It’s been a long time!

Hi Mamis!

So the summer has passed us by (was it ever really even here?) and I’m still breastfeeding…

STILL!

The good news is that it’s down to 2x a day

The bad news is that my breasts are still not mine

I’m trying to wean on my daughter’s time table but man…I’m dying to get my boobs back!

While this happens I promise to keep updating my blog (even when life gets in the way) and I’m thinking of expanding this internet space of mine to include more product reviews, raves, bashes, and Mami life hacks…what do you all think?

Let me know Mamis…

Have a great afternoon 🙂

Sneaking exercise in – Introducing Val’s Weekly Challenge

Hi mamis!

I have a confession to make….I haven’t been working out. My chichos are no smaller thanks to not working out consistently and not watching what I eat (Girl Scout cookies are a killer). So instead of beating myself up about it, I have decided to look for ways to add exercise into my normal everyday activities (aside from recommitting to working out 3x a week at home). I have come up with a weekly challenge designed to make me move more, sweat more and burn those pesky calories that have crept up on me.

So without further delay:

Val’s Weekly Challenge is on!

Week 1’s challenge is…STAIRS…no elevator for a week (or longer if you want to really commit). I hope my fellow mamis join me…at the very least your booty will get a lift!

No Elevators

Stylish Stairs

Meatball Walks!

Hi Mamis!

I’m very happy to report that at 10 months and 1 week old meatball is walking!!! She never had a walker, I never bought her any stationary entertainers or jumpers on the advice of my very good friend VT. (child development specialist). The only tool I used a walking harness called “Walking Wings” faithfully every day for a couple of months (for about 10-15 minutes daily). I took a very “old world/natural parenting” approach and allowed her to crawl/roll around/sit/lay down on the floor and let her do her thing. I made sure I got her socks with little rubber grips so that she wouldn’t slip, and that the floors were always clean and baby proof.

I’m just so happy that meatball is walking 🙂

Click here to purchase Walking Wings.

Does anyone else have any walking stories or advice to share? Leave comments Mamis! Have a great afternoon 🙂

Galactagogues (errrr…what?) Increasing your milk supply by eating the right foods

Good afternoon mamis! This is a quick little post to let you all know what foods to eat to increase (galactagogue…big word on a Monday YIKES) or in some cases jump start your milk supply. My supply is still really good (10 months strong…YAYYYY) but I have noticed a little dip in supply (which is normal because meatball is eating some solids during the day). I’m not concerned enough to start taking fenugreek supplements again but I’d like to keep the milk coming so I did some research and have compiled a list of foods that help support milk production. The no brainer here is….WATER. You must drink, drink, drink, drink WATER to make milk…and even if you aren’t breastfeeding..this is just fact…we need to be well hydrated to function at our best level…but yeah…WATER is crucial when you’re making that liquid gold!

ok..onto the rest of the list (in no particular order)

Beets

Yams

Spinach (dark leafy greens in general)

Oatmeal

Flax-seed oil

Raw nuts

Garlic

Ginger

The list isn’t that crazy and all of these items are very easy to find and incorporate into a daily diet. I like to use spinach instead of lettuce in my salads, and add raw nuts as an ingredient. Ginger is a great addition to any juice (I’m a big fan of juicing). One of my favorite juices is made of Kale (dark leafy green), green apples, celery, lemons and ginger…it’s tasty and combines 2 galactagogues…BOOM…winning! I’m not a huge fan of beets or yams, but I eat them because I know it’s good for me all around (how adult of me) but in short, even eating oatmeal for breakfast can help…and who doesn’t like a nice cup of cinammon brown sugar oatmeal with blueberries and bananas (recipe below)? I think you’ll find that these foods aren’t that hard to eat (toasted garlic bread anyone???), are nutritionally sound and will benefit you in more ways than just making milk…so get to eating mamis!

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal (my personal recipe)

1/2 cup of oats (I use the regular kind, not the instant 1 minute variety)

1 cup of almond milk (or water, regular milk, soy milk..your choice)

1 small to medium banana

1/2 cup of blueberries (or any fresh, ripe berry)

A couple of sticks of cinammon

Raw brown sugar (to taste..but try not to add too much, let’s be friendly to our waists)

2 or 3 cloves (optional)

2 or 3 star anise (optional)

Cinnamon powder

In a pot, bring the almond milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves and anise (if you choose to add), sugar to a simmer. Then add the oats and stir constantly to avoid clumps. Once the oatmeal reaches desired consistency, plate it and while it cools down, slice the banana. Add the banana slices and blueberries as a topping and if you wish, you can sprinkle some ground cinnamon, brown sugar or drizzle honey or agave syrup, eat and enjoy! This is a hearty breakfast, full of fiber and keeps you nice and full through out the morning!

I hope you all enjoy some galactagogue foods this week mamis!

Yummmmm

Made by me…easy and yummy!