Spicy Ginger & Coconut Water Mocktail

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We asked our newest FPC instructor, health coach and co-founder of Market.Kitchen.Table, Amanda Schoppe, “What would you serve up at a 1st birthday party to impress a room full of new mom friends?”

This Spicy Ginger & Coconut Water Mocktail was her answer!

Makes 4 Mocktails:

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 2inch pieces of Fresh Ginger - thinly sliced

  • 2 tsp Ground turmeric

  • Pinch of ground cayenne 

  • 2 Cups Water ( For boiling ginger tea)

  • 3 Cups Organic Coconut Water (We like Harmless Harvest)

  • 1 tbsp Organic Maple Syrup

  • Juice of 2 Lemons

  • 4 small pieces of candied ginger for garnish

Directions:

  • Place water, ginger and spices in a sauce pot and bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and steep for 8 minutes. 

  • Mean while combine Coconut Water, maple  lemon juice and store in fridge

  • Turn off heat on stove and once mixture cools to room temp place in a glass container and place in fridge. 

  • Once you are ready to serve combine coconut water and spicy ginger tea and pour into 4 glasses over ice. Garnish with a candied ginger piece and lemon slice. 

Enjoy!!

BossMamas We Love

 
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Names? Jessica Canetti, Marisa Vera, Melanie Haber.

Name of your company? Milx

Inspiration behind starting your company? Jessica: As a new, stressed mom, I tried every nursing and pumping bra on the market and hated their guts. They were flimsy, non-supportive, ugly, and inconvenient. One day, in a fit of rage, I cut holes in a beloved sports bra and made a DIY hands-free pumping bra that changed my life. I proudly sent topless selfies to Melanie and Marisa, and just like that - the first ever Milx prototype was born. The three of us quickly realized that every single mom we spoke to had the exact same gripes with nursing/pumping bras on the market and we needed to make a change!

Do you have children? Name(s) and age(s)? Jessica: Daughter Layla, 3, and pregnant with #2 due in October. Melanie: Son Jack, 3 months. Marisa: Daughters Malena, 2, and Cora, 2 weeks (!).

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What did you do before starting your company? We all still work full time in addition to running Milx. Jessica and Marisa both work at Google in Ad Sales and Marketing. Jess is a Business Lead for Specialty Apparel Retailers and Marisa works in Integrated Digital Marketing Solutions. Melanie is the SVP of Brand and Communications for a publicly traded healthcare company in the addiction space.

Your proudest moment? We are always the most proud after receiving positive feedback from moms about how Milx bras have improved their lives. It truly brings tears of joy to our eyes after years of hard work trying to accomplish this mission.

What is the most challenging thing about running your own business? Finding the time to spend on Milx, our passion, on top of our day jobs and mommying!

How has being a parent changed you? Jess: Being a parent has made me realize that ultimately the only person whose opinion of me matters is my daughter’s. Mel: Three months into mommying, I’m feeling less productive, more disheveled, but also so much more in love than ever before.

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Tell us about your typical Tuesday. Mel: I’m currently on maternity leave from my non-Milx job, so my Tuesdays this summer are spent with Jack! Our day involves lots of diapers, feedings, bottle washings, long walks, tummy time, dancing, and snuggling in no particular order. While Jack naps and after he goes to sleep, I squeeze in Milx e-mails and calls. And I’m always always always (like every day) wearing my maternity jean shorts and a big t-shirt (over my Milx bra, of course). Jess: Wake up (no alarm needed with a 3 year old), and start to get Layla ready for her day with breakfast and getting dressed, (plus, if she slept in her own bed all night she gets to watch one episode of a kids’ TV show of choice!). Then I rush to Google, usually run around to client meetings, and sometimes go to a workout at 5:30pm that I have to leave early from so that I can get home by 6:30 to relieve my daughter’s nanny. Once I’m home it’s all about Layla-  play, give her 2nd dinner, play more, snack on things that are bad for me because I’m starving, bathtime, read two books (one is usually Frozen), tell her a story (usually about Anna and Elsa), scarf dinner with my husband while always being annoyed about how late we’re eating, do Milx work/get on calls for Milx, and pass out!

Where do you see your company in 2023? We see Milx as a lifestyle brand that helps modernize motherhood. In addition to creating products that will make the lives of moms easier, we want to help educate women on what to expect as they become mothers, make breastfeeding and pumping less taboo, and create a supportive community of moms who are all just doing their best!

Where is your happy place? At our future Milx headquarters in Hawaii on the beach :) Or seriously, when we find the time to work all three together on Milx in person, that’s pretty amazing!

Lastly, name your top three NYC restaurants! Kyclades, Minetta Tavern, and ABC Kitchen.


Curious to hear more from the women of Milx? Come hang with them in person at our August 22nd New Mom Support Group at 1pm. They will also bring Milx bras to try on and buy at a discounted rate! 

 

Positive Language Approach for Parents

Curious about what it means to embrace a positive language approach? Here are 3 tips to help you use positive language during challenging moments:

 
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Negative language can be very confusing to a child. When you tell a child what not to do, you are not providing her with any information about what she should be doing. In my experience, as both a teacher and a parent, nearly everything you want or need to say can be expressed through positive language. Everything. For many families, meal times are especially challenging. (My son is approaching 2 years old… I get it!) Smile. Try to appear calmer and more patient that you actually feel. Offer clear, positive statements that help your child understand exactly what’s expected of him or her.

 
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Physically demonstrate specific actions to help your child understand that safer, more appropriate alternatives exist. The next time you witness hitting, offer the same simple suggestions. Repetition is incredibly helpful when providing a child with positive alternatives to negative behavior. This approach can help children develop a clear understanding of the many positive ways they can interact with others. Looking for a place to practice? Seek out a communal sandbox. Shared spaces provide endless opportunities for young children to experience and resolve social conflict!

 

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Physically demonstrate specific actions to help your child understand that safer, more appropriate alternatives exist. The next time you witness hitting, offer the same simple suggestions. Repetition is incredibly helpful when providing a child with positive alternatives to negative behavior. This approach can help children develop a clear understanding of the many positive ways they can interact with others. Looking for a place to practice? Seek out a communal sandbox. Shared spaces provide endless opportunities for young children to experience and resolve social conflict!


Rose and Rex is online toy boutique and play resource that promotes the importance of imaginative, open-ended play in early childhood development. We aim to change the way people perceive play. Play is not frivolous. It is a valuable, essential tool for developing the key cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills that children will carry through school and into adulthood. We specialize in responsibly made, creative toys that spark engagement. In addition to being a toy boutique, we aim to be an accessible, imaginative and refreshing resource for all things related to play-based learning. Our current offerings include toys, content and workshops for parents and caregivers.

Rose & Rex is thrilled to partner with Fit Pregnancy Club for an upcoming Positive Language Approach workshop. We believe that the way we speak to and around our children directly impacts the way they feel about themselves and how they interact with others.

We hope you’ll join us at our positive language workshop on

Wednesday, August 8th at 6 PM.