Spectra S2 Breastpump Vs. Medela Pump In Style Review ~ Bonus Freezer Storage Tip

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Battle of the Pumps!

What good fortune that my insurance will pay for a new pump! I was very happy to know that I could get a new breast pump during my second pregnancy. With my older daughter, I was using the Medela Pump in Style, which was good and got the job done. BUT, for my new baby my new choice, Spectra S2 Pump is the hands-down winner for me!

The user-friendly design and superior pumping efficiency makes this perfect for me when I’m pumping at home or at work.

I’m a fan. Watch my review which I hope will help you decide which pump will be right for you. Plus, enjoy seeing a glimpse into my world sleep-deprived momma, preparing to go back to work.

I’ve been using it for four months now. I bring the parts home to wash and I’m lucky to have a fridge at work that I can use to store the milk. (Although, life of a resident, I have to borrow my supervisor’s office and put a post it note on the door with no lock- but there again, I am happy and blessed to have such supportive coworkers!) I use Bonafide Baby bags excellent bags bought on amazon, recommended by my favorite MamaNatural!

Also, check out this freezer storage tip- line up the bags standing up in the freezer door. I first lay them flat so they freeze without bulging. I also write the date and how much milk is in there so the babysitter and I both know what’s in it, and I know how many bags to send and I can go to work in peace.

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milk storage in the freezer!

This organizing drying rack Boon Grass makes it easy because there’s a designated kitchen space for all these parts and it doesn’t mix in with our other dishes!

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drying all the parts

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Check this out to help you decide which is right for you!
https://yummymummystore.com/insurance/breast-pump-comparison-guide

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Hidden Green Smoothie

Recently, I posted about my green smoothie recipe, which I have really do enjoy, but some days I’d prefer something sweeter. “Hiding the greens” by introducing another sweeter ingredient like blueberries in this case, or strawberries, mangos, melon-whatever catches your fancy, or happens to be on sale that week- makes it a little more palatable and attractive for my toddler too!

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Blueberries with hidden spinach smoothie!

RECIPE:

1/2 cup of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 frozen banana

ice cubes

water

squirt of agave syrup, if desired

 

In the quest to make healthier food choices and feel better (that is, not focusing on losing weight but on creating healthy lifelong habits and preferences), I am enjoying experimenting with the world of smoothies!

Tell me what you have discovered- what creative combinations do you like?

 

 

Healthy Smoothie Recipe!

More spinach in your diet can only be a good thing, and I’m always finding ways to sneak it in, whether into pasta dishes, into a hummus sandwhich, or an old-fashioned veggie salad.

Green smoothies are another great way to get a pack of nutrients and if you add a banana, the sweetness balances out!

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Spinach and banana

For this, I used about 3/4 cup of frozen spinach, one frozen bananas, and ice cubes made of beet juice that I froze after steaming up some beets! My grandmother taught me that the water from steaming vegetables is a terrible thing to waste, and she sometimes drinks it as is! I prefer to freeze it and sweeten up my spinach smoothie even more!

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Secret ice cubes made from beet steam!

At first, I used to add some agave or honey, but over time I’ve acquired the taste and even enjoy that it is not too sweet. I’ve also tried adding in one medjoul date, and I’ve found that makes it really delicious without being overpowering.

The experimentation is the fun part- so I’m figuring out what works for me.

Most importantly, I love drinking this up first thing in the morning in my fancy mug, a refreshing way to wake up on a hot summer day and start the day off with a boost.

Stay cool!

-Lilach

What do you put in your smoothie? Do you sweeten your green smoothies?

Planning a Successful Bridal Shower!

My bestest friend in the whole world is getting married at the end of this month, and as per tradition and obviously my great love for her, we set out to plan the bestest bridal shower for her. Another wonderful friend and I were the planners and host and it ended up being a smashing success.

Given as I’m due around 10 days before her wedding date, I was really invested in making this party a success- as a gift to her  and a way to participate in her happiness!

Check out the photos from the event to see the gorgeous decorating, wonderful spread of food, and piles of gifts, all coming together to make a smashing success!