Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chocolate Almond Banana Lactation Smoothie

Long name for a smoothie, I know. You have to include the "lactation" part there though, to explain the use of Brewers Yeast. You could omit it and have a perfectly delicious and healthy Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie. :)

For some moms nursing comes easily and there is no stopping their milk supply. I am not one of those moms. The nursing part is easy, but in just over a week I will be going back to work and will need to spend all of my breaks and lunches pumping, which wreaks havoc on my milk supply. I've stocked up on Gaia Lactation Capsules, am armed with a big 'ol giant water bottle, and am trying out all the super food recipes. I've had this smoothie every morning and not only is it delicious and under 300 calories, it's filling and my milk supply has been great so far.

Here's what you need:

1 c. almond milk
1 banana
1 T. Brewers Yeast
1 T. cocoa powder
1 T. almond butter
1 c. ice

Blend until smooth! You can add a tablespoon of ground flax seed for a little extra somethin'. Lactation smoothies are a thing. Seriously. Look it up. And try some lactation cookies while you're at it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Once in a while, to distract Marlee, I let her have my phone in camera mode. I love to see our lives through her two and a half year old perspective.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

It has been a while since a meal plan has been followed in our house. I am so blessed with an awesome network of moms through church who provided three weeks of meals after Taylor was born and we have mostly been winging it otherwise. After trips to Winco and Costco this week though, it is time to get back on the wagon. We do, after all, have a six week old now.

I have had to eliminate dairy while nursing and yesterday I started a 10K training plan, so taking those two things into consideration, here's what this week looks like...

Meatless Monday: Spinach Artichoke Crustless Quiche with chicken sausages

Taco Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos & brown rice

Wednesday: Skillet Hash with Spinach

Thursday: Maple Dijon Chicken with Zesty Italian Potatoes

Friday: dinner with friends

Saturday: Stromboli (I will not be eating it, but Matt and the kids will love it I'm sure)

Sunday: barbecue with friends

What are you making this week?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekend in Pictures

Mason lost his first tooth! It had been loose for a couple of days and he mentioned it was very wiggly. I told him that if he twisted it, it would help it come out, and about a minute later he nonchalantly said, "It's out." Very characteristic of him. :)

He also knows there is no tooth fairy (I did NOT tell him that, I swear) and asked me what I was putting under his pillow. Also very characteristic of Mason. He thinks the fun part is seeing if I can sneak something under his pillow at night. So funny.

I started running this weekend. I'm using the Couch to 10K app and my goal is to complete the Run to Feed the Hungry 10K on Thanksgiving. Day 1 in the books.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Growing up, my great grandpa would take me back-to-school shopping every year. I looked forward to the date with him and hope my kids will have a similar experience when they are school-aged. For now, we are extremely fortunate to have an entire girl wardrobe through age 4 for both Marlee and Taylor from my fantastically stylish friend Heidi, and Mason doesn't yet have much of an opinion about what he wears.

It's no secret that I like a good thrift store adventure so on a whim after seeing that my favorite chain was having a 30% off sale on clothes, I dropped Mason off at kindergarten last week and headed out with Marlee and Taylor. Between the 30% off and a $5 off coupon I had, this is what I got for $11...

Eleven articles of clothing for eleven dollars. Seriously. Score, right???

I prefer thrifting to buying new not only because it's cost effective, but also because it is better for the environment. Go green. :) In case you think I don't practice what I preach for myself, I bought a bunch of stuff from Thred Up a couple of weeks ago and am again super happy with my experience. I got two pairs of brand new heels, two black skirts for work (from Old Navy and Gap), a little black dress from Express, and two tops for $60 total.

Have you checked out Thred Up yet? If not, here are some coupon codes!

40% off your first order - BTX7Y9 (good through 09/30)


$20 to spend on Thred Up to get you started! Use THIS link from now until 09/15

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Not only do we have a one month old, but we now have a kindergartner.
Mason loves his teacher and while he hasn't been enthusiastic about his first two days, a little boy did shout goodbye to him as he was leaving class today, which was encouraging to this mama. I pray he makes friends and is a good friend, that he continues to make good choices and shows others the love of Jesus.

I also pray those things as he relates to his sister, for that matter...