Tips for Conquering Morning Sickness

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Did you know 50% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy? Ummmm, yeah. Morning sickness is for the birds, unless, of course, you are growing a tiny human and then looking back you will have one of those “it was all worth it” moments. With Chickadee I definitely had some morning sickness…at first I think I thought is was actually “fun!” First pregnancy craziness I suppose…but as the weeks went on that was no longer the case. I was lucky because my morning sickness was manageable as long as I dealt with it head on. Today I want to share a few tips with those of you currently fighting the good fight. Hopefully, they will help get you through!

1. EAT

I know this sounds counter intuitive, but if you can get something down it will help! I kept a box of granola bars by my bed those first few weeks and would eat one before my feet would hit the floor. My stomach would settle before it ever got the change to be upset. I also listened to my cravings & adversions. For example, I could not get enough apple juice or cheese quesadillas. And towards the end of my pregnancy I had to stay away from marinara sauce if I wanted to avoid acid reflux! Small meals and snacks throughout the day are great also for holding off nausea. A few suggestions are pretzel sticks and peanut butter, cheese and crackers, or sipping on peppermint tea.

2. REST

First, make sure you are getting a good night’s rest. As your body starts to change and grow maybe try sleeping with a pregnancy or body pillow to make yourself more comfortable. Also if you are able nap. Growing a little baby is hard work and will take it’s toil on your body. I remember coming home everyday after a long day teaching and taking a much needed 2 hour nap. I’d wake up just in time to eat dinner, visit with III, and go right back to sleep.

3. TAKE YOUR PRENATAL VITAMINS AT NIGHT

I am not sure if this has been true for anyone else, but my prenatal vitamins made me nauseous. Not only would trying to swallow those horse pills make me gag, but I think the iron in them just didn’t sit right when I would take them in the morning. I found taking them at night and letting the digest while I was asleep made taking them much more manageable.

4. GINGER

For a while now ginger has been said to a stomach soother and help relieve nausea symptoms. A few ways to add ginger to your daily routine could be sipping cold ginger ale or snacking on gingerbread cookies. For a nausea fix on the go I suggest these ginger lozenges by Sea Band Mama. These little lozenges contain no artificial flavors or colors, and they were formulated with essential ginger oils to help relieve an upset stomach. As a bonus they contain folic acid which contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. Find them at CVS!

5. DRESS COMFORTABLY

I must admit I was the queen of this! III would often come home and ask if I wore my yoga pants to work too…no sir, “leggings” with a dress or a long cotton skirt were more work appropriate :) Restrictive or tight clothing will just increase the morning sickness symptoms. Instead dress cute but comfortable!

6. STAY HYDRATED

It is always important to drink water throughout the day, but especially during pregnancy. The more dehydrated you become the more likely you will be nauseated. Dehydration also leads to headaches which does not couple well with morning sickness. If drinking water is tough, try a adding a lemon or drinking a lemon-lime soda. Crunching on ice cubes is also a way to help stay hydrated.

7. ACUPRESSURE

There are specific pressure points on the body that have been said to help alleviate morning sickness. Along with the ginger lozenges, Sea Band Mama! also makes wrist bands that use acupressure to trigger the P6 Nei Kuan pressure point on the inside of the wrist . This helps to alleviate nausea from morning sickness. Stimulating this pressure point helps the body to calm nausea and vomiting. These too can be found at CVS.

Check out the “Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy” video on YouTube for additional drug free ways to deal with morning sickness!

For more information about Sea-Band® Mama and to learn more about morning sickness visit http://www.sea-band.com/mama 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

SPRINKLED with LOVE 1st Birthday Party

On October 19th Chickadee turned ONE! We had an amazing time celebrating her and the year of memories she has given us. We partied in Alabama. All of our family is there and it really worked out! I didn’t want to go over the top, but still was hoping it would be memorable. So here is the rundown…..the theme was SPRINKLES. And there were little colorful polka dots everywhere you turned, from the invitations and her outfit to the food and decorations! 

In this post there are a lot of pictures! I’ll be sharing some tutorials later this week and the source list is at the bottom. Now, get ready for picture overload. 

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I LOVED the invitations from TinyPrints. They are called Happiest Around. I took Chickadee’s photo on a white sheet and added the polka dots in PicMonkey before adding it to the invitation on the TinyPrints website. I love all of their designs and can’t wait to create our Christmas cards.

And now the party…

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SPRINKLE Invitation: TinyPrints

Monogrammed Sprinkle Dress: Etsy, KK ChildrenDesigns

Party Hat: Homemade

Smash Cake: Homemade using these mini cake pans

SPRINKLE Tablecloth, Tissue Paper for Pom Poms, SPRINKLE Ribbon, Highchair Polka Dots: Hobby Lobby

SPRINKLE cupcake liners: Party City

Pink Pretzel Cups: Pick Your Plum

Sprinkle Ice Cream Bowls: Homemade

Happy Birthday Banner: Homemade

Can’t wait to celebrate the next one sweet Chickadee!

 

Celebrating Christmas | Being Meaningful Within Your Means

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November is here folks and in this house it is now safe to start listening to Christmas music, lighting peppermint candles, and thinking about all of the excitement and opportunity this time of year brings. Unfortunately, all too often along with that excitement sometimes comes the “gift” of being overwhelmed and stressed. Well, I am on a quest to make sure that is NOT the case for anyone that stumbles across these pages. This year we want to help us all have a magical Christmas season that is meaningful within your means.

This year we want Christmas to be about depositing hope, instead of checks…indulging in the currency of kindness and of course giving instead of receiving.

If you think back to your childhood and time spent with family during the Christmas season, I doubt your memories drift to the getting and receiving. Like me, I hope instead you remember the time spent with family. Christmas Eve services and potluck dinners, spreading holiday cheer and making gingerbread houses, maybe your memories include games with your cousins or secret shopping trips with dad to find or create the perfect gift for mom.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending the Christmas Eve service at our church in my little hometown. You have to get there early to save the entire row because all of our family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of course want to sit together. The song choices are the same every year and the reading of the Christmas story under the Christmond tree is a staple. I love seeing all the little children gather around to hear about the birth of Jesus as the high school students dress the part and act out the story. The service always ends with the singing of Silent Night and lighting of candles that represents the greatest gift of all, Jesus’ light to the world. We always go back to my parents or another families member’s house for warm soup and hours of playing games. Our family has grown over the years but this is one of many traditions that has stayed strong. Spending time with family is such a large part of the holiday season to me. Now that Chickadee is here I can’t wait to add new traditions and memories that one day she can look back on and smile.

While I know what is most important during the holiday season, I also easily fall into the trap of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and watching my bank account, time, and excitement drop while trying to keep up with it all. Meaningful Within Your Means is a challenge with SunTrust to try and do something differently this year so you can leave the stress behind and focus on making meaningful and lasting memories. There are 3 parts: YOU, TOGETHER, GIVING to OTHERS.

YOU

Your holiday season will not be enjoyable for you or your family if you are stressed.

Tips:

1. Skip yearly rituals and “cultural have toos” that bring added cost and time. For example, order Christmas cards at a local drugstore instead of through a fancy online website to save money, or even better have your kids make them themselves and then stick in a family picture. Or don’t worry about taking perfectly decorated Christmas cookies to that cookie swap…just roll out some store bought sugar cookie dough, grab some cookie cutters and sprinkles and let your kids go to town. Those will swap just as well! Let go of perfectionism and just enjoy the important rituals with friends and family!

2. Where shopping, entertaining, and traveling is concerned know expectations early on (i.e. who you are buying for & what is your budget, which holiday parties you will need a babysitter for, what are your travel plans). This way you can shop sales/save money early and you won’t be pinching pennies when the holidays finally arrive! SunTrust has created a great Holiday Budget Planning Guide to keep you on track and help us both plan ahead!

TOGETHER

As I said before spending quality time with your family and friends is so important during this season.

Tips:

1. Create family and holiday activities that are FREE! Pin/Save/Print this image or save the pdf here!

2. In place of gifts participate in activities together with friends and family. For example, a holiday potluck dinner, snowman building contest, cookie swap or cookie decorating, a Happy Birthday Jesus celebration, or a Polar Express party. The possibilities are endless and many more memories will be created and remembered through quality time together.

GIVE

The greatest gift of all was given during Christmas and giving in the same way to others is what the holiday season is truly all about! There are so many giving opportunities during the holiday season, and it is a great time to teach your family about what it means to give. It is a great way to spend time TOGETHER and share the holiday spirit with others. Recently I had the opportunity to listen to Courtney DeFeo speak to a woman’s group at my church. While speaking she shared a few FUN ways to give to your community during the holiday season, and some of her suggestions were the first that came to mind when trying to think of ways to GIVE. She recently released her first book In This House We Will Giggle, and it’s amazing.

Tips:

1. Remember giving your time can be just as valuable as giving your money.

2. It doesn’t have to be grand to be meaningful.

3. Pin/Save/Print these 30 ways to Spread the Light within your means this holiday season or download the pdf here.

We can do this folks! Let’s try and focus on the YOU, TOGETHER, GIVE challenge this holiday season and be Meaningful with our Means. Make sure and download the Holiday Planning Guide, Free Family Activities During the Holiday Season, & 30 Ways to Spread the Light to help you reach your goals.

Do you have any other tips for me? I’d love to hear of other activities and ways to Spread the Light this holiday season!!

 

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit  suntrust.com/holiday

Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending.  Download here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.