Prepping for My Second Labor/Recovery

I can’t believe it’s that time already! So much has gone on during this pregnancy, as aposed to my first one, that it all seems like a blur, but now here I am suddenly approaching the finish line. Not going to lie, the thought of actually having to give birth soon has been keeping me up at night. The first time I went into labor it was so by the book. My water broke, we rushed to the hospital, my husband didn’t speak the whole car ride (getting his game face on I suppose) and yet there I sat totally psyched for what was about to happen. This was it! The moment we had been reading about and anticipating! I was excited! 

Twenty-one hours later, even though I was exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open, I remember being so happy and satisfied. I had did it! I had conquered fear and anxiety and had successfully created and delivered a human being! I felt like a goddess! It was a great feeling and I was fully prepared to do it again. 

So where was that goddess feeling now? 

Haha well, let’s be honest, with your first child you get to pamper yourself during pregnancy. You get to read books and go into that delivery room with a plan, although I would like to say my plan was shot straight to hell, however you still feel foolishly prepped and ready. 

Baby number two is a whole different story. This time around you’re chasing after a child. You’re already cooking extra meals, and folding more laundry, (and if your crazy like me and have your kids close together) then you’re probably still changing diapers too. For some strange reason the little growing baby inside you doesn’t show any sympathy and adds to that already busy schedule nausea, hunger, tiredness, laziness, and emotional upheaval. “Catch up on those chores while your child sleeps” they say. Yeah right! When my child is sleeping you better believe I’m sleeping that’s how you keep from going insane (that and diffusing some lavender oil).

So here I am, multitasking the best I can and catching naps when my kiddo sleeps, and I thought to myself “How do I grasp that goddess feeling?” That braught me to a list. Anytime I try to grasp or accomplish anything it always succumbs to a list. Like I said earlier, it makes you feel foolishly prepped and ready. My list consisted of:

  • Setting up the nursery 
  • Ordering items needed for new baby like: new changing pad, newborn diapers, baby book, etc.
  • Listening to my Labor Story and Hospital Bag HomeBase podcast episode which you can find Here. (This gave me my hospital bag list)
  • Meal Planning

Since my husband will be taking the lead on meals during my recovery, I wanted to make sure he was fully equipped with everything he needs to assemble some tasty and nutritious meals for both my recovering body and my toddlers growing body. That brings me to today’s topic (I know I took my time getting there). 

I wanted to share some recipes that I researched and found, and then actually tried and approved. I’m going to just give you all links to the original posts because all of these women are awesome and I wouldn’t want to rob you of the pleasure of reading their posts. HOWEVER, I have included some of my own notes with each link, so be sure to read those! 

First up we have Laboraid. This is an electrolyte drink that many women are consuming while pregnant, during their at home laboring, and during recovery. It has many health benefits that Eva very sweetly shares in the post which can be found Here. I found this recipe to be a tad pungent so to it I added 12 oz of brewed Raspberry Leaf tea and some ice and that made it perfect!! If you don’t know the health benefits of raspberry leaf tea, specifically for pregnant women, then please read about them Here. I will be making a tub of this mix and freezing it ahead of time, then thawing it when we get home from the hospital and pouring it into a pitcher to keep in the fridge. 

Next up we have Protien Balls! I know what you’re thinking, you’ve seen a million of these. You have probably even tried some just to find that they are typically not that great. I was in the same boat, until my mom braught me some of these to try and they are super good!! Better yet my toddler loves them and they are just a few simple ingredients. 

  • 1 cup Oats
  • 3 Tbs Honey
  • 1/2 cup Nut Butter*
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbs Chia Seeds 
  • 2 Tbs Flaked Coconut

That’s it! Mix and roll into balls (get your little helpers to do this part) and store in an air tight container in your fridge. Super healthy and they taste just like a chewy granola bar! *The ones in the picture are made with peanut butter. I have also made them with almond butter, cashew butter and sunflower butter. The sunflower butter was my favorite.

Here we have Groaning Cake. This recipe is also from our friend Eva, who actually got this recipe and the Laboraid recipe from her midwife. I liked Eva’s idea of doing muffins instead of a cake (muffins are easier to freeze and then pull one out when you want one) but I had so much batter that I ran out of muffin cups and had to make a loaf too! The loaf was great as well so go with what your family prefers. Now the only problem with this recipe for me is I’m Gluten Free and it calls for 3 cups of wheat flour 😱. I went out on a limb and tried just straight up subbing 3 cups of Pillsbury Gluten Free flour mix and they came out perfect!! Light and fluffy, seriously deliscious, and these little guys pack a flavor punch! They have gratted carrot, apple, zucchini, coconut, walnuts, spices, and molasses! Hands down best muffin of my life! Oh yeah I went there! Nothing else has ever been so moist, packed full of nutrition, sweetened only with honey, and can be Gluten Free!! This is a world altering muffin and really wish I could send each of you one right now so you could try it and know that I’m not lying!! I’m just going to hope that you all go grab the recipe which you can find Here and make your own. 

Lastly we have Quinoa and Bean Burritos! These are another one of my mothers great recipes. They are so easy to make, tasty to eat, and pop right from the freezer to the microwave for the fastest meal ever! They are a freezer staple at my house. What’s really great about these is there is no real recipe. Simply cook up a large batch of Quinoa and add as much or as little of the following:

  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Lime Juice 
  • Jalapeños 
  • Onion 
  • Chicken (I normally make mine vegetarian) 

Simply mix it all together, plop some in the middle of a large flour tortilla, top it with shredded cheese, roll it up, wrap it in foil, and put them all in a massive ziplock bag for the freezer. You can take them out of the freezer and heat them in the oven 400 degrees for 10-20 mins or unwrap them from the foil and pop them in the microwave for 2-3 mins. 

Besides these great recipes, I’m also making sure I’ve got the fridge stocked with lots of fresh fruits and veggies all washed and chopped and ready for the munching. There will also be individually wrapped cheeses for snacking, yogurt and granola for easy breakfasts, hard boiled eggs for a quick protein boost, lots of squeezy apple sauce for my toddler and a box of chocolates for my sanity’s sake. 

I think I’m pretty close to ready! Not that you are ever really ready for the phenomenon of giving birth but you try your best to be. Hope this list of recipes helps some of you prep for your post labor recover too! 



Indoor Gross Motor Play

So this weeks HomeBase Podcast episode was about the Montessori method of learning, and to go with that I wrote a post listing my 10 favorite Montessori activities. This morning I had A wonderful reader named Julie leave me a comment asking if I had any recommendations for indoor gross motor activities. When I looked back on my post of my 10 favorite activities I realized there was a very big lack of gross motor activities! How could such a fact not occur to me before! 

So I had to rectify this immediately, thus sending me on my quest this morning of some of the greatest “Indoor Gross Motor Activities” known to man! Some of these activities pictures are outside but they are easily adaptable to indoors. Here it is! My list of Awesome Indoor Gross Motor Activities—Julie this ones for you! 😊 

Indoor Gross Motor Activities


1. R is for Racetrack- I loved this moms idea of making a racetrack in her home using uppercase and lowercase letter R. You could do any letter for that matter. Simply yell out uppercase or lowercase and watch them go! Change it up on them in the middle to see if they can adapt. 

2. Pom Pom Color Matching- so simple, set out pieces of colored paper and tell your kiddos they have to blow the Poms to the right colored sheet of paper, then grab your camera to document the silliness! 

3. Indoor Leaf Raking- ummm this is adorable! 

4. Balloon Ping Pong- this is great for your restless boys that want to get up and move! 

5. Pom Pom Egg Race- amp up the difficulty by making them walk on a curvy line!

6. Indoor Puddle Jumping- Adorable! Cut out puddles and raindrops and have fun! I love that this mom had them put on their raincoats and boots!

7. Straw Javelin Throw- instructions for this are Here. I remember playing this when I was in school!

8. Paper Plate Skating- it doesn’t get any easier than this!

9. Sticky Spider Web Toss- this is one of my favorites! I have done it with students countless times! It’s great for all ages. I’ve done it with toddlers and they loved it! The older kids like 6 and 7 made a game out of it. They would throw ping pong balls (each person having their own color) and would see who could get the most to stick. But watch out cause someone might nock yours off! It’s amazing how a little masking tape can create such fun!

10. Tic-Tac-Toe- pretty straight forward and simple.

11. Twister- don’t forget about this traditional gross motor game!

12. Yoga- kids love yoga and you don’t have to be a Yogi yourself to teach your kids. Here are some simple animal poses to get you started! 

13. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt- I can’t wait to do this one it’s so cute! The instructions are Here.

14. Ice Cream Cone Letter Recognition- this is a super inventive idea one mom came up with. You can check it out Here.

15. ABC Leaf Hunt- I love that you could theme this to anything (letters, numbers, shapes, colors) or instead of leaves (cars, balloons, flowers, any shape really) and then just hide them all over your house. Hide them while your little one is asleep and then they wake up to a fun scavenger hunt!

16. Musical Alphabet Game- write each letter in an index card and make a circle. Have your kiddos dance around the circle. When the music stops they have to tell you what letter they stopped by, what sound it makes, and (if they can) a word that starts with that letter. Fun!

17. Number Hop- this is super easy if you have tiles in your kitchen. Just call out a number and they have to hop to it. Or let them count by fives it tens and hop to the numbers! 

18. Charades- this is my favorite gross motor game that’s guaranteed to make everyone laugh. And just for the fun of the season I got you a Halloween printable Charades sheet that you can get Here. 
That’s it! I know it’s a weird number. You’re probably thinking why not 20. Well I don’t have a good answer for that. These were my favorites and so 18 is the number of the day! 😊 If you feel the need to get it to 20 then feel free to add to the list in the comments! And never hesitate to ask me more questions in the comments too! You never know I may just make an entire post about it! Enjoy and Happy Friday!!

Domesticated Momster
You Baby Me Mummy

Baby Smelling Jars

Happy Tuesday All! 

So my son is getting to that age of constantly being on the move and only finding things entertaining for about five minutes (aka the age of mommy is always exhausted!) 

My answer to this has been to try to and make some special activities that I can keep up on a shelf and pull down at a moments notice. Thus a trip to the craft store was in order! If you want to see what I got and why, you can watch this Short Video. These are some super easy shapes made out of foam squares. My little teether loves them! What’s really fun is you can take them into the bathtub and they stick to the walls when they get wet!  

 The project I had the most fun making were these fun smelling jars! You can watch the quick video on how to make them Here. Basically they are cleaned baby food jars with holes punched in the lids. Then you fill them with your choice of smelly things. Here are some suggestions:

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Peels
  • Flaked Coconut
  • Cocoa Nibs
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Lavender
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Coffee
  • Peppermint Candies

Feel free to just tighten the kids on (don’t hot glue them) that way you can change what is inside your smelling jars for even more hours of fun! To help the smells last longer you can put syran wrap between the jar and kid between uses.
 As you can see they have been a success in buying me a few minutes of peace throughout the day. What is important to note though, is if you leave them out all the time they will lose their wow factor! So only bring them out occasionally as a special treat. Who knew something so small could be so entertaining!  Enjoy!

The Twinkle Diaries
Mums' Days

STEM Activities

 Hey there everyone!

On this weeks HomeBase Podcast episode, I talked about STEM Education. For more information on what STEM is and why it’s so important, be sure to listen to the episode. This post is all about some cool fun wacky creative activities you can do with your kids to help them grow in STEM! Because I love you all (and because the former teacher inside of me is screaming to get out from time to time) I have compiled a list of the bestest coolest STEM activities out there and links to directions on how to do each and every one! If this list isn’t enough excitement for you then be sure to click on the Pinterest link and head on over to my page to check out my Education Board and get some more inspiration!

Also (side note) if you did listen to the podcast this week, and you were loving the sound of my sensory bottles you can see all the ones that my little guy currently has in the picture featured in this post! To see more awesome sensory bottles that I’ve made you will just have to go check them out on Pinterest.

The Bestest most Amazing List of STEM Activities EVER!

1. Your very own Jellyfish

2. Greater Than, Less Than Math Monster

3. Lego Math

4. Sensory Bins

5. Weather Sensory Bottles

6. Roll a Robot Dice Game –

7. Marshmallow Catapult

8. Earth Plate Movement Experiment –

9. Candy Corn Math Match

10. Weather Experiment

11. Color Changing Carnations

12. Skewer a Balloon

13. Egg in a Jar Experiment –

14. Make Glue from Milk

15. Homemade Butter

16. Bread in a Bag

17. Ice cream in a Bag

18. Geometric Bubbles

19. Marshmellows and Toothpick Structures –

20. Egg Drop Challenge

I Hope this has sparked some interest and excitement! Go get your STEM ON! And don’t forget for even more great ideas just head on over to Pinterest and search “STEM Activities.” 


The Free Range Family
You Baby Me Mummy