So Delicious

A few weeks ago I had my friends, Stacee and Brayden over for dinner. After dinner I surprised them with a special dessert.

Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious

Not only were these treats SO Delicious they are dairy free and Kosher! Regardless what I served for dinner that evening, I was able to treat my guests to a yummy dessert.

What You Need to Know

  • So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pints are certified to be free of dairy and are Non-GMO Project verified.
  • They are available in over twenty delicious flavors like Gluten Free Cookie Dough, Mint Chip, Mocha Almond Fudge and Cherry Amaretto.
  • So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pints are rich in plant-based medium-chain fatty acids, which are naturally energizing and processed differently than the fat in traditional ice creams.
  • So Delicious® Dairy Free is committed to doing the right thing for people and the planet. They have a world-class allergen testing program and are recognized for their innovative recipe formulations that help to create products made with only the highest quality ingredients.
  • Many of their products are made with organic ingredients, and are always 100% plant-based and GMO-free with no artificial sweeteners, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils, and never contain any animal byproducts.
  • A So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pint (16 oz) retails for $5.99.

Where to Purchase

  • So Delicious® Dairy Free products are available at natural food stores like Whole Foods and increasingly at other grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, and Stop & Shop. Use their new store locator to find products in your area. destinylocators.com/sodelicious/site/

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    My toddler and I enjoying a mini snack one hot afternoon. 

    Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious

    The mini size is the perfect size for a snack, without the feeling like you have to finish a huge bar.

    Most nights, after hubby and I put Sarah to bed we sit on the couch to watch our favorite show. This time I brought out my new favorite ice cream, So Delicious Cookies ‘n Cream. Yum, what a treat! I absolutely love this flavor!

    Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While SO Delicious provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Blueberry Muffins

A couple of days ago I posted my concern on Facebook when Sarah’s new preschool teacher called to schedule an appointment to meet Sarah in our home. I was unsure of the idea. Why does she need to come over? Why can’t we just attend a normal orientation where we meet the teachers and classmates? 

But after some reassurance from my friends on Facebook and the realization that this is done in many schools, I began to organize our home. I didn’t too much. I wanted our home to look like us.

The morning of our meet and greet, Sarah and I woke up with a to do list. After we spruced up a bit we got right to work so that we could make a batch of our favorite Blueberry Muffins (recipe below) for our guests.

Mama Chit Chat: Blueberry Muffins

There is nothing more welcoming then baked goods!

Mama Chit Chat: Blueberry Muffins

We individually wrapped two cupcakes for Sarah’s new teacher and the aid. 

Mama Chit Chat: Blueberry Muffins

We had a short and sweet visit! Luckily, Sarah was very predictable. She was super shy at first and then a few minutes later she became chatty Kathy. She showed the teachers her scooter, her room and her minion collection.

I’m happy we were able to meet the teachers in our home. This way when it comes to the first day of school, Sarah will be familiar with her new “friends”.

Blueberry Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup of flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. Heavy pinch of salt
  5. Dash of Nutmeg
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 generous cup yogurt (I use whatever I have at home)
  10. 2 cups fresh/frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
  11. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, vanilla, egg, and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients and stir to a count of 10.
  4. Add blueberries to mixture and stir 3 times.
  5. Add mixture to well-prayed muffin pans.
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes and allow to cool completely.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Pin-Spired #1

I follow this one blog who puts monthly Pinterest Inspired Outfits together. She calls it Pin-spired.
I’ve been trying to get on this bandwagon for some time now, but always feel like I can’t figure it out in time. I even made a Pinterest board called Virtual Stylist. I pin my Pinterest Inspired Outfits and different styles I like. After seeing her latest post, I noticed how many of the things I already owned and have worn. Here are my versions.

Outfit #1 Floral Tank Top & Jean Shorts.

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My outfit:

IMG_1024After Sarah asked me what I was doing she asked if she could take a picture of her outfit too. I was shocked that I got a smile from her on the first try that I just had to include her picture as well.

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I wore this outfit once again, but this time with sneakers while walking around the Grand Canyon on my recent girls trip.

IMG_0716Floral Tank {HERE} // Jean Shorts {HERE} // Sneakers {HERE} //Sandals {HERE}

Outfit #2 Coral Shorts & Navy Stripe Top:

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Striped 3/4 Top {HERE} // Coral Shorts {HERE} //Sandals – No longer available Aerosoles

There you have it, my first Pin-Spired linky!

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Not only did I already have everything in my closet, but it’s safe to say these outfits are completely me. During the summer I can be found in a tank, shorts and sandals. It’s definitely my go to outfit, plus it’s comfy.

Do you use Pinterest for outfits and styles you like? Leave your Pinterest board here so I can take a look.

 

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! 

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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!
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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!
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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!
 
UPDATE: Giveaway #1 – the winner is Erin Y. Giveaway #2 – the winner is Clarissa. Giveaway #3 – the winner is Sarah. Giveaway #4 – the winner is Julie C.

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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