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6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom

Simply put, breastfeeding is hard. I can confidently say it’s probably one of the hardest and most frustrating things I’ve ever done. I had planned to nurse my firstborn, but being as inexperienced as I was, it just didn’t work out. When kiddo number two came along, I was determined to make breastfeeding work and I did; but the first few months were hard. And now with kiddo number three, here I am nursing again. Even after successfully breastfeeding my second child for over a year and a half, getting started with my youngest has still been difficult. The good news is that there are products available that make the process a lot easier and these are my six essentials for a breastfeeding mom.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

~Thank you to Lil’buds for providing a sample for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

1. Nursing Bras

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThis may be a no-brainer, but breastfeeding moms will literally live in their nursing bras. There are some nights I don’t even bother with pajamas and just wear my nursing bra to bed. This is one essential that doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. In fact, the ones I am using now were purchased at Burlington for around $8 each. They’re comfortable, cute, and serve their purpose.

What I look for in a nursing bra are that they’re made of a soft material, are stretchy, supportive, and easy to clip and un-clip with one hand. It’s pretty amazing what a mom can do with one hand.

2. Nursing Pads

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsIt’s only a matter of time before a breastfeeding mom starts to leak. It can happen when you get too full, when you hear your baby crying (or another baby crying), one side can leak while feeding on the other, etc. Leaking happens!

My absolute favorite nursing pads are Bamboobies. What I love most about Bamboobies is that their unique heart shape make them less noticeable in my bra. The round shaped nursing pads, even those with cinched middles, show horribly through my bra and shirt.

3. Nipple Cream

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThe first week, at least for me, has been the most painful (until teething starts). You and baby are trying to work together to get a proper latch, but sometimes it takes a bit to get it together. An improper latch causes dry, cracked nipples and man do they hurt. Nipple cream will help to heal your nipples and prevent them from becoming dry and cracked in the future. Any brand of nipple cream will do and they should all be safe for baby to put in their mouth.

4. Breast Comfort Packs

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWhen milk supply starts coming in, your breasts always feel warm; but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use some more warmth or even cool compression to help ease some discomfort. Lil’buds breast comfort packs can help with both!

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWant to warm your milk ducts to ensure you get the most out of pumping or feeding? Need some relief from clogged ducts, mastitis, engorgement, pumping, etc.? Lil’buds can be heated in the microwave for a warming effect, or chilled in the freezer for a cooling effect. And since they’re filled with flax seed, they’re an all-natural product.

After feeding my little one I love using my Lil’buds out of the freezer. The cooling effect feels nice when my breasts are warm all the time from milk production. Their shape is perfect for slipping right into my nursing bra. No matter where I want coverage or how much coverage, I can use one or both at the same time and they form well to the curves of a breast.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

5. Breast Pump

Even if you are exclusively nursing from the breast, it’s a good idea to have a breast pump around. Pumping can help build up your milk supply initially and help relieve engorgement in between feedings. It can take a few months for your body to equalize to the point it only produces as much as your baby needs, based on how often they come to the breast. But until you get to that point, there’s a chance you may overproduce or even under-produce. Pumping can help with that. And for those moms who overproduce all the time, a breast pump will be your best friend. I can only imagine how much engorgement would be caused when the milk builds up.

I’ve tried fancy and expensive breast pumps in the past, and personally I don’t find them necessary. Right now I’m using the Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump and it’s doing just fine. I like that it’s small in size, so it’s easy to take wherever I need to. It doesn’t need it’s own separate carrying bag, like some others. It may not look like much, but it also has different settings and it doesn’t cost $300+.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

6. Water

Last, but not least, water. Not only does water intake help with milk production, but when I get to feeding or pumping I get a thirst like no other. So I find it helpful to always have water nearby when breastfeeding.

Do you have any other breastfeeding essentials?

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*I received a sample of Lil’buds to help facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft?

Anyone with a gamer in the house knows just how hot Fortnite is right now, me included. Both my boyfriend and son are obsessed. But can playing Fortnite put you at risk for identify theft?

Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft? | #Fortnite #identitytheft #scams

You may have noticed recently while playing Fortnite, a screen that comes up reminding you not to share your passwords with anyone. As soon as I saw this, I knew something must be going on. Then I came across an article titled, “While You’re Playing Fortnite, Fraudsters are Looking to Play You,” authored by Matt Tatham, the manager of content insights and data analyst at Experian. I thought, oh boy, here come the scams.

Because the game is so popular in my house right now, the article piqued my interest, especially because my 6 year old son plays. He doesn’t always know what he’s doing or pushing because he doesn’t take the time to slow down and read things on the screen. I wanted to make sure it was safe for him to play and that he’s not putting his father at risk for identity theft and such, considering it’s his father’s sign-in info he’s playing under. Delving into the article, I found just what’s going on.

Being a victim of scams and identity theft isn’t an issue of actually playing the game, but it’s going outside of the game and sharing information you shouldn’t be sharing, that puts you at risk. If your kids are playing, make sure they’re aware of these scams. The tips Tatham shares in his article should be common sense to adults, but kids may not be aware.

One of the things Tatham brings up is a common Fortnite scam, where you watch YouTube videos and follow the directions in the video to receive free V-bucks, virtual Fortnite money used to buy new gear. These are scams! Oftentimes the videos will ask for account specific information and if provided, can allow the user on the other end to access your personal information, like payment info.

The scamming even goes beyond that. Fortnite is currently available on iOS devices, but it is NOT yet available on Android devices. If you have an Android device, do NOT download any app posing to be Fortnite because it’s not official. If you download one of these apps, you’re simply downloading spyware and adware, and I’m sure you have quite a bit of personal information stored on your phone. It’s identity theft just waiting to happen.

Just play safe and keep practicing your Fortnite dance moves!

For more details and safety tips, read Tatham’s full article HERE!

Have you seen any of these Fortnite scams?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

It’s finally the end of the year! At least for my Photo a Day series. And if you’ve been following along, you may have noticed I’m a bit late with this post. Okay, I’m a few weeks late, but it’s for the best reason ever. The newest addition to our family arrived! With that being said, I lost track of my daily photos so this last post will be filled with lots of kiddo shenanigans and baby pics from the past several weeks.

On top of adding to the family, we’re moving in about 3 weeks so we’ve been preparing for that too. Once we’re all moved and settled in, I’ll be taking a look back at all of the photos in this series and giving you my final thoughts on the year. I can’t wait to really see how much my family has changed (more so than just our new addition).

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

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A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby

Let’s talk baby carriers. As a mom of three I’ve had my fair share of baby carriers and have actually written about some on the blog. But you guys, there is NO baby carrier that compares with LILLEbaby. This was made very apparent to me when I spent a day at the park with the my youngest two.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

You’ve probably heard or seen LILLEbaby somewhere at some point. I’ve actually been eyeing them for about two years, but I had been gifted other baby carriers (various slings and traditional carriers) and just used those with my now two year old. Now that kiddo three is here and we’ve decided he’s going to be the last, I knew this would be my last chance to see what the LILLEbaby hype is all about. The hype is everything it’s said to be!

Design

I decided to go with one of LILLEbaby’s COMPLETE All Seasons carriers and there are so many amazing features, I don’t even know where I want to start. How about design? LILLEbaby carriers come in all different colors and designs, whether your style is plain and simple, or you like to have a little fun with prints, LILLEbaby has lots of designs to choose from.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

I have a lot of simplicity in my life, but sometimes like to stand out a little, so I opted for the Mickey Classic design from the Disney Baby Collection. My kids love all things Disney, as do I, and I’m sure my newest little guy will be no different. I think the Mickey Classic print is just as cute as can be and when we visit Disney World in the next few months, my little mouseketeer will fit right in.

Versatility

None of the carriers that I used with my first two kids were so versatile that I could use them in six different positions. With the LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons baby can be carried in front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front- toddler, hip, and back carry.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse
It doesn’t look like it from this angle, but my little guy is in there, sitting comfortably in the front-fetal position.

 

My son just turned one month so we’re currently using the front-fetal position. While you can purchase an infant insert, it’s not needed. All it takes is a rolled up swaddle blanket and we’re in business. And I have to tell you, I’m pretty stoked that I’ll be able to use this same carrier through his toddler years. In fact, my two year can be carried in the back position.

Comfort

When it comes to LILLEbaby, comfort comes two-fold, comfort for baby and comfort for mom and dad.

Baby

  • Always in a seated position. This is important for proper growth and development, and not all baby carriers take this into consideration.
  • Fabric is made of microfiber and breathable 3D mesh, so baby stays comfy and won’t overheat.
  • The extendable torso helps provide back and neck support, not just for infants who can’t hold their heads up, but for taller babies too.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Mom and Dad

  • The wide, padded shoulder straps and waist belt make carrying baby so much more comfortable since baby’s weight is distributed evenly for maximum comfort.
  • The little piece that goes on the lower back is such a simple addition, but makes a world of difference in lumbar support. I’m able to carry my little guy in his LILLEbaby for prolonged periods of time without straining my back because I’m maintaining a healthier posture and alignment.
  • Easy to adjust straps make getting settled in a breeze. From the time I start putting our LILLEbaby on, I have full and easy access to the straps and buckles I need to adjust so that the fit is tight, but comfortable. Some adjustments are as easy as reaching over and behind my shoulders, or simply by my side/ribs or hip, and baby stays calm the whole time. Thank goodness for no more frustrating finagling!

Extras

I’m not going to lie, when I had my first look at LILLEbaby carriers I was intimidated. I was thinking how in the world am I going to figure out how to use all the buttons and buckles. It just seemed to be like a complicated contraption that I didn’t want to deal with. But now that I’ve taken a little bit of time to learn about all of the features and just how everything works, I’m in love. Even the extra components come in handy.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Pockets have become an exciting accessory in dresses, so why wouldn’t they be exciting on a baby carrier. You are wearing it.

Friend: “I love your dress.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

In LILLEbaby terms –

Friend: “I love that baby carrier.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

See what I mean? Haha! The LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons has a large zippered storage pocket and an easy to reach pocket for storing the hood and other essentials. Leave the purse behind and carry your phone, cards, and keys in a pocket!

And I just mentioned the hood, which is great for supporting and shading baby’s head while sleeping, and also provides privacy while nursing. It’s totally an optional thing and can be removed if you don’t need it, or simply when not using it. I breastfeed my son, so it is definitely handy to have around.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Oh, and did I mention it’s machine washable? What a lifesaver. We haven’t had any blowouts or spit up incidents in our LILLEbaby yet, but after three kids I know it’s only a matter of time.

So I ask, what’s not to love? I’m telling you, the hype is real. LILLEbaby is literally the ONLY baby carrier you will ever need. The quality is great and it will last from infancy through toddlerhood. That’s why a price tag of $170 doesn’t even phase me and shouldn’t phase you either.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

How did our day at the park go? It was hot as heck, but I unzipped the back of the LILLEbaby to expose the mesh material so my son could get some ventilation. He slept the entire time. It took no time at all for him to fall asleep after I got him settled in and started walking. Of course, this made the day easy and I could focus my attention on my toddler while she played on the splash pad.

What is your favorite feature of LÍLLÉbaby?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom

While no one likes to think about dying, have you considered what type of financial strain you may be leaving your family if you were to die today? This isn’t something I’d ever thought of, especially considering I’m a stay-at-home mom, but after some research I discovered it’s something I really NEED to consider. And the more I think about it, the more appealing a life insurance plan becomes. The truth about death bills of the stay-at-home mom is eye opening.

The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom | #deathbills #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #ad

~This is a sponsored post with Jenny Life Insurance and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine.~

Let me hit with you a shocking fact – Americans die with an average debt of $62,000 (source). Thinking about your own debt, do you meet this average? Is your debt less than this? Or is your debt more than this? For me personally, I have $90,000+ in school loan debt alone and not all education loans are discharged when one dies. That doesn’t even take into consideration anything else and this is one scenario where I don’t particularly strive to be above average.

Even as a stay-at-home mom with no tangible income stream, I still have my own debt and would be costing my family a lot if I were to pass away today, or even in the next several years for that matter. I’d be leaving behind not only my school loan debt, but my credit card debt as well.

On top of that, the actual cost of a funeral continues to rise and as of 2017 the median cost was $7,360 (source). My family doesn’t even have that much in savings right now, so what would happen to me if I did die today?

The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom | #deathbills #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #ad

And it doesn’t stop there. I have three small children that I care for day in and day out. I AM a stay-at-home mom after all. If I were taken out of the picture, my boyfriend would most certainly incur childcare costs. Want to know how much that is? In my state (NJ), the average cost of a childcare center is more than $22,000 (source) and I have 2 kids who would require childcare during the day! My oldest is in school, but even for an after school program it would cost more than $10,000 per year. Add it all up and my family would spend $54,000 annually in childcare alone. That’s an entire person’s income and THIS is the prime reason I’m a stay-at-home mom in the first place.

Add to all of this a stay-at-home mom’s value to the family in terms of cooking, housekeeping, chauffeuring,  doctoring, teaching, etc. I’m already upwards of $250,000.

So let me ask you, stay-at-home mom, still don’t think you need a life insurance policy? A life insurance plan will help cover the cost of your debt, help cover the cost of a funeral, and help cover the cost of childcare.

The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom | #deathbills #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #ad

Life insurance goes even further than that and will help cover the cost of the your children’s education. I’ve already told you my own school loan debt exceeds $90,000 for a master’s degree and just like everything else, the cost of college is continuously on the rise. By the time my kids are old enough for college, they’ll incur costs much higher than mine were. Why not leave your children some financial assistance to put towards an education?

If you don’t have a life insurance policy, there’s no better time than now to get one and Jenny Life Insurance makes it easy. There’s even an app for simple applying! Don’t wait until it’s too late.

How much financial debt would you be leaving your family if you were to die today?

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GuruNanda Natural Mist: A Plug-In Essential Oils Diffuser

Have you hopped on the essential oils train? I have and there’s no turning back. Up until now I’ve used essential oils as air fresheners (and reaped the various benefits) in table top diffusers and even humidifiers, but now it’s easier than ever and more effective with the GuruNanda Natural Mist, a plug-in essential oils diffuser.

GuruNanda Natural Mist: A Plug-In Essential Oils Diffuser | #GuruNanda #essentialoils #diffuser #plugin

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~

With three kids in the house now I’m a little more conscious of the chemicals I allow in my home, particularly when it comes to the indoor air we’re breathing. But with that being said, when there’s three kids running around things get a little stinky from time to time. Sometimes I just need a little scent refreshment and that’s when I turn to my essential oils. Not only do I get the refreshing smells around the home, but we all reap the various benefits of each essential oil I use.

Natural Mist Features:

  • No water required.
  • Diffuse essential oils directly from bottle.
  • Chemical-free freshness.
  • Two spritz modes – every 10 minutes or 20 minutes.

Up until now I’ve used essential oils in table top diffusers and humidifiers, but of course that requires watering down the actual oils. With the new Natural Mist by GuruNanda, water is completely eliminated and I get nothing but pure essential oils to liven up my home. Simply place the essential oils bottle directly into the diffuser and it’s ready to mist pure essential oil right from the bottle.

But it’s not just the lack of requiring water that makes the Natural Mist so special. It’s a plug-in diffuser! It can be plugged into the wall just like a traditional air freshener (minus the chemicals), or even plugged into a USB port. So it’s not just for use at home, but can be taken to the office or even outdoors for instant aroma therapy. The plug-in feature has freed up space on my counter and table tops, and it’s just overall a quick and easy way to refresh my home.

 

You may know that I have a newborn in the house now and in the weeks leading up to his arrival I had a bottle of tea tree oil in my Natural Mist. I wanted to make sure the home was clean of as many toxins as possible and tea tree oil is great for cleansing living spaces. Since no water is involved, it took no time for the home to smell and feel lighter.

GuruNanda Natural Mist: A Plug-In Essential Oils Diffuser | #GuruNanda #essentialoils #diffuser #plugin

Now that he’s here I’ve switched to lavender oil to keep the mood relaxing and improve everyone’s quality of sleep. There’s no doubt we need all the help we can get when it comes to sleeping with a newborn in the home. Every time the Natural Mist sprays, the essential oil travels throughout the room and it’s an instant sense of calm.

No more chemical filled air fresheners for this house! Now I just need a GuruNanda Natural Mist for every room.

Where would you use a GuruNanda Natural Mist?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49

Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday

Week 47

Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
This week it finally started to feel a little like spring, so one day after picking my son up from school we went to the ice cream shop (luckily it’s open again from the winter months). He also attended a soccer parade, marking the start of the new soccer season (it was freezing out that day). And I’d say the silliest thing I saw all week was my daughter eating her Apple Jacks right off the table top like an animal. Kids are wild, what can I say?

Week 48

Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
This week we actually got 2 whole days of spring weather before it turned cold again. That meant washing the car one day and just enjoying some time outside on the other. My son also got a cool new lunch box and look at that wild thing he drew at school. I have no idea what it is, but it’s a big step up from his usual.

Week 49

Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Woohoo! First soccer practice of the new season! My son could not have been more excited. There was also a lot of coloring happening this week and of course, all the time I spend with my daughter resulted in some pretty funny shots.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 44

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week had some pretty fun moments. Us girls painted our toe nails, my son took his first subway ride in the city, and the kids played in the water outside, or at least Sadee Cakes got her “feet wet.” She also fell asleep in a pretty awkward position on the chair. She was kind of upside down, but looked comfortable so I just left her. The kids also got new coloring books and I found some fun black/white photos in my phone that the kids must have taken. In one my son is showing off his stick, which now resides in his room. It has become one of his favorite play things.

Week 45

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Sadee Cakes is all over my photo roll this week, well, because we spend a lot of time together since brother is in school. I did sneak him in once with his after school snow balls. When is this snow going to stop? As for the other kiddo, she had a lot of fun this week. We (I) practiced french braiding her hair and I’d say it’s getting better, but I still need some practice. She pulled out the old classic tape recorder toy and hit a few notes, and for whatever reason decided to ride her rocking tiger with her feet in the air. Whatever, she was having fun. She even got all the goodies at the doctor’s office even though I was the sick patient. Kids get it all.

Week 46

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was my son’s spring break from school and quite frankly, I never had a spring break that I couldn’t really go outside because of the weather. One day it was nice enough to go to the park, so we jumped at the chance, and another day we just went for a short walk, but aside from that we’ve been stuck inside. Not to mention I’m still sick. So, we’ve been learning to clean. The kids helped mop the floor and my son helped wipe down the inside of the fridge. They also enjoyed some Easter candy and on one of the rainy days, Sadee Cakes brought the rainy fun indoors, using a large umbrella as a sort of tent/shelter to play in. I don’t know what I’d do without these kids.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 41

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Let’s see…the baby’s movements are out of control (he’s pushing to the left in this photo), my kids always attack daddy when he gets home from work, I started doing some (wishful) spring and summer shopping, apples and peanut butter are my go-to snack lately, and we went to a soccer game and froze our butts off. Oh, and apparently Elmo got hungry because I caught him trying to get into the fridge.

Week 42

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of shenanigans, just like any other. It may have been snowing, but I had a doctor’s appointment one morning. Through the snow and all we stopped at McDonald’s for some breakfast afterward. Aside from that, the kids were just being themselves. The little one had a rock session one day, played with the Leap TV while brother was at school, had a late night tortilla (yes, just the tortilla) after bath time, and that’s her under the blanket too. My favorite pic this week is of both kids playing together. They’ve been doing this a lot lately and it makes my heart so warm.

Week 43

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was all about food. It was my birthday so we went to Olive Garden for dinner. Apparently it’s appropriate to eat a bread stick by just jabbing the whole thing with a fork. Maybe we should all try it sometime. Just today, the little one decided to make us lunch. It was plastic, so I don’t recommend actually eating it, but she gets an A for effort and all the hard work she put in in her play kitchen. The other food? That’s what daddy’s been eating at work. I’m the pregnant one, but he’s getting all the good stuff. Aside from all the food, I got a good shot of the kids drawing together. It’s heart melting when they aren’t whining and fighting with the other. I snuck in a city pic and looky, looky, Elmo made it in the mix again too. Looks like this time he got in trouble for something and is being detained, haha.

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Weight Loss Doesn’t Have to Be Trial and Error | HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test

The hardest part of any diet or lifestyle change is the ability to actually stick with the plan. And when you try your hardest and follow it through and through, but nothing changes – no mood change, no more energy than you had before, no weight loss – it is so crushing. All that effort for nothing. The reality is, food and exercise regimes are not one size fits all and our DNA has a lot to do with it. With the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test, you can learn exactly what will work for you so you can avoid the heartache of unsuccessful nutritional changes.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

We’ve all been there. We want to lose weight. We choose a new diet and exercise routine. We stick with it, as hard as it may be. And nothing. The results just aren’t there. Whyyyyyy? Why me? Because of our different genetic markers, what works for me, may not work for you. The key to a truly healthier lifestyle is understanding how our genetic markers affect and react to different aspects of food, nutrition, and exercise.

That’s where the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test comes into the picture. Forget all of the different diet fads and exercise regimes. To be successful, you need to first determine how your body reacts to certain foods and exercise. The HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is a scientifically-based weight-management test that identifies your genetic makeup and provides diet and exercise strategies uniquely tailored to your specific group. No more trial and error. Get results the first time around.

 

My boyfriend recently got the opportunity to try the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test and last week got his results. All I can say is WOW! Talk about a lot of info and AHA! realizations. His results were a total of 72 pages, including details on how his body reacts to food, nutrients, exercise, and his overall ability for weight loss.

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Ability for Weight Loss

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossMy boyfriend has tried a few different things to lose weight over the years and like most of us, nothing really worked. The first thing that struck me in his HomeDNA results is that based on his genetic markers, his ability to loss weight with diet and exercise is LOW (the results even list the specific genes used in coming to this conclusion).

Well, no wonder it’s been so hard for him. Even so, this doesn’t mean he can’t lose weight. He just has to work harder than others may have to and will truly have to make a permanent lifestyle change to lose the weight and keep it off.

Food

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossThe food results go into great detail about what types of food should be eaten, how much should be eaten, and if counting calories, the suggested calorie intake per day. You will learn how your body reacts to different food groups, like proteins, fats, and carbs. In my boyfriend’s case, his body utilizes protein and carbs normally, but utilizes fats at a lower rate, meaning a high-fat diet isn’t going to do much for him.

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Nutrients

One of my favorite things about the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is that based on your results, you’re given a sample menu and even details about which specific foods would benefit your diet and which won’t. A lot of this has to do with how your body processes different nutrients.

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Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightloss

Exercise

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossDid you know there are two components to exercise? Cardio AND resistance training (build that muscle). I’ve seen some people focus solely on one or the other, which may be okay for their specific needs, but that’s not consistent for everyone. In my boyfriend’s HomeDNA results we learned that for him to be successful in losing weight, he needs to hit the weights more. His body has an enhanced response to strength training, which will help reduce his body fat.

It doesn’t mean he can simply forego cardio altogether. Cardio may not help him when it comes to fat loss, but it is still beneficial to his overall fitness. In particular, high intensity cardio is the most beneficial for him. And just like the results lay out a food plan, there’s an exercise plan too.

In the past he has done a combo of both cardio and resistance training, but focused more on the cardio side. Now knowing what he does, he can adjust his exercise routine to be more beneficial and add more strength training so he can burn the fat.

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So, the results you get from this genetic testing is a lot to take in and process, and quite frankly can take you a while to fully get a handle on. I do most of the cooking at home and do the grocery shopping, so I’ve been trying to get a handle on the custom meal plan and foods that have been laid out for my boyfriend. I want to be as supportive as I can and I’m still trying to get things all in order.

Reading through and deciphering why your body reacts the way it does can be overwhelming, but in the end you have a better understanding of what works for you when it comes to weight loss. I love the fact that there’s a full 7 day custom menu plan to help give a kick start and an easy to follow custom exercise plan that details what gym machines to use, what gym classes to take, what to do at home, and on what days and for how long. And it’s all tailored to your DNA and genetic makeup.

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This is just one page of the custom exercise plan.

 

My boyfriend is just getting started on his new lifestyle change, so he’s still working to see what types of results he gets, but just having the knowledge of what is supposed to work and what isn’t, is a big relief because he knows all of his hard work will pay off this time.

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The HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is available for purchase online or can be found in-store at CVS and Rite Aid. When purchasing online, use promo code HW50 and you’ll save $50 off the cost (valid through April 30th). That makes it just $69!

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