I’m Sorry Shaun T

Tonight, I will make each of you feel better about yourself. While I did manage to workout this morning…I think I pretty much voided any good it may have done for me. I ate halfway decent through the day with every intention of eating a super healthy dinner tonight, but then…then I asked Husband to make dinner.

We just ate several beer-battered fish crunchy tacos, and because Husband didn’t want to waste the left-over batter we had homemade donuts for dessert. Donuts that were topped with powdered sugar and chocolate-chip ice cream. We did not eat a little of anything. We just ate EVERYTHING and it was damn good.

Husband’s logic is that if it’s homemade it’s healthy. I don’t think Shaun T would agree.

shaun t

After we stuffed our faces, while sitting on the couch and watching Dancing With The Stars, Husband looks at me and says, “Shaun T is going to be sooo mad at us.” We’ve been with Shaun T for so long, done all his workouts, follow him on too many social media outlets and talk about him like we are actually friends…it’s kind of pathetic. We often use Shaun T guilt to motivate each other.

If only that guilt kept us from indulging in the worst possible foods. Eh…I guess we can always do T25 twice tomorrow.

That probably won’t happen.




New Friend Friday: Meet Sia!

I’m starting a new series today called “New Friend Friday”. I have a few friends who write their own great blogs, and feel like I’ve made a few virtual friends through other blogs I follow. That’s one of my favorite things about blogging… getting a look into others’ lives, learning from them and sharing stories and ideas. I love these blogs so much that I have decided to start sharing them with you. Every Friday, for the time being, I will be asking one of my blogger friends to write a special post for Positively Panicked. That way you can get a look into their blogs and maybe find a new blogger friend of your own.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Sia Cooper from Diary of a Fit Mommy. I found Sia through Pinterest when I first became pregnant. She was also pregnant and our due dates were about a week apart. Over the last 9 months I have loved reading about her workout tips, healthy eating ideas, baby product reviews and now seeing her adorable son. She is real and honest with her readers, works her butt off  in the gym (and it shows!) and is a motivation to fit Mommies everywhere. For us, she wants to share her tips for fighting off Morning Sickness.

Here she is at 6 weeks postpartum…told she works hard!

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is 5 Foods to Fight Morning Sickness By: Diary of a Fit Mommy

At one month postpartum, morning sickness seems like something in the distant past. Fortunately, I never suffered from a strong case of morning sickness, but I did experience frequent cases of nausea at times throughout the day. These are five foods that have helped me to fight my nausea and that may help alleviate your morning sickness as well.


Pretzels help ease morning sickness in the same way that crackers do. The dry & salty flavor soothes your taste buds and your belly. The high content of starch also binds with the excess stomach acid to bring some relief from your morning sickness. You can keep a zip-lock bag filled with pretzels on your nightstand and have a few before you get out of bed or during the night. They also make a great snack, are easy to digest, and are portable to carry around with you to relieve any bouts of nausea during the day.

Multigrain Toast

Toast is a great breakfast option for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness. You can lightly spread one tablespoon of peanut butter for added protein, as peanut butter is said to help relieve nausea as well. Avoid putting any butter on your toast as greasy foods and extra oils will exacerbate your morning sickness. Cold cut sandwiches using multigrain toast makes a great lunch for women who are nauseous around the afternoon hours.


Dairy helps ease morning sickness because it neutralizes your stomach acids! A small cup of Greek yogurt, a glass of milk, low fat cottage cheese, or a piece of string cheese makes the perfect snack for when you are feeling queasy. My favorite snack in particular were a few wholegrain crackers with cheese slices to help curb my nausea. However, dairy products may not be suitable for every woman.


Ginger is the most popular and widely known remedy for morning sickness and digestive issues in general. You can drink it in the form of a tea or soda, you can suck on it as a hard candy, and you can even eat ginger as a gingersnap cookie or in gingerbread. If you cannot stomach the taste of ginger, it also comes in the form of a capsule that can be purchased at your local drug store. Ginger is thought to be a powerful herb and the go-to option for women suffering from morning sickness. I personally loved pure ginger tea which can be purchased from any local drug store or GNC.


Lemons are said to help alleviate morning sickness because they have a natural calming effect that eases nausea. My favorite way to use lemons is in my water first thing in the morning. Also, lemon flavored hard candies, such as Lemon Heads, are also a great way to soothe nausea because of the sour taste. Most hard candies or lollipops should help, no matter the flavor.

Thanks for the tips Sia! Be sure to check her and her story out over at Diary of a Fit Mommy!


Potassium Punch

One of my favorite restaurants in Nashville is Wild Cow. It’s a vegetarian restaurant and it’s delish. The have lots of smoothies (vegan style) on their menu, one of my favorite being the Potassium Punch. The menu says it includes banana, avocado, kale and coconut water. Simple enough…so simple that I decided to try making it at home.

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The only problem is that the Wild Cow menu does not state how much of each ingredient they use. I had to guess and play around with the fruits and veggies until it tasted right. I used one banana, one 16.9 oz container of coconut water, 1-2 leaves of kale and half an avocado. I also added flaxseed and chia seeds to mine because I had them and I figured, why not?

woops, misspelled avocado!

Then, I just blended it up…


And, voila! Delicious and healthy smoothie!

potassium punch

After this batch I added lemon and it made it even better! The little zing it added was a nice and needed touch. Any of you have a good smoothie recipe you like to make at home? I’ve been smoothie crazy lately!

OH and BTW, my Dad’s surgery went really well! They got the whole tumor out, they are 99% sure it’s benign and it went much faster than predicted. The recovery is going to be long, and it’s pretty painful so far, so keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all SO MUCH for the MANY kind messages I received all day yesterday. It truly made a difference!


Our Little Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras Yall!

Today is Fat Tuesday, and if you remember a previous “mardi gras” post of mine you might remember that while I am not Catholic, I’m a big Mardi Gras celebrator. Over the weekend, everyone from my home in Southeast Texas took to Facebook and Instagram to show off their awesome weekend at the many Mardi Gras celebrations back where I grew up. To make matters worse, Husband was in New Orleans at the biggest Mardi Gras celebration. I was starting to feel very left out.

Soooo, today we had a little Mardi Gras at home, here in Tennessee. Luna and I played with the beads Husband brought home.

beads mardi gras

Then, we enjoyed the King Cake Husband brought back to me as a souvenir. It was pretty darn good, especially for being 2 days old.

box cake piecea

We haven’t found the baby in the cake yet, but I’m hoping I might find something sparkly and expensive instead. After all, I let him go to Mardi Gras without me. Just kidding, he doesn’t owe me jewelry…just a girls weekend getaway.




Over the weekend, the very busy weekend, our little Luna got to meet her cousin, her Aunts, her Uncle, lots of honorary aunts and uncles and have many outings. We, the parents, learned that getting out of the house with a newborn isn’t necessarily hard. They sleep most of the time, her food is always with me and she’s so darn cute that we are always the center of attention…it’s not a bad gig. However, it is quite hard for me, the new Mom, to get out.

Between feedings, diaper changes, being a hostess and recovering from seems to be a never-ending roller coaster of illnesses (my body apparently hates delivering babies), when am I supposed to shower, brush my hair or put on mascara? I am SO ready for the day that I am healthy again and have some down time. I do not like this having to rest and stay on the couch or in bed all the damn time.

Anyways, we still managed to have a good time with our family and snap some photos of adorableness. Like cousins and sisters having lunch at the famous Loveless Cafe.



Afterwards we took the family to the lookout on the Natchez Trace.

Aunt Zoey
Aunt Zoey

We also had the opportunity to take Luna to her Great Grandpa’s exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. Her Great Grandpa was a very talented violinists, and one of our most favorite people. We know he would love little Luna more than anyone so we will always do our best to share his many memorable stories with her.

Grandpa's exhibit
Grandpa’s exhibit
Our family at the hall of fame
Our family at the hall of fame

AND, we took the family to Grandpa “Handsome’s” and Daddy’s place of work…the set of Nashville. Even Luna and Micah got to play on set.


But, perhaps the best times were when we were just chillin’ in our pj’s at the house and forcing the babies to pose for our many cameras.

Micah is learning to play with Belle!
Micah is learning to play with Belle!
Climbing the steps
Climbing the steps
Waiting for Belle to bring the stick back...like that will ever happen.
Waiting for Belle to bring the stick back…like that will ever happen.
proof that Micah is my nephew...get it!
proof that Micah is my nephew…get it!
The cutest little bear cousins ever!
The cutest little bear cousins ever!

And, now we rest.


Baby Shower Numero Dos

This past weekend we had our second baby shower. This one was for all of our friends and family in Tennessee and it was held at my in-laws house. The shower was more of a party…it was at 7 on a Saturday night, it was for boys and girls, dinner was served and lots of fun was had. It was perfect.

34 weeks

My sis-in-law did most of the planning and she came up with the most clever idea for a shower/party/guest book activity. She took the book Goodnight Moon, tore out the pages, hung them up and gave everyone directions to choose a page and recreate it in their own style.

goodnight moon book guest book

Some of the finished and unfinished pages
Some of the finished and unfinished pages

Not only was the idea very cool, but I was so impressed by everyone’s artwork! They went all out to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind book for Luna. The book’s title, BTW, was changed to Goodnight LunaEveryone had to sign the front of their page too, so one day when I’m reading the book to Luna I can tell her who created each page special for her.

making pages james artwork steph's artwork

For dinner we had seafood soup, vegetarian chili, chicken noodle soup, homemade bread, guacamole and lots of other little snacks. Our Aunt Amy made us a delicious raspberry and lemon trifle and 3 trays of different types of chocolate chip cookies. My doctor is going to be in shock when I am weighed at my next appointment… after the holidays, 2 weeks of vacation and 2 baby showers I am afraid to step on a scale.

soups trifle

The best part of both of our showers is just getting to spend time with our friends and family and talk about how excited we all are about Luna’s arrival. I didn’t even open gifts until midnight. We are fortunate to receive so many nice gifts for our baby, but it means a lot more to know that so many people are going to love our Luna. (I’m allowed to be corny and sentimental…I’m pregnant!)

Everyone 30 and under
Everyone 30 and under


my hair my love

Thank you to all of our wonderful hosts and hostesses…it was a blast!


A Day in Gatlinburg

On New Year’s Day we were staying in a cabin with friends in Pigeon Forge, TN (where the Great Smoky Mountains are), and after sleeping very late (thanks New Year’s Eve!), eating a large breakfast and debating whether or not we even wanted to leave the cabin, we eventually decided to check out downtown Gatlinburg, which I have never explored.

day in gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg is a very touristy cheesy small town full of souvenir shops, gimmicky shows and over the top attractions. So, basically, it was right up our ally. We started off the day in a little village that offered a ridiculous amount of free moonshine samples (“First legalized moonshine”). There was also crazy amounts of free jams, salsas, sauces, dips, pickled things and hot sauces. I stuffed my face while everyone else got tipsy.

free moonshine samples

Someone is enjoying their moonshine
Someone is enjoying their moonshine

sauce samples

You’d think that everyone would need a chaser for the moonshine more than anything, but turns out there’s one hot sauce that had everyone (well the boys mostly…girls were much tougher) begging for milk or more pretzels.

hot sauce

We ate lunch at Bubba Gumps (I know, I know…but God their seafood hush puppies are SO good), shopped, got more free samples, drank very hot coffee to warm us up and took photos all over town. It was really nice to just be on vacation with friends, which I think is a rare opportunity for most.

downtown the group new year's day the girls

Two of our favorite stops were the Jerky Shop and Doc’s Magic Shop. The Jerky Shop had deer, beef, boar, ostrich, alligator AND vegan jerky. Of course, the shop owner offered samples of his jerkys because that’s apparently the rule in Galtinburg. It works by the way, we each left with a bag of jerky. Doc’s Magic Shop doesn’t have free food, but they did offer free magic shows which we soaked up and ooh’d and aww’d over for far too long… and many of us left there with a bag of magic tricks as well.

jerky shop magic shop

Right as we decided it was time to go home (i.e. back to the cabin) we passed a whisky shop offering a big round of free whiskey samples. Once again, I had to sit out on the activity, but I made my own fun…

Worst cowboy faces ever!
Worst cowboy faces ever!

Everyone must have been feeling reeallllyyy good after their round of drinks because this photo session happened minutes later…


It was a really good first day of 2014!