meanttobeamama

a natural mama who loves to giggle

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

Filed under: Beauty,Posts,Product Reviews — meanttobeamama @ 4:36 pm

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.

 

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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

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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,

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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.

 

Nine months already? January 23, 2014

Wyatt is nine months old. How in the world did that happen? I swear, it feels like only weeks ago I was sitting with Shannon Sasseville pushing on my back, and Sue Hudson pushing on my legs to alleviate my back labor. The IV that sounded like a didgeridoo. Laughing really hard about Jim gaffigan. Being terrified to the deepest depths about birthing a baby at 34w 5d. Knowing that I was able to keep him in 24 hours longer than I thought so he wasn’t a 34w 4d. Being left with the fear I did something to cause this preterm baby’s birth. Having a doula that had experienced every thing I was, was truly incredible. To have a midwife go into the NICU and tell them to listen to what I wanted to do and to take their protocol and shove it, was amazing. A husband who was with me every step and matched me tear for tear. I can’t believe this story is now a memory. Wyatt is nine months old. How in the world did that happen? I swear, it feels like only weeks ago I was sitting with Shannon Sasseville pushing on my back, and Sue Hudson pushing on my legs to alleviate my back labor. The IV that sounded like a didgeridoo. Laughing really hard about Jim gaffigan. Being terrified to the deepest depths about birthing a baby at 34w 5d. Knowing that I was able to keep him in 24 hours longer than I thought so he wasn’t a 34w 4d. Being left with the fear I did something to cause this preterm baby’s birth. Having a doula that had experienced every thing I was, was truly incredible. To have a midwife go into the NICU and tell them to listen to what I wanted to do and to take their protocol and shove it, was amazing. A husband who was with me every step of the way, and matched me tear for tear. I can’t believe this story is now a memory…

If you too would like an incredible and supportive birthing team I HIGHLY suggest:

http://www.wellspringwomenshealth.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBirthConnectionOfNortheastOhio

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“In my next life…” January 15, 2014

Filed under: Breastfeeding Bliss,Posts,Pregnancy — meanttobeamama @ 4:30 pm

In my “next life” I aspire to be a doula. I mean that as in, life with older children. I really believe that is my calling in life. Quite literally to assist a laboring mother as she births her infant. To witness such an ever present miracle. A woman can create a person with her body, then birth that person with her body, and nourish that person with her body. I wish more people were as awe struck with that sequence. It is amazing in the truest sense of the word

 

Whats your “next life” plan? 

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