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If You’re Struggling Through the Holidays

You are not alone. Naturally, we all feel different about the holidays as we grow older. When we were young, our world was filled with magic at every turn. Glistening snow with a perfect texture for snowman-building, The North Pole with elves feverishly working to build our toys. Playing in the basement with our cousins during …

Recipes

How to Properly Prepare Jackfruit

Jackfruit has been popping up all over the place the last couple of years. For some, it’s some elusive fruit? Vegetable? Vegetarian/vegan meat substitute?  WHAT IS IT. That’s why I’m here. Let me break down what it is, where to get it, and how to prepare it. It’s a fruit, technically. It’s also super ugly. …

Featured Recipes

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s what I’m going to tell you: if you don’t know how to cook by the age of 30 – learn. Fast. Do one of those Blue Apron delivery systems (or FreshBox, or Purple Carrot. Any. There are lots.) They send you the pre-measured ingredients and recipe. It’s a good start. Also, stop presenting pre-made cookies …

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Newborn Essentials

As a serious planner, I tried to prepare as much as possible ahead of Julian’s arrival. Not only did it calm my anxiety about our lives changing so drastically, but it made me feel in control when I felt like my body was out of control during pregnancy. I read so many blogs, went through …

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Birth Story

During my 40 week appointment (two days before my due date), I begged and pleaded with my doctor to induce me. I had many reasons for this: I was sick my entire pregnancy. Severe nausea requiring many rounds of IV intervention and even the prescription of a Zofran pump (I ended up not doing this). …