Moms The Word

July 10, 2007

“Morning” Sickness! *WFMW*

Filed under: Pregnancy, WFMW — mrslady @ 8:12 pm

There is a wonderful feeling you get knowing that you’re pregnant.  You get to think about what’s going on in there…you know, in there where you’re growing a baby!  It’s all very exciting.

This week I am in Week Seven.

and so much is already happening.  Our baby already has little fingers and toes, and their eyes are already getting a little color in them-they’re even starting to grow their baby teeth under their gums, with which to bite me later-got to love breastfeeding!  When you see a model/cartoon of what they look like when they’re at this part of baby life you think HOW CUTE! [Knowing that your child does NOT look like that crazy alien looking picture, but in fact a very tiny raspberry-sized non-alien baby.] 

While you may not have gained that much weight [unless you’re me, in which case you are a HOUSE already] you probably already feel pregnant.  There’s a very special wonderful pregnant feeling….

That feeling is NOT peeing all the time.  You will do that, but that’s not a part of your special pregnant feeling that’s just the side effects of gestating a human.  The reason you [I] pee so much is actually because of dramatically increasing blood volume, used to help support your baby and you at the same time, which causes a lot of extra fluid to be processed through your kidneys and then end up in your bladder.  Lucky for us as the blood volume [and so…um…”fluid”] increases, so do our babies!  That means about 30 weeks from now I won’t be able to laugh without worrying that I will pee my pants.  Just part of that wonderful mommy feeling.

The big-bad this week [and often for a long time afterward] is “morning” sickness.  Whoever came up with the title for this plague had either never had a baby or was trying to be ironic.  I don’t appreciate this title, because many people believe it.  My own sister [who is 20 years old by the way] was confused when I told her I had morning sickness.  She thought for a second and then said “But it’s nighttime!”  Oh I am very aware.  I vote we change it’s name from “morning sickness” to “all-day plague”.  This is DEFINATELY not apart of the special-wonderful feeling of being pregnant.  It’s hard to feel special, wonderful, or anything else but extreme exhaustion and frustration when you find youself with your head in the toilet thinking about how you would have cleaned it SO much better if you had known your face was going to be there.  This is not the glowing part of pregnancy [unless you count sweat as a “glow”, then boy are you!]

So how do you combat the feeling that you’re suddenly residing on a fishing boat in perpetual gale-force winds?  There are a lot of theories, most of them just based on personal experiences because the medical community has very little comfort to offer the green mommy to be.   Here are the nausea remedies that have worked for me:

*Never let your stomach get completely empty or overly full.   When your stomach is too empty you get that acid-like taste in your mouth which only makes you more sick and leads to eventual vomit.  However, if your stomach is super full you end up all bloated and feeling like your food is crawling back up your neck….and leads to eventual vomit.  The strategy here is to keep your stomach appeased without making it burst.

*Ginger (the real thing, not artificial).  Drink ginger ale or ginger tea, try ginger snaps or ginger root capsules.  I perfer ginger ale because the bubbles also help to settle my stomach.  However, bubbles only make things worse for some women.  Hopefully you know which you are.  If you are the non-bubble type, try the snaps.  They say they are cookies on the box-try to believe that if you can. They might be 2% cookie, but they are 98% cardboard.   Appearantly cardboard is good for morning sickness.

*Lemons. lemonade or sucking on raw lemons or even just something sour.  Many people will swear by this.  I perfer something slightly less sour, so I ate lemon heads.  Those seem to have worked nicely [so far].

*Seabands. These are a form of acupressure that are designed to battle sea sickness.  They gave me a small break away from “morning” sickness during my 1st pregnancy-which was a miracle because NOTHING could stop it back then.

*Mint gum.  Mint gum [and other minty products] help get that nasty vomit taste out of your mouth.  This will make sure that your husband is still willing to kiss you, AND help with all that yuckiness.  I like both results.

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May 23, 2007

Stay Informed! *Works for Me Wednesdays*

Filed under: Politics, WFMW — mrslady @ 10:59 am

With the 2008 elections looming, and the debates already in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the limelight of the presidential election. However, even with the “big one” coming up, it’s important to remember that business as usual is still happening in Congress. They are voting on a lot of important issues at the moment [immigration comes to mind], but it’s easy to get bogged down in the search for information-especially when it comes to politics.

Here are a couple suggestions I have to keep yourself ahead of what’s happening in Washington:

*Know where to go. You can visit the House of Representatives at their website http://www.house.gov and the senate at http://www.senate.gov. On their respective pages you can find their session schedule, and current legislation schedules for the week. These pages are informative, but they can get a little hard to navigate so beware!

*Get more information. I recommend a more friendly place, http://www.congress.org, for finding information you can use. On this site you can not only sign up to have the voting record of your Congresspersons emailed to you. You can also search current bills, or recent bills, and get an easy to read detail of who voted for, who voted against, and who didn’t vote at all when it comes to that bill.

*Get involved! On http://www.congress.org you can write your congressman-or the president if you’re ambitious!-and let them get a little more “in touch” with the people. There are also links on that site to join groups supporting or against almost everything. If none of those float your boat, you can find a group or chatroom on almost anything using Google.

In my opinion, the key to a well-run country starts with the dilligence of it’s individual citizens. By staying informed and getting involved we let our leaders know that we not only are we watching, but that we care. Remember, it’s not just the presidential race that determines the future of our nation, but the sometimes mundane ins and outs of Congress that effect our lives on a daily basis.

Staying informed works for me! For more WFMW go to http://www.rocksinmydryer.typepad.com.

April 25, 2007

*WFMW* Mother’s Day

Filed under: Family, WFMW — mrslady @ 1:29 pm

Usually Mother’s Day is greeted by my husband happening into a store on or around the holiday to get milk and happening to see a sign that says “Celebrate Mothers”, then coming home to ask me if that was today.  For the past four years he gives me a kiss and says that I’m a great mommy, and I get a Mother’s Day nap in the middle of the day.  That’s enough for me-I really love naps, and honestly I think that a good long nap is the best present a mother could have, especially for a greeting card holiday.

However, I was thinking about it today and it occurs to me that some people actually celebrate Mother’s Day.  Like they do stuff and everything, and that to some people Mother’s Day is right up there with their anniversary and their birthday,  just under Christmas.  We never really celebrated Mother’s Day/Father’s Day when I was a kid-it was never a big deal to my parents; it was like Groundhog’s Day or Cinco de Mayo or Boxing Day….it was on the calender, but no one really ever did anything about it.  We usually just got the parent whose day it was a card and left them alone for the day (our gift to them!). 

After thinking it over I guess I can see how it works though-I can’t say that I hate getting presents myself-so I am thinking I should make a definate resolution this year to actually sit down and do something for my mom [my step mom-for those of you who know me in real life and were thinking “wha?!“] besides getting her a card that says “Happy Mother’s Day” on the front and then repeating it in my own handwriting on the inside.  [Hey, I write my name too!]  Not because she would want something, or even expect something…maybe it’s because she’s NOT expecting anything that I think it would be more fun.

So I got a card [some habits are hard to break] and wrote her a nice long letter and tucked a picture the little bear drew in with it-but what about a present?  I didn’t really have an idea, because whatever I decided I would have to ship it since they live so far away now [still sad about that…..I miss my parents!], plus we’re not exactly the Rockafellers so the gift itself would most likely have to cost less than the shipping costs….then I thought of something brilliant [if I do say so myself].

Photosharing.

It’s totally free [if you find the right site] and doesn’t require any shipping, and a great surprise for family.  What mom/grandma doesn’t ADORE pictures?  And I found the PERFECT site too! You can upload your pictures, and then edit them to eliminate red eye, too much or too little flash [all those mistakes I tend to make], and then put them into an album that is accessable only to the people who YOU invite to view it. 

You can also use the site even if you don’t have a digital camera!  All you have to do is send them your film to develop just like you’d do at any grocery store-the prints start at about 10 cents a piece-and they will send them back to you and automatically put them online for you to share.

Another great part about this site is that you, or any of your family that you invite to see your pictures, can make fun memorabilia out of your pictures [coffee mugs are my favorite idea], and can also request prints!

The only small downside is that people who look at your account need to sign up for an account as well-but it’s a FREE account, so no one has to be out any money for it.

Not only great for Mother’s Day, I could see this working for families who have graduations and weddings and new babies just as well.

Photosharing works for me! To find other things that work, visit Rocks in my Dryer.

April 17, 2007

WFMW Spring Extravaganza!

Filed under: WFMW — mrslady @ 11:17 pm

Okay “extravaganza” may be a little bit of an overstatement, but it’s still true-I love spring!  I really really do.  Somthing about spring is just fresh and invigorating.  It’s a time to do projects, try new things, and be a little impulsive.

Every time Spring rolls around I always end up doing something big-like I did this Sunday when I cut 9 inches off my hair!  I blame it on the spring bug.  And while I always end up thinking I took it just a little too far, I really enjoy doing new things because in my heart I’ve always considered spring to be the start of my next year.

Here are a list of fun things to do (some that I have done, some that I haven’t) to shake things up a bit and put  a little Spring in your life.

1. Change your “look”.  I just did this [see above note about hair whacking] and it definately has that new Spring feeling.  If you don’t want to go so far as to cut your hair you can always do other things-dye it, perm it, straighten it…or you can stay away from it altogether.  Try a new clothing style that interests you. (I recently fell in love with a pair of 40s looking open toed shoes with a wedge heel and ballet ties, which inspired me to be all excited about vintagey stuff again, which made me want to cut my hair short (and also has me looking at some polka dot shirts!)).  Or decide on a new “signature” color. 

 2. Move the furniture.  You don’t have to buy all new furniture to make your house look different.  Turn some things around, face them in different directions, take advantage of wherever the sun falls in your house.  If you have a few extra dollars, pick up a cute little lamp at Goodwill or buy new curtains.  Even just a few little things can make your house feel new and fresh.

3.  Speaking of curtains, another excellently fun thing to do in Spring is start a project or a new hobby….like making curtains (really easy, I promise), sponge painting your walls, going through your closets, learning to knit (also easy and fun!), starting a new blog or fixing up your current one-find something new to do and you’ll enjoy your Spring a lot more.

4.  Whic brings me to new activities:  I like to do new things in Spring.  Find a new coffee place (if you drink coffee), or a new record store.  Start antique shopping (even if it’s window antique shopping, something I’ve known and loved).  Go to a new excerize class, or start new excerizes at home.  Plant a garden, add new flowers to your existing one, or buy a potted plant for the inside of your house.  I’ve also heard scrapbooking is fun.  There’s a lot of good options out there~just be creative!

5.  Make fun spring meals-add a few new meals to your repretoire and cycle them in.  Or, use things like food coloring and accents to spice up your staple meals.  Blue pancakes for breakfast?  Kids love blue pancakes.

 Do you do anything special for Spring?  If you do, what do you do?  I’m occupied right now….off to play with my new haircut again.

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March 13, 2007

WFMW Gets Political

Filed under: Ron Paul 2008, WFMW — mrslady @ 10:59 pm

Before I post about my own political persuasions and such, I would just like to say for the record that I absolutely support people’s right to feel however they feel about politics, be of whatever persuasion they choose, and disagree with any or all of what I believe.  I also want to say that I am not trying to start any fights or upset anyone, and I don’t intend for my blog to cause controversy.  I do believe, however, that politics play a crucial part of our lives, and I feel that this post is necissary for myself.  As always, feel free to disagree politely 😀

I believe that moms are a great force among society.  They are a huge part of the demographics that make up America.  It is an absolute fact that advertisers know if they want to sell something to families they have to market it to mom. 

And there is nothing more important out there that we are being “sold” on than politics.  We have politicians vying for our ear and our support-as women and as mothers.  I believe it is our duty to make responsible and thurough decisions when electing the leaders who will be shaping the world for our children and our grandchildren, and that it appeals to our conscience to find someone who represents what we believe in. 

Let me start by giving you some background on what I believe politically.  Although up until this point I have been registered independant, my leanings were most closesly aligned with the Liberetarian party.  Liberatarians basically believe that people should have absolute freedom as long as they do not use it to impose on the rights and freedoms of others (eg-It isn’t your right to steal from people, because then you are taking away their right to own property.)   However, the best way to explain what I believe is to simply say this.  I believe in the Constitution  and in the Bill of Rights absolutely and whole heartedly.  I think that they are the founding documents of our society and that the farther we get away from what is written in them, the more astray our country goes.

I am pro-life, pro-securing our borders, pro-soldier, pro-business, and pro-capitalism.  I am anti-imperialism, anti-world government, and anti-consolidated federal power.  But above all I am pro-personal liberties and believe that every person is guaranteed by contract (also known as the constitution) to the rights laid out therein.  The right to make their own decisions without the federal government or world government stepping in.

Based on my political beliefs I started the search for who exactly I was going to vote for in 2008.  And at first, the pool seemed slim and slimy.  I can honestly tell you, if it were down to the people who were “in” the race as of two days ago I would have had no choice except NOT to vote, because I couldn’t look myself in the face knowing that my vote could have put one of them in office. 

Then I ran across Ron Paul.  I had no idea who this guy was.  Appearantly his is already a representative from Texas.  This is actually beneficial in my eyes, because that means I can look up his voting record-which I did.  I have spent a couple days not saying anything but just researching this guy from top to bottom, and I can tell you this.

Ron Paul works for me, and has my vote in 2008.  Please, check out his stance on the issues and see if he works for you.  Remember, moms and women in general have a lot of pull in the political world-use it to make it better for our kids! 

For those who are concerned about voting Independant or Liberetarian, like Alli, GOOD NEWS!  Ron Paul is actually running for GOP (Republican) nomination.  I am sure, like you, he realizes the gamble associated with running for a third party.  I guess this means, I’m going to have to register Republican for the primaries…..

::UPDATE::For more information about how you can get more information go here for updates!

::UPDATE2::I have completed a basic blog about Ron Paul, his policies, why I support him, and what I am doing to support him.  If you would like information, or would like to help support please visit here.

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March 6, 2007

Busy Mom Meals *Works For Me Wednesdays*

Filed under: Family, Good Ideas, House and Home, WFMW — mrslady @ 9:43 pm

Every mom knows there are those days when you just don’t have time to put a meal together.  When kid #1 has ballet, kids #2 and 3 have Bible study, and the Hubby has work to do, you need something fast and easy that you don’t have to put a lot of work into.  My suggestion?  Crock pot meals.  I was recently gifted with a LOVELY slow cooker, courtesy of my F/MIL and it has been a quick, easy, and delicious meal helper for those uber-busy nights. [Not to mention, you can do them VERY inexpensively!  For more information on grocery shopping on a budget, see my Frugal Friday post about grocery shopping on a budget]

The main misconception about crock pot meals is that they are boring, and not very tasty or fancy.  Well, let me tell you there are THOUSANDS of different, interesting, even “fancy” meals you can make with your crock pot.  Take these for example:

CROCK POT CHICKEN CACCIATORE  

3-4 lbs boneless/skinless thighs and breasts
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large red or green bell peppers, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon each basil and oregano
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 8 oz can stewed tomatoes with chiles
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups burgundy wine
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling before serving

Place sliced onions on bottom of crock pot. Add chicken.Stir together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

Cook on low 7-9 hours or high 3-4 hours. Serve over pasta, with a salad on the side.

SWEET & SOUR CROCK POT PORK  

1 pound pork chops (diced into bite size pieces)
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 can water
2-3 cups frozen broccoli

Cook pork in frying pan until browned on all sides. Add all ingredients to crock pot, including pork. Cook on low for 7-8 hrs or on high for 3-4 hours.Serve on a bed of rice.

Of course, there is always the “old faithful”-Crock Pot Roast:

CROCK POT ROAST  

3-5 lb. roast (beef)
1 onion
5 or 6 large carrots, peeled
4 or 5 potatoes
1/2 lb. fresh green beans (optional)
1 pkg. McCormick pot roast or beef stew seasoning
1 pkg. sazon
1/2 cup catchup
1 cup water
adobo, to taste
small can of diced tomatoes (optional)

Chop onion and place in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle some flour on the onion. Add some butter (1-2 tablespoons) and sauté until soft. Then place roast on top of onion.Mix McCormick seasoning with water and pour over roast. Add catchup and Sazon. Stir.

Cover and leave on high. Cut up potatoes and carrots and add to pot.

Sprinkle adobo on to taste. Turn on low and cook for 6 or more hours.

The longer the better. This recipe is very tasty, you will be surprised.

Editors Note: If you don’t have seasoning packets on hand, use 1 beef bouillon or 1 1/2 teaspoons Minor’s beef base, 1/2 tsp each garlic and onion powder or 3-4 cloves minced garlic and one chopped onion. A bay leaf can also be added and removed before serving.

You can find more quick and yummy recipes for crock pot meals at these websites:

http://www.tastycrockpotrecipes.net/

http://crockpot.cdkitchen.com/recipes/

Also, for moms on a budget (like myself) the great thing about crock pot meals is that you can put pretty much anything in your cupboard in the pot and it will taste good.  Pretty much this equation:

Meat+Vegitables+Seasoning=YUMMY CROCK POT MEALS

Have fun, and enjoy your night off!!

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February 28, 2007

Why Snow is Good (Works for Me Wednesday Tip)

Filed under: General Info, House and Home, WFMW — mrslady @ 11:10 am

Believe me, I did not think that I would ever be posting ANYTHING under the title “Why Snow is Good”. I dispise snow! It is cold, and wet, and naturey-all things I dislike intensely. Also, I am VERY put out that tomarrow is March 1st and we just got almost two inches of snow! I am just not built for the antarctic-style climate in my new home, which is why I keep my house heated to “surface of the sun”. Just last night my in-laws were kidding about bringing shorts to my house in the winter.
(They were only half kidding.)

Now you understand the irony of this post.

However there is something good about snow. It is an EXCELLENT excuse to stay inside and do some tidying and organizing. It’s not even noon yet and I have already cleaned the main parts of my house and finished updating my address book/to do list(things not done as often as they should be!).

Want to get organized? Clean your house? Here are some sites that I have found that seem fun/informational.

*www.organizetips.com/feature.htm
Here you can find a list of free organizing helpers that you can print out, including a grocery list, a phone list, and a printable planner (if you don’t already have one).

*http://www.cozi.com
I haven’t used this one, but have heard good things about it! It’s basically a planner that is accessible to multiple users from any location. So you can your husband can share messages/calanders wherever you are-this might even be good for teenagers too! Wherever you have internet you can look on the planner. For instance, you can put on the schedule “Dinner at Grandma Johnson’s house 6pm” and then send a memo to everyone. I hear that it keeps things very organized when people in your family are doing a million different things.

*www.flylady.net
These tips seem like they would work very well. There is even a daily tip and newsletter than you can sign up for. The only part about the page that I don’t like personally is that it seems a little more abitious than I generally am. Still, the ideas on the page all seem like good ones!

Do you have organizing tips? Please share!!

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