Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, June 29, 2012

Eating cherries like they are going out of style.

Enjoying sweet little newborn snuggle moments.

Beautiful flowers sent from my best friend who lives all the way in Maui. Miss her!

It's no secret my makeup has been collecting dust these past few weeks, but these two recent mascara purchases are awesome! They can be found here and here.

Max turns two in less than two weeks! The theme for his party is going to be Toy Story. He is obsessed.

Have a wonderful weekend! We are going to attempt to bring both kids to the movies this weekend since we could not find a babysitter...are we crazy? I think so.

Chia Seed Coconut & Spinach Smoothie

Monday, June 25, 2012

Now that I am no longer pregnant (yeay for that), I could not be more motivated to get back to the old me and get back to my pre-pregnancy self. Since I am not able to start working out for at least a couple more weeks, I am trying really hard to make sure my diet is the best it can possibly be. I have been experimenting with a ton of low carb but nutritionally dense smoothies lately and this one has been making its way into my diet almost daily. Even my almost two year old Max asks for "sips." That's a good sign right?!

  • 1 and 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbs of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use designer whey french vanilla)
  • 2 ice cubes

*I also add a few dashes of powdered stevia to mine to give it a little extra sweetness.

Add all the above ingredients into a blender or magic bullet and blend until you have a nice smoothie like consistently. Enjoy right away.

For you carb counters out there, this entire smoothie has only 5 grams of effective carbohydrate. The added chia seeds are packed with protein and antioxidants, and since they expand when wet this little treat will keep you feeling full and satisfied.


Friday, June 22, 2012

To me, summertime means beach trips, pool parties, eating massive amounts of watermelon and cherries, BBQs with family and friends, wine tasting dates with my husband, marshmallow roasting in our backyard, bike rides, apple picking, birthday parties (my husband's birthday and Max's birthday are both quickly approaching) and soaking in every last bit of sunshine.

With a newborn baby and a toddler who is growing like a weed, I realized I don't want to miss a thing. I will be taking a tiny break from my "normal" blog schedule (not sure I even have a normal blog schedule actually) and my posting will be a little more scattered over the summer. I will still be blogging, just not as much.

In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram (delightedmomma).

Thank you to each and everyone of you who takes time out of your day to read Delighted Momma. It truly means the world.

The winner of the Elf Leather Ballet Flats is: Stephanie

Stephanie, please e-mail me at so I get get your info.

Latest Life Snippets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sweet brother hugs.

The day my husband went back to work and it was just us three.

First time heading out with the two kids by myself. We all survived thankfully...never mind the fact that I told my son I would give him 2 giant cookies if he was good. Yes, I am that Mom.

Max being a boy and playing in his brother's bathtub, with his cars of course.

Squishy little cheeks.

Life lately has been complete chaos. My laundry is piling up, my house is not as clean as it could be, Max has been living off of pasta for the past three nights and I need to wash my hair. I also don't sleep since Ronin likes to party from 12am-4am and I feel like a zombie who is hopped up on coffee (thank the Lord for coffee). With all that said, I could not be happier. Since I have zero motivation or energy to think about anything other than my two kiddos at the moment, here are the latest Instagram (my username is delightedmomma) snippets from the last few days.

The Perfect Summer Salad

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You know what's pretty awesome? That first week after you deliver, friends and family come over to visit...and bring meals. Well, once week two rolls around it's back to real life and dinner will not appear unless I make it myself. Easy healthy meals are are on my agenda right now. I can not take full credit for this recipe. My Dad's wife actually told me about it...and it sounded too good and refreshing not to make myself.

What you will need:
  • 3 cups of watermelon
  • 2 cups of English cucumbers
  • 2 tbs of fresh mint
  • 2 tbs of feta cheese
  • 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs of raw honey


  1. Chop up all of the ingredients and place into a medium size bowl.
  2. Mix the honey and balsamic vinegar together and drizzle over salad. If needed warm up the honey first.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top, toss and enjoy!
We sat outside (I had my first glass of wine--woo hoo) and we enjoyed every last bite! Such an easy and delicious salad to make.

Skin Care Tip of the Week *My favorite sunscreens*

Monday, June 18, 2012

With summer in full swing, it is SO important that you keep your skin protected from harmful sun rays. Sunscreen is the only product that I never ever leave the house without it on my face.

I have had many of you e-mail me asking what sunscreens I recommend. Since everyone has different needs and lifestyles, here are my top favorite sunscreens that I recommend depending on what you are looking for.

#1 Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50- I love this stuff! It is a powder formula that quickly absorbs into your skin. All you have to do is brush it on and you are protected. I even got my husband to use this, since he hates the feeling of wearing sunscreen. If you are prone to acne this is also for you. It is a bit pricey but you would be surprised at how long this lasts.

#2 DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30- This is a moisturizer and sunscreen all in one. If I am ever going to recommend a product that I know everyone will like, this is it. I love how light and non greasy this product is. It leaves your skin looking dewy and soft. It is also %100 vegan and paraben free.

#3 Kiehls Vital Sun Protection Lotion SPF 30- This is a great sunscreen if you are are active or are going to be in a out of the water because it is very water resistant. It will keep you protected for up to 80 minutes in the water. It is also non greasy which is always a plus.

#4 Kiehls Activated Sun Protection For Body SPF 50- Love this body sunscreen! It is lightweight, water resistant and paraben free. It is also reasonably priced. Highly recommend this if you want to be protected while still enjoying a nice day out in the sun.

#5 California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen- When in doubt, choose a baby sunscreen. This chemical free sunscreen goes on smooth and does not leave a white residue. It offers UVA and UVB protection. It also contains Japanese green tea which protects your skin from free radical damage. This is also the sunscreen I use for my kids and I really love it.

And there you have it! My top sunscreen recommendations. Do you have a favorite? Please share if so.

A Little Update

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

After two loooong days of being away from Ronin, I finally got discharged and my husband and I headed straight down to San Diego Children's Hospital to be with him for the week.

The day we got the okay to take Ronin home!

Max holding his brother for the first time. This melts my heart beyond words. He is being such a good big brother! He helps me get diapers and has been adjusting so well to our new family member.

I am usually pretty open and honest on my blog, but after putting some thought into the part two post that I mentioned here I decided some things are meant to stay private and just between my husband and I. After writing the post I realized I don't want to have to relive all the emotions that I went through and I want to focus on the now, which is amazing and I could not be happier with my family of 4.

Ronin is doing so great and has already gained 6 ounces since birth! He is currently a super healthy 10 pound 5 ounce little chunker and I am completely in love.

Ronin's Birth Story Part 1

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This past week has been by far the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. I cried the most I have have ever cried and prayed the most I have ever prayed.

I am not the best long story teller. I tend to ramble and get side tracked so I am going to break up Ronin's story into a few separate posts.

The delivery day
The day started out perfect. I woke up at 6am and it felt like it was Christmas morning. I was beyond happy the day had finally come where I would get to meet my son. I couldn't wait. Our almost two year old son Max came into our room and snuggled with my husband and I. As I looked over at my sweet little family I was just thinking how incredibly blessed I was and it was all about to get even better.

We arrived at the hospital at 10 am to check in. I was starting to get nervous. I am the type who needs a Xanax before the dentist so I was just waiting for that horrible anxiety to kick in.

I entered the pre-op room where I changed into my gown. A nurse came in and put my iv in. That's when the nerves started. I started shaking like a leaf as I anxiously awaited 12pm (go time) to roll around. My amazing husband said prayers with me kissed me telling me everything was going to go great.

It was now 11:45 and all the nurses and my doctor came in and said they were ready for me to come back. I was so scared.

I entered the sterile bright room, which seemed to even hum a sterile sound. I told myself not to look around because if I saw any tools I knew I would freak out.

My anesthesiologist came in. He reminded me of a slightly stoned yoga teacher, which put me at ease. I told him how nervous I was and he told me not to worry. He said after the baby comes out he would give me "special juice" to calm me down. I liked the sound of that. I sat on the edge of the bed squeezing my nurses hands as he inserted my spinal. All I remember is a cold sensation followed by my legs feeling like tree trunks and I could no longer wiggle my toes. I did a quick self test and pinched my inner thigh really hard. I couldn't feel a thing! Whew!

I laid down, the curtain went up and my husband came in and sat by my side. My doctor entered the room and told me I was about to meet my son! I kind of went into a zen mode and don't remember much after that.

I laid there waiting as my belly was pushed and tugged around. I heard my doctor ask for a tool and said "He's a big boy, I need to make the incision longer." I didn't care about how long my incision was I just wanted to hear him cry.

After what seemed like an eternity I heard them suctioning followed by the best sound in the world...his cry!

They quickly showed him to me, I gave him a kiss and then he was whisked off to be checked out. As I was getting wheeled off to the recovery room I asked if I could see him in the nursery (they usually do not allow this when you just had a c-section). My awesome nurse told me we could take a quick peek. I pushed it a little further and asked if I could hold him for just a sec. I held him for about a minute and then handed him over to finish getting checked out. He was perfect and all I could think about was that first bonding moment where he would lay on my chest skin to skin.

As I was in the recovery room. My husband came in and told me Ronin was having a hard time stabilizing his blood sugar, which can be an after result of me being type 1 diabetic. The same thing happened to my first born son, but it was all corrected within an hour or so.

My husband was with our son while I was in my room, praying his blood sugar would rise. A nurse walked in with my husband and told me the last thing in the world I wanted to hear. She said my son's blood sugar level was so low that he would have to get transported immediately to San Diego Children's hospital NICU unit. A hospital that was about an hour away from the one where I delivered. I would not be going with him.

I had not even held him for more than a minute. Words can not even describe how I felt at that moment. Tears filled my eyes and I was hysterical. My husband and I prayed as we knew our sweet baby was about to be in the hands of someone else.

Part two will be next--Ronin's pick up and arrival into NICU.

On a side note: This story does have a happy ending. Ronin is now home with us and is doing great! He is one content little guy.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Ronin made his appearance this past Wednesday. He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds 15 ounces!

He had a pretty tough time coming into the world and has spent the last 5 days in the NICU. This past week has been the hardest week of my life. I was tested in every way that I can imagine. We are all home now and doing great though.

I am still feeling pretty selfish and want to just sit and cuddle and love on my baby since I have a little making up to do but I will be sharing his birth story and my experience soon.

Thank you to those of you who have left sweet comments on Instagram and have sent encouraging e-mails. I appreciate each and every one of you.

My Last Day of Pregnancy

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Well this is it. Today marks the last day of my pregnancy. One chapter is ending and a whole new chapter is about to begin. It has been a pretty rough nine months, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Tomorrow I will be delivering baby Ronin via c-section. I'm scared, nervous, anxious, excited, happy and a million other things in between. I can not believe that tomorrow I will finally get to hold and snuggle my son who I have been dying to meet from the moment I saw a positive on the pregnancy test.

Tomorrow I will be a Mother of two!

Until I am ready to get back to blogging I will be sharing pictures on Instragram. If you would like to follow along my user name is delightedmomma.

*Giveaway* ELF Leather Ballet Flats -CLOSED-

Monday, June 4, 2012

Today's giveaway is one of my absolute favorites!

Elf is giving away a pair of handmade leather Muse Ballet Flats to one lucky Delighted Momma reader! The winner will get to choose whichever color they would like.

These adorable flats are made of high quality leather with a cute cuff and they zip up the back. They are SUPER comfy and retail for $90.

How you can win a pair of Muse Ballet Flats:

*You must be a follower of Delighted Momma via GFC in order to enter*
  • Visit Elf, take a look around and pin your favorite item from their shop onto one of your Pinterest boards. Come back and leave the link of the item you pinned.
*If you do not have a blogger profile please leave your e-mail with your item pinned so I have a way to contact you if you win.

Extra Entries: (please leave an additional comment for each)

  • Like Elf on Facebook
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  • Mention giveaway on Facebook
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Good luck! The winner will be chosen at random and announced June 25 here on the blog and on my Facebook page.

If you are impatient like me and want to buy something now, you can use the code DELIGHTED to receive %10 off anything you would like to purchase.

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