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May 31, 2016

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Good morning Mamas!

How did everyone enjoy their loooooooong weekend? All 3 of us had lovely weekends – lots of family and friend time. Could have used a little more sleep time!

First I want to share with y’all our first podcast interview. Kristen, the incredible founder of www.NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com, interviewed us recently for her inspiring and informative (and extremely popular!) podcast. It’s live so please go check it out here:


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We had such a great time chatting with Kristen, discussing those magical 9 months and how to find oodles of inspiration every day!

Early Signs Of Pregnancy

Who hasn’t wondered before a missed period if they might be pregnant this month!? It’s such a wild, emotional time – trying to have a baby. And crazy enough, most early signs of pregnancy feel just like you’re about to get your period.

But when we’re trying to have a baby, clinging to these small signs mean everything to us! So here is your little cheat sheet of early signs of pregnancy. Every month is a new chance to make a miracle. And when in doubt, lady, just go pee on a stick 🙂

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Mangia Monday: Quick and Healthy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

May 23, 2016

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My husband made this recipe when we were first married. It is now a staple in our home because it’s extremely quick and easy to make AND It. Is. Delicious! Once again, a perfect for a week night meal. If he can do it, so can you…Love ya, honey!

Quick and Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

*Makes 1 9×13 pan of enchiladas – serves 4-5
1 Rotisserie Chicken
1 can Red Enchilada Sauce (14 oz can is plenty, I use Medium heat)
10 Corn Tortillas
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Canned or Frozen Corn
Black Beans
Garlic Salt
Dried Oregano
Shredded Lettuce
TOPPINGS: salsa, sour cream, taco sauce, etc.

  1. Shred the meat from the rotisserie chicken and place in a bowl.
  2. Spray your 9×13 pan. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Create your assembly line: line up a bowl of shredded cheese, a bowl chicken, and a bowl of enchilada sauce. Dip a tortilla in the enchilada sauce. Add chicken and cheese, and roll up the tortilla placing it seam side down in oven pan.
  4. Continue dipping, filling, and rolling tortillas until pan is full (about 10 enchiladas).
  5. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas. Sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top.
  6. Cover pan with tin foil, and bake for 10 minutes. Take off foil, and continue to bake for another 10 minutes – or until the tortillas and cheese get a little crispy.
  7. While tortillas are warming, heat up the black beans (sprinkled with garlic salt, ground cumin, and dried oregano to taste) and the corn. Shred the lettuce.
  8. Serve enchiladas with corn, beans, and lettuce on top. Add any extras – sour cream, salsa, taco sauce, your pick!

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How Writing Helped Me Stay Sane for 40 Weeks of Pregnancy

May 17, 2016

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Every single person on this earth has a talent. Some innate part of ourselves that makes us excited to get up in the morning – that we’d gladly put in 80 hours a week toward because it doesn’t feel like work. If we do what we love, it doesn’t feel like work. Isn’t that the saying?

I believe these talents can transform as we get older. Forbes.com came out with an article that said millennials could have up to 20 different careers over the course of our working lives. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/08/14/job-hopping-is-the-new-normal-for-millennials-three-ways-to-prevent-a-human-resource-nightmare/] I can’t decide if that statistic is inspiring or exhausting. I guess I’ll choose to find hope in it as I’m one millennial who has had a few different careers in her life already. There is a theme to them all however. That theme is Creativity. I am a creative person. A singer, a performer, an artist, a songwriter – I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that true happiness is when I am being creative.

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Moving forward to the 40 (plus!) weeks of pregnancy, let’s just say I didn’t feel creative during that time. Which is odd because growing a child from nothing but love is honestly the most creative thing a woman can do, don’t you think? Regardless, I’d heard about postpartum depression, but I had no term to describe this prenatal fog. This suppressed feeling that seemed to surround the nine rather long months. And women don’t talk about it. Pregnancy is the most magical gift given to us, and it is hard – almost taboo – to talk about the negative sides to it. Believe me, it wasn’t until that glorious little girl was put in my arms for the first time that I literally felt the fog suddenly lift and leave me with an enormous sense of relief. Heavy stuff that was finally being released.

Whether you’ve felt that suppression or not, it is still a colossal transformation we go through bringing a child into the world. And my creative outlet, my salvation, became writing. I am a firm believer in getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier than you normally would in the morning and spending that time by yourself writing.

This writing will become a clearing of the cobwebs – if you will – to get motivated to start your day. It brings a clean slate to your day. Sometimes these morning writings are to-do lists, or a “Dear Diary”, or maybe nothing but simply writing “I don’t know what to say” over and over for three pages. Hey, not every day can be a study in inspiration. The important thing is that you write. I learned this habit from The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. And while I’d heard about books and genius ideas coming out of this practice, I truly didn’t believe it until it happened to me.

It was maybe five months into my pregnancy (or 18 weeks pregnant – but who is counting?!) that I saw the pattern emerge. I was not writing “Dear Diaries” or to-do lists in those first 15 minutes. I was suddenly writing inspirations, meditations, soul sessions to help myself be truly mindful during that challenging time. And just like that (plus some blood, sweat, and tears), a new dream was born. The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama became real, became tangible, became a book.

Here are some lessons I learned by writing every day – Your “Pregnancy Writing Tips” to get you through 1 week of pregnancy through 41 weeks of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Writing Tips and Encouragement:

  • Do it. Write. Everyday. Journal your thoughts onto a piece of paper and watch ideas, entrepreneurial thoughts, undiscovered dreams emerge.
  • Don’t be distracted or turned away at the beginning. Like everything writing is a muscle that has to be worked and strengthened.
  • It’s okay to suck once in awhile (slash most of the time). You have to get the bad thoughts out in order to get to the good ones.
  • Find your talent. Find your creativity. And then follow it! It will lead to a surprising, fulfilling, and purposeful life. We are only here for a short time – you MUST make the most of it.
  • Do not be afraid of putting yourself out there. Do not worry about what the world thinks of your newest dream. Deep down everyone simply admires those that go after what they want with courage and without apology.
  • You will be amazed at the changes your life will go through when you write. I promise, you will be amazed at what dreams will come.

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May 6, 2016

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Mangia Monday: Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

May 2, 2016

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Tortellini Pasta Salad

1 family sized package of cheese tortellini
1 red bell pepper chopped or small jar of peppadew peppers chopped
Handful of basil chopped (use amount to your liking)
Italian or Greek Salad Dressing
parmesan cheese or feta crumbles
OPTIONAL: Salami chopped (non-pregnant mamas, only!)

1.) Boil the tortellini according to package instructions, and while that is cooking away, chop up all peppers, basil and salami.

2.) Grate parmesan cheese.

3.) When the tortellini is finished boiling, drain in a colander, and then run cold water over them until pasta has cooled off. You can also place in refrigerator instead. If you do that, drizzle a little dressing over noodles so they don’t stick!

4.) Place tortellini in a bowl and add in peppers, basil and Salami. Add the salad dressing to your liking, and mix all together. Top with parmesan cheese before serving, and you are ready to go! I like to place mine in the fridge for a bit so all the flavors blend together. Makes for a yummy spring and summer side dish!

Mangia! xo, Kara

***I, Kacey, made this the other night and added a few extras:

– Halve some cherry tomatoes and sautee up with the bell peppers for some extra warmth and yumminess!
– Add a can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans


Want more easy, healthy dinner ideas? What if I told you that an entire weeks (6 days!) worth of dinner recipes (PLUS grocery list!) was at your fingertips? Already planned out and ready to be consumed by you and your family? Well, I’m telling you now! Here it is – See below!

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