My Breastfeeding Journey: To Hell & Back

 


The fact that this photo exists is a miracle.

For many reasons, really.

First of all, if you told me 7 months ago that I would be comfortable breastfeeding out in public, i would have given you a dirty look and unfriended you on Facebook.

Also, if you told me 7 months ago, that I would still be breastfeeding, I would have told you that you are crazy and then, I probably would have burst into tears.

Exactly 7 months ago, I almost died.

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Low-Calorie Healthy Jjajangmyeon Black Bean Sauce Noodles

So, I LOVE shirataki noodles. At 10 calories a serving, there is really no better way to enjoy noodles without the guilt.

In case you don’t know what they are, here’s wikipedia:

Shirataki are thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodlesmade from the konjac yam (devil’s tongue yam or elephant yam).[1] The word “shirataki” means “white waterfall”, describing the appearance of these noodles. Largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber, they are very low in carbohydrates and calories, and have little flavor of their own.

Shirataki noodles can be found both in dry and soft “wet” forms in Asian markets and some supermarkets. When purchased wet, they are packaged in liquid. They normally have a shelf life of up to one year. Some brands may require rinsing or par-boiling as the water they are packaged in has an odor that may be unpleasant to those not accustomed to it.

Korean jja jang is the perfect sauce to add to these noodles, because they have a strong flavor that will sink into the noodles.

Usually people add starch to thicken up the sauce, but I chose not to, to save the calories… so just let it cook longer to thicken up!

Also, shirataki noodles don’t really taste like anything so make sure you let them sit in the sauce a while.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of shirataki noodles
½ package of soft tofu, drained
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of zucchini, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 cup of red and yellow bell peppers
1 onion, chopped into chunks
¼ cup of black bean paste
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
½ a cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks for garnish
scallions, cut thinly for garnish
water

DIRECTIONS:

Add onion to pan and stir fry on medium heat until fragrant.
Add tofu, celery, peppers, and zucchini and keep stirring for about 5 minutes.
Clear a space in the center of the pan by pushing the ingredients to the edges.
Add add ¼ cup of black bean paste and stir it with a wooden spoon for 1 minute to fry it. Then mix everything in the pan and keep stirring.
Add 1 cup of water to the pan and let it cook with the lid closed for about 10 minutes.
Take off the lid and finish cooking for another 5 minutes on low, or until sauce is not too watery.
Rinse and drain shirataki noodles. Add to sauce, mix in the sesame oil and let sit for 15-20 minutes so the noodles can soak up the flavor.
Top with cucumbers and scallions.

I Tried Being an Instamom for 6 Weeks And Here’s What Happened

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(previously published on Huffington Post)   Admittedly, when I was thrust into this beautiful and terrifying journey called motherhood, I was expecting to learn a lot about myself. Becoming a new mom requires quite a steep learning curve. One thing … Continue reading 

DIY One-Minute No-Sew Baby Headband

I’m having a ton of fun dressing up little baby M, and we have just about every color headband possible… but sometimes, you just want more. (Yep, i’m a little greedy).

 

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But ends up it’s actually super easy, no sewing machine required. And look how cute!

You can even make a matching one for yourself.

 

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DIY No-Sew Headband:

1.  Get a pair of old newborn tights… or buy some cheap new ones. I got some little ones on sale for $1.99 at Macy’s.

2. Cut right below the waist band to get rid of the thick waistband area.

3. Tie the legs into a knot. It hides the excess fabric and this little knot will go at the base of the baby’s neck

4. Wrap around baby’s head and tie the feet of the tights into a bow on top of her head.

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You can do the same thing with newborn leggings for the flatter bow look.

Easy DIY Window Treatment Hardware Hack

Great ideas from The Homemade Home on how to make some rustic looking curtain rods. I love the color! And it adds a little flair to the normally unnoticed rods in your home.

 

All you need are copper pipes, measuring tape, and a pipe cutter and you can have your own custom hardware at a fraction of the cost.

According to The Homemade Home,

In the piping section of your home improvement store, grab up a pipe cutter, end caps, brackets, and a pipe {sized in thickness to what you will need.} After you choose your pipe, head over to the window treatments department and grab up some hanging hooks. {make sure the hanging hooks-I guess that’s the right word???-will fit nicely over the pipe. You can always do a rod pocket for your curtains as well.We just like the hooks.}

Deciding where your brackets will go on the wall, eyeball it and screw them onto the wall.  Cut your pipe according to the length you will need. Pipe cutters are simple to work: simply insert the pipe, tighten like a vice, and twist and tighten as you go. Just like above. Turn it until it snaps off at the correct length you need. Then simply slide it into place on the wall.

And depending on what color hooks you want, you can either buy em, or spray paint em!

i LOVE spray paint. Lifesaver.

When they are dry, place them on the rod, cap off the ends with the end caps, and place the panels on the window.

Anyway, happy home renovation, yall!

Driftwood Table Redone!

I love this idea from Flutter Flutter.

She used tongue and groove wooden boards and nailed them to the table. Great way to update a coffee table as well! on the cheap!

 

Table Before & After

FlutterFlutter says this was all done for under $10! Kind of amazing! I’d be a little concerned about splinters and such so would have to probably buy more expensive wood… but still!

 

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration

I’m in the research phase of looking for a contractor right now. If you know someone good in NJ, please let me know!

 

Anyway, Our new house has the tiniest, sadest, most outdated kitchen I’ve ever seen. It would really discourage me from cooking if we left it as is.

It currently has two doorways in, one from the formal dining and one from the hallway. My hope is to knock down all the walls and add a breakfast bar, and possibly expand it out to fill part of the formal dining space. We will also have to redo the floor and cabinet and all that jazz… but anyway, to the inspiration!

 

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I’m really into farm sinks. I mean, maybe its just a trendy thing and in 5 years it will be so passe I’ll wish I never thought about it, but not only does it seem functional, it’s so rustic!

I love this kitchen because of the giant window, the pretty backsplash and island. Not a fan of marble countertops though.

 

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This design would actually fit our space quite well. It looks about the same size as our kitchen. we would have to flip it so the breakfast bar is in the front and the countertop is to the side… but still, could work.

I like the tall cabinets. I could do without the wood on wood on wood, though.

 

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I know it’s absurd how much I like white.

But just take a moment and enjoy the cabinets and refrigerator door. :)

 

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And finally, probably the most practical of them all. If we don’t want to totally gut the plumbing and such… this would be a good alternative look. I like the 2 counter heights. It’s clean and simple. Also a nice subtle backsplash.