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Motherhood

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

August 2, 2015
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After overcoming significant breastfeeding challenges with my older son, I became a Lactation Educator and Counselor to help support other women and families.  In addition to my formal training, I learned a lot from our experience, so when my younger son and I encountered a couple of breastfeeding hurdles, we were able to move past them quickly. These are my tips for getting breastfeeding off to a good start! Prepare ahead of time by taking a good prenatal breastfeeding class and reading a breastfeeding…

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Travel

Hawaii

July 30, 2015
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You probably wouldn’t guess our boys have Hawaiian blood, especially our youngest with his porcelain skin and blue eyes. Good thing we packed hats, rash guards and ample amounts of sunscreen for a week in the Hawaiian sun. We explored the island in a Stow ‘n Go minivan while Benny napped and Judah played “I Spy with My Little Eye.” Pali Highway led us through tunnels to the lush country landscape and gorgeous white sand beaches of windward Oahu. The…

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Motherhood

As we are

July 13, 2015
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Sundays are my favorite days. They are slow days. Jeff makes his morning coffee and steel-cut oats with spiced coconut milk for the boys, while I cuddle with them in bed. After they eat and get dressed, we walk over to the farmer’s market and gather fruits and vegetables that will be used to prepare nourishing meals throughout the week. The kids have so much fun sampling what’s in season and have come to know our local farmers and vendors.…

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Lifestyle

On a boat

July 10, 2015
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Judah’s been asking to go on a boat for quite some time, so we made it happen on a day trip to Santa Barbara. As soon as he spotted bubbles coming from the boat’s smokestack, he couldn’t wait to climb aboard. We sailed along the harbor taking in the fresh sea air and views of the waterfront. Ben was captivated by some sea lions resting on a buoy and kept calling them, “dog.” The Captain let Judah steer us into…

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Food + Recipes

Summer Vegetable Tian

June 15, 2015
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This gorgeous dish is one of my all-time favorites. It’s so simple, healthy and easy to make, yet incredibly flavorful and delicious. It can be served as a side dish but it also stands on its own. I ran out of potatoes on the evening I prepared and photographed this dish, so I served it over a bed of fluffy basmati rice with a pat of butter, salt, and Herbs de Provence. The key to this recipe is using a good quality olive…

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Motherhood

New Mothers Guide to Looking & Feeling Good in a Swimsuit

June 5, 2015
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While I’m all about embracing my post-baby curves and honoring what my body has achieved, I also want to look and feel my best. With milk in my boobies and extra skin around my midsection, I realized postpartum women have a different set of concerns than other swimsuit shoppers face. These simple guidelines helped me find a couple of pieces that make me look and feel more confident so I can get on playing with my little ones in the sun this season. Choose…

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Food + Recipes

Strawberry Tabbouleh

May 31, 2015
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Everyone’s talking about perfect recipes for spring, and this one from The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon is up there with the best of them. This recipe swaps out tomatoes which are used in traditional tabbouleh for strawberries and it is divine! This has become my go-to dish of the season for picnics and gatherings. Our local farmer’s market has Gaviota strawberries that are incredibly sweet. Freshly chopped mint and parsley play off of them beautifully. Dressed in a combination of…

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Food + Recipes

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Bowls w. Cilantro Cream

May 15, 2015
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If you’ve been following my food and recipe posts, you probably know I am a huge fan of one bowl meals. These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls are primarily made up of those three main ingredients and seasoned with some spices. The black beans and quinoa are packed with protein and sweet potato adds in some healthy carbs. Topped off with the most glorious cilantro cream drizzle, you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious meal that is ever so simple to…

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Food + Recipes

Lentil Spinach Rice Bowls w. Charred Onions & Muhammara

April 23, 2015
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Adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon, this recipe has a traditional start for the Lebanese staple called mujaddara, lentils and rice, that author Sara Forte tweaked a little for this bowl. It’s pretty simple and can be made in advance, making it the perfect weeknight meal and is also a real crowd-pleaser. The sauce, a delicious spicy-sweet roasted red pepper and walnut spread called muhammara, is truly what makes this bowl special. You can double the recipe to have…

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Wellness

10 Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

April 9, 2015
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According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe. Yuck! Dust mites, allergens and a multitude of toxic chemicals pollute our home air. Studies run by NASA have proven that house plants can reduce up to 85% of indoor air pollutants. Adding indoor plants is a natural and beautiful way to detoxify the air in your home. A good rule of thumb is 7-10 plants per 900 square…

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