Try It Tuesday

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Besides good looks and an amazing sense of humor, tummy problems run in my family. I’m always looking for foods and/or products that are good for my gut, so I can try them and share them with the whole Fam Damily. Enter today’s Try It!

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The name of the product may look a little familiar; I’ve tried a Good Belly drink before. This one is a little bit different, and no just because of its size! This little liquid packs a punch! Inside are tons of little probiotics and vitamins! This small shot has your daily recommended amounts of: Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Biotin! Not only that but its got Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calcium, and Thiamin!

At 50 calories, the Plus Shot has you covered without being a calorie hog and its tasty, too! That’s something to smile about!

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Have you ever tried this product before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I feel like we haven’t talked in so long! How’ve you been? How was your Christmas? Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, its time to start thinking about how you are going to make 2018 YOUR YEAR! Any plans? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got chu.

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ll do a little recap on how I like to do my resolutions list.

Write out “2018” vertically on a sheet of paper. Then, for the number two, write the two best things that happened in 2017. For the zero, jot down a habit you’d like to break in the new year. The one is for your one wish for 2018 (i.e., health, stability, find love, etc.) and the eight is where you list eight goals you’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months. Need help coming up with ideas? Here’s my list to help you get started!

 

2—The Two Best Things That Happened This Year

 

Adding to My Friends List

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No, I don’t mean on Facebook. I’m talking about real life, yo. This year I’ve really got to know some awesome ladies and have become super close with. It’s just nice to have some gal pals you can commiserate with, laugh with, and swap stories with who totally “get you”.

 

Teaching KidFit

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Last year was my first year teaching at my church’s Mother’s Day Out program. I enjoyed working with the Littles I taught but this year, instead of working in a classroom with the same kids all day, my co-teacher and I decided to shake things up and teach “KidFit” (basically P.E.). It’s so much fun! We get to see all age groups of kids AND we get paid to PLAY. How awesome it that?!

 

 

0–Something You Want to Stop in the New Year

 

Getting Unnecessarily Stressed Out

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Ugh. I do this so much. Something trivial will happen, I’ll freak out, and then later I’ll think: “Wow that really wasn’t a big deal. And now that I’ve had time to think about it, I’m super embarrassed about how I handled it.” This happens to me frequently throughout the day. I want to be more relaxed—especially about stuff that doesn’t really matter—because I think that will add to my (and everyone around me) quality of life. *takes deep, cleansing breath*

 

1—My One Wish for 2018

 

Health

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Last year I saw so many people I know and care for come down with terrible sicknesses and diagnoses. My wish for the New Year is health—for me, my family, my friends, and acquaintances.

 

8—Eight Goals for the New Year

 

Get Down to Pre-Huff the Tot Weight

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This has pretty much been a goal since I gave birth to HtT…four years ago.

 

Find a Literary Agent

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Again, this has been a goal of mine for YEARS. Last year, I may have sat down to work on my book and find an agent ONCE. O-N-C-E. I really want to become a published author with a literary agent, so I’ve got to actually TRY.

 

Practice Banjo Everyday

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For our anniversary last year, Huff the Hubs got me a banjo! I’m super excited about learning and I’ve been doing lessons now for about three months. As you can imagine, it’s hard to accomplish anything when you’ve got two little ankle biters running amok, so my practice times have been few and far between (especially with the holidays). But, it’s the time for resolutions and I’m ready to stick to this one!

 

Be Consistent with Tot School

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I’m prayerfully considering homeschool my turkeys. For many reasons, of which I won’t bore you with now. I have basically two years to decide whether or not it will be the avenue our family will take, so I’m trying to get a glimpse of what it would be like by creating—and sticking to—lesson plans for Tot School. This is a BIG goal of mine for 2018!

 

Wake Before the Kids

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This is a constant goal. I want to wake before the kids so I can workout, shower, read a devotional, eat breakfast, and pretty much get my head in the game before, as Huff the Hubs calls it, “The Krakens awaken”, ha!

 

Read One Book a Month

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Last year I read two books. TWO. FREAKING. BOOKS. That’s it. My sister has read NINE in the past two weeks. Yeah. If I want to be a better writer, I’ve got to be a better reader. This means I need to read so I can learn from other writers I enjoy (and even some I dislike)!

 

Blog Consistently

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The holidays really threw off my groove. I felt like I was doing okay with blogging and then bam! Thanksgiving hit and it was all downhill. I want to blog more consistently; even if folks don’t read what I post, it’s a great outlet for me!

 

Save More Money

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When Christmas came around, I sadly saw my checking account was not as plentiful as I had hoped. Why? Because, Target Dollar Spot. And Chick-Fil-A. And Starbucks’ cake pops. And Chick-Fil-A. And Chick-Fil-A. (Seeing a pattern?) I’ve made up a personal savings plan for myself (I even made a spreadsheet in Excel, woot!) and I intend to make it rain…in the safety of my account.

 

What about you? What are your resolutions? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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The other day I was reading about the health benefits of pomegranate seeds. It was then that I realized I had never tried pomegranate before! True, I’ve had pomegranate-flavored stuff (mostly candy-ha!) but never true pomegranate seeds. I decided to rectify this and went to the grocery store and bought one!

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I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. But, the health benefits kept playing over in my head and I decided to just dive in! I wasn’t sure what to expect so when I sliced it open, Huff the Hubs laughed at my gasp:

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After watching a YouTube video (yes, I had to do that) I learned an easy way to separate the seeds from the rind– just add water! It worked great!

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Y’all, these were SO good! This is definitely my new, go-to healthy snack!

 

Have you ever had pomegranate seeds? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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This weekend the fam and I went to the mall and had dinner at our staple–Chick-Fil-A. I know, I know; a mom that loves Chick-Fil-A? How cliche. But everything you’ve heard about how awesome they are is true. Plus, now they have an app with which I can earn points and get free food. The only two words I love more than “free food” is “long nap”. Anyway, I’m getting off topic.

So we’re at the mall… The rest of the fam goes to JC Penney while Huff the Tot and I go snag some PocketBacs from Bath and Body Works (buy three, get two free for the win!). Then we went to Candyopolis because yes, I resort to bribery to get my kid to behave. And a patient toddler gets a Tootsie Pop.

While we’re in the candy store I say, “Hermione, come pick out a sucker.” The worker hears me and says, “Oh, I love her name! That’s so awesome!”

“Thanks,” I say. “We’re big Harry Potter fans.”

When we go to pay for Huff the Tot’s candy-coated bribe, the woman asks, “So what are you going to name this one?” and rubs her stomach.

At first, I didn’t think I heard her right. “I’m sorry?” I asked.

“Are you going to name this one a Harry Potter name too?” she questioned.

I couldn’t believe what she was asking. Did I really look like I was pregnant? I mean, yeah, I’ve still got 10 pounds of baby weight on me, but I was actually feeling pretty confident about myself earlier that day.

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Thankfully, Huff the Tot started taking stuffed animals off of a shelf distracting me and another customer came in, distracting the store clerk.

We walked to JC Penney, me still in shock over what had just transpired and I tried to not cry/go back and punch the girl. Normally, I wouldn’t get too worked up about something like that. I’m of the school of thought where if you don’t like me, I really don’t care. I don’t have time or energy for that foolishness. But that comment hurt. Legitimately hurt.

I guess its because I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job of not completely losing my ever-loving mind every single day that putting any effort into my looks has fallen by the wayside. True, I have been doing strength training about 2-3 times a week, but that’s about it.

But seriously though, it took me nine months to gain the baby weight, it’s gonna take about that (or more!) to take off! (Probably more since I’m breastfeeding.) And not only that, but I’ve popped out TWO kids. My body is never going to go back exactly the way it was before kids. A nurse at the hospital when I had Huff the Babe said it best, “Your body is like a balloon that’s been inflated and then deflated; it’s never going to go back exactly how it was.”

The sooner we ladies accept that, I think the better off we’ll be. Jennifer Garner said it best:

 

And you know what? I should be PROUD of my body. I have run two half marathons, a full marathon, hiked up Diamond Head three times,  as well as carried, birthed, AND fed two babies with this body of mine. So yeah, I may have a bump. But you know what? I’ve also got AWESOME.

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When I had Huff the Tot, I was very much committed to losing the baby weight quickly. After having Huff the Babe, however, my attitude is much more laid back.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be back to my pre-baby bod, but if I can choose between taking an hour-long nap and an hour on the treadmill, Imma choose nap. Because of this, I told myself that I’ve REALLY got to start watching what I eat. I decided to start giving my usual splurges a healthy makeover, starting with ice cream!

I remembered there was an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (yes, you read that right; I’m a mom, yo) in which Daniel and his mom make one-ingredient banana “ice cream”. I Googled the recipe and got to work.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s it. Bananas. As many or as few as you’d like (or have on-hand).

First, slice up the bananas and place them in an air-tight container:

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Then, pop the slices in the freezer. Ideally, you should leave them in overnight, but they can stay in as little as two hours.

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After they’ve frozen, pop them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is creamy:

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After that, pour the mixture into another air-tight container and place it back in the freezer (again, either for a few hours or overnight. I left mine in overnight…mostly because I forgot about it-ha!).

Then, enjoy!

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I REALLY liked this! It had the consistency of gelato and was super yummy! Plus, it gave me that ice-cream-feeling without being full of fat and processed ingredients that I don’t need. This was a definite win!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Today’s Try It is actually a continuation of yesterday’s post. I talked about how I wanted to make sure I was eating more nutritionally-rich foods instead of the fattening casseroles and baked goods I’ve been shoving in my mouth this holiday season.

I watched a great documentary the other day (while riding the stationary bike) called Hungry for ChangeIn the doc, one of the folks interviewed talked about how if you say, “I’m going to stop eating every single thing I’m used to eating and completely overhaul my habits overnight,” you will fail. There’s basically a 99.99% chance after the first day you’ll say, “This is too hard. I’m done.” So he suggested just adding new stuff to your diet.

Then, he went on to talk about some great things to add to your daily menu.

For example, if you normally don’t eat breakfast because you’re always in a rush, buy some bananas. They’re portable, able to be eaten with one hand, and full of good stuff! Or, if you like to eat salads with your lunch, go a step further and add cucumbers or toss in some kale with your romaine lettuce!

Another “addition” he talked about was chia seeds. I had heard of these seeds before, but I hadn’t really tried them, mostly because I didn’t know how to eat them. Turns out, you can just add them to stuff you’re already eating! I decided to do just that.

I popped over to WalMart and bought a small packet of them (I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure I’d like):

 

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I added 1 tablespoon to my morning oatmeal:

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Honestly, I didn’t even notice they were there! So, the next day, I added some to my smoothie. Again, I couldn’t notice them! But, I knew I was getting a ton of benefits from them, such as:

~Omega-3 fatty acids (great for promoting healthy brain development for Huff the Babe)

~Fiber (which most preggos will tell you is a MUST during those 9 months of carrying a wee one)

~Calcium (helps keep Momma’s bones strong as well as giving that bone-building nutrient to the tiny bundle in your belly)

~Antioxidants (aka, stuff to help boost your immune system; which is needed during pregnancy!)

 

Have you ever tried chia seeds? What do you use them in? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Happy New Year, y’all! Well, we’re four days into 2016 and I gotta tell ya, it feels a lot like 2015. Except for the fact that I’ve noticed gym parking lots are FULL and Christmas clearance shelves are empty.

Did you make any resolutions? As you know, I’m not that big on resolutions, but I like setting goals. I filled out my “2016” (see this blog post) and my one wish for 2016 was “health”. I decided I needed to start making that wish come true.

Ever since Thanksgiving (I would say Halloween, but I had a nasty tummy bug that made even the thought of candy repulsive) I have been eating like Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s factory. Seriously, its been bad. Plus, I haven’t been working out as much as I’d like to be.

“But you’re pregnant!” You may say. “You should eat whatever you want and just relax.”

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Yeeeaaahh…. the thing about that is, when you eat whatever you want, you’ll have to burn that ish off if you want to get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight. Also, studies have shown that working out during pregnancy can actually help during labor and delivery as well as improve the health of your baby and knock down the chances of complications.

I knew that I needed to start eating healthier (relax; I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m just trying to put good things in my body that will benefit me and Huff the Babe) and be more intentional about my exercise routine.

I also knew that there was absolutely no way I’d be able to start until after our last Christmas/New Year get-together. Thankfully, that was Saturday!

The heat is on now, folks. If you’re a momma-to-be, I’ve got some helpful tips and websites that have helped me!

 

For Mommas-to-Be: 

~Eat breakfast! If I don’t eat breakfast, I get a serious bout of “pregnant brain” as well as nausea.

~Drink LOTS of water. I track my water intake in my FitBit app! There are TONS of apps to help with this!

~Add dark, leafy greens to your diet. Spinach and kale are powerhouse foods that contain a TON of folic acid (which is vital to baby’s brain development). If you like smoothies, add half a cup of spinach; you can’t even taste it, I promise!

~Swap a “treat” for berries or a banana. When I was pregnant with Huff the Tot, instead of eating ice cream or something with little nutritional value, I’d dollop 1/2 cup Greek yogurt into a bowl and add about 1/2 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries). It was so good AND filling! Plus, I was getting protein from the yogurt as well as fiber from the berries!

Helpful Links:

Pregnancy Workout Video from Parents.com

Exercise Tips During Pregnancy

Nutrition Help During Pregnancy from FitPregnancy.com

Eating Healthy During Pregnancy from WebMd.com

Tips for Eating Healthy from BabyCenter.com

 

Please don’t take this post as “Oh, she’s body-shaming me into something” or “Stop with the guilt trip, no one eats perfect all the time!” First, I’m not body-shaming or trying to guilt. Second, you’re dang skippy that no one eats perfect all the time! I know I don’t (just come look at all of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Tree’s wrappers on my desk)! But it is important to me to make sure I’m giving my kiddo the nutrients he needs to be a healthy newborn. And if that means eating spinach and taking walks, I’m going to do it!

What about you? Do you have any health tips for mommas out there? Share in the comments below!