Dear family who lost a job this holiday season, I know your pain. My family has experienced job loss during the holiday season twice. Realize in this time of your life, God has a plan.… More
The Big News is out. We are expecting our second child in April 2016 (Happy Birthday to us!) I joke that in 2014 I got gallbladder removal surgery for my birthday and in 2016 I’ll have a baby for my present! One thing I’ve learned, is there are some tried and true ways I knew I was pregnant the second time around.
1. Extreme Fatigue: We aren’t talking I can barely keep my eyes open through out the day. I’m talking full-on I can go from 100 to 0 in a second flat I can’t function style. “What was that you said, hun?…. Zzzzz”
2. Ravishing Hunger: Now let’s just say I understand when you are pregnant, you don’t need to literally eat for two, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. Thanks to the increase of estrogen and progestogen I have experienced extreme hunger this time around. It has leveled off a bit here at the nine-week mark. There for a while, after a meal I still felt like I hadn’t eaten at all and that was even after waiting the 20 mins for digestion and drinking water.
3. Full Bladder: May be a little TMI for some, but I know my pregnant sisters understand. I could not drink anything two hours before bed and use the restroom before I lay down and wake up at 3 a.m. like I’ve not peed all week. Then wake up to use the restroom at 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, etc. (You get my drift).
4. Wide awake at 4 a.m. (and multiple times a night): I use a Garmin Vivofit to track my steps during the day and sleep cycles at night. Since I’ve been pregnant my sleep cycle is consistently deep sleep for 45 min and restless sleep for about another 45. But yet I still feel wide awake 4 a.m. Now, if I could only get out of my comfy bed and get stuff done instead of falling back asleep.
5. No more tummy tuck: No, I don’t have a tummy tuck, but I my momma taught me to try my best to stand up straight and tuck my stomach in for good posture. But even at four weeks in it was like I had lost all control of my stomach muscles and hormonal bloating doesn’t help much either.
6. Morning Sickness: Now, I debated about adding this one. But this time around morning sickness has got me. I have only vomited once but I’m queasy almost every day. I don’t remember it being like this with my first child. I know I have it easy compared to some, but I’m ready for this stage to be over. Not fun when you are hungry but can’t eat because everything makes you feel sick.
Only four more weeks until the second trimester. Woohoo!
I wrote this article to be a light-hearted way of sharing common pregnancy symptoms. I hope you enjoyed it. What are some things that were rather “annoying” for you during your or your spouses pregnancy? I’d love to here your stories in the comment section below.
Unfriend them or get off Facebook?
I’m sure this question has popped into your mind. What about the lingering question of how much time you spend on Facebook or any other social media? You are not alone. In the second quarter of 2015 it is estimated there are 1.49 billion Facebook users. I’ve been a Facebook user since 2006 in it’s beginning stages and have found it to be useful. I have also found it to be a breeding ground for confusion, hate, gossip, and overall miscommunication. So here are some tips on how I keep my Facebook feed clean and positive.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
1. Take Facebook of your mobile devices and set time limits
I know this isn’t what you were expecting but in order to guard heart and mind, it’s often best to just get off all together. However, if you choose to stay on any kind of social media it’s wise to set limits and avoid wasting time. My husband and I recently deleted it from our mobile devices and only access Facebook on our computer. Also, if we are out and need to show someone something quick, we’ll download the app and then delete it when we are done. There is a world out there that is waiting for you to enjoy. What are you waiting for?
2. Go through your friends, pages, and groups
Now on to how to clean Facebook once you’re on it. Go through all your friends and decide who you want to keep. You might not even know some people on this list. Make sure to keep only those people you would friend offline. Chances are if they kept company offline like they do on Facebook, some people are off my list. Anyone who doesn’t line up with your values is gone. If you can’t make commitment to unfriend someone, then Facebook gives you an option to hide their posts. I know some people get really defensive when you unfriend them on Facebook. If this happens, then talk to them about your choice and let them know that doesn’t affect your offline relationship. In the end, let them deal with it.
The same goes with pages you like and groups you are in. Whittle them down until you only have what you are truly interested in show up on your profile. Moving forward, have strict guidelines of who you will friend.
3. Facebook’s News Feed is Intuitive – You have control
Ever wondered why you haven’t seen a friend’s post in a while and you know they haven’t unfriended you? But instead of that you keep seeing a bunch of junk? Well I hate to say it but what comes in really goes out. Facebook’s news feed is set up to show you more of things you like. Read a random article about 25 childhood celebrities, then you are going to start getting more things on your feed from that. If you like a lot of Susy Q’s posts then you are going to see more of her posts.
The hide feature is an amazing tool! Remember those friends you are on the fence about deleting? Just hide their posts. You can still remain “friends” but you won’t see their posts. You’ll need to actively seek their page to see what they’ve been up to. If a good friend keeps posting articles from sites you don’t like, you can hide all articles from that website by clicking on the carrot tool on the post and hide all posts from this website. The moral of the store is junk in, junk out.
4. Reevaluate your Facebook Profile information
Whether on desktop or mobile, your feed can customize based off of web searched or sites you’ve been looking at in the form of Sponsored Ads. Advertisers can pinpoint you for ads based on Facebook profile information. They can choose women in a certain state, ages 25-40 with children, who like to sew. It can get pretty specific. If marking the post as irrelevant to you doesn’t work then try updating your profile information.
5. Act online as you would offline
This goes for any thing you put online or even in text. Sometimes we hide behind screens and give our opinions without thinking of the repercussions they may have. As the scripture says, do unto others as you would want done unto you. Just as in our offline lives be sure to keep good company and be around those who encourage you and have a positive influence in your life and help you be the type of person you want to be.
I’ve finally started doing biweekly menu planning again. In order to curb cost I try to stick to similar meals and theme nights like “Taco Tuesday” or “Crockpot Wednesday.”
In keeping with my philosophy of eating as healthy as you can with the budget you have, I’ve begun planning what I call my “Mini Food Journeys.” I want to share these journeys with you.
The First Mini Food Journey: Gluten-Free
No one in my family has a gluten allergy or intolerance. I just decided I would try this one out to see what it was like to eat gluten-free for two weeks based off a discussion with a coworker. She had been feeling very tired and aching and her doctor had her start eliminating food groups to see if it was food related (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor do I play one on the Internet). For her body she feels much better sans caffiene and gluten. So I text my hubby and he said “Let’s go for it!”
The Meal Plan
Here is how I planned this Mini Food Journey on paper and how I purchased my ingredients. I had read if you are going gluten-free, it’s best to avoid products claiming to be “gluten-free.” This is where all lot of breads and pastas come into play. So we focused more on meats, vegetables and dairy. You’ll see a few sprinkled in “g-free” products. This was my plan, but not all the meals got eaten and some we ended up having twice.
(I’ve hyperlinked a few recipes I found online. All others are my own. Please LEAVE A COMMENT below if you’d like to see some of my recipes)
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
- Egg Bake
- Chex Cereal and Milk
- Berries and Smoothies
- Leftovers or sandwich (sans bread) and veggies
WEEK 1 DINNERS:
- Tostadas (Refried Beans, Tomatoes, Onions, Lettuce, Sour Cream, & Salsa)
- Ground Turkey & Sweet Potato Skillet (Family loved this one. We’ll do it again)
- White Chicken Chili (Still haven’t tried this one)
- Sloppy Joes w/ Carrot Sticks (This is my favorite whole food sloppy joe recipe. I ate mine on top of lettuce)
- Fathers Day: We ate at Red Robin and I had a burger on gluten-free bun
- Salmon Patties (My grandma used to make these with Mackerel. Love them) & Black Bean Salad
- Ground Beef Tacos (corn tortilla, salsa, cilantro, onions and lime)
- Beans & Gluten-Free Cornbread
- Chicken, Rice & Broccoli Casserole (Didn’t eat this one)
- Veggie Noodles & Garlic Shrimp (Didn’t eat this one because I couldn’t find shrimp at the store)
- Date Night at Cracker Barrel (Had a grilled chicken salad)
During the process I didn’t feel much different. I’ve begun to notice which foods make me feel uncomfortable. However I this was our menu plan a few weeks ago and the week after we completed it I let my self eat more bread and noticed slightly more bloating. It really wasn’t that difficult to eat gluten-free. I think I focused more on eating less carbs in the form of bread and that is what made me feel better.
At least twice during this two-week food journey I did eat a sandwich with wheat bread like I normally wood. I noticed slight bloating after eating that. At the end of the two weeks I had lost two pounds. The point was not to loose weight but to see if I would feel better, which I did. I contribute my feeling better to my decrease in carbs and my moderation of eating until I was satisfied and not full.
Moving forward this has confirmed I need to continue to cut back on bread as that is what bloated me the most. This is definitely a way of eating I’ll try again sometime and I encourage you to try as well.
Mom is the role most of you see me as on the blog. But most of my week days I’m “working mom” and have the title of Electronic Communications Developer, aka I am responsible for electronic communication for my company. Email communication is a big thing that I do and I spend most of my day deep in coding these and making sure we are reaching prospects at the right time with the right message.
Emma is a email marketing provider that allows people to create email lists and send to those lists with HTML (graphic designed) emails. You know the ones with pretty pictures and such😉
In this article they talk about have 21 Email Automation Stats to Know, Love, and Quote at the Dinner Table. I love the info graphic and lots of valuable information. If you are into this kind of stuff like I am, it’a a must read. Enjoy!
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My apologies to the person who had this book on hold at my local library last fall. I was in love with it so much I had to keep it a little longer. Don’t you just love that you can try out books before you buy them by using your local library? I know our family does.
I’ve been following Lisa Leake for about a year at a 100daysofrealfood.com and I love how she makes cooking with real food simple. This book was my Christmas present from my husband and we ordered it from Amazon. This will be my first book review and I hope for many more to come. Bon Appetite!
Book: 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook (You can buy the Hardcover or Kindle version here)
I love the organization of this book. Lisa is known for her real food school lunches and she has an entire section dedicated to this and even a section on her website about it as well. I pack lunch for my toddler almost every day and I love these ideas.
I feared a real food cookbook would have me purchasing a lot of different foods I wasn’t used to. Lisa takes a different approach. Most of her recipes call for similar ingredients in regard to spices or bases like chicken broth. So with a little bit of planning I can reuse ingredients without them spoiling because I just need them for one recipe. If I only need whipping cream for one dinner then I can use the rest to make real ice cream. It’s an all-around win.
Last I love how each recipe is organized with an beginner, intermediate, or advanced level-based system. Recipes are scored based on amount of prep work, cooking processes and time needed. It’s all spelled out for me. I hate nothing more than doing starting to prepare dinner and only to realize I don’t actually have enough time to make the dinner I want. We are all busy and as a working mom when I get home I want nothing more than to get dinner on the table as fast as I can.
Most of her cookbook recipes are not available on her site, but I’ve hyperlinked a few of our favorites that are on the site.
What Could Be Better?
Honestly, I’m not much of a cookbook kind of person. I prefer to do an everything stir-fry. Throw it together and hope for the best. I love that Lisa gives me grace through out the book and doesn’t pressure readers to change the way I purchase ingredients like some real foodies. She understands it is a process. Here childhood is much like many Americans in the convenience food generation. (read some of her story) She aims to make real food convenient. She also does not list all ingredients out as organic. She purchases organic but encourages readers to buy organic if feasible.
I would say if you are still working on portion control or like to take leftovers for lunch, double the recipes. It’s hit or miss at our house. Sometimes the recipes yield just enough for one meal. She has a family of four and most recipes work off this number in terms of servings.
I encourage you to look at Lisa’s blog 100daysofrealfood.com for tips for eliminating process food from your diet. I also highly recommend to check out the book from your local library or buy it here on Amazon.
I lost a piece of my
I’m not one on being attached to material possessions and strive for a clutter-free environment, but this one was a little difficult to let go. Our beloved dining table and two surviving chairs when to be with new family who will be able to give it a little TLC.
Let me introduce you to our Duncan Phyfe. He has been in our family from the beginning. Duncan has two pedestal legs and came with eight lyre-backed chairs. Gorgeous dark wood and came with the original table-top, felt-lined protectors.
Our family owns a cleaning service. In 2008 when we married, a client’s daughter was moving and downsizing. We were interested in the table and they were interested in our services. We cleaned the apartment for the table. Duncan was a labor of love, but at the time we didn’t know its worth.
A few years into our marriage we decided to sell the dining set because we could use the money and a few chairs were beginning to break. So, we took it to a friend’s garage sale and marked it for $100 and hoped for the best.
Our friends mom, who also loves antiques, lovingly scolded us and informed us of of the treasure we had and that an antique dealer would easily pay $400 + for our set, refurbish it and make a profit. We immediately knew we had to keep this treasure.
Duncan Phyfe was a leading American cabinet maker of the 19th Century. Originally from Scotland, was known for his interpretation of European trends and later became a spokesman for Neoclassicism in the U.S. And his pieces were perfect for my traditional/modern decor obsession. I’m still unsure if our piece was original or inspired by Phyfe’s work. I don’t claim to be an expert in these matters, but those who know their antiques have always been excited about our piece.
Fast forward about six years and a child later, we put it in another garage sale and on Craigslist. Duncan has been a trooper, many family and friends have shared memories around that table. Important discussions have happened, but all but two original chairs have been broken and tossed. The table top became weak and the top’s finish dull. We just weren’t able to keep up with maintaining the piece any longer. It was time to move on.
This has to be one of the few material possessions I really feel sad about its leaving. Duncan may be gone, but his legacy will live on and for that I am grateful.
(Side Note: The new owner is a lover of unique furniture pieces just like me and plans to give Duncan a facelift. I can’t wait to see what she’s done and I’ll share as soon as I can.)
What item of yours has memories attached to it? Is there something you own that will be difficult to part with? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.
This is the beginning of my Tech Tip Tuesday series where I will talk about technology and how I use it in my day to day life as a mom. My first series is about Google and how I use it in my day to day life to stay digitally organized.
I’ve been a Google user since it’s beta days, circa 2004. Google search had been around for a few years and was taking down competitors like Yahoo and Ask Jeeves (who remembers Ask Jeeves?) Around 2004 they launched their email platform Gmail in its beta form. In order to have a beta Gmail address you had to be invited and luckily for me, I had a friend who was in and he sent me a request. *Heaven’s open* Yes! I was stoked.
Fast forward a little over a decade, Google has revolutionized the way we use the Internet and it’s made my life a whole lot simpler. The company is adding new features all the time and are always keeping the user interface simple and fresh.
With applications like Google Drive (previously called Google Docs), I’ve been able to keep all my documents organized on the cloud as well as use their office applications which work similarly to Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Google Drive’s office apps even allow you to export into many compatible file types or share working documents with friends.
The best part it is all totally free and between Gmail and Drive I’ve scored about 15 GB of space for free. That trumps products like Dropbox. Only now have I had to cleaning out my files due to me reaching almost 83% usage. Luckily, I have multiple accounts, if I can’t hang with the free plan. But moving up to 100 GB is only $1.99 a month and that’s not a bad deal.
Over the next few weeks, stay tuned as I break down how Google has helped me keep my digital life organized both while being a mom and before. Google offers many features and is simple to use. So, if you haven’t done so, go create an account today!
Are you a Google user? Tell me what you like/don’t like about it and talk about some of your favorite apps.
Passionate Penny Pincher shared a great stock up deal on Spectrum coconut oil both refined and unrefined. Also noted that Aldi has added coconut oil to their Simply Nature line. Prices are based on 14 oz jars. Check out this deal.
I’ve only used two brands of coconut oil. Lou Anna from WalMart and Better Body from Sam’s. Lou Anna was my first purchase and I defiantly can tell a difference between the two. I just picked up my second Better Body product from Sam’s this week – Agave Nectar (sans the high fructose syrup, another post all together).
I hope to make it to Target or Aldi to try to snack these deals. Let me know in the comments below if you are able to get these. Also what brands of coconut oil do you use and what has been your experience with it.
This year has been a whirlwind in the life of the Martinez family. We moved into our first home, I resurrected this blog, we laughed, we cried, we had the time of our lives!
I resurrected SavvySherri in March with intentions of writing what was on my heart and what I felt moms needed hear. Some posts are fun and some posts are serious, but without a doubt all posts are for a specific reader at that point in their life, right when they need it. This is because without God, I have no message.
I definitely had a lot more ideas than I had time to write. You know, the life of a working mom? Between my taking care of my family, working a full-time job, going to class, volunteering at church, and well… breathing, I was able to pen a few thoughts down and will end the year with the Best of SavvySherri in 2014.
Thanks for all your support and I look forward to 2015 with a clear vision and many more crazy blog ideas to come. God bless you all!
Top 5 Posts of the Year
- When my heart hurts
- Breast is best – Why I breastfeed
- DIY: Flannel Cloth Diaper Wipes
- Changing my lifestyle, one baby step at a time
- Toddler Upcycled Apron Tutorial
Month in Review
(I promise we were alive the rest of the year, but enjoy our summer memories)
SavvySherri Facebook Page
61 Page Likes
Popular Post: Car Seat Safety: “Why didn’t anyone tell me I was wrong?”
(from Mommyofanagel51313’s blog)
Check me out on Twitter, I do tweet often, but toward the end of the year I was all about the giveaways!
My Cloth Diaper Giveaway Addiction (okay giveaways in general) #winallthediapers
(all of these giveaways have already been completed at the time of this post)
- bumGenius Harper
- bumGenius Audrey
- bumGenius Ooops
- bumGenius Thursday Giveaway
- Dave Ramsey Giveaway
- Holiday Gift Basket – IKEA
- Dominos (I scored a $2 gift card)
I’m so excited about today’s tutorial. I’ve been waiting to work in this project for a few weeks and finally carved some time out. Granted I a novice when it comes to sewing, so forgive me if I miss use terms and such. I’m still learning.
About a month or so ago I bought a bag full of 24 mo/2T clothes from a Facebook Buy/Sell group. So I scored about 50 items for $20! I found these two halter tops that I thought would make perfect aprons to go with my daughter’s Christmas present. I finally worked on them this week and I love how they turned out. All the other items I used were already at the house.
Apron Upcycle Tutorial
Child’s halter top
Step One: Cut the back of the apron
Cut the back of the apron and iron the fabric to form a hem. Pin if desired.
Step Two: Sew the hem
Step Three: Attach Ribbon
I decided to put my ribbon on the outside so it could be seen. I made sure to sew along each side to be sure it was secure.
Step Four (Optional): Take photos of the finished project to share with friends