• Motherhood,  Travel

    Vacations with a Baby: Packing and Traveling Tips

    Henry has had his fair share of adventures since he was born last July. In total, he’s been to the beach a solid 4 times and numerous weekend get-a-ways. These trips have included multiple flights and anywhere from 3 to 9 hour drives. I’ve done so much research on what to pack an infant and have learned some “do’s” and “don’ts” along the way. Every baby is different, so you will learn what your baby’s needs/wants are over time. Until then, here are a few tips to help you get ready for your babe’s first travel adventures. Packing for Baby When packing for Henry I think about all of the…

  • Healthy Living

    Why I Incorporated Acupuncture into My Wellness Routine

    Some of you may be thinking… “no way, no how will I ever have someone stick needles all over my body. Nope.” I was right there with ya, I promise. I’ve mentioned before how determined I was to find natural ways to heal my mind and body in my quest to have a baby (after being told by doctors it probably wouldn’t happen). This meant I had to try it all. Including someone sticking needles all over me. I can’t recall how acupuncture came across my mind to try specifically, but I remember researching it so much that I got into the weeds. Ya know, deep into the reviews where…

  • Motherhood

    Top 10 New Mom Must-Have’s

    We get it — you’re a new mom or soon-to-be new mom and you have no idea where to start. It’s so overwhelming the amount of options there are to choose from! At least 10 different bottle brands, a crazy variety of car seats, and let’s not forget the baby gadgets. Swings, bouncers, exersaucers, the list goes on and on. Being moms ourselves, we understand that every baby is different and will connect with different things. But these are the items we LOVE and found to be legit life savers. 1/ Both of our babies have slept with this sound machine since day one. It’s simple with only two settings,…

  • Motherhood,  Recipes

    3 Easy, Healthy (& Toddler Approved) Snacks

    I am not going to pretend to know everything there is to know about a toddler. But, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that many toddlers are a lot like my niece. Wild and crazy at times, lovable on occasion, and PICKY eaters. There are two things that are for sure when she comes to visit. A) put up the dog because she’s terrified and B) watch her go from the door straight to the snack ladder. You see, Alex and I have this ladder with baskets in our kitchen/dining area that hold all of the snack food. It’s mainly for Alex, as it has chips, crackers,…

  • Father/Daughter Cooking Series

    Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind that makes reservations at a romantic restaurant weeks or even months before Valentine’s Day and the kind that freak out the day before because they forgot to plan anything. We aren’t much of planners ourselves…or romantics 🙂 So if you are like us or just want to stay in this V-Day, we are here to help. Our tradition of a family meal rather than a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day began about 5 years ago. Why? We aren’t sure, but we dig it. When this tradition began, our dad took it upon himself to prepare a delectable…

  • Healthy Living

    January Whole30 Recap (2019)

    Back in December I decided that I was going to participate in the January Whole30. And I’ll tell you why (I have no shame). It wasn’t because my eating was out of control or because I desperately wanted to lose more baby weight (although that’d be greaaat). Truthfully, it was the alcohol. During the holidays, especially, there is just so much to celebrate. And we often choose to celebrate with the glass of wine, or two or three. Mix 9 months of not drinking and the holidays. Woah Nelly. Not to mention, my sisters boyfriend spent the holidays with us and got us HOOKED on some South African wine (he’s…

  • Infertility,  Motherhood

    My Journey with Infertility

    I originally started this post March 2017. When I revisited it January 2019, I balled. I could feel the pain I had almost two years ago in the words I wrote then. Two years ago. It seems like an eternity when waiting for something as precious as a baby and it blows my mind how much my story has changed since then. More hurt, more struggle, but a lot more growth as well. So here it goes. After dating seven years, my husband (Alex) and I got married in 2013. Shortly after, we began talking about growing our family. When I say I never thought I would be one that…

  • Recipes

    Dairy-Free Pesto (Whole30/Paleo)

    Let me introduce to you, my all-time favorite pesto. It’s dairy-free, super easy to make, and it’s full of flavor. This recipe takes no time at all and will take your meal up so many notches — whether you are doing a Whole30, cutting out dairy, or just sticking to your usual diet and want to try something different. Anytime I’m at a loss with how to season something, I always turn to this. On top of salmon or tossed in some veggies — voilĂ ! At the end of my pregnancy I meal prepped all the things. Meals were one less thing I hoped to worry about after we brought…

  • Healthy Living

    Why We Should Stop Labeling Food Good or Bad

    This topic is near and dear to my heart. It’s something that I, myself, have struggled with in the past. Good and bad are the descriptive words for food that I hear people using all around me. All too often, we tell ourselves that we shouldn’t eat something because it’s “bad”. With this, my question is, but why? Why is it bad for you? Do you mean it is not fulfilling to you? Or is it because society has told us that [said food] is bad, for whatever reason. Things like too much sugar, too many carbs, processed, not organic — the list goes on and on. And the truth…

  • Healthy Living,  Recipes

    Turkey/Spinach/Sweet Potato Egg Bake (Whole30/Paleo)

    There are few things better in life than a morning where you don’t have to think about what you’re going to have for breakfast. For me, preparing breakfast options ahead of time is much easier than being creative with other meals. Now, that being said, I love eggs. So my go to’s almost always include them. This recipe is no exception, but with the other wholesome ingredients, there is so much more to look forward to when eating this turkey/spinach/sweet potato egg bake. You may be thinking, “I’m not Paleo” or “I’m not doing a Whole30”, but I promise this recipe won’t disappoint. And if you are sticking to Paleo…