Encouragement For The New Moms

I want to share with you my nursing experience. I had my first baby (Hattie) February of 2016. She has been the best thing that has ever happened to Brandon and I. She is wild, and silly, and ever so stubborn! I wanted to nurse Hattie as soon as she was born. But I had prepared myself to not be able to, because my mom was not able to nurse my brothers or I for very long. So I assumed I would be in the same boat.

To my surprise I was able to nurse. I have exclusively nursed Hattie from the very beginning and am still nursing. I wanted so bad to nurse her for at least a year. Sigh (wipe some sweat off my face) I mad it. It hasn’t been easy, and I have worked my butt off to be able to nurse this long! I want to share with you a few things that I did to help build and sustain my milk supply.

#1- Water!!! I always carried a water bottle with me. I’m not saying drink so much water that you want to drown. But be aware how much you are drinking and do you best to drink more. I tried everyday to get as close to 100 oz  as a could. You may find that you don’t need to drink 100 oz. I did notice my milk supply significantly drop when I wasn’t drinking enough. My suggestion is to find a water bottle that has the amounts marked on the outside of it, so you can really tell how much you have drank and can keep track of it.

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I have had lots of water bottles this is by far the best water bottle I have ever had! It is so worth the $22. Check out the Embrava Water Bottle here.

#2- Oatmeal. I made oat meal smoothies almost every morning. I can’t remember where I read that oat meal helps to increase milk supply. But I was going to do whatever I had to, to be able to reach that year mark goal. It has come and gone and were are still going. I usually added about 1/2 a cup of oat meal to a smoothie. I did all sorts of different fruit smoothies.

#3- Essential Oils I used 1 Tablespoon of honey with 2 drops of Fennel oil on top of it, twice a day. Be prepared it tastes like black licorice! I’m not a big fan of black licorice, I hate it! Just a caution  don’t use this more than 10 days in a row, or it will increase your urine flow:) Just what you want with a new baby. I only used it for 2-3 days in a row, then waited a week and used it again. It tastes AWFUL, but works amazing!

#4- Pump Pump Pump I pumped after each feeding for at least 15 minutes  until Hattie was 6 months old. Yes EVERY feeding even the night feedings! It was rough, I mean really rough. As a result from my pumping sessions I was able to freeze around 500 oz. For really I did. (I filled my mom’s standing freezer and my freezer) I am still using milk that I have frozen.

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This is what is left of my milk stash 😦

#5- Relax the hardest think and most important! You have to relax, and breath! The more you stress the less milk your body will be able to produce. Stress from nursing or anything else going on in life will make you milk supply plumit. Just breath! Take a hot bath. Take a nap. Enjoy the cute face of your sweet baby!

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not writing to try and guilt more people into nursing. I want all the new moms to feel that what they choose is OK. All that matters is that you do what is best for you and your family.

You have a beautiful baby, and you are going to do an amazing job. It’s going to be hard. There will be tear. And lots of sleepless night. But you can do it! If you ever need a fellow mom to talk to send me a message and I would love to talk!

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You are a super mom!

 

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Adventures in Life

 

Supper exciting I completed my first guest post this weekend. Kind/really scary. But it was a great experience to get a look into another amazing blog. If you get the change check out Find the Beauty blog

Life is a beautiful adventure. It has its ups, downs, twists, and turns. But it also has moments that change who we are because they are so beautiful. Maybe sometime we think that an adventure has to be a big planned extravagant vacation. Why can’t we go on an adventure to our own back yards? There are so many amazing moments happening right in front of our eyes that we miss.

Live the Moments

For some reason my favorite moments are not the kind of moments I think people would consider great outstanding points in time. My favorite moments always revolve around my family being together, just sitting around talking and laughing together. Even though we see each other a lot because of our family business. Being able to sit and enjoy the sunshine, the kids playing in the yard, the smiles, and laughs. The moments that you have to be there to really experience.

Love Beyond Words

I think love is the most important thing we have as humans. It’s the only think that outlast money, time, age, and all the hustle and bustle of life. I love the spring time when everything is in bloom. I love to hear the birds in the trees. My husband (Brandon) favorite sound is the quite crunch of snow underfoot at night. I love the first smile on my baby’s face in the morning as she works to untangle herself from her blanks. I love my family the most!. Beyond the most, it is what my world revolves around. Words can’t do justice how much I love my family.

Laugh Everyday 

A chuckle, a giggle, or a bust your gut laughing! laughing is the best exercise ever! There is no better way to break the ice with someone new. Or to end an awkward silence in a conversation. I love to laugh but I’m not an easy laughter. Brandon loves to try to get me to laugh at everything. I mean everything. Even things that are not funny at all 🙂 But it makes me laugh at how much he wants to see me laugh and smile.

Life is full of so many moments that come and go so fast. My goal in life is to move quickly enough to keep up with the world, but slow enough to catch the smiles, the laughs, the tears, the funny stories, and all the fun adventures that await in the future.

Live each moment, love with your whole heart, laugh until your belly hurts

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Thank you Find the Beauty for letting me post some of my thoughts on your blog. I appreciate SO much!

If you would like to read more of my life adventures and thoughts please join me at Wild Adventures in the Sun. Thank you again Find the Beauty!

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Spring has Sprung

Welcome to spring! Its finally here! Warm weather, dry arena, clean horses, rodeos. So many things to look forward to when the weather starts to warm up. But there are a few things that living on farms and ranches that comes along with spring that are not the funnest, but anyone who has horses or animals will take them if it means the weather is warming up

Maybe its just me but I trust my horses more to tell me when sring is really here than the ground hog.

O ya shedding animals. In Utah where we go from below freezing one week to high 60’s the next, the winter coats on our horses are thick and thicker. This week has started the daily horse hair coat creating. The hair is everywhere. And its only the beginning. Bring on the horse hair chap stick (its my favorite) 🙂

The next wonderful thing about spring and the ground thawing out

Yes that is manure! Lots and lots and lots of manure. This is 1 pen cleaned out. Multiply this by 9 other horse pens. Yup lots and lots of manure. But it make for a wonderfully fertilized garden:)

My all time favorite thing about spring though is getting to rope outside and having hotdogs and smores around a fire! There is nothing better (in my opinion) family, friends, horses, in the area and fun.

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 Spring is my FAVORITE!!!!!!!! There are so many great things that come along with spring. I can hardly hold in the antisipation of warm nights under the arena lights (that so rhymes) Count me in!!!
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Always a Child at Heart

I am will always be a child at heart. Any and every Disney movie that come out I HAVE TO GO TO IT! Not want to go or need to go I HAVE TO GO! I love Disney movies! I love everything about them. The story lines. The love in the story. Watching the characters grow throughout the movie. The life lessons. I love it all! I’m pretty sure it runs in my family, well the girls in my family.
My parents of last Christams bought all my brothers and I our families tickets to Disney On Ice. So last Saturday we went to Disney On Ice
Before all the fun and craziness and fun began Hattie
Eric & Ariel
The Little Mermaid is still my favorite movie EVER
Frozen
Tear I didn’t get a picture of Toy Story or Cars they were so cute! If you ever get the chance to go to Disney On Ice do it. It is so so so so so cute!
My wonderfully wild family.
It was a supper fun day, it was long but so worth it.

My Go To

Have you ever had that sudden panic feeling hit you
when your going to a party and your suppose to bring something. Maybe that’s just me.
I’m going to share with your my go to recipe that is supper easy and if I say so myself pretty darn health as well
Cowboy Caviar
Ingredients

 

 
1 can black beans
1 can black eye peas
1 bunch fresh cilantro
8 tomatoes (I use 8 roma)
1 bottle fat free Italian dressing
1 bell pepper (your choice of color)
1 T minced garlic (add to tast)
1 bunch green onions
(you can plant the ends of the green onions you cut off and they will regrow)
Green onions for you next batch……… In a few months:)
Extras
1 avocado
1/2 t lemon juice
1 can corn
 
 
Directions
To start out I never make a single batch when I make cowboy caviar it is always a double or triple. It’s one of Brandon’s favorites, and he swears that it taste’s better after it has been mixed together for a day. (his words!!!!) 
Any ways start with a large bowl with a lid
Drain and rinse beans and black eye peas. Set them aside to drain. Cut cilantro, bell pepper (I like yellow or orange), and tomatoes into about dime size pieces (if you want chunkier cut into larger size pieces) and place in the bowl. Combine beans and peas with the cilantro, bell pepper, and tomatoes. Add minced garlic and Italian dressing.
 
~MAKE SURE THE DRESSING IS FAT FREE~
 
not because its less fat (just a bonus). If you use regular dressing with oil, or make your own that has oil in it. It will separate after you get everything combine and ready, and you will end up eating a oil caviar (learned the hard way) Fat free dressing wont separate and you will end up with a much better result!! Mix everything together and enjoy with chips or just enjoy.
 
 
Extras
Brandon loves when I put avocado in the mix but it has to be put in last, and don’t stir the caviar a bunch after you have put the avocado in or the avocado turns to mush. 
Lemon juice adds just a little bit of zing to the mix, I add it when I want a little something extra.
Corn is another sometimes/when I feel like adding addition.

 

Cowboy Caviar is my specialty in my family. My double batch was gone before we made it to Disney on Ice this last Saturday (pictures to come)
Enjoy!!!
What is your specialty go to recipe?

Women of Strength

Because today is International Women’s Day I want to share with you a few 
women owned businesses that will rock your world.
They are AWESOME! 
Stacy Pratt is the owner of the amazing Big Bratt in Spanish Fork, Utah. 
She offers supper fun trendy clothes and accessories in her store.
I have ordered and received many flowers but by far my favorite 
arrangement’s are from Renaee at Forget Me Not. They are beautiful!
(This was for my sister-in-law to welcome her baby girl)

Pictures and videos mean the world to me! I love the memories they allow to be passed on and reminisce over forever. Sadie Vaenuku captures those wonderful moments so beautifully. She is so creative! 
When I was teaching this was my go to shop for all my clothes. That is a big deal for me because my 5’10” legs are hard to find long enough pants, I never bought a pair that was short. I am also a long torso kind of gal and their shirts are long (angles sing from heaven). That is my biggest agitation ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shirts being to short. Check out her shop.
Finally I have to make a big shout out to some amazing women in my personal everyday life
My grandma, mom (Lori), aunt Kristy, and Hattie are amazing women. They are all business owners and work their butts off each and everyday at everything they do. 
Happy International Women’s Day 
each and everyone of you are amazing women. The world would be a little darker without you in it!! 

Surprise Mail

The best thing came in the mail today. 
I mean 
THE BEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I may not have been able to restrain myself from opening it before I took a picture)
Can you ever guess what was in that wonderful orange box
 5 orange envelopes 
PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES so many PICTURES
(sorry my desk is messy at the moment)
(how about that bed head)
Shutterfly offers so many amazing picture products; photo books, calendars, prints, and so much more.
I printed all the pictures I have taken with my phone since Hattie was born. Which ended up being almost 400 pictures😊 (don’t tell Brandon). Using the Shutterfly phone app I was able to print all of these pictures for less than $35! For real less than $35. I started out trying to print them all at home, ya that was going to cost me both arms and both legs in ink!!! Then I was going to print at Wal-Mart, it was still going to cost me around $75. I saw an advertisement on Facebook about the shutterfly app that would let you print pictures for 
$0
Unlimited Free Prints

I just paid for shipping. How can you beat that?
I can’t be the only person/mom that has a million pictures on my phone.
Download the orange shutterfly app and print away. 
Or go to shutterfly.com and have unlimited photo ideas and tools at your finger tips!!! 
(Post your Shutterfly projects in the comments I would love to see what your photo project is)

10 Thinks About Me

10 things. How do I just pick ten things out of my whole life……… Well here it goes

#1- I have the GREATEST HUSBAND in the world
His name is Brandon. We will have been married 5 years November 1st. He is my rock! I’m a little bit of a hot head if you ask anyone that knows me, he does a great job of pouring water on my fire when I start to get upset. He travels all over to rodeos with me sunshine, rain, wind, snow, any weather he is always in the stands cheering me on in rodeo and in life!
#2- I am the mom to a wild haired 1 year old little girl
Hattie just turned 1 this last February. She is so outgoing all ready. She loves people especially if they will talk to her, she loves to talk!!! She has brought so much fun, more laughs, and more smiles than I could ever dream of, 
#3- I am a Mormon
I don’t know what I would do without my faith and my family. To me those both go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other! Being a Latter Day Saint has helped me to grow into the person I am today. It helps me every single day as a Wife and Mom. 
#3I love to rodeo
Almost my entire family rodeos. My parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, all but a handful rodeo. The nieces and nephews that are to young to enter rodeos have ponies and O and they have so much fun riding around on their ponies. 
Anyway back to my rodeo experience. I college rodeoed through college. It put me through college like any other athlete on scholarship. I competed for Utah Valley University. I will just say it was be far some of the funnest years of my life!!!!!!! SO FUN!
#4- I am a play in the dirt kind of girl
Wild Adventures in the Sun should make scene now. I love the outdoors. I love to feel the sun on my skin, hear the birds in the trees, the smell of dirt, I love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had to pick inside all day or outside all day, I’ll head for the door! I love to garden, mow the lawn, rack leaves (crazy right). Sign me up for anythings outside!

#5- I am the ONLY GIRL 
Yup you read that right I am the only girl out of 5 boys. Yes I am the shortest, the daddies girl, a total tomboy. I didn’t get picked on, all my brothers say I did the picking on them. GIRL POWER😄. I really love being the only girl. 
#6- I have a Degree in Elementary Education
WOOT WOOT I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I was also finishing up an internship as a 4th grade teacher that year as well. (the year of NO SLEEP)
#7- I love to books
Being a teacher you can guess that I of course love books. My first year teaching I inherited a retiring teachers books + books from my mom teaching (she is a retired teacher) + books I had collected for 4 years while I was in college = A LOT OF BOOKS!!!!!!!  
#8- Pictures Pictures Pictures then add a few more Pictures

I MAY or may not have an issue of always taking too many pictures. Okay ya I do. I love to take pictures! I love to look at pictures! I love to edit pictures! I just love pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#9-  Family Business
This year started a big new chapter in my life. I’m no longer teaching, I am working full-time as a secretary and estimator for my brothers. I now you may have cringed at the title 
FAMILY BUSINESS
in reality though its AWESOME. My Parents and my dads cousin own a contract painting business. My two brothers that are just older than me and my younger brother all work for my parents. Yes we all still get along even after working with each other everyday. 
#10-  Adventure
I love to go on adventures! New places, new food, new people, new new new new I love it. (minus life changing events kind of new, those are scary) This blog is a BIG adventure for me to put myself and my life out there for family and hopefully lots of future friends to follow along with. 
Let the Adventures begin!!!!! 


W/💓
BayLee

Welcome

Welcome to Wild in the Sun. 

On this blog you will get to be part of lots of  WILD adventures with my little family. Here are a few regular things that will be on the blog that many will think are really wild 🙂 Rodeo trips, playing on the ranch, and horses, horses, horses!!
One of my favorite pictures just because. This is my Senior year in College at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) rodeo. 
Besides outside and horses, I will also be posting recipes that are successful. My idea of a recipe that is successful that means it takes a total of less than 45 minutes from start to finish. I wish I had the patients to spend hours and hours in the kitchen cooking all sorts of meals. But as you can guess I would really prefer to be outside rather than in the kitchen. So if I post a recipe it will be on the easy end of the spectrum of cooking and also be fairly nutrient dense. I try my best to use organic products when I cook or home grown  (I will share my reasoning on a later post). They diffidently have to be GOOD!!! That is a must. 
At the moment I am striving to be a DIY Mamma & Wife. I will add the projects and crafts that I work on as well. I am not a naturally crafty kind of person (that’s my goal in life), I’m more of a get an idea from someone and tweak it here and there kind of craft maker😔.
I am supper excited for all the adventures ahead