How I pumped over 450oz in 1 month!

Hello friends! A month ago I gave birth to the perfect little girl. From those first moments of trying to breastfeed we had issues. She just wouldn’t latch well and it caused me intense pain. The first night we were home from the hospital I just couldn’t take it anymore. Just know that breastfeeding shouldn’t cause you serious pain. That night, after attempting to feed and getting mad at my husband and the baby I said I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to give up but being angry and tired and in pain was not a sustainable way to live. I immediately pulled out my pump and decided to start pumping exclusively. This is just the inside freezer. Our deep freeze is filled with target bags full of milk!

Exclusively pumping

As soon as I made that decision I felt a weight lifted and was immediately happier. I could feed my baby, still give breast milk, and my husband could help out more. Also formula is very expensive so being able to save money was a huge plus. So over the past month I have been able to pump enough for baby to eat all day/night and store up a stash of over 450oz!! Here is exactly what I do and what works for me.

  • Water water water! I’ll get this one out of the way because it’s the most obvious. I drink a minimum of 16oz each time I pump. Pumping makes me super thirsty. I keep a 32oz jug with me and drink all day and night.
  • Pumping of course. Get a good pump, I use the Medela pump in style. I also purchased a car adapter so I could never miss a pump. I pump every 3 hours around the clock. I set alarms to go off on my watch so I’m always aware. I know it seems like a lot but pumping takes a major commitment. For me it’s easy to remember 12, 3, 6, 9 for the times I pump. It also helps to use some lanolin on the flanges to make pumping more comfortable.
  • I drink one body armor drink everyday. Some people claim it boosts milk supply. I find that it helps break up the water drinking with something flavorful. They taste amazing and have milk boosting ingredients like coconut water.
  • I eat oatmeal each morning. It’s filling, helps milk production and I think it helps with weight. I made tons of lactation cookies with my first baby and found that I couldn’t lose weight and even gained and so I was not letting that happen this time.
  • Sunflower lecithin. I ordered mine on amazon. This is supposed to have some great health benefits and also helps prevent mastitis. I would suggest, if you get the liquid form, to just take a spoonful and not mix it in food or smoothies. It is a thickening agent and it can ruin your smoothie or food in my opinion.
  • I always have my Arbonne protein shake a day. It gets my fruits and veggies in as well as my protein and fiber and pre and probiotics each day! Plus it tastes amazing. Get it here! Click the link to get yours or message me for more details!
    Sleep!!

These are my tips and tricks to building your stash and making pumping work for you! I will continue to update and I continue my journey

Xoxo erin

Peace, Love, and Boxy!

It’s that time of the month again! April 2019 boxycharm box. So yesterday was my birthday, so it feels like a gift to get my box! Also I know I’ve been gone a while but I just had a baby and life with a newborn and a 2 year old is exhausting. I will be uploading my birth story soon and much more.

Here we go!

First up we received the Pur festival palette. This palette is so gorgeous and perfect for creating fun looks for nights out or festival season! MSRP 36$

We also received the summer daze brush set from luxie. It includes a contour brush and two eyeshadow brushes. 28$

Next up I got an artist couture diamond glow powder. These highlighters are soooo bomb! If you’ve never tried them do yourself a favor and go get one ASAP! MSRP 27$

In my box I received the Appeal cosmetics holographic lip gloss. This will be a great lip topper because I own so many matte lippies that I could use a little shine! MSRP 21$

Lastly I got a bodyography eye pencil. It feels a bit stiff but further testing will confirm whether or not that is the case. MSRP 14$

Over all this box is so bomb! I can’t wait to play with the palette and glow to heaven with the highlighter!!

Till next time my loves!!!

Xoxo erin

Hospital packing list baby #2!

Hello friends! I know I have written this before with my first baby but I wanted to write an updated one for the second time around. Keep in mind it is always a good idea to ask your doctor what you need to pack. My hospital is really awesome and provides almost everything needed, I’m sure yours does too. No need to over pack!

  • Alright so you obviously need a duffle bag or small suitcase to pack everything into! I use this one I have from Lucky Brand.
  • In my bag I have packed a cute plaid shirt to go home in. It is a maternity shirt that buttons. I wanted to make sure I had something that fit, made me feel put together, and was breastfeeding friendly. You probably won’t leave the hospital looking like you did before you ever got pregnant so plan for a pooch still.
  • Granny panties. Really you just need some full coverage, comfy panties that can hold large pads during recovery.
    I picked up this belly binder from amazon. Only 13$! This will help shrink your uterus and get your tummy back to its original size. As soon as I am in recovery I plan on putting this bad boy on!
    A comfy nursing bra that can be slept in. I found mine on amazon for so cheap!
    This time I packed some tall compression socks because last time my feet, ankles, and legs got soo swollen. It was very painful and looked horrendous. And hospitals are cold so better to be prepared lol.
  • I packed a set of pajamas that button up so I can be comfy in my own clothes after the IV’s come out and I get that first shower! Plus the buttons allow easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Lastly for myself I packed toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, skincare, light makeup, hair ties and my glasses.

Your hospital should provide giant pads, pain relief, ice packs, sitz bath, dermoplast, witch hazel pads… mine did, I literally didn’t need to bring anything, they even had mesh undies to wear. Some people hate them but I am all for not ruining anything of my own, use the hospitals! My hospital also fed me really well and the food was good so there was no need for bringing snacks!

For Baby:

  • I packed 2 outfits- one in newborn size and one 0-3m. Along with the outfits I packed matching bows. I know there will be lots of pictures!
  • I packed a swaddle for pictures and a thin muslin blanket for coming home.
  • Car seat

Other than clothes and a car seat you really have no need to pack other items. The hospital will have diapers, wipes, baby wash and lotion, anything you will need. And you get to bring all the extras home!

Extras:

  • Phone and phone charger
  • Camera
  • Donut pillow- giving birth makes it feel like your tail bone is broken. At least it did for me. I got a pillow specially for my poor bum.
  • Pillow- with your own unique case
  • Clothes for dad- if your husband or SO is anything like mine, make him pack his own bag! My husband over packs so much and it drives me crazy!

You can always keep some extras in your car if you really think you’ll need them.

Boxycharm After Glow: Feb 2019

Hey friends! It’s that time again! I just got my boxy box in and I wanna unbox it with you!!

First I got a Too Faced Better than sex mascara. This mascara is amazing!! I have loved it for years and I’m so glad to have a fresh one. Retails for 24$

Next I got the Pretty Vulgar shimmering swan highlight. This highlight gives a natural, beautiful glow to the face but can be built up. It’s so pretty! Retail is 32$

Up next everyone got the Touch In Sol no poreblem primer. This primer is so soft and silky and blurs any skin issues you may have. Retails for 18$

I also received the Farmacy Clean Bee ultra gentle facial cleanser. This cleanser is formulated with naturally derived ingredients and soothe and hydrate skin while deep cleaning the skin. Retails for 22$

Lastly I received a Trestique prime and glaze lip crayon. This lip duo features a primer on one end and a shiny color glaze on the other. I’m excited to try this out since I don’t do shiny lips often. Retails for 25$

If you added that up you see I got 121$ worth of products! That’s 100$ over what I pay! Such a great deal and a much better box than I’ve received in the past!

Till next time!

Xoxo erin

If you are on the hunt for the cleanest, natural products available let me know or find them here erintrevathan.arbonne.com !!

Spontaneous Trip, Orange Beach

Hey friends! Happy Monday, hope your day is going good. I unfortunately got a stomach bug and have been feeling not so hot. Anyways last week my husband randomly said we should go on a trip. He normally talks himself out of these things when he brings them up so I was just letting him run wild until he said he booked a hotel and took a day of leave from work Friday.

Thursday afternoon we drove over to orange beach, al. And stayed in the Hampton suites on the beach. It’s off season so we got a great deal. We wanted to go somewhere before the new baby arrived but didn’t want to push it too close to my due date. It was such a great trip! Yes it was a little chilly but we went for good food and boy did we get it!

I’m calling it a babymoon. I think they are a little ridiculous to take a “honeymoon” while pregnant to Luxury places because you can’t drink, eat certain things, ride rides… all depending on where you go. But we are close to the beach so it wasn’t a far drive and we really enjoyed our time.

The restaurants you gotta go to if you decide to visit orange beach are : wolf bay lodge- amazing sea food! I had a great lobster and even my son ate a bunch of shrimp, I was shocked!

The gulf was a great outdoor restaurant, so if you want to have your toes in the sand and eat awesome food you gotta visit here! The place was so cool and the food was so good!

Bahama Bobs was a total hole in the wall but those places are always the best! We got the best fried fish and oysters and the Mac n cheese and green beans were like my granny made them!!

Last place was Rotolo’s. It’s a pizza place but everything is homemade and amazing!!! Hunter got wings while I got a pizza. We both were so floored with how much we loved it!

So if y’all are in the area or want to take the trip the food alone is worth it!!!

Bumpdate!

Hello friends! Just got home from my doctor appointment. I am 30 weeks and 5 days. I am so ready to be not pregnant anymore! Haha I’ve reached the point of when I drop something it stays there, I don’t tie shoes, and I need a chair next to the stove so I can take breather breaks. I’m so exhausted but don’t get me wrong I am so excited. I want baby P to be here so I can see her sweet face and love and cuddle her.

I want to be able to workout and get back in shape. I want to know where we are moving and move so I can decorate and organize the kids rooms and the whole house. It is just such a big year for us and I want to jump head first!

This pregnancy has been difficult but also easy. I have been very sick and my heartburn has gotten so much worse. I start coughing at night to where I pee and almost throw up and leave the bed bc I know my husband needs sleep. But only about 8 weeks left. I keep telling myself I can do it. It’ll go by quick 🤞🏼

Xoxo erin

Boxy and Chill: January 2019

Hey hey!! How are we all doing today? Are you rocking this New Years butt? My health challenge is going well! Today starts week 2 of it.

Well let me get to business. Here is what I received this month. This months box is definitely lack luster in my opinion. I was just not a fan.

First up I got the Briogeo Roscaro milk leave-in conditioning spray MSRP – 12$. I have gotten this product before and as most of you know I hate getting most hair products. Something has to be beyond mind blowing for me to get excited about hair.

Next I received the OFRA Long lasting liquid lipstick in the shade Miami fever MSRP- 20$. I do love liquid lipsticks and I’m excited to try out ofras formula. The shade is not one I would normally select for myself but I’m ready to try something different. The shade is like a brown/burnt red.

Up next I got the Tarte rain forest of the sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol 3. MSRP- 36$. To be honest I think this would be a total waste of money and I would never have purchased this if I didn’t get it in my box. It’s literally all highlight shades but for your eyes… I will definitely try this on my cheeks and hopefully get more use out of it.

Next is the Tatcha luminous dewy skin masks. MSRP- 24$. I know tatcha is an awesome brand but I’m still undecided if I will be trying it or not. I have such an amazing skincare routine that is all natural. I may just give these to my mom or a friend.

Lastly I received the Billion Dollar Brows universal brow pencil MSRP-18$. This is actually what I’m most (only thing I’m) excited for. The pencil is actually really creamy and smooth and blends nicely. Something had to be awesome in the box!

I’m really hoping the next box will be bomb because this one is not exciting at all. It is still a very great deal but I won’t continue to be a charmer if I don’t like the boxes.

Till next time friends!

Xoxo erin