How I Got Sleep As A New Mom

 
new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress

Disclosure: Leesa® provided a free product for us to review. However, all opinions stated
here are my own. 

 

After having a baby one of the most overheard sentences you hear from friends and family is... "I hope you're getting enough rest" and, "remember to sleep when the baby sleeps".

I don't know about you, but between trying to figure out this new "mom" thing, breastfeeding and snuggles, I hardly ever got any sleep.  I'm not gunna lie, I felt like a milk factory for the first few months. As soon as I was done feeding, I'd get a quick bite to eat, MAYBE a shower and then Koda would wake up and it was time to feed again. It was like groundhog day. 

I remember handing the baby off to my husband one day thinking I'd to try this whole "sleep when the baby sleeps" thing. Yeah, it didn't work. It's so freaking hard to sleep during the day, even with the blinds shut. My body just wouldn't cooperate. Getting a quick 20 minute nap just wasn't in the cards for me.

And between waking up every hour or so to feed the baby, it was near impossible to get any sleep during the night. By the time I'd lay back down and finally fall asleep, it was feeding time AGAIN. Those little monsters can eat!

So when Leesa® sent a mattress my way to try out... I was super excited, to say the least. I took one look at my mattress and realized it HAD to go. It looked like a freaking hotdog bun as soon as someone laid in it. No joke, I'd lay down and roll in the middle (it ate me alive). Every time the hubby and I would lay down for the night, I'd find myself squeezed next to him in the middle (I love you, but I need my space). 

So the more I researched the Leesa® mattress, the more I fell in love with it. First off, I order online and get it shipped right to my front door in a box? No more spending hours in a mattress store walking around aimlessly trying to pretend I know exactly what I'm looking for! (sweet)

They're 100% American made and donate one mattress to a shelter for every ten they sell. Sounds like my kinda brand. I'm sold!

But here's where I fell in love... it has 3 premium foam layers. 1) Avena™ foam top layer for cooling and breathability 2) memory foam middle layer for body contouring and pressure relief and 3) dense core support foam for durability and structure for sleepers of all sizes. My hubby's a hot sleeper and I need my support (I sleep on my side). 

So after placing my order online, I anxiously waited for it to arrive on my doorstep. It came within just a few days. And I couldn't believe a mattress fit in this box. Am I being punked?

And before my hubby got home I pulled it into our bedroom, took it out of the box, put it on our bed base and opened it up. Without needing a second pair of hands, heck yes! I'm not gunna lie, the hubby was impressed. You can watch the unboxing process below. 

My 5 year old daughter Allie was so excited that when her friend Lili came over, she told her all about "mommy's new comfy mattress" and insisted on watching Curious George and having snacks until dad got home lol. 

It's seriously amazing how much a difference a good quality mattress can make. Ever since setting this baby up, I've had no problem sneaking in a 20 min nap here and there throughout the day. And between night feedings, I'm not tossing around trying to get comfy, I lay down and am out. No more feeling like a mom zombie... high five!

Seriously, my husband hates watching movies in our bed now because he knows as soon as I lay down... I'm snoring 5 minutes later. To say this mattress saved my mommy sanity, would be an understatement. And when Allie sneaks into bed with us at night, we don't all roll on top of each other anymore. Allie says... "oooh mommy, I have my own space now" haha. 

So for all you moms out there looking for a good nights rest, for real... this mattress is your answer :) I can't rave about it enough. 

Click HERE to checkout Leesa® and get $100 off your order using code "LOT801".

Oh... and  I just heard, the Leesa Mattress is now available at West Elm stores nationwide, heck yasss! Now you can try it out yourself. www.leesa.com/westelm  

 

new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
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new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
new mom getting sleep with Leesa mattress
 

Booty and Belly with Bands Workout

 
booty and belly with bands workout for busy moms
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout
booty and belly with bands workout.

Booty and Belly with Bands Workout

B is the letter of the day.


Yep, I'm totally talking mom language. A few times a week, we pick a letter of the day. My son is
4, so we really just do it for him... or so I thought. The other day, my two-year old picked up a
wooden letter “E’ and said “E”, then went on to name several different letters. I was shocked!
(Mom brag... sorry).


Anyway, when we pick a letter, we focus on it all day... or for an hour until we forget about it.
This game works great for luring my son to the store. I say "find everything at Target that starts
with a B". That gets him excited about my B-oring errand and it keeps him busy for a few
minutes while shopping too, as he asks to buy all of the B items.


Brownies, bunny crackers, bubblegum ... why can't he want Brussels sprouts, broccoli or black
beans?! Well, cause he's a kid and kids are smart... that junk stuff tastes good... but it's not the
best for your Belly or Booty ... unless you want them a little B-lubbery.


So, let's talk about the Booty and Belly. First, eating a clean diet will do wonders for those areas
and so will bands! I love my workout bands. They're inexpensive, portable and powerful. You
can throw them around your legs and crank it some major burning exercises right from home.
The resistance is legit and so are the results.


Here's my Booty and Belly Band workout...


- Plank with Back Kick: Place a band around both ankles and get into a plank position. Kick
one leg up into the air and tighten those buns. Do 15-25 on each leg.


- Squat with Thigh Lift: With the band around your ankles, step out into a wide stance. Squat
down, as you rise lift one leg up and out to the side. Place foot down, squat and then lift the
other. Do 15-20 total squats.


- V-Up Pulses: Lay on your back with band around your ankles. Rise into a V-Up with shoulders
and legs off the ground. Grab band with your hands. Now pulse legs down against the back
while resisting with arms.


- Side Plank Booty Lifts: Get into a side plank with the band around your ankles. Lift and lower
the top leg for 10-15 reps. Switch sides and repeat.


While we are talking about the B's of fitness. I gotta share my Banana Ball recipe with you!!
These are perfect for a quick snack or even breakfast.


What you need:
2C rolled oats
1 ripe banana
1C unsweetened shredded coconut
1TBSP coconut oil
1/4C chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
2TBSP applesauce (I make my own with apples & cinnamon)

How to: Mash the banana in a bowl. Add all other ingredients to the bowl. Mix well (I use my
hands). Make 18-20 small balls and place in a Tupperware in the fridge. Have 2-3 as a snack or
4-5 as breakfast.


Ok, babes, go make those Beautiful Bodies even more Bangin'.

-Elyse (make sure to follow Elyse on Instagram HERE)

 

Yogurt Toast Recipe

 

Yogurt Toast

You can’t log onto Instagram for more than 5 minutes without scrolling through a photo of avocado toast. Don’t get me wrong- the discovery of smashed or sliced avocado on my toast has literally changed my life, but when the mornings are super sticky and I want something a little more refreshing, I turn to my other friend: yogurt toast.

I know- I know- yogurt on toast seems weird and downright wrong. But, as my son says to his Mimi anytime she balks at his newest food obsession:  come on, just try it! 

healthy yogurt toast recipes

The best part of this is that you likely have everything you need in your home: your fave bread (I’m a big fan of nutty multigrain breads), your fave yogurt (this works best with a thick yogurt like greek or skyr), and any toppings you may have around. 

Here are some ideas to get your yogurt toast off on the right foot:

 

apple yogurt toast recipe

 

A quick spread of 4% vanilla Siggi’s (my absolute fave) with a seasonal apple, sliced super thinly, a sprinkle of chia seeds and lemon zest to give your morning a little extra love. 

Same with this crusty Italian toast topped with blueberries and chia:

blueberry yogurt toast recipe

 

Extra points if they were picked yourself :)

When pomegranates are in season adding some seeds to the top of my yogurt toast is like a delicacy. 

 

pomegranate yogurt toast recipe

 

For my son and hubby who hate munching on the seeds, I just add a few to my lemon squeezer and top his toast with just the pomegranate juice. Snack heaven!

 

Pomegranate juice yogurt toast

 

It even works to make savory toasts a little better. Next time you’re in the mood for Avo toast, spread a thin layer of plain yogurt first. You’ll be thanking me later! Bonus points if you then add a little prosciutto on top:

 

savory yogurt toast recipe

 

I served this up as as app at a small dinner party and people could not stop raving! 

Finally, a little spread on your ever so sweet and slightly toasted pound cake is a great way to add fresh fruit to your dessert to lighten it up. This particular pound cake was a meyer lemon poppy seed cake, but any pound cake will do. I topped it with a smear ofstrawberry rhubarb 4% yogurt from Siggis and some fresh seasonal berries. 

 

healthy yogurt toast recipe for kids

 

So, who’s jumping aboard the yogurt toast train?? All aboard!!

-Christine (make sure to follow Christine on Instagram HERE)