Posted in baby product, Breastfeeding, EDUCATIONAL, Food, Guilt, Questions

No guilt in this cookie: Divine Mama cookies

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog,  Divine Mama has provided me with complimentary samples of their Datey Apricot Cashew and Macnut Chocolate Chip lactation cookies. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

We’ve reached ten months… We’re going… Going strong? Alright maybe not as strong as I would wish, so I’ve reached out to more lactation cookies for mommy’s like myself. Though Elleanna has NEVER and I repeat NEVER had formula, breast is best, I struggle to gain a supply for the freezer. I am not back to work and not knowing how long or short my days will be. I can be three hours one day or even ten hours like this past Friday, the life of a waitress is so mysterious.

DivineMamaDivine Mama was so gracious enough to send a couple samples to try, Macnut Chocolate Chip and Datey Apricot Cashew. A hundred percent all natural with Iron and Calcium in each serving I am pleased.

DivineMama4 Without eating the lactation cookies, downing water after water I found myself only producing enough to feed Elleanna but not pump during or after more than a half ounce. (Ouch on my self esteem!) I find myself wondering what is wrong with me? Is she even getting enough during feedings? Could this be the reason she eats every hour? I’ve been trying to pump on a schedule but I’ve been very naughty about it… One day I did every twenty minute’s next day once in the morning and once at night. So how do we change this?… How do I get my supply up? Though I am aware I need to get a pumping schedule done I will be working on this starting this week.

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Here’s the answer! Divine Mama and my favorite thus far with Macnut chocolate chip! You can hardly tell you are eating something healthy, all natural and that will do so many wonders for your supply! I found though I needed water and milk while having this treat and that I could only eat half at a time my energy and supply seemed to increase. I don’t know if I can only eat half due to the fact I fill up on lunch, dinner or water. Maybe even the fact when I do snack I find I need a little of everything; after having just half a serving of this Macnut Chocolate Chip lactation cookie I went to bed… Morning came and 3 ounces pumped! That is 6 times the amount I was previously getting, think about what would happen if I ate the whole cookie.

DivineMama2My snack set up now has become Divine Mama while I begin to add up my supply in the freezer. Though daddy (Geraldo) used my stash up the other day while I was at work… When I said she needed milk I didn’t think he would give her four bottles during my five hours of work.

So here’s to a healthy snack, on the go or in the home Divine Mama and I will be treating ourselves Elleanna to some well deserved and earned milk.

Have you found a lactation cookie or type of food that helps build your supply?

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Making photo book memories…

Every day I seem to be snapping pictures, making memories and since Isabella was young I have created photo books, scrap books that never seem to be finished. I want to have these photo books, memories, notes in the pages of what we were doing or the first moments, steps, laughs for Elleanna and Isabella to have when they are older. For myself to have to remember all these little moments that may not impact us as much as we believe but will in the future.

book collage2I’d love to leave behind memories for my girls, notes, pictures that can not be lost. What better way to do that then with Collage.com’s One-Click Photo Book. With the opportunity to select photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and my computer I can instantly put together an amazing photo book that looks clean and professionally done.

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Do you have pictures scattered in a box, waiting to be hung or placed in a scrap book like me?

Posted in Circus, FAMILY TIME, Live Show

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis

In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Big Apple Circus has provided me with complimentary tickets to their show along with the opportunity for my giveaway of two opening night tickets. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

The amazement as we began walking toward the large tent, wonders of what would happen. Magic? Clowns? Would there be elephants like all the “circus” movies or shows we’ve seen? Our excitement has built for many days now; due to the fact myself and Geraldo along with our daughters have never been to the circus. We searched the web from their website http://www.bigapplecircus.org to the famous Youtube of course. Every word and video kept us on the edge of our seats you could say.

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So it beings here… I had to have the girls take a photo outside the large tent before sitting down. How many times in your life can you say you went to the circus? Well you can if you join the Big Apple Circus membership. (Found on their page http://www.bigapplecircus.org/join-and-give where you also can find contact phone numbers for more information.) After having an usher directing us to our seats we became amazed at the “small” yet spacious soundings. Count down starts… What is to come?!

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First the comical clown, oh how I loved how he began the show. Catching our attention, interacting with the guests he had us laughing like hyenas. Next was seeing who was in the show, introducing of the cast members with a beginning show entrance.

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From each moment we were enchanted into this circus with animals and circus members keeping our every attention. Elleanna was entranced and unable to keep her eyes off the performers for a moment; when intermission came she was not a happy camper waiting. So Isabella, Gerlado, Elleanna and I stepped outside for some popcorn, light up toys and shirts. We’re always looking for a keepsake as a memory piece for our adventures.

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Rushing back to our seats hoping not to miss a thing, we realize how late it has been getting. A two hour show for The Big Apple Circus at 7pm is not very suitable for my girls with bed time of 8 which was when we had intermission (8:04pm to be exact). Their attitudes began to change from being excited and entertained to overwhelmed with sleep and fidgety. The second half of the show became very hard for mommy to keep the girls under control, though we wished the show was earlier in the day we had a magnificent time. From watching the camels, horses and dogs, goats and pig to the brother’s foot work and the bubble performance I must say The Big Apple Circus is one that I would go back to.

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I felt as if we timed hopped back into the 1940’s (ok maybe later then that even.) entering the tent, wondering what it would have been like to have our entertainment be the circus coming to town rather than all these electronic devices that keep us cooped up in our homes. No longer playing outside for hours or a peaceful family conversation at dinner; but children and parents eyes glued to televisions, Iphone’s and Galaxy’s. This performance reminded me how much family time means to me, that the girls are only this young for a short period of time. We need to grasp every event, performance, and sport, along with outdoor outing that we can and make memories.

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Thank you Big Apple Circus for putting the magic back into my eyes, my mind and my future. We will see you again soon.

If you have ever been to the circus what is your favorite part? The Food or maybe the keep sakes? Or is it the performance itself, captivating your attention with every motion like The Big Apple Circus?