Honey Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette RecipeGrowing up, I didn’t really eat much salad and when I did it was usually some iceberg lettuce and maybe a tomato slathered with bottled ranch dressing.  I’m sure my mother ate more adventurous salads when dining out with her girlfriends, but at home the tastes of her four children dictated much of the cuisine.  When I met my husband, his idea of salad was even more shocking; his idea of salad was a bowl of mostly croutons and parmesan cheese with small amounts of lettuce mixed in and no dressing.  

I’m happy to report that our tastes have changed (although my children would still prefer just the croutons).  I’ve discovered the world of homemade dressing and found that it’s surprisingly simple to make.   In fact, much like making my own marinara sauce, once I got a taste for it, it’s tough to go back to the store bought variety full of soybean oil, salt and sugar.   Read More


Ditching the Post-Baby Body

Dailey Method Day 1 Now that my little Ladybug is almost 6 months, I’m starting to feel my life returning to some form of normalcy.  Now that the dust is settling a little and I’m starting to emerge from the sleep deprived fog of caring for an infant and her two preschool aged sisters, I’m taking stock of my situation and it isn’t exactly what I would like.   With summer coming around the corner, the first order of business is my post-baby body.   Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I look bad.  In fact, I lost most of the baby weight in record time due to some allergies my baby experienced through my breast milk in the beginning.  However, my hips are feeling really weak (SI joint pain) and the last 7-10 pounds have been stagnant for about 3 months now.  The extra weight seems magnified by the fact that it has distributed itself into all different places than it was before.    Read More


Ergo360This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

It was a rainy Friday morning last month when I bundled up my baby and drove into San Diego to attend Baby Bloggy Boot Camp.   When I finally pulled into the Bahia hotel parking lot I didn’t know what to expect and began to wonder why I had braved the weather as I maneuvered my minivan through the partially flooded parking lot.   Fortunately for me, all doubts I may have had immediately vanished the second I walked through the ballroom door as I entered a room filled with like-minded blogging ladies who were either expecting or had little ones just like me.  I quickly settled myself into a table with two other women who had babies around the same age as mine and quickly made friends.   Read More


Cost of Cloth DiapersThe post that follows is the first installment in a series called Going Green to Save Green.  In this series, I plan to evaluate the cost savings (or cost increase) realized by the average family for making greener choices.  Here goes…

With two little girls in diapers and only one income for our family, I’ve been giving some serious consideration to using cloth diapers.  We currently spend about $3.50 per day on disposable diapers or $105 per month and I can think of about a hundred ways I’d rather spend that money.  Everyone who uses cloth diapers always talks about how much money they save, but I was skeptical…could the savings really be worth washing poopy cloth diapers every day?  The cloth diapers alone can cost almost $20 each and the amount of water and electricity used to wash them adds up (and is almost never considered when calculating the cost).   Read More


Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce Recipe

 tomato sauce recipe

With a new baby at home and my two older girls dealing with the stress of having a new little sister, this mama is in some serious need of a few easy meals to feed her family after a long day.   This recipe for Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce is super easy to make and uses mostly ingredients I already have in the pantry.  It requires relatively little hands on cooking and goes from start to finish in under an hour.  Although it can simmer for as long as you’d like and I often start a huge pot of it during nap time and just let it simmer until dinner. I like to use this sauce on plain pasta or store-bought raviolis as well as pizza, calzones and meatball sandwiches.   Read More


Butternut Squash Recipe Round-up

Butternut Squash RecipesAs October is upon us and there is a slight chill in the air, you can be sure that Autumn is upon us.  For me, butternut squash symbolizes everything good and wholesome about Fall.  As everything begins to take on an orangeish hue (except here in Southern California) and the trees drop their leaves, there is something truly satisfying about a hearty stew or other wholesome dish made with one of the late season squashes such as pumpkin, acorn or butternut.   Read More