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happy fourth of july!

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July 4th, 2014 · Print Print

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Obviously I had to break out an old pic of my flag shorts.  They are thisclose to fitting me again post-baby!  Hope everyone has safe travels or a low-key, relaxed staycation these next few days!

In other news, I need some advice.  Baby Bear either sleeps well at night or takes naps — not both.  What do I do?  For weeks, he’d sleep 8pm to 8am only waking up once or twice (amazing!) but refused to nap during the day.  Lately, he takes a long nap in the morning most days (like, up to 3 hours) but won’t sleep at night anymore!  We put him down at 8pm and he’s up again at 11pm, then 1am, then 3:30am, then 6:30am for good (BRUTAL).  I feel like he slept better as a newborn than he has lately!

Anybody have any ideas for me?  Will this just pass with time?  Daytime naps are great because they give me a chance to work/straighten up/answer emails, but nighttime sleep is crucial too!

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baked quinoa and eggs

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July 3rd, 2014 · Print Print

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I haven’t always been a breakfast person, but I find that as I get older (and, more importantly, busier), breakfast has become my favorite meal of the day. 

Let’s be clear: I’ve always loved eating breakfast foods.  I regularly go out for dinner and order omelettes and bagels when they’re on the menu, but somehow eating a big meal first thing in the morning has never been my thing. 

That changed a lot when I got pregnant — to avoid morning sickness, the first thing I’d do after waking up was to make myself a few slices of toast for breakfast.  And eventually, it became a bit of a habit — after the first trimester was over, I still found myself craving something healthy and delicious in the mornings.

And this is the perfect recipe for those cravings — it’s a boost of protein, vitamins and whole grains in a single dish.  It’s a yummy, nutritious way to start your day! 

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Baked Quinoa and Eggs

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked according to package instructions)
4 cups spinach leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chives
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375.  In a medium saucepan, saute the spinach and bell pepper in olive oil, adding Parmesan cheese, sea salt and ground pepper to taste (approximately 5-8 minutes).  In a medium-sized baking dish, spread cooked quinoa across the bottom of the dish, and then top with the spinach and bell pepper mixture.  Carefully break four eggs on top of the spinach mixture, keeping the egg yolks intact. 

Bake until the egg whites are set, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chives and additional ground pepper.  Serve warm.

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first skincare routine

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July 2nd, 2014 · Print Print

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A few weeks before Bear arrived, a package arrived on our doorstep.  Inside was a big box of baby skincare products from Noodle & Boo — which, I soon learned, is *the* luxury skincare baby product line.  Like, if you are buying baby skincare products at Nieman Marcus and Saks, this is the line you are buying.

They were totally beautiful and I hadn’t really stocked up on baby bath stuff yet — so I figured I’d try them out.  I’m very careful about what I put on his skin, and these satisfied all my requirements: hypoallergenic, great ingredients, and seemed like a quality product. 

Bear didn’t like baths at first, so for our first two months, our bathtime ritual was more “please stop screaming, please stop screaming, please stop screaming” — not exactly a fun evening activity.  I mostly tried to get them over with as quickly as possible, and spaced them out as much as I could.  But eventually, as the weeks passed, he started to get used to it, and even sort of enjoy getting a nice warm bath.  (It doesn’t sound so bad, right?  I wish someone would give one to mom!)

So finally, one day, we had a bath that was completely without tears, and I finally thought for half a second about the products we were using.  And I realized that I really liked them!  He had never had a reaction to them, his skin had been really great (people commented on how quickly his baby acne cleared up — he only had it for a few days!), they lathered well, but rinsed off easily — all around, they’d been terrific.

And since his bath had gone so well, I decided to go a step further. 

I broke out the baby lotion.

And oh.  my.  gosh. 

I thought I liked the body wash, but the baby lotion is *amazing* in a way that basically transcends words. 

It’s so soft, and it makes his skin so smooth.  It has this incredibly delicious, very mild scent.  It literally takes your sweet, clean baby up to an eleven in adorableness.  I loved, loved, loved it.

So if you’re the type that goes for luxury baby skincare products (and, by luxury: it’s $14, so not exactly breaking the bank), please buy the lotion, because you will totally love it.  You can thank me later!

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