Updates And Bob’s RedMill Giveaway

Hello Hello! Can you believe August is next week? It’s been so hot here lately so I’m looking forward to September when the temps start cooling down.

So What’s New?

Miss Charlie finished swim lessons this week! So fun and she enjoyed every minute of it! Now I know what to do with her when we take her in the pool and some things to work on as well! She loves the water and had no problem getting in and splashing around. So fun!

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Mr D is officially a big boy….we took him in for his 2 month well check last week and he weighs 13 pound 9 oz!! He weighed 8lbs when he was born so that’s quite the weight gain in 2 months! At least I know his middle of the night nursing sessions are productive!🙂

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Snapchat filters are the best, haha!

How’s Sleep?

We are gradually getting better, but we still have some rough nights here and there. Typically he will do one long stretch of about 5-6 hours, eat, then do a 3 or 3 1/2 hour stretch. So it’s not terrible, but I really long for the days that I don’t have such broken up sleep!  Soon I hope!!

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*Giveaway*

Catch up with the deets in my most recent post all about Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powders.

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Summertime and smoothies just go hand in hand for me and I’ve already finished the chocolate powder and started in with the vanilla. So yum! Since I’m loving this stuff so much, I want to give one lucky reader the chance to try some themselves!!

*1 lucky reader will get their choice of a 16 oz bag of any of the 4 protein flavors above. (Value $30) *

To enter the giveaway, Like Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook, Follow on Instagram, and leave a comment below which flavor you most want to try!

Grab a coupon here! I know I will be using one! :)  I will select a random winner August 1st! Good Luck!!

Thanks for reading friends and have a great weekend!! Hubby and I finally get a date night, can’t wait!!

Quick Eats for Busy Moms

Happy Friday Blogger Friends!

I am in serious disbelief that it is already the middle of July….that means Donovan is 2 months! It sure has been a blur! The days are busy juggling the two of them but we are making it work. And little man is growing growing, he’s already out of Newborn clothes….that didn’t last long. I’m anxious to see how much he weighs when we go in for his well check next week.

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 These little smiles are so precious!!

Next week is also a big week because Miss Charlie is starting swim lessons!! So so cute, I can’t wait. Since we have a pool, I want her to be super comfortable with the water ASAP. We already take her in with us and she loves splashing around.

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So two months in with two kiddos and I can still say that the days are CRAZY busy. I’m sure that isn’t going to change much, I will likely just get used to it. (lol) Now that Charlotte is finally eating more, I spend a lot of my time prepping her snacks and meals. On top of that, feeding Donovan doesn’t leave much time for my food prep  during the day. For dinners I’ve been relaying on the crockpot and leftovers😉

Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m really trying to pay attention to what is going into my body. One of the perfect ways for me to get lots of fruits quickly is with Smoothies. And there is something about summertime that always makes me crave one….must be that 100 degrees temperature. My go-to smoothie of late has been: strawberries, banana, blueberries, almond milk and a scoop of Bobs Red Mill protein powder. Major yum.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certifited organic products. Bob’s Red Mill has whole grain foods for every meal of the day. Bob’s Red Mill is also the nation’s leader in stone milling and is dedicated to producing natural foods in the natural way.”

Bob’s Red Mill already carries numerous products including cereals, flour, grains, oats and granola to name a few, and now Protein Powders.

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Each product is Gluten Free, Vegan and Made with Clean Ingredients- And they taste GOOD!! My Go-To Smoothie of late includes Strawberries, Blueberries, Almond Milk and the Chocolate Protein Powder….major yum!

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The Bob’s Red Mill Site also has some smoothie recipes I will be trying out soon! Interested in trying out some protein? Get a coupon here. Stay tuned for a giveaway coming SOON!

Do you drink smoothies?

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for reading and supporting brands that support me!

2 Kids Under 2

Well hello there blog world, it’s been awhile!! I’m slowly coming out of my zombie-like state, or just getting used to it! The kiddos are both napping and I feel awake enough to not nap myself…..hopefully I don’t regret this later!!

I’m so late at officially introducing our little man, but here he is: Donovan Matthew Burch born on May 16th- 8lbs 20 inches. Big boy. Well much bigger than Charlotte, that’s for sure!!

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So he is almost 6 weeks old, OMG that really did go by fast! I know people ALWAYS say this but it is true.

His favorite things are eating and cuddling~ typical newborn!

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I thought the days were busy before, but oh man, 2 kids is a whole different ballgame!  Meal times and bedtimes are the toughest right now. Mornings are manageable since hubby can get Charlotte up and dressed before he leaves for work.

But lunch and dinners are hard now especially since D’s eats so often and isn’t super predictable with his schedule yet. I know it won’t be like this forever, but for now it’s a little crazy to be honest!! Since D prefers being held all the time, I try to wear him in the carrier around the house. C wasn’t a big fan of the carriers but I’m hoping he is since I’m starting him out in it so young!

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Lunch time fun!

 I also learned that I can’t lift Charlotte out of her highchair that easily when D is in the carrier, ha- I had to do that the other day and I’m sure my back is a little pissed off at me.

This weekend I’m going to do some serious meal planning for hubby and I to hopefully make the week a little smoother in that regard. Crockpot meals are going to be my jam for awhile! {Thanks Pinterest}

Alright I’m going to savor this last half an hour of silence……be back soon!

Exercise at 38 Weeks Pregnant

This will likely be my last post before I’ll have 2 kiddos under 2 at home. Oh boy! We’ve been super busy lately keeping up with Charlotte plus trying to get ready for the little man’s arrival (as ready as we can be).

I’m happy that I have made it this far into the pregnancy- (I had Charlotte and Declan at 34 1/2 weeks). Baby boy is definitely growing, but oh man I am starting to feel real uncomfortable. The last couple weeks is rough, especially when you already have a kid!! It’s way different than the first pregnancy when I could nap or sit down when I wanted to!

Sleep is getting tough, showering, getting dressed and picking up Charlotte is a lot of work! So, let’s just say I’m happy to have him here and not in my belly anymore!🙂

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 I never got around to getting any maternity pictures done with my first pregnancy, so we did a few this time and it was fun having my little love join in!

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Little Miss has no idea she’s going to be sharing my attention real soon. Ha- should be interesting! Thankfully, Damon has 2 weeks off work and then my mom will be in town after that so I’ll have some good help the first month!

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So…………Exercise.

Besides being able to sleep normally, I’m seriously craving a good workout. Like a good cardio, HIIT routine or a long run! Oh man, that sounds glorious!! The hubby is currently training for a 1/2 marathon and I’m so jealous. Of course I’ll be released to exercise again when it’s starting to get real hot and toasty here…..so that’ll be a shocker to the system.

It’s tough as I was just getting back into running shape and then found out I was pregnant again when Charlotte was about 6 months. So, I’ve had to slow it all down just when I was beginning to ramp back up. I am lucky that my doc has still okayed me to walk and take modified Pure Barre classes. As long as I’m not pushing myself too hard and I’m staying hydrated, he said I can go for it! Honestly it’s hard having to take so many breaks to catch my breath and just feeling overall fatigue. Like I wake up in the morning and my legs just feel heavy….probably has something to do with carrying that extra weight around! I’ve cut my walks down to about 15-20 minutes and I took Pure Barre only 2x last week. And don’t get me wrong, my barre classes are super modified, but it still feels good to somewhat move my body. These last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to balance resting but letting myself move around as I won’t be able to for another 6 weeks!!

I don’t really have a point to get to so thanks for listening to me ramble on and on- ha!

Mommas: Were you Exercising the last few weeks of Pregnancy?

Hope everyone has a lovely Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

~M

My Hospital Bag Checklist

Hello there! Alright we are on the 1 month countdown to baby boy’s arrival! OMG. A good friend of mine was due May 1st and ended up having her little bundle 3 weeks early, SO I am extremely motivated to get that hospital bag packed!!

Luckily we will be having the little guy at the same hospital so I’m familiar with what I need and don’t need. Of course I will always overpack, but better to be too prepared than not, right?!

Pinterest has a ton of hospital bag checklists to follow and I used this one to get me started!

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If someone asked me what the few essentials would be, I’d say:

Sleeping Mask/Ear Plugs– People are coming in and out of your room constantly so sleep will be minimal, but these do help)

Towel from Home– The hospital towels are so old and thin and I feel better about using my own towel from home versus a shared one. #yuck

Sandals for the Shower– Reminds me of those college days living in the dorms, ha!

Now for the fun stuff!

Below are some items that aren’t totally necessary but will make the hospital stay a little more comfortable…….and why not spoil yourself a little bit, you just had a baby!!

This Robe Though….

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So cute right?! I ordered one in light blue and figure it’ll make breastfeeding easier in the hospital and at home!

DVD’s

Not that we are really going to be paying attention to the tv much, but it’s nice background noise. I packed Friends and Happy Endings. My favorite comedies.

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Snacks From Home

Yes the hospital has food and snacks, but it’s nice to have exactly what you want with you!

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One thing I’m still on the search for is a button up Sleep Shirt! I’ve spied some cute ones from Victoria’s Secret. I figure these will be good for nursing and they look very comfy!

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Anything you would add to the list?

What was an essential item for you at the hospital?

What Keeps Me Sane as a New Mom

I know, 2 posts in less than 2 weeks? What is going on here??

Charlotte is finally transitioning to 1 nap which gives me a longer chunk in the middle of the day to clean, relax, cook, read, oh and blog too!🙂

Today I wanted to share the top 3 things that keep me sane a New mom and a SAHM?!

Mommy Podcasts

Before having my daughter, I never listened to podcasts…..or even knew how to! I don’t like having the tv on during the day and can get tired of the same Pandora stations so most days I listen to at least one podcast.

Coffee and Crumbs Podcast

Coffee and Crumbs is one of my favorite blogs, I think I’ve been following it for about a year. And they just launched a podcast last month. Yay!

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The blog (which the podcast will follow) is a collection of stories contributed by various authors about any motherhood topic under the sun.

The Girl Next Door Podcast

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Aren’t they just too cute? These ladies are actual neighbors (love that) and chat about parenthood highlights struggles and everything in between. And always over a good cocktail!

You can listen to their podcast here 🙂

Mom Friends

Especially ones with children the same age as yours!🙂 When my pediatrician told me to start sippy cups, the first thing I did was text my mom friends and ask their advice. It is incredibly comforting and makes you feel less alone having friends that you can talk to or ask about anything. Or just to vent to when your child isn’t napping or woke up at 5am.🙂

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Amazon Prime

For real, I don’t know how mommas survive without it! I don’t want to drive to Target every week and there is always something my hubby needs, I need or we need for Charlotte. The convenience is just so wonderful…..I don’t know what I did before Prime! Ha!

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Once baby boy comes in May, I will be adding Wine to this list I’m sure!😉

Alright there is more to add to this list. If you are a mom, what keeps you sane??

Life Lately

Hello Blog Friends!

Once again it’s been hard for me to keep up with this little side of the internet lately! But I’m here now so that’s all that matters, right?

I can’t say that there is anything new going on here. Charlotte has been all over the place crawling and pulling up to stand so I basically chase her around all day. I’m thankful for playgroups, stroller strides and Gymboree to keep me sane.🙂

We celebrated her first birthday a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe I have an actual 1 year old. People tell you it goes by fast, but you never really believe that until you are in it!

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I know it’s all going to go by so much faster once the little guy is here. We are less than 2 months away and that just blows my mind. I’m coming up on 33 weeks this weekend.  The nursery is slowly coming together and I’ll be sure to share some pics once it’s all done.

I’m still teaching some Strides classes 2x a week and working front desk at the Pure Barre studio and hoping I can keep that all up as long as I can. I’ve noticed I am getting out of breath more often and sleep is starting to get more uncomfortable especially in my hips, ugh! But other that those minor complaints, I am feeling good.

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Charlotte snuggles are still the best!

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Okay now that she can wear pigtails, I feel like she looks so grown up!

What did you do for Easter?

Are you reorganizing any rooms in your house?