Friday Favorites: Spring Flats Under $50

I’m obsessed with a good, solid flat. I love the look of cuffed jeans, a little ankle pop {it’s been a long winter! show that skin!} and a fabulous flat to give a little pep in your step when walking around the city {or anywhere!} Since I’m pregnant with baby #2, I’m already mentally preparing myself for the fact that I won’t be able to buckle or strap up any complicated sandals once that bump arrives in full force {If you are pregnant or have been pregnant, you know what I’m talking about!}, so right now I’m all about the easy to slip on, comfortable flats!

Here are a few of my favorite flats for Spring – under $50! Check them out and let me know what you think!

Spring Flats

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine

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Do you have a go-to spring shoe? Please share!

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Don’t forget to enter my Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender Giveaway! Ends Sunday!

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Smoothie Love + Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender Giveaway

Sorry for the late post today – little man took a 3 hour nap {win!} 1 hour of which was in the crib, the other two hours were on me. Nap time is usually when I get my lunch, blog work & a million other things done so apologies for the delay! The good news is, I’m pretty excited about this post today because it gets me really {Really!} excited about the spring weather that the weather man promised is coming to stay! Woohoo!FRUIT

For me, there’s nothing better than a smoothie on a nice warm day. For this pregnancy, I’ve actually been craving all things fruits & vegetables {which has been awesome} and on the days where the weather hasn’t been too cold, I’ve been making a smoothie or two to calm some sweet cravings!BABY DRINK

I love a good smoothie because it’s easy to throw together, keeps me full for a while, calms my sweet tooth and plus Brooks loves to share one with me too! I’ve been struggling a bit getting him to eat fruits and veggies on his own – I think part of the problem is that he only has 5 teeth – but I think this is a great way to get him used to a wide variety of fresh flavors! And hopefully as the weather warms & more teeth come in {which I’m not looking forward to, the whole cutting teeth part} he’ll be more into trying some seasonal eats!

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Here’s a look at what’s inside my current favorite smoothie combination:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • 1 cup Stonyfield yogurt
  • ice

If I wasn’t sharing with Brooks I’d add in some of my favorite chocolate protein powder. Other things I’d love to add include any additional berries, peanut butter, flax seeds! My fridge is a little empty at the moment, but I love to add in as much as possible to pack a real punch!BEFORE AFTER

I was pretty pumped when I had the opportunity to partner with not only Stonyfield but also Hamilton Beach to test out the new Hamilton Beach Personal Blender – it comes in four colors: blue, red, green & black! I got to try out the blue and I must say, it’s a cute little color and the perfect size for making your very own individual smoothie. Plus it saves on washing extra dishes because you literally just pick the cup off the blender and go.

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I have already used this a bunch of times since receiving it last week. I can already tell I’m going to be using it constantly this spring and summer. It’s awesome to just throw everything in the blender, pick up my cup, toss it in the stroller and take the boys for a walk. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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The other awesome thing about the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is that holds up to 14 ounces, which is just shy of two cups, so you get a nice size smoothie if you fill that bad boy up! The cup is also dishwasher safe, another win! I also wanted to let you know that I was a little skeptical at first about the power that this blender because of it’s size – I’ve also been pretty spoiled by my Vitamix so, I expect a lot from a blender – but it blended all the frozen fruits with ease! It was very quick and pretty quiet too!

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Have I sold you on this little blender’s awesomeness yet? Well thanks to my friends at Stonyfield + Hamilton Beach, up for grabs today is your very own Hamilton Beach Personal Blender PLUS Stonyfield coupons to help get your smoothie on!! Woohoo!

Want to win one? Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite smoothie combination & enter the rafflecopter to win:

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Giveaway ends Sunday, March 29th / Winner will be notified via email / Open to US Residents Only

As a Stonyfield Blogger Ambassador, I was compensated for writing this post as part of my agreement with Stonyfield. I was also given a Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender as part of my compensation. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Sick Baby

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Taking the day off from the blog to give some extra love to my sick baby. It’s been 13.5 months and today I took him in for his first sick visit! He just has a bad cold but we are keeping an eye on it. Brooks was nice enough to share his little cold with me, so we are both feeling a little rough.

Stay tuned for a fun giveaway tomorrow!

And if you have any words of wisdom for dealing with a sick {and teething!} baby, please feel free to share!

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On Stopping Nursing

On Stopping Nursing

Ok, so I FINALLY put together my thoughts on stopping nursing that I think is ready to share on the blog! I decided to wait a month to collect my thoughts and see if I had any extra words of wisdom or thoughts to share with you, but keep in mind, I’m a crazy pregnant lady chasing around after a one year old all day, so my mind is a little all over the place these days! And if you want to check out a previous post on where we last left off, for the last nursing update I gave you, please check out – On Weaning at One!

I decided to break up this post into two parts – The Good & The Bad. Just like anything else in motherhood, there are good, bad & even ugly parts to my nursing experience. I started off with my thoughts on some of the not so awesome & ended on a positive note! Check out my thoughts & feel free to share your nursing experience or plans for the future!

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The Bad

I still really wish Brooks had stopped nursing on his own. I know he handled the situation perfectly and was completely fine using a bottle & straw cup, but I can’t help but have a twinge of guilt because I was the one who chose to end it. I can’t say for certain whether or not he was really ready, because he has seemed unfazed by the whole thing, but I wish he had chose to end it on his own before I left for my trip. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but it still does.

As mentioned before, our pediatrician suggested if I was unsure about stopping nursing to take a hand pump with me on the trip to keep my supply but I knew that since we were down to one nursing session a day, my supply was low before leaving for South America. I made the decision that I wouldn’t even try to keep my supply for when we got back – we would already be apart for 11  {which turned into 12 days} and I didn’t think it would be right after he had already been fine on his own {as reported to me by my parents} without me to offer it up again. I left having three shoeboxes full of frozen breastmilk which my parents used while we were away – Brooks has been having 5+ ounces of it each day, usually before bed and any leftover he used in the morning in his oatmeal or to drink. We still have some in there now! It’s lasted a good long while!

It’s hard to say if I was extra emotional or not when stopping nursing because I was a few months pregnant at the time but I was surprised with how full & sore I got about 2-3 days into the whole stopping thing. It was uncomfortable for a few nights to sleep on my stomach or side because my boobs were so sensitive. I felt like I was going to explode for a while there. I thought that because we had gradually dropped the feedings from 3 to 2 to 1 times a day slowly, over a few weeks, it would have been a little more comfortable – I can’t imagine how much it would have hurt if I had to stop in the beginning with all those feedings! Ouch!

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The Good

We made it to Spring! When I initially told our pediatrician that we would be stopping nursing at the end of February, she mentioned it might be good to hold off until the Spring, because of cold & flu season. Luckily, because of my amazing freezer stash, we still have another week to go of the good stuff! So I’m proud about that & my planning ahead. We didn’t technically nurse until Spring, but we made it to 13 months together and he’s had breastmilk for the last 4 weeks, brining him to 14 months so I’m pretty proud about that!

Another good thing from our nursing experience -> We sort of skipped the whole bottle thing with Brooks. He never really had a bottle during the first year except for a few occasions here and there, so he never got attached to it. So when we knew we would be making the transition, we knew he was most comfortable with cups with straws in them, like this one, so we decided to skip the whole bottle thing and just let him roll with a ‘regular’ cup at night. I think that was a good thing and has really worked for us!

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With everything said and done, it’s been a crazy year but I’m so happy that I was able to feed my child in this way and I’m grateful for the fact that {for the most part} it was a pretty good experience for both of us. I’m interested to see what the future holds for us as I hope to nurse baby #2 but every little one is different, so you never know how it’s going to be.

I know nursing Brooks for the first year was beneficial for him, but for me too! I felt he was overall {maybe extra?} healthy because of it, we had no sick doctor visits all year, hardly any fevers and don’t even get me started on our extra special bond. I know we’d have a special bond either way but I think nursing was another way for us to grow close! I can only hope  I am lucky enough to have the same experience with baby #2!

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Do you have any positive or negative nursing words or wisdom or experiences to share?

I’d love to hear it as I get geared up to do it all over again!

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