Friday, August 8, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Since the main thing I craved during my pregnancy was vodka I like to refer to the vitamins I took during pregnancy (and still am taking) as my prenatal cocktail. Seriously I’m not an alcoholic – in fact I’m not much of a drinker at all, but I craved it during my pregnancy. Didn’t give in to that craving just in case you’re wondering.
I hope you know that you should supplement especially while pregnant since you are growing a person. That little person inside you is sucking away nutrients therefore you need more! I chose Shaklee supplements for my pregnancy and swear by them. I had an uneventful pregnancy, pretty easy labor and delivery, a healthy baby, and my recovery was pretty quick too! I credit this all to Shaklee!
Shaklee’s been around for over 50 years and is the number one natural nutrition company in the USA. You can read more about the Shaklee difference here.
I am not a doctor but Shaklee has lots of doctors on board and this is what they recommend for pregnancy and my doctor agreed.
Because the nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation are unique to this stage of a women’s life, we strongly urge all women who are pregnant or nursing to discuss the use of dietary supplements with their obstetrician.
However, along with our general recommendation to eat a healthy, well balanced diet to ensure pregnant and nursing women are meeting their nutritional needs, we also recommend a combination of Shaklee supplements that can be used as alternatives to a standard prenatal vitamin once discussed with the Obstetrician.
An excellent “Shaklee alternative” would be:
2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron
2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects
To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):
3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development
It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:
1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C
Shaklee 180 meal smoothie prepared as directed, and used as part of healthy breakfast or midday snack provides a mother and her growing fetus with an additional 270 calories, 24 grams of high quality protein and 6 grams of fiber.
Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Osteomatrix as stated above if approved for you.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant get started with your prenatal “cocktail” today!
Friday, July 4, 2014
What could be better than 4th of July? Red, white, & blue, BBQ, fireworks, freedom, and celebrating this beautiful country we call home. I love 4th of July!
We did a little photo shoot this afternoon to celebrate, here are a few pictures:
I think this is my favorite!
A little spit up … still so cute!
Happy 4th! Hope you have an amazing day with your family. Please remember that our freedom is not free – thank a member of the armed forces for your freedom!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Here is my list so far:
Monday, June 30, 2014
Anyhow, in this search Citrus Lane has shown up several times along the way. It is a monthly subscription service of items for your kiddo. They tailor the box to the age and gender of your little one and fill the box with appropriate items. When one of my friends posted the link to her referral link on facebook with the HALF off discount, I decided to try it out. For about $15 invested, it sure was worth the trial.
I'll warn you that I hadn't intended to do a review so I got a few photos after the fact. We were headed out on a road trip so I packed the items with us. I was ho-hum about them until I tried them out. Then I knew I would share the info.
Here is what my box contained:
|Wet bag - photo from Citrus Lane website|
So this wet bag is amazing. I did not think it would actually be waterproof. It was PERFECT for us at the pool this weekend. His suit and mine went in this bag after swimming and into the gym bag. Nothing else got wet and it was easy to pull out and leave by the washer. This is one of those items that I didn't expect to use, then wondered what I did without it. I ordered another one this weekend.Value $11.
|"Artivity" Book with markers|
Had to use the picture from their site for this one too as it has already been colored in. We used this one a bit on the road trip. Not something I would normally buy, but the kiddo enjoyed it. I liked that the markers came with it and a little kit. Value $8.
|Dump Truck Puzzle|
No surprise, the dump truck puzzle was a big hit. This is a very good quality puzzle. Puzzles are something I tend to forget about, but a great learning tool. Value $9.
The box included a good size bottle of baby wash/bubble bath. It was not very sudsy but smelled nice. Not surprising, we have already used it and I couldn't find a picture on their site. I'm guessing it was valued around $5.
We also received two snack bars. These appeared to be full size. Not something we will go out of our way to buy, but the kiddo enjoyed them. Probably a value of $3.
I almost forgot to mention a coupon was included for mail order bras. A very good coupon - $20 off $40 - but not something I'm very likely to use.
So in product alone this box was valued around $36, plus shipping. I paid $15. Good bargain for testing. The monthly price is $29 with discounts for buying several months.
This is the kind of box that I would like to get every other month. I found it very easy online to ask to "pause" my subscription to skip a month. I would love to be able to sign up for every other month or even quarterly.
So I'm very pleased and planning to continue with Citrus Lane. I love that this is tailored to gender and age, the quality was very good and these are items I would not pick out on my own. All good enough reasons for me.
This would make a great gift for a child. Very easy for the gifter and something new and exciting to arrive to the child by mail. Really good for the kiddos in your life who live a bit far away.
So if you would like to try it for yourself at HALF price follow this link
Note - of course I get referral perks, but I also get to share the discount. :)
Have you tried a service like this? What did you think or which company do you prefer? I'm still on the search for a simple preschool style subscription service so if you know of one of those pass the info along!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Since this was Michael’s very first Father’s Day I wanted to do something special for him. He is an amazing father. I always knew he would be a good father, but I never knew how good he would be to me during labor, after delivery, and during my recovery. It is wonderful having such a great father and husband!
Avery and I devised a plan to surprise him with a trip to Cabela’s (which I am pretty sure is his favorite place on earth). I thought about blindfolding him and driving him there, but then I had a dream we got pulled over and it was hard to explain to the cop. So, I skipped that. Someone (who shall remain nameless) spilled the beans but he knew all along and was just playing along. In the morning we gave him his present. I asked him what he wanted and he said a bow … he thinks we need a bow to match every outfit of Avery’s. So, that’s what he got.
A bow for Avery to wear hunting and a bow in Michael’s camo (I made both). Of course I had to add a book for Michael to read to her. Then, we headed up to Reno where Michael was going to get a hunting bow (which is what he meant by bow).
We had a late lunch at Famous Dave’s – I’ve been there twice now and I still don’t understand what is famous about it. It hasn’t been anything to write home about either time. I don’t think we will be going back.
Then we headed over to Cabela’s to get his present.
What a milestone – Avery’s first trip to Cabela’s!
It took quite a while in the store to pick out and get fitted for a bow and arrows. The guy helping us, Christian, was amazing! I’m so happy we got such great customer service! He did warn us that it takes a while but made the process feel like it went rather quickly. We made it out of there just before closing! Avery did great in the store too! She loved watching daddy shoot his bow to sight it in.
Happy late Father’s day to all of the dad’s out there!
Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?