About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Big changes coming to Naturally Knocked Up (take note!)

It’s been almost exactly five years ago since I began a little ol’ blog called Naturally Knocked Up and in that time it’s grown leaps and bounds. I’ve learned so much about myself as  I’ve gotten to know many of you and I’m so thankful for all of the information I’ve come across over the years.

My family life and my health have also drastically changed throughout the years and I’m making the decision to change and grow, both as a business and in my personal life.

Now. Before anybody gets their panties all in a bunch ……. know that I still enjoy the name “Naturally Knocked Up”. It came from a time in my life when I was 27 and tired of dealing with reproductive issues. I was tired of being serious all the time and really just wanted something funny and quirky. Over the years I’ve gotten comments from a wide range of people, some absolutely LOVE the name and other absolutely HATE the name. I had no idea it would be so controversial!

But it’s also MY name and doesn’t quite fit with what I have in store for you.

Next week, and over the next month or so, the blog will be changing names to Natural Fertility and Wellness. You won’t have to change a thing – only remember that it’s me under a new name. For those of you concerned about me changing the name:

  1. It’s still the name of my book!
  2. I still own the domain.
  3. I can change it back any time, if/when I want.

I’ll be rolling out some great new things for you, the first of the changes will be the addition of contributing writers next week. (See how MY name doesn’t quite fit?) I’ve published guest posts on the blog every once in awhile over the last few years and for the longest time I put this off. I really always wanted this blog to be all me, but the problem is, I’ve kind of lost myself along the way.

Busyness has taken over with all of the research and writing, keeping up with my inbox and simply maintaining the blog. I live my life in front of the computer screen now instead of in my kitchen, outside in the garden, or with my family I love so dearly. When we started a family almost seven years ago, I quit my job to be a stay at home mom so that I would be home and do all of the homemaking and teaching and raising. Not to sit in front of a computer screen while my children lived life around me. I also finally feel like I’m in the upswing of healing from adrenal fatigue and I need to do whatever I can to keep from going back to that low place.

But I love what I do here and would miss you all to much to leave my online space.

Having like-minded contributors to share with you will allow me to live my life so that I have something to share with you! Many of them are bloggers and health professionals that you already know (or should know!) and are experts in their niche. And smarter than me in sooo many areas.

I am beyond excited for this change as it means that I can still share great content with you while keeping my passion for natural health and wellness alive. I’ll still be writing, and it just may happen that while living my life I’ll be able to share more with you! You know, like recipes since I did start this as a food blog and all…….

Thank you so much for all of your support over the years. Here’s to the next five! I’m planning on it being better than ever!

 

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Loaded “Baked Potato” Salad {recipe}

I’ve always tried to be a big fan of potato salad, but I just couldn’t do it. It didn’t matter if it was someone’s award winning, or handed down through the generations recipe or purchased from a store. I just wasn’t’ a fan, even though people seemed to rave about it constantly.

I’d put some on my plate when at at potlucks or other such functions, but it was usually because I was hungry and there wasn’t much else on the table that I could eat. Sometimes it ended up not being eaten.

But last year I began a love affair with, literally, the best potato salad I’ve ever had.

You can serve this warm (my favorite), room temp, or cold the bacon won’t be as crunchy if it’s cold) and it’s sure to please every time.

homemade potato salad

Most of the time a good portion of this is eaten before the meal is even served.

It’s so good that even those who may think eating “real” food is silly, and normally pass by your dishes, will devour it and ask for the recipe. It’s quickly become my go-to dish to bring to potlucks and I often make it for showers and open houses. It’s perfect for summer functions, like the Fourth of July next week!

This potato salad is rich and creamy, flavorful, and it includes bacon. What’s not to love?

loaded baked potato salad

The only downfall to this fantastic dish is the marriage of starchy goodness with fatty goodness, it’s not so kind to the waist line! So halve the recipe when making it for a small family, or invite others over to help you enjoy it.

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Loaded Potato Salad {recipe}
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dishes
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (The real stuff!)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded, extra sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh chives
  • 8-12 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil potatoes until cooked through, but still slightly firm. You don't want them turning to mush as you stir everything together, but you don't want them crunchy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, and most of the chives (you can also use onion if you don't have chives) until well mixed.
  3. Add ½ tsp salt (to start) and ¼ tsp pepper.
  4. Chill for 20-30 minutes. This lets the flavor of the chives come out more, but if you forget or don't have time, don't worry about it.
  5. Cook or fry the bacon and let cool slightly, chop when cool enough to handle.
  6. Once the potatoes are "fork tender", drain and let cool to almost room temp.
  7. Gently fold the potatoes and most of the bacon into the dressing mix. Taste to see if it needs more salt.
  8. Garnish with the rest of the chives and bacon.

loaded potato salad recipe

Recipe source – Veronica’s Cornucopia

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Herbal Pregnancy Prep {giveaway}

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of natural and herbal products for both health and healing. So when our sponsor this month, Natural Fertility Shop asked if they could giveaway one of their supplements, saying yes was easy!

Pregnancy Prep is a great herbal blend for women who want to support their general fertility and reproductive health in preparation for conception. Featuring time honored botanicals and scientifically researched herbs specifically supportive of the reproductive system in preparation for pregnancy. Pregnancy Prep is a great herbal blend for women who want to support their general fertility and reproductive health in preparation for conception.

PrePrep60

The herbs Pregnancy Prep have been traditionally used to help:

  • Support normal ovulation*
  • Maintain normal uterine function*
  • Promote circulation to the reproductive system*
  • Encourage uterine health*
  • Help maintain normal progesterone levels*

This supplement contains: Tribulus terrestris (tribulus terrestris extract, 40% saponins), Rhodiola (3% rosavin, 1% salidroside), Vitex (.6% aucubin), Vitex, Rubus idaeus (raspberry leaf), Medicago sativa (alfalfa), Angelica sinensis (dong quai), Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort), Maca, Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulose, Lactase (vegetarian capsules)

Many women find that herbal support, along with a healthy, whole foods diet, helps to increase fertility and this supplement contains many of the herbs that women find effective for various reproductive issues.

Natural Fertility Shop is giving away a 60ct bottle of Pregnancy Prep to TWO of our readers here at NKU. To enter, fill out the giveaway form ——->

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The giveaway will be open until next Wednesday!

*information is not medical advice.

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Five things you need to know about preconception

One of my favorite natural fertility experts is Bridgit Danner, acupuncturist, online fertility coach, and author of Making Super Sperm.

TOMORROW, Thursday June 20th, (I know….I’m late getting this message out to you!) she’s holding a free webinar at 7PM EST. I’ve listened in on some of her webinars before and I know you’ll walk away with a lot of helpful information.

In particular she’ll be covering the Five Things Every Woman Wants to Know About Her Fertility

  • The four most important hormonal markers.
  • How to get your hormones in sync to create a fertile cycle.
  • Which diet will get you pregnant and which won’t.
  • How to improve your egg quality all by yourself (yes, it’s possible.)
  • The five supplements every woman should be taking.

You’ll also find out how you can get really into action and finally get results with an all natural plan, rather than bouncing around the internet and from practitioner to practitioner, hoping someday it will happen.

It’s totally free too.

I hope you’ll be able to make time for this – sign up here!

 

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Fertility after 40 and miscarriage prevention, a podcast with Iva Keene

Recently I had a chance to interview Iva Keene from Natural Fertility Prescription and she shared a lot of her wisdom with us!

We discussed:

1. The basics of a fertility diet and simple ways to add nutrients to the way you currently eat.

2. Fertility after 40, a few of the factors that come into play

The reproductive system is not crucial to your survival, so as such, the body will not give a lot of energy and a lot of nutrients to it unless it has a lot to spare. The heart, the lungs, the brain, these are all the key organs that get the nutrients first.”

3. Tests that are important, things like –

  • heavy metals
  • hair mineral analysis

4. How to decrease the negative affects associated with artificial reproductive technologies, including the nutrients that are really important to sustaining the health of the egg and sperm.

5. We discuss a couple ways to reduce the possibility of a miscarriage as well as what you can do after a miscarriage to facilitate balanced hormones and fertility.

Iva is also doing a fertility retreat at Sanoviv Medical Institute in Baja, California from September 19-25, 2013. It’s a five star health resort that serves all organic foods and some of the latest testing, where medical doctors and naturopaths work together. As a bonus, it’s also very much a resort and offers many spa services. Couples will be able to work with Iva and the staff to be able to get to the bottom of their fertility issues.

Listen in HERE: Iva Keene, part one

Iva Keene, part two

(click on the link above to listen in or right click and save to your computer)

 

 

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Links in the post above may be affiliate or referral links - meaning that through a sale I may be given monetary benefit. I blog with integrity and only endorse companies and products I love.

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