Category: Life

If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m just going to try harder

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February 24, 2014

Time does seem to fly! I am so excited to sit down and write this entry today. I am excited just to write. It always helps to clear my head.

The quote in the beginning of this article is my favorite! I use it with my students all the time. After reading this article, you will see how it is important in your life as well!

I came across this post the other day on a friends newsfeed and I was compelled to read it. The title “I Didn’t Breastfeed My Daughter” popped out at me and I was drawn to the page for one single reason: My breastfeeding experience was the worst! Now , I know, many of you are shaking their heads, especially those of you who are La Leche League members.  However, hold your opinions until after you have read my thoughts. The author of the post I read spoke about how she tried but her daughter would not latch on at all. She was thrown many comments from other people and given stares of horror as she gave her daughter a bottle. I let out many gasps as I read this article.

I was in the same boat over a year ago. My son had very minor complications when he was born and I did not see him for over 12 hours after he was born. As soon as I saw him I went right into doing what a mom is “suppose” to do: breastfeed. I had read so many books about this topic that as far as I had known, it was suppose to be extremely natural. Well, wasn’t it a big shock when my son would not latch. After so many attempts, a nurse had suggested that if I really wanted my son to get breast milk, why don’t I try pumping. So, there I was, hooked up to this device that made me seem very much like a milking cow. However, I did produce some milk and my son got this through a bottle. That was my first of a long line of pumpings.

In the days following my son’s birth, my husband and I sat with lactation consultants and countless nurses who tried so hard to get my son to latch. I slowly came to the realization that pumping was going to be my best bet.  On the night before my son and I were to be discharged, a middle aged nurse came into my room and saw me pumping. She looked at me with disgust in her face and said “Would you like me to come back later and show you how to really breastfeed?”. I politely said, “Sure! Thank you!” and she left. About 3 hours later she came back and I was pumping again and she said with both hatred and sarcasm in her voice, ” Well, obviously you aren’t going to breastfeed. Why don’t you just stop doing that and give him formula?”. I tried to explain that my son wouldn’t latch and I was trying my best to give him my milk. She shook her head and in so many words said that I was doing an awful injustice to my son and that I wouldn’t last a week pumping. She left the room and I cried my eyes out. I thought my husband was going to go say something to her  (but he hugged me instead 😉 ).

I left the hospital and made a vow to myself that I would show that lady a thing or two. I wound up pumping for 6 months. I dreaded every moment I sat in front of that torture chamber (as I so fondly referred to my pump), but I did it every 3 hours. I never have forgotten that nurse and I thought of her each time I pumped. And I had a huge smile every time I would produce an over abundance of milk!

I do want to point out that I do not hate nurses. I think that they are amazing people who perform amazing duties every day.  This one particular nurse I had just had an awful personality with an even worse bedside manner. They do say what goes around, comes around.  In this nurse’s case, I hope it is not when she is in a similar position as mine.

To end this, I want to give a shout out to all of you who nurse for years, months, weeks, days, minutes,  or seconds, and to those of you decide to go straight to formula. You are all super moms and deserve nothing but love and support. We are all in this together and should not be putting each down. Before I had my son, someone gave me great advice about being a mom: Don’t listen to any advice. Do whatever is good for you. It is so true! You do you. And don’t let anyone tell you any different.

What is your opinion on this? Comment below.

You can also contact me at themrszfiles@gmail.com .

Just a little help from my (coupon) friends

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February 18, 2014

I wanted to pass on another cool idea! I know I enjoy buying natural foods in the store. However, it can be costly. It is not cheap buying healthy. There have been many times where I pass up an item because, in my mind, it was way too expensive.

Then I was watching Extreme Couponing on TLC a few months back. Yes, I am a huge TLC fan. The shows will probably rot my brain but I love all of those cheesy shows! Back to Extreme Couponing. There was one woman who loved to buy healthy foods as well. She had the best advice ever. If you look at the back of the package of food, the company usually gives you a phone number to call for questions or comments. She claimed that if you call the company, you can ask for coupons. Well, I had to try it. So, one day I took out some of the products we bought often. At the time my son was on pureed foods and he was eating the Earth’s Best brand. I dialed up the 800 number and said how my son loves their food and asked if they offer coupons. The woman said of course and asked for my address. Since it was so easy, I called up several other companies and went through the same process.

Two weeks later my mailbox was flooded with coupons from the companies! Some places sent three or four coupons! Then others only sent one. It didn’t bother me at all. To me, it was a gold mine! I now call up every few weeks for coupons to brands that don’t normally offer coupons in the local newspaper. I don’t know how long they will keep sending them or if they track how often you call and put a limit on how many coupons one customer can receive. I will keep trying, though!

It really is a great feeling knowing you can eat healthy and save money at the same time! Hope you enjoy the idea!

Do any of you have cost saving tips for eating healthy? Or just plain old cost saving tips? Comment below! :)

Never pass up a super avocado sale again!

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February 11, 2014

Today is all about avocados. A few months ago I was at the grocery store and I saw avocados on sale for 4 at $5. This is an extremely great price since I have never seen an avocado for less than $0.99 near my home.  I was disappointed when all of the avocados were hard as a rock. I was going to pass them up, as I usually do when avocados are hard. This time, however, I reached for my phone and researched how to ripen an avocado.

It seemed really easy. You take the avocados and place them in a brown paper bag and close the top. Then place the bag in a cool, dark place (such as a kitchen cabinet). The website said that within 48 to 72 hours, the avocados should be soft and ready to eat. I took the bait and bought the rock hard avocados. When I got home I placed them in a brown bag and put them in a closet. I checked them the next day and they were still hard. I was starting to doubt the technique. However, when I checked at the 48 hour mark, the avocados were starting to feel soft. Not the entire avocado but it was softer then when I bought it. On the third day I checked them and, lo and behold, I had 4 ripe avocados! I was so excited! It was like I struck gold. The same website also said that if avocados are soft in the store, it means that they have been off of the tree for awhile and are not fresh. If they are hard, it means the avocados are fresh  and newly picked. You learn something new every day.

The day before Super Bowl Sunday, I was at Costco and I saw a package of 6 avocados for $4.99. That is less than $1 an avocado! I could not leave without buying them, even though they were hard.  A woman who was standing next to me asked me if I was going to buy them since they were so hard. I said yes and told her about my newly learned trick. I also told her that they would not be ripe the next day if she wanted to make guacamole for Super Bowl Sunday. She said she was going to buy them anyway and try it. I wish I could have been there when she found 6 ripe avocados three days later!!

You can also use this trick with bananas! I will never pass up a great bargain on avocados (or bananas) ever again! I hope you enjoy!

Here is a recipe for guacamole if you are interested!

P.S. If you put a banana in the bag with the avocados, it will speed up the process. I haven’t tried it yet but I have researched some more and people claim it works. Give it a try!