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Perfect for Potluck: Russian Beet Salad

Perfect for Potluck: Russian Beet Salad

My workplace had an International Luncheon potluck recently and I decided to make Russian Beet Salad. I wanted something that didn’t need to be heated up and could be made in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve. I also, obviously, wanted to make something I grew up eating, and it had to be fairly easy to make. I decided to go with the beet salad since it is a pretty well-known Russian dish, and much easier to make and serve at a potluck than Borscht (beet soup) would be or Olivier (Russian potato salad, another well-known dish with many more […]

Posted May 28, 2015 by Julie in Food, TopPosts, , / 18 Comments
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Making homemade baby food, my first attempt and some tips I learned

Making homemade baby food, my first attempt and some tips I learned

When Baby H turned 6 months old, I decided to start solid foods by making some of my own. I had a few samples and a few jars we bought at the store, but I also thought why not make some myself? Trying to avoid encouraging a sweet tooth, I decided veggies would be better than fruit to start out with. I started with one sweet potato and some large carrots – figuring those were good and simple vegetables to puree for the little guy. I decided to start with one solid food meal a day for now, and we […]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, / 14 Comments
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My favorite things about breastfeeding my baby for 6 months

My favorite things about breastfeeding my baby for 6 months

  My little Baby H just turned 6 months! It feels like I was just sharing my birth story, and yet here we are at 6 months! At our 6 month appointment with the pediatrician, Baby H weighs in at 19 lbs 7 oz and is 28 inches tall! My big boy. He’s rolling over, moving his head all around and back, loving to be flipped in the air by Daddy, and tells us stories in babble. Despite all the pain, nursing strikes, supply issues, latch issues, etc etc, I am still breastfeeding my baby and I plan to continue […]

Posted May 4, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 50 Comments
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Mommy Wars need to stop! Make a #Mommitment

Mommy Wars need to stop! Make a #Mommitment

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen The Mother ‘Hood Official Video by Similac. It really illustrates many different approaches to parenthood, and kind of opens our eyes (if we’ve been living under a rock hiding out in our houses and staying off the interwebz) to mommy wars. Examples of Mommy Wars: Breastfeeding vs. Formula feeding Stay At Home Mom vs. Working Mom Babywearing vs. Stroller-ing Cloth diapers vs. disposables Baby-lead-weaning vs. starting rice cereal Attachment parenting vs. Cry It Out Fit Mommy vs. still-carrying-the-baby-weight mommy the list just goes on! But can someone please (really, pretty please?) explain to me why oh why are so many […]

Posted April 29, 2015 by Julie in Opinionated, Parenting, TopPosts, / 46 Comments
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How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned. I […]

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Random New Mom Thoughts

Random New Mom Thoughts

I thought it would be fun to share some random “new Mom” thoughts I have from time to time. I might make this a series 🙂 Hello Gray City! Will someone give me an hour or so to myself so I can dye my hair? and maybe cut it? And maybe treat it to keep the fuzz monster at bay? I hope I’m going on a vacation soon because the bags under my eyes are packed for travel. When was the last time I remembered something I needed to do when I could actually do it? Wait, when did my […]

Posted April 7, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 39 Comments
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How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast. I’m sure we can all agree that breastfeeding needs to be easier – on all of us. From latching difficulty to maintaining supply, breastfeeding can be quite challenging. But we need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need. Read on to learn how to make this breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits. Welcome, Pinners! […]

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Spring Cleaning Your Home Office – Tips and To Do List

Spring Cleaning Your Home Office – Tips and To Do List

One of my goals for 2015 is to organize my home, to include our home office. We have a room with a big lovely desk and yet everything is still in boxes in the closet from our move (which was over a year ago). Since spring is finally upon us, and the baby is no longer a newborn, it might be time to get going on those goals and work some organization and spring cleaning into my life. Below is my plan aka to-do list aka wishlist (because let’s be honest, I need a wife to help me get all […]

Posted March 24, 2015 by Julie in Home, Organize, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, / 28 Comments
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Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share. 1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours. 2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and […]

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Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Before returning to work I put a lot of thought into what I needed to continue on this breastfeeding journey. Pumping isn’t as pleasant as nursing, obviously, since you’re hooked up to what I like to call a Medieval torture device rather than your baby. But, it is a necessary activity to maintain supply (and avoid painful engorgement). Breast Milk Pumping Bag Essentials when Returning to Work   Breast pump and accessories. My workplace provides a hospital-grade pump, the Medela Symphony, so all I need are the attachments, breast shield flanges, and bottles. If this was not the case, I would […]

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