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  • About Heather

    Hi & thanks for stopping by!

    I have been blogging on & off since 2003. It's been a variety of topics over the years: recipes, home improvement, photography, my faith, hobbies, surviving melanoma, along with being a wife, mom and being pregnant.

    After seven years of being a professional photographer, I am now a stay-at-home-mom.

    We have two sons, 3 (Little Dude) and newborn (Little Brother).

    I love Jesus, am passionate about organic food, holistic health, essential oils, exercise & enjoy chocolate.

Winter Wonderland of Babies

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A Winter Wonderland Of Babies Event Is HERE! We get to CELEBRATE all the new babies in our lives!

Joy Of Momma Joyner and Mama On A Green Mission are both welcoming their 3rd babies in the next few weeks! Along with a wonderful group of bloggers, they want to offer ONE WINNER an awesome Prize Package full of great items for Mama, Baby, and even for Siblings!

The Prize Package Includes:

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Halo – Swaddle – $38
Pish Posh Baby – OiOi Diaper Bag – $130
Undercover Mama – Nursing Tank Top – $25
Boba – 4G Carrier – $128
Live Clean Baby – Tearless Shampoo & Wash, Moisturizing Baby Wash, Moisturizing Baby Lotion, Non-Petroleum Jelly, and Moisturizing Bar Soap – $35
Fairhaven Health – Milkies Milk Saver, Milkies Freeze, and winner’s choice of Nursing Postnatal or the Nursing Blend – $90
Making Mama’s Milk Cookies – 1 Month Supply Of Cookies – $48
Wink Shapewear – Ultimate Belly and Hip Shaper – $50
Avent – 2 Bottles and Double Electric Breast Pump – $230
Tiny Love – NEW Gymini Developlace – $80
Woolino – Swaddle and Hat – $70
Kolcraft – Contours Clasique 3-in-1 Bassinet – $200
Build A Bear – Gift Card – $25
Envie de Fraises - Nursing Top and 2-pack Nursing Bras – $105
Pink Blush Maternity – Nursing Dress – $35
Kerrific Kerr Online – Burp Cloth Set – $43
Tickety Toc – DVD – $10
Applecheeks – Applecheeks Bundle and Wet Bag – $40
Red Barn Cloth Diapers – AI2 Diaper – $24
I See Me – Hello World Book – $30
Little Me – Sleeper and Coming Home Outfit – $50
Swaddle Designs – Crib Sheet and Ultimate Receiving Blanket – $55
Delta Children – Multi-Bin Organizer – $30
Tommee Tippee – Complete Starter Kit, Pacifiers, Teethers – $118
Wee Urban – Romper – $28
Simple Wishes – Hands Free Pumping Bra – $39
Infant Lane – Pajamas – $60
Lalaloopsy – Lalaloopsy Babies Doll – $20

That’s a Total Prize Package Value of $1,836!!

So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!

The A Winter Wonderland Of Babies Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, January 27, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Friday, February 14, 2014. Best Of Luck!

Disclaimer: Joy Of Momma Joyner, Mama On A Green Mission, and all the participating blogs are not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that may result from the use of any of these products.

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Heather - January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

I think I’m most excited about the nursing dress! :)

Kasia Lucia - February 3, 2014 - 2:48 pm

wow! and serendipitous timing :] what a blessing this will be to whomever receives it. like me!

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crocheted “potato-chip” scarf giveaway

I have been crocheting on & off for 14 years. It’s been a source of comfort (keeping my hands busy) during times I’ve been stuck in bed (recovering from illness, surgery, or on bed-rest).  It’s also great for keeping snacking to a minimum when I watch a movie on the couch.

My biggest project EVER was a KING-SIZED afghan I crocheted for my husband when we dated 12 years ago.  It was his Valentine’s Day gift.

I remember hauling around my yarn and hook crocheting between college courses and 3 part time jobs. How on earth I cranked out that huge of a blanket in 3 weeks was nothing short of a God-thing.

Since then, I’ve decided I enjoy crocheting smaller projects like baby blankets and scarves.  With two little boys to take care of, I haven’t tackled a larger blankets in several years.icon smile crocheted potato chip scarf giveaway

I have a small inventory I keep listed on Etsy and since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my first gift to my husband was crocheted, I thought it would be appropriate to host my own giveaway.

This giveway will run until 1 a.m. February 15th, 2014.  Please follow the entry instructions below and SHARE this giveaway!icon smile crocheted potato chip scarf giveawayHappy Valentine’s Day!


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Arletta Deatrich - January 26, 2014 - 11:24 am

Would love to win the potato chip scarf.

Jennifer - February 1, 2014 - 9:34 am

I like the brown/cream/peach scarf!

Rachel Henthorn - February 4, 2014 - 9:10 pm

I would love to win the brown and cream one!!

Brandy Davis - February 14, 2014 - 4:39 am

I actually love the potato chip scarf, very beautiful : )

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açaí & greek yogurt protein smoothie recipe

açaí & greek yogurt protein smoothie

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  • 10 baby spinach leafs
  • 110 grams full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 4.9 oz full-fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 3.1 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • unsweetened açaí berry smoothie pack (found in frozen fruit section at Vitamin Cottage)
  • scoop of protein powder (I use Ultra Pure Whey Protein by BioGenesis)
  • handful of ice cubes

makes 2 protein smoothies 

  • 558 calories (279 calories each)
  • Cals ratio: 60:23:17  (high carbs is great for a cardio day!)
  • Fat 38g (19 grams each)
  • carbs 32g (16 grams each)
  • protein 24g (12 grams each)

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Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day 15

Today is a check-in day for the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge. That means I can “unhide” my bathroom scale, take measurements and progress pictures.

While I’m still not near ready to share pictures, I can see tiny changes comparing my “day 1″ vs. “day 15″ pictures.icon smile Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day 15

I haven’t lost any weight, but I DO feel STRONGER! Yay!

After having a c-section, my first goal is to get stronger. I have kept a close-eye on my stomach to make sure I don’t injure my stomach muscles. Over the years I have come to realize that I’m not above doing modifications for exercises I’m not ready for.

I have decided to wear my compression belt (obtained at the hospital for my c-section recovery) during my workouts. It helps support my back and also reminds me to have better posture and “suck in” my tummy muscles.

So, no weight loss and I feel stronger – and the pictures DO look better because I have lost between .25″ and 1″ in the places she’s having us measure and track.

While I wish I would have planned it better and done it by Day 1, I did get a body composition test done at our Rec Center at Day 13.  I will do another scan at the end of the 90 day challenge to see exactly how much fat I’ve lost and muscle I’ve gained.icon smile Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day 15

On top of doing the BBM challenge, I have decided to do a sugar detox. After Christmas and New Years, I was craving sugar SO bad. I do have a major sweet tooth, but have done pretty good at avoiding processed sugar, honey, agave, etc. I’ve been keeping myself accountable by using #sugardetox2014 on Instagram for my meals. While I haven’t posted everything I eat, I feel like taking a picture and posting my food choices helps me realize how much variety of food I’m eating. It also helps me look back and remember which meals made me stay full longer and which provided the best energy.  And yes, when I decided to have something with sugar in it, I felt gross.

BBM offers a meal plan subscription, but I honestly feel like I eat pretty clean (organic whenever possible, no soda, coffee, caffeine, or alcohol) and as long as I keep my processed sugar consumption in check, I’ll be ok.  I track my meals & exercise with MyNetDiary. I also log breastfeeding as an exercise because it burns a ton of calories each day – I want to be sure I’m not underestimating or overshooting what I should eat.  Breastfeeding makes me incredibly hungry!

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Admittedly, I am curious what macros BBM uses for steady weight loss.  (Macronutrients are fats, protein and carbs.) Certain ratios either help you lose weight, bulk, or maintain.  Curiosity might get the best of me, so I can compare what she recommends vs. what I’m doing.

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Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day 1

If you are looking for a “before” picture, sorry. It’s not going to happen. Maybe after a victorious “after” picture is available, I will consider it.

But I will say I have never been at this weight (outside of pregnancy) before. When I got pregnant with our first, I was 23 pounds lighter than I am today.

I gained 35ish pounds with our first son and steadily lost 25 pounds within about a year.  The final 10 pounds seemed to stick around until I stopped breastfeeding (when our son was 18 months old), but shortly after I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma.  You’d think having cancer would make you lose weight, but the stress hormones did me no favor.

Happy and beyond thankful to be alive, I was complacent with being +10 pounds when we got pregnant with our second son. I was sick the first four months of that pregnancy and finally started to gain weight after the 16 week mark. Little Brother was breech, so I had a c-section at 39 weeks. I gained 25ish pounds with him.

The first 13 pounds came off quickly but now at 10 weeks postpartum, my weight loss stopped. I am exclusively breastfeeding and know that my body burns approximately 20 calories per ounce of milk I produce. So if Little Brother breastfeeds and get 24 ounces of milk in a day, I’ll burn an extra 480 calories.  In turn, I need 480 extra calories a day… but, yes, I do want to take off the extra baby weight.

Instead of cutting back on food, I am adding exercise.  In the past I have done more strenuous workout programs not entirely successfully.  I either injured myself or got adrenal fatigue.  Weight loss was minimal.

I’ve finally learned my body (and everyone IS different) does much better with a moderate program.

A group of church friends and I are doing the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge together. Here’s why it appeals to me:

  • 90 days long
  • it’s free on YouTube
  • I’m able to do it at home (during the boys’ naptime!)
  • each workout is about 20 minutes long
  • BBM lady needs to lose weight, just like me!
  • she previously lost weight (between babies) with her own program

So, I will be posting my progress here and on Instagram.

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