Nourish The Fit Woman’s Cookbook Giveaway

Disclosure: This is an unsolicited and unpaid review. I received this product in exchange for highlighting this cookbook. All opinions are my own.

Healthy eating. I think everyone has a different idea of what that look likes. For me this includes eating real food and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Around the time Maisie was born my eating habits started to get a little out of control. Let me explain.

I am a self proclaimed carboholic. I love bread and have been known to eat half a loaf of the fresh baked bread from the grocery store on the way home from shopping. When my activity levels are high this type of eating pattern, while not great, never was a problem because I was exercising more frequently and at a higher intensity. While I am still exercising several times a week I am no where near at the same intensity level I was even 6 months ago let alone last year.

In the first month after Maisie was born, eating was sporadic as I was adapting to being a mother to two little ones and I was just grabbing for whatever was easiest. Mainly simple carbohydrates. Lots of breads, homemade waffles, pancakes, grilled cheese, and a salad thrown in for good measure.

My immune system suffered and I am still trying to play catch up. Slowly but surely I am starting to feel better. With the help of my naturopath I reevaluated how I was nourishing my body. I am now eating every 3 hours, have eliminated the high sugar and no nutritional value whatsoever breads that I love, and have started eating more protein with each meal.

Nourish The Fit Woman's Cookbook

All of this to say, when I heard the details about Lorna Jane Clarkson’s first cookbook Nourish The Fit Woman’s Cookbook I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Lorna shares her thoughts on choosing the food we eat and provides thoughtful advice and information on how to provide your body proper nourishment.

I love this cookbook for several reasons. The photography is beautiful. I am a sucker for pretty pictures. Not only are the pictures gorgeous but I love that these recipes advocate real food. This is NOT a low-fat, low calorie, feeling deprived, or diet cookbook. Clarkson wants to inspire you think before you eat and make good decisions that will truly nourish your body.

Nourish Table of Contents

This cookbook contains over 100 recipes and includes flavored waters, smoothies, salads, soups, breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Nourish also contains valuable information about nutrition that is easy to understand. You will learn why it is important to eat nutritionally dense foods, how to improve your body’s digestion, why you should be keeping your body in an alkaline state, what superfoods are, and the low-down on sugar and sweeteners.

Nourish Omelettes

If you have been looking to learn more about how food plays a vital roll in our health and how it is a contributing factor to our mental and emotional well being Nourish would be an awesome book to read.

I love the Lorna Jane brand, by far my favorite sports bras, and they were nice enough to send me an extra copy of this cookbook to giveaway. Enter for your chance to win! The winner will be contacted by e-mail on September 24th.

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Maisie: 3 Months

I am happy to say that this last month our little girl transitioned from waking at 6am consistently to anywhere between 6:30 – 7am. Most mornings she wakes up babbling and cooing to her picture of the United States on the wall above her crib and is all smiles. I love starting my day with her smiles.

3 Months Maisie

We are following the sleep method outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep. If you have never heard of Babywise you can read more about our experience in my post On Becoming Baby Wise where I break down how we used this method for our son Caden.

Here is a recap of Maisie’s feeding schedule over the past three months:

Birth: Every 2-3 hours for the first two weeks until we were given the go ahead from her pediatrician to allow her to sleep during the night without needing to wake her to eat.

1 Month: 4:30am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 12:30am. Bedtime at 7pm followed by the last two feedings.

Week 7: 5am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

2 Months: 6am,  9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

Currently her 3 Month schedule looks like this…

  • 6:30am – 7am: Eat & Waketime
  • 8:45am: Nap
  • 9:45am: Eat
  • 11am: Nap
  • 12:30pm: Eat
  • 2pm: Nap
  • 3pm: Eat
  • 6pm: Eat
  • 7pm: Bedtime
  • 9:30pm: Eat

She is our little rockstar when it comes to sleeping at night. This girl is in her crib at 7pm and is usually asleep in 15 minutes. When she has her dream feed at 9:30pm her eyes never open and she nurses for about 20 minutes before being placed back in crib for the night. I am so thankful for a baby who sleeps the entire night.

Maisie Month 3

Maisie recently started suck on her thumb and it is hit or miss if she enjoys her pacifier. Some days she will take the paci but most days she would rather have her hand in her mouth. Caden hardly ever sucked on his hands. She also really enjoys eating, cuddling, watching Caden, bouncing in her Fisher-Price Adorable Animals Baby’s Bouncer, playing on her Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym, bath/shower time, and tummy time. She is giggling and cooing more and more! Baby giggles are the best.

Our days are filled with cuddling a newborn, kisses, stories, an energetic toddler, nap times, and the overwhelming amount of love that both Josh and I have for each other and our children. God has been good to us and we are so thankful. Life isn’t always easy but if you look closely there is beauty in the everyday moments we all experience.

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Meet Dani: The Kid Nurse

I am so thrilled to introduce you to Caden and Maisie’s pediatric nurse practitioner, Dani aka Kid Nurse. Over the last two years of doctors visits, after hours phone calls because I googled my child’s symptoms, personal phone chats, texts messages, and a lunch date with our husbands I now get to call this amazing person my friend. If you are a parent her website, Kid Nurse, is a wealth of practical information written in a way that parents can easily understand. She kindly agreed to let me interview her and I hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you! I am so inspired by you and would love for you to introduce yourself to my readers and share a little about your education, marriage, and what you like to do for fun.

967f6ac9b4d520eaf5ebc29ad58e4ddaI’m Dani! I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner, and I absolutely love children! I am so thankful that I get to spend my days playing with children and working with their families. I still can’t decide if I like little girls or boys better (so as of now I am crazy about them both), and I think 4-6 months is the golden age of infant-hood (smiling and laughing all the time and they can’t run away from you yet!).

I have a unique educational background due to the fact that I started college when I was 12 years old. Crazy, right? Well, I really felt called as a young woman to enter the field of nursing and care for people, and the only thing that stood in my way was years of college education… So, why not start as soon as possible? I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in nursing when I was 17 and then got my master’s degree in nursing in 2010 a few months before my 19th birthday. That made me the youngest nurse practitioner in the country. I have been practicing ever since then working with thousands of children and falling more in love with my little patients every day!

My husband Daniel is absolutely my hero. Yes, you saw that correctly – he’s Daniel and I’m Danielle. I like to think of him as truly finding my other half. We have been married for just under 2 years. So far I have learned 2 major lessons from married life. First, I am a terrible cook. Thank God Daniel is gifted in this area, otherwise we would have starved to death by now. Second, marrying someone who believes in you more than you can even believe in yourself is the most amazing blessing I have ever experienced. My relationship with Jesus and my marriage are my biggest sources of strength, and I am so humbled and thankful!

In my “free” time, I now feel like I should say that I love working out!!! (Haha…) Honestly, I force myself to occasionally exercise, and that’s why I love Tamara so much. She is so down to earth and practical with physical fitness and healthy lifestyles for busy women, and not to mention an amazing mom. Any time I have outside of seeing patients is pretty much consumed with writing and reading for Kid Nurse now, but I really like going out to dinner with husband, getting dressed up every once and a while, serving at our church, and checking my facebook notifications semi-obsessively.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

It is truly my desire to create healthy children and even happier parents. Creating healthy children deserves more than a 10 minute annual check-up. Where do parents turn for accurate, trustworthy health information? Most parents go online, and the sea of online information is often confusing, and sometimes flat-out wrong or misleading. The majority of parenting decisions revolving around the health of their children are made from friends input or the online world. So, I wanted to take my education and my experience and join the mix! I want parents to have a safe place online to get accurate child’s health information, so Kid Nurse was born.

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Read Dani’s first ever blog post, My Journey Leaving The Anti-Vaccination Movement, that went viral with over 30,000 Facebook shares, and her follow up post Why Your Pediatric Health Provider Actually Wants You To Vaccinate Your Child.

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

That’s a toss up. This summer I went to Hawaii with my in-laws. They talked me into going on a “simple” hike with them. After swimming through knee-high mud barefoot for 5 hours (yes, I *might* have started crying and Daniel pretty much had to drag me back) I felt pretty courageous for just surviving. I also think starting my nursing education at age 15 took a lot of courage. I really had to push out the many voices that told me it would be impossible. Now I feel like entering the world of blogging and opening myself up to the opinions of the online world is taking a lot of courage. To me, courage is more of a journey than a destination. It’s a day to day process of taking one step after another toward overcoming fears and achieving dreams.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Right now, my husband keeps encouraging me with the quote, “Done is better than perfect” as I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist! I can obsess over the little details too much, so I keep reciting that quote in my head as I work on finishing projects. I have also always been encouraged by 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” I strive to be an example to the patients I work with and with everything I write on Kid Nurse.

Thank you Dani for sharing! It was fun to get to know you a little better! 

You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.  When you visit Kid Nurse be sure to download her FREE e-book “Don’t Sweat It. Fever Facts Every Parent Needs To Know.”

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