Cheek Update…


So, I figured it was time I update everyone on how my youngest son’s cheeks look now.



It took about 6 weeks, but his cheeks are finally healed!!!!


I am SO happy that his cheeks are baby smooth again! If you want a reminder of what his cheeks looked like before, check out my other post on eczema here.


It took a combination of eliminating certain foods from his diet – foods he is sensitive to and foods that are high in histamine (here is a list) – as well as using this great eczema cream from Tubby Todd Bath Co. and taking two natural supplements. One is D-Hist which helps you naturally detox histamine. The other one, which really made the difference, is HistDAO which helps your body break down the histamine in food. (Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not sharing these supplements for diagnostic and treatment purposes of others. I am simply telling you what my chiropractor did for us. If you have concerns about your health, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor, functional medicine doctor, or other medical professional.)

Some people naturally make less of the enzyme DAO (diamine oxidase) than others, which may make it more difficult to break down the histamine in foods. To read more on this, visit here. I am interested in knowing whether my son has this issue or not. That is one reason why I am going to genetically test him for some SNPS.

SNPs stands for single nucleotide polymorphisms. They are the most common type of genetic variation among people. (Definition from the U.S National Library of Medicine) There are two main SNPs I am concerned with, MTHFR and DOA (AOC1).

I have ordered an Advanced Methylation Panel test from Maximized Genetics. The reasons I went with them are that they offer an easy cheek swab to collect the DNA, they destroy the DNA after they have tested it, and they give you an easy to read result. If you are interested at all, check them out at (This is an affiliate link, so if you purchase a product you will be helping support my family!) They have many different panels that can give you insight into how your body works together and what you could do to improve your health!

When I get the results back, I will be sure to share them with you!

Let me know if you have questions! I don’t know a lot, but I have found some good sources and would love to share them as you are on your health journey!





My Favorite Food Pins

Pinterest can be a black hole that sucks all your time, confidence, and creativity away.

I’ll be honest. There are many pins that I will never attain to. The pins of $500,000 houses. The pins of gourmet desserts. The pins of expensive brand name clothing.

But there are some pins that I can use as a diving board to launch me into a creative place. This is a board I made to give me ideas when I made my mom a wreath last year for Mother’s Day. This board helped me plan my sister’s baby shower.

Pinterest has been especially helpful as I have taken foods out of my diet while nursing both of my sons. I am currently dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free (mostly) to help with my youngest’s spit up; and I am tree-nut free to eliminate his eczema. I went from being able to use canned cream of anything to being able to use very few pre-made or processed items.


So, today I want to share a few favorite recipes I found on Pinterest and use over and over.

The first are these Banana Chia Breakfast Cookies from Savvy Naturalista. These are wonderful cookies that you can eat as a snack or for a good healthy breakfast on the go. Sometimes, I add a vegan protein powder to the mix to make them pack an extra punch.

Banana-Chia Breakfast Cookies

The second is this amazing Sweet Potato Casserole from Meaningful Eats. I made this for my first Thanksgiving avoiding dairy and gluten. It is SO good! Many people who eat it are surprised that it has no butter or dairy of any kind in it. Instead it uses coconut oil and an alternative milk. Everyone who has eaten it has loved it!

Sweet Potato

The third recipe I will share is one I found recently, but it is mom, toddler, and husband approved! I had a bunch of over ripe bananas, but didn’t want a complicated banana bread recipe that involved a mixer or lots of steps. This Super Simple Banana Bread from Eazy Peazy Mealz fit the bill. I made it using just two bowls. I have used a loaf pan as well as muffin pans. When you make it as muffins, the cooking time goes down to about 15-20 minutes.

Banana (1)

I typically use this gluten-free flour from Bob’s Red Mills when cooking or baking. I have found that it translates perfectly without adding anything extra like you sometimes have to with other gluten-free flours.

What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes? Share the links in the comments!




In my Shopping Cart

I have been doing some shopping!

Online shopping is a wonderful invention, especially for the mom of little ones. I want to share some things I am purchasing this weekend, and some things that are going on my wishlist to purchase soon! The items from Target are affiliate links. If you click on the Target links, I get a little bit of the profits, so thank you for supporting my family in this way.

For the kids

I have been getting ready for spring and summer by keeping my eye open for graphic tees that my little man would like. He has an opinion about what he wears now, so here are four he said he liked. (Most kids clothes are 20% off at Target using the code KIDS20)

daniel tiger

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Short Sleeve Shirt

animal friends shirt

Elephant Short Sleeve Shirt


Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt


Time To Wreck Stuff Short Sleeve Shirt

We are also starting to potty train, so I plan to get these jeans that he can pull off and on easier than ones with a button.


Skinny Rib Waist Denim Pants

For my small one, I need to get another play yard sheet. He seems to have really sensitive skin, and two of the three sheets I got are too rough for his cheeks. This muslin sheet by Aden and Anais is so soft and doesn’t bother his skin too much.

He is also growing like a weed. My 5.5 month old is in 12 month old clothing (slow down please!) and I need a few more things for him to wear in that size. I loved the colors in these and felt they would go into spring well.


Coverall Set (2 pack)

For the home

I also am getting a few things for the house. We need more Mrs. Myers hand soap. Basil is my favorite scent, so I am getting a refill of that. I am also getting Rosemary, which is a scent I tried at my friend’s house. (Select soaps are buy one get one 25% off!)

I bought these gorgeous stamps from the USPS. If you love sending notes, or having pretty stamps when you are paying the bills (because that job could always have more lovely things in it), GET THESE!

I am preparing for my first Whole30 and bought this spirializer off Amazon to give me more meal options. I also have my eyes on these two Corelle bowls. It seems like we always go through bowls first at my house!

Corelle Cereal Bowl (set of 6) and Corelle 28 oz. Bowl

I wish I were in the market for a rug, and if I were, it would be this one.


Corbin Rug – Safavieh

For me

These work out capris and Francine River’s latest book The Masterpiece are the final items in my cart this weekend! (C9 Champion items at Target are 20% off with the code PRESDAY20)

work out pants

Freedom Mesh Insert Capri Leggings

What items have you had your eye on? Are you hitting any good sales this President’s Day? Feel free to share in the comments!






Baby Blueberry – The Countdown is On

Well…we are almost there! My due date is in approximately a week and a half.


Soon, Phillip and I will be parents of a living, breathing, hold-able, snugly newborn.

I know that we are parents already, but it still seems surreal somehow…like maybe I’m imagining it all.

I have dreamed of being a mom for so long, ever since I was a child. I long for the hard work of raising children in this broken world. The unending sacrifice of valuing someone else’s life as more than your own. The most important work of bringing up tomorrow’s workers, leaders, parents, spouses, and teachers. I have no expectations that this work is simply or easy. That it is cut and dry. That it will not cause stress, worry, strain, or frustration. That it limits me and my freedom. But I am sure that despite these things, it will be the most important work and an unbelievably satisfying adventure to walk.C.S. Lewis quote - children are the most important work

So, as I look forward to holding my little man, I wanted to share our maternity pictures Phillip and I had taken a week and a half ago by a friend of mine. Her name is Rebecca Finley. You can find her on Facebook. She has always taken fabulous pictures and captured some wonderful moments for us. Thanks Rebecca! (She’ll be doing newborn photos as well after Joseph is born.)

I started with my absolute favorite.

It captures the joy and excitement we have for each other and for meeting this new little one!

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I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and seeing a bit into my thoughts regarding motherhood and why it is so important!



Baby Blueberry – 26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a head of lettuce, about 13.6-14.8 in. and 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. BB’s eyes are forming the he will open them soon. His immune system is ready for life outside the womb now and he is soaking up my antibodies.

Total weight gain? 23 pounds

Maternity clothes? Dresses are the most comfortable. Some of my size small maternity pants don’t fit well anymore.

Movement? All the time!!! It is so reassuring to feel him wiggling around in there.

Miss anything? lunch meat, white rice, feeling relaxed (having a hard time doing that with so much going on)

Food cravings? bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, burgers, sweet tea

Have you started to show? Yes, and my bump seems to be all baby. You can’t tell from behind yet.

Sleep? Sleep has been good, but we’ve been getting a bit less of it because we have some homework we do in the mornings now from my childbirth class, Hypnobabies.

Looking forward to? All of our favorite shows will premiere in the next two weeks, so I’m excited about those coming back on. Big Bang Theory on Monday, Sept. 22, NCIS on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Castle on Monday, Sept. 29.

Symptoms: Fatigue, extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, itchy skin, discomfort where my upper abdominal muscles are stretching out, color changes on my stomach, leg cramps, some tooth/joint pain

Belly Button in or out? It moves between in and out depending on what time of day it is and how much food I’ve eaten.

Gender? We’re having a boy!

Best moment this week? I have had a really hard time seeing good moments this week. Many situations have arisen this week that we didn’t foresee occurring and that we didn’t financially plan for. But even in those moments, I know that God is still for me and that His ways are higher than mine. All that said, I guess my best moment of the week was being a part of replacing a roof on a friend’s house today. While I couldn’t help much, I got to enjoy seeing many men pouring out their energy and sweat to bless this lady with a leak-proof roof!

What do I know? I know that I hate feeling busy and rushed. I don’t like it when I get to the end of the day and haven’t had a moment to catch up with my husband or to breath in a breathe of relaxation. My Hypnobabies scripts have helped create that space, but because it’s homework, it still feels like one more thing on my list that has to be checked off before the day is done. I don’t like living like that. I enjoy checklists as a tool, but I don’t like it when I need to plan my life around them to meet my schedule. Hopefully, after my childbirth class ends (I’m glad I chose to do it, it is just 3 more hours a week I have committed to be somewhere), I will get to breathing easier.

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I promise to live in the moment with you…no matter what other people say or what the current American culture encourages. No matter what might need to be done, spending time with you and loving on you are more important. I promise to play in muddy puddles with you. I promise to look at insects and trees and animals with you. I promise to have water fights and sword fights with you. Sometimes work will have to get done, but I pray that the Lord will teach me how to spend time with you, even when I am doing those things. I don’t want my existence to be my to-do list. Give me grace, because I won’t get it right all the time. But know that in my heart, my deep desire is to live richly in every moment with you and your dad. Love, Mommy

all there

Baby Blueberry – 12 Weeks

(Sorry this is a bit late. I was 12 weeks on Friday, June 13th)

How far along? 12 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a plum, about 2.1 in. and .495 oz. Almost all of the baby’s systems are fully formed.

Total weight gain? The scale I bought didn’t work. Whenever we would step on it, our weight would change from one time to the next, so I threw it away.

Maternity clothes? I still need pants, but I can still wear regular tops, but they are getting a little short.

Movement? Still too early for that.

Miss anything? my energy, staying up a little later when friends come over, lunch meat, white rice

Food cravings? fries

Have you started to show? I’ve started to show. You can’t see it from the front necessarily, but if I turn to the side, you can see a little bump. (though this week’s picture seems smaller than last week’s)

Sleep? I can’t get enough of it!

Looking forward to? Hearing something about our house this week. We are scheduled to close June 25th, and we’re hoping the USDA paperwork will come through by then and all the repairs will be done by then as well.

Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, sore breasts, back pain, itchy skin (sometimes)

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but I don’t think that will last very long!

Gender? We should find out sometime in August at my 20 weeks ultrasound. (I think it’s a girl.)

Best moment this week? Taking care of my sweet husband on Thursday. He sprained his ankle (which isn’t fun), so I took him to the doctor. Then, I got medicine and another brace. We went home and ate Zaxby’s for lunch, watched Friends, and cleaned up the house a bit. These are my favorite moments in marriage-just living regular life out together.

What do I know? I know that I love my choice to go with a midwife. ‘Midwife’ means “with woman”, so the entire philosophy behind midwifery is that they remain with you for the duration of your labor and delivery. I love that I will have their constant support and expertise during those critical stages. I also know that a water birth sounds amazing!

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I can’t decide if you are a boy or a girl. Either way, you will be a delight. Sure, you’ll spit stuff up on me, and poop in the bath, right after I finish cleaning you. You will say ‘no’ a lot and won’t listen to what I tell you to do sometimes. You will make me angry, and sad, and happy. Sometimes all at the same time. But you are a delight. You are a gift from the Lord. I hope you will learn that quickly, and never forget it. I love you already!



Elise (and BB)