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Items I Brought To The Hospital For All Three Births

Deciding what to bring to the hospital is actually really fun, in my opinion. I always save packing until the last month or so because my babies come at the very last second on the due date, or late. I always envied the mamas that got to deliver a healthy baby early. this post contains affiliate links.  The last few months of pregnancy, I’m totally over it. Like, don’t want to be pregnant and looking for any sign of early labor. I try to leave packing the hospital bag for this time period. To help me through the long, last few weeks. I think packing the hospital bag is super fun, and there are some items I’ve brought with me every single time because they are important, and you don’t want to be without them! Here’s my hospital bag list of items I’ve brought all three times! A Brand New…

How I Lost The Baby Weight By Six Weeks

Six weeks post baby flies by. The nights are long and slow, but before you know it, you are headed in to make sure everything is back how it should be. I was able to lose all of my baby weight by six weeks after all three of my pregnancies, not because I’m special or naturally super skinny in any way. I have to eat healthy and stay active, just like anyone else who wants to stay fit. It takes some effort and changing your lifestyle, but you can do it! Here’s exactly what I do, to lose the baby weight by my six week check up, and I know you can do it too!! Get Walking: Whether you are breastfeeding or not, you need to burn calories. The easiest way to do this is to walk. Depending on how you feel, walk as much as you can. With my…

3 Unique Ways To Pamper Yourself Without Leaving Home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PeopleRewardsClub #CollectiveBias As a mom, the idea of taking “me” time can be stressful. Just planning a time to go somewhere, making sure the kids are watched, then leaving and worrying…is it really “me” time? Sometimes a better way to go is to take a few minutes at home, where you can spend some time rejuvenating, rather than packing up to go somewhere. Especially with kids headed back to school this time of year, there’s just a bit of extra time while they are gone to allow yourself to take a small break. Here are 3 Ways You Can Pamper Yourself Without Leaving Home First, Kick Back with a Magazine: People Magazine has an amazing PEOPLE® Rewards Club that is simple, and special treat. The rewards system gives you a free copy of PEOPLE®…

My Experience With IBS and Finally Finding Healing

My experience with IBS is just like many others. I was uncomfortable, bloated, gassy, constipated and more on a daily basis. I tried all the tricks both natural and over-the-counter to ease the symptoms, and I read stacks of books on nutrition. You can read my full story, or scroll down to see the digestive enzymes that completely helped my IBS symptoms! this post contains affiliate links.  I basically got myself a master’s degree in nutrition with the amount of research and full-scale experiments with various diets. I tried paleo for a while, I eliminated sugar, I ate clean, I eliminated all wheat and gluten for a while…nothing seemed to really solve the problem. What was really frustrating is the healthier I ate, the worse it seemed to get. Sometimes I thought I just had to live off of crackers. The symptoms for me were a lot of gas and…

Surviving Meal Time and Veggies With Picky Toddlers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BaronessPatches #CollectiveBias I’ve got three boys, two of which are picky eaters, the other one is a nine month old baby who wants to eat everything. He’d probably be happiest with wood chips and dirt, rather than the organic purees.  Here’s the link I mentioned to the Sweepstakes for $4,295 in e-gift cards form Walmart and pizza gift cards yay!! #BaronessPatches #Sweepstakes (8/10 to 9/7) I’ve had my fair share of struggles with getting my toddlers to eat anything really. They just don’t want to slow down and eat. Playing, running, fighting, hiding…those things are all way more fun. I’ve had to really step up my veggie game to get these boys to even look at anything green. For a while, I resorted to actually putting bowls of food on the floor with…

A Way To Earn Money While Back To School Shopping

Its that time of year where we get excited to shop for cozy sweaters, fancy boots and felt hats. I am way too excited about my oldest heading into a small, Pre-K class. This post is sponsored by DOSH. All opinions are my own!  He is wearing a uniform, but of course, I will still be doing some back-to-school shopping. I have a great way for all the mamas out there who don’t want to step foot in the mall with kids in tow. Suckers, strollers, snacks, movies…it’s all just stressful, so I checked into my DOSH app to see what kind of online savings we could find for back to school shopping. Turns out, there are some great deals at my favorite places for back-to-school clothes. Gap, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy and Target all have great cash-back incentives for shopping online through DOSH. All you have to do is…

Your First Day After Birth Meal Plan For Milk Supply and Recovery

After delivery is such a special time with a new baby. I am now 9 Months postpartum with my third baby, so I’ve been through the recovery process a few times now. I’ve also nursed three different babies. I get a lot of traffic and questions concerning what to eat for increasing milk supply, losing the baby weight and recovering from giving birth. There’s so much going on, I thought it would be helpful if I created a meal plan that is specifically designed for recovery and milk production to get you through your first day postpartum. this post contains affiliate links.  All of these foods have a purpose. They are either super milk boosting, or they have healing benefits and nutrients for your body. I came up with this plan, so you don’t have to do much thinking or preparation on your first full day with your new baby!…

9 Essentials You Forgot In Your Diaper Bag

Oh the diaper bag. I’ve had a few now that I am a mom of three boys. I put together a list of nine items I have NEEDED at some point, but never remembered to pack. This isn’t your usual diaper bag essentials list of diapers, wipes, binkies and bibs. These are items you will want, that nobody mentions! I get bored of carrying a diaper bag, so I often switch back and forth between purses, backpacks and diaper bags. It depends on my mood and where we are going. A backpack is often my go-to because I need to be hands free with my little ones. this post contains affiliate links Packing the diaper bag is always the harder part. When you are a first-time mom, everything goes. Clothes, extra socks and shoes, wipes and more wipes, extra bottles, toys, hats, burp clothes, 20 diapers…you know just the whole…

8 Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy While Working Out At Home

Well I’ve been working out at home rather than the gym, where I was getting my workouts in, and to be honest, it’s just not fun. I’ve been dabbling in a few videos combined with my own workout routines, which if I could focus, would be great. Then, I wanted to challenge myself and give myself some new motivitaion, so I signed up for the free 14 day trial of the Beach Body On Demand. I reviewed it completely and honestly because I’m not a coach at all. Overall, I really enjoyed the workouts, especially Shaun Week and Insanity. No wonder everyone raves about them. They are the good kinda hard. Now that I’ve been working out at home for a few months, I have learned some tricks to keep my boys busy and entertained, including the baby. After my first week of attempting to stick with the videos, I…

The Question I Wish I Knew I’d Have to Answer in The Delivery Room

*this post is sponsored by CBR. As always, my opinions are all my own! I’m three babies deep now, so the delivery process isn’t as mysterious and foreign to me now, as it was with my first baby. I remember staying up late and watching A Baby Story (apparently they are bringing it back!) at 2am on TLC. I was trying to mentally prepare myself for this unknown, magical experience that was going to happen to my body. Of course my hospital bag was packed three months too early (my first baby was a week late), and I was packed for a week stay at a hotel. My new baby had five outfits and seven hats. All were way too big. I prepared for my first labor by spending hours and hours on Pinterest, reading everything I could. Making sure I knew about every car seat and high chair on…