What’s Your Flavor Soulmate?

Good morning! I’m really excited about today’s post because I get to talk about one of my favorite things…FOOD! Now that I am breastfeeding (which means I’m hungry all the time) I find myself wanting to reach for more nutritious and filling snacks to fuel both my body and my baby’s body. One of my favorite snacks that I find myself eating every single day is Greek Yogurt. I just can’t stop.


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I have never been an adventurous person when it comes to my food/flavor choices. Though I typically gravitate toward the most simple and plain flavors, sometimes it is nice to get out of a rut and try some new flavor combinations. Chobani is inviting people to “flip out and find my flavor soulmate” in celebration of Chobani Flips, so I immediately jumped at the chance.

Before I jump right into the fun flowchart, I want to share a little bit about Chobani and why I love their yogurt.

All Natural Ingredients

After having a baby, I have become more aware of what I put in my body and tend to reach for whole or natural ingredients. Chobani is made using only natural (no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives), non-GMO ingredients. To ensure their products are non-GMO, they require their suppliers to certify that every ingredient is not genetically modified.

rBST Free

According to the Founder and CEO of Chobani, “The humane treatment of animals is an ethical and moral imperative.” Since animal welfare is a core value to Chobani, they use milk from cows not treated with rBST (a hormone used to increase milk production) to practice safe and humane treatment of animals.

They Give to Charity

Ten percent of all profits go to charity through the Chobani Foundation. They believe everyone deserves natural and nutritious food so they strive to make food more accessible to youth and underserved communities. Additionally, they support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Ultimately, transforming the community is Chobani’s goal.

Additional Tidbits

As if the above reasons aren’t enough to love Chobani, there are a few more bonus reasons.

  • Live and active cultures are included
  • Multiple types of probiotics
  • Less than 5% lactose

Feel free to visit their Beliefs page to learn more about their history and their products.

Flip Out and Find Your Flavor Soulmate

Now, for the fun! Below you will find a flowchart that you can use to find your perfect flavor soulmate. Start by choosing one of “guilty pleasures” listed and then simply follow the chart.


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According to the chart, I am Sweet N’ Sweet. I am not surprised at all. My sweet tooth has been raging lately! Normally I go for the blueberry (the kind where the goods are on the bottom) but after reading the flavors, I could definitely go for Chocolate Haze Craze or Peanut Butter Dream. Or both. Together.

Anyways, once you have your perfect match, read your flavor card to learn a little bit more about your results.


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According to my flavor card, my smile brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “sweet tooth.” It will once my teeth are covered in the chocolate and peanut butter deliciousness! Feel free to join in the fun and share what your flavor soulmate is in the comments.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

By the way, I was not compensated for this post. I truly love Chobani and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

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A Fun Blog Survey

I have always loved taking fun quizzes and surveys online and I find it interesting to see how other people respond. One of my favorite bloggers (I have quite a few favorites), Julie, posted this survey about a year ago. I recently stumbled across it again and thought I would give it a go. Please feel free to choose a few to answer in the comments. Here we go!

A to Z Survey 

A – Age: 25.

B – Biggest Fear: Running out of air. A slightly morbid and weird fear of mine is finding someone who committed suicide. I can’t even imagine.

C – Current Time: 10am.

D – Drink You Had Last: Water.

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My husband.

F – Favorite Song: I have a lot of favorites depending on my mood but if I had to choose I would say “Best of You.”

G – Grossest Memory: Driving somewhere with my parents and their cat on the highway. The cat got really sick all of the sudden and nothing will ever smell as bad as that did. My mom pulled to the shoulder and we all jumped out gagging!

H – Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama.

I – In Love With: My husband! More and more every single day.

J – Jealous Of: Stay at home parents. I wish I could spend every minute of the day with my baby.

K – Kindest Person You Know: A family friend who was also my Sunday school teacher as a child.

L – Longest Relationship: 9 years with my husband.

M – Middle Name: NA

N – Number of Siblings: One.

O – One Wish: To have a large family.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My mom.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “When will you finish with school?”

R – Reason To Smile: Taking a day off work!

S – Song You Last Sang: Sound of Silence.”

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:30am. Let me take a minute to say that this was a miracle. The baby slept past 5:30am!

U – Underwear Color: Blue.

V – Vacation Destination:  The Cayman Islands and Cozumel are my favorites but I would love to visit Italy!

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W – Worst Habit: Biting my lip and eating too much.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Mouth, chest, arm, hand, ankle. I never really thought about how many I’ve had.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Spaghetti. Always and forever.

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And anything chocolate!

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Z – Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius.

I hope you enjoyed this fun survey! Again, please feel free to answer some in the comments.

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All About Traveling and Pumping

When I began planning for my trip to Austin I did some extensive research on the best way to pump while traveling. There were many great resources available about what is “allowed” as far as breast milk goes but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and I was a little overwhelmed. In an effort to help other mamas out there who will need/want to travel without their little one while continuing to pump, I thought I would share my experience and tips.

Before I jump in and start giving my tips, I’ll share a little info about my traveling schedule and normal pumping routine. My flight out involved an early departure with one layover that was a little under an hour.  My flight was scheduled to arrive in Austin around 9:40am. While there, each day would start around 7-7:30am and continue until around 7pm with meetings on and off throughout the day. My flight back was around 5pm, again with one layover approximately an hour and arriving home around 11:30pm. My normal schedule involves breastfeeding at 5am, 5-7pm and on demand during the night. I normally pump around 8:30am, 12pm and 3pm while at work and breastfeed on demand on the weekends. Now that you have a bit of background on my routine, I can get into the purpose of this post. I will share my exact experience with you (unedited) and then provide a list of my top tips for easy access later.

Be Flexible and Have a Sense of Humor

First and foremost, my number one tip is to be flexible. This is hard for me because I am extremely organized and have a very specific routine I like to stick to. However, when airports are involved, it is best to expect changes in schedule. Fortunately, all my flights were on time but the short layover caused a time constraint with having to pump.

Since my flight was scheduled to arrive in Austin around 9:30am, I breastfed the little one in the car at the airport before checking in. In my carry-on I brought my pump along with my pumping supplies, milk storage bags, 8 freezer bags (4 gallon size and 4 quart size), a manual pump, a Kiinde bag with adapter for my manual pump and my pumping bra. Going through TSA for my first flight was easy because I didn’t have any milk but I did make sure to tell them I had a breast pump. I figured if I fed her right before my flight, I wouldn’t have to pump until I arrived in Austin. Well, sure enough, around 8:30am I started to feel very uncomfortable. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but it had been about 4 hours already since I fed her. By 8:45am I was hurting and I knew I wouldn’t get to the hotel until around 10 or a little after.

Bring a Manual Pump

I made the decision (as much as I hated it) to pump on the plane in the restroom. Before lugging all my supplies back to the restroom, I took a trip back there to scope things out. Despite many people saying that plane bathrooms have plugs, this one did not. So, I went back to my seat and grabbed my manual pump with my Kiinde bage attached and told the flight attendant I was going to be pumping. After pumping I just stuck the filled Kiinde bag back in my carry-on.

Plan Ahead When You Will Pump

At the hotel I set up my pump on the nightstand next to the bed for convenience and comfort. When I wasn’t using it, I would put it in the desk drawer. Since I was there on business, my days involved meetings all day and little free time. I tried to look at my schedule each night for the following day and get a sense for when would be the best opportunity to slip away and pump for 20 minutes. I made sure to pump right before leaving my hotel room every morning and try my best to make it to our lunch break to pump. I kept my manual pump with me just in case but thankfully didn’t have to use it. If I knew I was going to have to miss part of a meeting, I would sit near the door so that when I had to leave I wouldn’t disturb anyone. I also made sure to set an alarm to wake me up at night to pump because I didn’t want my body to think that little girl was sleeping through the night.

Expect Setbacks

Due to the amount I was having to pump, I experienced my first plugged duct. After doing a quick google search on my phone, I decided to hop in the shower that night and turn it as hot as I could handle and let it run over the area I felt was plugged. I gently massaged the area and even expressed a little by hand in the shower. As soon as I got out I immediately pumped while firmly pressing and rubbing the area. I set my pump on much higher than normal but not as high as it can go. I wanted to have a strong suction without excruciating pain. I also let the pump go for about 40 minutes, all the while massaging the duct. After doing this I felt much better and I successfully got rid of the plug.

Flying with Breast Milk

Every time I pumped at the hotel, I made sure to pour my milk into Lansinoh storage bags. They are easily stacked in the refrigerator and allow for more space than bottles.

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Right before leaving for my flight I filled one of the gallon and one of the quart sized zip lock bags with ice at the hotel. I double bagged them so they didn’t sweat too bad and then I put everything in my cooler bag.

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When I arrived at the airport I emptied the ice and made sure to tell TSA that I had breast milk. At first the man told me I had to take every single bag out and put it into the bin and I was NOT happy. Before doing it I asked a women who told me I could leave everything in the freezer bag. Once I made it through security I went to one of the restaurants and asked them to fill my gallon bag with ice. Everyone was extremely nice and accommodating. I had about an hour before my flight so I knew it would be best if I pumped. I was planning on finding a family restroom when I saw the most amazing thing ever. The mamava!

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The mamava is a “modular suite” that “offers nursing mothers a clean and beautifully designed space to pump/nurse.” I had no idea this even existed but I immediately fell in love with it. It was such a great feeling to know I had privacy and a clean area to express what is my baby’s primary source of nutrition.

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It was very spacious and calming and I am definitely a fan! I hope more places adopt these beautifully and thoughtfully designed suites.

When I reached my layover I pumped once more in a family restroom where I emptied out my slushy ice. I had my gallon bag filled once more before boarding my final flight home. When I arrived home my husband commented on how the ice was still mostly frozen and that the milk was super cold. I call that a win!

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So that was my experience with pumping while traveling. If I left anything out that you might be wondering, please let me know. I’m not an expert but I will say I feel very accomplished with how things went.

Here is a quick recap of my tips:

Be flexible and expect setbacks.

Bring a manual pump.

Bring different size zip lock bags and a freezer bag.

Bring plenty of storage bags.

Use ice to keep milk cold, empty ice before going through security and refill near gate.

 

Good luck!

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Catching Up and My Trip to Austin

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! I apologize about my absence but I got extremely sick (stomach flu + pneumonia = super sick). My husband got sick too (I think I gave it to him) and we were both down for the count until Thursday and ended up having to miss the Disturbed concert. It was probably one of the hardest things ever to sell those tickets but we didn’t end up losing any money and we absolutely were too sick to go. Oh well, maybe next time.

I spent my first Mother’s Day weekend recovering and spending time with family before having to go out of town for work. I had a super early flight and had to be at the airport around 4am.

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I arrived in Austin, Texas around 10am and made it to the hotel in time to pump before grabbing lunch and heading to my first meeting. (Side Note –> Being away for three full days without my little girl meant I had to pump several times a day to keep my supply. I am planning on doing a whole post about that so stay tuned.)

The hotel was extremely nice and was located right in the middle of downtown Austin. I had never seen this before but there was a place to insert your room key in the elevator before you could use it!

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My room was really nice and included a refrigerator and microwave. I had no idea we had a microwave and I wish I had known because I could have brought oatmeal for breakfast.

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The first night I was so tired from traveling all day and then attending meetings that by the time I ate dinner (at 9pm) I forgot to snap a picture. After dinner a few of us decided to go to this awesome place called Voodoo Doughnuts. Even though it was late I knew I might not have another opportunity to go and it is apparently famous so I didn’t want to pass it up. I got a chocolate covered, creme filled, glazed doughnut and the people I went with got some fancy caramel and cookie covered ones with creme and who knows what else. I definitely got a picture of that deliciousness!

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I ended up getting back to the hotel pretty late and crashed hard before having an early morning meeting.

The next day was filled with work stuff during the morning but later that afternoon I got some free ice cream! They had a cooler full of choices but I couldn’t resist the one called “Fat Boy.” With a name like that, it had to be good.

FAT Boy Ice Cream

That night, my roommate and I headed out to find a steakhouse for a Texas steak. We didn’t have much luck to begin with because many places required formal attire or were way out of our price range. Eventually we stumbled upon a place called Old School Bar and Grill. We started with some spinach and artichoke dip. The below picture was after we had already dug in.

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I really wanted a steak but I can never turn down a good burger, so I compromised and ordered a steak burger called the Two Thep. It was two patties with cheese, a fried egg, sriracha and jalapenos. I am a wuss so I got mine with just cheese and the fried egg. Words cannot do this burger justice so I will let my pictures do the talking.

Two Thep

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Nothing really happened my last day that was exciting. Just meetings again until I headed to the airport in the early afternoon. I had time to grab a quick dinner at the airport before boarding my flight to come home. I told you I can never turn down a good burger. Those little brown beauties you see are corn nuggets. If you haven’t had these before, you need to. Yum!

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My flight landed around 11pm and my husband picked me up with the baby. I can’t believe I was away from her for 3 days! It is so good to be home and back into a a regular routine.

Have a great Monday!

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Weights Workout and Meal Prep

Happy May! I can’t believe it’s already summer. This weekend flew by and was filled with cleaning, preparing for a busy week and meal prepping. We have a lot of stuff coming up this week like an interview luncheon, teacher appreciation week at daycare,  a Disturbed concert (yay!) and Mother’s Day. Although I am still in the thick of cleaning I wanted to stop in to share a few things about our weekend.

Friday

After work on Friday, my husband decided to go pick up little girl from daycare and head home to let the dog out so that I could enjoy a full workout before he came to pick me up. This was a huge deal for me because lately I have been super busy and haven’t had any time to myself. I also feel more energized and happier after having a quality workout. In an effort to utilize the equipment the gym has to offer that I don’t readily have available at home, I combined a few different exercises that use weights to create a full body weights workout. I completed the below workout and woke up Saturday feeling sore. I would call that a win!

Weights Workout

I am not a personal trainer so please consult your doctor before starting a new workout regimen. This is simply what I did and I wanted to share. Please honor your body and take breaks as needed. The links to each exercise are below.

Assisted pull ups

Wide grip lat pull downs

Tricep pulldown

Tricep (straight arm) push down

21’s

Squat to Overhead Press

Barbell Lunges

Weighted Glute Bridge

Swiss Ball Hamstring Curls

Saturday

After spending the morning cleaning up around the house, we headed out in the late morning for my husband to get a haircut. By the time he was finished we were both starving. We decided to go to Panera since it is a healthier option and it is close to the grocery store.

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I chose the flatbread yet again (old picture) but this time I wanted to try the mac n cheese. I am a huge cheese fan and I could eat my weight in macaroni and cheese under normal circumstances. However, I have been almost completely dairy free for over three months now due to breastfeeding a reflux baby so my body is not used to handling it like it was. I made it through about half of the dish before throwing in the towel and giving the rest to the hubby to finish.

If you have never had Panera’s mac n cheese, the best way I can describe it is to say that it is intense. It is very creamy and less cheesy. It was delicious but both myself and the little one paid for my decision to eat half of it.

After lunch, we headed to the store for our weekly grocery shopping but we also picked up something special. A few weeks ago we spent a good three hours creating a photo book to give to our families and to have for ourselves. It was finally time to go pick them up and see how they turned out. I am by no means creative so it was a challenge for me to put something like this together. I have to say though, I am very proud of how they turned out. I will share the details after I have given them to the family.

The rest of our Saturday was filled with odds and ends around the house followed by watching an episode of the Walking Dead before heading to bed early.

Sunday

Our Sunday was pretty uneventful other than meal prepping. On the menu for this week is:

Monday: Julie’s shrimp recipe from her Mimi with cheese grits

Tuesday: Sun dried tomato, basil and mushroom pasta with chicken

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken Marsala

Friday: Leftovers

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great Monday!

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