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Well hello blog, how have you been?! Its been a while.

So Bay is officially 7 months and practically to the day a friend came by. Ugh. I feel like garbage. Really I do.I have been petrified about my milk supply plummeting with the return of this dear friend so I sought some advice from a fabulous group of women on the Boston Nesties board.

Prescription? Cookies. Lactation cookies that is. No, not cookies made with breastmilk. Wow, if only I could have cookies for a headache. This weekend I will be making my first batch of Lactation Cookies! They contain oatmeal, brewers yeast and flax- all things to keep the milk flowing so to speak.  Very excited!  People swear by these things. I’ll be sure to take photos!

Its been a busy few weeks with ROBAY kicking off again. We are working on getting into a few stores locally. Plus, I have been sewing like a mad woman for some upcoming showers.

I took some time out for me today and made my first homemade banana bread. Came out awesome! SO yummy with a cup of tea. I was in heaven. Sorry no pictures.

Today, well yesterday as its 12, was 9/11. 8 years ago I was sitting in my dorm room and the world changed in a second. I have been thinking a lot about college recently and how the event rocked our lives. My prayers to those who lost their lives that day, the courage that came from it all and the families who still grieve. We have to work together to make this world  a peaceful place for generations to come.

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A Nice Break

IMG_1002I was just reading a NYT story on KIND bars. You have most likely seen them if you are a pseudo health nut like myself.  They satisfy my nut and coconut cravings while marathon shopping with Bay. The story talks about the company’s big break with Starbucks and how it was many years in the making.

People ask, how is it being a SAHM, well, I am loving being a mom at home with her baby, BUT I am far from just a stay at home. I pitch daily. I pitch like my life depends on it, as well, it does. I pitch ROBAY STUDIO  constantly. I have been known to stay up til 3 pitching us to stores and there is always those feedings at the computer or while on the phone. In any case, this isn’t a post about me pitching ROBAY, I wanted to talk about that big break. I wonder how the universe decides, ok, you have been working hard enough, here is your big break.  While working for agencies my ‘ breaks’ always seem to come when I was literally on the verge of breaking. I would surrender to the universe and say, ‘ I give up, you win.’ Is that what it takes?

 I wonder…

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I baked!

Today I baked again! This is the 2nd time:) I was just too busy before running around in a million different directions for a million people.

In my oven there are yummy chocolate chip cookies baking to perfection. I despise recipes, I think that’s why I fought against my inner baker for so long. My father owned a bakery, ‘ Holly’s Pantry,’ where he made an assortment of cookies, pastries, breads and pies. So you could say it’s in my blood.

Baylen is asleep in his swing. He’s tuckered out after a round of shots at his 2 month apointment yesterday. I had a chance to take photos for my upcoming Etsy shop and work on some more product. I was also able to fold baby laundry and wash round of cloth diapers. Pretty productive today.

I am pumped to be going out tonite with the girls.

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Yes, I can. Dinner that is…

At the salon the other day ( my one splurge during pregnancy, because standing up fighting with my hair, a blow dryer and a flat iron  is uncalled for 9 months along) I was reading a tabloid pub with an article on Michelle Obama. I It got me thinking- I wonder if the president and first lady would like to come to dinner. Does the white house  accept dinner invites from nobody’s? I, as many Americans would love to meet Obama and his family, so I was debating sending him or Michelle a letter. What could happen ?

Dear Mr & Mrs Obama,

Hope you are well.  Wanna come over for dinner? My husband says I make a great turkey meatloaf and mash.

Looking forward to your thoughs.

Best,

Holly

PS: If you have the puppy by then, bring him along- we have 3 terriers and a great big backyard.

I think I need to work on my delivery.  🙂

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Lost much?

Its Wednesday. Took me 1.5 hours to get to work today, wasn’t too bad of a ride thanks to NPR. Sitting in our ice cold computer room while Jesse paints the nursery.

I made an Amazon.com purchase today of the Dr. Sears Vaccine book. Say what you will- I am not sure about vaccines for my child. There I said it and I am not apologizing. Looking forward to reading the book. Mighty fast…

This weekend is booked again of course. We have a birthing class ALL day on Saturday at UMASS. i-pose-for-treatsTrying to remain postive about it, but seriously? An all day class? Ugh… this is why I don’t go to school anymore. Ha!

I had planned stuffed peppers for dinner but came home and all the peppers were rotten. SO, I made lemonade from lemons- we didn’t have peppers, we just ate the stuffing with salad. I get to trek to PC after work to return them tomorrow. Oh Joy!

I guess I really don’t have anything good to say, I am all written out- press releases and pitches today. Today was a pitching day for me. Pitch Pitch Pitch. So I have no more words left.

Well, off to spend some time with the pups. They don’t talk, so we should be good.

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New Year’s Resolutions…

Happy New Year!

Wow, its been a while. Since Thanksgiving I believe. Nothing really new in my house except the arrival of our child. Yes, I am still pregnant- and that this point, ugh, so over it. I think I was over it before it began!And to top it all off I have a hideous cold, and when I say hideous, I mean I am even more hideous now than before,  9 months pregnant and sick, YUM. Sexy.

We all subscribe ourselves to New Year’s resolutions and usually blow them by MLK Day, but last year I set myself up for success ( don’t think I am perfect, I only was able to do ONE of them!) Last year, I pledged to significantly reduce my consumption of plastic bags in our home. I bought reusable store bags and toted them everywhere I went. It worked! When I go to CVS for toothpaste and what not, if I don’t have a bag, I put it in my purse. If I forget my bags and I am doing a last minute grocery shopping, I challenge myself to load up my purse and cart and bring the items sans bags to the car. Yes, I do get looks of death from the clerks but I always say- ” I saved a plastic tree today,” and smile and usually they do too.

This year- my realistic resoultions consist of:

1) Reducing the usage of paper towels in my home.

Am I crazy? Yes- with the bambino on the way we have been shredding rags and purchasing reusable cloths like mad. We can do it. We have to. Think of the paper towel trees we shall save! We are reserving paper towels use to puppy accidents only.

2) Work to be more positive in all aspects of life.

This one is harder than the paper towels one. Whether its letting the stress of the day go and basking in the little positives of life ( a dogs grin, sunny days or water with ice and lemon) I need to take a step back and mold my life to be more positive. This one is going to take quite a bit of work, but I think that the birth of my son ( can you believe I am having a SON?!  I am still in shock. ) will help me to take a step back and focus on the more important things in life. Accentuate the positive.

I am sticking to two this year. Just two. Good luck to me and good luck to you. I will be sure to keep you updated on the progress.

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Lunch time!

whats in your lunch box?

what's in your lunch box?

In moments I will be heating up my Trader J’s Pasta with Pomodoro sauce. Spaghetti to be exact. Got me thinking, what is your favorite recession lunch?
I went through a PB&J phase, I swear its a super food, a little bit of whole grains, protein and of course sugar. Soup bowls are in, but what else is there. I wanna hear your thoughts….

I am so jealous of my husband he is out to lunch right now.

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Pregnancy Post: NY Times: Baby, You’re Home

Told you I would label it a pregnancy post! Blogging during lunch, at my desk.

Was reading the NY Times today and discovered an article on home births I found fascinating and had to share. Nestled in the Home & Garden section is the article entitled: Baby, You’re Home all about moms in NYC who have opted for home births and interviews with docs for and against them. The slide show depicts moms in pain and also the bliss of holding their new child in their arms for the first time.

So I know as soon as I post this people will start to debate- OMG is she considering a home birth?! Take a breather folks- I don’t know what I am doing, this is my first time.  I think that its an interesting notion- your home is a place of security , well-being, and comfort and wouldn’t you want to bring your child into that environment as long as it was safe to do so? But on the other hand, wow, I mean wow takes guts to do that. I applaud these women for their courage.

Even before your child is born you have to pick pediatricians and what type of birth and all the things that fill the nursery and blah blah blah – but at the end of the day, you have a child, which is pretty neato if you ask me.

One more thing- I am AMAZED at this child’s rapid grow rate right now. He has grown so much that I actually had to go our an buy maternity shirts!  Plus, he is kicking up a storm, mostly at night. But wow!

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Voting with and for the unborn

Wow, can you believe it ? He won, he really won! I am still not over my shock and disbelief.

I will never forget where I was when I heard that Obama had been voted President of the United States. It was 3:30 AM and I was up due to the unborn squirming around and I sleepily remembered the election. Jumped on my phone and there it was on the mobile version of CNN.com, ‘ Obama elected, Change has come to America.’ With that, I went right back to sleep with dreams of change and prosperity.

I rushed out of work on Tuesday so that I could make it to my polling station before it closed, thanks to Mel Gibson I sat in my car on 495 for 1 hour and 15 min. Apparently there was one of his new movies in progress filming in a rest area. Seriously? On election day ? How selfish. ANYWAY- Dashed home to let the dogs out and off we went.

Arrive to the polls at 715 and waited in no line! As I walked to the voting area thinking, wow, I am carrying my child to the polls and voting for a African American president for the first time and more importantly I am voting for someone I truly believe has the good of the American public at heart. It was empowering, exciting and unbelievably emotional. I thought of all that had come before me that had to fight for the right to vote as African Americans and women and marked my vote for Obama. Proudly.

My husband and I walked out smiling from ear to ear, hand in hand thinking the cliche phrase, ‘ Yes we can.’

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Wine before birth= Better Behaved Kids?

What do we think of this article,

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Expecting mothers who have an alcoholic drink or two a week do no harm to their unborn children and may have sons who are better behaved, a study said.”

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