Food

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest 2016

I am SO excited to announce that Liz and I will be headed to Austin this weekend to cover the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.  Last year, Liz was unable to make it, so I am super stoked to have her along with me this year.  I am really looking forward to checking out all of the new vendors as well as those that are already favorites of ours. 

I have a pair of weekend passes to the Fest to give away, so if you would like to enter to win, follow the steps on the widget below!  Winner will be emailed Friday morning and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call. 

 

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Lifestyle

Sunday FunDay: Pumping While Driving

Sunday is the last day of the weekend.  It’s our last bit of free time before we have to get back to the school and work week.  I usually have a bunch of chaos going on during the week and I thought that it would be fun to have one of my crazy moments turned into a cartoon by Angela McReynolds every week. 

This week, it was pumping while driving.  I have actually gotten pretty good at this thanks to my Spectra pump.  It holds a charge so I can easily take my pump with me and get a day’s worth of pumps-to-go on one charge without worrying about plugging it in.  Liz and I went to Houlihan’s for lunch (which was AMAZING, by the way!) and so I had to pump on the way to pick her up and on the way home.  While I have always been comfortable breastfeeding in public, I always feel a little awkward while pumping and driving.  Of course, the only people that can usually see in and see what I am doing are men driving big trucks.  I avoid them like the plague, especially at red lights where I might have to sit for a minute or two in awkwardness. 

Where’s the weirdest place you have ever pumped?? […]

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Parenting

Review: Spectra S1 Breast Pump + Giveaway

I have been pumping since four days post-partum to give Laken the most precious gift of breast milk.  At first, I was using the Ameda Purely Yours pump that I had.  It was working, but I was having a hard time with sore nipples and I was getting clogs.  I had heard in some of my surrogacy and exclusively pumping Facebook groups that the Spectra line of pumps were REALLY good. 

I got in touch with Brianne at Spectra Baby USA and she hooked me up with the Spectra S1.  I immediately fell in love with this pump.  There are so many wonderful features that this pump has.  Let me tell you about all of the pros. […]

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Lifestyle

Confessions of an asexual 20-something

Being the offspring of teen parents—mostly a teen mother­—is really hard. People treat you like you’re gonna go out and have lots and lots of unprotected sex, then someday have a child of your own born out of wedlock someday.

But…dude, hearing about how you should be “careful”, or whatever, whilst you’re an ace? […]

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Pregnancy

My First Surrogacy Journey: Magazine Feature!

We were asked by a friend of our birth photographer if we were interested in sharing our story in a magazine.  Kimberly Whitaker-Enderle, owner and editor of Peekaboo magazine in Northwest Arkansas messaged me and told me about the February birthday issue.  I thought it sounded awesome to be able to share our story to even more people, so I started writing.  Of course the writing brought the emotions and tears.  It was so lovely to be able to share both my happiness and heartache to anyone who was interested to read.  You can read the full story that was published here. 

Along with my own story, I got to read and share the stories of not only Joel and Shannon, but also Joel’s best friend, Thomas.  They all wrote a special little story and letter to me and I will always hold these words so near and dear to my heart.  Since they had to be shortened for the article, I wanted to share them in their entirety here so I have them to look back on any time… […]

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Food

GFAF: Beyond The Expo

 I have become a huge fan and a new customer of many of the products and brands that I have discovered over the past two Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expos.  Many might think that I am just a blogger and only go to these events for fun since I do not have Celiac Disease or any food allergies.  I have actually become more health conscious and been able to share great information with friends and readers who have dietary restrictions. 

Getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease or a food allergy is not the end of the world.  It doesn’t mean you have to eat dirt flavored food.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a meal ever again.  There are SO many things that I buy now that I would have never tried in the past because I figured they would be bland or boring since they were “gluten-free”. 

I look forward each year to learning about new companies and new products from brands that I already love.  There are things you should know before you go gluten-free, so be aware of the nutrients you may lose and know how to replace them. 

I have favorite products from the expo that are in all categories of food from seasonings to decadent desserts.  Let me tell you about a few of the new staples in my home…

  • Love Grown Foods – Their Super Oats are like amazing little instant oatmeal packets.  Full of good ingredients to fill you up in the morning!
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    Pregnancy

    My First Surrogacy Journey: Laken’s Birth Story

    Friday evening, January 8th, I had been having contractions about 6-8 minutes apart, but some would go longer. This wasn’t out of the ordinary as they had been this way over the past couple weeks off and on. Shannon and Joel decided to head to bed probably around 11pm. I decided to lay down on the bed for a bit to see if the contractions would slow down or stop, but they stayed fairly consistent so after a bit, I got back up and figured I’d keep timing them. […]

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