It’s no secret that I’m not a fantastic cook. Despite my efforts and desires, my talents are elsewhere (think baked goods and such). But if there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s throw a party. And, sure, I may enlist the help of others for the ‘heavy lifting,’ but I will throwdown with the appetizers.

And as we enter into this busy holiday season, and prepare for party after party, it’s fun to hit up the tried and true; the perfect, zero-stress, appetizer: a beautifully crafted, delicious, cheese board.

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Zero stress and zero skill involved! As a busy mom of two, it’s absolutely right up my alley!

I’m lucky enough to have acquired several actual cheese boards over the years (I’m not kidding when I say that this is really my only kitchen skill, ya’ll), and although I prefer the slate board for a night-in with the husband, an actual wooden board is perfect, light, and festive for a party!

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First, grab some fruit. Organic grapes and apple slices will do!

Next, gather your favorite crackers.

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And, finally, the cheese! My favorite cheese is Stella Cheese Fontinella! It’s sweet, creamy, and sharp, all at the same time! Stella Cheese offers such a delicious variety of cheeses, like swiss, provolone, gorgonzola, and asiago.

Right now Stella Cheese is hosting an amazing giveaway. Click here to enter to win trip to Napa Valley valued at $5,000! How awesome would it be to win a trip to wine country!? Am I right?

In the meantime, tell me — what is your favorite cheese and wine pairing!?

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Weekly Mantra //

November 28, 2016 in mantra

This week I’m hoping that everyone gets — and remains — healthy. We had a really rough week with Remy being sick. I ended up taking her to the pediatrician on Monday. Her fever still hadn’t broken and I was really starting to worry. Turns out girlfriend came down with an ugly case of bronchitis. We’re one-week in on her antibiotic and she’s doing much better now, but most of last week was downright miserable.

I’m grateful to have had people to help cover for me at work last week while I was tending to Remy Bea. They really rallied for us!

I’m content knowing that Remy is already on an antibiotic. I know, I know. I’m such a Crunchy Mom. But I just so want to kick this sickness to the curb. I’m burned out from sickness, friends.

I wish I had more hours in the day. ‘Cause I just can’t.

Happiness is a successful Thanksgiving and everyone sleeping by 8:30pm. Seriously, it was a Thanksgiving miracle.

Weekly Mantra:

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I totally need this reminder today (if someone wants to text this to me, that would be cool…). Perhaps you do too.

Happy Monday, my friends.

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I have a four year old and a 10-month old… It’s not real until I say it out loud, right? I mean, in just two, very short, months, my little firecracker of a baby will be ONE. It’s time to start planning her first birthday party!

In the meantime, let’s do a 10-month recap, shall we?

  • Standing. So much standing. Well, she’s pulling herself up and standing, but she’s not yet walking around furniture or anything. Thank God!
  • If she’s not giving you RBF (resting bitch face), she’s laughing. But there is no in between with this chick. There are just two extremes. The RBF is strong, friends. But so are the giggles.

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  • Little Miss eats all of the things! Teething crackers, apples, pickles, chicken, rice, beans — all of it! Every time I’m eating, she’s reaching for my food. So I’m (finally) giving it to her. With Ari, we did baby-led weaning. But with Remy, I’ve just been too ‘busy’ with Ari to have the focus to do BLW. I’m just being pulled in far too many directions. Ha!
  • She’s been shaking her head ‘no, no, no,‘ and mimicking things that we do.
  • The babbling is a bit more clear. Lots of ‘Mama,’ ‘Dada,’ ‘ball,’ and ‘hi!’ I’m happy.

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  • She is totally nosy, paying so much attention to everyone who’s speaking. And she absolutely turns to listen to her name. But it’s funny because she responds much faster if you say “Bea,” or “Remy Bea.”
  • Baby-proofing is in full swing around here! We have a wood burner that we use in the winter and, just yesterday, we used it for the first time. But we had to put the gate up around it first! And guess who already tried pulling herself up on the gate?? Sigh. This little stinker, man! I swear!

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  • She is my sidekick. Yes, I take both kids with me to work; but I take Remy Bea everywhere with me. Everywhere. When I go and meet the girls? Miss Bea joins me. When I go to the store? Miss Bea joins me. When I do anything… Miss Bea joins me. Seriously. I would say she’s tied to my hip; but she’s actually tied to my front! Ha!

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  • We’ve had a couple of good nights of sleep. I’ve been hesitant to say anything, but girlfriend has been sleeping better-ish. Besides that one fluke of a sleeping through the night episode, we haven’t had much luck. But she is definitely doing better. She only wakes up about 2 times a night. Hoooooray!
  • We are knee-deep in antibiotics yet again. This time, for a bout of bronchitis. It’s been a mega bummer (and somewhat scary, at times). And, because of that, we’ve had yet another doctor appointment. It turns out, she lost weight. Yep. She’s down to 15 lbs 2 oz. The doctor doesn’t seem too concerned since she’s sick. So I guess I’m not concerned either? Yeah, I guess not. (Real talk: I am.)

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The days are still really, really, long, friends. But I’m nearly at that light. You know the one — the one at the end of the tunnel. It’s so bright and I’m so close! I can just feel it!

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Happy Thanksgiving //

November 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving is here! This holiday has long-been my absolute favorite. But over the last two years, that has changed. It still ranks high on my list of favorite festivities; but having kids means that Christmas is actually quite amazing. I will admit, this year I have found myself itching to put up our Christmas tree […]

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Weekly Mantra //

November 21, 2016
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Oh, hi, Monday! On Friday night I happened to find myself alone, with my laptop for, like, an hour. So I started drafting some blog posts — the first of which was this here Weekly Mantra. Since I was riding on a high from our fun zoo day on Friday (holla, 73 degree day in […]

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My Postpartum Depression Story // An Update

November 18, 2016
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Hi friends. I realize it’s been some time since I spoke about my Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. I (finally) got to a place where I needed to step away from my thoughts and obsession (thanks, anxiety) with my sadness to really deal with it. Don’t get me wrong — the talking (and writing) about it […]

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Shop Savvy With Groupon Coupons

November 17, 2016
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Well, with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s clear we are officially entering into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. And, for my family, this year will be different from every previous Christmas. See, every other year, I’ve had full-time employment. This is the very first year that I have been a half-SAHM and […]

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Halloween Wrap Up // 2016

November 16, 2016
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Hey! Remember Halloween?? You know, that pseudo-Holiday two-ish weeks ago? Well, as per the norm, life went off the rails. And I forgot to ever post any pictures of our Halloween shenanigans. But if there are no pictures, did it really happen?? Haaaa! Of course, I kid! But for real. We had family in town […]

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Weekly Mantra  //

November 14, 2016
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This week is already off to a bit of a rough start. I had the best of intentions, I swear. After a weekend that seemed busy, but truly wasn’t (honestly we didn’t even leave the house until Sunday afternoon. And that was simply because Remy and I HAD to be somewhere), I decided to just […]

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Post-Election Thoughts //

November 10, 2016
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It’s been a hard week, y’all. I’ve been writing and writing and writing. I just can’t seem to hit “publish.” And maybe it’s best that way. Maybe it’s best to just sit on our thoughts… But yesterday I broke my silence. After many tears, and in the process of mourning, I finally made some decisions. I […]

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