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Transitioning from Baby’s Nursery to Toddler’s Room

Transitioning from Baby’s Nursery to Toddler’s Room

You may have seen my previous post about our son’s baby nursery design. Now that he is no longer a baby, I have made several changes to his room and wanted to do a follow up post with his updated room. One of the major changes was that I rearranged all of the furniture. I wanted to create a layout that gave him more room to play on the floor. Also, he started climbing up on the daybed to look out…

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Letting Go of Worrying What Others Think About Us

Letting Go of Worrying What Others Think About Us

Friends and loyal readers, I have a confession to make. I have failed my family in one crucial area ever since our son started walking. I have let what others say get the best of me, usually preventing us from enjoying mass on Sunday, and a few times when our son was having a particularly wild day, we did not even go for fear that we were going to annoy everyone else. As moms, we tend to be the…

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Around Town: Day Trip to Downtown L.A.

Around Town: Day Trip to Downtown L.A.

♫ ♪♩ “Downtown” by Petula Clark ♩♪♫

When you’re alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all…

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Wellness Wednesday: My Herb Garden Tour

I have been working on my herb garden expansion for a few months now, I am very excited to give a tour of my complete collection! I started out just growing culinary herbs and lavender. I started using lavender for so many things that it sparked an interest for me in growing other medicinal herbs. Lavender the plant and lavender the essential oil were both my “gateway drugs” into expanding my…

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Why I Blog + Keeping Poisonous Plants Out of Our Garden

Why I Blog + Keeping Poisonous Plants Out of Our Garden

Sometimes I wonder why I bother blogging at all. Some days it seems like many people view bloggers as just someone to contradict, like the internet is one big arena of the high school debate team. I know I personally do not blog to try to start arguments, debates, or be insulted about the way that we live our lives, and I cannot imagine any blogger who would write with that intention. Most…

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Introducing Wellness Wednesday: Natural Pet Care

Introducing Wellness Wednesday: Natural Pet Care

Back when I was a child, I wanted to go into the medical field. My grandfather started out as a D.O. and then later got his M.D. He was a big influence on my interest in the medical field, and since he started out as a D.O., he always tried to find a natural solution first, unlike many medical doctors these days. My first choice in life would have been to be a veterinarian, but I could not handle…

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How To Deal with Miscarriage, Postpartum Depression & Lingering Pain

How To Deal with Miscarriage, Postpartum Depression & Lingering Pain

People often talk about the trials of postpartum depression that sometimes face a new mother with a baby. Your hormones are going through lots of intense changes, your body has gone through some huge trials, and you are beyond exhausted. Any woman who has ever had a bad case of PMS (and any man in her life for that matter), should understand on some level how hormones can play serious havoc on…

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Weekly Dose of Edison: Orange County Fair 2014 Wrapup

I took a lot of pictures this year during our time at the Orange County Fair, and I wanted to share some of my favorites (the ones that I haven’t posted already anyway).


Getting my flowers ready to bring for the cut flower competition.
I entered two different giant squashes, on two different weeks. The second one was not as big as my first one. This one won third prize.
My limes did not win a…

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My Summer Reading List


I have to admit, I am not very organized with my gardening. I try at times, but I end up gardening more like an artist than a scientist (and that aggravates my engineer husband at times). I fertilize and water the plants based on how much I feel they need, not calculated amounts. I try to keep on a schedule but I always loose track. I decided that going forward, I am going to get a lot more…

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My $20 Greenhouse/Shed Makeover & Garden Updates

My $20 Greenhouse/Shed Makeover & Garden Updates

Recently, my husband and I sat down and went through and organized our lists of projects that still need to be completed for our house. We prioritized things into URGENT, high priority, medium priority, and low priority. One of the things on my list was that I wanted a new greenhouse (made out of the recycled windows that I have been collecting), and I wanted a cuter garden shed. Once I realized…

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When Did it Become Okay to Photograph Strangers’ Children Without Permission?

When Did it Become Okay to Photograph Strangers’ Children Without Permission?


In the past few weeks, we have gone to the Orange County Fair a couple of times (other than when I was dropping off/picking up my gardening entries). I noticed on the OC Fair website that they are having a “Many Faces of the Fair” photo contest. Since it is only open to amateur photographers, I am not eligible to enter, but I of course still want to get photographs of my own child when we have…

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Weekly Dose of Edison: Edison and the Giant Squash

Weekly Dose of Edison: Edison and the Giant Squash

When I was pregnant with our son two years ago, I attended the Orange County Fair for the first time. I was blown away by all of the giant fruit and vegetables that home gardeners entered into the fair. I was so excited to see so many competitions for gardeners. There are plenty of photography and art competitions everywhere, but gardening competitions seem pretty rare around here. I was…

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Weekly Dose of Edison: Happy Accidents

Sometimes my favorite pictures are the ones that are not planned. I have done several photoshoots in my studiowith babies in old vintage buckets, and I always wanted to do one in our garden with our son actually in a bath with bubbles. Unfortunately, when he was a little baby, our backyard was kind of a disaster after months of neglect thanks to my difficult pregnancy. I didn’t get the pictures I…

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Weekly Dose of Edison - Weekend Trip to the Mountains!

Weekly Dose of Edison – Weekend Trip to the Mountains!

Recently, we were invited by some of our friends to go to their cabin in the mountains in Big Bear, CA for the weekend. We brought Edison up there once before when he was 10 months old, but it was just a short day trip (photo from that trip here). Now that he is walking, we had so much more fun! He got to go on his first couple of hikes in the forest, and we collected wildflowers. We stumbled…

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Stop Bashing & Censoring Motherhood!

Stop Bashing & Censoring Motherhood!

I don’t know if this trend has been going on for years and I never noticed it since I am a new mom, or if it is just a recent thing, but it seems that in our society today, moms are the new group to mock and harass. I really don’t understand why this cultural shift has happened, but it is time to put an end to it.

If you read my blog regularly, you know that recently I went through a pretty…

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