Category Archives: Pregnancy & Postpartum

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10 binge-worthy Shows to Watch While Nursing

Everyone loves a good binge-worthy show, especially at 1 am, (or anytime) when the baby is nursing again. Or while folding laundry, I promise it makes laundry folding more tolerable. What makes a good binge-worthy show? Well, first lots of seasons. The more seasons the longer the binge, the longer you have until you have to find a new binge show. Second, episodes have to be 45 minutes or less. I use this rule because fingers crossed, your nursing session lasts about that long and you can go back to sleep after one show. Hopefully, this list will set you up for a long, successful and enjoyable binge sesh. Making late night – early morning nursing sessions a little less sucky. All of my suggestions are on Netflix, so get your Que ready and loaded with these awesome shows! Desperate Housewives– I mean who doesn’t love a little drama in their life? This show has all the drama and loads of seasons for you to enjoy! Parenthood– Also drama, but of the family sort. However, be warned you may need a box of tissues with this amazing show. This is one of my all time favorites! Friends– A classic. You can’t go wrong here. I use friends as my backup when I can’t seem to find something else or my emotions are high from parenthood. How I met your mother– …

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7 Things I Will Do Differently with the Next Baby

Being a parent is a tough job! Now that my husband and I have a toddler we often chit chat about what it was like when he was a newborn and what we want to do differently the next time we become parents. Here is our list: 1.       With baby #2 I will use newborn cloth diapers. With the first baby I really had no clue what I was doing. I was hesitant to build a stash of diapers before his arrival. It took awhile to get a wash routine. Now that I have a good grasp on cloth diapers, I know which styles work for our family and have built good sized stash, I will definitely start cloth right from the beginning. I realize there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to cloth diapers now, that infant poop isn’t so scary once you have a toddler!  2.       When it comes to the next baby I will do less caring. I don’t mean less caring for the baby. I mean less caring about what others think. With #1 I did a lot of unnecessary worrying about what others thought of my decisions as a mom. I worried about what others thought of breastfeeding, what I was wearing (or not wearing), how my baby was dressed, opinions about using cloth diapers, opinions about where and how my baby …

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Family Favorite Simple Meals

Being a family with four kids, who have many different interests, can be a little hectic!  I try to plan most of our dinners in advance, based on our activities for each day.  I am currently egg free (and was previously dairy free) so most of these are easily adaptable to special diets. Sweet Potato Hash My personal favorite quick meal for anytime of day, and it doesn’t hurt that the rest of the family loves it too!  Cook peeled & chopped sweet potato in a cast iron skillet with onion, oil, and seasonings until tender & slightly browned. We like to top it with an egg or two, although I’m currently doing avocado instead.   BBQ Sandwiches  When I’m on top of my planning game, I love to use the slow cooker!  Throwing a meal in while I’m already in “kitchen mode” (making lunches/breakfast) is so simple.  BBQ pulled meat is by far the easiest to start.  I use pork loin (or tenderloin), beef chuck roast, or chicken breasts with a sliced onion, a bottle of BBQ sauce, and a bit of water cooked on low all day.  Serve on grilled buns with salad & steak fries to for a meal! Peanut Noodles I stay home, so I’ll try to sauté veggies during the day to toss with peanut sauce (I make my own with natural PB, soy sauce, …

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7 Reasons All Moms Need a Wet Bag

A wet bag makes a great gift for any mom to be. Whether or not she plans to cloth diaper her sweet baby or not a wet bag can prove to be very useful throughout the years. 1. All babies are adorable, but babies can be quite gross during all stages and ages. In the very beginning spit up is a very real thing. Wet bags are great for transporting those cute little outfits that have been spit up on a little, or completely doused in spit up. Plastic bags, while convenient, can sometimes transfer ink onto damp clothing. With a wet bag, you can toss in the dirty clothes then unzip the bag right into the washing machine. 2. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. They will happen. They will be gross. A wet bag with a zipper will be a life saver in a blow-out situation. And as a bonus, if your baby is exclusively breast fed, you can unzip the bag and just throw the whole thing in the wash without having to worry about touching poop, again. 3. A wet bag is a great way to organize a diaper bag. You could use it to put all food items in to separate them from the other things in the diaper bag. You could also put toys in a wet bag to separate them, or blankets, or diapers. 4. Wet …

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How to stay active with your little one

I remember the day in my earlier years when I used to wake up at 10 AM, make a nice breakfast and went to the gym later in the day. Fast forward to three babies later, I wake up at 7 AM after a sleepless night, eat dry cereal and walk to the mailbox to get a little exercise; after all fluffy mail can be REALLY HEAVY! Sometimes I am so tired from the day, I have no energy to do any more physical activity. I realized that to increase my energy levels I had to start eating better and being more active to keep up with the energy level of my toddlers.  So my husband and I decided to make a few changes in the home. We found a local track that was open to the public and took the entire family! We would babywear the 4 month old and the 2 and 3 year olds would walk with us and we would even bring their bicycle with us. We had the stroller by the track entrance as a backup in case any of the kids were too tired to walk. We would do walk for about 45 minutes in the evening when it was still light outside. That was lots of fun. We each took a lane and had a competition of who could sprint the fastest. It …

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