Getting Into a Healthy Routine

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Like most women, I’m my own worst critic. So while most (if not all) of the people I’ve come into contact with over the last year and a half would argue that I’m healthy – or even fit – I haven’t been too happy with my appearance for a while. Since moving to North Carolina in August of 2013, my weight has done some pretty serious yo-yoing. I gained a whopping 20 lbs, lost a bit, gained a bit back, lost some more. It has put my self-esteem on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, so I decided that it’s finally time to stop being lazy and really do something about it.  Continue reading

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Feeding Wars| 6 Brawl-Worthy Things NO Mother Wants to Hear

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Mama, Mama, Mama… we need to have a talk. And since the subject of feeding our babies is so touchy for most of us, maybe you should make a cup of chamomile tea, grab a seat, and take a few deep breaths. Continue reading

Review | Bulu Box (& Get 2 Free Boxes!)


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We all know I’m a fan of subscription boxes, so I was excited to learn about Bulu Box and try one out! For anyone out there who has getting fit and healthy as a New Year’s resolution, this would be a great (and affordable) gift to yourself! I love the idea of using a subscription box service to help you stay motivated toward your long-term fitness goals! Continue reading

Baby Update | Re-Admit Days 1&2

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On Monday (October 27th) my sweet Ant had an appointment with his GI specialist. The appointment was to go over the labs that were drawn the previous week, to re-check his bilirubin levels, to get a few genetic labs, and for a weight check. Ant had gained six ounces within the week, but Dr. Fortgang was not impressed with this. She said he should have gained more weight by now and even though he wasn’t losing weight it was still alarming. His bilirubin level was 1.9 (the previous week it was 1.6 and the week before, 1.3) which showed her that something was definitely wrong with his liver. Dr. Fortgang said that she would have his bili level checked again and if it wasn’t better she wanted to re-admit him. So, his blood was drawn and we went home to wait. That evening we received a phone call from his nurse who told us that his bilirubin was a 1.8. We could either bring him into the hospital and admit him in order to get everything done as quickly as possible, or we could schedule appointments over the next couple weeks. We opted to admit him. Continue reading

Happiness is a Warm Pizza (& a Glass of Sauv Blanc)

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It’s been 10 days since I’ve had gluten and I’m not gonna lie to you: it’s been hard. I love – and I mean love – to eat. I went to culinary school, guys. I like my food. So it’s been really tough for me to give up gluten, since it’s in almost everything I like. (Living in NC + going out to eat gluten-free = no fried pickles. What’s the point of living in NC if you can’t eat fried pickles??) And don’t even get me started on giving up beer. It’s pumpkin beer season, you guys. WORST. TIMING. EVER.  Continue reading

The Frustrations of Being Undiagnosed

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I guess I’ve always been sick a lot. Growing up, I seemed to get strep throat every single year. When I got mono in the 8th grade, I was sick for nearly 3 months. When I get a cold, or the flu, or even a bruise, it seems to take my body a pretty ridiculous amount of time to heal. But, despite the doctor appointments and the hospital visits and the blood tests, I still don’t have answers. Continue reading

5 Things You Forgot Before Applying Makeup

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Hey, I understand busy. We all want to get things done as fast as possible, but sometimes when it comes to your health and beauty–the risks just aren’t worth it. We’ve all probably forgot these five things from time to time, but send this to your friends to make sure they don’t get some strange fungi. Continue reading