Top 3 On-The-Go Feeding Tips Featuring Yummy Spoon 

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Top three on the go baby feeding tips | the only baby feeding tool that you need | baby essentials | The Crispy MamaAnyone else’s diaper bag weigh more than their kid? (Hand-Raise!) Seriously, why do the smallest people require the most stuff?! With all of the junk that we have to carry around for our little ones, the last thing I want to do is lug around baby food containers, in a cooler, with spoons and bibs, and on and on and on. Then there’s nowhere to warm it up, and that temperamental little thing doesn’t like cold food today. He needs room temperature food today or he’ll lose it. Then he gets carrots everywhere, right before you have to go to a play date, and you know that other mom is secretly judging you. Ughhh, she probably thinks I never do laundry or bathe my child. Seriously, feeding babies on-the-go can be a pain in my big fat mom ass. Liam has gotten to that phase where he gets jealous when we’re eating and he’s not, so simply giving him a bottle and skipping the food isn’t always an option. I’m glad he’s so interested in food. I want him to be an adventurous eater, but sometimes pulling out and setting up all of the baby feeding paraphernalia is a real hassle. BUT! That being said, I’ve found a few simple things that make it easier.

Top 3 On-The-Go Baby Feeding Tips

  1. Light/Neutral Colored Foods! What do you think is going to show up more on your kiddo’s white shirt? A banana or carrots and spinach? (Why the hell did I put this white shirt on him today?!) Bingo! Go for the bananas, apples, pears, potatoes, you get the idea. Luckily, these turn out to be some of Liam’s favorite foods and seem to be baby crowd pleasers in general. Speaking of clothes…
  2. Patterened Shirts For Mom! Same idea here. That big ol baby food stain from when your kiddo raspberry’s a big mouthful at you is way less likely to be noticed on a patterned shirt than a pristine white blouse. Seriously, just shove all of your white shirts into the back of your closet until your kids can feed themselves.
  3. Yummy Spoon! Yummy Spoon is seriously one of the coolest baby gadgets that I’ve found. It has won Baby Product of the Year over lots of products from much bigger companies. It’s patent pending. It’s awesome. The whole thing is made of soft silicone, so all you do is open the top, toss in something soft, like a banana, squish it up, and the mashed food comes out of the spoon tip at the bottom. Seriously, brilliant. It has a handy-dandy clip to attach it to your diaper bag. It’s also super simple to clean. Just open the top, run some kid safe soap and water through it, rinse, dry, and you’re done. The spoon tip is softer than the baby spoons that we normally use, which I like. When Liam is sitting in my lap, his own chair, etc, I prefer the softer spoon so that he can’t gag himself with it while he’s wiggling around. As he gets older, I’ll be able to put bananas, avocados, peanut butter, whatever in the spoon and give it to Liam to feed himself.

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Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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Mother’s Day Gifts That She’ll Actually Use

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This year, I am so excited to be celebrating my first Mother’s Day since my little guy was born! I got to have a “practice” Mother’s Day last year while I was pregnant, but this year is the real deal. I lucked out so much that both my fiancé and my dad have always been great gift givers. Every now and then my dad will throw in something that he thinks is funny. Seriously, I have gotten a Whoopie Cushion and an electric toothbrush for the last twenty-three Christmases (eyeroll), but they never fail to get me something that I actually enjoy and use. Some women aren’t so lucky, and for the Dad that just did an internet search for “Help! What the hell do I get my wife for Mother’s Day?!” and landed here, I got your back buddy. From the kiddos, every Mama loves a little homemade card and a macaroni necklace, but from Dad? We want something good! These are my picks for this Mother’s Day (hint, hint, Daddio!).
Save: Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit 

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I unfortunately love every single one of these masks. It’s unfortunate because to buy the full size version of all of them is over $300. Yikes. These small sizes are a great way for her to decide if she likes these masks or not before committing to buying the full size. I like to use the Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask and the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask together, the Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask (favorite smell ever!) and the Cucumber Gel Mask (I sleep in both of these) together, and the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (if she’s not used to harsh exfoliants, beware of this one) and Blue Marine Algae Intense Mask together.

Splurge: GLAMGLOW Multi Masking Kit 

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Again, this is a good way to figure out which of these she likes before committing to the (rather pricey) full sizes. This brand is featured constantly on beauty blogs and websites and in major magazines. That’s because THEY WORK. You will not find a better mask out there.

Save: AAA Aroma Black Pepper & Ginger Luxury Hand Cream
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This is hands-down my favorite scent of all time. I picked it up at World Market on a whim and used the whole tube in just a few weeks. When I went back for more, they no longer carried it and it took me forever to find it again. The scent is pretty fresh and light, so if she’s not into heavy or floral, this is perfect. You can also get the matching hand soap, body wash, bubble bath, and body lotion to complete the set.
Splurge: La Chatelaine Shea Butter Hand Cream Gift Set
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These are 20% pure Shea Butter, so if she’s got dry hands (as most of us Mamas do from hand and dish washing) these are just the ticket. It comes with three different scents, Lavender, Lychee Bilberry, and Lemon Verbena, so she can mix it up or choose her favorite to get in a larger size. The travel size tubes are perfect for throwing in her purse, diaper bag, or car. Plus, the tin is really pretty. I would put it on my nightstand to put my loose jewelry in when I go to bed.

Save: Vera Bradley Tassel Pendant Necklace
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Bold pendants are going to be really popular for Spring this year and this one is great because it can be worn two ways. She can wear it with the tassel in the front, or in the back. (I think this would be super cool with an open back top and a topknot.) It also comes in Rose Gold and Silver to best suit her style. Vera Bradley was my go-to brand in Junior High School (hello, had to keep up with the trends) and I love that they have more luxurious, adult-y options now.

Splurge: Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted Pendant Necklace
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Alexis Bittar makes some gorgeous and unique-looking jewelry. While the price is a bit higher than some other options, you can guarantee that no one else in the office or at the grocery store will have the same one on. This pendant is also sure to get lots of compliments and “Ohmygosh where did you get that”s, which everyone loves whether they admit it or not.

 

Save: CLEAN Rollerball Layering Collection

Fragrance is a pretty personal choice, but from experience, I can confidently say that most people love these. I get asked what I’m wearing all the time when I have these on. They’re made to be layered or worn alone. All of the scents are pretty clean (duh, hence the name) with the exception of Blossom, which is a bit more floral, but not overpowering. The small rollerballs are a great way to test out these fragrances without committing to the large size. Plus, the tiny bottles are great for throwing in a purse or diaper bag.

Splurge: Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

This is my absolute favorite scent ever. It’s fresh rather than flowery. One spray is all that you need, as it’s pretty strong. It’s really long lasting, so she won’t have to worry about it waring off as the day goes on. I love this brand so much that I actually have eight different scents from them, but this is by far my most-used go-to scent for every day.

Save: Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle
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Hydro Flasks are great for keeping her lemonade frosty-cold in the Summer and her coffee steaming-hot in the winter. While they might not come in a ton of fun patterns, there are plenty of fun color options to choose from and the price can’t be beat.

Splurge: S’well Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle
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S’well bottles are all the rage right now for a good reason… They work! This thing will keep her tea hot or her water cold all day long and probably tomorrow too. They also don’t sweat, so no worries about ruining the coffee table with a big water ring. They come in a ton of patterns and colors to suit her personal aesthetic.

Save: Capresso EC50 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
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This is the espresso machine that I personally use and it’s a great value. My only complaint about it is that it can take a long time to warm up. For the price, it can’t be beat. Make sure you have some espresso or cappuccino cups that are short enough to fit under it. You can get the espresso mugs, by Le Creuset, that I use here.

Splurge: Breville Duo Temp Pro Espresso Machine
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It may seem silly to spend this much on an espresso machine, but I assure you, this baby is a Cadillac. A cappuccino out of this thing will a. change your life and b. make you question why you ever entered a Starbucks in your life (this is coming from a self-confessed Starbucks addict).Seriously, Mama needs some coffee and this thing makes the best.

Save: Knit Diamond Pattern Throw Blanket

This is pretty much a clone of a (much more expensive) Pottery Barn throw that I have in two colors and use every day. This light blue color is perfect for Spring and the blanket is light and soft. The style is very Joanna Gaines (if you don’t know what that means, ask your wife). The price for this one is so great that I’m honestly a little upset that I ever bought the Pottery Barn one to begin with.

Splurge: Fishers Finery 100% Cashmere Throw Blanket

Ever since buying my first cashmere sweater a few years ago (holler Black Friday), I’ve been obsessed with all things cashmere. I never understood what the fuss was about before, but oh my gosh it’s so soft, it’s like butter. Fishers Finery is one of my favorite brands for clothes and home items in luxurious fabrics like silks and cashmere. This silk pillow case and these silk pajamas are some of my other favorite options from them.

 

Save: Amazon Echo Dot

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Alexa will basically become Mama’s new (unpaid) assistant. She can play music, place Amazon orders, tell you the weather, and answer those random questions that she has throughout the day. You can also get sleeves for the Dot to make it fit into your home decor seamlessly. Check them out here (fabric) and here (leather).

Splurge: Amazon Echo

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The full-size echo has higher quality speakers than the dot. It also has a wider range. If she plays a lot of music or if your house is fairly large, I suggest going with the full-size echo. You can also purchase Dots to go with the Echo to extend the range throughout your house. (Anyone else thinking of Smart House right now?)

Save: Paddywax Botany Collection Blue Coral & Driftwood

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I love this smell, but the real treat here is the jar. This is probably one of the cutest candle jars I have ever seen. The scent is fresh and not too heavy. All Paddywax candles have a pretty long burn time and I have yet to find a scent that I didn’t like. I would keep this jar and use it for q-tips, cotton balls, or my make-up brushes in my bathroom.

Splurge: Diptyque Votive Candle Trio

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You will never find better candles than these. Pricey, but so worth it for the scents. Plus, they are high quality and burn evenly. Again with these, I like to save the jars to hold my make-up brushes, q-tips, and cotton balls in my bathroom. If you pay that much for a candle, might as well recycle the container, right?!

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What do you hope to get for Mother’s Day this year? Are you a macaroni necklace or a diamond necklace type of gal? Share in the comments! Also be sure to share this post to send a not so subtle hint.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

Multi-Tasking Meal: Banana Cinnamon Baby Oatmeal and Bananas Foster Mom Smoothie

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Mornings with a little one are nothing short of hectic…ever. Wake up, eat, get dressed, get baby dressed, get barfed on, get dressed again, put baby’s shoes on, put baby’s shoes on again, and again, ohmygosh keep your damn shoes on, it’s been four hours, everyone is hungry again, baby is crying, you’re crying, someone help. Any way to streamline my morning routine is always very welcome. One simple way to do that is to whip up Mama and baby’s breakfast at the same time.

Smoothies make a great Mama breakfast. They’re quick to make, can be nutritious with the right ingredients, and are easy to take with you on the go. One of my all time favorite breakfast foods are Banana Nut Muffins. They are by far the king of the Muffin World. While those bad boys are delicious, they aren’t usually the most nutritious thing on the menu, especially the incredible ones at Starbucks or in the grocery store bakery. This smoothie recipe is almost as good as a muffin, with no added sugar, butter, or whatever else they put in those muffins to make them taste so damn good.

Note that these recipes contain bananas and oats, which some people may have a bad reaction to. If your little one hasn’t had bananas or oats yet, you’ll want to introduce them separately before trying them together. I always take Liam’s clothes off and leave him in just his diaper when trying new foods. Less clean up for me, and I can keep a close eye out for any reaction (ex. hives) that he may have to the food.

To make my own Baby Oatmeal, I get organic rolled oats, throw them in the blender, and pulse until it turns to a fine powder. Done. Piece of cake and cheaper than the pre-made stuff. Bananas are one of Liam’s favorites and he’ll eat pretty much anything mixed with them (seriously, he would probably eat Sweaty Gym Sock Banana Mash, no questions asked). He tends to have some tummy issues, so I worried that oats may be irritating, but they actually helped to get things moving through his digestive system. Anything that keeps his digestive system moving and doesn’t get spit back at me when I try to feed it to him is a hit in our book, and this recipe fits that bill.

Banana Cinnamon Baby Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • pinch cinnamon (less is more for sensitive little taste buds!)
  • 1 tbsp baby oatmeal (see above to make this yourself)
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Method

Add baby oatmeal powder to water and stir well. Pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to thicken. Add to blender with banana and cinnamon and pulse until smooth. Check temperature on your wrist or lip before giving to baby.

Bananas Foster Smoothie

Ingredients

  • any leftover baby food
  • remaining 1/2 of banana
  • 1 cup soy, coconut, or almond milk
  • 3-4 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Method

Blend it up, pour it in a cup, and try to chug it before your kid starts crying.

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How do you streamline your morning routine? Do you have a go-to on the go breakfast? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

I Wish I Was As Thin As I Was The First Time That I Thought I Was Fat

Timehop sucks. You know that little thing that shows you those awful pictures from 2006 where you’re wearing a ridiculous outfit and blue eyeshadow? It’s the same thing that shows you the bikini picture from 2015 before you had a baby. Before you had stretch marks. Before your belly sagged a little bit over the waistband of your pants. Before your boobs got inflated and deflated again and now they almost touch your belly button. Before you had to suck it up and go buy the bigger pants. Before the bags under your eyes that persist no matter how much eye cream you apply. I look at this bikini picture and think back to the time when it was taken. Unfortunately enough, I guarantee you that, at the time that it was taken, I thought that I could stand to lose a few pounds. What I wouldn’t give just to be as thin as I was the first time that I thought I was fat. I look at the picture again and begin to list the things that I have now that I didn’t have then in my head.

  1. Stretch marks (on my thighs, hips, belly, boobs, probably other places that I can’t even see)
  2. Belly fat (though I would have begged to differ at the time)
  3. Saggy mom tits (hot)
  4. Under eye bags that make me look like a zombie (a zombie that could use a cup of coffee)
  5. My horrible chipped “Momicure” because who the hell has time to go to the nail salon anymore?
  6. Greasy hair because I didn’t have a baby that screamed at me every time I tried to take a shower
  7. Laugh lines on my face because I never smiled then as much as I do now.
  8. Badass biceps because carrying around my little chunk is a serious workout.
  9. An amazing man by my side, holding my hand.
  10. A beautiful, wonderful, precious, sweet, light of my life baby boy that has given me more purpose in life than I ever thought possible.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that totally don’t matter, sometimes. I would willingly take on take a million more stretch marks and 20 more pounds just to see the big goofy toothless smile that my son gives me every time that he wakes up in the morning. Sometimes when I see these old pictures, I tell my fiancé how sad and ugly that they make me feel. Every time, he looks at me like I’m crazy and I have three heads. He claims that he doesn’t even see the stretch marks that I’m talking about. I suspect that he is lying, but I love him even more for it. He reminds me that I made a human. That’s no easy feat, and there are bound to be some scars left over. It took me almost a year to gain this weight. It will probably take just as long, or longer, to lose it. The eye bags and wrinkles will never go away, but I’ll continue to apply the expensive skin serum and hope for the best. The point is, a million flat stomachs and full nights of sleep wouldn’t be worth giving up the ultimate happiness that I have found with my sweet boy. I could always do better when it comes to remembering that. In the meantime, I’m going to delete Timehop because it’s the devil.

Do you struggle with body confidence after having kids? Share something that makes you feel beautiful in the comments!
Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

 

 

Maternity Clothes: What You Actually Need

Maternity Clothes: What You Actually Need and What To Skip | maternity clothes | maternity fashion | which maternity clothes to buy | pregnancy | outfit ideas | pregnancy outfit | via The Crispy Mama “Maternity” is a lot like “wedding.” Slap that word in front of anything, and just like magic, it instantly doubles in price. When your pants start getting tight and you start spilling out of your bras it can be tempting to go out and drain your checking account on a whole new pregnancy wardrobe. Pause! There are so many “maternity” items that are exactly the same as regular items at double the price. I started showing unreasonably early (we’re talking full on bump at 8 weeks, here), so I learned how to make do with what I had for a while, and ended up doing that for most of my pregnancy. Most of my non-maternity leggings and a lot of my shirts were still comfortable until the third trimester. Honestly, in the third trimester, nothing is comfortable. So what should you buy “maternity” and what can you skip?

Splurge On Maternity

  1. Jeans- There is no way around this really. Unless you are the tiniest pregnant lady of all time, regular jeans will not be comfortable. The waistband will cut into your belly and it will be uncomfortable and could cut off circulation, which isn’t ideal for you or for baby. Invest in a versatile pair, in a dark color, in a cut that you normally wear. Unfortunately, I promise once you slip those stretchy preggo pants on, you’ll never want to wear regular pants again. (I still wear mine sometimes…Shhhhhhhh.)
  2. Shorts- If you are unlucky enough to be pregnant all summer like I was, you’ll need some shorts. I ended up getting a denim pair, a black pair, and a white pair. Looking back, I could have done without the white ones and the black ones. I mostly wore the denim ones every day and really only wore the other ones when the denim ones were in the wash.
  3. Bras- When I say buy maternity bras, what I actually mean is, go ahead and buy nursing bras. That way you only have to buy one new set of bras instead of two. I chose to get sports bra-style ones in a nude color that I knew would still work when I was breastfeeding and looked like Dolly Parton. Stretch is key. For me, anything with an underwire was out. They actually left bruises on the top of my belly. If you’re “carrying high” (though, if we’re being honest, towards the end your going to be “carrying everywhere”) you’ll probably have the same issue. Seriously, you’re uncomfortable enough as it is, go for comfort in the bra department. Not exactly sexy, but who cares?
  4. Leggings- One pair, just because they are the most comfortable and around the third trimester, your regular ones will probably start to get a bit tight. I still wear mine, I just fold the band down. No shame.
  5. T-shirts- Go ahead and get a couple of the t-shirts or tank tops with the little ruchey things on the sides. They are usually pretty cheap and are more flattering than regular ones. Especially during the “is she pregnant or just eating good?” phase.
  6. Swimwear- This can go both ways. If you are comfortable in a bikini, a regular one will work just fine. I suggest bottoms that tie on the sides, so they can be adjusted. If you would rather a one piece, a maternity option is probably a better bet.

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What To Skip

  1. Underwear- Seriously, why? Your regular underwear is fine. Buy some cotton granny ones in a dark color for after delivery.
  2. Maxi Dresses- Almost all of these are cut in a way that flatters a bump. Go for stretchy ones that will grow with you.
  3. Pajamas- ??? Why do these even exist? Regular pajama pants will still fit beautifully throughout pregnancy and postpartum. You’ll probably be too hot to sleep in pajamas anyways, because oh my god is it one thousand degrees in here?
  4. Loose Tops- First, if you’re pregnant during the summer, I’m sorry. Second, loose fitting non-maternity tops will totally work. You may just need to go up a size.
  5. Active Wear- Most active wear is already pretty stretchy and forgiving. You may need to go up a size, but normal active wear is totally doable.
  6. Stretchy Soft Pants- Since they stretch, they’ll work. Plus, this style of pants comes in a lot of fun colors and patterns. Now is the time to try the trends that you were scared to try before. You know, because you’re pregnant, so anyone who tells you that your outfit look bad is automatically the asshole, not you. Win!

Where To Shop 

Unless you’ve got money to blow, avoid the big “maternity department stores” at all costs. Everything in there is outrageously priced. Most of my maternity wardrobe came from Old Navy, Macy’s,  Amazon, and Target. All stores with cute options that are notorious for good deals.

Tricks To Make Your Regular Wardrobe Work

  1. Mini dresses are now tops.
  2. The rubber band trick. Loop a rubber band or ponytail holder through the button hole of your pants or shorts and around the button. That should buy you a few more weeks of regular-pants-wearing.
  3. Your favorite maxis or loose tops may make you look like a sack of potatoes now. Throw a belt on over or under your bump to accentuate it and to confirm to the curious strangers that yes, you are pregnant, not just mysteriously lumpy.
  4. Wear jewelry. It will help you mix up the limited wardrobe that you have. Also, once you pop that baby out, you won’t want to wear jewelry for a while unless you want it yanked on.
  5. Wear adjustable shoes. Your feet will probably swell, so sandals with buckles that can be loosened will be necessary.
  6. Add a cardigan or denim jacket. If the outfit just seems like it’s missing something, it’s probably one of these two things.
  7. If your wedding/engagement ring no longer fits due to those lovely swollen fingers, but you don’t want to take it off, you can put it on a chain and wear it as a necklace. Make sure it’s a sturdy chain with a good clasp so it doesn’t fall off.
  8. If you have a friend/friends that have kids and are a similar size to you, ask if they still have their maternity clothes and if you can borrow them. Free is always the best option.

Easy Outfit Ideas

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What maternity clothes did you invest it? Which ones do you still wear after baby (be honest, ladies)? Where did you like to shop? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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Mom Hack: The Leftover Baby Food Smoothie

Us Mamas pretty much live on a diet of cold coffee and our kid’s leftovers. Incredibly appetizing, right? When I make Liam’s baby food, I always taste it first. Today, as I was whipping up his Avocado-Banana-Cinnamon mash, I took a bite and thought, “Damn, this stuff is pretty good.” As usual, he ate about 1/3 of it before he was over it and ready to get out of his chair and go play. Since avocados and bananas don’t keep particularly well (especially organic bananas, I swear they turn brown in 15 seconds), I either had to eat the leftovers or throw them away. I decided to throw the leftover mash, the remaining half of the avocado, what was left of the banana, some ice cubes, chia seeds, soy milk and some more cinnamon into the blender and this super fresh tasting Mom Hack Smoothie was born. You get a dose or healthy fats from avocado to help keep you full, protein and antioxidants from chia seeds, calcium from soy milk, and potassium from bananas. Plus its way easier to drink a smoothie one handed while holding a baby than it is to eat something. If soy isn’t your thing, you could easily sub almond or coconut milk (I think coconut would be amazing in this). You could also add some greens like spinach or kale for an extra serving of veggies.


Ingredients:

  • Leftover Avocado-Banana-Cinnamon baby food (yum)
  • Remaining half of avocado
  • Remaining half of banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Throw it all in the blender and call it lunch.

Do you have any other creative ways to use your kid’s leftovers? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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Inside My Diaper Bag

I must have looked at nearly every diaper bag in existence trying to find the perfect one. All of them seemed to be too big, too small, too busy with ugly patterns, hard to get into, not enough pockets, too many pockets, you get it. Eventually I ended up just buying an extra large black tote bag from Target and ordering a bag organizer to put in it. It works great, it looks great, and it matches everything. In the beginning I had a tendency to over pack the diaper bag (seriously, it weighed more than the baby and the carrier combined). After figuring out what was getting used and what was collecting dust, I have been able to cut it down to a reasonable amount of baby paraphernalia.

  1. Diapers (duh.)
  2. Wipes (also duh.)
  3. Diaper rash cream
  4. Changing pad
  5. Burp rags
  6. Extra pacifier (they seem to disappear)
  7. Bottle and formula
  8. Water bottle
  9. 1-2 small teething toys/teething necklace
  10. Extra outfit (blowouts happen)
  11. Waterproof pouch (for the blowout clothes)
  12. Extra socks (these also disappear)
  13. Light blanket
  14. Heavier blanket (only necessary when it’s cold outside)
  15. Moby wrap
  16. Shopping cart/high chair cover
  17. Medicine bag with gas drops, tylenol, gripe water, saline drops, bandaids, and stickers (for emotional boo boos)
  18. My wallet/keys/phone (ain’t nobody got time for a purse)

Thats it! This organizer makes it really easy to keep everything accessible. The bag that I use is discontinued, but you can get a similar ones herehere, here, and here. You’ll want something big enough, but not so huge that it’s hard to carry. Look for something neutral, with sturdy sides and bottom, and straps long enough to go over your shoulder comfortably. My waterproof pouches are from The Royal Standard but are unfortunately discontinued. You can get another really cute option that comes in three different patterns here.

 

What else do you keep in your diaper bag? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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My Must-Have Apps For Pregnancy and Parenthood

Hi! Admitted iPhone addict here! As a first time mom, I constantly have little questions and I-wonders about my child and myself. There is no more easy, and accessible way to find the information that I need than a quick check on my phone. These are the apps that I used most during my pregnancy and as a parent.

  1. Ovia Fertility– This is what I used when we were trying to conceive (which happened way faster than we expected it to, so I suppose it’s pretty accurate).
  2. Ovia Pregnancy– My go-to app for looking up food and medication safety, and symptom checking. It also has that thing where it compares your unborn child to different fruits and vegetables, so that’s cute, I guess.
  3. Ovia Baby-Helps keep track of milestones and development. Plus it has interesting little articles and fun facts. I like to check it while kiddo naps.
  4. What To Expect– This falls under “pregnancy” and “parenting” because I still check it almost daily. It has interesting little facts and articles about your baby, both before and after birth. My favorite thing about it though, is the Groups. I joined an “October 2016 Babies” Group that is awesome. During pregnancy it was great to ask about certain symptoms or feelings that I was experiencing. Now, the Mamas in the group all have babies close to the same age, but with some a few weeks older and some a few weeks younger than mine. This is incredibly helpful because the Mamas of older babies can help me out and warn me about growth spurts, leaps, etc, a little before they happen and I can do the same for the Mamas of younger babes.
  5. Pampers Rewards– You’ll most likely start stocking up on diapers before baby arrives. Each box of diapers (assuming that you use Pampers) has a code in it that you can enter into the app to earn rewards points towards free baby stuff. Awesome.
  6. Amazon– Also known as the best app in general. Amazon is THE place to buy your diapers. You can get them as much as 50% off, and you can subscribe. I also ordered about 80% of my nursery stuff from Amazon. Its the best.
  7. The Wonder Weeks– If the phrase “mental leap” means nothing to you, download this now. It, unfortunately, isn’t free, but I cannot emphasize how helpful it has been to us. Basically, your baby will go through some periods where they are learning a whole lot all at once and it makes them act like little nightmares. This app lets you know exactly when to expect these leaps and tells you exactly what baby is learning. Leaps suck, but knowing what baby is learning and actually noticing them mastering these skills makes it a little better.
  8. White Noise– Great for helping baby sleep, great for helping giant uncomfortable pregnant ladies sleep, great for The 5 S’s. Just great. Our favorite is “Heavy Rain Pouring” but there are a ton on here to choose from.
  9. BabyTime– For the first couple weeks after bringing baby home, your brain will be fried. This helps you keep track of when baby last ate, how much or how long, how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has, and what those diapers look like (your pediatrician will ask).
  10. Facebook– Some of my best advice from other Mamas has come from the closed Facebook groups that I have joined. I suggest Milky Mommas, Sleepy Littles, Bringing Up The Littles, COSLEEPING, and Peaceful Parenting. All of the groups have no-bullying tolerance and have guidelines about what types of things that can be posted, so be relevant and be nice! Since they are closed groups, your friends will only be able to see that you are in the groups, not what you post.

What apps were a lifesaver for you while you were pregnant and as a parent? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

No, You Are Not Going Bald! Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Life

The majority of the time, when you tell someone that you’re expecting, their response is something along the lines of, “Congratulations! Your life is about to change so much”. And that’s where they stop! Everyone loves to warn you about these “big changes” to come, but no one ever tells you what they actually are! Fast forward to a few days after you bring your little one home and suddenly you’ll know what they meant. You’ll wish that someone, anyone, had given you a better idea of what was about to happen to your mind, your body, your home, your relationships, to help you prepare yourself. These are the things that I wish someone would have told me and a few quick tips on how to make the postpartum transition as easy as possible.

Your Hair Will Fall Out

This can be really scary if you’re not prepared for it. I remember brushing my hair after getting out of my weekly shower (Ha! Once a week, whether you need it or not, ladies!) to find that my hair was coming out at a really alarming rate. We’re talking cleaning the hair brush out every day type stuff here. I did what we all do when confronted with some kind of mysterious bodily symptom; I consulted Google. Turns out this is completely normal and it happens to almost everyone. And yet no one had ever thought to mention this to me! It happens because your hair falls out at a slower rate while you’re pregnant, so it plays a cruel game of catch up after. Ugh! The good news is, you should be back to your normal, luscious self by the time your little one is 6 months to one year old. In the meantime, you can keep taking your prenatal vitamins, limit excessive hair washing and heat styling (which we all know you’ll be doing anyways, whether you like it or not), try to tie hair up loosely when you do need to put it up (consider a loose braid, ponytail, or bun and use soft ponytail holders or oh-so-fashionable scrunchies), and use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush. For my dark haired Mamas, my go-to dry shampoo can also help. Its tinted so it gives the appearance of thicker hair at the roots. Its super affordable and doesn’t smell nearly as strong as some of the other dry shampoos that I have tried. You can buy it here. Long haired Mamas beware, your hairs can get wrapped around little one’s fingers and toes and it hurts. If your babe seems to be crying for no reason, make sure that isn’t what is causing it.

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Sometimes it can really feel like my hair looks just like his.

You Will Cry For No Reason

When I went into my OBGYN for my 6 week postpartum check up, she asked me, “How has your mood been?” I thought for a second, and told her it hadn’t been terrible but at least once a day I was finding myself crying for absolutely NO reason. Her response was, “Um… Yeah! Thats because the first couple weeks SUCK!” And she’s right. Everyone tells you about how you’ll have so much love for this new little person, and you will, but the first couple weeks are really really hard. This will easily be the most exhausted, scared, and overwhelmed that you will ever be. You are sent home with this little person that cries seemingly nonstop and has so many needs that have to be met, but you will have no idea what you’re doing. Frankly, I’d be more worried if you didn’t cry. Recognize that these feelings are most likely normal. Use your partner, your friends, or your family to lean on for all of the support that you need. All of that being said, postpartum depression (PPD) is very real and very common. If you suspect that what you’re feeling is more than just being a little overwhelmed, you should absolutely contact your doctor immediately. There are treatments that are safe, even for breastfeeding Mamas. PPD is a biological condition. It does not mean that you are weak or that you do not love your child. It can happen to anyone and getting the help that you need makes you my personal hero.

 You Will Be Terrified To Go To The Bathroom

You literally just had a human being exit your body. If you aren’t afraid to go to the bathroom after that, you’re a much braver woman than I am. You’ll most likely be taking a lot of pain medication that can make it especially hard to go to the bathroom, making matters even worse. Throw in some stitches if you had any tearing during delivery and you’ve got something straight out of your worst nightmare. I suggest buying stool softeners before you deliver so you’ll have them handy when you get home. Take the highest possible dose. You’ll be glad you did.

You Will Most Likely Still Look Pregnant

“Aw! When are you due?” asks the evil woman in line behind you at the drug store. “Two months ago! Thanks,” you reply. This is an actual conversation from my actual life that I actually had. For a while after delivery, you’ll still have lots of fluid in your body, your organs will still be all rearranged, and you will have some baby weight. You should! To maintain a healthy pregnancy, you have to gain some amount of weight to make sure that you and baby are getting all of the nutrients that you need. It took you 9 to 10 months to put on this weight. It will very likely take you just as long, if not longer (seriously, who has time to work out?) to lose it. You may never lose it. That is also okay. Rest assured that even if you don’t lose any weight immediately (or ever), you will absolutely not look pregnant for the rest of your life. In the meantime, give that evil drug store lady a mental middle finger and go home and snuggle your sweet baby up against your soft, squishy belly.

You Will Bleed… For Longer Than You Expect

Obviously, some amount of bleeding is expected, but no one tells you just how much. Especially for breastfeeding Mamas, constant or off-and-on bleeding can be expected for up to two months. It will eventually get less and less heavy, but it will still be there. They will give you these weird mesh underwear in the hospital and show you how to put not one, but two maxi pads in them. Lovely. My number one advice to you is to swallow your pride and buy some adult diapers to bring with you to the hospital. It sounds silly and unnecessary, but I promise you it is so much more comfortable. All of the nurses will be very impressed with how wise you were to have that kind of forethought. I know getting praise for buying adult diapers to bring to the hospital just sound like a dream come true. So glamourous. You’ll only need to use these for a few days and after that is when the oh-so-sexy mesh underwear and maxi pads will come in handy. Seriously though, buy them here. You’ll be glad you did.

You May Not Bond With Baby Immediately

The little person that you’ve been so anxiously waiting for all this time is finally here. You’re supposed to feel this immediate, incredible bond like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, right? For some people this absolutely happens, and thats wonderful. For some people it does not, and that is absolutely okay. Sure you love them, but you just met this little one. Not feeling that “bond like no other” that people love to talk about right away does not make you a bad parent. It does not mean that you don’t love your child. You two just need a little time to figure each other out. Eventually, it will happen and you’ll finally see what all the hype was about.

Your Super Pregnant Lady Sense Of Smell Will Still Be There

Tell your partner that you’re sorry, but that burger with onions is still off the menu unless they want to eat it outside. I’m kind of convinced that this never really goes away. Which is lovely since dirty baby diapers and spit up absolutely smell like roses. Gag.

You Will Have Contractions While Breastfeeding

Yeah. Just like the ones you had during labor. These contractions are to help move all of your guts and organs back to where they belong. It hurts. If you’re miserable, don’t be a martyr. Take the pain medicine. You’ve already got enough on your plate.

Your Home Will Be A Wreck

Whatever. This is so low on the priority list. You’ll tell yourself before that you’ll never be one of those people who lets your children destroy your lovely home. But they will.Invest in some attractive storage baskets to corral all of your various baby supplies in. I have these and these.  I suggest buying a large pack of paper plates, bowls, and cutlery beforehand because you’ll probably rather be dead than wash a dish. Almost 4 months PP and I’m still using paper plates whenever possible. It doesn’t make you lazy, it just means that you think that time spent bonding with your little one is more important that doing the dishes. If you’re feeling especially proactive, you can subscribe to paper plates, bowls, and cutlery on Amazon. Again, you’ll be glad you did. #SubscribeAndSaveIsLife

People Will Want To Visit. You Will Not Be Interested.

The worst offenders here tend to be people without children, or people with grown adult children. They either don’t know or have forgotten how tough and tiring those first few weeks can be. Do not be afraid to say no! They’ll most likely understand. If they don’t, they’re the one with a problem, not you. Or better yet, tell them they can come by if they pick up those few things you needed from the grocery store first (or whatever other errand or chore you really need help with). Tell them ahead of time that they can come visit for whatever amount of time you’re comfortable with and then they’ll have to go so you can put baby down for a nap, feed baby, insert whatever other excuse you deem appropriate here. Don’t worry about cleaning your house first. Don’t worry about getting all dolled up. They’re not there to look at you or assess your housekeeping skills. They’re there to see the baby.

Did you experience anything postpartum that you were totally unprepared for? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission for items purchased through my blog, at no cost to you. All items advertised are items that I actually use and all opinions are 100% my own!