2013 Reflections

It is hard to look back on 2013 and not focus 99% on our biggest life change to date – the birth of our son Rylan. I was lucky to enjoy a healthy and easy pregnancy and (feel free to roll your eyes) I loved almost every moment of the nine months. It was really neat to keep the sex a surprise and if/when we have Sprout #2 we plan to do the same. Staying active kept me sane and I feel very lucky that I was able to keep going strong until about 38 weeks. We took a short but incredible babymoon in Crested Butte and I surprised myself by patiently decorating a gender-neutral nursery that we absolutely love.

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Life changed for the better on July 24 at 12:40 p.m. Mike excitedly announced, “it’s a boy,” and just like that, we became parents. The actual birth is a bit of a blur and to be honest, for those first few hours in our hospital room when it was just the three of us, I stared at Rylan and worried that I wasn’t actually ready to be a mom. I stressed that I wouldn’t know what to do when we got home and that I would never learn his cries or love him the way all other new moms gush about loving their infant from the second they are born. But day by day we figured it out. I came to enjoy our quiet, though exhausting, middle of the night feeds because I realized how powerful our bond was becoming. I found confidence with every solo trip out of the house and successful nap battles won. I learned to accept help, stopped holding in tears on the tough days and found the couple of moms that I could be 100% real with, knowing they wouldn’t judge me for anything I shared or asked. I cherish these women!

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Unknown-2Rylan’s arrival changed a lot, but not everything. Mike and I took time for ourselves. He got back to band practice and played two shows. He traveled for work and I held down the fort alone. I got back to the gym, returned to work and found time to work on friendships – something I want to focus on more in 2014. We went on dates and found ways to divide and conquer the pressures of being a household of two, full-time working parents. Mike is the best father. The. Best.

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2013 rounded out with Thanksgiving celebrations with Mike’s family here in Colorado followed by Rylan’s first plane ride and trip to California to be with my family for Christmas (notice the unmistakable LA traffic pictured above, and thanks to grandparents who pushed us to escape for a date night and enjoy some cocktails throughout the week). We plan to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve together in the mountains, surely reflecting on how blessed we have been this year. Health. Family. Fun. Love. None of this is lost on me.

For 2014 I don’t want to make the typical resolutions. Yes of course I want to work out more, eat cleaner, put more money in savings – blah blah. I hope I’ll just do all of those things regardless because they are good for me and my family. If I had to set one personal goal for the year ahead it would be to work on my friendships. Through moves, weddings, babies, work, etc., I have missed out on nourishing certain friendships that mean a great deal to me. I’ve gotten lazy, relying on texts and Facebook to sustain friendships that are worthy of calls, trips, mailed cards for no reason…all the things we used to do before technology made it acceptable to wish a friend since high school a belated happy birthday on a Facebook wall. I’m not proud of what I have let slip, even though many would say I have an excuse with becoming a mom and working full-time. I am happier when my core group of girlfriends is strong and thriving, and in 2014 I want to work on that — along with deepening new, really amazing friendships I have formed through becoming a mom.

In closing, I want to sincerely thank you (my readers) for your support, advice and excitement this year. As I continue to evolve Lex & Learn I hope you’ll still come along for the journey and stories of our family adventures, struggles and celebrations. Please know that I am wishing you a very safe, healthy and blessed 2014.

Rylan: 5 Months

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This has been a month of firsts. First plane flight. First Christmas. First illness (a first I’d like to forget). I’m not sure if we’re just catching a smoother stride as new parents or growing more confident in the role, but I am completely smitten with this little guy, beyond anything I could have ever imagined or can begin to explain. He steals my heart more and more with each smile, giggle and shriek. Rylan is our joy.

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We are relieved and grateful that he is thriving in daycare. His demeanor is all smiles at pickup and drop-off and all of the teachers tell us he is such a happy baby. While I wish I was home with him more I look forward to hearing about his day at pickup and know he is getting great stimulation and the very best care. So far, we are extremely comfortable with our decision to enroll him.

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Naps are still a challenge but his ability to sleep from approximately 7:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. without a peep is holding strong. So, I am not going to complain. Part of me thinks he will be ready for two long naps sooner rather than later but it is hard to tell, so for now we’re doing what we can (with the help of daycare) to stick to a three hour eating schedule with naps at approximately 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Every day is a nap adventure.

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Another huge first was the introduction of solid foods! Following his four month appointment Rylan’s doctor was pleased, but not thrilled with his weight gain. Our pediatrician is fairly progressive and cited many studies that show it is actually okay to introduce certain solids at four instead of six months. We were excited. Instead of going the traditional route with rice cereal we got the thumbs up to start Rylan on avocado and proceed from there. As of today he has tried avocado, sweet potatoes and banana. We also introduced pear but he may have had a small reaction so we’re avoiding those for a few more weeks. Watching him dive bomb for the spoon and figure out how to swallow is pretty comical. Solids combined with the addition of a small amount of formula to his breastmilk bottles at daycare has (finally) resulted in some faster, steady weight gain. I am still mainly nursing on the weekends and lucky enough to have a strong supply despite the craziness of work and the holidays. I am committed to nursing/pumping for at least six months–we’ll see what the next month brings.

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Dad’s five month favorites:

  • Watching him roll over
  • Hearing his “uncontrollable” giggles
  • Hearing him find his voice – preferably at home instead of restaurants
  • Watching him find and eat his feet, in awe every day that they are attached to his body
  • His smile in the morning and at the end of the work day

Mom’s five month favorites:

  • His last smiles of the day – nine times out of 10 the kid is smiling when we put him down for the night
  • The way his eyes sparkle when he giggles
  • His fascination with his hands and feet
  • Our quiet cuddle time after nursing
  • How his smile is just a bit bigger and brighter for Mike and me – he really knows us now

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The First Bug

When I unzipped Rylan from his sleep sack on Friday morning he greeted me with his usual smile. His smile hid the fact that he wasn’t himself and that our very busy work days, and weekend, were about to be steam rolled. I’ll spare you the details but within a few minutes it was clear we had our first real sickness, a stomach virus, on our hands.

So. Much. Laundry.

Fast forward to right now. It is Sunday around 5 p.m. and I am taking a break from catching up on work. The house is silent. Mike is curled up in the fetal position on the couch because the same bug hit him hard this morning. Rylan is taking a much-needed nap. A nap that required I rock him to sleep and gently transfer him to the crib. Something he has needed maybe only once or twice in the early days.

The silver living is that I think we’re finally turning the messy corner. Milk is staying down and he is pushing away the Pedialyte because he wants milk instead. We are seeing big gummy grins and hearing his laughs again. Those energetic squeals have never sounded so amazing.

I’ve learned a lot since about 7:05 a.m. on Friday and while the experience is still raw, I needed to share my thoughts…

  • I’m sorry. I am sorry to all my mom friends and co-workers who I didn’t show true sympathy for when their kiddos were sick. I am sorry for not offering to do more, whether that should have been taking on a client assignment or dropping food (or booze) at your doorstep. I am sorry for not being more understanding. I get it now. Even if and when your little one went down for a nap, there is so much to do in a sick house. Laundry, bottles, more laundry – perhaps a 10 minute nap for yourself. Next time, I promise to be a better friend and coworker to you.
  • Laugh. There have been a few tears this weekend but those were mostly out of worry for Rylan. The “situations” that I thought would have had me in tears made me laugh. I mean, how can you not? Laugh, grab some Clorox, and laugh some more.
  • Call the doctor. Call three times with differing versions of the same question if you want to. Demand to be seen, especially if you are dealing with a new situation on a Friday and want to avoid weekend urgent care. I am so glad we got in Friday afternoon, because not all of our instincts of how to help Rylan were right. As a new parent, you don’t have the answers and the Internet is way too scary to depend on when you Google things like, “4.5 month old can’t stop throwing up.” DO. NOT. GOOGLE.
  • Pedialyte. Have it on hand. Not just one bottle, but two or three.
  • Patience. Harness all you have and then dig deep to find a whole lot more. Plans got canceled. The house is a disaster. Our normally independent little boy had spans of time where he could not be put down. Have to go to the bathroom? Too bad. But when our hard-fought patience got the cries to stop or a bottle to stay down, nothing felt better. We did something right amidst a crap load of uncertainty. Go us!

I won’t consider our house healed until I know for certain that I miraculously escaped the bug — this time. Perhaps my daily routine of probiotics, Emergen-C and Thieves essential oils made a difference? Only time will tell.

This is the first of countless bugs and curveballs Rylan will throw our way. I get it and am so grateful to have Mike, our families and a slew of friends around us to be there through the messy and scary moments. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Wishing everyone HEALTHY holidays!

Essential Oils Q&A

Now that I’ve admitted to this essential oil kick I thought it would be fun to host a Q&A with my sister-in-law Kelly. She has been using Young Living oils for several months now and really believes in the results she has seen with her family. For context she has twin girls who are in pre-K and a little boy who turned two in September. Her husband travels for work so between school, travel germs and general kiddo crud, Kelly was open to trying anything to keep her family healthier and happier.

Q.) What are essential oils?

A.) Essential oils have been used for centuries for health and wellness benefits. Essential oils are extracted from plants through steaming or cold pressing. They are highly potent and require a large volume of plant material to produce small amounts of distilled essential oil. Most essential oils are powerful antimicrobials.  (referenced: Essential Oils Pocket Reference)

Q.) How did you get turned onto Young Living specifically? Were you skeptical at first?

A.) I was first turned onto Young Living oils by my friend Lindsay. I have also believed in alternative options for healthcare and have used grocery store oils for aromatic purposes. I knew that my friend Lindsay was a bit more skeptical about “hippie” options so when she started using the oils and couldn’t stop talking about them I knew that she had done her research. She always has the best interest of her family at the forefront. She turned me onto some reading and research and I was quickly hooked.

Q.) How did you get started using the oils and how have you branched out from your very first order?

A.) At the time we were having major bedtime battles with our girls and I was telling her that I needed help. ANYTHING! My first dabble in the oils was a small kit of about eight oils, one being Peace & Calming. She told me to put the oils on the bottom of the girls feet before bed. Within three days, our bedtime routine was getting better. The girls would calm down quicker and fall asleep faster. It was amazing. We then started using Thieves to help keep the preschool “ick” from jumping ship and infiltrating our house. It worked like a charm. It did not always keep the ick at bay, but significantly reduced the time we had it. Once I noticed the amazing changes the oils were making, I decided to expand and read more to really see how and what the oils could do for me.

I now use Frankincense and coconut oil everyday on my face. Sometimes I add Lavendar or Lemon to help with the sun spots. I use Melaleica Alternifolia (tea tree oil) to help with acne. We diffuse Joy almost daily to set the right tone for the day and if someone is in a particularly bad mood, I put it behind their neck. Every month I expand my Essential Oil medicine cabinet. I love it!

Q.) For people – like me – who are intrigued but not fully convinced about everything people say about the oils, what advice or first-hand experiences do you want to share?

A.) Take it slow. Not every oil will have the same effect on you that it has on me. Sometimes a cleanse can help you clear out your body of toxins to make room for the natural options. Don’t jump in with both feet until you know what you are looking for. Oils can get overwhelming and expensive. If you don’t know what you are needing help with it could be a total waste. Ask lots of questions and do your own research. You know your family. Now that I know better, I would only use Young Living Oils but as a consumer you need to make sure you know what you are buying and using.

Q.) If someone wanted to get started with only one or two oils, which would you suggest and via what applications?

A.) Thieves is a no brainer. Even if you don’t have kids, we are all exposed to sickness. Thieves can be applied to the bottom of your feet, diffused in the air, inhaled by putting in your hands and cupping over your nose. Thieves is a hot oil so you will want to dilute with a carrier oil like coconut or grape seed oil.

I am super excited that Kelly took the time to share her experience and appreciate her honesty. I particularly agree with her advice not to jump in without asking a lot of questions and knowing what you need first from the oils experience. For me it was quality sleep and doing whatever I can to stay healthy through our first cold and flu season with a daycare kid. I started with single bottles of Thieves and Peace & Calming and am glad I did. I would also add, be realistic. Is Peace & Calming going to make your baby magically sleep through the night? Of course not. But if there weren’t some calming benefits to essential extracts like lavender for example, why would they put it in every mass produced baby bath soap and “night time” lotion?

If you have questions please leave me a comment and I’ll get them answered for you. Thanks for indulging me on this oil exploration.

 

Essential Oils for Health, Beauty and Well-Being

Disclaimer: I am not a hippie. I still believe in NyQuil. I like regular Crest toothpaste. No Tom’s up in here! I wear chemical-laden deodorant and will never give that up because it works and the alternative terrifies me. 

But ever since my pregnancy I have been open to exploring alternative medicines and therapies. Two horrific colds when you can’t take anything will drive you to some drastic measures (and for me that was breaking down last year and buying a neti pot/sinus rinse). Fast forward to Rylan’s arrival and I sit somewhere in the middle of conventional and natural. I can’t seem to give up my Clorox Cleanup for “green” cleaner yet I won’t wash Rylan’s bottle parts in anything other than Seventh Generation brand dish soap, followed by a rigorous Saturday sanitizing process. I know, the Clorox is way worse but you should see my glistening bathroom floors!

What’s my point you ask? My point is that I am still me, but I am more eager to learn about other ways to keep germs at bay now that Rylan is in daycare and ideas for how to take care of my family in a manner that more closely aligns with how I eat ~ relatively clean. Kelly, Mike’s sister, started talking to me about Young Living Essential Oils this summer. I watched as she turned to different blends and combinations for her daughters’ colds, cleaning the air around her house, helping her entire family sleep better…the list goes on.

I was super skeptical. I thought she had bought into something without any real merit. However, over the course of my maternity leave I saw her skin start to glow from her new nighttime routine of coconut oil and frankincense — which is so much cheaper than my high-end nighttime oil. My nieces’ summer colds, while still running the course, were shorter. And I let her diffuse a few drops of Peace & Calming in her guest room before Rylan slept over. He had his longest stretch of sleep ever that night and continued to extend his sleep in the days that followed when I diffused Peace & Calming in his room an hour before bedtime.

I was curious and decided to dive into the Young Living world. And so far? I am pretty impressed.

Right now my routine includes:

  • Joy diffused in the morning to uplift my mood and make the house smell great
  • Thieves diffused in various rooms after we get home from work and daycare pickup to cleanse the air and kill germs
  • Peace & Calming – just two or three drops – in the diffuser in Rylan’s room for about an hour before his bedtime. Then I add a few more drops and diffuse it in our room next to my side of the bed
  • Peace & Calming behind my ears before bed, unless I dilute and put on Thieves if I feel any sort of sickness coming on
  • Peppermint + Lavender + Lemon (and olive oil as a carrier oil) ingested in a vegetable capsule if I feel “the crud” lurking. Taking the oils this way was approved by Rylan’s pediatrician since I am breastfeeding
  • Thieves diluted and rubbed on the soles of my feet at the first sign of a cold or throat tickle
  • Thieves wipes on Rylan’s carseat after daycare and on other nasty places in public (e.g., changing tables – GROSS)
  • Frankincense and coconut oil as a natural moisturizer at night
  • Stress away on my wrists and temples at work if the day is particularly challenging or stressful

Do I think essential oils cure everything? Of course not. Do I believe there are merits in the natural healing capabilities of these plants and that it doesn’t hurt to try the natural route for your family before always resorting to antibiotics and other traditional avenues? Absolutely. In fact, my mom credits a daily routine of liquid Cod Liver Oil for turning around my entire immune system as a young kid. Rylan’s pediatrician said, “oh yeah, we use Thieves essential oils around our house too,” when I asked him about the safety of diffusing a few drops around Rylan or ingesting two drops in a capsule at the first sign of the dreaded daycare plague. Yes, our pediatrician uses these oils too.

Check out just two of these helpful guides for the many different ways to explore essential oils.

Later this week I am going to post a Q&A with Kelly about her use of these oils. She has taught me a lot and though I still have a lot to learn, and some personal bias about oils to overcome, her personal experiences are really great to read about for anyone who is curious about alternatives for their family, be it oils or something else entirely!

Please note that I am in no way being compensated for this post. I bought my starter kit entirely on my own and am just a curious oil user at this point. If you do have questions please leave a comment and if I cannot answer them, I will get you in touch with someone much more qualified. 

Rylan: Four Months

We blinked and another month has come and gone, but not without a lot of changes here around the Anderson household. Rylan is now a daycare kid Monday – Thursday and my mom said goodbye after five great weeks of watching Rylan following my return to work. On Fridays Mike’s mom will be watching him and we are so thankful that he will get a day at home with family.

The most fun changes, however, are all centered around the little man. His personality is really coming out in the form of laughs, squeals, happy screams and rolling over! His right arm still gets in the way — Mike calls it his kickstand — but he is absolutely on his way to mobility. No more quick runs across the room to grab something while he is on the bed or changing table. Rylan is determined and according to his daycare teachers, very strong. He is currently fighting his first cold but handling it like a champ. The Nose Frida, while disgusting, is the best “only a mother could do this” tool in our arsenal and we continue to give him probiotic colic drops daily at the recommendation of his doctor since he is too young for a flu shot this year.  

Mom’s four month favorites:

  • His first laugh. I will never forget the sound or the sparkle in his eyes
  • Watching him find, then lose, then find his thumb again — sometimes holding it in place with his free hand
  • Hearing his daycare teachers say that he is the happiest and most relaxed baby in his room
  • His giant toothless grin. It snaps me out of any bad mood or stressed funk and immediately reminds me that we are the luckiest parents in the world to have a happy, healthy and thriving little man
  • Seeing him really start to discover and “play” with some of his countless toys, especially balls of all shapes and colors

Dad’s four month favorites:

  • Watching Rylan roll and hearing his first laugh
  • His big grin and giggle when I get home from a business trip
  • His continued mellowness and calm demeanor
  • The smile he puts on mom’s face

We can’t wait for what the next month has in store! We love you so much buddy.

Daycare Diaries Take 1

On Monday we survived a milestone new parent transition – daycare. After five incredible weeks with my mom watching Rylan it was time to say goodbye and kick this full time working parent routine into gear. Wine please!

We toured seven daycares when I barely had a baby bump to show off. Downtown-area facilities in Denver are in high demand and the wait lists can be intense. We quickly fell in love with the center that is now Rylan’s home away from home. It came highly recommended from Mike’s boss who put his two children through the center until they went to school. The hours are 7am – 7pm and while I never intend Rylan to be there for that long, with two demanding careers the early and late options were appealing given unpredictable meeting schedules and post-work events. Little things like the fact they wash and sanitize his bottles every night and do his sleep sack and crib sheet laundry once weekly is huge. Just one more thing we don’t have to fit in each day. More time for snuggles, books and play time.

Because I had already transitioned back to work in mid-October I thought Monday’s drop off would be a little hard but manageable. I was so wrong. I bawled as we walked out of the room and continued to sob for most of my drive to the office. Once inside the tears kept coming and I tried to stay to myself in my office so no one would be the wiser. Then one of the other brand new mamas came to check on me when she arrived and I lost it again…then later in the afternoon while pumping, I cried yet again. To say I was unprepared for the emotions of leaving him with a stranger (I know I know, soon they won’t be strangers) is an understatement.

In hindsight I wish we would have taken him for a few half days while my mom was still here. He might have had a better chance to get used to the environment and preserve the decent nap schedule we followed. So far his naps have been no longer than 30 minutes except for one good stretch his first day. Other daycare moms assure me this will pass and he will get back on track. His bottle intake has stayed fairly consistent and that alleviates a lot of worry in my mind.

The really great news is that he is all smiles when we pick him up thus far. Every teacher remarks at how chill and happy he is, all day long. He laughs, smiles and coos for them. They can’t believe how strong his head and neck strength are for his age and that makes us feel really good about all we’ve done.

This. Is. Hard. By “this” I mean the whole working parent thing. For every positive there is a negative. For everything I feel sure and confident about there is a lot of guilt. I am told by my working mom peers and mentors that it gets easier, but it never goes away. Learning to accept that must take time, and I am not there yet. Not one bit.

Fun Story. Rylan wore a dolphin onesie his first day because he is in the dolphin room. Cute right? Well, when we walked in for pickup he was in a completely different outfit. One his first day he blew through not one, but two of his spare outfits. What a way to say “nice to meet you” to his teachers! He is all boy. No doubt about that.

Thank You Grandma!

On Saturday, after five incredible weeks, my mom left to go back home to California. The goodbye was tear-filled but very sweet. She gave Rylan, and us, an incredible gift. Rylan got to grow bigger and stronger for five more weeks after I returned to work before starting daycare. We got to work one-on-one on his routine. She savored every messy moment and took him on adventures to the zoo, lunch, shopping, family play dates and more.

To answer everyone’s questions – yes, she lived with us during this time. Yes, I talked it over with Mike and he embraced the help wholeheartedly. If he felt otherwise it never showed and he made her feel welcomed and appreciated every day. No, I wasn’t ready for her to leave. Yes, it is time for us to rip the bandaid and begin our final transition into parenthood…childcare and all the ups and downs that come with it.

In about an hour Mike and I will be leaving our house, Rylan in tow, to drop him off for his very first day. I’ve opted not to wear mascara today and will probably check my phone 4,000 times for updates from his teacher. He is going to thrive and get the best of both worlds. Daycare Monday – Thursday. A day with his Gigi (Mike’s mom) on Fridays. I have no doubt we made the right decision for our family. And guess what? If we didn’t we’ll fix it! Nothing is permanent.

But for right now, in this moment, I had to post a quick thank you to my mom for all she did. We are so grateful.

Sorry mom, I just had to post this picture. Even though you are crying, you can see how much love you were squeezing into him before you left to start the long drive home. It was a moment I will never forget. We love you. Drive safe! 

Rylan’s Baptism Celebration

We baptized Rylan on Sunday and celebrated the day with family and close friends. He looked dapper in a sweet red bow tie and was extremely mellow through the entire process. Not a single tear as water was dribbled onto his head or when the oil was put on his forehead. He was also a total sport as the pastor walked him around the congregation to “meet” everyone in the church. Adorable is an understatement. It was extra special to be joined by my brother, Rylan’s godfather, from California and Rylan’s great grandparents from Minnesota.

Getting to Rylan’s baptism day was an interesting journey, as both Mike and I were raised going to church but have not been personally active in many years. It was very important to me that we find a local congregation and baptize Rylan but Mike wasn’t on board right away. After a lot of discussion, driven by me, we found a Methodist church close to our house that embodies the values we plan to instill in Rylan. The church’s mission is to be respectful of all people no matter their color or lifestyle and give back to the community in every way possible, be it time or money. The programs by which the church gives back are fantastic. I am particularly excited to attend a PB&J ministry morning when they make sack lunches and pass them out to people in need at a park in downtown Denver. I hope Rylan will enjoy doing these sorts of things with us as he gets older. It builds character and in my opinion, will help him learn how lucky he is to have everything he needs.

I mean, just check out this Welcome Statement! Highlands United Methodist Church embraces Jesus’ message that God loves and accepts every person, and so our welcome knows no boundaries. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental ability, and economic condition into full participation in the life and leadership of our congregation.

I feel so blessed that Rylan enjoyed so much love and attention from his extended family all weekend long. It makes us even more excited for the holiday season ahead…he’ll meet more great grandparents, dozens of cousins, aunts, uncles and more! There is truly  nothing better in this world than family.

Pre-Made Smoothie Packs

Eating healthy as a busy working professional is hard enough. Tack on having to nurse a baby and pump off before getting to the office at a decent time – with a million bags in tow – and I am amazed that I even eat breakfast at all–and that it doesn’t (often) come through a drive-thru window…although Starbucks has some pretty scrumptious and healthy breakfast options these days. But I digress.

Pre-making green smoothie packs has changed my perspective on smoothies in the morning. I’ve always loved them but dread washing fruit and spinach in a rush in addition to having to portion out my flaxseed, chia seeds and protein powder. Nothing about smoothie making is rocket science but every second counts in the morning.

So right before I went back to work I played around with putting everything but the dry ingredients into a sandwich bag and sticking it in the freezer. I take out a pack before I get in the shower so it has a chance to soften up and then combine it in the blender with unsweetened almond milk (only 30 calories per serving) and the aforementioned dry boosts.

Voila! Green goodness – packed with fruit and leafy greens – is ready to enjoy before the little man demands his breakfast. These little frozen packs are saving my mornings. You really can’t make them wrong but an easy starter pack contains:

  • 1 cup washed spinach or other leafy greens (kale takes some getting used to in smoothies, in my opinion)
  • 1 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen (I’m a fan of always including one or two strawberries. Blueberries and raspberries are easy choices while peaches and pineapple give any blend a lighter taste and showcase the greens more)
  • 1 whole banana, peeled

I haven’t pre-portioned my dry ingredients yet but as Rylan gets ready for his daycare transition and our mornings become even more hectic I probably will.

Please share other tips you have for making hectic mornings a little saner, and a bit healthier!

 

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