“Look at You! You Have a Baby! In a Bar…”

As I sit here snuggling with my 3 and ½ month old sleeping baby girl, I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you all some of my pregnancy journey.  It wasn’t easy.  Here are some of the comparisons between my first and second.

The nausea was the first thing I noticed that seemed to be more extreme then with my first daughter.  I never did throw up, and I was constantly hungry, so it was a little bazaar.  It was hard for me to focus at work.  (I hope I didn’t make too many mistakes.)  I remember being nauseated with my first, but having no appetite and I did throw up once but I had a migraine as well.  Speaking of migraines, I had 2 with my first pregnancy, and 5 with my second.

My belly decided to pop out pretty early, which I hear can be common with your second child. Apparently even if it’s been about 18 years since I was pregnant with my first.  I did carry long in my belly again though, so that was similar.  My lovely stretch marks appeared in the same places too. I don’t mind them though.

I had the same numb/tingling/stabbing pain in my lower right rib cage, though this time around was more severe.  Of course the doctors looked at me like I was crazy for doing research on what it might be, and told me to take Tylenol. No thank you.

One thing that was very different was the back pain.  It was pretty awful, and constant.  I did go to a chiropractor a couple times, but I should have paid to see a better one.  Work wasn’t any help, and I spend most of my days hiding the pain from my face and then coming home to veg on my couch because all of my energy had been spent trying to put on a happy face all day.  My doctors were no help, wanting me to take muscle relaxers.  Umm, did they miss the part where I said I wanted to avoid taking any medication?  They did finally refer me to physical therapy, but I only got to go once a week.  My loving husband also said we could budget for me to get a prenatal massage every 2 weeks, which helped me deal a little more.  I miss those…

Now the labor and delivery were certainly similar, but this time definitely had some big differences.  This time, I hired a doula and a midwife, and gave birth at home, in my living room, in water.  I cannot recommend getting a doula enough by the way, they are wonderful! So there was of course pain, but nothing scary.  (I hate how Hollywood portrays births like they are some kind of tragic trauma for women. ) I was in labor for about the same amount of time, giving birth only 3 minutes earlier than my first, but this time, my husband caught the baby,  we delayed the cord being clamped, and she was brought directly to me for skin to skin.  There was no taking her away to get cleaned, though she really didn’t need it, and no crying.  The lights were out, candles lit, and the fireplace was glowing.  I remember being pretty loud as well, calling to the Lord for His help, and to the baby to come out.  I didn’t feel ashamed either.  I remember being told to be quiet with my first.

What I have learned from this pregnancy is that if we have another child, I will certainly not be working during the pregnancy, I will see the good chiropractor, I will get those prenatal massages regularly, I will hire a doula and midwife, and have a lactation consultant with me at birth as well.  I will invest in a birthing tub with a better heater too!  That water was a little chilly…

That’s all I can think of right now.  It’s about time for my little squish to wake up and be fed.

Thank you for reading today!!




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Could Have Missed the Pain, But I’d a Had to Miss, The Dance…

Hi there folks!! I know it has been a long while, but things have been a changin around here.  For those of you who don’t know me personally, I gave birth to a baby girl in December, and had a bit of a rough pregnancy. I haven’t had much free time to speak of, so I haven’t given my blog any priority  Today, both my girls are napping and I thought, why not spend a few minutes and reach out to my loyal readers to let them know I haven’t forgotten about them, or given up on sharing part of my journey through life.

I won’t write much this time, but I am excited to share some of my experiences and things I have learned over the last several months.  I think the first thing on the agenda will be to talk about my pregnancy, and how it was so different compared to 18 years ago with my first.  It may take a couple of weeks to write, but I really think it might be something that some of you can relate to and maybe even learn from.

Thank you again for being patient with me while I find a little normalcy in my life again, even if that ‘normal’ has a bit of chaos stirred in. :)

Until next time….


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Hey Good Lookin, What Cha Got Cookin?

I tried something new a couple weeks ago.  I was a little nervous about how everything might have worked out, but in the end, it was a success.  What did I do?  I planned ahead and even prepared meals ahead of time!!!! Now this may sound like it’s no big deal, and maybe for you it isn’t, but for me it is quite an accomplishment!!

I have wanted to do this for a while now, in an effort to try and help myself out during the week.  By the time I get home from work, all I want to do is lie down and put my swollen feet up.  There is such a small window between the time I get home and bed time that the thought of preparing a meal is furthest from my mind.  So a couple weekends ago I decided to try the whole “make-ahead meals” thing out.

I started by finding a few recipes that I could use similar ingredients in, and that were able to be assembled ahead of time and then cooked later.  I made my grocery list, and headed out to the store on a Saturday to get everything together.  On Sunday, I started to put everything together.

The first recipe I made was for Chicken Bacon Chowder.  I decided to start with this one because it needed to be cooked in a crock pot.  So I could have it cooking all day while I prepped the other two recipes.  Then that afternoon when it was about done cooking, I could divide it into glass bowls to have individual servings ready to go for the next couple of days.  I decided that would also be dinner for Sunday night.

The next recipe was for Spinach Artichoke Chicken.  I love spinach artichoke dip, so I was sure this would be one super delicious meal!  I even made the mayo from scratch!  The instructions called to bake the chicken part way, then add the spinach artichoke topping and bake some more.  What I did was bake the chicken most of the way through, let it cool, then added the topping and stuck it in the fridge to be completed a few days later.

The third and final dish was some Cheese and Veggie Cakes.  If you know me, you know that I do not like veggies very much, but this called for lots of cheese and bacon so I thought it would help cover the taste of the non-fruits.  I used zucchini and carrots for my veggies.  This one took some extra prep because you have to drain the liquid out of the veggies for several hours before hand.  In this case I prepped the veggies and stuck them in the fridge with salt to have them drain overnight, then I just mixed the rest of the ingredients, minus the eggs, in a separate bowl so all I would need to do is combine the three and cook when I was ready later on in the week.  . Now when it finally came down to cooking these, I had a little trouble.  Since I don’t have a griddle pan – yet- I decided to try cooking these in my cast iron skillet.  That did not work out as well as I had hoped it would.  Thankfully, not all was lost; I only tried a few out so I had plenty of mixture left over to cook the rest in the oven.

Despite not having a griddle, the third recipe ended up being the most successful.  Both my husband and my daughter loved the veggie cakes!!  SCORE!!!  My daughter actually finished a whole one in one sitting, and she normally eats more healthful foods like a bird.  So I have been told that should be made again.  My husband enjoyed the first 2 recipes as well of course, but he generally likes anything I cook for him. :)

I have learned that planning and prepping ahead isn’t as daunting a task as I had thought it was, and it made cooking throughout the week a breeze.  I’m sure that if I could make a habit of this, it would really help out towards the end of this pregnancy and especially after baby Camp is born!

If you are interested in checking out these recipes, here are the links to my Pinterest:

Chicken Bacon Chowder

Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Cheese and Veggie Cakes

Have you ever tried preparing ahead-of-time meals?  What was your experience?  Any tips and/or tricks to share?  Please comment below, or on my facebook page.

Thank you very much for reading!!


What Not to do When Your Friend Jenn is Expecting

Hello my loyal readers!!!  Thank you so much for sticking around these last couple months!!  I haven’t been missing, but in case your haven’t heard, my husband and I are expecting a baby.  :)  As I’m slowly sliding out of the first trimester, and starting to get my appetite and energy back, I should finally be able to post at least somewhat more regularly.  I cannot make any promises, however I really miss writing so I am hopeful that my energy allows it.

With this new chapter beginning in our lives, I thought I would write about some things that really annoy me now that I’m pregnant.  Actually, they are things that annoy me anyway, but now that I am pregnant and people will want to ask questions and drop annoying clichés, I thought it would be fun for me to give people in my life a heads up.  So here we go…

First and foremost, I am not ‘preggers’ or ‘preggo’.  I don’t know who came up with these two words, but I do not like them.  I don’t think they are cute, and if you say those words to me, I will most definitely roll my eyes at you and let you know that I do not like to be called those words.

The second thing, which is just as annoying as the first, is when people ask me if I want a boy or a girl.  If you think about it, it really opens a can of worms later on.  If I said I wanted a girl, and then had a boy, I would then get the comments about how maybe someday I’ll get my girl or some other silly thing like that.  I would never want my child to feel unwanted, or hear about how I really wished they were the opposite sex.  I just think that’s mean.  So please don’t ask.  I am happy to be blessed with a baby. Period.

Third on the list of things not to do is to not touch my belly, unless you are given permission by me.  I don’t know why being pregnant automatically makes other people think they have permission to touch me in any way, but it does not.  Even if I know you.  It’s still my body, so please do not put your hands on it without an invitation.  I will not be held responsible for the actions that may follow.

Fourth on the list, really goes along with number 2, asking if I am excited.  I really don’t understand why people ask this question.  It’s a very exciting time, of course, how could it not be?  And if I were to answer ‘no’, what would my future child think of me if they found out that their mom wasn’t excited about having them?

Number five has to do with telling me your stories.  I will ask for advice or opinions when I want them.  Please do not go on and on about how this or that happened to you.  I’m not comparing my pregnancy to anyone else’s, and neither should you.  I might compare it to my first pregnancy, but that makes sense because it involved me and my body.

The next one has to do with knowledge.  I am normally a fairly open person; however there are some things I will keep private.  If this offends, or hurts you, please get over it quickly and move on.  This would include family and friends.  No one is entitled to any information about our pregnancy; anything anyone knows is a result of my husband and me agreeing to share that information.  That being said, I will be sharing some information about what’s going on, just not everything.

Now a note about buying gifts:  Understanding that it’s been 17 years since I’ve had a baby, I would love to have a baby shower!!  I understand that some people just like to buy things they like, or think we would need, but in my case, I encourage anyone who would like to give us a gift, please make sure we are either registered for it, or we have told you personally that it is something we would use.  I am grateful for all of the generosity we have been shown so far, and being a giver myself, I understand wanting to give all I can to someone.  Because I care so deeply for all of my friends and family, I do not want anyone to waste their money on something that I’m not going to use.  I am pretty darn picky about what items we would like for our little one.

That about sums up the big stuff.  I’m not writing any of this to be mean, so please don’t anyone who knows me go taking any of this personally, because that would be silly.

What about you?  Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to what people say or do when you’re pregnant?  Please share below or on my facebook page.

Thank you for reading!


p.s. As I mentioned in my first blog post, negative comments will not be tolerated.  If any of you have any negative feedback, I, again, ask you to send me a private message.  Thank you!!

I don’t brush my teeth with toothpaste.

As my life has been steaming full speed ahead, though I haven’t finished my post I was planning to post last weekend (sorry!), I did want to answer some questions about what I use to take care of my whiter than pearly whites.

During my detoxifying my body process, I learned a lot about how fluoride is actually not that great for you.  This blog post I read by Cheeseslave gives some insight as to why.  So, after some more research of my own, I ditched the traditional toothpaste, mouthwash and floss I had grown accustom to using for so many years, and started using some better stuff.  Some of the websites I visited to do some dental research are the Weston A Price website, and the Oral Wellness website.  There are a few more articles and studies I have read as well, but those 2 websites are good places to begin.

So what the heck do I use?

First up, Toothpowder and Gum Serum!! Here are the products I currently use, though I have also made my own remineralizing tooth powder that I alternate between.

Next, I have recently made a remineralizing mouthwash, minus all the mint, because I’m not a mint person.  This is kept in the fridge, and I think that gives me the ‘freshness’ I might be missing from mint.

What about floss?  I simply use one that I buy from Whole Foods that has Tea Tree oil throughout, instead of fluoride.

But wait! That’s not all!!

I also do oil pulling!!! What in the Sam hill is oil pulling you ask? Well, it’s basically swishing coconut oil around in my mouth for 20 minutes, and then spitting it out. I have heard of people using other oils, but I prefer coconut.  Why would I do this?  Because I like the taste, of course! Ok, not really, though its not too bad.  There has been a lot of buzz about oil pulling recently, and I’m willing to bet you could find all you ever wanted to know about it’s benefits by doing a Mypoints/Google/Bing search like me, but here are a couple places I recommend going first. Check out OhLardy’s post hereand Grassfed Mama’s post here.  It is controversial, of course, because who would want to believe that something so simple and inexpensive could be good for you and improve your health when you could be spending more money on other products and medicines.  Oh well.  Ultimately, the choice is yours.  If you do try this oil pulling thing out, I do recommend starting with a small amount at first.

Anywho, that about sums up my mouth care plan.

Thank you for reading!!


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Where have I been???

Thank you to all of my faithful readers!!  I have been working on a couple of projects lately and just haven’t had the time to sit down and type all my thoughts onto one post.  The post I am going to do next has to do with a sort of self make over so-to-speak.  I am even going to try and add some photos, finally!  I plan on posting it next weekend, after the final stage is complete.  I am really looking forward to reveling a new me that has really been there all along.

In the mean time, I have also been reading several books.  The latest one is about hypnobirthing, and no, it’s not what you think.  As many of you know, Nick and I are planning on having a baby in the very near future (not pregnant yet) and it is my wish to have a home birth.  I haven’t decided how much to share on this blog yet, but I would really love to share some things since this would be a pretty major part of my journey through life.

Also, I am about to start reading ‘Eat the Yolks” by Liz Wolfe.  I am super excited, and plan to share a review on here as well.  Liz is one of the people I look up to, as she is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and even studied through the same program I plan on going through.  She has a great sense of humor, and loves to quote movies, and those are reasons why I know her book will be pretty cool.  Check out her website!

Okay, stay tuned folks. Thank you for reading!


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Have a little cheese with your whine.

Today’s post is about some whining I have been hearing lately.   Some of you reading may not like me too much after reading this, but that is ok.   If you take this post personally, maybe you should.   If you think this is directed only at you personally, it isn’t.  This also applies to people that probably won’t read it, and the person creating this post.  I don’t write any of this to be mean, but if you know me, you know that I don’t sugar coat anything.  Not only that, but it is my blog after all. Please know that I care about each and every one of you reading this.  I say all of the following out of love.

Okay, now that I have that out of the way…

I am going to talk about something that has gotten under my skin ever since I worked in the weight loss industry; whiners.  In this post, I will define whiners as people who complain about something, but their actions suggest that they don’t really wish to change their circumstances.  For example, when someone complains about not being healthy and then a few hours later they are mowwing down on a fast food corn burger- I mean- hamburger and some french fries, and then wash everything down with some carbonated corn syrup- or soda pop.  Or that same person is justifying why they must eat at least 3 extra-large pieces of that nothing-but-sugar-and-flour-with-some-artificial-colorings cake for so-and-so holiday.  I get tradition, but what I don’t get is how we let tradition turn into a catch all excuse as to why we need to make ourselves sick.  Remember, I’m not saying that I haven’t been guilty of this myself, but I have been so aware of this habit that when I do fall into it, I am quick to recognize what is going on and search for help.

If I could just explain something simply, holidays should not revolve around food.  Here is an example; let us say it’s your birthday, and you are really happy about getting together with a few friends and loved ones to celebrate.  How would it make you feel if the first thing someone says to you when you meet up is, “What are we having to eat?  What kind of cake are we having?”  Does that say to you, “Hi there! Happy Birthday! What would you like to do to celebrate?”  Or does that say to you, “I am only here for the food, thank goodness for holidays!”  I’m sure we would all like to think that we care a lot about the real meaning of holidays, but let us be real, most of the time we care about the food.  We care about all the little goodies and treats that are surrounding the holiday.  I mean, look at what is advertised in TV commercials, internet, and in grocery stores.  Every holiday has it’s plethora of color schemed themed junk that people buy for its ability to coordinate with said holiday.   No wonder these junk food companies make bank, we fall for it!  By the way, when I say “junk” food, I mean the processed food that isn’t really food; that I know I used to buy all the time because it was cheaper.  Well, there’s a reason it’s cheaper, and I want better for my body.

It is so interesting to me that we will do so much research, and pay top dollar for a quality TV, laptop, pair of shoes, and/or a piece of clothing, but when it comes to what we put in our mouths, we just grab whatever is the least expensive off of the shelves.  Hmmm, I am recalling a saying I heard somewhere about how we can see what our priorities are by how we spend our money….  So we sit around and complain about our health, and how we don’t like the way we feel, or how our bodies jiggle, and how the cost of healthcare keeps rising, but at the same time, we are complaining about all of this in our name brand shoes with our super terrific handbags driving our super fancy cars with the background of our super big LED flat screen TV playing the TV shows we pay another company to record for us so we can spend mindless hours in front of said TV eating super cheap junk.  Is this making any sense at all?  Am I the only one who can see a problem with this?

Oh and I can hear all the whiney excuses now…  “But it’s tradition,” “But one won’t hurt me,”  “But it’s too hard to eat healthfully,” “But my kids will only eat such and such,” (love that one) “But healthful food doesn’t taste good,”  “healthy food is boring,” “I will just work it off at the gym,” “My husband won’t let me buy the healthful stuff,” “I would eat healthfully but I just can’t afford to,” “But it’s my birthday, “ “But I don’t want to offend anyone”.  Okay STOP!!!  Think about all of these excuses we are giving ourselves because we are so addicted to this junk that we don’t want to give it up.  The scariest thing for me is thinking about how much of what I eat can affect my health, and how sometimes I would sacrifice my health for 30 seconds of flavor on my taste buds.  Are we really okay with being slaves to this processed fake food?  Well, if you are, that is certainly your choice.  I am not going to sit here and tell anyone what to do, BUT, stop all of the whining about how your favorite jeans don’t fit.  Stop complaining about how your energy is gone and you are sick all the time.  Stop talking about how you wish you were in better shape and didn’t have bad skin.  Stop with your “if onlys” and “I wishes”, at least around me, but I still think it’s a good idea to stop whining altogether.

So you’ve realized you have been focusing on the wrong things and are ready to stop whining about things you can change.  Now what?  Now you start to rebuild your health.  Now you do some research and find out what your body really needs to function properly.  Now you politely refuse the junk at the food centered parties because your health is more important to you than it was before.  You find someone who is already healthy and ask them to be your mentor, and/or your accountability partner, and that they won’t put up with your whiny excuses but instead, gently remind you of your goals.   Now you stop making those lame excuses as to why you just HAVE to have a bite of that brownie, because we all know it won’t just be a bite.  Now you start looking at what you spend your money on and ask yourself what is really important to you.  Now you pick yourself up off the floor and become the person you were busy whining about that you weren’t.

By the way, I have some good news; I am here to help you!!  This is one of the main reasons I want to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  Over the next year, as I read more of the books required for the course I am planning on taking to get my certification, I will be sharing some of the new things I have learned.  My hope is that someone out there will gain some knowledge that will improve their overall health and well-being.

Please share your thoughts and questions below, or on my facebook page.

Thank you all for reading!