Strawberry Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe

Itz a Strawberry Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe – with just a few ingredients and no added sugar, this makes for a deliciously healthy treat!

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Strawberry Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

~makes two very large servings… probably more like four normal size servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Stir cocoa syrup in to coconut milk.
  2. Add chia seeds and stir.
  3. Mix strawberries and shredded coconut.
  4. Refrigerate for several hours.
  5. Garnish with an additional strawberry, shredded coconut, and whipped cream (optional).

This stuff was awesome.  Jonny and I both thoroughly enjoyed it.  Itz thick and rich and creamy and delicious.  I was sent the NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup and have used it several times.  Itz chocolatey, syrupy, and sugar free!  I think itz best when itz stirred into something as opposed to drizzled on top (though I’ve done that several times, too).  I’ve found it a teeny bit bitter when eaten alone.  Mixed in to something like pudding or chocolate milk and itz just perfect!

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I had to drizzle it on top for photo purposes.  Which clearly didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as I had anticipated.  Which also brings me to my next point.  Food photography.  I’m so not good at it.  I try.  And by “I try” I mean I use my iPhone for a camera. Sometimes I google pictures of similar items to try and replicate them, but they just never come out as good.  Some of my food pictures are better than others, but I always envision something different than what actually happens.  I try to use props.  Doesn’t work.  Someone help me.

In addition to the strawberry chocolate coconut chia pudding, I wanted to make something more similar to ice cream.  So I did the same exact thing as the pudding, but eliminated the chia seeds and let the bowl sit in the freezer all day.

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And clearly I was out of ideas for how to change up this shot.  Jonny ate it and said it had a sorbet-like consistency.  He ate the whole bowl before I even had a chance to try it.  #typical  He was a major fan to say the least. #heeatsanything

I mean, I’m not trying to BE a food photographer; I’d just like to improve, that’s all.

So then I tried to get all fancy and do one of those spoon shots.

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Nothing about this looks good lol.  Food photogs, how do you do it?!

Here’s just a few fellow bloggers who I think always take beautiful food photos:

Since I can’t leave you with such a terrible looking photo and I also can’t leave you with a William-less post, I’ll share one picture from the baby photo expert, Stephanie Cotta Photography (aka my sister).

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What are your food photography tips? HELP!

1000 Meter Swim Workout

Pretend we’re on a beach somewhere warm.  Pretend the sun is shining.  Pretend there is warm sand beneath our toes.  Pretend there’s the most adorable baby you’ve ever seen.  Pretend this baby is wearing nothing but a diaper and a stylish beach hat.  Pretend no longer, because this baby is here.

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Minus the whole beach thing.

Instead, let’s talk swim workouts in a pool.  Kind of the same, right? Ehhh.

You see, whenever I post workouts, I usually like to post a picture of myself, or the atmosphere, or something, but for my last (first in awhile) workout, I had nothing.  So I had to improvise and obviously William was the best choice for doing so.  Ya with me?

My last swim workout (swimming boot camp), I was over eight months pregnant and took a picture of myself in a bikini with my big ol’ belly.  This time I opted not to.  No more belly per se, just a beautiful baby, and a much softer midsection.

Aaaaaanyway.  On Saturday I went to the gym for the first time and entered the pool for my first “real” workout since William came.  I had a general idea of what I wanted to do, and once I got going I set my goal of 1000 meters.  However, I generally get bored swimming straight laps in the pool, so I like to mix it up a bit.  This workout will be great for beginners because you can take breaks if needed between laps, but itz also perfect for more advanced swimmers as you can swim for time.  Take a looksie:

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1000 Meter Swim Workout

warm up as needed

Part 1:

  • 100 meters freestyle
  • 100 meters breaststroke
  • 50 meters kick with a kickboard
  • 50 meters pull freestyle with a pull buoy

Part 2:

  • 100 meters freestyle
  • 100 meters breaststroke
  • 50 meters kick with a kickboard breaststroke
  • 50 meters pull breaststroke with a pull buoy

Part 3:

  • 100 meters freestyle
  • 100 meters breaststroke
  • 50 meters kick with a kickboard breaststroke
  • 50 meters pull freestyle with a pull buoy

Part 4:

  • 25 meters sprint
  • Rest 10 seconds
  • Repeat 4 times

cool down as needed

Have you been swimming this summer? For a workout or for fun? At a pool or at a beach?

leg rolls and shoe socks

Let’s just pause for a moment and quickly discuss: leg rolls and shoe socks.

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Oh, I could just eat those leggies and feetsies up!  (You know you’re a mom when… you add “ies” on the end of every word. Am I right, or am I right?)

This weekend was a fun one.  They all are anyway, but weekends are especially fun because William and I get to spend more time with Jonny.  Though William is the only one who gets photographed extensively. :) Take a look:

Lots of tummy time happened.

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He’s getting SO strong!  Speaking of being strong, Momma went swimming on Saturday for the first time since William’s arrival.  It was also my first real workout.  I swam 1,000 meters and am darn proud of it!  I actually love the workout I created, and will work on sharing that with you tomorrow.  Stay tuned, swimmers!

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And possibly starting to even enjoy tummy time? Is that a smile we see, Baby?

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Now that’s a smile!

Still lots of sleeping…

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But check out how much bigger he looks in his car seat compared to just a couple months ago!  Where’d my itty bitty baby go?!

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday today!

Sometimes we like to eat an arm for breakfast…

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But most of all… we just like to snuggle and relax!

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What’s cuter: leg rolls or shoe socks? 

Finish the sentence: You know you’re a mom when…

Come to Ruth’s Chris Patio Party on June 26th!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ruth’s Chris. All opinions are my own.

Alright St. Louis friends, itz time to put on your party pants!

This handsome fella has on his party pants…

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You just can’t see ‘em! ;)

Itz time to kick off patio season in style with a party for ALIVE readers at Ruth’s Chris Clayton RBar! A chic, outdoor cocktail party awaits on June 26, complete with $5 specialty Grey Goose cocktails, $3 Kräftig drafts, signature appetizers, cocktail samples, and live entertainment from DJ Trash Talk. Plus, the party will be co-hosted by 10 of St. Louis’ most influential bloggers! <— They say I’m one, heh heh!

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RBAR PATIO PARTY DETAILS

  • Date: June 26, 2014
  • Location: Ruth’s Chris Clayton: 1 N. Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 150 Clayton 63015
  • Time: 6 – 9 pm 

Ruth’s Chris’ fabulous patio will be filled with some of the finest folks in St. Louis!

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And food? You know I’m excited about the food! (#alwayshungry) Happy hour prices from their Sizzle, Swizzle, & Swirl menu.

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Become a fan of Ruth’s Chris on Facebook.

Ruth’s Chris is a great way to begin your night or as a nightlife destination.  The patio party is the perfect opportunity to check it out, eat, drink, and mingle.

Oh, and guess what? Yours truly will have shot tickets to hand out during the event!  You read that right.  Free shots.  (Well, one per person anyway.)

The point of this post?  Come to Ruth’s Chris Patio Party on June 26th! I’ll be there and that should be enough for you! :) Am I right, or am I right?

So, are you coming?

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Healthy edible cookie dough? That’s my heaven.  I freakin’ love cookie dough.  It was what I missed most when I was pregnant.  Itz only now that I created this recipe though and itz probably a good thing because I would have eaten it all too often during my pregnancy.  And we all know I’m a big believer of moderation and balance.  So is this guy:

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ok, fine, that was a lame excuse to include a picture of my cutie

Anyway, I was recently sent a Summer Fit Kit from Pure Via through a FitFluential campaign.  Pure Via is a zero calorie, stevia sweetener.  The fit kit’s contents were:

  • Box of Pure Via® non-GMO packets
  • Bottle of Pure Via® stevia liquid
  • Bottle of Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • Container of instant iced tea
  • Pure Via mason jar & straw
  • Pure Via pedometer
  • Pure Via SPF 15 lip balm

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Did you know June is National Iced Tea month?  HERE are several great recipes.

The liquid vanilla stevia is my absolute favorite.  I’m a major vanilla fan and I’ve been adding this to everything.  Most recently, I’ve been adding it to my healthy edible cookie dough and itz the perfect sweet vanilla touch that it needs.  Ready for the recipe?

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • tiniest pinch of sea salt
  • optional: toppings such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine almond meal, sea salt, and brown sugar.
  2. Slowly add almond milk while stirring until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Stir in Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid. Taste to test. Add more as needed.
  4. Stir in toppings and enjoy!

cookie dough

If you don’t finish the bowl in one sitting, store it in the fridge.  Of course you can add in whatever else you’d like – chocolate chips are Jonny’s preference while white chocolate chips and sprinkles are mine!

Note: It is not recommended to omit or replace the brown sugar as that gives it the true cookie dough flavor.

And because Pure Via is so great, they’re giving away one of their Summer Fit Kits!  (One kit per household.)  But wait, there’s more!  Besides iced tea, what else goes perfectly with summer?  How about coupons for two boxes of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars? Their newest flavors, peanut butter cup, mint chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, sea salt caramel, and dark chocolate raspberry, are sure to cool you off this summer.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’re most looking forward to this summer (mandatory).  For an additional optional entry, follow Itz Linz, Pure Via, and Yasso on Twitter and tweet, “Summer is here! I want to celebrate with @PureVia & @eatyasso through @ItzLinz‘s GIVEAWAY! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2tJ” and leave a separate comment telling us you did.

*Winner must live in the US.

This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, June 26th. CLOSED.

Congratulations to #38 Em @ Love A Latte! Please email me so we can get you your summer goodies! :)

*Disclosure: I received a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit and coupons for Yasso’s Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sushi Date at Tani

For this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons, I’m covering just the main meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (yes, dessert is considered a main meal).  Rest assured, I eat several snacks throughout the day, especially as a breastfeeding momma.  However, with an adorable baby in hand almost constantly, itz not quite as easy to take ALL my foodie pictures, nor would you probably want to see them.  Many bites are consumed straight from the jar/container/bag and are not quite so picturesque.  (Not that these are much better, but humor me.)  So today is short and sweet with a highlight on my sushi date at Tani.

Breakfast: Cake Batter Protein Shake

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Eaten while William was playing on his activity mat. Contains: Muscle Milk Cake Batter Protein (ordered from iHerb.com – use my referral code VAJ523 to receive $10 off your first order), ice, banana, wheat germ, flax seed, and milk.  And sprinkles on top because everyday is a party over here.

Lunch: Tani Nigiri Combination from Tani Sushi Bistro

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I’d been wanting to try Tani as people in St. Louis rave about it, but had never been yet.  I also heard it was on the pricier side, but this lunch special was SO reasonable. For just $12, it included a house salad, chef’s choice of six pieces of nigiri, along with a cucumber and California roll. Great deal and delicious sushi!

But the highlight of it all was getting together with Melissa from Treats With A Twist and her momma.  Once William woke up from his nap, Melissa was quick to scoop him up and give him some loving.

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The love was mutual as William was obviously smitten by her.

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photo stolen from Melissa

Melissa’s parents live in St. Louis, so itz always a treat (ha!) for me when she comes to visit (which, in my opinion, is not often enough!).

Dinner: Chicken Fajita Bowl from Crazy Bowls and Wraps

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Jonny and his dad went to the Cardinals game on Monday evening and picked up CBW beforehand.  My father-in-law kindly picked up a bowl for me, as well. Everything at CBW is a win; this was my first time ordering the chicken fajita bowl and it was great, as always. It contained chicken, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, jalapeno cilantro sauce, pepperoncinis, beans, cheese, avocado, brown rice, and a squeeze of lime. Itz served with a tortilla which I ate plain on the side.

Dessert:  His & Hers Dairy Queen Blizzards

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Strawberry with hard chocolate for me and mint oreo for him. You know how we love our ice cream.

What would/do you order from Dairy Queen?

Breastfeeding Support Group

I don’t want to bore you with another breastfeeding post…

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Just kidding!  I really wanted an excuse to show you that über adorable picture of William yawning from yesterday. The mohawk. The romper. The yawn. The face. Oh my baby!  Sorry not sorry I’m obsessed with my extraordinarily cute baby.

Moving on… For the last three weeks I’ve been attending a breastfeeding support group at the hospital where I delivered.  I believe most large hospitals have some type of group like this.  I’ve found it wildly interesting and helpful, so I wanted to share a little about my experience.  Itz free and is led by a lactation consultant and there is an additional lactation educator present, as well.  All women who are lactating in any capacity are welcome (exclusively breastfeeding, exclusively pumping, some of both, supplementing with formula, etc.).

What do we do there? Itz a place to meet other breastfeeding moms, troubleshoot any issues, and gain support which can be very much needed while breastfeeding.  I chose not to go my first few weeks of breastfeeding even though I was having difficulty since the lactation consultants and pediatrician all thought it was because William was born early.  Now that I’ve started going, I love it!  I don’t really have any issues anymore; William is a champ at nursing and I’ve got enough milk to feed a small country.  I suppose my oversupply could be considered a problem, but itz one I’m glad to have.

The main reason why I wanted to check out the breastfeeding support group is that you can weigh your baby before and after you nurse to see exactly how much he is getting.  Let’s flashback to see just how tiny William was at birth:

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Five pounds two ounces.  Since then, he’s put on quite a bit of weight – even doubling his size in just two months!  He’s always been a frequent eater – every two hours around the clock (though recently he’s started going a tad longer at night – YES!).  He’s also an incredibly efficient eater meaning he only nurses one side for ten minutes or less for a full feeding.  I knew he was getting enough milk since he was gaining weight, but there was no way to know exactly (or even approximately) how much he was getting unless I were to weigh him before and after.

Here’s how it works: During the group if you want to weigh your baby before you nurse, you put him in a clean diaper and strip his clothes.  You weigh him and can even write his weight on a whiteboard they have in the room to keep track.  Obviously I use this as an opportunity to take yet another picture of my beautiful baby:

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He was a bit squirmy with arms flailing at this point as he was getting hungry, but as you can see he was 9 pounds 13.6 ounces prior to his feeding.  Then itz time to nurse.  The first time I went to this class, I looked around and saw many moms nursing their babies and thought, “How in the world am I going to nurse William with no pillow?”  They were all just holding their babies no problem.  At home, I use either my boppy or a pillow, put my feet up, and get nice and comfortable to nurse.  All there was in this room was chairs… Errr. Well, l gave it a try, and while itz not the most comfortable position, I somehow managed to get him to nurse successfully.

Anyway, the class is really interesting because the lactation consultant poses a question or a topic at the beginning and everyone chimes in about their own experience, asks questions, and offers advice.  Itz nice to hear from other moms going through the same thing and even though I’m not having any issues right now, I feel like itz beneficial to hear the information for if/when anything should occur in the future. Plus, the experts can check your latch or help with positioning or anything else you may need.

Fast forward to the end of the nursing session.  (By the way, you don’t have to nurse during this group. Many women do choose to though. Itz very relaxed and people are on their own time schedule since babies do their own thing anyway. You get up to weigh/change your baby as needed.)  When William is done nursing, I take him back to the little room for his final weigh in.  You keep the same diaper on him, regardless if itz soiled or not, because that counts towards the end weight.  You put him on the scale and weight for the result…

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BIG BOY!  He topped ten pounds!  Doesn’t he look so much more relaxed in this photo?  Milk coma.  In last week’s group, William nursed 2.6 ounces.  In the few weeks I’ve gone and weighed him, he’s eaten anywhere between two and a half to three and a half ounces.  It makes me feel better since he does eat so quickly, I was never sure how much he was getting.  Now I know.  New moms, I’d highly recommend checking if your hospital offers some type of breastfeeding support group. You can go weekly or once or as needed or whatever. Plus, since doctor appointments are now more infrequent, I still get to see how much William is weighing and growing.  Getting bigger by the week day!

Mommas – did/do you attend any type of breastfeeding support group?

Itz Father’s Day 2014

Itz Father’s Day 2014 and a very special one, indeed!  I hope it was marvelous for everyone, as well!  Ours was spent with family and it really can’t get any better than that.  It was William’s first Father’s Day and he’s incredibly lucky to have so many caring guys to help shape him into the man he’ll grow to be including his dad, grandpas, and great-grandpas.  They all have so much to offer and we’re blessed that they’re part of our lives and that William gets to grow up and learn from them.

Side note: When William was born, Jonny requested just one [of the many million that were taken] picture – something with baseball and Cardinals.  My sister, Stephanie Cotta Photography, took this photo several weeks ago and itz been hard to keep it a secret for so long.  Finally, for Father’s Day, we gifted it to Jonny and all the dads.

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cutest baseball baby ever – can’t wait to get a ball in his hand!

Here’s a photo recap and what William will learn from each of these amazing fathers.

William and his daddy:

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From Daddy, William will learn baseball and perseverance.

William and his grandpa Pops:

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From Pops, William will learn everything.  Pops is the smartest guy around.  And how to sing, dance, tell jokes, and fix anything house or car related.  And everything in the medical field, as well.  I told you he was smart!

William and his great-grandpa Poppy:

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From Poppy, William will learn all about boats, fishing, and hugging “not too tight!”

William and his great-grandpa Papa:

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From Papa, William will learn all the sports, especially how to sharpen his elbows!

William with all the boys on my side:

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Four generations!  We love you, Dads!

And now for Jonny’s side -

William with his Grandpa Jack:

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From Grandpa Jack, William will learn how to grill, have a green thumb, and all about the law.

William with his great-grandpa, Daddy Bob:

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From Daddy Bob, William will become well-rounded from sports to politics to movies to books to restaurants and everything in between.

William with all the boys on Jonny’s side:

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Four generations!  We love you, Dads!

Not to mention, it was Jonny’s first Father’s Day and I’m proud to call him William’s dad.

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Not gonna lie – I’m in love with my new pants from H&M. And Jonny, too – love you! xoxo

How did you celebrate Father’s Day 2014?

Starting Out As A New Mom


 

Starting out as a new mom is no easy feat.  In fact, I’d venture to say itz the most difficult life stage I’ve been through yet.  Itz also the most rewarding which make the triumphs all the sweeter and the struggles a bit easier to manage.  The first two weeks especially were the hardest, in my opinion.  If it weren’t for my mom and my sister Stephanie I’m not quite sure what I would have done with my little bundle.

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What was the hardest thing about being a new mom?  Knowing what to do… all the time.  The hospital was kind of surreal in the sense that the nurses pretty much did everything.  I think I changed two diapers during my forty-eight hour stay.  Every time I tried to nurse in the hospital, there was a nurse or lactation consultant there to help me with my latch.  When I got home… none of that.  It was me, Jonny, and the baby.  Sure, I knew how to change diapers just fine.  It was the breastfeeding that I definitely struggled with.  That caused me great worry as I was concerned if William was getting enough nutrition.  After all, he was born at just five pounds 2 ounces and we left the hospital at four pounds ten ounces.  That’s a small baby.

Since breastfeeding was my largest hurdle at the beginning, I utilized the resources that were available: my pediatrician and the hospital’s lactation consultants.  My ped helped by confirming that William’s weight gain was phenomenal after coming home from the hospital.  I was pumping and feeding William my breastmilk through bottles, after each nursing session (which was mostly unsuccessful at the beginning). The lactation consultants helped by meeting with me both days that I was in the hospital.  They were the ones who encouraged me to start pumping if I didn’t want to go the formula route (which I didn’t).  I feel like my early, frequent pumping contributed to the large supply I have now.  They also helped by answering my phone calls through their help line after leaving the hospital.  Both them and my pediatrician reassured me that in a few weeks, when William reached his actual due date, he would have a much better chance of nursing due to his sucking reflex being stronger.

The crying was also really hard.  I knew babies cried, but when it was my baby and I didn’t know how to instantly make him stop, my heart broke.  Was he tired, hungry, gassy, peed, pooped, uncomfortable, or what?  Or was he just crying because he was baby?  Not to mention his cry was just the saddest.  His little lip began to quiver and he made just the saddest sounds.  But no tears – newborns don’t have tears, did you know that?  I didn’t.

William Jack

So how did my mom and Stephanie help?  They were there for me.  Starting before William was conceived, my mom came to every doctor’s appointment with me.  When I got pregnant, same thing.  She was right by my side the whole step of the way, quite literally, as she was in the delivery room when William arrived.  My mom slept over the first night and stayed awake the entire night while I tried to get some sleep.  She did all the diaper changes, cleaned my pump, helped me try to nurse, and soothed William.  At one point my mom laid down on our hardwood floor while she put William in his crib.

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Stephanie, too, has been there since the beginning.  She documented my entire pregnancy, William’s birth, and was a supportive cheerleader the whole way through.  Stephanie slept over the second night and did the same as my mom in terms of diaper changes, cleaning the pump, helping me nurse, and comforting William.  But instead of listening to him cry when she tried to put him down to sleep, she just didn’t put him down.  She literally held him the entire night.  And of course took some “funny face” pictures of him because she just couldn’t resist.

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Ok, it was really funny… even at 3 a.m.

My mom and Stephanie definitely helped me get to a better state as a new mom.  They have been there from the moment I began my journey in becoming a momma.  They’ve been there through the hard times and the happy times.  They’ve been there through everything teaching me how to become the very best mother I can be.

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They’re the very best.

Who has helped you get to a better state?

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Like a good neighbor State Farm is there.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by State Farm via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of State Farm.

#PileOnTheVeggies at Subway GIVEAWAY {closed}

Funny story: In William’s two month old baby update post yesterday, I made a pretty large error.  Within the same hour of the morning, my grandma Mama, and Jonny’s Grandma Adelaide both called me to say, “William is 13 pounds? Wow! Is that right?”  Immediately I went to check the post… Errrr, I had written 13 pounds 9 ounces instead of 9 pounds 13 ounces which he actually is.  That’s a big difference when we’re talking newborns!  Whoops!  Itz fixed now. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s talk food.

Breakfast: Chilled Swiss Oatmeal from Eating Bird Food

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This recipe was posted two days ago and I’ve already made it two times if that tells you about how good it is.  The first time I made it with all milk and the second time I used half milk and half greek yogurt.  Greek yogurt makes it way creamier.  Greek yogurt for the win!  Itz a perfect combination of sweet, creamy, and crunchy!

Lunch:  An improvised attempt at She Rocks Fitness’ Slow Cooker Turkey Lentil Joe’s

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You see, what happened was, I thought I had all the ingredients on hand that I needed.  I started making it and then realized I didn’t quite have enough lentils.  So I added beans.  Or an onion.  So I added peppers and corn.  Or worcestershire sauce.  So I added…. I didn’t know how to improvise on that one.    And it came out nothing like it was supposed to.  Still good, but I’m going to have to give those Turkey Lentil Joe’s another shot!

Snack: Chex Mix Popped White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty

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I was sent these two bags of the newest Chex Mix flavors as a Klout perk, and oh my gosh, I can get enough!  They’re the best Chex Mix flavors yet; I just can’t decide which one is better.  Jonny votes for White Cheddar, but my verdict is still up in the air.  They’re both good.  Really good.  The bags are almost gone.

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday

Dinner: Operation #PileOnTheVeggies at Subway

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Subway wants to empower kids to make the sandwich they love, so they’re encouraging kiddos to #PileOnTheVeggies for special powers like Disney’s Maleficent movie!  We all went out to Subway to make sandwiches for ourselves.  (Jonny was out that night, so I made one for him.)  My niece and nephew, Audrey and Jacob, don’t love veggies – itz no secret.  So anything we can do to help encourage them to eat vegetables is a win in my book!

Subway has a Fresh Fit menu which features tasty, heart-healthy choices for all ages.  Kids get a special meal of their own, complete with a Fit Mini Sub (piled high with fresh veggies such as cucumbers and spinach), apple slices, and low-fat milk.

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Jacob staring longingly at all the magical chips veggies.

We’re still working on the whole vegetables are magical thing.  Maybe once we see Disney’s Maleficent it’ll happen.  But here’s the really magical part – one lucky Itz Linz winner will receive a $25 Subway gift card and a $50 Fandango gift card to see Disney’s Maleficent!  All you have to do is comment on this post with an answer to this question: How do veggies and healthy eating help your family power through summer activities? (mandatory)  

  • You may receive an additional optional entry by following Itz Linz and SUBWAY on Twitter and tweeting, “I want to #PileOnTheVeggies at @SUBWAY to power through summer & see @Disney’s Maleficent like @ItzLinz. http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2sA”

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, June 18th.  CLOSED.

Congratulations to #28 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl! Please email me so we can get your gift cards shipped out!

*This post is sponsored by SUBWAY.  All opinions are my own.