Traveling with Babe

Just stopped by this wonderful blog because it caught my attention as we prepare to fly with our soon to be 4 mos old in a couple weeks. The tips and advice provided are super helpful, easy to remember and I especially love the product links. Looking forward to a smooth traveling experience!

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STOP!

Don’t freak out.  Don’t be intimidated. You can do it!

Here’s how we travel with a 3 to 8 month old babe.  What do you do??

1. Buying your tickets
Children fly free up until 2 yrs old. When purchasing your flights ensure that you add an infant while making your reservation. If the online checkout doesn’t have the option, then call the airline after purchase. Airlines seat you in window seats and in certain sections of the plane. Best to not just show up with an infant. It may mess up their whole seating setup. To avoid issues through security, ensure they give you a boarding pass for the baby or include her name on your boarding pass

2. Baggage
Your carry on will now mostly be a baby travel survival kit. So you’ll most likely check a bag. Ensure you check pricing for that for each airline.

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Save a little for yourself 

As our 2 year old stares me down as I’m eating my mid-day snack of cheese and crackers she parts her lips to ask me for some {mind you I just made her lunch, grilled cheese and orange slices at her request} I told her NO! And she scoffed at me and proceeded to ask again as if I hadn’t heard her the first time 

and my response was “NO, this is mommy’s” and she says you aren’t sharing…I almost hit the roof. This little taker had the audacity to think me to be a bad mommy and flip around my lessons about sharing to about apply it to herself. Her freshly made sandwich sat there untouched *rolls eyes*…I shared…I shared my time, energy, and effort to make her a dish {she requested} to have her give me the death stare like I took her lunch. 
Made me think…as parents we are constantly giving so there is nothing wrong with keeping somethings for yourself. Those cookies that are just for you. Your favorite ice cream, chips, etc. Treat yourself to a small before your children arrived moment– You shouldn’t feel guilty when your children are well taken care of and you reserve a little something for you. And nothing wrong with sticking your tongue out and say “NO, MINE!” After all we deserve it — we give and we give and the rare time we don’t our little entitled takers can’t handle it. Well, I call it a life lesson.  

You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you just might find, you get what ya need! ~The Rolling Stones

So reveal your stash, come out of the closet, stop burying wrappers, don’t worry if that chips bag is making all the noise in the world and their ears perk up…you know why because it’s yours and you can say that to your children…this is mine! 

I Gotta IBOTTA

The other day I was tuned in to Dr. OZ who had a segment on different apps and websites that can put some extra money in our pockets. One that peaked my interest is IBOTTA.

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Now as much as I want to be a coupon clipping, starbucks holding, bargain shopping, grocery store hopping mama…sadly in the words of Sweet Brown “ain’t nobody got time for that” I just don’t have the spare time and if I do I sure don’t want to spend it doing that. So this app offers rebates [cash back] and coupons for doing what all of us(people that eat) do and that’s *cue jazz hands* grocery shopping, yayyyy… well it actually takes it a little further in that it includes other retail stores as well.  So you shop and when you leave you take a picture of your receipt and the app tell you which items you will receive a rebate on and to expect it within 48 hours.

Step 1. Download the app from your app store (for free)

Step 2. Sign up. The app give you the option of signing up with Facebook, Google+ or your email.

Step 3. Browse through a list of stores screenshot_2017-01-19-20-27-57.pngand select the stores your frequent. The list can be narrowed down by your local area.

 

Step 4. For the grocery stores they ask you to provide the rewards card number or scan it.

 

Step 5. Check out the coupons and deals

 

Step 6. Shop, check out, take a photo of barcodes, your receipts and voila…rebates $$$

I gave it a try the other day after I ran to the grocery store for a few things

I ran through the list of things rebates were offered on

I came home and I scanned the barcodes

Then I took a photo of my receipt for verification

And just like that an alert that the rebates will be added to my account.

Wasn’t a grueling process and took less time than clipping and losing my coupons. Once I reach $20.00 I can cash out either by PayPal or Venmo…they also give the option to select a giftcard. I’m going to give it a full month trial before I decide if it’s worth it. But upon first use I would say it’s a step in the right track like using coupons I forget to use in store but it’s okay because I can redeem them through the app!

Would you like to try it?

Thirsty Thursday Smoothie

‘Get this Green’Smoothie Recipe

1/2 c. water

2 handfuls fresh baby spinach

1 c. frozen mangos

1 green apple cored and sliced with skin on

1 TBSP ground flax seed 

1 tsp honey 

*I added fenugreek powder from a capsule
Start with water and spinach leaves blend till it’s smooth. Next add in frozen mangos, green apple and honey, blend that till you are happy with the consistency. Then add in the flax seed {and powder be it fiber, protein or in my case fenugreek}. Pour, drink and enjoy!

Again, please feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes I would love to try!

Herbs that help with lactation and have other benefits 

I am fighting off a cold that’s not here yet but I feel the sniffles and the tickle in my throat coming on. A friend suggested Tumeric saying he uses it in his tea when he is fighting a cold or sore throat. As I told him I would check it out I quickly remember that not all herbs are good for breastfeeding mom’s – could cause a dip in milk supply or could affect baby (allergic reaction or tummy issues). So I decided to research the tumeric root and I came across this helpful article from Natural Society

11 Herbs to Naturally Improve Lactation in Nursing Mothers: Alternative to GMO Baby Formulas

Below you will learn of 11 herbs to naturally improve lactation in nursing mothers.

Many of the herbs below have been used for thousands of years, and their side effects (if any) are well researched while the longest study Monsanto has conducted on its GMO products is a mere several months. Furthermore, researchers in France and elsewhere throughout the civilized world have restrictions on GMO crops due to their very questionable effects on the human body. So why ever feed GMOs to your baby?

A concerned mother can lower her stress levels and reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption to help produce more milk, and the following natural herbs may help mothers to breastfeed, in place of using GMO baby formulas. Breastfeeding has been shown to improve a baby’s developmental health and intellect, as evidenced in yet another study, of hundreds, published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Read: Breastfeeding Could Save 830,000 Lives Annually

Here are 11 foods and herbs to promote lactation for mothers:

  • Fenugreek  Also known as Trigonella foenumgraecum, fenugreek has been used as a remedy for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers for more than a thousand years. It can usually produce results in as little as 25-72 hours, though some women might require a longer wait before obvious results in milk production are noticeable. It is considered safe to take up to 3500 mg/day. Pregnant women should not take fenugreek because it can cause uterine contractions.
  • Milk Thistle – Aside from being a great tonic for the liver, milk thistle has been shown to increase milk supply over a placebo in clinical studiesSilybum marianum, or milk thistle can help to reduce the toxic overload in a nursing mother as well as increase her baby’s milk.
  • Shatavari – This Ayurvedic remedy is not only great for increasing breast milk production, but also is used as a fertility treatment. A little tongue in cheek information to boot – the Sanskrit word translates to mean, “she who shall possess 100 husbands.”
  • Indonesian Torbangun – Also known as Coleus amboinicus Lour and used heavily in the Bataknese traditional cuisine, torbangun helps to increase milk production by up to 65%. It has been used throughout Indonesia for hundreds, if not thousands of years as a lactagogue – it has worked in clinical trials better than B12 supplements and even fenugreek.
  • Turmeric – Many women either can’t breastfeed or cut the time they breast feed their babies short due to swollen breasts and clogged mammary glands, which can be very painful for nursing moms. Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation in nursing mothers’ breasts so that they can continue to breastfeed for a longer duration. Turmeric has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for centuries in treating inflamed tissue throughout the body, not just the breasts. Check out some other health benefits of turmeric here.
  • Ginger – Ginger is not only an overall blood tonic for the body, but it has also been shown to be helpful in aiding milk let-down and increasing flow.
  • Goat’s Rue – Known as Galega officinalis and popularly used in France, this herb is incredibly efficient at helping to develop mammary tissue. The more breast tissue, often the more milk can be produced. Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Alfalfa – This is another lactogenic herb used to increase mammary tissue and therefore, milk supply. It can safely be taken during pregnancy and after the birth of your child.
  • Anise – Putting a few anise seeds into a cup of rum and drinking it was an age-old folk remedy for increasing milk supply, but you can probably just skip straight to the anise seeds and omit the rum for better milk production today.
  • Fennel Seed – Taken throughout Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries as well as India for centuries, this herb has been shown to greatly enhance milk production in lactating women. Some women experience a doubling of breast milk supply with fennel seed.
  • Blessed Thistle – Cnicus benedictus has been used to improve milk production, improve digestion and even elevate mood as to help with the ‘baby blues’ or post-partum depression after a mother gives birth.

Additional Sources:

USA Today

Smooth-e-z Monday

Monday snack smoothie

I just wanted to introduce a little mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack and thought what’s better than a delicious smoothie. 

PURPLE POWER SMOOTHIE (ha, like the name?!)

1/2 c. Water

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

1/2 c. frozen mango

1/4 c. frozen blueberries 

2 TBSP ground flaxseed

1/4 c. orange juice

I start off with the water and spinach and blend in my bullet til smooth. Then I add in my frozen fruits and orange juice blend until I get the desired consistency (no chunks–don’t like surprise chunks popping in my mouth through the straw, eww never see it coming). After that I add in my ground flax seed(if you have whole flax I suggest grinding it in the blender before you start your mixing) 

*I also added in Fenugreek powder for breastfeeding purposes I take it here and there. 

Behold a yummy smoothie snack!

My good friend posting on instsgram that she is doing a smoothie cleanse and while I won’t be doing a cleanse I did ask her for the recipes she will using. She sent my way and I can’t wait to give them a taste. Will keep you posted! 

Breakfast Habits

Unless it’s the weekend and I am out at a restaurant or diner, I struggle with eating breakfast! But this last pregnancy “helped” or should I say forced me eat breakfast and to be mindful of what I ate.  The fetus that took over my body for 38 weeks was extremely picky. I used to do yogurt as breakfast at times with a little granola:REJECTED that was a no go during my pregnancy and now the thought of it makes me nauseous. Fruit:REJECTED, tea:REJECTED, bagels/muffins/toast:EH I was left feelijg blah. I would do cereal(raisin bran crunch) as a middle of the night snack during pregnancy and I never wanted it for breakfast the thought of it made my stomach turn. Well omlettes became my go to and was one of my major cravings…EGGS. Then that evolved because I couldn’t make omlettes or pickup from the local diner every morning so I started frying two eggs and topping with a slice of american cheese, spinach (sneaking in my greens and fiber), tomato, sometimes fresh basil if I had it and that was my go to daily. 

Fast forward…

Baby is now here and I am back to work and with nursing I have to stay on top of my water intake as well as caloric intake but I’m struggling with eating breakfast… it becomes lunch. I take care of baby, toddler, assist our oldest so he can get off to school then I log in for work and I just work work work – tummy growling – but I ignore it off while sipping my water. So I decided to make a more conscious effort to fuel my body. Here are my go to breakfast foods so far: 

  • Oatmeal with raisins and crushed almonds ( this is great because oatmeal is listed as a food that helps with milk supply)
  • Bagel with butter and jelly 
  • Cereal usually Cheerios topped with granola and fresh fruit (thankful I can eat fruit again because I couldn’t throughout my pregnancy) and a drizzle of honey 
  • (Newest addition) Green smoothie which contains ice,spring water, spinach, frozen mango, and half a green apple cored and quartered *I want to start adding flaxseed and maybe a protein powder but for now this is delish*

There are so many great options out there to fuel the body and more importantly that aren’t junk that are quick, easy and don’t take a lot of time that you don’t have to prep. I am also considering make ahead breakfast burritos and other delights I will share when I take that step–stay tuned.

Please comment with some of your go to breakfast foods that are quick, easy, healthy and delicious.