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So my first trimester has been one of survival. I have been nauseous more than not and I have what feels like an unnatural tiredness. Emotionally for me this is great because it means the baby is taking my energy and thriving. Nutritionally and physically, not so great. I have been struggling to eat and by doing so I’ve been struggling to get the proper nutrients. My food regimen that seemed to work so well only weeks ago makes me sick at the thought of it; I mean salmon, yuck!

So what do I do? I cut myself slack.

I find that being overly regimented has the opposite effect on my success so I allow myself to  eat whatever I can stomach. However I make sure to focus on some basic health habits to ensure health.

  • Prenatal Vitamins every day. This was hard because it was hard to stomach them at times. Little known fact, prenatal are most effective before and during the early stages of pregnancy. This is one thing I forced on myself, especially on days I never made it through an entire meal. There are a number of prenatal vitamins on the market.
    • Look for a prenatal vitamin that includes:

      • 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid (I personally prefer folate, the non-synthetic form of B-9).
      • 400 IU of vitamin D.
      • 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium.
      • 70 mg of vitamin C.
      • 3 mg of thiamine.
      • 2 mg of riboflavin.
      • 20 mg of niacin.
      • 6 mcg of vitamin B12.
      • 10 mg of vitamin E.
      • 15 mg of zinc.
      • 17 mg of iron.
      • 150 micrograms of iodine
  • DHA supplement. The best prenatal comes as a liquid, usually a form of fish or krill oil. If you can stomach it, adding it to a smoothie is a great use of them. If not a gel cap is better than nothing.
  • Water. Early on I learned that the 16 cups (or double normal intake) recommendation for water was unrealistic and discouraging. It requires a lot of chugging of water during a time when I was only capable of sips. My solution was 2 cups in the morning, 1 cup every time I woke up from a nap, and 1 before bed. The rest of the day I sipped. This got me between 6-8 cups of water a day. It’s not ideal but it was better than nothing.
  • Exercise was pretty nonexistent. I seriously felt like I was on bed rest, I was so tired.
  • My only real food requirement was something green or raw everyday.
  • We did continue with our castor oil massages without the heat to help encourage natural detoxing.

Here are some tips from other tips, but I encourage you to be gentle with your body and expectations of yourself.

  • Smoothies: I couldn’t do it, but others swear by them)
  • Crockpot soups: They’re easy. I can tell my husband to throw the ingredients in or I can do it and leave the room to avoid smells. Also, if you add the right ingredients they are very nutritious.
  • Salad commitment: I committed to a salad a day. This helped with nutrient intake and water intake. White breads and rice settled my stomach. Rather than make myself feel guilty, I made sure to eat a large salad every day. The truly was the “better than nothing” trimester. Salads also helped me avoid the dreaded constipation of pregnancy.
  • Indulge in the good stuff: If I found a healthy food I liked, I went all in until I got sick of it. Food nutrition isn’t a cut a dry thing. Many times your body will store excess nutrients so I loaded up on foods like guacamole, lentils, carrots, apples, oatmeal because those were foods I enjoyed for a time. I didn’t force feed myself anything that made me queasy.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins#1

http://www.babypost.com/blogs/beautiful-baby-body-blog/best-foods-eat-during-first-trimester



{June 7, 2017}   Sadity Baby?

Yep! After heartbreak and false hopes we’re adding a baby to our fabulous and frugal life.



“Twizzle Twazzle Twozzle Twum, Time for this one to come home.” There used to be an old cartoon that featured “Tootle the Turtle.”

Tootle Turtle

Tootle would always get himself into all sorts of scraps in alternate worlds and on adventures and Mr. Wizard would summon him home. Well that time has finally come home for us. My husband has served in the US Air Force for twenty years. For us that means, he is retiring and we are re-entering the civilian world. Mr. Wizard was always trying to teach Tootle that he was best off and safest in the comfort of home. While I admire the lesson, I don’t know if we are ready to fully embrace it. We are leaving the military; my husband after 20 years of service, me after almost 30 years as a dependent. Yet neither one of us are mourning. We are excited for our next adventure. In the mean time, of course I will provide resources for this transition.

To start off: Here are few tips when deciding how you will move and what you are entitle to for the final PCS:

    1. Who should we see before retirement? There are some mandatory appointments that the service member must attend before the final out processing is complete. However, you’d be surprised at how few spouses think to go to those appointments as well. So far we have been to about five appointments and/ or classes and I am always the only spouse. If you can’t accompany your service member through all of the TAPS process at least go to these classes and meetings:
      • Survivor Benefits Plan – There is a face to face meeting that requires both of your signatures. If your SBP counselor doesn’t insist on your presence, insist on  it for yourself. You want to be able to ask all of your questions because the SBP is a one shot deal. Once the paperwork is signed its hard to undo. Granted you have to give your consent to be cut out to of the plan, but you may have other questions about remarriage after death, protection for future children, etc.
      • Boots to Business Lecture- Even if you are not sure you want to start a business. Its good to know your options. There are so many programs out there to help veterans and their military spouses start businesses that you should really just take advantage of good information.
      • 10 Steps to a Federal Job – This is a great job for both members of a military couple. Often retirement can mean a change in dynamics. Spouses who haven’t worked in a long time, may consider full-time employment now that moving every few years isn’t a factor. Federal employment is always a consideration. It’s the closest you will get to a military career, and for some veterans and spouses that is comforting.
      • Budget portion of TAPS – In many military families the spouse takes care of the finances because they are the consistent partner on the home front. Thus, its so important that spouses get involved in the transition budget portion of transition training. One, so you can help fill any gaps on your existing budget and financial plan. Two, because its your future too. Don’t leave your service member to create a mock budget that has no relevance to your real life. Take the help and make your budget as realistic as possible. It may be difficult to get advice later.
    2. What entitlements are available to me?Separating or Retiring Military Service Members

      Are you separating or retiring from service? Read more on what you need to know regarding your travel claim at the end of your military service. You are authorized the following entitlements:

      Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT)
      Plus (Per Diem)
      Dependent Travel
      Personally Procured Moves (PPM)
      Advance Payments

 

  1. Where will the military pay to move me? If you are,
    • SEPARATING: You must complete your travel before the 181st day (6 months) after your Separation Date on your orders. And, your travel is limited to your Home of Record (HOR) or your Place Entering Active Duty (PLEAD)
    • RETIRING: You must complete your home of selection (HOS) travel one year from the retirement date on your orders. Your travel is not limited to your HOR or PLEAD. You may claim travel to any location within the U.S. you are planning to reside after retiring
  2. How long am I entitled to military pay or a military move after retirement?
    • According to the regulation that governs military travel, your final move must be made within one year of your retirement, unless you apply for and receive an extension.
  3. How much can we make if we move ourselves verses have the military move us? PPM or DITY moves are known for making the service family money. But this may not always be the case because there’s no set rule that you will make money. Instead you make the best decision base on the information. Here are some resources to help make that decision:

 

Resources:

https://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/travelpay/armypcs/endofmilitaryservice.html

http://www.belvoir.army.mil/jppsoma/files/FAQ/retirement%20entitlements%20info%20paper.pdf

http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/retiring-from-military/qb-how-long-does-a-retiree-qualify-for-a-final-pcs.html



They say the best things in life are free, the next best things are low cost and easy to make. Not everything in life has to be difficult and sometimes getting what you paid for is actually a great thing. Such is the case for this really simple, really good, coconut ice cream!

I made it without an ice cream maker and it was smooth and creamy. 


Ingredients 

  • 1 can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt


Method 

  1. In a saucepan warm coconut milk, sugar, and salt over medium low heat until sugar is dissolved. 
  2. In a glass container freeze overnight. 
  3. The next day, allow the sweet coconut milk to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Just long enough for the solid block to begin to melt around the edges. 
  4. Chop sweet coconut milk into the food processor. 
  5. Pulse and then mix until it is creamy and smooth. 
  6. Pour mixture back into glass container and freeze for at least 4 hours. 
  7. The mixture should be slightly more solid than soft serve. 
  8. Top with garnishment or serve with cookies. 


Here is a list of garnishment ideas:

  • Fruit slices
  • Toasted coconut
  • Chocolate tuile
  • Sprinkles
  • Pokey Sticks (this is what I used)

Note: We ate this as desert to our Pho soup and it was a great pairing. 



{February 24, 2017}   Food Pho Thought

There is a definite chill in the air here in Big Sky Country. One that harkens  back to yesteryear and winters of long ago. Nowhere in sight are signs of the climate change promised and yet we know it’s here. Not two days ago, most of the snow was gone and green grass was all the eye could see. Then a warm front came in; one had hope that an early spring was on the horizon. But alas the more things change, the more they stay the same. The warmth was only a prelude to a winter storm. Since then it has snowed for nearly two days non-stop and all the progress towards greener pastures feels like it’s disappeared. Still I hold onto hope. I hold on to the hope that this cold front, though nostalgic for some, won’t last forever. I hold onto the hope that as time and weather patterns change that, though just as brutal, this winter won’t last as long as past winters. That the sun will come out and warm all it shines upon. In the meantime, winters like this are a great time to learn and try new things. What better than a soup that is a generational and cultural staple to warm you from the inside out until the rest of the world begins to thaw. As we all go through this cold winter I encourage everyone to explore new cultures, embrace new ideas, try new things, and just enjoy good food. 


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I grew up in the northwest, where a large population of Asia Americans and Asian immigrants reside. Pho was a common and cheap soup to find on a cold day and wet day. So imagine my surprise when yuppies and food trucks discovered Pho and the our staple went from “Phoe” to “Pha” and from $4 bowls at a mom and pop corner store to $15 a high end food truck. Since Pho has made its emergence to the elite it only made since to find the cooking class I attended last week at an upscale kitchen supply store would be teaching us how to make this soup like a gourmet recipe. Don’t get me wrong I was thrilled to learn this yummy Vietnamese staple. The class was more observational than hands on, so I went straight home determined to see if I could make the recipes myself. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with myself, especially since I’ve taken a little break from cooking lately. This was a great recipe to restart my passions. 

Beef Pho

Ingredients

  • 3-5 lbs. oxtail or beef bones
  • 1 1/2 – 2lbs chuck roast (I used sirloin steak)
  • (4) 3″ pieces of ginger, halved
  • 4 yellow onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 1/2 c. fish sauce 
  • 1/3 c. palm or rock sugar
  • 2-3 whole anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 pounds rice sticks (small or medium)
  • 1 sirloin steak, partially frozen
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 c. chopped cilantro 
  • 1 c. Thai or regular basil, chiffonade
  • 2 lbs. bean sprouts
  • 2-3 hot chili peppers (Thai, Anaheim, Jalepeno, Serrano)
  • 2 limes thinly wedged

Note: I cut the recipe in half for my small family and the fish sauce to a 1/4 of the called for amount to avoid an over-salted flavor as the leftovers sit in the refrigerator. 


Method 

  1. Bring 8-12 quarts of water to a boil, add beef. Boil 10 minutes then drain, rinse meat and bones. Bring another 8-12 quarters of water to boil with bones and meat, reduce heat to a simmer, skimming surface often. 
  2. Char ginger and onions over high heat on the grill (I used the broiler). Add charred finger and onions, fish sauce and sugar to the pot. Simmer an additional 60 minutes. Remove beef and set aside in refrigerator. Remove oxtail and dispose (I definitely did not do this! Pho is a humble food made to feed working class and poor people originally. Not to mention I come from a southern “waste-not want-not” family. So I used the meat from the steak and oxtail to make the most amazing BBQ sandwiches for a quick dinner). Continue to simmer broth an additional 90 minutes. 
  3. Place anise and cloves in the broth (you can place in a spice bag though I didn’t find it necessary). Simmer broth for another 30 minutes. Drain and discard spices, ginger and onions (I added mine to the BBQ). 
  4. Refrigerate broth overnight.
  5. The next day, skim fat and reheat broth. 
  6. Slice half-frozen steak. 
  7. Prepare noodles according to the package. 
  8. Chop peppers, green onions, bean sprouts, cilantro to be added as desired.
  9. In a large bowl add noodles and pour broth over noodles. 
  10. Add raw steak (only if broth is boiling hot, it will cook in the broth). Otherwise add to broth while it is still simmering and allow it to cook. 

This soup is so good! We loved every bite of it. I hope you do too. 



{February 1, 2017}  

You know that time where life is happening so fast and all of its blog worthy but you can’t seem to keep up with it all? Yea, me too. The last six months have been a blur of blogable events and yet I haven’t really blogged. So I figured maybe if I just list everything that’s been going on then I can organize my thoughts and pump out some posts. So here we go:

  1. Husband and I developed a fertility diet for me after weeks of research based on some great books and blogs. 
  2. We found out we were pregnant after one cycle on the diet. Which was wonderful because we’d been trying for awhile and had received really distressing news from the doctor. I attribute a lot of this to faith in action. I had faith God would make a way, but I didn’t sit on my laurels either. 
  3. We celebrated a milestone birthday for hubby with a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing and we loved it. 
  4. Then I went about finding the right care provider by of course researching. Who would have know this sadity girl is crunchy when it comes to her baby. I wasn’t impressed with the apathetic or overly medical options I was being offered with traditional medicine so we picked a midwife. What! It’s actually becoming more common but mine is not associated with a hospital so for me that meant I could seek the care I want and not the treatments dictated to me. 
  5. I have had to do a lot of traveling for work and family in the last few months. Which has helped me come up with a pretty stellar travel “must haves” list for the pregnant woman. 
  6. I also switched my fertility diet and exercise routine to a prenatal one. I didn’t follow one particular plan but rather I took practice options from several to create a plan for a real pregnant person. You know one who is has a  below average fitness commitment and likes food (even if it does make her sick right now).
  7. I put together a registry early on based on great advice from my sister and mother, two vets in the game. It’s also gender neutral!
  8. I’ve resisted the new mom stereotype of everything must be new and instead opted for a Sadity Cents type nursery and baby preparation. 
  9. I’m prepping for taxes because organization and life don’t stop with a baby. 
  10. And of course cooking! I will say that’s fewer and far between because standing and smelling for too long just aren’t working right now. 
  11. As a bonus I figured out the man I married is awesome! And really is the best daddy-to-be. He’s consistently take on a number of chores and pampering techniques to make this a wonderful pregnancy. 

Follow the links, which I will add as I write the relevant posts. Said posts will be written in between naps, so please be patient. 🙂



{January 18, 2017}   Christmas in Big Sky Country 



{December 19, 2016}   Let’s Play Catch Up

It’s nearing the end of the year and I’m in a reflective mood.  I was looking at all of the photos on my camera and all of the blog posts that I started and didn’t finish. Some don’t even seem relevant, but that is the beauty of blogging. Someone may read this years from now and my blogs are completely relevant. to them. So I decided why not finish up some of the vacation series and other topics series I never finished so at least for posterity there will be a complete set and the timeline of my life won’t be missing large chunks.  So over the next few weeks you may see several posts that are linked to older posts. I’m just playing catch up and then I can write about all of the current and amazing things that are going on in my life. See you next year my friends!



{November 4, 2016}   Voting

A cute post about the importance of voting during this election season.

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We always take the kids with us when we vote. This year was no exception for early voting.

Me: Ladybug our current president is President Barack Obama. Today we’re voting for a new president.

Ladybug: …another guy?

Me: Today we’re voting for a girl.

Ladybug: Like me?

Me: yes, like you!

Ladybug:With curly hair?

Me: Maybe next time…

Our kids need role models in all walks of life. They notice when they are and aren’t represented, regardless of their age.Our Politics, Presidents, Senate and House should look like our country; diverse. Go vote!

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