My go to cookie recipe!

Good afternoon ramblers!

So a little unknown fact about me is that I absolutely love to bake! I was lucky enough that when we moved into this new place my hubby got me a kitchenaid mixer as a moving gift (husband of the year award!) I really try to limit my baking these days though because I mean who doesn’t love to eat what they bake?! So I’m a monthly baker when my monthly friend comes along (who doesn’t want chocolate during aunt flow’s visit?) I’ve tried and tried again to get a good classic chocolate chip cookie recipes down and I think I finally got it! So let’s get baking!

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We’ll start with the ingredients; here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe! Also if you are in search of a new baking sheet I completely recommend NORDIC WARE……they are so amazing, so easy to clean, and nothing ever sticks!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (really any kind of chocolate chips will work)

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Now that you have all your ingredients together lets get started! Go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 degree F (190 degrees C). In a separate bowl; mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside for now.

In your mixer (or a large bowl if you do not have one), cream together the butter and sugar until it’s completely smooth.

Quick tip: if you’re like myself and always forget to pull out the butter ahead of time to soften, you can stick it on a plate and pop it in the oven while it’s preheating! Just make sure to keep an eye on it so the butter doesn’t melt completely.

Once the butter and sugar mix is smooth go ahead and beat in your eggs one at a time. Then add your vanilla and mix for about 30-60 more seconds.

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Now we will slowly add in the dry ingredients. I take my 1/4 cup measuring spoon and mix in that amount until it’s all gone. Make sure to let it properly mix together before adding the next spoonful in or it can get pretty messy! During this step if you have a kitchenaid mixer I use it at a level 4.

Once the dry ingredients are all in it should be a dough consistency and look like the second photo above!

At this point I take the bowl off the mixer and with a spoon mix in my chocolate chips. Like I stated above you can use any style of chocolate chips. I have even mixed milk chocolate and white chocolate before! If you really want to jazz it up you can add your favorite nuts into it as well (walnuts taste amazing!).

Now that we have everything mixed together it’s time to bake! I use a little cookie spray on my cookie sheet to prevent sticking. You can make the cookies as big or as small as you’d like. I make mine about a heaping teaspoon size so they are small enough my daughter can hold (but not too small that she can choke). You’ll want to spread them about 2 inches apart. They’ll bake for about 8-11 mins.

 

I hope you give them a try and if you do let me know what you think! If you give them a try make sure to tag me in your finished product on instagram (handle at the bottom). Drop a comment below your favorite baking recipe and I’ll give it a try next month!

Happy baking and remember to stay rambling

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xxx

the rambling mom

@annielouisedavis

 

 

RECIPE

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix flour, salt, baking soda in seperate bowl.
  2. In mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat eggs in one at a time then add vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients until dough like consistency. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop heaping teaspoon sized balls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-11 mins. Move to wire rack to finish cooling.

Life After Loss

Good afternoon ramblers!

Today we are going to talk about a very hard topic so I will say take this as your *trigger warning*

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Back in January we decided that we wanted to start trying for another baby. At the time we felt Louise was old enough that she would be okay and we wanted our kids to be close in age, as Riley and his sister are and myself and my sister are. With Louise it took us a little over 6 months to conceive so when we conceived on our first cycle we were both shocked! I knew right away I was pregnant, it was just like the first time; couldn’t stop sleeping, all I wanted were smoothies or milkshakes, and I cried….A LOT. So it was no surprise that we found out at 4 weeks pregnant, I believe I was that early along when I found out about Louise ( I must have some sixth sense haha)

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We were so over the moon. But that didn’t stop the lingering thoughts of ‘oh no what did we do’. I was filled with constant worry about Louise and would she feel neglected or the silly thoughts I’m sure every mom goes through the second time around ‘how can I love anything as much as I love my first born’. So my stress levels were high, but I tried to continue on as normal with my gym schedule and regular routine. I had just recently quit my full-time job so thankfully that stress was out of the picture! Looking back at this photo I feel so silly for taking a ‘4 weeks pregnant’ photo, I mean let’s get real that’s all tummy fat haha but another part of me will always cherish this photo because it’s the only photo I have of my short pregnancy.

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On the morning of March 4th I awoke before Riley and Louise and felt wet down below. I’m not one to have accidents so I knew something was up. I rushed to the restroom and my pants and underwear were bloody. Now in the beginning of my pregnancy with Louise I had some pretty heavy bleeding due to a hemorrhage behind where she attached. But this time I knew it wasn’t that, I swear I could feel it in my soul. It was over. My baby who we already loved so much and never got to meet was gone. The only thought running through my head though was I didn’t want to wake anyone up. So I jump into a hot shower and cried. I couldn’t tell you how long I was in there but long enough for the hot water to run out. I couldn’t even cry anymore, it was like I had no more tears. But then I started feeling silly, I’m only 6 weeks pregnant it’s not even far enough along to mourn a loss (which is oh so wrong). So I got ready for the day and woke Riley up. I can’t remember exactly but I’m pretty sure all he got was a “I’m miscarrying.” Confused is an understatement and as the days have gone on I really wish I would have broke the news a little softer, after all he’s mourning a loss too. I will never know how excited he truly was or how often he thought about our new baby (I know it was on my mind daily those few short weeks).

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I’ve never been the best at coping or showing my true emotions ( I blame the trauma of losing my father at a young age and no one really expressing their feelings about it). So I continued on with my ‘nothing is happening, I’m totally okay’ attitude and went to the gym. I know what you’re thinking, what is wrong with this chick?! I wish I knew the answer to that because it’s now over two months since my miscarriage and I’ll never understand why the gym was my answer. Maybe it’s because the gym is the only place I can really work on my emotions and feelings without actually having to say anything, who knows. So after that Riley and I decided okay we really should get me to the doctor. My OB got me in ASAP that morning and ran all the tests and did a pelvic exam to make sure nothing else was going on. She sent me on my way after a blood draw to see where my levels were at. So after leaving the doctors I was still in a numb state of mind and decided ‘hey nows a good time to go to Ikea and buy a new couch’, I mean really? So the day went on as normal as it could with no other talk of miscarriage.

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The hardest part was watching my positive pregnancy tests turn negative. But the bleeding continued on pretty badly and I ended up finding myself late at night alone in the ER. I told Riley I was fine and to stay home with Louise because I didn’t feel it was right to keep a one year old up late in a germy place. But looking back I truly wish I had someone there with me. I sat alone for hours crying the loss of my baby. Doctors, nurses, patients all zooming by giving the odd glance. Until God sent me someone to help me. In comes the housekeeper. She asks me if it’s okay to come and tidy up a bit seeing as I’m in the middle of another crying fest. I say it’s fine because deep down I was tired of being alone. So for about 45 mins she talks, not expecting me to answer back. She tells me about her night, her job, herself, and then starts talking about her faith. She wasn’t prompted to do so and she had no idea what I was going through and never asked. But there I sat hearing God’s words and love pour through this stranger and I started to feel the healing process begin. It’s been over two months now and not a day goes by that I don’t think about this lady and what she did for me. I still keep my hospital bracelet in my bedside drawer as a reminder.

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Two months have gone by and I’m slowly healing everyday. I still constantly wonder what did I do wrong? What caused this? In fact I cried to my husband the other day because it was supposed to be my 2-month bump date, and I’m sure more of those days will come. But I counter them with days filled with love and laughter of my daughter Louise, mornings alone to think and workout at the gym, going to church and thanking God for all he’s done for me and my family. Life after loss isn’t easy, I’ve had to do it way too many times for the short 25 years I’ve been here. But it does get better, you hurt less, you love more, and you never forget those who are gone. Going through a miscarriage is something I hope none of you ever face but if you unfortunately find yourself doing so or already have just know that the ones around you love you and though they may seem uncomfortable with the topic it’s okay to talk about it and your feelings and loss. Or if you need to my inbox is always open to listen or talk, let me be your cleaning lady! For now we have no plans of trying for another, we want to take this time to heal and love on our sweet first born a little bit longer. And I may never know why this happened but I know it made me and my marriage a little bit stronger!

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Stay strong & stay rambling mamas!

xxx

the rambling mom

@annielouisedavis

Guess who’s back?!

Good afternoon to my faithful followers who’ve stuck around and waited for more posts. Or if you’re new here, hello! Check out my previous get to know me posts!

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So a lot has happened since my last blog post. Some good, a lot bad. Let’s start from the beginning. Last summer we were staying with my in-laws after my husband got out of the Marine Corps and I was a stay at home mom just trying to find my place and keep my sanity. At the end of August we decided to finally make the cross-country move to Ohio to be closer to my family. Blog post about our 7-day road trip coming soon!

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We lived with my sister and her family for a couple months in a tiny apartment. I started working full-time again. Finally got our own place and I went back to being a stay at home mom. We’ve experienced Louise’s first steps, first birthday, first words, a pregnancy and a loss. A lot has happened but so much more is coming and I can’t wait to bring you all along with me for the ride! We have stories, how to’s, family hacks, toddler life, fitness, travel, and so much more!

 

Stay tuned and stay rambling mammas!

xxx

the rambling mom

@annielouisedavis

 

 

 

Monday Coffee Chat!

Good morning Mamas!

It’s the start of the new week and it’s time to enjoy our coffee before the little ones wake! This week’s topic will be a fun one! I hope what I share helps others and I would love to hear all of you other Mamas routines as well!

Fitness After Having a Baby! 

Let’s be real, we all can’t wait to get our body’s back after having our little angels. But it’s easier said than done and I learned that the hard way. I thought since I got fit pretty fast once before it would be the same this time round.

Us women must remember……it took our bodies 9 months to get to this point it will take 9 months (sometimes less sometimes more) to get it back!

So today I will share a bit of my own personal fitness journey, as I’m still in it every single day, and my routine for getting fit!

Growing up I was always the fat kid in school, sports, home, you name it. I loved to eat and so did my dad; it became kinda our thing together. Not until around the age of 21 did I get into “shape”. I say shape like that because yes I did get to my lowest (ever) weight but I did it so unhealthy, I’d walk constantly but my days would be spent starving myself.

 

At the age of 22 I joined the Navy and not only did it help keep me in shape but it helped me learn a healthy way of doing; weightlifting. Once I started weightlifting I fell in love and was instantly hooked! But I was no longer skinny with bones poking out; and I fell in love with my new healthy body.

 

Flash forward to 24 year old, I’m married now and we are expecting our first baby! I started my pregnancy out a little overweight (newly wed weight gain is real lol) but I decided I was going to try and stay fit and “small” during my pregnancy. I worked out a lot and ate pretty healthy. I would like to say I was a cute pregnant lady! But towards the end I literally blew up! I can 100% blame it on my eating habits, but hey this will most likely be my only pregnancy so I decided to enjoy it to the full extent haha

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Now once I had our beautiful daughter (born at 38 weeks) I was dropping weight pretty fast! Yes I was in the gym weightlifting for 1-2 hours with 30 mins of intense cardio. But once again I was doing everything the unhealthy way; not eating. This was the worst time for me not only was I was suffering from PPD but now I was bordering anorexia. If Riley was lucky he could get me to eat about once a day.

But once we moved and Riley was out of the military our lifestyle changed completely! I was eating again (but now with no working out) and that’s how I got to this point in my life. The heaviest I’ve ever weighed. And it’s hard, every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror my heart sinks. But I did this to myself; unhealthy living and eating habits finally caught up to me.

So now to the point of this (long) blog! How I plan to get back into shape after having this baby. I am going to do a quick disclaimer: I am not a fitness coach nor trained to coach those with weight loss; please check with your doctor and a professional before jumping into any fitness routine!

My fitness routine:

  • Beachbody on Demand; currently 80 Day Obession
  • Meal prepping of clean food
  • A minimum of a mile walk everyday
  • Allowing myself to slip up sometimes but to get back on track right after
  • Enjoy life and not focus on my physical appearance

Now I’m gonna start off by saying that I am not a “coach” for beachbody and I am not trying to sell it at all. I understand home workouts aren’t for everyone (and boy do I miss heavy lifting at the gym) but this is what fits my life at the current moment.

An example of my meal prep is:

  • Breakfast: homemade acai bowl with fresh strawberry, blueberries, kiwis, and lavender organic granola
  • Lunch: power greens salad (what I put into the salad changes daily but I keep it low fat and unprocessed as possible)
  • Dinner: one chicken breast (seasoned), cooked mixed veggies, and quinoa

So far I’m a week into my new routine and I’m down 7lbs! The workout plan I’m on is no joke and do I feel like quitting all the time? yes! but I won’t cause I’ve been in shape and healthy before and I can do it again!

The main point to remember while going to postpartum weight loss is to remember that it WILL take time and that your body IS NOT UGLY! It’s beautiful and proof of all the hard work and love you put in for your sweet little baby!

 

So join in the chat! What’s been the easiest and hardest part of postpartum weight loss for you? What is your workout routine like? Got any tips? share them! Got recipes? Share them! We are all in this together ladies so lets love and support our awesome #mombods!

Happy Monday!

-Annie

 

*If you’d like to follow my fitness journey you can find it on instagram @from_fatann_to_fitann*

Monday Coffee Chat

Good morning Mamas!

It’s the start of a new week and it’s time to enjoy our coffee before the little ones wake! The first ever coffee chat is going to be an uncomfortable topic to talk about but one that should be talked about (quite often actually).

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. 

PPD affects more than 3 million women a year in the United States alone! And probably even way more due to those not recognizing the signs or those not able to get the help they need.

I am one of those 3 million cases.

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In my case my PPD started actually during my pregnancy. For most of my life I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression and the doctors all warned me that I would be a high risk for PPD due to that. But what they never told us is that you CAN get it even before giving birth.

I spent most of my pregnancy in a constant state of panic. In my defense our pregnancy started off in a very bad state (but that’s a story for another time). I went through different stages of anxiety everyday; from worrying about the health of our daughter to the stress of if I’ll even be a good mom. My constant state of anxiety was never fully talked about, I was given a lot of “It’s all in your head” or “This is normal for first time moms” but it’s not! Pregnancy should be a happy time in your life and for me it was not and due to the extreme stress my body was under I ended up having to be induced at 38 weeks due to medical reasons.

I felt fine actually more than fine when Louise was finally here! I was so overwhelmed with love and excitement to be holding her in my arms and to see Riley as a father finally. But it was there. Looking back I can see it clear as day but we were blind in that moment. I didn’t want to hold her when she cried, I didn’t want to even try breastfeeding (which had been a goal of mine), I was lashing out on nurses and Riley. I just chalked it up to being tired and overwhelmed.

Thank god the military gave Riley 14 days off to be at home with us. While it wasn’t enough time it was what we needed. My amazing husband had been doing research of his own on signs and symptoms of PPD and was the first to catch onto it. It started out again with me just being extremely angry, I mean literally everything would set me off. The baby needed fed or changed, Riley even looking at me, or the dog coming near me. Then the depression came and it came hard. I didn’t get out of bed most days besides to use the restroom. I wasn’t eating, didn’t want even want to shower. I slept probably 20 of the 24 hours in a day, no joke.

I would cry over the smallest things. And even though I didn’t want to do much with our sweet baby girl I would be paranoid that she didn’t like me, that we weren’t bonding, and that would set me into a whole other depression. Finally Riley stepped in and made me make an appointment with my OB, he even drove me and respected my wishes of him staying in the car. We talked about everything under the sun, my midwife and I. From what my daily thoughts were like, to if I was getting enough sleep, and most importantly how I wanted to tackle this PPD.

We decided on putting me on a low dose of depression meds. They worked, for a bit. Now I must say at this part in my story: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROVIDER! PLEASE DO NOT TAKE MY OWN DOINGS AND REPEAT THEM. NOT EVERYONE CAN BE “HEALED” THE SAME WAY. AND ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR OWN DOCTOR FIRST. I like to try to live as natural as possible and stay off any kind of medication. So after talking with my husband and us going over what is best for myself, him, and our family I went off my meds. But life isn’t that simple so I must daily take time for my mental health and stay on my strict diet and herbal remedies. And yes, my PPD comes back here and there. But I truly believe it would have done that with meds as well.

But the point of me choosing PPD and anxiety as my first Monday coffee chat is to tell all you mamas out there struggling: HAVING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BAD MOTHER!

Let me just repeat that one more time for all those who like to add their two cents into others personal lives…..

HAVING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (or any mental health issue) DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BAD MOTHER OR A BAD PERSON

It okay to not be okay sometimes. It’s okay to need help from others. It’s okay to be overwhelmed by parenthood. and it’s okay to talk openly about your problems.

In fact for myself, talking openly about my postpartum, especially during my relapses, helps me more than anything else. And if you don’t have someone to talk to about it, I’m here for you! Always feel free to reach out in the comments, through personal DM on my facebook or instagram. Never be ashamed to ask for help.

So let’s go over some important facts about PPD:

Signs & Symptoms:

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • loss of interest in things you normally do
  • sleeping a lot or not sleeping at all
  • not wanting to be around baby
  • harmful thoughts to self or baby
  • unwanted thoughts
  • weight gain or loss
  • crying
  • restlessness
  • and so much more

To see a complete list of signs & symptoms head over to the Mayo Clinic site or speak to your physician.

*If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think you may be suffering from PPD, please seek help immediately*

Naturals Remedies I use:

  • supplements (probiotic, magnesium, sam-e, fish oil)
  • diet (no processed food or caffeine)
  • journaling
  • personal development
  • taking long baths/showers
  • setting aside alone time for myself
  • talking to my husband about whats on my mind
  • therapy
  • CBD oil

So let’s open this up for discussion! Comment below anything you’d like to add, share your story, offer tips and help, whatever you’d like!

Enjoy your coffee and let’s get this week started!

Happy Monday 🙂

-Annie

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