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Little Fibber….

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What happens in each and everyone of us that enables us to tell a lie?  Really I mean I figured you just learn from peers in school or movies, but when my almost 20 month old started blamming the dog for everything that she was doing (and they where all things she shouldn’t) it really made me stop and think, where in the world did she learn that?  Everything from breaking stuff, taking things outside she shouldn’t and even for her falls, when I ask her “River what happened” she’s says “Jetty, she’s bad gurl”!!

One of my all time favorite movies is the invention of lying and I’m guessing River must of popped it in when I wasn’t looking.  If you haven’t seen that movie you must!  Really it makes you thankful for the little white lies we get to tell to make people feel better or even to properly communicate in our sometimes strange world.  So all of this rambling comes down to this, I have been so careful watching every single word and phrase that comes out of my mouth and so far I haven’t caught myself telling a fib to her, however she did randomly decided to tell me “dont’ to almost everything I ask her in these last few days.

I’m not sure but it’s really feeling like the terrible twos are creeping up on me.  No longer do I get to dictate what we are going to do or what we are having for lunch, or ever when it’s bed time.  We have now entered enemy territory and everything is a little mini battle.  I wouldn’t fight with anyone over silly things like this, but I am enjoying the little challenges she brings forth.  To all moms out there who’ve encountered their tots in fibs, I ask this…..How do we turn the clock back?  How do we get them to forget this skill and return to their sweet little honest by nature selves, cause I’m not ready for a little mini teenager 😉

xoxox
Amber

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16 Year Old Doula!!

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Yep thats right this inspiring young woman has become a DONA trained birth doula at age 16!  I got in contact with Allie after seeing her profile on yourbestbirth.com Ricki Lake and Abby Epstien’s natural birthing inspired social network, of which I am a proud memeber :).  Allie is very sweet and passionate about what she does and is working towards.  We will be interviewing her for our podcast series in the very near future and I couldn’t be more excited!!

Check out more about Allie and her accomplishments at her website!  I love finding people like this who are out there going after their dreams and goals! Way to go Allie.

On another note, I’m auditioning to be on the new Oprah Network “Own”.  This contest seems pretty exciting, they are going to give one contestant the privlage of having their own show on Oprahs new network!!  We are filming my idea later today or tomorrow and I am so excited.  The ideas are racing through my head, you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what it is!  So the winner gets chosen by votes and I’m a little behind so I’m gonna need all the help I can get from my friends and viewers ofcourse.  Also I wanted to mention to anyone who hasn’t listened yet (especially if you’re expecting) you have to check out my podcast series in itunes! Open itunes store and search pregnancy under the podcasts, click on HB radio and subscribe!  Or you can just click the rss feed and listen to them online here at http://thehealthybelly.com/podcasts.xml

Thats it for now as my little ones nap time has come to an end 😉

Amber

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Press Release

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The Healthy Belly, LLC shares its dream with mommies-to-be!

Lake Havasu City – June 1, 2010 —Most of us dream about doing something in our lives that can impact others in a positive and caring way and when you find an interest in something that has the potential to do just that, you want to put your heart and soul into it and make it your life’s work.

Inspired by the pregnancy and birth of their own baby in 2008, Jeff and Amber Janke began researching every bit of information they could find to ensure they gave mommy and their baby a healthy and supportive environment during and after their pregnancy. “What we discovered was that we could become a greater part of the decision process in all aspects of the experience” says Amber. “Deciding to have a baby opens a whole new world of possibilities that can enrich the experience for mommies and their family when you truly engage in the experience.” This was the springboard for the development of a web site that has all the information in one place making it available to millions of people.

TheHealthyBelly.com has all the ingredients of a business created for all the right reasons. It fills a tremendous need for new and soon-to-be moms and extends information to all members of the family. By providing visitors access to credible information and support at no cost, it provides opportunity to join groups, research products and share information.

“The goal of The Healthy Belly is to be the most hip, fresh, high-end, interactive, and intuitive website in its class” says Jeff. “There’s a strong focus on nutrition, fitness, and mental health, which strives to give visitors the most positive, organic, and holistic approach to pregnancy, child development and parenting.” Interviews, articles, testimonials, illustrations, forums and more add depth and interest to visitors extending their stay on the site.

The couple overlooked all the obstacles of developing and launching such a large project during one of the toughest economic climates in American history. Amber believes it was the most important thing to do! “We couldn’t sleep at night! All we thought about was sharing our experience with everyone” states Amber. “Our home birth was something we’ll never forget and it all went so well because we took the time to research and learn how to make it so wonderful.”

Not only does TheHealthyBelly.com provide the knowledge to educate daddies and mommies-to-be in a way that best suits their personal needs, it also has a sister site for parents and mommies-to-be that want to share their pregnancy experience or children’s growth and development in a safe and secure site on Dooddles.com. The Dooddles’ family-safe social network is said to give Facebook a run for it’s money!

Learn more about The Healthy Belly family of websites, product recommends and social networks by visiting http://www.thehealthybelly.com.

For questions or an interview, contact
Amber & Jeff Janke
amber@thehealthybelly.com

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Tot Training 101

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As a first time mom with a now 19 month old, it’s beginning to really get hilarious as I discover the things we will think up to entertain, satisfy and calm our little ones when they aren’t behaving or doing something they shouldn’t be.  I’ve stumbled upon some little tips from family and friends, reading and of course my own experiences on this ultimate journey of mine into motherhood.

So my first tip is one of my favs that I’d like to share, I can’t claim this one as my own but Ashley you’re a genius for thinking this one up and I’m not even sure if you realize how much this has helped me so I’m sure it will help out some other mommies too!

So in my daily routine I always get to dinner-time just barely able to cook the meal without little River loosing it cause she wants me to hold her, however it’s just not the best idea to hold a toddler while cutting and chopping and so on……So we get to dinner-time and everyone is happily eating their meal and filling their tummies with a smile, when my anxiety begins to set in.  See I like to clean up dinner dishes and such immediately after we are through rather than wait till the tot passes out for the night and I’m scrapping pots and pans when I should be relaxing or whatever.  Now thanks to Ashley’s little trick I wet a papertowel sheet and give it to her, asking her to help mommy clean.  I give her an order like start with the high chair then clean mommy and daddy’s chairs.  Really this works!  It’s amazing she’ll clean everything in sight all the while happily chanting “help mommy cwean” and I’m busy away scrubbing dishes and getting things in order!  Ok so maybe you’re kid isn’t into cleaning, but I think the real trick here is giving them a task that makes them feel significant.  These little ones are so much more aware than we often realize and I believe they just want to feel important 24/7!


Some more super helpful articles for moms of toddlers 😉

http://www.thehealthybelly.com/healthy_tots.php?sub_tab_id=143

If any of my blog readers have any more fun tips I’d love to hear more!!!

-Amber

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Mommy needs a time-out ;)

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So this article came inspired by those moments when you literally wanna check out as mom and pass the reigns to someone else but guess what you CAN’T!!  Funny how this blog posts follows my last one about how touching being a mom can be, but hey we all have our day….

What are relaxation techniques?

Our fast-paced society often causes people to push their minds and bodies to the limit, often at the expense of physical and mental well-being. Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long-term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind. Such techniques generally entail: refocusing attention (by, for example, noticing areas of tension); increasing body awareness; and exercises (such as meditation) to connect the body and mind together. Used daily, these practices can over time lead to a healthier perspective on stressful circumstances.

Have I got your attention? Check out the full article here with all sorts of good info you don’t want to miss!!


-Amber

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My Latest Read ;)

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Ok so when I get a minute to read it’s usually at the gym while bouncing up and down on the eplitical or in the middle of the night when I’ve deicided to stay up way too late as if I’ve forgotten I’m a mother of a 19 month old who loves rising with the sun!  So in this case it was at the gym that I decided to start reading Lift, thanks to Nancy I received Lift as a Mother’s Day gift last month.  Right away as I skimmed the pages of this new book I could tell it would be good.  The nice part about Lift is it’s only 80 or so pages so it’s a quick read and lets face it thats really all moms now a have time for!!

So here I am banging away on the stairmaster sweating my butt off, as I’m burning through this book (yeah it’s that good) it can even keep your interest while doing the stairmaster!  So I get to a really heartfelt and quite emotional part of the story and begin to tear up just a little mid calorie meltdown!  I really haven’t seen a book like this ever.  I don’t want to give too much away so just take my word for it, if you’re a mom you will love it!  Not only did it validate so many of the emotions and feelings I’ve experienced thus far being a mommy, it really made me think about my mothers experience and mom when I see you your getting a huge hug 🙂

Lift did just that! It lifted me up and really gave me this super amazing alternative outlook into moms in general.  I know we are all amazing and think the world of our children, however sometimes its the really really little stuff that makes being a mommy so fullfilling!  Pick it up, you won’t be disapointed…

x0x0x0

-Amber

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Inspirational Women!

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Upon my journey into the web publishing world I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing women who have changed and affected so many lives.  During the recording process of HB Radio’s Pregnancy Podcast Series we had the opportunity to interview Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.  The ladies where so inspiring to talk to and really changed the face of how many women look at labor and the birth process in America.  Check it out and let me know what you think 🙂

Click here to listen…

Enjoy
Amber

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My innevitable return to our very first blog…

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Even though my blogging on our first ever family blog came to pretty much a screeching halt once River actually arrived, I have returned. Yet this time I come armed and prepared with some amazing tips, advice, stories and products to share with the world. Some of my blog readers are well aware of what became of the Janke family once we became pregnant, however there are many that have no clue. So the following short summary is for those new blog viewers 🙂

When I became pregnant with River (our first and so far only child) I was super disappointed at the lack of GOOD information on the net. The so called pregnancy and parenting sites that where around didn’t speak to the desired parenting information I was looking for. I knew there had to be a better place for moms-to-be like me to go, but where? Thus became The Healthy Belly! A pregnancy and child development website for positive and organic minded parents! It’s been over two years since the inception of The Healthy Belly and I couldn’t be more proud of our baby (both of them) 😉

The Healthy Belly has grown into an entire family of sites and we have a tremendous amount of support from some really great specialist. On our site you will find experts in all areas. Dr. Bob Sears contributes articles, videos and some really educational interviews that we’ve covered with our own webisode production HBTV!  Along with providing a complete child development timeline from in utero through age three you can follow along with your childs growth through our very own podcast series on HB Radio.

As we grow we have so many plans for iphone and facebook apps and I would love nothing more than to hear from real moms like yourself! If you’re a social networking mamma who likes to stay connected in an online social media environment then our most recent project Dooddles is a must see!  Dooddles came about when we saw how popular our Pregnancy site was becoming and realized what a perfect environment it was creating to keep family and friends in contact with what was going on with our new addition!  Dooddles is a family-safe social network that allows you the parent to control who accesses your child’s profile.  So unlike facebook your dooddles profile is just about your child.  You can track growth, development, share pics and video as well as make buddies with others in your area.  Set in a similar social networking environment dooddles is easy to use and understand.

Thanks for taking the time to read up on my blog and follow the passion that parenting has brought me!

-Amber

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