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Product discount codes & coupons

Hey, I love ButcherBox and I think you will too! They deliver 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken, heritage breed pork, and wild caught seafood directly to your door with free shipping. I’m giving you $15 off your first box! You can thank me later… Click…

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles

This recipe is based off of the Betty Crocker Classic Pancake recipe, with a couple of my own modifications. This recipe makes about 6-8 waffles depending on your iron. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1…

I’m Pregnant! Again!

I’m Pregnant! Again!

Wow. I feel in such shock and aww that I am writing this post so early on in our Trying to Conceive journey with baby #2. We technically only tried for 3 cycles, and when compared to my first baby which took us 21 months to conceive, this pregnancy came fast! Also, considering I am currently 38 years old. So HA! in the face of all those negative articles I read scaring me into thinking a pregnancy this late in reproductive years would be next to impossible. Not to say I don’t have early on fears. I am very much so terrified of miscarrying this pregnancy, but I am trying to stay positive!

Early pregnancy symptoms

This is the juicy stuff every woman trying to conceive and/or on their ‘two week wait’ want to know. So I did have some very odd symptoms that gave me the “hmmm what is going on here” kind of vibe. The first being my armpits…. they stunk. So a little background to this, with my first pregnancy I had given up aluminum free deodorant days before I found out I was pregnant with Paul and my armpits smelled for MONTHS (gross!). But after a few months I never noticed it again. Until a couple weeks ago, my stinky armpits returned. I really thought that was super odd, as I hadn’t changed deodorants or even opened a new stick.

The other weird symptom I had was ‘phantom feet swelling’, or at least the sensation my feet were swollen. And this started happening at night as I was cooking dinner. I would swear my feet would be swollen when I looked down at them, but when I did they were not swollen.

Those were the very two odd symptoms that I had that initially made me think … could it be???

Stats & Tests

As you can see my BBT (basal body temperature) chart did not warrant a coverline. I am pretty sure I ovulated around the 17th of the month, you can see my temperature spikes almost a degree (F) and then stays high.

Here are my LH test results for around my ovulation day, which I think was the 17th.

About a week later my LH tests started to show a positive again. I was thinking this was yet again another irregular ovulation cycle but it turns out I was pregnant. From what I have read ovulation tests are NOT an accurate prediction of pregnancy, but it does make sense that with pregnancy your hormones can act abnormal hence the positive LH test results.

(please ignore my dusty window) On June 26th (8 days past ovulation) I was just feeling off and decided to take a pregnancy test in the afternoon. Most pregnancy tests will tell you only to test in the morning as your urine is the most concentrated and the tests are better able to pick up the presence of the HCG hormone indicating pregnancy. You really can’t tell in this picture but to the naked eye there is the SLIGHTEST mark of a second line there.

The following day (9 days past ovulation) I took another pregnancy test in the morning and you can really start to see that second line. I kept taking tests each morning through July 2nd, which was when I was expecting to get my period.

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Oreo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Oreo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour1/2 cup white sugar1 Tablespoon baking powder1 egg1/2 cup buttermilk, or yogurt1/2 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork1/2 cup mini chocolate chips12 Oreo cookies, chopped Preheat your oven to 400F, and like a…

My Son’s Virtual First Birthday

My Son’s Virtual First Birthday

When I started brainstorming birthday party ideas for my son’s first birthday, during a pandemic, I wasn’t finding too many Pinterest ideas for specifically a totally virtual party for a one year old. There were lots of ideas for older kiddos but not too many…

My son Paul’s first year, in pictures, in 3 minutes

My son Paul’s first year, in pictures, in 3 minutes

My Cloth Diaper Journey (Update) … 1 Year In

My Cloth Diaper Journey (Update) … 1 Year In

Below are links to all the products I talk about in my 1 year update VLOG about how I cloth diaper my son. https://www.etsy.com/listing/189535396/organic-cloth-diaper-liners-hemp-cotton?ref=yr_purchases What my VLOG:

Impossibly Easy CheeseSteak Pie

Impossibly Easy CheeseSteak Pie

This is my own take on Betty Crocker’s Impossibly Easy dinner recipes using Bisquick mix … INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon of olive oil1 bell pepper, slicked thin1/2 a small yellow onion, sliced thin1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning6-8 thin-sliced frozen steaks (Steak-umm)1 cup of shredded cheese (provolone or…

Impossibly Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Impossibly Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is my own take on Betty Crocker’s Impossibly Easy dinner recipes using Bisquick mix …

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1 cup chopped ham
3 slices of thick cut swiss cheese
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Bisquick mix
1 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 400F. Lightly spray a pie dish with cooking spray. Add the cooked chicken to the prepared pie dish. Then layer the ham on top of the chicken, followed by the swiss cheese slices.

In a small bowl combine the rest of the ingredients, whisk to combine. Pour this mixture directly on top of the chicken, ham, & cheese in the pie dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the dish before serving.

Enjoy!

My Basic Granola Recipe

My Basic Granola Recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup of a sweetener (maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, honey, or a combo)1/2 cup of a neutral oil (avocado, vegetable, coconut, or canola)1/2 t salt2 cups of chopped nuts5 cups of whole oats (Optional) 2 teaspoons of vanilla and/or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon…

Bisquick Italian Sausage Skillet

Bisquick Italian Sausage Skillet

I was inspired by the Betty Crocker ‘Impossibly Easy Italian Sausage Pie’ recipe for this dish. I wanted to add more Italian flavor than the original recipe and came up with this keeper! 1 lb bulk Italian pork sausage1 Tablespoon olive oil1/2 cup chopped onion1…