Not Breastfeeding for Stupid Reasons

Ok, I’m laughing right now. Yes, the title of my post sounds… mean? It’s not really but I’ll explain later.

I can’t stress enough the idea of being “plugged” in, specifically as a parent I’ve found during my last pregnancy how much better life as a parent can be when you’re in touch with other like minded parents. One of the first things I did upon finding out we were expecting was to download a pregnancy tracker app onto my phone. At first, I was just curious as to the progress of the growth of our little “bean”. Then I discovered the app linked me to a parenting group.

That February 2012 group changed my life. NO JOKE. I learned about modern cloth diapering, baby led weaning and a bunch of abbreviations including EBF (exclusively breast feeding). All of these stuck with me. Most importantly, EBF. I knew I would be lucky enough to stay at home with this baby, a luxury I didn’t have with my first. I knew I would be breast feeding but I didn’t know I could do it full time, 100% of the time. I had automatically assumed that when you breast feed its normal to supplement with formula.

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Melon Smoothie

Last week’s CSA included a strange looking melon I had never seen before. It one of the things I love about the CSA program, getting to know new foods. This melon, I’ve come to find out, was a Galia melon. Its taste is like a cross between aย cantaloupeย and a honeydew… very sweet! I cut up the melon and ended up with a very large bowl of fruit. After a few days I realized we weren’t going to finish it all so I did what I do with all my fruit in order to preserve it: stuck it in the freezer. Then I came up with a quick and easy smoothie recipe that I can continue to make during the week.

Melon Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup frozen melon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Agave nectar (to taste)
  • A dash of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, enjoy!

CSA Tuesday: What’s in the Box? 8/6

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I kept it pretty simple this week, my only add on was some organic Italian Pork Sausage. It goes goes great in a baked ziti type recipe I’ve been cooking here and there.

Everything else is business as usual:

Seasonal Stone fruit (plums!)
Green beans
Corn
Tomatoes
Avocados
Zucchini
Watermelon

I was getting a little overwhelmed with how many green beans I had accumulated. My baby is too small to eat vegetable purรฉe and my daughter goes back and for between liking them. I came up with a quick and easy way to make them and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them.

Recipe posts coming soon ๐Ÿ™‚

CSA Tuesday: What’s in the Box? 7/31

I might be in over my head this Tuesday….

That’s a 12 lb. box of “free stone” peaches. Free stone means the pit comes apart from the fruit very easily so these are ideal for canning or freezing. I plan on making a peach cobbler (or two) and freezing the rest. I have a simple peach and spinach smoothie recipe I’ve been wanting to try.

The box itself is pretty much the same as it’s been the last couple of weeks except for the lovely addition of avocados. I’m making tri-tip tacos tomorrow night and some avocado sliced will be perfect to top them off. Any left over avocado will get incorporated into a smoothie… before you say YUCK…

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Family Fun Friday #2

This weeks’ family outing idea: Pick your own farm.

I know I mention CSA programs all the time but this is another way to get to know your local farmers and get your kids involved.

It’s been some time since we had the chance to get the kids out to our local farms. A few years ago we took our daughters to Cal Poly Pomona during strawberry season where they had “Pick your own basket”. Continue reading

It Works! Body Wrap Review {part 1}

I recently learned about It Works Body Wraps through a parenting message board. The whole idea behind it is you can lose 2-5 inches (on average) with one application. I searched for a distributor in my area and found a good deal to try it out for myself. If I got 4 friends to try a wrap for $25 I would then get mine free. Free? I’m in!

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Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

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Shake or Smoothie? I don’t know what the difference is and if anyone is willing to shed some light on it for me, please do. ย I really really love my chocolate breakfast shake but I started switching it up with this berry version here and there. I love eating oatmeal in the morning so incorporating it into a breakfast smoothie is a no brainer for me. I was surprised how well berry and oatmeal taste together.

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Family Fun Friday

Let’s face it, as parents we tend to do activities that revolve around the kids. Yes, there are the few occasions when someone offers to babysit or you decide to get a babysitter for the night. All other times, going out means going out with the kids. I don’t believe in catering to kids and asking “where do you want to go?!”… because questions like that are attached to answers like “McDonalds!” or “Chuck-E-Cheese”, and if you have the nerve to ask a five year old that question, you probably deserve that answer.

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