I’ve always been a sentimental person. Gift giving, and writing tear jerky handwritten notes for those I love, are high on my list of favorite things to do. While the time to think and create has dwindled to near nothing since my daughter was born a year ago, I luckily decided on my first birthday gift to her while she was still in utero.
It’s a simple idea really: I’d write a note to her every month that highlighted what we did together, her milestones, her favorite things, along with one full bleed photo to complete the spread.
With the idea sketched, the discipline to write was there when fatigue took over. And then pulling it all together just before her birthday didn’t feel like such an all-consuming task.
Though I debated using a few different book publishers, I finally decided on Shutterfly for their easy chalkboard backgrounds and upgrade options. The lay flat pages and puffy cover really made such a difference and gave it a special occasions feel. To simplify production even more, this is a great template.
Perhaps my book will inspire you, just like Pinterest did for me. More than anything, I recommend keeping a trusty notebook by your bed. It is amazing how time blurs and you forget things so quickly. But even tired chicken scratch will help your memory as well as form the root of a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.
By Christy Mraz
Christy Mraz is mom to an almost one year old baby girl. She’s also the most recent addition to the Mamajamas team. She is the eyes, ears–and typing fingers–behind our social media. A self-proclaimed foodie, she is addicted to cookbooks and Epicurean magazines. Follow us on facebook, pinterest and twitter and you’ll see (or rather read) a lot of Christy.
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These lactation cookies are delicious, healthy, and super easy to make. I hardly had time to shower in those first months, let alone bake cookies!
After a few tries, these came out perfect. They are by far my most requested recipe by friends, and now a go-to treat present for the new moms I know too. Enoy!
(I’d also start off eating just one and see what happens. I felt a big milk boost after eating just one, but got a clogged duct after I over indulged one day.)
1 ½ cups dry old fashioned oats
½ cup nut butter (I found traditional peanut butters worked the best. Barney Butter is a good solution too.)
½ cup ground flaxseed
2 TB brewers yeast
¾ cups chocolate chips (I use the mini Energy Life chips that are dairy, soy free)
1/3 cup honey
Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll into balls. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week. Makes 20-25 1” balls.
By Christy Mraz
Christy Mraz is mom to an almost one year old baby girl. She’s also the most recent addition to the Mamajamas team. SHE IS THE EYES, EARS–AND TYPING FINGERS–BEHIND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA. A SELF-PROCLAIMED FOODIE, ADDICTED TO COOKBOOKS AND Epicurean MAGAZINES, SHE’s very excited about CONTRIBUTING RECIPE IDEAS FOR BABY AND BUSY FAMILIES…. IN the MEANTIME, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND PINTEREST and you’ll see (or rather REad) a lot of Christy.
FOR GREAT GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM Christy, CHECK OUT HER MAMAJAMAS LIST.