Friday, April 29, 2011

Beauty | Week 3

Beauty.  {sigh}  Why did I start this topic @ 22 weeks pregnant?  I'm feeling anything but beautiful these days.  I'm actually feeling more like this:

- round
- puffy
- my thighs rub together
- nothing I put on looks right
- I feel un-proportioned and awkward

Yet everyone keeps telling me I'm glowing, that pregnancy is beautiful, ya de da de da! 

{everything I tell other pregnant women and they give me the paleeeeeeze eye roll}

Yup, you guessed it... I'm now giving it back to them!

Yes, pregnancy is beautiful, because God created it.  Whether you are pregnant or not, you may be feeling a lot like me!  There are things that contribute to our puffy days!


AVOID THESE: 10 Things That Make You Look Puffy & Bloated!

1. Salt: Don't add salt to anything; instead add pepper and spices.2. Sugar: Don't add sugar to your coffee or food. Avoid sugary foods. 3. Refined carbs: Focus on eating whole foods: like fruits, veggies, and lean protein.  Refined carbs are stripped of all fiber and nutritional value.  They are also loaded with preservatives, sugar, and additives! 4. Empty calories:  Avoid foods and beverages with empty calories.  These foods/drinks are high in energy but low in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fiber, and essential fatty acids).  Soda, candy, and junk foods are good examples of empty calories. 5. Caffeine: (Coffee, chocolate, tea, cocoa, cola and sodas). Although moderate caffeine intake isn't likely to cause harm, too much can lead to some unpleasant effects. Heavy daily caffeine use — more than 500 to 600 mg a day — may cause: insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, upset stomach, rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, and more.  Too much can also dehydrate you. 6. Soda: No good!  Read about 8 ways soda fizzles your health here. 7. Artificial sweeteners:  You may think that you are helping your body by drinking diet sodas and substituting sugar with those artificial sweeteners, but research has shown that it actually can make you gain weight! 8. White flour, Wheat, and Gluten: Some people believe that they feel better and less puffy when they eat less wheat. Wheat is one of the seven top allergens and intolerance to it can be difficult to diagnose. Excluding wheat or gluten from your diet is the most effective way to diagnose intolerance. It contains more gluten than other grains and is difficult for your digestive system to digest, leaving you feel bloated. Foods to avoid – wheat, rye, oats, barley, white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits, muffins, cakes, crumpets, sausages, barley, corn, millet, oat bran, oat flour, rice bran, rye, sorghum, grain, wheat bran, whole wheat flour, nuts and seeds, cottonseed flour, pistachios, sesame flour, sunflower flour. 9. Lactose Intolerance: Lactose is commonly found in dairy products (especially cow’s milk) and protein powder supplements (milk protein and egg source). 10. Lack of sleep:  If you are not getting a good night's sleep, this affects your cortisol levels.  Lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  A good night's sleep is vital to your beauty! 


How's your inner beauty?  Have you been in God's Word?  Have you been asking Him to refine your character?  So many fruits that God made have an abundance of health benefits (antioxidants, cleansing power, they clear our skin, etc). 

Let's focus on a different kind of fruit... The Fruit Of The Spirit!

Galatians 5:22: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

How can you be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit today? 

1. Confess you sin (1 John 1:9)
2. Tell Jesus He is in control of your life; relinquish your control.
3. Ask Him to fill you and control you with His Spirit.
4. Maintain: Continually do 1-3 throughout the day and meditate on scripture.  Place 3x5 cards in your kitchen, bathroom, and purse!

Have you grabbed this beauty button yet?  The code is to the right in my sidebar! 


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blank Pages

Blank page staring back at me.

Heart full, wanting to write.

Not knowing how to express it all;

So i wait.

Blank page staring back at me.

Mind racing with no place to start;

So i wait.

Blank page staring back at me.

He gently whispers in my ear, my heart.

How can you write if you have not met with me,

the writer of your soul,

the giver of your breath,

the maker and very essence of your passion and desire?

I hear Him this morning through my blank page.

Warm tears roll down my cheeks.

Yes Lord, I hear you.

I need your filling before I can be emptied out on blank pages.

You are a blank page that He longs to write upon.  Don't forget to meet with the author of your soul.

Psalm 63:1-8

1 O God, you are my God;

I earnestly search for you.

My soul thirsts for you;

my whole body longs for you

in this parched and weary land

where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in your sanctuary

and gazed upon your power and glory.

3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;

how I praise you!

4 I will praise you as long as I live,

lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.

I will praise you with songs of joy.

6 I lie awake thinking of you,

meditating on you through the night.

7 Because you are my helper,

I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you;

your strong right hand holds me securely.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake

An easy peasy dessert your kids could make!  This is a great one to whip up when you are in a hurry.  It is (of course) super yummy too!

2 pkgs french vanilla instant pudding
1 box of graham crackers
1 8 oz. cool whip
1 can fudge frosting

Prepare pudding as directed and mix in cool whip.
Line 9x13 inch pan with graham crackers to cover.
Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over crackers.
Make another layer of crackers.
Pour remaing pudding over top.
Make another layer of crackers.
Frost the top with the fudge frosting.

Linking with Beauty and Bedlam's blog.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Pregnancy Pictures And Natural Labor

22 Weeks Pregnant (Baby #3)

With my 2 other children, I've been induced (one a week late, one a week early).  I'm really not sure why I was induced a week early with my 2nd child... I disliked the whole procedure.  Water was broken, contractions started, contractions stopped.  Pitocin was given... then given some more, and more and more... and then epidural was given.  By the time I hit my transition mark (which was from 4 to 5 cm) the baby was in distress.  Oxygen was administered to me, and by this time epidural had completely wore off!  I felt everything (with a whole bunch of pitocin in my system).  Baby was out 15 minutes later.

With all that being said, I'd LOVE to go into labor on my own and I'm praying fervently for that!  Would you join me?  I also have been researching NATURAL LABOR and I desire to go that route.  I do not look down upon women that choose epidurals... I've had 2.  BUT, I am looking into my rights and so many things I was never "taught" by the medical profession.

Pros Of Natural Labor

Natural labor is not simply something for mothers to endure; the process provides key mental and physical benefits for mother and baby. When not interfered with, natural labor helps to protect the fetal brain, prepare his lungs, and build his immune system. When uninterrupted, hormonal interplays provide imprinting and attachment between mother and baby, protect mother’s mood, and initiate instinctual parenting behaviors.

  • Most natural childbirth techniques are not invasive, so there is little potential for harm/side affects for the baby.
  • There is no loss of sensation or alertness.
  • You are not tied down to the bed but free to move around.
  • More likely to have the natural bonding process between mom and baby.
  • Less likely to have negative effects of medication after delivery.
  • More likely to get up, walk around, and feel more yourself after labor.

How To Prepare For Natural Labor
  • Develop a birth plan.
  • Communicate your wishes to your doctor or midwife.
  • Consider hiring a Doula if your doctor won't be present. throughout the duration of your delivery.
  • Consider childbirth education.
  • Be prepared but have realistic expectations.
  • Research different coping mechanisms during labor (rubbing your back, birthing ball, cold therapy, laboring in a tub with jets, etc).

How about you?  What have your experiences been like? 

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Beauty | Week 2

Last week was our first week of Inner and Outer Beauty @ Ordinary Inspirations.  Want a button?  Grab the code at the bottom of my sidebar! 

Come back every Friday for a new way to make you inner and outer beauty SHINE! 

Rebekah took the simple challenge of painting her nails.  She also went so far as to get her hair done.  She looks marvelous doesn't she?!

Here's what Rebekah had to say about the first challenge:

Thinking about your post from last Friday, how difficult really is it for us to paint our nails or do a little something extra that we know our husband will appreciate?

One of my husband’s favorite “beauty” things for me to do is have painted finger nails – and even though he never says anything when I don’t do it (which is too often) I know that it makes him a little extra happy whenever I do (I’m attempting to increase the frequency! lol) And, here’s a shocker, it makes me feel better too! Imagine that! Just a simple act of painting your finger nails can make you feel beautiful.

I mentioned in the comments section on Friday that I struggle too with feeling beautiful. I do believe that half of actually being beautiful for our husbands has to do with feeling beautiful. So often, my husband tells me I am, only to have me retort back, “Am not!” – sounds funny, but, for me anyways, it is the truth. Thank you again for challenging all of us with this!

Inner Beauty Tip | Week 2
Don't be a gossip 

Zip up your mouth. A GOSSIP is very unbecoming. She is also known to be crude and cruel. Have your conversation honest among men and God! You will make yourself more beautiful for it!  Seek to be a peace maker (Psalm 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!") 

Read more over here: 10 Reasons Why Women Shouldn't Gossip

                 Outer Beauty Tip | Week 2                   
Laugh, smile, hugs & kisses.

There is a cute, older lady at our church, that hugs and kisses EVERYONE she sees. She just puts a smile on my face every time I see her. She leaves a lipstick stain on my cheek, but I don't care. She sure knows how to put a smile on my face and warm my heart! She even said that receiving a kiss raises your hemoglobin levels! Who knew.

BUT, when I say hugs and kisses... let's just focus on our family, shall we? After all, the ones closest to us are sometimes the hardest to love. Laughing and smiling raises your endorphins too!

Having a happy (contented) heart and outlook makes us truly beautiful!  Read about how our husbands don't need a skinny wife over here. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I Need Your Help

Will you take 2 seconds of your time to vote for my friend Jaime? 

Jaime is a beautiful woman of God, an amazing wife, and a stay at home mom raising 3 boys!

She is currently in 14th place with 3 days left.  She is trying to stay in the top 20 to be considered for 1 of 5 positions to be an editor of a company.

Thank you for voting!  Do it now so you won't forget?  Thank you friends.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Chicken Scampi Recipe

I've been staring at this recipe for almost a year and I finally made it yesterday.  Oh so good!  I've always heard of Shrimp Scampi, but never Chicken Scampi. 

I made it the "standard" way but feel free to add some of your own variations (fresh broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, and/or tomatoes)!

4-6 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons parsley
2 Tablespoons oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine (I used cooking wine)
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/8 cup lemon juice
2 boneless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
Romano cheese, grated

Combine all ingredients.  Bake @ 450 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve over angel hair pasta with grated Romano cheese. 

Serves 2-3 people (adjust recipe as needed)

Linking up at Beauty and Bedlam.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

I Don't Feel Beautiful

I've always struggled with not feeling beautiful!  Most of my life I've felt akward, unproportioned, and unworthy.  But God says I'm the most beautiful person to Him; and SO ARE YOU! 

He didn't make a mistake when he gave you that extra mole, that stocky build (when you'd rather be a size 4), or that goofy laugh.  He made you special... just the way you are!

Here, at Ordinary Inspirations, I feel passionate about promoting women's health and beauty.  That is why, every Friday, I will be discussing a beauty tip (for your Inner and Outer beauty)!


Without being beautiful on the inside, we can't fool anyone (at least not for very long) about our outward appearance. Psalm 139:23-24 says to examine ourselves before the Lord. Check in with Him daily. Read His Word. Memorize scripture. Pray. Confess your sin (1 John 1:9). Meditate on His truths. A guaranteed beauty tip!

PRAYER: "Dear Lord, help me to SHINE YOU, and not ME.  Help my very countenance reflect You, everyday."



Pick a day during the week to pamper yourself. It doesn't have to be the same day each week. Do things throughout the day, as you have time. Maybe do some extra shaving, plucking, tweezing and clipping. Lotion your legs, arms, and face. Clip your toe nails. Scrub your feet. Lotion them and paint your nails.

After the kids go to bed, put on a nice, warm facial mask. Maybe take a bubble bath? It will rejuvenate you! Sometimes, I like to take a second shower at night, just so I can stay in there as long as I want, without being interrupted. I turn the water up really really WARM and stand under it, letting it run down my face. Haaaaaaaaaa!

Sometimes  we may think it is selfish to care about our outer beauty.  But guess what?  It's not.  We need to do something special for ourselves every once in awhile.  It rejuvinates us as moms, wives, and women!

Go on... get your beauty on!  Don't forget to check in the REAL MIRROR (God's Word) first.

*** If you want, send me a jpg image of your beautifications!  I'd love to feature you in next Friday's post!***


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inner And Outer Beauty Tips


A safe place to share your advice and beauty tips (inner and outer) and/or anything related to women's health!  Come back this Friday to check it out.  Interested? 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Love Me Some New Clothes!

This contest is now closed.  CONNIE is the winner!  Congrats.  Please email me with the title "Impel Contest Winner"

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They strive to continually offer women what they are looking for: modesty, style, affordability, and functionality. Impel Clothing wants to help women feel feminine and attractive while reflecting their true beauty from within.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Storm You Are In Today!

 "Instead of telling God

how big your storm is,

why not tell the storm how

BIG YOUR GOD IS!"-anonymous

Psalm 56:8 "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

We have an amazing God who holds all of our precious tears in a bottle.  He will not leave you alone during your trials!  Don't try to fight your battles alone... let HIM be your refuge and strength.

Have you heard THIS SONG by Laura's Song?  You have to!  May it bless you today.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Names

Since my husband and I decided we are not finding out the sex of our 3rd child, we are having a blast looking up all the cute baby names!

Here are some of our favorites for Girl/Boy.  Please vote for your #1 favorite for each sex


1) Grant Douglas
2) Austin Douglas
3) Justin Douglas
4) Parker Douglas
5) Brady Douglas


1) Avery Nicole
2) Taylor Nicole
3) Reagan Nicole
4) Delaney Nicole
5) Jordyn Nicole
6) Kendal Nicole

Happy voting!  I can't wait to hear what you like.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Lesson In Submitting To Our Husbands

When I think of submission in marriage, according to the bible, I tend to think of BIG, SPIRITUAL matters;  submitting to my husband as the head, allowing Him to lead in the areas of our home.

Colossians 3:18
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Epheisians 5:22,24
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
I am truly thankful that I married a man that I can respect and submit to easily (for the most part).
But then there are moments of weakness and stubbornness on my part.  I can be a head-strong first-born and so unwilling to budge on certain matters.
When we had a disagreement about a month ago about whether or not we would find out the sex of our 3rd child, I dug my heels in!  He wanted to keep it a secret and I wanted to find out.  We both weren't budging!  We joked a lot about it, but we both had our minds made up.
I realized that sometimes submission is simply laying down our own will and wishes for what our spouse desires. 

End of story.

It sounds simple... and meaningless... but this was something that was really important to me. 


The thing is, when I made the choice to sacrifice my desire to find out our baby's sex, I immediately had peace about it!  God changed my heart!

Are there things (seemingly small things) in your marriage that you just won't budge on?  Are they life or death?  Are you willing to lay them down for what your spouse desires?


1. Submission isn't just for the big things... it sometimes means just laying down our desires and putting our spouse's wishes first.

2. When we choose to put our spouse first, we glorify God.

3. God will give you peace in your submission and change your heart as you have the right intentions.

4. Ask yourself, is this really life or death if I lay down my will in this matter?


Monday, April 4, 2011

Strong National Museum Of Play

Family nights are the best!  What do you enjoy doing with your family that is memorable?Photobucket