My Summer Berry Pie Recipe

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We are definitely berry addicts in our house and this quick, easy and healthy pie will satisfy your sweet craving! Even better, most kids will eat it!

I use store bought pie crust from the frozen section to cut down on time but you can totally use a basic pie crust recipe to create your own.  The great thing is you can swap out and do whatever mixture of berries your family is into.  Below is a list of everything you need!


Ingredients

(2) Frozen ready to back pie crusts

(1) Small packages of organic strawberries

(1) Package of organic blueberries

(1) Lemon

1/4 Cup of sugar

2 tbsp of all purpose flour

1 Egg

Preheat oven to 375F.  Clean and cut berries and put them into a bowl, (you can combine them or keep them separately). In a seperate small bowl, mix together dry ingredients, sugar and flour.  Squeeze juice of one lemon onto berries, then pour in dry ingredients and mix together.  Pour berries into the pie crust (be careful to make the berries level with the crust so the juices don’t overflow when they bake).  Take the second pie crust out of the pan and you use a rolling pin to quickly flatten it out.  You can make my flag pie version by cutting strips and stars out of the pie dough. Or use the entire pie crust to top the pie and then trim any excess over the edges.  If you use the entire crust make sure to cut some openings in the top to help it vent while cooking.  In a separate bowl beat the egg and then brush onto the crust to give it that nice golden brown cover.  Cook for 20-25 minutes (keep an eye on the crust).

I then let it sit until room temperature and either serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

ENJOY!

 

Top Ten Baby Item Must Haves For The First Six Months (from a Experienced Mom of Three)

There is a six year age gap between my oldest and youngest.  It has been crazy to watch the baby industry evolve as new technology and innovations seem to be coming out in herds.  Navigating and deciding which baby items you really need when you bring home your little nugget home can be a daunting task.

When I had my first daughter, I made the rookie mistake most first time parents do…I bought way too much.  There is so much change that takes place in the first six months and they grow a lot during this time.  I found many of the items I bought the first time around got used once, maybe twice…and even some not at all.

I remember going through my daughters newborn clothes about a week after bringing her home, I had bought tons of fancy outfits that looked like she was heading out to a gala.  I quickly learned that the first couple of months are meant for sleepers and onesies.  Not saying that I didn’t enjoy dressing her in the fancier clothes for a quick picture but they were far from practical.

Last year when we found out we were expecting again, I had of course gotten rid of EVERY baby item I owned and had to start completely from scratch.  This time around I spent a lot of time researching all the latest and greatest baby must haves, along with buying some of the tried and true products I had found success with when my two daughters were little.

So here you go….I now share with you my top ten baby items you need for your baby’s first six months!

 

Fisher Price Premium Auto Rock ‘n Play

If you only buy one of these products listed below, this one has to be it!  My second daughter lived in her rock and play, but four years ago, to rock it you had to do it manually.  Marlie suffered from colic and rocking her was the only way to soothe her and get her to sleep, it was a lifesaver but I spent countless hours rocking that damn thing with my foot.  So when I learned that they now offered Rock ‘n Play’s that were automatic, I was sold.  It was the first item that hit my registry!  Given that Maverick spent the first four months of his life in it, I can confidently say, we got excellent use out of it.

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Fisher Price Sit Me Up Seat

I stumbled across the Sit Me Up Seat when Maverick turned about 3 months and hit that in between stage where he enjoyed sitting up but still needed some head/ neck support.  My son is almost 6 months and is still using it daily.  You can attach toys to it once your little one is grabbing and reaching.  I loved that it also came in a neutral color like the one below since it was something that was out all the time in our family room.

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Love to Dream Swaddle

Honestly, I could and probably will write a separate article on swaddles in the future and they were life for Maverick’s first 4 months! I went a little crazy at one point in my severely sleep deprived state, bought and tested about ten different swaddles on the market today.  My son was a bit of a Houdini and was able to escape from pretty much all of them.  He wanted his hands near his face but when he broke out of most swaddles his arms would just be flailing around and wake him up.  By night two of the Love to Dream Swaddle he was sleeping 5 to 6 hours at a time during the night…(a vast improvement from the 2-3 hours he was getting at a time before).

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Dr. Browns Options Bottles

With both of my daughter’s I used Dr. Browns Bottles. They have always been the gold standard, even with the little ones I babysat during my college years.  When Maverick was born, I did breastfeed for the first few months, but my son ended up being diagnosed with a milk allergy and needed to be on a hypoallergenic formula.  I tried about 4 or 5 other bottle brands, mainly because I am not gonna lie…cleaning Dr. Browns bottles is kinda a pain!  But with Maverick’s reflux the Dr. Browns did the best job.  Personally, I decided to stick with the original version of the bottle but to my surprise and I am sure due to Mom feedback they now have a version that eliminates the inner pieces. So, if gas or reflux isn’t an issue for your baby or when they eventually grow out of it, there is only two pieces to clean!

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Ergo Baby Omni 360 Carrier

Baby wearing has been critical to surviving motherhood as a Mom of 3! I got my first Ergo Carrier when my second daughter was born and when my son was born had to upgrade and get the newest version of their carrier the OMNI 360.  I love that it allows me to face Maverick towards me or outwards (which is great for the days when I need to get stuff done at home or venture out to Target with all three in tow)!  Unlike some of the other baby carriers, the Ergo is so supportive and I can wear it for hours without back pain.

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Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat

Love everything about this car seat! It is stylish and clever with a Dream Drape Canopy that hooks via a magnet and keeps unwanted hands out away from the baby while also protecting your little one from any outside elements.  I pair mine with the Nuna Tavo stroller and there was no need for any sort of car seat adapters like you find with most other brands.  It is pretty light weight too, as far as car seats go, at 8.6lbs.  I will definitely be sticking to this brand and upgrading to the Convertible Car Seat version when Maverick is a little older.

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Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

Definitely not a glamorous purchase, but still one of my top items for new Mom’s.  I have owned two other brands of diaper pails and either they required expensive bags or didn’t do a great job concealing the odor from the diapers.  What I love about the Ubbi is that you aren’t locked into buying their bags to use it, although I do use the Ubbi bags.  Also, the steel inside does an awesome job keeping the smell contained.  It comes in a variety of colors and has a very modern look.

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Summer Infant Comfort Height Bath Tub

With three kid’s a functional infant bath tub is essential. This infant tub grows with your baby and eventually the bottom part can be used as a step stool when they become a toddler.  Being petite I love that the step connects to the tub and keeps baby raised at parents level when put into the bath tub.  The infant incline can also be used in a sink when baby is still tiny or on the counter inside the white tub.  This was my second infant tub I purchased since bringing Maverick home, the first was another brand with the built in sling for the newborn but I disliked it as he kept slipping down.

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Baby Brezza Formula Pro

I LOVE MY FORMULA PRO…I will say it again, I LOVE MY FORMULA PRO!! This has been my personal favorite baby item since having my son! I had read some mixed reviews initially about this machine, but it has been nothing but a game changer!  As long as you keep up with the quick daily cleaning and take good care of the machine, you will not be disappointed.  Literally the bottle is ready in about 15 seconds and I can successfully do it with one hand…because, you know, when you have three kid’s the other hand is usually busy doing something else.  My husband even loves it!  There is no measuring or heating the water.  Just push the button, screw on your bottle top and give it a little shake!  Total lifesaver!

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Fisher Price Rainforest Music and Lights Deluxe Gym

As I had previously mentioned earlier in this post, after my girl’s were born, I got rid of all of their baby stuff.  One thing that both of them loved was the Rainforest Play Mat, I have pictures of them laying on their backs looking up in amazement at the colors and lights.  When I purchased the updated version of this mat, Maverick was about a month old and seeing him under the canopy of colorful toys brought back so many wonderful memories from when my daughter’s were tiny.

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Well there you go! My top 10 baby items of 2018! Hope you find this post helpful!  I do not receive any incentives from any of the companies that make the products I mentioned here;  just real world experience from a Mom who has made quite a few bad baby product purchases in the past, lol.

xo,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

Peace out 35, hello 36!

June 15th was my birthday!  Usually I dislike getting a year older but this year I was ready to call it on 35…see ya!  Hello 36, I am ready for you!

Last year on my 35th birthday, two lines popped up on a pregnancy test and we found out we were having another baby!  Little did I know what would be in store for me. Let’s just say, I hope I do not have any more brushes with death planned in the future.  If you want to know more about my journey with placenta accreta, you can pop over to my old blog site and read my journey.  Placenta Accreta Got Nothing On Me

The highlight of my 35th year was definitely the birth of my son Maverick, who completed our family.  I am beyond thankful I get to be called his Mama!

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Last year was really rough too, physically, mentally and emotionally for my entire family.  Personally I am still working out some of the kinks from having been through such a traumatic experience, but I am ready to start this new year off fresh!  I think as woman in general it is so easy for us to make light of everything and just to say “I’m good,” when asked.  What I am learning is it is okay to acknowledge when we are experiencing difficulties and instead of surpress and hide these feelings, we should speak up.  Sometimes you can’t get through things on your own and it is okay to seek guidance and help.

As the saying goes, another year older, another year wiser.  🙂

-Lisa

 

Being a Mom in 2018

As I now have 3 children of my own, I often reflect on my own childhood. I played outside barefoot and rode my bike everywhere. I was the last care free generation who didn’t have to fear that going to school or a shopping mall would put my life in danger.  My friends and I found our own entertainment, playing make-believe outdoors was a regular occurance. My parents didn’t hover over me, I learned from my own mistakes which contributed to me being “street smart.” A child of the late 80’s / 90’s was maybe not as great as my parents had it during their childhood but definitely times were much simpler when I was little.

Today’s Mom has it much harder. Trying to balance children, a home, a job and still making time to find you. Trying to keep some sliver of your previous identity while still reveling in the role of being “Mom” to your precious little creations. Social media everywhere trying to shove us into a mold and tell us how are we supposed to be, how we are supposed to parent. We are contantly competing to fill our Instagram news feeds with fun filled family vacations and our kid’s smiling for pictures in perfectly manicured outfits.

This is not real life! Most day’s I am lucky to slather on some deodorant, brush my teeth and throw on some athletic wear (my typical uniform). We clean dirty butts and messy faces. We handle meltdowns and beg our children to just take one more bite! We worry…constantly…and google everything! We walk around with our baby’s strapped to our bodies and stress over whether our school aged children are participating in enough extra curricular activities.

This blog is for the Mom’s like me who love the crap out of their kid’s but also count down the minutes until they are tucked into their beds for the night.

So, why did I start this blog? To bring you relevent and real life topics on motherhood, parenting and “keeping it real.”  All while adding a little bit of humor and funny stories of my own little ducklings along the way. Sharing all my favorite products and hacks I have learned over the last seven years of being a Mom.  Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by!

XO,

Lisa

 

 

 

Were you a child of the 80’s / 90’s? Comment below and tell me what you loved most about growing up during this time!