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Family Pictures

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Every year I have the ideal family picture planned in my head. I imagine my family perfectly dressed, well-rested, great weather, and the kids on their best behavior. It never happens like this, but somehow we get a “perfect” family picture. I say, “perfect” because we have three kids, three and younger. Someone’s tongue is always out, someone is usually throwing a tantrum, and someone is always tired. This year was no exception; however, we had an amazing photographer who has young kids of her own – that always helps. I’m a huge fan of candid family pictures, especially with young ones. My kids being kids is what I define as perfect – tongues out and all! What about you? Do you do an annual family picture? What do you use it for? Holiday cards? Do you tend to avoid the camera? I read this post a while ago and…

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My neighbors must think I’m crazy

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Growing up with very curly hair, I learned at a young age how to prevent frizz with chemicals products.  I’ve since come to cherish the extra volume that comes with textured hair and use almost no product – except for the occasional spritz of hairspray on humid days.  Hairspray contains many different chemicals and it is not safe to inhale constantly.  My solution? I wear a mask, only use non-aerosol products, and I do not use it in my house.  Yes, I stand in my front yard with a dentist-like mask on and spray my hair.  I firmly believe that there has to be balance between doing everything said to be “right/healthy/perfect” and doing what makes you feel good and look good.  Other ways to cut down on chemicals in your beauty routine: Try using grape seed oil instead of lotion to prevent stretch marks. It’s all- natural, inexpensive, odorless,…

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PFCs and Obesity

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A new study conducted at Emory University found that babies born to women exposed to polyfluoroalkyl compounds have a greater risk of obesity.  Polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are chemicals commonly found in plastics, non-stick cookware, and stain-protecting solutions.   The study found that babies born to mothers who had high exposure to PFCs were smaller at birth, but gained weigh more rapidly after birth.  This is a bad combination because the rapid, overcompensating weight gain can lead to obesity.  My typical rule of thumb is if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to cook, eat, wear, or sit on it.  Would you rather eat food cooked on a pan made from polyfluoroalkyl or cast iron? Here are some ways to avoid exposure, both pre-natal and after your peanut joins you: Cook with pots and pans made from cast iron or stainless steel. Avoid products that say “non-stick” or “Teflon coated”.  Cast…

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Seven Weeks

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I started nesting too early. I still have seven weeks until I deliver and I’m completely ready for baby number three to arrive. I know I should feel reposed about this; however, I don’t know what else to do to satisfy my incessant desire to nest.

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babyQ Fish Scale

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It’s that time of year again – when fish and seafood are incorporated into many diets. Whether it’s for religious reasons or not, eating more fish can be very beneficial for pregnant women; however, there is a lot of contradicting information regarding the consumption of fish during pregnancy. Seafood gets a bad reputation because of the rising levels of mercury in larger fish. This is due to water pollution. Heavy metals (like mercury) pollute the oceans from various sources. Fish that are bigger and have a long life span (sharks, albacore tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi) consume more little fish (salmon, sardines, shrimp), which leads to higher mercury levels in the bigger fish. On the other hand, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are crucial for baby’s brain development and can help raise your babyQ score. So what’s a mama to do? Avoid fish? Load up on fish? No and no….

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5 Things I Miss Most About Being Pregnant

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When I was pregnant I wasn’t one of those women who loooooved everything about it.  In fact, I complained a lot…about nothing.  I really can’t pinpoint what I didn’t like about pregnancy but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I can be a little impatient. Okay, a lot.  I didn’t find out my babies’ gender during either of my pregnancies and I really wanted to know.  My husband on the other hand, was adamant about not wanting to know so, he we chose not to find out.*  So basically, I complained about everything because nine months was a long time.  Now that I’m not pregnant and both of my little darlings sleep through the night, I really miss it. Mainly: The random smile strangers everywhere flash at you.  Small talk in our condo elevator was never a problem. The waddle.  I LOVED extenuating my…

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I Heart Ginger.

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12 weeks along and I still feel like I could throw up at any second. While I have to admit, I don’t really care for the taste of ginger (I’d prefer it more if it tasted like cherry. Or chocolate. Or maybe both…on top of ice cream. I digress), I do appreciate how much better it makes me feel. Lately, I’ve been eating anything that has real ginger in it. Ginger chews, ginger hard candies, natural ginger ale, and ginger tea are staples in my daily diet. I keep it in my purse, in my car, in my bedside table, everywhere. While ginger has been proven to help aide morning sickness and nausea in general, it also has many other health benefits including: preventing cancer, boosting your immune system, and acting as an anti-inflammatory. Ginger is a natural remedy for morning sickness and completely safe to consume during pregnancy. What’s…

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Oh, How I Have Missed These.

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Happy 2013! Big news in our household: Baby number three is due in July! Life was feeling too routine and easy as soon as Charlotte started walking, talking, and being more independent so my husband and I thought, what better way to add a little chaos to our family than to add another baby. After the initial thoughts of feeling so blessed to get pregnant so easily and quickly (as was also the case with our first two), the dreaded first trimester symptoms hit – CONSTANT nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, light headedness, shortness of breath, and did I mention exhaustion? I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, ENJOY YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY. The kids have been spending a lot of quality time with Daddy at work, potty training at Grandma’s, and holiday baking with Aunt Anna, and I’m eternally grateful for all of that. I have to admit, my babyQ…

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Back To School Links

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I hope everyone enjoyed the last weekend of summer. I’m so excited for Jack to start preschool tomorrow. For all of you who sent kids back to school this morning, here are a few links to click while you enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. These have me so excited for fall So do these My best friend suggested I read this next.  Hoping for some quiet time soon Mike and I always talk about how true this is Great. Just great. I LOVE fresh figs! My sister and I used to love stealing my Dad’s New Yorker just to read the cartoons Love this website My thoughts exactly Number ten is way too true in our house The first page I read every month Will always remind me of my older brother SWEET!   You think Jack enjoyed his birthday? I can’t believe how quickly three years passed!  

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101 Things My Kids Have Taught Me: Lesson 101

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This fall marks three years since I first found out I was pregnant with Jack.  In those three years I’ve learned so much from being pregnant, delivering two babies, and raising kids.  Granted my oldest only just turned two, I still feel like I’ve experienced so much and I find my self constantly wondering what goes on inside my kids’ head.  I decided that documenting lessons I’ve learned from my kids is the best way to get a better understanding of how their little minds work. 101: To a two-year-old boy, nothing tops construction work. Jack is an outdoors “man” through and through.  He would sleep in a tent in our backyard if I let him.  Anytime he throws a tantrum, without fail I can say, “Let’s go outside” and the situation is defused.   Luckily for Jack (unluckily for half of our neighborhood), a road near us had to be…

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