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Monthly Archives: August 2013

New River Gorge – 12 Weeks Pregnant

New River Gorge – 12 Weeks Pregnant

To celebrate my fading nausea from the 1st trimester, we decided to take advantage of some unseasonably fair weather at the New River Gorge, West Virginia.  With daytime temps hovering around 80 degrees, and nights dipping into the 50’s, their was a crispness in the air that was much more reminiscent of the beginnings of fall rather than the end of summer! I found that I had a mixed bag of emotions with this trip.  On the one hand, I’m feeling great – my energy is coming back, and the icky nausea is gone. Although I can clearly tell that…Read the rest of this entry →

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Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Our family climbs a lot.  And when we climb, we usually camp.  And also eat…a LOT.   In fact, one of my favorite parts of a climbing weekend is sitting around a fire at the end of the day with my family and friends – bellies full of food and hearts full of laughter as we retell highlights from the day’s antics.  But this post is not about hallmark-card sentiments, it’s about food!  So let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the matter…(sorry I couldn’t resist ;)) First of all, let me preface by saying that by no means…Read the rest of this entry →

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1st Trimester Update – The Secret Weeks

1st Trimester Update – The Secret Weeks

I suppose in some ways, even “planned” babies are still a surprise…We’d been in the “not TRYING but not NOT trying” stage since the spring, so seeing two lines on a pregnancy test shouldn’t have been such a shock.  But I probably stared at those test results in utter disbelief before walking out of the bathroom and putting my harness  on (because of course I’d stopped to pick up a test on my way to the climbing gym…and then of course I couldn’t wait til I got home to take it…)  I won’t lie, my initial reaction involved a lot…Read the rest of this entry →

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8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

It’s back to school time!  Whether you’re anxiously anticipating, or dreading the day, it’s coming soon!  And with a new school year comes a new opportunity to educate your children about healthy lifestyles.  Whether your just looking to expand your repertoire in your already healthy-eater’s lunchbox, or need some ideas for your picky processed food lover, here are some strategies for maximizing nutrition and minimizing empty calories and waste.  1.  REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES:  Keeping your student hydrated is essential for brain function and concentration.  According to Registered Dietitian Kate Geagan, even just 2% dehydration can leave your child feeling sluggish!…Read the rest of this entry →

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(Another) Baby on Board!!!!!!

(Another) Baby on Board!!!!!!

Yesterday I posted a picture on facebook that attracted quite a bit of attention.  It was a simple image – a hot dog bun inside of our oven.  But it represented a life change that will be anything but simple… That’s right folks, our crag-family is expanding once more!  I’m currently 11 weeks, and so far things have been going well.  I was blessed to have a happy, healthy, and by comparison to many, EASY pregnancy the first time around, so fingers crossed that number 2 will be as smooth. With C, I thankfully felt well enough to climb all…Read the rest of this entry →

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