How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

Preparing your body for pregnancy is one of the smartest things you can do if you want to have a baby. Sure, some people seem to fall pregnant super easily without having to do anything at all, but others do need to make some changes to ensure their body is a suitable place for a baby to be. Below, you’ll find some advice that will help you to prepare your body for pregnancy.

Bye Bye Birth Control

It goes without saying that you need to come off birth control. Doing this 30 days before you want to conceive is a good idea so that the hormones have a chance to leave your system.

Start Taking Your Vitamins

You want to ensure your body is healthy, so start taking your vitamins consistently. Experts recommend a multivitamin and folic acid for those who want to conceive, but you may also want to do some research into other possible options. Ask your doctor if you should go ahead and start taking prenatal vitamins.

Hone Your Diet

Now it’s time to hone your diet. Get plenty of greens and fruit so that you improve your micronutrient count. This will also help you to stay at a healthy weight, which is imperative when you want to conceive.

Move More

It’s a good idea to get some exercise 4 times a week, whether that’s swimming, walking, or resistance training. You can continue this once you’ve fallen pregnant, and many say it makes giving birth much easier.  

Schedule a Gynecologist Visit

You may also want to schedule a preconception visit with your obstetrician depending on various factors, from your age to any issues you are having with conception. Make sure you cover anything you’re concerned about, from screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to screening for pregnancy readiness. If you struggle to conceive naturally you can also take this time to discuss insemination success with them.

Start Tracking Your Cycle

The sooner you learn all about your menstrual cycle, the better. You’ll be able to clearly see when you’re most likely to fall pregnant, and you might even be more prepared to spot issues earlier on, such as spotting and irregular cycle lengths. You can do this manually or there are apps that can help you.

Find Ways To Relieve Stress

A stressful body is not somewhere a baby wants to grow. Make sure you find ways to relieve stress, such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Make sure you take time for self care, too!

Get To A Healthy Weight

If you’re not already at a healthy weight, do your best to get to one. Make sure you’re eating to support your goals, whether you need to gain or lose it.

Treat Your Body With Love

Make sure you begin treating your body as if you’re pregnant now. This means no smoking, no drinking or drugs, and treating it carefully so that you can grow your baby in the healthiest way possible.

Why You Need to Try Pantry Boy!

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Why you should try Pantry Boy

I wear a lot of hats: wife, mom, blogger, coach, etc. Meal planner should be at the top of that long list. I love making yummy food for my family, but sometimes I hit a roadblock when it comes to trying new things. I was given the opportunity to try a different meal subscription service and I was so impressed. Check out why you need to try Pantry Boy too!

Ditch The Grocery And Takeout Lines – Pantry Boy

What is Pantry Boy?

Pantry Boy is a meal delivery service that provides healthy foods for you and your family. They offer three different menu options:

  1. omnivore
  2. carnivore
  3. vegetarian

Meals are delivered to your door boxed with ice packs to protect all ingredients. Simply remove the items, wash, prep, and start cooking.

Pantry Boy promises:

  • provide you with the convenience of shopping and choosing what to cook.
  • create fresh and nutritious recipes for good health.
  • wash, chop and prepare everything for you.
  • supply you with properly proportioned ingredients with “0” waste.
  • seek and find the quality ingredients according to our menus.
  • bring a new recipe meal to your dining table every time you open your Pantry Boy box.

(About Us: Pantry Boy)

What Makes Pantry Boy Different?

Pantry Boy isn’t your typical meal delivery service. When your meals are delivered you have the option of slow cooking a meal in the Crock Pot or fast cooking with your stove. Having both options is great for busy families because you never know how and when your schedule changes.

My Meals

I chose the omnivore menu so we could have a mix of meat and a vegetarian meal. We received spicy greek potato salad, chicken gyros, and lomo saltado. Everything was so delicious and easy to make. The chicken gyros had the option of slow cooking, but I chose fast cooking for all three meals.

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why you need to try pantry boy

why you need to try pantry boy

Will I Try It Again?

I will definitely be putting Pantry Boy into our meal rotations. I loved the meals that we had delivered. The ingredients were fresh and delicious and as they said, there was “0” waste.

What I love is that the meals are preservative free. The meats are antibiotic free with no added hormones and all ingredients are organic when possible.

You Need to Try Pantry Boy!

If you love meal delivery services, you need to try this. If healthy is important to you, Pantry Boy is a perfect fit for your family. Click the below link to take $60 off your first order!

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Laura received this service for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are her own.

Oxford Momma: A Self Care Book Box For Moms

Join in April and new subscribers get 10% off for your first 3 months!

Oxford Momma: A Self Care Book Box for Moms

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Ya’ll know I love self care! Encouraging women to incorporate it into their daily lives is super important to me and my mission. When I first heard of Oxford Momma , I thought, “how stinkin’ cool! A self care book box for moms!” I was so excited to receive a box  to review. When that pretty pink box showed up on my porch, I couldn’t wait to open it.

What’s included in the Self Care Book Box?

In the self care book box, you receive a book plus 4-5 self care items each month. With the May box, I got the book plus a fantastic candle, chap stick, and bath butter bomb. I also received a postcard and book mark with inspirational quotes that I was instructed to either keep for myself or pass on to a friend.

Prior to receiving the box, I got a post card from Oxford Momma telling me that my order was on the way. I love the thoughtfulness and personalization. It definitely stood out to me and made me feel special.

My Thoughts

Self care is a must for everyone. As a mom, I find it so easy to put myself on the back burner thinking that it makes me a better mom. On the contrary, it usually makes me a grumpy wife and mom. I was also under the impression that self care meant spa visits or mani/pedis. Those things are great, but self care is so much more than that. It’s a warm bath or a quiet cup of coffee before the kids wake up. It can be reading a great book or watching your favorite comedy. The possibilities are endless.

I absolutely love finding companies that get it. Oxford Momma totally gets the struggle that many moms face when it comes to their own self care. This Self Care Book Box for Moms is an awesome opportunity for moms to take some time and treat themselves. I defintely recommend this monthly box for all the mommas out there.

How Do You Get Your Self Care For Moms Box?

Want to have the sweet, pink box delivered to your front door? Sign up here and get $3 off your first box with code: FALLINLOVE

Laura received the Oxford Momma Self Care Book Box for Moms for free in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions are her own. 

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I Finally Got a Pressure Cooker and This Is What Happened

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

When I moved in with my husband six years ago, we didn’t have a stove. In fact, we didn’t have a stove for a year. Yes. A YEAR!

What did I do?

I used my Crockpot religiously. I was obsessed with it. So much so, that when we finally got a stove, I stood and looked at it like it was so unidentified object that I have never seen before. Obviously, I began using it, but the Crockpot was and has been my go to.

Until now.

I recently got a pressure cooker and let me just say: GAME CHANGER.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

Cook an entire meal in 20 minutes? You have my attention.

My first meal was a Hawaiian Chicken dinner that I found on Pinterest. Check it out here. Instead of making it a sheet pan recipe, I put it all in the pressure cooker minus the rice.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

So delicious! Since it was my first time using it, it took me a bit longer to cook because I was learning, but still 30 minute meal? Perfect for this busy momma!

Then I decided to try spaghetti squash. It usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to cook a spaghetti squash in the oven. It took 15 minutes in the pressure cooker. It took the same amount of time to boil regular spaghetti for the rest of the family.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

My most recent experience was with hard boiled eggs. 5 minutes! BOOM!

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

Needless to say, I kind of felt like I was cheating on my Crockpot, but I know I will be using the pressure cooker all the time. It’s going to make meal prepping so much easier since I can cook things much quicker.

Check out the pressure cooker and other kitchenware and appliances at TOBOX. Use promo code: MRSNAUANDFOREVER2 to save 50%!

If you already use a pressure cooker, what is your favorite recipe?

Laura was given this product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions are her own.

vremi kitchen bundle review and giveaway

My Review of Vremi Kitchen Bundle + A Giveaway!

Now that I’m a grown up, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Honestly, I never knew how important that room was until I had my own family. Nonetheless, kitchen items have become a pretty big deal to me. I love kitchen gadgets!

The nerd in me was pretty stoked to try out some new gadgets from Vremi.(Stay with me so you can enter the giveaway!)

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First of all, I love colors, so this knife set definitely got my eye. Vremi is super witty when it comes to their packaging too. With all the cooking and meal prepping that I do, I use my existing knife set (that we got as a wedding gift 5 years ago) a lot. Two of the knives broke, so I have been on a hunt for a replacement set.

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I have never ground my own coffee beans, but I have always wanted to do it. I’m also putting together a little coffee bar on my kitchen counter, so this coffee grinder goes perfectly.

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My review of vremi kitchen bundle

Do I Recommend These Kitchen Gadgets?

So, I know that you can’t buy kitchen items based on witty marketing and pretty colors. However, I totally recommend these products. The knives are sharp and obviously serve their purpose while being aesthetically pleasing. They are stainless steel, BPA free and lead free.

As for the coffee grinder, I had no idea how easy it would be. The sharp blades grind the coffee quickly. It also has little silicone feet so no need to worry about it sliding around. Plus, it only takes seconds to grind the coffee. Easy peasy!

Here’s The Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway below to win your own Vremi coffee grinder and knife set!

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #9Disclosure: Laura was given these items for an honest review. All opinions in this post are her own.

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The Ecocentric mom review

The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review

Ecocentric Mom

 The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review

The Ecocentric mom review

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There are several subscription boxes available. You can get everything from razors to clothes to food to wine and everything in between. When I discovered The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box, I knew it was something I had to try.

Get $5 off your Ecocentric Subscription Box here using code: SAVE5

Who is the Ecocentric Mom?

The Ecocentric Mom is a mom who loves natural, organic and eco-friendly products. The boxes can be customized depending on mom’s stage of motherhood from the first trimester to age 4+. They don’t include just any products in the boxes. Each product must meet The Ecocentric Mom’s high quality standards so you know what you are getting is amazing! The company also gives back. A portion of their sales (1%) goes to a worthy charitable organization. In 2017, that particular charity was Keep a Breast Foundation.

I was so excited when that pretty teal box arrived in my mailbox! The box that I received was customized for me and my 6 month old. Included are cards that show the price of the products so if you want to go back and get more, you totally can.

Check out this awesome selection of products!

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What Was in the Box This Month?

Each box shipped will contain 4-5 items guaranteed and will retail for a minimum of $45.

  • Protein Gummies
  • Masigi Pulling Oil
  • Body Nectar
  • Travel Body Wash
  • Body Oil
  • Magnetic Big
  • Hyland’s Oral Pain Relief Tabs
  • Chocolate Bars

I absolutely love that they include a small envelope with product cards. I think it’s so important for companies to add those small, personal touches.

The Ecocentric mom review

My Favorite Item for Me!

Duh! The chocolate! That’s pretty much a no brainer. Chocolate is definitely my weakness and if you call it a “chocolate beauty bar”, I’m in!

I am also a fan of the Masigi pulling oil packets. They are super convenient. If you don’t  know about the benefits of oil pulling, you need to check out all the amazing benefits.

The Ecocentric mom review

My Favorite Item for Baby!

Baby M has been teething like crazy! I’m pretty sure all of her top teeth want to pop out right now. Hyland’s oral relief tabs have been a Godsend. I used them with the twins and was so happy to see them in the Ecocentric Box.

My Final Thoughts!

Ya’ll! I loved everything about The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box. 90% of the products in the box were products I had never heard of, so I was so excited to try all them.

 

This would be a great gift for:

Your best friend that just found out she’s pregnant

That special mom in your life who just had a baby

Perfect Baby Shower gift

Gift yourself Momma because you deserve it!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Hint! Hint!

Use code: SAVE5 and get $5 off your Ecocentric Subscription Box here!

Check out my other favorites for new moms!

Laura received The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box in exchange for her honest review. All opinions are her own.

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Healthy Finds: Program Review + FREE Gift Card!

 

If you know me well, then you know I LOVE health and wellness. Since becoming a mom, I have been researching products and foods that are good for my family. I mean, actually good. Many companies give us the impression that something is healthy, when it reality it is not. That’s not what you get with Healthy Finds!

Healthy Finds is a program that is dedicated to finding healthy products. What really stands out to me is their desire to also inform consumers about what they are really putting in their bodies. In the words of the company, “It’s time to take back your health”.

I couldn’t agree more. Some many companies confuse us (consumers) about what is truly healthy and beneficial. Healthy Finds, led by Dr. Andrew Campbell, puts in the leg work.

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Program Details

  • $7 monthly fee
  • Get $10 cashback on every $50 you spend on any of the brands that Healthy Finds works with — no matter where you shop. (Amazon, Target, GNC or anywhere else the products are sold. See details here.)
  • Access to awesome deals on all natural products from trusted brands
  • Monthly newsletters on health/wellness
  • Gift cards that can be redeemed online
  • The average member of Healthy Finds gets at least $60 in gift cards when they sign up and $50 more each month they are a member.
  • Members will also receive a free phone consultation with one of our wellness advisors to ask our wellness team any questions they might have.

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What do I think?

I love that they find products for everyone, including your little ones. It’s so difficult when we are bombarded by companies who tell us that they are healthy or organic when often they are only putting some “healthy stuff” in and marketing it as the best choice. It’s pretty frightening the things that are in our “good for you” products.

I like how you can earn cash back in the form of gift cards from many of the places you are probably already shopping (I’m talking to you Amazon and Target fans, I see you) when you purchase products from the brands that Healthy Finds is already working with. You just send them the receipts here.

I do worry that you could end up spending more than you normally would as some brands have a minimum purchase price to redeem certain gift cards; however the products that I have seen are pretty incredible, so it could totally be worth it. (My wish list is pretty long at this point lol)

If you are ready to get started, sign up here. They have an awesome introductory offer expiring soon! (P.S. I do NOT get a commission if you sign up.)

If you would like  a $10 Gift Card to Healthy Finds, enter here. First 100 subscribers will get a $10 Gift Card!

Program Review: Healthy Finds

 

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

 The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

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I had every intention of starting my cleaning eating lifestyle at the beginning of this month. I normally eat and feed my family very well, but after a pregnancy in which I couldn’t stand greens to the holidays and follow that with the flu, I have had some trouble getting back into the rhythm of things.

I love to eat, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time meal planning and Pinteresting (is that a word?) recipes.

My mom LOVES cookbooks. I have no idea how many dozens and dozens of cookbooks she has. I have several myself, but I don’t open them up. They just collect dust. Sounds super lazy, right?

I have, however, found an incredible e cookbook (there is also a paperback option) that I downloaded so I can just look at it on my phone, because, again, lazy lol (yet convenient). Enter: The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook. (Purchase here.)

There are so many great recipes that I can’t wait to try and trust me, I will be sharing pictures of those on my Instagram, so make sure that you follow me to see them!

Anyone else in desperate need of a sugar detox? This girl! I’ll be starting one  tomorrow, along with a new workout program. I have been having some serious sweets cravings! I want a milkshake. And hey, it is 53 degrees here in Indiana, so hello, heat wave!

I decided to check out this new cookbook and see what I could make to satisfy these cravings without giving in to temptation. I decided to try the Peanut Butter Banana Date Shake because I knew the girls would love it too! Bonus: I already had all the ingredients on hand so it’s a win-win.

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This shake was so yummy! It uses dates which is an awesome all-natural sugar substitute.

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook has 75 recipes with 10 ingredients or less. All recipes contain 100% all-natural, whole foods. The author also adds nutritional facts for those who count calories.

There are so many recipes I want to try. I just need to pick up a few ingredients. She has a Nutella-like recipe that I want to make RIGHT NOW! I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my meal planning.

Speaking of meal planning, I have had some questions about the topic and have considered some posts about meal planning. Let me know if that’s something you would like and be sure you are signed up for our Newsletter so you can be updated!

Laura received the above item(s) in exchange for her honest review. All opinions and experiences are her own only.