A blog for new parents looking for healthy living and tips on raising their baby.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I've really grown to love juicing so very much! Concocting and experimenting with my own flavors has become a strange obsession of mine, ha!

However, juicing can come with some strange side effects...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How He's Raised Turns One

Yesterday, my blog turned a year old.
I honestly and truly cannot believed, and yet, I can at the same time. I have learned SO much since that hot, summer day in July 2015.

This time last year, I was a brand new mother, trying to figure everything out. And while I may not be so new at parenting anymore, still I'm trying to figure it out. My inner computer nerd has emerged though, and I can (more or less) at least pretend to keep my head afloat when discussing websites, SEO, HTML, and all that other jazz.

Over the course of this year-long journey, I have interacted with countless amazing, and talented bloggers. This community is definitely one of the reasons I've made it so far. I walked in as a bewildered soul, fresh baby vomit on my shirt, and my hair a mess. And then I learned, this is what motherhood looks like. It looks like not sleeping, and shoveling food down my gullet in the 5 milliseconds that my son sleeps. It's late nights, discovering myself, appreciating motherhood for what it is.

Throughout this year, and throughout my discovery of other bloggers, I have truly found some amazing gems that I would be robbing if I did not mention them.

This year, I learned of the deep love that I have for photography. Though my skills are far from professional, I can very often be found with my camera in hand. Right alongside my passion for photographing candid moments, I unearthed my hidden admiration for writing. After having a go on YouTube during my pregnancy, I quickly learned I'd much rather be behind a keyboard than in front of a camera.

I've also discovered my absolute OBSESSION with all things natural, and my family's downright passion for being outdoors.

I would love to take a moment and share some of my favorites of the year:
Richa totally helped create my new weekly almond milk habit. Every week now, I make a nice jar of almond milk for my entire family, which we enjoy much MUCH more than regular milk.
Kula Mama has saved my family COUNTLESS cold/flu episodes this year after I discovered one of the best-kept secrets: Elderberry Syrup!
Lara has really helped ease my mind about my son's future as a gluten-free (and paleo!) kid.
Nadine's post on breastfeeding has really REALLY saved my sanity during the tough spots of breastfeeding, and I'm now still happily nursing my toddler.
And Barb's advice on herbs and other natural remedies has helped my family come completely off of any pills.
Of course, I absolutely cannot forget Franca and #KCACOLS which has REALLY helped me understand blogging and linkies. Every week, she connects me with HUNDREDS of bloggers from across the ocean-it truly is wonderful.

Of course, I absolutely would not be here without my boys, the ones who stick with me through everything. The ones who were there when I had my first run-in with technical difficulties, and the ones who celebrated with me when I published my first post on an online magazine.

My blog has grown immensely over the past 365 days, reaching over 55,000 views (55,904).

And I cannot wait to see what the next year brings. Thanks so much for joining me on this incredible journey.

Until next time,

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Little Fake Laugh

Kids are sponges. They really are.
I know, you hear it all the time-the super retention that young children seem to have. But it is SO. TRUE. Every day, I can see more of myself and my husband in this tiny little man, and it's really been a wake-up call, an eye-opener. This little boy is like my shadow, following me around the house, and trying to do the things I do, he catches on so quickly.

Lately, he has developed this 'fake' laugh.
It is so cute, and I laugh so hard when he does it, but it makes me wonder where he picked it up.

It actually started just the other night, when he toddled over to me, and I gave him a piece of the pineapple I was eating. Suddenly, he erupted in 'laughter.' I put that word in quotations, because it was the silliest laugh I'd ever heard.

Forced and with only a hint of smile on his face, I started to laugh, and then he did too. Really laugh, and I laughed even harder.

I love how he's beginning to experiment with his voice. He's learning how to manipulate his body, and other objects, to achieve what he wants.
And he's watching. Boy, is he watching. Watching and copying. Watching and learning. It's a little nerve-wracking at times, almost as if I'm performing, wanting to always do the right thing. But, with all his watching, this little boy is definitely a person of his own. And I learn from him too. But who would've known how much I could learn from a boy with only 15 months of life.

Little A has been walking now for almost 2 months, and is currently entering the running phase. Literal dashing from place to place, and a LOT of falls. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I've seen this poor kid fall down. Sometimes, it's a cute little loss of balance and he plops down on his padded (thanks cloth diapers!) rump.

But other times, like yesterday, he runs full speed, and face first into a chair.

And, here's the time for mama to learn, he always. gets. back. up.

Sure, he cries and needs kisses and sometimes a little milk but, in no time at all, he's doing the same thing he was before. Walking. Running. Climbing. And, I'm just kind of awe-struck.

Little A fails. A lot. He falls. He misses his mouth with the fork. He drops things, is unable reach many things he wants, and gets frustrated when he can't get the lid off a water bottle. But, he's a persistent little bugger. He never gives up. He kept on walking, and now he's running.

And, of course, I'm always close by.

Until next time,

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Paleo Blackberry Cobbler

I love summer.
Seriously, there's just something about it that just makes me so happy. I love getting outside, and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. For the first time this year, I discovered berry picking. I'd never gone before and, after going strawberry picking a few weeks ago, I was hooked! Little A loves being out there, grabbing the berries and squishing them between his tiny, chubby little fingers.

So, after our day of errands was done sooner than expected, we decided to stop by a blackberry farm and pick our own. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. And, after quickly filling our basked with big, juicy blackberries, I couldn't wait to get home and make some cobbler.

1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1/2 tsp. baking soda 
pinch of salt
3 eggs
3/4 c. coconut milk
5 tbsp. maple syrup
4 c. blackberries

Start by preheating the oven to 325F, and greasing an 8x8 baking dish with ghee or coconut oil. 
Cover the bottom of the dish with blackberries-add more if you need them, and drizzle 1 TBSP of the maple syrup over the blackberries.

Next, you want to mix the wet and dry ingredients in their own separate bowls, before slowly mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ones. 

Pour over the blackberries and bake for 30 minutes. 

And, enjoy!

Until next time, 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Publix Experience

This is a sponsored post by General Mills. All opinions are my own.

My little man has turned 15 months old! I can hardly believe the words I am typing, as I think he should still be so much younger-crawling instead of walking, fumbling over his fingers rather than delicately picking things up. And, while he was here with us, he didn't really get to enjoy last summer. This summer though-he's playing in pools, swimming in lakes, and just enjoying the outdoors. 

The other day, we were last minute invited to a friends house for some food and fun. Pinched for time, and not quite feeling like cooking something from scratch, we packed into the car and headed for Publix. While being gluten-free is very important to our family, we do recognize that most other people are not. Because we don't buy much processed food, my heart isn't sold on any one gluten-free brand, so I often like to play it safe and just bring regular food. 

These Suddenly Pasta Salad's are so eye-catching and intriguing. I knew they'd be quick and simple, but delicious, so I opted to grab some. 

This is SUCH a quick side-dish that I was able to whip-up as I did my makeup, sorted through the laundry, and chased my toddler around the house. All I had to do was boil the pasta, mix everything together with some oil, and BAM-ready to go. 

The pasta salad was such a hit-it was gone immediately and, within minutes, we were asked if we'd brought a second box! 

But, there is no way I can talk about this conveniently delicious salad without absolutely raving about my Publix experience. 

We literally went shopping at the absolute worst time of day-the middle of the afternoon. The store was PACKED, everyone buying cook-out things for the long weekend. Thankfully, we were able to get our shopping done quickly, but were disappointed to find the lines at the registers backed up into some of the aisles. 

Little A began to fuss, and I quietly tried to settle him by distracting him with my phone, when a Publix employee rushed over with a smile and began leading us to another register. Once there, I didn't have a chance to say a thing before she began emptying my cart onto the counter. I was so impressed, I couldn't stop thanking her. But, it didn't end there. 

As we were checking out she, even though she was obviously very busy, made conversation with us about little A's age and what a hot day it was. We agreed and, were checked out before we knew it. As I turned to fight my way through the crowd of people, she grabbed our cart and asked us to lead her to the car. 

At first, it was a little awkward because I didn't quite know what to do with myself, but big A grabbed hold of my hand and we sort of strolled through the parking lot together-directing her toward our car. It seems like such a small thing, but the service really was overwhelmingly helpful. 

She helped big A pack everything into the car as I buckled little A into the car. Before he could even begin to get cranky, we were in the car and she was waving us off as she returned our cart. 

Overall, best experience I've ever had in a grocery store, and I seriously hope this woman is thanked daily for her hard work and dedicated service. 

This pasta salad comes in SO many different flavors, and will definitely be my go-to for my party dishes. 

Interested in purchasing your own? Check out all the different options available, and comment your favorite below for a chance to win a $15 PayPal giveaway!

Until next time, 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gluten-Free Chicken Lo Mein

Before going gluten-free, big A and I loved swinging by our favorite Chinese food place and grabbing some egg rolls and lo mein every once in awhile. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it and, finally, after over 2 years, I'm able to dig into a delicious plateful.

I was so surprised at how incredibly easy lo mein is to throw together, and this will definitely be a dinner making its appearance on our table again soon.

For the noodles, you can really use your favorite brand of gluten-free spaghetti noodles. I used these, and they turned out wonderfully. I would really recommend using a rice based pasta. Corn and quinoa tend to be a little too mushy for my liking.

So, here's what you'll need

1 pack (16 oz) Gluten-free pasta
2 lb boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1/2 cup julienne carrots
1 cup mushrooms
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
3 cloves minced garlic
1 can (15 oz) whole baby corn
1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts
1 cup snap peas
4 tbsp ketchup
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 c. gluten-free soy sauce

1. Cook pasta according to package (al dente).
2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in wok or large skillet over medium high heat. 
3. Add chicken and all fresh veggies to skillet, and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. 
4. Add canned veggies and drained pasta. 
5. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce. Whisk until mixed thoroughly, and add to skillet. 


Until next time, 


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Snacks for Toddlers on the Go

Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring this post, and making healthy, non-GMO snacks easily available, and affordable. All opinions are my own.

Big A had the day of yesterday and, on a whim, we decided to go on an adventure! Our wandering eventually led us to Ocoee State Park in Tennessee. This is a massive place, that held the 1996 Olympics, and we couldn't wait to check it out! 

The trip may have been long, but the scenery was breathtaking. I'm not sure when, but every so often the dam is released, and this entire area is flooded with raging whitewater rapids. 
We typically carry little A in our Ergo, but were so excited to discover that there was a 2-mile hike that was handicap accessible, meaning we could use the stroller! 

After our hike, the temperature and humidity was quickly growing uncomfortable. We had no desire to sit in the car quite yet, for the long journey home, so set out in search of somewhere to swim. 

On our way to the lake, we came across a Walmart (because, where aren't they?), and decided to run and and grab a few snacks. Little A's taste buds change quite often, and it's really hard to figure out what he may or may not eat on any given day. We ran over to the baby section, and decided to grab a can of what looked like baby cheese puffs Gerber Lil Beanies a try. 

Thankfully, the Walmart trip was quick and painless, and we were back onto our adventuring!

Little A truly is a water baby. I thought he loved bath time, but it's nearly impossible to get him to want to get out of the lake! He loves splashing, and even dunking, and Daddy loves hearing his giggle. It truly was an afternoon to remember. 

Little man snored the entire way home.

After we walked through the front door, he was a crab with an empty tummy, and I needed to cook dinner. It was the perfect time to whip out a quick snack that wouldn't spoil his appetite. 

The cool thing about Lil' Beanies are that they are loaded with protein, because they're literally made from beans. Not only that, but our family absolutely loves that none of the ingredients are genetically modified!

I may have sneaked a few of these little puffs when little man wasn't looking, and they. are. good! Seriously, I'm probably going to have to stock up on these things. With all the adventures we have planned for the summer, it'd be foolish not to- they're so conveniently delicious!

I think that little grin says it all. 
Next time you're at Walmart, be sure to pop over and grab a can!

Until next time, 

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