Dear Me, Eight Years Ago


Hi, Maia. This is future Maia from 2016. You’ve just had your first baby in 2007--a little girl named Lynnea. I hope you don’t mind me taking a few … [Continue reading]

Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie


I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients … [Continue reading]

Wally World or Bust

Young family with little girls enjoying time at fun fair, baby eating roll, mother eating popsicle, amusement park

With summer vacation in full swing, parents across the country are, come hell or high water, busy making memories with their children. Like Clark … [Continue reading]

Veggie Puree

There is a real struggle with eating veggies. Now that I am responsible for feeding this tiny baby, I say to myself, “Am I feeding her right? Am I … [Continue reading]

Best Parenting Hashtags


A few months ago, my daughter asked me what my favorite hashtag was when I was growing up. I just stared at her. How do I explain that there were no … [Continue reading]

Food Substitutions for Baby (and You)

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We no longer live in a “meat and potatoes” era. Many families have opted out of meats, gluten, and other foods out of choice. Some have had to opt out … [Continue reading]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

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Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it … [Continue reading]

The Benefits of Buttermilk

Homemade Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits Ready to Eat

I shared a recipe for homemade artisanal butter with you in a previous post, which got me to thinking of also sharing with you the incredibly varied … [Continue reading]

Turning Two


When my parents or friends of mine say that the time with your child goes by so fast, they weren’t lying. It sure does. Or, I should say, “it has!” My … [Continue reading]

DIY Project: Magnetic Slime


Well, it is officially that time of year for chilling out, relaxing, and figuring out ways to keep the kids happy, busy, and occupied on those … [Continue reading]