Monday, October 3, 2016

Healthy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

The first time I had this chili was when a friend brought it over when we had first moved in to our house. After tasting it I immediately thought she was an amazing cook and I would never/could never possess the skills to make such a delicious meal. Until I asked her what was in it... and was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is! Not even just how easy it is... it's not terribly unhealthy! Wahoooo. Win win. 

Years passed before I attempted my own white chicken chili... I found a recipe on Pintrest, tweaked it in a few areas and my oh my... My tastebuds were DANCING. 

So I am here today to share with you this lovely recipe.

Ingredients (takes 4 to 6 hours to cook in crockpot)

1.5 pounds uncooked chicken breasts

ounces chicken broth

teaspoons salt

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 can (15 oz) DRAINED white beans

2 cans (11 oz) canned mexicorn (corn with peppers)

1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso green chiles (for mild) OR ortega fire roasted for spicier (for the record I prefer the spicier! I also add an extra cream cheese pack to tone down the spicy... don't tell anyone ;) )

8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Tortilla chips
Sour cream
Chopped green onion
Lime slices

Shredded Mexican Cheeses

1. Turn crockpot onto high heat.
3. Drain and rinse white beans.

2. Add chicken breasts, chicken broth, salt, cumin, chili powder, pepper, drained beans, mexicorn (with juice), diced tomatoes (with juice) and green chiles (with juice).

3. Cook on high heat until chicken is cooked through (about 4 hours).
4. Remove chicken into separate bowl. Shred with forks. Return back to crockpot.

5. Add cream cheese (or cream cheeseS in my case occasionally hahah)
6. Let cream cheese melt into chili and stir until mixed. 
7. Mix chopped cilantro in right before serving.

8. Serve with crushed tortilla chips, 
sour cream, green onions and lime slices. 


P.S. I'm much better at updating my instagram (and instagram stories) so follow me there @britneymunday. Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 30, 2016

My Postpartum Weight Loss (Second Time Around)

It's 9 AM and my toddler is still sleeping. My 5 month old is in the bumbo next to me playing with one of those crinkly baby books. My pantry looks like something that has been raided from apocalyptic zombies so my current breakfast is diet Dr Pepper and a pack of cashews nuts from Costco.

...and now my toddler is awake shouting from the top of the stairs saying he's so hungry.

Cheerios and a capri sun it is. I tried to go grocery shopping yesterday but by the time I got everyone in the car and started driving I literally couldn't even muster up the energy to brave the grocery store with a 5 month old and 3 year old... so we had McDonalds.

Honestly, that's a lot of how our life looks these days. We are in survival mode. Before I had kids I
 always swore I'd never be one of those mom's who says they are in survival mode. "Buck up!" I'd think. But you just don't get it until you have kids yourself. So nothing but solidarity over here girlfriend. 

Having two kids has brought on a whole new set of challenges when it comes to losing the baby weight. I'm breastfeeding so I have to be very wise about my feeding intervals, I usually feed her right before I leave and then my husband will call me mid work out and say she is getting fussy. She doesn't take a bottle so I usually have to just pick up and leave once she is acting hungry.

Oh wait... Remember how I said she was sitting in the bumbo next to me? Well it sounds like Mount Saint Helens is exploding in her diaper right now... So excuse me while I go address that. 

Ok I'm back. As soon as I stood up my 3 year old yelled at me from the bathroom, "I WENT PART!!"  In case you are wondering what part means it's actually a word created by him... it stands for poo and fart. SO that little writing break was actually a TWO BUM WIPING writing break. Now that all the humans I'm responsible for have taken care of their bowels I should have some time to write.

*cracks open second diet dr pepper*

*notes that it's only 9:15 in the morning*

Ok. back to the weight loss thing. It's hard. It's hard when you have two young children who literally need you every waking minute. That being said, I feel so much better during the day when I do get to get some time to myself and work out or go to the gym. I've been trying to go in the morning before everyone wakes up, I'll feed Chloe right before and then bounce out to the gym while my husband can still be home with both of them.

I usually either walk for an hour or do the elliptical for an hour. I keep my HR lower in the fat burning zone... usually between 140 and 160. And after that I go and do some weights. On the days I make it to the gym I follow the Jamie Eason live fit lifting program. You can follow it too! I can't rave enough about it, it's great for someone who has been at the gym for years or someone who is there for their first time. Download the body space app, go to programs and add the "Jamie Eason live fit" program. It's amazing. 


Have I lost weight? Well, to put it simply last night I was scavenging through my drawers looking for a pregnancy test because it seems as if I'm GAINING WEIGHT! Ugh. To tell you the truth losing the weight right now ISN'T my top  priority right now, being able to nurse Chloe is my top priority. I've talked to a few women that have said they actually gain weight while nursing, unfortunately it seems as though I may be one of those *shakes fist at genetics*. That's ok, I'm just going to keep on working out and doing it for my WELL BEING instead of how my body looks. And if I happen to lose weight during that then that will just be a welcomed side effect. Honestly I think that's a healthier relationship to have with exercising anyway, do it because you love your body, make it a habit, and then everything else will come on it's own. 

Ya dig? I have 45 pounds to go to get back to my pre pregnancy weight... but while I'm nursing Chloe and holding on to those pounds the best thing I can do for my body (and mind) is to love my body no matter how it looks on the outside. My body is so much more valuable to me than simply something "nice" to look at. It breaths, beats and operates seamlessly. It's created two of my most treasured things in life, my children. And no matter what my body looks like, I love my body for all it has done for me.

xoxo Britney

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chloe's Birth Story

Today our little Chloe girl is one month old! To celebrate I decided to finally write out and share her birth story.

At 3 AM on May 2nd I woke up with some contractions. I timed them but they were so irregular... 3 minutes apart and then 8 minutes apart... 4 minutes then 10 minutes. I wrote it off as Braxton hicks and got into the bath to see if I could get some relief because they HURT. After sitting in the bath for a while and only having them get worse and worse I decided I needed to go in to the hospital... if nothing else I just wanted some pain relief because OUCH.

I called out to Sam and told him to call his mom. At this point it was 4:15 in the morning. We debated hard on whether or not we should call her because we felt bad about waking her up. We called her and she came over to our house to watch Jake.

I got out of the bath and threw on some mascara and foundation. As I was putting on my make up the contractions stopped and I started to worry that I had his mom coming over for nothing. His mom got here and when she came in she said, "Do you think this is the real thing?" I replied that I didn't know but if nothing else I just needed some pain relief! Sam and I headed out to the car, put our hospital bags into the car and headed on our way to the hospital. At this point I had to stop walking and close my eyes any time a contraction came.

The drive to the hospital is only 10 minutes but it seemed like FOREVER. I didn't train myself at all to deal with the pain from contractions... I should have done some hypnobirthing classes or something. That drive has never had so many turns, curves and bumps in the road. Any time I had a contraction and he turned or hit a bump in the road it made the pain even more unbearable. I almost asked him to pull over with every contraction because I couldn't take it! Literally just going around a curve in the road during a contraction made it feel like my uterus was going to fly out my side haha.

We finally got to the hospital. I had already registered because I went in at 33 weeks for some contractions (I was 38 weeks and 6 days at this point... according to ultrasound. According to the first day of my LMP I would be 37 weeks and 4 days. So who knows!). When I went in to the desk and told them I was having contractions I don't think they took me seriously. I was trying to act like I wasn't completely dying. They took FOREVER to get me into the system. And just my luck, they had transferred charting systems so I had to register all over again!

The lady was so slow. I was standing their with Sam and she was sitting in the chair with a blanket wrapped around her taking her time. She was asking me the same questions twice in a row. Do not ask a laboring woman the same questions, unless you want to agitate her even more. Eventually a contraction came while they were trying to ask me questions and they finally took me seriously. Sam had to sign whatever form they were wanting as I closed my eyes and tried to breath through the contraction. I could feel all the nurses that were sitting at the desk look at me as they realized I actually was having contractions. Haha!

At that point they brought me into the triage room to check me. They checked me and I was "A good 5 cm dilated". At that point it seemed like the nurses began to rush around a bit more and get me into the labor room. They asked me if I wanted an epidural and I was like YES.... YES PLEASE. We got into the labor room and Sam asked the nurses... "So...... are we having the baby today??" Haha! They replied yes and that it would probably be around noon. We got to the hospital at 5:15 AM and this was now probably 5:45 AM.

They got my IV started and continued to ask me the register questions. I was still having contractions and they were getting more and more intense. I asked Sam to sit next to me so I could squeeze his fingers during the contractions. I had a hold of his middle and pointer finger... after each contraction I let go and looked at his fingers. They were nearly molded together because I was squeezing so hard. Sam said to the nurses, "It's true that women develop super human strength while in labor!"

It seemed like it was taking the anesthetist FOREVER to get there to get me the epidural. Eventually they were asking me the questions and said, "Out of a 1 through 10 what would you rate your pain at right now?" I was in the middle of a contraction and with my eyes closed and face scrunched up I squeaked out, "10!" I always told my patients that a 10 pain is like having to cut off your own arm... I've never rated myself close to a 10 pain. But at this point I was definitely and confidently a 10 pain.

At that point the nurse said, "Let me go see where the anesthesiologist is" and ran outside the room. This was around 5:55 AM. The anesthesiologist came in shortly after. She had me sit on the side of the bed, legs crossed indian style, back hunched over. Getting into that position was quite the task itself! She numbed the area first and then began putting the epidural in. Somehow during this time of sitting like that I didn't get any contractions and I was so relieved, I didn't want to get a contraction while she was poking around in my spine. Yikes! She put in the needle (ouch) and felt like she was digging around side to side. "Do you feel it more on one side than the other?" she asked. "Maybe more on the right side," I replied. She repositioned the needle and then threaded the catheter through.

Once I got the epidural (about 6 AM) I was like a different person. Smiling with the nurses. Asking Sam how his fingers were. I felt great! The nurses got me settled and then left the room. Sam left the room to get a drink. While I was in the room for maybe 1 minute by myself I felt a pop and then water leak. My water broke!

Sam walked back into the room and I told him my water broke and he needed to tell the nurses. He told the nurses and they came back in. Yep it had broke. Water was clear, no meconium, so that's a good sign! At that point I was feeling a lot of pressure down there so I told them. Surprised the nurses said, "You're already feeling pressure? We might want to phone the doctor. Let me check you." While checking my cervix the nurse looked at the other nurse and said, "Yeah you might want to make that call." Then she looked at me and said, "You're dilated to an 8." This was probably 6:10 AM at this point, not even an hour since arriving at the hospital.

A couple minutes went by and I was feeling even more pressure. I told the nurse, "Sorry I'm not wanting a nurse delivery but I'm feeling even more pressure." She checked me again an I was a 10! At this point nurses began rushing in with delivery carts. "Is the doctor here yet? Wheres the doctor?" I could here nurses shouting. My nurses said, "Well I'm going to put some gloves on in case I need to deliver this baby." They put my legs straight in the bed, I imagine to try and slow everything down. Twice I had to ask the nurse if she was coming out because it felt like it, she peaked under and said she wasn't crowning yet. The doctor got there at about 6:20 AM and hurry and gowned and gloved up. "K lets have this baby!" he said. As I was pushing I could hear the nurses and doctor saying, "This is going to be a big baby!" I was feeling so much pain "down there"... I didn't feel any contraction pain but "down there" I swear I felt nearly everything!

Maybe this is TMI but when you're giving birth the doctor will pull on certain "areas" (if you know what I mean) to stretch it out for the baby to come out. To put it into perspective I could feel so much down there that I could feel them pulling on those "areas"!!

I pushed through three contractions and then she was here! 6:34 AM and she was here. Only an hour and 20 minutes from when we arrived to the hospital! I was so exhausted from the pain when she arrived that my eyes were closed and I had to tell myself, "Open your eyes, she's here!" They laid her on my chest and it was love at first sight. She was beautiful! I looked up at Sam and he was smiling ear to ear. With his eyes glistening he said, "She's beautiful". I
never want to forget the look on Sam's face at this moment, it's something I'll always treasure.

She didn't cry too much when she was born, I remember asking the nurses if she was crying enough and they replied that she was. Her apgars were 8 and 9 which is great. I helped wipe her off as she as laying on my chest, she had a lot of vernix on her. My nurse said to the other nurses something about how you could tell I was a nurse in that area because I was helping wipe off and stimulate my own baby. The doctor clamped her cord (which he said was short) and Sam cut the cord. They asked if they could weight her to which I happily obliged. I wanted to know how much baby I had been carrying around all this time!

They put her on the scale... 9 lbs and 1 oz. What?! Jake was 8 lbs 4 oz at 38 weeks but I didn't imagine that she would weigh that much! I was proud of myself for carrying around and giving birth to a baby that big... and so quickly! They measured her and she was 19.5 inches (at her two week appointment she was 21.25 inches so I'm not sure how accurate her initial measurement was!)

They sat her back on my chest and she was wide awake. She was lifting up her head! I couldn't believe how strong she was. What newly born baby can lift their head like that?! Immediately she wanted to eat and she latched on great. I was so grateful, I had prayed to have a successful breastfeeding experience because it was such a struggle with Jake. Sam was anxious to hold her so he held her and then we did skin to skin for the first two hours and then they moved us down to our postpartum room.

We had our visitors come at around 9:30 AM or so. Sam's mom brought Jake and he was so excited to see her. Video below!

Recovery this time around was so much easier than the first time. I don't know if it's because my labor was so fast or just because my body had already done it before! I felt back to normal almost immediately after giving birth!

She's been a little angel baby and we are smitten with her. It's amazing how your whole life can change in just one second. I call her my baby doll because all she wants to do is eat and sleep. She gained weight like crazy... 3 weeks after being born she was 11 lbs 3 oz!

We are so in love with her. After all the time we waited for her, she was definitely worth the wait. I'm loving being a mama of two. I know I don't update here all too often but I'm good at updating our instagram... so if you'd like to follow closer follow us on there at @britneymunday.

Hope you enjoyed our birth story!

XOXO Britney Munday

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easy and Healthy Pasta Meat Sauce

This is one of my dad's favorite spaghetti sauces... Made healthy(er). He calls it the Thurl Bailey spaghetti sauce (Thurl Bailey is a former NBA jazz player). Legend has it (so my dad says) that Thurl had to take care of his younger siblings a lot... One day they didn't have anything to cook for dinner so Thurl threw this spaghetti sauce together based off of things they had in the house.

Usually it's made with red meat... But to try and make it healthier I switched it out with lean ground turkey. 

I feel scared throwing around the term "healthy" anymore because I know there is someone out there who is going to read this and say, "HEALTHY?! This should be made with your home grown tomatoes and spices straight out of your garden... You used something canned?! Are you trying to give yourself botulism?!"

Hahah! So here's my take on that, any recipe I share with you I try and keep it within the categories of healthy, easy, and also pleases to the masses. If it's not damaging to you and your kids want to eat it... We're onto something. Ya dig? Good? Good.

So right now I'm working on making myself some meals for once I have this baby. So I'm doubling all my recipes and then throwing the extra in Tupperware in the freezer. Then... Once I'm in my postpartum zombified state I can just pull it out of the freezer, heat it up, boil some spaghetti and feed us all. Yahoo.

The recipe readily feeds four adults. If you are postpartum meal prepping (like me) I'll put the doubled measurements in parenthesis to the side.

1 lb lean ground turkey (or 2 lbs)
1 can hormel no bean chilli (or 2 cans)
1 bottle of roasted garlic prego spaghetti sauce (or 2 bottles)  
1 green pepper (or 2 green peppers)
1 medium sized yellow onion (or two yellow  onions)
2 tsp oregano (or 4 tsp oregano)
Salt and pepper
(Optional) sliced mushrooms

1. On stovetop, oil pan and begun heating over medium heat. Add ground turkey, sprinkle salt (just a tsp or so) and pepper over it, add oregano. 
2. With spoon break up turkey into smaller pieces as it browns. 
3. Chop onion and green pepper.
4. Once meat is mostly brown, add pepper and onion and cover.
5. Continue cooking and stiring over medium heat until green pepper and onion pieces are beginning to soften.
6. Add chilli and spaghetti sauce then let simmer over low heat. If you are adding mushrooms add at this point. I let it simmer for at least 20 minutes so the flavors can soak into each other.
7. Serve with your favorite spaghetti. I used regular spaghetti but a healthier option would have been whole wheat pasta or quinoa pasta (<--- still needing to try that!)
8. Enjoy!

As I prepare my freezer postpartum meals I'll be sharing the recipes with you, be on the lookout! I made some cream cheese chicken enchiladas the other day that were delectable... I'll be sharing that recipe soon!

Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo Britney 
Instagram: @britneymunday

Saturday, April 2, 2016

12 Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is hard for me... especially the first and last trimester! In all seriousness I do love being pregnant... I just hate the symptoms I get while pregnant. Does that make sense? Heartburn? Not my favorite. Swelling? I'll pass. Pubis symphysis dysfunction? Yeahhhh no. Dancing around the border of weighing 200 lbs? No thanks!

It would be awesome if I could say I felt most sexy while pregnant... But being true to myself... I can't say that. I can't lie, it is nice that I get to have 9 months where I don't have to suck in my gut anymore *fist pump* but I'm not shopping around for someone to take some pregnancy boudoir photos for me. 😂

Now that I'm nearing completing my second pregnancy I've developed some tips of the trade that help me not be quite as miserable. Tips that I wish I knew the first time around... So here we go:

1. Forget the pants:

K... Well I mean still wear pants. But VERY STRETCHY ones. Maternity jeans? Not my thing. Trying to continue fitting in my non pregnant jeans? DEFINITELY not my thing. <<< why do women do that?! So uncomfortable! Noooo thanks.

Stick to the stretchy stuff. I'm talking maternity jeggings.  Ohhhh yeah. They actually stay up over your bump and you're not pulling at the jean legs every 2.7 seconds because they're falling down. My favorite this pregnancy have been these ones from motherhood maternity. I started the pregnancy with a size small but I could (and should) happily get a medium now.

I had maternity jeans at the beginning of this pregnancy... And while they were nice for a bit... They got to the point where even shoving my legs into those restricting leg holes was an experience worthy of an emotional breakdown. Don't do that to yourself... Love yourself. 

2. Stretchy dresses are your friend.

Why shove your legs into jeans when you can slide a nice stretchy dress over your body. Dresses are much more Christ like than jeans... And when I say that I mean dresses forgive and forget that double chocolate whipped whip cream milkshake (with fries 🙌🏼) much easier than jeans. Jeans are grudge holders, forget them. They're not your real friend anymore. Maybe in due time (with some counseling) you can reconcile that friendship but now is not that time. Trust me, it's for the better.

Moving on!

Give or a "midi dress" search and you'll see what I'm talking about. All the good stuff. You don't even need to necessarily buy maternity dresses... Just get a bigger size than what you'd normally buy.

3. Don't stress the scale

My scale broke the other day... And I'm nearly convinced it was divine intervention from the man upstairs. At 34 weeks I'm dancing on the border of 200 pounds and what pregnant woman needs to stress about that. NO ONE! 

4. Passive aggressively post this meme to all your social media:
 Hopefully your great aunt twice removed will pick up the hint!

5. Backhand all those who make comments about your size.

"Wow you still have 10 more weeks to go?!"
(Back hand)

"You must be carrying twins."
(Back hand)

"I can tell your pregnant by the way your face looks."
(Back hand)

"Wow that woman is due the same time as you and you can't even tell she's pregnant!"
(Back hand)

"You look way better this pregnancy than your last pregnancy!" Creative, a compliment and insult at the same time!
(Back hand)

6. Invest in nightgowns: 

I got these nightgowns from lands end at the beginning of my pregnancy and I love them. Let me tell you why...
  • You don't have to rummage through drawers to find shorts that slide over you're growing badonk.
  • You can finally throw away that ugly shirt from the 5K race you did 8 years ago.
  • Like dresses, nightgowns don't judge. Nightgowns love your baby growing bod.
  • It's only one piece to find to put on... Instead of two. At this point in pregnancy it's all about simplicity. 

7. If someone makes a comment about how much you're eating throw them this look: 

8. Prepare your nursery before third trimester fatigue kicks in.

VITAL. I wasn't prepared to be so tired again the third trimester... The fatigue has been as bad as the first trimester. So take advantage of that energy kick in the second trimester!

I prepared the nursery between weeks 27 and 30... And I'm so glad I did because now I'm well into the third trimester I have not had the energy to do anything sense!

9. Even if you don't feel sexy, let yourself love your body:

Pregnancy body image can be a real struggle for me... Even when I'm eating healthy and staying active I've learned I still balloon up, it's how my body handles pregnancy. And guess what, that's FINE. My body knows what it's doing!

The way I've learned to accept my changing body in a few ways:
  • Realizing that this change is temporary and not permanent.
  • Thinking about my body as the vessel to grow a healthy baby and get her here safe and sound
  • Brush off comments about my size
  • Invest in clothes that aren't restrictive
  • Committing to lose the weight once I've adjusted to the new baby (for me that adjustment probably won't be until 3 months out or so... No stress!)

10. Acknowledge if you're feeling depressed:

Getting to the heavy stuff now. Acknowledge how you're feeling and talk to your doctor. To have a healthy baby you must first have a healthy mom. Some women never have depression until pregnant and/or postpartum... Don't let it go untreated. Talk to your doctor about your feeling and possible treatment and/or counseling options.

11. Don't compare yourself to other girls:

No two bodies are alike. While Jane may be able to get through her pregnancy eating like a high school teenage boy, gaining minimal weight and losing it within two weeks... Alice on the other hand will eat like a high school teenage boy, gain 60 pounds, and spend the next year losing it with strict diet and exercise. 

I'm Alice by the way. 👋🏼


Remember that even though pregnancy symptoms aren't always rainbows and butterflies... Keep your eye on the prize... The prize being that precious little new family member you're bringing into the world.

When we were struggling to get pregnant with this baby I would think to myself I would do anything... ANYTHING... To be standing in the mirror rubbing a baby bump. I'll never take the gift of pregnancy for granted. 

It's a short 9 months for an eternity of another best friend, and gosh darn it... It's worth it. 

Xoxo Britney
Instagram: @britneymunday

P.S. If you're still in the market for an owlet baby monitor my code for $25 off is still valid. Click here and it will automatically apply the discount to your cart. Don't know what the owlet monitor is? Check out this post for more information. It's my must have this pregnancy! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

List of Newborn Essentials (and 25 dollars off an Owlet monitor!)

As a second time mom you really have gathered some wisdom about what works for you and what doesn't. What you should splurge on, what you should save on, and what you should not even bother with!

Here is a list of essentials that are not only for baby, but for momma too! This time around I'm all about being prepared. After having a baby you are so exhausted, I want to be prepared for everything and anything because honestly I probably won't be getting out of the house for like two weeks. Not even joking!

1. Solly Baby Wrap: I never ended up getting a wrap with Jake... but I can totally appreciate baby wearing now that I will have two kids. The idea of having my hands free so I can help Jake AND do things around the house (or anything for that matter) is super appealing! I know Jake will be totally obsessed with her... which will be adorable but will also mean if I turn my back for a second he will be picking her up in who knows what manner. Also I'm super paranoid about people sticking their dirty germy fingers near newborns mouths (why do they do that?! Shhhhtop it!) so I've noticed that when mama's are baby wearing people just recognize that as baby/mama time and don't feel the need to do that. Win win! At $65.00 it is admittedly a steeper essential for me, but to me it's about quality. I'm going to get the grey and white stripe one as seen over here ----> so it's gender neutral and I will be able to use it with all of my babies. I've decided to get the wrap for the convenience of it, BUT there are also many benefits of baby wearing for mom AND baby.  Both physically and emotionally!

2. Owlet baby monitor: As a former mother/baby nurse this is one product that I am so passionate every newborn should have, even while they are in the hospital! This is a new baby monitor that monitors your newborn's heart rate and oxygenation level. It uses hospital technology to monitor baby's breathing and is designed to alert you if something is outside of normal levels. The sock is a pulse oximeter (same that they use in the hospital) with two velcro straps that keep it on your baby's foot. The "sock" transfers your newborns data to both the base unit and your phone. I love that it transfers to the base unit and your phone because then if you put baby down for a nap you can be away from the base unit with peace of mind that your baby is sleeping soundly and safely.

I remember being so paranoid with Jake about him sleeping. If he slept through the whole night I would wake up in a panic... is he ok? Why is he still asleep?! The owlet monitor silently watches over your baby to give you peace of mind and MAYBE a full night's sleep. ;)

I remember when I was a new nurse on the mother/baby floor we had a dad run into the hallway with his brand-new newborn... I looked at the newborn and he was blue and dusky. We called a code and ran into the room and began stimulating the newborn (rubbing it's back vigorously to stimulate him to breath) and suctioning his nose and mouth. The newborn began to breath and pink up and then we sent him into the nursery to be monitored. Ever since that incident I have become so paranoid about those situations. Can you imagine if your newborn was to stop breathing at home? Not only while around you but when you've put him/her down to sleep? Literally a parents worst nightmare. You can never put a price on your child's safety.

On that note, I have never seen the Owlet baby monitors go on any kind of sale BUT I do have a link which enables you to get $25 dollars off the purchase of your monitor. If you click here it will bring you to the shopping cart with the 25 dollars off automatically applied. Make sure to share to share the link with all of your expecting friends!

Have more questions about the monitor? Refer to this video below!

3. Nursing Gown: Note to first time moms, do not bother wearing a cute hospital gown DURING your delivery. There's a lot of stuff that gets... everywhere. And when I say stuff I mean... blood, vernix, poop sometimes?! Just being honest guys! As a nurse on that unit I recommend wearing the actual hospital gown during your delivery because then you can just take it off and they bleach the heck out of it. Once you have delivered and get to get cleaned up, change into a cute nursing gown! I've done some looking around and these nursing kaftans are some of my favorite ones I've come across. I have ordered one and am waiting to receive it... but they have a lot of good reviews on easy so I can't imagine I'll be disappointed! When you and your new babe are trying to master breastfeeding easy access to the "goods" is crucial... I'm so excited to have a robe like this this time around!

I also have purchased this robe below and it's a good one! I got the purple. It's an instant confidence booster... so sleek!

4. Blooming Baby Bath: When Jake was a newborn we had one of those big bulky baby baths. We would set it up on the counter, fill it up, and put him in it. I can't imagine it was comfortable for him, plus it was a pain and a mess! Storing it was a annoying because it was so big and bulky. I came across these blooming baby baths and I'm obsessed with them. Genius! You just put it in your kitchen sink and then bathe baby, how easy is that? And comfortable!

5. Ergo Nursing Pillow: I'm sure you've heard of the Boppy nursing pillow, this pillow is similar but designed to tilt baby skin to skin with momma, which is super beneficial for effective breastfeeding. I asked my friend who is a lactation nurse (on instagram @lactationlink) which pillow she thought was the best and she loves this one the most! First time mamas, you will want a good nursing pillow because it saves you from back pain from hunching over! The one I got for Jake was a knock off boppy and I hardly used it because it would go so flat, this is one thing I'm planning on splurging on!

6. Covered Goods Nursing Cover: This cover is awesome because it offers 360 coverage AND triples as a carseat cover AND shopping cart cover! With Jake I had one of those bib nursing covers and it was a joke... no one wants side boob hanging out! With this cover even the most private mama would feel more comfortable nursing in public, because no one knows! It looks like a baggy shirt. I got the black and white stripe one, but they have lots of cute gender neutral options!

7. Portable Bassinet: A bassinet is another thing you can get sucked into thinking you need to spend a lot of money on. Trust me mama, you don't need that 700 dollar one from West Elm! We found that a big bassinet was a pain in more ways than one, it's bulky to store AND whenever you go out of town you feel like you need to bring the big bassinet! I don't know about you but when Jake was a newborn there was no way I was going to get him to sleep in a big empty pack and play. That's why I love this bassinet, it collapses down and is easy to store and move! Want to go on a road trip? No worries where baby will sleep, just fold it down! Sure it's not the cutest most trendy looking bassinet ever.... but it's definitely the most functional!
Those are just a few of my essentials this time around, I probably have quite a few more I could add! 29 weeks today and I'm all about getting everything ready now. My hips have been hurting pretty bad and I get fatigued easily so I don't want to put it off and then be completely overwhelmed. Plus it helps to spread the cost out of these things week by week instead of all at once, your husband will thank you for that... haha!

Hope you enjoyed!

XOXO Britney Munday
Instagram: @BritneyMunday

Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Keep Your Toddler Entertained on a Flight

Living in Utah during the winter you really start to crave sunlight and warmth. I mean, you get to January and you're begging to have a day that's 40 degrees with sunlight. My family has a timeshare on the Big Island of Hawaii so we ended up flying their this January. So many things to talk about!

So we brought Jake with us and I was so nervous for the plane ride with a toddler. The first flight to LA went by super quick and Jake loved being on the plane. The next plane ride was 6 hours so I had a whole activity bag packed for him. I downloaded a few movies and TV episodes on my iPhone (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates-- his favorites!). And then I got a few little presents (most of them from the dollar store) and wrapped them all. I used them as leverage every hour or so. "If you're a good boy you get to open this next present!" No shame with that stuff when you're stuffed on a full plane for 6 hours!

The toys that held the most attention were playdoh and the Melissa and Doug "Wow Water" notebooks. The notebooks come with a paint brush that you fill with water, when they paint the water on the notebook it brings out all the colors. Mess free and AMAZING! I found mine at Target but you can also order them on Amazon.

The other key to keeping your toddler busy is movies, and their favorites! We brought a portable DVD player and brought Frozen, the Lorax, and Wreck it Ralph. Make sure that you charge the DVD  player full charge and that you bring headphones that will fit their little ears. If you have a iPad available for them to use that would be even better, just download the movies and remember you don't have WIFI while flying over the ocean!

Jake ended up using our Dre Beats... (spoiled toddler!) just because those are the only ones that would fit him. Next time I will just order some kids headphones off of amazon before we go.

We brought lots of his favorite snacks... goldfish and even fresh blueberries and raspberries. I rinsed them before we went and packed them in my carry on in a clear tubberware (TSA rules). On the second flight he downed the berries and passed out for a little nap.

Before the flight I talked with Jake a lot about what the plane ride was going to be like. I made sure it was clear we were going to have to sit for a LONG long time, that we were going to have to be quiet on the plane (no screaming or crying) and that we were going to have fun watching movies during those 6 hours.

Word of advice before you try making your child sleep with benadryl, sometimes it will make it so they become MORE hyper! You don't want an agitated hyper toddler on a 6 hour flight.

So in summary, here is what you need.
  • favorite snacks
  • sippy
  • favorite movies
  • play doh
  • melissa and doug wow water
  • and small wrapped toys from the dollar store
No matter what, taking a toddler on a long plane ride is completely intimidating... but being well prepared can help decrease the amount of stress! And then you ends up with some amazing memories. Here is our family video of the trip!

Do you have any tips you could add to this list? What has helped you? Tell us in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Britney Munday
Instagram: @Britneymunda

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why My Pregnancy Weight Gain Isn't a Burden

I'll never forget the day a random stranger at the vet asked me when I was due and if I was having twins. And then readily spoke of her shock that I was only pregnant with one and 32 weeks. Dear me... When I was pregnant with my first I felt HUGE. I felt like I wasn't even in my body anymore... It was like an out of body experience. Where did my body go? I was familiar with my fit 5'11" 130 pound frame... and now I was walking around in a 200 pound body I didn't recognize. I resented my pregnancy weight gain. I loathed my pregnancy weight gain.

My first pregnancy I wasn't working out consistently at the time I got pregnant so I was afraid to start up a regular exercise routine again. I've been extremely active all my life... running a few half marathons a year, working out 4 to 5 days a week, eating healthy. When I got pregnant all that changed and my body reacted as it should. Turns out I DO gain weight if I stop working out and eat sugary, fried foods. Shocking I know.

With my first pregnancy I spent so much time consumed by how much weight I had gained. I wasn't able to enjoy my newborn baby as much as I could have because I was so frantic over this unfamiliar gut that was hanging over my sweatpants... how my thighs chaffed together when I walked... the blubber hanging off my arm... how the excess fat on my cheeks made my eyes so squinty when I smiled.

As some of you may know, this is why I initially started my blog. To document losing that baby weight. I'm so glad I did because it helped hold me accountable to lose the weight and live a higher level of health. We should always strive to be as healthy as possible!

If you've followed me through it all... you may remember with my SECOND pregnancy (I'm on my third) I was a pregnancy fitness enthusiast. I was determined to stay perfectly in shape my whole pregnancy. Work out every morning, eat healthy, lift weights... I was so focused on staying in the best shape throughout those 9 months. And then at 14 weeks we got the news that baby had trisomy 18 and he no longer had a heartbeat.

As you can imagine, losing a pregnancy felt so much worse than gaining too much weight during a pregnancy. So much worse. Suddenly the idea of staying in perfect shape during my pregnancy seemed like such a trivial concern in comparison to what we now were going through.

After losing our second baby we kept trying to get Jake a sibling... and trying... and trying. Every month was an emotional roller coaster. Are we pregnant? I'm late! I think I'm pregnant! No love you don't understand, I'm like 90% sure I'm pregnant.

And then I wouldn't be pregnant. Time and time again. This went on for another 9 months until we got that positive we had been seeking for. Over a year after initially deciding to try and get Jake a sibling.

Those experiences shaped me... and made me view pregnancy weight gain completely differently. I got pregnant with Jake after the first month of trying, I think I may have took it for granted. 

But now, after losing a pregnancy and taking awhile to get pregnant the second time... I have a completely different outlook. I'm not scared of pregnancy weight at all. I don't view it as a burden...

I view it is a blessing

We have been blessed with the ability to be able to carry life!! How amazing is that! And not only carry life, we are carrying a healthy baby who is gaining weight and thriving. How can I complain about such a small and trivial thing like gaining weight during pregnancy, when women are trying for years and years to be able to do just that! 

Pregnancy weight gain is such a temporary sacrifice for infinite gain. I would gain 70 pounds and lose it over and over again if that's all I had to do to bring a healthy baby into this world, they are worth every ounce of those fat cells. Every ounce of cellulite thighs, flabby arms, and cottage cheese on your behind. Every squinty eye, round face, photo that is taken of you. Every comment from a sweet elderly man asking if you "have twins in there". Nothing will be a bigger blessing in your life than that little soul growing in you.

Pregnancy weight gain is not a burden to me, because I'm doing my best to be healthy while pregnant, as we all should! I'm eating as healthy as I can manage and I'm working out as often as situation permits. And guess what, this pregnancy I haven't even been STEPPING on a scale. Except at the doctors, and when that happens I look away.

Why? Because that's not important to me. Weight is not important to me. This time around I have vowed to do my best to enjoy all of pregnancy (ok, that first trimester sickness thing was real hard I admit) but I'm not going to let my fears of "looking like a whale" take away from fully enjoying every moment of this blessing growing inside of me. I waited so long to feel these little kicks, they are worth every other unpleasant pregnancy symptom.

And guess what, I'm healthy. I'm still working out and trying to not eat ice-cream everyday. If extra weight finds it's way onto my body you won't find me stressing about it, I've lost it before and I'll lose it again. Carrying this tiny soul is worth it all.

So grow baby grow. I'm honored that my body is the vessel that will carry you and bring you to earth with your forever family. We can't wait to meet you. I have the whole rest of my life to be thin, but only 9 months to carry the blessing that is you.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Family Christmas (YouTube) Videos

Lately I've started loving making family home videos through iMovie. It might be my "thing" now... I always loved watching home videos as a kid. But NOW we have the ability to cut the clips and add it to music... love it!

For Christmas we went up to my in laws cabin outside of Park City, Utah and then we drove up to my parents house. My camera ran out of memory space so I didn't get everything up at my parents but I worked with what I had... my favorite part on the Wheelwright video is when I wake up Jake and tell Jake santa came. His little voice makes my heart melt!

Here are the videos!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed lots of goodies! I saw a meme the other day that said "People worry so much about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year... what they should worry about is what they eat New Year's between Christmas!" 

Ain't that the truth!

XOXO Britney
Instagram: @Britneymunday

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths

When I think of Christmas THIS is the taste that comes to mind. I could eat the whole batch. I have eaten the whole batch... But that's a story for another time. Let's just keep that between me and you!

This recipe comes from my Swedish grandma farmor... And I believe she got it from my grandpas side of the family.

5 cups of corn flakes
10 oz bag of Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp green food coloring
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. In a large pan combine butter and marshmallows over low heat.
2. Stir frequently until marshmallows are melted (don't be tempted to turn the heat up... They'll burn and make the treats hard once they cool!)
3. Stir in green food color and vanilla .
4. Stir in corn flakes with spatula. Stir and flip until corn flakes are completely covered with mixture. Stir until marshmallow mixture begins going "stringy" while you stir.
5. On parchment paper (wax paper) drop and form small "wreaths". You should get at least 20 out of this recipe... If not more.
6. Cut hot tamales in half (or you can use red hots... I prefer cutting hot tamales so my teeth don't break haha!)
7. Place halved hot tamales on wreaths as "ornaments".
8. Let cool and enjoy!

These Christmas recipes are some that have been passed down through my family for years, so I wanted to share them with you! I'll also be posting a recipe for some Swedish chewy toffee... So stay tuned! 

Xoxo Britney Munday
Instagram: @britneymunday