Happy Weekend! I am super excited for Saturday because I’ll be heading to the beach with the girls for a friends Bachelorette. It will be my first time away from baby Audrina for more than a few hours. Super thrilled to have some adult time, but I know I’m going to miss her like crazy. Anyways I have some amazing products I’ve been loving lately to share with you today for Friday Favorites, including a work and travel backpack, Meatless Monday Meals, and be sure to read about a Milkful Bars Giveaway at the end of this post.
Knack Bag’s motto is #onebaglife and it truly is a versatile bag for all your needs. It’s great for carrying your laptop to and from work but then also is able to expand and be a carry on for travel use. I personally love carrying a bag when going on long hikes and the Knack Bag is slim and lightweight even for that.
I am personally so over having a bag for all my different trips or outings. A work bag, gym, bag, diaper bag, travel bag, oh there could be a bag for every time you leave the house. And when in a hurry I hate changing everything over from one bag to another. Knack Bags make it simple enough to use this one bag for all your needs.
What I’m loving about the Knack Bag is the slim design. It’s also super lightweight but can hold enough for a weekend trip. I’m also loving the chic look of the bag. It’s professional and stylish enough to carry to and from work or on other adventures.
The Knack Bag comes in two expandable sizes, medium and large with a small bag coming soon. They also come in four different colors. I’m wearing the ‘Loden Green’ in the photos. I love that you can also purchase expandable packing cubes to help organize everything in your Knack Bag.
I am a huge fan of creating ‘themed’ dinner nights. It makes meal planning that much easier and takes the guess work out of ‘what’s for dinner tonigh’. Monday nights we usually have Salmon or a Meatless Monday dinner. I made a crispy tofu recipe I posted on Instagram and made my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad using Barilla Chickpea Pasta which was delicious.
Other dinner themes we love are Taco Tuesday, Pasta night, and Breakfast for dinner aka Brinner. You can always read about some of my favorite recipes and weekly menus in my Food and Fitness Week in Review posts.
Milkful Bars Giveaway
I cannot believe baby Audrina is over 2 months old. You are just going to have to deal with me saying how fast the time is going. Even though the first few weeks with a newborn were just a complete blur.
I have been breastfeeding her from the beginning. While pregnant I did A LOT of reading and research on breastfeeding, common problems, and lots of ‘how to’s’. Most women should have an adequate milk supply as long as baby is being latched on every 2-3 hours. But I still wanted to make sure my supply was always enough for her, so I have been trying to eat how I usually do, a diet with lots of fruits/veggies, protein, and healthy fats. Then there are certain foods called galactagogues which are supposed to help increase supply. I started noticing in the afternoon Audrina was occasionally fussy when eating and I remember reading that in the afternoon is when your supply is typically the lowest. Baby is also over tired at this point which makes for a fussy baby and difficult feed.
To help support my supply I always make sure I have an afternoon snack and drink lots and lots of water. I am loving Milkful Bars because they have ingredients like oats, brewers yeast, and seeds that can support a healthy milk supply. I suggest eating them an hour or two before the feeding when your supply is the lowest or before pumping.
Even if you’re not breastfeeding these bars are delicious. No they won’t make milk come out unless your lactating, Ha! They come in three flavors Blueberry Almond Coconut, Chocolate Banana Nut, and my personal fav Maple Walnut.
Now for the Giveaway
I am so excited for you to try Milkful Bars that I’ve teamed up with them on Instagram for a giveaway of a variety pack of bars to one lucky follower. Read this post to find out how you can enter. And as a bonus use the code ‘sweetandstrong’ at checkout for 20% off your entire order.
And that’ll wrap up the week. Hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Questions of the Day:
How many different bags do you have?
If breastfeeding what are some of your favorite snacks?
Do you have themed dinner nights?