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3 Dessert Recipes I Perfected During Quarantine

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Happy National Dessert Day! I know I am not alone in saying that I never baked as much as I did during the winter phase of quarantine. During the coldest days, it was the indoor activity of choice for my boys, and they are the best taste testers. It gave me the gift of ironing out any kinks in my all-time crowd favorites. Here are the 3 dessert recipes I perfected during quarantine: Advertisements…

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Why We Decided To Have A Third Baby

Why We Decided To Have A Third Baby

When you tell most people you’re having your first baby, they typically say, “congratulations!” When you have your second baby, it’s usually the same. When you’re having your third, you might hear “I got a guy” or questions along the lines of “was it planned,” or even a “you’re insane.” I have to acknowledge the privilege I’ve been granted in life to be able to grow our family. While it took years for us to have our first child, we’ve…

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Friday Finds

Some Fridays feel like one and some don’t (especially when in quarantine) but today is one of the best kind of Fridays. First off, it’s July and summer is giving us all some much needed life. Also, there are some pretty amazing sales this weekend that we can skip crowds and wearing masks to shop right here. I also had to share a sweet piece about giving compliments that really resonated with me on a few levels, especially as a…

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On A Personal Note

On A Personal Note

June 2020 has been a long year. You may have noticed that I paused publishing in this space. To be honest, I was overwhelmed in many ways, and it just did not feel right for me to continue to share my regularly scheduled content. Like many of you, I muted myself and listened, learned, protested, and donated. Most of all, I reflected on what I can do beyond what I have been doing, and took action. I ended up taking…

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The Best Racially Diverse Baby And Toddler Books

The Best Racially Inclusive Baby And Toddler Books

Since many of you were so interested in this book and it went out of stock, I wanted to follow up and share some more books that that are racially diverse that my children love, and a couple that I’ve ordered. My daughter is only 15 months old, and her current favorite books are from this Little Feminist series. I love that these books include beautiful images and stories of women of all colors. Every time we finish one, Raquel…

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How I Talk To My Children About Race

How I Talk To My Children About Race

I will never forget the first time my blonde son asked me why my skin is brown. “Mama has brown skin because mama is Mexican,” I told him. I explained that people of all different colors, white, brown, and black and everything in between, live alongside one other or together, just like our family. I concluded by telling him that this is a big part of what makes us the United States Of America. He didn’t notice the woman who…

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Honest Review Of SoulCycle At Home Bike

I remember my first SoulCycle class better than my first kiss. It was a turning point after which I compared every spin class from that day forward, and Soul became the gold standard of cycling in my mind. When pre-orders of SoulCycle’s at-home bike launched amid social distancing and the imminent COVID-19 quarantine, I couldn’t have put down the deposit fast enough. I’ve been using it for two weeks now and here is my honest review of SoulCycle’s at-home bike:…

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4 Best Tips For Moving With Kids

4 Best Tips For Moving With Kids

It’s moving season, and post-quarantine I feel a major moving boom on the horizon. We moved right before shelter-in-place became a part of our every day vocabulary, and now it feels like we’ve lived in this house forever. Moving with 3 kids under 4 was a lot of logistics, but I implemented a few tricks that helped ease the big change for my brood that really went a long way on a very long day. Here are my 4 best…

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3 Best Free Mothers Day Gifts

3 Best Free Mothers Day Gifts

While I was working on rounding up the 10 best Mother’s Day gifts, I realized that the greatest presents are actually things that money can’t buy. When I think of the things I would truly love for Mother’s Day this year, they aren’t things at all. Shelter-in-place, quarantine, social distancing, whatever you’re calling our state of being during this pandemic, has presented most mothers with unprecedented situational stress. The amount of time we have been spending with our children has…

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Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies

Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies

I’m knee deep in potty training over here with my middle child, which means cookies are being made along with bribes. You’ve probably seen the viral 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe floating around on the interwebs, and this is my riff on that. It takes 6 pantry staples and an optional 7th ingredient, which I can personally attest takes these over the top and will get you results (in potty training at least). Here is what you’ll need to…

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