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The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Parents

The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Parents

Isn't it stressful finding just the perfect gift for the new momma in your life? It's hard to find the balance between functional and cute and not ...

15 Hacks for Introducing New Foods to Toddlers

15 Hacks for Introducing New Foods to Toddlers

Why do kids get picky?! The University of California San Francisco tells us that kids can become picky eaters for a number of reasons. It could be:...

Scared of food allergies? Here's what you can do.

Scared of food allergies? Here's what you can do.

When your baby starts solids through their first birthday is the critical window to regularly feed them peanuts, tree nuts and baked eggs. Your baby’s immune system is always changing through the first year and regular feedings of 2g of protein have been shown to help babies learn that these foods are safe. 

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic

As I laid in bed, thinking to myself “I’ll do better tomorrow” and filled my head with negativity, I reminded myself that this will likely never happen again. My oldest daughter will never be home all day, every day with nothing to do. She’s heading off to kindergarten soon too, which is a whole other soft spot. My youngest daughter will never be eight months old again. My husband will never be working from home again, able to play with the girls during his breaks and have lunch as a family every day. This time is something to cherish, not wish away so we can get back to the hustle and bustle of our past lives. It makes you wonder - is a global pandemic what it took to make us SLOW DOWN and enjoy life, our kids, our husband, ourself (gasp) more?

How to Survive Your First Trip Away from Baby

How to Survive Your First Trip Away from Baby

The tricky part is: you only leave your baby for the first time once. You learn from that experience and it helps you in the future. But it’s never going to be as emotionally difficult as that initial trip. You don’t need to be bogged down with logistical stresses on top of that heartache. I’m sharing my thoughts and tips with you in hopes that you can show up to your first outing as the best version of yourself. Whether it’s a business meeting, girl’s trip, or couples-only retreat. Yes, you’ll miss your little peanut. But we can clear out a lot of that other noise so you can enjoy and be present.

The Tricks of Breastfeeding, Pumping and Traveling

The Tricks of Breastfeeding, Pumping and Traveling

Despite all the laws that are in place by congress, employers rarely place any sort of emphasis on following or implementing them. Within 4 weeks of returning back to work from maternity leave, my once over-abundant supply of breastmilk dipped to almost an astounding 40%. I was devastated, but I didn’t let the fear of my supply dropping get me into a panic. I found a few resources that really helped me out.

Pumping at Work - 5 Keys to Success

Pumping at Work - 5 Keys to Success

While I learned all of these things on the fly as I was pumping three times a day, each of these tips have helped me achieve more than a year of being a working and pumping mama. As challenging as it sometimes has been, continuing my breastfeeding journey by pumping at the office has made me feel connected to my baby all the time. It was the one thing that eased some of the separation anxiety I experienced early on. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Extending love to others: Our adoption story

Extending love to others: Our adoption story

Our parenting plan includes raising him with an understanding and appreciation of his unique story and the loving sacrifice his birth mother made for him. Adoption and fostering are words we use in our home as we model our family core value: love makes us family. I will forever be in awe that I am his mom which is both an honor and a privilege.

There is room in your heart for two littles

There is room in your heart for two littles

I’m writing this blog in two parts. So here goes Part 1.   July 27, 2019 The double lines on our pregnancy test brought us so much joy back in Octo...

At the Farmers’ Market, things are alive!

At the Farmers’ Market, things are alive!

Barbra Kingsolver makes a great case for consuming food that comes from your local community within the first few pages of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She writes, “If every US citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meat and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by 1.1 million barrels of oil every week.” A typical meal travels 1,500 miles (more miles than most American’s travel on yearly vacations) to get to your plate consuming natural resources and adding to pollution every mile.

Fed is Best, Whether you Breastfeed, Exclusively Pump or Formula Feed

Fed is Best, Whether you Breastfeed, Exclusively Pump or Formula Feed

That night at the restaurant, I realized she was right. I don’t know why I needed someone to tell me it was okay to quit. Truth be told, there is so much pressure for moms to breastfeed and I felt like a failure that I wasn’t able to do so. Camila and I had attended so many support groups and met with so many lactation consultants, but something just wasn’t working. I still wanted her to have breastmilk but didn’t know how

Breastfeeding: It doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING.

Breastfeeding: It doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING.

If there are any new moms reading this or moms who are dusting off their breastfeeding training wheels, know that breastfeeding doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING. Every breastfeeding journey looks different and sometimes it lasts three weeks and sometimes it lasts three years- both are okay. Both are beautiful journeys. 
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