Breastfeeding Awareness Month + Lansinoh SmartPump, Bessie’s Best Lactation Cookies, & Mason Bottle GIVEAWAY!

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With a second baby on the way, nursing is going to be making a comeback in my day-to-day life! This time around, I am working full-time and pumping will be a big part of my routine. I always get excited when National Breastfeeding Awareness Month rolls around because I know how many moms truly struggle with this aspect of motherhood and it is HARD. And mamas who don’t nurse, I still love you, too, and, support you on your journey of motherhood! You’re all amazing.

From my pictures and stories, it may seem like breastfeeding came so easily to me and my daughter. It sure started out easily in the hospital – perfect latch, ate like a monster, plenty of wet diapers. I was convinced something had to be wrong… it can’t be THIS easy can it? The answer? NOPE. It cannot be that easy. When we got home from the hospital, it was like my daughter totally forgot what the heck she was doing. Her latch hurt, she cried, I cried. It was a mess. I was exhausted and convinced I was doing something so wrong. Some days, I lost my determination to keep going and bottles looked SO appealing. My husband was and is my rock. His encouragement is literally one of the biggest blessings in my life. He saw me struggle and he knew I was struggling. I’m sure he thought it would be easier to just give bottles instead. But, he also knew how badly I wanted to breastfeed and he encouraged me to keep fighting for that. So I did. We did. My daughter did. And we succeeded. We finally got back into a groove and a routine. We had some hiccups along the way, but, we did it. We nursed until she was 2 years old and I am so proud! I think if I hadn’t gone back to work, she probably would have still nursed at least a couple times during the day and night for a bit longer. I have such a special place in my heart for my nursing mamas, whether you’ve nursed for 2 minutes or 2 years.

So, with National Breastfeeding Week wrapping up and it being Breastfeeding Awareness Month , I am so excited to show you some of my favorite products for nursing mamas and there’s an AMAZING giveaway thrown in here too ;) Woo hoo!

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DIY Diaper Pail Fresheners

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Babies are stinky. Toddlers are stinky. Diaper pails are SUPER STINKY.

I’ll be honest…I usually “forget” to take out the diaper pail trash and then lovingly ask my husband when he gets home- “Babe, I totally forgot! Can you take out Lil’s trash for me? Thanks! Love you!”

Horrible, I know. Imposing that horrendous stink upon him after a long day is cruel, huh? However, on most days, diaper pail fresheners can help A LOT to avoid gagging until you pass out while trying to dispose of that bag in record time. 

There are tons of fancy fresheners that you can buy from the store or order online, but, they are way over-priced and either 1.) full of other chemicals or 2.) nothing more than ingredients you probably have at home already!

So, we decided to make our own pail fresheners and we’ve been doing it since our girl was itty bitty! 

These diaper pail fresheners are super easy and only have 3 ingredients, plus, the batch makes a TON so you’re set for a couple months. I found the original “recipe” from One Good Thing By Jillee!

DIY Diaper Pail Fresheners
Yields 12
A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to keep your diaper pails smelling fresh...well, as fresh as can be expected ;)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups baking soda
  2. 1 – 2 cups distilled water (or you can boil your water for 10 minutes.)
  3. Peppermint essential oil (or whatever oil you choose. Citrus would be good too!*)
  4. Silicone mold or muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Add a 3 to 4 drops of essential oil to approximately 1/2 cup water.
  2. Pour the water/oil mixture into the baking soda and mix well.
  3. Continue to add water until you have a THICK paste.
  4. Divide the mixture into your molds or muffin tin cups.
  5. Let dry 24 to 48 hours until completely hardened. **
  6. Once hardened, store in an air-tight container (I use a nice Rubbermaid Tupperware and store them in the freezer!)
Notes
  1. * Ideally, choose a scent that is a little overpowering so it can battle the stink!
  2. ** The disks NEED to be COMPLETELY dry or else they will crumble apart all over- ideally, letting them dry for the full 48 hours is best
  3. *** I have read you can crumble the used disks into a load of laundry, but, my disks STINK after being in the pail so I toss them after a few trash changes.
Adapted from One Good Thing by Jillee
http://crunchyontheweekend.com/

Have you ever made your own deodorizing disks to freshen up different things? These disks can be used for so much more than just diaper pails (stinky gym bags, regular trash cans, general room fresheners, etc.)!

Let me know how these work out for you! I love them! :)

 

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Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set + Traditional Medicinals Mother’s Milk Tea GIVEAWAY!

Mamas- are you on a breastfeeding journey or about to start one!?

Whether you are a new mom or a well-seasoned mom, this Breastfeeding Starter Kit from Lansinoh  along with some Mother’s Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals will be a huge help!

Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set ($30 Value)
Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set ($30 Value)

This awesome set includes:

– 24 Disposable Nursing Pads 
– 1 LatchAssist™ Nipple Everter
– 2 Thera°Pearl® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Packs
– 1 HPA® Lanolin Tube (.25oz)

Breastfeeding can be TOUGH. Thankfully, companies like Lansinoh understand and make some awesome products to make nursing a little easier :)

The disposable nursing pads are my FAVORITE. They have been the most comfortable pads I have used- soft but durable enough to last the day without falling apart or leaking. These nursing pads are also discreet under your clothing which is a huge plus! The last thing I want (besides a milk stained shirt) are huge, bulky nursing pads showing through my shirt!

I have a couple friends who had some stubborn nipples when it came to nursing. This can create a very difficult situation, especially for new nursing moms- talk about discouraging and an affected milk supply. Lansinoh’s Nipple Everter will help your sweet little one get the latch you want them to get! Crisis averted and everyone is happy- especially that boob-lovin’ baby ;)

New moms- your boobs get sore and tender, right? I get it, and it is not pleasant! Pop the Breast Therapy Packs in the fridge or freezer for some serious relief from engorgement and pain. Warm them up to aid in milk letdown, clogged ducts, and mastitis relief. You can even use these packs while pumping to help your milk production! A win all around!

LANOLIN. This stuff was a lifesaver for me during the first few months of nursing my girl. A sometimes poor latch, frequent nursing, and pumping can leave your nipples tender and sore. Lanolin provides great relief while helping to heal cracks and other ouchies! Plus, it’s safe for baby to ingest- in small amounts so don’t let your little sugar pie use your lanolin tube as a teething toy, k? :)

Traditional Medicinals Mother's Milk Tea

I think every mom worries about milk production and whether she’s getting enough (side note- the amount you pump has no indication in how much milk baby is getting while nursing!). I love Mother’s Milk Tea by Traditional Medicinals. It gives my supply a little boost when I’m doubting myself the most! It has a slight black licorice taste to it (which I personally love!) and gets the job done!

So, are you convinced that you need and want this set yet!? If so, enter below for a chance to win and be on the way to a happy breastfeeding journey, thanks to Lansinoh and Traditional Medicinals!

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The Reasons Behind Toddler Meltdowns

We’ve all been there…doing anything you can to make your kiddo happy when they’re in a ‘mood’. In our house, we find all sorts of ridiculous things to distract our girl from what she’s really upset about…nothing. Yep, that’s the reason behind most meltdowns- nothing. Oh, and these meltdowns? The ‘tude goes from ‘happy go lucky’ to ‘here’s my evil twin’ in less than a couple seconds. FUN. You’ve seen this transformation. It looks something like this…

Meltdown Progression IMG_20150206_163647464 IMG_20150206_163646902 IMG_20150206_163645715 IMG_20150206_163645093 IMG_20150206_163644563 IMG_20150206_163644037 IMG_20150206_163643444 IMG_20150206_163642969 IMG_20150206_163642437 IMG_20150206_163641844 IMG_20150206_163641315 Meltdown Progression

If you’re anything like me, you try to mentally document each occurrence while trying not to laugh hysterically at the grump faces being created by this tiny little human. What a simple life she has when one of her only upsets is not being able to put her own sock on yet. Can I go back and live in that time!? I will trade in my grown-up responsibilities and bills any day to have the simple life of a toddler.

Tantrum

I’ve started keeping track of the ridiculous reasons that result in a meltdown lately. Prepare to be amused :)

  • Daddy threw a boob pad at her and it landed on her head- torture, I know…
  • She can’t put her sock on by herself
  • We closed the baby gate to stairs- ya know, since we don’t want her falling or anything
  • She can’t reach the salad spinner
  • We tell her not to lick the fridge
  • We tell her not to rip apart her flip books- I mean, why would we want to keep those?
  • The dog takes his ball back after she hands it to him- since it’s his after all…
  • She throws the toy she’s playing with out of the pack’n’play but immediately wants it back- how dare we not know that!
  • She shoves her food away, but, gets upset when we put it in the fridge- it’s cool, I like spoiled food too.
  • I tell her not to pull on my earrings, noses, lips, eyelashes, and hair- silly me, how superficial for me to want to keep all those things intact
  • She bites me when nursing and I tell her ouch- why would I want to keep that nipple anyways?
  • She can’t give the dog a treat EVERY time he comes inside- we don’t need any more diets in this house kiddo!
  • We tell her not to bite on the freezer handle- we’d like for her to keep those chompers that took 10 months to acquire
  • Her movie ends- won’t be the first kiddo.
  • She can’t have the wasabi mayo with her fish (side note- finally gave in and gave her some and she LOVED it- yay baby led weaning!)
  • We take our coats off and she can’t zip them over and over anymore
  • We ask her if she’s ready to get out of the bath tub- I like soaking in freezing cold water too!
  • I put the wrong colored block on the stack- how dare I not be able to read her mind!?
  • I won’t let her grab my laptop- how silly of me to not want her to delete the stuff I’ve been working on for days!
  • She sees the buttons on her sweater- sorry kid, you’re going to see a lot of buttons in your life!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…I’ve just recently started keeping track of these ridiculous meltdowns. It sure does help me keep a good attitude when the meltdowns happen though! It will be a great day to reminisce about her ridiculousness when she’s a teenager :)

What crazy things do your kiddos have meltdowns over!? Tell me in the comments- I’d love to hear about them!

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