Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was this Princess. She was of coarse the fairest of all and had control over all the house hold…um land, I mean land!

She danced, sang, and pranced around like most princesses do, but most of all she was known for her dramatic, and quite loud,  personality.

Often times you might walk into her living quarters to find jewelry, purses, and plastic heels strewed about the room. Then when you look up to see the Princess, you notice her standing against her table wearing an oversized tutu talking to a line up of her favorite princess dolls. She talks politely but demanding to them, and if one disappoints her she slaps them onto the floor…

Her mother, quite beautiful I might add, loved to watch this Princess grow on a daily basis but knew the more she grew the more independent she would become. Instead of request to be held and cuddled, it was more like, “Go away mom, I’m playing!”

 So, in her desperate efforts to hold onto her little princess just a little longer, before Teenage Charming comes along, her mother whisks her away into the kitchen to prepare a snack.

It’s where they connect every time and share stories, laugh, and learn.

And for that moment in time, nothing matters except the love in their hearts and the chocolate on their faces…

Oh…and the muffins in the oven. Those are pretty important too…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. spelt flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

dash of salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 c. homemade pumpkin puree, or puree from a can

1 egg-or 1 flax or chia egg

1 TB. vanilla

1/3 c. almond butter

1/3 c. melted coconut oil-cooled

1/4 c. packed finely shredded carrots, or 1 large carrot finely shredded

1/3 c. maple syrup

2 TB. non dairy milk

1/2 c. chocolate chips.

Directions:

1. Whisk dry ingredients together, (flour, salt, BP, BS, spices) in a medium bowl.

2. In a separate bowl whisk the rest of the ingredients together, besides chocolate chips. Add wet to dry and stir until incorporated. DO not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter into muffin liners in cupcake pan. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes.

As soon as the muffins are done and consumed, the little princess gives her mother a hug and a kiss and quickly runs off to her big girl duties.

The mother, grateful for the time they spent, realizes what a precious and polite angel that little princess really is and wants nothing more than to give her one last big hug before she goes about her duties.

Knowing this would be no easy task, the Princess’ mother bends down and says to the princess, “Can I tell you a secret?” In which the princess replies, “Sure!”

Her mother quietly whispers in her ear saying, “I Love You!”

At that moment, the Princess looked at her mom, rolled her eyes, and said…

“That’s no secret Mom!”

The end.

Hubby Meals: Baked Pumpkin French Toast AND Date Night Video!

Every saturday when my husband has the day off we always watch the food network in the morning together.

Our favorite show to watch together is The Pioneer Woman.

If you know anything about The Pioneer Woman, she’s a food blogger too, so right away I was drawn in. She has a quirky sense of humor and her food…although not healthy lol…looks mighty tasty.

Every time we watch it together my husband sits there with his mouth wide open in awe at the delicious food she makes…

And every time he say’s the same thing, ” Now why can’t you make that?!?”

In which I reply, “Shut up and drink your greens!”

Every once in a while, because I love him, I give in and make him something that he’s been begging for. One of those dishes just happened to be baked french toast.

I’ve talked about this on the blog before, and my husbands obsession with french toast, but when he saw Ree Drumond pour that buttery sugar egg mixture over that white sourdough bread he well…Practically sharted.

JK.Gross.

Let’s just say he got really excited. Ever since then, that’s all he can talk about, so I decided to show that boy I love him and make him the meal he’s been requesting for ages…

Of coarse I practically changed the whole recipe and added a vegetable…

It’s the thought that counts right…?

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Adapted from: the pioneer woman

Ingredients:

1 loaf crusty whole wheat bread

coconut oil for brushing pan

3/4 c. pumpkin puree

6 eggs

1 1/2 c. coconut milk

2 TB. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

dash of ginger

3/4 c. coconut sugar

Topping:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 c. coconut sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

dash of salt

Directions:

1. Begin with your loaf bread. You want a sturdy crusty loaf bread so it won’t get soggy.

2. Rip pieces of bread up and pour into greased 9X13 pan.

3. Take the rest of the ingredients for the filling and whisk together until everything is incorporated.

4. Pour filling over bread pieces and distribute filling evenly.

5. Make your topping by mixing everything together. Your oil can be hard or liquid. If it’s hard just use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate all ingredients. If it’s liquid stir it together until combined. Drop topping through out top of french toast. Cover and place in fridge for a few hours of over night…You can also put it in the oven right away if needed.

(This is a great make ahead dish!)

6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Bake for 45 min. for a bread pudding consistency, or an hour + for a harder crust. (We prefer an hour.)

7. Top with maple syrup…take a bite…

Welcome to heaven!

At first I didn’t tell my husband I changed the recipe. I waited till he ate THREE servings of it!

It’s safe to assume it was a hit!

Here’s to making our husbands healthy!

I mean, happy! :)

P.S.

If your bored, we filmed a family fun video of the a Surprise Date Night that the husband took me on!

Have a great rest of your week!!

Little Chickpea Food Wednesday: Strawberry Basil Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Today I have not sat.

Not on the couch, nor the floor, or the rocking chair, and definitely not in my bed.

(And if you are wondering if I’ve gone to the bathroom, that’s I think a no…)

I ate my meals standing up while I did the dishes, swept the floor, and fed a baby.

And I’m pretty sure the above sentences are run-on sentences.

Even my grammar doesn’t know when to slow down.

One thing I have noticed since Sweet Pea was born is that there is more things to accomplish than ever, and I don’t have enough hours in the day to do it. There is always a mess to clean, a dish to put away, and a mouth to feed.

But one thing I’m realizing is come 8:00 at night when the littles are sleeping, and my house is still not as clean as I want it to be….

Is that I’ve spent more time washing dishes, than reading books to Boo.

I’ve put toys away again and again, instead of using them to play and interact with Sweet Pea.

I suck.

Ok, that’s pretty harsh…But that’s how I’ve been feeling.

Sometimes I feel like I need to do it all. When in reality, I don’t…

All I really need to do is be with my kids.

They don’t care if the toys are everywhere, in fact they would probably prefer they were.

They aren’t upset if there are dishes in the dishwasher, they just want me to sit and play tea party/picnic with them.

And come dinner, they don’t want me to hand them the I-Pad so they can be entertained while I cook…

They want to sit on the counter and help, taste each food item, and laugh with Mama.

And in that moment, your child has not only made you proud by trying celery and cashews, but you’ve done something with dinner time that is very special.

Food is meant to bring people together, and cooking with your kids does exactly that!

Strawberry Basil Chickpea (or Chicken) Salad

Ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed OR 2 c. shredded cooked chicken OR 1 can chickpeas and 1 c. shredded cooked chicken

1 c. diced strawberries

1/2 c. grapes diced

1/3 c. diced cashews

1-2 stalks celery diced

1/4 c. finely chopped basil

salt and pepper

Dressing:

2-3 strawberries

2 TB. plain hummus

1 TB. balsamic

1 TB. maple syrup

2 TB. mayonnaise (We make homemade) , veganaise, or greek yogurt

Directions:

1. If using chickpeas, pour them into a bowl and mash up with fork. Toss in the rest of the ingredients.

2. To make the dressing, mash the strawberries with a fork. (I used my hands to mash it really well too.) Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and fold into salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve in a sandwich, on top of a salad, etc..

To me…

A delicious dinner, a happy family, and a messy house is the BEST way to end any day!

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This has been part of a series of post called Little Chickpea Food Wednesday!

Check out other Little Chickpea Food Post:

Banana Pudding

Deconstructed Omelette 

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

So I’ve got this child…

She’s 100% sassy and tell’s it how it is, and right now it’s completely working against me.

Literally every single morning when we wake up this is the conversation Boo and I have:

Me: “Boo, what would you like for breakfast?”

Boo: “I want chocolate milk.”

Me: “How about we start off with something different. Would you like a smoothie instead? “

Boo: “NOOOOOO! I WANT CHOCOLATE MIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLKKK!!!” (Followed by throwing herself onto the floor, screaming…louder…and louder…)

Did you know I start off everyday with a headache?

Despite my best efforts in trying to hide all things sugary and sweet from my wee littles, I know that the subject…and the food…is unavoidable.

So where do we draw the line? Do we say yes to a little bit of sugar? Or do we just avoid it at all cost?

Here’s my take on it:

Life is about living and enjoying. I would be lying if I didn’t say that eating a rich piece of chocolatey cake on a special occasion didn’t make me the happiest girl in the world. I definitely wouldn’t ever want to deprive my kids from experiencing the joy that comes from eating delicious food.

But to me what makes ‘treats’ so enjoyable is that they aren’t something you eat everyday, that’s why they are special.

My goal is to teach my children to not fear food, or worse yet…stuff their face with cheetos and ding dongs at school when I’m not looking because they have been deprived at home.

Hopefully I can teach my kids the value of food, and how it’s best when it’s natural and wholesome. But that on occasion, a cookie isn’t going to hurt.

That cookie is meant to be enjoyed and savored…

And if you are a mom like me, with a child like Boo, then you know that asking Mom for a cookie can sometimes be a daily battle.

Which is why we have things like ANYTIME cookies…

Something a little sweet that we don’t have to feel too guilty about.

And something that can help avoid any tantrums at all cost…

Let’s be honest…THAT alone is completely worth it!

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 c. spelt flour

1 1/2 c. oat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. garam masala

dash of salt

1 egg

1/2 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. coconut sugar/date sugar

1 c. finely grated zucchini, or 1 c. finely grated carrot, or a combo of the two

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 c. of either the following: blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, etc.

Directions:

1. Whisk flours, oats, spices, baking soda, and salt together.

2. In a separate bowl whisk egg, oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla together. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Fold in 1/2c. desired add in. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Press down dough with fingers so it flattens a little bit.

3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.

My favorite way to eat these is to keep them in the freezer, then I reheat them, add some almond butter on top…and well…then I eat like 5 more.

It’s all about moderation.

Best.Example.For Boo.Ever!

Hubby Meals: Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Chicken Sandwiches

Cooking for my husband has definitely been a challenge in my almost 4 years of marriage.

I mean seriously! How am I supposed to compete with frozen taquitos and Beef Baja chalupas from Taco Bell. (Speaking of the Bell, did you know they have taco shells made out of Dorito Chips? Way to go Taco Bell. What’s next? Cheetos in a burrito??)

We all know that husbands can have the eating tendencies of a toddler, demanding milk chocolate Ovaltine with their dinner and throwing hissy fits when something green is on their plate. Then finally after many failed attempts of the flying airplane spoon, promising him that he can watch the football game as long as he takes 4 bites of his asparagus is sometimes the only thing that works.

Which is why when I find a wholesome and healthy meal that is Hubby approved, I feel I must shout it from the rooftops and share it with the world…

That way wives across the country can stick it to the man, and actually have control of the remote after the kids go to bed.

Trash TV all the way…Goodbye ESPN.

And what better way to make a man happy then by offering him a manly meal…

One that screams, I’m no sissy la la for eating this sandwich. I’m a MAN!

Even if the dressing is a little fruity…

Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. finely diced onion

1 TB. chopped garlic

1/2 c. ketchup

2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. rice vinegar

2 tsp. molasses

1 TB. maple syrup

1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Directions:

1. In a skillet, heat about 1-2 TB. coconut oil on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook a few minutes until onions start to brown. Add blueberries and cook for about 10 minutes (you can lower the heat a bit). The blueberries will begin to soften and burst. Start to mash with a fork, (this should be easy to do), add in other ingredients and stir to combine and cook for a few more minutes for it to thicken. Transfer to a blender and blend until creamy.

2. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week.

Best.Dang.BBQ Sauce.Ever.

I don’t think I will ever buy bottled BBQ sauce again…I mean, that would just be wrong.

Now this BBQ sauce can serve many purposes, but in our household we love BBQ chicken sandwiches. (I have also used chickpeas instead of chicken on occasion.)

Don’t be afraid to load up that sandwich with as many toppings as you desire.

My favorite combo for this was avocado, spinach, goat cheese, and grilled peaches (that were brushed with coconut oil.) Add that  onto a soft and fluffy wheat carb and you’ve got yourself one happy husband.

But let’s be honest, whose really the one that’s truly happy. That’s right…You!

Happy wife=Happy life.

But you already knew that huh? :)

No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Life has definitely changed in our little household since Sweet Pea made her arrival.

Luckily I’ve had my husband off work all week to help me, but today is his first day back and I’m worried that he’s going to come home and find me covered in breast milk and Boo’s lunch, wearing what I’ve worn since thursday. (Wait? I’ve been like that all week…)

For those of you wondering how Boo is doing, I would say she is adjusting as expected.

She has gotten WAY louder, and I find that she screams at the top of her lungs even when she is just playing. Not to mention she has refused to sit down and eat any meal, and today she told my husband he was ‘Pissing her off…’

Luckily she hasn’t taken her anger out on Sweet Pea, but instead her bedroom door, which she slams a few bazillion times a day. I swear she was two before the baby was born, and now she is 16 year old me. I’m almost tempted to take her door off the hinges, just like my mom did.

I’m just afraid to ‘Piss her off…’

Luckily, Sweet Pea is one sweet and innocent baby girl. She sleeps a lot, and I’m not really sure how to handle that. I keep expecting her to wake up all the time, but she just continues to sleep. I pray it continues, but I’m expecting it to stop once the husband goes back to work…Did I mention I never slept as a child?

Karma.

As for cooking and spending time in the kitchen, I haven’t really done much besides making quick breakfast and lunches. I’ve had a wonderful bunch of friends who have been bringing me dinner since we got home from the hospital, and I don’t want it to end. I’m considering paying them to bring me dinner every night.

I have however been craving chocolate like it’s nobody’s business, and I obviously blame it on the hormones. After giving birth, you basically go through ‘that time of the month’ symptoms times a bazillion. My husband can vouch for this because today I cried just reading stories to Boo.

Dang you Mickey Mouse books…So fllippin’ touching.

I think I need a long nap and chocolatey cookie.

It’s the right thing to do.

No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Makes 12-16 mini balls

Ingredients:

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (or homemade nut butter of choice)

3/4 c. brown rice crisp cereal

1/2 c. chopped pretzels

1/4 c. diced craisins

1/4 c. cocoa powder (could sub chocolate protein powder)

(Optional to roll balls in: shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, etc.)

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat oil and nut butter for 45 seconds to a minute. Whisk together until creamy, then fold in the rest of the ingredients until fully combined.

(This will be an effort since it’s pretty thick and sticky.)

2. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop mini balls and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper. The balls will be really sticky. To help with this, you can either roll them in cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, shredded coconut, etc…

3. Place in the freezer for 10-15 min, then transfer to fridge and store in a covered plastic/glass container.

These have been a life saver! They are so rich and decadent, I almost feel like I’m eating a piece of Sees Candy.

Almost. :-)

Have a great start to your week! I’ll be back soon with a new series of Toddler food! Can’t wait to share the details!! :-)

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

I’m going to take a break from my obsessive whining about Baby #2 not here yet, and focus on one of my most precious chickpeas.

Yesterday Baby Boo officially turned TWO, and she technically isn’t a baby anymore.

(Although I have no problem wrapping her up in a blanket and cuddling her in my arms…)

It’s hard to believe that two years came and went so fast, and now I am the mama of a sassy and sweet toddler. One that has no problem telling me no, slapping me in public, wearing tutu’s 24/7, playing with mama’s makeup, singing Justin Bieber and pointing out his picture wherever it is…

Yes my friends, she is no longer my little baby.

She now demands chocolate milk with every meal and is easily the boss in our tiny little family.

(I’m this close to teaching her how to ask Daddy for money…)

Unfortunately for the hubby’s sake, she’s 100% Diva and takes a lot after  her mama. Everything is 10 times more dramatic than it should be and she can cry at the drop of a penny.On top of everything else, she is addicted to sweets.

I will take the blame for that because half the time I’ve got my face shoved into some sort of chocolate particle…And if you open my pantry, i’ve got enough dark chocolate bars to feed Canada.

But I’m not complaining one bit. I look forward to Mommy-Daughter dates when we can spend daddy’s money and check out different sweet treats around the city. (Although…Technically we do that now.)

Which is why I knew that on Boo’s birthday she wouldn’t consider a special ‘treat’ a basket full of fries, but more like a big bowl of ice cream. Of coarse alongside of a day spent full of using daddy’s money!

That’s what birthday’s are all about!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Ingredients:

(For the Ice Cream)

5-6 frozen bananas processed and blended into ‘ice cream’ w/ 1 tsp. vanilla

OR

1 pint vanilla non dairy ice cream (we prefer coconut)

(For the cookie mixutre)

1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour/spelt flour/GF flour/vanilla protein powder for a protein version

1/2 oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt

1/4 c. peanut butter

1/4 c. 100% maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. dark chocolate chopped/chocolate chips

Directions:

1. To make the cookies, beat nut butter, vanilla, and syrup together until combined with a mixer. Add flour, oats, spices until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. The mixture will be a little crumbly:

2. In the mixer bowl add your ice cream:

3. Mix together until cookies are incorporated throughout ice cream.

4. Eat right then, or place in freezer safe storage and save for later!

This dessert is almost as sweet as my precious two year old!

Unless you take into consideration that she’s 100% diva like her mama…

And in that case, it’s not always a sweet bowl of ice cream! :-)

I love you Baby Boo! You keep me on my toes, make me smile and laugh every day, and I’ve never loved anything so much as much as I Love You!

I’ll Love you Forever Boo!

XOXOXO-

Mommy

Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday!!

In a few weeks my sweet baby girl turns TWO and I cannot believe it! She has grown up faster than I can imagine, and has turned into one sweet and sassy little princess!

We figured it was best to celebrate her birthday early, since we don’t know when Baby #2 will decide to show up, and oddly enough, my two sweet chickpeas may end up sharing the same birthday!! That being said, we wanted to make this birthday extra special, and all about Boo. That means tons of sweets, lots of Minnie Mouse, a bounce house, friends, family, and…did I mention tons of sweets? :-)

Take a look at the amazing fun filled day we had in celebrating out precious little girl!

(Food not pictured: Build you own sandwich bar, pasta salad, chips, hummus, and dip.)

Everything was practically hand made at this party, and took WEEKS to prepare for! (This includes the Pinata, which took the LONGEST time of all! Next time…I’m buying one lol!) I spent a lot of nap time hours hot glueing, taping, and cutting to make everything polka dot/Minnie Mouse approved! :)

It was such an amazing experience, and I loved spoiling and showering my little angel with lots of love! Even though by the end of it she was a little tired and cranky, it was such a fun filled day!

(Binky in mouth+tired eyes=Boo needs a nap)

Happy Birthday Baby Boo!! Thank you for making the past two years of my life the best I’ve ever experienced! You are truly a blessing, and keep me smiling every single day! I LOVE you!

Zucchini Bread

It’s been a while since I’ve spent some good quality time in my kitchen, especially to bake something.

The farther along I am in this pregnancy, I find my self bending and moaning with every cramp and movement of my VERY wiggly chickpea. Not to mention, I have to stand sideways at the counter since my belly gets in they way.

Standing sideways=Awkward position=Knocking things over=Swearing in front of your two your old..

And we all know how that turns out...

Recently I’ve had a hankering to make some sort of sweet bread to have on hand for breakfast/snacks. I’ve been there done that with banana bread, and wanted to share my favorite recipe for zucchini bread.

I love adding shredded veggies into breads (like zucchini, carrots, squash etc.) because not only does it add a healthy does of veggies and their nutrients, but it also brings about a moistness to bread that I LOVE.

Top that off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and a healthy spread of nut butter and you have a pregnant lady’s best friend!

Zucchini Bread

adapted from Baby Cakes

Ingredients:

2 c. spelt flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. maple syrup

1/2 c.coconut oil (melted/cooled)

3/4 c. non dairy milk (I used canned coconut milk)

1 1/2 TB. vanilla extract

2 c. shredded zucchini

1/2 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Next whisk in the rest of the ingredients except zucchini and chocolate chips. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate until incorporated.

2. Pour batter into prepared bread pan (I used  a 4 mini loaf pan) and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until bread is cooked all the way through. Let sit in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool. Wait to cut bread until cool.

By cool, I really mean still a little warm. Eating fresh bread warm is way better than eating it when it’s ‘cool’…Am I right, or am I right? :)

By the look on her face, I’ll take that as a HECK yes! :)

What’s In My Hospital Bag?!

Even though I am about 3-4 weeks until my due date, I haven’t really given much thought into putting together my hospital bag.

Then last night as I was sitting on the floor with Baby Boo, I began to notice my pants getting wet. My first thought was, Ok…did I just wet my pants? But after having some of the cramping and pains I have had recently I thought maybe my water broke.

Let’s not talk about how the hubby didn’t answer his phone for an hour…

Or how I was freaking out/extremely excited that I may or may not be going into labor.

Let’s talk about how I wasn’t prepared one bit.

I was trying to think of things to grab, and for the life of me I couldn’t remember what I needed or what I should grab. I had nothing prepared…

Obviously my didn’t water brake, because I wouldn’t be writing this post, and I learned that due the position of the baby and everything that has been going on…

I wet my pants.

Ya…What’s worse is that I didn’t even know I was doing it…Seriously, I need to wear a diaper.

Anyways, the second I had a chance today I decided it was best to put together my hospital bag just in case the little one decides to come soon…

Don’t worry…I put a few Depends in there.

Before you make your list, be sure and check your with your hospital and what they provide. Some hospitals are extremely generous, so take advantage! Also, with Boo I was in the hospital with her for 4 days. Some people only stay a day or two, it just depends. I always say, be prepared.

(Robe from Nordstroms Rack Clearance: $12.00)

This is one of my MUST have items. People/nurses/strangers are constantly walking in and out of your room, and a lot of times all you have is a sexy and revealing hospital gown. A nice and comfy robe is perfect to cover up and look somewhat presentable in front of guest.

(PJ’s from Motherhood Maternity)

This all depends on your hospital, because some require you to wear their hospital gowns. But if that isn’t the case, consider yourself lucky and pack super comfy nursing pajamas. Make sure it’s something you would be willing to wear in front of others :)!

Another one of my must haves are thick fuzzy socks that you can walk around on and wear. Hospitals get cold, and these are perfect to keep your feet warm. Also, a cheap pair of sandals are a must for walking on the floor and taking a shower. You don’t want your bare feet on that hospital floor!

(Makeup/Toiletries Bag: Target)

It’s important to remember the little things like toothbrush, shampoo, face wash etc., but I also like to add makeup in there.

I’m not saying I am superficial, but after giving birth and being exhausted, you can definitely tell it in the pictures. Even if it’s a little mascara or some blush, it will make you feel better after everything you have been through.

I suggest a bag that folds up and has lots of little compartments, as well as something you can hang on a door!

(Nursing Bra: Motherhood Maternity)

One thing I didn’t expect after birth was to be leaking from every part of me. So don’t bring super nice undies because most likely you will just throw them away when you leave the hospital. I would also suggest a super comfy nursing bra, one that easily opens and is big enough that has room for expansion of the…boobies. Those tata’s are gonna be a little sore, so you definitely don’t want some tight sexy padded bra squeezing those suckers together. Trust me. :)

Also, if you are lucky, you probably won’t need nursing pads because either 1) your milk hasn’t come in yet, or 2)the hospital will provide them. I threw a few in there just in case! The disposable ones work best since you won’t be doing any washing or what not.

(Blue Headband: LuLu Lemon, Small Bands: Target)

This may sound like a funky request, but I didn’t do much hair styling in the hospital so I relied on cute headbands, braids, buns, etc. to keep my hair pulled back. Also, during labor (depending on how long it can go), your hair becomes all sorts of crazy. I remember having a HUGE knot in my hair after. So it’s definitely nice to have your hair tied back/out of your face for when your pushing your brains and and calling your husband a no good son of a biscuit for getting you prego! :)

(Larabars)

Everyone knows hospital food is nothing special, and you can’t just eat whenever/whatever you want. Healthy snacks, for me, are a must! Especially if you end up staying in the hospital longer than expected, it’s nice to have a little something you like/want that makes you happy and keeps you healthy! I suggest something packed with protein to keep you full. You won’t be all of the sudden watching your calories and eating lettuce, especially if your nursing. You’ve got to continue to stuff that face…

Sucks huh? :)

(Maxi Dress: Motherhood Maternity)

I hate to break it to you, but you definitely don’t want to pack those pre-pregnancy jeans you’ve been dying to fit into! You are still going to look pregnant, just not 9 months, but you will still have a little bump. So pack something that isn’t constricting and is comfy (preferably something maternity). I love summer dresses right now because they are cool and comfy.

Do NOT forget a camera/video camera! :) It’s just something that is a must have so you don’t miss out on precious new moments!

Also, if you have a phone, don’t forget a phone charger!

I usually have two bags when I go to the hospital, go figure, one for me and one for baby. Luckily hospitals provide a lot of baby gear so you won’t need much.

But before I begin can we talk about diaper bags?

(Diaper Bag: Pickle Petunia)

I have always used the Pickle Petunia Backpack Diaper Bag. It’s my absolute favorite! They are a little pricey, but these last a SUPER long time, and can withstand a lot of crumbs, spilt milk, and toddler destruction!

Not only are they super cute, but backpacks are SUPER easy to carry when you are trying to do and hold everything else.

You can also take off the straps, and carry it around your shoulder!

Did I mention they are super cute?! :)

Now, let’s talk about what to bring to the hospital for baby!

Most likely your hospital will provide all of the above, so you won’t have to. Also, the hospital I go to requires the baby to wear THEIR clothes/socks/beanies etc. So be sure to check with your hospital. I will suggest a blanket though, because sometimes those hospital blankets are not warm enough for those cold hospital rooms!

These are also something that the hospital most likely provides, and I would take full advantage of their resources. Check your hospital to make sure!

Something cute, comfy, and weather appropriate is the perfect outfit for wee little one to wear home! And if it so happens to match the outfit of her older sister, than that’s just an added bonus! :)

Here are a few list of other items that you could bring, but most likely won’t have to since the hospital will provide it.

Nursing cover

Nursing pillow

Pillow for mom (for sleeping)

Booby Cream for hurting nips :)

If anything, don’t stress if you forget anything. Most likely you aren’t going to be there for weeks, and the hospital has a lot of things for you to use! Worse case situation, you have your husband run and grab you what you need :)!

I seriously cannot wait to be holding another one of these in my arms, and to have a cute little family of 4!! :)