Dehydrating Vegetables – Primal/Paleo Emergency Food Kit?

One thing about eating the way that we do – mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy – is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband


37 Weeks – and full term!

So now she’s allowed to come whenever she wants, because we’ve reached “full term” – woo hoo! So she could be born tomorrow or in another 5 weeks. Kind of a long time frame when you think about it… I’m hoping she comes before I become an angry/frustrated pregnant lady saying things like, “Have I


To My Sweet Baby at 36 Weeks

Does this mean I’m now “9 months pregnant”? I’m 9 lunar months out of 10… and at the end of this week she’ll be “full term” and “allowed” to make her arrival! So if someone asks, do I say 8 months or 9? Today I just said “three and a half weeks left!” But really


Dear Baby – Week 35 love note to my fetus

So, today I set up the camera and tripod, and all of a sudden it was like this blank wall in our house was the most exciting thing in the world. The dog came and posed (totally on her own) awkwardly looking like some sort of deranged furby, while my husband peeked in like a


Week 34 – Dear Baby – Pregnancy Pictures and Note

I can’t believe it’s June and that it is definitely possible that our baby could be born THIS MONTH. It’s getting closer and closer, and I know it’s really up to our little girl when she arrives… wonder what she has in mind.


Home Decor Sneak Peeks – Baby Room and Living Room

Saturday, the husband and I made our first-ever pilgrimage to IKEA. It’s about 3.5 hours away, but closer to a 4 hour drive with a pregnant lady who has to stop constantly to pee. I actually dreamed about going to Ikea last week. In my dream, you had to stand on a conveyor belt to


Week 33 Pregnancy photos and note

This week a friend helped me install the car seat in our little red car… tight fit but it works! I kept squealing imagining putting our baby girl in it and taking her home. Very exciting! I love the “front” picture this week because it looks like I’m just a normal not-pregnant girl with a


32 and a half weeks cooked

All right, I keep getting behind on these… haven’t gone later than Wednesday of a week yet, but by then I’m 4 days into the next week! So… I need to try to do Tuesday next week, then Monday, etc… Saturday is really the “changeover” day for the weeks. haha. This week has been pretty


Sweet Zora – Loving this Weather

Lately it’s been sunny, not too hot and not too cool. Basically, this is the gorgeous California weather we were so excited about when we moved here. And since Zora’s black fur, though trimmed, generally makes her uncomfortable quickly in the heat, it seems as if she knows she needs to take advantage of this


30 Weeks Pregnant – 3/4 of the way there!

75%… 3/4… 30/40 weeks… so crazy! I took these pictures yesterday but because of the lighting and the dog and stuff, the editing took longer than usual. Anyway, here’s the note! Like I said before… as I get closer to the finish line, I am feeling more like a “Mom” than a “Mommy.” So I


Week 29 – Letter to Baby

Once again, allergies have hit me HARD this week and it’s hard to feel photogenic and smiley when you can hardly breathe!!! This took a LOT of makeup to cover up my under-eye circles from hardly getting any sleep and red nose from all the congestion & nose-blowing. ha. I think I managed to look


Week 28 – starting the Final Stretch!

I just finished my “baby note” but have to run to the post office and then to work, so I’m not writing much here… like the way this one turned out though! I might have to edit it a tiny bit later, because the d in “and” is almost touching my nose which bugs me



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