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Nursing Friendly Travel Outfits And Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays can be stressful, especially when you have to catch flights to spend them with loved ones. As a new mom, there’s another level of stress when it comes to traveling; his name is Anakin. While I can’t control delayed flights, condescending comments from someone at the Thanksgiving table, or  chili-like blowouts on the plane, I CAN control what I put into my body, and how to dress when nursing while traveling.  Here are some nursing outfit ideas and an awesome savory and sweet Thanksgiving bowl!

Edgy & Coz y

  • Fuzzy vest – great for warmth, using as a cover or pillow! Here’s the same one from PinkBlush 
  • Button up blouse – great for discreetly nursing
  • maternity leggings – great for comfort and breathable
  • Zip-up combat boots – easy to take off for TSA
  • Diaper bag

Lightweight & Adventurous

  • Elbow Patch Cardigan – great for light warmth. Similar styles available at PinkBlush.
  • Camo loose tee – great for pulling down or lifting up to nurse.
  • Maternity leggings – over-the-belly band is great for hiding tummy if lifting tee.
  • Sandals – easy to remove for TSA
  • Diaper bag

Sweet Potato & Ground Beef Bowl (vegan)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1 sweet potatoe
  • 1/2 bag of Beyond Beef (plant protein)
  • vegan mozzarella cheese

1 – Cut veggies to desired sizes

2 – Put sweet potatoes in a skill with oil of choice (I used olive oil)

3 – Mix onion and peppers in when potatoes reach desired taste.

4 – Add frozen Beyond Beef three minutes before removing from skillet

5 – Add salt and pepper, mix

6 – Add mozzarella to melt

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Super thankful for PinkBlush for collaborating on this post for you guys! Enjoy!

Nursing Friendly Thanksgiving Outfits and Recipes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while most are worried about the football game and black Friday sales, some are at a loss when thinking of what to wear or what to eat… especially a breastfeeding vegan *facepalm* Luckily, I’ve partnered with PinkBlush to share my favorite maternity/ nursing outfit ideas, along with a Thanksgiving inspired lactation boosting (vegan) breakfast and (vegan) pumpkin spice latte recipe.

 

Off the Shoulder

 

I absolutely love off the shoulder looks! Especially flow-y fits that leave room for a pregnant tummy (or in my case, food baby) to grow. The stretchy fabric makes it easy to also nurse whenever and where ever.

Dress by PinkBush.

V-neck Knits

 

This v-neck knit sweater makes it so easy to stay toasty warm while nursing. This will also come in handy while traveling this winter, and being unsure of how cool the airplane and airports will be… but beware: it does not protect you from any wondering freezing baby hands!

Similar styles can be found here at PinkBlush.

 

Oatmeal and Coffee

 

 

Rich Pumpkin Oatmeal

 

 

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal
  • 1 spoon-full of pumpkin puree
  • 1 hand-full of granola (mine included dark chocolate and strawberry)
  • Coconut milk

Vegan PSL

 

  • 6 oz. coffee or espresso
  • 9 oz. almond milk creamer
  • 1 spoon-full pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spices
  • vegan marshmallows

 

I hope these inspire your Thanksgiving looks or breakfast ideas, and be sure to tag myself along with Pink Blush for any re-creations!

Instagram Q+A

 

For the past few weeks, my DM’s and e-mail have been filled with questions! So here are my answers to the most asked questions this month!

Military:

 
Is there a way to be notified when my package is delivered to someone deployed?
The package will only be able to be tracked until the APO delivery, not to when it is delivered to the deployed member. This is for their safety! Your S.O. will be happy to let you know when their package is safely in their arms.
Why do you label packages with “top”, “personal”, and/ or “public”?
Top lets my husband know, “this is the side you open”
Personal means “What’s in this box is for you.”
Public means “What’s in this box is for everyone, NOT YOU!”
 
Do you have any tips for sending baked goods in a care package?
I have only sent cookies! I let them cool before placing them in a zip locked bag (with zipper, not a folder over), and then place the zip locked bag into a lidded container. Here are examples in my Christmas Care Package Blog Post.
 
Is your husband home for good now? //   Is your husband always gone?
For as long as he is a part of the military, there is no “for good.” He isn’t always gone, just like 20% of the past few years (which is nothing compared to what I anticipated via movies and Army Wives).
Can you go through a security gate for an airport homecoming?
At our airport, no. But I honestly haven’t tried. If I can wait months, I can wait an extra five minutes to not feel like a burden on the airport staff.
My significant other is interested in the military, what type of job should they apply for to not be traveling often?
I think if they are joining to serve their country, any job that they would be passionate about is amazing. If they’re looking for benefits without deploying, I’d suggest praying about another career to fit your family’s needs.

Photography:

 
How did you start building your photography portfolio?
I think I accidentally started to build it as soon as I got my first camera when I was a pre-teen. I became emotionally attached to all of the photos I took and started to confidently direct and pose others in high school. When I first stared making money from photography, I would share highlights of EVERY SINGLE SESSION because I was so honored and excited. Although I am still honored to be hired, I don’t share every session now, because it may not attract the clients that match my professional style.
How did you get into the business side of photography?
I went to school for business marketing and management, which is what I’ve done the past few years for local businesses. My own art had always been a side job (like super side job… like lowest priority job) until I got pregnant. It has been an incredible tool to express myself and also tell the stories of others while traveling to new countries or life changes with clients. But I don’t want to die with the label “photographer.”
 
How long have you been doing photography?
My first digital camera was gifted to me as a pre-teen. First photography class was in high school. First film class was in college. But time is the slimmest factor! Look at what someone is capable of producing, and let the resume be what it is: just a piece of paper.

Vegan:

 

I’m trying this whole vegan thing. What are your favorite products or places to shop? //  What are your food staples?
For boxed, canned, or frozen food, I shop at our base commissary. The commissary does have a lot of vegan alternative, but most aren’t “healthy.” For produce, I shop at farmers markets or locally owned produce stands. Lastly, for specialty vegan items, I shop at Sprouts Market or Whole Foods. Some of our home staples are black beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, Spanish rice, tri-colored quinoa, white rice, vegetable broth, red potatoes, California avocados, hummus, and a lot of spinach.
What do you order from taco restaurants now?
Most have vegetarian options that I order (modifications: no cheese or sour cream, extra veggies)! My favorite spot serves buffalo roasted cauliflower tacos with avocado fries.
Do you take supplements?
B12, iron, and prenatal vitamins.

Pregnancy / Personal:

What vegan concealer do you use?
Anastasia Beverly Hills
What did you do to clear up your pregnancy acne? Any recommended make-up products?
I use a Simple face cleanser, vegan Posh exfoliating face scrub, and a vegan Posh face mask (all for my specific skin type: dry). My current favorite face make-up product is Juice Beauty CC Cream (as mentioned in my 2nd Trimester Favorites blog post).
 
How did you decide what to keep when minimizing your closet?
Throw away: anything stained or poorly made and over-worn.
Keep: anything nursing friendly, that will both fit nicely right after giving birth and as my body changes post delivery.
Donate/ Sell: anything that barely fit before pregnancy, anything that doesn’t bring me joy or happy memories.
Note: I did not throw away any real leather or animal derived products. That just seems even more disrespectful to the life that was taken for the sake of “fashion” and, by donating, now someone else doesn’t add to the supply/ demand of more animals killed.
What are all your tattoos?
Ring Finger: wedding date in roman numerals (marriage).
Wrist: “McClung” – husband’s last name (marriage).
Forearm: cross with banner saying “God Is Love” with Kingdom Hearts logo and roses surrounding (Christian / Disney). On the opposite side of my arm is a compass with a fighter jet pointing towards north and an anchor pointing south (career path with USAF and ABF / current blog name)
Elbow: Hair cutting shears with banner saying “Mother Knows Best” (Disney / family)
Upper Arm: Mickey with brother’s initials, Minnie with sister’s initials (Disney / family)
Thigh: Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts with text saying “One Sky, One Destiny” (Disney / R.I.P. Tribute)
How has your vegan pregnancy been going?
Extremely healthy! I am joyful to be able to remain as ethical as possible and bring this little bean safely into the world.
Where did you decide to register for baby items and why?
Target and Amazon for the convince of gift buyer’s and free shipping. Babies R Us for the reward points system! All three were used by friends and family, with no unaccounted for items.
What is your baby boy’s name?
We aren’t sharing his name online until we are ready to share his birth announcement.
When is your due date?
September 13th!

Most asked question:

 

What filter do you use on your photos? // How do you edit your photos? // What is your favorite photo app?
For my photography page: Lightroom and Photoshop.
For the blog page: PicMonkey social media templates.
For personal: VSCO app with A6 or HB2 filters modified (- filter, +exposure, +grain, -temperature). In the past, I used Facetune’s whitening and details tool for crisp backgrounds, but I don’t put much, if any, effort into my personal Instagram now!

What I Eat In A Day (Vegan Meal Ideas)

Breakfast:

Avocado Toast & Apple Toast

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Avocado Toast: choice of bread base (toasted,) sliced avocado, Mexican spices, pink Himalayan salt // Drink of choice: orange juice

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Apple Toast: choice of bread base (toasted,) sliced apple, organic cinnamon, (optional: almond butter, vegan peanut butter, and/ or agave syrup) // Drink of choice: organic chai tea latte with coconut milk (specifically Rebel Kitchen)

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Lunch

Burrito Wrap

Cook rice of choice, black beans, avocado, vegan cream cheese, salsa, local hot sauce. Load into spinach wrap.

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Dinner

BBQ: Garlic Lemon Artichoke, Potato Slices, & Sweet Quinoa

Soak artichoke in lemon water for 15 minutes while oven preheats to 400. Bake for 20 minutes, then coat in garlic and squeezed lemon juice. Place in foil, then BBQ until desired char.

Slice red potatoes and marinate in favorite oil and Cajun rub.

Boil and cook desired quinoa. Once water is absorbed, all butternut squash, kale, raisins, and cinnamon. (Should smell like pumpkin pie!)

BBQ

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