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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.

Momma Fancies

Man, am I horrible at featuring some of my favorite posts lately. I guess it’s good if I get at least one Momma Fancies in a month, because that’s about as good as I’m doing lately. I need to plan ahead, and work on the post little by little during the week, instead of waiting until Sunday morning to do it all. Sunday morning when I want to just rest & relax (well, most Sunday mornings. Today, crazy me offered to mow the front yard for the hubs, no resting & relaxing here).

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  • The kids and I started decorating the house for Spring yesterday. We made a plastic egg garland for above one of the windows and when I had Mike go pull out all of my other Easter/spring goodies, he came up empty handed. Somehow, he’s misplaced all of my spring stuff, minus one lonely devilled egg platter that I usually display on a plate stand. This means I’m in need of some decorations and when I saw this tutorial I knew it would be perfect! Now I just need to make a trip to Michaels or Joanns for the birdhouse and wooden circle because I think I have everything else. Kara at Mine for the Making always has such adorable, easy, & affordable DIY tutorials!

 

  • When I saw this party idea from Jen at Denton Sanatorium I just about died! I love how simple & easy it is (Jen is momma to seven so simple & easy is just her style it seems!) and the kids seemed to have absolutely loved it! I am totally doing this at Tucker’s 5th birthday party in October!

 

  • Who else hates the fact that your shower curtain liner seems to be in constant need of replacing? Melissa at 320 Sycamore shared this tip just in the knick of time for me, because I had just added “shower curtain liner” to my shopping list this week. I am totally trying this out instead. It’s all those little pennies saved that can add up in the long run, and not having to buy a new $5 shower curtain liner every few months surely will add up over time!

 

  • Chalk art should be my best friend with all the chalkboards we have going on in our house. I actually am in need of putting a fresh coat of chalkboard paint on the kitchen fridge and once I do, I’m going to try something like this out. Rachelle of Fingerprints on the Fridge shared her love of chalkboard art this week, and I totally agree with her on  how pretty & simple it can be!
  • Oh! This blog is another one that shared their love of chalkboard art this week as well. This kitchen is actually the reason why we started our kitchen renovation (that I promise to share the start of this week!) because I love every.single.thing about it! If I could copy & paste it all into our kitchen, I would in a heartbeat!

 

 

  • We love anything buffalo chicken in our house. Buffalo chicken dip & buffalo chicken pizza are two of our favorites, oh, and of course some good ol’ buffalo chicken wings. I stumbled upon this recipe for Mini Buffalo Shrimp Puff Pastry Pizzas this week from Jessica at How Sweet It Is and cannot wait to try them out. Maybe for our next Girls Night or something?!

 

  • This family? The most adorable family to ever live I’m sure. Ryan & Kylee just had their first child, a sweet baby girl they named Eden. I’ve been following Kylee’s blog for a little over a year now and just love it & them! They are the cutest couple and seriously have got to be the cutest family now! Their little girl is a gorgeous redhead just like her momma & daddy and the video they put together of her birth make me remember every single moment of the day Tucker was born, the moment when we went from being a couple to being a family. So sweet!

 

  • Last, but not least, if you are a mom of multiples, head on over to Kelly’s Korner. This week she hosted a link up in her Show us your Life (SUYL) series for moms of multiples and there are so many great blogs participating! I know, when I was pregnant with the girls (or after we had them and they were in the NICU) I scoured the internet looking for others in our situation, and this is a great resource for anyone doing that same thing now!

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I’m a complete slacker on my Momma Fancies posts lately. All I can say is, I’m sorry.

My kids love, love, love cereal bars. Okay. They love all food really. Tucker & Lexie though, really do like cereal bars. Tucker always has one on the way to school on Tuesdays & Thursdays (yes, I’m that mom that gives her kid a super quick & easy breakfast meal on school days) and I’m wondering if they’d like these homemade ones. They look super yummy! Tricia at Once a Month Mom offers up a great video tutorial (yes, vlog!) on how to make them.

Didn’t I just mention this verse just a few weeks ago? How much did I love opening my reader the other morning and finding this free printable from Paige of Pink Lemonade for my favorite quote about love! I am in search of the perfect spot for a framed one of these in my house as we speak.

Jeannett of Life Rearranged hosts the ever popular weekly InstaFriday link up that I participate in and shared some fun news recently. It first started with her announcement of baby #4 and now with her second announcement with baby #4 being a sweet baby boy! I love their story because their first is a boy (like our Tucker, about the same age, too) and then they have twin girls (about the age of ours) and now baby boy #2 on the way. I love it because if we were to have one more, I’d love to have one more little boy. Head on over & check out Jeannett’s blog if you never have, she does some awesome fundraising through it, all because of the life they life.

I love, love, love the chairs Kristin of LuBird Baby painted for her dining room table. This post was actually what gave me the push to finally paint the chairs at our table (I promise, post with good pictures of mine to come soon!). I also love her huge table (I want it!) and the fact that she did a bunch of mismatched wood chairs. Makes it so much fun! Don’t you agree?

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Momma Fancies: Bad Blogger Edition

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Momma Fancies, better late than never.

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Momma Fancies

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Momma Fancies & a little catch up.

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Momma Fancies: A book review & giveaway

This week’s Momma Fancies focuses on a great children’s book we had the pleasure of enjoying this month. A while back you might remember a review I did for The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond, a book that fit perfectly into our nightly routine, seeing as it was all about going to bed itself.Continue Reading

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