Nava is 6 months old today. I’ve breastfed her approximately 1,800 times, she has consumed approximately 5,000 ounces – or 600 cups – or about one bathtub – of breastmilk from me, not including the 300+ ounces I’ve frozen.  I’ve used nipple creams, breast gels, frozen cabbage leaves, and nipple shields. I’ve nursed through swollen, bleeding, and cracked …

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I always imagined that when I was pregnant, I would do everything right.  I’d eat super foods, take prenatal vitamins daily, exercise regularly and read all the books (shoots arm up with a mighty fist).   For the first 15 weeks of my pregnancy, I drank only sparkling apple juice, forced down bagels and cream cheese, and relentlessly chewed Trident …

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So many big, happy changes.  Everywhere. A best friend about to move across the country to save lives.  A friend who said yes – two actually!  Friends became lawyers, doctors, published authors and journalists.  Some sang on Broadway and had starring roles in films, others gave up high paying jobs to travel for months, became professional athletes, …

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At a workshop a few weeks ago, a woman asked the group of us to think about the strongest message we received about money when we were young and write it on a sticker. Below it, she said to write down the strongest message we received about “giving.” Then she blind-sided us and said we …

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Some days you have to eat cake.  I don’t really like cake, so some days I have to eat scotchmallows from See’s Candies.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I drove to the mall to go shopping and eat candy but almost everything I tried on looked ugly.  Or didn’t fit.  I felt sad.  My …

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Because oatmeal is really depressing. I’m, like, super particular about my morning food.  I have eaten the same smoothie every morning for the last three years.  Every now and then, I won’t want to clean the blender and I’ll pour a bowl of granola, but I get kinda bent out of shape if I don’t have …

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Minimalism is in.  And, anyways, it feels good to say no. It has been a slow stroll into 2014 for me. I’ve neglected my gmail account. I’ve turned my text alert off. I’ve forgotten my log in password for my school’s website, and heaven help me if I can recall my locker code tomorrow morning. …

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Some weekends remind us how far we’ve come. Half of the time, I grew up in a Splenda house.  A non-fat milk, sugar-free chocolate, ten-calorie popsicle, crazy-fiber-muffins-for-breakfast-make-for-super-embarrassing-drives-to-school kind of house. The other half of the time I spent eating cantaloupe for dessert.  Cantaloupe or Jell-o with whipped cream.  Cantaloupe is what you eat when you’d …

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  Sometimes we all need something bright and sweet and comforting during a hectic week. I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve just been consuming a steady diet of Acme bread… bread with pickled onions, bread with avocado and sea salt, bread with mozarella and rosemary agave nectar.  All you do is toss 2 sprigs …

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I love group efforts.  Whether it’s a fire engine barreling through a busy street after all the cars have dutifully moved aside or its a group of six people squished at a cafe table offering to share computer chargers just to make life easier, I get emotional.  Sometimes I get a little weepy, but I’m …

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