Doing what I can to improve my chances of making
LIQUID GOLD (aka Breast Milk)
Ever since I found out I was expecting, I started reading a lot of pregnancy books. "What to Expect when You're Expecting", "Baby Wise" etc. And all of them are in the consensus that feeding your little one breast milk is one of the best parenting decisions you can ever make. Breast Milk is a good way to bond with your newborn and to boost his or her immune system.
It is no wonder the lactation market has seen a resurgence by offering things like "hospital grade" breast pumps, nipple creams (yes apparently I will need it!), nursing bras and most especially LACTATION AIDS. All of these are in support of the mantra "BreastMilk is best for babies" -- anything that can boost and help you with milk supply is offered.
Unfortunately I live in the province where these things arent mainstream yet. I have had to rely on online stores to get the things that I need. (Thank you Internet!) Or on my own resourcefulness. Thus, I decided to make my own lactation cookies.
I found this recipe on pinterest-- and as most lactation recipes-- its a simple equation: regular recipe + galactagogues = lactation aids. So what does galactagogues mean? (Deep Word!!)
The milk promoting ingredients that most mommas recomment is Malunggay or Moringa. Unfortunately due to a blood condition I cant take iron-rich foods/supplements. So I had to look for alternatives. Luckily I found them : brewer's yeast and flaxseed powder. Again, they arent available locally where I am from but my sister was able to find them in HEALTHY OPTIONS. She bought a couple and sent them over by local courrier.
Initially I was skeptical because upon opening the packaging of Brewer's Yeast I didnt like the smell and felt quite nauseated. But I followed through and the cookies turned out quite well! Hubby consumed 4 in one night! Dont worry I dont think eh will be producing any milk soon. (But that would make things immensely easier for us if we could both produce milk to feed the little one dont you think?) I've posted the recipe below in hopes that it helps other lactating moms (or moms-to-be) like myself. Enjoy!
This recipe produced 38 cookies for me because I used a small cookie scooper. Even if you use just regular spoons I think it will net at least 2dozen pieced.
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp Brewer's Yeast (increase if you want, I actually used 5 tbsp)
3 tbsp flax seed powder (again, increase if you want. )
2 cups choco chips
I love where this creative journey has taken me.
Check it out my first wax seal design in thr flesh!!
This year has seen a couple of firsts design wise for me. Its been quite a growth, one that I credit to friends who have asked me to do projects for them here and there.
One such friend is Ella, who has initially asked me to design her wedding suite but has involved to include so much stuff like a blog logo for her friend, bachelorette shirts, "Save the Date" cards and now THIS--- her wax seal for the upcoming wedding.
Wax seals have been all the rage recently. I was initially tinkering with the idea of even having one made for myself but never got around to doing it. Good thing chance presented itself in this opportunity! Lucky also that there are local (and by local I mean within the country) suppliers who take in custom designs.
I was able to make this logo quick enough and with a few design elements like a wreathe to go around the monogram, the design was readily sent to the wax seal manufacturer.
Ella herself took these photos of the final product. It looks so gorgeous and romantic!! The wax seal adds such an old school flair that it makes wedding invitations look so regal and special with very little effort.
Check out the photos below!!
A church mate of mine asked me to make a simple printable dedicated to teachers.
Anything for the people who shape minds and inspire others to learn!
Calligraphy was made by yours truly using the Procereate App and the Intuos Creative Stylus.
But really, it is rarely we thank those who have molded us as young children. Teachers can be your typical ones at school or anybody who has taught us something valuable - our parents, aunts, uncles, friends etc. Which is why this phrase means so much -- a teacher is anyone who "touches a heart".
This season of Thanksgiving and Christmas dont forget to be thankful and grateful for these people! :)
Unto lighter things here are photos of the final product taken from my friend's FB page.
Im going on a quick getaway soon and whenever that happens
i always like to prepare my "to bring" list days ahead.
Call it being OCD but whenever I go for a trip (big or small) I always like to prepare my things to bring days ahead. Thus also a quick way to get creative by making myself a "Packing List" printable where I organize my messy thoughts. Another great way to trim down the unnecessary items and only bring the essentials.
And if youre like me who gets scatterbrained last minute, having a Packing List handy makes sure you dont forget anything --like cellphone chargers or the camera!
I also decided to be generous so Im sharing my new PINK themed packing list with you. Just right click on the image to download. Dont forget to tag me in IG (@sab.calligraphy) if youre posting photos of this in use.
Time to get back to my clothes and luggage.
Wanted to throw another freebie your way by sharing this November Calendar I made for your phones.
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