Fool Proof Glazed n’ Soft Pumpkin Cookies

November 16, 2018

Is there a dessert you’ve had at a restaurant that you literally daydream about? Oddly enough I discovered pumpkin cookies like these ones at a small enchilada restaurant in Phoenix called Gadzooks and I’ve never had them anywhere else since. I’m not sure if it’s still true today, but when they opened the story was that the owner’s mother made them for the restaurant every day. Call it a sappy heart, but I loved that about this little fast casual place plus the cookies were so delicious.

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My Skincare Journey & A Way To Give Back To Our Oceans

November 15, 2018

This post was sponsored by Kate Somerville.

Although I’ve always had relatively sensitive skin, growing up I was really fortunate to have very few challenges. That being said, as I’ve gotten older plenty of issues have made their way to the surface. Prior to expecting I was diagnosed with eczema, I experienced pretty intense acne that affected my face, back and chest during my pregnancy with Owen and I even visited a dermatologist after he was born who informed me I had both psoriasis and vitiligo. Most of these skincare issues are common in plenty of mother’s journeys’, but I remember how self conscious I used to feel about my skin when it all started happening.

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Five Healthy & Happy Ways We Start Our Days at Home

November 9, 2018

Since our whole preschool fiasco I’ve been really trying to create a healthy structure to our mornings at home. This, of course, doesn’t replace the social element to school we were hoping to experience (I’m planning on writing another post on how we’re tackling that), but I’ve found our days move so much smoother when I’m more intentional with how our mornings begin.

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Ten Maternity Essentials I Wish I Had When I Was Expecting

November 8, 2018

I’m still pinching myself over the fact that my best friend is pregnant with her first baby (and fighting back tears of joy daily)! We’ve had so much fun talking through all the details of her pregnancy, what she can expect when her little bundle is finally here, how amazing it will be to both be members of the parenting club and we even dedicated an entire night to put her registry together. So much cute baby stuff you guys!

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Ten Things for the Weekend

October 26, 2018

1. This week’s mantra: “I’ve always been prone to worry and anxiety, but after I became a mother, negotiating joy, gratitude, and scarcity felt like a full-time job. For years, my fear of something terrible happening to my children actually prevented me from fully embracing joy and gratitude. Every time I came too close to softening into sheer joyfulness about my children and how much I love them, I’d picture something terrible happening; I’d picture losing everything in a flash. At first I thought I was crazy. Was I the only person in the world who did this? As my therapist and I started working on it, I realized that “my too good to be true” was totally related to fear, scarcity, and vulnerability. Knowing that those are pretty universal emotions, I gathered up the courage to talk about my experiences with a group of five hundred parents who had come to one of my parenting lectures. I gave an example of standing over my daughter watching her sleep, feeling totally engulfed in gratitude, then being ripped out of that joy and gratitude by images of something bad happening to her. You could have heard a pin drop. I thought, Oh, God. I’m crazy and now they’re all sitting there like, “She’s a nut. How do we get out of here?” Then all of the sudden I heard the sound of a woman toward the back starting to cry. Not sniffle cry, but sob cry. That sound was followed by someone from the front shouting out, “Oh my God! Why do we do that? What does it mean?” The auditorium erupted in some kind of crazy parent revival. As I had suspected, I was not alone.” – Brene Brown

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Mom and Dad Made a Podcast: The Joys & Challenges of Trying to Conceive

October 24, 2018

Today we’re sitting down with Will Poznan, comedian, teacher, New Yorker, husband and aspiring dad, about him and his wife’s experience with starting a family so far. These two started trying to conceive earlier this year and as a couple who also didn’t get pregnant on the first try, we chat about the joys and challenges of the process, some of Will’s expectations and hopes for parenting and of course, find a way to laugh through it all. Download, listen and subscribe here.

Throwback photo to when I was pregnant with Baby-O by Amy Frances.

Ten Minute Gluten-Free Hummus Plate

October 23, 2018

When I put out the question, “What recipes would you like to see more of here?”, a lot of you responded quick and easy meals. There were lots of requests for gluten free and vegan options so even when a recipe doesn’t completely fit that mold, I hope you know I’m still looking out for you guys with dietary restrictions and will always note how you can make it work for you.

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Balancing Beneficial and Non-Beneficial Bacteria with up4® Probiotics

October 22, 2018

This post was sponsored by up4® Probiotics.

I’ve always been a relatively healthy person, but after pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, weaning and then traveling for the majority of last year I knew I needed to switch up my diet and take better care of myself. After so much change in our lifestyle my body and gut were craving a healthy routine.

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Our First Trip To An All Inclusive Family Resort

October 17, 2018

You guys, we finally did it. We took a trip to an all inclusive family resort! I remember going to these as a kid on occasion, and loving it, but I hadn’t had the chance to experience it all from the parents perspective. And surprise, surprise it was amazing! All those trips to Mexico and the days spent at the “Mini Club” are making a whole lot of sense after our trip last weekend, hah. Kudos to you mom and dad!

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