What I Learned During My First Year of Working From Home

Five years ago, I was a stay at home mom of my two girls and I was feeling stuck.

 

Maybe you have felt that way before too??

 

I loved being home with my girls! I had a 3 year old and a 6 month old. I just wasn’t ready to go back to work, but our budget kept getting tighter and tighter.

 

What could we do? 

 

Adam had a great job but couldn’t really increase his income at work, so he was throwing around the idea of taking on another job just to give up some extra room to be able to give more to our church and save for a vacation. read more

How to Cut a Watermelon For Kids

I don’t know about you… but when I think of summer I think of

Watermelon!

Fruit is such a healthy choice for kids. When they are hot, watermelon helps them stay hydrated because it is mostly made of water… They never turn it down… Plus, it is in season!

The biggest problem I have with watermelon is that it is.

Messy!

Finally, I’ve found out how to cut a watermelon for kids to easily pick up! Plus, it turns it into a finger food which is great when they are running around outside or at a picnic or party. read more

6 MUST Haves for New Moms [+ One Week Post Partum Update]

I can’t believe my little guy is a week old already!

I didn’t really think about the fact that having a baby over 5 years from my last would mean some different products and options would be out there. I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE things that I didn’t have during my last delivery that made so much difference this time!

Here’s My Top 6 Picks for New Mommies!

? One Week Post Partum Update ? My Top 7 Picks for New Mommies ✅ read more

Two Healthy Halloween Treats

Can I be honest… Halloween isn’t my favorite. 
Because all I am hearing lately is…

“Can I have a piece of candy?” 
“Can I have a piece of candy?” 
“Can I have a piece of candy?”

 

I usually can avoid this battle altogether… but during Halloween…

CANDY IS EVERYWHERE!!! 

Besides the obvious… SUGAR IS MY NEMESIS. 

 

It really can be detrimental to our health (and our kid’s health too!)

 

When our kids eat too much sugar they are more likely to get sick, get cavities, and just BE CRAZY PEOPLE!! 

 

So here are some  Healthy Halloween Treats  my girls get excited about (without any of the sugar!)

 

Two Healthy Halloween Treats

 

 

 What are your BEST tips to help your kids limit the sugar during Halloween?

How Having a Natural Birth Prepared Me For Starting My Own Business

Natural Birth & Starting a Business…

 

Those two aren’t often seen as going hand in hand… right?

But when I had my first baby… something changed inside me

Going through that process taught me some lessons that prepared me for when I started working from home a few years later.

 

If you are interested in learning more about having a natural labor and birth experience,
check out my latest E-Book!

 

Here’s my top Three Things I learned

 

It’s okay to look crazy.

 

See… I learned it was okay to do what I wanted even if everyone else thought I was crazy read more

How to Prepare for Natural Childbirth: Is a Home Birth Right for Me?

Have you ever thought about having a natural birth… but you were a little intimidated or weren’t really sure how to prepare? ?‍♀️   I’m sharing some of the Benefits of a Natural Birth and why I chose to have a home birth ?  

When people learn that I have had both of my babies without medication (and am currently planning my third home birth), I usually get a few different reactions… read more

Red, White, and Blueberry Low-Carb “Cheesecake” Dessert

If you are in the U.S., I hope you and your family have had a wonderful 4th of July! We celebrated and had a lot of fun shooting fireworks and enjoying our friends and neighbors (and we slept in a bit this morning!)

 

I decided to try something new I had been thinking over yesterday and I was so pleased with how it turned out!

 

What is great is that it uses low carb berries for a really great natural sweetener. This recipe is pretty versatile because you can use any berries you love and mix them up!

 

The girls hopped in the kitchen to help me whip together this yummy treat. After about an hour to let it chill, we all enjoyed a taste of the creamy “cheesecake” without any guilt at all.

 

I’m always on the lookout for a low carb treat that satisfies my sweet tooth! 

 

I can’t wait to hear what berry combinations are your favorite : )

 

 

 

Here’s my recipe for Red, White, and Blueberry Low-Carb Cheesecake!

Ingredients:

8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 C Heavy Cream
1 Tbsp of “cup for cup” stevia blend
A couple drops of liquid stevia
Pinch of salt (I use Pink Himalayan Salt normally)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 cup of chopped strawberries

 

Directions:

1- Beat the Cream Cheese until creamy.

2- Add stevia blend, and stevia drops, vanilla, and salt.

3- Add the Heavy Cream and whip until smooth.

4- Fold in berries (you can use whatever kind you like best!)

Put in a container and refrigerate for a couple hours until dessert!

Serves 4, ENJOY!

 

 

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It’s just that simple! It’s delicious and has no added sugar (just the fruit), so even managing Gestational Diabetes I’m good to go!

 

What’s your go to healthy summer dessert?

 

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1 Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug

Chocolate makes everything a little better doesn’t it?

I’m always on the hunt for chocolate snacks that satisfy with my sweet tooth without overloading me on the sugar!

 

Note: If you didn’t know, I have struggled with Gestational Diabetes with each of my pregnancies, here’s some info on how I beat it naturally!

 

Given my history and just being honest with myself, if I don’t find sweet things (with chocolate hopefully!) that is satisfying I’m going to end up chowing down on cookies or ice cream.

 

Thankfully I have a new favorite (and SIMPLE) recipe!

 

Check out my recipe for a 1-Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug!

 

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My FAV ? Chocolate Muffin in a Mug ? Keto ? Low Carb ?Sugar Free ?

Posted by Angela Roshto Parker on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 

 

Here’s the Recipe Breakdown:

 

Ingredients

1 Egg
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp of baking powder (I prefer an Aluminum Free option if possible)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of almond butter (try to stick with unsweetened if possible!)
1 packer of stevia sweetener (my preferred no calorie sweetener)

Directions

  • Grease a large mug (I usually recommend Coconut Oil)
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Microwave for 1 minute on high
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    Sneak-Peek Early Gender Test Review

    Updated with Results!

    “So do you know what you are having yet?”

    This is probably the most common question you get as an expectant mother, right up there with “are you still throwing up?” (which thankfully I have found a few ways to help manage it!)

    Typically, you can’t find out your baby’s gender before about 16 weeks without resorting to very expensive genetic testing (typically used for high risk pregnancies and usually costing well over $1,000). Many doctors make you wait until the 20 week anatomy scan.

    What if you just HAVE to know? 

    If you just want to find out your baby’s gender early but don’t want to spend 4 figures to do so, what’s out there?

    Sneak-Peek is a early gender DNA test that uses a small blood sample from an expectant mother to check for the presence of any “Y” chromosomes, indicated whether your baby is a boy or a girl. The test is able to detect gender at as early a date as 9 weeks, so it definitely got my attention!

    This is my third pregnancy and first time I had ever heard about a home test like this! After I learned about it, I realized it was gaining more and more popularity.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Shipping Times

    Shipping was fast and easy for me. I was pretty impressed with how quickly it came in! Sneakpeek offers a “Fast Track” option with faster shipping and turnaround, so if you are in a hurry that’s a great option.

    How Sneak Peek Works

    We don’t always think about it, but during pregnancy the mother and the baby are connected and sharing blood as it circulates through the placenta and the umbilical cord. As the mother and baby are sharing blood, traces of the baby’s DNA make their way into the mother’s blood stream. Sneak Peek works by taking a sample of the mother’s blood and analyzing it for the babies DNA.

    From there, they are able to determine if there are any Y-chromosomes present, signifying a male fetus, or if there are only X-chromosomes present, signifying a female fetus.

    Accuracy and Questions

    This was a big question for me, having a scientific background and being analytical by nature (and my husband even more so!). The basic science seems straight forward enough, even if this is a newer process.

    One thing that Sneak-Peek has going for them is a full money back guarantee if they get the gender wrong. So thankfully you don’t have much to lose if you want to give it a try!

    Getting the Sample

    The test preparation is pretty straight forward. Most people do the at home test option and follow the enclosed instructions to get a good sample (thankfully it doesn’t take much!).

    Since I’m a wimp at drawing my own blood, I went ahead and opted to do mine at a local clinic here in Bentonville. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish to take the sample and get it set for mail out. I really did appreciate that there are options for doing it at home or in a clinic environment. If you are concerned about collecting the sample yourself, you might want to consider this option.

    This off-site collection option is pretty new, and the only difference in my kit was that there was no lancets or other materials to collect my own blood (since I didn’t need to). The full home kit has all you need to get the sample yourself (which is pretty straightforward thankfully!)

    Here’s everything in the box for the home test kit:

    • detailed printed instructions
    • a scrub brush to thoroughly clean under your nails (preventing contamination)
    • a rubber band to decrease circulation (increasing blood in the fingertip)
    • three lancets for drawing the blood sample
    • a blood collection tube
    • alcohol swabs for cleaning your fingertips
    • a box for the collection tube once you have your sample
    • return postage label

    There are a lot of warnings on the box about not allowing males to handle the sample material, and I’ve heard concerns from families with a lot of males in the house about contamination (since detecting a Y chromosome is how the test works). So make sure to follow the directions carefully!

    The Results!

    Sneak Peek is very good about email communication, I was informed when my sample arrived and an estimated time until sample completion, and my results came in slightly before their expected delivery window.

    My blood draw was at about 2 PM on a Tuesday, and the sample was picked up by USPS at 3 PM. We received an email on Thursday that the sample was received and in the testing queue at 4:40 PM, and had our final results at 6:40 PM.

    So something like 52 hours from sample to results. The turnaround really was quite remarkable!

    UPDATE: So did it work?!?!

    In my case, yes it did! My test indicated we were having a boy and sure enough, he made his appearance right on time!

    Overall Thoughts and Recommendation

    I found Sneak Peek a very easy company to deal with, they were very helpful with my husband’s and my questions (of which there were quite a few!).

    Sneak Peek touts a 99% accuracy for tests collected without contamination, which is obviously pretty impressive! I felt more confident with having the blood draw in a clinic per above rather than the in home test, since there would be very little chance of male DNA contamination.

    I know that even ultrasounds are only 80% accurate (and many people verify results with multiple ultrasounds “just to be sure”. For me, I would use this test plus an ultrasound before any decision making purposes (like a gender reveal party or decorating a nursery).

    It was really fun to do and if just WANT to know as soon a possible, I would totally recommend trying it for yourself!

    If you want to try it, you can pick up your Sneak Peek test from Amazon right here!

    The “Fast Track” which offers overnight shipping and prioritized results is also available here!

    Have you heard of SneakPeek before?

    Have you used it yourself? read more

    Healthy Skin Must Haves!

    In case you haven’t seen already, I just entered the

    2nd trimester of my pregnancy! read more