December 22, 2017

Mumma Journey: Subchorionic Hemorrhage Scare

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Mumma Journey: Subchorionic Hemorrhage Scare

So, now that I have announced my pregnancy to my family and the world wide web (click here for that post), I have been given all kinds of advance and stories....some good and some horrific.  With all that I have heard, I am understanding that motherhood is the most scariest precious experience that a woman can go through.  I knew there would be times that I would watch my child do something like fall face first and have my heart stop beating until I knew he or she was ok, but I did not expect to be scared for my child before I even got to see him or her in person.

What am I talking about?  Well, when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, I was at home and I started having really sharp stabbing and burning pain in my lower right side.  No matter how I positioned myself, the pain/burning would not go away...in fact, it just seemed to increase.  I finally came to the conclusion that I should go to the emergency room.

Of course, I don't know of anyone that likes the emergency room, but I really do hate it.  It seems like they always take forever and while you are waiting to be seen, all you end up doing is thinking.  So, of course, I am sitting in the waiting room crying because I am so scared of losing the baby.  I just found out I was pregnant and typically that was the time period when I would miscarry.

After several tests, an ultrasound and five hours at the emergency room, the doctor came in and told me that I have a small subchorionic hemorrhage.  The doctor then told me that it is common and that it is a 50/50 situation.  Half the time everything is fine where the hemorrhage absorbs itself and the other half of the time, the hemorrhage expands where it causes a miscarriage.

Of course with my history of miscarriages, I automatically thought the worse and asked the doctor if there was something I could do that would help the situation so that I would not miscarry.  The doctor then told me there was nothing I could do.  So, I spent a good amount of time worrying about losing my baby.
Mumma Journey: Subchorionic Hemorrhage Scare
Picture Thanks to Mommyknowswhatsbest.com

Then one day, I came across this article on Facebook from Mommy knows what's best giving me a great explanation of the hemorrhage and peace of mind.  She explains that it is very common to have this hemorrhage and that it is more likely that you will carry your baby to term....as long as you are not lifting heavy items and over stretching to cause any more tearing.  So, I just want to thank Mommy knows what's best for sharing this because it helped put my mind at ease.  (Click here to check out her article).

Update:  I am currently 14 weeks pregnant and the hemorrhage had absorbed itself.  All tests and ultrasounds have shown that my little gummy bear is doing just fine and growing normally.


-Rambling Holly

December 20, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo and Hair Conditioner

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Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Review---100% Natural Dandruff Treatment

This review this week is for all my beauties that have itchy heads or have dandruff.  I have mentioned before that I have both and during the colder seasons, it is the worse.  I am always finding myself scratching my head because of the cold air and then dry heat.  Then that leads to my dandruff coming out to show them ugly white flakes speckled into my hair.

A while ago, I completed the 7-day Clear Scalp and Hair (click here for that review) and I did have a great result.  However, at about $7 per bottle and the fact that you have to use it for seven days straight, I really didn't stick with it.  Not to mention Clear has a bunch of ingredient that not only can I not pronounce but also contained chemicals.  If I am going to invest in shampoo and conditioner, I would prefer to spend the money on actual ingredients instead of chemicals.

So, I was pretty stuck using shampoo and conditioners that I prefer for the smell and then adding ingredients such as tea tree oil, jojoba oil and argon oil to help with my itchy scalp.  UGH...and let me tell you, it was not pleasant because sometimes, adding those ingredients would make the shampoo separate or super runny.  It was a hot mess.

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Review---100% Natural Dandruff Treatment

About a week ago, Haley Jones from Maple Holistics contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing their tea tree hair products.  Of course, I had to go to their website and look to see what Maple Holistics had to offer and quickly accepted to review their products in exchange for the products.  So, they promote a number of great benefits (check them out here).  They guarantee your satisfaction or you get your money back, free shipping for orders over $25 (orders over $35 gets a FREE gift) and products are made in USA.  The Tea Tree Shampoo and Hair Conditioner promotes a 100% natural dandruff treatment that hydrates and moisturizes with essential oils.  There is also no use of parabens or chemicals and is cruelty-free.  To top all this off, you can snag the shampoo and conditioner set for $19.97!  Oh.....wait!  There is something even better!!!!  Maple Holistics has their own FREE SAMPLE program where if you click here, you can request samples for yourself.

So, is it worth the $20?  Did it help me with my itchy head?  Did it moisturize?  How did it smell?  Check out my video review below for all these answers.



-Rambling Holly

December 18, 2017

Raspberry Pork & Peppers

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Raspberry Pork & Peppers
Raspberry Pork & Peppers --- all the ingredients and steps you need to make this savory dish

What you need:

3-4 lb. pork cutlets
1 large red bell pepper
1 large yellow bell pepper
1 medium onion
16 oz Raspberry Vinaigrette 
5 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt

Directions:





1.  Rinse the pork and pat dry.  Using a sharp knife cut a pocket in the pork.
Raspberry Pork & Peppers --- all the ingredients and steps you need to make this savory dish
2.  Sprinkle seasoning evenly over pork and then top with a dusting of flour.  Set aside.  

3.  Heat deep skillet with 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.

4.  Slice up peppers and onions.  Evenly distribute the pepper onion mixture into the pork pockets.
Raspberry Pork & Peppers --- all the ingredients and steps you need to make this savory dish

Raspberry Pork & Peppers --- all the ingredients and steps you need to make this savory dish
5.  Place pork in skillet, cook for about 20 minutes covered or until the pork is cooked thoroughly.  Pour vinaigrette over the pork and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Enjoy!
Raspberry Pork & Peppers --- all the ingredients and steps you need to make this savory dish

-Rambling Holly

December 13, 2017

Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara

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Well hello my beauties!  If you are into makeup then you know that we all have those few or even just one makeup go to. I know I do.  I always grab for my mascara and eyeliner.  I just don't feel myself without both of these on.  Besides they help make my blue eye stand out and pop even more.

However, no matter what your go to makeup is, you always run out and have to go out and buy more.  And that is when you start looking at all the different brands and benefits to each mascara (or what ever your go to make up is) has to offer.

If you have been a Rambling fan for any length of time, then you would already know that I HATE spending money on things that just isn't worth it.  This is why I test out products and let y'all know whether or not if it is worth your hard earned money.

So, I was contacted by Influenster to test out Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara.  Of course I am always on the hunt for a good mascara so of course I jumped up and down, hooted and hollered to let them know I was interested.
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Within a few weeks, my Peacock Vox Box arrived and inside was a full-size Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara and a full-size Covergirl Melting Pout Gel Liquid Lipstick.  You can snag your own mascara and liquid lipstick for about $8 at Walmart.


Now, because I was a goofball and wasn't thinking, I forgot to apply and review the liquid lipstick on the video....OOPS!!!  I will say that I cannot give y'all a good review on this.  Besides the fact that the 105 color looks terrible on me because it is like a pinky peach color, it does not apply on smoothly.  If you look real close at your lips, it makes your lips look all cracked and dry.  Personally, for $8 the Melting Pout liquid lipstick is not worth it.

-Rambling Holly

December 6, 2017

Spoiling Your Pup: Bark Box Review

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There are a bunch of us out there that are pup parents.  You know who you are...the ones that treat your pups like your children.  They get to sleep with you or have a nice comfy bed of their own, you buy the healthiest dog food you can and you make sure your pup has treats and toys to chew on.  I know I am one of those people.

In January of this year I brought home my adorable Kioki.  He is a teacup pomeranian and is just a ball of fluff and energy.  I love how he smiles and plays with my mother's dog (a 150 pound German Shepherd/lab).  He is a sweet boy that loves attention but is a bit of a drama king.

With him being a purebred, I especially wanted to keep him healthy and happy.  Also, with him being a puppy I didn't want all my shoes and clothes torn up from his chewing, so I would go out and buy treats and toys for him to enjoy.  The only problem is he would much rather play with the cat toys and put his toys in 'safe keeping'.

So, 2 months ago I had the opportunity  (financially) to get a Bark Box.  I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I did want to spoil my little boy.

When ordering the box, they ask you what size your pup is...and because kioki is small...obviously I choose small and it costed $30 for the box.  It came in a matter of no time and had 2 toys and 3 treats in it.  And let me just tell you, Kioki goes crazy for just the box because of all the smells coming from it.

If you want to hear my full review, see what actually came in the box and see how Kioki reacts...click on the video below.


-Rambling Holly

December 4, 2017

Creamy Mushroom Chicken Breast

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With the cold weather upon us, there is nothing better than something warm and comforting to eat to finish up with day.  I love comfort food, but I can't always have stew or mac and cheese....it would all go to my hips and thighs.  I also don't always want to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen prepping, cooking and cleaning up after, just for a dinner.

With all this in mind, I still need to find meals that warm me up from a day being out in the cold weather without requiring too many steps.  With my craving for chicken due to my little bundle of joy growing inside of me, I stay thinking about different ways to make chicken.

That is when I remembered that so many people make a cream of mushroom chicken and I never tried it....I mean I have made chicken breast with sauteed mushroom but never have I cooked chicken with cream of mushroom soup.  It just seemed so simple to me.  Well, I wanted to try it, so here is my twist on creamy mushroom chicken breast.

Creamy Mushroom Chicken Breast

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What you need:

2 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. minced onion
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt

Directions:

1.  Wash you chicken and pat dry with paper towel.  Evenly season chicken with pepper and salt.
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2.  Melt butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken, garlic and onion.  Cook until chicken is cooked thoroughly about 10 minutes per side, depending how thick the breast is.
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3.  Pour both cans of mushroom soup on top of chicken, make sure to coat boat side of chicken with soup.  Reduce heat down to low, simmer covered for about 5 to 7 minutes.
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 Enjoy!!!

***I served mine with brown rice and green beans.***


-Rambling Holly

December 1, 2017

Unplanned Gift: A New Chapter

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So, many of y'all have read my journey in life with PCOS (click here for that article) and even read about my PSA on suggesting people to stop asking females the baby question (click here for the article).  Every female has their own story about becoming a mother, some stories tend to be a lot shorter than others.  I know I personally had jealousy for all those women that said it was easy for them to get pregnant or those other women that seemed to get pregnant every time they blinked and yet still didn't want to be a mother.  Of course the only reason I was jealous is because it wasn't easy for me to get pregnant and when I did, I miscarried.

Ramblings Thoughts, Pregnancy, PCOS, Miscarriage, Mumma Journey, MotherhoodEver since I can remember I wanted to have children.  I loved being around babies and children.  I just wanted to have little ones that looked like me to care for.  However, no matter how much I wanted children of my own, I didn't get any.  I used that time to immerse myself in lives of my family and their children.  My cousin had a baby and I ended up being there for him.  I was the one that got him hooked on SpongeBob and whipped cream as a treat.  Then my bother had his son and even to this day, he is the apple of my eye.

Even though I had children in my life, I still wanted children of my own.  When I did get pregnant, I would miscarry right soon after finding out I was pregnant.  I would always chuck it up wrong timing, wrong person.

Over the summer this year, I found this great guy.  We hit it off really well and soon I found myself spending more and more time with him.  Next, I knew I was feeling off and realized I was late.  I didn't want to think too much into it because by now I have given up on the thought of being a mother.  I ended up talking to my guy and of course that is when he got me a pregnancy test.  We definitely were not planning a pregnancy, however, here we are and as of today I am a little over 11 weeks pregnant!!!!

I am super excited because I have made it past the usual time that I have miscarried before.  I want to share my journey with y'all to help other mothers in the similar situation as mine.  I want to share any information that I found out to work.  Here is my pregnancy journey, come join me. Below is my first ultrasound at 9 weeks.

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Stay Tuned for the next Mumma Journey: Subchorionic Hemorrhage Scare 

-Rambling Holly