Monthly Archives: February 2016

No Bake Lactation Cookies

I took this picture one day while I was nursing Avery. I thought to myself what a special bond we share and I didn't ever want to forget that moment. Look at those beautiful blues!

I took this picture one day while I was nursing Avery. I thought to myself what a special bond we share and I didn’t ever want to forget that moment. Look at those beautiful blues!

When I started breastfeeding, I came across a few lactation cookie recipes on Pinterest, but I never tried any of them.  I had it in my mind that they would not taste like real cookies and I would not like them.  However, I had tried a new diet at the beginning of the year and after just 3 days, my milk supply dropped drastically.  I was in a panic to get my milk supply back up.

There are several things you can do to increase milk production if you find you have a dip in your supply.  I am a milk cow, so I didn’t think I would ever have to try to increase my supply.  There are several things that I was doing to get it back up.  Some mothers take fenugreek, drink mother’s tea, etc.  I started off with power pumping and drinking lots of water.  I had heard moms say that lactation cookies were a good thing to try.  I spent many hours pinning away trying to find a recipe for lactation cookies that I could try.

This recipe was definitely a winner.  The ingredients reminded me of a no bake cookie that I had tried at a friends house, so I was hoping they would taste the same.  My recipe is adapted from the Boobie Bites recipe from a blog called I Can Teach My Child.  What I like about this recipe is that they make me feel like I’m being naughty, but they are actually pretty healthy for you!  I usually make a batch every week or so throw them in the fridge and they are easy to grab and go!  And the best part of the recipe?  The fact that they do work!  I could definitely tell a difference in my supply!

No Bake Lactation Cookies

Stars of the show...

Stars of the show…

1 1/2 c old fashioned oatmeal

3/4 c ground flaxseed

3/4 c coconut flakes

3/4 c chocolate chips

3/4 T Brewer’s Yeast

3/4 c peanut butter

1/2 c raw honey

splash of vanilla

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Cover the mixture and refrigerate an hour or so.  

Cover the mixture and refrigerate an hour or so.

After chilling in the fridge, roll into cookie balls and enjoy!

After chilling in the fridge, roll into cookie balls and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day DIY

For the month of love, I find myself reflecting on what a busy month we have had with our loved ones, starting with a trip to my hometown to visit my sick Grandpa.  Before I get to my projects, I have to share some pictures from our visit.

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Avery was “helping” Great Grandpa Underhill with his oxygen.

GeGe enjoyed some time with Avery as well!

GeGe enjoyed some time with Avery as well!

Grandpa Nuckles loving on our sweet girl!

Grandpa Nuckles loving on our sweet girl!

It wouldn't be a trip back home without going to coffee with Great Grandma Jean at the donut shop!

It wouldn’t be a trip back home without going to coffee with Great Grandma Jean at the donut shop!

Avery getting kisses from her cousin Hayley.

Avery getting kisses from her cousin Hayley.

Granny enjoyed having us for our visit as well!

Granny enjoyed having us for our visit as well!

Avery and her Aunt Heather and Aunt Shalie. Aunt Shalie was having a going away party since she is moving to Amarillo and Avery had a ball at the party!

Avery and her Aunt Heather and Aunt Shalie. Aunt Shalie was having a going away party since she is moving to Amarillo and Avery had a ball at the party!

Picture time with Glammy and Grandad!

Picture time with Glammy and Grandad!

This picture is priceless. I was reading to her and my mom took the picture. Look at that wave!

This picture is priceless. I was reading to her and my mom took the picture. Look at that wave!

I sewed a flag for my brother's grave sit with his brand on it. I can't believe in April he will have been gone a year. It breaks my heart that he isn't with us anymore and that Avery will never get to meet her amazing Uncle Karlton. Miss you brother. Not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind.

I sewed a flag for my brother’s grave site with his brand on it. I can’t believe in April he will have been gone a year. It breaks my heart that he isn’t with us anymore and that Avery will never get to meet her amazing Uncle Karlton. Miss you brother. Not a day goes by that you don’t cross my mind.

Now that I am in tears, I will get to my projects. We had a mini photo shoot to make our Valentines and now that baby girl is mobile, I will say it was not easy! She was constantly crawling off or pulling on the banner or teddy bear.

My little sweetheart!

My little sweetheart!

I love this one, but of course once the baby would smile and look at me, the dogs were not. Lol

I love this one, but of course once the baby would smile and look at me, the dogs were not. Lol

This was as good as it got for the pictures with the dogs. Chloe looks thrilled, but at least they were all looking!

This was as good as it got for the pictures with the dogs. Chloe looks thrilled, but at least they were all looking!

For the Valentines, I punched a small hole in the bottom of the card and tied some bakers twine around the front.

For the Valentines, I punched a small hole in the bottom of the card and tied some bakers twine around the front.

Inside I added a picture from our playgroups Valentine's Day photo shoot. Look at that grin!

Inside I added a picture from our playgroups Valentine’s Day photo shoot. Look at that grin!

Another project I made was a banner for our living room.  I did a Valentine’s Day chalkboard and hung the banner above it.  I love how it turned out!

I made an Our Love Story banner to hang above our chalkboard in the living room.

Our Love Story.

The flag looked perfect with my frame "wreath" that my mom and I made over Christmas of 2014. For Valentine's month, I switched out the ribbon and added some glittery hearts. The flag and wreath together looked too cute for words!

Thie is my frame “wreath” that my mom and I made over Christmas of 2014. For Valentine’s month, I switched out the ribbon and added some glittery hearts.