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Friday, August 1, 2014

Mama Makes Milk, Mama Needs Energy!

Today is a very strange day for me... My normal days consist of working a full time job (50+ hours) from home and taking care of my 2 year old (very active) toddler and my new baby. I am nursing, and this baby wants to eat ALL THE TIME!! Which I love, because she has amazing baby rolls that my first baby never developed, but it also takes a lot out of me. My days are so full and so busy that I don't have time to brush my teeth so a blog post is definitely out of question, but today my older sis is watching my toddler and I can't believe how much more time I have on my hands!

I have been able to:

  1. Drink not one, but TWO cups of HOT coffee!
  2. Complete an insane amount of work
  3. Write this blog post
  4. Miss my toddler like crazy....

In all of my excitement about things I had time for, I forgot to eat... Usually my meals are my toddler's scraps, but with no toddler to cook for, or clean up after, eating slipped my mind. Until I got the major shakes, and felt like a jittery mess. SOLUTION: Mama's Milk Power Oatmeal!

Mama's Milk Power Oatmeal

1 Cup - Old Fashioned All Natural Oats - Cook as directed
 -- mix in 1 or more of the following items --
1 Tsp - Peanut Butter - Crunchy or Creamy
1 Tsp - Coconut Oil
1 Tsp - Nutella or Chocolate Chips 

Add a side of fresh fruit of your choice for good measure :) The hot oatmeal melts the mix-ins and makes a delicious creamy bowl of protein and grain goodness to boost energy and milk supply!

A few hours after eating this, I felt an increase in my milk supply, instantly I felt more energy which lasted through the rest of the day, and my shakes were gone within 15 minutes. 

What do you like to mix into your oatmeal?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring has Sprung

Spring may have finally have sprung in Michigan! My poor baby girl has cabin fever!! She wants to be outside every waking moment but since I have to work (way too much) we only make it outside for short spurts and lately there has been nothing but cold wet days keeping us in. We finally had a warmish sunny day last week so I finished my work as quickly as I could and took my little bug out for a walk before dinner, she loves running through the yard and exploring her surroundings. We walked through the lovely landscaping that was set up by the previous owner of my house but has received a few installments over the years by us.
When I was pregnant my husband and I dug up a ton of bulbs from my great aunt Helen's house, she is an amazing gardener and wanted to share some of her overflow. Last year they didn't do much, a quick bloom and then dead, and being the delinquent gardener that I am, I left all of the dead blooms and stems to rot on the ground over the winter. So as I am pointing things out to my little one, I decided to pull off all of the debris from last year. Underneath was new growth, strong vibrant little buds poking up, searching for the sunshine.
Growing up in the greenhouse business, it was not a surprise for me to see this, I expected it, but my 16 month old looked at me surprised, as if she was asking me "what is that mom?" I explained to her that each year these flowers grow, then they go to sleep underground for the winter and wake up again when the weather is warm. Not that she understood anything I was saying, but it ended up being symbolic to me. It was a reminder that even when things seem dark and dim and dreary, there is something good happening under the surface. There is new life ready to emerge. It actually reminded me of when I met my husband. When we first met, I was a blooming happy flower, full of life and energy. When my dad got sick, I began to wilt, and after his death, I felt like I died too. I was covered in my dead leaves and searching for the sunshine. My husband brought spring to me, he cleaned off the dead debris and helped me see the sun and eventually to bloom again. I know it was not easy for him, but he stuck it out, and never gave up. I am so grateful to have found such a wonderful man, and now to have such a wonderful family.
I needed to have this reminder and this moment of clarity, I have been feeling buried lately, and I am again on a journey searching for the sunshine. I think that we all go through times when we need someone or something to remove the dead leaves and help us reach the sun. I am hoping my sunshine will find me soon and in the meantime I will do my best to shine for others who might need a hand. There is something wonderful ahead for all of us and in all situations, we just need to clear the way so that we can find it and it can find us! Happy Spring!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Giveaway #2

Okay here it is, super simple!!! All you have to do is LIKE my facebook page. Leave a comment on the contest post telling me what your favorite animal is. On Sunday, October 28th, I will draw one lucky winner to receive an awesome custom fruitpants creation themed around their favorite animal. 

You will earn 1 entry by leaving your favorite animal comment on the facebook contest post and you can earn 3 additional entries by clicking the share button on the contest post and sharing the contest post on your wall, in a group, or on a friend's wall. Share as many times as you want to earn more entries into the contest!!

Good luck everyone, I have some REALLY awesome ideas in mind for the lucky winner!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Things I'm Learning as a New Mom

  • Actual baby's breath smells so much sweeter than baby's breath the flower
  • Real tears on baby's face can quickly bring real tears to mom's face
  • The phrase "I would die for that" actually means something now
  • Hot coffee is a major luxury as it is either,
    • cold before you get a chance to drink it or 
    • it gets knocked over and you spend the rest of the morning cleaning it up
  • As hard as any other jobs were, they are nothing compared to being a mom
  • Outlet covers are not just baby proof
  • Babies really can learn to use the potty 
  • Cloth diapering, breastfeeding and making your own baby food is possible, I'm continually amazed thinking about how much time and money we have saved just by doing these 3 things
  • A baby sleeping on you actually can melt your heart
  • You don't have to give up who you are to be a mom but it probably will change you for the better anyway
  • Even though there is "new and improved" everything, sometimes doing things the "old fashioned" way is still better
  • Your baby still loves you and thinks you are beautiful no matter what you look like
  • Also, when you are holding a cute baby it doesn't matter what you look like because nobody is looking at you
  • Power cords, cell phones, remotes and kitchen utensils are way more fun to play with than expensive toys
  • Your greatest accomplishments in life are mere specs compared to the incredible human you have created
  • As frustrated and tired and worn out as you might feel, you know you would never trade it and imaging life before baby seems impossible
That's just a few of the things I have learned so far, I am sure that there is more to come, and for the first time ever I am enjoying school, babies are great teachers :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

300 for my 30th!

Well I turned 30 last week... I am not sad about it, I feel so lucky to have an amazing baby, husband, family, job, friends and of course all of the little pieces of wonderfulness that I have collected along the way! My husband told me to never be sad about aging because there are many people who are not given the opportunity (he heard this famous quote somewhere) and he is so right! So I decided to celebrate 30 by doing a giveaway!

Working full-time and being a full-time mama to a very busy little girl does not give me much free time AKA "fruitpants time". However, sewing is something that I love to do, it relaxes my mind, it makes me feel productive, it calms my stress and overall is a great way for me to spend 20 minutes or so a few nights a week and maybe a little more on the weekends. So I have decided that I need to keep fruitpants as a part of my life, even if its a very small, whenever I have time to squeeze it in kind of thing. And in an effort to spread the fruitpants sunshine to more people, I am doing a giveaway!

I want to reach 300 likes on my facebook page for my 30th birthday! So for my first giveaway (that's right, there will be more to come) I am teaming up with my friend Desirae from Going with the Flow and we are giving away a 3 pack of Baby Leg Warmers from fruitpants! This giveaway will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd!!! Be sure to check out the Going with the Flow blog and also the facebook page and the fruitpants facebook page for all of the details! We are excited and wish you luck!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Allen's Naturally and The Green House Giveaway!

I have been cloth diapering for 9 months now and I still love it! We use Allen's Naturally detergent which is made in Michigan, it is great for the environment, and the wallet! Still using the same gallon jug 9 months later and maybe only about half of it is gone!! Right now over at The Green House, they are giving away a gallon jug to a lucky winner!!! Go check out their blog for a chance to enter to win and read the outstanding review for this awesome detergent. Do you have a cloth diapering detergent that you love? Leave me a comment to tell me about it!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

ObiMama and Sprouts Giveaways

I posted awhile back about how to make your own "woven" wrap and stretchy wrap; well what if you could make your own Mei Tai? Well you can!!! There are a million wonderful tutorials on the web, and maybe someday I will find the time to make one and post about it. But.... in no way could I achieve the beauty that ObiMama can create. These are the most amazing Mei Tai carriers I have ever seen! Sprouts has been giving away prizes all week and the next giveaway is an ObiMama purchasing slot. If you are as in love with these carriers as I am, check out Sprouts facebook page for all the details and check out all of the other great things in their shop while you are there! These are just a few examples of ObiMamas amazing work: