Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share. 1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours. 2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and […]

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Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

I was already struggling with supply before I went back to work, so when I had to switch from regular nursing to occasional pumping, my supply took a hit. I’ve been trying different methods to help boost my supply (taking Fenugreek supplements, taking Mother Love More Milk Plus supplements, eating oatmeal, drinking Gatorade, drinking Milkmaid tea, applying heat) but I either wasn’t eating/drinking enough of that to count, or it simply want working. I decided to give lactation cookies a try so hubby helped me make a batch after I procured all the magical ingredients (brewers yeast and milled flax […]

Posted February 23, 2015 by Julie in Food, Working Mom, , / 13 Comments
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A Call for Compassion #1000Speak

A Call for Compassion #1000Speak

We hear too much about how horrible humans can be to each other. From social media shaming to the tragic murders all over the world, there are plenty of examples we can look at. Where is our humanity hiding? Where is our compassion? Compassion is sympathy. It is our concern for other people and their well-being. It is giving someone a hug when they have had a bad day. It is donating to a cause to help someone. It is standing up for someone when they are being bullied. It can even be adopting a stray animal (animals are people […]

Posted February 20, 2015 by Julie in Opinionated, / 7 Comments
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Pollo Tropical review

Pollo Tropical review

A little while back, Pollo Tropical sent me some goodies to celebrate them opening more locations in my area. Since I had just had Baby H at the time, I didn’t get to attend their grand opening parties. Thanks @pollotropical for the goodies! Can’t wait to try out your new Houston area locations! #pollotropicalHOU pic.twitter.com/Mid6Wee4Y4 — Julie S. (@juliecookies) December 11, 2014 Now that Baby H is 3 months old and easier to go out with, Hubby and I decided to check out their new location near us on Valentines Day. They were having a 2 can dine for $9.99 […]

Posted February 17, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, / 4 Comments
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Working on Working Mom’s questions for the Liebster Award nomination

Working on Working Mom’s questions for the Liebster Award nomination

The lovely Angela at Working on Working Mom nominated me for the Liebster award. Thanks for considering me!:) I’m not big on these tag type posts, cause coming up with a new list of blogs to tag, plus questions – who has time for that? HA! You know I’m lazy, right?  But I really liked the questions she came up with, so I decided to answer them on this blog anyway 🙂   What does your blog name mean to you? “Velvet Rose” is kind of a poetic blog name (back when I used to write poems for funsies, I used roses […]

Posted February 16, 2015 by Julie in Memes, / 4 Comments
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My Favorite WordPress Plugins

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

I really enjoy using the WordPress blogging platform – one reason being all the amazing plugins we can use to enhance our blogging experience. I shared a post on the book blog and I thought I would mention that post here as well. Only two of the plugins I listed are book  blogging related, so the others are very helpful for any type of blogs. I’ll highlight the list here but the details and complete post can be found following the image linked below.   Favorite Commenting Plugins: Comment Reply Notification. Akismet. Top Commentators Widget. Favorite Blogging Plugins: Easy Content Templates. […]

Posted February 13, 2015 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 4 Comments
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Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Before returning to work I put a lot of thought into what I needed to continue on this breastfeeding journey. Pumping isn’t as pleasant as nursing, obviously, since you’re hooked up to what I like to call a Medieval torture device rather than your baby. But, it is a necessary activity to maintain supply (and avoid painful engorgement). Breast Milk Pumping Bag Essentials when Returning to Work   Breast pump and accessories. My workplace provides a hospital-grade pump, the Medela Symphony, so all I need are the attachments, breast shield flanges, and bottles. If this was not the case, I would […]

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Milk Boost Lactation Cookies Review

Milk Boost Lactation Cookies Review

The lovely ladies behind BoostOrganicFoods tweeted some support to me in response to my breastfeeding journey post. They are kicking off their lactation cookie company and are sending out some samples. I jumped at the opportunity to try the cookies out since I’ve been thinking of ways to increase my supply (or at least keep it from decreasing since I’ve returned to work now). I received a sample of Boost Organic cookies in the mail this past weekend. I went back to work last week and immediately got sick, so my supply just tanked. After a couple of days of eating the cookies […]

Posted February 6, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, Working Mom, , / 3 Comments
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Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

I’ve been working directly out of my client’s office for about 3 years now. Being a contractor, most of the special benefits are reserved for employees – for example if an employee is sick, he/she can go down to the nurse’s office and get treatment, while a contractor can’t do that. Thankfully, the lactation rooms are available to both contractors and employees. I don’t even know what the set-up would be at my actual firm (we moved into a new office about a year ago and adopted a new “open concept” floor plan, where everyone is seated at desks, not […]

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On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

Well my 12 weeks of maternity are over now and it is time to return to work. I have very mixed feelings about this. Yes, I enjoy my job and the people I work with, and yes I need the paycheck obviously. But, there are things about being home with my baby that I am definitely going to miss. I’m going to miss our morning snuggles. After my husband (aka Elbows) left for work in the mornings, I would bring Baby H into bed and nurse nap with him. He is incredibly snuggly. I’m going to miss going for walks […]

Posted January 26, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Work, Working Mom, / 26 Comments
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