Hit by a Freight Train

All the books out there on pregnancy week by week, baby development week by week, but there's no after delivery week by week for us new moms! Why doesn't anyone tell you that after you give birth you feel like you've been hit by a freight train? Not for a day or even a week, but months!

Giving birth is a crazy experience that no one can prepare you for! That feeling of contractions, knowing you are going to meet that little miracle that's been inside you all those months, that gets you through it all! But what happens after the baby is out? This is what everyone seems to forget to tell you about. Yes, you have that miracle on your chest but that doesn't mean lied is all fine and dandy.

After giving birth you are in pain and are bleeding, a lot! You don't bleed for a few days but for weeks. Just when you think the bleeding has stopped it appears again after a leisurely walk you made yourself take to get out of the house! You sometimes feel like you can't walk from the couch to the bathroom without feeling so much pressure and pain that you could scream (not to mention the pain of actually going to the bathroom).

Around week 9 or 10 your body, minus that extra weight and leaking boobs, seems to be back to normal. By this time you are so sleep deprived that you might be hallucinating that you're body is actually back to normal!

For any new moms or moms to be, if you want more advice, information or insight on this topic give my article some love and I'll put together another article!…

Ode to a Hairbrush

Oh lovely hairbrush,

You make me look cool.

My hair is just right.

I’m the King of my school.

Without you hairbrush,

I’d be a terrible sight.

My social life would be a big zero,

And I’d be so uptight.

Your bristles are strong.

You’re comfortable and sleek.

You make me feel strong

When I’d otherwise feel meek.

A toast to you hairbrush

You have a wonderful heart.

Thank you dear hairbrush

For giving me such a fine part.…

Three Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Many of my favorite childhood memories involve food. For example, I can always recall eating sweet potato soufflé for Thanksgiving or Christmas with my mother and sister. Those who have had this dish can understand why it was always one of my favorites growing up. Comprised primarily of mashed sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows on top, the treat had a unique and slightly tangy taste that I always enjoyed. Despite the fact that I enjoy this dish, however, I didn’t realize how nutritious sweet potatoes are until very recently. Here are three of their health benefits:

  1. Sweet Potatoes Contain Vitamin A.

In their discussion about the health benefits of sweet potatoes, WHFoods notes that the vegetable is a good source of vitamin A. This is important because vitamin A plays a role in maintaining good vision, developing a healthy immune system, and generating cell growth.

  1. Sweet Potatoes are Packed With Calcium.

In noting the health benefits of sweet potatoes, WebMD states that they are packed with calcium. This is important because calcium is used to build bones. Additionally, calcium is also important for muscle function and maintaining a regular heartbeat. Sweet potatoes contain about 68 mg of calcium. (Adults need about 1,000 mg per day.)

  1. Sweet Potatoes Contain Vitamin C.

In discussing the health benefits of sweet potatoes, LiveStrong writer Maria O’Brien notes that the vegetable contains about a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. This is important, because the vitamin works to heal wounds and repair cartilage, bones, and teeth. Additionally, vitamin C plays an integral role in the maintenance and growth of tissues in the body. Finally, the vitamin is an antioxidant capable of fighting free radicals and their degenerative effects on the body.

As made plain by the information listed above, sweet potatoes are a nutritious food to eat. Additionally, they are very delicious! While the sweet potato soufflé I mentioned earlier is one great way to consume them, innumerable other recipes exist. Irrespective of the one you choose, your body will say thank you. Enjoy!…

The New York Mess

There’s a rotting worm in the Big Apple; this rotting worm is named the New York Mets. Brutal is the best way to describe Mets baseball in 2001. The only team that is more of a disappointment this season is Texas. All hitting and no pitching equals disaster in the Major Leagues.

Ah, yes. Pitching. The most important part of a baseball team is indeed the pitching staff, so is it really a surprise that the defending N.L. champs are duking it out with Montreal for the dubious N.L. East bottom feeder position? Not really. Mets G.M. Steve Phillips “upgraded” the team’s pitching staff this past offseason by signing Kevin Appier and Steve “take me deep” Trachsel (by “upgrade” I mean wasting approximately twelve million a season on washed-up pitchers).

Kevin Appier? What was Phillips thinking? The past few seasons Appier has been a .500 pitcher. Does any .500 pitcher deserve ten million per season? (Note: Don’t bother asking Dodgers’ pitcher Darren Dreifort this question.)

Steve Trachsel? His record the past two+ seasons is 17-42. 17-42!! The man should be throwing batting practice to Little Leaguers.

Let’s face it. Free Agency is all about “What have you done for me lately?”. Appier and Trachsel did not accomplish enough the past few seasons to warrant millions in contract money from Major League teams.

What else is wrong with the Mets? Well, their defense isn’t very good either. Mike Piazza is arguably the best hitting catcher of all-time, but his defensive skills are average at best. Todd Zeile isn’t hitting or playing stellar defense at first base. It’s time for someone to bite the bullet and tell Piazza that he would be more valuable to his team if he was playing first base. Decreasing the strain on his knees could also prolong his career a few more seasons down the road. Getting Piazza to agree to a move to first base will be like getting Barry Bonds to publicly admit that he is going to break Mark McGwire’s single-season homerun record; it’s not gonna happen. Piazza has already gone on record as saying that he wants to retire as a catcher, whenever that may be.

The biggest problem with the Mets this season is their manager. Somebody check Bobby Valentine for a pulse. Maybe Bobby Valentine is daydreaming about how he will spend his millions in guaranteed contract money when the Mets fire him half a season into his new three-year deal.…

My Hairbrush

I carry around a great big purse

It's heavy sometimes and it can be a curse

But hidden inside is a very special thing

My hairbrush of course and maybe some bling.

My hairbrush is pink and my hair is light

And I like to brush it every day and night

It keeps it shiny and looking good

I'd have twenty hairbrushes if I could.

It has a long handle and the bristles are strong

I love my hairbrush 'cause my hair is long

I peek in my purse now and then to see

That it's still in there and waiting for me.…

SnuggleBug Carriers

As a mom of two I needed to find a baby carrier that would work perfectly for me. I needed something strong, that would stand up to repeated washings and to the abuse that two small children can give out. I also needed something that was fast and easy. I do not have time to adjust and fumble with a carrier when I have places to go; I know that my children would never tolerate a long wait while I tried to get the carrier on. And lastly I needed convenience; I need something that does not feel like yet another product to haul around. I had looked at several styles of baby carriers, even purchasing a simple ring sling which seemed the easiest at the time. I found myself constantly looking at the beautiful Asian style carriers, or mei-ties, but both the cost and the long ties made them seem too daunting for me.

Then I stumbled upon SnuggleBug Carriers. Ok, perhaps stumbled isn't the right word. I had already been looking at the beautiful clothing and jewelry that Sarah, owner of FlutterBy Gifts (http://www.flutterbygifts.com/) and maker of SnuggleBug Carriers, makes and sells from her online store. Her knack for finding fun designs and her talent at a sewing machine made me a huge fan. When I began exploring her carriers I found that same quality and fun style that I had already grown to love. A friend sent me her old SnuggleBug Carrier to try out, and I fell in love. Even though it was a bit snug to wear the ease and convenience had me sold. As soon as I could I ordered my own SnuggleBug Baby Carrier.

Each carrier is made to fit specifically. My chunky baby rides comfortably in my carrier and my back and shoulders barely feel a pound of the weight. The shoulder straps are extra wide and thickly padded for great weight distribution and a more comfortable carrier. As soon as I received my carrier I put it on and danced around the room in joy over how comfortable it was to wear. I can face my very social baby out so that he can greet the world and take in everything around him, then I can turn him facing in for a little cuddle time or a nap on my shoulder. I can even slip him in on my back and enjoy content gurgles as I wash dishes, vacuum, or paint with my older son. Even nursing is a breeze in this carrier; I simply loosen one side and tighten the other to allow my baby to rest.

What really sets SnuggleBug carriers out for me is that instead of the traditional long ties that are used to hold the carrier on, SnuggleBug carriers have sturdy plastic clasps that have been tested to hold up to 75 pounds. These simple clasps snap into place easily, much like the snaps used to belt babies into highchairs and swings. Strong, easy, and safe these clasps take only a few seconds to secure and make adjusting a breeze. Finally I could go out with both of my children without hassle.

You can also buy a small bag in matching fabric that attaches to the side of your carrier. Sturdy and with a simple to open Velcro tab this bag makes the carrier almost too convenient. I can throw my wallet, my keys, and my sunglasses in the bag and be ready to go. It is small enough to be out of the way, but also large enough to fit a diaper or two and wipes if you are going to be out for a while.

Simple to use, comfortable to wear, and convenient this carrier has everything that I need. The SnuggleBug Carrier is definitely a best buy for any mom who is searching for a carrier.…

Make Hearty Breakfast Sandwiches

Combine French toast, thick-cut bacon, eggs, and sharp cheese to craft a thick breakfast sandwich worthy of a relaxing weekend fry-up. Experiment with different toppings and meat cuts to create the perfect layered breakfast combination.

Substitute Texas toast for French toast for a traditional choice in place of the sweet egg-coated bread. Biscuits and English muffins can also be used to sandwich the breakfast favorites. The recommended ingredients below will make two thick all-in-one breakfast sandwiches.

Hearty Breakfast Sandwiches

Ingredients Needed:

  • four slices of white bread
  • four eggs
  • one-half cup of milk
  • three teaspoons butter
  • four slices of bacon
  • two slices sharp cheddar
  • one-fourth red onion, sliced
  • two tomato slices
  • one-fourth teaspoon of pepper
  • one-fourth teaspoon garlic salt

The Steps:

  1. Whip milk and two eggs together in a bowl to form a thick batter for coating the french toast; dip the slices of bread into the batter, turning to coat each side evenly.
  2. Melt one teaspoon of butter in a skillet and grill the French toast until the thick egg batter cooks to the surface. Lightly spread each side with butter, then set aside.
  3. Place four strips of bacon in the skillet and fry the slices until crispy and golden. Remove them from the pain and drain the grease from each slice. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease before sandwich assembly.
  4. Add another teaspoon of butter to the skillet and fry the other two eggs until the yolks are solid; place each egg on a slice of french toast and sprinkle lightly with pepper. Place two strips of bacon on each egg and add a slice of cheddar cheese over the top.
  5. Melt the third tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add the onions. Sauté the onions until soft and caramelized, sprinkling them lightly with garlic salt.
  6. Layer the onions over the cheese and add a slice of tomato to each one. Top each with a second slice of french toast, then slice and serve.

Serving the Sandwiches

For a tasty variation on the traditional choice, use crisp sausage patties or ham slices in place of bacon strips. Slice hard-boiled eggs as a fried egg substitute for quick on-the-go sandwich selections. Many chefs may prefer to prepare the eggs using a egg white omelette's technique to create a light and fluffy egg filling for the sandwich.

Create a healthier breakfast sandwich, by substituting extra onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers paired with scrambled egg whites. Skip the sharp cheddar and substitute low-fat cheese varieties, such as skim-milk mozzarella or natural goat cheeses to create a thick and satisfying breakfast sandwich.…