13 Must Have Baby Products in 2019

If you are new around here… I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago!

Read My Home Birth Story Here

There is a little bit of a gap between my middle child and my now baby (5.5 years!) so I sort of felt like a new mom again this go around.

It was really hard for me to remember what I actually needed for a baby… not what I was “supposed” to buy… but what I was ACTUALLY going to use.

So that’s why I’m coming here… 6 months into this baby mama thing… sharing what I’m actually using and what you really should have on your registry. 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

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

 

You find yourself REALLY wanting a sweet snack but knowing that you REALLY don’t need all the sugar?

 

That’s like my whole life right now! Managing my tendency toward gestational diabetes means that I really can’t deal with sugar or carbs so I’ve been experimenting!

 

Here’s my latest creation!

 

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

4 Low Carb Tortilla (I LOVE this one!)
1 Tablespoon of Butter melted
2-3 Tablespoons of stevia blend
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

 

Directions

Brush melted butter on each side of tortillas.

Mix stevia & Cinnamon together.

Cut tortillas into 6 triangles each and dip each side into stevia/Cinnamon blend.

Bake at 350 degrees on baking tray covered in parchment paper for 10 minutes.

 

Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

8 oz of cream cheese softened
1 tablespoon of stevia blend.
1/4 teaspoon on cinnamon.
1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans.

 

Directions

Beat together cream cheese, stevia, and cinnamon until smooth.

Fold in pecans.

 

Note: The stevia blend I use is a cup for cup substitute for sugar (this one is a good choice if you want to try it!). You can use any sweetener you like, just sweeten to taste.

 

 

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The number one thing destroying your health, your energy, and your waistline…

This is the number one thing destroying your health, your energy, and your waistline…
Plus  FIVE TIPS to get yourself on track before it is too late!

 

Watch to Learn the Number One Cause of Our Health Issues

 

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The Number One Thing Destroying Your Health

? This is the number one thing destroying your health, your energy, your waistline ?➕Plus ? FIVE TIPS to get yourself on track before it is too late ⏰

Posted by Grassfed Mama on Monday, July 16, 2018

 

Why is it so important to pay attention to how much sugar we eat? read more

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?

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    The Day I Failed My Gestational Diabetes Test

    8 years ago… I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy…

    Everything was going well…

    until I was 28 weeks and went for my gestational diabetes screening test.

     

    I thought “I’m the healthiest person I know!” I got this!

     

    But when my results came back that I had failed…

    I was crushed.

    I was shocked.

    I felt all alone.

     

    I needed a plan, but I honestly didn’t have any support system set up for myself.

    All the recipes I had were “healthy” but used grains, beans, fruits, starchy vegetables.

     

    Nothing I normally ate or cooked would work anymore.

     

    I sat at the kitchen table every night for two weeks and cried.

     

    Thankfully, now I have some (actually good!) low carb meals on the plan!

     

    This week (I’m 16 weeks pregnant now with my third baby), as I was sitting down at the table… instead of crying, I was meal planning.

     

    And it made me think… what is different here? 

     

    I’m in the same situation (albeit 8 years later!) and I possibly have the same diagnosis as I did 8 years ago, but this time…

    I feel empowered.

    I feel prepared.

    I feel healthy. 

     

    On my piece of paper I wrote:

    > Low Carb Tacos
    > Guacamole & Bacon Open Faced Burgers
    > Chicken Salad on Lettuce Wraps

     

    The only difference was now I had my tool box.

    I already have a pantry with products and staples to make healthy low carb recipes.

    I already know what to eat.

     

    Maybe you are thinking about changing your diet… but you feel lost – “What would I even eat?!?!” You may be asking…

     

    What if you had everything you needed to set yourself up for success right from the start?

     

    • Recipes
    • Problem Solving Tips
    • Inspiration

     

    Would that change how your experience went?

    Probably you would get better results too! 

     

    Listen to my story here and how everything changed for me:

     

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    ? Flashback to 8 years ago… I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy… Everything was going well… until I was ?? 28 weeks and went for my gestational diabetes screening test. I thought "I'm the healthiest person I know!" I got this! ??But when my results came back that I had failed… ?I was crushed. I was shocked. I felt all alone. What happened next changed my LIFE! See more recipes at Grassfed Mama

    Posted by Angela Roshto Parker on Friday, June 15, 2018

     

    I ended up writing an e-book about my experience and process of beating Gestational Diabetes using ONLY diet. I hope it can be of use to you if you or a loved one is struggling with this!

    Check it out here!

     

    If you are interested in starting your own journey with me,

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    Healthy Skin Must Haves!

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

    2nd trimester of my pregnancy! read more

    12 Week Baby Parker Update!

     12 WEEK UPDATE 

     I just got back from my appointment with my midwife – and I got to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time!

    EXCITING 

     

    So the baby likes to move… and kick… A Lot  so that’s going to be more interesting as they grow and get stronger.

    So I really have been feeling them for the past week! Crazy 

    As for me… my health is good  but I’m still getting sick and dealing with nausea and food aversions. Some days are better than others 

    I have to fill out a food journal before my next appointment and I hope I can add more than the 5 foods I’m able to eat now  (I wish I wasn’t joking )

     

    This chocolate smoothie is what I’m able to get down most mornings. Thankfully its got great vitamins and minerals in it!

     

    I told Adam I was already over pants so I went to Walmart for my Mother’s Day gift and bought some skirts and dresses 

     

    I would appreciate any prayers if you could! 

     

    If you want to learn more about my previous birth experiences, my girls birth stories are here and here! 🙂

     

    P.S.  Amazon is running some really SWEET deals today! I put them on my special influencer list of you want to check them out  The Himalayan Salt Lamp is 

    >> Amazon.com/shop/Grassfedmama

    A Baby Journal You Will Actually Use!

    So be honest with me…

     

    How many of you were actually good about putting things in your children’s “Baby Books”?

     

    My eldest daughter Aidalyn found her baby book when were going through some things in her room, and she guilted me pretty hard on not having much of anything in it! Total #MomWin right there 

     

    I love the idea of using a Baby book to remember things that I KNOW I’ll end up forgetting, but a written book just wasn’t cutting it for me.

     

    Enter Qeepsake!

     

     I learned about Qeepsake after seeing it on Shark Tank  and I thought “Wow! That’s an awesome idea for saving memories for my girls!”

    Anyways, I decided to try it out!

     

    Side note: if you are looking for a good physical baby book, I’ve had several people recommend “My Baby Book” from Amy Krouse Rosenthal to me. It’s super cute and has some fun features if you do still want a physical book to write in!

     

    So what is Qeepsake?

    Qeepsake is a service designed to send you routine text messages (or Facebook messages if you prefer) asking short questions about your children. You simply reply to the messages and your answers are stored in your account!

     

     Here is a sample of the questions it will ask you and save your answers. It’s all pretty seamless and simple!

     

     

    Even better, you can make an actual printed book later of the answers and photos you share, or you can just enjoy looking at it online for fun!

     

    I know I’m not the only mom who would love an easy way to keep track of all the funny sayings and memories of my kids… but let’s be real right? 

    I can actually do this! 

     

     If you want to try it out with me, head here to try it for free!

     

    Qeepsake Lite is free but doesn’t have all the available features. If you find you like it, there are plans from $1.99 a month to $7.99 a month that unlock photos, multiple users, and more.  I ended up going ahead and going the premium route because it works so nicely 🙂

    If you want to sign-up, please use my referral link. It won’t cost you any extra but I would sure appreciate it! 🙂

     

    Pro Tip!  Qeepsake has the ability to connect to your Instagram and Facebook accounts and directly add a post you share to your account to save for later. You just use #qeepsake and it all works perfectly!

     

    Have you tried Qeepsake or another online baby book option? Share your experience with us so others can make an informed decision!