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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Noodles

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Did you know October is National Pasta Month?  What could be better than that??  I mean maybe you aren’t as crazy about pasta as my family is {I might question you as to why, because not liking pasta is just weird…just kidding}.  Maybe you’re trying to “lay off” the pasta for dietary reasons.  But, did you know you don’t have to?  There are ways to include pasta into your diet that won’t blow your weight loss or health goals.

Roasted Garlic Pasta from WholesomeMommy.com

Pairing pasta with fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed poultry and lean meats is a great way to have a budget friendly, healthy, AND filling meal. Plus, there are all sorts of great pastas available now for people who are

If you’re looking for healthy pasta dishes check out the Pasta Fits website. They have many delicious recipes to choose from along with other nutrition information, promotions, and general cooking tips. I made these Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Noodles from their website.  They were delicious as a side dish with my magic crockpot turkey breast tenderloins!   Plus they came together super quick!  Just a few ingredients are needed.  The highlight of the dish is the roasted garlic. It is super simple to roast garlic and the result is a creamy, nutty flavor very different from sharp, raw garlic.

The only thing I did differently from the website is I used linguine noodles in place of spaghetti noodles {you can use any shape you like} and I used parsley instead of oregano.  You can use your favorite fresh or dried herb.

These noodles are a fantastic, simple side to your favorite protein, or you could grill some chicken or shrimp and add it to the pasta to make it a one dish meal on a crazy busy weeknight.

Do you have a favorite pasta dish?  What are some pasta recipes that you love that help you get dinner on the table in a hurry when your family needs dinner quick?  Be sure to check out PastaFits Facebook page for EVEN MORE ideas and inspiration.

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Affordable Maternity Wear from Walmart


Spending money on maternity clothes was not my idea of a good time. In fact, I have a love-hate relationship with maternity clothes.  Although a few maternity clothes are necessary, I have always felt frumpy and uncomfortable in them.  With my third pregnancy, I refused to buy a bunch of new expensive maternity clothes.  So, when I heard that Walmart was launching a new, exclusive maternity line called Great Expectations Maternity, I was intrigued knowing that Walmart’s clothing is generally very affordable.

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I’ll be honest, while affordability was something that I expected from Walmart’s clothing line, I was not necessarily expecting such cute/trendy options.  So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had such cute options!  If you know someone who needs some maternity clothes you’ll definitely want to tell them to check these out. There is a great assortment available now in 700 select Walmart stores and also online at Walmart.com.  There are great staples for any wardrobe like:

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Walmart also carries affordable options for nursing bras and nursing tanks.  I bought this two pack online and have been thrilled with their versatility. They are cut in a babydoll style giving them a little extra material up front that is much more forgiving than a clingy tank for mamas who are feeling just a bit insecure about their postpartum bodies {like me!}. They are wonderful for wearing around the house {which is where we’ve spent the majority of our time with a newborn baby} paired with comfy pajama pants or yoga pants. They are modest enough that I wear them without a nursing bra around the house and I would feel comfortable enough hanging out around family and friends.

However, I have also worn them out of the house.  They are super convenient for me as a breastfeeding mama. I paired them {as pictured in the top photo} with a nursing bra underneath, a pair of leggings and a cropped sweater. Besides being comfy wear for a mama two weeks postpartum, I think it turned out kind of cute {especially for a mama who isn’t fitting into her normal clothes just yet!}.

 

Regardless of your maternity clothing needs, don’t overlook the options at Walmart.  You can find everything you need without busting your budget on a wardrobe that will only be worn a few months. But, you don’t have to trade looking on trend with being affordable {pregnant ladies want to look cute too!} – Walmart’s got your covered for both!

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