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A makeover…

…of the blog kind.

The other night, my good friend Melissa (who is an actual real-life friend, that I have known quite some time, worked with for 6 years or so now, and is momma to Tucker’s six-week-older-pal Max. She & I were pregnant together with our boys.) asked me if I didn’t mind updating her blog a bit.

I had done the last blog makeover of my own blog, on my own, and have dabbled with it from time to time for fun. Something happened with hers (mostly had to do with Flikr I think) and her entire header & background was one giant error message.

So, here’s the finished product.

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I’m pretty smitten with it myself. The only part that is driving me crazy is the shadow box coming up around her sidebar headers (see the About Me above). I checked & double checked all her settings & my images and I just don’t know why it’s like that. I plan to look again (Clark W. Griswold & the thousand twinkling lights style kind of checking it feels like) in hopes of finding an answer.

Now that Melissa’s blog as a new & updated look, head on over & say hi! Tell her I sent you!

Momma Fancies: Moore from Katie

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It’s been quite sometime since I shared a little Momma Fancies feature. I thought today would be a good day for me to take a break, enjoy my family and all I’m thankful for (and a little left over turkey), and hand the reigns over to someone else.

MooreFromKatieMoore from Katie is a blog written by new mom, Katie, full time mom and part time blogger. After giving birth to her daughter, she realized a few things she’s very passionate about: researching and writing about pregnancy, nutrition, fitness and overall health for women. Her blog is centered around these topics, her life in general, and a little baking, fashion, and DIY.

 

So what does Katie have to share about being pregnant and staying healthy?

Being Nutritious is A Great Way to Live

When I found out I was pregnant my husband and I were extremely excited, but we also had a ton of questions. The hubby and I knew the best way to make decisions for our unborn baby was to be thoroughly educated on all of our options and choices. Along with education, awareness was another trait we wanted to posses. Questions about pain management, delivery options and cord blood banking are a few of the things we made sure to get answers to so we could make informed decisions. We turned to our parents, other family members and friends for advice, tips and tricks to help ensure I was healthy, educated and had a great pregnancy experience.

In fact, I was influenced to eat a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber because a friend told me how great she felt during her pregnancy when she ate right. I decided I had nothing to lose by eating nutritious foods, only everything to gain. When my husband and I decided to begin our family, we made sure to find healthy alternatives to my pregnancy cravings, and I am so thankful that we did.

My pregnancy cravings consisted of sweet and salty. Sometimes all I wanted was a donut, (or three) and other times I wanted nothing more than to dig into a bag of potato chips and lick the salt off my fingers with pure happiness. However, I knew that doing that would not be good for my own health or the health of my baby. Although I would have a donut or a handful of Lay’s every now and then, I chose not to give in to these temptations and fully indulge. I decided to make healthier decisions and indulge sparingly. When I craved sweet foods I would eat fruit. Fruit is so full of vitamins and minerals, and I learned that fruit with a little chocolate hit the spot when I wanted something sweet. Chocolate covered strawberries became a fan favorite for me, and my husband! For breakfast I would have wheat toast with honey on top. Yogurt dipped raisins are also a delicious snack.

When I craved salty foods, I ate a lot of herbs. I enjoyed making vegetable pizza using a little bit of olive oil instead of sauce and cheese. I added zucchini, colorful bell peppers, onion, pineapple, and lots of herbs. I love basil, rosemary, oregano, and thyme, they all made my pizzas taste salty and delicious, without adding tons of salt. I knew I needed plenty of calcium when I was pregnant as well but I have never really liked milk. When I needed to have some calcium, I mostly ate yogurt. Sometimes I would indulge in frozen yogurt or a low-fat chocolate milkshake to satisfy my sweet tooth and my calcium needs at the same time!

I also exercised quite frequently throughout my term. I walked at night with my husband and would do 30 minutes of prenatal yoga some mornings. Since restless legs are common in pregnancy, walking in the daytime with my mom or a friend was a great idea, too. It helped to prevent me from experiencing restless legs and it helped tire me out enough to fall asleep quickly at night. I felt energized, healthy, happy, and everyone told me I had a beautiful pregnancy glow. Giving birth was not easy by any means, but because my body was already strong I felt like it went as smooth as it could have. My muscles were strong, my body was prepared, and my nutritious choices helped to make me feel less stressed and less anxious about giving birth.

I am thankful to have had the knowledge and support of my friends and family because it was not always easy to resist temptation by myself. All in all, a healthy diet and a good exercise plan helped make pregnancy a great experience for me, rather than the sluggish experience it could have been if I’d chosen to eat poorly.

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.

A recipe featured.

After being voted in as a Top 25 Moms of Multiples for a second year in a row over at Circle of Moms, I received an email saying they were inviting all Top 25 winners (from the many contests they host) to be guest bloggers on their site.

COMFoodArticleSept2012_1As a guest blogger, we can write about anything we want or we can write posts centered around ideas they email out ever now & then, content they are needing. Every post you write is listed under your blogger profile & can be read by any readers of Circle of Moms. Some posts though, can be featured by Circle of Moms in their Round Up. Last month they needed some quick & easy meal ideas and I shared one of my go-to favorites.

This week I received an email telling me my recipe post was picked to be featured & today it went live! Head on over, check it out, and add this recipe to your go-to list, too!

Summer Fun Party: Check these out!

I’ve finally gotten around to checking out some of the amazing summer fun ideas being shared at the: and I wanted to share a few of my favorites! Don’t worry if you don’t see your post featured, I promise to do a few more of these before the summer is over & as long asContinue Reading

Marching for our Preemies: Baby Juliet

It’s Tuesday and this week we are going to hear a little different preemie story. Up until now, you’ve only heard of preemie twins or triplets, but this week we’ll hear the story of Juliet. Juliet was born 10 weeks early due to severe complications of pre-eclampsia that her mother, Miriam, went through. I wasContinue Reading

Marching for our Preemies: The Sanchez Family

Another Tuesday means another preemie feature in honor of the upcoming March of Dimes: March for Babies walks that will be happening all around the country in May. This week, the Sanchez Family, or Party of 6 as their blog is titled. The Sanchez triplets are micro-preemies and have quite a different NICU story thanContinue Reading

Marching for our Preemies: The Wilkerson Family

This week marks the first of many stories we’ll be sharing about preemies, their parents, life in the NICU and beyond. With the March of Dimes: March for Babies walks approaching in May, what better way to raise awareness than share the stories of these born fighters! This week starts with The Wilkerson Family andContinue Reading

Calling all parents of preemies.

I was driving into work yesterday morning, thinking about all of the great March for Babies fundraising and word spreading going on right now, when an idea hit me. I’ve told our story of preterm labor & delivery and while sharing it again is nice, you’ve heard it. However, there are plenty of preemies outContinue Reading

A nice little surprise!

On the weekends, when I first wake up, I usually grab my phone and open up my reader and start browsing through new posts. Today was no exception, although tired & sore from dancing the night away with friends at a great wedding last night for one of my girls night gals, I laid inContinue Reading

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