Dearest Zo: Month Seventeen

Dear Sweet Bug, You have entered this amazing stage of your life in which you have simutaneously made me the happiest Momma ever and the most broken human I’ve ever been. You have this manipulative way of dominating the world around you through sheer cuteness. There is no other human more important than my Bug <3. I love you so much. Could you possibly slow down on the “growing” bit though? The simple act of lifting you up to wash

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Letters for the Future: Dear Ruby

Letters for the Future is a thing I have been doing offline for awhile now.  Parenting is hard — I’m trying to find my words as a mother and a role model to all the littles in my life.  Please comment or reach out if you have any feedback or strategies that work in your life.  Thank you for reading xoxo. Your Momma shared the story about your friend recently informing you that he has moved on to new friendships.

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The House Baby Groot Will Grow Up With: Part One

As an apartment dweller, the reality is that Baby Groot will likely have a few homes before we settle on the house she truly “grows up in.”  Whilst out thrifting yesterday, I came across a sturdy, functional dollhouse that didn’t particularly warm my heart.  After 24 hours of thinking “why didn’t I drop $15 on this perfect toy?” I figured I should probably just go back and buy it today.   What I didn’t expect was the perfect dollhouse to

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South Austin Thrifting – THRIFT LAND!

This is one of my go-to spots for treasure hunting!  Not only is the clothing selection well organized and super keen, but the way they organize and bulk sell kitchen and children’s items is pretty unconventional in comparison to other places. Location:  512 W Stassney Ln #107A, Austin, TX 78745 (west bound Stassney in the strip mall immediately before hitting South 1st) Parking:  Ample, no shade Cleanliness:  When it comes to sale items, the set up is pristine.  These folks take

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Chipotle Ancho Smoked Chili

2T olive oil 1 pound Ground Beef (I used grass fed 85% lean) 1T Baking Soda 1T Better than Bouillon Beef Flavor 1/4 cup hot water 3T Chili Powder 2T Marjoram 2T Oregano 2T Cumin Seeds 2T Smoked Paprika 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 chopped jalapeño (seeds removed) 1 chopped poblano (seeds removed) 1 dehydrated chipotle pepper seeded and chopped 3 dehydrated Ancho chiles chopped (seeds removed) 1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped 2 cans smoked crushed tomatoes 1

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Acai Green Smoothie Bowl

I have been known to rock some swamp juice on occasion (served best in a craft brewery glass worthy of beer nerd pinky extension). Usually in the summer time I forgo many a meal in exchange for a nutritionally dense slurry of nuts and berries brutally spun into enough roughage to render one’s output green for a day.   When some random hipster on YouTube mentioned having a “smoothie bowl,” needless to say I was intrigued.   Could this be

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Dearest Zo:  Month Four

  Looking back over the months that have passed, I’m curious how I ever lived life without you.  You are the single most fascinating creature I have ever had the priviledge to hold.  Trite, I know, every Mom says that about thier babe.  But every day I see you grow more and more in love with your father and I and I wonder how I ever felt happiness without your presence. Somehow, I made the most perfect human. I am

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Ode to Instant Pot: Fiesta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

When I picked up Momma’s first Instant Pot, the DUO50, I was in my second trimester and obsessed with becoming this amazing Earth mother with a perpetually clean house and an expertly crafted meal on the table at all times even after achieving rock star status in the office. I may never actualize that dream, but, if there was a kitchen gadget that could have a part in that achievement, it would be my Instant Pot. I’m sure I’ll expand

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Week One: She’s a Keeper

Goodness gracious… how has a week flown by already?  It seems like just yesterday we were chilling in the hospital plotting the demise of Little Miss Bedside Bad Manners (a.k.a. “worst nurse ever”). Milestones: Converts breast milk into pea soup-like substances then violently expels out of business end Mimics gestures, some more socially accepted than others Goes cross eyed at Daddy (as if seeing just one of him wasn’t enough) Head bangs like a guitar hero, nipple moshes like an

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Part One: Our Precipitous Birth

Whilst pregnant, I did what a lot of my medical care team and mom friends suggested.  I read the books.  I asked the questions.  I created birth plans and meticulously packed hospital bags that addressed EVERY.Possible.Outcome. The only thing I didn’t plan for is what actually happened. Baby Zo was due on April 20th, 2017.  Per our dating ultrasound, we managed to conceive on July 25th, 2016 (which is also a wild miracle on a whole ‘nuther note that we

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