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“Cutest Belly in Socal” contest for moms-to-be

We’re excited that Xan Confections is participating in the search for the “Cutest Belly in SoCal” – an online Facebook contest for moms who want to show off their baby bumps and win fun prizes! We’re no longer pregnant, but would jump right on the chance to win a grand prize, first place or second place gift basket including items such as a one month supply of our CocoPreggers truffles from the new CocoXan line, containing vegetarian life’sDHA and folic acid, important nutrients needed for happy mommies to create healthy babies!

For contest rules and additional information, please visit the Facebook page here.

Don’t forget to “like” Xan Confections or CocoXan on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @XanConfections and @CocoXan!

April 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

The Home Stretch

Kerry and I are only weeks away from meeting our little girls and we absolutely can’t wait!! Lucky for us we are busy at work so it keeps us busy and helps the time pass a bit quicker 🙂

-Carissa

February 2, 2011 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

Did I mention we were busy…

My apologies to our readers for our absence since the holidays!! I don’t think either of us ever mentioned that this is our busiest time of the year!

I have been swamped at work but it has been “good” swamped, so much is going on. We just released our new 2011 Susan’s Healthy Gourmet menu and we couldn’t be more excited. As the nutritionist, I get to play a big role in the planning and development of the new menu. This is always my favorite time because it’s when I can be the most creative in my job. We have been working all year with our chefs to create new healthy and delicious entrees and we are always proud when one makes it on to the new menu for our customers to enjoy.

There have also been many changes in our sister company LifeSpring Nutrition, which provides healthy frozen meals for boomers plus. I just started managing the customer service staff and I have had to focus a lot of time on training. They too just released a new 2011 menu and it offers so many new healthy dishes that blow your typical frozen meal out of the water.  🙂

But not only have I been busy at work, I have been busy at home too! I am entering my 34th week of pregnancy and man am I feeling it! I am much bigger and all I can think about is my baby girl arriving early, haha! I have been busy nesting and getting her room ready as well as doing lots of shopping. Blake is still in his terrible twos and he somehow managed to start sleeping in our bed full-time.

Although, I am right in the thick of things I will try my very best to keep you updated and keep on blogging, it’s always a nice break from the madness!

-Carissa

January 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm 1 comment

“Night night KK”

My 2 ½-year-old Jax kisses his baby sister (in belly) every night before bed and says, “Night night KK (her name is Kenady)”. Last night he was especially concerned that she was getting lonely in the belly all by herself. He wanted to snuggle her through the night, but well…there was a barrier in the way. So he thought the next best thing would be for her to sleep with stickers on her “home” that he put on there. Of course I had to wait until he went to sleep to take them off  🙂

– Kerry

December 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Gym time, continued!

(Check out my first post on gym time!)

I try to get to the gym at least three times a week and stay active the other four days of the week (running behind my two year old and cleaning house). Before this pregnancy I was going on average four days out of the week so if I can get there 2-3 days now I feel like I am in good shape!

The best advice I can offer is listen to your body! If you feel nauseous or tired, rest. Stretching or yoga at home while listening to some relaxing music can be just as beneficial to your body.

I have had to adjust my workouts since I got pregnant. I used to do a lot of the classes my gym offers, they are fun and really get me to include some good strength training. During my first trimester I tried staying in those classes and for the most part I could, but I noticed that my heart rate would get really fast and it just didn’t feel right so started skipping classes. I tried reducing my weight level and that helped for a little but I got to a point were I just knew I had to find something else. So now I just walk 30-45 minutes on the treadmill at a good pace and at a slight incline, I get a little sweat in and my heart rate stays in a good place. After my walk I either do some leg exercises or a few different back and arm exercises. I always get a good stretch in and make sure I hydrate myself the entire time.

I work out because it makes me feel good and I know it is good for my body and my baby. If I don’t feel good I skip it, no guilt attached! My number one job right now is to take care of myself and my baby so that we can both be healthy come delivery day. Honestly, when I was pregnant with Blake I don’t think I went to the gym once – it didn’t feel right. I would come home from work and just nap until dinner time, that’s what felt right then. Now, although I would love to nap I actually feel good enough to head to the gym so I do that instead.

So, again just listen to your body and do what feels right!

– Carissa

October 12, 2010 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

Finding Out

Ultrasound of Blake, our little "penguin"!

I know every couple is different when deciding whether to find out the sex of their baby before the due date, and when it comes to us we like to find out! We are just way too impatient to wait 9 months.

Before we found out we were pregnant with baby #2 we contemplated waiting to finding out so that it could be a little different than the first time and we could experience that big surprise that waits for us on the special day. Then we decided we couldn’t wait and thought about doing something creative with finding out like having a party or something. My co-worker told me about a couple of her friends who had their doctor write down the sex for them and hide it in an envelope to take with them. They then took the envelope (without peeking) straight to the bakery. They had the baker frost the cake in whatever gender the baby was, blue for boy or pink for girl and then they had a get together with all their family and close friends and found out together. I really liked that idea so I pitched it to my husband and he thought the same so we were going to do that.

Well, a couple weeks ago I asked him if we were still going to have our little get-together and he said that he didn’t know if he could sit in the room during the ultrasound watching our little one and NOT find out, he just couldn’t. I could probably hold off on waiting to get all our family and friends together but I see what he’s saying, plus I have an empty nursery that I am dying to get to work on!

So…tomorrow we will be finding out the sex of our baby and sharing it with everyone right away. Our office took a gender vote and it’s at 50/50 so we’ll see how that turns out. I’m so excited!!

– Carissa

Can't wait to add to our little family.. but will it be a boy or a girl?

October 6, 2010 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

Psychic Dreams

My husband is super scientific. I mean he wouldn’t even take a guess at the sex of our babies. Not even a guess? I meant…whaaaat? Who doesn’t guess? He doesn’t. SO….when I tell him each time about the last dream I had that will come true, he pretty much stares at me blankly and walks off.

Before I even met my husband I had a dream that I was sitting on a couch eating popcorn with this 10-ish year old boy. I only saw the back of us. We were watching a movie and snuggling and I was just extraordinarily content and happy.

I knew when we got pregnant with our first. That was him. My snuggler and my heart. My Jaxy.

When I was pregnant with Jax I had a dream about another boy. It looked like he was in a soccer picture. Dark, handsome like his Daddy, and in some sports uniform. I knew it wasn’t my Jax. I knew it was a child that hadn’t even been conceived yet.

George is now 13 months and man is that boy a gymnast daredevil climber! My G Man. No fear that one. And probably going to be my athlete and of course gorgeous like his Daddy.  🙂

When I was pregnant with George I had a dream about a little girl. Now we were only ever having two kids so this was a shock to me when I woke up. She and I were at an artsy-crafty table chatting it up. She had long curly hair like me and she was just brilliant and so fun to talk to. I was thinking in the dream “What a cool little girl!”

I woke up and knew that had been my daughter.

As you know it was difficult to conceive our 1st and never, never in a million years would I have ever believed I would be a mom of three. Also, the “timing”. We should have never gotten pregnant withour 3rd and it for sure should NOT have been a girl.

But alas, we are expecting Kenady Renee in February or March 2011.

I told my husband about all of these dreams as they happened (well the 1st after we got pregnant the 1st time) well before finding out the sex. Do you think my husband believes I am psychic yet?

You are right. NOPE!

– Kerry

October 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm 1 comment

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