Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I know now...

A LLL mama shared a link on her Facebook... it was a wonderful, thought provoking link.  Which inspired a fellow mama & LLL-er to blog about what pertinent bits of wisdom she would have shared with her pre-baby self.  Which inspired me, on the eve of C-McC first birthday, to share some sage words (okay, just some tidbits of knowledge).

  • Children fill your heart to the bursting point and yet somehow, there's more than enough love to go around
  • The best birth plan is flexible
  • Not everyone has a 36hr labour
  • Transition is a bitch
  • The moment your children meet each other will stay with you, forever
  • Every new experience that you share with your boys, is both wonderful and sad.  Non-parents will shake their head and call you crazy.  Other parents will "get it". 
  • Cherish your boys.  Before you know it, they'll be 1 & 3.  4 & 6.  15 & 17. 

Banana Avocado Muffins

As promised... my Banana Avocado Muffin recipe (altered [because I cannot follow a recipe to save my life] from a recipe shared by my good friend B - who is tall, slim, blond & GORGEOUS... oh and a mama of FOUR... if I didn't love her so much, I'd hate her... for realz)

Measurements are approximate, I use measuring cups... but more of as a means to transfer ingredients from their containers to my mixing bowl... not to be accurate
2 ripe Avocados
2-3 medium sized ripe bananas
1 cup oats
1-1.5 cups flour (whole wheat preferably)
1/3-1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
pinch of salt
pinch of baking soda
1 great big splash of vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (optional *spfffffffft* like you won't add them)

Pre-heat oven to 375F

1.  Mush, smash, puree bananas & avocados
2.  Blend butter & sugar.  Add eggs.  Add puree, mush, smash mixture
3.  Mix dry ingredients (set aside 1/2 cup of flour... you may need it later, you may not)
4.  Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients
5.  If combined mixture is too wet, slowly add more flour until you reach optimal muffin consistency
6.  Spoon into muffin tins - I use the medium sized dozen tins

Bake for 18-20 minutes (depends on your oven... check with a tooth pick)

Now, this may sound like a weird muffin combination but it is seriously delicious.  The avocados add a rich buttery texture... yom yom yom!

Oh and the gals at LLL did not get to enjoy these muffins... my avocado wasn't ripe enough.  Stupid avocado.

Monday, August 29, 2011

{Buff Mama Monday} Fallen off the bandwagon...

For shame - that didn't take me long to fall off of the {Buff Mama Monday} Bandwagon. 

I've been MIA from my blog, but I have been behaving (kinda).  After my lovely bought of mastitis, I dropped 4lbs.  Seriously, they just fell off of me.  And then I got together with friends.  *sighs*

While I have managed to keep those 4lbs at bay, I am not eating like I should (my god, why on earth does this need to be a never ending drama?) and I haven't gone out for my runs (but I have done some great walking whilst pushing two boys + a filled.to.the.max diaper bag).

I'd like to say that I'm going out tonight, but I'm not... I have LLL tonight (yep, sitting around munching on snacks and chatting with my ladies takes precedence over getting my act together).

I do have one bit of good news - not only have I get those extra 4lbs off (I'm not at a total loss of 35lbs), I've also lost another 1" from my waist and 0.5" from my hips!  Yay me!

I need to revamp my "Running List" - so spam me with the tunes that get *YOU* moving!

And now I'm going to go and make Banana Avocado muffins for my meeting tonight (Banana Avocado you say?  Why yes, I will blog the recipe later... it is DEE-LISH!)


Monday, August 15, 2011

Joining The Crafty Nest's {Buff Mama Monday}

Last week Vanessa started her Buff Mama Monday and not to be a bandwagon jumper but I'm hopping on that train. 

I know I need more accountability.  I can talk out of my ass (figuratively people) all I want but unless I actually do it, it doesn't mean anything... right?

I can honestly say last week was not a stellar week - in fact, the only reason I'm down a pound (which brings my total 32lbs from my highest postpartum weight) is because I managed to get the icky mastitis this weekend (an all-night-long pukefest and having the shakes does wonders for my figure). 

I didn't manage to get 3 runs (jogs... because let's face it this fanny doesn't move at a running pace) in last week but I did get two good ones in.  One that included a wicked head wind while pushing my two boys in my beloved BOB (now that was fuuuuuuun).  And we made sure to get out as a family and walk. 

I'm definitely re-focusing on food this week, I'm going to give my poor mastitis boobie a break from the underwire/sports bra... so my defense shall be food - spam me with your low-sugar (I'm on antibiotics for my mastitis and don't relish the thought of thrush... been there, done that), healthy recipes.


Monday, August 8, 2011

What's On Your Must Read List?

I received one of the bestest birthday presents ev.ah!  (okay, disclaimer... my birthday was in February... I've had not-yet-mentioned-present since February... so hold your pants on, I promise this is going somewhere). 

The awesomesauce present that I speak of is my Kobo.  This has been an invaluable device to the mama of a rabid nursling (I mean, to the mama of a breastfed baby).  There are those that have been blessed with the skills (and the not-so-ample-bosom) required to nurse hands-free, I bow down to you.  I have not acquired said skills, so reading an.actual.book during late-night nursing sessions was an exercise in frustration (read page.  shift hands to read next page.  set book down.  flip page.  rinse & repeat). 

Enter the Kobo.  Want to read what's going to happen on the next page just push the button (mine is the "low-tech" non-touch).  The thrifster (aka: Extreme Cheap-O) in me loves that there are a tonne of free books to be had (and I can check books out from the library or share, how awesome is that?).  The thrifster in me is saddened at the number of author's that I.love. who have some new reads available (read: non-free eBooks).  *sighs*  But, since I will be going back to work soon, I'm going to need something to read during my lunch hour, so it's like an investment or something... right?  Right?

So here's a peek at my "I-Gotta-Get-My-Hands-On-These" List:
Eve by Iris Johansen
Quinn by Iris Johansen
Under an Afghan Sky by Mellissa Fung
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

What is on your must read list?

Friday, August 5, 2011

You Know it's HOT when your Non-Freezerables Are Melting!

So, the weather lately has swung from a hot, sweltering mess (thanks giant lake for making summer a very sticky affair) to cool and delightful. 

Can you guess what kind of day today was

Can you guess what happened when TT, C-McC and I spent the morning/early afternoon with some friends and decided to go to the park after lunch?  Can ya?  (If you can't guess, I think it's safe to assume that this is your first foray into my muddled life)

If you guessed major-freaking-meltdown, you're a winner (of what, I am not sure... this isn't a giveaway, unless of course you're in the market for a slightly used TT).

Yes, apparently, the heat can cause children to melt (down that is... too bad they can't be put in the freezer to chill-the-hell-out... I'm kidding [obviously... right?])

The perfect ended to TT's crazytown meltdown (which included [but was not limited to] invading another child's personal space... repetitively, kicking and headbutting... basically he lost his shit ), was the car-seat-wrestle.  Try wrestling a super-pissed-off almost 3y/o into his car seat as he's having a WWE-style flip out... yeah, that is fun.  You literally have to sit on him to get him all buckled in (which is oh-so-fucking-fun when he does it out at Wall-Butt... because people stop.stare.and.glare).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

An Early Birthday Celebration!

This past weekend we had the whole famn damily (and some wonderful friends) out at my mom's to help us celebrate TT & C-McC's birthdays (a tad [*ahem* a whole month] early)

We.had.a.fabulous.time!

Rented a bouncy castle - OMG, what a brilliant idea that was, the kiddies spent the afternoon in & out, in & out, in & out!  Much better than in & out, in & out, in & out of the house. 

My mama has a trampoline so if the bouncy castle wasn't crazy enough for them, they could bounce around to their hearts content on the trampoline (with parental supervision/participation of course)

Actually, my mama has a pretty well-stocked house.  Lots of toys/activities for the kiddies (a puddle pool, sand box and tonnes of outdoor toys... she's well prepared for when her grandbabies come over to visit!)

We did a BBQ (hamburgers and hot dogs, easy-peasy and my mother-in-law brought some tasty pizza), and my awesome family helped with some salads (homemade macaroni, potato, noodle salad and some deviled eggs... soooo yummy!)

I made a tonne of cupcakes and a dragon cake, and I totally forgot to get a "finished" picture.

It was a great day to gather with family and celebrate the births of two of the most important men in my life. 

There are days where I wonder what the hell I've gotten myself into.  Days where I swear my children are wild, jacked-up monkeys with a severe case of the crazies... but this - family - this is what life is all about and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the two lives that I.brought.into.this world. 

inside of dragon cake *yum*

August Resolutions

I participate in a "How-to-make-babywearing-look-good" forum/post... today we updated our August Resolutions and mine are as follows:

I resolve to drink.more.water. -  Very rarely do I actually drink the recommended 8 - 10 glasses of water (that wouldn't leave enough room for coffee.coffee.coffee)

Which leads into number 2...
I resolve to drink.less.coffee - *sighs* it is my weakness.  I love that java goodness... I jones for it and love it so darn much that I'll drink decaf (because C-McC is not very tolerant of The Caffeine).

I resolve to eat more greens - Spinach and strawberry salad?  Don't mind if I do!

I resolve to get out for a walk/run/jaunt once.a.day - I live on a busy road.  A busy road that does not have a sidewalk, but a dirt shoulder.  BOB made an appearance this weekend and my boys love him, so now I don't have a (good) excuse for not getting out even if only for a 20min at a time!

BOB *sighs* Isn't he dreamy?