10 Ways To Rock Meal Planning As A Busy Mom

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In our family, we have done everything from eating for 2, to shopping for baby led weaning, to catering to me being a breastfeeding mama, to feeding a picky toddler, to needing a bigger calorie intake when I was running and John was surfing/climbing regularly.

If meal planning has taught me anything, it’s that needs and tastes will change throughout the seasons. Adapting your recipes and grocery lists to fit your family’s current tastes is necessary for creating healthy meals that fit everyone’s lifestyle!

So how does a stay at home/work from home mama have time in her day to whip up a variety of meals to feed the family throughout the week? …By choosing simple recipes that take little prep, that are colorful (sneak in those veggies!), and can be whipped up and cleaned up during naptime! At the bottom of this post, I’m sharing four of my go-to recipes complete with a grocery list, a seasonable produce chart, plus ways you can use your leftovers the next day. Continue reading

How To Leave The House With A New Baby And A Toddler

Hi friends! Today’s topic has been a much requested one since we’ve been home with our newborn baby – we’ve gone out several times a week (even up to once a day) since she was 2 days old! Whether it was a short trip to the park or a big trip to Disneyland, we’ve made an attempt to be active and it’s been so worth it.

Getting out of the house with multiple little ones on is a challenge, but here’s why it’s important to us. It builds confidence, creates a healthy challenge of working together with your spouse to problem solve and communicate efficiently, and lets your older kid(s) see that you have not “forgotten them” just because a new sibling is in the mix – which was super important to us to do for izzy. Continue reading

Aspen Joy: Our Baby’s Birth Story

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Our newest member to the family + our second baby girl Aspen Joy Allegri was born on May 8th 2019 at 10:40am! She weighed 8 lbs 11 oz, and measured 22″ tall. She came out with a head full of hair, and a loud set of pipes! After a long 41 weeks and an eventful day leading up to her birth, we were so excited to finally finally meet our newest daughter and to introduce Izzy to her baby sister.

John and I are thrilled to be second time parents, that our first baby girl is going to grow up with a sister, and to experience the joy that little Aspen has been bringing into our family even before she was born.

In this post I would love to share the story of how she made her entrance into the world, as well as reveal the most beautifully captured imagery of her first few hours taken by Chanel Lynn Photography. She did my maternity photos and is also doing our in-home newborn session next week! Continue reading

Things To Get Done Before Baby Comes That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

things to get done before baby comesPreparing for your new baby takes a lot of work. Of course there’s washing all the newborn clothes, getting bottles ready, and getting out your baby gear! But from my experience, there are some things that – once I got home from the hospital – I thought, “dang I wish I would’ve done that before we left!”

Our second time around, I am making sure I do things that my future mom-of-two self will thank me for! That way I won’t have to worry about chores or prepping or cleaning once we are back home with a tiny newborn. Doing the following will totally help get rid of the stress of bringing your newborn home, will allow you time to just relax, and take care of you + your baby without fussing over your “should’ve done that” list: Continue reading

What To Actually Pack In Your Hospital Bag

what to pack in your hospital bagThe first time I was pregnant, I looked up all the things on Pinterest for ideas on what to pack in my hospital bag. I saw an overwhelming number of lists, claiming I needed so many things that were “essential” for a hospital stay! Such as: multiple changes of clothes for mom and baby, several swaddles, tons of snacks, multiple nursing gowns, hair straightener, hand sanitizer and lotions, a notepad, etc….I definitely overpacked for our first, and didn’t even touch or use 80% of the things I thought I needed.

The second time around, I am packing WAY less “stuff” and focusing on what I know I will actually need and use. I don’t want to overwhelm myself digging through a full weekender while I’m at the hospital, and you shouldn’t either 🙂

So I made a list of the only items I know I will need and want to use for when our second baby girl comes (hopefully this week, because her due date is tomorrow)! Read below for my list of overnight essential items to pack in your hospital bag during labor and delivery: Continue reading