1 More Reason My Son Is My Role Model

Mother and son looking at each other with admiration. He is my role model.

Most nights (meaning the nights I remember), we answer a fun question from this Q&A A Day journal. I like these cheesy kind of things and taking a moment at the end of each day to reflect. And truthfully, sometimes it’s the only conversation I get to have with my hubby outside the normal day-to-day stuff.

A few months ago, we answered the question “Who is your role model?” Like most of my answers, I quickly wrote my son’s name. He has inspired us on a daily basis to become better people, for him and because of him. Watching the world through his eyes has made me appreciate the little things and has reminded me to slow down and enjoy life. What has been one of my favorite characteristics to witness is his resilience in learning. (In fact, that’s just what I wished for him before I even knew who he was.) Once he realizes that he’s beginning to do something new, he practices it ceaselessly.

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An Open Letter to My Child: It Won’t Be Easy

Dear child,

Don’t you see how much I love you? I would do anything for you, my love. You are the most precious part of life. I created you – I suffered for you – and it was worth every bit of pain to give life to you. It is my greatest treasure to watch you grow. And when you express your love for me, oh my…I can’t even begin to explain the way my heart feels in my chest. 

Mom holding newborn child

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7 Diet Principles You Won’t See on My Blog

7 diet free principles you won't see on my blog

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I hear many assumptions people have of what they expect me to believe regarding food, health, and eating. Most of my nutrition philosophy would probably surprise you (like this article I was quoted in about how I feed my child). So, I thought I would outline what you can expect to see and not see in this space.

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Learning a New Recipe – For Cooking Up Life

I feel like I’m learning a new recipe – for cooking up life.

I have made an editorial calendar for the blog mapped out for October, which was a lot of fun to plan. In between a full-time job, my daily duties, and making sure I’m present for my family, I’m squeezing out as much time as possible to get things running consistently. I’m up early and late working on the content, and I can’t wait to get it out! This is a fun hobby for me, a creative outlet, a place I can share my passion, and hopefully a way I can inspire a healthy relationship with food and eating.

cooking recipe with mom

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Harvey Means “Battle-Worthy” – Our Fight for Texas

Harvey

Harvey monogrammed onesie

It is a name that has spurned my heart with love and joy for the past year.

But this week, I am seeing footage of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and my heart is shattering. To see so much pain, wreckage, and even death surrounding my home state and my son’s name, I am deeply saddened.

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10 Ways to Go Halfsies to Double Your Nutrition!

10 Ways to Go Halfsies to Double Your Nutrition

Through many years of work as a nutrition professional, I’ve learned that not everyone is quick to adopt all of the recommendations for healthy eating. I’ve also learned that that’s fine, because we’re all allowed to have our own personal taste preferences. Our own history with eating, the way we were raised, and our cultural norms influence our palate, and that can still be honored. I work to find ways to meet people in the middle instead of trying to force changes that neither work nor are fun! Eating shouldn’t have to be a chore but rather an experiment.

So, to do this, I often recommend ways to go halfsies with the recommendations. This will help transition toward healthier eating, keeping some of the flavor of your favorite foods while also doubling the nutrition factor. In time, you may decide to go all the way, but even if you don’t, you’re still making a more nutritious choice! Read on for 10 ways you can go halfies to up your nutrition game:

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Friyay Everyday: Celebrating Life Like #YayEveryday

I love the Friyay movement as much as anyone. 👏🏻

Friyay and yayeveryday: Celebrating life

So many good things come on Friday: More time with loved ones, special events like concerts and parties, fun memories, two days off, most people are relaxing and having fun…and it just has good vibes. 💃🏼 Since a young age, we’ve been conditioned to work hard Monday-Friday, then we can kick our heels up and party. 🎉 But what about for those who work weekends? What if they’re off on Monday? Their Monday is likely less “a case of the Mondays” and more like #Monyay. What if someone likes their job, or perhaps it’s their only time to have community with others? Don’t they live with a spirit of #Monyay? My son walked for the first time last week on #Tuesyay, #Wednesyay we danced, and #Thursyay I rocked him to sleep. #Saturyay we slept in and had this most decadent (and healthy!) carrot cake, and #Sunyay we had a fun day at the splash pad.

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I Missed My Son’s First Steps. It Hurts, but I’ll be OK

I missed my son’s first steps. Its the sacrifice of a working mother, providing for your family and fulfilling your personal calling, all while knowing that you might not get to witness every “first” of your baby.

And first steps – that’s a big one. At least everyone has been making it feel that way.

It’s the question we’re constantly answering: “Is he walking yet?”. We’ve been cautious to not rush the milestones, knowing he would grow quickly and that he would eventually achieve them all. The only thing we rush is trying to pay attention, watching his developments and learning unfold, not being distracted or taking him for granted. Despite all this, we missed his first steps.

first steps date card and shoes

Honestly, it hurts a little.

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