Merlot Brownies

I recently made Merlot Brownies for my mama friends who absolutely loved it.

Mama Chit Chat: Merlot Brownies

The recipe is so yummy, I just had to share with all of my readers.

Plus it’s super easy!

-Ingredients-

Mama Chit Chat: Merlot Brownies

A box of milk chocolate brownies, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup of red wine.

-Directions-

Follow box for directions, but instead of water substitute wine.

Yup, that’s it!

Enjoy!

Mama Chit Chat: Merlot Brownies

*Thank you Larson Lingo for the recipe.

And, don’t forget, my 2 year Blogoversary Giveaway ends soon! 

Enter HERE if you haven’t done so yet!

10 on 10 August 2014

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month. Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day!

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

 Not only is today the 10th day of the month, today is also hubby’s birthday! To prepare for his special day Sarah and I made him breakfast.

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Including these yummy cinnamon rolls.

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After breakfast we hung out at home and did miscellaneous things around the house. My silly girl didn’t want to sit still for a pic. Toddlers!

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Later that afternoon we put Sarah down for a nap. She was more interested in the camera then going to sleep.

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Unfortunately she didn’t nap that afternoon. I had errands to run so I headed over to Target. I found a couple of new flavors of chips. I love spicy food so I got Sriracha for me. 

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Once home, Sarah and I made a cake for daddy.

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Later that evening my Mother-in-Law came over with a bunch of Polaroid pictures of hubby.

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I spy a Sarah smile!

While I continued to look at the pictures, hubby was busy prepping the BBQ.

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Dinner was simple and yummy. For dessert we had the cake Sarah and I made earlier in the afternoon. We sang Happy Birthday and watched as hubby blew out the candles.

picstitchWe ended the night with one of our favorite shows, Suits.

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Hope you had a great 10th!

And, don’t forget, my 2 year Blogoversary Giveaway ends soon! 

Enter HERE if you haven’t done so yet!

 

2 Year Blogoversary

Last week I celebrated my blog’s 2 year anniversary or as Mel likes to call it Blogoversary!

Not one to scrapbook or fill out a baby book, I started Mama Chit Chat as a place to document my journey. Now it’s become an outlet for my creative energy.

The name Mama Chit Chat was my husband’s brilliant idea, and later on he believed in my little blog and bought me my domain.

On August 9, 2012 I finally got the courage to create a Welcome post.

With 237 posts and 12,925 views I have been able to share my daughter’s milestones, confessions, recipes, freebies and my love for Pinterest!

Thanks for joining me on my journey. I truly appreciate it!

Here is to another successful year!

To celebrate my 2 year blogoversary, I have 4 giveaways as a thank you for reading my blog!

To Enter -

1. Subscribe to Mama Chit Chat.

2. Like Mama Chit Chat on Facebook.

3. Comment below letting me know you have done it all.

Note: Giveaway will end Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Open to US residents only.

Thank you to everyone that has donated their items to be a part of this giveaway. I truly appreciate it!

Giveaway #1: The Wright Stitch

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Melanee makes the cutest things! She recently made an adorable pair of newborn sandals for my cousin who is due this month with her first baby girl!

The Wright Stitch is giving away a pair of Newborn Boat Shoes to one lucky winner!
Find The Wright Stitch here:
 
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Giveaway #2: Jamberry Nails

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You finally get a chance to get a manicure for it to chip after a few days. Introducing Jamberry Nails! A simpler, more cost effective way to keep your hands looking polished. Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.

I love Jamberry Nails!  Not only do my nails look great for 2 weeks, but they have a ton of nails to choose from.

My friend Cheryl is giving away a set of fun Jamberry nails to one lucky winner!
Find Jamberry Chery here:
 
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Giveaway #3: Herablife

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Doesn’t a sweet chocolate shake sound delicious? Everyone’s journey is different. Enjoy yours!

My friend Amy is giving away an Herbalife shake to one lucky winner!
Find Herbalife here:
 
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Giveaway #4: Tupperware


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 I couldn’t end on an odd number, so I wanted to giveaway one of my favorite Tupperware items. With Tupperware celebrating it’s 65th anniversary I thought a classic piece would be best. I love this set because of the big handles. Nothing is more annoying then opening a container with small handles.
 
I am giving away a Wonderlier Bowl 3 piece Set to one lucky winner!
Find Tupperware here:
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Thank you to the awesome women who have donated their items to be a part of this giveaway.
Please check out their shops and/or social media and support them. They are awesome!
Good luck and hopefully you are one of the lucky winners!

World Breastfeeding Week

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I would fantasize about the precious moments my child and I would have together while I nursed her.

My mom nursed me, so I wanted to nurse my daughter.

After some simple research I wanted to do it even more for all the health benefits. 

When Sarah was born early, at 36 weeks, one of my first thoughts were, “Has my milk come in?”

After I gave birth they quickly placed her on my chest as we did skin to skin.

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Second from marrying my beloved, I was the happiest I’ve ever been. With tears of joy I just starred at her as she laid there breathing so peacefully.

After some vitals and a bath I was told I could feed my baby.

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Tired and exhausted from labor, Sarah nuzzled my chest and began to eat. It was super painful, but knew there would be some introductory pain that came with nursing for the first time.

After the second feeding I was a complete mess. Between the tears and the pain I was very sad. This was supposed to be this beautiful time between my daughter and I, but all I could do was cry and shake when it was time to nurse.

My lactation consultant came back after a few hours to check on me. I cried as soon as she entered the room. I no loner wanted to nurse. I no longer wanted to be in such excruciating pain. She checked my positing once again and told me everything looked fine. She even told me Sarah had a really good latch was eating well. She even nicknamed her a piranha. She quickly called her associate for a second opinion while I just sat there crying. My fantasy had not become a reality. I was just devastated!

Once the second lactation consultant checked me, my first lactation consultant set up a referral for me to see my OBGYN that afternoon. They thought they saw something I should get checked. With my PJ’s and messy hair I walked from Labor & Delivery to my OBGYN (got to love Kaiser!) and waited for my appointment. I couldn’t stop crying. I was hormonal and really sad.

Finally in the room I was told I had a rare case called, Raynaud‘s. The problem I was having nursing was not my supply or my daughter’s latch, but the lack of blood flow in my nipples. Anytime she would latch off (which can occur many times while trying to figure out how to nurse) I would get this burning sensation.

Imagine sitting on a chair with one leg on top of the other. After a few minutes when you decide to shift your body, you bring down your leg and experience a numbing sensation which is usually described as pins and needles.

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That numbing, tingling sensation was what I was feeling. Every time Sarah lathed off I would get a shooting pain. It would last for a few minutes until the body finally sent blood to my nipple. With prescription in hand I walked back to my room with the news.

 I was heartbroken. My baby was only a day old and I already had to poison her with medication just so I could nurse her. It didn’t make sense. I didn’t know what to do.

After a few more attempts and tears I was given a pump. It lessened the pain, but it still was unbearable.

Before heading home, the nurse brought over some formula samples. I didn’t want to take them, but hubby insisted.

After arriving home for less then 24 hours we headed back for Sarah’s 3 day well visit. She was diagnosed with a severe case of jaundice. We were wheeled to the NICU and given a bed. Since I was still attempting to nurse they admitted us both and gave us a room.

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Since I was only allowed to hold her for very short periods of time I exclusively pumped and fed her breast milk from a bottle.

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A few days later when Sarah’s jaundice was not getting any better and I was told to hold her less, we were told I had jaundice in my breast milk. Already feeling horrible that I couldn’t nurse her like I planned, I simple gave up. I was too emotionally drained to deal with it all. I started switching between pumped milk and formula. We finally saw some jaundice improvement and were sent home.

After 3 weeks I stopped pumping. I gave Sarah what was left in the freezer and then exclusively gave her formula.

Formula might not have been my choice, but under the circumstances I felt I had no choice.

When I finally came to the realization that I could not nurse I was a much better mom. With the pain finally wearing off I was able to hold her really close and enjoy the moments as I fed her a bottle of food.

Even though I wasn’t able to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with my mama friends I am thankful for the moments we did have together for those few days.

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Vegas

Being a stay at home mom I don’t get a lot of time to myself. So for the past few years, I’ve gone away for a day or two during the summer.

The first year my sister and I went on a sisters only trip to Palm Springs.

The following year a few of my mama friends and I went on a girls trip to Manhattan Beach.

This year I met up with my mom and aunt for a girls trip to Vegas!!
IMG_0818Even though it was a different Vegas experience for me, I had lots of fun! I had all these fantasizes before we left that I would lay poolside with a drink, wake up late and even go to sleep late. None of that happened, but that’s ok. Instead I got to spend time with two amazing women who I love and adore.

I also took a 45 minute flight to Vegas. In the past we’ve driven to Vegas or flown to Vegas from Florida. That was quick and easy!

I was kid free for 3 days! It was nice to be responsible for only me. I ate when I was hungry, went to the bathroom uninterrupted and focused when speaking to adults. It was great! Although I missed my Sarah and hubby when I got back. However I didn’t miss all the home responsibilities!! PS Thanks to my hubby and MIL for watching Sarah while I was gone.

I also got to sit in the airport while we waited to board (something I don’t do when flying with Sarah).

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Although it was sweltering hot most of the time we still did everything we had planned to do.

The first day was spent traveling to Vegas and walking around our hotel, Luxor. I checked out the Bodies exhibit while my aunt went to the Titanic exhibit.

Since I probably wont be able to visit the birth place of all FOUR of my grandparents any time in the near future I was really excited to check out this Egyptian themed hotel.

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The second day started out really early. Our alarm was set for 5:30 am so we could take the 6am shuttle for our day of adventures. Both my mom and aunt organized a trip for us to visit the Hoover Dam and The Grand Canyon. I’ve always wanted to see both, but I had no idea how far each destination would be. It took us an hour to get to the Hoover Dam and then another 4 hours to reach the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The Hoover Dam was really cool! We drove over the bridge where we went from Nevada to Arizona.

picstitchIt wasn’t like you see in the movies, but it was cool to be in two states at the same time.

After a few pictures, our shuttle parked on the Arizona side so that we could see this beautiful structure.

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We stopped many times through out the trip to eat, use the bathroom and to get fuel. One of our rest stops was Route 66. Some of you might know it as the most famous road in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California. As a mom of a 3 year old toddler, all I could think about was the scene in one of Sarah’s favorite movies, Cars! I imagined her jumping up and down with excitement as she saw where Mater and Lighting were from. After visiting the gift shop I bought her a few souvenirs.

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The final stop for the day was the Grand Canyon. I’ve seen the pictures and I’ve watched the educational movies in school, but walking towards the rail to view the enormous mountain was absolutely breathtaking! The colors, the size and the stillness was all so beautiful. To think g-d and water created this was super crazy! After we took a few pictures we walked around some more.

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I kept finding myself just starring. I silently stood there and took it all in. I was so happy to be there. Just standing there, taking it all in.

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A few minutes later it started to rain. We headed for shelter and put on our ponchos (given by the tour guide) and continued to walk around some more.

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It rained on and off for a few more minutes. After it stopped raining the canyon looked even more picturesque! We enjoyed our view for a little longer and then headed back to our shuttle.

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The drive back was long. Less stops, more rain and a super crazy wind storm.

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We finally got dropped off at our hotel around 9pm. We headed to our room changed and made our way to view the strip at night.

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After a few minutes on the strip and some cranky moments we headed back to our room for some much needed sleep.

The third and final day started with a delicious breakfast at our hotel cafe. I had this delicious Strawberry Shortcake French Toast with strawberry purée. Yum!!

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After breakfast we headed to the strip again. We walked through the hotels, saw some interesting characters including Sarah’s favorite Minions, met Johnny Depp, bought some loose tea and ate lunch.

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To give my aunt the full strip experience, we walked from the Luxor hotel ALL THE WAY to the Wynn hotel. If you know anything about Vegas you know how far that is.  Not only did we walk 4 miles in 109 degree heat, we walked back another 4 miles to get back to our hotel!! Needless to say our legs and backs were in a lot of pain when we arrived at the hotel. Therefore we just sat for a full hour and enjoyed our last drink together.

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Thank you Aline and mama for such a great trip! I might have been cranky at times, but know that I really enjoyed spending 3 uninterrupted days with you. Thank you for the adventures! Love you!!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

As someone who loves to eat and cook food I wanted to share this yummy recipe I recently found on Pinterest. Not only is this recipe easy to make it’s also great to serve as an appetizer at a party. 

Mama Chit Chat: Sweet & Sour Chicken

-Instructions-

1. In a large Ziploc bag add corn starch, pepper, salt, garlic cloves and chicken. Toss to coat.

2. Preheat oil to a medium heat. Whisk eggs in a bowl, dip each chicken piece into the eggs.

3. Fry chicken on each side until golden brown. Place fried chicken on a baking dish in one layer.

Mama Chit Chat: Sweet & Sour Chicken4. Combine sugar, soy sauce, ketchup and vinegar together. Pour sauce over the chicken, bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Mama Chit Chat: Sweet & Sour Chicken

5. Turn chicken pieces half way through for a nice and crispy coating.

Mama Chit Chat: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Enjoy!

Mama Chit Chat: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb chicken breast
  2. 1 cup corn starch
  3. 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  4. 1/2 tablespoons salt
  5. 3 garlic cloves (pressed)
  6. 1/2 cups oil
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  9. 1/3 cups ketchup
  10. 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large Ziploc bag add corn starch, pepper, salt, garlic cloves and chicken. Toss to coat.
  2. Preheat oil to a medium heat. Whisk eggs in a bowl, dip each chicken piece into the eggs.
  3. Fry chicken on each side until golden brown. Place fried chicken on a baking dish in one layer.
  4. Combine sugar, soy sauce, ketchup and vinegar together. Pour sauce over the chicken, bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken pieces half way through for a nice and crispy coating.
Notes
  1. Tip: Cut chicken into bite sized pieces to serve as an appetizer at a party.
Adapted from Moms Dish
Adapted from Moms Dish
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10 on 10 July 2014

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month. Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day!

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

The day started with Sarah telling me that her ear has “googkies” aka puss. After looking at it I quickly called our doctor’s office who had an opening later that morning. Thanks to whoever called and canceled!

For breakfast we had our favorite, corn cakes and cream cheese.

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After we got ready and headed out, I noticed a cool breeze. My car thermometer read 66 degrees outside!! It’s been super hot every morning so this was a nice change

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I love my doctor’s office! Not only do they know us by name (which is very unusual with our medical plan), but they also have free coffee! Total mom save!

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A few minutes later we entered our room and waited for Sarah’s Doctor to come in.

She confirmed what we already knew, Sarah had an ear infection. However this time it was draining! Not only is that gross, but it means the tubes that were placed in her ears when she was 17 months old are working!! Finally some good news to her ever painful ear problems.

After leaving our room, Sarah wanted to continue playing with ABC chart for “2 more minutes” as she holds up 3 fingers.

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We hurried to our Camp Mommy event for the day where all the kids got to make their own pizzas.

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After lunch a few moms and I headed to Barnes N Noble for some fun. I bought Sarah a new book.

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Before heading home for nap we picked up Sarah’s ear drops.

During nap time I found out my blog post for Homemade Sidewalk Chalk was published!

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After nap we snacked on one of our favorite snacks, spinach chips. Recipe can be found here.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent in and out of the house. Unfortunately my phone died and I didn’t get to take any additional pictures.

Hope you had a nice 10th!

{Sorry for the late post. We had a brutal week due to Hand Foot Mouth Disease}

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