Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say

I'm sure by now you have stumbled across one of the "sh*t" people say videos. They are hilarious and so true it's erie. Well of course it was only a matter of time because a crunchy/natural mom got a hold of the trend and jumped on the bandwagon.





My favorites:

Love the Amber teething necklace- Yes I bought one for Liam! lol.
Oh we don't have a crib... I didn't have one at first either... however NOW Liam only sleeps good in it.
Facebook took down another one of my breastfeeding photos! LOL!!

Coconut Oil... HAHA! I swear I hadn't seen this video before my post yesterday =)

And last but not least, this video brought some laughter to my crappy day (literally) I've been cleaning poop out of diapers, off my me, and changing my poor little man's clothing all!

Thanks Natural Mamas

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Meal Plan Mondays & Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a mom I am always trying to make sure everyone is taken care of. I need to be sure Allen leaves for work in time with lunch bag in hand, full of hearty and healthy items to snack, to have for lunch, and for dinner (he works 13 hour shifts). I make sure my milk supply stays steady to provide Liam with his leche, I buy the healthiest snacks for the independent I-don't-wanna-eat-that-2-year old and and hide all his veggies he needs inside of meals you couldn't even imagine to hide foods in. 

 

 I have realized that all my focus on everyone around me leaves me depleted and craving sweets at the end of the day. I see myself slowly slipping into horrible habits. Habits that could lead to weight gain, depression, and just not a mommy that can do the best for everyone is she is falling apart. 

 

So as part of my Meal Plan Mondays I am starting to put more emphasis on mommy! Mommy needs to eat; healthy, Mommy needs to get rest, Mommy needs to get excerise-regularly. Mommy needs to to get it together, and take care of her too. 

With that said here's my Meal Plan Mondays:

Monday: sick household= leftovers from the weekend

Tuesdays: Grilled Chicken (yes I grill mid-winter) with green salad, pink beans, and brown rice. Since this is one of Allen long days when he's gone from breakfast until after bedtime for the boys, I have also prepared tuna salad to have as a snack throughout the day and tons of veggies.

Wednesday: Chicken Quesadilla and avocado salad

Thursday: MYOP (Make Your Own Pizza) Night

Friday: Dinner @ Nonnies. Every Friday we spend Friday late afternoon/ early evening with my grandmother.. we usualy get takeout, it's fun, and best of all MOMMY DOESN'T COOK!

Saturday: Vegetarian Lasagna

Sunday: Superbowl feast!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Meal Plan Mondays

So sorry for the delayed post. This Monday started a new semester for classes for my husband and I, which get's me to the importance of planning and prepping as much as possible. This week I am all about making multiple meals out of the same dishes. I have been on a hunt for simplicty since becoming a mother of 2, I do realize that majority of the choas, OK ALL of the choas I bring upon myself. I can't help it, I suffer from SUPER Mom syndrome. None the less, one way I help to manage my families busy lifes, is by meal planning, and preping.

Some helpful hints I have are as follows:

1. Plan it- Don't panic! Which a clear cut plan of what you will cook for the week you are sure NOT to forget anything at the grocery store, causing extra trips during the week, as well as not scattering at the last minute to decide what to make for dinner.

2. Season and freeze meats. Although I don't always do this I do try. For instance Sunday's chicken was seasoned a week in adavce, frozen, and made it taste wonderful.

3. Pre-cut things like onions, mince garlic. Although you can buy garlic already minced, it's cheaper to do this yourself.

Our Meal Plan- week of 1/22/2012
Sunday: Rosterri Chicken with ricotta gnocchi (pre-made) and green beans
Monday: Spicy Chicken Curry Soup
Tuesday: Left over soup
Wednesday: Tilpia with Mango Salsa & Sauteed Veggies (weight watchers dish)
Thursday: Left over veggies (form the day before) and stuffed tortellini
Friday: Tortelinni soup (from stuffed tortellini)
Saturday: Takeout night- Mom does need a break from the kitchen!!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Silver Leaf Cosmetic Lip Balm!!

Roughly 80% of Americans feel Lip balm is essential, yet 32% feel you shouldn't spend more then $15.00, however not less then $5.00. Well....I have found magic in a tube.... and it's NATURAL! Chemical free, and safe to wear while kissing all over your babies, yet only $2.70, AFTER using the code FABMOM. Silver Leaf Cosmetic is a local company (right in Boston), with not only great products, but amazing customer service.


So far I've used Silver Leaf Cosmetic Lip Balm everyday since receiving it for review. I have worn it alone and with lipstick too. The container is super cute. 

With the harsh below zero weather, you need to rescue your lips! Using SLC will help prevent and relief chap lips. Made from natural local beeswax and organic olive oil. Beeswax is very moisturizing, can help protect the lips from the harmful rays of the sun, and has a pleasant smell. It can also help prevent infections and cold sores.



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Friday, January 13, 2012

Can't BEET These Brownies!

With a toddler who was introduced to CHOCOLATE by his grandmother and great grandmother, he demands it at least once a day.... with that said you can imagine how crafty I have become. 

One of my favorite recipes to incorporate health into chocolate is Beet Brownies. These brownies have 2 cups of beets. I have also added carrots in them (in previous batches). These brownies are more of a cake consistency then actual brownies, but delicious none the less! once cooled the beet flavor completely disappears!! 

Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of pureed beets
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Beat together eggs and sugar.
  2. Add oil, beets, cocoa and pudding, mix well.
  3. Blend in vanilla, flour, soda and salt.
  4. Bake in greased and floured 11 x 15 x 1" sheet cake pan for 30 minutes at 375.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shared Joy Is A Double Joy

 Allen and I have been together 10 years! Yes that's right 10 years! We have never broken up, although it's come very close, we never played those type of "games".  From the moment I met him as a Junior in High School I knew he was 'The One', like most do at that age. None the less he turned out to actually be the one.

Granted our realtionship isn't picture perfect, but we are perfect for each other. we most definitely compliment one another. 

Some of the things that I have found to make us a success story are these simple rules I live by and swear by.

1. Being Secure With Ourselves: Allen and I are NOT super models by any means- this can be used as a disclaimer! LOL. But dammit we are beautiful people! I do not let other women intimidate, and Allen knows no other man, can or will ever have me like he does. 

2. Expressing Our feelings, and Our Needs: Even though we have been together for a long time we are not 100% in sync, I am not physic and neither is Allen. So without communication we are not fully functionable. 

3. Not Expecting The Moon: From time to time I find myself comparing Allen to my other girlfriends husbands, wishing he could cook like them, or was more romantic like them.... Then I sit back and take in the facts- Allen might not do some of the things these husbands do, but he TRYS! And some of the things that other spouses accept from their husbands I would never, and I'm sure that some of my girlfriends wish their husbands had some of the traits Allen has. Regardless We don't put too much expectation on each other, and with that said we don't lower our standards to make the other one feel more comfortable in this realtionship, we do encourage the best for one another.

4. Picking Our Battles Wisely: Some things simply aren't worth arguing about. Case and point- Allen will complain about me leaving the juice out from time to time, but then he makes complete messes in the kitchen, I don't say anything 99.9% of the time because it starts this domino affect of accusing, and denying, and getting all worked up over absolutely nothing. Rather I messed up, and need to clean up, or Allen sits the juice on top of the refrigerator where I can't reach it (which he does often!! lol), it's not always worth pointing it out, and regardless stuff needs to be cleaned, tidied up, and put away.... Save for energy for something else... like chasing with your crawler, and playing with your toddler. 

5. Making Every Effort To Keep Our Love Life Alive & Having A Healthy Sex Life: We find the time OFTEN to make breakaways from demands of work, household chores and our roles as mommy and daddy to fall in love all over again. Every date night, every late night recap, every moment I get to cuddle or lay on his chest I appreciate and look forward to. He loves when I get all dolled up, and when he's able to hold me, without me having a baby attached to me. We always find the energy- from where I don't know, to have as much sex as possible. It saddens me, and makes Allen appreciate me just that much more when we learn from friends how their flame has went out, how they might get to connect on that passionate level once, maybe twice a month. Like my mother told me- "You need to date your husband, the same way you dated him before you were his wife"... The things you did before- getting dressed up, keeping yourself maintained, being the girl he fell in love with are all things you need to continue to do once you've said I do. 




"Find someone worth your tears, worth your laughter, worth your heart and that loves you as much as you love them."
-Unknown




Pregnant with AJ @ Our Baby Shower
  
Pregnant with Liam @ a Friends wedding

Being silly together, because at the end of it all he is the 
ONE person I can always be myself with


Enjoying a little Celtics game

One of our many nights out BEFORE Children

This was the night I found out I was pregnant

Post children bonding

Pregnant @ my Best Friends wedding

Most recently out for a datenight




  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Natural Parenting


What is "natural parenting", and why is it desirable? Personally I've learned labels and "limitations" can be quit judgmental, and perhaps even biased, but I connected with this article I found when researching how this parenting style was defined by others. I relate to almost all of what Dana touches upon, however I do it while attempting to be FABULOUS at the same time.

I want to encourage other young, and younger mothers to consider listening to their bodies, focusing on cues from their children, learning and embracing natural parenting:

Natural Parenting Comes Naturally

By Dana Portwood

Had someone told me five years ago that I was a "natural parent," I would have sputtered in protest. To me, natural parenting brought to mind images of a woman toting a baby attached to her breast in public, sleeping communally on a mattress on the floor and flaunting hairy armpits. None of those pictures pertained to me! (ME EITHER!!)

Older and wiser now, I realize that I am most definitely a natural parent. I do what comes naturally to me, and I don’t let society’s definition of convenience or of natural family compel me to do otherwise.
I nurse my babies, but they sleep in their own beds most nights. I used cloth diapers at home but felt no guilt when I sent my children to church or their grandparents’ home in disposables. My children ate pureed peas when I had time and Gerber when I didn’t. I homeschool, stay at home, read out loud and discipline when necessary.
I am not certain when or how I became a natural parent. Perhaps it was when conventional medicine told me that I couldn’t, wouldn’t and shouldn’t have babies -- but I did anyway. Perhaps it was when I determinedly breastfed my children from my one lactating breast. It may have been when I decided that no educational system run by our federal government could possibly offer a superior education to my children (and certainly not one better than I could provide on my own).
Whatever the case, here I am: a mom out of touch with society’s issues and trends, but firm in the belief that my husband and I can and do raise our children in the most spiritually, mentally and physically healthy way we can.

The broad palette of natural

While most natural parents do share in common the fact that most of us don’t “fit the mold," other practices and beliefs vary widely from family to family. My children don’t sleep in my bed every night. In fact, I rather encourage them to let me have my own sleeping space, but they often climb in with me during the wee hours.
We do have a pediatrician who does know us by name, but we only visit him after applying common sense tactics and an appropriate wait to see if the problem is something the child’s system can naturally overcome. My children are immunized, but probably not on the same schedule as most of their friends.
On the other hand, yes, I serve wheat bread. We eat gardens of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. We limit and strictly monitor TV time. We read aloud often. We play board and card games. We engage in some form of strenuous physical activity daily. We don’t own a single video game, although my five-year-old knows more about the computer than I do. Are we a natural family?

Stepping back from the mad rush

Now that I have entered the world of natural parenting, what surprises me is how much criticism and condemnation I receive for my actions. When did it become necessary for an entire society to dictate my parenting standards? It doesn’t take a village to raise my children. All they need are their very committed parents, along with occasional support from family and friends.
So what defines a natural parent? I don’t believe it’s necessarily specific practices of natural parenting. I would say it is an overwhelming belief that we as parents are able to decide which method of parenting is best for our child, regardless of social conventions. For a very short span of time, we shift our focus from ourselves to these delightful creatures we have brought into this world.
It’s not all about us, our careers, our convenience or our agendas. In a "we need it and we need it now – it’s all about convenience" society, our family has chosen to slow down, simplify and take time concerning the things that matter. While growing up takes years, the time goes by too quickly. I don’t want to time-crunch the moment; I want to savor it. Getting down to the natural basics of parenting has allowed me to do just that.
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Dana Portwood, who was diagnosed with cancer at only 22 years old, is active in promoting cancer awareness among young women. Dana lives in Florida with her husband and three daughters.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Making Natural "Cool"

Ever since Teen Mom, and celebs like Jamie Lynn Spears, more and more younger and younger moms have popped up... And being a young mother is fine... Hey I'm only 25!! But let's make Natural Parenting, and doing what feels best for our children something that is cool and sought after (like the fad of a cute baby bump)..

Celebrities Breast Feeding- in PUBLIC! Nursing is not only easier (in most cases) then preparing a bottle of formula, but it's healthier, and better for baby! =)