Monday, October 27, 2014

Review of Milky Lactation Supplement

My princess is seven months old and I have been back to work for 5 months. When I went back to work I had a freezer full of milk for back up. I thought we were holding our own on milk supply, but I opened the freezer and there were only 5 bags left.

After panicking, I started pumping an extra time a day at home. This helped some, but after feeding princess I would only have a couple of ounces left. She eats 4-5 ounces per feed, so it took several days of extra pumping to add one fed. At this point, I am sick of oatmeal and mothers milk tea.

So I decided to try Milky by Tia and Tamra Mowry. I bought it at Motherhood Maternity. I got a box that would last 6 days for $35. I almost had a heart attack. It is no longer available on their website, which was less expensive. sells it online for $29.99 plus shipping.  

It only comes in one flavor Strawberry. It has a strange herbal flavor only partially covered buy strawberry. Many of the ingredients are organic, maybe that is why it is so expensive. Several of the ingredients that I could not pronounce. The only active ingredient for lactation is fenugreek, but there are several others in the drink.  You only take Milky twice a day. I assumed this would help produce milk all day, but mostly you get a boost a few hours after taking the supplement. I definitely got better results taking it twice a day, I just tried to time them a few hours before pumping,  I went from producing 8-9 ounces in my first morning pumping to 10-12. I pump two more times in my work day and each of those times increased 1/2 ounce.  It was about the same as eating oatmeal, twice a day everyday.

Overall, it was expensive but I made the milk that I needed to fill my freezer!!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Scary Shirley Temple

This summer we went on vacation in Nashville at the Embassy Suites. They have a cocktail hour and the kids all had Shirley Temples and loved them. When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew we had to try it!! You can get syringes at the pharmacy when you get prescriptions.

Scary Shirley Temple

1 cup of Sprite, chilled

5 ml of cherry flavor syrup

Fill your cup with sprite, wait until the bubbles subside. Put cherry syrup in another cup and draw up in syringe. Put in cup with sprite. Serve.

Most recipes call for grenadine, but I used cherry flavored syrup. I purchased the syrup at a restaurant store. I paid $6.99 for a large bottle. The grenadine was in a smaller bottle and was the same price.

Cherry Syrup

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nurses aren't disposable!!!

This post is inspired by my sister living in Dallas.

An old doctor once told me nursing was the second oldest profession.  Nurses might have in fact been the second oldest profession, because there has always been a need. Since the beginning of time, caring individuals have stepped forward to care for the sick and dying. For centuries, nursing was not a respected profession. Nurses were invisible and disposable. Nurses were exposed to illness and disease often in terrible conditions putting their own lives in danger. Florence Nightingale, changed the face of nursing. She began to make us respected professionals and cleaned up hospitals.  

America is in a total up-roar, because three people have been diagnosed with Ebola. Two of these individuals were nurses. In Africa, your chance of surviving Ebola is 10%.When diagnosed and treated in America, your chances of surviving Ebola is still only 50%.  But, nurses stepped up and cared for their patient. They put their lives at risk and the lives of their families at risk. All in an effort to save a man they did not know. A man seeking treatment where he had a 50/50 chance. As the news reported the CDC removing waste from Thomas Duncan's apartment in hazmat suits, nurses (and all health professionals) at Texas Presbyterian were caring for him in gowns and double gloves. No fancy hazmat suits for those on the front lines.

All the nurses who are cared for Thomas Duncan are heroes!! Nurses all to often continue to be invisible and disposable. So the next time you are in a doctors office, hospital, nursing home or where ever, remember that nurse maybe putting there life on the line for you. We are human too, we can catch Ebola!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shrimp and Avocado Salad for Lunch at Work



I found months ago, this zesty lime, shrimp and avocado salad on Pinterest.  My mom made it for me after Chloe was born and it was so good. We ate it all. But, I have never been able to take for my lunch at work because the shrimp goes bad. Then it occurred to me that if I froze the shrimp in individual portions, I could make the salad ahead and top it off with shrimp.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

1 lb Shrimp divided into 3
1 medium tomato
1 avocado
1/4 cup chopped red onion (can use green onion)
juice of 1 lime 1 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Chop tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro. Combine in a bowl. Juice lime. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to lime juice. Top salad with dressing. Make sure to coat avocado well, so it does not turn brown. Makes 3 servings.

If you go to the seafood counter, ask for a pound of shrimp divided into 3 bags. They don't blink.

Chop your salad.

I cut avocado, by cutting the avocado in half, removing the seed, then cut the flesh of the avocado each way, finally spoon the avocado out of the peel and into your bowl. No messy fingers.

Make the dressing, by juicing a lime, olive oil, salt and pepper.


Healthy and Fast Candy Corn Breakfast

It is October and we are already in a breakfast rut. My kids eat the same breakfast foods every morning. We try to eat healthy foods for breakfast. I scramble eggs a lot. At this rate, they won't eat eggs after December.  So I had an idea.


Healthy Candy Corn Breakfast

1 can of mandarin oranges
1 can of chunk pineapple
1 container of yogurt

I layered mandarin oranges, pineapple and yogurt. Oranges on the bottom, then pineapple, then yogurt.  It was a hit and a fun fall breakfast. Makes two servings.