Breakfast Smoothie w/ Hemp Protein

I love recipes that I can add to, subtract from & substitute ingredients. Smoothies are perfect for this kind of lax attitude in the kitchen. A little of this, a little of that... boom, deliciousness. On our vacation, Tim and I started making smoothies for breakfast and we noticed how awesome we felt afterwards. Lots of energy, our digestive systems were regular, we weren't hungry by 10 am. (I can't say the same about starting out with coffee & carbs).
[Love her]
Are smoothies still trendy? I know it's a little late to be jumping on this bandwagon, but oh well. I got the base of my recipe from Jenna Marbles' blog. You know, the delightfully sassy YouTube star? Sure she curses up a storm and loves saying penis but her messages are actually pretty substantial (like her new one about just texting people what you really mean). Plus, her dogs are hilarious.
[This stuff rocks.]
So here is my current favorite breakfast smoothie. Or whatever time of day smoothie, it doesn't really matter. Makes about 2 servings.

5 ice cubes
1 banana
1/2 avocado
2 cups frozen berries
1/2 c. greek yogurt
2 T. Hemp Protein Powder
2 T. coconut oil
1 c. OJ or Coconut Milk (then, keep adding until it reaches the consistency you want)

I drink mine on my way to work in a neat plastic tumbler like this one. Found it at my grocery store for $5 - score. Sorry, I don't have time to lay around in my bath robe sipping smoothies in the morning. Gotta drop off the little one at his Nana's house & get to work!
This morning I added liquid vitamin D to our smoothies because I've been a little stuffed up lately. If I have baby spinach, I'll also throw in a handful of that. Just get crazy with it! Whatever produce you like (that can be blended easily) will work in a smoothie.

Maybe I'll never go back to coffee...? That's a lie. When it starts getting colder out, I'll definitely crave something warm & autumny. Anyone know a good pumpkin latte recipe?


Vacation in OBX

Saturday, July 21st - 3:02 AM
With our car loaded up, we left Pennsylvania for Corolla (pronounced Cor-ah-la, not Cor-oh-la) in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. An hour into the drive, we stopped for coffee and, like a scene in Marley & Me, Indy tried to jump out of the car, spilling our coffee everywhere. New coffees were purchased and we pushed on. Once we crossed into Virginia, we pulled in at a rest stop to change Flynn, feed Indy, and stretch our legs. Strangers greeted me with friendly Hello's which proved we were officially in the South. After 10 hours and one more stop for eating/changing/stretching... we arrived!

Highlights from the Week

Beautiful mornings on the beach.
Lots of Baby Wearing...
and Beach Playing.
Smoke Bombs...
Double Rainbows... (whoaaa)
Oh yeah, and there was a pool, too.
The best part?
Then we drove home. 
Exhausted, tan & happy.
Did you go anywhere fun this summer?


10 things I don't do since I became a Mom

I must have said it a hundred times, "I won't change just because I have a baby." Wrong. So very wrong. It's one of those things that happens whether you like it or not.

Here are some things that I don't do anymore that I really didn't see coming.

1) Enjoy drinking. Didn't expect this at all! I loved drinking before I was pregnant. I looked forward to my big glass of red wine every night and when Tim and I went out I'd knock back 3 or 4 beers. I even had a glass of wine here and there throughout my pregnancy. It just doesn't do anything for me anymore. I will have 1 drink to be social if we have friends over or go out, but very rarely does this happen. We're going on vacation in a week and I should be drooling at the thought of sipping margaritas poolside, but I could care less. Who knows, maybe I'll give in to peer pressure and rediscover my love of tequila.

2) Wear my hair down. Hair touching my face is so irritating to me these days. I can't stand it. I haven't  blow-dried my hair in months and it's always back in a bun, ponytail or braid (the only hairstyles I'm capable of). I know my husband hates this, but I don't know how to overcome it - aside from chopping off all my hair, which he would hate even more.

3) Wear heels. I sported heels at 9 months pregnant! Can't do it anymore, and this was something I was adamant I'd never let happen. I tried, but it's borderline torture to carry a baby, and a diaper bag and constantly bend down to pick up dropped toys while wearing heels. Plus, if some lunatic tries to kidnap me & my baby I gotta be able to outrun that mother effer. (These are thoughts I have daily.)

[Who is that girl?]
4) Wear a regular bra. I've been wearing the same nude-colored nursing bra for 8 MONTHS. I only wash it once a week. And I'm so sick of it. But, it's probably the most comfortable one I've ever owned. Definitely getting my monies worth out of that purchase.

5) Arrive on time. This aspect of my life is getting a little bit better, but it takes some serious planning and determination to get anywhere on time. I used to be the queen of timeliness. If it's getting to work, I have to have every single thing packed & ready the night before or I will be late. If it's a casual event, expect me to be at least a 1/2 hour late. When Flynn was under 6 months old, being an hour late was totally normal.

6) Eat first.  I used to be very impatient when I was hungry (even before I was pregnant). I'd watch my sisters-in-law getting their kids plates of food and not sitting down to eat their own food until all the chicken was cut up and everyone had the right princess cup in front of them. This blew my mind. How would I ever become that selfless? Must be a mom thing, because it just happens. You automatically put your child's needs before your own, and there's nothing your stomach can say or do about it.

7) Hate kids music. Whatever makes Flynn happy, makes me happy. 3 out of 5 CD's in my car are for the kiddo. He's in a Kindermusik class and he absolutely loves the songs. On more than one occasion, I've dropped him off at my Mom's house and driven all the way to work without changing the music - and I didn't realize it. Wow. Any "Lullaby Rendition" CD is also great. It's popular artists' songs turned into lullabies.

8) Watch my language. I still curse. A LOT. Tim and I both agreed that we need to tone that down in the coming months, lest our child's first words be something we feel ashamed to document in the baby book.

9) Listen to experts. I can't read parenting books. I read every pregnancy and breastfeeding book I could find, but I trust my gut way more than I trust anyone who's written a book on raising children. Especially if it's a book that provides absolutely zero scientific evidence of the claims it makes and is written by someone with no training in child development. Ahem, Babywise. If you like Babywise and it worked for you, that's totally fine, but it just did not "speak" to me as a parent. No one parenting book has thus far.

10) Stick to a schedule. When Flynn is at my Mom's house, he's on a schedule because it's easier for her and I'm fine with that. But it's still not completely set in stone. On weekends and Wednesdays (my days off) we just wing it. Sometimes he takes a nap at 8:30am, sometimes it's 10am. Sometimes I just nurse him and sometimes I follow up with a bottle or solids (or both). Sometimes he naps in his crib, sometimes he naps in the car while I run errands, and sometimes he naps in the stroller during a walk. He's a happy kid and all of his needs are met, so I feel like we've got the important part covered.
[Out to eat past Flynn's bedtime. Oops.]

Has motherhood changed you in any surprising ways?