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Time.

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After dinner, baths, and quieting down my two rambunctious toddlers, I found a peaceful moment. I laid in my bed, in the dark, and took time to appreciate the peace. I was stealing time.

I thought to myself, “My how time has flown by”. Time…so demanding and selfish. We can’t get it back as it demands we make good use of it every second and minute of our lives. So while I’m thinking about my unforgiving friend “time,” I had no choice but to think of how to make better use of mine. Sure, I love being a wife and mother, but how could I devote more time to myself. So of course, I turned to my love of writing and voila, HERE I AM!

I hate feeling vulnerable and yet I love doing what makes me the most susceptible to vulnerability by sharing my thoughts, my experiences, and ultimately my core. If feels good to be back.

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A QUICK AND EASY MEAL …NOM,NOM,NOM

A QUICK AND EASY MEAL …NOM,NOM,NOM

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Motherhood doesn’t come with a whole lot of time to spare for cooking, so I’ve become reacquainted with an old college staple, the George Foreman grill. So if you’re like me, one who loves healthy, quick and easy meals, then you’ll love this quick grilled sandwich. One of my favorite meals is an arugula, tomato, and mozzarella grilled sandwich on ciabatta bread. It’s absolutely delicious and takes 5-10 minutes to make.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL OR THE GOOD OLE PAN AND SPATULA COMBO (YOU AIN’T GOT TO BE FANCY)

FRESH ARUGULA (WASHED AND DRIED)

TOMATOES

MOZZARELLA CHEESE

PESTO SPREAD

CIABATTA BREAD

GRILL FOR 5 MINUTES AND ENJOY!

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Baby’s First Bible

Baby’s First Bible

 

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It’s never too early to start new habits. While perusing the aisles at Walmart, I stopped to check out their children’s book selection. I came across “Baby’s First Bible,” a book with popular easy to read Bible stories. The author does a good job of keeping the stories short and sweet, focusing on the overall lesson of each story. The large font and colorful illustrations are cool too.

“Baby’s First Bible” has been incorporated into my son’s story time sessions. He’s only 2 month’s old and already seems engaged when we read to him. He enjoys looking at the colors on the pages and listening to our voices. Reading is a great way to bond with your baby and introduce him or her to the wonderful world of literature.

 

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Let’s Talk About Huuuurrrrrr

Let’s Talk About Huuuurrrrrr

So let’s talk about this thing called huuurrr (hair) and what I’ve been doing to mine. So around December 2013 I found a hair stylist who was able to handle my funny-actin’-chemical-free stresses. My hair has always been weird, thin in some areas with various textures all over. I compared a picture from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014 for a sort of length check and I was quite pleased, especially since I’ve skipped a few hair appointments and experienced a lot of shedding after the baby.

My hair looks a lot healthier and I think it’s partly due to prenatal vitamins, professional care, and low manipulation. I finally have a somewhat simple hair regimen and my only staple product is coconut oil. My hair hasn’t been this healthy since I was in barrettes and hair bows.

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December 2013
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December 2014

Low manipulation consists of wearing my hair in a two strand twist out (literally like two chunky twists), finger combining or combing with a wide tooth comb, and using heat sparingly (only for blow drying after a wash). I got rid of all my flat irons.

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Two Strand Twist Out – December 2014
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Wash and Blow Dry – November 2014

I recently experimented with a crown braid or halo braid I watched on FashionisaRemix’s YouTube channel. This has been added to my favorite mommy-on-the-go hairstyles. I usually wear a bun, ponytail, or braid which also keeps my hair out of my newborn’s face and off his body.

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High bun on three week old washed and blow dried hair- Christmas 2014
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Crown Braid – December 2014


First Month Life Savers

First Month Life Savers

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First month down….a million more to go! Now that my Sweet Brownin’ is 1 month old, I can talk about the products that helped me get through the first few weeks. The items below are my staple products and I would highly recommend them.

Munchkin Latch Bottles

I love this bottle! As I explained in my previous post, I breastfeed and supplement with formula, so this bottle helps my baby transition from breast to bottle with no problem. The innovative accordion style nipple and anti-colic valve helps the baby maintain the correct latch and reduces gas.

Safety First Pack and Play

At night, my Sweet Brownin’ sleeps comfortably in the bassinet of this cool pack and play. I love the colors, design, and its many features, i.e. changing table, bassinet, and play yard. Definitely more bang for your buck!

Automatic Dual Breast Pump

 

The Medela Dual Breast Pump is a life saver and time saver.

MAM Pacifier

I never wanted to introduce the pacifier so soon, but after seeing how uncomfortable and fussy he would be during diaper changes (especially after the circumcision), this was the one thing that would soothe him – so I caved.  The MAM pacifier is the only style pacifier my baby seems to like. It’s soft, thin, and short to accommodate his soft palate.

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Wellements Gripe Water

Grunting, straining, and stiffening up were baby motions that caught me off guard and worried the hell out of me. Luckily I discovered gripe water (thank you Google) to help mellow those movements and ease my baby’s tummy discomfort. Wellements Tummy Gripe Water is organic and made with only natural products and it tastes good too!

Munchkin Wipe Warmer

One of the items that I kind of slept on (thought was stupid) was the wipe warmer. Cold wipes in the middle of the night on a baby’s bum is a startling mess. The warm wipes are definitely soothing and more comfortable – one less reason to have all that fussiness.

 

The next few months, I’m sure I’ll be working on the art of sleeping (currently, soliciting free advice on how to conquer sleep deprivation).