• Candied choco-walnut chip cookies and milk

    Candied Choco-Walnut Chip Cookies

    I have a slight obsession with cookies. Chocolate chip cookies to be exact. I started making them from scratch when I was in elementary school, but refused to use a real recipe. I invented my own recipes, usually resulting in a puddle of under-baked dough. Over the years, I began to learn what each ingredient contributed and how much of each to add to make delicious cookies. During my pregnancy, I stopped baking (cooking at all, really – morning sickness is no joke) and just recently rediscovered it. One of the first things I made were these Candied Choco-Walnut Chip…

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    Surviving the First Month Postpartum

    Now that Samuel is four months old, I look back at my first month postpartum and realize that “surviving” really is what I was doing. Coming home from the hospital in a new mom daze, I had this tiny human that was depending on me for everything. I had been around babies before, but not 24/7. There was no handing this baby back over to someone else when he cried. Juan and I were very lucky to both have six weeks paternity/maternity leave and we were able to get through that crazy first month together. Having a newborn felt isolating…

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    Why You Won’t See My Baby’s Face on Social Media

    During my pregnancy, I posted endless photos of my bump online. I also clicked “like” on every photo of my friends’ babies that came across my feed. It wasn’t until Juan and I traveled to Spain over Christmas that I gave any thought to what would change once Samuel was born. I still love and adore every photo I see online of my friends’ kids, but after going back and forth so many times, Juan and I made the decision that we were not going to post any pictures of our new baby’s face on social media. Over Christmas, we…

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    Flying While Pregnant? A Carry-On Packing List

    Before living abroad, I used to make meticulous packing lists before any trip. After living in Spain for four years and traveling across Europe every chance I had, I perfected my packing strategy. My detailed lists were a thing of the past and I was especially confident in my carry-on packing skills. All of this changed when I realized I would be flying while pregnant. Fast forward to this past Christmas, when Juan and I thought it would be a great idea to make the long trip to visit family in Spain over the holidays. We had booked the trip…

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    5 Pre-Baby Freezer Meals to Keep Mama Fed

    One of the very best things I did for myself before giving birth was prepping a ton of food, popping it in the freezer, and reaping the glorious benefits of my actions. When I arrived home from the hospital, I was too sore/tired/delirious to even think about what my next meal was going to be. Because I had planned ahead, I was able to grab whatever sounded good to me at that moment from the freezer, throw it in the oven, and love that I barely had to move to enjoy a home cooked meal. I prepped about 10 different…

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    Tips for Choosing a Bilingual Baby Name

    Choosing a baby name is hard. It’s one of the first big decisions you make when you’re pregnant that will affect your kid for the rest of their life. If you name them something totally horrible, you’re in for a lifetime of regret. Maybe their name is so popular that every other child in their class has the same one and they have to write their last name initial on every piece of paper they turn in. Or, it could swing the other way and their name could be so obscure that your kid is never able to find a…