Ten Ways to Keep Families Together

August 9, 2019

Taking a break from the standard weekly round-up to share ten ways to keep families together – something much more important than the articles I typically share here, sales you might want to take advantage of or recipes that sound especially tasty. Below there are ten tangible ways you can begin to take action against the inhumane actions our government is taking to devastate numerous families in our country. And if you need a little motivation, watch this and do not look away.

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Spiced Maple Chai & Fresh Fig Creamsicles

August 8, 2019

You guys! You guys. I know I’m technically tooting my own horn but these were so unbelievably delicious. I wasn’t sure how the figs would do after freezing in the popsicle molds, but they were the perfect consistency and there’s just something so equally sweet and tart about a creamsicle made with yogurt. Plus, I’m a sucker for pretty much anything made with maple or chai.

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An Intentional End of the Summer Bucket List

August 6, 2019

Changes are coming in hot for our family. A new baby, the end of summer, the last summer with just Owen and I at home, Owen’s first day of school, paternity leave for Zack, a heap of visitors and an attempt at maternity leave for me – just to name a few. While I’m working hard to prepare our family for these changes and transitions, a large part of that has been finding the quiet moments in between and holding on tight before our life as we know it dramatically changes. I’ve read social posts and articles from other mothers who have been there who open up about mourning the loss of their family as it is and while I’m certainly not above those emotions, I have a different feeling about it all. 

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Ten Things for the Weekend

August 2, 2019

1. This week’s mantra: “Dear Natural Birth, I’m giving myself permission to have exactly the type of birth that’s right for me, be it unmedicated, medicated, or a cesarean birth. Only I can choose how I want to navigate my body during my birth, and my choices are not up for comparison, shaming or scrutiny, especially when they are beyond my control. I am capable of growing life in my body, and my body is built to birth, and that is what I believe to be natural. Signed, ___________________” – The Nurture Book.

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The Reality of Maternity Leave as a Freelancer

August 1, 2019

As my due date rapidly approaches I’m finding myself buried in work as I plan to take what on the surface will appear as no time off from my site and social channels. The world of freelancer maternity leave is one that even I know very little about, but after experimenting with a couple months of downtime after my miscarriage last year I learned the harsh reality that this business simply cannot pause or stop. Two months of not staying consistent with content meant nearly six months of unpaid time as I rebuilt – something I’m not interested in doing for the second time in less than twelve months, even if that’s more of what a true maternity leave would look like. 

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Meet Sarah Copeland + Learn Everything You Need to Know About Picky Eaters

July 28, 2019

You guys! This post kicks off a new series here on Household that I have been dreaming about for years. Since I started Household over four years ago I’ve had the chance to connect with mothers all over the world, open up, have meaningful conversations and build a community I wouldn’t otherwise have. While the public discussions we have on my Instagram feed and in the comments here are near and dear to my heart, some of the private chats I’ve had you guys have shifted my perspective on motherhood and sometimes even the way I parent. I’ve always wanted to find a way to highlight each of you incredible mothers, give you a place to share your stories and get real about the aspects of this gig that keep us up at night.

Today begins our first of many mother interviews and I’m over here doing a happy dance with a few tears in my eyes as I hit publish. I had a really eye opening conversation with cookbook author, friend and mother, Sarah Copeland, about toddler pickiness and how incredibly normal it was about a year ago. Our chat was so transformative and reassuring that Owen would in fact, eventually, venture away from his ten item diet that I feel like parents everywhere could benefit from her insight. Considering food has been such an essential element of what makes Household what it is I felt like there was no better person and topic to start with. 

If you’re in the depths of a picky phase I hope this conversation with Sarah provides solidarity, hope, resources and if nothing else a virtual hug that you are simply not alone. Enjoy!

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Ten Must-Haves You Should Add to Your Baby Registry Now

July 23, 2019

We definitely over did it the first time around with our baby registry and as much as we appreciate our generous friends and family who spoiled us with gifts, this time we really wanted to be more intentional about what we brought into our home. When it comes to baby gear, I’m sure every other New Yorker can relate – space is limited and we’ve really gotta cap it off at essentials. So we did just that! 

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The Easiest Peach Turmeric Honeybush Popsicles

July 11, 2019

We picked up these popsicle molds recently and Owen and I have been having so much fun experimenting with different recipes on these warm summer days we’ve been having. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the recipes I’ve come across on Pinterest and how they might actually turn out in real life, but I have to say, I’ve had the best luck with these molds. I’m always trying to find uses for fruit that is about to turn and popsicles are such an easy way to eliminate waste!

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Ten Things for the Weekend

June 14, 2019

1. This week’s mantra: “You decide where to place and invest your energy.”Alex Elle

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