The party-ing shall begin!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s the week to party – blog style! 5 Minutes for Mom is again hosting one of the biggest parties on the web. It brings together all sorts of women, some bloggers, some not, where we get to know each other and even win a few prizes!

For those of you stopping in for the first time, let me just say welcome! Pull up a chair and listen to me ramble!

My name is Donielle (pronounced don-yell, but if you say it wrong I can’t really hear you, so I guess it really doesn’t matter!) and I’m a 27 year old wife to my high school sweetheart Todd, (aww) stay at home mom to one little boy (2½), and due to have a baby girl next month.

I’m into eating and living healthfully, and not relying on medical doctors, in order to achieve conception. Although I do what I can to keep my body as healthy as possible, I know I must place my fertility in the hands of God and allow him to decide the when and if’s. Some days it’s been hard, and some days come easier.

My Story
I was finally diagnosed with poly-cycstic ovary syndrome in 2002, but only after I had spent time researching why I never had regular cycles. When I was 19, my doctor at the time just prescribed me The Pill, saying many women had irregular cycles and taking hormones through the pill would fix my problems and if and when I wanted to get pregnant, there was another little pill I could take.

The problem was, the pill wasn’t fixing any of my problems. In fact, in many ways, I believe it was making them worse. I was just giving my body fake hormones so that it didn’t have to try and produce any natural hormones itself. I suffered everything from migraines and stomach upset, to emotional instability. I was on these beastly little things for 4 long years and I had come to think that what I was feeling was just my ‘normal’. Little did I know how much effect they actually had on me.

It wasn’t until we started thinking about starting a family that I really started to look at the natural ways a person can increase fertility. I knew that it may take a long while for me to actually conceive and I wanted to make sure I gave my body the nourishment it deserved.

The thing is I understand the struggle of not being incredibly fertile. I know how doctors are very ready to write a prescription. And, I know how very often a person searches Google looking for ways to conceive, to only find odd ball sites full of ads to buy different products or sites based on new-age theology.

But this site is here to show all of you, there is another way. A way to change your odds of getting pregnant, naturally. This site will not be filled with a one size fits all cure, but with information on getting the right nutrition to optimize your chances of conceiving. With the right nutrition you can even reverse many health ailments and increase your chances of producing healthy eggs and ovulating regularly. My story is testament to that. And not everyone will believe that the way we eat and live effects our fertility, but my hope is that somehow my little voice out here in the big world wide web might be heard by someone who has been searching for answers.

Unfortunately though, sometimes no matter what they do, not all women are able to become pregnant, and it is my belief that the Lord is the only one that truly governs over our bodies. Although some days I have struggled immensely, I knew that with his strength, I could find peace about the future of my fertility. It is something that I had to continually place in his hands. I pray this site is both God honoring and also full of useful information, so that other women may be able to find the answers they are looking for.

I want this site to be a site about fertility, so that whether you are just beginning to think about starting a family or have struggled with infertility yourself, you may be able to find information here that can help you have a happy, healthy pregnancy.

I talk a lot about eating healthy real foods in order to nourish our bodies. I also talk about different fertility boosters along with things that can put a damper on it.

I hope you enjoy your stay here, I do try and be as open as possible!

*I also have a giveaway going for the book “Nourishing Traditions”. It’s open until Sat. March 21st at midnight!

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.


  1. Hi! It’s so nice to meet you. I’m excited to read about your PCOS story and what you have learned, and to get to know you better.

  2. Unfortunately, in our struggle with fertility, there was nothing (medically or naturally) to be done. But I’m all about healthy living!

  3. I am sure I’ve just commented on your other blog? Unless there’s someone else with the same name and the same story! Best of luck with conceiving another child.

  4. Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama says:

    Cool to find your blog and will share it with others I know struggling with infertility.

  5. IE Mommy Blogger says:

    Thanks for sharing your passion I am sure it will be of aid to a lot of people. Swing by my site, The IE Mommy, to check out my Ultimate Blog Party Post.

  6. That’s an interest story. Congratulations on having conceived number two!

  7. I can’t say how happy I am to have come across your blog. I too suffer from PCOS. I was put on medication that made me ill – and I haven’t done anything about it at all!

    I am looking forward to reading your blog!

    Happy Party Day!

  8. VanderbiltWife says:

    Thanks for sharing–I will bookmark your page! I have PCOS and took Metformin in order to ovulate and conceive my daughter. We’re grateful it worked, but I’d be interested in other, natural options for the next time we want to conceive.


  9. Tamara B. says:

    Just passing through for the party and wanted to say hi!

  10. HappyHermit says:

    I thought O just saw you over at the Peanut Blog !! You must have Two.

  11. saucy salsita says:

    wow, good for you!!!!!!! i am totally into eating and living healthy. a few years back i met a woman that was diagnosed with breast cancer and she opted out of chemo and became organic and totally healthy. she cured herself, it was a miracle!!!!!!
    Saucy Salsita, AKA The Green, Sexy Expat – Greening it up in Costa Rica!

  12. I’m party hopping!

  13. Hello again! Party On!

  14. McFamily says:

    Wow,your post made me cry. My sister (20) was just diagnosed w/ PCOS and we are slowly doing research on how to manage it. I’m so glad to read your blog and look forward to talking w/ you.


  15. Charlene says:

    Hi, found you through twitter #ubp09 (@avirtuouswoman) Just stopping in to say “hello”

    Congrats on your impending new bundle of joy!

  16. Courtney from mommie blogs says:

    Hi there. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog while party hopping. Your story is amazing and I look forward to reviewing your past post!


  17. StacieinAtlanta says:

    Hi Donielle,

    I think that I stopped by another blog of yours earlier.

    The Divine Miss Mommy

  18. Comfort Joy Designs says:

    My husband and I have been TTC for nearly 2 years now…each month we hope and hope and then try again. I appreciate the helpful information you offer on your site. Thank You!

  19. Brea's Mommy says:

    Congrats and great way to help others! Nice to meet you! Hope you are having fun at the party

    I would also like to invite you to join Show off your blog Saturday. I would love to read your favorite post!

  20. Kristi_runwatch says:

    I just had to check out your blog because I LOVE the name!! In the last few years I’ve become interested in nutrition and being good stewards of our physical health; I feel it is an important aspect of being a godly mother and manager of my home! While I have not personally dealt with infertility, I appreciate your ministry of informing us about good nutrition and the effects it has on our health!
    Good to meet you, and congrats on your pregnancy!

  21. Melanieshea says:

    Congrats on #2~~~ Girls are so fun! Have a great week.

  22. Congrats on a beautiful family. Happy partying!

  23. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:

    I am new to the blog world. I am from Shreveport, La.

    I love a good party and this is my first BLOG party.

    So glad that I found your blog. Hope you will come by and visit me.

  24. JamericanSpice says:

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I’m quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  25. My name is Amber. I have PCOS. We tried to concieve for 3 yrs. We finally got pregnant with twins. Im due in August 2009. We had to also have help with fertility meds. Loike your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Future Mama says:

    Wow! I’m soooooooo excited to read more of your blog I just found you from the UBP09 I’m hoping to get pregnant this year.. I’ve been married 4.5 years and I hope we’ll begin TTC soon! We’ll see! Feel free to offer any tips anytime over on my blog! Either way, I’ll be visiting here again soon!

  27. ahappyhippy mom says:

    Congrats on baby #2!

    I’m doing some UBP hopping and wanted to say hi!

  28. This blog provides a lot of encouragement for me. It helps to keep me positive. My husband and I both have fertility issues and I’ve finally gotten him interested in the natural approach. Maybe watching me go through emotional meltdowns due to clomid had something to do with that.

  29. The Barnharts says:

    Congrats on the soon to be new baby! Justy stopping by from UBP. Have a great day!

  30. Hi Donielle! I just stopped by your other blog… and now I’ve worked my way down the list to here. 2 blogs must keep you very busy. I can barely keep 1 up to date!

  31. That.Girl says:

    Hello Donielle! I’m stopping by from the UBP. Congratulations on your daughter and the daughter to be born. All these pregnant women are making me jealous. :) I just love being pregnant…

    Again, congratulations and good luck!

  32. smallandcheap says:

    Stopping by from UBP. Neat premise!

  33. Amber, That's Me! says:

    Stopping by for the party… noticed your camera in your photo..

    Join my photo challenge next week-

  34. oh, so nice to meet you!!! i am working very hard to learn to eat healthy and feed my family REAL foods too! great blog.

  35. Wow, great site. So glad I dropped in from the Ultimate Blog Party. I’m a fellow cyster and am currently trying. We just lost a baby a month ago and am giving myself some recoup time before trying again. I’m subscribing to keep up on what you are blogging about!

  36. [email protected] Buttons says:

    I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

  37. [email protected] Tips Blog says:

    Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

  38. [email protected] Blog says:

    your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

  39. Nice to “meet” you! Enjoy the party! And good for you for going for a natural alternative!

  40. Nice blog and great post. Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive daughter. Best wishes to everyone checking in.

  41. Jennifer @Smart.Healthy.Green says:

    Stopping by for the party! I think you have a great blog and love the name. Blessings for your family and the upcoming birth of your daughter.

  42. Hello Donielle,

    Found you through UBP 2009. Great blog. I’m sure you will help many others in their struggle.

    Please come by, Passionate for Life and tell us what you are passionate about and you may win a luxury Lollia candle.

  43. It’s nice to “meet” you from the blog party. I really love your approach to taking care of your body and doing things naturally!

  44. Heather & Chaos says:

    Stopping by from the UBP! Hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did!!! =)

  45. The Spears Family says:

    Very interesting site. I am definitely referring a friend to come by and check out your story!

  46. suzannah says:

    blessings to your and your next delivery!

    i’m newly pregnant with my second, and definitely looking for ways to be healthier and eliminate chemicals. i’ll be back here to browse again:)

  47. Congrats on your new baby!

  48. Mrs. Marine says:

    Blog Party Woohoo! Talk about fashionably late, right, sorry. I have been sick which left me in a fog all last week, so I am still trying tomake my rounds. Better late than never I figured. Anyway, hope you had a great week at the UBP. Hope to see you again sometime!