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 spicy kick that doesn’t overwhelm. I can’t handle a lot of spice, especially while nursing, but I found this to...

Why You’re Still Single and Why I’m Not

I know what you’re thinking… That’s harsh. And rude. And narcissistic. Let me be clear: I don’t think I’m better than anyone because I’m married, and I don’t know everything, and no, there is nothing wrong with being single…unless you don’t want to be. Then, everything feels wrong. Couples pass holding hands, and you scoff, but the bones in your hands are aching. Your friend’s engagement ring is glaring at you from across the table, and you want to throw food at...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly New Parent

I’ve only been a parent for about 6 months. I’ve been caring for a life that is not my own for just half a year. My younger self would say Meh, that’s not very long. Ohhh but it is. It’s very long. You see: if you measure time in days, 6 months is really not very long. But if you measure time in wisdom, 6 months is infinite. When you become a parent, you learn, and you learn fast. You learn numerous things about your...

My vitamin and supplement dream team.

I am nauseous–or just plain don’t feel well–probably 5 out of 7 days of my life. That’s a lot. My mom and my husband can attest: Not many days go by where they don’t hear me say, I don’t feel well. As a result, I’ve been traveling down a long, winding road in search of a vitamin and supplement team to combat my daily ailments. After roughly 9 years of in-depth research, a lot of trial and error, and countless...

We get one body in life.

I am not a salesperson. I’m not good at selling to people because I know how I feel about being on the other end of that conversation. Whether it be Girl Scout cookies from a neighbor or fancy jewelry from a creepy vendor in the mall, I cringe because I know: I have to come up with a way to say no.  But I’ve recently said yes. I know, I was shocked too! I left my little guy at home with daddy...

What I look like to me.

When you take a photo of yourself, life continues on its forward path, but a photo encapsulates a few seconds that will never be replicated. A photo is a permanent seal on a moment when your hair bent a certain way, your skin had those couple flaws, your eyes mirrored the lens, or looked through it, your face was still maturing. Most often, you look back at such  photos of your younger self and think I’ve changed so much. Most of...

The baby down the hall.

It’s becoming more and more rare for me to find time to take a nice long soak in the bath these days. In fact, it’s becoming more and more likely that the day’s time has run out, and I slip into bed with unruly, unwashed hair and PJs from the night before. However, last night, I took my coveted bath but only because my husband lost a bet the night before: I was kneeling on the floor holding a soiled diaper–Bennett buck naked...

This is why.

FINALLY. My first blog post. I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting a blog for several years now, but today I’m cutting the red tape; I’m taking the plunge! So welcome. I’m Alyssa, and yes, my handsome hubby is also a redhead, as will be our son Bennett, who will be 5 months on Christmas day. That’s a whole lotta ginger love, I know. We own a lot of sunscreen. I started this blog for several reasons, one being...