Guest Post “Bebe au Lait – The Original Stylish Nursing Cover” at Sassy Mama in LA

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Have you ever attempted to breastfeed a baby in public on a windy day? Well, I have and being an ultra-modest and shy girl I was terrified and so nervous that the wind would blow the blanket I was using to cover myself and my baby away and expose me to the world. Little did I know there was a product on the market for moms just like me-nursing covers with straps! Bebe au Lait is responsible for creating the original stylish nursing cover for modern moms.

To read more and to enter Sassy Mama in LA’s giveaway for your very own Bebe au Lait nursing cover LOG ON HERE.

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Sweet and Savory with Mountain High Yoghurt

Did you know that substituting yogurt in your everyday recipes not only adds nutrition such as calcium and protein but also reduces unwanted fat calories? Plain Mountain High Yoghurt is the perfect substitution for fatty foods such as mayonnaise and cream cheese in savory recipes such as dips and casseroles. Vanilla Mountain High Yoghurt is the perfect substitution for whipped cream in sweet recipes like cakes and puddings. I was interested in trying these substitutions out so I made two dishes, one sweet and one savory. Not only were these recipes absolutely delicious my family loved them too!

Sweet Recipe – Mountain High Yoghurt Parfait

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Ingredients needed:
Vanilla Mountain High Yoghurt
Strawberries-sliced
Blueberries
Granola

Directions: I used a sundae dish for my yogurt parfait. Put a few healthy dollops of MHY on the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of sliced strawberries, blueberries and granola. Add a few more healthy dollops of MHY. Add another layer of sliced strawberries, blueberries and granola. Enjoy!

My husband and my children went nuts over the MHY parfaits. I was slicing strawberries and creating parfaits faster than superwoman to feed their hungry appetites!

Savory Recipe – Mountain High Yoghurt Spinach Dip

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

Ingredients needed:
1 ½ cups Plain Mountain High Yoghurt
¼ cup Light Mayonnaise
¼ cup Light Sour Cream
1 – 10oz frozen spinach package. Thawed and squeezed dry* (*place thawed spinach in a towel, squeeze towel until all extra juice is expelled)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chili Powder to taste

Directions: Combine MHY, sour cream, mayonnaise and spinach in medium bowl. Add garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve with crisp vegetables such as bell peppers, crackers or bread.

I was super interested in the health benefits of substituting Mountain High Yoghurt in this recipe. I adapted the Mountain High Yoghurt Spinach dip recipe found on their website to include chili powder instead of nutmeg; I like my dips to include a bit of bite. Let me tell you guys, this spinach dip was sooo good and healthy! I ate my dip with large chunks of sourdough bread, YUM!

Now it is your turn! What is your favorite Mountain High Yoghurt recipe? 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  for Mountain High Yoghurt. I received a gift card to purchase yogurt, a product kit, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” All opinions are my own.

It’s an EGGstravaganza Easter Celebration at the Irvine Park Railroad

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

The Irvine Park Railroad is one of our favorite places on earth and we loooove spending time there. Sarcastic boy even had his “whole hand” birthday party there this year which was extra special. The Irvine Park Railroad is an extraordinary place full of fun activities that create childhood memories. I love that the Irvine Park Railroad is so special to our kids and I. We have been going to the park for holidays and other special occasions since 2007.
The Irvine Park Railroad hosts their annual Easter EGGstravaganza every year and it is a ton of fun. There are loads of fun activities to do such as:
Face painting
Train rides
Bunny Jumper
Pictures with the Easter Bunny
Egg Hunt (for kids ages 2-12)
Cookie Decorating
Hay Rides
Carnival Games (where every kid wins a prize)
and more!

I'm not proud to admit that I ate both cookies. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

We went to the EGGstravaganza last Friday and we had a ton of fun. This was funny girl’s first year partaking in an Easter egg hunt and although she was more interested in eating the candy, she had a ton of fun. Of course my son had a blast at the EGGstravaganza this was his 4th year going! We did just about every activity that was offered: we visited the Easter bunny, rode the train, hunted for eggs, decorated gigantic and delicious cookies, rode the hay ride, ate lunch from the snack bar, played carnival games and my son got his arm painted (in lieu of a face painting); it was fun.

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

The Irvine Park Railroad Easter EGGstravaganza is going on now until Saturday April 7th 2012. I highly suggest you make the trip out to the EGGstravaganza. This experience is so much more enjoyable and wholesome than seeing a stale Easter bunny at the mall.

Enjoying the hay ride. Copyright: Desiree Eaglin

You can log on here for money-saving coupons. Also don’t forget to bring your own Easter baskets for the egg hunt.

For more information about the Irvine Park Railroad Easter EGGstravaganza, log on here.

We went as guests on behalf of the Irvine Park Railroad and owner/operators John Ford and Steve Horn. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are my own. I sincerely love the Irvine Park Railroad and we go every Halloween, Christmas and Easter, but being a guest this year was super nice too 😉  

Husbands are NO good at barf

One of my favorite bloggers is Amber Dusick of Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. If you don’t currently read her blog YOU MUST START NOW. I adore funny people, especially ingenious funny people. Her crappy illustrations of parenting get me laughing every single time.
In honor of my favorite funny bunny, Amber Dusick I have created my own crappy pictures wannabe post.

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Husbands are no good with dealing with sick children. Especially when those sick children have to barf. My husband FREAKS OUT when the kids are sick and have to barf. This is his exact reaction to our sick, barfy children:

And then, his solution to a barfing child is this. While gagging. And totally pissed off. To sit there and allow her to barf all over the floor I just scrubbed on hands and knees for only 2 days prior. Weird, lame and totally messy:

Now, as a mom or maybe as a normal human being  with actual brain cells that function. You would do this right? (That’s me running):

or this:

or  this:

or shit, even this:

But nope, my darling husband does this. While gagging. And pissed off. Every. damn. time.

Let me say it again…husbands are NO good at barf.

5 sayings that have impacted my life dramatically

“If you act like you know what you’re doing-no one will be able to tell the difference” – from my brother. He went on to say that you can tell anyone any line of bullshit and they’ll believe it if you say it like you know what you’re talking about. This to me, has helped a great deal in the self-confidence area. Everyone gets intimidated by people who appear to know what they’re talking about. However, I bet only half of them actually do know what they are talking about.

“Be a Jack of all trades” – from a coworker at a framing shop I worked at. I love this idea of not being stagnant and having the ability to fit in different pockets of industrial value. I can teach, I can handle cash, I can lead a group of people, I can organize events, I can work with my hands, I can be a social worker, I can be a research assistant, I can be a writer, I can be a photographer, I can be a friend, I can be a wife, I can be a mom.

“On those days that you feel extra special, remember there is someone out there that is better than you” –from my brothers dad. We were camping at the dry lake bed and I was about 15 years old. Remembering this phrase helps me keep a level head and a clear perspective. Everyone feels big-headed sometimes, like they can conquer the world. Knowing that there is always someone out there that is better than me keeps me grounded.

“Treat others as you would like to be treated” -from my mom. She is the master at teaching respect.

“Keep your head down, your chin tucked in, your mouth shut and keep working” -from my husband. He has never actually said these words, but he doesn’t have to. This is his work ethic. He has an amazing work ethic. Working hard gives you the ability to live the life you want.

Now I want to hear about the sayings and phrases that have impacted your life.

Not Finding Out The Sex of Your Unborn Baby-Is That Crazy or Normal?

In this day and age it is common in American culture to find out the sex of the baby in utero. So common in fact that it’s almost unheard of nowadays to wait to find out the sex until the baby is born. I am pregnant with baby #3, more than likely our last baby (according to the husband-this baby is most definitely our last baby) and hold on to your seat-we are waiting to find out the sex of this baby until it is born. We already have a son and a daughter and I quite honestly couldn’t care less either way about the sex of this baby. Bless its little heart, it will be loved and it will fit in with the rest of us goofballs whether it’s a boy or a girl.

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My “Mountain High Moment” brought to you by Mountain High Yoghurt!

Credit: Mountain High Yoghurt

Whenever I think of Mountain High Yoghurt, I think of wholesome nutrition done the right way-naturally. Mountain High Yoghurt is all about bringing us the best quality of yogurt with the best quality natural ingredients. One of my strongest philosophies in parenting is to raise my children in an environment that is simple, wholesome and natural. Sounds like a no brainer right? However, in this day and age-advanced technology makes raising children in a wholesome and natural environment more challenging. When I was 5 years old, I was more than content in spending my days outdoors riding my bike and not coming home until it was time to eat. Now, my 5 year old son would rather play video games (however, they are educational games I must confess) or watching television rather than stepping a foot outside. Advanced technology makes raising children naturally more challenging but not impossible. What I try to do to avoid the technology ridden lives that we lead is by spending as much time outdoors with my children as possible. We go for a lot of family walks, hikes and we are frequent visitors of our local playgrounds and parks.
The Mountain High Company is all about living the best life possible while healthy, happy and natural. They are promoting “Mountain High Moments” in which are things or activities we love to do with those we love. I get my “Mountain High Moment” by going to the park and having a picnic with my kiddos and other mom friends. I love being surrounded by trees, green grass and good company. There is something about that open, fresh air feeling that lifts my spirits and clears my head. There are no distractions, no technology and no complications; there is only wholesome and natural beauty.
What is your “Mountain High Moment”? Please share, I would love to know.  I think that by sharing our “happies” we can relate to each other so much more. Everyone has gripes (I mean, hello? Do you read my blog?) and we all share them so easily, but when was the last time you told someone what made you happy? Like, really, really happy? Let’s do that now…together!
I love that a company like Mountain High is focusing on this philosophy of living a healthy and natural life. I’m looking forward to sharing information with you about Mountain High Yoghurt over the course of the next 8 weeks.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mountain High Yoghurt. I received a gift card to purchase yogurt, a product kit, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” All opinions are my own.

The Dragonfly Shops and Gardens in Downtown Orange

I grew up all over Southern California, but I attended the last two years of high school in Orange County. My friends and I would cruise the circle in downtown Orange in my 1966 Volkswagen beetle on a weekly basis. Back then (circa 1999), the circle was pretty uneventful and full of mostly antique shops. There wasn’t too much for high schooler like myself to do, to us the circle was for old ladies that liked to go antiquing. I was pretty disappointed and I had always thought that the circle had great potential. Well, no longer is downtown Orange a dead zone. It is lively, hip and quite honestly really cool. There are tons of places to eat and shop and I am super envious that it wasn’t anything like that when I was growing up.

Located on the outer rim of the circle is a really cool gem of a place called the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens. There, at the shop they offer a bounty of really interesting things to look at, buy and do.  Recently, I was invited to a Blogger afternoon at the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens located in downtown Orange, California. We were given a fast paced-crash course in a few of the interesting classes they offer. The store is located in a house from the 1920’s and it is stock full of unique and interesting things to purchase. Literally every square inch of the place is artfully used to display the merchandise which ranges from art, to jewelry, to baby items to fashionable women’s clothing and so much more.

The hallway

The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens offers really fun classes for kids and adults alike. Such as: beading, gardening, canning basics, butter making, etiquette classes and so much more. See their website for a full listing of the classes offered.
Our afternoon at the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens consisted of my son making a “fairy garden” (pictured below) in which he now checks every day to see if a fairy has arrived. He also made a cute potted decorative craft and a beaded bracelet. The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens even facilitated lunch for us provided by Bruxie Waffles, Rutabegorz Restaurant and The Filling Station Cafe (Nom, Nom and um…NOM!).

Sprinkling on the "fairy dust"

I really enjoyed visiting the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens for an afternoon and I know you would too. It is the perfect place to get lost in and take a gander at all the cool things for purchase and then take a class in chicken keeping- hey, why not?

I was not compensated in any way by the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens for this post. My son received complimentary “mini” classes and products to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.