Quick and Easy Homemade Guacamole


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I love avocados.  A little salt and a sprinkle of lime juice and I’ll eat it right out of the skin with a spoon!  It’s one of my favorite parts of some of my favorite sushi rolls.  If I somehow manage to have avocado in the house but no bananas, I’ll add it to my smoothies.  When I found out in culinary school that I was going to learn how to make real guacamole, I was super excited!

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Babies Are Expensive But So Is Pregnancy


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You always hear about how expensive babies are.  Hundreds of dollars a week or two in diapers and formula.  They grow like weeds and you’re constantly having to buy them new clothes because the clothes you bought last week don’t fit them anymore.  You know what you DON’T hear about?  How expensive pregnancy is.

Don’t get me wrong…I have had it pretty easy.  As a Veteran, the VA is covering all of my medical expenses as well as providing me with coupons to get discounts on basic necessities and a breast pump (apparently a really good one from what I’ve been told).  I am also very lucky in the fact Continue reading

Morning Sickness Is A Bitch


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I got hit with morning sickness on the daily.  I’m very confident that I also got a combo of morning sickness and the flu because I was down and out so much that I ended up using all of my PTO.

Something that most people talk about happening AFTER you have your baby is that you can expect to pee your pants whenever you cough, sneeze, laugh, or jump.  What these people DON’T tell you is that this starts during pregnancy.  I was peeing my pants almost every time I threw up.  However I learned a quick trick that came in real handy for me. Continue reading

Food Should Be Fuel Right


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I heard a speaker talk about how she has her moments when she allows herself to binge and indulge.  She said, “I’m a human being, being human.” (Thank you Tulin Emre for that little nugget).  A lot of what she said today was amazing and powerful and all the tears weren’t just because of the pregnancy hormones.

A couple of days ago, I was watching some Instagram stories from another amazing speaker that I admire and was catching them right before they disappeared.  I’m talking about the fact that the time of when she posted them said “1d” and were almost gone!  She was talking about a common phrase that she hears daily and what she said really got me thinking about Continue reading

When I Found Out I Was Pregnant


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I remember it clear as day.

November 7th, we were sitting on the couch that evening watching something on tv when we got an email from one of the officiants in the county saying that she had availability to marry us on Saturday, November 11th.  We were so excited!  We got the date that we wanted.  We both have terrible memories so we figured a date like 11/11 would be easy to remember.  Plus it’s Veteran’s Day…I’m a vet and he’s active duty…seems so perfect right!
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