My healthy and lactation boosting chocolate shake 

​Im in love with chocolate… No… Addicted is the word. So I have been making this healthy chocolate “shake” to keep it healthy and keep me happy. It has protein, Omega 3s, and is vitamin rich. I drink it down just as fast as I would an ice cream shake! The brewers yeast and flax seed are found in many lactation recipes and are known to boost lactation! Yay, happy and healthy mama AND baby 😉 

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup milk 

Couple handfuls of ice 

2 tblsp of cocao 

1 tsp of ground flax seed

2 tsp of brewers yeast.

1-2 tsp of honey
Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend well.

If you try it let me know if you think it’s yum or yuck. Thanks for stopping in! 

Merry Christmas! 

Hi, I have been MIA in my blog, just been a little overwhelmed with this whole holiday season. Putting up decorations taking them down, putting up more, knowing they have to come down. These things shouldn’t make me feel overwhelmed I know. My anxiety has been high and maybe a touch of postpartum depression creeped up on me. I am in the holiday spirit now but I know I don’t have to do much besides get everyone ready and out the door on Christmas. Although for the first time in my life I am thinking of just getting a fake tree next year, we haven’t even fully decorated our real tree we got and it’s so dead and there are pine needles everywhere… Like I don’t have enough dog hair and dust hanging around! Also to add to my own disappointments I just decided to work off of discoveryk12 with Evan for his pre-k work because it was too much for me to look up stuff for him to do everyday. I kinda went on a Mom teacher strike and knew I needed to get back at it. So really I am not disappointed in myself, I made a needed comprise and am getting caught up. I am trying to be the best mom I can be. I am proud of myself and every other mom struggling through whatever, whether you feel overwhelmed, depressed, or both get up and try to be your best and that makes you a good mom! If you feel too down or overwhelmed get help! Stay strong mama’s and have a Merry Christmas!

3 Confessions of a stay at home mom of three

It’s great being a stay at home mom. I don’t have to wonder if my kids are being taken care of during the day while I’m out making money. I do all the work and get paid in sticky kisses. This is true… But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns… Not even close.

Confession number one… sometimes I just wanna get away. When your surrounded by kids all. the. time. You are bound to have days were it feels like those little bundles you love so much have too much energy and too much excitement and if they could just contain it just a little and keep their voice down and stop running everywhere that you just might be able to stay sane. Some days I wanna throw in the towel and declare “I’m outta here!” I often say “I NEED a vacation!” Do I get to throw in the towel for the day? No, not most days. Do I get as many vacations as I need for working 24-7 under the direct management of my lil’ munchkins? No where near. In fact my breaks as of right now always consist of my youngest tagging along with me. She nurses and won’t take a bottle. She needs me always. Does this usually bother me, no. It is a beautiful thing. Do I have my off days where I wish I could do something just me or just me and my husband and it make me a little sad I can’t? Absolutely.

Confession number two… I wish I could contribute more! I have not worked a regular job  for years. I have good reason. It is as much for good childcare than I can earn. Also it should just be reason enough that I want to be home with my kids (99% of the time). I have had little jobs here and there that I done for awhile. I’d go to work while my husband was home. That did not leave me with much time with my husband, which is  not much already because of his job alone. It just didn’t feel right. Iv tried other ways of earning money from home but haven’t found anything successful for me. I still long to earn my own money and help pay the bills.

Confession number three… I don’t wanna take all my kids out! My oldest is four. Him and his two year old brother do not usually go to the store or out to eat in restaurants with me or my husband. To clarify I do not eat in restaurants either, drive thrus are my friends. Me and my husband avoid juggling all kids in public places like it is the plague. When we do we have chaos and leave exhausted. Me or my husband might take one of the boys everyone else is staying home but we much rather go to a park with them all.. The park is good!

matching pj’s, the definition of corny? 

Or…. Are they just soooO cute! 

I have to admit im not totally against some cute matching pj’s for the whole family. Especially for Christmas! Buttt… I would also have to admit it’s pretty corny :/ 

How precious!!! Even the dog y’all!

While looking through parents magazine, this way too early of a morning, I ran across this ad 

and asked my husband if  we should get some matching pj’s? He told me it was “the definition of corny”. I told him he was the definition of corny! Ha

 I might just have to do a surprise order of some cute matching pj’s for the five of us and make! I found cute ones on Etsy too! 

Like this one

Or this one 

 

I like that last one the most. The dog don’t have one but I would not buy one for my dog anyways. She is a bad bad dog! What do you think? Would you do it?? I think I should while everyone besides my husband anyways would. Or I could wait till all my kids are all deeply embarrassed to wear the matching pj’s then take lots of pictures! I could use them when I need them to do something and they don’t want too, I could just threaten to show all their friends the pictures. I bet that would get things done. Lol. 
I think I will do both, make now a then pics. Now that would be cute, and I will still have embarrassing pics when they get older! Win, win! This is gonna be more fun than I originally thought!

5 Outside Fall Activities for the Kids

So, I’m dying to get out with the kids and enjoy the sunshine before the winter comes and its just too cold then to really get out much and enjoy the great outdoors. Here is some great ideas for some outside Fall fun.

  1. Fall color wheel/ Scavenger Huntfallcolorwheel_1 I think this is a great idea! It’d be fun and educational for the kids. You just need to get out search for some different colored leaves, pinecones, acorns, ect. and make a cute little color wheel with it all! The kids will enjoy both walking around search for different colors as well as sorting them and putting them on the wheel!
  2. A Leaf Labrith!!eccf13d10c53e54e40ce2ede36388147              This is the cutest idea! I just love it. There is not quite enough leaves on the ground just yet but I will definitely be enjoying this one with the kids asap!!
  3. Do some Nature Art!!IMG_9202.jpg                                 love this idea from The Pinterested Parent get creative and have fun
  4. Go camping! A few tips if your kids are pretty young like mine… Don’t plan a huge trip, a night close to home will suffice and if weather turns bad or someone is feeling bad you can just pack up and go home and all will be okay. Of course keep a close eye on them around camp fires. Keep them busy! walking, running, hiking and scavenger hunts and the other ideas above would be great to do while camping as well! If you feel your kids might settle down easier with a movie at night then download a movie to your phone, many movies come with digital copies that you can do this with so check you movie collection!
  5. Go to a corn maze or pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or all! we are planning on hitting up a corn maze one weekend this month!

Fall themed fun! 

This week we are working on the fall theme. I think I will do this theme most of October with the last week being a Halloween theme! I really liked what we done today! We made a tree with twenty fall colored leaves, we count the leaves, labeled them and put them on the tree in order! I d

Evan done some scissor practice and got about half of them cut out! Good job evan!!
We then counted the leaves. Labeled them 1-20 and put them on the tree in order! Hopefully it wont be destroyed to quickly and will remain a good visual for numbers for awhile!

Why Im glad I DIDN’T have a home birth

A little less than two months ago I had a beautiful baby girl, she came out healthy and happy and all went very well with her delivery. After all the excitement was over and my doctor had left the room my nurse noticed I was bleeding too much. I had hemorrhaged! I got sick to my stomach and felt like I was going to pass out. As they worked to get the bleeding stopped, I lay there a little scared but knew I was in good hands. I trusted they would get it under control. I couldn’t hold my baby and family was waiting outside the room that weren’t allowed in yet. This somehow bothered me more then the bleeding problem! I just stayed calm and hoped I didn’t pass out.

Now looking back months before, starting when I first found out I was pregnant I was looking forward to having a home birth with a midwife. I had a not so great hospital experience with my last baby and the home birth really appealed to me. I wanted to have a birthing pool set up in my living room, and I had even decided to use a certain midwife. I met with her and she seemed experience and educated. There was just one thing that kept bothering me, I was half an hour away from the nearest hospital. If something was to go wrong with my baby and we couldn’t make it to the hospital in time I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. So ultimately I backed out and found a family doctor I really liked!

At the hospital my bleeding was stopped fairly quickly, I had a shot of Pitocin, some other type  of shot to try to help it, that didn’t really get it under control. So they hooked up a bag of Pitocin to my iv and kept pressing on my belly  making me feeling like punching someone (it hurts soooo bad). The bleeding slowed down to normal level and I was able to hold my baby again. family was able to step in and visit and all was well again. I had to take iron and my hemoglobin count was pretty low for awhile, but I didn’t really get dizzy or have many problems. I think it made me a little extra exhausted but I would have been exhausted and resting as much as possible after giving birth anyways.

Since I had an emergency situation after giving birth and it all happened rather quickly, I am glad I was at the hospital. Im not sure that my midwife couldn’t have stopped the bleeding. I don’t think the particular one I picked would have had Pitocin. I didn’t even know that it should be something to be concerned about. Now though I know that it took a lot of Pitocin to stop my bleeding, to get my uterus to contract like it was supposed to. I fear that if I was at home and this was to happen it would have been much more stressful. I probably would have passed out. I might have needed a blood transfusion. It could have been worse than that. Im still not against home births, but I now know that not all midwifes are equal and especially if you aren’t close to a hospital its important to know what your midwife can’t and can do in your home. What is baby isn’t breathing well or not at all?  Which I did ask my the midwife I had planned to use. Will she have Pitocin to stop a bleeding if needed? I didn’t know to ask that question but am pretty certain she wouldn’t have, now I know. After a little research the only thing I can come up with that might have caused my hemorrhage was a fast delivery. And well don’t think that would have been different at home. I was ready to push and couldn’t stop!

All in all I’m glad I went with my gut instinct. Im glad I was at the hospital already when something went wrong. Always follow your intuition!!!