Better Sleep With A Newborn

Sunday, August 13, 2017
This post is sponsored by Dorel Home Products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #mainstays #believeinsleep 

I'm having a baby like... any day now! While I am so excited to snuggle this little princess and to expand our family, I also know exactly the kind of exhaustion we're in for. My first born didn't sleep much at all for wayy to long and I pretty much was a walking and grumpy zombie. I remember wanting to be near Oaklyn while sleeping when she was a newborn for several reasons. One, I could check on her easily whenever I wanted. Two, It made night feedings much easier. And Three, I could try to get her to go back to sleep quicker. However, there were also several downsides to having her right by me. I remember having so much anxiety every time my husband's alarm would go off because I knew it would wake up the baby. I hated having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night because I also knew that would wake her up. And then of course, the transition out of our room to her own room was harder... I decided something's gotta change this time around and have thought up a solution to hopefully, a better sleeping situation for all of us this time around.  
I decided that it would be a great idea to put a bed in the nursery for me to sleep on during those long newborn days. That way, I don't have to worry about Hunter's alarm, we can put her straight in her crib, and Hunter can get a little more rest while working two jobs and in school! Upon choosing a mattress I knew we needed something budget-friendly since we'll be buying double the diaper for a little bit, and comfortable! I was so excited to find the Mainstays Twin Mattress from Walmart because it met all the criteria I had and will be great for Oaklyn to use later on. 

Not only is it great for finding a mattress on a budget, but it is so convenient to order! Simply head to to order and the next thing you know, you'll have your mattress waiting for you outside your door! Being really pregnant I actually wanted to cry thinking about how hard it would be for me to get a mattress into our little apartment while Hunter was at work. Thankfully, we were able to avoid that whole situation because I came home from running errand one day to my new mattress compressed and rolled up in a box... so cool!

One night after Hunter got home, we literally just opened the box, slid out the rolled mattress, carefully removed the plastic, and watched it expand in no time! I'm so happy that we were able to find a convenient and affordable mattress to make our sleep situation a little easier on all of us. I'm also excited that Oaklyn will be able to sleep on this bed once she grows out of her toddler bed. As you can tell from these pictures, she absolutely loved it! 

Dorel Home Products Mattresses are CertiPur which means they contain certified flexible polyurethane foam. They are made without ozone depleters, PBDE's, TDCPP flame retardants, mercury, lead, or other heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Basically, you can be sure you are getting a great mattress for a great price and you don't have to worry about what it is made from.
Now we really are ready for you little girl! Here's to hoping you sleep muchhhh better than your older sister did ;)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Tasty Tuesday: Turkey Burgers with Balsamic & Tomato Reduction

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I have not been feeling my usual self lately due to the summer heat and the last little bit of pregnancy.
The combination of the two has made it particularly hard for me to want to eat well... anything other than cold fresh fruit and snow cones.
I wish I could eat those two things all day, but I have this husband that gets really grumpy if he doesn't eat three solid meals a day haha.
Yesterday was particularly hard because I was trying to meal plan and nothing sounded good.
The more I got to the thinking, the more I had fun with coming up with some fun meals that aren't super heavy.
I love a good burger and fries, but it can feel way too heavy after.
So, this week I opted for turkey burgers and added a fun little twist!
Hunter and I both loved these and I hope you do too!

-1 lb fresh ground turkey
-1/8 cup Italian bread crumbs or panko
-Salt and Pepper
-Fresh Spinach
-Sliced Onion
-Whole Wheat Buns

-1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tbsp white sugar
-1 drizzle of honey
-1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
- A handful cherry tomatoes cut in half

1) Combine your turkey, bread crumbs, and salt & pepper in a medium bowl. Mix together until fully combined. Next shape into patties and add to a hot skillet with cooking spray.
2) As your burgers are cooking make your sauce. In a small skillet, add balsamic vinegar and heat until bubbling. Whisk in your sugar and drizzle of honey. Add your garlic salt and pepper and continue to let simmer until thickened. (about 2 minutes)
3) Flip your burgers and make sure they are cooked through. Turn off the burner and let them rest.
4) Add your cherry tomatoes to the sauce and turn to low heat. Stir until tomatoes are softened.
5) Toast your buns or put them in the oven on broil for a few minutes. (I added a little butter and garlic salt)
6) Spread mayo on bottom bun, then place turkey patty on top. Add your sliced onion, a few spinach leaves, and a drizzle of the balsamic reduction with tomatoes. 

That's it!
I think all together this took about 15-20 minutes and felt good after eating it.
Also, it works perfectly paired with fresh, cold fruit! ;)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy