During my first trimester of pregnancy, I had a terrible aversion to meat along with hyperemesis. I struggled with eating enough protein each day and my nurse midwife suggested that I consider protein sources other than meat. Quinoa averages about 8 grams of protein per cooked cup and it’s loaded with amino acids and fiber. This filling and tasty Greek-style Quinoa Salad helped me survive a very uncomfortable first trimester.
I was offered complimentary GPS Origins DNA testing to help determine my ancestry in exchange for an honest review; I’m a genealogy enthusiast so I took them up on the offer. This GPS Origins review includes my own personal observations and a few things that I’ve uncovered on their website. If you’re considering any of the DNA ancestry testing services I hope you’ll read through this review and come back to read about how this service compares to similar service when I receive those results.
Every pregnancy experience is different. I didn’t have an easy time with my son Gabe, but it pales in comparison to this go around. I once whined that nothing could be worse than having hyperemesis; I was quickly proved wrong. I’ll leave the full story for another day, but in short form, I suddenly developed a rash with facial swelling at the start of my second trimester. The rash was painful and the swelling was just plain scary. We’re still not sure on the cause of my problems, but in the process of diagnosing me, one of my treating physicians said that I had a non-Celiac wheat allergy. It put my diet into an absolute tailspin. I had been living on wheat based foods since I was diagnosed with hyperemesis. My go-to breakfast was toast and I had an egg sandwich with cheese almost daily to help with my protein intake. I had been craving an almond flavored cupcake from the bakery that made my wedding cake for days, and I was suddenly faced with never eating a regular cupcake ever again. A wheat allergy isn’t the end of the world, but it will forever change your diet. So I have been researching wheat free/gluten free recipes that I could incorporate into meal planning. This Shrimp and Avocado Salad is gluten free, but if you really want to add in a carb, GF corn tortillas or corn tortilla chips are a nice addition (think shrimp and avocado nachos). If you don’t have to follow a GF diet, this would be good on club crackers or even spread on a sandwich.
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In honesty, this was the first New Year that began for me without a diet. I’m pregnant; the only goals that I set for myself was to gain a healthy amount of weight for my pregnancy and to eat less processed, more nutritious foods. Finding healthier snack options can be tricky. It’s easy to run to a vending machine or to a box in the cabinet to grab a snack when you’re hungry. It takes planning and forethought to snack intentionally. Today I’m sharing some tips for choosing healthier snack options such as Weight Watchers Light Mozzarella String Cheese, and how I’m eating with more intention.
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When I found out that I was pregnant I knew I would have to redo my budget. I expected to have a few more months to plan things out and prepare myself for time off work and the added expense of a baby. I’m self-employed, and I wouldn’t be able to work immediately after the baby was born; I have no sick days or vacation to use. There’s no maternity leave when you run your own business. I thought I would have more time to set money aside in preparation for our family expansion. By the time that I was 6 weeks pregnant, I was vomiting 7 or 8 times per day. I was diagnosed with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum; it is a fancy medical term for ‘she is pregnant and vomits all the time.’ I had several bouts of dehydration which required doctor’s visits to receive IV fluids. Very few of the medications prescribed to keep me from vomiting worked; the medications that did help with vomiting made me feel terrible. I watched my checking account quickly dwindle while I paid co-pays and I realized that EveryDollar™ counted. Today I’m discussing personal finance and how I’ve started using the EveryDollar™ app to help get myself on the road to personal and financial recovery.
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I probably take several thousand photos every year; most of the space on my phone, tablet, and computer is occupied with photos. I enjoy taking photos of Gabe a lot, but I like photographing just about anything. I feel like most are wasted, because I can’t share all of them on social media. I’ve found a better way to share a few of my favorites using the Donate a Photo app created by Johnson & Johnson; I get to share my photos with family and friends, and I can help earn donations for some carefully curated causes.
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When I first started working on this post, I made a huge typo. I shortened the file name and the permalink without even noticing. I titled the post, “Raised in a Bar,” which is quite a bit different from being “raised in a barn.” I’m just glad I caught it before I hit publish, and I’ll blame the error on pregnancy brain. It can easily be resized in Design Space to fit various shirt sizes from newborn to adult; someone had even requested I cut a vinyl stencil to create wall art using this Raised in a Barn Design Space File. I think it would be equally cute on a tote for a farmer, 4-H leader/parent or anyone that appreciates farm life.