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I was sent a iPad and phone cover to review and I am so excited to share it with you all!

To begin, this covers are stunning! I’ve been using phone and iPad cover just to protect from bumping but now I can have that and much more.

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Studies show that these effects are cumulative and that they work over the long term.

Numerous peer-reviewed studies now link cell phone radiation to a long list of serious illnesses.

It’s not that we don’t care – we absolutely do. It’s that we were introduced to the big problems of the world at time when there was very little we could do about them. As little kids, we learned to rely on those stronger than us to do something. And while that’s totally appropriate, some of us (like me) came to the mistaken conclusion that our role in the big issues of the world would always be a passive one – that we are too insignificant to make a difference. We become like an elephant bound by a silken cord.

I was this way until Estelle and Zoë were born, but you know what? They wouldn’t stay in my safe(ish), tiny sphere! I didn’t want to change them by teaching them to be afraid of everything, so I decided to work on the world instead. And just like that, the thread snapped. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized how powerful I was – how powerful we all are.

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21 months of Liquid Gold

To provide your little one with liquid gold as they call it. Who knew it could be such a love/hate relationship. I sure didn’t.

There’s not much I dislike about breastfeeding now, my little one and I have made it 21 months. She as well as her big sister were exclusively feed at the breast for their first 6 months and would never take a bottle. It was a completely different story in the beginning though. I really loved it how both of them latched right away and really had no issues in that department.

I hated the pain. Those first few days, even weeks, were pure agony. My body was just recovering from delivery and every time they ate (which was literally every hour at first) was incredibly uncomfortable. And let’s not talk about clogged milk ducts [… ouch!..] it felt as though your boob was bruised. I loved holding…

this tiny little creatures that my love and I created. Their body molding perfectly against mine. They both would wrap their delicate and tiny hands around my one finger – Pure sweetness! I hated the limitations… on what I could eat. When I was pregnant I ate cereal almost every night the last month until they were born. When they were finally here and we were establishing this breastfeeding relationship I wised up quick to what foods to avoid. For if I didn’t, I had one hurting and screaming baby on my hands! Chocolate, unfortunately, was on that list – along with onions, beans, cabbage, broccoli – I even discovered some types of pizza bothered them. I loved the convenience… of being able to feed them no matter where we were! No fuss with bottles, and warmers and sterilizing! I was all they needed.

I think, all in all, that is what I love most of all when it comes to breastfeeding, they needing me and only me.

The feeling of accomplishment providing all the nutritional needs to sustain your baby. Breastfeeding is most certainly a dance. A dance that with time you and your little one figure out.

In the beginning it’s awkward, uncomfortable and you feel as though you’ll never learn the rhythm. But sure enough when you keep on keeping on – you discover the two of you have figured it out and it feels so incredibly good.

Breastmilk: the gift that keeps on giving.

With love and respect to all moms that for some reason couldn’t or chose not to breastfeed.

Snow for Christmas

I’m genuinely starting to wonder if we’re going to get any snow this year for Christmas?! I’m really looking forward to it because it helps to feel like winter/holiday season. All the holidays had slipped through my fingers this year (we’ve been a little bit busy) but I’m so looking forward to this Christmas this year. Girls are starting to understand the meaning of it and getting the Santa thing and that is so adorable and loads of fun. We already went to see Sinterklass but I am very curious to their reaction to Santa. Holidays with littles are just so much fun!!

I love dressing my girls (while they’ll still let me!) And everything they are wearing here is linked below. You can shop their look here. Don’t forget to use the code mommylove to get your 20% discount.

My family and the HelloFresh food box 

We were given the opportunity to try the Family Food Box but I wasn’t so sure how this would work for us.

We have a lot to take in consideration here when it comes to family meals: they need to be easy to prepare, tasty, healthy and – most importantly – satisfying everyone in our family. With a toddler who’s is currently deeply fussy with every new food, a baby that if the food is not particularly tasty will not be eating it ever again and a very picky husband, to prepare a meal that everyone will enjoy it’s not the easiest task.

I was very intrigued about HelloFresh. I’d heard great things about it but perhaps ticking all the things off our fussy family checklist would be too difficult to order from the brand. The question laid on: would HelloFresh meal work for this family?

How it works?

Each week you will get a delivery of a HelloFresh box. Depending on your circumstances you can choose different type of box. Can be a classic box, a veggie box, or a family box (the one we tried out).

Inside each box is a bag of perishable food items all packed up in a recyclable bag. Along with the bag of perishable goods you also get other bags containing all ingredients you need for each recipe.

The huge plus for me was that for each recipe all the ingredients are already weighed out, so not only do you get the exact amount you need for each dish meaning there’s  no wastage, but you also save time measuring items out.

The menu: 

We kicked off the trial with a range of mouth-watering recipes including chicken with coppa di parma and green beans, endive stew with bacon, oriental fish package with leek and tomato and the so desired kruidnoten that hubby happily volunteered to bake. The menu was brilliantly varied and each recipe included easy modifications to please picky hubby.
Difficulty chart: 

The HelloFresh meals were really easy to prepare. I mean, easy easy.

I’m not that creative with recipes  (LOL), either way the time to prepare pleasurable meals on a normal weekday is very restricted. When you have a baby and a toddler hanging off your ankle while simultaneously trying to prepare any meal, the desire for intricate meals quickly fades away. We often get stuck in a routine of same old tried and tested, easy meals Monday to Friday.

You can easily plan out what to cook when, depending on how busy each night of the week is. For example, in our house I know Monday nights always need to be extra quick food nights because we’ve got brownies and after-dinner family activity, so I’d always choose the quickest recipe on the menu. HelloFresh sends this recipes with an A4 recipe card with photographs for each stage of the dish. It also tells you exactly how long each meal takes to prepare, including the “hands on” aspect of prep, this really makes it so easy to choose which meal I want to prepare for Monday evening.

Even if you’re like me not so much of a natural cook, the HelloFresh recipes are very easy to follow. It’s pretty much impossible to go wrong, especially as half the work’s already been done for you with the pre-measured ingredients.

Taste:

This recipes definitely rescued us from food boredom! They sound good on paper, but definitely better in real life.  

The chicken with coppa di parma and green beans is probably the best chicken I’ve ever cooked. The endive stew with bacon was just the most delicious meal my husband had me prepare for him in week days and oriental fish package with leek and tomato was the ideal Friday night comfort food for everyone. These are recipes that I will definitely use again later.

I’d be lying if I said Estelle didn’t turn her nose up at a couple of the meals when they were first placed in front of her, but once she got past the fact the food on her plate wasn’t just finger food she got stuck in with the rest of us. This is a big deal.

Recommendation:

Raise your hand if you love cooking but always end up forgetting something from the store for your recipes? 🙋

No? Just me? 😅

If you’re looking to liven up your weekday meals, save time planning and prepping your family menu, get fussy kids interested in food again or just step away from the tired family meal plan then you will LOVE HelloFresh. With a selection of different meals to choose every week and shipped all fresh and perfectly measured ingredients and recipes right to your door!

The HelloFresh family box is a huge value in money, only €6,50 per meal (well worth the price) and a plus making really affordable to eat tasty food, home-cooked and healthy. 

We’ll definitely be signing up to again. Consider us sold!

Give away!!.

If you’d like to get your first HelloFresh box for free – yes for FREE! I have two weeks worth of meals to give away! This is valued from €34 or more each! With no fees attached. Free shipping.  Follow the instructions on this link. The lucky winner will be announced on Instagram and properly informed by email with the coupon number on the 4th of December.

(The code can’t be used in conjunction with other promotions and discounts, and can only be used by new customers. The code can’t be posted on a third party platform or coupon site either – it’s only for my friends, family and lovely readers of this blog!) 

Thank you HelloFresh for working with me. All content and opinions remain my own. For more information in how to work with me contact me through  👉 📩

First steps into my Gluten free journey 

I don’t know about you but I love bread and all the things that has gluten in… Fresh bread from a bakery or a very nice pizza, and all those pastry delicious things [sigh].. but after Zoë was born I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and has been said that one of the biggest causes for this disease is the gluten intolerance… For me this was almost like a death sentence ‘how is possible a life without fresh bread or chocolate cookies?’ Fortunately, we now have access to all kinds of substitutions: from gluten-free flours and baking mixes.

But I found this recipe as my go-to when special requests are made, or even if I just want to get a batch of cookies into the oven and into my mouth!! Quick and with minimal fuss or mess. 

I mean dietary and allergy restrictions can pose a real challenge when it comes to baking. ‘How does one bake without butter, eggs, or even flour?’ And yet, throughout the years- for class functions, family gatherings, and holiday parties – requests are respectfully made for baked goods made without one or sometimes all of these ingredients… 

For this cookies I’m using items I always have in my kitchen and fridge and takes me about 30 minutes to make ready and..oh goodness my kitchens smells divine!

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Buckwheat

• 1 cup sugar  (I used brown sugar)

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 cup pure chocolate powder 

• tea spoon vanilla extract 

• 150 grams butter or coconut oil

• 1/2 tea spoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C 

2. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. 

4. Drop better by tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes. 

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and  bon appétit! 

My child’s language 

Yesterday Estelle hugged my husband so tight and said ‘I love you’ just before going to sleep and my husband came to our room so emocional. This reminded me of my deepest love for children that were a challenge to deal with and that were my ‘favorite’. Now I have one of my own and I didn’t really know how to deal with. This love of mine for this ‘special’ children came from the fact that they are so much loving and not so easy to manipulate with some treat.

People say kids mirror what they see, the truth is, Estelle came to this world already screaming hard and laud. Her tantrums were a daily event and just got even worse when her little sister came along. This was driving me nuts!

I used to be a no-nonsense type of person that would just answer with short frases to a behaviour like this, and sometimes I still feel my limits coming up… it’s really hard to deal with a child who can explode at any second anywhere you are.

Sometimes people, even strangers, do try to discipline her, telling her what to do and not to do, this used to really upset me. They even tried to diagnose her, as specialists saying that ‘she’s not a normal child’ or trying to bribe her with some kind of a treat (if you’re a good girl Santa will bring you lots of gifts this year), but most importantly is that this didn’t even help her or me in any way, even make the situation worse. Worse for the two of us. Her levels of anxiety would get sky-high and I wouldn’t be able to reach her for long long time. You probably think that this was people that never had children of their own or their own children never had behaviour issues, but that’s not the truth. The truth is that even people that went and are going through the same situation that I am, do have a problem understanding this behaviour.

Hasn’t been and easy journey and was not after many blaming myself and the world for all this and many reading, searching and talking with her pediatric that I came to the conclusion that my little girl feels every thing very deeply and doesn’t know how to express this intensive fellings.

Very true that every child needs discipline, but empathy has been the most effective way to reach her. If I take my time to look over the situation and her feelings more carefully she’s able to came a long way in my direction. Also when I’m able to keep myself calm, I noticed that she feels that, and she gets calm as well and shows her that I’m in control. Sometimes this might feel like I’m spoiling her, but in this case I’m just dealing with her behaviour in the most effective way.

As a mom I feel I still have a long way to go to help my child to deal with this deep feelings of her in a healthy way. What I believe has helped enormously is that when she is calm I go back to her and question her about the reasons why she was that upset or explain her why things have to be the way they are. I can see the progress, specially when she began to understand and articulate better with her communication skills.

We work daily and we hope for better results each day. Some days can be frustrating and even defeating but the first step has been done and that is to understand my child. Nothing can be more rewarding to a parent then that.

Essential oils diffuser bracelet 

My little girl Estelle is not having her afternoon nap every day and little baby Zoë is having 20 minutes naps each time… but today on one of those 20 minutes naps I manage to finish this precious bracelet… so proud of myself at this point and with what I can accomplish even with very little sleep. 

For this bracelet I’ve used Gemstone beads: 11mm Brown wood Jasper Round and 12mm Lava stone round.

Finished in brass, and love.

You caa use as your own diffuser by placing 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil on the lava beads.
You can combine oils on one bead or disperse throughout the Bracelet.
Scent will last 3-4 days. You can always replenish if needed.

Brown jasper gemstone being the perfect combination, not just for the colors, but also for those who believe on the amazing powers of the stones, has been said that jasper stone has the powers of physical and spiritual protection. Also wearing or carrying for long time, brown jasper helps to keep one “down to earth” and alleviate stress and induce tranquility.

For a perfect combination with the benefits from jasper stone I highly recommend Balance essential oil. You can find this essential oil on http://www.mydoterra.com/oleos or you are welcome to message me if you have any questions.

To obtain this beautiful bracelet or any of my other creations you can visit my shop on https://www.etsy.com/shop/MommyloveCreations?ref=s2-header-shopname


Thank you for supporting my Art work!

Leticia ❤️

Mommy new project 

Today after going to the park with my girls I made the decision to post one of my works.

As some of you might know, I love jewelry and I love to create, but being a mother of a toddler and a baby it’s not the easiest thing to be, specially being in a foreign country. But thanks to the amazing husband, his words of encouragement and love, I am able to do some of the things that I love the most as well as being a mom, and this is one of them. 

Each one of this items are one of a kind Unique Gemstone Bracelet, hand made with love and tenderness. 

Very soon available on Etsy shop for anyone interested.

Exhausting 

This a picture of some weeks ago when we went visiting Eltz Castle in Germany with our two years old toddler and our 4 months old baby.

I wake up today thinking in how am I gonna go through another day with this much energy.. I haven’t been sleeping that much with a baby and a toddler that need my attention through the whole day and night.. 

All this constant feeling of deep joy, deep sorrow, deep doubt about the world about my self and my children is exhausting.

To create a life in this fragile world, to listen to a child’s heart from the inside of our body. To go through bedtime rituals or potty training accidents or goldfish crackers all through the car after a temperamental tantrum it’s exhausting. 

All the joys and frustrations of glitter and monkey bars and nursery rhymes and make believe, singing silly songs to help my them with brushing their teeth or read a good night story when she’s over tired and hyper active it’s exhausting.

To experience life from this vantage point,to have these experiences, good or bad, to experience fullness of life in this exact way it’s exhausting! 

But.. 

I must not forget I haven’t been as happy as I am today and that is exhausting too! 

Here is one of my favourite poems.

Youth

by Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

My breastfeeding experience 

I’ve been without posting anything here for long time.. not because I don’t have what to post but because this last week’s had been hectic. But before I start boring you with my busy and over schedule life I decided to share my experience in nursing for the second time. Being this week the world breastfeeding awareness week makes this subject even more special for me.

Zoë is just 3 months and a week now, she like her sister of 2 years old, was born with a perfect sucking reflex, naturally interested in nursing from the beginning, so breastfeeding would had been so easy if as they say this would be ‘the most natural thing in the world’. But things are not always like they are suppose to be.

When the midwife hand me Estelle for the first time, being aware that I wanted to nurse her, she give me instructions to get Estelle on my breast straight away. Very quickly she got a grip on my breast and started sucking, but all I could feel was a pain as if she was biting me. I could see the surprise on my midwife’s face, but I silently hoped that this was just of the moment and choose not to pay too much attention to it.

Came as a surprise to me, not being able to provide her some milk, and I was following all the advices that my midwife and nurse (that comes to help moms and the newborns in holland for the first week after birth), milk was just not coming and because I had a starving baby sucking on my breasts every 2 hours and using an electric pump to stimulate the production of milk, my niples just couldn’t take any more. I was having a bleeding and tering apart niples. Was extremely painful, not to say that was so frustrating for me to see that my baby was in such need of her very first meal, but still there was no signs of any milk..

After three days, the first drops finally arrived through the pump to the bottle. This made my nurse celebrate. She explained me that those drops were called ‘the golden drops’ and that was the best milk my baby could ever have. Looking at Estelle and seeing how hungry she was, those words mean nothing and those few drops were to me just the answer that I would never be able to nurse my baby ever. Gladly I was wrong, not long after this the milk started coming in such quantity that if she didn’t want drink more I would be with very hard breast and everything would be completely soak in wet around me, at this point I wouldn’t even mind, I was so happy that I could finally feed my baby and don’t see her hungry no more.

Long process until me and my baby had learned the mechanism of breastfeeding, and by doing it became easier with practice, patience and perseverance.

Because I had gone through all this with my first baby you would say that second time everything would happen just naturally.. but no. I had to go through everything over again. The only difference was that I already knew the steps I needed to take and this made the process quicker this time.
In the old days young women grew up seeing other women nurse. It was a very normal things to do. Today not many women had ever witness others nursing, due to the fact that we belong to a bottle feeding culture. And this got me into the other issue with nursing my baby.

When Estelle was born I felt very insecure and unconfortable nursing her with another person, other then my husband in the same room. I have even said that public nursing was not made for me. Later on, bit by bit I started doing that and also outside the house, words of support from my husband made this easier and possible to be done. Still I tried to cover with innumerable possible options but was really hard and almost impossible to cover myself in anyway, Estelle moved her arms and legs so much that every attempt I made to cover was useless. So then I grew to realise how natural in fact breastfeeding is.

Today nursing my second child I believe that if a woman needs or wants to nurse in public she should not be afraid or ashamed. If possible I still try and cover as much as possible, but for me there’s nothing more natural then to feed my baby when she needs it or she asks for it. This also give us mental and physical comfort. Nursing is an exhausting thing to do. Takes hours from your day and you don’t even realise it sometimes. Having Estelle as toddler, made me understand that I had to do much more then just sit and nurse my newborn baby. I had to get all my skills and multitasking into practice in order to be able to go through the day with this two girls. And maybe we don’t get that much done this days and errands take twice to get done as they used to, but nothing can take away the moments and complicity you have with your baby.

And after all we struggle in the begging I’m really proud of being able to nurse my first baby for 14 months and seeing Zoë growing strong from it now too.
We need to understand that the journey we take to nourish our babies might be different in method and in so many ways difficult at times, but yet the same in purpose and beauty.

I feel beyond blessed and so thankful to God, for having this beautiful little baby and the amazing little girl, specially knowing that there’s so many woman that might not get to have children or be able to nourish them.

Happy breastfeeding week to every mother and child in this world ♡