Secret Trick to Bra Shopping After Nursing


Among all the other things people forget to tell you when you have a baby is that buying bras gets even more tricky than it was. But today I’m going to share the best trick to bra shopping after nursing and I’ve got a special deal to share too!
Such a great time saving idea for post nursing bra shopping since your size changes so often.

First let me say, that I’ve been settling with a poorly fitting bra for much of this last year. When I stopped nursing I was so excited to finally be back in a real bra. I got a few that fit great but even though I had waited for my boobs to adjust post nursing they changed again and let’s face it bra shopping on your own (let alone with a toddler) is so not fun so it hasn’t happened.

This looks so interesting. At home bra fitting system (would be great post breastfeeding or weight loss)

So when I discovered the RealFit® bra by Jockey, I was intrigued. It’s an at home bra fitting system, plus a great time-saving idea for post nursing bra shopping since your size changes so often (would be great post breastfeeding or weight loss). Last week I tried this at home- the Jockey RealFit® Kit and I’m hooked. The sizing fit kit includes a bunch of cups and a special measuring tape.The cups are way more varied than traditional bra sizes because one size definitely doesn’t fit all! To find your perfect fit, you just lean over into the cups and stand up and see which cup fits you best. For me, one cup was clearly the correct one. See below for an exclusive code for $10 off for my readers!

Easy two step program for self fitting bras at home. I've got to try this.

Then you wrap the measuring tape around where your bra band is and wherever the color block overlaps that is your band size. I was kind of in the middle of the 34 when I measured so I ordered both the 34 and 36 since they do free returns and exchanges (even if you have worn or washed the bra).

Tips on finding the perfect bra size at home.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the 4/36 bras fit me. I got two different styles with their patented comfort wire but they do have wire-free styles for those who prefer that. The RealFit® Kit costs $19.95 but then you get a $20 discount when you order a bra so it’s pretty much free since you wouldn’t really just get the fitting kit you know. Plus they are offering my readers $10 off the RealFit® Kit with the code RAEGUN10* so it’s an even better deal. It feels silly to be as excited as I am about new bras but having ones that finally fit and not having to try on bras with an impatient 2 year-old in tow is kinda magical. Mom magical but still ;)

Real FIt Bras and fitting kit by Jockey review. This sounds so much better than traditional bra shopping

I really like the RealFit® bras by Jockey but what I’m really excited about is that now that I have the kit I can reuse it because after whining to my mom friends about my post-nursing bra situation they said their sizes changed a lot the first couple years after nursing. Fun right? Well I guess I don’t have to feel like I can’t lose weight having to deal with  an annoying bra fitting experience…because you know that’s really what was the biggest thing stopping me from shedding those pounds ;)

Such an interesting idea for bra fittings. Great for after breastfeeding and weight loss.

Even though your size might change and time to go shopping is nonexistent after nursing, there’s no need to settle for ill-fitting bras any longer. Find Your Perfect Size. Use promo code  RAEGUN10 to get $10* off the RealFit® Kit  on (offer expires 11/30).

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How to Survive Nursing and What to Do About Plugged Ducts

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Best list of ideas and tricks to try when dealing with plugged ducts from breast feeding

So many people think that just because nursing a baby is natural that it should come naturally or that it should be easy. Thankfully for many moms this is absolutely true but for the rest of us nursing is hard work. Even after taking a breast feeding class and hearing all the advice and tips from mom friends I had a rough go at it. Once Teddy figured out how to actually do it, which in itself took a while, I had plugged ducts almost every other week for the first 6-9 months.

I learned a lot about different things to try and do that helped me and I’ve been wanting to share my two cents on how to survive nursing and especially what to do about plugged ducts. If you know any new mamas you or anyone expecting a new baby soon pass this a long. People don’t always like to talk about this stuff but it’s great info to have on hand in the unfortunate case that you or your friends find themselves in these situations. Please note that I am NOT a professional. Please consult your health care provider when considering any medical issues or taking any medicines or supplements. These are just the things that worked for me and I hope that sharing my experiences will help others who find themselves in the same predicament.

Nursing tips and great ideas and tricks for dealing with and conquering plugged ducts while breast feeding

Drink Plenty of Water

First things first. Make sure you’re drinking a ton of water. Feeding a baby takes a lot of liquid and even in your likely sleep deprived state you need to make sure to stay hydrated. A friend gave me the tip to drink water the whole time the baby nursed and that helped me to remember.

Lanolin (or Olive Oil)

When you first start nursing your poor nipples might get cracked and dried and basically freak out at their new treatment. I was so grateful to have brought a tube of lanolin to the hospital with me. Once home I kept some in my purse and on my nightstand. Use it generously at first and eventually you won’t need it. But there is no reason to endure unnecessary pain.

If You Have Supply Issues Try Fenugreek or make Lactation Cookies

I know not everyone has supply issues but I did. I think my boobs made JUST ENOUGH but really not anything more. I never had great success pumping but when I felt like I needed to boost my supply I found the herbal supplement fenugreek or a batch of these delicious lactation cookies really helped. The cookies by the way are totally fine for the whole family to eat. I actually had to hide them from my hubby because they were so yummy.

Pay Attention to Your Body and Catch Plugged Ducts Early

If you don’t know what a plugged duct feels like it starts with feeling a small hard area in the breast. If it doesn’t get unplugged it can get bigger and more of the breast can feel hard. I recommend the second you start feeling like there is a plug to drop every thing and tend to it like it’s your full time job. After I had experienced a few plugged ducts I started to noticed that Teddy would be weird about nursing and then I’d pay attention to how my breast that he was nursing on felt like and I would realize that indeed it felt like there might be a plug. The sooner you catch it the better.

Great pregnant and nursing friendly pain killers and tips on dealing with plugged ducts

Take Something For the Pain

Plugged ducts can be so painful. For the longest time I tried not to take anything but really it’s a lot harder to take care of a baby and try to unplug the duct if you’re distracted by pain. To be on the safe side you can take a vetted pain reliever like healthy mama® Shake That Ache which is an acetaminophen pain killer that is specifically formulated for pregnant and nursing moms. It’s nice to have an option that you know is safe and that has been researched and tested for when you’re pregnant and nursing. I found the healthy mama® stuff at Walmart right next to the prenatal vitamins. I love how there is this new category of products specifically designed for nursing and pregnant moms so we don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt to find what we can actually take and use!

Be Mindful About Sleeping Position and Pressure

I could not sleep on my tummy (or really even my side) with out getting a plugged duct. It really sucked because I am a tummy sleeper. But I quickly learned that just that amount of weight was enough to cause a plugged duct. I also once got one after letting Teddy sleep on my chest one night where he was being particularly needy.

Dangle Feed

This will sound crazy but I’m telling you that if you are like me you’ll try anything and this actually worked for me. The basic idea is to let gravity help so you want your nipples pointed down. What worked easiest for me was to get on my hands and knees put the baby under me with a pile of pillows for me to rest my head on (so I didn’t have to balance like that with all the weight in my arms) and let the baby nurse like that. So many times this is what ended up really unplugging the duct. Usually after trying some of the other stuff first to loosen it up. Sometimes I was just too tired to fully dangle feed but if I put the baby next to me instead of on my lap leaned over more it had a similar effect.

crazy tips that actually work for dealing with plugged ducts from nursing and breast feeding

Hot Packs

Make yourself some 5 minute hot packs and apply heat to your affected area. Remember your ducts run under your armpit too not just in the normal breast area you think of. I tried to do this before I nursed so that when Teddy sucked it would flow better and hopefully pull the plug out.

Use an Electric Toothbrush to Break Up the Plug

This is my favorite trick. It’s so ridiculously crazy though. Take an electric tooth brush and hold the back or the base to the plugged area. Move it around and let the vibrations break up the plug. You won’t feel it when it breaking the plug up but the vibrations can break the plug into smaller pieces. So when you do this and combo it with breast feeding or pressing your breast in the shower it works great. DON’T USE THE BRISTLE SIDE. You might be desperate to feel like something is happening. All you’ll get is a rug burn on your boob. Ask me how I know. But really when done propery this works. My favorite way to do this is start with the hot pack. After using that for 15 minutes then do the tooth brush then get into the tub and try and press the sucker out and then if it still isn’t out dangle feed. Usually that order would do the trick for me.

Hot Showers

There is something about the hot moisture that helps. What you do is get in the shower run the hot water on the affected area. Some times I’d do a bath first to soak it and then pressing towards the nipple try to press the plug out. You want to press hard. It might be painful but it can really help. Sometimes it hurt so much I thought I was going to bruise myself. Do it over and over from different angles but always moving towards the nipple since you want to press the plug out. You might notice hardened white stuff start to come out before it unplugs. You can try and pull it out or keep pressing but hopefully you’ll feel the wonderful release when the plug comes out and your milk can flow properly again.

Pregnancy and nursing approved energy drink. And other great tips for nursing with plugged ducts

Keep Your Energy Up

Make sure to get as much sleep as you can. But when you have a nursing little one that isn’t always easy. Plus if you have a plugged duct that longer you wait the worse it gets and the higher chances that it will turn into mastitis. So if you find yourself in zombie mode you might want to try healthy mama® Boost It Up which is an electrolyte filled supplement drink great for pregnant women and nursing moms. It’s tested for safety and can give you the energy you need to fight the plugged duct.

Try Lecithin

Finally I found that taking lecithin every day really helped to stop my plugged ducts. What lecithin does is thin out the milk. Nothing noticeable but it makes it less viscous inside I guess. Once I added it to my daily routine my instances of plugs went way down. And then when I did have them they were minor and were easy to unplug quickly with the tricks I’ve shared above.

Good luck. I really feel those of you who find yourself here in the middle of the night looking for some relief. I hope some of these tips work for you. And just know it will pass. Now when I first sense a plug coming on I start with the hot packs. I leave them on until they don’t seem warm any more (15 to 20 minutes). Then I use the toothbrush vibrations to break up the duct (about 5-10 minutes). I next jump into the bath and try and press the duct free with hot water. If this doesn’t work I dangle feed. For me I had to time things perfect since it really worked the best for me to do this order hot pack – tooth brush – shower – dangle feed. But sometimes I’d do hot pack – tooth brush – hot pack dangle feed. You’ll have to find out what works for your body but in my experiences your baby is your biggest tool. Nurse as often as you can.

Breast feeding survival guid and how to treat plugged ducts caused by nursing

Did you deal with nursing troubles or plugged ducts? Do you have any other tips people can try?

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Fourth of July Crafts and Recipes

great diy ideas, crafts, recipes and more. Great for fourth of july and other patriotic holidays

 Super Simple Summer Throw Quilt Patriotic Bunting | Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers | Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch | Patriotic Pudding Pops | Patriotic Fruit Cones Patriotic Fruit Tart | Framed Ribbon Flag | Bohemian Baby Doll Dress and Ribbon Wands | Red, White, and Blue Tie Dye Napkins | Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Pops | Free Flat Front Skirt Pattern Pottery Barn Inspired Stenciled Flag Pillow | Patriotic Denim and Burlap Placemats | 4th of July T-Shirts | Patriotic Tablescape | Patriotic Wall Art | Dollar Store Patriotic Lanterns | Patriotic Summer Mantel |Patriotic Flag Waffles Patriotic Poke Cake | 4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars | Rustic Patriotic Wreath | 4th of July Breakfast Bagels | 4th of July Ribbon Wand | American Flag Kids Craft | Patriotic Rocket Favors |Rustic Berry Tarts | Felt Flower Tutorial | 4th of July Cheesecake Trifles 

It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!

Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  I’m looking forward to seeing lots of family and relaxing for the 4th of July, and these fun projects DIY Red, White, and Blue projects will help you get in the mood.  I’ve been quilting and sewing like crazy lately and will have some fun things to share in the next few weeks.  This last week I shared:

Red, White, and Blue Dr. Seuss Quilt with Free Pattern


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Tons of Awesome Ideas and Projects for Summertime Fun with Kids and Link Party

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party

I hope you’re all enjoying the fun and fabulous posts by our awesome Summer Camp Counselors – we sure love them! Don’t worry, we’re not done with Summer Camp just yet, it will continue through the end of July! But we want EVERYONE to be involved in Summer Camp, so we’re hosting our annual Summer Camp link party because we want to see YOUR fabulous ideas as well!

Our Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday July 11th. Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun & Kids . We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We’ll feature some of our favorites throughout the party on our blog. We’ve recruited some of our Summer Camp Counselors to help host our link party.

When you link up to our party, it will show up on ALL the following participating blogs:

Design Dazzle | Not Just a Mommy | Rae Gun Ramblings | Holy Craft | Clean and Scentsible | The Scrap Shoppe | Simply Designing | Tips from a Typical Mom | Twin Dragonfly Designs | a girl and a gluegun | Here Comes the Sun | Hello Creative Family | Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams | Strawberry Mommycakes | Made From Pinterest | Ginger Snap Crafts | Made By A Princess | My Daylights | Kiki & Company | My Mommy Style | Frog Prince Paperie | Tutus & Bowties Events | Everyday Party Magazine

Be sure to visit all of our new and previous Summer Camp ideas as well, by clicking the image below!

Design Dazzle Summer Camp series

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Sew Our Stash: Closet Copy

DIY stripe knit dress

This week’s Sew Our Stash is all about copying our closet favorites. You know that shirt or dress that you love and want more of. Whether they don’t make that style or we ahem already have every color and print they do make Bev and I challenged ourselves and you guys to copy at least one thing from our closets.

Awesome easy to wear DIY stripe knit dress. Flattering for many body types.

I’ve had this green dress for almost 10 years now. It’s totally stretched out and the fabric is all pilly and bally. And I bought it when I was literally 50 lbs lighter. I’m totally not exaggerating. It’s so easy to wear and even with all the different shapes my life and body have taken in the last 10 years this dress has been a work horse.

Green Knit Dress

You might think that it is just standard knit dress. And you would be right. I bought it at one of those cheap stores targeted at high schoolers. But do you notice the length. I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone when I wear this. For the last 5+ years dresses especially cheap dresses have been made SO short! So I took the pattern off of my favorite green dress and made this striped one.


And I LOVE it. The only problem is that I cut out the this dress when I was 50 lbs lighter before I had stretched out the original and the stripes while very stretchy and comfy don’t have quite the same stretch.

Fabulous DIY brown stripe copy cat dress.

So along with my nursing boobs this is a bit too boobilicious for my tastes. I think I’ve decided to add a little triangle in the clevage area AND try to loose some weight. Hopefully that and after I stop nursing it will fit better because I adore it. I can’t wait to make more. And now that I see how this fits I can easily just tweak my pattern to give me more coverage!

Stripe knit women's DIY dress

I know that I say it every month but I’m so happy to have had this Sew Our Stash commitment/due date. Because like I said this dress has been cut out for at least 6 years. Craziness I know. And it took me less than 2 hours, that is one nap, for me to sew it up.

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I love adding to my handmade wardrobe and I hope you’ll join Flamingo Toes Bev and I as we continue to Sew Our Stash! The next theme is Polka Dots. Easy right. You can make ANYTHING with polka dots and there are so many different variations of polka dots.

Fabulous polka dot sewing tutorials, patterns, and inspiration

High Low Shirt | Shortcake Knickers | Floral and Dot Kensignton Dress | Cutest Cardigan | Polka Dot Ruffle Swim Suit | Gray Polka Dot Top | Color Pop Top | Ruffled Jacket | Knit Polka Dot Dress | Edlewiess Dress | Gold Heart Dress | Peplum Dress | Neon Dot Skirt | Keyhole Dot Shirt | Rain Coat | Ruffle Shorts | Flannel PJs | Pencil Erasure Stamped Dress

But to give you some inspiration here are some great sewing projects and tutorials that are polka dot happy. Also don’t forget to see what Bev ended up making this month AND see her own round up of inspiration pieces for next month!

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Block Party: Summer Kid Activities

Summer boredom busters. Kid activities, crafts and other ideas to keep them busy.

Have you heard “I’m bored yet”? Keep the kids busy this Summer with these great crafts, activities, projects and other fun kid friendly ideas!

Marble Painted Paper | Nail Stamping | No Sew Felt Butterflies | Disney Countdown Chain | Easy Toadstool Cross Stitching | Personalized Globe Lights | Stain Glass Butterflies | DIY I Spy Bottles | Non-traditional Lego Activities | Balloon Ping Pong | Campfire Roasting Sticks | Sticky Note Art | DIY Treasure Map | Scarf Sun Catchers | Fun Crayons | Washi Tape Robot

How are you doing? I  Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings am roasting over here in Utah. Summer has officially hit. So I figured I would share some of the awesome Summer Kid Activities that you guys have been linking up!

Rae Gun guest posting picture

If you haven’t been to my neck of the woods recently here are some of my most popular posts since last time I hosted the Block Party!

Now let’s see what your favorite things are that you have been posting! It’s time for the block party! Link up here and be linked up to 4 fabulous blogs all at once!

Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts |Pieces by Polly


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Awesome Tops Sewing Patterns and Inspiration and the Return of Sew Our Stash

12 great top pattern, tutorials and inspiration to sew for women

Aren’t all these women’s tops sewing patterns and inspiration amazing? ! I need new clothes like crazy but I am SO not feeling the styles and fits in the stores this season. Maybe it’s my post baby body combined with some ready to wear duds but I’ve know for a while that if I’ve going to get new clothes that I like I’m gonna have to make some.

This looks like fun. Great way to get more sewn for myself. Sew Our Stash

So in totally related news I have a super exciting announcement! Now that Teddy is sleeping a bit (knock on wood right) and Flamingo Toes Bev is almost done with her book (I can’t wait!!!) we’re bring back Sew Our Stash. Yaaaaayyyy!!!!!!! If SOS is brand new to you what we do is commit to sew up up at least one new item for ourselves. If we do more than that awesome but our goal is at least 1. Bev and I started this as a way to help us sew more for ourselves and use the fabric in our stash but sometimes a girl’s just gotta go to the fabric store right? ;)

As we’re planning, making things all month long (and then wearing those things later) we like to share pictures on Instagram using #sewourstash and we would love to invite you to join. All you have to do is sew for yourself! The last Thursday of every month is Sew Our Stash day where Bev and I show what we made that month. If you blog and want to write a post feel free if you just want to share pictures on IG that’s great too. We’ll be going through the hashtag every month and sharing some of our favorites.

Must make all of these. Great list of sewing patterns and inspiration for women tops and shirts.

For May our theme is Tops. As a bit of inspiration we have each rounded up some of our favorite DIY shirts for women. Here are my personal pics and make sure to hop over to see all the Fabulous Tops to Sew that Bev found!

I hope you’ll join us as we Sew Our Stash. Here are the themes for the rest of the year! Happy sewing and don’t forget to #sewourstash on Instagram.

This sounds so fun. Monthly sewing themes for women.

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DIY Star Wars Crafts and Party Ideas

So many awesome Star Wars party ideas, crafts, recipes, and other free DIY tutorials

May the 4th is just a few days away and whether you’re planning a full out Star Wars celebration or just want a few ideas to geek out with I’ve got some awesome ones for you. All these DIY Star Wars crafts and party ideas are totally doable between now and then. So go get on it and have fun!

20+ great Star Wars crafts, DIYs, party ideas and more. May the 4th!

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Weekly Round Up: Week 1

One the Fence by Kasie West

So I’m thinking about trying something new. A weekly round up of sorts. I hope this will keep me on top of doing my What’s For Dinner weekly menus and catch you up on other happenings of the week!

Weekly Menu

  • Cheddar Kielbasa Sandwiches Roasted Green Beans
  • Creamy Corn, Sweet Potato, and Apple Sausage Soup with Cheddar Biscuits
  • Spicy Tilapia, Peas and and Potato Casserole
  • Campanelli
  • Indian Food
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken Zoodles

Weekly Reader

I finished reading On The Fence by Kasie West in just one day and ADORED it! I started reading Melissa de la Cruz’s Frozen although I haven’t gotten into that one yet. On my Ipod I’ve been listening to Eoin Cowlfer’s Half Moon Investigations a cute middle grade detective story and I’ve been listening to A Mad, Wicked, Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller on my computer which is really good! Read more about each of them by clicking on the titles.

A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Weekly Review

And just case you may have missed my posts from this week I shared:


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More Slow Cooker Recipes Features

Great collection of interesting and different slow cooker and crock pot recipes perfect for weeknightsHow about some awesome non-traditional crock pot and slow cooker recipes?

Fancy Crock Pot BeefThai Spicy Peanut Chicken |Orange Turkey Meatballs | Vegetable Barley Soup | Ranch Chicken Tacos | Chili Verde | S’mores Lava Cake |Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli | Chicken and Biscuits | Chicken and Biscuits | Healthy Chicken Stew | Pumpkin Soup | Beef Curry | Meatloaf Coco Cola Pot Roast | Tikka Masala | Beef Stew | Baked Potato Soup

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today and sharing a ton of awesome looking crock pot recipes. I don’t know about you but lately I feel like I’m barely keeping up. Luckily I’ve been utilizing my slow cooker which has helped keep me sane so I figured I could use some more awesome recipes and you guys sure had tons to pick from!

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If you haven’t been over to my in a while here are some of my favorite posts from the last bit.

  • I’m a HUUUGE reader and love sharing book recommendations. I put together a giant Divergent Read-a-likes post. If you liked Divergent and want more awesome books to read there are over 100 on my list and I’ve read 95% of them!
  • I shared how to make an easy Shower Curtain in 30 Minutes which means you can pick ANY fabric and decorate your bathroom exactly how you want it.
  • We eat Shepherd’s Pie every few months and I shared a revamped 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie recipe that’s super yummy and perfect for weeknights

Now let’s see what your favorite things are that you have been posting! It’s time for the block party! Link up here and be linked up to 4 fabulous blogs all at once!

Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts |Pieces by Polly


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