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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding and the Go-Between

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This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign. 

September of 2008 had me in Las Vegas for a work trip with the hubs, my 4.5 month old firstborn in tow. I was struggling to get comfortable with breast feeding and opted to leave my manual pedal pump at home and bring along an enormous, rented hospital pump. Needless to say, I wasn't that successful pumping and leaving the bottles with my parents, who came along to babysit during the fancy dinners. I ended up back in their room multiple times, nursing a baby who didn't like his bottle.

Baby #2 was a bit easier and we started with the bottle far earlier. I bought a good pump (y'all don't even try manual!), I felt more comfortable and big bro loved bottle feeding his baby brother. I quickly learned that it wasn't necessarily just how early you started the bottle, it also how the baby liked the bottle itself. Still, it wasn't a frequently used thing, because he much preferred mom to the bottle and I didn't have much reason to need to use a bottle. 

Baby #3 has 2 big brothers that are so very anxious to feed him "special milk" so I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I needed bottles that can easily handle the breast to bottle transition. I'm also a lot busier now than I was with my firstborn. I have school events, baseball games, and a much more active social life than I did with my first. For those times, it will be really nice to have a baby that can take a bottle. Much less for me to be able to wear something out other than a button down shirt, amiright? 

Thankfully, I've found a new bottle that I'm really excited to use for baby #3. The Munchkin LATCH bottle was specifically designed to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. 

As any Lactation Consultant would tell you, proper latch is achieved when the mom's nipple reaches all the way back to baby's soft palate. The one-of-a-kind LATCH nipple moves and stretches, just like the breast, to ensure an easy and proper latch. When the baby is getting the same flow with a bottle as with the breast, they are going to be much happier with the transition between the two. The state 1 nipple is perfectly designed to allow a reduced rate to your newborn, with stage 2 and 3 increasing the flow as your baby grows. 
The LATCH system works, with only a few simple parts, to reduce colic. This means you don't have a million pieces on your drain every night. Finally! Thank goodness!

I'm so lucky that I've been able to successfully breastfeed my babies so far. It's not easy. There's pain and awkwardness to begin with, but I'm so glad that Munchkin is helping us breastfeeding mamas out so much. Being able to pump and not whip it out in the mall or a restaurant is quite lovely and I plan to be doing that much more the third time around!

You can buy Munchkin LATCH bottles from Target, Babies'R'Us, or right from Munchkin, where you can save up to 15%! 

This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pregnancy Food Craving: Fried Chicken

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by KFC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about KFC Popcorn Nuggets, all opinions are my own.

Let's talk about one of my latest and favorite pregnancy cravings. Fried Chicken. Now, I'm from Georgia and have had some really really good fried chicken in my life. I definitely don't want to be let down on some crummy stuff when I have a craving for it! 

So where have I been visiting lately? KFC. They have these tasty little Popcorn Nugget pieces that hit the spot every time. Their Go Cups® give me Popcorn Nuggets with a side of potato wedges and it fits right in my cup holder. Total win.

Now, everyone has take out nights. Those nights you don't want to cook and you end up ordering something, usually the same thing as you ordered last time, and picking it up for dinner. Well, I can tell you that your family is probably tired of it! It's time to get nuggets! And not just any nuggets. No one wants the pressed, formed nuggets that aren't even tasty. It's time for a Nugget-vention! Your kids will be thanking you if you get the 100% white meat Popcorn Nuggets from KFC. They're real chicken, that's crunchy and in fun, bite-sized pieces your whole family will love. 

Try KFC's Popcorn Nuggets for a kids Birthday party, sleepover, or your next meal on the go. The bucket and boxes are perfect for a picnic or the ball field! 

Grab KFC Popcorn Nuggets on their own to share, in a $5 Fill Up, or a fun Go Cup®! Any way you look at it, you're going to have some happy kids. Or pregnant wife

Monday, March 23, 2015

Recipe: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles (My Afternoon Pick-Me-Up!)

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Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Rice Krispies Treats have long been a favorite of mine. The individually wrapped ones are a go to if I need a fun snack in case of a sweet tooth. A cool thing about the Rice Krispies Treats, is that they're so versatile. You can top them, dip them, use them in recipes, or just eat them plain! Today, though, I'm sharing my favorite way to eat them and that's as Rice Krispies Treats Truffles. 

Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

They make for an elegant looking dessert, without being a big fuss to make. You end up with something like a box of chocolates, with different flavors in each little truffle. 

To start, I use packaged Rice Krispies Treats, cut in half. Each individual treat makes 2 truffles. 
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Ingredients: (Makes 24 truffles, 6 of each variety)

12 Rice Krispies Treats, individually wrapped bars
12 oz chocolate almond bark
1/2 cup powered sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp caramel sauce
1/4 cup plain M&M's, chopped or crushed
1/2 cup JET-PUFFED miniature marshmallows 
1 graham cracker, crushed 
6 peanut butter M&M's

Instructions for each variety:

Turtle Truffles:
Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Gently flatten 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats bar. Place 4-5 pecan pieces inside, followed by a drizzle of caramel sauce. Roll into a ball and dip in melted almond bark. When almost solid, put a little caramel sauce on the back of a pecan and press onto top of truffle. 

S'mores Truffles:
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Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Gently flatten 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats bar. Place 3 JET-PUFFED miniature marshmallows inside and roll into a ball. Dip in melted almond bark. Immediately sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. 

M&M Truffles:
Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Roll 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats bar into a ball. Dip in melted almond bark. Immediately sprinkle with chopped plain M&M's. 

Peanut Butter Truffles: 
Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #Kreatemyhappy

Mix together peanut butter, powered sugar and vanilla. Evenly split into 6 portions and flatten each portion out. Set aside. Roll 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats bar into ball. Wrap ball with peanut butter mixture, rolling in hands until completely covered. Dip in melted almond bark. Immediately top with one peanut butter M&M. 

I just make one variety at a time, so I don't end up topping one the wrong way. It's hard to tell what kind each one is before the toppings are on! Another tip, is if you microwave your Rice Krispies Treats for about 10 seconds before you add ingredients or try to shape them, they are a little bit easier. It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but I'm willing to bet you have most of them in your pantry. You don't need much of each thing! 

Now here's another exciting part. Starting tomorrow, March 24th through May 3rd, you can vote on your favorite Kellogs Rice Krispies Treats recipe in a challenge and mine is one of them! But the winning isn't just for me. Each vote you make gives you a chance to win prizes, including:

$250 gift cards 
Beats PillsBy Dr. Dre
Kellogs Rice Krispies Treats 
and much more! 
You can find Rice Krispies Treats at your favorite retailer, mine, obviously being Target!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Art Of Entertaining with Estancia

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The Art of Entertaining with Estancia
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There's not much I'm more enthusiastic about than entertaining. I love having people over, cooking delicious food and making a swoon worthy spread. Over the weekend, we had a wine tasting party, complete with pairings and blind tastings.   photo a09f4fb9-5121-43f3-ba4e-d3d0fb715355_zps62db9619.jpg  photo IMG_2550_zpsefa2984c.jpg When we moved to California in 2007, we weren't big wine drinkers. That quickly changed after many Saturdays spent in Napa, tasting all the delicious varieties that the west coast had to offer. We developed a love for California Cabernets, with Estancia being a favorite. Estancia Vineyards started in Monterey, California, where the midday heat, along with morning and afternoon fog, create a perfect grape growing climate.
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 photo e3f5268b-6954-4c98-ab20-0df0563f8254_zpse023139d.jpg There is nothing, in my mind, that goes better with wine than cheese. We've been known to have post-bedtime date nights, with just that for dinner! Creating a great cheese spread isn't that difficult. You'll need several varieties of cheese, some labels you can write on and some condiments. Some type of nuts, dried fruit and some prosciutto or smoked sausage is perfect. You'll want make sure there is a variety of soft and hard cheeses. For this party, I used smoked gouda, jarlsberg swiss, blue, cranberry cinnamon goat cheese and a caramel apple brie. I made the brie myself, simply wrapping a wheel of brie up in a piece of puff pastry and baking it. After it was done, I topped it with caramel sauce and diced apple, them stuck it back in the oven for about 5 minutes. It's my absolute favorite! 

There are plenty of options for the actual board you present on. I found this slate cheese board that I love and it's nice because you don't have to worry about it breaking when people hit a knife into it. 
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Since it's Valentine's Day this week, I decided we definitely needed to sip some red wine with a heart shaped box of chocolates, right?!
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Along with those chocolates, I made chocolate cheesecake bars and they were amazing. (You can find the easy recipe a bit further down in this post!I also used some crunchy breadsticks and wrapped each one in a thin slice of prosciutto, which pairs well with Pinot Noir. 
 photo IMG_2525_zps3e60c260.jpg When people are drinking a bit of wine, I like to have some bread around. A little bit of good olive oil, with some spices sprinkled in, makes for a simple, yet delicious appetizer for in between tastes.  
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Now for a really fun part, blind tasting. I love doing this, especially with people who swear by expensive wine. To see them pick the $10-$15 bottle over the $50 one is so fun. Have some cards available for people to write down their thoughts, put 3-5 bottles in paper bags (making sure no one can see the labels!) and pour everyone a taste. Allow everyone to vote on each bottle and compare the results. You may have a new favorite wine!
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Now let's talk about these Chocolate Cheesecake Bars...they're so good and so easy, so you will definitely want to make these. 
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They start with a crust layer, made out of cake mix. 
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Top that with a cheesecake filling,
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Then finish with some more of the crust mix, crumbled on top. Bake, cool, cut and serve. That easy! 
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Crust layer:
1 box chocolate cake mix 
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

Cheesecake layer:
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 Tbsp. milk
1 egg
1 cup sugar

Mix crust, reserving 1 cup. Press into 9x13 and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Whip filling until fluffy. Spread onto baked crust and top with reserved crust mixture. Bake for 25 minutes, cooling completely before cutting into squares.
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Hopefully these tips will help you host your very own wine tasting party! Whether it's a romantic Valentine's tasting for 2, or a party with lots of your friends, wine tasting is a fun way to inspire, entertain and enjoy time together. 

You can probably tell that my favorite pairing is cabernet with brie cheese or chocolate. What is your favorite wine and food pairing? 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Favorite Winter Workouts

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own. 

Workouts in the winter. The struggle is real, y'all. I talked recently about my tips for staying active in the winter, which is so important for me. I don't want to get to bikini season with regrets! Today, though, I wanted to talk more about my favorite types of workouts. Some workouts motivate me more. Some are just more enjoyable. I love working out in the comfort of my home, especially in the winter when I don't want to go out in the cold!

I love the P90X3 workout DVDs. They are 30 minutes long, so totally doable. But man, they're pretty hardcore! I like to do them a couple times a week, since they're such great, total body workouts. I also love Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred DVD. It's about the same length of time, but much less intense than the P90X. 

There are plenty of days, though, where I just do my own thing. I will often do jumping jacks, high knees and a mix of some of my favorite moves to get to a 20-30 minute workout. Here are some moves that are most effective for me. 

Squats. These are high on my to-do list. They burn lots of calories, since you're using such big muscles and they keep your backside bikini ready! I like to do them with weights, too. 

Weighted squat

Ab routine. I'm a mom...enough said! My skin will never be the same on my stomach, but if I'm consistent in my ab workouts, it really makes a difference in how I look. My favorites include a v up, so go from a lying position up to this. You can also do a v hold, which is just holding this position. Talk about burn! V up/V hold

Medicine ball twist is no joke. Rotate from side to side, touching the ground each time. You could also use a weight for this instead. 
Medicine ball twist

Mountain climbers are great cardio as well as ab workout. In a push up position, bring your knee to your elbow and put it back. Repeat on the other side. If you do this quickly, like you're running, your heart will get to racing! I like to bring knee to opposite elbow, to work more of the obliques. 
Mountain Climbers

Yoga. I'm not as big of a fan of yoga as I should be, but it sure is good for you. I think it's hard for me to relax and do a workout that isn't fast paced, but it's such a good thing for your muscles. I do use several of the common yoga stretches after every workout, whether it's my own made-up one, or a run. The downward dog is one of my favorites. Downward dog

Of course any workout is better if you're dressed for the occasion. I'm a fan of the tighter workout gear that doesn't get in my way when I'm moving. I love the C9 line at Target for clothing that is perfect for working out and looks great enough to wear out. If I get up and put on my workout clothing, I'm much more likely to be active that day. Sometimes, I don't have time to workout in the morning before errands, but I feel comfortable wearing my C9 pieces out, then I'm ready to get in my sweat sesh at naptime!

So who's ready to commit to winter workouts? It can be as easy as a handful of basic moves like I like to do. Any workout you do is better than nothing! 

How do you like to work out in the winter? 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Garth Brooks "Mom" (and win a trip to his concert!)

I used to get so irritated with my mom when she would say "you'll understand when you're a mom". What teenager wants to hear that? I loved my family and cared about their well being. I didn't understand how the love that I felt and knew, could be different than hers. 

Then I became a mom. 

It's all just different. You're completely responsible for this little life, from the minute it begins growing in you, through forever. You're love is incomparable. Overwhelming. Mind boggling. 

I think part of it comes in their unconditional love for you. They forgive without question and think you're beautiful in your absolute worst state. There's nothing in the whole world you wouldn't do or give for your child. It's just natural. 

There's no greater gift I could be given, than that of being a mom. Garth Brooks new song "Mom" talks about that amazing gift. I'm a huge country music fan, so of course, I love the song. If you're a softie like me, grab a tissue and listen to the clip here

If you want the song, you can now download it from GhostTunes. It's a full-service online music platform offering millions of songs, albums, products and creative bundles from artists across all genres. GhostTunes is actually founded by Garth Brooks, to give fans the freedom to listen to purchased music on the device of their choice, while providing artists with a new way to sell their music any way they dream.

In celebration of Garth Brook’s brand new single, “Mom,” GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth in concert, complete with hotel and airfare! For more information and to enter to win the contest here!

Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrendsThe opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Minecraft Gameband Party!

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Simple Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the release of the new Minecraft Gameband, a cool way to have a portable Minecraft, with a fun party. 
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
Before I go telling you how cool that little thing is, check out our Minecraft everything party. I seriously had such a blast prepping for this party. I made sure nothing was crazy difficult. It's so often that you see these elaborate parties that have just taken so much time and effort to put together. But, I'm here to tell you, that you can throw a fabulous party, without losing sleep or getting grey hair. 
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
The "Creeper Juice" was a big hit. They were just Mountain Dew bottles with the labels peeled off and duct tape added. 
Minecraft Gameband Party Creeper Juice: Stilettos and Diapers
A little bit of a simpler take on the cake pop, is the marshmallow pop. A large marshmallow is dipped in melted candy melts and voila. Way easier than making all those little balls! I used some black candy melts and a toothpick to make even more Creepers come to the party. 
Minecraft Gameband Party Creeper pops: Stilettos and Diapers When I was done with the marshmallow pop dipping, I used the leftover green candy melts to drizzle on cocoa rice krispie treats. These made for perfect little grass blocks. 
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
Other cool things we had, were TNT bundles out of licorice, "water blocks" out of blue jello and a pile of "diamonds" from the wedding department of a craft store. I found these printables for the food tent card as well as the small wall art. This one is for the cute TNT wrappers. They used them to wrap little poppers, which were really cute!
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers

There wasn't an unhappy person in attendance, from the little ones all the way to the teenagers!
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
Especially Cooper, since after all, he was the one with the Gameband.
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
So what is this thing? The Gameband, by Now Computing, is the first ever Minecraft wearable. It's a USB that doubles as a bracelet and watch. It's also features customization and that's Cooper's favorite part. His scrolls across and says "Coop Rocks!" You can have it show images or phrases, then choose how you want it to scroll. Cooper thinks he's definitely the coolest kid on the block with his cool tech bracelet.
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
The greatest feature, is that the Gameband saves your worlds, changes and all your work and backs it up on its cloud-based servers. It makes it so that you can play on your computer at home, grandma's computer while traveling for the holidays, or dad's computer on a trip to the office. (Or wherever else you happen to play!) Cooper loves that he can use it on his computer, or mine and always have his work saved for him. 
Minecraft Gameband Party: Stilettos and Diapers
The Gameband is available in sizes small and large, to fit every Minecraft fan. I found mine in the mobile gaming department at Target. If you have questions or feedback about the Gameband, Now Computing are the folks to reach out to. They make the Gameband and are affiliated with Minecraft. 
Think your Minecraft fan will want one under the tree this year? They're a hot item for the holidays, so make sure you call ahead to see if your store has it in stock. Happy diamond mining!

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