Posted on May 22, 2017

Healthy Snacks For Yourself (& Your Kids) | Spinach Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Spinach Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of butter or coconut oil, soft
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. 2 large bananas, mashed
  9. 1 cup spinach, pureed
  10. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter/coconut oil and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift flour, baking soda, salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  6. Add bananas, spinach, and chocolate chips.
  7. Grease loaf pan and pour in batter.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.
If using frozen spinach
  1. Microwave, then drain of all excess liquid. Too much liquid will make your banana bread batter too runny and will take longer to cook.
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Posted on May 17, 2017

Maternity Style | Date Night & Outfit Drama | 26 Weeks Pregnant

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During our last date night I had a prominent wardrobe malfunction!

We were at a charity dinner and the room’s general demographic was 60+ years old – about a hour into the dinner I needed to go to the washroom. As soon as I entered an elderly lady told me she needed to tell me something, I stood there gawking “Yes??”. And she proceeded to tell me you could see my underwear THROUGH my skirt. *insert screaming emoji face*

I didn’t get ready at home earlier that day – we dropped the girls off at Matt’s parents house and I got ready there before the dinner, so when I packed that morning coordinating undergarments were the last thing on my mind. But in all honesty, there should be no excuses!

I thanked the elderly lady, because you never want to be walking around a room and no-one has the guts to tell you your underwear is being advertised (though it could have been worse and my skirt could have been tucked into the band revealing a lot more). Then I said “Thanks, no probelm! I’ll just take them off.” and her face literally impersonated the screaming emoji. LOL.

I tried to retract what I said by sneaking in “Orrrr I’ll just figure it out!” while smiling innocently, but I think we both knew I had already figured it out. *insert winky emoji*

Later that evening when Matt and I left the dinner he told me how beautiful I looked BUT that he could see my underwear through my skirt! What a turkey! I set him straight to always tell me if I’m having a wardrobe malfunction – and I’ve been teasing him about it all week.

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Posted on May 16, 2017

NUK #SimplyNatural Bottles + Hands Free Milk Collection Cups

This post is part of the YMC and NUK Canada Simply Natural #SimplyNatural sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I love the bonding you experience when nursing your baby. It’s intimate, just you and your babe. I have exclusively breastfed both my babies, and hopefully plan to with our little baby arriving in August, but there are times when I need to pump – travel, sickness, pump & dump. Thankfully there are amazing, innovative products available for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding mother’s that are coming out year after year. 

This year I’m thrilled to try the NUK Simply Natural bottles, they’re designed to keep the natural feeding bond strong between mom and baby. Just like mom’s breast the bottle’s nipple is a similar shape with multiple holes for a natural feed.

I always feel uneasy offering a newborn a bottle especially the bottle’s who’s nipples look nothing like a mother’s, you never know if you’re going to give them nipple confusion, but the NUK Simply Natural bottles relieve my worries. The wide, flexible nipple provides a continuous latch when your baby is still learning how to nurse.

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Does anyone else own an electric breast pump? They’re the greatest for mother’s who plan to breastfed or pump. But with my electric pump it came with attachments I have to hold in place, just like a manual pump except all I’m doing is holding them.

Then I discovered NUK Freemie Breastmilk Collection Cups and they are going to change the way I pump – the leak proof collection cups are compatible with Philips Avent Dual Electric Breast Pump so you attach the tubes to the electric breast pump and slid the cups into your sports bra and voila! They do the rest of the work while the whole operation is concealed under your shirt. 

The first time I used my electric pump I could not believe I went a whole year casually pumping with a manual pump (though I will admit I find manual pumps are best for travel purposes). And I have a feeling the first time I pump with the collection cups AND my electric pump it’s going to blow my mind again. It’ll be revolutionary!

 Have you tried NUK Simply Natural bottles?

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Posted on May 15, 2017

Bold Lips & Blush Eyes | Make Up For Green Eyes | Spring Makeup

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 Helloooo Spring (I’m praying it doesn’t snow in May, it’s quite common in Edmonton!). Although I love my neutrals there’s something pretty about pink in the Spring. 

So for the record I did not come up with this blush on the eyes thing on my own, my bff showed up to dinner once with gorgeous pinky-plum eyeshadow and we were all mesmerized (maybe it was just me though…) that she used blush to create the look.

Here I used my Maybelline Master Blush & Highlight Palette, NYX Rocker Chic Palette, Maybelline Master Strobing Stick, and Clarins Paris Waterproof Eye Pencil on my eyes. And for my bold, dark neutral lips I used Maybelline Lip Liner (in #40 Raisin) and NYX Lip Lingerie (Lipli).

The best part? I’ve partnered up with some amazing ladies on Instagram to giveaway TWO $150 Sephora gift cards. To enter:

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Posted on May 13, 2017

5 Things That Happen When You’re Expecting Your 3rd Child | Real Life Mom Truths

When You're Expecting Your 3rd Child

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When You're Expecting Your 3rd Child

  1. The morning sickness just might kill you. Prepare to stand your ground when your husband’s annoyed the daily housework is not done – that while you need to keep your other children fed and amused all day, your body is pumping a copious amount of pregnancy hormones that make you swear this is your last baby. But also try to take the high road, ladies! He has no idea what you’re experiencing.
  2. You wonder what you fussed about when you only had one child… oh, the glory days of just you and your wee baby bump. I know that this post partum recovery will be very different from the first time.
  3. You will bond more with moms who also have more than 1 child – you all understand each other’s daily struggles a little bit more. The constant refereeing, perpetual yelling, your high blood pressure, you know? The usual.
  4. If you were a stickler for strick nap schedules, all natural snacks, limited screen time, etc… you may find yourself saying “Eff it! We’ll do it live!” – aka. going with the flow to save your sanity and make it as easy as possible to survive until their bed time… 
  5. McDonald’s becomes your friend, and you embrace it. You’ll have a (hesitant) sense of pride when your kids know your order by heart: a medium iced coffee and 2 hash browns (YAY all day breakfast!).

Though I may sound like a Debbie Downer, there’s no greater joy than watching your children exchange hugs and kisses with each other (on their own). When you’re expecting your 3rd child also know that from my personal experience, the love I feel my my heart can hold overflows each time we bring a new baby into our family (I’m sure you know the exact feeling I’m talking about).

Being their mom is the best feeling in the world!

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Posted on May 12, 2017

We’re All So Excited & We Just Can’t Hide It! | Funny Things My 3 Year Old Says

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I never thought I’d ever share funny things my 3 year old says, but lately Annaliese has been hilarious and I need to share!

Leading up to this week Annaliese has been so excited for her new baby sister, until last night when I was tucking her into bed… she whispered in my ear as I gave her a hug and a kiss “give me a baby brother”.

I couldn’t help but laugh and ask her “what did you say?”. 

She giggled and then with a straight face said again “give me a baby brother”.

Well, sorry little girl! There’s no guarantee that you’ll ever have a brother, it’s going to always be a 50/50 split, but thanks for the (hesitant) laugh. 
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