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Morning Sickness Madness

Tiebreaker!

Tiebreaker!

Oh, the fickle nature of morning sickness! One morning I couldn’t stand even the sight or smell of the food I was fixing for my family for breakfast. The next I’d be scarfing down leftover Mexican food first thing in the morning. One day I wake up feeling like I was hit by a mac truck and spun around in circles 50 times. The next I wake up energized and ready to run. One day my morning is miserable. The next I’m fine all morning and feel like death all afternoon. More often, until the past couple weeks, miserably ill all stinkin’ day long!  Btw, does anyone else feeling punching the guy who called it that right in the stomach, because he got it soooooo wrong and you’d love for him to experience a bit of your agony??? LOL JK Really, though, if you only got it in the morning, you are one lucky gal!!

With my first (our daughter), “morning” sickness was an all day, pull-over-on-the-side-of-the-road-to-throw-up, repulsed by all odors regardless of whether they were pleasant or nasty, frustrating kind of business. With my second (our son), I hardly had any at all, just some occasional and very mild nausea. With my third (which I miscarried) it was a mild all day thing. With this one, it’s been completely neurotic and unpredictable, but for several weeks it was an all day misery of sickness and loss of appetite, resulting in losing five pounds while simultaneously developing a noticeable baby bump (not the same one as I’m sharing below).

Some things I found that helped with nausea a bit were:

Anything with real ginger in it. Real ginger ale. Real ginger tea. Real candied ginger. Real ginger drops (bonus points because holding a piece of hard candy in my mouth also helped some). I’m going to post a link to some real ginger candies at the bottom if you want some. Yum for relief!

Crackers, especially sucking on them. I’d even keep them by my bed to suck on occasionally before I got up to lessen that overpowering wave of nausea when I first stood up in the morning.

I have heard those pressure wrist bands are great for morning sickness, although I’ll admit I didn’t actually try it. Dunno why, except maybe the fog of misery prevented it. Link at the bottom to a cute pink one!

Slowly sipping warm drinks or even broths can be soothing at times, especially safe herbal teas. Do your research before you indulge, because some herbal teas are not recommended during pregnancy. Red raspberry is one of the more popular, but I’ve heard good things about the Earth Mama teas, so I’m including a link to their morning sickness tea below.

Lemon drops and lemon water seemed to help me, but I have absolutely no scientific backing for that. It just did, okayyyyy?? LOL

Was/Is your morning sickness on any kind of pattern? If you have multiple children of both sexes, did you notice worse or milder sickness with the different genders? Any remedies to share? I am so glad my sickness is slowly subsiding! There is nothing fun about “morning” sickness, except maybe accidental weight loss, Read on for the promised handy links to helpful products.

Ginger People Gin-Gins Natural Hard Candy – 3 pack – 3oz Bags – Great for morning sickness and nausea!

Sea-band Mama Acupressure Wristband

Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Morning Wellness Tea, 16 teabags, 2 pack
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My Cousin’s Fight

My cousin

My cousin

My cousin, Marquita, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Cervical cancer. She is a hardworking, family oriented, sweetheart of a single mom of three beautiful children. With mounting expenses, another cousin started a fundraiser to help her. While I normally avoid using my blog for fundraising because there are so many needs out there that it could take over completely, I’m sharing for my cousin here in hopes of multiplying the prayers and goodwill sent up on her behalf and possibly inspire anyone who may want to donate any amount to help her and her children. Some people in my dad’s industry did a fundraiser for him to help offset her medical expenses, and I remember how much it meant to him monetarily and emotionally both. For more details, please click the link below. She is on the back left in the photo, pictured with her three children and her mom.

Thanks and God bless you all! http://www.gofundme.com/kkh8jg


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Wednesday is For Winners

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Another winning Wednesday here, just sharing some of the awesome- but less widely publicized- giveaways I find on the wonderful worldwide web. I love entering contests, although I rarely win. By rarely, I mean practically never, ever, ever. In the past few weeks, though, I’ve won four awesome giveaways!!! One was a $20 boutique gift card! Another was a giveaway for the After Saga I featured here recently! Another was Christmas Eve and a higher entry giveaway for a huge prize package for our baby valued at over $1,200!! The latest is a precious children’s book I featured here previously. I think this baby in my tummy is my lucky charm, y’all! ;) The giveaways I share here will not be giveaways with hundreds of thousands of entries, so you actually have a decent chance to win something. Who doesn’t want a chance to win free stuff? ;)

♦ Try to win a $25 Publix gift card! (Ends 1/25)

http://lipglossandbinky.com/2015/01/publix-discover-more-in-store/

♦ This has two different giveaways, one for books and another for a gift card to a bookstore. (Ends 1/26)

http://www.insaneaboutbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/2015-dreaming-of-books-giveaway-hop.html

♦ For Canadians only, you can enter to win a Winnie book! (Ends 1/29)

http://discoveringparenthood.com/2015/01/18/winawinnie-book-review-giveaway/

♦ Enter to win a Starbucks gift card! (Ends 1/22)

http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com/giveaways/500/

♦ Enter to win the books Giants in the Land 1 & 2! (Ends 1/26)

https://gleam.io/FjWs2-xkCQ2Q

♦ This contest is for a $10 Amazon gift card! (Ends 1/26)

http://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/2015/01/10-amazon-gift-card-or-paypal-cash.html

♦ Enter for a winter prize package! (Ends 1/30)

http://nblo.gs/12JCJm

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you like this idea and let me know if you entered any contests! Alot of the giveaways featured last week are still accepting entries, head on over to that post to enter even more awesome giveaways, including gift cards, jewelry, and a cookbook! http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2015/01/14/1392/ Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!

A Mother's Love


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National Sanctity of Human Life Day

A Mother's Love

A Mother’s Love

Ordinarily I steer clear of topics I consider controversial, but this is a celebration I feel strongly about. I never thought I’d have to think about the sanctity of an unborn life in personal terms, but I wound up having to really think about it at one point of what choice I would make if it came down to a literal life or death decision. I’m writing this not to judge, but to share my heart about something I’ve not been able to bring myself to really talk about much with anyone at all. First, let me tell you how this particular day came about.

* (Quote) In one of his final actions as president, Bush declared January 18 to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”

“All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection,” the presidential proclamation read. (End Quote)

*Source of quote: http://www.lifenews.com/2009/01/15/nat-4748/

It is easy to say that you are pro life when you never have to face a situation where you are carrying a baby during a health crisis, will be alienated because of your pregnancy, etc. It’s all RAH-RAH and warm fuzzies when you are not faced with a life or death decision or when you are terrified of the changes & consequences pregnancy means for you. That is when you truly find out how you feel about it. I have trouble judging anyone in extreme circumstances too harshly for the choices they make, although I am 1,000% for saving life whenever possible. For myself, I always had some empathy for the situations some people find themselves in, but having my own personal brush with possibly having to make an extraordinarily difficult decision has given me an even deeper understanding of the emotions and conflicts people can go through.

When I was pregnant with our second child, they found a grapefruit sized mass in my right ovary. When they finally informed me about it, they had no idea whether it was cancerous or spreading or anything. They began to rush appointments to diagnose exactly what this mass was, stating that it was “almost too late for a choice if you require treatment”. To be translated, if they didn’t find out if I had cancer and needed immediate treatment pretty much right then, I would lose the window of time of being able to abort our baby. I was floored and terrified. I knew that delaying treatment if it were aggressive and cancerous could mean my daughter and unborn child could wind up being robbed of their mother. I lost my mom in a short two months after her diagnosis, so I had no illusions about what could happen to me. In that moment, I understood why women in that very situation sometimes do choose abortion. There was never a moment I was willing to kill my child- who was completely healthy and okay at that point in pregnancy- but I understood the gut wrenching conflict for life threatening situations in a way I never had before.

9 Days Old

9 Days Old

When they brought us in for my testing, they rushed the results. As I sat with my husband waiting for the news, I was shaking like a leaf and praying in silence that it would be good news. When they told us that it was a benign dermoid tumor- with no risk of cancer and the ability to delay surgery until our child’s birth- I bawled. They thought I was upset about the news they’d given, but I was just so relieved that I would not have to choose and that the odds were we would both be okay in the end. I didn’t want to choose to possibly die for my baby, but I’d already made that choice. Because of my experience with my mom, I believed that if it were cancer, my babies would very likely not have a mother to grow up with. I would never have allowed them to kill my baby to save myself, though, and was totally at peace with that decision, as horrifying was it was to me.

First Day Home & Meeting

First Day Home & Meeting

My pregnancy and delivery were far from easy, and the complications where pretty major, but it gave me such an appreciation for the gift of life and the sanctity of all human life, especially those who cannot protect or choose for themselves. The day we brought our son home from the NICU and were able to finally introduce him to his big sister is shown above, and that was an amazing feeling.

All of the above pictures, except the last photo, were taken by my sweet friend Ashley Bell with https://www.facebook.com/aBellPhotography/ and she did a wonderful job capturing the precious gift of our son’s life and homecoming (and managed to get a decent picture of him with his mommy who wasn’t doing or looking very well after all the trauma, which is amazing in itself).

Please join me in celebrating and acknowledging the beauty, joy, wonder and sanctity of all human life, no matter how small. For the story about the miracle of my son, check out the post I published for his first birthday here: http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2013/05/06/my-miracle-mans-first-birthday/

For a statement your baby can wear about being prolife, go here: Inktastic Unisex Baby Pro-Life Pink And Blue Ribbon Infant Creeper

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Winning Wednesday!

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

I love sharing some of the awesome- but less widely publicized- giveaways I find on the wonderful worldwide web. I love entering contests, although I rarely win. By rarely, I mean practically never, ever, ever. In the past couple of weeks, though, I’ve won three awesome giveaways!!! One was a $20 boutique gift card! Another was a giveaway for the After Saga I featured here recently! The other was Christmas Eve and a higher entry giveaway for a huge prize package for our baby valued at over $1,200!! I think this baby in my tummy is my lucky charm, y’all! ;) The giveaways I share here will not be giveaways with hundreds of thousands of entries, so you actually have a decent chance to win something. Who doesn’t want a chance to win free stuff? ;)

♥ This is a giveaway for an Origami Owl charm bracelet! Very cute! (Ends 1/28)

http://fittrianglemom.com/progress-not-perfection/

♥ Want to win a French cookbook? Yum! (Ends 2/10)

http://theresasreviews.com/french-comfort-food-book-review-giveaway/

♥ Okay, if you aren’t going to be breastfeeding in the future, you’re more than welcome to win this nursing nightgown for me! :) (Ends 1/18)

http://less2more.com/2015/01/11/giveaway-nursing-nightgown-by-savi-mom/

♥ Would you like to win a free Shutterfly book? (Ends 1/14 at 6pm, so hurry!!)

https://www.facebook.com/602159626526764/photos/a.602354129840647.1073741828.602159626526764/762277660514959/?type=1

♥ Enter to win a $40 Kate Quinn Organics Baby Clothing gift certificate! (Ends 1/22)

http://www.nannytomommy.com/2015/01/enter-to-win-40-to-kate-quinn-organics

♥ Win an $25 Amazon gift card! #GetWhatYouWanted (Ends 1/22)

http://www.savingsinseconds.com/get-what-you-wanted/

♥ This is a giveaway for a $25 Olive & Fig jewelry gift card! (Ends 1/23)

http://www.casualclaire.com/2015/01/center-stage-olive-and-fig-giveaway.html

♥ Enter to win the children’s book “Love Letter From God”! (Ends 1/15)

http://www.mustardseedmommy.com/2015/01/loveletterfromgod/

♥ Enter to win a Little Lily Bamboo Towel! (Ends 1/16)

http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com/bath-time-builds-communication-skills-plus-giveaway/

♥ Here’s a chance to win the movie “The Identical”! (Ends 1/21)

http://www.mustardseedmommy.com/2015/01/theidentical/

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you like this idea and let me know if you entered any contests! Alot of the giveaways featured last week are still accepting entries, head on over to that post to enter even more awesome giveaways, including books, gift cards, jewelry, baby prize pack, and an exercise program! http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2015/01/07/giveaways-galore/?preview=true&preview_id=1370&preview_nonce=893bcb8ef8 Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!


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FREE Breast Pads For Nursing!!

♥♥♥Breast is Best!!!♥♥♥

I just ordered from http://www.breastpads.com, and if I can get at least 5 of my friends to order using promo code C88DD6019 (good for $ 35.00 off!), they are going to refund my shipping & handling charges!

We are trying to do things frugally, as usual for me. I breastfed both of our first two children. The fact that it is frugal is an incidental and wonderful side benefit to something so natural, healthy and sweet, honestly. I used disposable nursing pads mostly with my first two because I didn’t know of any decent cheap alternatives and the homemade ones I rigged up just didn’t work out well, either due to lack of properly keeping comfortable or the material irritating me. I needed really good ones, since I made an overabundance of milk both times when it came in, and it just didn’t stop! LOL This time I’m hoping to be able to use a lot more of the reusable kind, since I ordered 10 pairs of these babies. They come in a variety of cute prints. I got six in basic colors like black, nude and light pink, but four are in more cutesy designs. I’m excited to see how these feel when they come in!! :)

Anyone else want to try these out? Total charges for this set of 10 pairs wound up being $14.99 shipping with my free code, which seemed pretty reasonable to me. They currently have a special going right now where you can get additional pairs at $2.00 each, if you’d like to try even more.


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2014 With My Blog

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)

WordPress sends out a yearly review with interesting random facts about your blog, and I also researched a few things in my statistics because their review didn’t list them and made me curious. :) If y’all wanna know about my year in the wonderful world of blogging, here’s a quick overview:

My top eight most viewed posts were:

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/10/21/dinner-for-a-dollar/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/09/26/international-coffee-day/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/11/12/what-lung-cancer-cant-do/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2013/06/11/grandmas-sunday-special-ritz-cracker-chicken/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2013/10/10/completely-healthy-cookies-yes-please/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/03/17/cloud-dough/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/11/17/tyndale-rewards/

http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/09/16/creative-comfort/

Grandma's Sunday Special Ritz Cracker Chicken

Grandma’s Sunday Special Ritz Cracker Chicken

By the way, the post about my great-grandma’s Ritz cracker chicken http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2013/06/11/grandmas-sunday-special-ritz-cracker-chicken/ was the number 2 post for 2013, barely dropping to number 4 a year and a half after it was first published! If that doesn’t convince you it’s a doggone good recipe, it has held a special place in the hearts and tummies of at least five generations I’ve personally witnessed gobbling it down in my family. Y’all miiiiiiight wanna try it! ;)

My most commented upon post, not surprisingly for me, was What Lung Cancer Can’t Do http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2014/11/12/what-lung-cancer-cant-do/ It wasn’t surprising for me because it was one of the most deeply heartfelt posts I wrote in this past year, and cancer touches so many lives.

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My Facebook page was barely a blip until midway through 2014, when I finally actually started utilizing it for more than just auto-publishing my posts. I now also use my Facebook page to share related posts of interest, extra awesome deals I don’t want to flood my actual blog with, one day flash giveaways I stumble across and more. If you’re not a follower, it’s definitely worth becoming one! I limit my posts so that it doesn’t become too spammy, so no worries about my flooding your feed with a bunch of junk! ;) http://facebook.com/pennypinchingpeachpage

Thanks to all of you who read, share and comment here at Penny Pinching Peach! You make this possible and worthwhile! Are there any topics or issues you’d like me to talk about this year? What kind of content would you like to see more of? Suggestions are welcome! Don’t forget, y’all matter! :)

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