Hello, 2016!

Hello, 2016!

We’ve fallen a little bit off the wagon with updates. I am surprised at how hard it is to consistently post on here. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, it’s hard to get a lot of things done when you have kids. Normal activities that took no effort before (like going to the store) become a circus like act of wrangling children, putting on jackets, socks, and shoes, grabbing water cups, making sure the water cups are filled, and making sure to grab the ever so important diaper bag only to realize it only has 1 diaper in it and someone just pooped. But that’s still no excuse. For 2016 I’ve made a few resolutions and one of them is to post on here more often! I do so much fun stuff with my family, I can manage to take 30 minutes to an hour to write about what I did.

Other resolutions include:

  • Spending more time one on one with my fiance. I feel as though we are putting our relationship on the back-burner and not focusing enough on each other. We go on plenty of family outing with the kids but I want us to focus more on getting out without the kids, too.
  • Taking more pictures on my camera. Let’s face it, we mostly use our phones these days to take pictures. And it works. But I have a DSLR that I barely know how to use and when I do pull it out, I take beautiful shots of my baby girl. So this year, I want to pull it out more often and take some classic, long lasting shots. The kind of pictures that need to get blown up for an 8 x 11 canvas or something!
  • Get out of the house more. It’s so easy to just eat breakfast, relax in comfy clothes, and watch TV all day. Of course, I try to include enriching activities like coloring, playing with play-doh, or going on the swings that are right outside our door but I want to do more this year. Go the beach more often (I’m a huge beach bum and live within 5 minutes of a beach but all the work involved in going to the beach with kids has made me avoid it more last year and I plan on changing that!). I want to use our zoo membership and go there more often. I want to take Delilah to playgrounds that are on the other side of town, I know we go to Bay n Bee a lot and it’s a wonderful indoor playground but I want to explore more places. Delilah loves being outside, especially on her new bike she got for Christmas and I feel like I’m doing her a disservice by not taking her outside more often. Of course lazy days are good for the soul but we were starting to have more lazy days than productive days and I want to change that up this year!
  • Post more on here and on instagram! I love writing, I love taking pictures, and I love sharing my great experiences. So there’s really no reason why we can’t have a few new posts every month on here.
  • Focus on myself! I’m dying my hair next weekend and I also plan on joining a gym. I know it’s a bit cliche but I want to be my own person, not just Delilah’s mom. I want to feel good when I go out, take pride in how I dress, spend time putting effort into being me.
  • Eat a great variety of foods, especially veggies. I feel as though I always eat the same things and I want to change that up. I want to explore with different cooking styles, recipes, and ingredients this year. When I go grocery shopping I want to grab a vegetable I don’t normally eat and cook it in a fun, new recipe. I want to explore and branch out. I want to try to eat a vegetarian meal once in a while. I want to make more fruit smoothies filled with fresh, natural ingredients.

Those are just a few of my goals for this year. I hope that this year I take more charge of my life and what happens to me. So Happy New Year everyone! May it be a great year for everyone.

Today we had a winter beach day on this cold 50 degree day. I brought along my DSLR and snapped some pictures. Fulfilling two resolutions in one outing!

Homemade Flour Play Dough

Homemade Flour Play Dough

Shout out to finding this play dough recipe from Gingersnapcrafts.com on Pinterest.

This simple homemade play dough recipe takes less than 10 minutes and provides lots of fun dough to play with.

First mix together:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Few drops of food coloring

And then add in:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Knead the dough together and there you have it!  Read more

World Breastfeeding Week – Let’s Make it Work!

World Breastfeeding Week – Let’s Make it Work!

It’s World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st until the 7th and the theme this year is all about juggling breastfeeding and working.

As a working mom who went back to work at 7 weeks postpartum and has been pumping since then, this theme is very special to me! If it wasn’t for my job allowing me to pump at work, my breastfeeding attempts would have failed. Best of all, my job is still allowing me to pump at work despite the fact that my daughter is now 13 months old and by law they only have to allow me to take pump breaks the first year. Of course, I do my part by not pumping if we’re too busy and by eliminating my pump breaks on my Sunday shifts because that was always the hardest day to find time. Luckily my daughter now only needs milk if I work at night and only about 3 ounces before bed while I usually pump 5+ ounces. She’s stopped nursing during my one day shift on Sunday’s and is content with water and solids until I get home after about 7 hours apart. My situation isn’t common though. I work at a restaurant and only work 4 days a week. Most women struggling with pumping work full time, 5 days a week from 9-5, and need to pump 3 times a day in the beginning. And their children are usually in a daycare where the caregivers aren’t properly educated on paced bottle feeding or other breastfeeding/formula feeding differences.  Read more