5 Things I Learned After Getting My Intellectual Property Stolen

By January 5, 2015 Thoughts


This is not the first time it happened, but it was the most egregious.

I’ve had designs stolen from me before, but I generally brushed it off. Here and there I’d see t-shirt designs similar to ones on my website Bon Bon Vie pop up online or at street fairs. But this time, I couldn’t just let it go.

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A Better You, A Better Me

By December 24, 2014 Thoughts


Originally posted at ymca.net 9/22/14

It has been very popular lately for the childless among us to proclaim why not having kids was the best decision they ever made. I understand, I used to be one of them (or you) for much of my life. I even questioned my sanity once I brought my brand new infant home from the hospital, so I get it. Babies will drain your bank account. You will regularly wake up in a cold sweat because being entirely responsible for a tiny person is TERRIFYING. Sleep and traveling and meals and all the things you love will never be the same. If that isn’t awesome enough, the current wisdom seems to be that parents are no happier and may be less happy than non-parents. All of these things may be true, but I have a confession.

My baby made me a better person.

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Oatmeal Salmon Cakes Recipe

By August 23, 2014 Recipes

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I was having one of those nights earlier this week where I was hungry, but there was nothing in the house to eat. Well, that’s really code for we had lots of food, butI didn’t feel like cooking. Plus I had just put the baby down to sleep and was starving, which eliminated leaving the house or doing delivery.

Luckily, I have this interesting habit of always keeping canned salmon in the house. It’s a great last minute protein source. I put it in salads mostly, but there’s a lot you can do with it. I prefer fresh, but have you seen the price of fresh fish lately? So canned salmon to the rescue! I discovered this recipe a few years ago by accident because I wanted to make some salmon cakes but didn’t have breadcrumbs.  But I did and always do have oatmeal. I then looked up a recipe online and I wasn’t the first person to have this idea. Surprisingly the substitution worked and it became one of my favorite quick meals. 

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Is your story holding you back?

By July 27, 2014 Inspiration, Thoughts

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We all have a story. But when does your story become a problem?

About 2 years ago, I found myself watching an episode of Oprah’s Life Class. I had never really watched the show before but Iyanla Vanzant was the guest so it piqued my interest. Her book “In the Meantime” helped get me through a bout of depression when I was fresh out of college and I remember watching her show “Starting Over” back in the day.

The topic that day really resonated with me. She was talking to people who were struggling to “stop the pain”. What they all had in common was that they were addicted to their story. I touched on this concept and video briefly in this post , but I wanted to revisit it because I was recently confronted with the storytelling of myself and those around me. So, what does being addicted to your story even mean?

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What no one told me about having a baby

By July 3, 2014 Thoughts


I promise I’m not going to turn this into a mom/baby blog, but baby things are kind of my life right now. So bear with me :)

My friend sent me this article titled “What Nobody Tells You About the First 3 Months of Motherhood

I’ve been wanting to write a post like this since I brought my baby home because it was truly a shock to my system and I feel like no one ever talks about that. Maybe in abstract terms…but I suppose it’s hard to convey the true horror (I mean that in the best way possible) of bringing a newborn home. I went to a mom’s group last week and we all concluded no one shares a lot of this stuff because it’s so traumatic that you erase it from your memory. And some of these things may just be unique to my situation, but it doesn’t hurt to share.

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Back on Track

By June 14, 2014 Thoughts
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Me & Maya

Motherhood is hard. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done. Nothing compares to being responsible for a living, breathing tiny person. My days are entirely consumed by spit up and onesies and dirty diapers. My life really did change overnight.

So just to catch you up, things have been a bit crazy the last few months:

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Random Thoughts

By February 6, 2014 Thoughts

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These last few months have been all gray and subzero temperatures and holidays and stress and I’ve sometimes struggled to be my “glass half full” self lately. Just to be clear, I’m happy and have no real complaints, I’m just a little worn out. So I’m just going share a little bit of what’s going on with me, because this is my blog and I feel like it. :)

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The Perfect Bowl Of Oatmeal

By January 28, 2014 Nutrition, Recipes

Bowl of oatmeal

It’s -11 degrees outside and day 2 of Polar Vortex: The Return. This is the type of weather where you just want to stay huddled underneath a blanket and binge watch TV shows on Netflix. When it’s cold, I want comfort food and one of my favorites is oatmeal.

I’ve been perfecting my oatmeal recipe for years and I want to share my perfect bowl of oatmeal recipe with you. No shade against making instant oatmeal with water, but I promise you it tastes so much better when you make it on the stove with milk*.

*Almond milk in my case, or for those of you who don’t do lactose

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