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DIY Travel Themed Crate and Nursery Tour

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It can be stressful and expensive to decorate your tiny human's nursery. We took a different approach and incorporated some diy crafts.
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When we purchased our home last August, we knew exactly what room we wanted to be the nursery. It had a huge walk-in closet that could store all the baby items that we needed, including dozens of boxes of diapers.

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We thought about what we wanted the nursery to look like. We browsed the internet and spent far too much time on Pinterest. Then we discussed how the nursery would actually get used. The nursery is upstairs, directly above the master bedroom that's on the main floor. To get to the nursery from the master, you have to walk down a hallway through the kitchen and living room, then up the stairs, then down another long hallway. We would definitely not be able to be super responsive with a newborns needs and knew LadyBug would be rooming in with us for some time.
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Knowing that we weren't going to be getting much use out of the nursery for at least the first few months, we didn't want to dedicate too much towards a specific theme. We furnished it to be functional and neutral. When LadyBug is old enough, we will let her choose decor that fits her personality.

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The nursery was previously used as a little boy's room with three beige walls and one blue wall. Knowing that we were having a girl, we didn't really want to keep the blue wall so we painted over the blue with the same beige as the other four walls. We gave the room a crib, changing table, nightstand, and a baby rocker. It's about as bare-bones as could be.

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Click to tweet: How cute is this DIY travel themed crate?! 
There was one specific item that we wanted to incorporate in the nursery - a globe. We want LadyBug to have a desire and passion for travel. To go along with the globe, I made road map crates to hold items such as books, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. They were super easy to make and can be customized however you'd like. I used road maps for the states that A and I had previously lived.

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What You'll Need:

• wood crates (this set of three is a great price - better than what I paid)
acrylic sealer
craft knife
sponge brush
• road maps or other paper of choice

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How To:

• Use the craft knife to cut the map paper to the size of your crate.
• Dip the sponge brush into the acrylic sealer and coat the back of the map paper
• Lay the map paper onto crate and firmly press removing air bubbles
• Brush the top of the map paper with acrylic sealer
• Allow to dry overnight
• Use the craft knife to remove pieces of map paper that are too big for the crate

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How long did your baby room in with you and your spouse?
Did you have a theme for the baby's nursery?
What's your favorite nursery theme?

Trail Mix Lactation Cookies [Dairy-Free]

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trail mix cookies are filled with dried fruit and nuts making them a great snack to grab any time during the day because breastfeeding makes you a ravenous human. These cookies contain all the right ingredients to help boost your daily nutrients and milk supply. Not interested in lactation cookies? Try out the original Trail Mix Cookies
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Before LadyBug was born, I was told to stock my freezer with premade dinners and to stock my pantry with loads of snacks. But one thing that was not emphasized was that baby might not make an appearance by the 40th week. In fact, LadyBug decided to stay put until 41 weeks and 3 days, and my food stash was starting to run low. 


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One item that I would not let anyone, including myself, touch were the lactation cookies. There are so many horror stories on the web telling new moms that breastfeeding is REALLY hard work, dare I say impossible, and that it is likely that you will not produce enough milk for your baby.

Click to tweet: Eat these cookies to boost your milk supply.
Let me make it VERY clear - breastfeeding is hard work but gets easier with patience and practice. Also, you'll know your baby is getting enough milk if they have plenty of wet diapers (5+) each day and if they are gaining weight - that is, after the initial birth weight drop within the first few days.


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So let's get back to the trail mix lactation cookies! They contain two ingredients that are said to help milk supply - oatmeal and flaxseed. They also contain almonds which have been said to help decrease baby blues and postpartum depression. In addition to eating these cookies all day long, I would take two brewer's yeast tablets each evening. I can't say that these cookies and the brewer's yeast really helped 'boost' my milk supply since I started eating these the day I left the hospital - well before my milk even came in. Either way, they sure are delicious!



Trail Mix Lactation Cookies [Dairy-Free]

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 42 cookies
Nutrition per cookie: 111 Calories | 13 g Carbs | 5 g Fat | 3 g Protein | 7 g Sugar

Ingredients
  • very ripe, medium Banana
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (check ingredients label to verify 'peanuts' is the only ingredient)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 cup Oats
  • 1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips [*to make these dairy free - use dairy-free chocolate chips or omit]
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix together banana, sugar and honey.
  3. Add eggs and mix together one at a time.
  4. Mix in vanilla extract and peanut butter.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, salt, oats, flaxseed and flour.
  6. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.
  7. Stir in dried fruit, chocolates, and nuts. *Choose any fruits and nuts that you prefer
  8. Scoop out cookie dough using 1 tablespoon size balls.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool prior to eating.
  11. *Store extra cooked cookies in the freezer.
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Click to tweet: Nutritious cookies while you are breastfeeding. 
What's your favorite kind of cookie?
Have you ever stored premade cookies in the freezer?