What’s Cooking Wednesday- Easy Cream Cheese Danish

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I recently seen a friend share this on Facebook and thought it’d be a good after lunch treat.

I only used one can of crescent rolls because I didn’t want to make that much.

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Ingredients:
2 cans crescent rolls
2- 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg white

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preset the oven to 350· and grease a 13*9 pan. Lay crescent rolls in the pan and pinch openings together. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until it is smooth.

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Spread the mixture over rolls and place the second pack over mix and brush tops with egg whites.

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Bake 35-45 minutes. Top with glaze after cooling 20 minutes.

These were absolutely delicious! One of these with a glass of almond milk= heaven!

-Lauren

Ah-mazing Milk!

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Breastfeeding and breastmilk are an extraordinary resource for both Moms and babies that I think is often times over looked.

Before you baby is born your body begins to produce Colostrum. Colostrum is the thick, yellow first milk you will have just after giving birth. Your breasts only produce a small amount of this milk but it is the exact right amount that your newborns little tummy can hold.

The other amazing thing about your breastmilk is that it changes with your babies needs. About three to five days in your milk matures and has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that your little one requires.

Breastmilk is also easier for your baby’s tummy to digest and can help his or her system fight many diseases.

Moms benefit from Breastfeeding as well! Not only does it allow you to bond with your baby, it gives new mom’s that chance they need to get some peaceful, quiet time. Other benefits for moms include:

  • It saves money, as your not buying as many bottles and/or formula.
  • The skin to skin boosts oxytocin.
  • Linked to lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Post Partum Depression.

Now Breastfeeding is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows, many times there are complications. Tomorrow we’ll cover common complications, proper latching and different holds.

-Lauren

 

 

Mom On The Move- Cherokee

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This week’s Momma is Cherokee Arndt. First and foremost she is a Mom and Military Wife. In addition to those two very important roles she is a personal trainer, is certified in Basic Nutrition and is an Independent ‘It Works’ consultant. She says that she truly enjoys what she does because she is helping others change their lives, whether it is because they bought items from her or they joined her team and gained financial independence. She got her start when a complete stranger befriended her on Facebook her curiosity got the best of her and she asked for more information. Her, now, sponsor explained what “It Works!” was all about, sent her samples of the “Greens” and the rest is history.

As she explain it all to me, I couldn’t believe just how easy it was to progress in this company and make money.

As a personal trainer I was always looking for a product to enhance my clients results. Since than I have created a AMAZING team and fallen in love with every product!

As I stated earlier, Cherokee is a military wife. She has been married to her husband for five yearsvabd they have done quite a bit of traveling with the Air Force. Right now they are in the middle of a one year separation but have set a goal of buying a home at their next duty station.

It Works! is going to be the reason I get the house I want. I am so excited to see where it takes me.

I’m excited for her as well! Home ownership is a wonderful thing and finding a career that you not only love but also gives you the financial security to meet goals you’ve set is a great thing as well.

Are you looking to change your life? perhaps you’re just curious to find out more? Stop by her Facebook Page, say hi, ask questions and learn more! Also check out her website and see if what she has to offer is for you!

-Lauren

The Paid Survey Christmas Project

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I have seen multiple times on Facebook, other page owners state that they have used paid survey sites to pay for Christmas with little to no out of pocket cost. I wanted to test how legitimate this claim is so I joined Opinion Outpost and Swagbucks . Now through October of next year I’ll actively interact with these websites and keep y’all up to date with my earnings.

-Lauren

Manic Minute Challenge- July 30th 2013

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Today’s challenge is push ups. Set your timer and get on the ground, place your hands directly under your shoulders and make sure your hips are in line with your back—no hiking or sagging. Slowly lower yourself to the ground. Your chest should touch the ground. If you can’t get your chest to the ground, drop to your knees.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional and am not responsible for any injury that may occur from your participation. Only do what you can, if your body is telling you to stop please do so.*
-Lauren

It Works! Product Review

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Our newest Mom on the Move Cherokee sent me a body applicator and two samples of the Greens on the Go. I was really excited to try this product because even though I work hard to
lose weight and get back into shape, after four babies you can bet I have loose skin on my belly.

I started with the body applicator, making sure to follow the directions to a T.

When I opened the packaging for the applicator I could immediately smell the eucalyptus. It was not too strong or overwhelming but the smell kind of gave you that “I’m being pampered” feeling. I also noticed about 5 minutes in I noticed a cooling sensation and about 20 minutes in the sensation became almost uncomfortable but mind you, I have sensitive skin. The instructions stated to use form fitting clothing or plastic wrap to hold the applicator in place. I opted for plastic wrap.
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At the 45 minute mark, I removed the wrap and rubbed in the excess lotion. At first I didn’t notice a big difference until I went in the restroom with better lighting. I noticed the strechmarks on my belly seemed less prominent and the skin was so incredibly moisturized. The next day and even after a shower the skin remained toned and soft. I would love to continue wrapping and what makes it worth while is their customer loyalty program they offer.

Next I tried the “Greens on the Go”. I was a little off put by the green color of the drink but once I took that first sip I loved it! It comes in a small packet that you put into 8 ounces of water. This small packet though contains 8+ serving of fruits and vegetables in every serving and contains over 38 super foods in each. As a plus the ingredients are all natural. I had the berry flavor and it was very tasty and sweet.

Interested? Visit her website at here, read her story, look around and see if this could be for you!

-Lauren

Think About It Thursday-Baby’s First Dental Appointment and Tooth Care

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Adult and "Baby" teeth diagram. Note...

Adult and “Baby” teeth diagram. Note the non-standard Dental notation (numbering) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My little guy has four teeth as of yet and is working on his fifth. Recently my oldest three had dentist appointments and when trying to schedule my youngest, I was told they didn’t see them that young. This got me to thinking that even if your local dentist doesn’t see children younger than two, dental care is very important for little ones.

In this installment of “Think About It Thursday” I’ll go over first teeth, cleaning and care and also a few tips to keep baby’s teeth healthy.

Underneath your baby’s gums are 20 primary teeth and taking good care of them AND the gums are so important to help the 32 permanent teeth he/she will have after those little ones fall out.

The time period that your baby’s first teeth will emerge varies from baby to baby but are average anytime from 6 to 12 months. And babys first dentist trip should be at least six months after the first tooth erupts.

Brushing (even before those sharp little teeth break out) is important and our should wipe the gums after each feeding. You can use a soft, wet washcloth or a finger brush with a pea sized drop of swallow safe toothpaste.It is recommended that you use swallow safe toothpaste until your child is 2-3 years of age an then you can introduce fluoride.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it a thousand times that putting your little ones to bed with a sippy or bottle is the number one cause of tooth decay, well it’s true! And I know that these teeth are going to fall out eventually but taking care of your LOs primary teeth are vital to the health of those previously mentioned permanent teeth. Also the type of nipple you are using can have an effect on your baby’s jaw growth, swallowing patterns and development of muscles.

Here are some helpful tips for caring for those precious gums and teeth:

  • Use a pacifier between meals or at a night instead of a bottle or sippy
  • If you can avoid sugary drinks or limit them at least. I know as a parent this one can be hard, if you can’t avoid them and don’t have your child’s toothbrush available just have them rinse their mouth out with a little bit of water.
  • Also, one should never brush their teeth after ingesting anything with an acidic base, or even vomiting. Your teeth go through an acid attack for twenty minutes after being exposed, and toothpaste acts as an abrasive and can damage enamel more so. Rinsing with water is recommended, and also ingesting soda or acidic beverages as quickly as possible.
  • Make sure your LO is getting enough calcium to ensure that they have healthy gums and healthy jaw bones.

The color of your little ones teeth can tell you a lot about what is going on in his/her mouth. The normal color of baby teeth is an ivory to an off white color. Any discoloration could be from a number of reasons including:

  • inadequate brushing
  • medication
  • injury: which leaves the teeth a pink or greyish color.
  • too much flouride: white spots or streaks on the teeth
  • jaundice: leaving a green tint
  • weak enamel
  • serious illness such as a newborn infection, newborn hepatitis or certain kinds of heart disease.

I don’t know how many times I have seen little kids with silver teeth and I know that there are some situations that are just absolutely unavoidable, but there are also those times where there is an obvious lack of hygiene. Educating parents is the first step in teaching children proper dental care and hopefully in this post you’ve learned something new. I know I did.

Sources:

 https://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_11.pdf

Also information in this post was discussed with: Andrea Rathke Lead EDDA, CDA

-Lauren