• Diapers and Potty Training,  Lifestyle,  Money Savers

    The Best Cloth Diapers for a Big Baby

    Before Benji was born I did some research into cloth diapering. I was mostly interested in it because I had heard cloth diapering could save you a lot of money and that was something I was all for. I personally don’t want to spend money on something my baby will poop in and I’ll throw away. Especially since it disposable diapers aren’t such a great thing for the environment either. After deciding I was going to give it a try, I spent a lot of time reading reviews of cloth diapers trying to pick which ones to order. Ultimately, I settled on trying six brands which I have listed from my favorite to my least favorite: Alva Baby Grovia ONE Bumgenious Thirsties AIO Rumparooz Blueberry My favorite are by far the Alva Baby diapers because I find they’re the least bulky but also the largest. Benji has some serious thunderthighs that…

  • Lifestyle,  Recipes

    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

    When you’re feeling down, what better comfort food is there than chocolate and peanut butter? This chocolate peanut butter pie is, of course, gluten free and dairy free and very easy to make. It is sweet without being overly sweet so the bitterness of the chocolate can still come through. This pie can be made with a chocolate swirl filling as shown in the picture or with an entirely peanut butter filling. It takes all of 20 minutes to make and is delicious with whipped coconut cream or whipped cream if you can eat it. Ingredients:For the crust:1 cup of almond meal1/2 cup of cocoa powder1/4 cup of coconut sugar6 tbsp. (equal to 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) of melted coconut oil For the filling:1 cup of peanut butter1/2 cup + 1 tbsp of maple syrup (omit for an all peanut butter filling)1 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp + 1 tbsp…

  • Lifestyle,  Postpartum Experiences,  Relationships,  Uncategorized,  Work/Life Balance

    Post-Partum Depression: Admitting I Need Help

    At Benji’s 9 month check up, the pediatrician had me fill out a form about his development: what he could do, how he was sleeping, what he was eating, etc. The form also asked a few questions about how I was feeling. Probably for the first time in my life, I answered those questions honestly. Yes, I do argue with my husband more. Yes, I am more irritable than I used to be. Yes, I feel like there is more tension in our house. Yes, I do have more bad days than good days. Admitting these things was hard because I don’t like to acknowledge my weaknesses. I think I was able to admit them on the form because I didn’t have to say it out loud. I just had to check off boxes. It’s especially hard as a new mom to admit that you’re not totally over the moon…

  • Chores and Errands,  Lifestyle,  Work/Life Balance

    How One Week at Home Made Me Feel Human Again

    This school year has been a real struggle for me. I feel like I am never on top of my grading or my lesson planning (because I’m not) and the house and my life are gradually dissolving into a big pile of chaos. Last week, though, something amazing happened. I had a week off work where there was no traveling and no holiday to host or cook for. Every other time I’ve had a break from work it has been over a holiday break where we are either traveling or hosting people at our house. Whatever the occasion, it invariably ended up being more stressful than work in some ways. Last week, I had nothing to prepare and no where to go. Benji and I spent the week sleeping late (7:30!) which was amazing and the first step in making me feel human again. After that extended weekend where he woke up…

  • Lifestyle,  Recipes

    Gluten free, Dairy Free Coconut Carrot Muffins

    I love muffins but being gluten and dairy free limits my options. While there are some brands out there that make decent gluten and dairy free muffins, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh baked goods in your house. With it being winter and the sun setting early, I decided we needed something tropical and bright to eat. I developed these Sunshine Muffins because they have a bright, fruity taste and are perfect for breakfast. Or a snack. Or dessert! They’re filled with fruity goodness: carrot, coconut, pineapple, apricot, golden raisins, and orange zest and fill your house with a wonderful aroma while they cook. Not to mention, they’re easy to make! Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 20-25 minutes Yeild: 12 large muffins Ingredients: 2 cups almond meal 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp baking powder…

  • Parenting,  Sleep Training,  Teething

    Why We Should All Be in Awe of Single Moms

    It’s been a little longer than usual since my last post. It was a crazy weekend of very little sleep. No sleep means my brain can’t function enough to write. My husband had a piece premiering this past weekend in Dallas so he left at three in the morning last Thursday to fly down to Texas until yesterday. Thankfully, my sister was able to come in to town for a visit to take care of Benji while I went to work which saved us a ton of money on childcare and provided us with a scrapbook worth of adorable auntie/baby pictures. While Benji had a great time during the day with my sister, he had some really rough nights while Daddy was away. Since he’s getting his top front teeth, Benji has been waking up more frequently than usual. Before Nick went down to Texas, we had started to give…

  • Lifestyle,  Recipes

    Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pesto Pizza

    Having IBS, in my case, means no gluten and dairy. This is a huge sacrifice for me because my favorite foods are bread and cheese. It also means no pizza. Long Island has great pizza and I can’t have any of it. Unless it’s a gluten free, dairy free version. Doesn’t sound appetizing, does it? Yet, every Friday night, like so many Americans, we have pizza. Gluten free, dairy free pizza. In making my pizza, I take some short cuts. I am not a Pinterest mom. I don’t have time to make everything from scratch and make it all look perfect. I do, however, still want things to taste good. I have tried probably every gluten free pizza crust out there and have a couple favorites. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix ($3.89 at Target, follow the link to find ingredients and nutrition information). I…

  • Lifestyle,  Parenting,  Work/Life Balance

    Support Networks for Working Moms

    After becoming a mom, I noticed there are a million sites dedicated to working moms. The common theme across all of them is that working moms have it tough and we need to lean on each other for help and encouragement. I have read countless articles about the money I would potentially lose by staying home with my kids for even a few years, the challenges of pumping at work, the exhaustion of going to work after being up all night, the psychological benefits to children of working moms, the list goes on and on. All of them encouraging me in some way shape or form to be a working mom because some how it will either benefit me or my children. While the network for working moms seems endless, there seems to be far less out there for stay at home moms. Why is that? I think the difference…

  • Chores and Errands,  Lifestyle,  Work/Life Balance

    Motherlodes and Motherboards

    In a computer, the board all the circuits that make the computer run are mounted is called the motherboard. Go figure. It makes sense such a thing would be called the motherboard. After all, isn’t the mother the person to whom all the details of the entire household’s lives get attached to? Mom keeps track of the baby’s diaper changes, feedings, bath schedules, and bed times, Daddy’s meetings, work hours, mealtimes and downtimes, the laundry, cooking, cleaning and general chaos. If you’re a working mom there’s a whole other world that’s added to that list. No wonder a large haul of something is called a motherlode. Who else could handle it? This is why, just yesterday, when I was out running errands returning baby gates (again) and broken breastpumps (ugh) I found myself staring at an array of food in the grocery section of Target and felt my motherboard fizzle…

  • Parenting,  Sleep Training

    Why I Am Not Sleep Training

    Last night was a rough night. Benji woke up at 2:30 instead of 12:30 like he usually does. Typically, his schedule goes something like this: 6:30 he is asleep, 9:30 or 10 he wakes up to eat and goes back to sleep, 12:30 he wakes up, gets a diaper change, eats and sleeps again. 3:30 he wakes up again to eat. Yes, he’s 8 months old and wakes up three times a night to eat. Sometimes it’s less. I think it’s because he saves up his eating for when I come home from work. Apparently it’s called reverse cycling. He is also one of the rare babies who sleeps worse after starting solid foods. Our pediatrician told us it is uncommon but happens. Last night, Benji slept through his 12:30 wake up and so at 2:30 when he woke up we changed his diaper because otherwise it leaks all over…