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Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies

Sam loves to cook and bake with me and we recently got a request for Almond Butter Cookies. My mom gave me this recipe and they turned out perfect! Ingredients: 1 stick butter softened 1 egg room temperature 1 cup sugar (I used succinate) 1 cup almond butter 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp baking […]

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Another BOY On The Way

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It’s official… We are having another little BOY! I think the whole town was convinced I was having a girl and there was a chance of it of course, but I’ve been told by the palm readers, gypsies and psychics, I’ll be having boys.  So far they are right. Sam is going to be a […]

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Selfish Enough

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Oh, it feels good to be writing here today! As  you can imagine I’ve been swept up in joys of motherhood, absolutely adoring every little move Sam makes. He’s now seven months old, completely aware of absolutely everything around him. He’s soaking up the world and I love joining him in that exercise. He uses […]

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What No One Tells You About Babies

What No One Tells You About Babies

The moment you get pregnant you are bombarded by books to read and preparations to make for the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Everything from what to do for morning sickness to breathing techniques for labor to breastfeeding tips and tricks… But what I’ve figured out, is that no one mentions anything about […]

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Sam Leonard Is Here!

Sam Leonard Is Here

Sam Leonard was born on his daddy’s birthday, January 2nd at 9:07 a.m.  He was 4 pounds, 18 1/2 inches and healthy as can be! In our first two weeks together I have learned he loves mama’s milk, long naps and to flash his big grin to everyone who holds him.  He’s got a super […]

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The Kind Of Parent I Want To Be

The Kind Of Parent I Want To Be

Excitement is in the air. My belly is growing. The weeks are rolling by. Baby Alvarez will be here in just about six weeks! It has been such a beautiful pregnancy.  I have felt great and enjoyed so much peace and joy.  The baby and I talk constantly and I feel like I’m getting to […]

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Celebrating Six Amazing Years

Celebrating Six Amazing Years

Today Derek and I celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary! We met in Tucson through a mutual friend who set us up on a blind date.  I had been back in the States for a little over a year.  Before that I had been living in Nairobi, Kenya volunteering at a baby orphanage.  Needless to say […]

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Freedom Is Your Birthright

Freedom Is Your Birthright

So on this day that so many are reciting lines like… “Thank you for fighting for our freedom” I really cannot let it go.  I’m not free because I’m an American. I’m not free because my government says I am. I’m not free because the military is constantly at war. Freedom is my birthright and […]

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We’re Gonna Be Parents

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Now I know why I was SO tired when I wrote my last post… We found out a week later that I was pregnant! Derek and I are over the moon. I’ve spent the last few weeks setting records for nap time (although Charlie Parker is hard to beat), avoiding talking about food, and smiling […]

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Enough Of The Lip Service

Enough Of The Lip Service

Over the last few months it feels like I’ve encountered more and more of this amazing ability, that allows people to be in agreement, saying the right sounding words, but later showing their true selves in action. It made me stop and ask, where am I doing this in MY life? I’ve been going through […]