Lifestyle, Parenting, Publications, self love

FabUPlus Summer ‘18 Digital Issue Giveaway

So excited to share with you Loves a FREE digital copy of FabUPlus Magazine’s Summer 2018 issue featuring my article Breastfeeding: There Is No Shame, featuring original images shot by House Of Winter.

The article delves in to the stigma formula feeding Mom’s face in public and my own personal experience with medical professionals .

Click the link for your very own copy:

FabUPlus Digital Issue

Now, hopefully you Loves headed over and collected your own copy and meandered back this way for a bit more of an in-depth plunge in to the topic of this plus size mom who was unable to breastfeed and was shamed as a result.

Three months after giving birth I was unable to continue producing breast milk, I was pressured to take prescriptions to induce lactation (that irritated an intestinal condition I deal with on the regular and mind you I was also healing from a c-section) that never worked and even tried herbal remedies (tea that tasted like I was licking the forest floor yuck- which is saying something because I LOVE tea!), I just couldn’t produce it. Mentally I was devastated – I was so prepared to be apart of this group of women who took part of a tradition that has been happening since the beginning of time.

Then you factor in the hormones and changes my body was still going through after giving birth and then having to visit my OB or my daughter’s pediatric doctor: each visit would be bombarded with posters encouraging breast feeding, having to deal with every nurse asking repeatedly why I didn’t breastfeed my child and how much healthier it would be for her if I did, and I’d have to endure this speech and pressure until finally I’d be able to get a word in and tell them I physically couldn’t produce breast milk and boom! End of conversation. Beyond frustrating.

I also had to deal with several public instances where I was told by a fellow shopper that I was “poisoning” my daughter and she’d end up unhealthy and fat like me. I had a cashier judgmentally ask me, “Haven’t you heard how bad it is to feed your baby this stuff?” And I’ve had acquaintances of friends feel free to comment about my lack of health awareness feeding my daughter formula – lack of health awareness meaning I’m fat of course. Insert biggest eye roll possible!

With every frustration I faced I had my daughter’s healthy smile to beam back at me, for every nay-sayer that we encountered my daughter just proved them wrong with every milestone she hit and surpassed, and honestly, that’s the best mute button I’ve encountered to silencing people’s judgements when it comes to parenting.

I’m interested in hearing from my fellow parents: when it came to feeding your little one did you experience any shame or societal pressure for your choices?

Share your experiences below and I’ll make sure to join in on the convo!

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO

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Lifestyle, Parenting

Fun Inside Craft/Baking Activities For You & The Little One!

As a stay at home Mom I know trying to find fun and fulfilling activities for my little one is an on-going effort, I’m always looking for fun and interactive things to keep our day filled so below are some of my favorite activities and what you’ll need to try them out! I’ll continue to add this list so make sure to check back often.

Remember to stay creative, make it fun, be prepared for messes and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe – Delicious And way healthier than an Oreo!

  1. One whole sweet potato; puréed
  2. 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 2 cups of all purpose Flour
  5. One tbsp Vanilla
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  8. 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  10. 1/2 teaspoon of all spice
  11. 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  12. 1 stick of butter (or half cup) room temp (I personally melt it because it mixes better)
  13. Gluten free caramel or chocolate dip for glaze

Step one: preheat the oven to 375 F and adjust racks to middle position, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper/foil/ or non stick cooking spray.

Step two: In a medium bowl sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all spice.

Step three: Use a mixer and combine the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla – once mixed well add in the sweet potato and once you’ve mixed this all together blend in the dry ingredients and mix well.

Step four: Drop a good spoonful on the cookie sheet, keep about 2 inches of space between cookie blobs. Bake until edges are golden brown, usually about 18min.

Step five: Let cool & add the glaze!

Archeologist, Digging For Dino’s

  1. Small toy Dinosaurs
  • 2. Jello
  • Prepare the jello mix as directed, before setting in the fridge place plastic toys in the bowl and then let it set. Once done the activity is ready to go as soon as you and your little one are ready! I usually take this time to talk about the Dinosaurs she’s playing or putting on Dinosaur Train while she engages in this activity.
  • To shop for the items used above to create your own dig, click the link here: Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Flour & Salt Ornaments/Mementos

    1. 1 cup of flour
    2. Half a cup of salt
    3. Cup of water
    4. Craft/art/acrylic paint
    5. Decorative ribbon
    6. Straw

    Step one: preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

    Step two: Combine all of the ingredients and knead the dough for five to ten minutes. If the dough happens to be dry add a little more water in and knead it a little more.

    Step three: Roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like it to be, keep in mind the thicker it is the longer it will need to bake.

    Step four: Using a large cookie cutter or bowl of your just going for a round plaque or ornament, cut out different shapes that you’d like to decorate.

    Step five: If your doing a handprint or footprint now is the time to have that little one place their hand/foot into the dough.

    Step six: Using a straw or a pair of scissors, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your ornament.

    Step seven: Bake for 1-2 hours. If still doughy, put back in for another hour.

    Step eight: Let cool for about an hour and then you are ready to paint and decorate!

    To shop for the items used above to create your own ornament, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Finger Painting

    1. Construction/art paper
    2. Non-toxic paint

    For this example I used our family home made holiday card, we used the finger paint to create little lights and then my husband and I added our own prints to complete the card.

    To shop for the items used above to create your own finger painting masterpiece, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Sewing activity

    This activity I chose to do during a rainy day which is why we made a cloud.

    1. Construction paper
    2. Yarn
    3. Tissue paper
    4. Egg carton
    5. Hole puncher
    6. Markers/paint/crayons
    7. Tape

    Step one: take two pieces of construction paper, trace out a simple yet large shape, cut out while holding both pieces so they match exactly.

    Step two: using the hole punch go around the cut out papers and place easily spaced out holes.

    *Step three: this next step is optional, I wanted the project to have volume so I made a second set of holes and laced that small part myself and stuffed a piece of tissue paper in it, so not only could she hold on to that while we worked but also so it couldn’t come apart while she was trying it out.

    Step four: once you have the holes done take the yarn and tie one end off in a knot so that’s always their starting point, then take the tape and wrap the other end of the yarn, this makes it easier to keep it together while sewing.

    Now once your little one is done you can either tie it off as completed and add decorations or leave it untied so they can unlace and re-lace to their little heart’s content!

    To shop for the items used above to make your own sewing activity, click the link here Kat’s DIY Kids Activity List

    Make sure to check back for updated activities and crafts! Until next time Loves,

    Kat XO

    *The links above are affiliate codes which means I will earn a small commission which will help me to continue providing future content. Appreciate y’all!*

    Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

    A Holiday Look With Eloquii : Review

    I just love a little sparkle for the Holidays! And this jumpsuit from Eloquii is such a stunning bit of sparkle that I not only felt festive but fabulous wearing it.

    The full sleeve Metallic Jumpsuit is beyond perfect for the holidays! As a Mom the holidays usually mean multiple stops and long days out, chaotic family parties, and lots of running around. So while yes, I want to look fabulous but I also want to be comfortable enough to trail after my daughter. This jumpsuit is just the perfect minimal, fabulous, easy to slip on outfit that I was looking for! Threw on a black belt and matching heels and BAM this Mama was ready to roll.

    Now let’s talk details my Loves; if you’ve read any of my reviews on one pieces before then you know how I hate having to use the bathroom in public because it’s usually hard to reach whatever snap or button they’ve added to the back to secure you in, not an issue with this baby! The snap is in the front hidden in the neckline and is easy peezy to get to. I also love that if I wanted to keep it unsnapped the jumpsuit would still fit perfectly and I’d be able to show off whatever top I wanted to add in underneath.

    It Has Pockets! Lol excuse my excitement but I’m such a pockets kind of lady that usually one of the first things out of my mouth about a look is, “Oh thanks, it’s got pockets”! So I was just thrilled to find two pockets in this beauty and the fact they fit my iPhone was fabulous. I usually forgo purses these days and just jam everything in my daughter’s diaper bag and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go digging in the bag for my phone. So yes, I’m a huge fan of pockets that actually fit my phone therefore saving it from the dark depths of the diaper bag.

    To Shop The Look Click Here ELOQUII

    I also wanted to point out this metallic stunner is completely lined on the inside so you are not dealing with any scratchy or itchy fabrics. This jumpsuit felt as comfortable as my onesie pajamas – soo comfortable to wear!

    Overall I’d say I’m completely in LOVE with my Eloquii Metallic full sleeved jumpsuit. The fit was incredible, the fabric comfortable and I looked stunning with very little effort on my part 😉

    Until next time My Loves,

    Kat XO

    *The links above are affiliate codes which means I will earn a small commission which will help me to continue providing future content. Appreciate y’all!*

    ** Huge shout out to House Of Winter for the fabulously festive family shots!!

    Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

    Timeless: MVMT Avenue Watch Review

    I’ll have to admit that I’ve never been a watch wearer and am a girl who likes to keep her accessories to a minimum. With MVMT’s timeless designs I think I may be changing my tune on the no watch policy.

    The stunning color of gold is just understated and perfect enough to shine but not over power any look. The vintage feel of the design will allow me to incorporate it in to many of my Pinup/Retro styled looks and I absolutely love the band’s detailed design and best of all it doesn’t pinch or pull arm hairs!

    With wider/larger wrists watch buying can be a pain in the butt; the band doesn’t fit at all or is too snug, there’s usually no way to extend it and then who wants to spend hours shopping for something they won’t be able to wear? With MVMT’s adjustable band I was able to extend the wrist size so that the watch fit comfortable and wasn’t too snug or pinching skin. And the little tool they include in the packaging made adjusting the band easy peasy!

    Can I also point out that this beautiful watch is quite eye catching? I received several compliments on this time piece during my shoot in the city; I’ve had vintage loving friends ask where I’ve found the retro beauty and I’ve had male friends ask if they have similar designs for them!

    Truly happy to have found not only a watch that has an adjustable band so it fits larger wrists but also that the design is so classic yet modern that it truly captures the essence of my style. I’ve found my everyday watch and now it’s your turn!

    To shop MVMT use this link : MVMT and enter code katstroudofficial15 for $15 off that purchase!

    Until next time my Loves,

    Kat XO

    *The link above is an affiliate code which means I will earn a small commission which will help me to continue providing future content. Appreciate y’all!*

    Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

    Getting In To The Holiday Spirit With Curve Girl

    There is just something about sequins that enhance a look and make it a tad more festive and this gorgeous sequined beauty from Curve Girl has me feeling holly & jolly for this Holiday season!

    What I love about this dress is that the gold and white color combo just scream timeless style to me! I also love the whole length sleeve that’s also embellished with sequins. The length of this dress is absolutely perfect for me even at my petite 5’1 height, the hem falls just at the knee and don’t even get me started on how hard it is to find a dress that falls perfectly at the knee when you are so short lol!

    I have to throw in as well: when I’ve worn sequined garments before I’ve had to deal with the little itchy strings underneath because the garment just wasn’t lined or finished properly. With this dress I didn’t have a single issue like that, comfortable to wear and no little strings on the inside to drive ya crazy!!

    Another feature I love is how light weight this dress happens to be; I’ve worn full sequined outfits and sometimes those babies can get HEAVY to wear, especially if you are out and about on the town with friends so I absolutely loved that it felt like I was wearing a simple T-shirt dress. I was bummed to find the back of the dress didn’t hold any embellishments but when wearing a coat or sitting down the extra embellishments could have caused snagging and catching so I can understand why they didn’t carry the design over to the back.

    I can’t wait to style this beauty over and over again! Let’s face it – every woman needs that stunning show stopping piece and this little dress just happens to fit that bill in an understated way!

    To shop Curve Girl: Shop Here

    Shout out to @JasonBrucePhotography for capturing this set at my bestie’s house (House Of Winter).

    Until Next Time My Loves,

    Kat XO