What Every Expecting Mom Should Know About DHA

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Have you ever heard of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short? Many moms have not heard of DHA or are unsure about what this nutrient really is. Keep reading to learn what DHA is exactly and how it can help both you and baby.

 

What is DHA and why is it important?DHA helps baby's brain and eyes to develop

DHA is part of a healthy group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. Individuals of all ages need DHA because it is an important nutrient for the brain and eyes. DHA also has many benefits during pregnancy.

Lower risk of preterm birth, increased gestational length, and increased birth weight are only a few of these benefits. DHA also supports healthy development of baby’s nervous system and eyes. In the third trimester the fetus has the greatest needs for DHA to help with healthy brain develop.

For these reasons, a mother’s needs for DHA increase during pregnancy. Many pregnant women consume only 50mg of DHA per day, compared to the recommended 300mg per day. The body is able to synthesize small amounts of DHA from other omega 3 fatty acids. However, this amount is not large enough to meet the needs of the growing fetus. That is why you should get enough DHA from foods on a regular basis throughout your pregnancy.

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Homemade Chili with Italian Sausage

Now is a great time to pull out your slow-cooker, or buy one if you don’t already own one. These gadgets are amazing! They help you save time on prepping, cooking, and even clean-up! I’ve got an easy Homemade Chili recipe you can make this weekend! It’s a crowd-pleaser and sooo easy to make!

Cozy up to a hot bowl of homemade chili with Italian Sausage. This is an easy recipe that cooks slowly over 4 hours with little supervision, so you can catch up on work or just relax, knowing there’ll be a full meal waiting for you. You may substitute ground mild Italian Sausage with ground beef.

Make this delicious Homemade Chili with Italian Sausage in your slow-cooker

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How to Get Your Holiday Cooking Done Faster

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Oh my goodness – The office holiday party is in two days and I totally forgot to make that scrumptuous dish I promised my colleagues!

Sound familiar? Between the hustle and bustle of the holidays, gift shopping, and work it’s a challenge to cook anything at all. That’s why I want to help you get your holiday cooking done faster. Whether you’re planning a big feast or contributing a delicious dish to a holiday party, no worries! A little preparation can go a long way to save you time in the kitchen. Keep reading to avoid frustration, messes, and accidents with these 3 quick tips.

 

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How to Make Your Own Get-Well-Soon Kit

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As temperatures are getting colder outside prepare yourself for the flu season by making your very own Get-Well-Soon Kit. This kit includes essentials to help you recover quickly if you happen to catch a cold or even the flu.

Prepare this kit for you and your family now because unlike your scheduled meetings at work the flu shows up unannounced. Put everything in an easy-to-reach drawer or box. If you happen to get sick you’ll be prepared no matter the timing.

 

Here’s what to include in your Get-Well-Soon Kit

  • Doctor’s phone number
  • Soft cozy blanket
  • Plush socks
  • Warm scarf & hat
  • Facial Tissues with lotion (your nose will thank you)
  • Thermometer & slip covers
  • Soft, warm sweater & comfortable long pajama pants
  • Electric heating pad (get one of these whether or not you’re sick. It’s very soothing for all types of aches & discomforts, especially for muscle cramps, back pain, and sore feet)
  • Honey (to dissolve in a glass of warm milk or hot apple cider)
  • Caffeine-free pregnancy tea or apple cider

Check with your doctor about the following items during pregnancy:

  • Cough drops
  • Mucinex or decongestant
  • Ibuprofen, Tylenol & Aspirin
  • Nasal spray & throat spray
  • Beverages with electrolytes
  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Vick’s Vaposteam & Vaporub

 

Want to avoid getting sick in the first place?

Wear a scarf when it’s cold & windy outside, and a hat that covers your ears and forehead.

You might be thinking, “Do I really have to wear a hat and scarf? I’m only walking 3 blocks and it’s not that cold outside.”

Your immune system is compromised during pregnancy, which makes your body more sensitive to germs. Taking care of yourself even in small ways, like keeping warm when it’s cold outside, can make a big difference.

 

Which of these items do you still have to get? Do you have get-well-soon remedies of your own you want to include in your kit? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

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8 Reasons for Me Time

8 Reasons for Me Time

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nail paintingLife gets busy. Sometimes a jam-packed schedule makes it difficult to take a break. You’ve probably heard these popular excuses before: “I don’t have time to take a break” or “I have to finish [insert seemingly important project here]”. If this sounds like you, you’re in luck.

Here’s a list of reasons why Me Time is so important. If you need a break but don’t know how to justify it to yourself or others, pick a reason and go with it. Me Time is supposed to let you catch a break and re-energize, whether it’s 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours. Find what works best for you and know you have good reason to take a break!

Don’t know how to schedule Me Time? Click right here.

Make sure to read this list all the way to the end. All of these reasons are important, but the last one will surprise you.

Here’s why Me Time is so important

  • It’s relaxing
  • Life has so many wonderful moments. Give yourself a break and enjoy them.
  • Me Time lowers your stress level
  • You’ve heard the phrase “recharge your batteries”. It’s true and everyone needs to do it. So go ahead and get some rest.

 

 

  • Pregnant Woman + childMe Time helps balance your schedule
  • You’ll be happier. Do you know that satisfying feeling when you get to do whatever you want to do for a few hours, or even a whole day?
  • Me Time improves your health
  • If mama’s happy, everyone is happy. That’s because when you are relaxed your positive attitude rubs off on the people around you, especially your kids. Try this out yourself and see if they or your loved ones notice the difference.

 

Now it’s your turn. Make plans for me time this weekend and enjoy it! What are your reasons for Me Time? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Learn how to make the world's best savory orange sauce from scratch!

World’s Best Savory Orange Sauce

 

I spent the whole day testing recipes and am soooo excited to share this recipe with you! Good cooking is wonderful, but great cooking is something that gets me very energized. So believe me when I say, this recipe is incredible. You will want to try this for dinner tonight.

My goal for today’s recipe testing was simple: to test a homemade rendition of orange chicken using my slow-cooker. After all, I wanted to be sure this recipe was going to be delicious and successful so you can repeat it in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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3 tips to taking better pictures of your children at home

3 tips to taking better pictures of your children at home

by Jennifer Ann Saunders

This is a special guest feature by Jennifer Ann Saunders. As a professional photographer specializing in family photography, Jennifer Ann is excited to share her tips for taking better pictures of your children. 

Jennifer Ann is a professional photographer. See her work at 222.jenniferannphotographs.comIntroducing Jennifer Ann Saunders

Hello! My name is Jennifer Ann and I am a wife, mother to two beautiful little girls and a photographer! My main loves in life are my love for my Savior, Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father, my love for my amazing family, my love for photography and pizza! I’ve always been obsessed with pizza.

I specialize in family and real estate photography but my favorite thing to photograph is small children. I absolutely love their innocence and joy they always seem to have!My mission as a photographer is to make my clients’ lives more joyful through photos and eventually use my skills to teach more people how to capture better photos for themselves.

 

When’s the last time you took a picture of your child at home? How did it turn out? Was the picture too dark? Was it lacking some “pop” to the picture? I have plenty of pictures that have not turned out like I’ve wanted. Some of them are too blurry, some of them are dark and some of them aren’t that interesting. I’ve learned a few things since those terrible photo days and I want to share them with you! Here are 3 tips to help you get better pictures of your children at home.

 

Use of the home’s front entrance creates soft, even light with a contrast background. 1. Use your Entryway

One of the best places in your home to take photos of your children is in your front entryway. Place your child(ren) in the entryway with the door open. Most homes have a cover over the front door. This creates shade that you can use to control some of the light from the sun.

Even though the child will be in the shade, the sky acts as a large reflector and will reflect light nice and evenly onto the subject and will create those beautiful catch lights that make the eyes pop! With the door open, the room behind the subject is most likely a dark room which will make a nice dark background to really make the subject stand out.

 

2. Use Window LightWindow light creates natural and even light across the subject’s face.

When you’re taking photos, remember to ALWAYS choose good light over your background. If your subject is in a beautiful location but the light isn’t great, you won’t have a good photo. Having good light is key when you’re taking photos. While taking photos of people in a home, remember to choose window light over house lights.

House lights can cause unattractive shadows and yellow hues on the subject. Using light that pours in from the windows allows for more even light on the subject, it doesn’t create those harsh shadows and the color of the image will look natural. Also keep in mind that the closer your child is to the window the softer the light will be. Keep your child close and a little behind the frame of the window to reflect the best light. Facing your subject towards the window will also help light the entire face. Just remember that the further away the subject is from the window, the harsher the shadows will be.

 

Taking photos from your subject’s level will create a more flattering and interesting look.3. Shoot Photos at Their Level

Children move a lot. I have two little girls, one is 4 and one is 2, and they hardly sit for anything. They are constantly running around the house, climbing on furniture and playing with their toys.

 

Taking photos of them can be a challenge, especially when they don’t want to sit still, but when you get the chance to take their photo, remember to try and get on their level. If your child is playing with some books on the floor, lay on your stomach and take a picture.

Getting down on your child’s level to take a photo will create a much more interesting photo, than if you had taken the photo from your level, looking down. Get in the moment with them. One thing that you could do is to play with them. Help them build a tower or race cars around the track and when the opportunity comes, take a picture. You’ll already be down at their level, which will allow you to snap a few photos in their element and that will help capture the best story of your child.

 

Like what you see?

You can learn more about Jennifer Ann and see samples of her work on her website www.jenniferannphotographs.com

To receive 20% off a family photo session email jenniferannphotographs@gmail.com and include the code mamametime in the subject line. Please know the client is required to pay any travel expenses that may be necessary outside of a 25-mile radius from zip code 84058.

 

 

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Pregnancy Quiz: Do You Know How to Eat Well for Baby at a Summer Picnic?

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Do you know how to eat well for baby at a picnic?Summer is a wonderful time for a picnic, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, attending a wedding, or enjoying a Saturday afternoon outdoors.

Did you know bacteria can grow in the summer heat? Test your summer food safety knowledge with these 3 questions.

At a picnic, do you keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot?

Bacteria love to grow between 40-140°F (4-60°C). This is called the temperature danger zone. When temperature-sensitive foods are within this range, like on a hot summer day, bacteria start to grow and multiply within the food. Foods that are particularly affected are meats, dairy products, eggs, fish, and poultry.

When it comes to a picnic, it’s important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Get yourself a plate when the food is first served. Avoid foods that have been sitting out in the sun for more than 2 hours. 

At a picnic, keep cold foods, like potato salad, cold. Do you like to eat potato salad, chicken salad or egg salad?

Be careful with these. They are supposed to be served cold (less than 40°F/4°C) but are often left sitting out in the summer heat for hours. This means they warm up to the temperature danger zone where bacteria start to grow. The best thing is to get a serving right at the beginning when the salad is still cold. Definitely avoid it if it has remained un-chilled for 2 hours or more.  

Cook hot dogs and hamburgers to steaming hot. Do you love to eat hot dogs or enjoy a hamburger off the grill?

If your answer is yes, remember:

Hot dogs are known for possible contamination of a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes.  During pregnancy, do not eat hot dogs cold out of the package. Always cook them until they are steaming hot.

Similarly, hamburgers are at risk for contamination of E. coli. They must be fully cooked and steaming hot.

Be sure to eat meats when they are coming right off the grill. Avoid hot dogs or hamburgers that have been sitting out in the summer heat.

 

While it may sound overwhelming, these food safety tips keep mom and baby healthy. It’s definitely worth waiting those extra 3 minutes for the hot dog to cook or taking an extra picnic cooler filled with ice to keep the potato salad cold.

Which tip was the most helpful to you? Do you have tricks of your own to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot at your picnic outings? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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Sources:
Duyff, Roberta Larson. American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012. Print.