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First Trimester Update

If you haven’t heard the news, we’re expecting again! Little baby Sweeney #3 is due early January 2019! Eeks!!  

This was totally not planned! In fact, we had scheduled a vasectomy for Patrick because we were done having kids. Crazy though, Pat’s appointment had been scheduled multiple times and then we had to reschedule for various reasons… so when we found out we were pregnant, I wasn’t super excited at first. In fact, I was sitting at work on a Friday and someone was making something in the kitchen. The smell almost made me vomit. Right then, I knew I was pregnant. My period was due to arrive on that day or the next day, but I hadn’t been having my normal cramping, headaches, etc. When you’ve been pregnant as many times as I had... you just know.

That night on the way to the beach, I told Pat that we needed to stop and get a pregnancy test. You should have seen his look of shock! When we got home, I honestly didn’t even want...

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Adrenal Fatigue: Part 2

Please watch part 1 if you missed it to understand what it actually is and the testing done to understand it.

In this second video blog, I share information about how I knew something was off with my body. There were several signs and symptoms I experienced. I also share some ways I am starting the healing of my adrenals with diet, sleep, and supplements.

**Not mentioned: Really managing blood sugars with lower carbs & healthy fats! Healthy blood sugar levels is VERY important for improving adrenal health!

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Adrenal Fatigue: Part 1

In this first video blog, I share some information about what “Adrenal Fatigue” is, what the scientific term is, the testing I did to identify it, and more. 

 I took my DUTCH test in March of 2018. I began making changes as soon as I got my results back in April, and I found out I was pregnant in May. I filmed this video before I shared the news we were pregnant. All of the things I was doing for my adrenal health before I found out I was pregnant, I am still doing now. 

This has been an emotional journey. It's been quite the learning process. And, I am SO thankful that I did it! I hope you have never been in a similar situation, where you constantly feel off. We start by doing simple, minor changes in hopes that it will reset us and we can get back on track. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get back to "normal" no matter what I tried and it was so frustrating. I hope that if you are feeling like I was, that this offers you some solace and may be even...

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4th of July: Toddler Approved Meals

I always get excited when holidays approach! In many ways, I celebrate so much differently now than how I did before kids. I try a lot harder now to have fun food, drinks, crafts, games, and more to do with the girls. We usually have other kids over too, so it makes it more exciting to make a creative treat for more people!  Independence day is one of our favorite holidays because it’s not only great weather to be outside but also, it gives us a chance to show our girls how to be patriotic. It reminds me of my fun childhood by the lake, with family and friends, watching fireworks… it’s one of my favorite holidays!

As for snacks, it can be tricky with toddlers. With the red, white, and blue theme, there’s so many things you can try that even the pickiest of eaters with enjoy it!

4th of July Gummy Stars

Ingredients:

12 oz organic blueberries (frozen is fine)

12 oz organic strawberries (frozen is fine)

8 oz coconut milk

10 oz filtered water (divided)

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Summer Travel Tips

Some of the first things that cross my mind when I think of Independence Day is: fireworks, family + friends, and food. Holidays around the world are tied to food. Glorious comfort food, snacks, desserts, and a whole bunch of carbs! And that is a really wonderful thing. Seriously, think about all those good feelings you get when a holiday is approaching. Do you find yourself dreaming of that one special dish your mom makes? Or something special you and your children make together? Most of us do; and that’s okay because all is good in moderation!

But you’ve decided to eat healthier and stay (mostly) on track. You are not normal! You are better than that, you have goals and you have a mission to get healthier! When you keep using the holidays, travel and vacation as excuses, you constantly set yourself back.

I want to be your cheerleader and tell you that it's okay to stand up for yourself on vacation and on the holidays to stay on track! When you get home, you don't want...

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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie Recipe

Okay, okay, okay simmer down! I’m sharing the recipe! It wasn’t my own, I actually was inspired by this recipe to make it. I’ve made it at least a dozen times and it’s a big crowd pleaser and hit with the family!

I’ve experimented a few ways, so learn from my mistakes:

  • It does NOT make a good freezer meal
  • You can however make it the night before, leave in the fridge, come home and throw it in the oven the next night (I like to make this on Sunday and eat on Monday)
  • You cannot swap out pasta sauce instead, it is too watery
  • Cheese is optional, but definitely makes it more pizza like. The family will never know it’s missing though if you want to experiment
  • I’ve omitted the meat completely and it was a great vegetarian dish
  • I’ve used ground turkey and ground beef, it is delicious both times
  • The pepperoni on top this time was truly icing on the cake- like all meats, and especially pepperoni, look for a better quality one that is uncured...
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Meal Planning: Getting Started

I feel like I hear “meal planning” in the air everywhere now. It’s such a popular idea, and it’s time to jump on the bandwagon if you haven’t already. It seems simple enough. I am going to plan what meals my family will eat this week. Done. But then you sit down to do just that and realize that an hour has gone by and you are still searching through recipes you saved on Pinterest and you have only decided on one meal for the week. My goal is to walk you through getting started in your meal planning.

First, you will need to start by asking yourself these questions.

  • What produce do you have in your fridge, freezer, or pantry that you want to use up?
  • What meats, proteins, beans, legumes do you have for the center of your meals?
  • What does your schedule look like this week? What days would a crockpot meal work best? What social events do you have? What are the kids’ schedules like this week, and how will that impact your dinner time?
  • Use the meal...
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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Do you find yourself wanting to have healthier eating habits, but concerned about the cost of doing so? We so often find that the healthier we want our food to be, the more money we have to spend - and for less food! Don’t let that frustrate and deter you! I have some quick tips that will help you save some dough at the grocery store so you can eat healthy while being on a budget.

First, eat more beans and lentils!

  • Canned and dried goods tend to be cheaper.
  • Use 1 pound of ground beef with 2 cups of beans or lentils. This will make the meal last longer and will certainly fill you up faster.

Second, eat more fresh vegetables and fruit!

  • Buy these fresh items once or twice a week. By doing this, you won’t overbuy to the point where you see yourself throwing away produce that’s gone bad.
  • Buy produce that is in season. It tastes better and is cheaper.
  • Don’t forget that canned fruits and veggies are a great option too. Just be sure to rinse canned items before...
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Brussel Sprout Hash Recipe

Lately, in an effort to make sure I eat enough vegetables throughout the day, I’ve either been making a healthy morning juice smoothie or adding vegetables with my morning eggs if I'm not doing Intermittent Fasting. One of my latest obsessions is my Brussel Sprout Hash. It’s spicy, crispy, and easy to make! I’ve also used this dish as a side dish for dinner on occasion if you’re not interested in having it for breakfast!

Why should you add brussel sprouts into your diet? Well, like most people, as a kid I hated them, but as an adult I’ve grown to appreciate and love the taste!
Here are some benefits of brussel sprouts:

  • Have lots and lots of antioxidants
  • Helps fight cancer and heart disease
  • Restores healthy digestion
  • A high amount of protein for a vegetable
  • All the Vitamin C & K you need for the day (along with other vitamins and nutrients)
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Decreases your risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative...
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A Review on Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips as a food review, what? I know it sounds a little silly. Perhaps you have your go to brand that you always buy. Maybe you’re not brand loyal in the least and are always trying new ones. Either way, I feel it’s necessary to review because there are so many chocolate chips and chocolate candies with fillers, too much sugar, or things that could be unknowingly harmful to you, or at the very least, not as good as you think it is. If we’re going to splurge on chocolate (and let’s be honest, it’s worth the splurge), then let’s get the biggest bang for our health buck.

As a chocoholic myself, I feel completely qualified to share my honest opinions and reviews of different chocolate chips. Seeing as how we use it all the time… everything from a little after dinner treat with my girls to homemade trail mix to a drizzle over fat bombs… I wanted to make sure we were eating the best kind. Chocolate chips are rarely just...

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