Journal Motherhood

An Exercise in Gratitude

February 27, 2016
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  I didn’t write about the nights we spent with Benjamin in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit or the stressful year that followed. I don’t know that I ever will, but we eventually took Judah out of preschool because he was bringing home too many bugs to Ben that that caused him to be in a constant state of respiratory distress. After almost a year of homeschooling Judah, he went back to preschool a month ago. I loved having him…

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Food + Recipes

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Noodles

February 20, 2016
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While I do enjoy an occasional bowl of pasta, zoodles (or zucchini noodles) leave me feeling energized instead of sluggish. Judah has fun helping me spiralize (with close supervision as the blades are very sharp) and loves telling Benny how good zucchini is for our bodies. Loaded with vitamin C, phytonutrients, and minerals like manganese and potassium, zoodles are a much healthier alternative to pasta. Zoodles are quite versatile – we make them pretty often as the possibilities are endless! The sauce…

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Journal

Taking Joy in the Simple Things

February 15, 2016
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It’s rare I’m able to grab my camera in time to capture moments like these that bring me so much joy. At times, life as a parent of little ones can be downright exhausting, chaotic and stressful. It can be easy to forget about the little things. Regularly taking joy in these 10 simple things keeps me happy, calm and peaceful. Connecting to nature using all of my senses. Feeling my feet press into the Earth. Watching the sun rise or set. Tasting…

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Food + Recipes Holiday

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 11, 2016
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Beet root naturally colors these decadent cupcakes a rich red hue, the color of love and passion, making them the perfect treat to give your Valentine! The key to a naturally vibrant red cake using beets is acidity. The below ingredients create the proper acidic pH. Without that, the beets will turn brown. Roasting the beets brings out their natural sweetness and gives a subtle, earthy flavor but doesn’t overshadow the richness of the cacao. The final result are deliciously moist and dense cupcakes that…

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Journal

Filling Your Cup

February 9, 2016
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The year started off with a whirlwind of events and many positive changes. I haven’t had as much time to blog and am about to go back on-call for some births. I’m reminded to slow down, connect with nature, practice self-care, nourish myself and my family with wholesome foods and be more present, especially with my boys. Filling my cup allows me to better serve others, not only as a doula, but as a mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. Giving to ourselves…

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Family Journal

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016
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After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Family Journal

Judah’s 5th Birthday

December 21, 2015
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With all of the gifts that Judah already receives this time of year, we wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday by doing something together as a family. My Dad is a retired mechanical engineer and used to design airplane parts. He has different models in his workshop that Judah loves to tinker and play around with. Judah loves listening to Papa’s stories and asking lots of questions, so we thought it would be fun to surprise the kids with a…

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Lifestyle Wellness

Energy Clearing w. White Sage

December 20, 2015
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White sage (Salvia apiana) is a plant native to high desert ecosystems and grows prevalently in California. For hundreds of years, white sage has been considered a sacred, cleansing, purifying and protective plant. Its leaves are a whitish-green, and if you rub fresh leaves between your thumb and forefinger, a refreshing and cleansing scent is released. Native Americans started the tradition of using sage to ward off evils spirits and negative energies and it has also been used in ceremonies to…

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Food + Recipes

Sweet Potato Bread w. Praline Drizzle

December 13, 2015
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On the last night of Hanukkah, my parents have a big family gathering. I usually make coconut macaroons to bring but wanted to try something different this year. Using what I had on hand, I came up with this incredibly simple and delicious sweet potato bread. It’s free of gluten, eggs, dairy, refined sugar and can easily be made without nuts… but it’s not not free of flavor – it tastes as heavenly as it looks! Gather 1 cup gluten-free flour 1 cup puréed sweet potato 1…

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Wellness

Natural Remedy for Bug Bites

December 11, 2015
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Judah got three very itchy bug bites and I remembered a natural remedy that works like a charm! I also use the same remedy as a weekly facial mask to eliminate toxins and it leaves my skin smooth and glowy. All you need are two things: a good Bentonite Clay and Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s what to do: Mix equal amounts of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar into a paste.* Draw a circle around the redness of the bite to measure…

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