NeuroticMommy http://neuroticmommy.com Living Crazy Healthy Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://www.neuroticmommy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-Favicon-32x32.jpg NeuroticMommy http://neuroticmommy.com 32 32 Pregnancy Week 15 http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/13/pregnancy-week-15/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/13/pregnancy-week-15/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:55:18 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24689 Hello friends! We are in week 15 of my pregnancy and I’m feeling so much better. I can finally say “ADIOS” to the first trimester (and thank God). I was talking with some of my mom friends and it came up how the second pregnancy seems to go by so much quicker. And it really […]

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Pregnancy Week 15 - NeuroticMommy pregnancy week by week. NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #moms #motherhood

Hello friends! We are in week 15 of my pregnancy and I’m feeling so much better. I can finally say “ADIOS” to the first trimester (and thank God).

I was talking with some of my mom friends and it came up how the second pregnancy seems to go by so much quicker. And it really does. This time around I have so much more to do. I’m writing a book, taking the photographs so it’s really keeping me busy. When I think about Little Baby C’s arrival I’m like “OMG I don’t have enough time!” But maybe that’s just me nesting.

With my first pregnancy it felt like I was pregnant for years. I remember when I was about 7 months pregs people would stop me in the street and make comments like ” You’re still pregnant?!” and I’d be all like “Um yea I’m still only 7 months”. This time around the time is flying by and I know it’s because I’m a mom now to my bestie Michael and we are always doing something. Not to mention summers are pretty busy with lots of fun (obviously) and they usually go by pretty quickly (bummer ūüôĀ). Also I’m expected to pop right around the holidays and holiday season comes and goes in a flash. But it’s exciting because Little Baby C will be celebrating his first Christmas at just about a month old. Crazy right.

Pregnancy Week 15 - NeuroticMommy pregnancy week by week. NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #moms #motherhood

Fetal Development – Measuring in at about 4 inches long, my little guy’s brain is now controlling all the muscles in his body so he’s able to move more, suck his thumb, do flips and kicks, etc. They say if it’s your first pregnancy you won’t really feel the movements yet but if it’s your second pregnancy you can feel the fluttering and I’ve totally been feeling the movements. I can’t remember or not if I felt Michael kicking or moving around at this point but I know I felt him pretty early on too. Cashew can now make facial expressions and the vocal cords are formed gearing up for that very first cry into the world. (Also when babies cry coming in I kinda don’t blame them, lol.) (more…)

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Ripple Milk Review Made From Peas http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/09/ripple-milk-review-made-peas/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/09/ripple-milk-review-made-peas/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:55:10 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24672 *This post is sponsored by Ripple Foods* When you think of dairy-free or plant-based milk typically you think of almond, coconut, rice, and soy. Never ever would you think peas right?! Before I was introduced to Ripple Foods I never even heard of milk derived from peas to be honest. But when I heard of […]

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Ripple Milk Review Made From Peas - A delicious dairy-free milk, perfect for lunch boxes, snacks and drinking on the go. And it doesn't require refrigeration which is even better for active lifestyles. NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #dairyfree

*This post is sponsored by Ripple Foods*

When you think of dairy-free or plant-based milk typically you think of almond, coconut, rice, and soy. Never ever would you think peas right?! Before I was introduced to Ripple Foods I never even heard of milk derived from peas to be honest. But when I heard of it I was fascinated. Peas alone are highly nutritious — they’re¬†a very good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and folate. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin B2, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium and choline.¬†So imagine a milk derived from peas and all it’s nutritional value. Woowza!

Ripple Milk Review – Made From Peas!

Ripple Milk Review Made From Peas - A delicious dairy-free milk, perfect for lunch boxes, snacks and drinking on the go. And it doesn't require refrigeration which is even better for active lifestyles. NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #dairyfree

What’s super convenient about this is that not only does it come in regular size 48oz bottles but it also comes in kids packs (as pictured)! There are 3 flavors: original, vanilla, and chocolate. Both my son and I tried the vanilla and chocolate and of course chocolate wins. Who doesn’t love a good ole glass of chocolate milk. (more…)

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First Trimester Weeks 4-14 http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/05/first-trimester-weeks-4-14/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/06/05/first-trimester-weeks-4-14/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:55:13 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24658 *Little Baby Cashew is the size of a large lemon or nectarine* In pregnancy it’s always best to wait to announce until after they say 12 or even 14 weeks. That’s because during the first trimester your body is extremely sensitive. There are a ton of changes your body is adjusting to, hence why morning […]

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First Trimester Weeks 4-14 - NeuroticMommy pregnancy week by week. #pregnant #moms

*Little Baby Cashew is the size of a large lemon or nectarine*

In pregnancy it’s always best to wait to announce until after they say 12 or even 14 weeks. That’s because during the first trimester your body is extremely sensitive. There are a ton of changes your body is adjusting to, hence why morning sickness is so common. Your hormones are at an all time high. Each hormone in your body is refiguring itself for the baby you will grow inside you. It’s miraculous when you think about it. The body knows exactly what to do. But in those first few months you have to take it easy, physically, but a tough thing to do mentally.

First Trimester Weeks 4-14 Glows and Woes

Telling close family and friends is ok but I think it’s more superstition than anything else about keeping it a secret. Some people don’t mind telling people early and then if something does go wrong they have the support. But either way I think it’s really up to the woman’s discretion. I chose to wait because I’m clearly superstitious naturally so I only told a very small group of close people.

During the past 14 weeks I did document what I felt, craved, how I slept, how I didn’t sleep and so on. I didn’t want to leave out any detail. I’ve been on every baby forum there is looking up weird symptoms and feelings basically making me a champ at google. If there was an olympics for google-er, I think I would win some sort of metal. (more…)

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Big News! I’m Totally Pregnant (Again) http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/30/big-news-im-totally-pregnant-again/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/30/big-news-im-totally-pregnant-again/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 17:55:17 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24622 I can’t even believe I’m writing up this blog post – I’m totally pregnant…AGAIN! After giving birth to my son and going through all of what I went through (you can read that long story here) I vowed to never have anymore kids. Like ever. I was too afraid. Afraid of the pregnancy, afraid of […]

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Big News! I'm Totally Pregnant (Again) - NeuroticMommy's Pregnancy Announcement

I can’t even believe I’m writing up this blog post – I’m totally pregnant…AGAIN!

After giving birth to my son and going through all of what I went through (you can read that long story here) I vowed to never have anymore kids. Like ever. I was too afraid. Afraid of the pregnancy, afraid of the birth, afraid of it all. (Ahem may I remind you that I don’t call myself a NeuroticMommy for nothing.) I wouldn’t even let my husband near my ear hole that’s how afraid I was of getting pregnant again. Yet here I am 6 years later…totes pregs.

*Adorable photo courtesy of my son Michael*

So how did this all happen you must be asking (lol), well you know how it happened but what made me change my mind is the kicker. (more…)

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Peanut Butter Brownie Bars http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/23/peanut-butter-brownie-bars/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/23/peanut-butter-brownie-bars/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 16:55:03 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24598 Is it just me or does chocolate and peanut butter go with like everything?!¬†These Peanut Butter Brownie Bars are seriously life. Super chocolatey peanut butter goodness that’s easy to make, delicious, and wait for it…vegan! Yes, can you even deal?! But when you taste it you won’t even know it’s vegan, it’s sinfully good. BUT […]

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Peanut Butter Brownie Bars - super chocolatey brownie peanut butter goodness that's easy to make, delicious, and wait for it...vegan! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #snacks #desserts

Is it just me or does chocolate and peanut butter go with like everything?!¬†These Peanut Butter Brownie Bars are seriously life. Super chocolatey peanut butter goodness that’s easy to make, delicious, and wait for it…vegan! Yes, can you even deal?! But when you taste it you won’t even know it’s vegan, it’s sinfully good. BUT (but but but) there’s a twist. The top is not frosting or icing or anything that’s even remotely bad for you. It’s my peanut butter mousse that’s made with coconut whipped cream and sweetened with some maple syrup. *they gasp*

Peanut Butter Brownie Bars - super chocolatey brownie peanut butter goodness that's easy to make, delicious, and wait for it...vegan! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #snacks #desserts

The brownie layer is easy peasy, all you need is your favorite vegan brownie mix (2 boxes) and whatever it calls for, usually vegan butter, water, or oil. For the topping I went with dairy free peanut butter cups (dark chocolate) and some extra chocolate drizzle (because duh, the more chocolate the better). (more…)

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Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/15/jumbo-bakery-style-chocolate-chip-muffins/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/15/jumbo-bakery-style-chocolate-chip-muffins/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 14:55:42 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24574 Working in NYC for more than half of my life I’ve become accustomed to their baked goods. Like Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins. The muffins in NY are incredible, they’re fluffy, moist, and filled with melty chocolate chips in every bite. It use to be my go to breakfast every morning before work. I […]

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Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins - These vegan fluffy and moist muffins are perfect for breakfast, brunch or snack time. Each bite filled with melty chocolate chips! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #muffins #snacks

Working in NYC for more than half of my life I’ve become accustomed to their baked goods. Like Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins. The muffins in NY are incredible, they’re fluffy, moist, and filled with melty chocolate chips in every bite. It use to be my go to breakfast every morning before work. I was also in my 20’s so eating muffins on the regular didn’t really phase me. I always loved carbs.

Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins - These vegan fluffy and moist muffins are perfect for breakfast, brunch or snack time. Each bite filled with melty chocolate chips! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #muffins #snacks

Anyway, I made these vegan, yes that’s correct, no animal products in this baby and yet the taste and texture are that of my fave muffins in NY. Go freakin’ figure.

Jumbo Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins - These vegan fluffy and moist muffins are perfect for breakfast, brunch or snack time. Each bite filled with melty chocolate chips! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #muffins #snacks

So for these instead of using a standard muffin tin, I used a jumbo 6 muffin cup tin. They come out perfect. But if you don’t have a jumbo pan not to worry, you can make these in the standard and they will still come out ultra delish.

I typically make these on Saturday mornings to go along with our brunch theme and they last till about Sunday. My son absolutely loves them but he only gets through like half of one and is all stuffed to the brim. They’re almost as big as his head, lol, not really but they are enormous. (more…)

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Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/11/vegan-coconut-rice-pudding/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/11/vegan-coconut-rice-pudding/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 19:55:20 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24551 I love me some Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding. I don’t know about any of you guys, but it’s always been one of my fave snacks to eat. I like it with blueberries, with raisins, with pecans or walnuts, it goes with just about anything really. And although it’s rice and I know peeps can be […]

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Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding - A healthy, vegan and gluten free snack can be made with white or brown rice and is cooked in coconut milk. The texture is dreamy and there are no refined sugars! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #glutenfree #snacks #ricepudding

I love me some Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding. I don’t know about any of you guys, but it’s always been one of my fave snacks to eat. I like it with blueberries, with raisins, with pecans or walnuts, it goes with just about anything really.

And although it’s rice and I know peeps can be afraid of the carb this is not bad for you! It’s made with organic white rice but can be easily made with brown rice if you prefer. This cooks right in the coconut milk so there’s no watery consistency and it comes out super creamy and dreamy, every rice pudding lovers true desire.

Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding - A healthy, vegan and gluten free snack can be made with white or brown rice and is cooked in coconut milk. The texture is dreamy and there are no refined sugars! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #glutenfree #snacks #ricepudding

I’ve played around with rice pudding recipes in the past and they’ve come out tasting pretty meh. Like bleh and meh. Through some trial and error I learned that you don’t need refined sugar to sweeten this bad boy up. Here are your options: maple syrup (which is what I used), agave nectar, coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, or if not vegan honey. I’ve used both brown rice syrup and maple syrup and maple syrup won for me, however your tastebuds might be different. No probs. (more…)

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Mother’s Day http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/10/last-minute-gift-guide-for-mothers-day/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/10/last-minute-gift-guide-for-mothers-day/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 16:55:57 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24541 Mother’s Day is only a few days away! It’s obviously the best day of the year (wink wink mommies). It’s so hard to pick out something for mom. Flowers and chocolates are my thing but I also love trinkets, mugs, bracelets and other little things I can use over and over again. The thing is […]

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Mother's Day - Still looking for that perfect gift for mom? Look no further I've got you covered with these 8 mom must haves! NeuroticMommy.com #mothersday #giftideas

Mother’s Day is only a few days away! It’s obviously the best day of the year (wink wink mommies). It’s so hard to pick out something for mom. Flowers and chocolates are my thing but I also love trinkets, mugs, bracelets and other little things I can use over and over again. The thing is too, it doesn’t have to be over the top crazy expensive. There are the most adorable gifts that moms will absolutely love without getting insanely crazy breaking the bank.¬† (more…)

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Black Bean Soft Shell Vegan Tacos http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/05/black-bean-soft-shell-vegan-tacos/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/05/black-bean-soft-shell-vegan-tacos/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 13:55:30 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=260 It’s Cinco de Mayo¬†People, Whoop Whoop! I literally salivate over taco commercials and be all like “I need that in my life”. ¬†Ha! But seriously, who doesn’t love a good taco every once in a while. I thought to myself “Bye Bye Tacos Forever” when I became a plant-based mommy. The more I learned though, […]

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Black Bean Soft Shell Vegan Tacos - Perfect for Cinco de Mayo festivities! NeuroticMommy.com #tacos #vegan

It’s Cinco de Mayo¬†People, Whoop Whoop! I literally salivate over taco commercials and be all like “I need that in my life”. ¬†Ha! But seriously, who doesn’t love a good taco every once in a while. I thought to myself “Bye Bye Tacos Forever” when I became a plant-based mommy. The more I learned though, the more I realized no food was gone forever except the crap food. (Adios) (more…)

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Zotto Mattress Review http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/02/zotto-mattress-review/ http://neuroticmommy.com/2017/05/02/zotto-mattress-review/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 15:55:46 +0000 http://neuroticmommy.com/?p=24509 This post is sponsored by Zotto Mattress–Sleep perfected!* I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first to review a mattress. I got my original mattress about 5 years ago from Macy’s and it’s still pretty comfy. Your mattress becomes your BFF right, you lay on it every night and your body takes […]

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Zotto Mattress Review - Sleep perfected with this environmentally friendly super comfy, top of the line mattress. NeuroticMommy.com #sleep #health

This post is sponsored by Zotto Mattress–Sleep perfected!*

I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first to review a mattress. I got my original mattress about 5 years ago from Macy’s and it’s still pretty comfy. Your mattress becomes your BFF right, you lay on it every night and your body takes shape to it. It becomes your comfort zone and you get nuzzled in the nook each night. And picking out mattresses¬†can take days, weeks even. You have to make sure you’re getting the right one for you and for your partner. Everyone has different sleeping styles, one likes firm while the other likes super soft or memory foam. It can be a pain in the biz-utt but worth it in the long run to make the right decision because after all a quality mattress is an investment. They can range anywhere from 900 beans and up as much or as more as 4k! I know.

Zotto Mattress Review - Sleep perfected with this environmentally friendly super comfy, top of the line mattress. NeuroticMommy.com #sleep #health

So when it was time to review Zotto Mattress I was hesitant. One because I don’t like memory foam and two because I need to lay on a mattress to see if it’s a good fit. ¬†Like trying on a pair of shoes, you have to try them on first before you make the purchase. I agreed to test out the mattress myself and see how it felt for me. And because I work on a computer, phone, and use a camera all day I need some really good support and comfort on my neck and back when I sleep, it’s essential. Plus I don’t like anything too firm like rock hard or too soft where I feel like I’m sinking. I’m like Goldie Locks, it has to be just right.

Zotto Mattress Review - Sleep perfected with this environmentally friendly super comfy, top of the line mattress. NeuroticMommy.com #sleep #health

The mattress comes sealed in a large box. No mattresses are reused if ever sent back. If they are sent back for some reason they donate those mattresses to a charity either within the vicinity of your town or in their area, they never resell used mattresses. That’s a huge plus. You have to be able to trust a company. No one wants to sleep in a bed that’s already been slept in by another person and no one wants bedbugs (yikes). (more…)

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