Your sister fell asleep after she finished eating so I put her down. I went to check on you, when I noticed you had fallen asleep, head cramped against the basket, in just your pullup. At first, I felt relief that the both of you were asleep and I could get to the dishes, finish the laundry, or pickup all the dirty diapers lying around. But I just stood there, starring at you. You were so peaceful and so beautiful I couldn't move.Read More
A few weeks ago we celebrated Capri's first birthday in San Diego. I knew I wanted some type of bohemian decor with a touch of flowers for my little Vegan babe, so I took to pinterest for some inspiration.Read More
A lot of people have been asking where I get Capri's clothes and headbands from so I thought I'd share one of my favorite Etsy Boutiques! The Sew Sew Sisters make the most adorable baby rompers ever! We were lucky to have a sunny day here in Jersey so I put on this vintage yellow romper to snap some pics! This one I think is 12-18 months so she has room to grow in it! I can't wait for her to wear it in Vegas when we visit family during the hot summer months! The ruffly butt is soo cute I just love it!Read More
When I was 4, I found out that tuna fish was actually fish and it devastated me. I remember crying over and over thinking (how could my parents serve me something that used to be alive?) My parents said the fish died so that we could have food. That never sat well with me. I get that there is a circle of life and all, but if I can survive and have a healthy diet without harming any animals, why wouldn't I?
I started my vegetarian journey about 14 years ago and later became a vegan. It was so hard. It still is. Not the giving up meat part, but the eating out part. I find that ordering a simple lunch or dinner while out with non-vegans almost always ends in me telling the waiter "Can you please check again. I'm sorry, I know that I'm weird." That phrase is usually uttered after asking the unsure waiter to double check the ingredients in the sauce or bread.
Recently, after the millionth time of justifying my questions with "I'm weird" I started thinking. Why should I be made to feel like the weird one for not wanting to consume any part of an animal. The weird thing, is that society has made us look at chicken, beef, or pork as food and not animals. There's a reason why raw, red meat grosses people out. There's a reason why you don't want to click on videos that show what really happens to these creatures. The reason is that part of you knows it's wrong and would be disturbed. There's also a reason why parents lie to their children about what they're feeding them and the reason is because a child's instinct tells them it's not ok.
There's a reason I take so much flack from my family about wanting to raise my baby vegan. They say things like "She will be missing out" or "You're going to deprive her of the taste of meat?" The reason is because the animals she would be eating are worth sparing. If there's a chance she will want to forgo eating animals when she's older, then I've already done some good in the world.
I want to be honest with her about food; not take the easy route and stick chicken nuggets or a burger in front of her. I want her to know and love animals and think of them as beautiful creatures and not just a meal. I want her to understand that pigs have the intelligence of a 7 year old and know what is going on just before they are slaughtered. I want her to know how terrible dairy farms are, even the organic ones who claim they aren't cruel to cows. I want her to understand exactly what is being done to the animals who are used for food. If she is old enough to understand where meat comes from and still choses that she wants to eat it, then that is her choice, but at least I'm not forcing it on her at an early age.
There is an alternative to feeding your child meat. Don't be afraid to do something different.. Even if it means getting weird looks, or having to think outside the box during mealtime.
Having the first Grandchild on both sides can be tricky! Everyone is super excited and over the moon to be involved with the baby. Picking out her name was a hard enough task because everyone wanted to give input and have their say. Don't get me wrong, I love suggestions, but there comes a point when you as the parents make the ultimate decision.Read More
We're so excited to be a part of the RATTLED docu-series on TLC! The show follows 4 families and their adventures through parenthood. I can't wait to share our journey being first time parents! Sal and I will be live tweeting during the episodes so be sure to follow our twitter handles @salzizzo and @destinymoniz. I'll also be updating the blog during the season so be sure to check back here!Read More
I was a bit nervous about taking an 8 month old, but knew I wouldn't enjoy the trip without her. The flight over from San Diego wasn't bad. Capri has flown so much since she was born so she did great. We made sure to keep little snacks and a few toys to occupy her!Read More
Why I opted to solely pump and not actually breastfeed is beyond me. Exclusive Pumping is one of the hardest things you can do when you have a newborn.
Being a Vegan; healthy meal choices are important to me, and that is why I wanted to breastfeed my baby initially. My friends and the internet made such a strong case for breastfeeding, I almost felt like I would be a bad mom if I didn't do it. There are so many benefits to breastmilk; It's not just a source of food. The natural antibodies alone are enough to argue it as a medicine in a way.
Truth be told; the idea of breastfeeding scared me.Read More
During the MLS off season, my husband Sal signed with the New York Redbulls. As he took off to Orlando for pre-season camp, I packed up our place in Kansas City. I was nearly 28 weeks pregnant and thought I could handle packing up the place by myself, but the day after I arrived in New York I was admitted to the hospital for some bleeding.
Long story short; I became a High Risk patient over night. As the weeks continued I saw 3 different doctors; my regular OB, a High Risk OB, and a Hematologist to monitor my blood. It was decided that at 39 weeks I would be induced.Read More