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Mango Almond Smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie and one of my favorite things to make if I’m feeling nauseated. Almond butter is a little milder on the stomach than peanut butter and the almond in this smoothie is very subtle.   2 cups orange juice (you can sub up to 1 cup of the OJ with water ..
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Healthier Zucchini Bread

(makes 1 loaf) Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 Tablespoons wheat germ 1 teapoons flax seed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/8 cup raw sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 – 4 ..
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9 Weeks – The First Visit and Viability Ultrasound

  Frog is now the size of a cherry.   What to Expect at the First Doctor Visit: Bring with you: The first date of your last period and when you took your first positive test, a list of questions you have, a list of symptoms you’re experiencing, ID and insurance The doctor will ask ..
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8 Weeks – Plus Sizes and Pregnancy Concerns

Frog is now about the size of a raspberry.   Plus Sized Weight Gain in Pregnancy I mentioned before that I was overweight. I did not change that before I got pregnant. I wanted to with the wedding coming up, but I’m a stress eater. It is a concern, because even though many overweight women ..
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7 Weeks – Symptom Changes in Pregnancy – Should I Worry?

My concern this week is a change in symptoms, but since I haven’t even gotten to my first doctor’s appointment I’m feeling a little stranded. Throughout your pregnancy, your symptoms are probably going to fluctuate rather than just hammer you with the affects of the changes you are experiencing. Of course, everyone is different so ..
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6 Weeks – Gender Testing with Chromosome Testing without Amnio

Now we’re past the 6 week mark. I’m not sure if the morning sickness (which for me is evening, not morning) is getting worse or if I’m just wearing down. It’s not violent or frequently vomitting, just a worn down sick feeling that makes me not really want to do anything other than rest. At ..
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5 1/2 Weeks – Perimenopause vs Pregnancy

There is a lot going through my head every day. We went to Babies R Us and looked at furniture and started our registry. I know it’s a very early but it was a cheerful thing to do. One thing that eased my worries about perimenopause false positives (which are rare as I discussed in the ..
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At 5 Weeks – Ghost Cramps and Odds of Miscarriage in Early First Trimester

Today I am at officially 5 weeks. The baby is about 4-5 millimeters which is about .16 of an inch, or about the size of a sesame seed (though I also like the comparison of a donut sprinkle.) It will be a while before I need to shop for maternity clothes. As you have probably ..
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Well…. Guess What – Pregnancy or Perimenopause?

Here we are, 8 months after my last post on this subject. I’ve pretty much stuck to my plan of low effort and just making healthy changes in my lifestyle that needed to happen anyway. I’ve been in the midst of planning a wedding and honeymoon. I was a bit concerned over the close proximity of ..
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Free Disney Castle Graphics

Here are a few free graphics that I made while I was working on our wedding invitations. These are free to use for non-commerical purposes.     Save