Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And Today is only Wedensday ?1?1 Lol :)

 So I was up all night with sick kiddos especially one in particular my poor Jack, His fever is gone now Thank God but I have this feeling it will come back tonight we shall see, Im still sick and hoping to shake this bug off soon especially before i birth the baby!!!

This morning I Made myself a french vanilla coconut mocha :) using Wilderness Family Naturals’ Raw Chocolate Syrup!!! ;)

Agave syrup is a delicious natural sweetener, milder than honey, made from the blue agave plant, a cactus that grows in the desert.

Ingredient #2:

This delicious raw chocolate syrup also contains raw cacao powder. Raw cacao
powder comes from the bean that would eventually become chocolate. Unlike chocolate, however, these beans are never heated and they still retain most of their natural antioxidants. While the ORAC score on fresh blueberries is around 32 (per gram), this natural raw chocolate syrup boasts of a ORAC score of 245 micro-moles TE per gram, proving it is loaded with natural antioxidants!

Warning: This product is so delicious you may want to eat it right off the spoon.






Sick kiddos , sick mama, mama ready to pop lol hahah this baby out but i really wanna make Pink lemonade Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Pink Lemonade Coconut Whipped cream !! I thought them up yesterday and wanna so bad guess it will have to wait till after baby is born i don't have all the ingredients i need anyway lol haha :D sound good to u?


I will definelty work on that after everything is said and done, sounds so summery too , which I think draws more appeal to me , since its so cold outside lol haha :)


So Im sprouting My Organic Gmo Wild Rice Mix in Green TEA and water Ill let you know how it turns out im experimenting with sprouting slowly :) 





Picture of Organic Gmo Free Blend dry






















Well Im going to close for now :) Take care all! :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pregancy Aids - Morning Sickness, Heartburn & More Also Natural and a great RecipeGinger Tea


Pregnancy Aids - Morning Sickness, Heartburn  & More Also Natural and a great Recipe Ginger Tea :) I buy ginger root from the health food store or you can get it from your local grocery store.

To determine the freshness by breaking off a piece. The skin should be tight and when you break a piece,
 it should snap off. Do not purchase if its  weak,and  soft and doesn’t have a crisp, clean break, its old and should not be eaten.
Wash and Peel the ginger

Break or cut off a piece about the size of your thumb and slice it thin , or Grate it in.

 To make ginger tea:

1 – Put the ginger slices in a pot of water and turn up the heat until it boils. As soon as it boils, take it off
the heat and let it cool for 5 – 10 minutes. Add Ice if you prefer Ice Tea!! :)

I love to add some fresh Lemon or Lime Juice and some Stevia in the Raw as a natural sweetener, I even add fresh Mint the mint helps too !! :) But make it according to your favorite tastes or your babies lol if you are consuming this for morning sickness :)




So lets start with diet:
may help relieve morning sickness:







  • Eat frequent smaller meals, so that you are never too hungry or too full at one time
  • Avoid fatty or fried foods
  • Keep crackers, bread or toast, cereal, or other bland foods handy. *Try eating a few crackers before getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Identify any triggers and avoid them
  • Make sure you are drinking enough fluids, especially if you have been vomiting. Try drinking in between meals rather than with meals, which some women find helpful.
  • Ive found things with allot of natural water in them, like Watermelon, Cucumbers , grapes so forth :)

  • Acupuncture has been shown to help gals out as well :)

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    I have always liked to even have ginger ale ive noticed that in some of my pregnancies that it has helped here is one of my favorite sugar free, all natural versions other than making my own :)


    http://www.zevia.com/index 
    They even have a great little article on there page titles Zevia and Pregnancy :)  What I love about this brand is that it is sweetened with stevia and healthy ! No sugar! or flavorings!
    http://www.zevia.com/about-pregnancy

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    Some other wonderful Morning Sickness Aids:
    I absolutely Love everything Earth Mama Angel Baby has to offer here is there Link:
    http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/

    morning-wellness-tea.html

      



    All I can say from Many pregnancies and experiences is every little thing helps! I Find drinking Recharge helps keeps those Electrolytes in and Up:

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    And in some cases Emergen-C helps as well :) 

     
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    Another great thing to try I hear are : http://www.sea-band.com/ 

    Sea-Bands will benefit persons suffering with nausea and vomiting associated with:
    • Motion
    • Pregnancy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Post Operative
    and they Are Latex Free!
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    Another Great Approach that I can definelty vouch for with a few of my pregnancies is VITAMIN B-12~

    Check with your healthcare provider beforehand. She or He  can tell you how much to take and whether or not the amount in your prenatal vitamin should count as one of the doses. (The amount of vitamin B6 in prenatal supplements varies.)
     However, the dose commonly recommended for easing nausea and vomiting is much higher – 10 to 25 mg, three times a day. To reach this amount, you'll need to take B6 supplements

    Don't take more B6 than your caregiver recommends. Too much can cause numbness and nerve damage for you and may not be safe for your developing baby.
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     Peppermint Essential Oil FOR DIFFUSE ONLY~ - DO NOT APPLY PEPPERMINT OIL TO YOURSELF WHILE PREGNANT !
     
    The aroma of peppermint can help a queasy stomach. Fill a large bowl with hot water. Place two drops of peppermint essential oil in the bowl and place it on a table near your bed. Make sure it is in a safe area so there is no risk of it being knocked over. Or use an aromatherapy diffuser, Like I have I WAS A Young Living Distributor and I always diffused my Peppermint oil .
    Young Living Diffuser, Bronze








    Nux Vomica 30X


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    Nux vomica Heartburn or drowsiness due to excessive eating or drinking Common name:  DIRECTIONS Adults and children: Dissolve 5 pellets in the mouth 3 times a day until relieved or as directed by a doctor. Active Ingredients Nux vomica 3X to 30X - 3C to 30C HPUS Inactive Ingredients Sucrose, lactose The letters HPUS indicate that these ingredients are officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. Warnings Do not use if pellet-dispenser seal is broken. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or worsen. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children.Other Information Contains approximately 80 pellets
    I use this for many reason's But Now Brand Liquid Calcium Magnesium is so helpful, can be purchased Through Amazon.com or your local supplement store. Also Available in Lemon Flavor.

    Calcium is an important mineral best known for its role in the formation of bone and teeth.Magnesium is another key mineral that plays a complementary role in bone formation.In addition, Boron and Vitamin D have been included in this product because they play an essential role in bone metabolism. Calcium also serves as an integral cofactor in numerous biochemical reactions and Magnesium is known to be involved in more than 300 metabolic reactions.In addition, Magnesium and Calcium work together in several physiological systems, providing support for the maintenance of healthy cardiovascular function as well as for healthy muscle function*





    Some people also use Natural Calm (more expensive than the Now Brand Cal Mag  )

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    Calcium & Magnesium:


    A Matter of Balance

    You experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction of these two elements each time your heart beats, when you feel your pulse, and every time you breathe. When we are under stress, our cells—which in their resting state contain magnesium—go through a change. Calcium, normally outside the cells, enters the cells and the calcium level becomes high. This is the action state in which a muscle cell, for example, will contract and tense the muscle. The magnesium then pushes the calcium out of the cell and the cell is again in its resting, relaxed state. Think of it as an on-off switch. The “off” is magnesium and the “on” is calcium.
    But what happens to a cell that is not in balance—where the magnesium level in the body is deficient? In simple terms, the “off” switch doesn’t fully turn off. That means calcium can continuously leak into the cells and stimulate cell activity (the “on” switch). The result is stress accompanied by one or more of the magnesium deficiency symptoms.
    Magnesium helps your muscles and nerves function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and also assists in keeping your bones strong. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 known body functions.
      I cannot Provide a LINK , I just received a message from them asking me to take it down, saying it was damaging to them I do not understand this at all . And how snobbish of them, They just had Free Advertising here too whatever :/


    Well I have to get going but will add more things to this post as times goes on :)

    Lets talk about Heartburn: 

    This to me was such a find and i have used to in two pregnancies LIFESAVER!!! 

    EARTH MAMA ANGEL BABY HEARTBURN TEA
    LINK: http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/pregnancy/heartburn-tea.html


    Sometimes pregnancy turns on what can feel like a furnace in your belly! USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher Heartburn Tea was lovingly created to help put out the fire. Not just for mamas, this delicious and soothing blend lends a cool hand to anyone with heartburn!
    Formulated with soothing, coating Marshmallow Root and tummy comforting Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Spearmint, and astringent Red Raspberry Leaf for a delicious after-meal soother that helps turn down the heat.
    All Earth Mama Angel Baby teas are naturally caffeine free, in biodegradable, easy to brew tea bags with compo stable over-wrap, and the 100% recycled and recyclable cartons were produced using wind energy. Steep, sip and enjoy!

    • Certified by Oregon Tilth
    Another Great Thing to use is Chewable Papaya Enzymes I like these from American Health:

    Product Label
    Our famous blend is the perfect "after meal" supplement for helping maintain daily digestive health. We combine the finest quality of freshly ripened papaya fruit with papain, amylase and protease enzymes. Take this delicious digestive aid regularly to promote gastrointestinal wellness.
    Directions

    For adults, chew three (3) tablets following meals. Tablets may be chewed or swallowed.
    Warning

    Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place. Tamper resistant - Do not use if imprinted seal under cap is broken.
    Does Not Contain:

    Yeast, wheat, gluten, milk or milk derivatives, lactose, preservatives, artificial color, soy, sodium (less than 5 mg per serving).



    Also wonders for HEARTBURN~
    I use this for many reason's But Now Brand Liquid Calcium Magnesium is so helpful, can be purchased Through Amazon.com or your local supplement store. Also Available in Lemon Flavor.

    **
    Calcium is an important mineral best known for its role in the formation of bone and teeth.Magnesium is another key mineral that plays a complementary role in bone formation.In addition, Boron and Vitamin D have been included in this product because they play an essential role in bone metabolism. Calcium also serves as an integral cofactor in numerous biochemical reactions and Magnesium is known to be involved in more than 300 metabolic reactions.In addition, Magnesium and Calcium work together in several physiological systems, providing support for the maintenance of healthy cardiovascular function as well as for healthy muscle function*



    How do I bring my Milk Supply Up?

    First of all stay hydrated, good skin to skin contact , nurse and pump,
    You can ALSO TRY:

    1)
    Mother's Love herbal Company has some great items for this as well . AND ALLERGEN FREE !!!!!
    "Lactation specialists, hospitals and healthcare professionals globally recommend Motherlove's numerous breastfeeding products. Made with certified organic herbs, they never contain dairy, shellfish, fish, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or gluten. These products are manufactured in an FDA registered, GMP certified facility and are regularly tested for bacteria and heavy metals to ensure purity and quality. The liquid extracts are certified kosher by KOF-K."
    They Have, Nipple  Cream,  Many More Mother's Milk Options, Goat's Rue, Fenurgreek Alchol Free, diaper rash /thrush cream.

     motherlove.com/breastfeeding





    2) MORE TO COME AS I EDIT THIS POST :D
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    Friday, February 24, 2012

    A Photo Collage of Food and Family Through The Years


    This is something I wanted to put together while the kids are actually napping , yes I know I should be but this is very relaxing for me, to a point since i have to do this on my Dino old desktop lol hahah, This is a visual journey If I may say of some of my foods and my family , because After God those are the second and third best thing!!! Family/Food hehehe :D! But First and foremost I do this for the family my love , below is a pic of my 3 little kiddos and we are expecting our fourth addition here very soon!

    (THIS POST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND I DIDN'T MEAN TO PUSH POST LOL SO BEAR WITH ME AS I ADD TO IT LOL AND SO FORTH HEHEH)




    My Gluten Free, Vegan Brioche Bread
    This is simply fantastic bread, can u just imagine for those who are not vegan some dyed eggs of choice on teh top for Easter~~ ")



    Going Greek!! ALL GLUTEN FREE , DAIRY FREE ALLERGEN FREE AND SIMPLY DELICIOUS

    Delicious , healthy gmo free , allergen free food makes for very happy  kids !! hehheh




    Double -Dark Espresso Chocolate Orange Cake (Gluten Free Allergen free, Vegan)

    My Little Princess Eleena almost one here :D


    By Far The Best Pizza Your Taste Buds will ever MEET! Its OOey its Gooey its awesome pliable stays together it rocks its a winner! :)
    BBQ CHICKEN BACON MUSHROOM PIZZA TOPPED WITH SPICY ARUGULA!

    Its OOey its Gooey its awesome pliable stays together it rocks its a winner! :)
    BBQ CHICKEN BACON MUSHROOM PIZZA TOPPED WITH SPICY ARUGULA!



    My Gluten Free, Vegan Foccocia Bread with side of Beautiful Sun dried Tomato Hummus, Kalmata Olives and Peppercinis


    Jack and Sean wow Jack i think just turned two! :D



    THE ONE AND THE ONLY GLUTEN FREE (allergen free) DINNER ROLLS DONE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!!!! AND MAN ARE THEY KILLER GOOD!
    http://joannaorganicchefandhealthenthusiast.blogspot.com/2011/12/joannas-gluten-free-allergen-free.html

    There is nothing quite as comforting as some gluten free pasta with fresh basil and herb wine sauce topped with sheep Pecorino Cheese

    Baby Eleena



    I remember when i made this not too far from when i had Eleena on June 30th, 2010, Basil Arugula Pesto on Organic Brown Rice Penne topped with sheep Pecorino, Fried Tilapia steaks with herbs and fresh lime and a fresh bean salad, side of shrimp cocktail and not shown a nice red vinegar cabbage slaw (raw)

    Sean and Jack , Jack was just a little man aww  :D



    Ok don't laugh , they are gluten free allergen free cupcakes with naturally-dyed turned out a beautiful blue lol and they are suppose to look like carrots and peas on the top lol hard and soft gluten free candies lol


    Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies



    Nothing more lovey than citrus!! :D My Citrus Carrots!

    More Divine Fluffy Gluten Free Allergen Pizza! Two kinds of Flavors here

    Me and Sean! :D yes I know im a mess lol

    Chocolate-Chili double chocolate citrus Molten Chocolate Cupcakes, Grain free (gluten free dairy free , sugar free , allergen free)Topped with coconut whipped cream

    i just want u to see the awesome chocolate gauche, raw , sugar free, vegan!)

    OKAY THIS IS MY YUMMY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE SAVORY PIZZA TOPPED WITH TWO BEAUTIFUL DUCK EGGS!

    Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, small grater and Sheep Pecorino

    Another shot of the Gluten Free , Allergen Free Breakfast Pizza (breakfast sausage with duck eggs on top)
    Me and my crazy goofs!

    sweet baby doll  :)

    ICE CREAM CONES MY KIDS LOVE AND CAN HAVE!

    Jack is definitely a fan! with his coconut ice cream!

    Gluten Free Citrus Burst Vanilla Bean Cupcakes topped with mini gluten free marshmallows , this is to look like popped popcorn! :D






    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    HAPPY SHROVE DAY, MARDI GRAS AND NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY!! :D

    today, which is Shrove Tuesday, is more commonly known as Pancake Day....Which is odd cuz I made pancakes today of the kiddos and realized that i forgot to add an ingredient to my recipe i had posted last year hahah oh my !!! lol Baby Brain will do that to a mama!! Lol :D
    The Pancakes are great either Vegan or non Vegan they are really light and fluffy, for some reason I don't get it sometimes they bubble sometimes they dont so u cant tell to flip'em when the sides start to cook up the flip'em we had these pancakes and i added raisins and little marshmallows!! :D

    My Gluten Free Pancakes and Other Variations
    so Enjoy if you havnt already and i think the changes i made will great improve them I just forgot to write them on the Blog Post! :D

    so happy pancake day!! :D

    HAPPY MARDI GRAS, ANYONE EATING , MAKING OR DOING ANYTHING SPECIAL?? :D
    We are having :Mexican food hahahah, well Since im still in the postion to use what i have in the freezer and pantry , Ive decided Mexican tonight hahha , no New Orleans food for us tonight lol hahahha
    HAPPY NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY! :D so its national sticky Bun day too today, I do not have time or the ingredients to make anything unfortunately but i am gonna post my cinnamon roll pic does that count lol :D hahahha
    You all have a great day today and ill check and update this post later with what we are having for MARDI GRAS LOL :D HEHHEHE