Tuesday, January 20, 2009

There were three pieces of information received at the New Mother's Meeting. If you would like them in their original form let us know.
  • Power Presentation (not copied to blog)
  • Pre and Post Natal Information
New Mother’s Meeting Information

Ask questions:

Jenny Harston – harstonj@gmail.com
Rebekah Guest – rebekah.guest@gmail.com

Prenatal Information


What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler

The Pregnancy Journal; A Day-To-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley and Kepplar

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library) by William Sears and Martha Sears


This website contains a wealth of information and is a good source for all things pertain to your child. It includes:
• Latest medical news
• Ages and Stages Questionnaires
o You can print these off, fill them out according to your child’s abilities and take them into you doctor to make sure they are right where they need to be.
• Medicine and Dosage Instructions
• Seasonal Tips for Parents
• Finding a Clinic, and Doctor, and After Hours Information
• Symptom Checker
o Sick kid, check their symptoms and know when you should be concerned.
• Home Safety Checklist
o As well as a variety of other handouts from A-Z such as
• Child Safety (variety of Age groups), A week-by-week pregnancy calendar, Adoption, Breastfeeding, Car Seat Safety, Choosing safe baby products, ect.
• They also have a newsletter that they email to you, it is about every 3 months and free.

Weekly updates: receive emails that track your pregnancy week by week, receive developmental information and newsletters, and chat with other expecting moms - google Pregnancy weekly, pregnancy week by week (please be careful with information you receive on unknown websites)


Medicaid - Medicaid

Apply online https://utahclicks.org/uas/
Apply in person (walk-in):
Provo Center
1550 North 200 West
Provo, UT 84604

Phone: (801) 342-2600
Fax: (801) 342-2727

Hours: Monday - Thursday 7a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed Friday)

Baby Your Baby -
Apply online at Utah Clicks—https://utahclicks.org/uas/
Temporary Medicaid program that will cover prenatal services until Medicaid card is received with a maximum coverage of two months. To provide information about pregnancy, labor and delivery as well as financial assistance and referral.
  • Things to have Ready Before the Baby Arrives
Things to have ready when the baby comes
2 packages-Diapers-Newborn size unless a pretty large baby
4 or more-Receiving Blankets-Lightweight flannel or knit to swaddle them
Fleece Blanket or Heavier blankets
1 package Wipes- real cloth for sensitive skin
7 or more Onesies
2 or 3 pairs/socks
Bed or Bassinet for sleeping
Car Seat - a must
Burp Rags- can use cloth diapers/very absorbant
2 Washcloths
Foam Pad for bathing
Formula if needed/ can usually get samples from hospital or doctor's office
1 small bottle at least/depends on bottle feeding or breastfeeding
Diaper bag- some hospitals supply these
Laundry soap/mild- you will be doing more laundry- Have a container to keep babies laundry for awhile.


Changing Pad
Small Rice Bag(Heating pad) to heat in microwave/colic
Gripe Water/Colic
Knit cap/ Premies
Desitin/Diaper rash
Neosporin/gauze- Circumcision

For MOM's

Overnight Maxi Pads
Light Pads
Nursing Bras/Nursing Moms
Nursing Garments
Pure Lanolin or A and D Ointment
Pain meds from the doctor
Tucks medicated Pads/Swelling
Food on hand for Nutritious Snacks to eat and Drink

Get some maindish meals on hands easy to cook or cook ahead and freeze so they are ready to go. Casserole, spagetti, soups etc. You want to have time to enjoy this new little one and adjust to each other. You have waited 9 months. Have something dad can heat up or all the ingredients for his special dinner that he likes to cook. Pancakes can even work with some fruit and eggs. Give yourself this time away from preparing meals a little bit to welcome this new little one into the family. You will really appreciate that you did this for you and your baby beforehand.

We would like to thank the Stake Enrichment Committee for holding this meeting and for all the wonderful information.

Monday, January 19, 2009

  • Save Money (50-80%)
  • Help Others (food banks, battered women/children's shelters, non-profit organizations)
  • Prepared Pantry/Food Storage
  • The Daily Hearld: Smart Source, Valassis, Proctor & Gamble (Reduced Savvy Subscription Packages!!! I support Multiples! Call 375-5103)
  • Online: (boodle.com, smartsource.com, pilsbury.com, bettycrocker.com(limited nmber YOU CANNOT COPY)
  • Manufacturers #: Compliment/Complaint
  • Catalina - Printed out of a machine near the register when you buy apredetermined product or combination of products.
  • Blinky - Spit out of a red machine with a blinking light attached to store shelving or other areas.
  • Tear Pad - A coupon which can be torn off a glued stack.
  • Peelies - Coupons attached to products. Don not remove unless purchased.
  • Cutting and Sorting Methods (hole punch, stack and cut {SUNDAY: Cut the best throw the rest)
  • Portfolio Method (Coupon independence, memorization, accident resistant)
baseball card holders, 3 slot photo holders, tab dividers, zippered 2-3 in binder with or without shoulder strap
demonstration: favorite stores, categories, label front and back, subcategorize)

  • Online Coupons: (printing limits) associated food stores Maceys, Allens, Kohlers, etc. with not accept. Albertsons and Smith's will
  • Store Coupons vs. Manufacturer: can combine a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon for additional savings
  • Rain Checks: a rain check is a promise form the store that when the item is restocked, they will sell it to you for the price on the rain check (the original sale price). You can only get a rain check if a sotre is out of product. you cannot get a rain check on " while supplies last" or "limited quantities" products. Rain checks have time limits. You can only get a rain check on an advertised item.
  • Rebates: (One per household/Returns- Fraud) Mail in or Online
  • Weekly Emails: Monday-Kmart, Shopko, Target, RiteAid, Walgreens, Maceys, Harmons, Reams Foods, Wednesday- Albertsons, Smith's
  • Sign-up: savvyshopperdeals.com (no spam will be sent to you for this free service)
  • Savvyshopperdeals.com: boards grocery, retail, online freebies, recipes etc. coupon index all currently valid coupons - searchable!!! shopping wizard find what you want, when you want it!
  • There are 3 components to the Shopping Wizard that work together to help you get organized and maximize your savings. Products, coupons, organizer you may browse and select products and coupons and then add them to the organizer. The organizer allows you to finalize your lists and print out or email them. Search: category. Product, % Savings, Store Customize: create a personalized shopping list, sorted by store!
more coming soon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pasta Puttanesca
29th Ward Food Network
Healthy Cooking on a Students' Budget
Date: November 18, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Relief Society Room(multipurpose room)
Bring yours and your husband's favorite main dish recipe to swap.

Brit's Cooking Blog: Skinny Bovine Kitchen

Eating healthy on a small budget

  1. Make a budget and stick to it having a number in your head for the week (i.e. $40/week) gives you something to stick to when you shop
  2. Know a good deal when you see one -(see cost of food flyer)
  3. Plan a weekly menu ahead: -make a list of what you need, faster shopping with your list, no more emergency trips to the grocery store (these waste time, money and gas!) -plan according to the weekly sales (see your mail for weekly sale ads)
  4. Don’t waste -look through your refrigerator before you plan your weekly menu -use the ingredient search at allrecipes.com if you don’t know what you use ingredients in
  5. Make healthy additions and substitution -have a veggie or salad with dinner, eat fruit for snacks, add spinach to soups, switch to wheat bread, baking: use wheat and oat flours instead of white flour, use applesauce or yogurt instead of oil (use exact amount), add wheat germ or flax seed(both are excellent if you are planning to get pregnant or are pregnant)
  6. Venture out of the norm -try some exotic cuisine and be creative with what you cook so you don’t get bored!

Other Helpful Hints:
Hot cereal – make breakfast your cheapest meal of the day
Buy things in bulk that you eat on a regular basis
Curtail eating out with a date budget
Eat leftovers 1 day a week
Eat meatless 1 day a week
Eat from your pantry/fridge/freezer 1 day a week

Good online references:
Allrecipes.com (especially the ingredient search)
The Skinny Bovine’s Kitchen (http://skinnybovineskitchen.blogspot.com/)
WholesomeBabyFood.com (make your own baby food!)

Want to save extra money?

Food Flyer
Deal or No Deal
food, unit size, good price*
boneless skinless chicken breast per lb $1.69
ground turkey per lb $1.59
beans (canned) 15 oz $0.50
cheese (block) 2 lbs $5.00
flour 5 lbs $2.50
sugar 5 lbs $2.50
brown sugar 2 lbs $1.25
chocolate chips, etc. 12 oz bag $1.50
butter 1 lb $2.00
eggs 1 dozen $1.25
milk 1 gallon $2.00
bread 1 loaf $1.49
cereal 1 box $1.50
brown rice 25 lb bag $13.99
pasta 16 oz $0.85
sour cream 16 oz $1.00
lettuce (no iceberg) 1 head $1.00
spinach 1 bunch $1.00
onions per lb $0.50
tomatoes per lb $0.69
potatoes 5 lb bag $2.50
canned veggies (corn, tomatoes,etc.) 15 oz can $0.50
apples per lb $0.99
bananas per lb $0.69
oranges per lb $0.99

*This is not the best price you can possibly find, but try not to pay
more than this!

Thanks to Kimberly Seegmiller for her help on this!
Brit's Recipes
No-Guilt Carrot Cake Bars

3/4 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups applesauce
3 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup oat flour
1 cup wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 (4 ounce) jar carrot baby food (or homemade baby food)
1 cup shredded carrots
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional), soak in water for 20 min

1. Cream sugar, brown sugar and applesauce. Add vanilla and eggs and cream again.
2. Add oat flour, wheat flour, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined. Add carrot baby food and mix again until combined.
3. Stir in shredded carrots and coconut.
4. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes in a jelly roll pan. Done when toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Un-Frosting
Whip 1 block 1/3 less fat cream cheese (softened). Then add 4 tablespoons milk and ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons powdered sugar and whip until combined. Spread over carrot cake bars.
Turkey Taco Soup

1 lb ground turkey (still yummy with less meat if you like less or if you want to make it extra cheap!)
½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can corn, drained
1 cup water
½ packet western family taco seasoning - more if you like it with more spice! (same taste can be accomplished with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt to taste)
  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Combine onions, garlic, ground turkey, garlic salt and black pepper in skillet. Cook until meat browed and onions soft.
  2. In large pot combine crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, corn, water and taco seasoning. Add meat mixture.
  3. Cook until hot throughout and until beans are hot in center.

This is a good one to crockpot too… just follow step one and then throw everything into the crockpot and leave all day!

Fun substitutions: tomato soup instead of crushed tomatoes, go vegetarian - use a can of black beans instead of turkey!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

72 hour kits
Begin your Food Storage with a 72 Hour Kit

Date: November 13, 2008
Time: 7:00
Place: Relief Society Room(multipurpose room)
Bring an empty milk jug.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Decorating on a Dime
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Mari shared a quote from President Utchdorf's talk that he gave during the General Relief Society Meeting, "Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty..."  Mari said, "As women, we have love the blessing of having the role of wife and mother, and also, the homemaker.  We can create a wonderful atmosphere in our homes and make them a haven.  You can do this in simple and affordable ways."

Home Decor Tips:
  1.  Develop an eye for your style ( traditional, modern/contemporary, funky, etc.) and collect things over time.
  2.  Policy:  Only buy things that you love. Do not buy things just because they are on sale.
  3.  Simple touches that improve or transform a room:
                                       ~Pillows (throw pillows)
                                       ~Personalize (frames with family and personal taste in pictures, art etc.)
                                      ~Accents (lamps, a few knick knacks)
            4. Decrease Clutter: use wicker baskets, decorative chest, etc.

Holiday Decor Tips:
  1. Collect over time/sales from previous holidays
  2. Use traditions or make traditions that bring in festive decor (example: thankful turkey for Thanksgiving  or gifts to Christ during Christmas)
  3.  Go Simple, classic, homemade: examples clear vases full of ornaments/pine cones, check out www.bhg.com centerpieces