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March 31, 2020

recipe: easy, no bake lactation bites

lactation bites to boost milk supply

These super easy, no bake lactation bites are SO yummy and I can really see a difference in how much milk I’m pumping when I eat 3 or 4 of these per day… although it is tough of me not to eat the entire batch of them in one day because they’re so addicting and they also go perfectly with coffee. These no bake lactation bites include old-fashioned…

August 14, 2019

an honest review of raddish: a cooking box for kids

kids cooking in the kitchen

Some of my favorite memories as a kid are in the kitchen with my mom. Half the time the things I was “cooking” were not edible. But she’d let me measure and mix and create to my heart’s content. Then there were times she cooked and I was able to help her by adding in some of the ingredients and I felt so grown up. When we received…

February 5, 2019

Eagle Ridge Resort: a home away from home

Eagle Ridge Resort Galena, IL

After a long holiday season, I knew I wanted to set up something fun to celebrate Jason’s birthday. The holidays are always exhausting, but with everything else we had going on this year: our miscarriage over Christmas and New Year’s, tons of showings on our house, then selling it and finding our dream home, we were ready for some relaxation. And Eagle Ridge was the perfect escape for…

November 15, 2018

sugar-free cherry limeade

Sugar Free Cherry Limeade

Everyone knows I don’t like to drink water. I much prefer my cherry-flavored pop or some sugary, flavored coffee. And with the holidays coming up, I tend to turn to them even more. But, both sugar and caffeine tend to make me more anxious. And really, I don’t need help being anxious, especially during the winter months. So I’m really excited to share this REALLY easy recipe with…

June 6, 2018

recipe: no bake toddler bites

No Bake Toddler Energy Bites

Ben is 14 months old and he’s ALWAYS hungry. Some meals he eats more than his 4-year-old sister. Both of these kiddos love to snack but mama wants them snacking on something healthy and filling. Is that too much to ask?! Lol! One day, I had an epiphany – I have made and loved “energy bites” for the past few years, ever since a coworker brought them in…

December 3, 2017

recipe: one pot unstuffed green peppers

One Pot Unstuffed Green Pepper Recipe | Happily Trista Blog

Unstuffed Green Peppers are my favorite cold weather dish! It’s probably the only dish I make consistently that I don’t mess, because, well, we know how much I look to cook. When I first started making this dish, it was traditional Stuffed Green Peppers and it takes about an hour longer than making them “unstuffed”. But, then I became a mom and had much less time to dedicate…

September 11, 2014

Attempting Baby Led Weaning

When your baby starts eating solids, it’s a learning experience for everyone! I have read so many great things about Baby Led Weaning (BLW) that I wanted us to give it a try! We’ve done a combination of real food, along with purees, since that’s what seems to work best for us. (Since BLW doesn’t include purees, we aren’t “technically” doing BLW.) At first, I didn’t really have…