Post by Category : Intentional Parenting

A Year of Clean(er) Eating

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It’s hard to believe but it was a year ago already that we started our journey to clean(er) eating [See how we got started here]. What a difference a year has made!

Overall we have become very intentional with our food choices. We try to buy healthy, whole, minimally processed foods. We avoid additives, preservatives, dyes, refined grains and sugars. Read more

Christmas Traditions

Christmas was so much fun this year. J was a great age to love the lights and ornaments, wrapping paper and boxes.

Christmas morning was an enjoyable time together. His excitement was contagious. Read more

One Year. One Marble.

Dear Son,

I cannot believe that you are one!

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The year flew by with so many milestones and so much growth and development. It was such a joy watching all the changes throughout your first year. Read more

Evolving Sleep

I got together with a group of Mamas the other day to talk about sleep – what works, what doesn’t, the challenges and joys…but mostly…the lack of sleep with little ones in the house. It was a wonderfully candid conversation that was validating and raw. It was reassuring to know that we’re not the only family who has evolving sleeping arrangements. In the last 11 months, sleep has been a constant give and take, ebbing and flowing with milestones, teething, growing, emotions, and desperation. Here is a glimpse of what evolving sleep looks like at our house. Read more

To Whisper Sweet Nothings

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Dear Husband,

Today is our 3rd anniversary and I can’t help but reflect on how much our relationship has changed, especially since having J. We’ve known each other almost 7 years and have seen many ups and downs. This past year has been especially filled with change, adjustments, and compromise. It’s been challenging every step of the way, yet rewarding beyond measure. It has depth and breath and life. It’s sustaining. Truly sustaining. I don’t know where I would be without it. Without you. Read more

Building a Village

281927_10152257824083543_1996863967426229637_nThe other day I read an article about missing the village I never had and it resonated with me. Daily I feel the pull, the desire for communal living, for raising children side by side, for a shoulder to cry on and a friend to laugh with. While the article put words to an emotion so deep within me, it also made me feel so blessed. I am blessed to have a village surrounding me and I am forever grateful for it.

I can’t even begin to truly describe my village. It’s so complex yet so simple. It’s beautiful. It’s love. It’s learning. It’s sharing. It’s there.

Here’s a glimpse of my village. Read more

Embracing Alphabet Soup

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Some days this sends me over the edge. It leaves me frazzled and frustrated and tired. But most days I try to find patience, to see it from a one year old’s perspective, and embrace it as a learning experience. Read more

39 Weeks, 3 Days

39 weeks, 3 days.

The tides are changing and I feel the sand shifting beneath me.

39 weeks, 3 days.

Today marks the day J has grown as long outside the womb as he did within.

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Today I feel the shift, bittersweet. Caught between the tides. Still dependent and deeply intertwined, yet yearning for freedom and independence. Read more

Verdicts In: Amber Teething Necklace

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Everyone has suggestions for teething woes. Frozen teething rings. Ice cubes in mesh holders. Counter pressure. Tylenol. Camilia. Homeopathic teething tablets. Oral gels. In desperation: does whiskey on the gums work?!? Just kidding!!! And now, of course, the amber teething necklace. Read more

Feast!

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J was just shy of 6 months when he had a melt down at Applebee’s while we were eating. I looked at my husband, shrugged my shoulders, reached for a celery stick, and so it began. The start of baby-led weaning. Read more