I haven’t touched this much since I started a Facebook page. Facebook is just a more familiar format.its where I’m comfortable.

That is going to change a little though. I am taking a new direction with this whole thing. Kinda.

Yesterday I started something new. Every week I am going to try to learn a new carry, starting with the basics, and post a video each Saturday. The big emphasis is on try. 

This week I am starting with the Kangaroo Carry, which I hate to admit, but it took me forever to get.

Stay tuned.

New beginnings. 

I have decided I am going to try to focus on babywearing. I think I am going to try to put my thoughts down and show how babywearing is helping me manage my zoo. 

I talk about it enough. 

I introduce people to it.

Apparently I have sold many people on it.

So I am going to try to work towards becoming an educator and possibly lactation consultant. 

I don’t have all the experience or knowledge and I am very open to others thoughts, experiences, knowledge, and opinions. But I think this will be good for me.

[Image is a white woman with brown hair showing half her face and a small white toddler looking over her shoulder. She has a light green and white wrap over her shoulder.]

Yesterday was one hell of a day. I had an awful migraine, Little Miss screamed all day, and I was just exhausted. I never got a chance to post.

Today things are quieter. Apparently my marshmallow dream wrap, AKA Partita Lemongrass, is her comfort. When my husband came home yesterday he brought it in and laid it on us and she fell asleep instantly. She slept for 3 hours. Today she has slept soundly and only woke to eat. It’s been peaceful.

I don’t really know much else to talk about. I’m enjoying the silence. 

You should too.

Tasty Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another recipe.

Today’s recipe is inspired by my Steeped Tea business which you can visit here.

Our Matcha is only grown in Nishio, Japan under excellent conditions. Steeped Tea only uses suppliers that challenge the status quo in high standards of quality, food safety, and the disuse of pesticides, heavy metals and microbiology.

Matcha far exceeds green tea in terms of antioxidants because you consume the entire leaf, not just the steeped water. It comes in powdered form and gives a smooth sweet taste to every cup and smoothie. It is our only tea that does not require an infuser because the finely milled tea dissolves in hot water
This recipe is a favorite for an extra boost of energy.

No Bake Matcha Energy Bites

 

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

3 mins

Total time

13 mins

A post-workout snack to help you beat the pestering cravings.

Recipe type: Matcha

Cuisine: Snack

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds (or seed of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ cup of almond butter
  • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Matcha

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients, except Vanilla Matcha, together in a large bowl.
  2. Form mixture into 1” balls.
  3. Place Matcha in a small bowl. Roll energy bites in Vanilla Matcha until covered.
  4. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover and place in refrigerator for two hours.
  5. Serve and enjoy as a snack!
  6. Optional: For extra yumminess, Add Vanilla Matcha directly into Energy Bite mixture.

Busy busy busy.

Business Monday is very busy. 

Between editing pictures I took yesterday, which are turning out AMAZING by the way, and trying to figure out my Steeped Tea business and trying to scrub my bathroom I am busy. On top of that my biggest job, being a mom, comes before it all. 

Thankfully it’s almost naptime.

I now have a few new teas that I love; Sleepy Chai, Creme Carmello, Don’t Worry Be Happy, and I tried Fruit Punch Matcha. I gotta say, it’s not my favorite… I also have some Vanilla Matcha I’m going to try in Orange juice. I’m told it tastes like a dreamsicle. 

I wonder what yea I’ll try today? I also bought some baggies that I’m going to put some sample in. And I finally figured out how to set up a party! 

I also set up my launch party. Which will be available online as well. 

One day these “Business Monday” posts will have business tips and not just be me rambling on and on about my various businesses. Until then, enjoy my ramblings.

Yesterday I found out my son is addicted to alligators. 

We went on a field trip to our local swamp park. It had a lot of history. I really enjoyed it. But him? He only cared about seeing the gators. The whole time, all I heard was “when are we gonna see gators, Mom?” Well let me tell you what. We didn’t have to wait long. Everywhere we turned there was another gator. It was crazy!  From little babies to big giants.

I brought little miss along. She slept damn near the whole time wrapped in the carrier. When she did wake to nurse all was well. I didn’t have to take her down, I used the tails to cover up, and she ate in peace. Then when we watched the snake show she fussed until I pulled her out and turned her so she could see the snakes. She loved it.

Today I went to see my grandma. She asked to keep my oldest overnight. I had no problem with that. When we went to leave my aunt and uncle asked to keep my oldest son. So for the second weekend in a row I only have my youngest two.

Wonder what I’ll get into while they are gone?

I think for Thursdays I’d like to deem it “Think about it Thursday” or “Thoughtful Thursday” or something to that nature. 

Yesterday I had a huge break down, panic attack, meltdown. It was bad. So so bad. I normally have anxiety. I manage it fairly well by talking to people, writing, playing with my dogs, or finding some other way to get whatever off my mind. In fact, Loki is more or less my emotional support dog. 

While pregnant with oogie boogie I was depressed. The depression grew so much worse after having him. When our situation changed I got “better”. I figured that was that. It wasnt. When I got pregnant with little miss I was a rollercoaster of emotions. Happy, sad, panicked, thrilled, excited, nervous, and everything in between. Everything heightened the further along I got. When she finally arrived things were great for a little while. Then my nerves were constantly shot. I always worried about her wellbeing. Was she eating enough, peein enough, pooping enough, sleeping enough, sleeping too much, etc. I constantly worried at night about her because she sleeps in our bed. I bought a rock and play for her and quickly realized she thought it was a fine investment for during the day but definitely not at night.

After doing some research I found that postpartum depression (ppd) has an ugly cousin, postpartum anxiety (ppa). Most of the time the two go hand in hand. But ppa is hardly talked about. When I first researched my symptoms I found that I again had ppd. But only slightly. The depression went away, but the anxiety stayed. It worsened. 

I couldn’t stand to be touched, my mind raced constantly, my heart raced, I was having horrible hot flashes. I joked that I was going through early menopause. But it was more than that. Every time little miss cried it made me on edge. I had to stop it. I literally could not listen to it. When oogie boogie wants to be touched or held it drove me insane. I was touched out. It made my skin crawl to be touched. I felt very much like I did during labor about touching. I am one you don’t touch in labor. Just ask my husband. The only touch I could handle was little miss. And only for short periods. 

I knew things had to change. I couldn’t keep doing this. I reached out for help. I got a lot of good advice from chiropractic care, essential oils, prayer, and just getting away. I pray everyday. I pray constantly. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I also know that sometimes it doesn’t work the way you want. God may not answer a prayer directly, but passively. For instance, I may pray for financial help. For money. God won’t drop money on my doorstep. I mean, if He did that would be fine by me but He won’t. Instead, he would lead me to a job fair, or a way to earn the money myself. I feel that’s what he did by giving me the strength to ask for help. 

I plan on updating every Thursday on different methods I’m using to help my anxiety and I will let you know what works for me. Stay tuned. Things might get interesting.

So today is supposed to be about motherhood in some way shape or form. I’ve talked about babywearing. A little on breastfeeding. 

Starting this post I had no clue what to write about. But now I do. It’s not much, but I’m going to talk about breastfeeding WHILE babywearing. Because, yes you can do that. 

My son has a field trip on Friday and his class is going to a park. Now, where we live in the swamp there gators. So a parent has to attend, I assume so no kids get eaten. I have 2 other littles and after much debate I decided to find a sitter for my oogie boogie and wrap up Little miss. Well that led to a whole other problem. Little Miss is exclusively breastfed. I didn’t want to take away from my son by having to stop and find a place to breastfeed so I found a solution.

Introducing the Inside Out Coolest Hip Cross Carry.

I used my base size, but the video I watched she used a base -2. I had tails for days so I recommend a smaller wrap of you have one. 

First you start out by finding the middle marker and putting that at your shoulder. Bring the wrap diagonally across your back and and wrap it around you. Then you pull that tail under the pass around your belly and tie a slipknot with the tail over your shoulder. Then you put baby in! Start with the pass closest to you and make sure the wrap is spread from knee to knee. Pull it up over baby’s back. Then pull the other pass over to create an X for baby’s legs. Use the slip knot to tighten/loosen as needed. 

I love this carry because it’s super simple and you can nurse easily in it. Just loosen the wrap and bring the breast out for baby from the top of your shirt. You can use the extra tail as a cover if you are uncomfortable. 

Because I am not yet comfortable with recording myself, here is a link to watch Wrap You In Love’s tutorial video!

She was a major help for me! 

I hope you enjoy!

Here is a photo of me using this carry to nurse little miss and using the tails as a cover.


[Image is myself with a beautiful wrap from Emmeline Textiles wrapped around me. It looks as though I am holding the wrap in one hand]

It’s TACO TUESDAY!!!!

Unless you don’t like tacos. Then it’s just Tuesday. And that sounds stupid.

So today I’m going to post a recipe to try. 

This recipe has nothing to do with tacos…. But if you are breastfeeding these will do wonders for you! I plan on picking up the rest of the ingredients and making some myself.

lactation cookies

yield: makes about 20 to 22 cookies, depending on your scoop

total time: 45 mintues

ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks (I like ghirardelli)

feel free to add: unsweetened flaked coconut, chopped almonds, 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.

Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I use an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size) and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

Another thing is you can freeze the dough too to make it easier next time you want them!

I will post a review once I make these! 

Recipe courteous of How Sweet It Is

Enjoy!

Business Monday 

Typing the title I accidentally typed “Business Momday” and I kinda think that’s a better fitting title. 

I say this because I may talk about business, whether its photography or Steeped Tea or anything else, my biggest job is Mom. Being a mom and working in any setting is trying. 

Some days when I’m trying to import and edit photos from a session it will take all day just to import! Why? Because I have to tend to my two smallest. It’s a challenge for sure. 

I’m pretty excited about my new journey with Steeped Tea. The teas I have tried are amazing. Last night I tried our Smoky Tea-aki Rub on chicken. I put it together Saturday night to marinade and grilled it last night. I have to say it was amazing. My kids devoured it. I’m tying try one new tea a day, so I wonder what today’s will be?

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