Foodie Friday

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
A wonderful recipe from IntelliGender’s co-founder, Rebecca Griffin!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup of salsa
Smoked paprika (optional)
Ground smoked chipoltle seasoning (optional)
Dried minced onion (optional)
Shredded cheese
Taco shells (either hard or soft tortillas)
Sour cream

Place the chicken breast in the crock pot, cover with the salsa and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6+ hours. Once done, use two forks to shred the chicken and if the chicken is a little watery from the salsa, add some shredded cheese for consistency.

Serve with all the delectable toppings of your choice! Delish.

Thursdays Thoughts…Acupuncture & Fertility

It sounds a bit out there. Sticking needles in women to help them become pregnant suggests that acupuncture might improve the odds of conceiving if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb.

The surprising finding is far from proven, and there are only theories for how and why acupuncture might work. However, some fertility specialists say they are hopeful that this relatively inexpensive and simple treatment might ultimately prove to be a useful add-on to traditional methods.

Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body to try to control pain and reduce stress. In fertility treatment, it is thought to increase blood flow to the uterus, help relax the cervix and inhibit stress hormones that can make it tougher for an embryo to implant.

IVF alone costs around $12,000 per attempt, so an acupuncture treatment that improves its effectiveness and overall ability to boosts fertility might save couples money in the long run.

Acupuncture is a personal choice and one that should be investigated fully before choosing to do so. It is not proven to work for everyone, but taking the step to try just might be the right answer for you. Take the time to research the subject and even contact an acupuncture specialist for a consultation.

MONDAY MOMENTS ~ Baby’s Very First Birthday

Baby’s 1st Birthday……
This is truly one of the best and most memorable birthdays you will celebrate with your child. 
During your little one’s first year of life, there will be so many milestones reached, changes in his or her appearance and the blossoming of their unique personality.
Make their 1st birthday special by celebrating with close friends and family members. 
You may choose to host a celebration at your home or out at a restaurant. Wherever you choose, it will be special and so magical.
Some things to remember when planning a party:
Create your own invitations or have them printed at a local party shop. Whatever you choose, be sure to save one to add to your little one’s baby book. 
When you order a cake, order a separate cake to let baby dive into! Although it is messy and your angel will require a bit of extra scrub time in the bath, it will be worth it. The pictures you’ll take will be priceless!
Thank you notes are a must. In a world full of social media, we often do not take the time to write a hand-written note anymore. Taking the time to do so after baby’s party will be a welcome surprise and thoughtful reminder to your loved ones.
Baby’s 1st year flies by. Preserve the memories. You’ll look back on these precious times over and over again throughout the years.

Foodie Friday

Strawberry Shortcake
Spring/Summer means delicious desserts! So, so good…

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares. Place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.
Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.

TRENDY THURSDAY ~ Cloth Diapering!

Thinking of using cloth diapers for your new little bundle?

Here are the the types of cloth diapers available and the pros and cons of each:

All In One’s

PROS: Easy to use. Makes diaper changes fast and easy.
CONS: Long drying times. Wear out fast due to frequent washings.

All In Two’s

PROS: Easy to use. Daycare friendly. High resale value. Most like disposables.
CONS: Expensive. Need a large quantity.

Pocket Diapers

PROS: Not too bulky. Keeps baby dry as moisture is pulled away from the skin quickly.
CONS: Long drying times. May have problems with build-up on the synthetic liners.

What about you, Mom? Do you cloth diaper or plan to? What brand do you love and use? Tell us!