My Infertility & IVF Story: Bittersweet

Infertility & IVF: My Bittersweet Story

I finally got the call of my dreams! We are pregnant! I’ve never been so excited! I don’t plan on telling anyone other my Prince Charming at this point since we have had such a long, rough, winding road to get here! I can’t stop crying tears of joy! I want to climb on top of my house and scream the good news for everyone to hear! I have so many thoughts running through my head right now…

Will it be a boy or girl

What colors should I paint the room

Will we have 1 or 2 or more

How will I tell my Prince Charming

What names will we like (will we agree on names?)

What color eyes will he or she have

What will he or she be when they grow up

What will my baby’s giggle sound like

What will they smell like {I love the smell of a cute little clean baby}

What will it feel like when he or she kicks for the first time

I have a million questions whirling through my head all at once right now.

Although the first few weeks were filled with sheer joy it was short lived and the next 10 weeks of our lives were filled with sadness, tears, and exhaustion…

Want to read more? 

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 1 If I knew getting knocked up was going to be so hard…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 2 Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 3 The Egg Harvest I Feel like a Farm

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 4 The Waiting…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 5 Prepare for Implantation

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 6 Embryo Transfer Day

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 7 I think I am…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 8 Bittersweetness of getting what you want

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Sriracha Chicken Egg Rolls

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I was walking through the grocery store looking at all the unusual products they had. I was looking for wanton wrappers to make some healthy baked cheese “sticks” when I saw the egg roll wrappers. I immediately knew what I wanted to make for my friends cook out this weekend Sriracha Chicken Egg Rolls! They are new, creative, yummy, and everyone will  did love them. I have never made any type of egg roll so I was a little nervous but turns out rolling eggs rolls isn’t all that hard! 

What You Need
1 lb boneless chicken breast
4-6 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
1 pk egg roll wrappers
Cheese {shredded cheddar, cream cheese, sharp cheddar slices, any cheese will do}
green onions, chopped
Salt/Pepper
Coarse salt {optional}
Pastry brush {or paper towels}
Olive Oil
Water

Preheat the over to 400 degrees and oil a baking sheet.

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Dice the chicken up and toss it into a hot non-stick pan like the Green Earth Pan.

Pour the Sriracha sauce over the chicken, salt & pepper to taste.

Cook on medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink and shreds easily. 

Shred the chicken up with a fork.

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Lay a single egg roll wrapper out and put a little cheese, chicken, and green onions in the center

about 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp worth of fillings works the best. 

Wet the edges of the egg roll with some water & your pastry brush.

Fold the egg roll up and place on a baking sheet

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Brush a light coating of olive oil over each egg roll with your pastry brush and sprinkle a small amount of coarse salt over them. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the egg rolls look golden brown. 

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These were such a hit everyone was talking about them and asking me for the recipe! What did you think of them?

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Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party

Sparkles of Inspiration link up party is a weekly place for everyone! Link up parties are like County fairs in the summer time {expect you can check everything out from your couch, in your PJs, & without make-up on} so kick back relax and check out all the inspiring stuff going on this week… be sure to check back next week to see if you were featured!

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My Sister’s High School Graduation

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I recently shared a post about making a card box for graduation parties in preparation for my sister’s graduation open house. The box turned out really cute and I’m excited for everyone to fill it up with cute cards and warm wishes for her. She will be extra lucky if people got cards for her from Treat Greeting Cards like I did. 

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I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the night of her graduation. Getting these pictures was VERY difficult first I had to sneak pass a few cops, then an old grouchy lady yelled at me, and I had tears in my eyes the whole time making it hard to tell if my pictures were in focus! 

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I am so proud of my sister. I still see a little girl with blond ringlet curls when I look at her. Honestly, I’m not even sure when she grew up but now she is a young women and I hate it  can’t believe it! She is so special to me and my family. I can’t imagine life without her {even if I did try to throw her away when she was a baby}

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I love you Sierra keep up the great work

Love you, 

Jessica “Sissy”

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My IVF & Infertility Story: I Think I am…

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My IVF & Infertility story continues. I’ve been taking it easy for the last few days. I will be going to the doctor’s office tomorrow for my blood draw to find out of we are pregnant (I think we are!) I have been thinking about how I will tell my Prince Charming once I have confirmation that we are pregnant. I have so many good ideas!

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I can’t explain the emotions I’m feeling at this point. I’m excited one second, nervous the next minute, and out right panicking at times. I have done an awesome job of keeping my emotions and roller coaster ride of hormones in check until that last few days. I feel like it’s all getting the better of me.

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I would love a glass of wine and some gourmet chocolates at the moment. Prince Charming is working at least 5 days a week right now and I’m only working 2 or 3 I think even though I’m keeping really busy the time alone is getting to me. As a matter of fact, as I type this I’m realizing that I need a day out. I know just who to call! I’m off to see if my friend Melanie is up for a pedicure. I’m thinking a day of foot massages, laughs, and pretty toe nail polish is just what I need!  

How did you tell your husband, family, friends that you were pregnant?

 

Want to read more? 

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 1 If I knew getting knocked up was going to be so hard…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 2 Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 3 The Egg Harvest I Feel like a Farm

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 4 The Waiting…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 5 Prepare for Implantation

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 6 Embryo Transfer Day

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 7 I think I am…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 8 Bittersweetness of getting what you want

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Chicken & Waffles {on a stick}

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My Prince Charming’s favorite meal hands down is chicken & waffles. He orders them every time they are on the menu so for his birthday dinner {read about his birthday here} I made my own version on his favorite dish. It was a huge success. He cleaned his plate and then had seconds!

 

What You Need
1-2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
½ cup flour (I used gluten free all purpose)
1 cup panko bread crumbs (I used gluten free plain bread crumbs)
Eggo mini waffles (maple flavor work the best!)
1 egg
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp ground red chili powder
1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
Salt/pepper
Maple syrup

 

Preheat over to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with oil or parchment paper

Mix flour, salt, and pepper together and pour onto a small dish

Mix breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and red chili powder together and pour on to another small dish. I recommend only putting about ¼ of your breadcrumbs on the plate at a time so they don’t all get mushy and wet.Chicken and Waffles {on a stick} www.sparklesandglue.com

Mix egg, water, and Sriracha together in a small shallow bowl.

Cut the chicken breasts into small bite sized pieces

One at a time dip each piece into the flour mixture then the egg mixture then roll each piece in the breadcrumbs. Place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until each little morsel looks golden brown and cooked all the way through.

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While the chicken cooks toast the waffles. You can use gluten free waffles and cut them in quarters to make this a completely gluten free meal. 

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I whipped up some mashed potatoes and chopped up some green onions. Sometimes chicken and waffles are served with white gravy but that’s not how Prince Charming likes them so no gravy today.

Once everything is cooked alternate waffles and chicken on the skewer.

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When I serve this I place a layer of potatoes on the plate then the skewers, a little maple syrup, and some green onions. My Price Charming goes nuts for this dish! The crispy chicken, sweet maple syrup, waffles, and salty hint of potatoes makes for a dish everyone will enjoy.

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Did you make this… how was it??

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Grow Longer Stronger Hair {here’s my trick}

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I have always envied girls walking around with long, shiny, strong hair. I tried all sorts of expensive shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and products none of them really did much for my hair. It stayed about the same length, was dull, and frizzy.

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I complained to my hair stylist that my scalp had been kind itchy but I hadn’t noticed any dandruff. She recommended I oil my scalp and said it would also help my hair grow and shine more too. I figured what the heck I have coconut oil at home and use it for tons of stuff why not my hair too.

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Grow Longer Stronger Hair NOW… www.sparklesandglue.com

Massage your scalp for about 5 minutes while the coconut oil soaks in

I measured my hair just incase it really made it grow I wanted to know. Day 1 my hair was 16.5 inches after 6 weeks my hair was 19 inches and noticeably healthier! That’s 2.5 inches of growth in 6 weeks! I’m so excited to have finally found something that will help me grow my hair, have less frizz, and more shine!

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My hair routine 

Monday
Apply 1-2 tsp coconut oil to dry hair and scalp
Massage 5 minutes
Shampoo & condition normally

Tuesday
Don’t wash hair
Massage scalp for 5 minute

Wednesday
Don’t wash hair
Massage scalp for 5 minute

Thursday
Apply 1-2 tsp coconut oil to dry hair and scalp
Massage 5 minutes
Shampoo & condition normally

Friday
Don’t wash hair
Massage scalp for 5 minute

Saturday
Don’t wash hair
Massage scalp for 5 minute

Sunday
Soak hair with apple cider vinegar
Massage scalp for 5 minutes
Shampoo & condition normally

 

Do you have any good tips for healthier hair? Do Share! 

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My Infertility & IVF Story: Embryo Transfer Day {Part 6}

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My infertility & IVF seems to have been going on and on but these last 5 days have been the longest 5 days of my life but the wait is over! Today is implantation day! We woke up about 4am again and made the 2-hour drive to the surgical center. I made my Prince Charming drive so I could relax on the way home. Today was a little easier because, I have already been to the surgical center, met the staff, and there is no anesthesia!

I’m more excited than nervous today- I’m ready to get knocked up!

The doctor came out to the pre-op area to speak with us about the procedure and ask us about how many embryos we would like to implant. Based on our history, age, and medical information he suggested 2 or 3. We opted to implant 2 embryos based off the information the doctor gave us and our conversations leading up to today. He also gave us a picture of our embryos to take home. Most women start scrapbooks off with a first ultrasound we will be starting with images of our embryos.

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My actual embryos :)

The procedure wasn’t painful but it wasn’t exactly comfortable… tolerable I guess. The doctor made me laugh a little (on the inside) because he kept talking about rabbits, mating, and why they get pregnant so easy. I thought it was kind of funny partly because he was being very serious but it was nice that he was talking during the procedure and trying to keep me comfortable as he was poking around in my “who-who”

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After the implantation was complete the nurse walked me back to the pre/post operative area. She brought us the lid to the petri dish that held our embryos which made me break down and cry like a baby. When I was done drowning in a river of my own happy tears and snot the nurse explained that I was to be on bed rest for the next day or two: rest, no lifting, rest, no laundry, rest, no exercise, rest, avoid stairs, rest, avoid jostling motions, rest, rest, rest. She really wanted to make sure I was planning on resting. She must have seen the stubbornness in my eyes. Honestly, I’m a bad patient, I don’t like to rest, and I rarely follow the doctors instructions BUT this is so important to me that I have followed every detail EXACTLY as ordered! I want to do everything I possible can to make this successful!

On the drive home Prince Charming was carful to avoid potholes, which made me, laugh pretty hard. He was afraid the rough roads would shake the baby lose. He is so funny and sweet. I love that guy! We decided that bed rest should also extend to him and we spent the day curled up in bed together watching movies. All in all it was a pretty good day! Let the waiting begin continue…

Want to read more? 

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 1 If I knew getting knocked up was going to be so hard…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 2 Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 3 The Egg Harvest I Feel like a Farm

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 4 The Waiting…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 5 Prepare for Implantation

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 6 Embryo Transfer Day

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 7 I think I am…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 8 Bittersweetness of getting what you want

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Top 5 Bronzers for this Summer

 

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I’m hooked on facial bronzers! I don’t tan all that well and using bronzers gives me the even sun kissed glow that I carve. Here are my top 5 bronzers that you will be able to afford and fall in love with this summer! 

Face Bronzer Suddenly Sun Sunless Bronzing Powder for Face .35oz

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Suddenly Sun Sunless Bronzing Powder is one of my favorites. It gives you the sun Goddess Glow without the sun! It feels light and airy.

Face Bronzer Suddenly Sun Sunless Bronzing Powder for Face .35oz – $21.99, 4.49 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


 

Physicians Formula Solar Powder SPF 20 Face Powder, Bronzer

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Physicians Formula Solar Powder is great for any skin tone! I have fair skin and it looks great my bestie has a nice olive tone to her skin and it works for her too! I also love that this powder includes a mild SPF to preserve you skin. 

Physicians Formula Solar Powder SPF 20 Face Powder, Bronzer – $12.89, 4.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


 

TruBlend Bronzer Naturally Luminous Powder, Natural Bronze 440, .63 oz

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TruBlend Bronzer is one of the most affordable bronzers I have used. In addition to giving your skin a sun kiss glow you also get the bonus luminous look with a subtle shimmer that looks natural. 

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Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer – Medium Deep

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The Bronze Goddess Powder is a little pricey but so worth it! I love that this powder blends with your skin and looks beyond natural. I use this when I’m going someplace special!

Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer – Medium Deep – $32.40, Free shipping – Available at Nordstrom

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Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder, Starlight/Medium Bronzer 2411, .3 oz

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I found this Bronzer on Amazon super cheap. I didn’t have high hopes since it was less than $10 bucks but I love it! It’s a combination powder that gives you a bronzer’s glow with a lustrous shimmer! I highly recommend the for anyone on a budget. 

Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder, Starlight/Medium Bronzer 2411, .3 oz – $9.94, See Site shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

 

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What bronzer do you love? Tell me below! I’m always looking for a new product to try!

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A Month Without… July

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They say it takes 21 days to break a habit or build a new one so I’m going to make some changes one month at a time. I encourage you to join me as I strive to be a healthier me. I selected each goal for my month with hopes that I can adapt a new habit based off of my month without.  For example, my diet could use more chicken, fish, and veggies so a month without red meat will help me find more options I enjoy and save a few cows too. A month without chocolate can’t hurt my waist line and who needs cookies {currently me…but I’m working on that}…

 

Here are my Month Without goals…

January- exceeding 2000 calories a day

February- red meat

March- carbonated drinks

April- pastries & cookies

May- ice cream

June- alcohol

July- chocolate

August- gluten

September- sweets & candy

October- fast food

November- pasta

December- white bread

 

JULY

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This Month Without will be a tough one. I’ll have to get rid of my secret stash of milk chocolate chips that I munch on in the middle of the night, when I have PMS, and when I’m stressed out. As a matter of fact, writing this post is making me crave them now. Ok, I basically snack on them all the time, which is why I’m going to go a Month Without them! I will update you at the end of the month on how it went!

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No chocolate chips were harmed in the making of this post!

Will you join me? What will you go a Month Without?

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