Peanut Butter Chia Balls

This was one of my favorite recipes when I was pregnant, and I’m making it again now that breastfeeding is making me even more hungry. The bite-sized morsels are perfect for tiding me over between meals, and fill me up enough that I snack less. Plus, there’s just enough sugar to satiate my sweet-tooth. You can adjust the amount of sugar based on your taste, so it’s a good recipe for anyone avoiding the sweet stuff.

My nieces loved this energy-packed snack as well, so it’s kid approved!

Mine look darker than this because I added cocoa and my flax seed wasn’t golden


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Thumbs vs. Pacifiers

When Frances was 3 weeks old we started giving her a pacifier. Even as brand new parents we could tell she needed to comfort suck, and feeding on demand was giving her a lactose overload. She would gladly take the pacifier but as soon as she’d start to relax the pacifier would fall out of her mouth and she’d start crying again. After a few days we tired of this game and stopped. I was reading the archives and saw that Joy had better luck with pacifiers.

Thumb Sucking Practice

Thumb Sucking Practice

In the absence of a pacifier, Frances continued sucking on her whole fist to self-sooth. This produced a sound so loud, I swear you could hear it next door. I don’t think she was happy with it either. I half-heartedly tried to show her how to suck her thumb a few times, but I wasn’t sure it was a good idea. I mean, it’s just a bad habit to have to break later, right?
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White Noise Apps

Now that Francis is sleeping more at night, she’s having a harder time falling asleep for her nap.  Unless I’m carrying her around on my back, she fights sleep no matter how tired she is.  I didn’t mind too much until I hurt my back and carrying her meant my back never had a chance to heal.  Since a well rested baby is a happy baby, I needed to find another solution.

It wasn’t until another mom at my breastfeeding support group brought it up that I was reminded about white noise.  Of course!  Later that day when Frances started rubbing her eyes and getting inconsolably fussy that I downloaded a white noise app on my phone and gave it a whirl.  Let’s just say it worked like magic.
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Father’s Day Product Review: EO Products for Men

I’m a sucker for beauty products, and I usually stick with ones with plant based ingredients. EO Products have all the things I’m looking for: sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free, no parabens, and pure essential oils.  I thought I’d review a couple of EO Products For Men just in time for Father’s Day.  The soap is a shampoo/shower/shave combo and the lotion is for hands/face/body and both come in a large pump.  So not only are they organic, but multi-use too!

I had my husband try out the EO Everyone Soap For Men so I could include a man’s perspective.  He said the scent was light enough that he didn’t notice it, and it got him clean enough.  He said that he had to use a lot of it, four pumps for his chin-length hair and three pumps for his body.  It wasn’t a deal breaker, but he only has to use one pump of the conventional soap and shampoo he normally uses. I tried it myself to see if I agreed, and I did have to use quite a bit more than my regular soap and shampoo.
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Slightly Healthier Puppy Chow

I’ve had Chex Mix before, but I hadn’t heard of Chex Puppy Chow until a few weeks ago. I was searching for something I could snack on while breastfeeding that would be sweet and tide me over between meals, but that wasn’t terribly unhealthy (like a plate of cookies, which is what I had been eating). I adapted this recipe from Undercover Mother after her version didn’t turn out for me.  This recipe, by the way, is gluten-free (as long as you use rice or corn chex) and can be made 100% organic.

Slightly Healthier Puppy ChowSlightly Healthier Puppy Chow

  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter (not the sweetened kind)
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Losing the Baby Weight

I stepped on the scale after giving birth and was so excited that I had already lost 15 pounds. That was before I realized it was the baby and placenta I had lost, and that this trend was not going to continue. Now, more than three months later, the number on the scale still hasn’t budged.

My treadmill, gathering dust

My treadmill, gathering dust


I worked extra hard to stay fit during my pregnancy. Then the bed rest and recovery period, not to mention caring for a newborn, knocked me off my routine. So now any muscle I had has turned to mush after three months of doing nothing.
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Book Review: Black & White

Although Frances is seeing in color now, she still loves her book Black & White by Tana Hoban. The pages of this board book fold out so you can prop it up on the ground in front of her. The high contrast images capture her attention and hold it until she’s had her fill. Her favorite image at the moment is the butterfly.

My only complaint is that if these images are really “objects from your child’s ever-growing world”, then what’s sailboat doing in there. I wish all the images were things she’s familiar with at her current age, like maybe a crib instead of a chair. Or a hand instead of a fork.
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Reusable Baby Wipes

Even if you don’t have the time or inclination (or laundry facilities) to use cloth diapers, you can still use reusable wipes! A stack of cheap wash clothes is a good way to go, or just cut up a couple of old towels (you could buy them at a thrift store if you don’t have towels to spare).

Here are some clothes and sprayers that would work

Homemade wipes with sprayer

Homemade wipes with sprayer

I inherited a stack of flannel wipes from my sister-in-law. These 6×6 squares are made of two layers sewn together with a double seam. The edges were cut with pinking shears so although they unraveled a bit at first, they stopped after a few washings. I ended up making more so I don’t have to do laundry as often, and it was very easy (if not a bit time consuming). I also have gotten pretty good at using one side and then folding it in half to use the next time (depending on the messiness of the diaper, of course).
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Review: Diaper Rash Creams

For the first three weeks, Frances had the worst diaper rash.  We tried powders and creams, like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Cream, but nothing seemed to work.

It wasn’t until a friend suggested Weleda Calendula Diaper Care, 2.8-Ounce that the rash finally went away. I’m pretty sure that means it was a yeast rash.  Frances is so much happier now, and I don’t have to waste my time worrying about her sad red tushie!

Tried this one, maybe these other calendula creams would be good too.

Have you had issues with diaper rash? What did you do to get rid of it?

Breastfeeding Support

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Picture by Mahalie Stackpole

As I’m sure you already know, breastfeeding is not only good for your baby, it’s also economical and environmentally friendly. It’s also easier said than done. While some babies latch right away, it can take a lot of time and effort for others to become comfortable breastfeeding. An improper latch can be frustrating for the baby and painful for mom and hard to correct if you don’t have any guidance!

Fortunately, there are many resources out there for moms who wish to breastfeed. Books such as The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 6th Edition: 25th Anniversary Edition are useful, but it’s even better if you can join a breastfeeding support group.
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