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Motherhood: The first three months (A long-lost post!)

tags: baby, motherhood
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Before you read this, I need to set it up for you. I started writing this particular blog post almost a whole year ago! I never finished it and therefore never posted it to the blog. Last night, however, I was perusing my archives and realized I had not one but about a half-dozen, half-written blog posts from my early days of motherhood. I had it in mind to regularly update readers about my encounters as a new mom but somewhere along the way, I lost interest in the idea and abruptly stopped. After uncovering these long-lost posts, however, I was surprised at how relevant and interesting I still found the topics. And it was nice to go back in time and hear the me of a year ago talk about new motherhood. I know I turned to mom blogs and the internet in general for answers and guidance when I was first starting out as a mama, so if these posts help even just one of you, I think they’re worth sharing…even if they’re a year old! So, without further ado, here’s my take on the first three moths of motherhood: Read more…

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from → Baby, Love
Happy Mother’s Day + #worldstoughestjob
MAY 8, 2015

Happy weekend all, especially all you mama’s! Hope it’s special. A friend sent me this video with the subject line: Thinking of you. How sweet, right? Thanks, Meghann! Thinking of you too. Mom’s really are THE BEST! -xo

p.s. two YouTube posts in a row? Don’t worry this is not the new normal.

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from → Baby, Family, Holidays, Love, Weekend
The YouTube Video that Made Me Cry
APRIL 22, 2015
tags: babies, children, love, Mother’s Day, motherhood

I am not one to turn to mush very easily. Yes, sad things make me sad and happy things make me happy but rarely do I fall to a puddle of tears as a result of either. So when I found myself uncontrollably blubbering at my computer, I knew I had to share this touching video of young children picking their mothers out from a line-up…while blindfolded!!

It’s a promotional ad for the jewelry brand, Pandora. Here’s how they describe it:

“As a small experiment of women’s uniqueness and the special bond between a mother and child, we met up with 6 wonderful women, and asked them to let us blindfold their most precious loved ones. Their children!”

My heartstrings have been sufficiently tugged. -xo

P.S. This post is NOT sponsored by any company, I just really loved this ad.

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from → Baby, Family, General, Love, Video
Baby Bites: Chickpea Falafel & Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
JANUARY 9, 2015
tags: Baby Bites, Baby led weaning, BLW, recipe, vegetarian
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New year, new series here on Love+Cupcakes! It’s about time, don’t you think? In the spirit of fresh starts, I’m happy to introduce a new column: Baby Bites– baby friendly recipes that are healthy, delicious and made for little hands to pick up all on their own. First up, Chickpea Falafel with Tzatziki.

***A quick disclaimer about using my baby food recipes: This may go without saying but as author of this blog, I feel a sense of responsibility to my readers regarding the content that you find here. I would like to note that I am a new mom and by no means an expert on child rearing in any way, shape or form. Furthermore, I am not a nutritionist nor a pediatrician so please do your due diligence before feeding your infant anything. It’s important to make sure that she is ready, that your pediatrician has given the green light and that you’re introducing foods that are safe and age appropriate. The recipes that I am sharing here are foods that I have given to my own daughter. Okay, enough serious stuff….go check it out!

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from → Baby, Baby Bites, Eat
Yes, Please
JANUARY 6, 2015
tags: Amy Poehler, books
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Have you read Amy Poehler’s, Yes, Please? It’s fantastic. I read it in book form first and then listened to the audio version on Audible (You can try it for free!). Amy reads it herself and I HIGHLY recommend it. There’s something so great about hearing her speak her own words. She knows best how to deliver each line and I got so much more out of it the second time around. Plus she has special guests read their own chapters (i.e. her mom and co-stars. I don’t want to give too much away!). I knew how funny Amy Poehler was before reading her book, but I had no idea how insightful she can be. She shares wisdom on her career, motherhood, being a woman, getting divorced and life in general with such sincerity and foresight. She has so many good quotes, I kept having “aha” moments as I listened along. The chapter on her two boys was my favorite. She speaks of them with such warm reverence. You can hear her heart overflowing with love for them. She made me so excited to be a mom. I’m pretty sure I teared up at least once.

There’s so much good stuff going on in this book– clearly I loved it and I think you will too.

(psssst! listen to the audio version, you won’t be sorry!!) –xo

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from → Art & Design
Cool baby shades
JANUARY 5, 2015
tags: Babiators, baby, sunglasses
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For being just 9 months, Cielo has quite the sunglasses collection. More than I have even! When you have a new baby, these things can’t be helped I guess. She’s gotten most as gifts. And while they’re all absolutely adorable, many fall off or pinch in strange places and look completely uncomfortable on Cielo’s tiny face.

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But recently, we discovered Babiators and they fit like a charm! Plus Cielo seems to like them and wears them without any fuss. I, of course, think they’re crazy cute on and would make Cielo wear them all day long if she let me– who doesn’t love a baby wearing glasses?!

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As if cuteness wasn’t reason enough, every pair of Babiators comes with a “Lost or Broken” guarantee! That means they’ll replace your kids pair of glasses if they break or get lost! Say what?! Doesn’t get much better than that.

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To see more eyewear styles and colors for your little ones, check out Babiators.com.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Babiators. All opinions, words, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow me to continue to create new content for Love+Cupcakes.

7 COMMENTS
from → Baby, Fashion
2015
JANUARY 1, 2015
tags: 2015, baby, cielolove, New Year
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Hello New Year. I’m excited for you. You are the year that my daughter will walk, say her first word, and turn 1. You are the year that I will go back to work, change my trajectory and set new career goals. You are the year that I will celebrate 5 years of being married to the man the I love madly and unconditionally. You are the year that I have been looking forward to for the last 12 months and I welcome you with a warm embrace. Be good to me please, I have big plans for you.

Happy New Year friends! Cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

(picture above taken when Cielo, our most treasured memory of 2014, turned 6 months)

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from → Baby, Family, Holidays, Love
From the bar: Lemon Lavender Sodas
MARCH 8, 2013
tags: drink, food, lavender, lemon, recipe
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We made it to the end of our unofficial picnic week! As I write this, however, there is hail falling out of the sky! So much for picnic weather! At any rate, here’s a fun twist on lemonade for whenever the mood strikes, picnic or not: lavender simple syrup + fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice + a splash of soda water. This sparkling lemonade is easy to make, super refreshing and just surprising enough on the palate, that it makes you feel like you’re drinking something really special (mostly because you are, duh). BONUS! Add your favorite vodka, gin, or liqueur and you’ve got yourself a boozy lemonade. Thank you for all of your kind comments this week! Many of you are knee-deep in snow, so I’m glad I could bring a little spring your way. -xo

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20 COMMENTS
from → Drink, Eat
From the kitchen: Roasted Beet Salad with Aged Balsamic & Goat Cheese
MARCH 7, 2013
tags: food, gluten-free, picnic, recipe, salad, vegetarian
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Beets. I love them. Roasted especially. But the addition of spicy arugula, aged balsamic and goat cheese (or feta!), and I’m over the moon. It’s my favorite kind of salad. And it’s great for picnicking as you can dress it ahead of time and not worry about it getting soggy or limp (soggy & limp is kinda already part of its nature…in a good way.) I packaged this salad in individual 4 ounce mason jars but I also love these small leak-proof kraft boxes from Garnish. I hope you’ve been enjoying my favorite picnic foods this week. I have one more for you tomorrow- lemon lavender sodas, vodka optional! -xo

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from → Eat

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