Protein Bites (aka Lactation cookies)

If we aren’t best friends already we are about to be, because these protein bites are freaking delicious!

These are HEALTHY, filling and my favorite thing to eat on the run! I love them so much and don’t feel guilty about eating them all day, everyday. I meal prep a batch (or two) every Sunday and have used these as my lifeline since the first week we brought Brayden home from the hospital. If you are as busy as we are (or if you forget to eat like I used to) then these make a great breakfast, snack or treat when you need something sweet. Bonus if you are a breastfeeding mommy read to the bottom for the ingredient that will help increase your milk supply.

2 cups instant oats (dry) **gluten free or old fashioned oats can also be used**

¾ cup ground or milled flaxseed

½ cup chocolate chips ** I prefer dark chocolate but raisins could substituted**

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter or almond butter

½ cup raw honey **local honey may help you develop immunity to pollen**

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbs brewer’s yeast **this is it mamas!!! Read below for details**

Optional ingredients include ½ cup dried fruit or chopped nuts.


Mix together dry ingredients first, before combining all ingredients. I just use my hands to mix everything because using a spoon is a big ol’ waste of time. Roll final mixture into balls and refrigerate for up to a week. Eat all the time. Give as gifts to new moms. ENJOY!!

These lactation balls are great for nursing mama’s because oatmeal and brewer’s yeast can help increase milk supply. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding brewer’s yeast is a great addition to these protein balls and your health. Brewer’s yeast is a nutritional supplement that boosts energy levels as a source of vitamin B, selenium and chromium; and clinical trials have evaluated yeast for a role in prevention of respiratory infections, postsurgical infections, and as a source of dietary fiber. So basically, these balls are going to make you healthier. 😉

But seriously, you need to try these.

You’re welcome my friends!


Because of the raw honey this is not safe for children under a year old to consume.



Spilt Milk

So… How has my day been?

Well where to begin. Lets start with midnight, because I work the night shift. So at midnight I was doing an emergency surgery on teenager that could no longer feel or move their feet because of a deformity in some vessel in her spine. Surgeries on young people really get to me, mainly because they have so much life to live and have not damaged their bodies in ways that lead them to the operating room. Prior to that 5-hour surgery we got calls for 4 other emergency cases on top of our normal caseload for the evening. We were slammed. Welcome to life at a level one trauma center. AND it wasn’t even a full moon. (Yes, I believe the moon brings out the craziness.)

So after about an hour of sleep I come home to my little love, who is just bursting at the seam for some mommy cuddles. He HATES it when I pump, which is part of my normal morning routine, thus initiating all sorts of whining and some big alligator tears. All in all, Brayden was wonderful today. He is standing for longer and longer, learning how to play all of his instruments, and loves to throw balls all over the house. My favorite activity lately is to have a dance party with B. He stands up and bounces or makes me hold him while I get in some cardio and work on my squats (aka booty shaking).

Moments like those are the reason why I work the shift that I do. Brayden is the reason I choose to work when other people are sleeping. I want to spend every moment possible with him and am very thankful for a job that allows me to “have my cake and eat it too”. With that said, I am always tired and surviving one nap to the next. If we ever talk face to face about my schedule PLEASE do me a solid and make it seem like something you would never ever want to do. If you do that, you will be helping me out immensely and here is why:

The night shift is HARD because the nights of NO SLEEP- SUCKS. Help me to feel like I am a bad ass, who is willing to sacrifice for my baby. Sometimes I don’t want to look on the bright side and I definitely don’t need to be reminded that I only go in two days a week (partly because I work 12-7am even on the days I am not “going in” and am worthless afterwards anyway). I just want you to commiserate with me! Please and thank you, in advance.

The rest of the evening progressed merrily. Dustin came home- HALLELUJAH! I went to a barre class and almost died, per the norm. Dustin made turkey tacos for dinner and I put my little baby bear. This is where the night took a turn for the worse. Duh Duh Duhhhhhhh

So I have to scald my pumped milk on the stove and then cool it immediately in a bowl of ice water, before I can then package it up for freezing or put it in a bottle for use. It is a pain in the rear, but another labor of love that I choose to perform so that Brayden will have my milk. I had the last 24 hours worth of milk which was about 20 oz. (5 bottles) and as I am putting the jar into the ice bath IT EXPLODED!!!

I moaned, whined, and then shed a tear (or two) because this couldn’t possibly be happening. That is like 2 and a half hours of pumping that I will never get back. It is 5 bottles that Brayden will never drink. It is like 2000 calories that I will not miss (got to look on the bright side a little bit) but that my body had to utilize. So I immediately took a picture, posted it on a breastfeeding group I’m a part of and am now thankful that I have other women to curse Mr. Mason (of the jar masons) with me.

As if that wasn’t bad enough then Dustin made me pack up the Christmas decorations. Goodbye to Brayden’s first Christmas. I could just curl up crying at the thought. More on why his first Christmas was so important to me later…like maybe tomorrow.

Time to strap up the good ol’ pump and make up for that waste of my life earlier. Whoever said, “Don’t cry over spilt milk” was NOT a breastfeeding mother. Good Night!



If you were to ask all of your friends to review their 2017 I am sure you would have a mixed bag of opinions- for some it was the best year EVER and others couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Personally, I had the most wonderful year of my life! I delivered my happy, healthy, amazing little boy, grew closer with my husband, spent a lot of time with my mom and really owned this “working mom” thing. That is not to say that other aspects of my life didn’t change or get pushed to the back burner, because they did. However, filling each day with gratitude for the blessings I enjoyed and the things I accomplished, really made this year one I will never forget. I just can’t get enough of this amazing life I have some goals that I hope will make 2018 even more amazing than my last year.

If I were to describe myself in 3 words, one of them would be creative. I love crafts, art, photography, beauty. I have this dialogue in my head that consists of love letters to my baby (and hubby), recommendations for products to try or avoid, and mom-life solutions to struggles that I spent a lot of time researching. In 2018, I want to put pen to paper so to speak and combine all of these passions by creating a blog. This is such an exciting goal for me because I want to express myself in a fun way. I have been so grateful for the blogs that have answered questions and given me tips, and I want to put all of the things I found relevant together in one place to help others. Stay tuned for all I can dish about life, love, and motherhood.

My second resolution is SO typical but is a necessary cliché for me this year. I need to get my health in gear. In 2016 I was participating in the Tone It Up “Bikini series” and was following their meal plan, exercising every morning and running as often as I could get my husband out of the door. I lost 20lbs in 8 weeks and was feeling fabulous. During this time I found out I was pregnant and my growing babe was reason to continue to eat well, learn about my body and take care of myself. In 2017 after my baby joined our little wolf pack, I ate EVERYTHING. I was so hungry all of the time and craved sweets, a dark beer and a good nap daily. Breastfeeding seems to make one ravenous but the best part was that I lost all my baby weight (which was less then 20lbs) even though I was surviving on garbage. This brings me to my health goal for 2018. I am jumping into another TIU challenge, going to meal prep and get in some exercise in the form of pure barre classes and cardio. I am also going to nix the sweets and nix the brews (fingers crossed my milk supply doesn’t tank as a result). I know that I will feel better as a result and I owe it to my little guy to fuel my body right, so that I can keep up with my little “adventure baby”.

My next goal is to limit the time I spend playing on social media. There are so many great uses for these platforms and I don’t regret interacting and keeping in touch with people this way BUT I want what I am doing to be more intentional. I also don’t want my baby boy to only know my face when it is behind a phone screen. When Brayden was 4 months old and started noticing the TV instead of nursing or playing with me, I decided to stop watching TV while he was awake. Now the only time that I will sit on the couch in front of the “tube” is after the baby is asleep when I watch a show or movie with my hubby. For him, he finds that a way to unwind and relax after a hard days work and he wants me to appreciate that time with him. Just like I went “cold turkey” on screen time for Brayden’s sake, I plan on drastically limiting the time I spend just scrolling through the many platforms at my fingertips.

Raise your hands if you spent way too much money online shopping in 2017? If I could throw up both hands and feet at the same time I would. I blame it on the fact that I needed clothes for my ever changing body and all the time up in the middle of the night led me to sink a billion dollars into Amazon’s two day delivery products. I have got to rein it in for this New Year. My goal is to pay more money to student loans each month and for my hubby and I to really stick to our budget. It is back to the Dave Ramsey method for us!

One of the things that took a huge back burner for me was the time I invested in my church family. This is one of my greatest regrets because I LOVE our church and the community we have become a part of. Part of the reason for this, is that we have been watching church service online each Sunday because Brayden’s morning nap falls inconveniently during the middle of both services offered. I know that this is just a phase and I know that one day we will be able to make a service while our boy learns about the Lord in children’s church. With that being said, I have never relied on prayer more than I have this year. I am constantly praying for my little one’s wellbeing and praising the Lord for His unwavering faithfulness. In 2018, I would like to jump back into helping out our church in some way, as we had since we were newly weds. I also want to have a quiet time every single day, even if it requires waking up ten minutes early to do so. Lastly, I would like to start praying out loud with my husband every night. The times in our lives that we have done this together were some of the times that we were most on the same page about our hopes, dreams, and gratefulness.

Lastly, my goals for my family may just be the most nearest and dearest to my heart. I have been given more then I could ever ask for when it comes to those boys, who make our house a home. Dustin is the most gracious, loving and hardworking husband. I truly want to make him feel appreciated and loved every minute of everyday. I want to be patient, and slow to anger when it comes to his missteps. I want to be the kind of wife that I would like my son to have one day. Brayden is just everything I could’ve dreamed he would be and more. He feels like the missing part of me; like literally the most important piece to my soul, making me whole only now that I know him. When I hold him I feel like my life is complete. When I look at him my heart could literally explode. I want to be the best mom for him. I want to feed him healthy foods, and read to him every day, and teach him right from wrong so that he becomes the amazing person God created him to be. This goal for my boys is a bit abstract, but I will spend everyday setting the bar high and hoping to reach that unrelenting love that has been given as an example to me by my maternal role models.

Above all else, I know that it is imperative to be grateful for each and every day. Every breath on this earth with my loved ones is a dream come true and I pray that 2018 yields so many memories with them. I hope everyone has a blessed new year and cannot wait to see how the Lord blesses you all! This blog is my first step in the means to express myself in 2018 and I hope that you will subscribe and read my future posts! Cheers to a fabulous new year!