Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Super Easy Golden State Warrior Themed 5th Birthday Party





For the past 8 months, my 5-year-old has been obsessed with NBA basketball, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, so I thought it only fitting that GSW were his theme for his birthday party at Dave and Buster’s. Dave and Buster’s was a fun place for the birthday because the kids were so entertained with the sights and games that the time flew by and I didn’t have to come up with any games for them. The game floor is noisy, but the hosts makes an announcement that brings guests back to the dining area for lunch in case kids get carried away and forget about lunch. The restaurant policy states that kids must be accompanied by an adult always which I happy about because parents were board standing around but entertained by the venue, too.  We got a nice package that allowed for a kid friendly lunch, with drinks and a game card for each kid that I loaded with $10 to get the young players started for the day. This theme was so much fun and I fell in love with the deep blue colors with the gold. All décor products were on Amazon and Party City, the Stephen Curry stand up came from Fatheads.com. I did run into some trouble with my helium tank and wasn’t about to get up as many balloons as I wanted to, but balloons were nowhere near the main attraction at this party!




Frost covered Oreos





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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Motherlove: More Milk Plus vs. Motherlove: More Milk Special Blend

Motherlove products


 So, I have settled upon the idea that I am in general a low milk producer. When I breastfed  my first son, I really didn’t know this about myself until it was too late. I could not produce enough milk for my son the traditional way or through pumping. I learned about More Milk Plus around 2 months into breastfeeding but by then I just could not keep up with my son’s demand for milk.  With my second son, I had a great game plan and I already knew about supplements like fenugreek seeds and More Milk Plus and different teas to drink to help boost supply but I was hoping that I didn’t need to use these tactics.

The second time around, I didn’t need to use any supplements until I started trying to pump milk for my son before I was getting ready to return to work. I wanted to create a good supply to stash away. This is where the supplements came into play. I couldn’t seem to pump out the same amount of milk that my son seemed to drink. Pumping just wasn’t pulling all the milk and I wasn’t emptying my breasts through pumping. I needed help so I turned to my old friend Motherlove and bought the More Milk Plus pills which I took 4 times a day. I also purchased the More Milk Special Blend in the liquid form because I had heard good reviews from others of how it worked better than More Milk Plus.

More Milk Plus increased my output through pumping in a matter of days, two days to be exact. Before MMP when pumping I would get out about one ounce from each breast for a total of 2 ounces each time I pumped. With the MMP in my system, I was able to pump 2 ounces from each breast for a total of 4 ounces and some days when I ate well with oatmeal and drank lots of water I could pump 2.5 from each breast for a 5-ounce total which I was really excited about. You can’t drink a lot of water with the MMP pills, only about an ounce of water, but when 30 minutes later you can return to drinking as much as you want. More Milk Plus was reliable for me and I didn’t have any side effects with me or baby.






When my bottle of More Milk Plus ran out, I decided to try the More Milk Special Blend. Unfortunately, the More Milk Special Blend did not work for me at all. First, the taste is extremely bitter and I felt thirsty all day after taking it. Lastly, my milk supply did not increase at all. I gave it a whole week before giving it up and returning to the More Milk Plus. I know that some people tried using both together, which I did not try.

In my opinion, Motherlove’s More Milk Plus is the true winner and very reliable way to increase milk supply. Overall, I can see an increase in my supply when I eat more fiber rich foods and make sure I have a piece a fruit and lots of water. I even started to drink Ensure to make sure I got in the extra calories, but I can really see a difference when I increase my water intake. I purchased both of these products on Amazon and was happy with the shipping and quality of products overall.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

5 Easy Ways to Combat Post Partum Hair Loss


 

1.     Don’t wash hair daily.  Instead try to only wash your hair when it truly needs it, be sure to use a conditioning shampoo or co-wash.

2.     Try Garlic Shampoo. Garlic shampoo has specific properties that help aid the scalp with hair loss. Try this one that I scooped up on Amazon, it really helped me in Month 4 when the hair fall out was the absolute worst.

3.     Limit combing and styling.  I stuck with 2 Dutch braids for about 3 weeks just braiding and re-braiding because I saw less hair fall out daily as my hair was protected in the braids.

4.     Double up on Leave-in conditioner. I don’t think it matters what conditioner you use, I used Redken and Shea Moisture products, but try to give your hair a little help with conditioning products as hair seems to get really dry during the post-partum period.

5.     Keep taking prenatal vitamins.  I know things have gotten a little busier in life, but try to keep up your vitamins, if not prenatals, try at least to take some B vitamins and they will give you that extra boost of energy that you will need with an infant who may not be snoozing all night just yet.





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Friday, February 23, 2018

What’s in My Diaper Bag

Since November, my diaper bag has been like a third child that I drag around, I thought it only appropriate to mention what I have in this bag. I love this bag, it’s a Marc Jacobs bag that I got from Nordstrom and have had for 4 years. It’s durable and easy to wipe down when needed. I simply stick my wallet in the bag and keep it moving. I don’t get a lot of compliments on the style of the bag, but only I know how great and easy it is to move around with.

Bag essentials:                                

Diapers
Wipes
Pacifier
Extra clothes
Gum
Nipple butter/cream
Alcohol spray
Lysol spray (travel size)
Extra t-shirt for mom
Snacks for my 4-year-old
Extra fork and spoon for 4-year-old snacks on the go
Bottle of water
Gauze blanket (for nursing and napping)
Diaper bag - http://bit.ly/2FwJWT6
Marc Jacobs diaper bag (Nordstrom)


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Valentine's Fun: Toddler/Baby fun ideas

I can truly say that I have never had the same Valentine’s Day twice, every year is different. This year is no exception and with a new born, I wanted to celebrate all the love in my life with all my favorite boys. First things first though, my son’s school asked all for preschoolers to bring in a decorated tissue box and they were going to have a fun celebration in the classroom.  So, I went to work on the tissue box, I’m not the craftiest girl, so I swung by Michael’s in the hopes I could get some inspiration. Jackpot, Michael's had some great kit, so I bought one and took it home and added my little touches, just some stickers that we got out of McDonald's happy meal after wrapping the box using the inside cover of wrapping paper.

Tissue Box decorated with Michael's box kit and stickers from McDonald's

Tiny rose bush, an excellent teacher Valentine

My son's Montessori guide decorated for Valentine's Day and it was so adorable

Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday this year, so getting a sitter would have been challenging in addition to the flu season raging and having a newborn, I figured staying at home would be easiest to have a little fun, baked a heart shaped cake and allowed my 4-year old to add some fun sprinkles to the cake. I also had a small gift (Mr. Potato Head left over from Xmas) for my 4-year-old. I lit a candle as we ate dinner and truly had a simple enjoyable evening.
My son had fun add sprinkles to our heart shaped cake

A small gift for my son and candlelight for me and Dad made our family Valentine's Day complete

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