a natural mama who loves to giggle

Lets set the record straight… September 4, 2014

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  • Fruit cocktail, as well as other fruits canned in syrup, does not count as fruit. Why? For the same/less than amount of sugar and calories you could eat a snickers bar and (gasp!) a real piece of fruit. 
  • Juice cocktail is not actual juice. It may or may not contain real juice. As in, from real fruit. 
  • “Natural flavoring” could be almost anything. Undisclosed flavors…hmmm. Natural flavors may or may not be something tasty. Such as but not limited to, coal, hay, pond water, in-between-boob-sweat, ferrets, etc.
  • If breastfeeding offends you, im going to guess your own mother did not breastfeed you. I feel bad for your immune system. And also your IQ. 
  • Leggings are not pants. They are nice with a tunic or as pajamas. There will be an application process to wear them as pants. If you are then deemed fit to wear them, work it girlfriend! 
  • Drinking diet soda with all those chemical sweeteners isnt saving you any calories. Or the way your body processes those sugar replacements. 
  • Have anything to add? I will add to this rant list as necessary. lol

Review::Kids Relief allergy oral liquid July 31, 2014

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Kids relief asked me to review this banana flavored allergy oral liquid. Kids relief creates homeopathic solutions. Let me just tell you, for my littles, this actually surpassed the OTC conventional allergy medicine. There is NO battling to get them to take it. This is dye free, so even if it’s a battle with your children there won’t be any stained shirts. It comes with an attached measured dropper. (No losing the dropper that came with it!) This comes in a small plastic bottle, which for me means easy to carry in my purse pockets. Seems like the yuckies only come on when you are out and about and have a bajillion things left to do. I haven’t had any drowsiness in the littles after giving them kids relief. Major plus, because sick or not, my kids run like banshees sun up to sun down. They don’t appreciate feeling like a zombie. The age range reads 0-12 years. Say whaaaat? Hmm kids who are under the age range of normal medicine get reactions also?! What a concept! Since this is a homeopathic medicine you don’t have the same parameters. Overall, an EXCELLENT BUY! Worth every single penny and I will continue to purchase from kids relief and homeolabs!

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Knix Wear. Fashion. Function. Fit. June 13, 2014

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Did you see that? And by that I mean the gorgeous underwear. This gorgeous underwear is also, (sit down, ladies.) functional. I KNOW! I know. The sumptuous lace of those boy shorts rivals the finest Parisian boutiques. Seriously. And there’s more… Oh my word y’all. It has a gusset that contains confidence.

Knock, knock.

who is there?

Fresh Fix Technology.

  No moisture. No odor. No panty lines. To me, that means no more panty liners. No more choosing between comfortable and lines. Let’s be honest. How many pairs of underwear do we own? Now, how many do we actually wear? I’m guilty of owning a ridiculous amount but only wearing a percentage of them. Why is that? Some are cut well for our body shape and so comfortable. Some don’t show under our tightest yoga pants. And others indulge us in our naughty side.

You can have all that in one lovely panty.

For real? For real! The stretch is made for real women curves. Check out the Real Women In Knix page. None of those are photoshopped. That’s when you know a company is committed to being innovative. It’s time for an underwear revolution. Who is with me?






One. April 23, 2014

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You are one. Officially one. And I am…still very much living in the days before and of you. I refer to those memories frequently. Often to reassess myself. I am still very much “in the trenches” of my guilt. The foreshadowing I wrote about at week 30, is haunting. Yes, you are healthy. Yes, you have exceeded your full-term counterparts. Yes, you are developmentally on track. You are our miracle. You are happy. You smile a full, sparkle in the eyes smile. You are chubby and I LOVE EVERY ROLL. Happy birthday my sweet, sweet boy. I wanted to give you the beautiful birth every child deserves. I feel like I didnt hold up my end of the deal…



Choose love. March 13, 2014

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It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day, tantrums, and mountains of laundry. It’s easy to say “please go play, my head aches…” It’s easy to get frustrated when you are still in yesterday’s yoga pants. What’s not easy is to be thankful. In that moment we are quick to sigh. Quick to ohmygosh again. In that moment it’s tough to remember the blessing of little feet pitter-patting down the hall, chasing the dog and the cat. 

I am thankful for my mountain of needing to be folded, still in the basket, laundry. It means my babies were with me another day in paradise. (Also known as the house.) 

I am thankful for babies who want to always play. Even though Mama is pretty useless when a migraine strikes.

I am thankful for days so full, I wake in the middle of the night and realize I’m still in yesterday’s yoga pants.

I am thankful. 

choose to be thankful. These blessings I call my babies, are not a blessing everyone receives. No one is guaranteed joyful morning snuggles or the smell of sweet, oh so sweet milk breath.

In the moment of “child meltdown number six and it’s only ten am..” It is easy to throw our hands in the air. Please choose to be grateful. There are those that would surrender everything to have five more minutes with their blessing(s). What you choose matters. Choose to cherish each babe. Breathe in their sweet scent. Stroke their peach fuzz heads. Tell them you love them unconditionally. Choose love.




Dairy, cow breastmilk. February 21, 2014

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While at the grocery store the other day, I overheard a conversation. “Well, you know, I am lactose intolerant…although I still love a big glass of milk with my doughnuts…” (Okay stop thinking about doughnuts for one second. It’s hard I know.) I was more than tempted to step in and impart some crunchy mama wisdom but I refrained. Cows milk is made for calves. Not humans. So technically every human is lactose intolerant when it comes to dairy. While it does makes some tasty food, we aren’t supposed to be ingesting it, certainly not in the mass quantities we do. Human milk for human babies, cows milk for calves. In a society where breastfeeding should be a “covered” affair, and nursing past the first birthday is taboo, we certainly love our bovine breastmilk. Every store sells it by the gallons. For real? If I put my milk in a gallon jug and tried to pour it on your cereal or made ice cream out of it wouldn’t you look at me like I was nuts?! I certainly couldn’t sell in the the grocery store. People would be aghast! (This is not the time to talk about black market sales of breastmilk.) Is ice cream tasty? Yes, a big whopping yes. Oh, but if I made ice cream or a fancy gelato with my milk (which is actually bioidentical to our human bodies and much easier to digest) you would scoff at even trying a tiny spoonful. A “catch 22″ I believe…


Brownie chocolate chip cookie cupcakes recipe February 2, 2014

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Phew! That’s a mouthful, and believe me, you will WANT a mouthful of these tasties!

For this recipe you will need:

  • Chocolate chip cookie mix or your favorite recipe (you could even use those break apart cookie dough squares if you wanted)
  • Brownie mix or your favorite recipe
  • A cookie scoop (mine is a stainless farberware. You don’t need this but I find it makes the proportioning easier and the process faster)
  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners
  1. Whip up that cookie dough and brownie mix in separate bowls. Make it just like the mix says or recipe tells you. Don’t combine the two just yet. (Resist the urge to eat the dough or brownie mix, girlfriend!)
  2. Put the cupcake liners in the cupcake pan
  3. Scoop one scoop, or 2 Tbsp of brownie mix into the bottom of the liners
  4. Then scoop one scoop or 2 Tbsp of cookie dough right into the top of the brownie batter


Like this!

  5. Bake those bad boys! I find that if I bake them at the temperature for the cookie mix, they turn out well. However, the length of bake time will depend on your oven and checking the doneness with a toothpick. Today I set the timer for 12 minutes and it was about 3-5 minutes after that, they came out with a clean toothpick. The cookie will “set up” differently than the brownie. If the toothpick is clean but the cookie still seems a bit soft, STILL TAKE IT OUT OF THE OVEN. Cookies harden as they cool.

When they are done in the oven they will look like this,


6. I let them cool a little while still in the pan. Mostly to help keep the cupcake shape, then transfer them to a cooling rack. You could frost them. I did last year for our Super Bowl party, but to me they were too rich. Now that’s sayin’ something! I chose to frost them with a chocolate frosting, this year no frosting. Plus, with no frosting everyone can see the awesomeness you put inside those delicious brownies! You know how I love versatility. The incredible Mr. Alton Brown (who I am a huge fan of!) always says “no unitaskers in my kitchen!”. He does happen to say this about kitchen tools, but I love versatility of recipes too. I could totally see this being delicious with chocolate chocolate chunk cookies in brownies. If you’re chocolate obsessed like I am.



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