight off fatigue and the baby blues which is an added bonus!

Cinnamon: cinnamon helps to increase the flow of mothers milk

Recipe for the oatmeal bowl pictured above:

  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 cup water

^ microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and then add:

  • Teaspoon of honey (add less or add more, depending on sweetness preference)
  • Teaspoon of brewers yeast (has a strong taste)
  • Sprinkled cinnamon
  • Sprinkled ground flax seed meal
  • A few tablespoons of pumpkin purée
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds

5 things to tell your child in the midst of tragedy

As I watch the news and then look down at my one month old that is so cozily nestled in my arms, I find myself at a loss of words. 

You turn on the news or look online and you’re flooded with negativity, more examples of the human race working against one another instead of working together. More hatred, more separation amongst races, more mass shootings, more innocent children dying, more separation amongst political parties, amongst other nations…more important laws, pacts and agreements dissipated. 

Very seldom do you see images and hear stories of individuals embracing each other’s differences. There’s more tearing each other down than building each other up. Very seldom do you see positive stories in the media, instead it’s flooded with negative stories – more hatred, more violence, more of a divide. 

How do you explain to a child that there are bad people who will do horrible things whenever, and wherever, even in churches and at concerts? How do you explain to them that the reason you’re so worried every time they leave your sight is because you truly just never know…you never know when or where another act of terror may occur. 

When the time comes and my child asks me difficult questions about difficult situations going on in the world, I will remind my child that in the midst of tragedy, always remember these things:

1. Look for the good: typically, in any news story or images from a tragic event there is a “hero”, an individual who is helping, an individual who is doing whatever they can to improve the negative situations of others. Focus on that. Find hope in the stories of strangers helping strangers. 

2. Be a do gooder: help others whenever you can, always go above and beyond to do the right thing. The human race needs to come together as one more than ever before. Be apart of bringing people together instead of bringing them farther apart. Remember this quote: “If you’re not making someone else’s life better than you’re wasting your time”

3. Don’t let the negativity in the world prevent you from living your life. Don’t let those causing the fear, “win”. Don’t give them that satisfaction. Be cautious, yes. But don’t let the negativity stop you from living your life

4. Always choose kindness: kindness goes a far way. Do small things that make people smile, laugh and feel good. To you it may be minimal but to the person, it may make their day. In times of stress and of sadness, making someone smile goes a long way

5. Have faith and dig deep: dig deep within yourself and find the positivity. Have hope. Remind yourself that there is always room for change and improvement…always room for the world to sway in the right direction. Room for a change in leadership, change in laws or polices, room for a change in the way people treat one another

California Baby

I will be doing some features on products that I have used and grown to love. Bath time is now a mom and baby favorite thanks to California Baby and this shampoo and body wash. It’s free of harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and formaldehyde carriers. I absolutely love its light scent of lavender and clary sage!

Sunday sentiments 

It’s amazing how you can so quickly miss something that you were “so done with” just a month ago. I miss feeling her little kicks, I miss feeling her hiccups, I miss having her close to me at all times. I knew she was comfortable and that she was safe. As much as I love having her here and in my arms, I so miss her being able to hear my heartbeat from the inside ❤️