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My Top 5 Young Living Essential Oils

 

Over the years I’ve tried several different brands of essential oils, and none have been as potent, trustworthy and versatile than Young Living.

  1. Lavender
    I would have to say personally, this is the one I’ve used the most and seems to be one of the more popular oils. I use lavender for calming, but it’s great to use on laundry dryer balls for a nice scent, as a sleep aid – diffused with other calming oils, or even on insect bites.
  2. Thieves
    Thieves oil blend has a great smell and not only do I diffuse the oil when my hubby or the kiddos get sick to help with germs and help with our immune systems; I have their household cleaner diluted in a spray bottle for easy, chemical-free cleaning!
  3. Panaway
    This right here is the ONLY oil I needed to survive my second pregnancy. I wrote a few months back about all the pain I was in when my Relaxin kicked in a little too much in my back. I couldn’t keep applying icy-hot packs on my back 24/7 (and it was expensive), so I mixed a little Panaway in a roller with coconut oil. I felt 100% better and was able to move around or sleep. I also use it for muscle soreness but mostly with my migraines these days instead of taking medicine.
  4. Stress Away
    This lime and vanilla scented oil needs no self-explanation. It’s amazing in a diffuser or in a relaxing bath. I diffuse this one to calm down my tensions from a busy day at work or crying, loud kids at home!
  5. Peace and Calming
    Unfortunately, lavender never had a calming effect on Jaxon no matter how I tried to use it. A friend let me borrow Peace and Calming and EVERY time when I diffused it during his “nap times”, he ACTUALLY fell asleep. This is some true magic in a bottle to relax and calm my hyper/overactive child.

What are your favorite oils to use? Single, blend, or do you make your own blends?! I just made a blend for plantar warts. I’d love to hear what you guys make!

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Sensory Processing Disorder – The “not recognized but feels so real” Disorder

As an infant, Jaxon always hit his developmental milestones extremely early. Rolling over, crawling, walking, handling blocks and picking up his food quite well. Everything was on target, except language. I remember being worried and everyone telling me that he’ll talk when he’s ready or he’s just a boy. Even the pediatricians seemed to not care or worry about it. Then he hit about 18 months and I started noticing he was a little different than everyone else his age. He still wasn’t talking, was constantly on the go and started to get frustrated quite often. We would attempt to have play-dates with kids his own age and he would just cry, hit it them and throw what seemed to be at the time – tantrums.  I was never recommended to seek early intervention by a doctor or anyone else. Once I recognized the tantrums seemed like meltdowns, and nothing I could do was making anything better, I was beginning to feel I was failing as a mother.

He would hit, slap, bite, scream, cry and then I would cry and he would be so exhausted after an hour or two that he would pass out. I knew in my heart it wasn’t normal but everyone else wasn’t experiencing what I was, or dealing with these daily battles. I was SO sure as well as concerned, that he had Autism or some sort of developmental delay. With my background in child psychology and early childhood,  I just had a feeling that he was different.
I had always tried signing with him as a baby but gave up as he got older. Thank goodness I knew a parent at my job that told me about Signing Time.I gave sign language another chance and we started Signing Time on Netflix together. He started using ASL as a communication tool around 20 months and by 2 he could sign all his colors, basic words and some short sentences like “More cereal please.”.  Around his 2 year wellness check the pediatrician FINALLY suggested early intervention therapists come out, and it wasn’t until 2 1/2 that he was seen; and by then he was practicing echolalia and still communicating with sign language. He didn’t fail any motor skill tests, he mimicked imagination and they told me he wouldn’t be receiving any services.

I felt absolutely devastated. My 2 1/2 year old who wasn’t using any spontaneous language, who never pretended to play with cars, trains or dolls would not receive speech or  any other therapy.. I called the pediatric office and was told I got a referral to see a developmental pediatrician, I felt relieved. Then when scheduling his appointment I was told it would be SIX MONTHS to be seen, due to an extremely long waiting list. I kept hearing how early intervention was key to helping these kids with delays, but i began to learn how hard it was to receive any services. During this excruciating waiting time, I practiced words, numbers, spelling, singing and some motor skill games. He still attended developmental gymnastics at my work and daycare. The meltdowns still occurred, especially after a day at school, and then somehow, magically, I learned about Sensory Processing Disorder and Hyperlexia through a parent at my work. Those 4 little words began a new chapter for my motherhood journey as I started to begin to understand my child and what was going on in his brain.
The more I read about SPD, the better I could start predicting when he would have a meltdown or what would cause it. His daycare was NOT  good place for him; too many loud noisy kids with not enough structure. By the time he came home from daycare, he was a hot mess and was comfortable enough to scream and cry and express himself. When he was at the gym or somewhere we were during a play-date, he wasn’t able to focus out all the extra stimulation, nor could he communicate with anyone so he was hitting and biting out of frustration.
When he had his developmental pediatrician evaluation, he was already three years old. He had JUST begun spontaneous language, and the doctor found him to have a developmental delay with sensory process difficulties. The DSM- 5 doesn’t recognize Sensory Processing Disorder as a “real” disorder, but usually part of Autism, ADHD, or something else. With NO label, these kids struggle to get ANY services. How could something that made daily life so hard, not be considered a legitimate disorder. PLUS they wouldn’t diagnosis ADHD with him until 6 years old!
We were going to receive Occupational Therapy, but no speech, and a follow up within six months. A slight “win” right? She also recommended the book “The Out-of-Sync Child“. Which was another eye-opener for me. It distinguished how ADHD, Autism, SPD, and other disorders were similar yet different, and how to handle your child with it.

Now here he is at 4 1/2, thriving and doing extremely well. He comes home from school with endless energy, due to having to focus all day and still needs help expressing it. He has a little trampoline, crash mat, and loft bed with a ladder in his room. We’ve made hop scotch on the floor, and sensory items to play with as well. He has his own little OT at our house when he needs to burn energy after a long day. He no longer freaks out or gets scared when loud toilets flush/hand dryers. He can focus better with lots of people or music around as well. At his follow up appointment they even stated he was no longer catagorized as developmentally delayed. Socially, I still feel he is a little behind his peers, but as his current school he fits right in. If you’ve ever seen Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper is my son in the future.
With me being able to understand how he feels and what’s going on in his head, our bond has completely increased. He has no memory of his meltdowns or what happened when he was younger, and gives me all the love in the world.

Another topic I’ll discuss another time is Hyperlexia/Hypernumeracy. Not only was and is my child struggling with his sensory issues, but he is extremely bright and has a knack for numbers and words.  This made life even more of a challenge, but a blessing in disguise.

I can’t say this enough, but Jaxon’s hyperactivity and sensory difficulties have made me a better patient parent, and i’m so thankful for that.
Don’t forget how important you are to your kids, and how much they love you!

5 Ways to Build Motor Skills

Being a developmentally gymnastics instructor; we not only teach gymnastics skills, but talk about developmental milestones and how to build their muscles for their motor skills.

When my first son was younger, I had NO second thoughts about him hitting his milestones. He crawled between 5-6 months, walked at 8 1/2 months, and was running by the end of 9 months. Fast forward a year or two and I started to notice he was different than other kids, and it wasn’t until he was 3 years old that he received Occupational Therapy. They worked on his fine motor skills, messy play, core muscles, and everything in between. I had always thought it was just his socio-emotional development and speech that was delayed, but he couldn’t hop on one foot, grip a pencil properly, and had poor core muscles. Lucky for both of us, I’m also a habilitation provider and could start building up his muscles and practicing his motor skills at home when his OT sessions were up.
Listed below are some of my ways we’ve been practicing building up motor skills.

1.  Rhythm Sticks
We use these A LOT in my gymnastics classes, but we also use them at home! Tapping the sticks together is not only great practice for rhythm, but for fine motor development and hand-eye coordination. Building up grip strength is also an important one; have them practice hanging on a stick or gripping it while you pull them around the house! Later in life these fine motor skills and grip strength will help with writing!
– Another bonus is holding onto the skill and pulling each other back and forth like “rowing a boat”, they’re building their core muscles sitting up! Speaking of core muscles, check out #2!

2. Crawl Like a Crab!
In order to have good balance, a person or child must have good core/back strength! Crawling around the house like a crab, with their bottom off the floor is great practice for both. Ask them if they can lift their belly high to the sky, pick up one foot or hand, and even practice kicking a ball back and forth to each other while in this crab pose! This is a great locomotor skill practice and core strengthener. In order for activites like hopping on one foot, or hopscotch; a child can’t have weak core muscles. Building on this theme, check out # 3.

3. Pretending To be Different Animals.
Imitating an animal is imitating locomotion. Pretend to be a bunny with bunny hops (feet together), be a bear with knees off the floor and crawl around, or gallop around the house (step sliding the feet open and closing). Have them get for room A to room B by doing anything but walking or running! One way we like to burn energy is picking an animal to be and then picking a number out of a bag. For example, gallop like a horse for 10 seconds. This could also be an example of taking turns!

4. Threading Practice.
Here’s another one for the fine motor skills – threading or lacing. We used these Lace & Trace Pets. He used to get easily frustrated, but it was awesome to see how much his fine motor skills changed within a few months. I didn’t worry about the lacing being “proper” or all on the same side, as long as he was using his fingers to pinch the string, thread it through and pull it through the other side!

5. Balloon Fun
Kids won’t even realize they’re building gross motor skills when it comes to balloons! I love throwing balloons around with my oldest because it REALLY helped with him learn to catch! Balloons are nice and slow compared to a ball. They fall much slower, which gives them a chance to look at it and get those hands out to catch it! This is a great example of hand-eye coordination.

 

Have you had a child attend occupational or physical therapy?

How do you guys build up your kiddos muscles?

Mommy & Me Giveaway

I’m super excited for this giveaway due to a few reasons! I know sometimes as moms we forgo buying ourselves things, and instead are always buying toys/clothes for our kids. So I’m including two prizes for the mamas; maybe three if you use the Little Teether shop credit for a teething necklace, which is a win-win for you & baby! I also use all of these brands myself, so I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. One Box of Sweetie Pie Organics Sweet Beet Tiny Wafers
Beet Tiny Wafers are the perfect healthy snack solution. These tasty snacks are baked with more than 50% of real fruit and veggie purees and have no added sugar. I like the added garlic to help keep toddlers immune system up!
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2. $25 Shop Credit to Little Teether
We own THREE teething items from this small shop. I love how lengthy and chic my teething necklace is, H loves how well he can hold on to his donut, AND we also have a cactus teether not pictured. They are even BPA Free and non-toxic!

 

 

3. Arbonne Exfoliating New Cell Scrub
I love that the Arbonne products are certified vegan and the scrubs leave my skin feeling soft. If you like this product they have plenty more cosmetics, and even nutritional products. I personally have only tried the body scrub as of last week, but love the smell of it and feeling my skin afterwards!
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4. One Bannor Toys Wooden Teether 
I think Huxley is naturally drawn to teething on wood items; he is always chewing on wooden books or blocks that we have around the house. I love that Bannor Toys are sanded so soft, easy to grip, and non-toxic. They also make fun rattles and other toys. (Winner will receive a different teether, not the one pictured)
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5. One The Flipping Holder, clear
When I first posted about this last week, everyone was asking where they could get it and they wished they had one when their kids were little! This is one of the best products I’ve come across this year. One way it holds baby food pouches, flip it upside and it holds juice pouches/boxes! No squeeze or mess!

6. $10 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD.
Do I really need to explain myself with this one? Treat yourself mama! My personal favorite is a black iced cold brew or an iced caramel macchiato with coconut milk.

Now if you haven’t already, go enter on my Instagram -> The Busy Boy Mama
If you have any questions feel free to comment on my blog post or shoot me a DM on Instagram. Good Luck!

** Details: The giveaway will run from 9/4/17 to 9/6/17 at 10PM MST; the giveaway will close and the winner will be announced within 24 hours after the giveaway has ended. U.S. entries only. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, sponsored by Instagram. **

 

10 Indoor Activities for Preschoolers

Whether it gets ridiculously hot in the Summer like Arizona, or your somewhere stuck inside during the Winter, it’s a good idea to keep a list of indoor activities that won’t bore the kids. Here’s a few things I like to do with my little guy!

*I apologize for the quality of these photos, I’ve taken them over the past year or so on my phone*

1. Tape Play Fun
We took different colored tape and made hopscotch pattern, as well as a maze! Jax could blow a ball through the maze, or use it like a road and drive cars through it!

 

2. Have them help you make a healthy snack in the kitchen!
Granola bars, muffins, trail mix, anything is possible!
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3. Practice reading out loud.
Read books together, or practice phonic sounds and sight words.
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4.  Kinetic sand is always a great idea in our house.
I would use letters or number magnetics in the sand. He then had to feel with his hands what letter/number it was and then dig them out. He would next either try to spell a word with the magnetics or put together bigger numbers! Free play with sand is always encouraged as well!
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5. Will it sink or float?
Have your little one find items around the house, then make a list of them! Next have them guess if it will float or sink in the water. This game works while they’re playing in the bath tub too!
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6. Sensory play is another endless idea.
As long as they’re old enough to know not to put the objects in their mouth! Here’s Jaxon playing with seeds, beans and rice in an indoor pool. Water beads, or Orbeez, are another idea for sensory play.

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7. Go fish, memory, matching, or other card games.
Once they understand instruction a little bit better try some board games as well!
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8. Painting!
You could have them finger paint on some old packaging paper, a canvas for a keepsake/gift, or even mess-free inside a gallon freezer bag! You can make it into a learning lesson by trying to mix two or three colors together and seeing what other colors you can make!
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9. Make a treasure map or scavenger hunt.
This is an example of a rhyming scavenger hunt we did for Easter. It also can be wonderful practice for spatial terms and directions!
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10. If you’re still running out of ideas, make a play-time activity board!
Let them choose the activity for the day. Hide and seek, jumping jacks, or trampoline time is always a favorite one at our house.  I got these from And Next Comes L !
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Let me know in the comments below how you keep your little ones busy!

Kindness

There are just a few things in my life I want to do right. One of these things, is making sure my kids grow up to be kind, and not some as*hole. In the “vegan world” I always saw a quote passed around different on Instagram pages saying “At what age did you lose your compassion?” I’m not sure we’re exactly losing our compassion, I think sometimes we’re just being misled in the wrong direction. We’re not growing up thinking about killing animals for food and being kind to another animal, or being mean/bullying someone. Close to everything we know is taught, and very little of what we do and know is innate.
The world seems to be such a hateful place these days; and with the internet these days it can be easier to bully people and not see the effect it can cause people. But as I’ve came across the last few months, the internet can be a wonderful thing as well. During my pregnancies, my marriage preparations, and especially any time now having kids, I find myself searching for my faith and grasping at the Catholic religion I grew up with. To be honest, it’s easier for me to search the internet and text my Aunt or family Priest, than it is for me to search for answers in a bible. When I was thinking of what to write for this post, I came across Matthew Chapter 7 from the bible.

“‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
8 Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.

A few days ago, I went to pump at work and got barely an ounce out of my “slacker” side, and the good side was about 4oz. I felt discouraged and had been out of my lactation smoothies for a while. I’ve been hearing about a brand of herbal supplements that boost lactation, and can even help your slacker side. I’m still playing catch up from having days off from work due to my kids being sick or the kids I work with; with our high Summer A/C bill and Jaxon’s piano/school tuition increasing, so I didn’t want to go splurge on pricey supplements.  I posted a picture on IG of my milk pump session and jokingly asked someone to send me some “Lechita”. A day or two passed when I noticed I had a request from my IG messages. A mom, who had boughten the supplements, decided NOT to return them but was holding onto them and wanted to give them to me! Her baby didn’t like what was in her milky, and she was hoping to bless someone with them. I can’t tell you how many times I cried over this the past week. She sent me not one, not two, but two bottles and lactation tea, and turned me down when I offered to pay for shipping.
I was searching of something or anything that I had done to deserve this, and only one thing came to mind. We always donate our used goods or clothes to Veterans of America, but last week I had donated a ton of baby H’s gender neutral clothes, swaddles, receiving blankets, and a breastfeeding pillow to my husband’s co-worker’s wife. My hubby told me they had just sold their car amongst other things, and wanting to get rid of what we have, I just wanted to give all that we could away to her. I didn’t think anything of it since I love to clean out the house and get rid of things; practicing  something I learned in my yoga teacher training called Vairagya – non-attachment.

The Hindu’s believe in Karma and Dharma, which I also tend to believe in as well. This is the belief that a person’s actions in life will determine their fate in the next life. If they’re selfish and mean in this life, it will carry on to the next life. “Anything that helps human being to reach god is dharma and anything that hinders human being from reaching god is adharma”. GOOD DHARMA = GOOD KARMA 

So long story short –  if you’re reading this, no matter what religion you are ,I hope you take this all into consideration. Practice compassion, kindness and pass it along to others. Teach it to others, especially you’re children and I hope that you receive some amazing gifts along your life.

Everyday we’re hustlin’

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

 

Growing up, this statement could not have been more true for me. Although I was busy with homework and dance, I was always finding trouble or it would find me – so it seemed. As I got older in college, and now as a parent, I found that I am happier when i’m busy. I was working 40 hours with two jobs until the end of my pregnancy, where I worked both jobs until 40 1/2 weeks. I don’t work both jobs on the same day anymore since I’ve had Huxley. I want to have more time open with the boys since I have to pick up Jaxon from school every day at 2:30; and with breastfeeding I don’t need to make my life more complicated. We have to plan family events or playdates weeks in advance, but I think it works for our family.

Jax seems to be my twin for several reasons. Not only does he look like me, he loves being busy too! This kid never runs out of energy. He goes from 5 days a week, full-day Pre-K to piano lessons after school, and karate on the weekends. If he’s not busy at home or doing something with his hands, he’s making loud noises or getting into trouble. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s gifted, or *probably* has ADHD/ADD, but he honestly thrives better in a busy atmosphere.

Trying to balance two jobs, two kids, and date nights with my husband can be kind of crazy. I FINALLY gave in to making a planner at home for us and I LOVE it. I have been trying to keep track of everything in my brain for years, but with two kids, I can feel my brain power diminishing. I try to be organized in my daily life, but I would love it if people would leave some tips in my comments of how they stay organized and on top of things in their own busy lives!
Thank you in advance!

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Picture from one of the birthdays we went to at The Little Gym!

Two Is Just Enough Chaos

With all the chaos and love they bring into our lives I DEFINITELY believe two is the magically number for our family. My husband and I only have one other sibling so I think it was meant to be.
Growing up I was never fully sure I wanted children – let alone ever get married. Then one boy happened, and he was the most magically sweet and innocent baby ever, until a little after here turned one. He was still non-verbal, and always on the go. I sometimes ask myself why we never did more playdates and then I remember all the aggression and frustration, hitting, and biting. A few years ago I was POSITIVE I never wanted to have another child. Hours of meltdowns after daycare and lots of tears between the two of us, over the span of 2 1/2 years… But then came sign language, which was amazing, and verbal language, then occupational therapy at 3. By 3 1/2 he had spontaneous language and he was *fully* potty trained besides the tummy/poop issues we still deal with at 4 1/2.  I know it was a communication and frustration thing; but my poor baby couldn’t explain everything that was going on in his head. I was finally thinking I could handle another child, and that Jax was ready as well as capable of having a sibling.

It took a few months of trying but I was pregnant with baby boy #2. Of course this pregnancy wasn’t as easy as the last time – nearly sick the whole time. He came out loud and screaming, just like the big  screaming bull he is today. The colic gassy cries were accompanied by a strong letdown that would occasionally choke him and make him more upset. The first few months were so much harder, and sometimes still is, compared to how Jax was at the same age. This big guy has a pretty strong temperament, but at the same time more social and smily that J was..

I think they both challenge me in their own ways, which makes me become a more patient and better parent. I can’t even describe here how much of a better person I am today with having to learn to be patient and try to understand everything that has gone on with Jax.

I knew I would always be a boy mom, for the fact that I don’t find myself “girly” and I thought handling boys would be easier as they grow up. I honestly believe it would have been some BAD karma if I ended up having girls. I wasn’t the easiest child growing up, but I must have done some good to deserve these two boys. They challenge me every day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t always tend to be a religious person, but I know God wouldn’t have given me these two loving boys if I couldn’t of handled it, and I know he gave them to ME for a reason. They’re supposed to be here with me and are so loved by our family;and honestly have brought my side of the family closer together. These boys give every day a purpose and meaning to life. I love our family of four.

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Reasons Why I Went Vegan, & Stayed Vegan

Seven years, seven busy years of college, YYT, work, pregnancy, and parenting without meat. It all started when I was 20 years old, in college at Iowa State. Originally, I had gone vegetarian years prior in middle/high school briefly. But back then I nor my mom, had any idea how to be healthy without meat. All I did we eat carbs and attempt to drink disgustingly thick dairy protein shakes my mom shoved at me. Fast forward to being 20, my depression at its highest, and trying to lose weight in college, I thought this might be worth a shot. I ate a few salads, and went down to the local Hyvee and loaded up on Boca and Morningstar brands. (Thank god there are better meat alternatives these days.) The diet started to work a little bit, and within a few months one thing led to another, and for reasons I won’t state here, I moved to Arizona to finish college, be closer to my parents and away from all my childhood and college “friends”.

Here in Arizona I found a few health stores and better meat alternatives, as well as some dairy alternatives! I started to learn more about animal welfare and the practices that go at farms. More than a passed, and at 22, 2012, for my New Years Resolution I decided to go vegan. Physically and mentally, I was the healthiest I had been. Even during my pregnancy I remained “mostly vegan” even though I did give into some vegetarian cravings. I attended 200 level yoga teacher training during my pregnancy, and learned of ahimsa; which means non-harming or non-violence towards all living things. My yoga teachings was reassurance of my vegan path.

I knew I would want to raise my kids vegan and had done plenty of research about health benefits from living a life without meat or dairy. It may sound crazy to some people, but as I was learning about veganism, something stuck out to me. When I was eating meat, I was eating animals, dead animals, common sense right ? These animals live in cages, dirt, poop, filth, are taken away from their families, and can barely move around. I was consuming dead, probably tortured, and sad animals. I had been depressed for over 10 years, and finally after not eating animals for a while I had became a happier person.

When I had my first son, I made the choice to breastfeed. I didn’t really have any “mommy friends” that breastfed, even my mom couldn’t help me, as she didn’t make that choice with us. What does my choice of breastfeeding have to do with dairy? Here’s my other reason for sticking with veganism. Not only did I have health benefits, and my depression almost completely gone, I was now responsible for breastfeeding my child with my body. Do you know where dairy comes from? Yes of course you do! Cows nipples… are we baby calves? NO!!!  Why are so many people lactose intolerant or have dairy allergies? Because we are not cows. Could you imagine, being hooked up to a machine, pumping out all your milk for your baby, and it being taken away from you and sold to another animal. Weird right? Let’s think about where these cows’ calves are… being bottle fed with fake milk, possibly being raised for veal (boys), or to grow up and give away their own milk to be sold. Not only are we drinking another mammal’s milk, we’re taking it away from their babies (in most situations), and it is baby cow’s growth fluid!!!!! Seriously, it’s made to make a tiny calf into a huge 300lb cow.

How many people in America have a weight problem? How many babies and kids have a dairy allergy? Now with documentaries such as Cowspiracy and What The Health, I’m hoping other people will see how they can benefit from a plant-based diet as well.

There are so many reasons I will raise my boys plant-based. We can get all of our nutrients from plants, just like the giant gorillas, elephants and rhinos.  We teach our kids to love animals, so personally, it doesn’t make sense to me why we would feed dead animals to them…I know not everyone is going to have the same views as me, but both my children are proof they can live thrive and healthy lives without animal products. So here I am 7 years later, happier and so thankful for all the dairy/meat alternatives, and fresh produce I have access too.  As well as a family that is supportive of our choices.  If I can work two jobs, and find time to eat/make healthy foods for my family, you can too! Check out the resources below.

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Below is a list of a few of my favorite brands, websites, cookbooks, or support groups! Cowspiracy on Netflix

What The Health on Netflix

Gardein, meatless.

Daiya, pizza, cheese, cream cheese,yogurt, Mac and cheese.

Field Roast, meatless.

SO Delicious, ice cream and yogurt

Ben & Jerrys dairy-free ice cream

Earth Balance butter, popcorn puffs, cheezy crackers.

Kite Hill, yogurt and cheese

Follow Your Heart, mayo, and cheese

Hampton Creek, cookie dough, mayo

Eat Pastry, Cookie Dough

Chloe’s Kitchen (cookbook)

Positively Frosted, cupcakes

Social Media:
Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting, IG and FB

Vegan baby led weaning, FB

What Vegan Children Eat!, FB

Mercy For Animals
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No Meat Athlete:

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Children books:
V is for Vegan

Why We Don’t Eat Animals

Vegan is Love
Local Restaurants around Phoenix

Coronado

Green New American Vegetarian

Uprooted Kitchen

 

Drying Up

Oh all the liquid gold. I started with an oversupply – which I guess had it’s pros and cons. On one had I was pumping to keep the supply up when I knew I would have to go back to work early on, I had so much to freeze, on the other hand I was choking my poor baby with my strong letdown. Fast-forward 6 months later, and my left side is a total dud, and my right side is working hard to keep up with his milky needs. I ran out of my delicious Lactation Smoothie and while I wait for my second package to come in, i’m pumping like crazy to bring my supply back. With my first job, I’m able to pump 2-3 times in a five hour period, totally awesome. With my second job, I pump once I drop J off from school and before I go to work, then I can’t until I get home from work, which is normally a 4-5 period without pumping.. being a mom is hard, being a mom who works is hard, AND a mom who is working/pumping/breasting is just damn difficult.
I’m thinking of trying some new products, but my best bet is pumping before bed, and when I wake up, like I have enough time to do that right? Not.. BUT I’ll do what it takes to keep my baby growing. He still needs cereal with milky and his probiotic once a day. I’m willing to try some vegan or herbal products if anyone has any suggestions! Let me know on my IG, or in the comments!
Thank you, and keep rocking on mamas!

 

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