Monday, May 11, 2015

My First Six Months Of Being a Mom



This Mother's Day is especially meaningful to  me - its the first Mother's Day in which I am actually a momma.  Before I summarize what the first 6 months of motherhood has been like for me, I want to give a shout out to my mother.  Mostly I want to thank her for being my biggest fan and largest supporter.   I would not be who I am today without her.  As I take this new journey into motherhood she has been along my side the entire way.

My mom has eagerly awaiting to be a grandmother ever since my husband and I married.  To her disappointment we waited to expand our family for a while, 7 years after our marriage to be exact.  For the first several years after our marriage we lived in New York City and focused on our careers and tried to travel frequently, both of which we did not feel we could do once we brought a child into the world.  For several years the topic of children came up, but neither of us were every ready at the same time. I have to admit I was scared and selfish. I was afraid of what I would have to give up once a child was born.

Is there ever a perfect time?  The answer is No.  I had always dreamed of having several kiddos, but when it came down to starting this journey I was never ready. After moving to the slightly slower paced city of Atlanta and realizing my biological clock was not getting any younger I finally gave the green light - I was ready to start trying for a family.

A few months and a miscarriage later I was pregnant.  To be honest I had always dreaded pregnancy due to the uncertainty of how I would feel, but I was pleasantly surprised.  When I look back at my pregnancy, I think of it has one the absolute best times of my life. The excitement and preparation for the new family member growing inside you leaves a constant warm and fuzzy feeling.  My approach to nesting during my pregnancy was to travel.  Throughout the summer months of pregnancy I was going somewhere almost every weekend - from New York to the beach.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Double Dipped Chocolate Yogurt Strawberries

A fruity sweet treat with a double coating of chocolate and yogurt.

We got a new look.  Check out our header!

When the child is sick - the mommy blogger stays home from her "day job" and spends the much needed time revamping the blog. Still a work in progress but we will get there.

Spring is here!! Which means lots of pollen (blah) AND peak Strawberry season.  Here in Atlanta, the harvest season for strawberries is April 5 to June 10.  To find out your area's peak season and locations for nearby farms check out Pickyourown.org.  In addition to information on strawberries, you can also find out numerous other fruit and vegetable crop peak seasons.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trip to Portland + Healthy Weight Tips


As I write this I am on a flight back from Portland, Oregon.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a conference geared towards Weight Management professionals in the beautiful city.  The conference was hosted by the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (a group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

The conference theme was Blaze a New Trail - Explore, Engage, Evolve.  I followed the conference theme as I explored the sights of the city, engaged with other weight management professionals and companies, and evolved my knowledge on how to counsel and educate my clients to a healthier weight.  Check out some of highlights!

Exploring Portland  
This was the view from a park located across from my hotel.  I spent many hours outside enjoying this view while eating meals and meeting with some colleagues.  The weather was absolutely perfect - 70's and sunny.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quinoa Marsala



About a month ago I was on a huge marsala kick.  I tried to make anything and everything into a marsala dish.  I started with a slow cooker chicken marsala (funny store below about this).  After a few tries at the chicken marsala I got the idea for the Quinoa Marsala recipe.  

My husband is always the taste tester for new recipes.  Sometimes he approves and sometimes he doesn't.  He couldn't get enough of this recipe.  Many of my clients are not a fan of the whole grain, quinoa due to the bold nutty flavor.  This recipe will help you overcome the fear of the quinoa flavor. The slightly sweet flavor of the marsala blends beautifully with the quinoa flavor.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms


Who says you need to add flour to your peanut butter cookie recipe?

Not this blogger.

Who says you need to add plain butter to your peanut butter cookie recipe?

Not me.

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