Your Child is Not a Machine.

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 […]

Cajun Alfredo with Chicken

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Good, Bad, and Ugly New Parent

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 […]

What I look like to me.

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 […]

This is why.

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 […]