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As a busy mom of 5, I like to save money any way I can. I love this app! If you use coupons, you can combine them with the ibotta app. Happy savings!!

Lactation Cookies

Hey mommas,

Since the end of World Breastfeeding week, I am still seeing tons of the #normalizebreastfeeding movement and I love it! As I wrote last week, I experienced some awkward looks feeding my little one. If you’re interested in reading about it, check out “What are you looking at.”

Because August is breastfeeding awareness month, I thought I would share an awesome recipe for lactation cookies with all my nursing moms out there. There are tons of recipes floating around the internet and I’ve tried dozens of them, but I found that these cookies work wonders for me and are delicious too! This recipe does yield a good amount of cookies, but you can always freeze some and save for another time.

Ingredients:

  • 1cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar or honey granules
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 -4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced almonds (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Do NOT skip this step!
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
  4. Add eggs and mix well.
  5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
  6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt. (If you do not have a sifter, you can use a whisk or fork to mix dry ingredients).
  7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
  8. Stir in oats and chips.
  9. Scoop onto baking sheet. (I use a small ice cream scooper then gently press down on dough to flatten the scoops out. Otherwise you will end up with a cookie ball).
  10. Bake for 12 minutes.
  11. All done! Let cool and enjoy a sweet treat and increased milk supply!

*Note if you have a Kitchenaid mixer or equivalent, I highly recommend you use it for this recipe. The dough gets extremely thick and sticky. If you do not have a mixer, a large wooden spoon will do the job and you’ll get a bit of a work out!

If you are looking for a mixer you can find one for a good deal here:Mixers

Happy nursing!

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What are you looking at?

Today I encountered behavior that many mothers experience, but isn’t talked about enough.

This morning I had a doctor’s appointment and I brought my two moth old with me, because why leave my poor husband with all 5 kids when I am able to take at least one? As I waited for my name to be called, the babe started to fuss a little, not crying, just started to appear frustrated being in the car seat and rooting signaling to me “I’m hungry and I’m going to lose it soon!”

I pick up my baby, throw on my nursing cover and begin to nurse. I cannot tell you how many dirty looks I got while feeding my baby. What’s more troubling, every person in that waiting room was female except for a child there with his mother. One woman even pointed me out, whispering to her neighbor.

It blows my mind that other women were casting judgement on me for feeding my baby! Would they have rather I let my baby scream while I waited to go into a room, providing more privacy? If I did that, they would judge me for allowing my baby to cry. It’s a catch 22. Basically I’m being judged no matter what I choose to do at this point. My baby and breast were fully covered, and if you know me personally, you know how private of a person I am.

It’s upsetting to feel condemned for providing nourishment for my child, a little person who cannot feed herself. It is my duty to provide care for her and my legal right to nurse in public. When will people, especially women, begin to accept this practice? I know I am not alone in this. I will continue to feed my baby wherever and whenever she is hungry. Thankfully I have a wonderful doctor and practice that support my decision to nurse there.

To my other breastfeeding mommas, do not allow anyone to make you feel that you are doing something wrong or shameful by nursing your baby in public. Keep up the excellent work!

Below is a link listing states and their laws regarding public breastfeeding.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5637301

Have you ever felt shamed for breastfeeding in public? Share your experiences with me.

School… already?!

As summer’s end is quickly approaching, I’ve got to tell you, I may be more anxious about the kids starting school than they are! We recently moved to a new state after being in the same area for nearly 11 years. I knew the principal of my kid’s elementary school for 6 years. I can name or at least tell you what every employee there looks like. I spent those 6 years on the PTA, volunteering at book fairs, chaperoning field trips, and making teacher’s and staff gifts, personalizing each one (how to manage multiple teachers will be in a future post). I was truly heartbroken leaving that school. The last time we all stepped foot out of there was like leaving a piece of myself behind. I love those individuals who work there and I applaud them for helping shape my oldest, who had been there since kindergarten, into the young woman she is becoming and for preparing her to enter the world of middle school. It saddens me to think the other two that attended last year, won’t even remember it when they’re older.

I worry for my rising middle schooler. Will she stress about not knowing a single person there? Will she be afraid she won’t fit in? Will she mix in with the wrong crowd? Will this school system challenge her enough? Will the AP classes be up to par with our old system? I can say from experience, having attended a new middle school when I didn’t know a soul there, I did make friends and found a crowd I fit in with. Some of the friends I made then are still my friends today. I don’t want my child to lose focus on what’s important and that is excelling and doing her very best. I’m sure my daughter will be just fine and I’m probably over thinking things. I’m just not ready for her to grow up yet!

My boys have each other. They’re only one grade apart, which will make their transition easier. They will adjust just fine. They are still young enough that starting over won’t affect them.

I just really hope that I fall in love with these schools like the last one. I pray the staff at both schools are just as wonderful as the last. I am looking forward to volunteering and being involved with all of the kids’ school functions and activities just like the previous years.

Life is about experiencing new, different things and meeting new people. I know in my heart this move was good for us all and the kids will see that eventually.

I hope that I have taught my children how to roll with the punches of life, to love and be comfortable with themselves. That in the long run, this is just a small snapshot of their lives, though they won’t fully understand that until they’re much older.

Have you had to move your children to another school district? How did they adjust? Please feel free to leave your comments and experiences below.

Cheers to hopefully another wonderful school year!

E-

Penny Saving!

Hey guys! Today I’m going to save us both a little dough. Going to the grocery store with all five of my children without them fighting and/or throwing everything they see and want into my cart just isn’t going to happen. I also don’t want to walk through the store with AT LEAST one of them throwing a fit because I said they couldn’t have something. Ugh. So, to avoid all that crap, I’ve been doing online shopping with Wal-Mart’s online grocery pick up. It super easy and convenient. I can order everything we need and a few things the kids want, pick a time I want to pick my grocery up and guess what? No crying, no fighting (well except from the norm) and no headaches for mom yay! We all win.

Now, I came across this link when I was ordering and I elected to share this link with you all as well as my close friends and family. http://r.wmt.co/f2J5A
This will save you $10 on a $50 or more purchase and of course pick up is free. Find a Wal-Mart grocery pick up near you and say “bye-bye” to traditional grocery shopping!

If there are any issues with the link, please let me know!

Please note: I am not affiliated with or making any profit from Wal-Mart by sharing this link with you. I will, however, earn $10 off as well. You can receive a link of your own and share with your friends and family too!

Hot mess kinda morning…

I definitely didn’t sleep well last night. Having a newborn can take its toll and can mean late nights. That was my case. I went to sleep around 2am, was up again at 5am and of course my preschooler was up at the butt crack of dawn. It’s like kids know when you’re tired as hell and haven’t slept. That’s when they’re up rearing to start the day. Thank goodness for good coffee.

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Here’s my little’s depiction of me this morning: 2017-07-24-08-55-40_1

Haha

Maybe I should have turned the t.v. on for a while so I could rest? Lord knows I needed some extra pillow time, but here’s where I battle with that thought… Pediatricians, friends, parenting books, etc recommend like 1 hour of screen time per day. Do those people have 20 kids?! Will a few hours of t.v, computer, or tablets have such a lasting effect on my children? Will they developed vision or concentration problems as they grow? When I was growing up we didn’t have smart phones or tablets. We had t.v. and the start of video games (Sega Genesis was the shit)! I remember watching hours and hours of t.v. when I was younger and I think I turned out okay. Well, I guess that can be debatable…

I guess my point to all of this is, if you need a break, turn on some kid shows, let them play on the computer for a while, age appropriate of course. You need a break sometimes to rest and regroup. Because after all, if you don’t take care of yourself, how in the world can you care for anyone else? Especially the ones who need you the most. Yes, your kids do need daily physical activity, but everything in moderation and your kids will be fine!

Share your “tired as hell” moments with me. I’d love to hear how your mornings start! Comment below!

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Get it together!

Having a tween girl can be challenging. Even more difficult is getting her to clean up her room! At times it seems like a constant battle to keep her organized that is until I stumbled upon this awesome book.P_20170723_161520.jpg

IMG_20170723_161119_678Not only has it helped her at home, but at school too! Since school is starting again soon, I’ve had my girl pull out this book to get prepared for staying organized for middle school. She is really excited to try the extreme locker makeover, another cool section in this book. I will post an update once we get the locker together. If your child could use help Getting it Together, you can find this book at Amazon. I’ve included the link below!

http://amzn.to/2gUGMh8

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Something new

Last night the hubs and I took everyone out. All one billion of us, not really, but going out with seven people sometimes feels like there’s a ton of us. I try to be prepared, like bringing enough snacks for the bigs and a change of clothes for the little, but I definitely forgot snacks last night! Well that ended up costing a million dollars to feed everyone, but it was worth it.

We went to a BMX event, which I LOVE and watch on t.v. whenever it’s on. It happened to be the first time the event had been in the U.S. in about 15 years. Now, I’m kind of a tightwad when it comes to spending money, I’m a saver for sure, but life it short and we want our children to experience new things. Luckily for us, admission and parking were free. The event is hosting over 40 different countries and there were tons of food trucks with different varieties of foods that costed us some serious dough and of course everyone wanted something different! The kids had a great time trying different foods and meeting some of the riders and getting autographs.

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Overall, everyone had an awesome time and now all my boys want dad to build ramps so they can practice riding like the professional bmx riders! We’ll see how that goes!

Always be on the lookout for free or minimally priced events in your area. Check your local paper, local news outlets, social media, you never know what you’ll stumble upon for you and your family to try!

I’m bored…

“Mom… I’m bored!” How many times have you heard your kids say this? Whether it’s a weekend or summer break, your kids need to stay busy.

My kids are typically up between 6:30 and 7:00am while they’re out of school. We start our days pretty early here! After the kids eat breakfast, they’re usually ready to jump on the t.v. Or computer. I think they wake up with amnesia each morning, because this is NOT our routine. If I allow them to go straight to technology, they’ll end up fighting or vegging out most of the day.

Learning first! After breakfast we learn, weekends I’m more lenient and we take a break. Since it’s summer time, we do worksheets and learning activities tailored to each child’s age during the week. I currently use https://www.education.com/. It is very user friendly and targets kindergarten through 5th grade. The sites allows you to print some worksheets for free, but I paid the $75 annual fee and all activities are unlimited. There are even computer games available for your kids to play.

Another good site is https://www.abcmouse.com/. This site is more geared toward younger kids, but it’s affordable and easy for kids to navigate.

Now, the big kids can read and are pretty self directed. Of course I help them when they have a question. The little one needs me to sit with him, which is no problem when everyone else is working. After worksheets are finished, the kids read for 20 minutes then they can have free time.

We try to get outside before it gets too hot, but some days it just doesn’t happen and we’re stuck inside until the evening. They can watch t.v, play computer games, play board games or help me clean! Ha, like they would actually clean voluntarily… Nope.

If an online learning site doesn’t work for you, Amazon, Wal-Mart and BJs have great learning book options. Keep your kid’s brains working and keep yourself sane with a little quiet when everyone’s home!

 

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