Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Life's Little Shortcuts

Someone should have told me that a part of being a mom is constantly finding shortcuts to everything.

Want to catch up girlfriends without sacrificing time with your husband and/or child, but also need to squeeze in your workout? Shortcut: Long 2+ mile walks with your friend a on Saturday morning while you push your stroller.

Want to try the latest restaurant but also need to find time to socialize and have adult conversations? Shortcut: Attend networking events at a bar/restaurant on your "must try" list.

Being a mother means that with your busy life you get by with help...lots and lots of it. I mean why do you think us moms love wine so much?  I'm coming to terms that taking the easy way out isn't always so bad.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Lollapalooza: A New Family Adventure

Lollapalooza. You're either someone who LOVES it or loathes it.  I happen to be someone who loves it. Who doesn't love music, fashion, sunshine and an all-day party? To this day it is one of my favorite pre-child festivities, but now that I have a child it's time to experience it a completely different way. So instead of trying to sneak in flasks of liquor, I've swapped it for sneaking in Goldfish packs and instead of spending my time between sweaty strangers up close to the stage, I've swapped it for the less crowded shaded outskirts. Overall though it's still an amazing time and one that I couldn't wait to experience with Liam for the first time!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Things People Don't Tell You About Parenting

Now that I've got 3 years of parenting under my belt I've become more aware of the long road we have ahead of us raising our wonderful little Liam. I'm definitely not an expert by any means, but for those that are just getting their head into the parenting game there are a few things I've learned that people don't share. Sure parenting is amazing and the best experience of my life so far, but let's be honest no one talks about the bad stuff and I think it's worth knowing. So here are 10 things I've learned that I kinda wish someone would have shared before I took the role as a parent.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

coconut mango rice pudding

I've been obsessed...I'm talking obsessed with rice pudding lately. As in every night I make myself a heaping bowl of pudding topped with whatever fixings we have at home. Instead of paying the crazy shipping fee to snag some great flavors from Rice to Riches, I decided to be a little ambitious by making some from scratch and adding my own little twist to a classic Rodelle's recipe.



Monday, February 16, 2015

best new apps for moms

For the past few years I've been so fortunate to be a part of a wonderful new and expectant moms community through Bump Club and Beyond. I went from being a pregnant expecting mother who attended the workout classes to an active participant at their new moms brunch. This past weekend I sat on a panel with other fabulously resourceful moms to share some of my favorite new apps and services that make motherhood a little less stressful. While what I shared is great for new moms, they're awesome for veteran parents as well. So listen up because if you're in need of a little bit more time in your life, these apps might just be able to help you.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

valentine's isn't for lovers

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day. As much as I love the hearts, flowers, candy and making Valentine's Day cards - to me, this holiday is an excuse to wear your best pink and red outfits. I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, and it may be seen as a little cold hearted, but hear me out. If you love someone unconditionally - why wait until February to show that person how much you love them? Now grant it, I'm the most un-romantic person ever, in fact the whole thing makes me super uncomfortable, but still I don't believe that proclaiming your love should be limited to one day a year.



Monday, January 19, 2015

potty training

Urgh we're potty training. You should know that I try not to rely on Dr. Google when I need answers and when we decided to start potty training the last thing I wanted to do was read a book. It's not easy, but at the same time it doesn't have to be hard. I'm not in the camp of "Let's go on lock down for a whole week straight" because really who has time for that? However, I am on the camp of letting it happen naturally. So we came up with our own method...Pay someone else to do it for you. HA! Just kidding, I wish. No but really we came up with our own set of rules on potty training and for us, so far it's working great. So if you feel yourself lost in the sea of know it all potty training guides and want a break - here are my recommendations.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

why?

In life, especially when you have a routine, you don't think much about the things you do. Sometimes you do things because that's always the way you've done it and sometimes you just do it because it was an un-conscious decision that you never bothered to change.  It wasn't until a few months ago that I started re-evaluating a lot of the things I do in life because of Liam's simple curious question of, "Why?"

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Friday, December 19, 2014

chinese ground pork & eggplant

When you live with 2 boys ground meats are part of our daily dinners.  One meat that is often overlooked is ground pork and when I'm on overload with beef, chicken or turkey I turn to the other white meat.  My go to dish with ground pork, aside from meatloaf, is this chinese ground pork and eggplant dish that is super easy to make.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

filling the void

Not that I want to quickly breeze through the holidays, but I'm already a little sad knowing that eventually our holiday decorations have to come down.  There is something so cozy about having the tree, stockings, lights and garland up around the house.  It's hard to replicate that feeling, but then again we've never really spent the time to fully decorate our walls.  With a new year coming up, this is all going to change and it all starts with Minted!

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