When I first got pregnant, I was overwhelmed by all the baby products out there. I spent weeks scouring the internet to make sure I had everything I needed. It was so time consuming so I started asking friends with kids for recommendations... What pacifier did you like? Which stroller did you choose? What's the best carseat? One of my best friends had actually created spread sheets with pros and cons on tons of baby products. I wanted the best for my new baby, but I just felt like I didn't have the patience to do something like that. I ended up just getting the same products as some of my friends, but what I found out was that we all parent differently. Some of the things that worked for them, didn't work for me.Read More
After hearing about the Newton Baby Mattress being 100% breathable, I jumped at the opportunity to upgrade! My first impression of the mattress was how comfortable it felt, yet still firm enough for a baby to sleep safely. I immediately put my face into it to see if I could breathe; and I could! My husband Sal looked at me like I was crazy, but I had to check it out for myself. I was surprised with how easy it was to unzip the cover to wash it incase of diaper leaks. (This is going to make potty training so much easier when she gets older!) To top it off, the mattress is recyclable! Although I plan on using this mattress forever, ;) the treehugger in me was like whoop whoop!Read More
This room was easily the smallest in the house, so I had to be careful not to over crowd it. I used many of the same items that were in Capri's nursery, but I wanted Aeri's room to have her own identity. We found this gorgeous rug at Homegoods an I knew I wanted it to be the inspiration for the rest of the room.Read More
thought I'd list some of my favorite vegan products. It's always hard trying a new diet and not knowing what to cook. Some of my favorite pre-made meals are actually easy to find at most stores!
Amy's was the first brand I found that carried a ton of vegan options. You can find them in tons of grocery stores as well as Target and Walmart!Read More
I know what you're thinking... Everyone and their Mom is on Facebook now days, so why send out a birth announcement? Well, I took the babies to visit some family on the West Coast, and while visiting with both Great Grandma's, I realized how full their refrigerators were of photos! I mean literally, every Christmas card we had sent was still up for everyone to see.Read More
Around 7am I started feeling a lot of lower back pain with each contraction. I knew I was in labor and didn't want to wait too long and be that girl who's baby comes out in the car on the way to the hospital! Sal had just left to take my Dad and little brother Tryst to the airport because Tryst had to get back to Vegas for school. At 9am, I gave my Doctor's office a call and told her I thought I was in labor. She told me to head to the hospital and that one of her co-workers, Dr. Nitz was on call and she'd have a look at me. I was happy to hear that Dr. Nitz was there because she was part of the team that helped turn the baby during our version at 36 weeks when she was breech.Read More
The baby was head up pretty much the entire pregnancy. Around 37 weeks we started to worry that she would stay breech and so my doctor recommended I go to the hospital and have a procedure called a "Version" in order to attempt to turn the baby before delivery. She said the success rate was about 60 percent and that it could be painful. Other risks were that my water could break or the baby could become distressed and that I would have to be prepared for an emergency C-section.Read More
It was almost 4 years ago when I found out my husband had been picked up by Sporting Kansas City. In all honestly, I was devastated! Out of all the Major League Soccer teams, we were going to the one in the middle of the country, away from everything I knew. Not to mention every person liked to throw in my face how well KC was known for it's BBQ'd food. What was a Vegan like me going to eat?Read More
We started supplementing with formula to make sure she was getting enough milk. It's definitely not her favorite thing, but she's taking it so I know she's hungry even after she finished nursing. The problem with using my Madela bottles, is that the formula doesn't mix that well. It leaves clumps and I can't ever seem to get the same consistency as the breastmilk.Read More
Why spend $4.99 on a card that is just going to get thrown away? Besides, my kids are still too young to write, so I would be the one coming up with something cheesy and saying it's from them. I decided to see what we had lying around the house so we could make a more personal card that actually comes from the heart. And boy was it a success! Capri had SO much fun making this!Read More
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