lactation cookies

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yes, lactation cookies -this is a thing. Lactation cookies are chocked full of “galactagogues,” foods that promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk, also they're yummy. There are a few kinds of boobie milk cookies on the market, but why buy what you can easily make? Plus the recipe below (via Mama Natural) is especially healthy, full of organic good stuff, so there is zero guilt. 


Whip up a batch of these bad boys and enjoy some milk and cookies - literally

INGREDIENTS 
  • 2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour (can use organic cornstarch or arrowroot flour)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 TB fennel seed, ground (can replace with flax seeds)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (can replace with sunflower or tahini if allergic to tree nuts)
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 TB coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs (can replace with chia seed or other egg replacement)
  • 2 TB raw honey 
  • 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract (can use almond or orange as well)
METHOD
  1. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Put your 2 cups of rolled oats into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until the oats are a flour-like consistency.
  3. Measure out 1 TB of fennel seeds and grind in coffee grinder or with mortal and pestle until fine powder.
  4. Put dry ingredients into large bowl and mix.
  5. In a smaller bowl, put your almond butter, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  6. Pour the contents of smaller bowl into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well with spoon or clean hands.
  7. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Form small flat balls, about the circumference of a silver dollar. 
  8. Bake cookies in oven for 15-20 minutes. Check for slightest browning on outside of cookie. Take out and transfer cookies to a cooling rack. 
  9. Enjoy warm, or let cookies cool to room temperature. 
  10. Eat up and let it flow. 
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bouquet

Monday, August 18, 2014



This arrangement makes me happy every time I walk into the kitchen. Just a simple mix of white spider mums and a bouquet filler mix from Whole Foods. So simple, but it looks totally professional, no?

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Mantra

Monday, August 4, 2014



WORD.

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Cheers!

Friday, August 1, 2014

it's friday, dolls! I think you deserve a drink.


Watermelon Coconut Refresher
via A House in the Hills

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 full cups watermelon, cubed
  • 12 oz coconut water
  • 6 ounces tequila
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 lime cut into wheels
  • sugar
  • simple syrup
METHOD
  1. Place watermelon cubes in blender, pulse 5-10 seconds until pureed, set aside.
  2. In a large shaker muddle, coconut water and lime wedges.
  3. Add ice and tequila to shaker, shake for 10-20 seconds.
  4. Pour simple syrup and sugar onto two separate small plates.
  5. Dip rim of glass in simple syrup and then into sugar to make sugar rim. Repeat for all glasses.
  6. Fill glasses with ice.
  7. Strain contents of shaker evenly into glasses.
  8. Fill remainder of glass with watermelon puree, stir gently.
  9. Garnish with a lime wheel.
NOTES

  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon makes just under 1 cup watermelon puree.
  • Additional simple syrup may be used to sweeten cocktail as desired.
  • There may be additional watermelon puree depending on size of glassware used.
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Multitasking

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If you've been here before then you know I'm a product junkie and fairly committed to my regime (see here and here for starters). However, since baby girl's appearance I've had to do some streamlining and multitasking. So I'm loving these two products from Benefit for helping me look polished when I have to fit in a shower and the whole shebang into a 20 minute nap session.


The Gimme Brow is a tinted brow gel and volumizer that fills in sparse areas and tames unruly hairs. Just a few quick swipes and your brows are neat and full -- it's almost too easy.


The They're Real Push Up Gel Liner is a gel liner ... PEN! Game changer. The liner goes on as easily as a pencil but it's gel. So you get the pigment and the staying power without having to mess with a pot and a brush.

BOOM! Polished eyes that look totally "done" in half the time.

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Happy Weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy weekend, dolls. Enjoy it!


See you soon, xoxo.


What your body is telling you right now.



Why we can't stop talking about ...

Have you ever found a natural deodorant that worked?

This made me laugh.

A BIG YES to this.

Reality TV is getting weirder and weirder.

The real Jane Austin.

How spacing in the mise-en-scène of When Harry Met Sally tells the love story.

Behind the scenes of iconic photos.

Do you have a BFF?

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Third Trimester

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Before I completely forget about pregnancy in the haze of new mommy-hood, I thought I'd better share my third trimester must haves. (See first trimester and second trimester must haves as well.) I enjoyed my third trimester, yes you're a big as a boat, and yes, super worn out, but ... you're baby's almost here! What's more exciting than that?



By the time your third trimester rolls around you'll probably already have all the pregnancy products you need, aside from maybe buying bigger maternity pants, and will be beginning to shift your buying focus to baby products (a different post entirely) and nesting, but there are still a few pregnancy related activities to tackle.

Your bump should be super obvious by now - so cute! To care for it I continued the body scrub + vitamin E combo until the bitter end (actually, post pregnancy this continues to be a part of my grooming routine) and got though pregnancy stretch mark free. I also kept up with my Tracy Anderson workouts (when I had the energy) and did a ton of walking. I actually walked to and from dinner just a few hours before starting labor. Staying active really helps get your body ready for labor and makes "bouncing back" to your pre-pregnancy shape SO much easier. Not that you can't indulge a craving or two as well - I totally ate my fair share of cookies, ice cream, and pizza.

This is also a good time to take maternity photos. The 7th or 8th month are ideal - you want an obvious bump but don't want to feel too huge. I'd also recommend taking sometime to pamper yourself before the baby arrives - get your hair and nails did, get a massage (or five, seriously they are the best when you're knocked up), and hire someone to come and clean your home (yes, I consider that pampering yourself). Anything you need to do to relax and recharge, get your "me time" in now.

This is also the time to start preparing for the birth. If this is your first baby, definitely take a birthing class with your partner. No doubt your doctor's office will offer classes, but I think it's also good to take a class from an independent instructor as well, like a midwife, to get a well rounded perspective. If you're in San Francisco, the classes at Carmel Blue are fantastic. After your classes, talk with your partner and put together your birth plan. Make sure you give a copy to your doctor, put a copy in your hospital bag, and give copies to anyone who is planing to be present at the birth (like your mom). You want to make sure your wishes are widely know and that you have people to advocate for you if you are unable to advocate for yourself.

You'll also want to pack your hospital bag when you're getting closer to d-day. I packed mine a few weeks before the due date and was so glad I did when I went into labor early. The hospital will have basically everything you need, but it is nice to have cute socks and a robe to change into after your baby has arrived, your toiletries, phone chargers and/or camera, an outfit to wear home (for you and the baby), and anything else your birth plan calls for (music, massage oils, etc). But don't stress too much about it, your partner or a family member can always run out and grab anything you need.

Mostly just remember to be patient and forgiving of yourself, your life is changing in some really hard and beautiful ways. Savor this moment.

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