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Why I Became a Beautycounter Consultant

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How I found Beautycounter

Here is a little about my journey to becoming an Beautycounter consultant. As many of you know I strive to do the best I can to treat my one and only body well. After finding out that I needed to go gluten free, my eyes were opened up to the fact that gluten is in everything. I went through my makeup bag and realized almost all of it needed to be replaced. I started with my foundation and lip products as these were the most likely to enter into my body. I found many products that were gluten free but unfortunately had a ton of ingredients and their performance was subpar. So I set out on a quest for cleaner alternatives without compromising on performance. In my search, I found a company called Beautycounter.

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Why Choose Beautycounter

Beautycounter is a better beauty company that is on a mission to make the safest products with exceptional performance. The beauty industry has very little regulation and most people are not aware of this. The last major law in the beauty industry in the US was passed in 1938. The United States has banned only 30 ingredients while the European Union has banned 1,400. Studies have shown many of the ingredients that are banned by the EU have links to cancer, infertility, skin sensitivity, asthma, and hormone disruption. The mission of Beautycounter is to help educate and get safer products into the hands of everyone. They also focus on sustainability, transparency, and giving back.

Ingredient Selection Process

To provide safer products that work successfully Beautycounter follows a 5 step selection process including the following.

  1. Ban intentionally
  2. Screen rigorously
  3. Source responsibly
  4. Learn constantly
  5. Share transparently

The Never List

The Never List

In selecting the ingredients to use for their products they have created a never list that is made up of approximately 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients. These ingredients are banned from Beautycounter products. This includes the 1,400 ingredients that are restricted in the European Union but not the United States.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. What is scary is many don’t have any safety data and the Food and Drug Administration does not have the power to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies daily.

Check out my post on my favorite audiobooks

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What is a Certified B coporation

A certified B corporation is one that is different than the traditional corporate structure. Beautycounter considers people, the planet, and profits. They use the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems by voluntarily meeting standards of transparency, accountability, and performance. This is a huge accomplishment for this company and is not a easy one to obtain. In order to learn more about B corps check out this webpage.

Why become a Beautycounter consultant

I never thought that I would be selling beauty products. It was not an easy decision but after years of faithfully using their products, I decided that I wanted to become a Beautycounter consultant. The main reason is that I want to share these amazing products with you all! Beautycounter and their mission deserve to be heard and you and your family deserve better! I am especially talking to young women with kiddos and those with chronic illnesses. We live in a very toxic world and every small change we make adds up to a huge impact on our overall health. I love knowing that with Beautycounter and its mission for more regulation by ALL companies, my daughter one day will be able to run in any store grab a lipstick and know its safe.

Magnesium and how to get more without taking a supplement

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Let me help you

Please touch base with me if you have questions, are in need of samples, or just want to know more about Beautycounter. I am more than willing to help you find a product that works great for you. Join me in this quest toward safer beauty!

How to shop

If you are interested in the products and what to take a look at what Beautycounter has available please check out their website at www.beautycounter.com/laceywingo

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Dairy Free “Nacho Cheese” Kale Chips

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Oh Kale Yes!

I can feel fall just around the corner. Football has started and I have you covered with the perfect crunchy snack. It just so happens to be super tasty and is packed full of nutrients. These dairy free “Nacho Cheese” kale chips are a must-try. I love that you get the same cheesy goodness without adding dairy. These can be stored in a zip lock bag for a few days, that is if they make it that long :).

Oh Kale How I Love you

Let us start off by talking about why you need to make these dairy free “Nacho Cheese” kale chips. Kale is an inexpensive and sturdy green that contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals. It is a member of the Cruciferous family, think broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Kale is loaded with vitamin K which plays a vital role in our blood clotting. In addition to vitamin k, it also has vitamin c, beta carotene, b vitamins, minerals, and is loaded with antioxidants.

Antioxidants are known to reduce oxidative stress and lower our incidence of disease and cancer. Kale has many properties that make it a cancer-fighting food. Cruciferous vegetables contain a substance called Sulforaphane. This is what gives cabbage, and broccoli their sulfur-like smell. We all know what it’s like to come into a room where broccoli has been cooked. These compounds may stink by that is what makes them such powerful foods.

Dairy free “Nacho Cheese” Kale Chips

Alright, enough about why you should be eating Kale lets get into the recipe. I recommend using fresh Kale as this makes the chips less bitter. The number one key to getting super-crispy kale is to make sure it is bone dry before applying the seasonings and cooking in the oven. Otherwise, feel free to add more or less of any ingredient and if you prefer you can just use oil, salt and pepper.

It’s still hot out here so if you haven’t already be sure to check out my post on building the perfect smoothie.

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Diary free “Nacho Cheese” Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of Kale preferably organic
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

If you are looking for more information about feeding your toddler check out my blog post here. I include a link to these adorable pouches that are definitely a must for toddlers’ smoothies.

Directions:

Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You want your oven set to a super low setting as this will allow the kale to crisp up without burning. Take your Kale and remove the large stem and break the kale into smaller more bite size pieces.

After doing this you want to wash your kale thoroughly and spin to dry. I wash my kale three times and spin three times to ensure that it is cleaned well and extra dry. After doing this I lay my kale out on a cutting board in single layers on paper towels. I gently press the kale to remove the remaining water and let it sit with the paper towels on it for about 5 minutes or so while I measure out my spices.

Once my ingredients are all measured out I place my dried kale in a big bowl. I add the oil to the bowl and massage the oil into the kale with my hands. Taking special care to make sure every leaf is coated evenly.

After the leaves are evenly coated I add in my seasonings. As I mentioned, in order to make these chips cheesy without dairy I use a seasoning called nutritional yeast. You can find this at most grocery stores in the health food section but I ordered mine online and got it for much cheaper. Here is the product I used here. Remember you can always leave this out if you desire but it will not have the same cheesy flavor.

After adding the seasoning I massage the leaves again making sure each leaf is coated evenly. After doing this I place the leaves on a parchment-lined cookie sheet making sure they are in a single layer. You may need to use multiple cookie sheets in order to have room for all your kale. You are going to cook the Kale in 10 minute increments for 30 to 40 minutes or until your kale is crunchy but not burned.

Whats up Wingo

We made some gluten free playdough this week and it was a big hit. I highly suggest this recipe from Rebecca of Strength and Sunshine for those who are needing to keep a gluten free home. Because we all know playdough gets EVERYWHERE.

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I hope to get some fall decorations out this weekend and get my oils transferred over into my new awesome shelf, I can’t wait to show you all the finished product. Please stay tuned because I have some awesome things coming up in the blog. Here is a little sneak peak a fall fashion post, some awesome recipes, and my eating philosophy. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss out on any of the fun! What are y’all up to this weekend? Leave a comment on your plans below.

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Recipes

The Very Best Tzatziki Sauce

So unfortunately our oven broke and the recipe for foodie Friday will have to wait. In the meantime I am bringing you an older recipe but definitely one of my favorites the very best Tzatziki. I hope you all enjoy!

I know I’m not the only one who loves gyros.  That greasy yummy meat, on fluffy pita, with feta, and of course that glorious sauce!   YUM! Tzatziki is a game changer.  It is cool and refreshing and even if you think you won’t or don’t like it trust me you will!!

Since I have been gluten free, that delicious sauce has been missing from my life. So I have been on the quest to make my own perfect tzatziki sauce. I have created the best recipe out there.  AND…..I am about to give it to YOU!

Before I get into the recipe let me tell you why you need to make this sauce. The best part about my tzatziki is you’re getting rid of those nasty oils (soybean) found in traditional salad dressings and replacing with good fat, like olive oil.  You are upping your protein intake which helps you feel fuller longer, and you’re adding in good bacteria with the yogurt to help feed your good gut bugs.  PLUS on top of it all this recipe is super easy.

Most other tzatziki recipes you find require salting, draining and lots of time preparing the cucumbers. NOBODY has time for that.  My recipe is super simple, requires very few ingredients and you just dump and stir!  You are going to find that this will soon be your go to sauce for dipping, dunking, spreading, and for just about anything! 

Prep and total time spent: 5 minutes or less

Recipe Serves: 10 (if you are anything like my family you will want to make a double batch)

Serving Size: 2 Tbs

Ingredients:

1 cup full fat Greek Gods Traditional plain yogurt

¼ English cucumber or approximately ½ cup chopped

1/4th tsp distilled white vinegar

½ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp dried dill weed

½ tsp garlic powder

1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Chop English cucumber and set aside. (We like big chunks, but you can chop, or mince as you desire)
  2. In a bowl combine yogurt, vinegar, salt, dill, garlic powder, and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Add cucumber to yogurt mixture and stir.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve..

This recipe can be made ahead for more flavor, or used immediately if you are in a rush. I have tried several Greek yogurts but have found full fat Greek Gods traditional to be the very best for this recipe.

Slather it on a burger to make it Greek style, try it on Steak or use as a dip for vegetables you could even just eat it with a spoon.

This is what is cooking at the Wingo house.  Tell me what you all think, and what’s up with you?

Approximate Nutritional facts:

Per serving

Calories: 40.8

Total fat: 3.5 gm

Carbohydrates: 1.7 gm

Sodium: 71.1 mg

Protein: 0.9 gm

Sugar: 1.6 gm

Fiber: 0 gm

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My Top Tips for Breastfeeding Success

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My Top Tips for Breastfeeding Success:

This post is the last one in my four part series on breastfeeding. This post is dedicated to my top tips for breastfeeding success. Isn’t it funny how this series just happened to coincide with world breastfeeding week and national breastfeeding month. I promise that wasn’t even planned :). As always, please feel free to share the link to this post with anyone you think may benefit.

Y’all breastfeeding is hard and everyone sets out on their individual journey hoping to succeed. According to the CDC 4 out of 5 moms started to breastfeed. Unfortunately these numbers drop to less than 50% breastfed at 3 months, and about 25% at 6 months. Here are some awesome tools to help you along your journey, so you can breastfeed as long as you and baby desire. So lets dive in!

Check out my breastfeeding essentials post here

The best apps and resources

If this is your first bundle of joy you might be in for a rude awakening. Mama its a full time job just remembering how frequently you have to nurse your sweet baby. In addition to nursing, you also have to keep track of diapers, weight, how long and which side you fed on last…..I am already exhausted. Add in lack of sleep and there is no way you can keep track of a piece of paper and a pen, much less which breast you need to start with.

Don’t worry Mama i got you covered! There are tons of apps on your phone that can keep track of all of this for you. My favorite app is baby tracker. This App has thought of everything including nursing, diapers and you can even set alarms. This is awesome for remembering when to give your baby medicine or when its time for another feeding. You can even put how often you pumped, which side, and the quantity.

This app is an awesome resource to share with your doctor. You can even generate reports that can help you spot trends. Here are a few pictures of my little ones tracker when she was less than a month old.

a chart of how often the baby was changed and fed

An app that helps you schedule diapers nursing and keep track of infants activity

Check out my post on how I feed my toddler

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Can I take this medication

One of the most stressful aspects of being a nursing mom is determining if you can take a particular medication. I have found an awesome resource that tests medications and determines the risk to your infant.

It is called infant risk. They have some information online but you can also call and talk to an individual. I have called multiple times when I needed to take a medication and they were so helpful. Please do yourself a favor and bookmark their info.

Lactation consultant

In the US most hospitals offer a lactation consultant in the hospital at brith, and this is fabulous. I did get some sound advice, however most of my problems didn’t occur until after my milk came in, and I was at home. I did reach out to a local hospital and got some great assistance from a lactation consultant. Along with this there have been many nights at 3 am that I thought I just can’t do this anymore. In comes the 24 hour lactation consultant. If you are lucky enough to live in Tennessee there is a free 24 hour hotline. I have called on multiple occasions and they have been so helpful.

The fact that they are open 24/7 is amazing. I am sure this has been the deciding factor between many moms continuing to breastfeed or giving up.

If you do not live in Tennessee I encourage you to do some research to see if your state offers the same type of assistance.

Insurance coverage

Most breast pumps and even some supplies are now covered through your insurance provider. This gives all moms access to a great pump, which can extend their breastfeeding journey once returning to work. Please be sure to check with your insurance company to see which pumps, and if replacement parts are covered.

Kelly from kellyboobbook reached out to me and made me aware of an awesome tool that she put together. She spent a ton of time finding insurance providers and created a look up tool to determine which pump you can get with your insurance provider. Please check out her tool here.

Podcast and books

Be sure to check out the boob groups podcast. They have some excellent information on breastfeeding all for free. The best part is you can listen while on the road. This is definitely a most check out podcast!

Grab yourself a copy of Ina Mays guide to breastfeeding. This is an well known source for breastfeeding for all new moms and is written by a trusted midwife. Check out my link to snag your copy from Amazon.

Websites to follow

Be sure to check out the la leche leage. This website provides tons of information and local groups to get involved with in your community.

Pacify is an online website that features lactation specialists 24/7. You can talk to a lactation consultant via video or just audio through a subscription. Definitely helpful if you want a face to face conversation even at 3 am.

If you have oversupply or under supply please check out my previous posts for helpful tips.

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Whats Up Wingo

I hope that this post gave you some great tools to make breastfeeding easier and help you to succeed. I encourage you to make the best choice for you and your little one. Even though you might not be breastfeeding you are not a failure as fed ultimately is best. Please share this with all the mamas you think might benefit. There are so many additional topics about breastfeeding. If you have a specific question please don’t hesitate to ask. I will try my hardest to answer or point you in the right direction. Be sure to stay tuned for Foodie Friday as I will have a new post for y’all.

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Vietnamese Inspired Vermicelli

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Vietnamese Inspired Vermicelli

Happy Friday! On this Friday I am bringing you a super simple Vietnamese Inspired Vermicelli dish. This dish full of flavor and is a great take on the traditional Vermicelli that you find at a Vietnamese restaurant.

Ingredients for the Vietnamese inspired Vermicelli

For the Sauce:

combine the above ingredients use as a dressing for the salad.

For the bowl:

  • shredded carrots
  • cooked protein we used shrimp and pork
  • sliced cucumbers
  • organic green leaf lettuce
  • sliced red onion
  • cooked vermicelli rice noodles
  • cilantro and green onion for garnish

After the noodles are cooked place them on a bed of lettuce, add your vegetables,  protein and top with sauce.

This is a prefect recipe for using up extra protein and vegetables.  It is very versatile and  you can add or take away as needed.  I hope this recipe inspires you to venture out and try new types of cuisine.

 

Wooden cutting board with vermicelli noodles, lettuce, red onion sliced, sliced cucumber, limes, and red boat fish sauce.

Check out my previous post on the best instant pot vegetable soup.

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Whats up Wingo

What are you all up to this weekend? We plan to have a relaxing weekend and I hope to get caught up on some housework. Let me know what y’all have planned. Next week I plan to finish up my last part of the breastfeeding series so keep watch for that. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Oversupply and Breastfeeding Complications

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Oversupply and Breastfeeding

You may be thinking to yourself that oversupply is a blessing and wonder why am I even including this as part of my series. However this is simply not the case. There are many problems that may arise from oversupply and this post is to help those women who may be suffering from this breastfeeding problem.

I dealt with oversupply with my little one and it caused tremendous havoc on our nursing experience. We were faced with a forceful letdown, acid reflux and a very unhappy baby that hated breastfeeding. There was nothing more heartbreaking than watching my baby scream, choke, and pull away from the breast. It was far from my dreams of a connection and peaceful bond that I had imagined.

Once I found some solutions, our entire experience evolved into what I had always dreamed it would be. We are still nursing today and I am so thankful for this information that I am about to share with you.

Causes of Oversupply:

Oversupply can occur early on before your milk has had a chance to regulate. As breastfeeding is all about supply and demand if you are pumping excessively you may produce too much milk. Most lactation consultants advise you to wait until your baby is around three to four weeks old if possible before starting to pump. This will allow your milk to regulate as your baby will tell your body how much milk to make and will help to prevent oversupply.

Forceful Letdown:

A forceful letdown goes hand in hand with oversupply. My little one would nurse until my letdown, then pull off and scream. In the process milk would end up everywhere, and I began to feel inadequate. I was starting to question why was my baby not wanting my milk? Was there was something wrong with me? I didn’t realize that it had nothing to do with the quality of my milk, but instead the quantity.

How to Slow a Forceful Letdown Due to Oversupply:

Here are some of the best solutions to this problem. These have made a tremendous impact on me and my babies nursing journey.

Start by pumping first, once letdown has been achieved put baby on the breast. You can let the baby nurse, then once letdown has occurred, pull baby off to catch it in a burp cloth or towel, then place baby back to the breast. My favorite and the one tip that was a complete game changer for me and my baby is laid back nursing. When you are laying down and tummy to tummy your baby can better control the flow of milk, and they are able to nurse at their pace. Putting these simple tools into place is what changed our breastfeeding relationship and finally got me into a good headspace.

Check out my post on my top breastfeeding essentials here.

Infant baby girl wrapped in white sheet with pink bow in hair.

Supply and Demand:

If you have an oversupply of milk you want to be sure to not express more than you need to. If you need relief apply the pump only long enough to give your body some relief.

You can also attempt block feeding to reduce your total milk supply. This is a process where you feed your baby from one breast only for multiple feedings. This will cause the other breast to fill up with milk but in turn will slow the entire production of milk over a day or so.

Green Foamy Stools:

One common complaint of women with excess breast milk is a baby with green foamy stools. This can be caused by foremilk and hindmilk imbalance. Please be sure to let you doctor know of any unusual stools, due to other potential issues like allergies etc. If you have determined their is a imbalance of foremilk vs hindmilk you need to monitor the ratio carefully. The foremilk is the milk at the beginning of the feed and the hindmilk is what is found at the end of the feeding, it contains a higher ratio of fat. If your baby is having a hard time achieving this balance be sure to pump beforehand so you can give your baby more of the fatty milk found in the hindmilk.

Supplements for Reducing Oversupply:

Sage and peppermint oil and spices can be helpful to decrease your milk supply. This can be used in tea, as an essential oil and as added spices during cooking. Be sure to remove oil from the breast before feeding.

Donation:

As my little one got older my milk supply regulated and she was able to better control the flow. The Laid back nursing position made the most difference for me and my daughter. Our nursing relationship became one that I’ve cherished. I found that I was still producing more milk than she needed so I looked into donation. I highly recommend this as it’s an excellent way to help another in need. I look forward to the day that I can tell my daughter the impact she made in another babies life. I used Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin for my donations. They have several donation sites around the country and more than likely have a location near to you.

Please be sure to check out my previous breastfeeding post on low supply

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Whats Up Wednesday:

I hope yall’s week is going well. We finally broke down and bought my daughter an e- writing board from Amazon. She has been obsessed with coloring lately and I’m happy to report she loves it! The biggest bonus is I don’t have to worry about her changing the color of our furniture! You can check it out here if you are interested. I look forward to sharing with you an awesome recipe on Friday so stay tuned!

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The Very Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So I don’t know about y’all but its been hot over here. I am so over summer and more than ready for my favorite time of the year, FALL. The food, the weather, leaves, decorations, ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!!! Don’t get me started, I might not stop!!!! Since fall can’t come fast enough, I figured I would bring a little bit of it to me. On today’s Foodie Friday I will be featuring my Instant Pot vegetable soup.

If you haven’t used an instant pot before you’re totally missing out!!! Its essentially a pressure cooker but the one I have has seven different cooking modes. It functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge maker, steamer, sauté/browning, yogurt maker and warmer. This is the perfect kitchen gadget for those looking to minimize! You can do so much with this thing and it has come way down in price. My favorite website Amazon puts it on sale frequently and with the holidays coming up this is the perfect gift! Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing it. Now lets get into this recipe.

Memories

As a kid I remember loving my Grandmother’s vegetable soup. It was warm, comforting and definitely one of my favorite meals at their home. As an adult, healthy and easy are two of my favorite words when it comes to a recipe. This recipe is so versatile that you can add any vegetables you may have on hand frozen or fresh, it is the very best way to use up some veggies before they go bad. Now lets get onto this recipe.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

I want to first clarify that if you do not have an Instant Pot you can most certainly still make this recipe. All you need is a pot and a stove top to cook it on. Remember you can leave out anything or add in anything, this soup is very forgiving and I honestly make it different every time just due to what I have available in my kitchen.

Here is what you will need for serving 4 to 6:

  • Ground beef 1 pound, grass fed if you can, if your beef is really lean add in some coconut oil or fat of choice.
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cups sliced carrot you can even use frozen.
  • 1 bunch of kale chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with the juice organic if you are able
  • 2 small zucchini diced
  • 2 small peeled and chopped potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 -2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • A splash of red wine vinegar to taste
  • 1 small head of chopped cauliflower
  • 32 ounces of bone broth.  I like beef broth but all we had was chicken.
  • Parmesan and parsley as a garnish

Start by turning your instant pot on to saute. Add ground beef and oil if using. Cook for around 5 minutes add onion and garlic. Saute until translucent and ground beef is cooked through.

Once your meat, onions and garlic are cooked through, add in all of the other ingredients except Parmesan and parsley stir and close the lid. Select the manual setting and set it to high pressure for 5 minutes.

Let the soup depressurize naturally or if you open before, be careful to place a towel over the release valve to avoid soup splatter.

Garnish with Parmesan and additional salt or pepper if needed and ENJOY!

Check out my previous post for the best 10 minute dinner here.

White bowl filled with chicken cheese salad and dressing

Whats up Wingo

We don’t have much planned for the weekend and I’m pretty happy about that. Sometimes its nice to have a relaxing weekend to recharge. Next week I will be bringing you another part to my breastfeeding series. As always I will have another awesome recipe for you on Friday. Have a great weekend everybody. Let me know what you all have planned and if you try this recipe!

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How to Increase your Milk Supply While Breastfeeding

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How to Increase your Milk Supply While Breastfeeding

In this second installment of the breastfeeding series I will be talking about how to Increase your milk supply while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can come with many struggles one of those being low supply. At times during my breastfeeding journey I have found myself struggling to produce enough milk. I am going to include in this guide some of the things that have worked for me and some ideas on how to increase your milk supply while breastfeeding.

How to Increase your Milk Supply While Breastfeeding: Supply and Demand

The most important thing to remember is that breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. The more you breastfeed the more milk you will make. Our bodies are extremely smart and for the most part are able to increase supply when needed. The number one key to low supply when in doubt is nurse nurse nurse.

Is your Supply Really Low

It is common for moms to think that their supply is low when in reality it may not be. A mom might think this if they find their baby nursing more frequently. You may have heard of the term cluster feeding. This is when a baby will feed more frequently than usual. Cluster feeding is common during growth spurts however baby will soon resume normal feedings and this not a cause for concern.

Another reason why a mom might think they are not producing enough milk is because they are not as full or find they are no longer leaking as they have in the past. Your milk will self regulate and you may find with time that you may not leak or be as engorged.

The best way to tell if your production is reduced is through the babies weight gain and diapers. Be sure to keep track of how many diapers they have daily and talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned. I am linking a great article on how many diapers you should be changing daily from one month to one year here .

Pumping and Nursing

If you are a nursing mom that is not pumping you want to bring the baby to the breast frequently. The key here is frequency, not necessarily duration. Be sure to take the time to nurse every one to two hours including both breasts. Even if its just for a short period of time you are still stimulating your breasts to make more milk.

If you are a pumping mom be sure you have a high quality pump as this will help you to express more milk. Here is the link to the pump I used. Pull out that pump after each breastfeeding session. Even if you find you are not producing any milk you are still stimulating your breasts to make more milk.

It has been proven that a lactating mom will produce more milk in the morning. Add in an additional pumping session and take advantage of that window when your hormones for milk production are high. I would feed my baby and then add in an additional pumping session every morning. I would then stock pile the milk for a rainy day. I continued to do this until she was a year old and we were no longer donating.

How to Increase your Milk Supply While Breastfeeding: Power Pumping:

If you have not heard of power pumping you need to give it a try. When I started back at work I noticed a decrease in my milk production. I Power Pump on my way home at least weekly. You need an hour of time to do this and your pump in addition to a clock or timer. Please do this responsibility if you are driving, or save this until you are catching up on your favorite show on Netflix.

If you have not picked up your hands free cups or car adapter for your pump check out my previous breastfeeding post for the links.

Power Pumping:

  1. Attach your pump to both breasts and set your timer for 20 minutes
  2. Stop pumping but leave your cups on and rest for 10 minutes
  3. Pump for 10 minutes
  4. Rest for 10 minutes
  5. Finally Pump for 10 minutes, and then your done

The more frequently you can do this the better. You may not get any milk or you may find you achieve multiple letdowns that is fine keep trying and hopefully you will see an improvement soon.

How to Increase your Milk Supply While Breastfeeding: Supplementation

Supplementation can be helpful to some with a low milk supply. You should always talk to your doctor before supplementing. Also if you happen to donate milk please be sure to check with the donation company. It is important to be transparent and make sure you don’t need to withhold milk if you decide to go ahead with supplementation.

Fenugreek is a common supplement that some women swear by. I have used it since I have no longer been donating with success. I am linking the one I use below.

You can also use a mothers milk and lactation tea like the ones listed below. Traditional Medicinals and pink stork are great companies and their teas have awesome reviews via Amazon.

Another solution that some women swear by is fennel essential oil. It is applied to the breast and washed off before nursing. I have not used this myself but have heard great things from others who have. Be sure to use a good quality oil. Young Living and Doterra are a few of my favorites.

As your breastfeeding journey continues you may find that your menstrual cycle may cause you to struggle with milk production. I have found that a calcium and magnesium supplement can be very helpful see the item linked below.

How to Incorporate Galactogogue Foods

A Galactogue food is a food that helps to increase milk supply. I am listing some of the most common foods and how you can incorporate them into your diet.

  • Oats: the most well known Galactogue that is frequently used in lactation cookies.  You can purchase these cookies or make your own recipe.  Here is a link to a gluten free lactation cookie recipe from Nora of A clean Bake.  If you have Celiac disease please be sure to get certified gluten free oats as they are commonly cross contaminated with gluten.
  • Garlic: a common Galactogue and can be added to almost any dish.  Garlic has many benefits and adds great depths of flavor to your dishes. Be sure to increase it in your diet often for maximum benefits.
  • Brewers Yeast: this is a Galactogue that is frequently made with gluten. If you are able to tolerate gluten many people swear by a good beer. If not there are some non gluten sources of Brewers Yeast.
  • Fennel: Just like the essential oil this spice is also great for milk production.  It is added to many lactation teas but can be added to your food for great flavor. Think breakfast sausage or Thanksgiving dinner.

Fed is Best

Mama I see you out there struggling. Remember to do the best you can and don’t stress the rest. Stress is one factor that can definitely reduce your milk supply. Relax take a bath, and be sure to try skin to skin while nursing. As a new mom I was so focused on breastfeeding that I frequently had anxiety around it. I was scared to death that one day my milk would just stop flowing. I have had times where I struggled to produce milk but through it all I have been able to continue to feed my little one.

If you are unable to produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed don’t beat yourself up. I do encourage you to continue to breastfeed if you are able and supplement in addition. Your baby will still get the many benefits of breastfeeding even if it is not the sole source of nutrition. If you are unable to continue breastfeeding know you are also making the right choice for your baby. Above all the noise fed is always best.

Whats Up on this Wednesday

Anyone else over summer and ready for fall? This week has been so hot in our neck of the woods. I am hoping to get some more organization going within the house. I have been following fly lady and her routines. If you have never checked her out you need to! She is a great source for keeping your house in order! Stay tuned for Fridays post as I will be featuring a recipe that uses everyone’s favorite kitchen gadget the instant pot. This recipes is chocked full of veggies and its one that will be great for a fall night.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

white bowl filled with green spinach, cooked chicken, strawberries, red onion, pecans, and goat cheese

Strawberry Spinach Salad: Foodie Friday

TGIF y’all! Boy has it been a long week, I am ready for the weekend. This Friday I bring you a super simple salad that is definitely one of my favorites. The sweet and savory combo hits the spot and you can have this meal ready to go in no time at all. Just what I like on a Friday night.

Strawberry Spinach Salad: What you will Need

This recipe calls for very minimal ingredients and you can add or subtract as you fancy.

  • Spinach ( Organic Baby is my preference)
  • Strawberries (Organic as usual especially berries)  If you don’t care for strawberries you can try blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combo of all the above.  You can also sub for apples, pears, or peaches.  If you are in a big pinch add in dried fruit of your choice
  • Pecans you could also sub almonds, or walnuts.  if you have a nut allergy sunflower seeds work wonderfully
  • red onion
  • cooked chicken breast.  You can also sub in a rotisserie chicken for quick prep
  • goat cheese
  • Add olive oil and vinegar vinaigrette.  You can also sub in balsamic, poppy seed dressing, or homemade.

Strawberry Spinach Salad: Directions

  1. Start by breaking up your spinach into smaller pieces if you desire.  This is not necessary but we prefer our leaves more bite sized.
  2. Wash and slice your berries use as few or little as your desire
  3. Dice about a fourth to one half of red onion
  4. Add in your cooked chicken I use around a pound for four servings
  5. Add in around four ounces or a cup of pecans
  6. Add in four ounces of goat cheese
  7. Combine all of these ingredients
  8. Add dressing of your choice.

Strawberry Spinach Salad: Dressing Options

Below are a few of my favorite go to premixed dressings that can be found at most local grocery stores or on amazon. I like that they do not contain high fructose corn syrup, are made with olive oil, and have very little ingredients. You absolutely can mix a dressing with one part vinegar to two or three parts oil and add in spices of your liking.

It is World breastfeeding week and in honor of that I would love for you to check out my previous blog post on breastfeeding here.

Newborn baby in white sheet with pink bow in hair

Whats up Wingo:

This past weekend I was able to get the master closet organized and am super pleased. During all of that organization I found and purchased this mirrored jewelry organizer. It was just delivered from amazon and I can’t wait to get it put in the master closet. If you missed my previous post this week about vitamin d and how important it is click the link here. I also posted a picture of our sloppy Joe sweet potato to Instagram it was a big hit! Make sure you are also following me on Instagram for more frequent postings. What have you all been up to this week? Let me know what recipes you all would like to see in the future. Happy Eating!

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Vitamin D and its Importance

Vitamin D and its Importance

Hello sunshine! Let’s talk about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. New research shows that vitamin D plays a role in the prevention of chronic diseases.  These include cancer, heart disease, depression, autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes. According to the latest research, over half the population could be deficient in this important Vitamin.

Vitamin D and its Importance: Sources of Vitamin D

The sun is a great source of vitamin D, but unfortunately with our modern society many of us do not get adequate exposure. We also have to worry about the damage that the sun may cause.  Skin cancer is scary and when we protect ourselves from the sun with sunscreen, we are also blocking our vitamin D exposure. Additionally, many individuals may find that they have genetic mutations that prevent proper synthesis of vitamin D. This may make them continue to test low in vitamin D despite sun exposure.

Vitamin D and its Importance: How to Test Levels

Vitamin D is  fat soluble, meaning it can be toxic if taken in excess in supplemental form. It is important to have your doctor check your levels to make sure you are within the desired range. The best lab test is a 25 d hydroxyvitamin d blood test. You can get this through your regular doctor or if you prefer, you can order this without a doctor.   Check out quest diagnostics for more information.  There are also tests that can be done with a finger prick and sent off without having to go to a lab, if you are interested in this click here. 

Vitamin D and its Importance: Supplementation options

I choose safe sun exposure, limiting the amount of time I am outside and avoiding mid day sun, as it is the strongest.  I also supplement with vitamin D3 and added K2 as these two vitamins work synergistically for better absorption. I am linking a few of my favorite supplements below. After supplementing be sure to continue to check your levels, especially during the winter as they can drastically change. As always please be sure to contact your doctor before taking this or any medication.

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Vitamin K2 + D3 with Organic Coconut Oil for Better Absorption | 2-in-1 Support for Your Heart, Bones & Teeth | Vegan Certified, GMO & Gluten Free (60 Veggie Softgels)

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Vitamin D3 with K2 Liquid Drops, All Natural, Non GMO, 1208IU D3 and 25mcg K2 (MK7) Per Serving, Strengthen Bones, Boost Immune System and Energy Levels, with or Without Peppermint Oil

I love that this is an oil which is great for those who want to avoid taking a pill. One drop is 303% of your daily value.  This is great for those who may only need around 1000 IU, or need more on the days where they are not exposed to sun and less on the others.

Check out my previous post on Magnesium and how to get more of it.

Whats up Wingo:

I hope you all have had a great week so far.  Stay tuned for Friday’s Foodie Friday post as I have a recipe that you wont want to miss.  Keep the conversation going let me know how you all are doing and what you have been up to this week.

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The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes

White plate salmon cakes and remolaude dipping sauce

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: for Foodie Friday

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. Today I have a recipe for you that features the best gluten free salmon cakes. Growing up my mom frequently made salmon cakes and they were always a big hit. I didn’t realize just how simple and healthy those lovely golden brown patties could be. Now that I am gluten free I find these as a super easy go to meal when I need to get a little more fatty fish into my families diet. Stay tuned for the recipe, but first I’m going to tell you a little bit about why you need to make these cakes.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: High in Omega 3s

Salmon is considered a fatty fish and it is high in Omega 3s. As I have mentioned in a previous post Omega 3s are essential to our diet. Essential fatty acids are those that can not be made within the body but instead are obtained through our diet. Eating fatty fish a few times a week is a great way to ensure that you are getting adequate levels of omega 3s. The only problem with this is cooking fish the same old way can get super boring. In comes the Salmon Cake to the recipe rut rescue.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Family Friendly Recipe

This recipe is not only healthy and easy but is family friendly. It can be difficult to get kids to eat fish at times especially fish with a stronger flavor like Salmon. This recipe is definitely kid friendly and once you add my Remolaude sauce it will be a big hit.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Ingredients

cutting board with sliced lemon garlic and red onion

For this recipe you will need the following:

For the cakes: Serves four to six

  • four 6 oz cans salmon skinless boneless. Wild caught is the best
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1 egg
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1 tbsp parsley dried
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning or seafood seasoning of choice
  • 1/3 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs plus more for dredging
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil for frying the cakes

Remolaude Sauce ingredients: You may want to double your recipe its just that good

  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp relish I used dill
  • dash hot sauce. I prefer franks
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • dash of pepper and old bay seasoning

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Directions

Remolaude Sauce:

This sauce can be made ahead and actually tastes better if done so. However if you are in a hurry it is still delicious if made right before serving.

Finely dice 2 cloves garlic and two tablespoons onion place in a medium bowl. Add relish, mayo, Dijon mustard, dash of hot sauce, half of lemon that is juiced, and spices. Stir all to combine.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

bowl of remolaude sauce on counter top

Directions for the Cakes:

Start by draining your salmon place into a medium to large bowl. To the bowl add one egg, 1/2 cup diced red onion, splash of lemon juice, spices, and salt and pepper to taste.

Next add in 1/2 cup of almond flour and 1/3 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs. Combine the ingredients and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. After refrigeration If you find your mixture to be do dry add an extra egg or if to moist add addition bread crumbs. Use your hands to form into patties however large or small you prefer.

Fill the bottom of a plate with some additional bread crumbs and dredge your patties in the bread crumbs and press to coat flip and press on additional side.

To Fry:

Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in a frying pan and heat to medium high heat. If you do not like the taste of coconut use refined coconut oil instead of unrefined. You can also use a different oil of choice.

Once your oil is warm add your patties in a single layer pan fry until golden brown. Flip and fry on additional side.

Once cooked through and golden brown place on paper towel lined plate to absorb extra grease.

Serve along side coleslaw or sweet potato fries and enjoy!

Check out my other recipes for more salmon inspiration.

Foodie Friday: Cobb Salad With a Twist

Whats Up Wingo

I hope you all had a great week and enjoy your weekend. We plan to do some swimming this weekend and I hope to get my closet organized. We recently bought a Eufy which is a robotic vacum cleaner for the upstairs Ill place a link below if you are interested.

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As you can see I am feeling the need to purge and clean. Coming up next on the blog I have a few posts planned. One is all about vitamin d and my breastfeeding series is still in the works. Hope you all have a great weekend let me know in the comments how you plan to spend it.

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Ten Minute Dinner

White bowl filled with chicken cheese salad and dressing

Ten Minute Dinner For Foodie Friday

Today for Foodie Friday I am bringing you a super simple meal. Sometimes you need to get dinner on the table in ten minutes or less. This is typically when we reach for take out or fast food. This can be expensive and can unravel all your good intentions of having a healthy wholesome meal on the dinner table. If you are wanting a ten minute dinner that is still healthy and doesn’t break the bank, I have got you covered.

Ten Minute Dinner: Utilize Convenience foods.

Although you can prepare this meal in a super fast fashion, you can make it even faster if you utilize some prepackaged ingredients they include.

Rotisserie chicken or precooked chicken breast Costco has a great option

Hard boiled eggs private selection brand from Kroger is great

Bagged lettuce choose organic whenever possible. You can also use spinach or spring mix

Chopped onions I choose red.

shredded cheese I choose organic whenever possible

Bacon bits choose the option with the fewest ingredients

sunflower seeds stick with options cooked in their own oil and not soybean or corn if possible

Ranch dressing choose an option with canola oil over soybean if available.

If you utilize these resources all you have to do is combine, add some dressing and dinner is complete. It is easy as that. Don’t let your busy night keep you from getting a delicious meal on the table in record time. Dinner doesn’t always have to be difficult or fancy. The most important part is taking the time to sit around the table and share a meal.

Be sure to check out my previous salad post here

While bowl with shredded carrots lettuce olives, sour cream and salsa

Whats Up With You

I hope you all have a great weekend. Let me know what you are cooking up this weekend.

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All About Smoothies

Hand holding blender full of frozen mango, banana, spinach, berries, avocado, and almond milk.

All About Smoothies: For Foodie Friday

Happy Foodie Friday! As I type this Amelia and I just got back from the Zoo with my good friend and her boys. I just checked the temperature and it is 102 degree heat index. The pool is calling my name and I just can’t be bothered to cook. Therefore, I am posting all about smoothies. Included in this post are some of my favorite Smoothie combinations. I also include things you can add to boost the nutrition of your smoothies. I hope you enjoy, and stay cool out there!

All About Smoothies: How I think About Building My Smoothie.

When building my smoothie the first step I think about is if its a meal or a snack. If I want a quick snack i don’t worry as much about the ingredients. When a smoothie is my meal I include some good fats and protein for blood sugar stabilization, this will help you feel fuller for longer. The different categories of my smoothie include fruit and or vegetables, greens, fats, protein, and extras. I will go into more detail in the information below.

All About Smoothies: Organic or Conventional Produce

When purchasing produce for a smoothie I try and stick with organic whenever possible. This is especially important when buying fruits with thin skin, or skins that you eat like berries, stone fruits, and greens. However, I am less worried about bananas, watermelon, oranges and things that I peel.

All About Smoothies: Making them Sweet without Sugar

I like to add a frozen banana to my smoothie as it makes it a lot sweeter and gives it a smooth texture. I keep a zip lock bag in my freezer and whenever I have a banana that is getting too ripe I unwrap it and throw it in there. Then I have a steady supply of bananas for banana bread or my smoothie. Bananas are great frozen and they even break off effortlessly into chunks to make it easier on your blender.

I also find oranges and the juice from them to be fairly sweet. Their sweetness is a great addition to your smoothie. You can add a little pineapple juice for a more tropical sweetness. I have been known to throw in a little Stevia from time to time if needed. This can be especially true when I have a smoothie that is heavy on greens.

All About Smoothies: Why I Add Fat

Many of us are afraid of fat. When you add a good source of fat to your smoothie it not only helps with the texture and creaminess but your fullness factor as well. Your smoothie will stick with you longer and it can be helpful in balancing out the high carbohydrate load. My favorite fat choices include avocado, coconut oil, and coconut milk.

All About Smoothies: Protein Options

In addition to fats, if you are wanting your smoothie to be more filling adding a protein source can be very helpful. Some of my favorites are grass fed Stevia sweetened or unsweetened protein, Hemp protein with Stevia, collagen peptides and amino acid supplements. I also like to add in nut butters like peanut, almond, cashew, and sun butter. Greek and regular yogurt are another great addition, grass feed, organic and full fat are my favorites.

Here are a few of the protein powders I prefer.

All About Smoothies: Adding Greens

I add greens to almost every smoothie I make. If you are looking for a more mild flavor stick with spinach. I also love to use kale, and the super green mixtures. I always choose organic and it doesn’t matter if they are frozen or fresh.

blender filled with spinach and avacado

All About Smoothies: Tips and Tricks

If you have fresh fruit or greens that are about to spoil freeze them and put them in your smoothies. For Berries or other fruits lay them on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Once your fruit is frozen add them to a bag so this way they won’t stick together.

If you have a favorite recipe go ahead and portion out your ingredients. By placing them into smaller bags you are setting yourself up for success. That way on a busy day you can put it into the blender add your liquid and your done!

Always add the liquid to the bottom part of the blender. As a result your blender will blend effortlessly for a smooth consistency.

If you have left over smoothie put it in ice cube trays and once they are frozen add instead of ice to additional smoothies in the future.

If you cut up a avocado and don’t use it all freeze it. Place slices or chunks on parchment paper and once frozen throw it into a smoothie.

If your smoothie is to thick to drink pour it in a bowl add some coconut and chia seeds and eat it with a spoon!

Smoothies are a great way to add in additional ingredients or what I like to call extras. I add many of the following:

coconut oil

fiber through chia seeds

probiotic powders

Spirulina

turmeric

Ginger

and any other super food you want to boost up the nutritional value.

Don’t be afraid of veggies. For instance you can easily add carrot, greens and even cauliflower to your smoothie without even knowing it. If you are concerned about blood sugar please don’t be afraid to experiment with these non starchy options.

Check out this previous post

If you are looking for more information about feeding your toddler check out my blog post here. I include a link to these adorable pouches that are definitely a must for toddlers’ smoothies.

smoothie pouch with pig on front for toddler.
Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

Now on to the Recipes!

Tropical Smoothie

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup Greek whole milk yogurt

add organic frozen tropical mix (pineapple, mango)

Add 1/2 frozen banana

handful of spinach

1 small grated carrot

1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend and enjoy

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup milk of choice

1 scoop chocolate Tara’s whey protein powder or protein powder of your choice.

1 banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter of your choice.

1 handful of spinach

Blend and enjoy

Very Berry Smoothie

1/2 cup milk of choice

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

mixed organic berries

handful of spinach

1 avocado

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop of vital proteins collagen peptides.

Blend and enjoy

Almond milk, avacado, blender with smoothie on top of a cutting board

Whats up with You?

I hope you all have a great weekend and please let me know if you try and like these smoothies! Above all have fun with it.

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Breastfeeding Essentials

Infant baby girl wrapped in white sheet with pink bow in hair.

My Breastfeeding Journey

Today I am going to tell all you breastfeeding mamas about my must have breastfeeding essentials. This is going to be a multi part series about breastfeeding as I have been breastfeeding for just shy of 18 months. I have spent countless hours researching and have compiled a lot of good advice that I plan to share with you. This journey has had many ups and downs, tears and smiles. Breastfeeding might be one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding and biggest accomplishments of my life. I will go into my struggles and what helped me in future posts but this one is dedicated to my must haves so be sure to stay tuned.

Breastfeeding Essentials Pump and Pump Parts

Having a good quality pump is a very important breastfeeding essential. I received a Medela Pump in Style Advanced pump for my baby shower and have absolutely loved it. This pump is such great quality and that is key when choosing a pump. It is specifically designed to help with more breast milk expression. Be sure to get a good pump that is electric as manual pumps do not pull as much milk. Many insurance companies will pay for all or a portion of your pump. Heck get two if you are a working mom because lugging this thing around can be such a pain in the the butt! Below I am providing a link to my pump and a few others I have heard are good.

Pump Links

Medela Pump in Style Advanced
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Spectra Pump
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Willow Breast Pump
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This is a very useful tool used to collect excess milk on the opposite breast while feeding. It is especially useful before your milk is regulated when you tend to leak often.

Breastfeeding Essentials Pump Accessories

The right accessories for your pump can make all the difference. When you spend so much time attached to your pump you will find it helpful to make the process as painless as possible.

You have to purchase this car adapter for your pump. The Medela comes with a battery pack but you will burn through those batteries in no time. If you are like me and don’t have a good place to pump or travel frequently this is a LIFESAVER! It works with several pumps but be sure to check to make sure it works with yours.

If you are struggling with pain you need to give these a try. Its made of soft silicone and definitely provide a softer feel while pumping.

Freemie cups are a must have! You can insert these into your bra without having to have a special bra and can pump completely hands free. I used these daily. They are a lifesaver and an absolute must!

These two pillows are the most popular. I did not have much success with the Boppy. I believe that my breast friend would have worked better for me. However some women swear by and really love these pillows.

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These nursing covers can be used as a car seat cover and a nursing cover. They are stretchy and are super comfy.

These are my favorite bags for storing milk in. I also used the up and up brand from target. I used an extra flange as a funnel for pouring the milk in to keep it from spilling.

This is another one of my favorite ways to freeze milk in 1 oz portions so you can be more precise as well as minimize your plastic. I freeze these then combine them all in one big zip lock or food safe cloth bag.

Breastfeeding Essentials Increasing/Decreasing Milk Supply

I am going to go into some ways to increase/ decrease your milk supply and let down in a future post but here are my must have items you need to purchase.

Fenugreek is great for increasing your milk supply and I have had great success with this. Please be sure to get the okay from your doctor before use.

Fennel is a great essential oil to use when increasing your milk supply. You can apply directly to the breast avoiding the nipple area and not during feedings. As usual please ask your doctor before use.

Peppermint tea can be helpful if you have an oversupply. Be cautious as to not decrease your supply to much and as always check with your physician.

Breastfeeding Essentials Breast Care

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There are tons of different nipple balms and creams out there but my favorite is good old fashioned coconut oil. This is edible and there is no need to remove it before breastfeeding. It can provide lubrication to your nipple during pumping if you find it painful and is a great overall moisturizer. We grab ours in bulk from Costco.

You are definitely going to need some nursing pads. I love reusable ones as you can wash them, they are also safer for the environment and easier on your skin.

This massage tool is great for those who struggle with lumps and it helps to improve the flow of milk. I wish I had this at the beginning as I consistently had lumps and a lot of pain that was hard to work through.

Donation

I was able to donate over 500 ounces to those in need and I encourage you to look into this if you have an abundance of milk. I chose the Austin Milk Bank and will go into this at a further date.

Feeding Toddlers

Check out my previous post on what I feed my toddler for more information on providing sound meals and first foods in a thoughtful and healthful way.

Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

Breastfeeding Essentials Give Away

I am partnering with a mom of four including 5 month old twins in this giveaway. We will be giving away some nursing pads because you can never have enough. In order to be entered into the giveaway follow me on Instagram as well as her account on Instagram. Tag some mamas who need these nursing pads and a bonus entry is by following my blog. Give away ends Sunday night July 21, 2019 and the winner will be announced via Instagram on Monday July 22, 2019. Good luck to you all and I hope you enjoyed my Breastfeeding essentials.Breastfeeding essentials

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Recipes

BBQ Ranch Pork Chop Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Kale

Crunchy bbq ranch salad with pork

Foodie Friday: Recipe Adapted from the Real Food RDs.

Happy Foodie Friday! Today I am doing things a little different and featuring a recipe developed by the Real food Dietitians Jess and Stacie. I love the ladies behind this site! As a fellow RD it is so nice to see individuals that have similar thoughts on food and nutrition. As stated on their website they have gluten free and allergen friendly meals. BBQ Ranch Pork Chop Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Kale is the recipe I will be making today on this Foodie Friday.

BBQ Ranch Pork Chop Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Kale

Today I am taking a recipe from the Real food Dietitians website and putting a little different spin on it. Their recipe features a crunchy and super delicious salad made with green kale, and Brussels sprouts for extra nutrition and super crunchiness. If you are a fan of the combination of BBQ and Ranch you have got to make this recipe. The Brussels sprouts are shredded and are extremely mild in this dish. Before heading on over to their site for the directions I am going to walk you through the ingredients, substitutions, and changes I made.

Equipment Needed

For this recipe a really useful tool is a food processor with a shredded attachment and the regular blade also. This will definitely save you some time on cutting and chopping. I used the shredder for the Brussels sprouts and carrots. I used the regular blade for the red onion. I used a whisk for combining the BBQ sauce and ranch and a large bowl for combining the salad. I used a skillet to pan fry the pork chops.

Substitutions and Adaptations

For this recipe I did not have any golden raisins on hand so I didn’t include them in the recipe. I also used a different brand of BBQ sauce and Ranch. However Tesseme’s is a fabulous brand and you should definitely give their sauces and dressings a shot.

Ingredients Needed

Pork chop with kale salad with shredded carrots

You will need :

shredded carrots

shredded Brussels sprouts

red onion

Green Kale

toasted slivered almonds

Ranch and BBQ of choice.

Bacon or bacon bits

I added some cooked pork chops to add a little extra protein.

Check out the full recipe here

If you are looking for more Salad inspiration check out my previous Foodie Friday

crisp romaine lettuce in a bowl with a fork topped with seasoned ground beef, carrots, olives, topped with sour cream and salsa

Please go check out my fellow RD’s and their website. They have TONS of amazing recipes on their website that you don’t want to miss.

What I feed my Toddler

I often get asked questions about what I feed my toddler as a Registered Dietitian. I wrote a previous post about it here

Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

Whats up With You?

I hope you all have had a great week and have a fabulous weekend! Let’s keep the conversation going and let me know what’s up with you?

Lifestyle, Recipes

What I Feed My Toddler

Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

What I Feed My Toddler for Foodie Friday

Today I wanted to do something a little bit different for Foodie Friday. I am going to walk you through what I feed my toddler. As many of you already know I am a Registered Dietitian. I get questions quite often about what exactly I feed my daughter. These are my opinions and may or may not be what is best for your family. I hope I can provide some help to new moms who are looking for ideas on what to feed their toddler.

First Foods

When Amelia was six months old we introduced solids. Our first food was avocado. We chose this due to the fact that it was soft and not sweet. Ill let you take a look at the pictures below to see if you think she liked it or not.

As you can tell she was not a fan of avocado and still isn’t to this day. We stuck with a rule of one new food per three days. This was in order to determine if any allergies or intolerance may have occurred. This is such an important step when introducing foods. It can take a few days before you notice any changes in diapers, skin, etc. I kept a log so that I knew which foods we tried and the days in which we tried them. Needless to say she wasn’t too happy for a few days with just plain avocado. We decided to add in banana and mix it with the avocado and she loved it! Every few days we would add in a new food and continued with the old.

Food Textures

There are many different ways to start solids with little ones. This can include purees, baby led weaning or a little bit of both. Amelia did not do well with chunky textures at first. Gagging is unfortunately a normal part of learning to eat. It helps babies learn to move food back up to be further manipulated into more manageable pieces to swallow. We stuck with mostly smooth consistencies because along with the gagging she also vomited several times (TMI I know). I don’t know about you all but I HATE getting sick. Above all I wanted her to have association with food.

As she progressed and learned more about gumming her foods we attempted a thicker chunkier texture. If this lead to her getting sick we would not make a big deal about it and would try again later. As she reached around nine months she really wanted to hold onto her food. We introduced teething crackers which helped her learn how to chew and swallow even further. Amelia could feel them better in her mouth and learned what was too big of a bite. We continued with purees and slowly but surely went from puree to finger foods. By the end of her first year she could eat pretty much anything even without teeth!

To Make or Not to Make

It can be a tough decision when deciding exactly how to approach feeding your toddler. We made 99% of our baby food. It is cheaper, we had control of the ingredients, and we wanted to feed her what we ate. For example if were having Mexican sweet potatoes we would puree her up some sweet potatoes, and avocado. If chicken and broccoli are for dinner, broccoli puree it was.

I did some batch cooking for her to make it even easier. I would purchase the organic vegetables that were on sale. Bulk cook them and freeze them for later. I cooked grass fed ground beef added a little bit of broth and pureed that and froze it. This is a great way to make sure your little one is getting adequate iron. As we added in more food groups I made sure to provide more variety for optimal nutrients.

Spices, Garlic, and Fats Oh My

I was careful to be sure to include good fats like coconut oil and olive oil in my cooking. When she was still getting puree foods I mixed coconut oil in with her foods. She would sometimes take it straight off the spoon! Fat is excellent for brain development and I wanted to be sure she was getting enough of it. Currently we continue with healthy fats in addition to herbs, garlic, onions, spicy stuff and she typically gobbles it up.

Picky Eaters

We have been very careful to try and feed Amelia exactly as we eat. For this reason I believe we are blessed with a pretty good eater. There are times when some items are a little too spicy, tough, to chew etc. However for the most part she eats what we do.

I believe kids are picky in part because we allow them to be. Kids watch us and anticipate how to react even as young babies. If a parent doesn’t like a particular food and they make that known their children pick up on it. Now, I’m not saying you or your kid has to like broccoli. However I think its important to let our children decide for themselves if they like it or not. A prime example is grape tomatoes and black olives which I don’t care for. I am proud to say those are two of my kiddos favorite foods. I put my own bias aside and this has allowed her to develop her own opinion.

Clean your Plate

This is a controversial topic but I am going to give my opinion. A large reason why many people today have a problem with being overweight is due to being forced to clean our plates. Yes it is not good to waste but unless you are planning to donate your food it isn’t going to end up on the plate of those less fortunate anyway.

In my house we put an amount that we think Amelia will eat on her tray. She eats what she eats and we save the rest for later. It is as simple as that. In order to tell if your kiddo is full or not look to see if they are getting distracted. They tend to turn away and loose interest when they are done. As she has gotten older she will say “up”, or sometimes the food gets thrown on the ground. The biggest thing is to learn and pay attention to their cues.

I believe we are born with the innate ability to control what our body needs. If we are mindful we eat when we are hungry and stop when we are is full. Obviously you don’t want your kiddo going several meals without eating. If your child has skipped several meals, and you are worried please contact your pediatrician.

Links to some of the food items we used.

We bought a baby blender but found we didn’t like it as much as our regular blender. I know this is rather pricey but let me tell you its worth it! We have a Blendtec and I would repurchase again and again. If you are not looking to spend this much I have heard great things about the Ninja blender too.

Once we blended the food we would place in these silicone one ounce molds and freeze.

I purchased these reusable pouches which I still use today. We use them for smoothies and apple sauce. I also purchased these silicone toppers. I find they are more gentle on your little ones mouth and keep the food from getting everywhere.

We used this brand baby food if we needed to purchase in a pinch. I always choose organic and tried to stick with glass, and bpa free. Earth’s Best and Happy baby both make some great pouches and even Aldi has some good options.

These Creamies are awesome and they are full of really clean ingredients. They are also diary free for those babies who might not be able to tolerate diary.

These are my favorite teething “cookies” they are very clean and have very little sugar. They have a few different flavors and we like them all. I love that they are organic also.

Amelia loves freeze dried fruit. It can be hard to find organic but when you do its an awesome snack.

Here is a link to the divided plate pictured above

https://amzn.to/2Jhr2AJ

Food is For Fun

Remember the saying that before one food is just for fun. I tried to remind myself this on days where she didn’t eat as much. Remember to keep trying as tastes change, try and cook the item in different ways. I continue to offer the items that my daughter doesn’t like without force. One day I hope she will try it and decide she likes it. Take comfort in knowing that food is just for fun until one. Since you are breastfeeding or formula feeding for the first year its ok if a large amount is not consumed. Take this time to really experience flavors, textures and have fun with it!

If you have left over burgers from your fourth festivities and are looking for a delicious sauce try my tzatziki recipe. Add a little feta cheese and red onion and you have yourself a Greek burger.

Wooden bowl with metal spoon cucumber dip inside

Whats up with you

I hope you all have had a great fourth. Let’s keep the conversation going. Let me know what you feed your little ones.

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Recipes

Taco Salad For Foodie Friday

crisp romaine lettuce in a bowl with a fork topped with seasoned ground beef, carrots, olives, topped with sour cream and salsa

Taco Salad for Foodie Friday

I hope you all had a good week. This week has been really busy for me and lets just say TGIF! This week I am sticking with a super simple recipe of Taco Salad for Foodie Friday. This salad is so tasty and with all the veggies it is definitely far from boring. Lets get on to the recipe.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 head of romaine chopped and washed.
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives drained
  • A whole carrot peeled and julienne
  • A pound Ground beef
  • 1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • Sour cream and salsa of choice to taste
  • cooking fat (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of this primal palate taco seasoning or seasoning packet of choice

Let’s Get Cooking

  1. First combine ground beef and taco seasoning cook through, add cooking fat of choice if needed.
  2. While your meat is cooking wash, cut and dry lettuce. Place in a bowl.
  3. Prepare your avocado, use peeler to julienne your carrot.
  4. Combine the avocado, carrot, sliced olives, and shredded cheese.
  5. Add your cooked ground beef.
  6. Top with salsa and sour cream to your liking.

serve immediately and enjoy

Check out some more salad inspiration https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/06/14/foodie-friday-cobb-salad-with-a-twist/

white bowl with romaine lettuce topped with salmon, cheese, bacon, boiled egg, and avacado

Whats up with you?

I am looking forward to the weekend and the fourth which is just around the corner. Keep the conversation going and let me know what is up with you. Happy Friday!

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Shrimp Alfredo with Asparagus

Shrimp Alfredo with Asparagus

Shrimp Alfredo with Asparagus for Foodie Friday

Welcome to the second edition of Foodie Friday Shrimp Alfredo with Asparagus. I am always on a mission to find the best alternatives to pasta. My favorites provide additional nutrients and are lower in carbs. I have recently discovered the use of asparagus instead of pasta and I love it! While I am a fan of zucchini noodles, and they definitely have their place, they can be a pain to spiralize. Because they put off so much moisture, they tend to make the sauce watery. If you are an asparagus and Alfredo fan you definitely should give this recipe a try! Not only is this a healthy alternative to pasta it is extremely tasty and I am willing to bet you might not even miss the pasta.

Asparagus

Asparagus is super tasty and an extremely healthy vegetable. It happens to be choked full of folate and vitamin C. In addition to this it is a low carbohydrate, non starchy vegetable with very few calories and a good amount of fiber. Folate is a very important nutrient during child bearing years and has been shown to help decrease the incidence of neural tube defects. Vitamin C is also considered an antioxidant and is an essential nutrient meaning that we cannot make it within the body.

How to Choose and Store Asparagus

According to realsimple.com the size of the Asparagus does not determine its quality and taste. Instead look at the color and firmness of the spears. You want a more purple tent to the tips and firm in texture not limp.

According to real simple you should trim your spears and soak in a wet paper towel or cup dipped in water in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Check out the linked article for all the info.

Ingredients Needed for Shrimp Alfredo with Asparagus

8 oz mushrooms sliced

1 bunch asparagus chopped to about an inch long

3 garlic cloves minced

1 and 1/2 tbsp butter divided

1 tsp olive oil

one pound shrimp raw, peeled, and de-veined.

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 oz cream cheese

1/3rd cup Parmesan cheese

Salt , pepper, and dried parsley to taste.

Be sure to check our my very first Foodie Friday where I made a Cobb salad with a twist.

Cobb Salad with a twist

Lets get Cooking

Recipe serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes

Total time: 15 to 20 minutes

Start by de-thawing your shrimp if you have not already done so. Salt and pepper liberally.

Place 1/2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil in your pan to heat up for a minute over medium to medium high. Cook the shrimp until they are pink and cooked all the way through then set aside in a dish.

Add remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan. Place sliced mushrooms in the pan to cook until they are browned.

After your mushrooms are browned add in garlic, and asparagus and cook until asparagus reaches your desired texture. We like to leave ours a little crunchier.

Next add 1 oz cream cheese and mix well allowing it to melt. Once it has melted add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream being sure to stir constantly. When the sauce begins to bubble and thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon add Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Asparagus with mushrooms cream cheese and heavy whipping cream

Add shrimp back into the dish to warm. Garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan if you desire.

Remove from heat and serve.

Shrimp Alfredo with asparagus in white bowl with fork

I like to serve mine with a salad. Today we chose Cesar salad made with organic baby romaine, Cesar dressing and Parmesan cheese. Simple and tasty.

Cesar salad and Shrimp Alfredo with asparagus on wooden tray

Whats up with you?

I hope you all have a great weekend. Keep the conversation going and let me know what you all are cooking up this weekend.

Lifestyle

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Honoring all the Dads in our Life

The month of June is the month in which we celebrate all the dads in our lives. This is my husbands second father’s day. I am so grateful he is the father to my daughter. He does so much for all of us and really deserves to be thanked not only on father’s day but every day. My husband cooks dinner, does the laundry, watches our girl during the week, and is her DAD not babysitter. There is something so special about a father and daughter bond and I can not wait to see how theirs grows with time.

Father’s day: Grandpas

Amelia is so lucky to have two of the best granddads out there. They are both so loving and have always been present in her life. I am so grateful for my dad. I have many fond memories of his stories, always playing silly games like “walking on the ceiling with mirror” and even blowing dry my hair as a kid. My father in law has always been there for my husband and I, and we are grateful to have two of the best dads out there. Thank you to all Dads you are so important to the family dynamic and your support is immeasurable. I hope you realize how much you are loved and valued not just on father’s day but every day.

Gifts for Dad: Super Last Minute

If you are like me I am the worst at trying to find the best father’s day gifts. I want it to be thoughtful but not something to cheesy. I have gathered a list of a few items for you to give the dads in your life even if you are short on time.

Car Wash

Car wash! Take the dads in your lives car to the car wash. This is a super easy way to show them that you care. Or better yet wash their car at home and get the kids involved. Below is the car wash we use and it can be purchased most places like Amazon, Walmart, or automotive stores.

Free Father’s Day Interview Printable Card:

Father's Day Printable Books from Fun Cheap or Free
https://funcheaporfree.com/fathers-day-printable-gift-idea-interview-book/

Ladies if you have not already heard of Jordan Page, of Fun cheap or Free you are missing out. This lady is one of the smartest moms out there. Her and her husband are parents of six. They give tons of advice for living more frugally, paying off debt, budgeting, and shopping while saving. Such a great resource so go check her stuff out.

This interview card is such a sweet idea! This will be something you can repeat each year to see how your kiddos answers change. This is definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts out there and the printable is free!

Coupon Book:

This is a repeat idea from my mother’s day post. This is such a easy gift and I used to make this for both my mom and dad growing up. So here is how you do it. Get yourself some construction paper a hole punch and some string. Punch some holes and string your coupons together. Here are a few ideas for your coupon book. I owe you one free lawn mowing. Or something like one free dog walk. Or even as simple as breakfast in bed. This idea is so clever and if you have littles be sure to get them involved in this father’s day activity.

Dad Day:

Dedicate a day even if it is not on father’s day. Use this day to eat wherever, shop or go wherever the one you are celebrating chooses. This is a fun way to let them take control of the day and spend it how they want. I love this idea and its really fun for the whole family.

Outdoor gift package:

Get your dads an awesome cooler or tumbler. Yeti has a rotomolded type cooler, and awesome tumblers, and they are pricey but excellent. You can use them for fishing, camping, and all sorts of things during the summer. They really do keep things cold for days! Some reviewers even reported the cooler keeping ice cold for a week. There are plenty of videos on how to load your Yeti that will help lengthen the time in which it stays cold.

Here is a link to a video on how to pack your Yeti

They also sell Ozark trail mugs and coolers that are similar to Yeti but at lower price points at Walmart if you are interested.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-30-Ounce-Double-Wall-Vacuum-Sealed-Tumbler/171452737

Dinner and Movie at Home

https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/06/02/sous-vide-steak-our-first-attempt/

One of my favorite ideas is dinner and movie at home. You can go out and get some steaks, wings, or whatever your loved one prefers. Then cook it up on the grill. Be sure to make a movie gift package! In this gift include popcorn, movie, and candy if you desire or whatever your prefer when watching a movie. This is super fun and a great way to enjoy the holiday at home. Above is a link to my Sous Vide Steak a great way to make sure that you are getting a perfectly evenly cooked steak if you are interested.

What’s up with you?

What are you up to this father’s day weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend celebrating all the dads in your life. Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

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Foodie Friday: Cobb Salad With a Twist
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Foodie Friday: Cobb Salad With a Twist

Cobb Salad for Foodie Friday

Cobb Salad will be the first featured recipe on my new segment on the blog called “Foodie Friday”. Each week I will share a recipe with you all. I hope you find inspiration with these recipes and I look forward to hearing what you all think. Now on the the Cobb Salad.

Cobb Salad With a Twist

This week on my first Foodie Friday I will be featuring a super simple recipe that is a twist on the traditional Cobb Salad. Salads are amazing but can also get so boring. They are an easy way to add in some greens and extra vegetables into your day. However when you go on a salad/health kick they get old fast. This recipe is anything but boring and I hope you enjoy it as much and me and my family does.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This glorious Cobb Salad features a different source of protein and includes one of my favorite fatty fishes salmon. Omega 3s are essential nutrients that many of us are lacking. The key word here is essential as they can only be obtained through diet and not made within the body. I am a big fan of obtaining our nutrients within our food whenever possible. This is mainly due to the synergistic effect that occurs when vitamins and minerals are combined and not isolated. In other words vitamins and minerals often need each other in order to be digested and used more easily.

Getting In More Fish Is a Struggle

Getting in enough fish can be boring. This salad helps with that and provides a new and interesting way to add in your omega 3s. It may even help you overcome that salad rut you might be in.

On to the Recipe: Cobb Salad With a Twist

This recipe is super simple and can be tailored very easy to meet your individual needs. Please be sure to add or take away any ingredients as you see fit, but most of all enjoy!

Serves 4:

  1. One to two bunches of chopped romaine. (I use organic whenever possible)
  2. Two hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced or chopped.
  3. One pound Baked Salmon. You can even bake from frozen and add seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic powder, or spice it up with some lemon pepper seasoning. (whatever you choose)
  4. One sliced avocado.
  5. Bacon bits, a few tablespoons.
  6. One cup of shredded cheese of your choice. ( We chose Monterrey and cheddar)
  7. Dressing of choice to taste. ( We chose ranch)

Enjoy Your Cobb Salad

I hope you enjoy this recipe and my new series. Please be sure to leave any comments and your thoughts if you try it! That’s what I am up to on this Friday what are you up to?

Check out some of my previous recipes.

Steaks on a Grill
https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/06/02/sous-vide-steak-our-first-attempt/
https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/04/24/the-very-best-tzatziki-sauce/
Lifestyle

May Favorites: 2019

May Favorites:

How is it June already? I have no idea where this year has gone. Today as I am relaxing from the beach, I bring you another favorites post. I think it is so interesting to see what other’s are purchasing. This month I am including a wide variety of items that are sure to please all readers. I hope you enjoy and find some new products to try.

Before we get into the post let me tell you a little about my month. My birthday is in the month of May and my husband made the best cake. This it is my favorite cake and has been a repeated request for three years now. Ill be sure to insert a picture just to make you all hungry… lol. It is a Reeses’ cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting and if you didn’t know Reeses are by far my most favorite candy. My husband also made me my favorite pasta dish and we had some amazing gluten free sour dough bread. Ill be sure to link to this bread because if you are gluten free you must try this bread! I hope all of you had a great May especially all moms, I hope you realize how much you mean to your loved ones and got the chance to spend time with them during this special month.

May Favorites: The Best Gluten Free Baguette

First we will start off with the most fabulous store bought gluten free baguette I have ever had.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047IHKCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0047IHKCC&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=cac863bdb41e0ea58b8ba2872b643eac

This stuff is fabulous and the texture is spot on! I have been missing a good gluten free baguette since going gluten free five years ago and this one makes me so happy. It comes in a package of two and they are individually sealed so they stay fresher longer . IF they make it that long in your household. They freeze well too if you are looking to enjoy on occasion. They are a little pricey but let me tell you it is so worth it! Pair it with some Sous Vide Steak for a great meal!

May Favorites: Audio book

The next item in my May favorites is my favorite audio book of the moment. Like I mentioned in a previous post audible is such a great way to enjoy books on the go for busy moms. It is a refreshing break from the radio, helps you clothes get folded faster, and tedious house work is made much more enjoyable.

Here is the link to my previous post on my favorite audio books. The Top Five Audio Books you Need to Hear.

This month I am loving Mel Robbins The 5 second rule.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682612384/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1682612384&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c85f643adc2b1928015887952dba1a27

Click here for a free trial of Audible.

This book is so good. It is a must for any of you procrastinators. I am an over thinker and this book has helped me tremendously. Thinking is important but believe it or not sometimes we overthink the silly things that don’t need much thought. This book helps you move past your thoughts and initiates action to help you achieve what you want in life.

May Favorites: Hair Care

I have discovered some AMAZING hair products and I have to tell you about them. Kristen Ess is the brand and I picked these up from target. They claim to be luxury hair care but they are affordable! Ladies these babies deliver! I picked up three products that I will link below.

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-weightless-shine-air-dry-cr-232-me-5-fl-oz/-/A-52567810

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-the-one-signature-hair-water-7oz/-/A-52567946

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-weightless-shine-leave-in-conditioner-8-45-fl-oz/-/A-51397343

The first product is an air dry creme for helping to achieve a gorgeous air dry look. Lets get real ain’t nobody got time to blow dry their hair this time a year. The next item is her signature hair water. This stuff is amazing. It helps to refresh your curly or wavy locks, and is like no other product I have ever used. I can’t use dry shampoo on the days when my hair is more natural but the hair water solution is a perfect. Finally is a leave in conditioner which we all need this time of year.

May Favorites: Shoe Obsession

https://www.zappos.com/p/vans-slip-on-59-washed-nubuck-canvas-humus-blanc/product/8120707/color/789738?zlfid=191&ref=pd_sims_sp_1

These Vans are the best spring/summer transition shoe. It is made with a suede type material that is very comfortable. The light beige color looks so lovely with pastels and vibrant colors. Vans are so fun and I love all the new prints and more feminine options they have been coming out with lately.

May Favorites: For the Kiddos

My final items that I have been loving are the pacifier clip and teether from the company Ryan and Rose. I purchased these items on Amazon and this teether might be the best one I have ever gotten. My daughter has been teething and this is the only teether that she has really taken a liking too. I chose the white pacifier clip, however this marble is to die for! I love that they have several types of clips with different bead options, colors, and lengths depending on your needs. These clips serve as a teether as well as a clip. These are such good quality and are a must try.

Whats up with you?

I hope you all have enjoyed my favorites for this month. Lets keep the conversation going let me know what you have been up to during the month of May and what your favorites are.

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Steaks on a Grill
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Sous Vide Steak: Our First Attempt

Sunday Funday: Sous Vide Steak Experiment

I hope you all are having a great weekend and enjoying the steamy weather. In the Wingo household we use Sundays to catch up on cleaning and getting ready for the week which generally includes some meal prep and a trip to the grocery store. As a family we have been trying to spend more time outside as Amelia gets bigger and we decided it would be the perfect day to grill out while relaxing by the kiddie pool. We recently got an Anova Precision Cooker which is used to Sous Vide food. We decided to give it a go and cook up some delicious steaks in a Sous Vide steak experiment. Sous Vide is a type of cooking that is done inside a water bath. This bath is at a consistent temperature to provide perfectly even cooking. It seems pretty complicated but once you get it set up its honesty super simple. This thing basically does the work for you while you sit back, relax and catch up on any shows on Netflix you might be behind on.

Getting Started

I am going to take you step by step in how we completed this Sous Vide steak experiment. I will be sure to include links to all the equipment and tools so if you are feeling adventurous you can achieve this restaurant quality meal in the comfort an ease of you own home.

Here is a list of the things you are going to need before getting started. You can use a pot or a container that is heat safe that is deep enough to hold the water and food that you are cooking. We purchased this container from amazon and it works perfectly.

The next item you need is a food saver or some kind of vacuum sealer. This is a must have for everyone! It is great for keeping meat extra fresh if you plan to buy in bulk and deep freeze. I can’t seem to find the exact food saver series as I am using, but I am linking the basic starter kit which should work perfectly.

We picked up some New York strips for grilling, but choose whichever steak you like. Make sure to google the cut of meat and and desired doness for your correct time and temperature. We set our temperature to 130 degrees for 2 hours.

You first start by setting up your water bath. On the Anova Precision Cooker there is a minimum and maximum line for water so make sure your water is within the required levels. We ending up using 9 liters and it was plenty of room for our 4 steaks. This is the link to the cooker that we have. So far we are pleased with its performance.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UKPBXM4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00UKPBXM4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=fda7c7e758f35c67b1b6c12695408997

This particular model has some pretty neat features including an adjustable clamp and is blue tooth capable in order for you to use your app. Pretty neat little gadget that I hope to use more frequently.

Lets Get Cooking our Sous Vide Steak

Once you have chosen your steaks pat them dry and add your seasonings of choice. Today we went with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. We seasoned both sides of the meat and then placed into a double sealed food saver bag. We learned this trick to double seal the bag from Brad Leone of Bon Appetit . P.S. he makes some great recipes on his YouTube series “it’s alive”. I love that he gives different spins on fermented and probiotic rich foods. Super cool watch, so be sure to check him out.

After placing meat in the bag, seal again and this will make an air tight bag perfect for Sous Vide. Once your water is up to the proper temperature, its time to start cooking. Place the sealed bag into your warm water bath set yourself a timer and go watch some Netflix. We added a clothes pin on the side of the container to keep the steaks from moving around too much.

Hurry up and wait

While we were waiting for the steaks to warm up, we headed outside for some fun in the sun. The weather has been scorching so we definitely needed to sip on some bubly and apply sunscreen. We were back and forth between inside and outside due to the heat, but still managed to enjoy our time.

Why do little ones try and eat lotion and sunscreen? LOL! The look on her face was priceless. So as time passed we decided to get the grill up and going to cook up some veggies and for searing the steak after cooking in the Sous Vide.

Time to Grill

When you take the steaks out of the Sous Vide bath, they are going to look a little funky. Don’t worry though, the searing of the steak is a very important step and makes all the difference in look and flavor.

Be sure to turn your steak to get those gorgeous grill marks and serve it up with some parsley or an extra dash of seasoning. We added a cherry smoked sea salt to the top

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Time to Chow Down

After you grill your steak be sure to let the meat rest before cutting so you get the maximum flavor distribution. Overall here are my final thoughts on this Sous Vide Steak. The meat was tasty and the cooking was definitely much more even. The negatives is the time it takes to cook. You have to set aside a decent amount of time but the benefit is it is mostly inactive cooking. I definitely recommend this to those cooks who have a hard time getting an even cook every time. We had a blast playing with this gadget and look forward to making more recipes Sous Vide style in the future.

Since it is hot and you need to cool down you need to check out my recipe for Tzatziki sauce. This stuff is so tasty and is made with Greek yogurt. It would be a fabulous complement to this steak or use it on a salad if you just can’t bring yourself to get out in the heat to grill.

Whats up with you?

I hope you all had a great weekend spent with your family and friends. Let’s keep the conversation going and let me know what you have been up to.

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Summer 2019 Must Haves!

Alright Y’all the heat has turned up and got me thinking about my favorite must haves for this summer season. Whether you are planning on taking a trip to a more tropical location or just chillin at home these are this summers must haves! This summer guide for 2019 includes links to Amazon products because who doesn’t love AMAZON especially prime!

The Goods:

Lets start with one of the most important items you should have in your beach bag and that is SUNSCREEN! Listen up, May is skin cancer awareness month and sunscreen is our best defense. I have compiled some of my favorite sunscreens to help a sister out. I will be including some options for your little ones as well as everyone in the family.

This is my favorite sunscreen for my little one. It scores well on the environmental working group (EWG) website. It is reef safe and is SPF 50+ which is a very important factor for me when deciding which sunscreens I purchase.

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The Alba sport mineral sunscreen is another awesome option. This product scores well on the EWG website also. I love that it is fragrance free as I have extremely sensitive skin.

So the next thing you need to pickup before your trip is an awesome sunless tanner. I have pale skin and need a little boost during this season so I don’t look too much like a zombie. Recently, I picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

I recently picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

Before you go applying that self tanner you need to pick up this mitt to help you achieve that perfect glow. This package is amazing and it includes a small mitt for your face and an exfoliating glove for prep before application.

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I have found the best cooler bag to take with you to the beach, the office, or poolside. Packit has a bunch of different cooler options that you simply put in the freezer flat and the insulated gel provides the cooling that you need. Since you don’t have to put any additional cooler packs inside, you are left with a much larger area for all your goodies! I linked the picnic bag and its a must have!

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Girl you need this cover up and summer handbag! It will be the perfect accessory for dinners at the beach and that tassel is to die for! I am hooking you up with a link to a kimono that can also be paired with jeans and your favorite tank.

So i know you ladies love the look of a wide brim sunhat. I have several in my closet that I honestly have NEVER worn. The problem is a hat is to be used for hat hair! Whenever I reach for my hat or if I am at the beach, pool, or outside my hair is not down. Girl you need this hat it solves this problem!! It has the same gorgeous look of a wide brim sunhat but has a cut out at the top for your messy bun. Plus this particular hat has a bow where the hat comes together around your head. And bonus you can roll it up for ease of packing. Along with that hat you need the perfect oversized sunnies and with this tortoise shading it will look great on all skin tones.


I hope you have enjoyed my summer 2019 guide. Lets get the conversation going let me know what you ladies are loving this summer! I look forward to hearing what is up with you!

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Magnesium and How To Get More of it Without Having to Take a Pill

Magnesium is such an important mineral it is unfortunate that it is often overlooked. Many of us are lacking in magnesium and don’t even know it! Increasing our Magnesium intake can help with sleep and relaxation, anxiety, constipation, energy metabolism, and the list goes on and on. Besides the role that we know magnesium plays in the body, it is very likely that their are other functions that we are not even aware of yet!

Here is a list of magnesium and the RDA for both males and females of varied ages to help you better understand exactly how much you should be getting on a daily basis.

The RDA for magnesium is as follows (1):

Age Range: Males : Females:

Birth to 6 months (AI)30 mg 30 mg
7–12 months (AI)75 mg75 mg
1–3 years (RDA)80 mg80 mg
4–8 years (RDA)130 mg130 mg
9–13 years (RDA)240 mg240 mg
14–18 years (RDA)410 mg360 mg
19–30 years (RDA)400 mg310 mg
31–50 years (RDA)420 mg320 mg
51+ years (RDA)420 mg320 mg

As the western diet increases in processed foods and we rely less on whole foods a decrease in magnesium through the diet is noted. If you think you may be low in magnesium I have some solutions to help boost your intake.

Food First: Magnesium

It is always the best idea to start by making sure we are getting our necessary vitamins and minerals through our diet. Food first is always the best policy as vitamins and minerals tend to work synergistically. I have complied a short list that according to the NIH contain good sources of magnesium (2):

Almonds that are dry roasted without oil: one ounce includes 80 mg per serving

Spinach that is cooked by boiling: 1/2 cup contains 78 mg per serving

Cashews that are dry roasted without oil: one ounce contains 74 mg per serving

And of course we can’t forget CHOCOLATE!!

Dark chocolate which happens to be around 70-85% cacao provides around 36 mg of magnesium per 100 calorie serving (3).

It can be hard to make sure that you are getting the adequate amount of magnesium daily so on those days that you find you are not able to get enough I have you covered! Here are my top three ways to increase magnesium without having to take a pill.

1. Natural Calm:

Natural calm is a delicious way of getting in some magnesium. You can drink it hot or cold and it comes in lemon, cherry, unflavored, and raspberry lemon which is my favorite. It is vegan, gluten free, non GMO, and sweetened with stevia so it is a good alternative to those who are watching their sugar intakes. This is a great night cap. It is the perfect solution to help you wind down and get relaxed before bedtime. It is however fine to take anytime of the day. This is a must have in my pantry especially during times where I am extra stressed, and need a flavor filled boost.

2. Pink Stork Magnesium Spray

My second option is pink stork mist. This mist is marketed toward prenatal care however it can be used by men and women alike. I love this stuff as it is simply a spray and you are DONE! As the packaging states is helps with morning sickness, aches and pains, poor sleep and more. This stuff SAVED me during my pregnancy. Not to brag but I had ZERO morning sickness and I used this religiously. Six sprays equal 200 mg of magnesium. Magnesium that is absorbed is much more gentle on the gut and is great for those who want to treat a spot ache or pain as you can spray this directly on the targeted area.

3. Epsom Salts

The third option is Epsom salts. These are wonderful! They can be used to soak just your feet or as a full bath. They are relaxing and as this package claims aide with eczema, acne, and softens skin in addition to increasing magnesium levels in the body. If you desire a scent there are many different choices of salts with lavender and other essential oils added depending on your needs. This is an excellent solution for aches and pains as well as a nice way to relax at the end of the day.

Finally because I know chocolate might be your favorite way to increase magnesium I thought I might link my favorite chocolate bars

Alter eco makes several really good dark chocolate bars. They are organic and have some of the best tasting chocolate considering the low sugar content.

I hope this was helpful to learn several different ways to increase your magnesium intakes without having to resort to a pill form of supplement. Let me know if you try any of these options and please be sure to share with your friends and family!

Please be sure to comment below and let me know whats up with you and what your favorite ways are to increase magnesium.

MD knows best disclaimer:

As always I am not a doctor and I recommend you consult your doctor before making changes to your diet or adding in additional magnesium or any supplement as diet Changes or supplementation can be harmful to some individuals.

Sources:

(1) Institute of Medicine (IOM). Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride . Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.

(2) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, 2012.

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/#B1

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Ladies let me tell you I am the worst at waiting until the last minute! I have such a hard time deciding what to get my loved ones. Mother’s day is quickly approaching and if you’re like me you still have nothing purchased for the holiday. Since I can’t be the only one out there in this boat, I figured I would compile a list of a few items that make great gifts. Don’t worry girl I got you! I am making sure to hit all price points and these items can all arrive in time for the holiday. OK lets get started!

For those with a Limited Budget:

After all mother’s day is most importantly about making those mamas feel special and appreciated for all the hard work they have put in. First and foremost lets make sure those special ladies in our life know how much we love them. Don’t worry, you can do that without breaking the bank.

Coupon Book:

I have always turned to this as a great solution for almost any occasion. You can personalize it to the individual and it is practically free! So here is how you do it. Get yourself some construction paper a hole punch and some string. Punch some holes and string your coupons together. Here are a few ideas for your coupon book. I owe you one free room cleaning of your choice. Or something like one free dog walk. Or even as simple as one free dinner prep on one meal of your choice. As mamas, who doesn’t want a little help!! This idea is so clever and if you have littles be sure to get them involved in this mother’s day activity.

Pick Some Wildflowers:

Flowers are always a treat for most mamas. They can get pricey but who wouldn’t love the effort of your loved ones picking fresh flowers just for you!

Foot or Hand Print Canvas:

For new mamas out there make a footprint canvas. My husband and Amelia did this for me last year and it was so special to me. My husband got a canvas and then painted my daughters foot and made an imprint. I will forever have this and it was such a great gift as a new mom.

Mid Price Range Gifts:

If your wanting to spend a little more on gifts this year without completely blowing your budget I got you covered!

Gift Card of Choice:

What mama doesn’t love target or amazon. If you simply can not decide on a gift, pickup a gift card. Bonus if you have a Kroger near by you can get extra fuel points for purchasing your gift cards there.

A Selfcare Package:

Put together the ultimate care package! Feel free to tailor the package to your loved one however you see fit. Here are a few links and ideas of what would go great in your self care basket.

This soy candle in fresh linen is a slow burner and is made with soy so it doesn’t have all those nasty chemicals.

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Bath bombs are amazing! These ones are organic and are great value. Plus they are simply gorgeous!

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Facial mask in french rose that has cleaner ingredients and is simply luxurious!

Eve Hansen French Rose Clay Face Mask | Resurfacing Pink Clay Mask with Bentonite Clay and Kaolin Clay | Blackhead Remover Mask, Acne Scar Treatment and Soothing Dark Spot Remover Facial Mask | 1.7 oz

Beverage of Choice Package:

Include a nice mug and some tasty coffee or tea of choice. Here are a few of my recommendations.

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Luxury gift guide:

For those who have more to spend or want to give a truly special more luxurious gift here are a few of my favorite suggestions.

Pamper Session:

Invest in a nice spa package including a facial or massage. This is a great gift that any mother will love. Truly a great way to provide some self care!

Digital Picture Frame:

This is a great gift especially for the grandparents. We bought one for both my parents and in laws for Christmas and I think its safe to say its a great gift. You can upload pictures via an email address and can share that address with multiple family members. Pictures will arrive automatically for you to view. It is a great way to simplify as its hard to find a place for all those picture frames.

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Special Day:

Use this as a chance to let your love one design their own day. Including meals, shopping, pedicure however they wish to spend the day. Make a special card including a self printed certificate for their day.

This will be my 3rd mothers day the first was actually the day I found out I was expecting our sweet baby girl. Last year was the first with our baby girl and this year will be lots of fun as she is much more active and into everything. I never quite knew how much I would love being a mother. I hope all of you mothers out there have a great mothers day and know how much you are appreciated and loved. Let me know what’s up on mother’s day in your households!

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APRIL FAVORITES

I’m bringing you my April favorites post. Here are some things that I am loving at the moment. This month I have included a little bit of everything from fashion, to makeup, nails, and my favorite beverage. I hope you find inspiration from my favs and enjoy this post.

Fizz & Co. Seltzer Water from Kroger and Sweet Leaf vanilla Creme liquid Stevia

I love me a good coke. Whats better that sweet flavor and bubbly fizz….yum! As an RD, I try to find alternatives that I know are better for my body. If soda’s are your thing too, you have to try this. The Fizz and Co Seltzer waters are the bomb! They come in three flavors; Cola, Root Beer and The Dr. I have also figured out exactly how to take it up a notch where you wont even realize you aren’t drinking the real deal. The secret is Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia drops from sweet leaf. Add a few drops straight to the can and you will be in vanilla cola heaven.

Birkenstocks and Matching Cork Sandals for my Little One

Birkenstock Sandal
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Birkenstock Sandal

I love my Birkenstocks . As a kid during the 90s/00’s Birkenstocks were my go to. I swear they are still in great shape and I got them like 20 years ago! Even though I still own the original style clogs, I don’t wear them much these days. HOWEVER, I have found a new love in the Birkenstock sandal. These are super comfortable and I love the look. I found a Walmart cork sandal in a pale pink for my little to match!! So we have been matchy matchy this past month and to tell you the truth I am loving it! With the warmer weather starting to come around these are a must!

Physicians Formula Organic Mascara

Who doesn’t love makeup? I try to stick with a more natural makeup whenever possible. My mascara was dry and I needed a natural alternative that still functions well without breaking the bank. I picked the Physicians Formula Organic Mascara up this month and I have been loving it! It is a nice balance between lengthening and thickening without being clumpy. The wand really does a nice job of separating your lashes. It seems to stay put and the packaging is adorable. I am super excited about my find!

Milk Frother

I recently got a milk frother, and let me tell you I am in love! I am quite fond of a nice warm cup of goodness. I have recently seen a lot of awesome looking frothers but most have not so great reviews. I’ve only used this a few times so far but i’m really enjoying it. I have used it in tea, coffee, and even if I am looking for a splurge with hot coco. The coolest part is it has a cold setting for those hot days! It is definitely a nice addition to that cup your are brewing.

Zoya Nail Polish in Leigh

I have finally found a good nail polish, that is not full of junk! I have, and will continue to purchase some not so healthy polish if the color is to die for, but I try my hardest to stick with safer alternatives. This is a gorgeous color that is almost like a pinky beige with hints of peach in it, perfect for the spring time and summer.

I hope you all enjoyed my April Favorites! I look forward to sharing these with you monthly! Please let me know if you have bought anything this month that you are loving! Now that I have shared my scoop, what’s up with you?

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Top Five Audio Books you Need to Hear

I have a long commute to work and need to find ways to pass the time. I love listening to the radio but I feel as though I waste away a large portion of my day hearing the same songs over and over again.  I have always loved to learn and lately I have been on a quest to increase my knowledge. Audio books have been a game changer for my long commute.

While I listen to books mostly in the car, lately I’ve been listening while doing the dishes, laundry, or any housework.  I find that I keep focused better with a book going and actually manage to get a lot more housework completed.  It also makes the tasks a lot more enjoyable.

I prefer to listen to self help, organizational, and health and wellness books but occasionally like to take the opportunity to listen to a book just for pleasure and enjoyment.

Here are my top 5 favorite audio books not in any particular order:

Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis: Is an excellent book for helping mamas realize their worth. It is such an easy listen and is chock-full of excellent relatable info for all of us. It is definitely a must read.

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Girl, Stop apologizing by Rachel Hollis: This is a great companion to Girl, Wash your face. It goes into detail about how to achieve what you want in life. Both of these books by Rachel are fabulous and are definitely must reads for all Mamas

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The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman:  This book is a must have for all!  It contains great relationship advice to help us understand our partners better.

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the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo: This book is definitely organization goals!  I love her simple approach to tidying and I aspire to use her methods throughout my house.

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It starts with food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig:  This book is a fabulous resource for those who suffer with food intolerance and want to take a more whole foods approach to eating.

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I love audible and have been using their audio books for years. They have a great selection and have just about any type of book you could be looking for.

I hope this article was helpful and you found some new books to listen to or read if that is more your style.  This is what’s up with me now tell me what’s up with you and what you happen to be listening to?


Check out my Summer Must Haves here

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