Author Archives: Emma BL

About Emma BL

In the begining, there was just the two of us, then there were furbabies, and then a baby! We started trying to conceive in Nov 2010, but experienced complications and a miscarriage. Finally in April 2012 we welcomed Monkey and Bear joined in 2015. While preggo and trying to become preggo with Monkey, I often hit the web search for information about what is happening to me and I hope that through sharing my experiences, others gain some knowledge. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. So take all my experiences and advice with a grain of salt! Now that Monkey and Bear are around and we have made the transition to parents... we try to answer the question "is there life after the baby bump?"

What’s for Dinner: Pumpkin and Apple Soup

Aahhh Fall.  Pumpkin Spice everything. Although it’s September, it’s been bloody hot here in Chicagoland. This is more amusing since the ENTIRE FREAKING SUMMER WAS COOL. Okay, I feel better. Maybe. Fall brings on sweaters and jeans, changing leaves, and, … Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner: DF Mushroom, Broccoli, Goats Cheese Quiche

After becoming comfortable in my own skin, I have started to realize the things I used to love that I stopped enjoying. Little things. Part of it was because I just did not care to hear the jabs about how … Continue reading

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I be Jamming: Standard Strawberry, Sweet Cherry, and Vanilla Black Raspberry Jams

Last year we decided to receive a summer fruit share from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). It worked out fantastic! Ex-Hubby and I were eating a couple fruit smoothies a week and the whole family was enjoying fresh fruit … Continue reading

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Banana Sour Cherry Muffins

I’m going to jinx myself: tonight was good. Our area is flooded, so many of my friends and family are trying to keep their basements dry. But despite last night’s epic five-year-old-Monkey-meltdown and subsequent restrictions/consequences; we managed to have very … Continue reading

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What’s for dinner: Broccoli and Carrot Soup

I had an abundance of broccoli in the fridge this week and didn’t have any ham to make my go-to scalloped potatoes dinner. It was a mix of stems and florets as I don’t generally steam the stems as part … Continue reading

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End of August: What’s in the Garden?

​This morning I picked more plum tomatoes. The Red Zebras are almost ready and the Salsa Hybrids are almost done. Still tons of cherry tomatoes despite the plants dying of early from disease, glad it doesn’t affect the fruit! The … Continue reading

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Winter Glove & Hat Decorative Drying Sign

Making a play off all those cute “Free Dobby” lost sock laundry signs, this glove and hat drying sign was born. We have no where in our house to hang the snow covered, wet gloves and hats. I looked around … Continue reading

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Container Gardening: Building A Raised Vegetable Garden

At the end of last year I decided that my 8×8 Vegetable patch needed some work. It was floor level and although we added a fence to keep the dogs out, it was hard to manage due to the size … Continue reading

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Recycled Shoebox Seed Storage

A friend of mine posted this Seed Storage idea on Facebook, like a good and slightly obsessed pinner (aren’t we all?) I pinned the link for future use. This year my veggie garden received a facelift in the form of … Continue reading

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After Bump Bum: What’s on the Bum?

We are now in full swing cloth diapering #2. Monkey and Baby Bear are shaped differently and, therefore, the diapers fit differently. Monkey’s chicken legs kinda, sorta filled out by the time she was three/four months.  At that point she … Continue reading

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