The NEW Mighty Mommies Has Launched!

Hi Everyone,

I am proud to announce that the NEW Mighty Mommies website has launched.  I hope you all will check it out and enjoy.  Please feel free to leave comments and feedback.  This will be my last blog entry on this page.  All of my blog entries will now be at www.mightymommies.com/blog

This includes my product recommendations and my recipes.  Thanks for following.

All My Best,

Autumn

www.mightymommies.com

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May 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

Whats In Your Easter Basket?

Easter is just a few days away and if you are anything like me you have waited until the last-minute to go shopping for all of the goodies you will fill your childs Easter Basket with.  As I walked through the “Easter Basket” isles of Target yesterday I couldn’t help but feel frustrated at all of the CRAP that lined the shelves.  Tweeps, Cadbury Eggs, Jelly Beans, Candy Bars, Chocolate bunnies and crosses, Chocolate Eggs and oh so much more that just makes my stomach turn.  I’m not an over the top mom who doesn’t give her kids treat but think about it, how much do they really NEED to have given to them all at once????

I decided to be a little more creative for my boys (Dominic, is 1 and Max my step-son is 10).  Dominic was easy, he doesn’t understand the idea of an Easter Basket so he wont know what he’s missing, but Max is another story.  He looks forward to the candy and chocolate and likes to eat it every day (or as much as we let him) until its gone.  As if that isn’t bad enough he ends up getting 3 baskets.  One from my husband and I, one from his mom, and one from his grandma.  That is an insane amount of junk food for any kid to be given all at once.

So what do you do instead of the normal sweet treats?  You get creative!  Dominic will be getting a few new toy cars, a new book and sidewalk chalk.  Max is getting a large bubble maker, water balloons, and a small gift card to Target.  They both got a new outfit and YES I did get them each a little bit of candy.  We will also color eggs, which is great because they both love hard-boiled egg and this is a healthy fun treat.  They look forward to picking their egg each day that they get to eat. 

When you start shopping for goodies think outside the box.  What game can you get them to use their bodies, is there a book that your child might enjoy reading.  Have they been asking for something from a specific store that you can get them a gift card too?  Also make use of those plastic eggs, put notes, coupons and small amounts of money, keep it fun and remember Easter is NOT about the candy.

A little motivation for keep large amounts of candy out of your childs Easter Basket

Peeps: 4 of these fun marshmallow treats adds up to 130 calories and 32 grams of sugar.  YIKES can you say “bouncing of the walls?”

Jelly Beans: How bad can they be?  Well if you eat 2 or 3 not to bad.  Each bean has about 6 calories.  But these are one of those candies we eat mindlessly.  You can easily go through 3-4 servings (35 jelly beans = 1 Serving) very fast and each serving has 140 calories.

Cadbury Creme Egg: The 1.2-ounce egg comes with 150 calories, 5 grams of fat and 25 grams of carbs. These are my FAVORITES.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: This Easter Basket favorite has 180 calories and 10 grams of fat.  If you were to eat a regular Reese’s cup you would eat HALF the calories of the Egg.  They taste the same I’m going for the lesser calorie count:)

Large Chocolate Bunny: This one might shock you, the average 7 ounce rabbit contains 1050 calories. 

5 Brachs Malted Easter Eggs:  180 calories

1 Nestle’s Crunch Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny: 692 calories

12 Cadbury Chocolate Eggs: 190 calories

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Lets do a little experiment, what might you eat on Easter day from the basket?

6 Cadbury chocolate Eggs…95 calories

1 serving of Jelly beans (35 beans)… 140 calories

1 Reese’s peanut butter egg… 180 calories

1 Cadbury Cream Egg…150 calories

1 Peep…32.5 calories

Total Calories…597.5

Thats in 1 day before eating any Easter dinner.  Not the best. 

Enjoy Easter but remember EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

HAPPY EASTER

April 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

Second Trimester Fitness

Can you believe it? 14 weeks has passed and you are now in your second trimester.  Morning sickness should be subsiding, your energy should be on its way back and before you know it you will feel the first movements from your little bundle of joy.  This is the second trimester and probably the time you will feel BEST during your pregnancy.  Enjoy it! 

Once again we need to look at your workout routine and make a few minor adjustments.  First of all it is best if you no longer lay on your back for long periods of times, as this can put pressure on your Vena Cava, slowing the blood flow back to you heart and causing you to get dizzy.  It can also slow the blood flow to your baby.  Im sure your first thought is that you can no longer do crunches or any exercise to keep your abdominal muscles strong because you can’t lay on your back….NOT TRUE.  It is important to continue to work your core muscles all the way to the end of your pregnancy.  There are a few ways to modify your abdominal exercises.

1.) Most crunches can be done standing up: This might sound weird but it works and is very safe for you and the baby.  Here is a link on how to do a standing crunch as well as a standing bicycle crunch.

http://bit.ly/aSlR07

2.) You can also do exercises in a sitting position.  Once again this prevents the baby from putting pressure on the Vena Cava.  Here is a link of mine on how to do sitting abdominal exercises.

http://bit.ly/cf8JRl

3.) Plank is also a great abdominal exercise.  If you are a beginner start on your knees and work your way up to the more advanced versions.  Here is the link on how to do a plank.

http://bit.ly/atHvbd

Now that we’ve covered working your core lets talk about cardio.  Your blood volume has been steadily increasing and soon your body will be caught up and your heart won’t have to work quiet as hard as it did in the first trimester.  You will still get out of breath much faster than you did before you were pregnant, you are growing a baby afterall.  In the 2nd trimester you can usually step up your cardio just a little.  You can walk a little faster, swim a little longer or bike a for a few extra minutes.  It is still important to listen to your body and not over do it.  If you feel good go for it, but remember if you are tired or not feeling good take it easy or take the day off. 

All of the rules from the first trimester still apply in the second.  Drink plenty of water, don’t exercise in extreme heat, wear loose fitting clothes that keep you cool and most important have your doctors permission before you begin a fitness program.

What types of exercise will you do during your second trimester?

March 22, 2010 at 3:55 am Leave a comment

Turkey Chili

Ok everyone I have to share this recipe with you!  I have really gotten into clean eating and cooking this last month and I get so excited when I find a great recipe.  I actually came across this recipe back in November, I tried it then and have been making it at least once a month ever since.  It is for turkey chili, I use Jenny O ground turkey meat.  The best part about this recipe is the 1 cup of red wine, it really sets off the taste.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  Courtesy of  healthy-endeavors.com

Southwestern Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped green pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (I loved Eden Organic brand, no-salt added variety)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes)
1 cup red wine
3 cups cooked turkey, diced
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Saute pepper, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes.

2. Add beans, tomatoes, wine, turkey, chili powder, cilantro, crushed red pepper and salt.

3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

March 21, 2010 at 3:20 am 1 comment

Get Ahead of the Curve: Childproof During Pregnancy

Todays post is by guest blogger Kimberlee Mitchel of The Safety 1st Squad.  Kimberlee Mitchell, child safety expert and founder of Boo Boo Busters Professional Babyproofing Service in southern California, is chief advisor to the Safety 1st Squad development team. This enterprising “momprenuer” has partnered with Safety 1st to expand her home childproofing service expertise
to the east coast through the launch of the Safety 1st SquadSM

After reading about Kimberlee and her business, I couldn’t wait to have her do a guest blog for Mighty Mommies.  Childproofing is so important and yet very tedious.  It’s not one of the fun parental tasks that we look forward to doing.  I know my husband and I put it off until the very last-minute which came rather quickly because Dominic hit all his physical milestones early.  He was rolling over at 3 months, sitting up at 4, pulling up at 6 months crawling by 7 and walking by 9 months.  One day he stayed where I put him and the next he was across the room.  It was very stressful trying to get all of the childproofing completed.  So, take some advice from the expert and do it early.  Here is what Kimberlee has to say.  ENJOY!

Get Ahead of the Curve: Childproof During Pregnancy

Most new parents consider childproofing “something they’ll get to later”
and then “later” they find themselves in a panic when the baby begins to
crawl.  Times flies! A newborn requires an inordinate amount of time and
attention and your days rush by at a rapid pace.  Before you know it,
your little one is mobile!  Be proactive and get parental peace-of-mind
by getting ahead of the curve and childproofing during pregnancy, when
time is abundant and sleep is plentiful.  The average baby begins to
crawl at about six months, at which point the job of parenting becomes
more exciting, as well as, scary when your child no longer stays where
you put him.  Some industrious infants can even roll before they sit up
and surprisingly lay some serious tread all the way across the room!
Your little one’s curiosity sans (yet to be developed) common sense,
propels him into harm’s way time and time again and it’s your job to be
one step ahead of your little one paving the way of safety.  With
unintentional injury being the #1 killer of children between the ages of
1 and four claiming more lives than violence and all disease combined,
parents simply cannot afford to procrastinate.
 

Read more about Childproofing 101
http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Safety1st-Squad-News/Detail/416-Childp

March 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

A Green Pregnancy

Everywhere you turn you hear about the benefits of “Going Green.”  Well I’m hear to give you a few more reasons and a few more ways to “Go Green.”  Your pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful time to bond with your baby.  As this beautiful new life grows inside of you, you will become overly aware of how scary the world is and you will want to do everything you possibly can to change it.  Changing the environment that your baby is growing in is an excellent ways to start protecting your new bundle of joy.

Lets look at how to change YOUR environment, by that I mean your body, where your baby is growing.  Eating organic, local grown food when possible is best.  This may be harder for some depending on what part of the country you live in, because not everyone has fresh farmers markets year-round.  You can still shop organic at the grocery store though.  There are certain foods that are high in pesticides and contamination, these are the foods you should try to buy organic as often as possible.  Below is a list.

Buy Organic:

Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries and spinach

Foods that are less likely to be contaminated include avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, mangos, oranges, pineapple, corn, and peas.

You should also try to eat  grass-fed and hormone free meet and poultry, watch how much salt you take in and avoid food with chemical additives.

Another way you can protect YOUR enviornment is by switching to mineral makeup and avoiding skin care products and perfumes that contain phthalates. Phthalates are not always listed on the label so check consumer-safety sites. safecosmetics.org

Now that we have tackled your body lets look at the house.  The air we breathe is essential to life, not just your but now your babies as well.  When we use chemicals in our homes to clean we breath them in and certain ones can be more harmful than others to you and your baby.  First off get rid of the air fresheners.  A home that smells good is always nice, but studies show that infants in homes that use air fresheners on a regular basis have a 32% increase in diarrhea.  I don’t care how nice the house smells nothing is worth changing that many more blow out diapers… trust me!

unfortunately the candles have to go as well ladies, unless they are soy candles.  I hate to be a party pooper but paraffin candles release carcinogens such as benzene and toluene.  If you want to make the house smell and look good try a vase a fresh flowers, they smell great and if your husband happens to be the one who brings them home they will put a smile on your face each time you look at them.

Next is the nursery.  I know, you can’t wait to paint the walls, buy the furniture and hang up all the clothes but remember to take precautions.  Use paint that is nontoxic, non-VOC- or low-VOC.  Opt for hardwood floors as new carpet can emit harmful chemicals.  Consider buying an organic baby mattress and bedding.  Before you wash the babies clothes make sure you have purchased a detergent that is safe and gentle to your new babies skin.

It might seem like a lot of work but you and your family are worth it.  Share your favorite ways to go green with us.

March 10, 2010 at 3:04 am 1 comment

A Must Have Says ModernMom.com

I was so excited to wake up to the news today that Mighty Mommies 9 Months of Fitness was now a must have product on ModernMom.com

Lisa has impeccable taste and for her to say that this video is a must have for moms is a HUGE compliment.  I put a ton of hard work and time into designing the workout for all of you expecting moms out there and I hope you all enjoy it just as much. 

May you feel stronger, sexier, and healthier each and every time you do it.

Check out Lisa’s review

http://www.modernmom.com/must-haves/

THANKS ModernMom.com!!!

March 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

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