not sleeping

So….. last night William decided to play the not sleeping game.  Well, actually itz 8:45 Wednesday evening, so I can only hope he’s surrendered now for the night and will get a good night’s rest.  It literally took two hours to get him to sleep which is so not like him.  He’d be tired, fall asleep for a few minutes, but not completely, then wake back up, be wide awake, and want to play.  I tried to feed him a zillion times, I changed his diaper, I rocked him, I sang, I read, I let him play some more, I pulled out all the tricks.  But now he’s sleeping.  Please stay sleeping, Baby.  Momma wants to blog, then needs to pump, and hopefully get sleep sleep sleep.

Let’s back up.  We started the day as we usually do: all smiles!

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I went to work, and my dear husband Jonny had the day off and got a lot done around our house.  He straightened up, did the laundry, and cooked this lasagna that I’d been wanting to try.  (It was delicious and we will definitely be making it again.)  After a busy day at work, that was wonderful to come home to!  And he gave lots of kisses to our happy baby boy.

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In the evening, we played.  He had woken up at about 5:15 from a nap, and by 6:45 he was pooped.  William usually goes to bed between 7 – 8, so I figured he was about to go to sleep for the night (well, the first stretch of the night until he needs to wake up and eat again).  After all, we had played hard.  Bumbo, bouncy seat, activity gym, tummy time, rolling over (with a little nudge), and playing with toys in his crib.

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It was bed time.  He was tired, but not sleeping.  That went on for awhile.

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Baby boy needed to sleep, but the longer this went on, the less tired he appeared.  I tried nursing again, no go.  I changed his diaper. I read him books.  I sang.  I rocked.  I even did some squats while holding him thinking maybe the constant motion would lull him to sleep.  No, no, he literally started laughing.  Ok fine, Baby, let’s take you out of your swaddle and play again.  He was happy with that!  Laughing, smiling, giggling, having the time of his life!  Jonny and I couldn’t help but laugh.  I mean, look at that face:

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Eventually he started showing signs of being tired again, but nothing I did was working!  I decided to wrap him for some babywearing (I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this).  I also knew he needed to eat because at this point it had been about an hour and a half, and he typically cluster feeds in the evening.  For the first time ever, I nursed him while he was wrapped up.  Yeah, that was quite a sight, but I got everything where it needed to be, and what have you, he nursed and fell asleep just like that!  Then, of course I didn’t want to take him out and risk him waking up, so we stayed like that for awhile.

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And, finally, when I knew he was good and out, I ever so carefully unwrapped him, placed him back in his sleep sack, kissed him good night, and gently put him down for the win!

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Oh sweet baby of mine.

How have you been sleeping?

Snack SMART With A Detour SMART Bar

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to find balance in my life these days as a new working momma.  One thing that I’ve got the hang of is healthy snacking, and a big thanks to Detour Bar for that.  I’ve been loving on Detour SMART bars for awhile now, and they’ve come in handy, especially this summer as I’ve gone back to school (work).  They’re the perfect size to fill me up, curb my hunger, and provide the energy I need for a busy day.

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Snacking SMART while pumping at school.

Detour SMART bars really are smart.  (Haha, no, but for real.)  They’re perfect for summer because they’re not chocolate.  Hear me out.  I love chocolate.  However, I feel like heavy, melted chocolate protein bars in the summer just aren’t that awesome, not to mention they make a mess.  SMART bars are everything you want in a healthy snack bar, and they don’t melt.  I keep all my bags stocked: my pumping bag, my diaper bag, and my purse.  That way, when crazy hunger strikes, I have my emergency snack no matter where I am.  Hanger is never a good thing, people.

One bar contains 130 calories, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, and 10 grams protein.

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A contemporary approach to healthy eating, that’s SMART.

  • Gluten Free: Detour SMART bars are independently certified to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards.
  • Whey Protein: The right protein to nourish and replenish your body, whey is a SMART way to support a lean body and to satisfy hunger.
  • 4 grams of Sugar: Switching to a low-sugar diet may be one of the best things you can do for your body, your appetite, and even your mind.
  • Good Source of Fiber:  The grains and fruit in SMART bars are a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health.
  • Organic Whole Grain Oats: Wholesome and delicious, whole grains are an essential part of a complete diet.
  • Naturally Sweetened with Stevia: A zero-calorie, natural sweetener, Stevia is a sensible choice for those looking to reduce sugar intake without sacrificing taste.

No artificial preservatives. No artificial flavors. No artificial colors.

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They look like pie.  They taste like pie.  Well, protein bar pie.  No kidding.  When you open the package, there is a strong aroma of either Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry, and itz just delicious.  SMART bars also come in Cranberry Flax and Peanut Butter Chocolate, but my heart is sold on Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry.  So is William’s.

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Don’t. Even. Think. About. Touching. My. SMART. Bars. Or. I’ll. Scream!

How do you snack SMART in the summer?  Are you team Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry? (Or Cranberry Flax or Peanut Butter Chocolate? So many SMART choices!)

Finding Balance

I’m not going to lie here… I’m having trouble finding balance as I’ve gone back to school (work).  I feel like this is something many can relate to – finding balance during a new life stage.  And I’m not just talking about mommas today – maybe you’re going to school or graduating from school, starting a new job or switching jobs, having a baby, getting married, or maybe just trying to incorporate more healthy choices in your daily life.  Whatever it may be, usually change takes some time to find that balance, get adjusted, and determine a routine that works for you.

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I’m your routine, Momma!

After having William, I definitely went through that for the first month or so (roughly speaking).  Eventually, I found what worked for me.  I was able to take almost daily walks which counted as my fitness; not to mention all the benefits of mental health when I was out in the sunshine.  I even went swimming a few times.  When I was able to get out and about with William, I would grocery shop, and even cook here and there when he slept.  I never really napped, but I felt like I had down time since we were pretty much home all day.

Now that I’m back at work, itz all changed.  My fitness consists of running around my house in the morning trying to get myself and William together along with everything we need for the day.  Healthy eating and cooking?  Ha!  I’ve eaten cereal for lunch more times than I care to admit, and our fridge is bare the majority of the time (with the exception of when my parents, in-laws, or grandparents so kindly provide us with leftovers!).

I only have time for so much, and I know during new life stages, priorities must shift.  I’m still getting the laundry done, and our house is as clean as it usually is (which isn’t really lol but clean enough!).  Priorities include taking care of William, taking care of myself, and the house.  When William is sleeping, I feel like I have to get something done, so when do I ever have down time as a working mom?  I suppose my down time is the time I give myself to blog, and I don’t really want to give that up because I do enjoy it so much.  So what do I do when I feel like I literally have no extra time?  Hmmm.

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As long as you have time for me, nothing else matters.

I consider healthy living to be made up of five parts: fitness, nutrition, sleep, social, and emotional.  Here’s what’s working and where I’m struggling with each:

Fitness

I was lucky to the loose the baby weight quickly and pretty much effortlessly (thank you nursing and good genes!).  But “baby weight” is funny as itz a number on the scale and I think the scale is stupid.  Sure, my number has gone down, but I’m soft and squishy and I would like to regain some strength and level of fitness.  Problem: TIME!  Before, I was taking daily walks, but now with working, I’m only finding time on the weekends.  Morning walks are out of the question due to time constraints, and in the evening, I would rather play with William than just walk.  He goes to bed between 7:30 – 8:30, so evenings won’t work either (further explained in the sleep portion).  I may try and sneak in a super quick workout in the morning or the afternoon, depending on how both are going.  And by super quick, I mean like ten minutes.  Literally.

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You’re stopping our walk to take a picture of your watch?  C’mon, Mom, let’s go! Move it!

Side note: I’m reviewing the Polar FT60 through FitFluential and wore it on my walk last weekend.  I can’t wait to really play with all itz functions!

Nutrition:

I mean…. I’m eating, and that’s all that really counts, right?  In terms of healthy eating, that’s another story.  I’m doing really well with water; I’m drinking a ton as I’m often thirsty and staying hydrated is crucial for breastfeeding.  I’m finding it very difficult to find time to cook healthy meals.  I like the crockpot, but even that takes time to prepare!  I know a common suggestion is to meal prep for a couple hours on the weekend to make life easier during the week.  Honestly, I feel like I don’t even have a couple hours on the weekend.  William naps for less than an hour at a time, so unless I have someone come over and watch him, I don’t know what to do.  (And I don’t want anyone to watch him on the weekend since he gets watched all week.)

I’ve eaten a ton of sweets and those packaged convenience foods have become way too convenient.  Breakfasts and snacks are good.  I can prep overnight oats in two minutes or cook a couple eggs while I’m getting ready.  Snacks are simple in terms of bars, yogurt, fruit, or nuts.  Lunch has literally been cereal or a pb&j.  And I’m not sure what I’ve been putting together for dinners, but Jonny and I have been eating, rest assured.

Sleep:

This is the one area where I feel like I have absolutely no control because of William.  I do a good job of going to bed shortly after he does, but I can’t go to bed right when he does because I have to pump. Usually I pump at nine, bag the milk, clean the pump, and hit the hay.  I can’t pump earlier otherwise I will explode at night.  Funny enough, I haven’t been overly tired, and I’ve actually surprised myself with how not tired I am considering the lack of sleep and broken sleep I do get.  But I know minimal sleep definitely affects how I eat and my cravings.  The less I sleep, the more junk food I want. Not good.

Social:

We have continued to get together with friends, itz just on slightly different terms than before (read: no bars or drinks).  We’ve made new friends with babies, and our old friends understand that we need to plan around the babe.

Emotional:

I feel good.  There are times where I feel overwhelmed or totally bummed that I have to leave William during the week, but in general I feel good.  And there’s nothing better for me than being a mom; I love every minute!  I’m just working on that balance thing…

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So the two areas I really want to improve on are fitness and healthy eating.  How do I make that happen?  Suggestions welcome!

How do you find balance during new life stages and changes?

little man

Little man is growing growing growing!  Seriously, major growth spurt this week.  We increased the amount of milk in his bottle, and sometimes he even wants more than that.  And last night, he cluster fed almost 45 minutes apart several times.  Hungry, growing boy, getting bigger by the day.  Cutest little man, if I do say so myself.

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Really, doesn’t he look like a little man here?  Real clothes and all!  Those clothes took me about ten minutes to get on him.  He stayed in them for a few minutes for pictures, and then it took me another ten minutes to get them off.  Reasons why I don’t like real clothes on babies haha.  But real clothes are pretty stinkin’ cute!  Though I much prefer onesies, rompers, and sleepers!

Or nakey nakey babies.

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I mean, is he just the best looking baby ever, or what?

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Nom nom nom.  Eat my hands all the time.

And now for his serious look.

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Oh, I just love him.

Black and white.

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Good looking baby.

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Happy baby.

Happy Friday! :)

all photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography

Thursday’s Thoughts

Hey there!  For today’s Thursday’s Thoughts post, itz going to be a whole lot of randomness of cool stuff I want to share with you.  (Ugh, not a fan of saying “cool stuff.” Just yesterday I told my fourth graders that when we write, we don’t use “stuff” or “things;” we’re more specific. Sorry. My brain power is limited after this busy week!)

And I’ll probably use lots of hashtags. #again

Let’s start with the best thing (oy, I did it again) ever – WILLIAM!

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He’s basically already reading. ;) My mom sends me a million pictures when she watches him when I’m at work.  She’s teaching him everything, I’m certain. #smartestbabyever

Alright, you knew I was going to share about William, now here’s the randomness.  But really, itz cool stuff things information I think you healthy living folks (readers and bloggers alike!) should know about!

Runner’s World is partnering with belVita and hosting an awesome contest: My Morning Run Photo Contest.  Check out the details:

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Amazing prizes!  A GoPro?! Yes, please! My brother has one and loves it. He takes the coolest pictures and videos with it. I’ll use my walking as entries since I’m not running right now. (Still bummed about that. Go run for me, please.) More information about the contest HERE. #MorningWin

As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was able to try Win High Performance Sports Detergent.  Everyone’s gotta wash their clothes, right? Hey, just bein’ real here!  Summertime means more sweat, so stinkier clothes.  (For Jonny, not me.  Obviously I smell like roses all.the.time. haha)

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Sweat Hard Smell Great <– love their motto

I do like this stuff though, for real.  Jonny is a sweater.  He works out hard, especially in the summer.  He takes walks in the 100 degree weather, a million percent humidity and comes back drenched.  Literally, I could ring out his clothes. (But I try not to touch them.)  This Win stuff gets the stink out.  I prefer the Win Green since itz fragrance and dye free; that’s the one I’d purchase with my own money when my current bottle runs out. Some “green” detergents don’t really leave your clothes smelling clean, I’ve found. Win does.  Win is #winning. (I’m cracking myself up today. #lackofsleep)

Alright, now back to running.  Fellow FitFluential Ambassador Shannyn, from Frugal Beautiful, is hosting a Virtual Pug Run 5k/10k and 1 Miler.  100% of the proceeds go to the cause (no profit) and if they get 375 runners, her husband-to-be will run his first marathon, the Chicago Marathon in a pug wrestling singlet! LOL! #mustsee

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Check out her post to see a picture of the pug singlet – HILARIOUS! (And her post has way more information about the race!)  Sign up for the race HERE.  Rumor has it, there are unicorn pug diecast medals… #youshouldprobablydoit

And we’ll end this Thursday’s Thoughts post with the happiest baby ever.

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Yes, he’s happy ALL.THE.TIME. #truestory

What are you thinking on this lovely Thursday?

Pumping At Work

Hi there.  I am a mommy of two and a friend to Linz.  We’ve celebrated each other’s weddings, we’ve trained for triathlons, and now we are experiencing motherhood together.  This new role of motherhood means that we can talk to one another about many things, one of which is pumping.   The other day I asked her if I could anonymously contribute to the Itz Linz blog.  So here we go…

My second child, my ‘lil man, is now seven months old and we’re still breastfeeding.  I have to say for all of the love that it takes – love in the form of time, energy, and sometimes frustration – I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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I breastfed my first child, my spicy two-year old, who was in the NICU for approximately two weeks.  I never thought I would dedicate a year to it, but I did.  Since she had some health related challenges in the first few months of her life, I wanted to give her the best start that I could.

I soon realized that it was beneficial not just for the kiddos, but for me.  It gave me a chance to bond and snuggle with my little ones and made me feel close to them, especially after being away from them during the day.

I relished coming home in the evening and having that special time with them.  Partly because I missed them, but it gave me some quiet time alone with each of them.  It was time that I cherished and nutrition that they needed.

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Plus, pumping at work is pretty unglamorous.  It can be downright daunting at times.  Scheduling the pumping in between meetings can be tough especially when you have back to back meetings or day long seminars you’re attending.  I try to block time a month in advance so that I wouldn’t have xx meeting overlap with my pumping time.  I eventually referred to it as “my buddy and me” time.  I felt like I carried my Madela pumping backpack everywhere – all over campus, off campus during off site meetings, airports, trade shows, my car.  You name it, my pump and I have made the rounds together.

The next step is then trying to find a room comfortable enough to pump.  Working in Cubeville required me to plan in advance by reserving a room. I was fortunate enough to be able to reserve a Mother’s Care Room at work.  Yes, I was lucky enough to have the support of the company to pump.  During a meeting with another coworker on the other side of campus, I joked (to only myself) that I just reserved the Ritz Carlton of Mother’s Care Rooms.  The room came with a refrigerator, an ottoman, an electrical outlet, some parenting magazines, and it was ice cold (great for those hormone sweats)!

Each night before work or a big trip, I prepared a bag with my pumping supplies.  The bag included:  the small cooler, an ice pack which by 5 pm was full of semi-cold milk, Lansinoh bags, J&J soap, a gallon plastic bag and paper towels.

Starting back to work after maternity leave is never easy. Just know that there is a sisterhood of women out there who can laugh about it with you!

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Mommas - what works best for pumping at work? What are some of your challenges?

all photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography

Warm Vegetable Salad Recipe | #BlakesPairing

Do you ever have those evenings when you wish you could have a warm home cooked comfort meal without doing all the work that goes into making it?  Well, now you can.  Blake’s All Natural frozen meals are where itz at.  Blake’s recently reached out to me, so I had the opportunity to try several of their dishes and they are good.  Blake’s meals are now available at Target which makes it super easy when out and about running errands.  (They’re also sold at Whole Foods.)  Here are just some of the dishes:

Blake's All Natural

Every Blake’s meal is made completely from scratch in small batches using the finest organic and natural ingredients.  0 grams trans fat, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives.

As I’ve tried several of Blake’s meals now, the first thing I always notice is how hearty they are unlike other frozen meals.  I’ll be honest, this is no “diet” meal.  They use REAL ingredients, so there are real calories and real fat in these bad boys.  But as I always say, everything in moderation.  I’m a big believer in eating real foods, but I’m also a realist.  Especially now having a baby, my time is the kitchen is limited.  While I wouldn’t necessary advocate for anyone to have frozen meals on a nightly basis, I think occasionally is just fine by all means.

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I’m participating in #BlakesPairing recipe contest, so I created a warm vegetable salad to pair along with one of the meals.  I chose the Old Fashioned Mac& Cheese because, let’s be real, you can’t go wrong with mac and cheese.  Blake’s certainly did not disappoint!  It was super cheesy; you know, the real cheesy, nothing fake about this stuff.  And the warm vegetable salad paired pretty darn perfectly right alongside.

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Warm Vegetable Salad Recipe

~serves two

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • basil for garnish

Directions:

  1. Blanch carrots, broccoli, and sugar snap peas.  (boil for 3 minutes then shock in ice bath)
  2. Saute red pepper in olive oil. Add the carrots and sugar snap peas. Add the broccoli last (as to not overcook).
  3. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, chives, balsamic, and dijon mustard, stirring to evenly distribute.
  4. Garnish with chiffonade of basil.

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The pairing of Blake’s all natural old-fashioned mac & cheese with my warm vegetable salad is just perfect.  Itz warm and delicious.  Itz comfort food at itz finest.

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What’s comfort food to you?

Be Unique! | #ZeviaStyle

So what makes me unique?  I’m ME!  I’m a momma, wife, sister, daughter, friend, teacher, and so much more. Sure, other people have these same roles, but no two people are the same.  Obviously I’m not the first nor the only person to have had a baby, but I’m William’s only momma, and that makes me unique.  I’m Jonny’s only wife (well, I hope haha!).  I’m Stephanie’s only sister, and I’m my parents’ only daughter only daughter named Lindsay.  I’m me.  I’m unique.  I’m good enough.

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Be Unique!  How many times have you heard that?  What does that mean to you?  To me, it means you’re perfect just the way you are.  You don’t need to look a certain way, act a certain way, dress a certain way, workout a certain way, fit in a certain size; no, none of that.  Whoever you are, that’s unique!  And Zevia wants you to shout it from the rooftops!

Well, actually they want you to Instagram or Tweet it from the rooftops and use their hashtag #ZeviaStyle.  Zevia is hosting a contest from August 15 – September 5 (aka NOW!) to highlight where people shine in their unique ways whether itz in the kitchen, the gym, fashion, beauty, parenting, etc.  For these 22 days during the contest, Zevia is giving away tons of prizes, including a $100 Target gift card EVERY DAY just for showing them what makes you YOU!

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Zevia sent me a rainbow case full of their good stuff, and I’ve been having fun finding unique ways to showcase it, not to mention drink it.  For those of you not familiar, Zevia is “The Smarter Soda” as it has ZERO calories, ZERO sugar, NO artificial sweeteners, and 15 different flavors!  I rarely drink soda, but I will drink Zevia.  My latest favorite is strawberry!  But black cherry gives strawberry a good run for itz money.

Nothing can come between me and Jonny… except a can of Zevia. #cheesy, right? So that’s what I told Jonny when I asked him to take a selfie with a Zevia between our faces.  Followed by, “Let’s try this!  How about this!”  Tons of pictures later, we were in stitches laughing at my ridiculous ideas. Being goofballs is our #ZeviaStyle.

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Check my Instagram for more crazy pictures of us and Zevia.

William’s got #ZeviaStyle, too.  He chills in our backyard in his bumbo and sunglasses.

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Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday because Katie, too, is a big believer in people being themselves and being unique! Being unique IS marvelous!

What makes you unique? What’s your #ZeviaStyle?

Five Things Friday #hashtagstyle

Itz five things Friday #hashtagstyle.  I love talking in and writing with hashtags (#dontjudge), so we’re going with it for today’s post!  Here are five things from this past week that haven’t made the blog yet.  And they all include William. #shocker

First, I finally got my fitness on this week!  Ok, well itz “just a walk,” but itz been in awhile since I’ve even managed that with school starting.  Wednesday and Thursday evenings were just beautiful out, so the babe and I had to go for a stroll!

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#babywearingforthewin

I walked one mile on Wednesday and two on Thursday.  It felt amazing!  I move a lot at school, but there’s nothing better than evening walks when the weather is nice.  And I love babywearing! (And Zoey-carrying? #spoileddog)

My sister is letting us borrow her Bumbo seat, so William is practicing sitting up.

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#suchabigboy

I know I sound like I’m on repeat, but isn’t he just the cutest?  He looks like a little tiny boy sitting in that Bumbo! #fingersalwaysinhismouth

And going with the cutest thing ever….. #babyyawns

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#describesmyweek

Since my time with William is more limited these days, I make the most of playing with him in the mornings and evenings.  Yesterday morning we had tummy time fun in his crib.

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William is such a mover!  When he’s on his tummy, he can literally change directions as he wiggles so much. #crawlingsoon

Speaking of moving, I put the little man in his crib the other morning so I could finish getting ready, and when I came back, this is what I found:

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#dogpajamasrule

Baby boy on his side!  He’s been rolling from his front to back for awhile now, but this is almost back to front.  Woah, baby!

And one last hasthag to sum up my life right now:

#williamisthecutestbabyever :)

What are you hashtagging today?

linking up with Clare’s five things Friday

Blue Diamond Nutty Honey Vanilla Very Berry Oats

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

I’m not gonna lie… this being a full-time working mom thing is for the birds!  I’ve been back work for a week now, with kids for a couple days, and man oh man I am absolutely exhausted.  Yes, I’m grateful to have a good job and one that I love, but wow am I tired!  I’ve heard the first week as a new working mom is the hardest, so I can only hope it gets easier.  (Stay at home moms, I know you have your own challenges, too!  All moms rock.)

Mornings feel rushed, to say the least.  I do as much as I can the night before, but there’s still so much to do in the morning that can’t be done the night before. (Getting dressed, makeup, nursing, pumping, eating.)  All of those are non-negotiable, but I can prep my breakfast the night before which has helped.  I loooove my breakfasts and always need something substantial.

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I became obsessed with overnight oats this summer.  Not only are they healthy, but there are a million different combinations and they can be prepped the night (or the hour) before to make for a quick, easy, tasty breakfast.  Plus, itz believed that oatmeal is good for breastfeeding mommas.  Well, folks, I’ve found a new favorite.

Blue Diamond recently sent me two containers of their newest flavors: Honey Roasted Vanilla and Honey Roasted Chipotle.  Be still my heart.  I love honey.  Like, I can (and do) eat it by the spoonful.  Honey + vanilla was made for me, I’m pretty sure.  Vanilla is one of my most favorite flavors ever, so the combination is totally killer.  Honey roasted chipotle is also fantastic, but I’m just such a sucker for vanilla!

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I’m going to need more honey roasted vanilla almonds because those guys didn’t last long.  Alright, are you ready for the best overnight oats recipe ever?  Seriously.  And not technically a recipe because I really throw it all together, stir, chill, and eat.  And I don’t measure all the ingredients.  But here’s what I got:

Blue Diamond Nutty Honey Vanilla Very Berry Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • drizzle of honey (more or less depending on desired sweetness)
  • dash of pure vanilla extract
  • berries
  • chia seeds
  • Blue Diamond honey roasted vanilla almonds, some crushed and some whole

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except berries and whole almonds.
  2. Chill overnight.
  3. Add more milk if needed in the morning.
  4. Stir in berries and whole almonds.

I’ve been using dairy milk because I really need a good amount of protein in the morning to help keep me full, but I do think vanilla almond milk would be great, as well!  The almonds add a wonderful crunch among the creamy, mushy oats.  Mmm, itz so good!

honey vanilla overnight oats

Honey roasted vanilla or honey roasted chipotle?