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Pregnancy Week 7: Caffeine During Pregnancy

First things first, if you’re pregnant, I’m not going to tell you to give up caffeine altogether! Did I just hear a collective sigh of relief? While you don’t have to give it up completely, it is a good idea to take stock of the various sources of caffeine in your diet and to limit your intake. TheMarch of Dimes recommends no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day which is about the amount in a 12 ounce cup of regular coffee (that’s a “Tall” cup for you Sbux lovers out there!)

Continue reading for tips to curb caffeine consumption and information about caffeine content of food and drink…

Pregnancy Week 6: Picking a Prenatal Vitamin

Last week I briefly touched on prenatal vitamins, but I wanted to devote a whole post to this important topic. Eating well and making smart nutrition choices during pregnancy is important, but try as you may, there are certain nutrients that you may not get enough of that are important for the normal growth and development of your baby and your health as well.

If you are reading this post before becoming pregnant, all the better because it is ideal to prepare your body for conception by taking a prenatal even when you are just thinking about becoming pregnant. Certain nutrients (like folic acid) are especially critical during the time between conception and a positive pregnancy test so it is important that they are circulating in your blood at appropriate levels well before you conceive. Research also shows that taking prenatal vitamins may help in the prevention of a low birth weight baby.

Continue reading for a list of nutrients to look for and tips for taking a prenatal vitamin…

Note: This post was added to Indulgent Wellness on September 4, 2013 and backdated to match the date this post appeared on Smart Eating for Kids.

Pregnancy Week 5: I’m Pregnant! Now What?

On May 30, 2013 we celebrated Hailey’s 2nd birthday AND the news that she will be a big sister on/around February 8, 2014! It is unreal to think that we’ll have a newborn again and, much like I couldn’t imagine what life would be like with a newborn the first time around, I can’t even begin to fathom what it will be like to have an almost-3-year-old as well as a newborn!

During my first pregnancy I had many fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants moments in terms of nutrition and health. Between morning sickness, exhaustion, aches and pains and water retention I was definitely in “me mode”. This time around, I had the idea to chronicle week-by-week health and nutrition tips as both a way to help me focus on one thing at a time and to share my nutrition knowledge with others who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Since I wasn’t really comfortable sharing our exciting news with the world until I was past the first trimester mark, the series is on a time delay from my “real life” pregnancy countdown. Regardless, in each post I’ll interject personal anecdotes when relevant and share some of my own experiences, but otherwise the topics and information is timeless so the time delay doesn’t matter all that much! The series is running on Smart Eating for Kids, but I’ll be sharing links to the content here as well as a few additional posts to recap trimesters and potentially share some personal stories related to this pregnancy. So, without further ado, let the fun begin – and where better to start than at the beginning?


Before I dive in to first post of the series, I want to take a moment to say that whether you are reading books or blogs or listening to podcasts or the wise women of the world…every pregnancy is different. No two women are going to have identical pregnancies, so although freaking out is one of the things that we mothers do best, please try to not let the things you read or hear stress you out. Your care provider is there to help guide you through this process, so give them a ring if you are truly concerned (and try not to call the after hours number unless it is a true emergency). Don’t send yourself into panic-mode over your latest Google diagnosis – nothing productive will come from that!

Continue reading and learn 3 nutrition focus areas this exciting and (potentially) overwhelming time…


Note: This post was added to Indulgent Wellness on September 4, 2013 and backdated to match the date the first post in my pregnancy series ran on Smart Eating for Kids.

Tea for Two? Kids and Caffeine

Hailey has developed a taste for iced tea. Not sweet tea mind you, but it is regular, caffeinated, black tea. I can probably count on two hands the number of times she’s had a taste, but ever since she had (and much-to-my-surprise) liked her first sip, I’ve been wondering if I should be worried about the caffeine she’s consuming (at the start of this investigation my gut said yes).

Continue reading on Smart Eating For Kids…

NOTE: This post was added to Indulgent Wellness on October 5, 2014 in an effort to compile all my posts in one place. I backdated the post to match the date it was published on Smart Eating for Kids.

More Milk, Please

By virtual show of hands, how many of you have read something or been in a conversation about whether or not you or your kids should be drinking milk? And I’m talking about good, old-fashioned milk from a cow. I was getting my eyebrows done a few weeks ago and the aesthetician chatted my ear off about all sorts of utterly uninformed and nonsensical things she had recently heard about drinking milk and then not 48 hours later I found myself in a similar conversation with the cashier at the grocery store.

My Hailey Bailey Boo cheers-ing with her milk!

My Hailey Bailey Boo cheers-ing with her milk!

Continue reading at Smart Eating for Kids…

NOTE: This post was added to Indulgent Wellness on October 5, 2014 in an effort to compile all my posts in one place. I backdated the post to match the date it was published on Smart Eating for Kids.

Two Years Old and Purple All Over

Hailey-bear turned 2 years old last Thursday. Two. Years. Old! We had a small celebration on the evening of her actual birthday that involved brownies we made together earlier in the day as well as ice cream. She seemed quite pleased to get to have “choc-ic” and “I-ceam” and sang her own rendition of the Happy Birthday Song as we enjoyed our dessert.

Bday Brownies

On Saturday we celebrated with friends and family and every shade of purple you can imagine. Purple is, by far, Hailey’s favorite color. She’s pretty good with all her colors, but she’s known purple for quite some time. If she’s feeling silly, the answer to any question is usually, “purple.” So, purple it was!

We started the day by painting our fingernails and toenails in Essie “Play Date”.

B-day Nails

I purchased some purple serving bowls/spoons, plastic tablecloths, and napkins at Party City. Costco had a huge package of plastic cups in 4 colors – purple among them. My crowning achievement was the “Happy Birthday Hailey” balloon banner that I made after seeing inspiration in the April 2013 edition of Real Simple. The linked instructions are fairly easy to follow, but my key learnings include: Don’t try to get fancy and use your paper shredder to make the confetti. The shredder won’t like the weight of the tissue paper and the resulting crinkled mess isn’t light enough to stick to the inside of the balloon with static. If you know someone who has a Cricut (or other die cutting machine) ask them to make the letters using full-sheet labels. My mom made the letters using her Cricut and we were able to test a few different sizes. Consider coloring the letters with a crayon before sticking them to the balloons (or forgo the whole clear w/ confetti thing and use colored balloons.) The white letters can be hard to see if you have light colored walls. (I suppose we could have painted the house purple…) Buy a balloon pump…‘nuf said. And, finally, this is definitely a do-ahead project. I was worried that the balloons might deflate so I talked myself into waiting until the morning of the party to put this together. As I sit here 48 hours later, it still looks just fine.

Purple decor

The menu for the party included purple grape and watermelon skewers, purple potato salad and purple cabbage cole slaw as well as a number of other summer BBQ foods that were tasty, but alas, not purple in color! The dessert buffet, however, was entirely purple! We ordered the cake, cupcakes and cookies from nearby Lovin Oven Cakery. Hailey’s great aunts made the chocolate dipped pretzels and Rice Krispies treats and we had a variety of purple candies purchased at Party City as well.

Dessert Buffet

The birthday girl had a wonderful day and was showered with love (and of course presents too!) Hailey makes us laugh every day – her personality is larger than life, her smile and laugh are contagious and her hugs and kisses make you melt. We love you Hailey-bear and hope all your birthday wishes come true!


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