Mama Said

“My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.”

— Jack Nicholson

Mothers of Invention

We all know that reading helps our brains to grow, but what about our plants? Lindy at Cottage Hill shows us how to turn vintage books into whimsical planters. Even if you aren’t much of a reader, you can give the impression that your plants are!

Food is an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Jim Lahey’s No Knead Baguette (Stecca)

Jaden Hair is a chef, cook book author, food columnist and blogger who has been featured, well  everywhere! This tutorial appeared on her website Steamy Kitchen and it looks amazingly delicious and perfect for a cold February day!

Jim Lahey’s No Knead Baguette (Stecca)

Mama Said

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.”

– Jewish proverb

Mothers of Invention

Mighty Girl Maggie Berry suggests some clever ways to display the pictures of those you love, because you get more use out of them if they are not buried in a closet or suspended in digital limbo on your computer.

Food is an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Split Pea Sausage Soup

This super simple and satisfying meal was designated as one of the Best of 2010 Recipes on $ Erin Chase, AKA The $5 Dollar Dinner Mom, has been providing moms with fabulous low cost dinner recipes through her website, books, and personal appearances on “The Rachael Ray Show” and Oprah Sirius Radio. Ranked #1 in Babble Top 50 Mom Food Bloggers 2010, $ offers recipes, coupons, how-to advice, and even gardening tips!

Search Results 1 thru 4 of about 1,090 for “love”

In honor of this month of valentines we visited a number of mom blogs and entered the search term “love” to see what we would find. Turns out we use the term love to describe our attachment to everything from lo-cal ice cream sandwiches to Oprah. Obviously love is felt in a multitude of ways, so this month we celebrate love in its many splendid forms by sharing some of our favorite love inspired blog posts – enjoy!

Close Encounters for the First Time.

Candelaria Silva-Collins, mother and writer on Blogher discusses her first time and has suggestions for how to talk to teens about sex.

First comes love, then comes marriage…

Ree Drumand of The Pioneer Woman has a whole section of her blog devoted to her romance with her husband which she turned into a book, “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.”

A Family Affair.

This blog post, “Who did I marry again?” is the perfect snapshot of a busy family and the love it takes to balance it all. Jay of Crazy Tired is mom to 4 and a wife to 1.

It’s a Date!

Project 52 was created by Simply Modern Mom Tiffany Bird as a way to ensure that she and her husband Nathan got at least one hour of uninterrupted date time each week. Peruse the project to get some great date night ideas! Here’s a TV interview Tiffany did about the project.

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Postpartum Weight Loss Tips

After carrying a baby for close to 10 months, your body has undergone tremendous physical changes.  Despite an average weight gain of 30 pounds, many women unrealistically expect to fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans a week after delivering.  Unfortunately, this is seldom the case.

Remember, by carrying and delivering a baby, your body has accomplished something incredible–although, unfortunately, the process can put on pounds in undesirable ways.  The average weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds.  During the birth, new moms lose about 12.5 to 14 pounds.  This leaves about 12 to 21 pounds of excess weight to be losti n the post-natal period.

The 12 to 21 pounds can seem like an impossible challenge.  The good news is that by following a few tips, you can expect to lose 2 pounds per week and get back to your pre-pregnancy weight before you know it.

1. Ignore the saying “It took 9 months to put on, so give yourself 9 months to take it off.”  If you gained 35 pounds, and you lose 2 pounds per week, that weight can be off in 4 1/2 months.  The sooner you get the weight off, the healthier you will feel.  The sooner you get back to feeling good about yourself, the more energy you will have to focus on your beautiful new baby.

2.  With that said, DO NOT CRASH DIET!  Post Pregnancy is not the time to go on a crash diet, liquid diet, Atkins or any other low-carb diet.  New moms need energy to take care of their newborns.  Constant feeding, diaper changes and making silly faces at your baby while averaging 3-4 hours sleep in the first few weeks requires ENERGY.  And where do moms get that energy?  Well, from foods, and specifically carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates provide your body with glucose which the body uses to function.  Cut out carbs and you are setting yourself up for a quick crash and burn.

3. Cutting out simple carbs like white bread products (white bread, white rice, and refined pasta) is a good idea since these foods are often filled with empty calories and they don’t provide you with long term energy.  Instead, focus on adding COMPLEX carbohydrates to your diet to fill you up on nutritious foods that do not contain many calories (plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables plus whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat breads and beans).  Salads with chicken or fish, and bean soups are a great way to add complex carbohydrates to your diet and they fill you up for few calories while providing you with the long-term energy needed to take care of you and your family’s needs.

4. Focus on adding the “F”-word to your diet, which is the dirty little secret to losing weight and keeping it off: FIBER!  When it comes to shedding pounds, nothing works like fiber.  That is because fiber is indigestible therefore it contains zero calories. You can fill up on foods high in fiber while maintaining a low caloric intake, thus enabling you to lose weight without being hungry.  Plus, foods high in fiber are also filled with valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Aim

for 25-35g of fiber a day.

Some examples of high fiber food include:
F-Factor High Fiber Skinnys               18g fiber
1/3 cup garbanzo beans                           8g fiber
1 cup raspberries                            8g fiber
1 cup Broccoli                                  4g fiber
1 F-Factor Bar                                  12g fiber
1 slice whole wheat bread                6g fiber