Is the DockATot worth it?

Hi hi everyone!

I received such a great response to my last “is it worth it?” post that I was thinking of making this a new blog series! Let me know what you think down in the comments & share what you’re interested in seeing whether or not it’s worth it next!

Today I wanted to give you the scoop on the popular, yet some may consider pricey, DockATot! We were gifted the DockATot deluxe from a family member at our baby shower. Our daughter slept in it from the first night home from the hospital until she grew out if it. We were just recently sent the next size up, the grand, from DockATot. Thank you, DockATot for collaborating with me on this blog post!

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Is the Owlet worth it?

Hey everyone!

This post has been long awaited. I remember a few months back I posted one of my very first blog posts and included the Owlet Smart Sock 2 in my 0-3 Month MUST HAVES. (Read that post here) I immediately received questions about the Owlet in particular. People wanted to know what my experience had been with it. I knew I had to write this post so that other mamas could know all of the details! I’m so excited to be collaborating with Owlet on this blog post to bring you my honest experience and opinion!

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Best Gingersnap Cookie Recipe (GF + DF)

Hey guys!

Today I am sharing the best recipe for holiday gingersnap cookies. I never really knew how much I LOVED gingersnap cookies until about a year ago. I was pregnant and out of the blue they sounded so bomb! My Mom is the best and she whipped these up multiple times for me and the rest is history. 😜

The original recipe was actually handed down from my 1st grade teacher! It was her mother’s recipe and she enjoyed sharing it for others to bake. She has since passed away but her and her mother’s memory live on. Thank you, Mrs. Johnson!

I also filmed a video that is up on my channel the same day this post goes live. You can watch me bake these cookies here. Get your ingredients and bake with me!

In the title it says these are dairy and gluten free. I have an intolerance to both of those allergens and substitute ingredients accordingly. Be careful to make your ingredients fit your needs!
Ingredients:

3/4 c. Shortening (vegetable based)

1 c. Sugar

1 egg

1/2 c. Molasses

2 t. Baking soda

2 c. Flour (gluten free)

1 t. Cinnamon

1 T. Ground Ginger

1/2 t. Salt
Directions:

1. Set oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined.

3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly combined.

4. Roll dough into balls, then roll balls in sugar.

5. Place dough balls on ungreased cookie sheet.

6. Smash slightly with base of glass cup.

7. Bake for 12-15 mins. Do not overbake!

8. Take out, let cool, eat and enjoy!
As you can see this is an extremely indulgent recipe but what other time than the holidays can you get away with it! I honestly love these cookies and hope you do too. Wow your family and friends and bring these to your holiday get-together!

Let me know what you think!

Straight up sincerely,

Alyse

Why I am not a Sharent

Hey everyone! Long time, little talk. I have been so busy creating over on my YouTube channel and spending time prepping for the holidays.  If you haven’t checked out my channel yet I will link it here for you!

Today I wanted to blog about something that is near and dear to me, while also avoiding offending anyone. I recently read an article on The Bump app about the term Sharenting. Basically it was described as the act of oversharing about your child/ren. I believe this applies mainly to social media but in my mind it would be all the time. Whether you’re sharing a story, photo, video, sound clip, whatever it may be, in person or online, have you ever asked yourself, “am I a sharent?”

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New Adventure

Hi guys!

Today’s post is going up later than usual and its going to be short. But hopefully my news will make up for that!

I am officially a YouTuber! 

Now I know some of you may be cheering while others groan but let me clarify, my YouTube channel will merely be an extension of my brand. I will continue to post regularly on my blog, just maybe not every Friday like I previously promised. You can count on 1 video or 1 blog post per week or maybe both! I’d like to keep up with posts more than that but I’d rather it be a nice surprise when I upload more frequently rather than a disappointment when I don’t. To be honest, I’m writing this on my phone while breastfeeding baby for a nap so when I say time is limited I mean it!

What is my YouTube channel going to be like?

I’d really like for it to be a look into our real lives as The Sykes Family. 

Have other questions? Leave them in the comments below and I will answer some of them on a Q&A soon! In the meantime, hurry over to my YouTube channel and check it out!

Sykes Fam

Straight up sincerely,

Alyse

Enchilada Bake

Ya know what I hate? Recipe blog posts where you have to scroll for 2 years to find the actual recipe. If you’re looking for a bunch of recipe fluff, you won’t find it here.

Today’s post is the recipe for my enchilada bake. Its quick, easy, and budget friendly because as a new mom I barely have time to eat let alone spend the evening preparing something elaborate. Lets be honest, I end up eating every meal cold anyways. Is that a permanent thing when you become a Mom? I’ll keep you posted.

As a disclaimer, I am not a chef. This is merely a description of how I like to cook this meal. I inherited my grandmother’s cooking skills – do you want that burnt or extra burnt? Happy cooking!
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When you become a Mom, but your friends don’t

Who has friends?
All of you? Ok, great. 🙂

Now who can say they have ride-or-die friends?

Hopefully everyone can say they have at least one ride-or-die friend. Don’t know what that means? A ride-or-die friend is easily described as someone who has your back 24/7 no matter what. A friend like this is usually acquired after experiencing the ups and downs of life together. You may have known each other for 30 years or 3 days, doesn’t really matter. What matters is the trust and loyalty you have built together. A ride-or-die is an essential part of your dream team… and your relationship… But that’s another post for another day. Today’s blog post is on what happens to your friendships after you become a mother. Your friendships will change, some will be completely broken, and if you don’t know who your ride-or-dies are, you’ll find out!
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