Birthday Poster! – I cannot wait to use this for Dominic’s birthday

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

I cannot wait to use this!!! My son Dominic has his 3rd birthday coming up on June 1st and I am in love with this Birthday Poster by Sticky Bellies. You can customize it and decorate it anyway you want. I also love that it is full poster size. You can buy some on Etsy for like $40 and they usually are only 8×10. The one from Sticky Bellies is only $18.99 and free shipping! I will definitely post pictures once I fill this bad boy in! Stay tuned…

 

 

  • Simply fill out the details, hang on the wall, and snap a pic! All of your child’s details in just ONE cute pic!  
  • Adorable birthday party decor & unique keepsake
  • 24″ x 36″ paper poster
  • Make it your own with ANY markers, glitter, stickers, and other fun embellishments
  • This keepsake product is not reusable as it is a matte paper optimized for flash photography. No laminate = no flash glare.

 

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Dump Cake

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Healthy Living, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

Is it just me or every time I log on to Pinterest I see dump cakes. I have never tried one until now! It was super easy and very yummy. It seriously could not be any easier. I would say that is turns out more like a cobbler than a cake in my opinion but lets not get technical. This thing is delicious! And not helping me lose the baby weight!!!!

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (20-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9″ x 13″ pan and spread it around to cover the bottom of the pan.
  2. Dump the pineapple chunks as evenly as possible on top of the cherries. Dump the dry cake mix on top of the fruit and smooth it out with the back of a spoon so it is level and covering all of the fruit. Melt the butter and carefully pour it over the dry cake mix. DO NOT STIR IT! Do try to get the butter to cover everything as evenly as possible.
  3. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until the top is set like a crust and golden brown. Serve with a heaping pile of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Notes

It is important not to mix the layers together. As it bakes, the juice of the fruit comes up and the butter dribbles down and you end up with a delicious dessert with a buttery top crust. If you don’t have pie filling, you can omit it and the recipe will still work. Try substituting blueberry pie filling for the cherry too.

 

Enjoy and comment below on other fruit combinations you have tried.

 

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Delicious Lacation Cookies! Yum!

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

 

The ingredients in these cookies that are supposed to help boost your milk supply are the oatmeal, the flaxseed meal, and the brewers yeast. From what I’ve read, brewers yeast seems to be the most crucial ingredient. I guess that is why some people suggest a beer to help increase milk supply. And in my opinion, I would rather have a cookie instead of a beer. (unless its been a really tough, bad day!)

As far as taste goes, these cookies honestly just taste like normal oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and they’re SO good! Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie of all time. Simple but not too sweet. :-)

I really hope you guys make these cookies.

 

 

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Ingredients
3 cups of oatmeal (steel-cut or old-fashioned)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 (12 oz) bag of chocolate chips (I like to use dark chocolate chips)
1 cup of butter, softened
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of water
3 tablespoons of brewers yeast
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda

 

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Mix together the flaxseed meal and water, and then set aside for 3-5 minutes.
3. Cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended.
5. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.
6. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.
7. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
 8. Stir in oats, and then stir in chocolate chips.
9. Scoop or spoon cookie dough onto baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Makes approximately 3-4 dozen cookies.
Enjoy!!!!

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Nursing this time around

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nursing this time around has been easier. I had one small case of mastitis (most horrible feeling, you think you’re dying!) but besides that, nursing is going very well. In fact I think I am producing way more milk this time around than with my first child. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite tips/products for nursing this go around. Please comment and let me know some of your tips and or favorite products! Nursing is one of those things that you can never get enough advise on. Also in the comments, please let me know how long you nursed your little one.

 

Bebe au lait cover, $25.00 – I absolutely love my nursing cover. I wish I was one of those super confident, I don’t care if you look, kind of girls but when it comes to nursing I am pretty modest. I need a cover! This one is simple, sturdy and has a terry cloth side pocket which is great for spit ups or to store a pacifier.

 

 

Kiinde starter kit , $99.99 – This is the coolest thing! When I do have to pump, I use this system. It is so easy! There is no more slippage. You simple pump directly into the bag, then snap the bag into the bottle. It eliminates the need to transfer the milk from bottle to bag. The starter kit also comes with a bottle warmer, which I love. At first I was concerned that Emory might not like the nipple on the bottle provided, but he took it like a champ. No complaints and no spit up. Overall I am really happy with this purchase. In case anyone wants to know, I use a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump.

 

 

Summer Infant Nighty Night Nursing light, $12.99 – a must have for sleepy moms like me. Its has a vibration alarm you can set, so if you fall asleep while nursing, it wakes you up.

 

 

 

Lilypadz, $22.95 – best nipple pad ever! NO QUESTION! It is washable and will not bunch up like some of those disposable pads.

 

 

Undercover Mama, $24.99 (cheaper if you buy multiple) – Like I said, I am modest so I like my mid section to be covered while I am nursing. This cami attaches to any nursing bra and keeps your mid section covered. Plus they come in tons of fun colors.

 

 

Anna Natural Nursing teas, $12.99 – This is probably one of my favorite nursing items. This tea taste so good! Since giving up my coffee, I have turned to teas. This one really did help me establish a good flow. I usually have two cups a day. Sometimes I even brew it, then pour it over ice to make ice tea.

 

 

Of course I love my boppy to prop the little guy on while he feeds, I also nurse on demand so please don’t ask me for a schedule. I tried to log everything in one of those apps but I kept forgetting to do it. When you have a toddler and a newborn, its too much to ask for me to remember! LOL So we feed on demand and he is doing great. I probably over fed him as he is a very big boy (currently 17lbs at four months old) but that’s okay in my book.

One of the biggest suggestions I have for new nursing moms, is just to stick with it. I promise you, it will get easier. The first month of breastfeeding is always really hard for me. I get cracked nipples, mastitis and overall it just really hurts. But after that, it becomes like second natural. The bond you form with your child while breastfeeding is amazing. There is something about being able to provide for your child that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Of course, absolutely nothing against moms who cant breastfeed or chose not to. Believe me, almost every day during the first month, I wanted to quit!!! LOL

Nursing on demand made things less stressful for me but some people I know really like to document the feedings and there are some great apps out there to help you. Also nursing bracelets are really helpful so you can remember which side you nursed on last.

 

Ashley Devonish

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Baby Emory is Here!

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I can not believe I have been MIA for so long but I have a good reason. I gave birth to my second son, Emory Eli back in November and have been enjoying my mommy time. He came into this world big and beautiful. 8lbs 12ounces, 21.5 inches and absolutely perfect. He has a very serious and calm quality about him (completely opposite than my first son who is very playful and outgoing). Our birthdays are only three three days apart and in some weird way I feel that it connects us somehow. I was not sure how I would feel this time around but giving birth to Emory was just a miraculous as giving birth to my first child. It was amazing and such a blessing. I didn’t know what being a mom of two would feel like. Would I love him as much as I loved my first son, how is that possible? But you know what? I absolutely fell in love with him the moment I saw him. Somehow your heart makes enough space for all your children. Emory is now four months old and is getting bigger by the day. He is a happy baby and has the biggest smile (although right now its all gums!)

 

 

 

 

In case anyone was wondering, Dominic has taken his role as big brother like a champ! He loves the baby so much (sometimes a little too much) and is very protective over him. It is just the cutest thing to see. I am very excited to see their bond grow. I hope they become the bestest of friends! Even though I know sibling rivalry is sure to rear its ugly head at some point.

 

 

I am going to do my best and start blogging more regularly now that things have normalized into my “new reality”!

 

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