baby weight lossI'm back in the size I was wearing before I got pregnant with my daughter. I'm not sure if the number on the scale is exactly the same but I'm able to wear my old clothes, for the most part. Not all of them, of course, because pregnancy shifts things around. I'm not the same shape I was before my daughter, and different still yet from before my 5 year old son. It's ok. I would be different even if I hadn't had kids because 39 is different from 29 or 19. That's just how it is.
I gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies. Then it came off after each one. In my case it was 9 months on, 9 months off. Sometimes in fast spurts, sometimes more slowly, my weight changed as my body did what it needed to do. Now I'm 11 months past my second birth and the weight is gone but for a small residual ring around my waist and, of course, my fantastic nursing boobs.
You want to know what I did to lose the weight? Not a darn thing.
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, May 29, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
baby weight lossI'm back in the size I was wearing before I got pregnant with my daughter. I'm not sure if the number on the scale is exactly the same but I'm able to wear my old clothes, for the most part. Not all of them, of course, because pregnancy shifts things around. I'm not the same shape I was before my daughter, and different still yet from before my 5 year old son. It's ok. I would be different even if I hadn't had kids because 39 is different from 29 or 19. That's just how it is.Read More »from Parenting Off the Pounds: How I Lost My Baby Weight by Doing Absolutely Nothing
Get your kids excited about the farmer's market.
When I became pregnant with our first child, I started learning more about the food industry. I decided I didn't want chemicals, hormones and other additives to be part of my diet. Furthermore, I wanted my daughter to eat clean. By the time we had our second child, we had switched to a primarily organic diet. We enjoy farmer's markets and fresh, local food. I am surprised at how many vegetables my kids like. These farmer's market meals will delight your children too.
It's fun to go to the farmer's market with your children and pick out some fresh local berries. French toast with berries is a bright and healthful way to start the morning. Whole wheat bread, farm fresh eggs and organic berries give this meal substance. Add a little bit of maple syrup to satisfy a child's sweet tooth.
Healthy French Toast
8 pieces of whole wheat bread
6 farm fresh eggs
½ cup of organic milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Organic blueberries and raspberries
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- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Tue, May 21, 2013 4:46 PM EDT
By Kylie McConville For TheBump.comRead More »from Physical Activity: Does it Help or Hurt Your Fertility?
Thinkstock / The BumpNew research appearing in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that a woman's reproductive functions may be tied to her immune status. While previous studies have found this same immune and reproductive association in men, this is the first time the association has been found in females.
Beginning by speaking of animals in general, Kathryn Clancy, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois who led the research, said that first and foremost, "an animals energetic resources must be carefully allocated. The body's first priority is maintenance, which includes tasks inherently related to survival, including immune function." From there, Clancy said, that any remaining energy is dedicated to reproduction. And due to a "resource allocation" to maintenance and reproductive efforts, often times environmental stressors can lessen the available resources.
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In the case of human reproductive and
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, May 28, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
Heidi Klum was in the news last week after she revealed that she gives her kids $1 if they finished the healthy smoothies she makes them.Read More »from Heidi Klum Pays Her Kids to Eat Their Veggies — and so Do I
messy baby I believe this is genius parenting because I do the same thing. Actually I don't need to bribe my kids to drink smoothies because they have one for breakfast almost every morning, but I do sometimes need to hand over cash to get them to eat vegetables.
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My boys used to eat everything, but once the older one reached 5 (they are 7 and 9 now) they turned against anything green or red. That meant peas were spit out onto the plate, broccoli was held away from their mouths with two fingers, and tomato sauce - once their favorite - was left untouched along with the pasta or pizza it covered.
I tried all the tricks to get them to eat vegetables again. I pureed spinach and mixed it with blueberries to make bars a la Jessica Seinfeld. I covered broccoli in butter, then salt, then soy sauce, and their
With Father's Day coming up this weekend, many are scrambling their pennies together to find a gift worthy of the special guy in their life, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to show dear old dad how much you care. Here are ten ways to give dad a great gift without having to spend more than you can afford.
Read More: Great Gifts for Awesome Dads1. Unplug and Head for the Hills
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One of the best gifts you can give to dad is your undivided attention. Turn off the cell phones, video games, computers, and televisions, and pack the family into the car for a trip to the local hiking trails or beach for some quality family time without any distraction. Other than the gas money to get you all there, this gift is free and is sure to be a day that he'll remember forever.
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What would dad do if he had a block of time to himself? Read a book?Read More »from 10 Ways to Save on Father's Day Gifts
How I get my toddler to try new foods
In all fairness to my child, who doesn't get to blog in her own defense, she is a pretty good eater. But, as she's approached the age of two, she's become increasingly resistant to trying new foods, especially at dinner time (the meal where she regularly has the least appetite, regardless of how long it's been since she last ate). I try avoid bribery and I don't want to make meal times unpleasant for her, but I do want her to try at least a bite or two of whatever we're having for dinner.
I've discovered that one trick will get her to open her mouth, happily, 99% of the time. I tell her, "Try this one bite and if you don't like it, you can spit it into my hand." For some reason, the idea of being given permission to spit out her food is just the temptation she needs.
She does spit out that first bite probably three-quarters of the time, but usually that one taste is enough to make her willing to eat at least a couple ofRead More »from A Trick for Getting My Toddler to Try a New Food
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