contests & giveaways

Another Event You Won’t Want To Miss!

Spring is in the air at Momma’s Review! Be sure to check out Momma’s March Mania (MMM) during the week of March 15-22nd. We’re giving away something new and great every day, from companies like Keurig, Audiovox, HP, The SakJVC and more!

Want to be ahead of the crowd with chances to win some of the great products we have lined up? If you blog about the MMM and leave a comment at this post with a direct link to your post, you’ll get an extra entry to the giveaway of your choice!

dieting & exercise

KMBFBAG: Week Four

I gained 2 pounds this week. I’m saying that with excitement. At about 19 weeks pregnant, this is the first week that I’ve gained weight in this pregnancy. I assumed it would be coming soon and 2 pounds seems terribly reasonable. Now, to be fair, I could have gained two pounds from a very delicious weekend of going out for breakfast, having friends over for homemade pizza and delicious desserts and indulging yesterday in a new calzone recipe that dh dreamed up (sooooo good, I’m still drooling). But during the week I definitely stuck to my calorie budget and worked on adding more fruits and vegetables to our diets. So that part went well.

Two things I want to work on this week are drinking more water and exercising. Both I seem to have slacked off on for the past couple weeks, despite my best efforts. I’ve started keeping track of my water consumption along with the rest of my calorie counting and I think I’ve already seen an improvement, but it’s hard to be sure. As for the exercise, well this past week I noticed myself falling off ht wagon, avoiding eye contact with my workout DVD and admittedly stopping the workout short most of the week. I think I was being honest in admitting I was tired, but I might have been a bit easy on myself. Still, I don’t want to risk being hard on myself either in my delicate condition. 😉

I think I’ve got a pretty sure fire solution to my workout woes as well, since this weekend Dan and I bought ourselves a Wii Fit (finally). Already I am in love with this thing. I’ll go into more details on that in a later post after I’ve used it longer, but I’m doing longer workouts, in a more varied range of physical activities and loving it. I also love being able to chart my progress so easily. The funniest part was telling the Fitness Coach “person” that my goal was to lose no weight in the next two weeks and them being like, “Okay super!” even though they’d just told me how obese I was and what a big health concern that is (like I haven’t heard that enough). Whatever. I’m proud. I’m happy. I’m drinking my 3rd glass of water for the day as I type this. 2 pounds, not bad.

How are your diets going? Are you kissing your big fat blog ass goodbye?

cooking & recipes

Monthly Menu Plan: March

It’s time for another month of menu planning!

Rather than planning my family dinners night by night, or week by week, I’ve taken the habit of planning out one menu for an entire month. This makes my grocery shopping much easier since I’ve already decided what dinners I’ll be making, I only have to pick up the ingredients missing for that week and the very regular cast of breakfast and lunch foods.

And the looming nightly dinners are now much less intimidating. No longer having to stand in front of the refrigerator scratching my head, trying desperately to figure out something nutritious and delicious to make for dinner? Love that. And by doing this monthly rather than weekly, it leaves more time for life in the days in between. It isn’t rocket science, and thanks goes to Simple Mom who inspired me with this idea.

So here’s my menu for the month of March:

Week One

Saturday: Game Night! DH made Home Made Pizza and I made a warm chocolate pudding cake
Sunday: March 1 Homemade Calzones
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs w/ Caesar salad & texas toast
Wednesday: Kiddie Style Mac’n’Cheese w/ Hot Dogs and Caesar Salds
Thursday: Trader Joe’s BBQ Teriyaki Chicken w/ basmati rice & mixed veggies
Friday: Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles & Caesar salad

Week Two

Saturday: Orecchiette Pasta with Caesar salad
Sunday: Easy Shepherd’s Pie
Monday: Beef Toquitos w/ blue corn chips and salsa
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Caesar salads & texas toast
Wednesday: Steak Burgers w/ Potato Wedges (using Urban Accents)
Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili w/ corn bread
Friday: Zesty Montego Chicken (using Urban Accents)

Week Three

Saturday: Mexican Pizza Enchilada Style
Sunday: Homemade Pizzas
Monday: Tex Mex Cheddar Mac
Tuesday: Cajun Mustard Chicken (using Urban Accents)
Wednesday: Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries & Sweet Corn
Thursday: Chicken Noodle Casserole
Friday: Spaghetti w/ zesty bolognese w/ Caesar salad & texas toast

Week Four

Saturday: Homemade Calzones
Sunday: Chili-Topped Baked Potatoes
Monday: Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Tuesday: Fettuccine Alfredo w/ grilled chicken & spinach and texas toast
Wednesday: Make Your Own Burritos
Thursday: Trader Joes Orange Chicken w/ basmati rice & mixed veggies
Friday: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli

That’s it for March! Remember, the most important part of this process is flexibility – make a plan, but  don’t get eaten up about it if you decide to switch things up – maybe your dinners for Wednesday and Thursday need to be switched for a week or you make plans at the last minute – that’s fine – this isn’t homework, so it shouldn’t feel like it – the whole goal is to make YOUR life easier! So have fun with it!

If you’re making a menu plan for the month of March be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section below.

cooking & recipes

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This recipe is adopted from one that I found in the Kraft Foods website. Most of my alterations occurred due to my own stupidity, but it came out wonderful so I’m planning to continue making it the same way. You can click this link for Kraft’s recipe to compare and read my version below:

Prep: 15 minutes   Total: 5 hours and 30 minutes   Serves: 4, about 1-2/3 cups each


  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1/4 cup Kraft’s Light Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 lb boneless beef chuck for stew, cut in 1-1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 lb red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1 inch thick slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbs water


MIX broth, dressing, BBQ sauce and oregano in slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except flour and water; toss to coat. Cover with lid. Cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours (or on LOW for 8-9).

TRANSFER meat and vegetables to serving bowl with slotted spoon; cover with foil. Set aside.

MIX flour and water until well blended. Stir into juices in the slow cooker; cover. Cook on HIGH for 15 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Spoon over meat and vegetables.