Heartburn Relief While Pregnant…and Otherwise

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Y’all, this child has thrown my life into a tailspin. Annie’s pregnancy was so easy…this one, not so much. I started getting heartburn on a regular basis during my first trimester…along with several other issues which we won’t tackle here because no one likes reading about bodily functions. Ahem.Continue reading

Veggie Tuna Pasta Salad

(Note: I forgot to post this before I went on maternity leave..and now it’s autumn – so bear with me. Ha!)

In the summer months, I have a hard time making hot food. I just don’t want to eat it. I want to eat ice cream and pudding…sandwiches and watermelon. I hate heating up the kitchen. This year it’s worse since we’re still saving up for a heat pump – so when I cook, the entire kitchen warms up to a balmy 95 degrees. When you’re 8 months pregnant, that feels more like 150 degrees.

I try to make salads and sandwiches when I can. We survive on them in the summer. I created this delicious salad using veggies I had in the fridge. Yes, you do have to cook it but then you eat it chilled – and since you only use the stovetop, it doesn’t make the kitchen too hot. Nice.Continue reading

The Advantages of Babywearing

The Advantages of Babywearing

Written by Brandy Nichols, Contributing Writer

When I had my first child, I thought of babywearing as a way to be present for my child in a culture littered with baby-holding appliances.  It seemed natural to me.  I didn’t need (or have the budget for) a swing that mimicked my heartbeat.  My mother-in-law gave me a ring sling as a gift and I made my first mei tai soon after.  Like magic, my daughter fell asleep nearly every time I put her in either one.  I didn’t understand it, but it sure was nice to feel her downy head against my chin.

Over the next year, I wore her much of the time, as first children seem to be the ones who don’t want to be put down.  We did yard work, cooked (with her on the back), hung out laundry and went for walks to the store.  I was able to get things done and offer the kind of presence she needed.   I was also able to get her to sleep when she needed a nap.  Golden.Continue reading

Money Tips I Wish I’d Learned Ten Years Ago

Money Tips I Wish I’d Learned Ten Years Ago

When I was younger, I was sure I knew everything.  Sometimes I still fall back into that mode and then something happens to prove (usually quickly) how stupid that thought is.  However, if you’ll let it, experience and age bring wisdom and knowledge that just can’t be taught any other way.  That’s the premise for this post.

I have been privileged to hire an intern at work.  She is young – 18 – and VERY intelligent, but during one of our discussions, her comments reminded me that all the education in the world can’t beat out some good experience when it comes to learning about personal finance.  With that in mind, I compiled a list of 10 things I wish someone would have taught me when I was 18 and things I will convey to her – even though they have nothing to do with her assigned job duties.  I will admit many of them are not directly about money, but I included them because they had a very powerful impact on my financial life.Continue reading

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Fix and Forget Friday is brought to you today by Mindy from The Purposed Heart. All of Mindy’s recipes rock my face off, so I know you’re going to LOVE these!

We love sloppy joes at our house.  They’re such an easy and economical meal, and they also happen to be delicious!  Well, except for that time that I thought I would be sneaky and use half ground beef and half ground liver – they weren’t so delicious that time.

I know that liver is good for you and all, but I just can’t get past the taste or the smell of it.  Yuck!  If you like liver – go you!  Eat it up, because it is super nutritious and good for you. Continue reading