Monday, September 16, 2013

Cute DIY Breastfeeding Gift


So a very good friend of mine is adding a bundle of joy to her family and it happens to be a sweet baby boy! Being a momma to a lil stud myself, I know they are so much fun and momma boys. But, I knew she was going to get so many gifts consisting of bottles, clothes, bibs Ect. Of course being a supportive breastfeeding momma to my friends, and only wanting them to try to breastfeed because it's best for them and the baby, I decided to make her a simple but cute breastfeeding basket. 

So this is what I did for her! 
Starting with the obvious. 

Nursing pads. 
Hello, every women needs these! 
Especially after like the 3 day your milk is like Niagra falls. At least mine lol. 

This are disposable because I wasn't sure how she might feel with reusable. But, at least these will help for a couple weeks. 

Wash clothes. 
Because again, your going to leak. I can't espress that enough.  
No seriously! I remember I was at my meeting ( Kingdom Hall) and thought I would out beat the leaks. I wore a thick padded bra and a black shirt and black sweater over all that. After Leland nursed
and I went back into the auditorium my letdown came in and strong. Thankfully at the end of the meeting a friend of mine hurried to me and covered my chest with one if Leland's blankets. 
So again, your going to leak. Seems like its happen to almost every momma. Relax, it happens! 

Next item was...

A notebook. 
A handy dandy, notebook. 
Sleep deprivation will let us forget what breast we nursed and times we did. 
I used some apps but nothing really helped like going back to the old fashion note pad. 
It's really good to write down all the times you've nursed and which breast and how  long. 
Will prevent matisis and engourment. 

Facial cleansing towels.  

This was cute and thought it would come in handy. 


When baby comes home there's barely anytime for anything. Including a shower. 
All our time goes to nursing, trying to catch up in sleep, and staring at the baby all day. 
Quick deodorant fix, makes everything all better. 

Aveeno lavender and vanilla lotion. 

I started using this product for Leland after bath to soothe his skin and help relax him before bed. 
This was for her bundle of joy. Great product line. 

Lastly, this is what it looked like ready to present. Viola!! 
I hope she enjoys it and that baby boy that's coming soon! 

All products were purchased at target and total was about $22. 

Small items in the dollar section. 

What are your thoughts? What would you add into it? 

Leave a comment and share. 

Ps, here's the cute momma and daddy to be. 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back to School: All about Lunches

Hello all you foxy mamas out there making the world go round! So going along with my Back to School theme, we've added some new items to our lunch repertoire and an exciting new app! 

I'm always excited to integrate my iPhone into anything I do. I am also always looking for ways to feed my baby girl the most nutritious food possible. It definitely can be challenging. Over the years she has gotten much pickier. And in the past I have had the tendency to pack a sandwich with a mess of prepackaged snacks. This year I was so happy to find La La Lunchbox via Apps Gone Free (which is also an awesome app to check out)! 

La La Lunchbox Review:

So La La Lunchbox allows you to create a lunch virtually so that you can plan your child's lunch accordingly. You can create a lunchbox for each child.

Once you create a lunchbox, you fill the lunch with 6 items. At least one item in each category, Fruits, Veggies, Protein, and Snacks. They give you ideas for each category and you can add your own! This has really helped me balance out my daughters lunches. Instead of a sandwich and a bunch of random prepackaged snacks I have been forced to think about what her favorite fruits and veggies are and include them in her lunch.

 This app also helps me to make sure I'm adding variety to her lunches. 

 You can view the lunch you've virtually packed at a glance. 

 You can add items not listed!

 It will even create a grocery list based on the lunches you've created for the week. 

Overall I love this app and its a nice addition to my organization arsenal! 

Next: Actually packing the lunch! This year we opted for a cute and practical lunchbox. Well made and well insulated and perfectly suited to house the Rubbermaid Lunchblox.

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Review: I love these little guys. I purchased ours at Walmart for about $8. The icepack sits on the sandwich block and I believe that makes a world of difference. My daughter used to complain of soggy cheese on her sandwiches, despite adding an icepack. With these lunchblox we no longer have that problem. Its nice how the blox click together as well. These fit much better then some other disposal brands that were bulky and didn't pack well. 

I also find that freezing her juice pouches also helps to keep her lunch cool and is a refreshing treat at lunchtime. I also include a reusable water bottle that she keeps in her backpack. 

One traditional I love passing on is that of the lunch note! I used to adore getting these notes from my mom. Typically I have hand written them on a sticky note, however we stepped it up this year. I found some fantastic note templates that we have filled in with special messages and I also include stickers to make it fun!

I found these on Pinterest.

Last but not least I created a School Checklist and attached it to her backpack. I'm going to have to add glasses to the list, as she forgot them once. There is nothing worse then packing a lovely lunch and leaving it on the kitchen counter! So far this has worked wonderfully! 

Well until next time foxy mamas!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Control freak much?

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I promise to get better. Me and Lynette are still trying to get use to working together and the schedules that work for us as bloggers. 

Today I wanted to mention what happen to me last week and why I decided to write about it. 
During my pregnancy, both Chris and I agreed on how we were going to raise our son. Always on the same page. From breastfeeding to homeschooling even disciplining! Well, after Leland was born at that very moment I didn't want no one  to watch him because no one can ever be as good as his momma! I know by first hand as a women once we know we are pregnant it becomes an instant protection for our unborn child and once that wee one is born into this world even more so! 

Anyways this is wht happen to me this past week. 
I had to pick up an extra shift from work and Chris had to watch Leland that morning. Hence, he had worked a long night shift the day before. I knew he was tired and I felt bad too. But I had no one to watch boo. 
But he was ok with it. 
I left to work at 730 am, Chris and Leland were just getting up. 
I started breakfast for them and left for Chris to finish. 
Now this is what happened... 

8 am: calls Chris. "How's boo?" 
"Fine, watching his show" 
"Ok, call me if anything" 

11am: texted Chris. "How's boo?" response...(5 min later) text response. 
I panic. Don't ask me why? I just start to think of the craziest scenarios! 

About 10 min later I call, call, call. 
"Yes babe?" 
"Everything ok?" 
"Did he poop? What color? Did he eat? Please make sure he eats and has plenty of water. And not to much tv. Play with him. Maybe outside in the pool! Or run errands with him. Remember nap time is between 12&2. Only an hour. Love you!" 
Chris is so use to this and so loving he just listens to me ramble and says yes babe I know, I will! 
(I love him, he rocks!) but I also could tell I was getting out of hand. So he shares with me with a text that he is Leland father and he can take care of his own son. 
:::heart falls!::: how can I be so inconsiderate. I felt so bad!!
Sometimes, I know I'm a bit overboard with whoever watches him. But I'm so scared something will happen and I'm not there to help him or hold him if he's scared. Thankfully I trust the very chosen few who do watch him! 
 But still... I apologized to Chris for not trusting him and explained to him that it's not just him. I do it to my mom, his mom and his sister. I just want Leland to always be safe! What can I say... I love my boo so much! I read this quote that stuck with me, "our children are our hearts walking out of our bodies" and this is so true! 
So I am currently working on this particular control issue! 
Until then my loves enjoy some daddy and son pictures from the past couple days! 

P.S Leland loves loves loves his daddy!!