1.25.2018 by Nancy Gaines

Pregnancy Journal Weeks 24-36


Well, I've let some time lapse since my last journal entry, but Insha'Allah I'll get you all caught up and stay up to date on my entries until it's birth story time! ❤


Well I've taken a bit of hiatus from the business side of Everyday Naseeha. Alhamdulilah, my mom and biz partner has definetely taken up the slack. 😍 I was working towards some personal and household projects that required my attention. Insha'Allah will share more about that later.
Just when I was ready to start back up with the biz, along came the flu. My 16 year old was first to come down with it, and then the rest of the family, one by one. I was a little bit worried after all the hype I've been hearing about this flu season being so severe and the fact that I was pregnant to boot. But Alhamdulilah, everybody is now on the road to recovery. 😊 Honey, lemon, and blackseed tea, supplements, rest, and lots of dua was our regimen. The hardest thing about it was having to look after myself but also having all my kiddies sick and still having to tend to them as well. Alhamdulilah though for my Ummy who lives in same apartment complex as me, stopped by often as she could to help me out. ❤

I had my 35 week appointment, my first since coming down with the Flu, and Alhamdulilah everything checked out well. Good heartbeat on the baby, my stats were good, and measuring right at 35 weeks. I had lost some weight since my last visit, but they were not concerned seeing as how I had the flu and had no real appetite at the time. I'm stil on track probably to gain 35-40lbs this pregnancy which is the usual for me durring my pregnancies.


They say being pregnant makes you off balance a bit and a little more clumsy than usual. I can attest to that! 😜 Every time I've taken a tumble since I've been an adult, it's been while I was pregnant. I've managed to fall down the stairs during two pregnancies, trip numerous times, and about 6 weeks ago walking back from the laundry room with my kids I fell flat on the pavement and took my 8 year old son with me. I was actually leaning on him for support since I was experiencing  really bad round ligament pain for the past week and it was super painful to walk. I ended up with a bloody scraped knee and hand. My 8 year old was left unharmed as was the baby, but I felt like I had been in a car accident when I woke up the next day. I can't remember taking a fall like that since I was a kid! The bright side of this tumble...my round ligament pain went away after this and has yet to come back since the fall, so Alhamdulilah for that! πŸ€—

The gender of this little one is still a mystery. πŸ€”  I'm glad I decided to be surprised and can't wait to find out. With my 7 other children I always knew ahead of time, which was pretty cool as well. But, I really wanted to be surprised with what will probably be my last one. After 6 boys in a row a girl would be awesome, but I'd be just as excited if it's another boy. I don't really have a "feeling" of it being a boy or a girl, but I've been craving fish these last several weeks, and I recall with my first child, which was a girl, I craved fish sandwiches from Mcdonalds. So maybe that means something? πŸ€”


So all and all, I'm feeling back to normal now and getting really excited about the baby coming. This has been a weird pregnancy for me. Usually I'm very carefree during my pregnancies, but having suffered my first miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, I've just been a little bit on edge. It's a mixture of really wanting to savor this pregnancy and enjoy every moment of it, since it will be probably  be my last and then the other part of me just wants to hurry and deliver a healthy baby so I can quit worrying about something potentially going wrong. I just have to remember Allah is in control and to turn to him with my worries and distress, when I do that I feel better immediately.


On the agenda for the upcoming week? I'm going to start up an exercise regimen. Nothing major, just some light cardio and stretching. I've been wanting to do that my whole pregnancy, but kept putting it off, so better late than never. Also, plan to jump back in to biz mode and back to homeschooling the kids which has taken a back seat for too long now. See ya next week, insha'Allah.

1.16.2018 by Nancy Gaines

Yummy, Easy & Healthy No Bake Energy Balls!


Here are those energy balls that I promised you before I got sick last week! I'm feeling better, but still taking it easy . . . I promise. ❤ Aisha and her whole family are on the mend as well! Alhamdulillah!!! Thanks to all of you who sent duaas, prayers, positive thoughts and well wishes. 😊

Now, on to the "RECIPE"!
Were you just now wondering why I put the word RECIPE in quotes? It's because this recipe is so easy, it doesn't require one. I've actually never made it the same way twice!


I don't measure a thing, because you just can't mess this "recipe" up, unless you're really trying to! And even then, it would probably still be yummy! So, girls, we are going to wing it! Nothing rocket science about this, just yummy and nutritional goodness. 

Hey, you can even have the kids or grandkids help you out!  So let me tell you what I put in these little amazeballs!

They've got quick oats, faux rice krispies, chopped dates, chia seeds, poppy seeds, peanut butter, honey and this fantastic salad topper mix I picked up at Costco.


The salad topper mix contains "A tart and savory mixture of cranberries and seeds". And let me tell you, it is delicious! It's organic and the seeds are tamari sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds! Perfect for a quick pick-me-up on it's own! It's also great on salads, of course, but has now met it's new best friend . . . The Energy Ball! 😊


Now get yourself a big bowl to mix all of your ingredients together. The spoon is mostly for show as you're going to get in, down and dirty like, combining all your ingredients like it was a mud pie when you were a kid! (Bonding moment with the kids, right?)


Gather all of your ingredients and start tossing them in the bowl. The oats and cereal are of course your main ingredient,  so you'll want the most amount of these. Go ahead, pour some in the bowl. Now add your chopped dates, peanut butter, honey, chia & poppy seeds and salad topper mix.


Now make sure you've got everything you need before you start mixing, 'cause you don't want to stop once you've started. And if the kids are helping, have them wash their hands, if you haven't already done so. πŸ˜‰  Keep mixing till it feels like you can form a ball. If the concoction feels too dry, add some more peanut butter and honey, too wet . . . add more oats & cereal, till you get a ball that holds it's shape. 

That's it! Start the assembly line!!! Roll them into whatever size appeals to you. Mine are about a 1" ball, give or take.

Roll a tray full of these little cuties. You can sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on top even, well just 'cause it's fun and looks pretty! πŸ’• Go ahead and pop them in the fridge now for about an hour. Remove and store in individual snack baggies the kids can just grab or you can pop in your purse for an energy boost! These freeze great too, so make as many as you like. They keep about a week in the fridge, if they last that long at your house! πŸ˜‰


That's it, ladies! I hope you L❤VE these delightful little bites of nourishing yumminess as much as we do! Feel free to add or subtract ingredients to suit you and your family. Enjoy!

❤ Nancy ❤ xoxoxo

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