Now that our family has expanded to four, it feels at times as if the things in our home grown exponentially. I’m careful not to buy things we don’t need, but somehow we continue to accumulate more and in a tiny space, it takes discipline to stay organized.
This weekend, I spent an afternoon organizing my dishes in the kitchen. It’s something I have to do often, since they are all on open shelving. It felt good to go through the things I use frequently and keep them out, while placing others inside my tonsu in easy reach.
Tips to keep the house in relative order
- When you have kiddos, the toy situation can get out of control quickly. I try to be disciplined about not buying too much to begin with. I also try to get rid of a toy not being used before adding another. There are the essentials – in my home it’s trains and trucks – and other toys are used less.
- Tidy up often. I try to go through each closet once a month. When I clean it up, I also have a discerning eye for things that are simply taking up space.
- Try to come up with a system that actually works for you. For example, I had all of the baby bottles and cups in one drawer but I could never find what I was looking for. By simply getting two large bins, the drawer is now divided between toddler cups and the baby bottles.
- Before doing anything in the morning, I always make my bed. Things can get crazy trying to get my son to preschool and all of us out the door, but coming home to the beds made, give me peace of mind.
- Before going to bed, I spend 15 minutes putting things in place. This makes our morning a bit easier to handle.
I’m not perfect. When my guard is down and I’m exhausted, things seem to get out from under me. I try not to beat myself up and to start again the next day!
Photo of our living room cabinet
All I have to say is – I never thought I would be writing a post about lactation cookies, but alas it’s happening. After getting quite a few requests from friends and readers to post my go-to recipe, it felt right to share this delicious cookie recipe. While I’m not sure if these actually help me with milk production, the ingredients are all recommended for helping milk supply. And who doesn’t love an excuse to eat cookies? Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping, one thing is for certain – you’ll be wanting to snack a TON and why can’t it be something that satisfies your sweet tooth and helps your production of milk?
Hope you all enjoy this recipe. And let me know if you have any suggestions on altering it!
Mama’s Milk Cookies
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 3/4 c. oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c. almond butter
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. flax
3 T brewer’s yeast (my favorite)
1/3 c. water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts of your choice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Place parchment paper on cookie sheets to avoid burning.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a large bowl mix together almond butter, unsalted butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until it gets to a smooth, creamy consistency.
- Next, mix in eggs to the large bowl mixture.
- Gradually combine the flour mixture to the large mixing bowl.
- Add in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Add oats slowly and mix well.
- Roll dough into golf ball size circles and place on parchment paper cookie sheets.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Kathleen Major
September has brought summertime vibes in a HUGE way here in San Francisco. We not only had 100+ degree weather, but we’ve continued to have warm temperatures each and every day. I keep looking up into the sky for the fog to roll in but it’s not coming. I keep saying “where is the fog?” and Jackson responds “mama, it’s hiding!” – yes, it is!
This warm weather brings a more relaxed start to the fall season. I keep thinking I should be dressing up since I’m back to work but I can’t bring myself to do so in the heat. While I do love some warm weather, I’ve always been more of a cold weather gal – layers are my best friend. Is anyone with me?
Indian summer has arrived and it doesn’t look as though it’s going anywhere – so I’m embracing it and settling into a more chill vibe this month. All of this has made me appreciate a slower pace to life – something I might continue onto the hectic next few months that ahead.
What’s inspiring you this month?
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It’s hard for me to believe that Amelia is already three months old – times is FLYING by a little too quickly. Although it was quite an adjustment to become a family of four, I can’t imagine our lives without her. She definitely completes our family – she’s such a loving, gentle and happy little one that she’s made the transition for all of us so easy (as easy as it can be).
There are a few things that every parent has anxiety about when they are welcoming another little one into the family: 1). The transition for the older sibling and 2). Getting enough sleep. Both were at the top of my list before Amelia came. Eric and I worked together to make sure to carve out quality time with Jackson, which made the transition much easier. And the sleep didn’t seem quite as brutal as the first time around because Amelia breastfed right away (Jackson didn’t take to breastfeeding – more here).
Sleep is one of the topics with a newborn that everyone asks you about – how is she sleeping? Are you doing a dream feed? Do you let her cry it out yet? What’s your trick? All I have to say is no two babies are the same. What worked for Jackson, didn’t work for Amelia. What works for Amelia, won’t necessarily work for your kid. What I do know is that it doesn’t hurt to test out a few different methods to see what does work.
Amelia from day one was a sleeper – loved to feed, poop, sleep but she didn’t like to be swaddled. Jackson LOVED to be swaddled. We had the SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet (something friends have sworn by) but because she didn’t love to be swaddled, it wasn’t working for us. I kept trying it over and over again. Finally, around six weeks old, she started to love it. She just needed a little more time to get accustomed to it. If we had had this for Jackson he would’ve been a sleeper from day one.
Words cannot describe how much both my husband and I love the SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet. I can honestly say the fact that she takes two naps a day for two hours each and then sleeps from 7:30pm – 4 to 6am is amazing in my eyes. And she’s just 13 weeks old!
The benefits to having the SNOO
- Built-in swaddle. Something a lot of moms (myself included) worry about is whether their infant is safe sleeping. The SNOO comes with a built-in swaddle to ensure that your baby doesn’t roll over while swaddled. It’s amazing.
- No rocking required. We put Amelia down to sleep almost completely asleep but the rocking of the bassinet helps put her into a deeper slumber. Plus, not having to rock her to sleep every night has saved my arms.
- Adjusts to babies crying. If she begins to wake up the SNOO can sense it and begins to rock her back to sleep. There are a few different settings that it will switch between depending on her cry.
- Modern design. This is what attracted me to the bassinet the most – the sleek design. It goes with our aesthetic perfectly.
We honestly love this product and would put it at the top of our wish list again. Even though it took Amelia awhile to adjust to sleeping in it, we are now so thrilled that she loves it. When she wakes up from her naps and in the morning she has the biggest smile on her face. A sign of good sleep. I cannot sing this products praises enough!
If you want to find out more information about the SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet – click here. They’re currently offering $150 off when you sign up for their emails.
Disclaimer: The SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet was gifted to me but all opinions are honest and truthful. I test products all the time and only share items that I absolutely love with all of you.