Archive for February, 2011


The clear blue digital ovulation test is fast and easy to use! There are so many advantages to a digital ovulation test vs. your typical determine the lines for yourself test.

I love the test, It helped me pinpoint my ovulation day my first cycle of trying with so much ease! However the tests are REALLY EXPENSIVE! If you are planning on buying them they only come in a pack of 7 and you need to repurchase the entire kit every time you run out. (28 euros) I would highly advise that you also have another way of pinpointing ovulation like temperature, CM, even cheaper ovulation tests before taking a clear blue digital.

This cycle ( cycle 2) I will chart my CM and take cheaper ovulation tests to determine the lines and if I think I got a positive opk on my cheep tests I will take a clear blue digital just to double check.

I must say getting a smiley face is very exciting and uplifting! I love the test I just wish there was a way to purchase the sticks separate from the digital monitor.

A tip if you get a O result: be sure to take out the stick and read the lines to see if the LH surge is a at least going up. The lines will darken as you get closer to ovulation. I like to start testing around cycle day 10 just in case I ovulate early. I find I get better results in the afternoon 2 p.m is best; thats when I got my smiley face! 🙂

Check out my video on youtube! and follow me for more updates and reviews!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT0qyesbGiI

Pictures of  my positive opk on cycle day 15 that means I ovulated between cycle day 16 and 17!

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Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers with wild garlic pasta (serves 2-4)

Ingredients:

3 Bell peppers (any colors)

150 Grams whole grain pasta

Grated mozerella cheese ( as munch as desired)

Fresh cilantro

Ramson pesto ( a special garlic pesto, you can use any flavor pesto you like)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves of garlic finely minced

1 SMALL eggplant

1 medium seized onion

200 grams of homemade or store bought tomato sauce

optional spices

1 tsp oregeno

t tbsp paprika

salt and pepper

1 tsp cumin

how to make:

Cut each bell pepper in half and place in a big pot of boiling water for 8 mins. This process is so we keep as much nutritious value  in the bell peppers while cooking.

Preparing the stuffing: slice the onion however you like and cook it in a frying pan with garlic and olive oil until they are both golden brown.

chop the egg plant into small chunks and add it to your frying pan with the onions and garlic.

pour in your tomato sauce, spices and herbs.

now add about half a cup of water to your mixture. cook the mixture on a med heat for no longer than 10 mins. we want to steam the eggplant and not remove all its healthy attributes.

Stuff the bell peppers with this mixture evenly. add mozzerella cheese on top and place in the oven on broil so that the cheese melts and gets golden brown.

Serve with pesto pasta or rice! YUMMY and EASY

Today I went to my local organic store literally a 5 min walk from my house and picked up some things according to the meal plan I made for this week. 🙂 I ended up getting a couple of unexpected things that we dont usually purchase on a regular basis that is why the bill is higher than usual.

I really dont feel buying organic (especially produce) is more expensive than mainstream or at least thats the way it is in Germany. I also must add being a vegetarian is a HUGE money saver! In America I remember going to Foodsco which is awful to think of now, its like walmart but less well known and its only a grocery store.  We spent aprox 65 dollars everytime we went in there and usually got no more than 20 items and that would USUALLY not always be our only trip there in one week. Now I go to my cute little organic shop and buy primarily fruits and veggies and spend way less and get more for my money! Like I said the shopping spree from today was for sure a SPREE! 😉

Heres what I got:

6 red bell peppers

natural yogurt

organic herbed cheese

whole wheat freshly baked bread

pure maple syrup (huge amount of the cost) 7 Euros!

dozen local free roam FARM RAISED eggs

1 leter local farm raised goats milk

2 leters local farm raised cows milk

fresh coriander aka cilantro (also not a  usually bought item)

1 eggplant

head of broccoli

pinto beans (non canned, also not bought regularly)

tomato sauce (I usually make my own)

1 large Leek

Total 30 euros.

I usually spend no more than 15 euros per visit and I go twice a week. that sums up to about 30-40 dollars on organic local nutritious goodies every week! thats awesome compared to that processed crap I bought for 65 dollars in a mainstream american supermarket.

Go organic people! you know u want too!

My hubby and I officially started activley trying to concieve baby Number 1 in the months of jan/feb.The reason we are  where we are today is because I have gotten the urge to become a mommy alot sooner that I ever thought I would.As crazy as it may sound my desire to become a mommy really began with a vivid dream I had when we first moved into our cozy little apartment here in Munich Germany. My dream was of me breastfeeding twins, and thats about it really. It was more the feelings of the dream than the actual things going on in the dream.  Soon after I went on youtube and found a community of people who share preganacy vlogs and baby vlogs and I began getting more and more excited about starting a family of my own and joining the community on youtube. I am also a huge fan of the shaytards on youtube and they are an amazing  family to watch and they started of as young parents as well.

I am very young only 20 years old but my hubby is 26.  I have alot of experience with children I was a full time nanny of a little boy for 8 months so I know very well what im getting myself into. I am also a very laid back type of person and so is my hubby and we dont feel having a child will affect our attitude towards life.  We love to travel and we will just take our little ones with us. I think its important to expose children to things outside of their every day norm and not keep them in a bubble though that may seem like the easier choice.

Living right in the center of Europe has many advantages for us. To an American family travel and a big family’s dont always  mix, For Europeans its a way of life. I feel blessed to be where I am in life right now.Hubby has a job we are stable, we have been together almost a decade and married for 1.5 years and we have a cozy home and most importantly we have each other!  We can both say with confidence we are ready for this next stage in our life and we will go into it with open minds and open hearts!

Now for the TTC (trying to concieve) info.  I have a youtube channel (DanielleBabyBliss) where I post weekly vlogs and updates.  http://www.youtube.com/user/DanielleBabyBliss?feature=mhum Feel free to subscribe!

Cycle day One is oficially over as our first try was not a sucsess. However I am optimistic about cycle 2! I ovulated Feb 1st cycle day 16 and got a positive opk (clear blue digital) jan 31st cycle day 15. We “baby danced” the night of the positive opk and not on the day of ovulation.  Cycle 2 w will for sure baby dance on ovulation day and hope we get better luck. be sure to check out my review on the clear blue digital ovulation tests in the product review category. Please follow me for more up dates and thank you so much for joining me on my journey!