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Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season!

Hoping you get some time to relax, spend time with family or friends, read a book, eat some great food and reflect.

Rosemary + Pear Sparklers (and a really yummy appetizer spread)

A festive cocktail paired with some tasty appetizers, family or friends and a little cookie decorating are the perfect way to enjoy the holiday. 

Living in Portland, you are in no shortage of a really good cocktail (or food, according to the new Washington Post article). So, I typically opt for wine at the house and wait to have a good mixed drink when I'm out. 

But since it's Christmas and I'm already certain I've gained about 5 extra pounds, I decided to make a healthier cocktail to pair with appetizers and let's just say, I was quite impressed. Sometimes home is my favorite restaurant.

Quick Baby Fuel: 9-12 Months

I was pretty clueless when it came time to introduce foods to Parker. I spent a few days researching all sorts of methods and frankly just got extremely overwhelmed. We decided to introduce mashed and pureed foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado and apples just a little bit prior to 6 months. Then, we started adding brown rice cereals, more pureed veggies and soft fruits into his diet between 7 and 8 months. Once he hit 9 months, I tried my best to start implementing bigger meals and an assortment of healthy foods since he was no longer breastfeeding. I found that Parker was much more interested in eating what we were having, so I tried to incorporate foods that Tyson and I would want to eat as well, and always made extra.
top six healthy foods for a baby

There are Christmas Trees and Babies at the End of this Post...

I don't know what has been going on lately, but I don't like it. Maybe its because I'm getting older and this is what I was filtered from most of my youth. Or perhaps it is the dang news feed now on Facebook that I just happen to look at while I'm at work. Or even that Mom site I read. I wish I could filter out all the tragic stories about babies, and just go on there to read the informative ones or the happy stories.

I'm not trying to live in a bubble, but is there a point in life where we are far too exposed to things going on in the world? I mean, think about it. Before social media, we had local news and the newspaper, but never this much info, to this extent.

I don't know where I'm going with this, but I have just felt heavy-hearted lately for so many things going on this world. I'm just trying to keep focused on the beauty in the midst.

So, here are baby and Christmas tree photos, brought to you by our annual trip to cut our own Christmas tree down.


These are the moments that mean everything.


Congrats Pop-Pop (aka Dad) on finishing radiation! Time to kick cancers ass for good.