Weekly Meal Plan 2/26 - 3/4


       I'm just a tad behind on this weeks blogging schedule, obviously since my goal for these weekly posts is to put them up on Monday. Ah, you can forgive me, right? :) I feel like I'm constantly saying this exact sentence, but I cannot believe February is almost over already. January lasted a literal eternity (okay, not literal, but you know), and now we're about to be in March in just a few short days. Not to mention Ezra will be turning 8 months old - now THAT I literally cannot believe! It's so strange how time seems to move faster and faster as the months and years go on. I remember when I felt like my high-school years lasted an eternity, then college went by a little quicker, and the clock keeps on ticking. Anyway, I came up with some yummy breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas this week as we leave February behind.

The New Mama's Guide To Breastfeeding (50 Resources & FREE Checklist!)

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       I definitely want to start making these New Mama's Guides a regular thing on the blog. As a new mom, there was so much information I was gathering AFTER the fact - I wish I would have had a comprehensive guideline to refer back to, before I was in the midst of the struggle, frantically researching online. I am obviously a new mom with only one child, so needless to say I don't know EVERY thing or have EVERY resource. But I wanted to create these in hopes of providing some helpful information to other new moms who might be feeling lost or unsure. The New Mama's Guide to Breastfeeding includes a list of 40+ online breastfeeding resources of all types (including anecdotal posts by other moms), plus a checklist of items that you'll want to have on hand from the get-go.

       I never really gave much thought to breastfeeding while I was pregnant with Ezra. Jack and I took a breastfeeding class, which was very informative and gave us a basic understanding of what to expect. But to be honest, I didn't really think it would be that big of a deal. I thought it was pretty self-explanatory, and besides, it was our natural human instinct, right? How hard could it be? Fast forward to Ezra's birth day, and right from the get-go we had issues. For someone who just assumed breastfeeding would come easily to me and my baby, needless to say I was discouraged and a little bit overwhelmed.

A couple of weeks after Ezra was born, I finally connected with a lactation consultant through a breastfeeding-focused Facebook group that I'm a part of, and she was able to make a house call to help us work out our issues. It made SUCH a huge difference, and without her knowledge and assistance, I don't know if I'd still be breastfeeding almost 8 months later! It's so easy to throw in the towel, which is why it's so important to know what resources are available, and how to get help when you need it. Many issues can be easily remedied with help of a lactation consultant, or even just by gathering more information for yourself online.

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       I wanted to quickly make it clear that this post is NOT meant to diminish or invalidate formula feeding itself or moms who choose to formula feed. My personal feeding experience has been with exclusive breastfeeding, so that's why I compiled this resource, for other moms who are choosing to do the same. There are different types of challenges that come along with each method of feeding, but from mom to mom I want to say: there's nothing wrong with however you choose to feed your baby, as long as baby is happy, thriving and fed. If you are an expectant mother who hopes and plans to breastfeed, a currently breastfeeding mother, or a mother who has previously formula-fed and is now breastfeeding, I feel you will benefit most from the below resources! Don't forget to download your free checklist!


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The following resources are intended to provide guidance & direction for moms looking for basic information on breastfeeding and how to overcome most breastfeeding hurdles. If you and your baby are seriously struggling in any area of breastfeeding, it is ALWAYS best to contact a lactation consultant or seek other professional help. You got this!


Online Resources

General Breastfeeding Information/Resources

Breast Pumps & Exclusive Pumping
Long-Term Pumping, Article by Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

OTC/Prescription Drugs & Breastfeeding

Finding A Lactation Consultant

United States Laws Regarding Breastfeeding Mothers

Nutritional Information for Breastfeeding Mothers

Special/Specific Needs (Cleft Lip/Palate, Premature Infant, Etc.)

Milk Banking/Donating Milk/ Receiving Milk


Print Resources

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD., IBCLC
LATCH: A Handbook For Breastfeeding With Confidence At Every Stage by Robin Kaplan M.Ed., IBCLC





Anecdotal Resources

**The following are personal accounts, opinions and experiences only, and are not meant to replace medical advice or professional help.**

Facebook Groups such as Badass Breastfeeders of *Your City Name* search FB to see if there is a group in your city/region.

Lynzy & Co. Nursing Friendly Fashion, Thrush Remedies, Tips & Tricks

"Pumping Mom Academy" E-Course by Marianna Chambers, Find Your Mom Tribe blog

Born & Fed Blog by Jessica, an IBCLC - Offers in-home consultations & e-mail service packages. Blog offers tips and tricks.

Traveling with Breastmilk by Tavia Carslon, Big Brave Nomad blog

How to Breastfeed Twins: The Logistics by Kim Cartwright, Team Cartwright blog



The Scoop On Nursing Bras by Naya, Lactivist in Louboutins blog

Breastfeeding...The First Five Days by All Things Mom with Aly Tyghter


Breastfeeding A Baby With Downs Syndrome, by Hayley Balozi, I Am River blog

10 Tips for Pumping at Work, by Shannon, Mom Without Labels blog



     I hope you found these resources helpful! If you have any questions about additional resources or breastfeeding in general, you can comment below or reach me through the Contact Me page. 
What's ONE thing that you wish you'd known about breastfeeding beforehand?

Don't forget to download your FREE checklist by clicking here!


Weekly Meal Plan 2/19 - 2/25

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      I took a little break from the weekly meal plan last week & asked you guys on Instagram if you'd rather read the weekly meal plan posts on the blog, or have them directly delivered to your inbox. The majority of you said you'd rather read them on the blog, so here it is! Not going to lie, I worry that these posts are redundant, so I try to spruce them up by adding in some different topics here and there - next month I have a series planned focusing on weekly meal plans for different budgets. So, stay tuned for that! Also, for those of you that DO wish you had something delivered right to your inbox, click the link in the sidebar to sign up for my newsletter! It's so much more than an RSS feed...I have so many fun & exclusive things to share only with my subscribers, you don't want to miss out.

How To Survive Your 9-5 As A Work-At-Home-Mom

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How To Survive Your 9-5 As A Work At Home Mom #wahm #homeoffice 

     A while back, a reader requested I do a "day in the life" type post about what I do on an average day as a work-at-home mom. As most of you probably know, blogging is not a full-time gig for me - more like my favorite hobby! I work 30 hours/week from home while also being Ezra's sole caretaker during that time. Today I wanted to walk through my day with you, and share some of my organizational and time management tips for balancing work life and mom life at the same time.

Valentines Day Recipe: Delicious Strawberry & Cream Cheese Crepes


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Today on the blog, I am so happy to welcome a long-time friend of mine Danielle! Danielle is a wife and mother of 3 & blogger/owner of Simply Splendid, a food blog dedicated to sharing delicious recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between. For more of Danielle's recipes, make sure you check out her blog!

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       I know it’s SO cliché, but when I think of Valentine’s day I think of romance, and when I think romance I think Paris. So what better way to start the most romantic day of the year than with some crepes?  The truth is, I’ll find any excuse to make this amazing recipe! I mentioned that you could start your day with these crepes, but they don’t just make a great breakfast, you can have them for dessert as well. If we’re being completely honest, I’ve even eaten them for dinner a time or two, because #adulting! And I KNOW crepes can seem kind of intimidating to make. Believe me, I’ve only just recently discovered how easy it actually is! Trust me, as long has you have a good nonstick pan anyone can make crepes, and I’m here to walk you through it step-by-step! So let’s get started.

5 Must-Have Skincare Items for Mama & Baby

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       Today I wanted to give you guys my top FIVE skincare must-haves for mama and baby! Whether you're a mom or not, it's safe to say that all of us have some skincare staples that we swear by. Hormones are a crazy thing for women (and men!), and during pregnancy and postpartum they only get crazier. It's so important to be consistent with a good skincare regimen in order to match wits with your skin when it seems to have a mind of its own. I am lucky to have never struggled with acne or any other skin condition other than hormonal breakouts, but I still wanted to find the best possible products to combat these while I was pregnant and even during my postpartum period. Pregnancy changes every part of your body - including your skin! If you've read any other post of mine on the blog, you know that I try my best to find gentle, natural and non-toxic products to use on my own body - and I am committed to the same standard for products I use on Ezra as well!

Weekly Meal Plan 2/5 - 2/11 + FREE Meal Planning Printables!

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     Another Monday, another weekly meal plan for you today on the blog! Are you still in a junk-food induced coma after yesterday's Super Bowl festivities? Thankfully Jack and I didn't indulge too much, except for some spinach artichoke dip, but I am more than ready to start fresh today with a new week of healthy meals! It's so cliche to say, but I truly do feel so recharged at the beginning of a new week - if I failed in some way over the weekend, whether it be eating too much junk food or not meeting a specific goal, I always feel like Monday always brings a clean slate and a chance for me to get back on track and moving forward. Does anyone else feel that way?

The New Mama's Guide to Diaper Bag Must-Haves (+ Free Checklist!)

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       It is FRIDAY, YA'LL, finally. I am so guilty of being that person who works for the weekend - I definitely need to work on slowing down and not wishing the work-week would hurry up and move a little faster. Although, as a mom I already feel like time is moving way faster than it should. Ezra turned 7 months old yesterday! It's so cliche to say, but time has literally flown by, I thought he was just a newborn like, last week. I shared a video on my Facebook page (follow me here!) which expressed the sentiment that "the nights are long, but the years are short", and it's SO true. Although I may be guilty of wishing time would move faster, I will NEVER wish the same for Ezra's babyhood. I struggled so much in the beginning as a new mom, which made it easy to say things like "ugh I can't wait until 'blank' ", whether that'd be getting a full night's sleep, or something like being able to go out in public without Ezra getting too fussy. But now looking back, I wish I would have cherished that newborn stage a little bit more.

        Today on the blog, I wanted to get in touch with my fellow new moms out there who need one less thing to worry about, while you're trying to savor every moment with your tiny newborn babe, and that is: what you're going to put into your diaper bag. There are a zillion checklists out there, and a million different diaper bags to choose from, so believe me, I know it can get overwhelming. But today I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite things to keep in my diaper bag and give you the scoop on what you really need - for the first 6 months anyway. I touched on my favorites below, but I also provided a FREE checklist for you, so you can stay organized and not get too overwhelmed. Even better, everything in this post can be purchased right from Amazon! Amazon Prime has seriously been the best thing to have as a parent, because we can order diapers and whatever-else and have it delivered the next day.

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MY MUST-HAVES

The Bag // This lovely maroon backpack by Kute N' Koo is actually the second diaper bag I've used since Ezra's been born. The first one was one that I'd picked out while still pregnant and was a gorgeous, grey, over-the-shoulder bag - monogrammed and all - but the only downfall? It is HUGE. It has a zillion pockets and will be great for our family vacation this summer (and any subsequent trips with babies/toddlers), but as Ezra grew, the size of the bag became a nuisance, and I needed something that could let me be hands free, yet still still be practical.

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     I never thought I'd want a backpack for a diaper bag, but oh boy was I so wrong. This bag is big enough to fit everything I need, yet it's not bulky or heavy in the slightest. It even includes a changing pad, which can be stored in a discreet side pocket. You're given five stylish colors to choose from, which all have the signature teal interior. There are LOTS of interior pockets, as well as two exterior on the front of the bag, plus two insulated side pockets. Seriously, you can't go wrong with a bag like this, and bonus: it can even fit a 13-inch laptop. Uhhh #MomBoss anyone??

Wet Bag //  Whether you choose to use cloth or traditional diapers, a wet bag is always a good thing to have in your diaper bag, for those occasional blow-outs or spit-up mishaps that leave you with a pile of dirty laundry. Throw it all into the wet bag, and worry about it when you get home! We have this one from Bum Genius! It's seriously been a life-saver.

Boogie Wipes // One of those things I always saw on store shelves and thought to myself "what a gimmick, why can't you just use a tissue." Well everyone, I'm here to say that sometimes you, in fact, cannot just use a tissue. Boogie Wipes are moistened with natural saline & are perfect for face and nose wiping. I use these at home and on the go!

Toys & Books // For distracting baby the old-fashioned way, amirite? I always keep a couple small books and some of Ezra's favorite teethers in our bag. He LOVES these Sugarbooger Happy Cactus teethers right now. He literally gnaws on them. The textured cactus feels good on little teeth and gums, and the handle at the bottom makes it easy to grasp. Not to mention they're SO dang cute. I originally found these in a small, local shop, so scoop these up on Amazon while you can, as they might not be available in a store near you!

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Snacks for Mom & Baby //  Another no-brainer, right? For when your child starts throwing a fit just as you're about to bite into your delicious lunch. Snacks for baby can be any number of things, based on the age of your child. I haven't given Ezra any snacks yet, but I have a few of those teething biscuits in my bag for now. For me, I love the Enjoy Life Baked Chewy Bars in the caramel apple flavor. They are free of the 8 most common allergens and gluten-free. These would actually make a great snack for an older child as well!


These are just a few of my must-have items, but I've put together a whole list that you can download for FREE here! I even left some spaces at the end of the list for you to add any additional things specific to you and your baby, that you would NOT want to forget in your bag. Enjoy!


What are some of your diaper bag must-haves? Leave them down in the comments!


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