Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five Things I'd Do with One Million Dollars {My Life in Lists}

This week's prompt for the My Life in Lists link-up is "List Five Things You would do with One Million Dollars."  Thanks to If These Walls Could Speak and Team Gilbert for hosting!

So here we go . . .

1. Buy a house with some acreage (as soon as I find out where we will be moving next year).

I only need $1mm x 13 for Copper Beech Farm.  :)

With a library.

2. Get unlimited tickets to visit my family in Oklahoma and Kansas and wherever else they may live in the future.

3. Buy a trip around the world.  

4. Buy books for my library in #1 including all of the Nancy Drew books I'm missing from my set (and these bookends).

5. Invest.  I know, I know, this should be a fun list.  But I have to say it.  That's what I would do.  Spend a little and then invest!  Because I want more than a million dollars!

What would you do with $1 million dollars?

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Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms: Part 2

Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms

Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms

Part 2: Pumping while Traveling

This is Part 2 of three part series on travel tips for pumping moms.  Last week, I focused on carrying breast milk and your breast pump through security and onto the plane.  You can find Part 1 HERE.  

Part 2 of Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms focuses on pumping while traveling, not just carrying the pump with you.  For me this was intimidating.  Where will I pump?  Will I be able to find an outlet in a bathroom stall?  Will I need to pump by the gate with just a blanket over me?  Will I have enough time to pump?  What if the only decent place to pump is far away from the gate?

1. Where to Pump

At the Airport

The first time I flew as a pumping mom, I planned to pump in the airport during the layovers (more about timing later).  But where would I pump?  After doing some online research, I found that pumping moms have to be incredibly flexible when it comes to air travel and pumping.

The obvious option is a women's restroom.  But I found that the outlets are near the sinks and mirrors, not near the stalls. That would mean pumping in front of a steady stream of traffic in and out of the restroom.  I was not a fan of this option unless I could find an outlet in a stall, and I never did.  But if push came to shove, I would have done it.

So where to next?  A family restroom.  Most airports of any size will have a few family bathrooms in each concourse or terminal.  I was able to find a close family restroom at all of the airports we flew through with the exception of the Omaha airport, which is just too small, I guess.

If a women's bathroom or family restroom aren't options for you, I also found the case of one mom who used an electrical outlet in a corner near her gate and simply draped a blanket over her for privacy.  Personally, I thought that mom was very brave.  Though I will admit that motherhood has drastically reduced my need for modesty, I don't think I could be comfortable pumping in a public area.  But again, sometimes as moms, we just do what we have to do.

In some places, there are exclusive areas for breastfeeding and pumping, though it is rare.  Check out these:

The Mamava nursing station at Burlington International in Vermont.  Check out the video here.

Mamava Nursing Pod
Source: Mamava
Mamava Nursing Station
Source: Williston Observer

And dedicated nursing rooms at Changi Airport in Singapore.  How cool is that!?

Nursing Rooms at Changi Airport Singapore
Source: Stuck at the Airport

On the Airplane

Did you know that you are allowed to pump breast milk while you are on the airplane?  No joke.  I had no idea that this was a thing.  It never even crossed my mind!

To present a fair case, however, I should tell you that there have been incidents where pumping moms were not allowed by a flight attendant to pump in-flight.  BUT, the airline issued an apology and stated that they do not have a policy that prohibits the use of breast pumps during flight (except during takeoff and landing since a pump is an electronic device).  You can read the whole story here.

Like taking your breast pump and breast milk through security, this is another case in which you may want to print out the airline's policies pertaining to pumping moms.

But, yes, you can pump in flight.  If you have a battery operated pump, you can simply pump in your seat or in the lavatory.  If you do not have a battery operated pump, I recently discovered that there are seats with outlets on some planes!  How great for pumping moms!  I would also recommend a window seat if you are planning to do this.  And while it may be awkward, I would also recommend informing the passenger seated next to you that you are pumping mom and will be pumping during the flight.  That way they aren't shocked with you pull out your pump.  And don't forget a blanket or poncho to cover up with!  In addition, there are also cases of flight attendants allowing moms pump in the flight attendant areas and offering to store breast milk in the on-board refrigerators.

2. When to Pump

The answer to this depends on where you plan to pump.

If you are planning to pump at the airport, the best suggestion I could give you is to book flights with a long(er) layover.  I know, we never ever want to have a long layover.  But remember the scene in Home Alone, where everyone is sprinting through the airport.

Home Alone Running through Airport
Source: Adventures as Mrs. Janney
You don't want to have to be sprinting to the family restroom only to not have time to pump before you need to sprint back to your gate.  So, longer layovers are better.  I would recommend about an hour and a half layover if possible or more.  That gives you some leeway in terms of delays with your first flight and so on.  Longer would be great too, but you definitely want to allot enough time to pump during your layover.

If you are planning to pump in flight, you'll need to make sure that there's enough flight time designated for "approved electronic devices" otherwise, plan to pump before you leave or during your layover.

To recap, if you are planning to pump at the airport:
  • Book flights with a layover of an hour and a half or more.
  • Look for a family restroom.
  • Ask an airport employee for recommendations of where to pump.
  • Use an outlet in a women's restroom.
  • Last, but not least, find a quiet corner near an outlet.  Cover up.  And pump away.

If you are planning to pump while on board the airplane:
  • Book a window seat with an outlet, if possible.
  • Inform the passengers next to you that you will be pumping.
  • Don't forget a blanket to drape over yourself.
  • Talk to the flight attendant if you need more privacy.

Come back next week for Part 3 of this series, Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms, to find out about all of the gadgets that can help you navigate airports and airplanes as a pumping mom.  And don't forget to check out Part 1 - Carrying On Breast Milk and Your Breast Pump.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Harvey Homestead in Progress

I'm too excited about this not to share, so more info is coming later!  But here's what we accomplished tonight for our backyard garden!

We planted tomatoes (3 kinds), zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe,  bush beans, snap peas, paprika pepper, mini sweet peppers (orange, yellow, and red), cucumbers (3 kinds), broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts, butterhead lettuce, and corn.  That's over 150 seeds planted!

Seed Starters at Harvey Ever After

Starting Vegetable Seeds at Harvey Ever After

White Naga Pepper at Harvey Ever After
Mr. Harvey and his white naga pepper plant.  Yikes!

Ready to Grow at Harvey Ever After

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Mom Conference, April 7th-14th

I'm excited to bring to you -- The Mom Conference!  

The Mom Conference is more fun than shopping in PJs and fuzzy slippers! And, better yet, it’s ONLINE and FREE from April 7 – April 14, 2014!  I've been "attending" for the past few days and listening to classes as I work, and it's fantastic!
Desi Ward, host of The Mom Conference and creator of The Unconventional Kitchen, created this event because no mom is perfect. That’s why we NEED to share our strengths! You know -- “I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?” 
Being a mom can be overwhelming at times, right?! The Mom Conference contains 30+ online classes to make motherhood more enjoyable. 30 amazing bloggers (mostly moms) will be teaching classes on a wide range of topics important for moms.  I've really enjoyed it so far.  
My favorite presenters so far have been: 
Katie from on Natural Remedies
Holly from on Rocking Skinny Jeans
Carrie from on Overcoming Autoimmune Disease through Diet
Abby from on 5 Quick Hairstyles that can be done in 5 Minutes!

And I'm looking forward to some of the topics in the presentations in the next few days like:
green smoothies,
family dinners,
getting fit,
and taking care of yourself!

Come listen ONLINE until April 14, 2014
Register for FREE at:

See you there!

Five Professions I'd Like to Try {My Life in Lists}

I just came across a new link-up called My Life in Lists hosted by If These Walls Could Speak.  It's awesome.  I get a prompt for a list each week.  And if you know me, then you know that I love my lists!  

This week's prompt is: 5 Professions You'd Like to Try

1. Youth Pastor - I'd love to make an impact on kids and young adults.  Fellowships like Young Life made such a positive impact on my life, and I'd just love to give that to other young people.  

2. Makeup Artist on the Bachelorette - Now that I'm married, obviously I can't be the Bachelorette (not that I'd want to be), but I totally want to travel to all of the exotic locations where they film, so makeup artist sounds fun.  :)  Of course, I'll be bringing along Hubby and Baby Prez.

3. First Grade Teacher - A friend once told me that first grade is the best grade to teach because the children know how to tie their shoes, but don't have an attitude yet.  And it would be refreshing to teach children instead of college kids!

4. Broadway star - This was my dream when I was a little girl.  It would be so much fun to get up and act and sing.  Not fun enough though to live in a closet in New York.  I'd much rather visit NYC and watch Broadway shows.  My favorites are Aida and The Lion King.  (Wicked comes in a close third.)

5. Book Editor - I love reading.  Once I thought I might want to be a writer because I love to read, but then I realized that I don't actually have lots of ideas for stories, so I wanted to be the person who reads other people's stories.  I still think this would be an awesome job.  And I've been blessed to be a part of an author's launch team, which gives me the chance to read her novels in advance and review them online.  Most recently, I reviewed Echoes of Mercy, and I highly recommend it!  But seriously, would there be a better way to spend a day than reading novels all day and getting paid for it?  Nope.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Finally Spring! {Five on Friday}

This week I am so thankful that spring is finally here!  And I'm excited to share some of the things I'm looking forward to this spring!

1. Easter Outfits for Baby Prez

I've been thinking about Baby President's Easter outfit for awhile now and drooling over this adorable little outfit from Target. 

Need I say more?


2. Dyeing Easter Eggs

I need to pick up some egg dyeing kits this week so that we can dye some Easter eggs for Baby President's first Easter!  As he gets older, I want to incorporate more activities focused on Jesus's death and resurrection, but this year I'm focused on sensory activities.  Brightly colored Easter eggs should do the trick!  But there are so many options for Easter egg dyeing kits these days.  Of course, I'll go with Paas.  Because duh.

When I was growing up, we had the basic dye colors and if we wanted to do something fancy we drew on the eggs with crayons before dyeing them or used two different colors to make some cool colors like orange or purple!  Now in addition to the classic egg dye kit, we've got pre-made dye cups (cheating if you ask me), sparkling glitter kits (the little girl inside me loves this), tie dye kits (groovy!), sporty egg kits (Go Pokes!), 3-D explosion eggs (what?!), monster egg kits (I think an egg would make a great Mike Wazowski), volcanic eggsplosions, marble egg kits (this might be my favorite), neon Easter eggs, and even color snaps (which look easy and complicated all at the same time).

3. Walks with Baby President

Last summer, we were able to take Baby President to the Farmer's Market a few times!  It was fun to pick out produce there for his baby food.  When Baby Prez was 12 weeks old, we took him for the first time and bought acorn squash for his homemade baby food that week.  

Baby President's 1st Farmers' Market - 2013

Isn't he just adorbs?  

This year, we live close to two great parks!  Baby Prez has lots of swinging at the playground in his future!

4. Moscato

Specifically, Barefoot Moscato.  It's cheap, but so yummy!  Does moscato say spring to anyone else?


5. My Clothesline

Yes, that's right.  My clothesline.  When we moved into this house last fall, one of the things I didn't even think about was the clothesline in the backyard.  But then, our dryer plug didn't fit the outlet, so until we got the adapter, I used the clothesline.  In fact, I even line dried our clothes after we adapted the dryer!  And it's perfect for sunning Baby President's cloth diapers.  

And now, it's getting warm enough to head out to the backyard and pin our clothes up on the line!

Source: Wikipedia

What are you looking forward to this spring?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Free Dave Ramsey eBook

Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money Free eBook

The husband and I are just getting started reading some of Dave Ramsey's stuff, and it's great so far!  We are excited to get started with his Total Money Makeover next month.  And here's another one of his books for FREE!

Download a free eBook copy of Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money HERE.  

Note: While the book is free, you are encouraged to give a "tip".  All tips go to the Young Life organization, which is a fantastic organization for high school students.  

Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms: Part 1

Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms

As I mentioned in Baby President's 8-9 month update, we experienced our first time (x 4) traveling on a plane with an infant.  That also meant that my pump was coming along for the trip.  I wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so I did quite a lot of research online for travel info, TSA requirements, tips, tricks, everything!

This is the beginning of a 3 part series on air travel tips for pumping moms.

My research uncovered some shocking incidents and some comforting news as well.  I was a bit worried that I would be harassed by TSA agents after reading about a pumping mom who wasn't allowed to take her breast pump through security because the milk bottles were empty.  What?!?  So that she could take it with her, she was then forced to pump in a public restroom.  Not in a restroom stall, but by a counter were the only outlet was.

But honestly, I had absolutely no trouble with security.  None at all.  The TSA agents at both the Omaha airport and the Philadelphia airport were very polite and respectful.

Air Travel Tips for Pumping Moms

Part 1: Carrying Breast Milk on the Airplane

1. Breast Milk Storage

Breast milk is an exception to TSA's 3-1-1 rule.  In other words, you can take breastmilk on the plane in the normal 5 ounce pumping bottles OR your baby's bottle if baby is traveling with you.  I carried full pumping bottles, full baby bottles, and empty pumping bottles in the pump bag for convenience.

Check out the TSA's policy on breast milk HERE.  (Note: You can also carry-on formula in containers larger than 3 ounces.)

2. Breast Milk Screening 

At the security area, you will need to declare the breast milk to an agent.  The agent will ask you to remove any containers with breast milk.  You can either allow the milk to go through the x-ray machine like your shoes, laptop, and carry-on


You can request an alternative screening that does not submit the milk to radiation.  I chose the alternative screening process, which was pretty painless, but took an extra minute or two.

One thing to note about the screening: the TSA agents can swab the outside of the full bottles and/or use a different machine (not an x-ray) to check the bottles, but they cannot, let me repeat, they cannot ask you to open the bottles filled with milk or open the bottles themselves.  

3. The Breast Pump

When you take the breast pump through security at the airport, you may be asked to remove it from a suitcase or other carry-on if needed.  (I removed it at one airport and left it in the carry-on suitcase at the other airport.)  It can be sent through the x-ray machine with the rest of your carry-on and personal items.  Breast milk is the only thing that I would be concerned with avoiding the x-ray machine; there's no need to expose the milk to the waves of radiation.  

In some online forums, moms suggested that a breast pump can be carried on as a medical device or medical equipment separate from other carry-on items.  This means that you could carry on your personal bag (purse), your carry-on (suitcase or duffle), AND a breast pump.  I could not find anything on the airlines' or TSA websites to confirm this, so you would want to contact your airline to confirm their policy.

4. One More Thing

I would highly recommend printing the TSA policy on breast milk and taking it with you, just in case.  I took printouts of the breast milk policy as well as all of the policies related to babies and children; I never had to reference them or show them to TSA agents, but I felt more comfortable knowing that I could produce them if necessary.

For more tips and a fantastic checklist for traveling with a breast pump, check out this article at Lactation Matters.

And don't forget to check out Part 2 of this series on travel tips for pumping moms - Pumping while Traveling.  

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