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Happy Mother’s Day + #worldstoughestjob

May 8, 2015

Happy weekend all, especially all you mama’s! Hope it’s special. A friend sent me this video with the subject line: Thinking of you. How sweet, right? Thanks, Meghann! Thinking of you too. Mom’s really are THE BEST! -xo

p.s. two YouTube posts in a row? Don’t worry this is not the new normal.

The YouTube Video that Made Me Cry

April 22, 2015

 

I am not one to turn to mush very easily. Yes, sad things make me sad and happy things make me happy but rarely do I fall to a puddle of tears as a result of either. So when I found myself uncontrollably blubbering at my computer, I knew I had to share this touching video of young children picking their mothers out from a line-up…while blindfolded!!

It’s a promotional ad for the jewelry brand, Pandora. Here’s how they describe it:

“As a small experiment of women’s uniqueness and the special bond between a mother and child, we met up with 6 wonderful women, and asked them to let us blindfold their most precious loved ones. Their children!”

My heartstrings have been sufficiently tugged.  -xo

 

P.S. This post is NOT sponsored by any company, I just really loved this ad.

Baby Bites: Chickpea Falafel & Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

January 9, 2015

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New year, new series here on Love+Cupcakes! It’s about time, don’t you think? In the spirit of fresh starts, I’m happy to introduce a new column: Baby Bites– baby friendly recipes that are healthy, delicious and made for little hands to pick up all on their own. First up, Chickpea Falafel with Tzatziki.

***A quick disclaimer about using my baby food recipes: This may go without saying but as author of this blog, I feel a sense of responsibility to my readers regarding the content that you find here. I would like to note that I am a new mom and by no means an expert on child rearing in any way, shape or form. Furthermore, I am not a nutritionist nor a pediatrician so please do your due diligence before feeding your infant anything. It’s important to make sure that she is ready, that your pediatrician has given the green light and that you’re introducing foods that are safe and age appropriate. The recipes that I am sharing here are foods that I have given to my own daughter. Okay, enough serious stuff….go check it out!

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Yes, Please

January 6, 2015

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Have you read Amy Poehler’s, Yes, Please? It’s fantastic. I read it in book form first and then listened to the audio version on Audible (You can try it for free!). Amy reads it herself and I HIGHLY recommend it. There’s something so great about hearing her speak her own words. She knows best how to deliver each line and I got so much more out of it the second time around. Plus she has special guests read their own chapters (i.e. her mom and co-stars. I don’t want to give too much away!). I knew how funny Amy Poehler was before reading her book, but I had no idea how insightful she can be. She shares wisdom on her career, motherhood, being a woman, getting divorced and life in general with such sincerity and foresight. She has so many good quotes, I kept having “aha” moments as I listened along. The chapter on her two boys was my favorite. She speaks of them with such warm reverence. You can hear her heart overflowing with love for them. She made me so excited to be a mom. I’m pretty sure I teared up at least once.

There’s so much good stuff going on in this book– clearly I loved it and I think you will too.

(psssst! listen to the audio version, you won’t be sorry!!) –xo

Cool baby shades

January 5, 2015

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For being just 9 months, Cielo has quite the sunglasses collection. More than I have even! When you have a new baby, these things can’t be helped I guess. She’s gotten most as gifts. And while they’re all absolutely adorable, many fall off or pinch in strange places and look completely uncomfortable on Cielo’s tiny face.

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But recently, we discovered Babiators and they fit like a charm! Plus Cielo seems to like them and wears them without any fuss. I, of course, think they’re crazy cute on and would make Cielo wear them all day long if she let me– who doesn’t love a baby wearing glasses?!

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As if cuteness wasn’t reason enough, every pair of Babiators comes with a “Lost or Broken” guarantee! That means they’ll replace your kids pair of glasses if they break or get lost! Say what?! Doesn’t get much better than that.

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To see more eyewear styles and colors for your little ones, check out Babiators.com.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Babiators. All opinions, words, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow me to continue to create new content for Love+Cupcakes.

 

2015

January 1, 2015

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Hello New Year. I’m excited for you. You are the year that my daughter will walk, say her first word, and turn 1. You are the year that I will go back to work, change my trajectory and set new career goals. You are the year that I will celebrate 5 years of being married to the man the I love madly and unconditionally. You are the year that I have been looking forward to for the last 12 months and I welcome you with a warm embrace. Be good to me please, I have big plans for you.

Happy New Year friends! Cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

(picture above taken when Cielo, our most treasured memory of 2014, turned 6 months)

The Longest Shortest Time

October 13, 2014

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I just discovered a genius podcast that couldn’t be more relevant to my life right now. Each episode reminds me that I am not alone in this mothering game. It’s called The Longest Shortest Time and it’s really well-produced. Hillary Frank, of This American Life and other public radio programs, is the host. She covers really REAL topics about being new parents and babies– universal issues like sleep and eating as well as tragic topics like stillbirths and near death deliveries. The podcasts are fairly short, running about 15 minutes each and give you a glimpse into the life of other parents and caregivers, and how they’re experiencing life with baby. If you haven’t heard it yet, I recommend it. It’s a nice way to pass the time while I’m playing with Cielo…and it sure beats listening to Raffi for the millionth time!! Check out The Longest Shortest Time here, also available for subscription on iTunes.

(above image from The Longest Shortest Time website)

p.s. just kidding about Raffi, I actually like him (insert monkey covering eyes emoji).

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