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The Completely Long-winded Baby Registry Checklist

You’re expecting. YAY! Getting prepared for baby’s arrival is mostly exciting and a tad overwhelming, filled with decorating the nursery, reading all those “what to expect” books (or not reading them), and mentally wrapping your mind around what parenthood will bring. But you know what you can’t prepare for? Getting a heck of a lot of advice, whether you ask for...

The BEST Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are arguably the best cookies on the planet. My husband always finds ways to slyly ask me to make these at least a couple times a week. He doesn’t always get them, as often as he asks, but when he does, he’s like a giddy little kid, sneaking them for breakfast and packing more than one in his lunch for...

February 2014 – The Winter I Lost You – Part Three

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I’ve been missing you. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been writing…I’ve been writing your story, our story. And now that winter is turning to spring, the ice has thawed and vanished, and the air has lost its bite, I feel that I can breathe, and I feel that...

February 2014: The Winter I Lost You – Part Two

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I find myself missing you again. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been doing it…I’ve been writing. So many times I’ve had to walk away from it, but I always come back. I always come back to you. I’ve been writing your story. This is for you. * * * Part...

February 2014: The Winter I Lost You – Part One

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I find myself missing you again. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been doing it…I’ve been writing. So many times I’ve had to walk away from it, but I always come back. I always come back to you. I’ve been writing your story. This is for you. * * * Part...

Whole-Wheat Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sometimes, I wake up wanting chocolate. Dark chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate. These real-food muffins make chocolate for breakfast perfectly acceptable. Typically, when I think of muffins, I think: cupcakes for breakfast. And it’s true, most muffin recipes call for just as much sugar, if not more, than cupcakes drowned in frosting. I’m not sure about you, but that is not how I want...

Your Child is Not a Machine.

There was nothing extraordinary about last night. The lights in the nursery were dimmed; Bennett had a warm bath; and he snuggled up to my chest to nurse before bed. This was typical. This was routine. My husband lied on the floor next to the crib, waiting to burp him halfway through his feeding. Salmon was baking in the oven downstairs....

How to Switch to Safer, Cleaner Products at Home

We’re surrounded by plastic every day. We’re exposed to toxins and harmful chemicals every day. Every day. It seems inevitable. But there are small ways to try and control or limit your interaction with certain toxins. Now, I’m neither a doctor nor scientist; however, I feel that I’ve done enough research in my life to believe that countless products we...

Cajun Alfredo with Chicken

In honor of launching the revamped version of my blog, I thought heck, let’s kick things off with a meal that also has a kick! If you’re a fan of Alfredo, you’re going to love my husband’s twist on Lisa Leake’s Cajun Alfredo with Shrimp from her cookbook–our all-time favorite–100 Days of Real Food. This is creamy Alfredo with a...