Elf4Health Sponsor Shoutout

This post was sponsored by some of our Elf4Health sponsors. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. 

Hi Friends!

Elf 4 Health is drawing to a close and it’s been another awesome year. As we wrap things up, we just want to give a shoutout to some of our amazing sponsors! The purpose of these shoutouts is to introduce you to some of the amazing companies we work with by sharing our experiences with them and highlighting some of their products!

So here we go:

Manitoba Harvest

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Manitoba Harvest is one of the largest manufacturers of hemp foods.

From their website:

When it comes to hemp foods, we want to know as much as possible and be involved at every level – from seed to shelf. Luckily we are! We are tremendously proud to be the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell our own line of hemp foods.

We make virtually everything on-site at our world class manufacturing facility. Our manufacturing plant has achieved the highest level of global certification in food safety and quality (BRC Grade A).

They’re committed to quality and making an environmental difference which makes them one of my favorite companies:

Not every seed is created equal, we are the first, and only, hemp food manufacturer to have a comprehensive in-house quality control lab. Seed entering the Manitoba Harvest facility goes through a series of tests at various stages of production before being released to you.

Our facility has been refitted with reusable materials, energy saving utilities, and low-flow water taps. We offset carbon omissions by partnering with renewable choice and purchasing renewable energy credits (REC). By purchasing RECs, we are trying to balance energy used with renewable energy sources. Our REC purchase is equivalent to planting 1,009 mature trees and saving 272,449 miles driven in a car.

Manitoba Harvest partners with like-minded companies. We evaluate our suppliers not just on price, but also on their commitment to social and environmental responsibility. For example, when recently re-evaluating our flavored protein powder sweetener we chose to upgrade to coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is a low glycemic index sweetner AND it is sustainability sourced from small farmers. Coconut sugar may cost a little more but the quality and how the ingredient is sourced is important to us.

Wanna know more about hemp? Here are some fun facts:

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So, how can you eat them?

Try hemp hearts:

  • Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.

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Or check out their Hemp Protein powder:

  1. HempPro 70 – It’s water soluble and has a smooth texture! It’s also our higher protein option (the Original flavour has 20 grams of protein per 30 gram serving). We love this protein in a post run smoothie or yoga shake (yes, you can literally shake it with your favourite beverage and you’re good to go). Comes in three delicious flavours; Chocolate, Vanilla and Original.

You can also mix it into baked goods and I love using it in my homemade protein bars! Plus they have a few other varieties of protein powder you can check out here.

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And if you need more recipe inspiration, check out all the delicious recipes on their site.

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Cook Smarts is another company I love and support wholeheartedly. Their mission is to empower home cooks by inspiring and educating them. They create tons of educational resources and develop weekly meal plans that you can purchase.

 They provide a meal plan- which you can customize to be gluten-free, vegetarian or paleo if necessary to fit your dietary needs, compile a grocery list for you and even tells you what you can prep ahead of time over the weekend. It also provides you with notes about ingredients, ideas for leftovers and cooking videos. Plus they have a great blog!

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For more detailed info about how Cook Smarts works, check out THIS POST.

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Sweaty Betty is a fitness apparel company whose purpose is to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness”. They sell workout, yoga and running gear, plus underwear, swimwear and accessories.

I got the opportunity to try out several pieces of their clothing and I’m totally in love.  They’re expensive, but the material is high quality and durable and well worth the price in my opinion!

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Check out THIS POST for more a more detailed review of the pieces I got and be sure to check out their website and pick out something pretty for yourself!

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We’d also like to thank the rest of our Elf4Health sponsors for being so awesome.  Be sure to check them all out!

The 3 winners of Elf4Health will receive the following:

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

Breastfeeding Is Hard

Hi Friends!

Today I’m going to talk breastfeeding. If that’s not your thing, you might want to skip this post and come back tomorrow. As you may know, I’ve been fairly sick ever since baby was born seven weeks ago. What you may not know is that all of the problems I’ve had so far have stemmed from breastfeeding. I wasn’t planning to document my experience, but i’ve decided to do so in hopes that it may help someone else in the future.

So here we go….

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed my baby. It wasn’t something I gave much thought to. I was familiar with the benefits for baby and mom and I didn’t really have any reasons NOT to do it. With that mindset, Hubby and I attended a breastfeeding class at the hospital. After getting a pretty comprehensive overview,  I expected a few challenges, like there typically are when you try something new, but I was not at all prepared for how hard it would be for me- both physically and emotionally.

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While we were in the hospital, I nursed exclusively. Things got off to a poor start right away because baby had a bad latch. Even with the class under my belt, I didn’t really know what a good latch was and by the time I saw the lactation consultant, he’d already done some damage to my nipples.

He was born early Wednesday morning, we left the hospital on Thursday, and on Saturday morning we headed to the pediatrician for his first appointment. I was still exclusively nursing but my milk hadn’t come in yet. We learned that baby was jaundiced. I had to start pumping to try to get my milk to come in and we had to supplement with formula to get him to start peeing and pooping more to help the jaundice. I pumped all day Saturday and Sunday, and by Sunday afternoon my milk had come in. I continued to nurse but was still in severe pain due to the nipple trauma.

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I went to see a lactation consultant again on Tuesday. I was pretty sure i’d fixed his bad latch but wanted to make sure I was doing things right. By this time, the lactation consultant said the damage was some of the worst she’d seen and we tried using a nipple shield, but Chase didn’t like it and wasn’t sucking hard enough to get much out when we used it. She sent over a recommendation for Jack Newman’s Nipple Ointment to my OB so I could get the prescription and help them heal.

At this point I wasn’t feeling well at all and Wednesday afternoon (one week after he was born), I took a nap and woke up with a fever of 102 degrees. I was pretty sure I had mastitis, an infection caused by plugged milk ducts. It was too late in the day to go to my OB so I went to urgent care.  Due to a drug allergy I have, I was given a z pack instead of the typical drug they treat mastitis with. The next week or so was a blur. I had a high fever for several days and had to pump because my nipples still hurt too much to nurse. My supply was low from the beginning and got even lower since I was feverish and had no appetite. I resorted to eating lots of oreos, snack crackers and m&ms just to try to get the calories I needed.

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Week 2: A few days after I started the zpack I started having symptoms of yeast. I was giving medicine to treat that and luckily baby didn’t get thrush. Two days after I finished the zpack, my fever came back. I went back to the OB and they started me on Cipro, another antibiotic, for 7 days to make sure the mastitis was cleared up. I switched back to nursing as soon as my nipples healed enough to make it less painful.

Week 3: I still wasn’t feeling well at all. I spent almost all of my time on the couch. I continued to nurse Chase but we also continued to supplement with formula. I finished the Cipro the day before Thanksgiving.

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Week 4: The Friday after Thanksgiving, my fever came back again. It was lower grade- 99.5- but of course it came back after hours. I called the OB on call for the weekend and she prescribed me Keflex, the antibiotic I probably should have gotten in the first place. It’s partially reactive with a drug I’m allergic to, but since my reaction isn’t super severe, she said it was worth a try. At this point, the lump where the mastitis infection was originally flared up again on one breast and I’d developed a super painful lump on the other breast as well. I went back to the OB yet again, where I was told I had plugged ducts and I need to try to unplug them. I tried everything- including standing in the shower and letting hot water run over it while pressing and pushing as hard as I could from the outer edge, over the lump and towards the center of the breast. It’s one of the most painful things I’ve ever done and I did it on both breasts 4 days in a row, while crying from the pain. Each day I was able to get milk to express, but I was never sure if I was unplugging them or if I was expressing another duct in the same area. The lumps didn’t get any better and I was referred to a breast specialist.

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Week 5: I went to OB for my post-partum checkup on Tuesday. Everything looked good except the problems I was already having. The OB helped me get in sooner with the specialist and she determined that I had two abscesses that needed to be drained. She numbed the area and then used a needle and syringe to remove a bunch of pus from each one. It helped a little bit with the pain initially. Abscesses are one of the most serious breastfeeding problems that can happen to a woman who gets mastitis- lucky me. Before I left the specialist, I made an appointment to come back Friday and get them rechecked.

It’s not uncommon for them to refill, which mine did. In that case, you have to get them surgically drained. I had to move up my appointment to Thursday because one hurt so bad I couldn’t sleep. I got it drained again and after they cultured it, found out it contained non-resistant staph. The two antibiotics it was most sensitive to are the same ones I’m allergic to,  so I was put back on Keflex and given pain meds. I was told that if the antibiotics didn’t work this time i’d likely have to stay at the hospital a day or two to get IV antibiotics. The pain got worse and worse, and since this was the second time it had been drained, I had a bit of a breakdown Thursday night because it still hurt so bad. I started pumping to give my boobs a break… plus baby kept jostling and hitting the infected area which was super painful.

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Friday I woke up feeling terrible. The infected area was red hot, I had body aches and chills and felt like I had a fever, but I didn’t. I even broke down and took Percocet that they had prescribed me. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and really don’t like taking meds so this was a pretty big deal. That afternoon I went back to the specialist. Hubby came along to this appointment, because he was already worried and I hadn’t been improving. We talked through our options with the doc, which included either going to the hospital or having her make a 1 inch incision and try to drain out as much of the infection as possible. Hubby had a dental procedure done that morning that involved grafting some skin from the roof of his mouth and attaching it to his receding gum line, so he was miserable as well, and I wanted to try to avoid going to the hospital. She said the incision would likely be the quickest way to start feeling better anyway, so we decided to try the incision to drain it.

She numbed me up, made the cut and started draining…and draining…and draining. SO much nasty stuff came out. Hubby (with Chase in his arms) watched and said that it was several ounces at least. The doctor just kept saying she couldn’t believe how much was coming out. I left with instructions to care for the incision which involved removing the “packing” (a gauze like string) it was packed with, pressing and squeezing around the incision to get more pus out, pouring hydrogen peroxide in it and then re-packing the incision each day for the next three days. I was terrified about how much that would hurt. The doctor told us there was still a chance i’d need the IV antibiotics, but that she felt good that so much stuff came out when she made the cut. She would have been more worried if she’d cut and very little had come out.

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Saturday morning  I woke up, took some pain killers, gave them an hour or so to kick in and then we tended to the incision. Hubby pulled out the packing, I took a shower, squeezed more junk out, poured hydrogen peroxide in it and then hubby carefully packed it again (oh the joys of marriage!) The point of the packing is to keep it from closing up too soon so it can keep draining. It was painful, but manageable and besides the pain of the incision I felt a lot better than I had the previous day. We spent the day laying around not doing much of anything.

Sunday afternoon I started to feel crappy again and by evening my fever was back. I called the breast specialist who told me I needed to go to the hospital for iv antibiotics but that I could wait until morning unless my fever spiked. We didn’t know what to do with the baby, so I called my parents for help, and bless their hearts, they drove through the night to get here as fast as possible.

Monday morning I called my OB’s office to try to get set up to direct admit me to the hospital and they had me come in to their office. After seeing me, they decided to only increase the dose of antibiotics I was on instead of sending me to the hospital because things seemed to be healing.

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Tuesday morning I felt even worse but I toughed it out because I had an appointment with the specialist that afternoon. My mom drove me and the doctor checked the abscess and ended up draining it again. By this point, we decided enough was enough and I needed to go to the hospital. So we headed home, I packed a bag, hubby left work, and came home to drive me to the hospital. The doctor told me I’d probably be there 24 hours, no more than 48. After I was admitted, they started the IV. I ended up having an allergic reaction to vancomycin, the first drug they tried, so they stopped the meds while the doctors consulted about what to try next.

Week 6: Wednesday morning I talked to the infectious disease doctor. After getting up to speed on everything that had been going on, he decided on the next iv med to try – Daptomycin. I got one dose around lunchtime and then it was basically a waiting game to see if it worked. Meanwhile, I had to keep draining the incision (pus continued to come out) and pump every few hours. They also cultured the incision to check for bacteria. Hubby was wonderful and came to keep me company before work, at lunch and every night after work.

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Thursday morning I was given another dose of the antibiotics and I squeezed more junk out. The ID doctor came back to check on me. He told me nothing was growing in the culture yet, which was good. In addition, the hard area of the abscess around the incision had decreased in size from the previous day, so the antibiotics seemed to be working. He told me that I could probably go home, but that I would need a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line so that I could continue IV meds at home over the weekend. OR, I could stay one more night, get another dose via IV in the morning and then potentially go home and switch to pill antibiotics. Even though I really wanted to go home, I opted to stay one more night and see how things looked in the morning.

Friday morning I saw my OB at the hospital and she ordered an ultrasound to make sure there were no more pockets of fluid that needed to be drained. I saw the infectious disease doctor who told me there was no chance I was going home on pill antibiotics, but that I could go home with a PICC line.

Squish had his six week doctor’s appointment and I was heartbroken that I couldn’t be there, especially since he was getting shots…so hubby face-timed me in once he got to the office.

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Technology is awesome. Baby is growing like a champ. He’s in the 98th percentile for height – 24 1/4 inches and the 95th percentile for weight – 13 pounds, 6 ounces. The rest of the day seemed to take forever but they finally came and put the PICC line in that afternoon.

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The top one is the PICC line that stays in at home and the bottom one is the one they used in the hospital and took out that afternoon. They didn’t take me to get my ultrasound until around 4:00pm and then by the time the results were read, the case management workers were gone for the day so I couldn’t be discharged. I needed to be set up with a home health nurse who could give us all the supplies we needed and show us how to administer the meds. I had a little breakdown and cried for a while because I missed my baby so badly and then started counting the hours until I could get out of there. We face-timed with squish to make me feel better.

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Saturday, after a few hold-ups, we were FINALLY able to go home. They weren’t able to verify our insurance on a weekend, so we had to agree to pay for a day of home healthcare if it ended up not being covered. They also found another abscess on the ultrasound on Friday that needed to be drained, but luckily they were able to do it with a needle before we left and didn’t have to make another incision. It was SO good to be home.

Sunday I still wasn’t feeling well. Luckily my parents stuck around for a few more days so I was able to sleep in and take a 4 hour nap. We also had the home health nurse come out and teach hubby how to give the IV meds.

Monday I woke up feeling a TINY bit better. I saw my OB again and she said she thought that the recent draining of the second abscess would help alot and I should be feeling a little better each day. Tuesday I improved a little more. Wednesday I went back to the breast specialist who told me I could stop packing the incision so it could heal faster.

So here we are in week 7. I finally feel like I’m on the mend. I’m feeling a tiny bit better each day but still far from good. I lost all my pregnancy weight by the end of the first week after baby was born but over the next six weeks, I lost 15 more pounds because I felt so sick and miserable and had no appetite…so now I’m trying to regain strength and gain some weight back. Hubby has to give me my IV antibiotics via my PICC line for another 2 weeks before I can get it removed.

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So what about breastfeeding? When I was admitted to the hospital, I made the decision to stop. I was so tired of being sick, feeling crappy, having a fever and dreading every feeding. So after much deliberation, lots of tears and some long talks with doctors, hubby and close friends and family,  I made my decision.

The point of me telling you all of this isn’t to make you feel bad for me. It’s to help you realize that breastfeeding is really hard. Sure there are many women who are able to breastfeed without major issues- the baby latches from the get go, it’s not painful, they have few problems…they just enjoy bonding with their baby…and are able to breastfeed for as long as they desire. And I think that’s wonderful for them. I thought I would BE one of them. There are also women who have significant struggles and still stick it out. More power to them- that’s great as well.

There are also women like me who have significant struggles and decide to stop.

The thing is, we don’t often hear the stories of women who struggle. Before I got pregnant I felt like all I really knew were women who breastfed their babies. I was SHOCKED when I started talking to some of my close friends and realized how many of them had struggled as well. That’s the reason I’m sharing my story. So that if you’re reading this and struggling, you know that you’re not alone.  There are tons of women out there who struggled, are struggling or will struggle as well. And if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you, it doesn’t make you a bad mom. It doesn’t make you any less of a woman. It’s ok.

I’m sure there are people out there who will judge me. Who will tell me I could have done something differently or that I shouldn’t have given up. But that’s ok. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it as long as I did, and I’d much rather feed with formula and enjoy time with my baby then continue to breastfeed and be sick and miserable, just because society makes me feel like I should. At a certain point, I decided that being healthy for my baby is far more important than where his calories are coming from.

I still struggle a little with the fact that I’m no longer breastfeeding. It makes me sad because I believe it is such a wonderful, natural thing. But, as a mom, we always want to do what’s best for our baby and in my case that means forgoing breastfeeding so that I can be happy and healthy and the best mom possible.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

–Lindsay–

PS. I appreciate that many people have strong opinions about this topic and I’m in no way saying my decision is right for everyone, just that it’s right for me.  I’m all for respectful discussion, but please keep the rude/mean/hateful comments to yourself.

Recipe Review: Cassoulet

Hi friends!

Quick post today! I know as a food blogger I usually post my own recipes…but sometimes, when things get busy, it’s nice to rely on other people. And by people I mean cookbooks, magazines, online recipe sites and blogs. You know, the ones full of recipes that have already been tested and approved?

I have a huge collection of cookbooks and cooking magazines…and we all know I read a lot of blogs….but I’m pretty terrible about actually trying out all the recipes I collect. My mom, on the other hand, is great at it. Sure she has her favorite recipes that she makes time and time again, but she also reads a lot of cookings magazines and she actually tries out the recipes that sound good!

While she was here helping us out with baby while I was in the hospital, she did all the cooking. And before she left earlier this week, she cooked a couple of meals to feed us for the rest of the week.

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We tried one of the meals the night she left and it was a huge hit with both hubby and me. I asked her where she got the recipe and she pointed me to Eating Well. I decided it might be fun to challenge myself to start cooking some of the meals I find and occasionally share a quick review with you guys!

So we’ll start with this one, even though I didn’t make it!

It was called a Cassoulet. Or, as hubby affectionately dubbed it- a meat pot.

The term meat pot is pretty accurate actually. It’s made with 3 different meats- chicken, pork and kielbasa sausage, plus beans and veggies. Hubby and I loved having a variety of meats all in one dish. I said if I were to make it again, I’d leave out the chicken. Hubby disagreed- saying the chicken was like a nice surprise after a few bites of sausage. We both agreed the pork was the best.

You cook it in a dutch oven and put it in the oven for a couple of hours so the flavors really develop. It’d be a great meal to make and let cook while you’re getting things done around the house on a weekend. Overall, the dish has great flavor and it makes a big batch so we were able to enjoy the leftovers for a couple of days. My mom had some extra meat, so we put it in the freezer and I can use it to make something else in the future OR repeat this recipe and already have a good head start!

If you’re interested in checking out the recipe you can find it here:

Eating Well: Cassoulet 

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Hi Friends –

Today I’m introducing you to another bloggy friend of mine! Amelia is a mom-of-2 who blogs over at Eating Made Easy. She shares delicious, simple recipes and we share a similar philosophy on food and life. As a fellow mom, she knows how crazy newborn life is and she offered to share one of her favorite quick & easy recipes with you guys. I can’t wait to try it myself! Doesn’t get any better than 4 ingredients icon smile 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

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There was a time, I’m embarrassed to admit, when I wondered why anyone even owned a slow cooker. “Cooking is fun!” I naively said to myself, “and making soups and braises in a pot on the stove is so easy!” Well friends, it’s payback time.

Here I am now, a working mom of two, who despite being a nutritionist and food blogger, can barely get dinner on the table most nights.

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If it weren’t for make-ahead meals, my Dutch oven, and the occasional box of macaroni & cheese, we’d probably never eat at home. Luckily, I have kind blogger friends like Lindsay, who forgive me for my past foolishness and allow me to share one of my favorite slow-cooking recipes with you!

Busy moms and overwhelmed home cooks, meet my latest love:

 

Salsa Verde Braised Chicken

Just 4 ingredients + a couple hours on a low burner or in the slow cooker and you’ve got a dinner. You can serve this over rice or another grain, or with corn tortillas as a make-your-own chicken taco bar. Both ways are delicious!

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Happy (slow) cooking!

 

Salsa Verde Braised Chicken

Makes 6-8 entrée servings

 

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 28 oz jar salsa verde (I like the Whole Foods brand)

2 cups frozen corn kernels

Tortillas or cooked rice, for serving

Other optional toppings: shredded lettuce, Greek yogurt or sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese, black beans, etc.

 

Cooking Option 1:

  1. Add 1 Tbsp oil to a large Dutch oven and heat over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and brown for 3-4 minutes on each side (you may need to do this in two batches to avoid overcrowding the pot). Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add chopped onion and cook until it begins to soften.
  4. Add chicken back to the pot along with the salsa and corn and cook over low heat for about two hours.
  5. Remove chicken from pot and pull apart with a fork, then add back to the pot to reincorporate with the sauce.
  6. Serve with tortillas or rice, plus dollops of Greek yogurt and/or guacamole.

Cooking Option 2:

1. Place first four ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
2. Use a fork to shred the chicken, then mix chicken back in with the sauce. Serve as mentioned above.

**Note: This chicken dish can be frozen and enjoyed up to 3 months later**

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Huge thanks to Amelia for stopping by to share this delicious recipe! Be sure to check out her site for more great recipes! And follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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Hi friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Monday

Good reads:
Have You Heard Of Fem-vertising? via Foodtrainers
Why Is Salmon Pink? via Feminine Muscle
27 Life Lessons via The Lunchbox Diaries

Must try this:
Yoga For Crossfitters via Tina Reale Yoga

Tuesday

Fitness things:
What’s The Best Workout When I’m Short On Time via Fit Knit Chick
Why Time Is Screwing Up Your Workout via Feminine Muscle

Good ideas!
Healthy Eating During Hectic Weeks via A Healthy Slice of Life
5 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas via Real Mom Nutrition

Wednesday

Cool tool:
A Tool You Should Be Using To Organize Your Shopping via Girl About Columbus

Good tips:
5 Mom Posture Tips via Inspired RD
12 Tips For Holiday Baking Success via Sweet Cayenne
4 Ways To Reduce You Child’s Plastic Exposure via Happy Healthy Mama
How To Enjoy Guilt Free Holiday Eating via Enjoy Every Bite

Friday

Good reads:
Let’s Give Parents a Break via Real Mom Nutrition
Fruit Juice & Your Child’s Health via Mom 2 Mom Nutrition

 

 

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Monday

Chicken & Root Vegetable Pasties
Monster Cookies
Cranberry Pecan Thumbprint Cookies
Challah Bread
Paleo Cocoa Hazelnut Bread
Double Dip Mints
Sweet Chili Baked Tofu
Sweet Potato Smoothie
Snickerdoodle Almonds

Tuesday

Pomegranate Ginger Fizz
Sweet Potato Apple Latke with Baked Egg
Soft Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

Wednesday

Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Spiced Holiday Pear Dip
Savory Pizza Waffles
Gingerbread Almond Granola
Coconut Cranberry Smoothie
Veggie Breakfast Bowl
Vanilla Pecan Butter
Vegan Pumpkin Pie English Muffins

Thursday

Cranberry Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Molasses Gingerbread Cookies
Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies
Cornbread Muffins with Caramelized Apples
Gingerbread Bread Pudding
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Apples
Peanut Butter Raisin Bars
No Sugar Added Cinnamon Raisin Spice Cookies
Cinnamon Crunch French Toast Sticks

Friday

Honey Sriracha Chicken Stirfry 
Ginger Chocolate Truffles
Baked Chevre Log with Honey & Granola
Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt & Rum Raisin Filling
Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tarts
1 Bowl Apple Gingerbread Cake
Vanilla Mint Mini Marshmallows

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I spent most of the week in the hospital getting IV antibiotics and trying to clear up an infection that I have from a couple of breast abscesses. My parents came into town to take care of the baby, which we’re so grateful for. Hubby was able to spend time with me at the hospital and Chase was happy at home.

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They sent me lots of pictures and we face-timed a lot.

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Hubby successfully took baby to his doctor’s appointment. He face-timed me in so I could hear what the doctor had to say and ask questions! He got three shots and did great. He’s a growing boy. He’s in the 98th percentile for height- 24 1/4 inches and 95th percentile for weight – 13 pounds, 6 ounces at 6 weeks old.

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I was finally discharged on Saturday and I was SO happy to get home to my baby. Still not feeling great but going back to the doctor today to follow-up and I’m on IV antibiotics at home for 3 more weeks.

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Isn’t he the cutest?

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All smiles.

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Enjoy!
–Lindsay–