10 Mommy Must Have’s

by Brittany on April 17, 2014

I have been working on a Baby Must Have list for my new and expecting mom friends, and it was getting to be too big of a list for one post.

Then I realized… babies don’t really need that much.  Some of this stuff just makes life easier.

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Today I give you my Mommy Must Have list.

Of course, we adopted so if you are looking for the best breast feeding pump….sorry to let you down.  ;)

Mommy Must Have’s

1. A sling or a baby wearing device.


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I have the Baby K’tan and the Ergo baby.  I love them both.  When Baby D was very little, I only used the Baby K’tan.  It seemed to soothe him when nothing else would.

2. A comfy chair.  

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You will spend lots of time rocking, feeding, and cuddling that baby.  You need a good comfy place to sit….and more than likely doze.  ;)

3. A good blender.  

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This will be handy in making Green Smoothies for when you don’t have time to eat….and for making baby food in the future!

I just use the one we got for our wedding.  I’ve had my eye on a Blendtec or Vitamix, but my pocketbook doesn’t agree.

4. A functional diaper bag.

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I got this diaper bag idea from Bobbi and Matt.  At first, I thought I wanted one of those cutesy Vera Bradley bags, but then I remembered my sweet husband would be carrying it too.  Not that he wouldn’t, but this backpack is so easy.  It has tons of storage and keeps everything organized.  Plus, it is a backpack so your hands are completely free!

5. Coffee…. lots of coffee.

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I would like coffee as an IV some days.  

6. Unending love and patience

Getting up every 3 hours to feed, comfort, and change diapers takes a toll on you.

7. A baby swing.  

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(Oh I miss him being that little!!!)

Isn’t that a baby item…. yes. BUT as a new mom, sometimes the only time you can get something done is by using the swing.  Baby D sometimes gets super fussy and they only things that help is holding him or the swing.  If I’m in the middle of making dinner, the swing is my best friend!

8. Crockpot or frozen meals.



 My crockpot has been a lifesaver as of late!  We’ve had Squash, Carrot, and Lentil Stew more than I care to admit.

9. Healthy bars and snacks.

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Sometimes I realize it is 11am and I’ve yet to eat breakfast because I’ve been so busy.  Having something quick I can grab is so helpful!  I love my Chocolate Cherry Love Bites for a quick snack!

10. Support System

I have found how important it is to have friends and family to lean on and ask advice.  I don’t think I would get a shower ever if I didn’t have so much help from Luvy!

Babies change your life completely, but for the better.

Okay moms: What is your mommy must have?

Favorite quick healthy bar or snack?

Who is your biggest supporter?


On Resting and Fueling

by Brittany on April 16, 2014

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!


There are some…many actually days when I’m just exhausted.  Workouts don’t happen and I just feel like falling onto the couch and not getting up.  

I’m sure all of you can relate to days like that!  

On days like this, our bodies need the rest.  We need to learn to listen and to rest and fuel our bodies so they can repair and function.  If we withhold food or “calories” from ourselves when we rest our bodies, they can’t repair and mend like they need to.  Just because you aren’t formally exercising doesn’t mean you don’t need the fuel!

So, yesterday was all about resting and fueling.


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Protein Buckwheat Muffin with Nuttzo, carob drizzle, and fruit.  Making sure I get my protein in for my body to repair!

Plus, Nuttzo is good for the soul.  ;)


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Egg scramble with mushrooms and spinach, green beans, and plantain fries.

Best lunch ever.

I never treat myself to massages, but I got a great deal not too long ago.  There is a lady who is offering $25 1 hour massages to anyone at the seminary or their spouses!  I had to take advantage of that deal!

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Post massage delirium.  Best massage I’ve had in a long time!  

Plus, my massage fit perfectly into my 50% more rest challenge!  Don’t forget today is the last day to enter my Musselman’s applesauce and $25 dollar Nike Gift Card giveaway!


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Green smoothie with l-gluteamine and Plant Fusion post massage.


We had the spring trustee’s dinner at Luvy’s school last night.

They are always so kind to make a gluten, dairy, and soy free meal for me.

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I didn’t get pictures since it didn’t feel appropriate, but this was the menu for everyone.

Sadly, the dessert wasn’t allergy friendly.  It looked to die for!

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Since I couldn’t have the delicious dessert, I made a coconut carob muffin and topped it with So Delicious coconut ice cream, Nuttzo, and granola.  


I’m all rested and fueled up to go back to work today!

Thanks to Jenn for the link up!  Make sure you head over there for more WIAW goodies!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

How often do you rest and fuel your body?

Favorite snack right now??


Why You Should Never Travel With Me

April 15, 2014
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You should never travel with me.  Y’all really. You can’t take me anywhere. It’s not that I don’t have what my daddy calls “cooth”. My social skills are pretty good. It’s i have bad travel karma- if you believe in such a thing. It all started shortly after we got married. My luggage didn’t make it with […]

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It’s Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

April 14, 2014
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Hey there friends! This past weekend was gorgeous here in Louisville.  I hope you all had the same marvelous weather where you are. The weather might have been rainbows and butterflies, but sometimes in life no matter how pretty the weather there seems to be a cloud looming over. Sometimes life deals you things that […]

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Friday Five and Favorites

April 11, 2014
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Happy Friday!!! Let’s make this short and sweet….the weekend is waiting! Friday Five 1. This face makes it hard to go to work. He turns that frown upside down pretty quickly though.  :) 2. Saturday, my sister-in-law and I spent (what seemed like) forever painting our nails… and two days later it’s gone.  #liftingproblems I […]

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50% More Rest and Giveaway!

April 10, 2014
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Y’all remember back in March when we talked about our 50% more challenge?? Just in case you missed it, I’m teaming up with Musselman’s Applesauce over the next few months to take the challenge of doing 50% more!* Musselman’s BIG CUP is a satisfying, a 6 oz. single-serve cup that contains 50% more delicious Musselman’s Apple Sauce […]

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WIAW: Hangry Day

April 9, 2014

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends! Do y’all ever have days when you are hangry?  Hangry = hungry and angry  Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I would eat… and then feel like I was about to chew my arm off I was so hangry. Plus, since I haven’t slept through the night […]

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10 Tips to Get or Stay Motivated to Exercise

April 8, 2014
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Since Baby Delight has been born, my fitness and workout schedule has been sporadic at best. It’s not necessarily that I don’t have time- I could probably workout while he is napping– it’s that I haven’t been motivated to workout. How could you NOT want to just cuddle all day? I’ve finally broken through my […]

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MIMM: Baby D Hits the Road Again

April 7, 2014
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Hey friends! The weekends seem to fly by, don’t they?? With Baby Delight, it seems like time flies even faster. This semester, Luvy is teaching at two different extension centers for his school.  Two weekends he is teaching in my college town.  Remember when we talked about how weird it was going back? Well, this […]

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Friday Five and Favorites

April 4, 2014
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Happy Friday y’all! Luvy and I had a rainy drive to Tennessee last night.  I swear that it was raining harder than I thought possible.  You could have cut the tension in our car with a knife. Ready for our Friday Five?? 1. I’m going to bootcamp!!  :)  I’m so excited I won Paige’s bootcamp […]

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