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Renewal

August 28, 2015
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Ten years ago on our wedding day, we made a choice.  We now know that it’s not a one-time decision, but an on-going process. We haven’t always lived up to our best intentions and there have been times when we questioned if our problems were too big to overcome. It’s our love and commitment to each other and our family that has propelled us to keep moving forward. Instead of handing each other commercialized cards, exchanging lavish gifts or reciting words that were…

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Motherhood

The Illusion of Perfect Parenting

August 11, 2015
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My goals as a parent are to build strong relationships with my children by nurturing them with love, respect, guidance, boundaries and without too much interference.  I want to be close and trusted enough that they will feel comfortable coming to me with their problems and will want to spend time with me when they’re older. Growing up, my sisters and I were a feisty handful.  We questioned everything and rebelled each in our own ways.  Although we were a…

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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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Food + Recipes

Salad in a Jar

July 30, 2015
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Salads in a jar are pretty to look at, but they’re a game changer for anyone who’s pressed for time but wants to eat well and feel good!  I make a few in advance and store them in the fridge to eat throughout the week.  It makes it so much easier when I’m home with the kids or when on-the-go, I simply toss a jar in my bag.  No more missed lunches! To get started, you’ll want to use clean glass wide-mouthed jars…

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Motherhood 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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