Energy Bites (three ways)

So this mom of two business while nursing and trying to drop the baby weight is kicking my butt.  Trying to stay hydrated when you are carrying a baby from room to room with no free hands for a water and when your toddler is constantly stealing your water (or putting her hands in it) is no easy feat.  I also find that I am constantly hungry with no time for a proper healthy snack.

Since I am working on dropping the baby weight, I can’t just grab whatever is easy because most of the time, the easiest snacks are the least healthy (I’m looking at you Starbucks drive-thru pumpkin loaf and you Nature Valley sweet and salty bars).  For example, I was horrified to discover that my little sweet and salty bar (which is 170 calories) has so many ingredients.  Y’all – I stopped counting at 22 ingredients.  Yes, 22 ingredients.

So, I typically reach for a Granny Smith Apple (with or without peanut butter depending on how hungry I am), Greek yogurt or some sliced turkey (try the Boar’s Head all natural turkey – it taste like Thanksgiving turkey and not some slimly substitute).  Lately though, I’ve been getting pretty bored with these options and also want something I can throw in my purse.  Enter – the energy bite!

Continue reading “Energy Bites (three ways)”

Toddler Girl: Back to School Edition

It’s Fall y’all!  And that means back to school for a lot of the kiddos out there.  I’ve always had a weakness for fall clothes — and it is no different when it comes to my little ones.  It’s a shame I live in the South, because 80% of my wardrobe is meant for 60 degrees or cooler.  My oldest just started preschool twice a week, and I’ve been having too much fun buying fall clothes for her (meanwhile the little one is living in cotton footies and onesies).

Continue reading “Toddler Girl: Back to School Edition”

Blue Apron – An Honest Review & Some Tips

This may be the only online review of Blue Apron that isn’t somehow sponsored, but I had to share my surprising love for it.  I honestly never would’ve tried it, but my mother-in-law kindly purchased us a month subscription to help simplify our dinnertime routine.  And y’all – I am a huge fan.  I totally plan on continuing our subscription.

Continue reading “Blue Apron – An Honest Review & Some Tips”

My Postpartum Momiform

Postpartum clothes should be a category all to themselves.  Maternity clothes just don’t cut it in the postpartum period – mostly because you are no longer pregnant but also because they are made to emphasize the one thing you are ready to disguise — the bump (except now it is a pooch), and regular clothes (at least for most of us mortals) just don’t fit right away.  And to top it all off, if you are breastfeeding, your postpartum wardrobe must provide easy access.  This is a tall order for a category of clothes that doesn’t even exist.

So what are we left with?  Well, for most of us, it is some hybrid of the maternity clothes that don’t make us feel pregnant, stretchy work-out clothes even though we aren’t doing much working out in the first few weeks (does pushing the double stroller around at a 3.0 pace count?), and maybe some regular clothes that don’t emphasize said regions in a size or two up from our pre-pregnancy size.

Continue reading “My Postpartum Momiform”