Classic pregnancy comfort foods

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Check out Classic Pregnancy Comfort Foods by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com I've had a major sweet tooth this entire pregnancy but I've tried to satisfy it with healthy pregnancy smoothie recipes. For obvious reasons, it is not recommended to give in to every pregnancy food craving but sometimes your body is screaming at you for something specific and it's hard to ignore. While I was daydreaming about all my food cravings this week, I created a recipe collection of classic Read More... {Read More...}

Prenatal ultrasounds can detect congenital heart defects

February has been declared American Heart Month.

I was recently asked, "what's with all the ultrasounds? Is there something wrong your baby?" After giving it some thought and the question coinciding with February being American Heart Month, I'll share why I had five ultrasounds while pregnant with my first daughter and have had almost that many to date during this pregnancy. My husband and I both have congenital heart defects. His malformed aorta was diagnosed at infancy resulting in open heart surgery as a child. My atrial septal defect Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for the transition from only child to sibling

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So it happened. It took a full 32 weeks but it finally happened. My six year old daughter told me she knew I wouldn't have time for her when the new baby arrives and she wasn't going to need me anymore. Sure, that sounds like something a six year old might say to brag about her newfound maturity and ability to do more things on her own like tying her shoes before school, packing her backpack, and reading bedtime stories. But that's not what she meant. She has been talking to her kindergarten Read More... {Read More...}

Healthy pregnancy smoothie recipes

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Check out Healthy pregnancy smoothies and juices by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com It's true, my instagram feed is filled with more sweets than healthy snacks lately. At almost eight months pregnant I am still not that excited by food...unless it's chocolate or something super sugary. I've done my best to make healthier choices and avoid the sugary snacks and in doing that have turned to fruit and smoothies because I just can't seem to beat this pregnancy sweet tooth. I created a Read More... {Read More...}

Inspiring Role Model Miss California Marina Inserra, “Girls can be anything they want to be…”

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My daughter has been intrigued by animals her entire life. Before she was a year old she loved visiting local zoos and aquariums to see the animals. She visited SeaWorld as an infant and was in awe of the marine animals. Just over five hours from SeaWorld San Diego, we found ourselves visiting often. Her love for marine animals turned into an educational interest when she started talking and asking hundreds of questions about animals. Whether we are whale watching in Southern California, Read More... {Read More...}

One fish, two fish, pink fish or blue fish? It’s a…(gender reveal)

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Since announcing our baby news, I've been counting the days to our ultrasound appointment to find out the gender of the baby. My husband, who is 99% more intuitively correct  than I, my daughter, and relatives all were sure we were having a baby boy. Out of simple defiance, I decided we were having a girl. We truly did not have a preference and just hoped for a healthy baby at the ultrasound but the gender reveal certainly was exciting news. One fish, two fish, pink fish or blue Read More... {Read More...}