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Gia Canali’s Painted Pop Photos

photo credit: Gia Canali Photography

So, last month I posted a photo on my Instagram with some new art in the background. Instantly, I was receiving comments and questions about where I purchased the adorable pop-style photos of Brooks and Scarlett.

Well, I won’t keep the secret any longer. My photographer, Gia Canali, actually made this adorable piece. I know, right!? I’m obsessed. While it may look like it’s painted on, it’s actually the real photo–just blown up. Gia then uses gouache to carefully paint around the edges. It adds some texture and depth that you don’t get with just a standard screen print.

I finally convinced Gia she needs to do this as a side business. It’s that good! See below for a mini Q&A + how to get your own. They also make a PERFECT gift!

How long does the process take?

The first thing we need is a great photo, so making one can take a bit of time if you don’t have one already.  Then getting a great print can take a couple of days.  The painting varies depending on the size of the print, how detailed the edges are, and whether or not I need to mix a custom color.  Even a small work with a relatively simple edge lines will take several hours.  The big ones take a lot longer! I have to be really patient when I’m painting, but it’s fun work.  

What photos work best for the pop art?

Photos with really bright backgrounds work great for this process.  It could be a portrait on a white backdrop or a snapshot at the beach.  

What photos don’t work so well?

Steer clear of photos with a lot of clutter.

For more information + pricing, contact Gia at gia@giacanali.com

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Watch: My Newborn Must Haves

There are a lot of baby products on the market these days. You don’t need everything, but it’s hard to decide which products you’ll really use and which ones you won’t. That’s why I decided to share my newborn must-haves with you!

These are the products that are my must-haves since Baby Grey was born (and some of these I have used with my other kids, too!) Watch the video below and let me know which products you love for your babies:

1. Baby 411 by Denise Fields & Ari Brown  // 2. Natursutten Glass Baby Bottles // 3. Frida Baby Kit // 4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Body Wash & Shampoo // 5. Baby Connect App // 6. Erbaviva Baby Organic Lip & Cheek Balm // 7. Frida Baby NailFrida Nail Care Set // 8. Yema Baby Carrier // 9. Coveted Things Swaddles // 10. Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub // 11. Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper 

For more of my motherhood tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

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12 Girl Power Books To Read With Your Daughter

Happy Women’s History Month! I strongly believe it’s important to teach our little girls to be strong and independent…even from a young age. My momma taught me and I’m definitely passing along those same sentiments to Scarlett.

In honor of those women of our past who broke molds and stood strong, here are some books to instill those same qualities during your mother/daughter reading time:
1. Grace For President by Kelly S. DePucchio

 

Description:

“Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first.  And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election!    Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

2. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, & Explorers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

 

Description:

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

3. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

 

Description:

From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when Audrey Hepburn starred in a movie, she lit up the screen. Her unique sense of fashion, her grace, and, most important, her spirit made her beloved by generations. But her life offscreen was even more luminous. As a little girl growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, she learned early on that true kindness is the greatest measure of a person—and it was a lesson she embodied as she became one of the first actresses to use her celebrity to shine a light on the impoverished children of the world through her work with UNICEF.

4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

 

Description:

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

5. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama

 

Description:

Barack Obama’s moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.

6. Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viva

 

Description:

Young Charlotte is a filmmaker who loves everything that’s black and white, including spiders, penguins, and the old movies that she sees with her dad at the Golden Theatre (where the floors are sticky). With her camera at the ready wherever she goes, she finds inspiration for movies everywhere she looks. But when her colorful parents and colorful classmates just don’t “get” her, she’s ready to give up—until a lucky encounter with a film curator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York changes her perspective. Inspired by the films she sees at MoMA and stories of other pioneering directors, Charlotte gets to work. And it’s hard work! But when her movie finally premieres at the Museum, Charlotte is thrilled to be doing exactly what she loves best.

7. Little People, Big Dreams: Marie Curie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Description:

This book follows Marie Curie, whose love of learning helped her to revolutionize the fight against cancer with her discovery of radium and polonium. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Marie’s life at the back.

8. Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey

 

Description:

Did you know that one of America’s favorite songs, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” was written about a girl? And that in the 1940s girls all across America were crazy for our country’s favorite game?

These little known facts inspired Shana Corey to imagine a story about how one determined girl made her way to the big leagues & found a sisterhood of players in pigtails. With the same exuberant spirit that fueled the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, joyful text & jubilant pictures celebrate these brave girls’ love of the game & the league they called their own.

9. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

 

Description:

Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

10. Violet The Pilot by Steve Breen

 

Description:

By the time she’s two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she’s building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she’s capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

11. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer by Shana Corey & Chelsey McLaren

 

Description:

Amelia Bloomer, a rebellious reformer and early women’s rights activist, invented bloomers (baggy pantaloons worn with a short skirt over them), thus liberating women from the dangerous and oppressive clothing of the mid-nineteenth century. Here is her story, told in buoyant, witty text and beautiful, high styled-illustrations.

12. Not All Princesses Dress In Pink by Heidi E.Y Stemple & Jane Yolen

 

Description:

Princesses come in all kinds. These charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.

Looking for more fun books to read with your Daughter? Check out Scarlett’s reading list here

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My Favorite Beauty Trends From Fashion Week

photo credit: Into The Gloss

I love experimenting with beauty. Every year during Fashion Week, I look forward to seeing what the new trends are so I can try them out for myself.

This season on the runway, it was all about the BOLD and the BARE. Here are some of my favorites:

Jason Wu: Colored Liner + A Bold Red Lip

photo credit: New York Magazine

Yes, this goes against everything we’ve been told. It used to be that you never paired a bold eye with a lip…but in this case, it works. Since the lid itself is bare, the colored liner blends nicely with the pop of red on the lip.

When it comes to liner, it really depends on your eye color. The bright blue, seen on the runway at Jason Wu, is perfect for anyone with blue eyes. For brown eyes, go a little bit darker with a navy. Green eyes look great with a rich plum. I tend to prefer using liquid liner rather than powder because it’s easier to apply. And, if you want some bright color without the boldness of a liner–a colored mascara works, too!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Liquid Liner in Iridescent Navy Blue

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Liquid Liner in Diamond Burgundy

Too Cool For School Glam Rock Extreme Liquid Eyeliner in Navy

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue

By Terry Line Designer Waterproof Liner in Blue Fix

Butter London Electra Lash Color Amplifying Mascara in Inky Six & Indigo Punk

Derek Lam: Frosty Blue Shadow

photo credit: Elle Magazine

I love, love, love this understated look. Pair a frosty blue or silver lid with a nude lip. It’s so romantic! For a night out, add a bit of liner your top lid to make your eyes pop more.

Laura Mercier Matte Eye Color in Blue Suede 

Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Underworld

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Static Age

Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Duo in Color 106

La Perla: Burgundy…Everything

photo credit: Byrdie

I love the richness of a deep burgundy red–especially in a monochromatic look. To tone it down a bit, I loved Kendall Jenner’s look. A muted burgundy on the eyes and a bold burgundy on the lip.

Eyes:

Surrat Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Fee Dragee

Tarte Tarteist Metallic Eyeshadow in Scarlet

Mac Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Beauty Marked

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Sangria

Chanel Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Rouge Noir

Lips:

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Warrior

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Endangered Red

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Man Bun

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Chaos

 

Marc Jacobs: Glossy Nude Lid

photo credit: Popsugar

I’m loving the glossy eye recently. We used to do it in the 90s as models and I’m so glad it’s back! It’s natural and can be worn day or night.

Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl in Bridge

Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss

Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Let Me Pop

RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Lunar

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted

Alexander Wang: Smoky Eye Liner

photo credit: Popsugar

Who doesn’t love a good smoky eye? It’s sexy and flatters everyone. The problem is it can be messy if you use the wrong products. With a shadow stick, it’s easy! Line your bottom and top lid and blend. Voila!

Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Black Diamonds

The Estee Edit Kohl Shadow Stick in Black Viper

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in Filbuste

Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in 4 Steel

Nicholas: Bronze Glitter Cat Eye

photo credit: Popsugar

A more understated version of the classic cat eye. Follow the steps in my YouTube video here–just change up the liner.

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Snakebite

Nars Cosmetics Eye Paint in Iskander

Milk Makeup Shadow Eyeliner in Trust Fund

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Sunset 74

These were my favorites but there were obviously MANY, MANY more. Check out these links to see more:

The Top 6 Beauty Trends From NYFW | Vogue // Pink Eyeshadow & More At NYFW | W Magazine // Confirmed: These 6 Beauty Trends Are The Next Big Thing | Byrdie

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10 Breastfeeding Tips From My Lactation Specialist, Linda Hanna

My lactation specialist (or guru, as I call her) Linda Hanna has been an absolute godsend to me. Her tips have made me feel comfortable, less anxious, and most importantly…they have worked.

I was first referred to Linda by Lori Bregman with my first son, Brooks and have worked with her ever since. Since I don’t want to keep all her breastfeeding knowledge to myself, I asked Linda to share her top 10 tips to help all you new mommas out. And, if you are like me–you’ll need it!

Here are Linda’s tips to help get you through those first few months of breastfeeding:

Tip #1:

Although most newborns will attempt to latch on to the breast within the first two hours after delivery, many infants will not show any signs of being breastfeeding-ready for 24-36 hours. Moms and dads of these babies should still try to do skin-to-skin (when possible) and continue to offer the breast, but be prepared to use a breast pump and feed your baby colostrum when available.

Tip #2:

The labor and birth process (vaginal delivery, assisted vaginal birth, or cesarean birth) can often cause the breast/nipple-areola complex to change shape and size, due in part to increased fluid retention. Although this is quite normal and will resolve, the first few days of breastfeeding can be challenging. Moms and dads should plan to address any of these issues with treatment plans such as warm compresses, massage, reverse nipple pressure, pumping and even ice treatment. Speak with your nurses and lactation consultants if this becomes one of your challenges and remember that the baby will be able to latch on well once this issue is addressed.

Tip #3:

Parents are faced with choosing a breast pump even prior to the birth of the baby. The insurance companies are providing a variety of options that can be very confusing to expectant parents. Speak with your childbirth educator and/or lactation consultant to help determine which pump best suits your personal needs. Some mothers will find they need a strong and effective double breast pump, such as a hospital grade breast pump, while other mothers will be very comfortable with a handheld single, battery-operated breast pump.

The need for a breast pump will be determined by multiple facts including working versus staying at home, milk supply concerns, nipple pain, and a host of other issues that can be discussed with a lactation consultant or your obstetrician.

Tip #4:

During the third trimester an expectant mother should begin wardrobe planning. This includes finding clothes to wear while nursing, nursing bras, a hands-free pumping bra, and the other accessories necessary to support breastfeeding.

Make sure you are fit properly for at least 1 or 2 bras or tank tops that you can wear while nursing or sleeping. Cotton or disposable nursing pads can help protect your bras and clothing from leaking, as well as nipple butters, creams or ointments you may use. A non-lanolin cream or ointment is best for nipple tenderness, and can be used after nursing or pumping. These products do not need to be washed off before feeding. Coconut oil is another option for tender nipples, as it can promote healing. Soothing Gel Pads can greatly help with nipple trauma and pain.

Tip #5:

Parents should work on recognizing the feeding cues and other signs the baby will display during a feeding. Some are indications that the baby is ready to nurse, while other cues are indications that the baby is ready for a break, sleep or other activity.

Each feeding event is usually going to take 45 minutes to 1 hour, and will occur 7-10 times in a 24-hr period. Each feeding should include 10 -20 minutes of nursing on each breast, often once or twice on each breast. Newborns will nurse in courses and take short breaks between breasts, and that is considered normal. Babies are known to nurse for 10-15 minutes, take a break, play and look around or engage with the parents/caregivers, and then come back to the breast to continue the feeding for another 10-20 minutes. The break time between breasts should be spent engaging with the baby in various ways, such as singing, reading, talking and playing with high-contrast (black and white) picture books.

Tip #6:

Mothers nutritional intake is as important as any other part of the breastfeeding experience. Healthy food choices result in excellent quality milk and significant milk production. Some foods are actually galactogogues, which means that they are known to support milk production. These foods include grains and oats, green leafy vegetables, fruits, and good fats like avocado and coconut oils, to name just a few. Drinking plenty of fluids, including as much water as can be tolerated, is essential for milk production. Find a good reference book that explains more about pregnancy and lactation nutrition and use this as a guidebook on your journey through nursing.

Tip #7:

It is important to take time for yourself for daily hygiene, naps, healthy eating and drinking to maintain your milk supply and emotional health. The normal birth recovery process is physically taxing and can be very emotional for new moms. Get help if you can with some of your typical day-to-day household chores. You may want to get some support with cooking, cleaning or food shopping. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for support from friends and family.

Tip #8:

Take a few minutes to create a calm, happy place to nurse your baby. You will want to nurse in a variety of locations around your home and eventually outside of your home as well. For now, creating a safe area to nurse your baby with a comfortable chair, a pillow for nursing, and all of your supplies nearby, will make the breastfeeding experience more positive for you and the baby.

Tip #9:

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a lactation consultant when you have questions. The more support and reinforcement you receive, the greater your chances of success will be. Breastfeeding has many challenges. Balancing a nursing schedule, working, family life and other children’s needs is a full-time job. And, when you are doing many of these things on your own, it will be very helpful to get expert advice as quickly as possible so you can avoid any unnecessary bumps along the way.

Tip #10:

To avoid serious breastfeeding issues, treat problems that arise as quickly as possible. If you think you have plugged duct or other breast concern such as deep breast pain, cracked nipples, or infections, the sooner you get help the easier it will be to treat. You should reach out to your lactation consultant and your health care provider for a treatment plan and get started on that plan as soon as possible.

Even if you’re not in the Los Angeles area, you can still benefit from Linda’s services. Her app, Mahmee , is a postpartum healthcare app offering super-personalized, on-demand care and education to new mothers with infants 0-12 months old. Got a sore nipple or low milk supply? You can create your own physician-approved care plan to treat it, or start a text or video chat with a registered nurse. Click here to download! It’s definitely one of my breastfeeding MUST-HAVES!

For more of my must-haves, check them out here.

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Watch: My Favorite Spicy Margarita

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

Who doesn’t love a good spicy margarita!? It’s one of my favorite drinks to serve when I’m hosting my friends. Everyone loves them! Also, let’s be honest–this momma needs a drink!

Click on the video below to get my recipe! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Casamigos Blanco
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz. Orange infused syrup
  • 2 Cucumber slices
  • 8-10 Cilantro leaves
  • ½ Rim sugar, cilantro + salt
  • 1 Cucumber + 1 Serrano slice for garnish

1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Make sure to do tequila last just in case you mess up! It’s always better not to have to dump the most expensive of the ingredients.

2. Muddle fruit and herbs.

3. Add ice and shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Chilling the cocktail and water is an important element in any drink!

4. Before pouring, rim the rocks glass with a fresh grapefruit to add moisture for the salt.

5. Strain into rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice (fresh ice prevents the cocktail from diluting quickly.) Garnish with cucumber and pepper.

For more fun recipes for entertaining, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here

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My Oscar Night Glam

So, this momma is officially back in action! I won’t lie–I was a little nervous. The Vanity Fair party for the Oscars was my first red carpet since giving birth and it happens to be a major one. It can be a little intimidating especially for someone who has been cooped up in a house breastfeeding for weeks.

Since I’m still not exactly where I want to be post-baby weight, I wanted to wear something that would slim me in all the right places. My stylist, Jeff Kim, chose this GORGEOUS black Tony Ward Couture gown for the event. Also, I could practically live in these Forevermark earrings and rings. They were so perfect!

What you don’t see under that dress is the heavy-duty corset and Spanx helping this momma out. I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do! Also–how handsome does Scott look in his Tom Ford suit?! I mean…come on!

Now, let’s talk glam. My makeup artist, Nikki La Rose and hair stylist, Kristin Heitkotter worked some serious magic on me. The result was Hollywood waves with a pretty peach glow. I loved it! Annie Lam from Nails By Design on Sunset Blvd painted my nails a classic taupe.

It truly takes a village, people! What you see on the red carpet takes some major preparation. If you want to try this same look at home, here are the products Nikki and Kristin used to create it:

My Oscars Glam Look:

Primer:

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream 

Foundation:

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation in Macadamia & Butterscotch 

Powder:

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Face Powder 

Bronzer:

Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Cream 

Blush:

Mac Cosmetics Trip The Lights Fantastic Powder in Luna Luster 

Highlighter:

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Eyeshadow:

Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Dolce Vita’ Eyeshadow Palette (#2 in Enhance)

Elsie ‘The Minimalist’ Eyeshadow Palette 

Eyeliner:

Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Liner in Noir 

Mascara:

Mac Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash 

Lipliner:

Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Nice N’ Spicy 

Lipgloss:

Lip Couture Waterproof Lipstick in Vixen

Tools:

T3 Micro Blowdryer 

GHD Platinum Curling Iron 

Hairspray:

R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Hairspray 

Orlando Pita Play Full Extent Firm Hold Hairspray 

Dry Shampoo:

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam 

 Stay tuned! I’ll be recreating this look soon on my YouTube channel! Click here to subscribe so you don’t miss out! 

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Momma Must Have: One Potato

One Potato

I used to love grocery shopping…until I had kids. It can be terrifying, to say the least. Brooks is pulling things off the shelves, Scarlett is whining for a cookie, and I’m losing my mind. This doesn’t happen every single time–but it definitely happens more often than not.

That’s why I either leave them with Scott or drop them off at a friends house for a bit. I’ll take 1 kid at a time but both of them together? Forget about it. I’ve had way too much experience to know that’s never a good idea.

So, what do you do if there’s no one to drop them off with? No worries. There are definitely other options!

Introducing…One Potato. It’s basically the only fresh-to-your-door meal kit that can feed the entire family. All ingredients are organic and come pre-chopped and prepped in a refrigerated box. All you need to do is throw in the pot or oven. Um, talk about an easy dinnertime hack. Right!?

One Potato was started by the founder of Weelicious, Catherine McCord. So you know it’s good! She’s the guru when it comes to anything kid food related.

ONE POTATO

Scroll down for more information on how One Potato works and how you can get started! I’m also sharing some fun photos of Scarlett and I making our favorite recipe from the box!

How It Works:

Sign up with size of your family (# of adults and # of children), and any dietary restrictions you may have (i.e. poultry, red meat, pork, fish, shellfish). They offer vegetarian, nut-free and gluten free meals as well. Then, you’ll receive an email with pictures and recipes of the delicious dinners you’ll be cooking the following week. Depending on the number of kids you have, they will send smaller portions so there’s no food waste.

Each Tuesday, a box of fresh, organic food arrives at your home, packed in a cooled, insulated box and measured and semi-chopped, ready to prepare. The box includes three meals, customized to your family. There’s also a special surprise dessert every shipment!

If you are going out of town or are unable to cook that week, just cancel that shipment. There is no membership fee and no minimum commitment.

One Potato 1

What It Costs:

Meals Per Week: 3

Price Per Adult Meal: $11.99

Price Per Child Meal: $4.99

Shipping is always free!

The Recipes:

The recipes change every week and you have your choice of what you’d like to prepare. If you don’t like what you see, you are able to cancel that week.

Here’s an example of what’s available for this week:

As you know, Scarlett LOVES to EAT! Literally, more than any child I’ve ever seen. It’s not uncommon to see her double fisting chicken nuggets at the dinner table. When we got our first box, we dove right in and started cooking some yummy Corn Chilaquiles. It was so fun and easy! I’m not joking you–even if you are the worst cook in the entire world, you will NOT mess this up. And, shhh…no one is going to blame you if you pass it off as your own special creation to your husband!

Lovin’ this easy dinnertime hack. A DEFINITE MOMMA MUST HAVE! We all look forward to our shipment every Tuesday. For more information on One Potato and to order, visit their website here! And for $20 off your order, enter the code MOLLY20 at checkout!

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Watch: Baked Funfetti Donuts

baked confetti donuts

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

Donuts aren’t the most nutritious food to eat…but they sure are delicious! That’s why I love this baked funfetti donuts recipe. It’s not “healthy”, but it’s not as bad as your typical deep-fried variety. I love making these with the kids when I have a craving for something sweet and I promise you’ll love them too!  Watch my latest video to see how to make them now:

The Recipe:

baked confetti donuts

Ingredients:

baked confetti donuts

FOR THE DONUTS
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk (any)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt (regular, Greek, or any fat %)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup sprinkles
FOR THE GLAZE
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (any)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
FOR THE DONUTS:
1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, butter, milk, yogurt, and extracts and combine until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and blend until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Gently stir in sprinkles.
baked confetti donuts
3. Transfer batter to a large zip top bag, snip the corner off, and pipe batter evenly into donut wells, filling them ⅔ to ¾ full. You may also use a spoon.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before dipping in glaze.
FOR THE GLAZE
1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and dunk donuts into glaze one by one. Transfer to wire rack over a baking sheet or wax paper to catch glaze drippings.
2. Dunk donuts a second time with remaining glaze. Decorate with more sprinkles, if desired.

baked confetti donuts

baked confetti donuts

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My Breastfeeding Must-Haves

breastfeeding must haves

I’ll be honest–I’ve never been good at breastfeeding. I just naturally don’t produce that much milk. Before I had Brooks, I was dead set on nursing. No questions asked. No matter what.

But, then he was born with…A TOOTH! We didn’t even realize at first. When I was nursing at the hospital, I was in such pain. Breastfeeding does hurt…but this was a different type of discomfort. I ended up finding a tooth a few days later. Since I was in such pain, the milk wasn’t coming in. But, I still wanted to nurse. I was stressed and I was frustrated.

With nowhere else to turn, I reached out to SUPER lactation specialist, Linda Hanna here in Los Angeles. She was a literal angel sent from heaven. Linda helped me nurse with what I did have which made me less anxious. She definitely took me away from a dark place.

With Scarlett and now Grey—I knew I wanted to try again even if it was just for that colostrum aka liquid gold (which Linda got me past!)

With that said, I respect women who decide it’s not for them. Breastfeeding to me is a JUDGEMENT-FREE ZONE! These days, breastfeeding guilt is everywhere…but remember that it’s a personal decision.

Since this is my third time around, I definitely have my list of breastfeeding must-haves. If you are about to give birth and plan on nursing, I highly recommend these products to the new momma: 

BREASTFEEDING MUST HAVES

1.  Nursing Bra Pads 

What’s worse than breast milk leaking through your shirt? Um, nothing. That’s where nursing bra pads come in handy. I’ve always loved and used a brand called Bamboobies. They are soft, don’t slip off, and can be thrown in the washing machine.

2. A Breast Pump

Out of all the breastfeeding must-haves, this is the most essential. I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is pumping. I’m not kidding! Medela is the trusted brand they use at the hospital so I went with that. It’s a lifesaver especially as a working mom.

3. A Nursing Pillow

You’ve gotta have a nursing pillow. It makes everything so much easier on both you and the baby. It helps holding the baby up while feeding, supports your back, and snaps in place so it doesn’t move around. The brand, My Breast Friend, is literally…my best friend.

4. Mahmee Breastfeeding App 

When I had Brooks, I started working with Linda Hanna who is a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding can be really stressful and she helped me out… a lot. Luckily, her and her daughter have made a support app for your phone called Mahmee that can be available anytime, anywhere.

Mahmee is a postpartum healthcare app offering super-personalized, on-demand care and education to new mothers with infants 0-12 months old. Got a sore nipple or low milk supply? You can create your own physician-approved care plan to treat it, or start a text or video chat with a registered nurse. Download it here.

5. Lactation Supplements

Some women get lucky when it comes to milk supply. Not me, though. I tend to have a harder time. That’s where lactation supplements come in. Look for labels that contain Goats Rue, Fenugreek, and Moringa. These herbs help milk flow and production. With Grey, I’ve been taking the Motherlove More Milk Special Blend supplement and I’m loving it.

6. A Seamless Nursing Bra

Two words: easy access. Who wants to change everytime they need to feed? Not me. The nursing bras on the market these days are fantastic. They are soft (which is great on sore nipples!) and can slide right off. The brands Rosie Pope and Boob Design have styles that are actually really, really cute. I would wear them even if I wasn’t breastfeeding. My top pick? Boob Design’s Fast Food Bra. The name says it all!

7. Breast Milk Storage

Since I pump during the day, I need something to keep the milk fresh. Medela actually makes small glass BPA-free storage bottles that are easy to take on-the-go.

8. Soothing Gel Pads

UGH, SORE NIPPLES! Get yourself some soothing gel pads for after feeding. You’ll thank yourself.

9. Lactation Tea

Along with the supplements, I also drink lactation tea. It has the same herbs and benefits but I find it a little more enjoyable. Nothing like a cup to tea to soothe any stresses or worries. This tea also tastes…amazing. I switch back and forth between Earth Mama Angel Baby “Organic Milkmaid Tea” and Traditional Medicinals “Organic Mother’s Milk.”

10. Glass Bottles 

Since I don’t produce much milk, I also supplement with formula. It’s important to get the BPA-free glass bottles for their health and safety. A friend recently told me about a brand called Natursutten, which is 100% natural. They are great!

11. Nipple Shields 

Nipple shields are for those moments when you can’t handle the pain…but still need to feed. They also help when your baby is having issues latching on. I only use them in emergencies but they are always good to have on hand, just in case. A brand called Lansinoh, which is sold at Target, makes a version that is super thin and flexible for easy use.

12. Nipple Balm

Nothin’ like rubbing nipple balm on while fighting back tears from the pain. Yeah, I’m sure we’ve all been there. I’ve used Earth Mama Angel Baby’s nipple cream for years but recently found a new healing salve from a company called Twig + Petal. It smells amazing and feels really soothing for both pain and skin irritation.

13. A Nursing Gown

Just like a nursing bra, a cute gown is also an essential for that easy access. I prefer all black because…well, it’s slimming. Only Hearts (here) and Ingrid + Isabel (here) have gowns that I’ve been wearing non-stop!

For mommas who need a little extra help, check out these lactation recipes that are just as delicious as they are effective: 

Lori Bregman’s Lactation Energy Bites // More Milk Smoothie // Chocolate Chip Banana Lactation Muffins 

BTW–I’m still breastfeeding so if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them! Comment below! I need all the help I can get.