I hate to lose. I hate to lose at mostly anything. This is why I don’t compete. I can’t stand coming in last or for that matter second or third or fourth or anything other than first. The Olympics don’t just hand out gold medals to everyone. The Stanley Cup doesn’t get passed around the NHL so all the teams get a chance to hold the coveted cup. The Patriots don’t give up the Superbowl to just anyone (well, okay, sometimes they do but not this year….). Do you see what I am saying here? There is always a winner and there is always a loser.
I recently entered into a photo competition. Natalie Seider Photography was hosting a contest and giving away a free mini photo shoot to the contestant who garnered the most votes. All I had to do was send her a picture of my kid to be entered into the contest. I did just that. I sent her a picture of him. He is so cute I could eat his face, squeeze him like a bunny and snuggle him like a kitty. I assumed other people would feel the same way.
I quietly promoted the contest when it began and only secured 10 or 12 votes. This went on for days. I let the contest sit quietly. Most of the other contestants were in the same boat as me with very few votes. Except for one. She was my main competition. She had more than 40 votes while the rest of us trailed way behind her. I sat quietly and waited.
Like a fox, I was about to raid the henhouse.
Voting ended last night at 8pm and I was about to make some dust and smoke my competition. She couldn’t possibly be watching Facebook could she? She has two kids and was slaughtering the rest of the contestants. Sometime in the early afternoon while babypants napped, I sent out an invite reminding people to vote for my kid.
If you build it, they will come. They came. They flocked. It was like Noah’s Ark. The votes were pouring in.
But wait a minute…as votes for my kid started pouring in so did votes for her kids. Again, her votes doubled ours. This signaled trouble ahead. She must be watching facebook, I waited until the eleventh hour to call in the big guns. I contacted my campaign manager and told her to release the hounds. She did. It was a voting frenzy once again and this time we were gaining ground. We were so close, I could taste the win. Voting was winding down but I wasn’t done yet. There were only a handful of votes needed and I knew they were mine.
They weren’t mine. Neither was first place. Nope. She won with 112 votes. I landed in second with 98 (now 99) votes. I received an awesome consolation prize that was not part of the original contest too.
Should I be happy that I came in second? Probably. Should I be happy that my friends and family carried the underdog all the way up the ladder to land at second? I am sure of it. Am I content that I came in second? No way. I am lying in wait like a fox staking the henhouse. Just waiting for my next contest. I am a sore loser. This is why I can’t compete. This is why I don’t compete.
Like they say in Texas….Go big or go home.
p.s. don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
If you follow me on instagram then you may have seen me post a picture of this adorable little bow scarf.
I pinned this scarf to my pinterest account quite some time ago with the intention of one day knitting it. I found the tutorial on little inspiration and thought it was a) super cute and b) super easy. I am a self taught knitter that has not been in communication with my knitting needles in years. This scarf was the perfect test pattern to brush off my dusty knitting needles with. It is an easy knit to learn, knits up quickly and is cute.
What you’ll need for the scarf:
size 13 straight needles and some chunky yarn
cast on 13 stitches and knit about 21 inches in length. At this time you will start the button hole. Cast off at the 6th stitch for three stitches. Continue row. Next row pick up the 3 dropped stitches from previous row. Continue knitting for approx. 4 more inches. Bind off and weave all loose yarn in.
What you’ll need for the bow:
size 10 1/2 straight needles and chunky or regular yarn
cast on 16 stitches and knit until sample is about 6 inches long. Bind off and weave all loose yarn in. Gather into bow and wrap with loose yarn. Attach bow to opposite side of scarf from the button hole. Wrap scarf around neck and pull bow through button hole. Voila!
Keep reading for the giveaway below!!!
For the rest of you though, I have whipped up this adorable little toddler bow scarf to get ready for fall and the launch of my etsy store! This is a super soft cream colored scarf with a gold bow on the front. Perfect to usher in the changing of the leaves, the visits to the pumpkin patches, warm apple cider and cold fall nights.
So, here’s the deal. Enter below via rafflecopter. Giveaway starts on August 28th and will run until September 3rd. I will announce the winner on September 5th so make sure to check the blog and facebook! Good luck!
Can you believe it’s been 9 months since you traded in your penthouse womb with a view to come live with us? I can’t believe it either! It seems like it was only yesterday that you were curled up in my arms sleeping in bed with me. Now, you retire to your own room and sleep in your own crib every night…without me. Makes me sad and excited all at the same time. You are motoring right along toward the 1 year benchmark so I better keep up.
You have cut another tooth in the past month and now have 5 teeth: two uppers and three lowers to be exact. You are apparently cutting a sixth tooth in there somewhere. Only a matter of time now before it surfaces. You stay busy teething pretty much. It’s one of your many talents. Your preferred method of teething continues to be lots of drool, gnawing, biting, crying at which time you prefer to be held, rocked, nursed, cuddled, loaded down with ibuprofen, fed ice cubes, cold teething rings and rubber sophie giraffes.
You are becoming a foodie just like your dada and mama. You love homemade baby food, kale puffs, blueberry rice cakes and nursing sessions. You are eating at least 4 ounces of baby food a day now. You have also been eating some sliced apples and avocados. You drink water from a sippy cup too. You are like your mama in that you love a good glass of water. Just remember the body is comprised of more than 70% water!
You are mobile and constantly on the go. You are crawling, pushing, pulling and standing with assistance. You are a lover of downward facing dog….again, it’s either a precursor to standing and walking or you are a yogi by nature. You have mastered the words “mama” and “dada”. You seem to be learning the word “doggie” now to add to your expanding vocabulary. You have made up a hand sign or two that we are unsure of what they are but will try to figure them out so we can communicate with you.
We have checked out two baby gyms for you and so far neither one seems to be the right fit so we will keep looking. You are enrolled in music classes in the meant time. You enjoy the maracas, drums, dancing and singing. You also really enjoy the other kids and even the other mamas. I caught you a number of times trying to sit in that other mama’s lap. You can’t fool me.
You are still thoroughly enamored with your pool time and even went to the swim club with Aunt Christina, Max, Ethan and Natasha. We’ve traded in your pool float for free swim because that’s what you enjoy. Again, back to the water thing….you are just like your mama.
The next toys on the list to purchase are some wooden toys and the infantino elephant sorter. You are pretty much obsessed with the elephant sorter and anything that makes noise. It accomplishes both. You also love to bang things and while we recognize pots and pans are just as good, we prefer you have your own objects of affection too.
We are about to schedule your nine month appointment and will get the official stats for your height and weight but let’s just say you are big for now. That’s about right. You are seriously one happy baby. I have no idea if it is anything we are doing or if you would be equally as happy living in a cardboard box down by the river with the dog. Whatever it is though, I’ll take it!
We love you to bits and pieces. To the moon and back. Around the world. We love you.
This was definitely a difficult challenge for me. I am not used to being in front of the lens and not particularly enthusiastic about “selfies”. The word annoys me enough let alone the actual act of taking a self portrait. It was a wake up call though to realize that since November I have only managed to be in two pictures with my son and so this challenge arrived at the perfect time for me.
At the beginning of the challenge, I placed thought and time into each snapshot and worried about lighting, posing, backgrounds, etc. As the challenge progressed, I became less focused on all that jazz and just concerned with getting a snapshot in each day. It started to feel like a chore. I didn’t want to quit though so I persevered and continued capturing a glimpse into my life. I no longer cared if it was a snapshot of my leg, my foot, my t-shirt, my face, my hair….it just didn’t matter as long as it was done each day. The less I focused on the details of each picture the more comfortable I actually became in front of the camera. Essentially, I achieved my goal. I became comfortable enough in front of the lens that I was able to capture some sweet moments with babypants that otherwise would have gone undocumented. It was a win-win.
Well, it was almost a win-win because in fact there is at least one noted consequence to all of this picture taking. When all was said and done, I felt like I had an instagram hangover. I have since had to put the camera down for a bit and find some space and breathing room between me and the camera. Like any good hangover though, I am beginning to believe that the hair of the dog is just the right cure and I may need another challenge!!
Are you a selfie addict? Have you done a selfie challenge? Camera shy like me? Spill the beans.
My boy is a foodie. He loves to eat. I love that he loves to eat. I love making his baby food for him too. His love for food has one serious side effect though and that is my rapid reduction of milk production. I have been nursing him for nearly nine months and have found that milk production is slowing down in the past month. While I am ready to take my baby’s cues and wean him from nursing when he is ready, I know that he isn’t quite there yet. So, I turned to the kitchen to help increase my milk production so that we can continue nursing until he is truly ready to wean.
I found this recipe on pinterest and tweaked it a little to make it a little more lactation friendly. Honestly, this cookie already had good bones though as it contains no added sugar and it’s base is oats! I am a dairy free, gluten free mama so this cookie is perfect for me. This is definitely not your sugar laden cookie though so if you are looking for that recipe there are a ton of them online! If you want the hippie version, keep reading.
3 ripe bananas
2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup of freshly ground almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 cup grain free, dairy free chocolate chips
1 cup ground flax
3 Tbsp brewers yeast
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
shredded coconut ( I eyeballed mine and added approx 1/2 cup)
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Blend all ingredients in mixer. Spoon ( I use a cookie scoop from Williams and Sonoma which is perfect!) onto parchment lined baking sheet or non-stick baking sheet. Use the back of spoon to flatten cookie a little as this mix will not spread. Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cool and store in air tight container. Yields 2.5 dozen cookies.
These cookies have all the good stuff and will hopefully help increase or maintain milk supply. A couple of cookies a day is all I need to notice that milk production is steadily increasing. Let me know if you try this cookie and what you think!
EDIT: I have made some minor adjustments to the recipe by swapping out the olive oil for coconut and including shredded coconut in the recipe.
Being the self professed hippie in training that I think I am, I contemplated imitating Alicia Silverstone and chewing my kid’s food for him. She did this for her kid and it had people up in arms evidently. It makes sense though. Birds do it for their young. What’s so wrong with doing it for our little birdies? You think I’m kidding, don’t you? You should ask Science Guy about the conversations that ensued regarding mastication (the fancy word for chewing).
At the end of the day though, I caved to the mainstream masses and loaded my baby down with some pureed goodness. The only saving grace to my pureed baby food was that I chose to make it myself in lieu of prepackaged store bought baby food. It was easy. Super easy. If you are considering your baby food options consider mastication or blending, please.
My babypants is currently consuming about 4 ounces of food a day along with continued nursing sessions and some whole foods thrown in the mix. I generally whip up whatever is in my kitchen and make a batch of food about once a week, maybe every other week. There is really no science to this because it is so easy. Here’s a peak into what I whipped up yesterday. It took all of an hour or so to throw together.
2 cups of steamed baby carrots
1-2 cups of steamed spinach
3-4 peeled, cubed, boiled sweet potatoes
handful of cubed mango
Baby food storage containers (I picked mine up at Babies R Us! They were $10.50 and perfect 2 oz portions for the freezer!)
Carrot-Apple: Combine carrots with 1/2 a grated apple and a dash of hot water in the Vitamix. Blend and store in freezer.
Spinach-sweet potato-mango: Combine spinach, mango chunks and half of sweet potatoes in the Vitamix with a dash of hot water. Blend and store in freezer.
Sweet potato-Apple: Combine the remaining sweet potatoes and 1/2 a grated apple in Vitamix. Add a dash of water and an optional dash of cinnamon. Blend and store in freezer.
Seriously so easy a baby could do it! That’s it. All there is to it. Stop staring at the computer screen and get in your bitchin’ kitchen and feed your kid already.
No, I am not pregnant. That was the first question I received within seconds of making a facebook post last week. That will be another big announcement for another big time but not today, folks. Not today.
Instead, I am really excited to tell you that I have been really busy channeling my inner mom. If you know me in real life than chances are you may have known my mom. My mom was a tea drinker, baker, crafter, sewer and sweater maker. She was one of those pioneer women that loved a good craft long before the invention of etsy, pinterest, blogging, Martha Stewart or the interwebs. I am happy to say that I have been channeling her and have developed a love of soft yarns and cozy knits lately.
As a result of this new found love of mine, I will be launching an Etsy store sometime in the early fall focusing on cozy knits for women and children! I’m really excited to share some of my very own childhood with you so that you may bring this same warmth and coziness into your homes!
I’ve reached the final destination and as a reward I’ll be throwing a P Diddy style white party in the Hamptons. Except I don’t live in the Hamptons. I’m not P Diddy. I don’t know P Diddy. White after Labor Day is always questionable anyway.
So it remains to be seen what the details of my P Diddy party are or if there even is a P Diddy party. None the less, I have reached the final day of the C25k program. Somehow, I managed to squeeze in 9 weeks of being outside with a baby in the horrific heat and humidity we had this summer and get my 30 minutes of fake running, some call jogging, in. I loved almost every single minute of it with the exception of this past Monday when I was experiencing a sugar hangover and thought I would die in the street with my baby left to fend for himself in the babyjogger. Lucky for all of us, I lived.
So, where do you go after completing the c25k? Ultimately, I plan on completing the 5k to 10k training program. In the meantime, I still need to actually work on getting 5k under my belt since we all know I was cheating by doing the timed training instead of the distance training. I plan to incorporate some 30 minute fun runs every week while working up to distance training. Once I am comfortable with the distance, I plan on starting the 10k training. Then maybe half marathon? Who knows where the road will take me.
:cue rocky theme:
The human race sometimes does some odd stuff. I’ll let you decide if I did something odd or if it is everyone else doing something odd with their placenta…
No other species substitutes their milk for another mammal’s milk. We do. We move straight from the breast or formula to sippy cups of cow milk. Other mammals ingest their placenta after birth. Our hospitals dispose of our placenta in biohazard waste bags though. I don’t do cow milk. I’m not sure where my kid will fall on that spectrum. I also don’t do placenta disposal in biohazard waste bags. Nope.
When I was pregnant, I researched the benefits of placenta encapsulation which included but are not limited to: balancing hormones, increasing milk supply, increasing energy levels and reducing postpartum baby blues. There are a few ways to ingest the placenta including smoothies and capsules. I chose to have mine made into capsules. The process was super easy.
I hired a doula to dehydrate and make my capsules for me. After the birth, the hospital packed my placenta up and my husband kept it on ice. He contacted the doula regarding the pick up. She met my husband at the hospital to pick my freshly packaged goods up. I believe that this is a time sensitive matter so you want to make sure the placenta gets to the specified destination within 24-48 hours post delivery. The turn around time for my capsules was 2-3 days. I let the doula know when I was discharged from the hospital and she met me at my house that night to drop off the pills. They came beautifully packaged with clearly written instructions on the front.
Due to many months of being under the weather over the winter, I kept my placenta in the freezer. We are 8 months post partum and I recently started taking them. I am only taking one a day and have noticed significant changes. My mood and energy levels have greatly increased and I feel so much more prepared to handle the increasing demands of my son on what little sleep I get every night. These little pills are the new mother’s little helper.
I will absolutely encapsulate next birth and strongly encourage all of my friends and readers to research the benefits of encapsulation. If you are local to the South Jersey/Philadelphia region and are interested in some great mamas encapsulating, please drop me a line. I’m happy to point you in the right direction!
So, crazy or not, that’s my story. Did you or would you encapsulate your placenta? I’d love to hear your story.
I’ve been MIA lately because I have been ingesting twice my body weight with sugar and caffeine. Science guy was away last week and when he returned home he brought company with him that came bearing the gifts of sugar and caffeine. As much as I wanted to deny these temptations I thought it would be rude. So instead, I did like any gracious host would do and I ate my body weight in candy. Yum. No, not really….I kid. Today, I am experiencing a wicked hangover from the candy and caffeine.
I love a good sweet treat though so I thought I would share with you one of our favorite homemade candies. This recipe is easy peasy and tastes better than any store bought junk you’ll find. I like to keep a batch on hand in the freezer to grab one whenever I am craving something sweet.
What you’ll need:
1/2 C. coconut oil
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1/2 C. freshly ground almond butter
1/4 C. maple syrup
Throw all ingredients in food processor and process until blended. Line muffin tin with papers and fill about 1/4 of the way full. Place tin in freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove and place almond cups in airtight container and keep chilled. Recipe yields approx. 8-10 cups.