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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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How is it already Mother’s Day? I feel like this year is completely flying by! I am doing my best to prepare a thoughtful Mother’s day gift guide to help inspire you all. This year more than ever we need to show our appreciation for the moms in our lives. Enjoy this guide, and I hope that you find a few items that would be wonderful for Mom.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Self Care

This year above all I feel like moms need comfort and self care. Most of us are holding multiple roles and are having less time to devote to ourselves. Self care is extremely important so we can show up as the best version of ourselves for our kids. If we are not able to care for ourselves then our children will suffer also. Now let’s get to the gifts!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Spa Time

We may not be able to go to the spa right now but who says you can’t bring the spa to mom. Here is a highly rated foot soak that I found on Amazon. Besides, what mom doesn’t need some help with those feet? Especially after being couped up all winter long. This has an affordable price point and is sure to make mom feel like a queen.

Pair this foot soak with this safer nail polish from Cote in this fabulous spring-inspired color. Cote is a lesser toxic option that is available on Amazon. Another new nail system you can try is Dazzle Dry , it is a non toxic system that promises to last up to two weeks. I recently received this as a birthday gift and hope to report back soon on its effectiveness. In the meantime here is a review from a fellow Beautycounter consultant and one of my favorite bloggers Cassy Joy Garcia of fed and fit.

Now to add the icing on the cake, you must snag this lemongrass body butter and sugar scrub. My mother in law is a huge fan of this sugar scrub and the scent is not at all overpowering. Follow the link below and search for lemongrass body set and it will pop right up for you.

Beautycounter and Mother’s Day

As a Beautycounter consultant, I have to be sure to include some of my favorite safer products in this Mother’s day gift guide. If you would like more information on this company and why I choose to become a consultant please be sure to check out this blog post.

A board that says beautycounter #betterbeauty

Beautycounter has a ton of awesome products but here are a few of my favorites for Mother’s day gifts. They include eye revive cooling masks for dark circles and puffy eyes. Almost every mom I know needs these! Pop these in the fridge for an even cooler effect.

What Mom couldn’t use a good mask right now? This counter plus charcoal mask is one of my absolute favorites and a best seller. It has a cooling sensation and is not overdrying. I like to use weekly to keep breakouts at bay and keep skin looking fresh.

I can’t forget the star of the show the overnight resurfacing peel. This has been a complete game-changer in my skin care routine. As stated on the website “Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Featuring a proprietary multi-acid complex, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. This is definitely one of my favorite products.

Finally, I can’t forget to mention the peel’s newest companion the All bright C Serum which is clinically proven to even skin tone and improve skin radiance and brightness. Plus who can’t get over this gorgeous glass yellow bottle!

As always please reach out to me if you are in need of assistance and copy and paste this website and search for the product you are interested in

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Amazon Twenty and Under

I know it is a difficult time for many families and I have compiled a list of some of my Amazon favorites that are twenty dollars and under. You don’t have to compromise on a good gift even if money is tight.

I love this book idea. What an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for mom!

Turquoise might be one of my favorite colors, besides who wouldn’t love this mug? Fill it with wine, water, whatever mom chooses nobody is judging!

https://amzn.to/2yuOS9y


How gorgeous is this bag and it’s under 15 bucks!!!! Don’t forget to add in this purse organizer to make it easier to find her belongings.

https://amzn.to/2WtyLBj

Treat Yourself this Mother’s Day

Finally don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something special this mother’s day. I know I will be upping up the skin care from Beautycounter and I will be chilling in my favorite longsleeved pocket tee and Mama bear hat!! I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day. Please let me know if this Mother’s day gift guide was helpful to you.

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For more inspiration check out my post about last minute mother’s day gifts here.

Mother and daughter in matching red shirts smiling

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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies For Santa

christmas cookies in shapes

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies For Santa

Merry Christmas eve! This year marks the first year that Amelia knows who Santa is and is a lot more involved in the Christmas season festivities. I knew that I wanted to pick up some cookie cutters and get her involved with making cookies for Santa. Join me as we bake gluten free Christmas cookies for santa.

Against All Grain Cut out Cookies

This year I choose a recipe from one of my favorite cookbook authors Danielle Walker of Against all Grain. These turned out perfect and were not overly sweet which is just what I was looking for.

Join me as I take you along for our baking of Christmas cookies for Santa!

What I feed my Toddler

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

What you will need for the Gluten Free Cookies

I picked this set of cookie cutters from Amazon this year. I loved that they had multiple different shapes and that they weren’t too expensive.

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Next, you need to head on over to Danielle’s site to get her recipe for the cut-out cookies. She has two that I will link here I chose the one without almond flour as my brother has allergies to nuts and I wanted to see how well these performed.

Here are the flours I used and they worked very well.

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I also subbed out the maple sugar for half coconut sugar and half organic sugar.  I like this coconut sugar from Amazon and I got the organic sugar from kroger.

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We mixed the dough in the mixer rolled them out onto parchment and cut them into the fun Christmas shapes.

While the cookies were baking and cooling I whipped up a buttercream frosting.

Buttercream frosting for decorating cut out cookies

This recipe was not the one that Danielle used but was super simple. Here is how you make it.

Beat the following together until it forms the desired consistency

1/2 cup of unsalted butter

1/2 cup of shortening. My favorite is this one

2 cups of powdered sugar. I used one that did not contain cornstarch. Kroger has an organic brand that worked beautifully.

a splash of vanilla. choose a high-quality vanilla something similar to this.

Milk as needed to thin out the frosting.

You can double or triple this as you desire I used a very thin layer on my cookies as I did not want them to be too Sweet.

After the frosting had been whipped I separated it into bowls and added some natural food coloring to decorate with. Feel free to use sprinkles or do whatever you like to decorate the cookies

Here is a link to the food coloring I used.

decorating cut out christmas cookies for santa

The most important thing is to have fun and make tons of memories in the kitchen. These are the things I remember most about my childhood. Not the amount of toys I received or if the house was clean.

Are you making cookies for Santa? What is your favorite recipe or childhood memory of the Holidays?

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Chronic urinary tract infections and alternative treatment

White marble counter top with vitamin c tablets, a shot glass of apple cider vinegar, oil of oregano essential oil, d-mannose powder.

Chronic urinary tract infections:

I was diagnosed with my first urinary tract infection as an infant and continued to have reoccurring infections until I was around eight. My kidneys were functioning properly but I could not seem to go without an infection if I was not on antibiotics. Antibiotics while they definitely have their place can be very detrimental to your gut health, contribute to allergies, and can ultimately lead to other infections. Join me as I discuss my Chronic urinary tract infections and alternative treatment options.

As the years pased I cycled through from one antibiotic to another with several allergic reactions occurring. Luckily I outgrew these infections! I have the occasional UTI but no longer require a maintenance dose of antibiotics. I have compiled a list of my must-haves for fighting a Urinary tract infection. Please read on and let me know if you try them!

Medical Disclosure

As always please check with your doctor before starting any supplements or regimenes. This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or be a substitute for medical treatment by an MD. I am simply sharing what has worked for me personally, hoping to give you some insight into my chronic urinary tract infections and alternative treatment.

Check out my post on the BEST instant pot vegetable soup here

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D-Mannose

The number one supplement that I wish I knew about years ago is D-Mannose. I prefer the pure powder but you can also take in capsules. I will provide a link below to the product on Amazon.

https://amzn.to/2WWxOB3

D- Mannose is a naturally occuring sugar that is found in cranberries.  It is thought to function by preventing bacteria from sticking to the wall of the uinary tract.  If you are one who has reoccurant infections I would take this daily.  I am at a point where I only take this when I feel a UTI coming on. If you take away one piece of info from this post take note of this! D Mannose powder is my most used supplement for chronic urinary tract infections and alternative treatment options. 

Vitamin C

Increasing your vitamin c is always a good place to start when you are fighting an infection or under the weather. It helps to support your immune system in fighting off the infection. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin meaning the excess is excreted in your urine so it is difficult to get too much.

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I love this vitamin c. It is a spray, tastes great, and is made with good quality ingredients. If you prefer a supplement in pill form this raw version is also a good whole foods option. I follow the directions on the bottle for a few days after symptoms have improved.

Apple cider vinegar

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I love the flavor of apple cider and regularly add it to my water for digestion and some additional probiotics. However, if you do not like the taste you can take a quick shot of it or attempt some pills. I find that if I mix a few tablespoons in water, or pure unsweetened cranberry juice it does wonders for my UTI. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and full of probiotics, but only if you get the raw unfiltered version! Here are the pills if you don’t tolerate the vinegar well. If you are drinking the vinegar add as often as you refill your water cup which should be frequently with a UTI. If you are taking the supplement, follow the directions on the bottle.

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Cranberry Juice

I love adding a little splash of cranberry to my water and apple cider mixture. It makes for a pretty strong drink but I honestly don’t mind. This is one of my favorite cranberry juice options as it is organic and not from concentrate. As you notice it is quite pricey but almost all cranberry juice you get is sweetened and watered down. So a little goes a really long way with this juice. I will also add some cranberry pills if this is too strong for your tastes.

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Oregano

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Oil of oregano is another powerful antioxidant that supports your immune system. I put one drop in my drink twice daily when fighting a UTI. This is extremely strong and may not be tolerated by many. You can also use oregano pills if you desire or skip this step altogether. Be sure to not continue this regimen for long periods of time as this is a very strong herb.

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Fluids and Rest

The best medicine for a UTI is plenty of fluids and rest. Please do not let your UTI continue for a long period of time ! You know your body best and when it is time to visit the MD. An untreated UTI can lead to further complications and can cause further damage to your kidneys.

Do you get frequent UTI

Do you find you get frequent urinary tract infections? Have you found a solution that helps to prevent urinary tract infections or treat them? Lets chat!

If you havent already check out this recipe for the BEST taco salad, I am definitely craving it this week!

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

Wooden floor with shirt, makeup, handbag, and acessories

Fall is by far my favorite season. I live for sweaters and all of the Fall colors are breathtaking. Since I love fall fashion so much I have put together a fall fashion guide of my favorites for this season. I hope you find some inspiration for this season.

Fall Fashion Guide: Out on the Town

I am all about this leopard print top from Amazon. It is short-sleeved so you can easily add a sweater to provide additional layers depending on the weather. Pair with your favorite jeans and this hat and you’re set to go out on the town. I added a Chloe inspired bag at a fraction of the cost and these super cute peep-toe booties.

Links to the Above look:

Fall Fashion Guide: Date Night

This is the perfect outfit for date night and it can be mixed and matched as you please. This top is simply gorgeous and I love the look of the black jeans paired with it. Tie in the look with these luxury Frye boots and super cute crossbody handbag. I added these ear crawlers that are elegant but add a statement.

Links to the Above Look:

Fall Fashion Guide: Comfy Casual

This is the perfect outfit for hanging out at home or with friends and family. Who doesn’t love a sweater with pockets! I paired the emerald sweater with this distressed jean and super comfy grey fashion sneakers. Add in this adorable scarf and earrings and your set.

The links to the above look:

Fall Fashion Guide: All about Nails

I have picked out a few of my favorite nail finds for this fall season. As you know I always gravitate toward safer options when available. These polishes are gorgeous and do not disappoint. You can feel good knowing they are safer and can even be shared with your little mini-me.

Safer Nails

Fall Fashion Guide: All about Beauty

I recently became a Beautycounter consultant after many years of use. This year for the holidays they have some gorgeous options. It was tough but I chose my three favorites for the fall. This Rosewood lip trio is perfect for all occasions. You can choose from gloss, shear, and color intense lipstick. This color is gorgeous on all skin tones and is a must-have. The Starlight eyeshadows are perfect for a night out. I love that they are highly pigmented and the removable mirror is very handy for quick touchups. These jellies are simply the best! The scents are to die for and they are sweetened with stevia. They are nostalgic and bring back all the feels of growing up in the 90s. As always if you need help purchasing any items please contact me and I would be happy to assist you.

Safer makeup

Whats up Wingo

I am excited for the week to begin. It is Halloween week and my little lady is dressing up as Little Red Riding hood. Last year she was Tinkerbell but we didn’t do any actual trick or treating. This year we are excited to participate and I am hoping for good weather.

I purchased some kombucha and water Keifer from Thrive market this past week. I’m excited to get my homemade probiotic making back up and going. Stay tuned as I will be sure to document the progress. What are you all doing this Halloween week?

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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.

a brown box filled with beautycounter products

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

wooden tray with a letter board stating oh kale yes a dish towel with a wooden bowl that is filled with kale chips

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.

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

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.

a small kids table with a children's hand holding green play dough

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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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

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

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.

stand up deep freezer full of bags of frozen breast milk

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

white bowl filled with shredded carrots, sliced cumber, sliced onion, rice noodles, shrimp and sauce in stainless steel saucer.

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.

Wooden tray on a table with a white and gray checked dish towel.  A salt and pepper shaker and a bowl of vegetable soup.

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.

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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.

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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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