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As most of you know, I am currently pregnant and anticipating the birth of our fourth child very soon. In the beginning of this pregnancy I experienced a lot of morning sickness. In fact for the first three to four months, I could get sick anytime of day. I unfortunately lost a lot of prenatal vitamins due to being sick all of the time. I even tried taking them at night, but could still get sick after taking them. I wish I would have had Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix since it is easier to take for women who experience morning sickness. It is also easier for those who have trouble swallowing pills.
I have been craving juice and fruit pretty much this entire pregnancy so it easy to remember to take Premama Essentials + DHA with my juice every morning. I keep my Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix on the window sill above the kitchen sink and mix it with a big glass of orange juice every morning.
It is both delicious and an easy way to take prenatal vitamins.
On a recent trip to Meijer, I found the whole collection of Premama Vitamin Drink Mixes in the vitamin section under the home health sign located near the pharmacy.
You can find all five varieties of Premama Vitamin Drink Mixes at Meijer.
I trust Premama products to provide the necessary vitamins and DHA for my growing baby. They contain folic acid levels similar to many prescription prenatal vitamins, and equal to, or greater than most leading nonprescription brands. They contain Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipating iron often found only in prescription prenatal vitamins.
Strawberry Orange Smoothies
1. C. frozen strawberries (I freeze fresh strawberries for a few hours prior to blending.)
1/2 C. orange juice
1 packet Premama Vitamin Drink Mix
To make these delicious strawberry orange prenatal vitamin smoothies simply blend all ingredients in the blender.
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If you are a blogger, you know there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into maintaining your blog and growing your blog readership and social stats. You also understand the importance of this for earning potential be it through sponsored posts, affiliate sales, direct sales or advertising. Generally speaking, the more readers you have, the more money you make. However, for many of us bloggers, (myself included) this blogging gig is very part-time. Which is ok, I want to spend time making homemade meals for my family and helping my kids with their homework, etc. I have to remember that there are more important things in life than being the most popular blogger on the planet. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this when I read very popular blogs with lots of traffic and social shares and comments. I've even read about blogger envy on other blogs including blogs I would consider at the height of popularity.
So today I decided to do something I have had on my mind to do for a long time. I updated my main photo on my Home Ec @ Home facebook page. The old photo was a single photo of dough slices stacked with butter and cinnamon and sugar to make cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread. Compared to newer photos, I have taken over the past year and a half since reading Tasty Food Photography, the old photo was terrible and yet I left it there on my facebook page for the whole world to see. Then finally today I took all of about 10 minutes to upload some of my favorite photos to create a photo collage on picmonkey, then uploaded the collage as my new facebook photo. I think it looks about a million times better and should do a lot more for my facebook page than my old photo. It gives a broader picture of my recipes and food photography.
Such a simple thing and yet I put it off for so long. So if you sometimes feel a little blog envy, do something productive for your blog instead of feeling sorry for yourself. However, if you don't have time to do it at that moment, don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Write it on your to-do list and save it for later. Take care of your family, yourself, your career, whatever it is that needs your attention at the moment.
Some other posts you might enjoy about improving your blog:
How to Increase Traffic to Your Food Blog
How I Am Improving my Food Photography and I Finally Made it onto Food Gawker and Taste Spotting!
Read my guest post at Blogelina: 3 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Food Blog
And if you have a moment, like my facebook page, tweet this post, stumble it, pin it on pinterest, share it on facebook, etc. because it really does matter to bloggers like myself. Thank you! I appreciate it!
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I saw this today and thought I should enter my article "No More Perfect". When I started looking at other submissions, I saw my article and realized I must have submitted it already. We'll blame it on mommy brain. I guess that's what happens when you are very pregnant and have had a lot on your plate.
I know you all are busy but if you get a chance, please stop by The Today Parenting Team Challenge and vote for my article No More Perfect. You can scroll down to No More Perfect by Faith Still. Thank you! Love ya and I'll keep you posted on any baby news.
Last week my doctor told me I had to slow down and reduce my activities in order to keep baby in a few more weeks. I am not on bed rest, but I have to slow things down a bit which means no more walking the boys to school and no more lifting. I am listening to my body and resting throughout the day as needed and have now made it to 34 weeks. We are feeling good about this progress and will continue to rest and pray and thank God for his blessings for our growing family.
After an entire 3-day weekend of restaurants and take-out, we really needed a light home-cooked meal. And I needed an easy meal that I could throw together quickly without much effort. I planned on making a modified version of my balsamic grilled chicken, strawberry and feta salad. Modified because we still have to buy a new grill after our recent move so I was going to cook the chicken in the skillet. Then I decided to go a more savory route and make crispy Italian chicken instead.
I used the same idea to bread and fry the chicken cutlets as when I have made Italian Chicken strips. This is so simple you really don't even need a recipe.
Crispy Italian Chicken Salad: Serves 4
4 Chicken breast cutlets (these are thinner than regular boneless chicken breasts)
rich milk or cream
Italian flavored panko crumbs
salt and/or pepper
olive or coconut oil or a mix of both
1. Make three bowls for dipping the chicken before cooking. In the first bowl mix some flour with a little salt and/or pepper. In the second bowl pour in some milk or cream (about a cup). Put some Italian flavored panko crumbs in the third bowl.
2. Heat about 1/4 inch of olive oil or coconut oil (I mix both) in a skillet (I use my trusty old iron skillet.) at medium heat. Dip each chicken strip first into the flour mixture, then into the milk, then into the panko crumbs. Place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side. The chicken will take a few minutes to cook on each side, but cutlets cook faster than thicker breasts. You can test the chicken with a meat thermometer if you have trouble knowing when it is done. When you cut through the meat it should be white when cooked through.
1 large head red leaf lettuce, torn into pieces
1 (8 oz.) ball fresh mozzarella, cut up
2 tomatoes, chunked
Balsamic vinegar glaze or your favorite salad dressing
Layer salad ingredients topping each salad with sliced crispy Italian chicken. Enjoy this simple and delicious meal.
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We all like to save money, but we don't often have time to run all over town looking for the best deals. And for many of us with kids in tow (myself included) there is no such thing as running quickly into a store to comparison shop. Honestly, I feel like I am doing well just to get to the grocery store. I often find it is easier to shop online when the kids are in bed.
With the recent move, I am finding that we need lots of things to make our house feel like a home. The more we unpack, the more I discover we need. We have found several pieces of furniture and things for organizing various spaces in the home, however we still have a long way to go. We have a board game/guest room that needs a lot of attention, including new furniture. In addition, we still need some organizational things for the boys' rooms and the living room. With limited time and budget, I decided to check out Groupon Goods.
I found the Groupon Goods site easy to navigate with categories listed on the left side of the page. I have been shopping in the storage and organization section and am amazed at the huge selection of affordable, quality goods. There is literally something for every wish on my list.
If you need some things for your home, visit Groupon Goods. You will love the selection and affordable prices.
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My boys don't usually leave any bananas lying around to ripen for banana bread, but what a treat it is when they do. Waking up to a fresh loaf of banana bread makes my day. Plus, it is so easy to slice and serve with deli meats and cheeses for a fast school morning breakfast.
Truly moist and delicious...each bite has just the right amount of sweetness.
Like any busy Mom, I like feeding my family homemade food, but I also like simplicity in the kitchen. I make this banana bread batter in one bowl to save myself time both cooking and doing dishes. For more time saving and delicious recipes see my slow cooker recipes.
1 1/2 C. (about 3) bananas, mashed
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. honey
1 3/4 C. flour (I use 1/4 C. rice flour and 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C. chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a loaf pan.
2. With a wooden spoon mix bananas, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
3. Next stir in the sugars and honey.
4. Lastly, stir in the rest of the ingredients, stirring until combined. Batter will be thick.
5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50-55 minutes until golden brown.
6. Cool on a wire rack, then remove from pan. Let bread cool completely before slicing.
Want to learn more about the health benefits of bananas? Read 24 Science backed health benefits of bananas.
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If you have read any of my recent posts, you know that we have been extremely busy. We moved about a week and a half ago, then school started for the boys a few days after we moved. We have been unpacking and trying to get organized so that we can function normally. My husband is a professor so he is busy with his first week of school working late nights and leaving the house early in the morning before the boys get off to school. And to top it all off, I am 7 months pregnant. Needless to say, it is a very busy season for us. So when I find simple ways to save, I go for it.
Since moving into the new house, we have found that we need to buy several things, especially for the boys rooms. This is the first time that our oldest has had his own room so we are outfitting two rooms for the boys. With so much on our "to-buy" list, I decided to check out Groupon Coupons. I have bought Groupons in the past, but never used their coupons before. I was delighted to see coupons for stores I patronize already, like JCPenney. I printed a coupon for 20% off and headed to my local JCPenney store. I found some great twin XL sheets for the younger boys' new bunk beds at an already competitive price and saved an additional 20% with my Groupon Coupon.
Since our "to-buy" list is still a work in progress and my time is limited, I am going to use Groupon Coupons to save money when shopping online too. There are so many available stores and the coupons are a simple way to save, making my life easier in the process.
Make sure to check out Groupon Coupons. You might just find a coupon for something on your "to-buy" list too.
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Looking for Chemical Free Baby Wipes? Give Water Wipes a Try & Enter to win a $100 Babies"R"Us gift card!
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As Moms we want the best for our children. We want them to have success and happiness in life and on a more basic level, we want them to grow up in a safe and loving environment. This includes the products we use to care for our children and our homes.
This is one of the many reasons I love WaterWipes. WaterWipes do not contain any harmful chemicals. They are a safer, natural option for babies and children. WaterWipes contain only 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.
Here my youngest is demonstrating how strong WaterWipes are. They are thick and feel almost fabric like. Their softness and strength is a perfect combination for cleaning baby's delicate skin.
WaterWipes have many uses for cleaning up without any added chemicals. They are perfect for cleaning messy faces and hands on the go. They are also handy when your your little ones want to help clean. You can let them help clean dirty countertops without worrying about cleaning chemicals coming into contact with their skin. (Excuse the boxes in the background. We have been moving for the past week.)
My youngest has pretty much gotten potty training down, but still has the occasional accident which requires a not so fun clean-up for Mom. Plus, I find WaterWipes helpful for toilet training when little ones are still learning to clean themselves and need parental assistance. I keep them handy for easy clean-up in the bathroom. Make sure not to flush them though, they need to go in the trash can.
Ever stare at store shelves wondering which product to buy? Now you can find WaterWipes, the world's purest baby wipes at your favorite stores, like Babies"R"Us. I have enjoyed the convenience of shopping at Babies"R"Us for my baby needs for years and with a baby on the way, this will continue.
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We have been so busy lately. I just finished up my last summer graduate class and we have spent the past week packing, moving, and cleaning. In fact we are still moving the last of our things and cleaning our old home. To add to our craziness of going through a move, we will be adjusting to a completely new school and all the changes that it brings. New routines, clubs, sports, and activities while fun and enriching add more to our already full plates. It is a busy season with so much going on in our lives and with school starting this week that we have to be careful not to get too run down. Plus as a mother of three with a new baby on the way, I have to make sure and stay healthy so that I can take care of my family.
I developed the sniffles this week and was glad to stock up on some things to help ward off any colds. I purchased Emergen-C and ChapStick at my local Walmart. Emergen-C is packed with B-vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges. Plus with over 20 flavors, there are plenty of varieties to choose from*. ChapStick softens and protects lips every day with 11 moisturizing ingredients. SPF 12 provides UVB protection and the hydrating formula contains aloe and vitamin E. I love the tropical ChapStick flavors which come in a convenient 3-pack. My oldest actually picked out the tropical ChapStick and is so excited about them.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
You can find Emergen-C and ChapStick at Walmart in the health and beauty section located near the pharmacy, specifically under the heading Cold & Flu.
I decided to make some delicious Vitamin C packed popsicles for an extra boost with fresh pineapple, Emergen-C, cream of coconut and pineapple juice (not pictured).
First core and chop a fresh pineapple.
Then put all ingredients in the blender.
Blend to make a beautiful creamy puree. This would be so good as a smoothie blended with some crushed ice too.
Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups to freeze.
Pineapple Coconut Orange Popsicles
1 fresh pineapple, chunked
1 cup cream of coconut
2 to 3 packets of Emergen-C (orange flavored)
½ cup pineapple juice
1. Cut pineapple into chunks then place in blender.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until pureed.
3. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with popsicle sticks and freeze.
4. Place molds under warm running water a few seconds to loosen popsicles or peel off paper cups.
Makes 8 to 10 popsicles depending on size of molds. These popsicles are delicious and remind me of a creamsicle with their creamy icy texture. If you want them less creamy and more icy, use less or omit the coconut cream.
Enjoy extra savings when you stock up at Walmart on both Emergen-C and ChapStick with these coupons just in time for the busy back-to-school season. We love shopping at Walmart since it has everything we need and find ourselves there on a weekly basis. We always pick up some groceries while there and even finished up our school shopping on this trip.
It has been an awesome summer and we are so grateful for the opportunities and time with family that we have had. I have been wanting to document our summer adventures on the blog, but we have been incredibly busy with travels, grad classes, and packing that my blogging fun has had to wait. I am deep in another summer grad class and we are about to move again so it is a busy time, but we are excited about moving closer to campus and the boys are looking forward to their new school. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our summer.
We spent an amazing week in Gulf Shores with my husband's family. So much time on the beach and in the pool and lots and lots of play time for the kids with their cousins. Thanks to my sister in law Sara for this beautiful photo. If I get my act together this year and actually send out a Christmas card with a new baby in the house, this one will more than likely make the cut.
On our trek south to Gulf Shores we drove through Mississippi and stopped at a welcome center which was fun to share with the boys since I grew up in MS. The sad part of our drive south was that the transmission went out on our old beloved minivan about an hour and a half before we should have arrived at Gulf Shores. We made it to the beach and decided to part ways with our old friend and are now having to shop for a new minivan. I really don't like car shopping, but at least we can take our time and find the right vehicle for our family.
We visited Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, AL for the Civil War tour and found it fascinating and full of rich history. My husband took this picture of me when I was exiting the fort. It was unbelievably hot and humid and this pregnant girl was lagging a little behind.
Learning to build sand castles with Daddy.
This sand castle kept growing and growing.
On to more ordinary days. Our 5 year old was super excited to show off his crafts from vacation bible school. The theme was cave quest and the boys had a blast. Notice the suitcase on the floor. That one is still sitting in the same spot a week and a half after returning from vacation. I hate unpacking suitcases, but we have unpacked 3 out of 5 suitcases and we are in the middle of packing up the whole house for moving day. Maybe I'll just zip it up and move it the way it is.
The boys have enjoyed a lot of board gaming this summer. After a hot afternoon of sweeping the outside patio and walks they got to enjoy some game time with Daddy.
My husband discovered a bag worm infestation in some of the trees in the yard so he paid the boys 5 cents for each bag worm they removed from the trees, but after a couple of days, he had to lower the price to 2 cents per bag worm (for any new worms found) because the boys had found so many. He was worried they would appreciate the value of a dollar less and it would cost him way more than he anticipated. The boys were quite busy in their new enterprise. They had left a few bag worms in a container on the island one night and when we came in the next morning we found this one hanging on to the edge.
Our oldest turned 9 this summer which is so hard to believe.
I love this picture my husband took a few years ago of our oldest behind a spider web. He was so little.
On the birthday front, we also celebrated a 5th birthday this summer which is even harder to believe that our youngest is 5 already.
We took the boys to a fishing derby earlier this summer and they didn't catch a thing, but won two fishing poles in the raffle which made their day. This one hated wearing a life vest, but the rules said anyone 5 and under had to wear a life vest. I found the vest for $2 at a local thrift store a couple of days before.
I have had a lot of classwork to do this summer so on one of my busy work days, my husband took the boys out for some outdoor adventure fun,
The boys love the outdoors and their adventures with Daddy.
Hope you are having a fun summer and making lots of fun memories. Feel free to share your favorite summer adventures!
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