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SoCal Life

LA Beaches – Alamitos Beach Review

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Since moving to LA, I have been on the lookout for a nice beach that is family-friendly, clean and where you don’t have to spend an hour looking for parking. We’ve tried a couple but I just haven’t found that perfect beach spot yet. Last weekend, we continued our search and decided to try Alamitos Beach in Long Beach based on a friend’s recommendation. To get to the beach, we had to drive through downtown Long Beach and I was very impressed! There were tons of restaurants, bars and shops and it looked like it could be a fun area …

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SoCal Life

Our First Trip to the OC Fair

It’s around 2:00pm on a Sunday afternoon and I’m trying to think of something fun our family could do before the weekend ends. Our little monkey has taken a long nap so she is rested and ready to go. The question is – where could we go on such short notice that would be fun, not too expensive and something not too extreme for a mom who’s also seven months pregnant? That’s when I remembered the commercials I had been seeing for the Orange County Fair. Now, I was raised in San Diego county so the only fair I knew …

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Creamy Pesto Chicken & Spinach Orzo Dinner

*Images have recently been updated, as well as some recipe notes. Please let me know if you have any questions! I’m glad everyone’s loving this recipe as much as our family does. 🙂  This is one of my all-time favorite dinners and I’m really excited to share it with you! Orzo has become one of my new favorite ingredients to cook with. For those of you that may not be familiar with it yet, it’s in the pasta family, but it’s very small and resembles rice more than actual noodles. It’s so versatile and super easy to cook up. So …

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Baby Mom Life

Csection or VBAC? That Is the Question

  Repeat Csection or VBAC – that is the question… “Your baby is breech .” Those are the words I heard during my thirty-two week ultrasound appointment with my first baby. Now, I was pretty familiar with what this meant because I was also a breech baby and knew that my mom had me delivered via cesarean section (C-section) for that reason. As my doctor further explained, the chances of my baby turning around on her own were very small so we should plan and prepare to have our baby via C-section. She did briefly talk about a method called …

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Mental Health Mom Life

Living with Anxiety – then Becoming a Mom

  *UPDATED: August 22, 2018* Last night, while I was trying to fall asleep, I began to cry uncontrollably. I am currently beginning my search for a preschool for my daughter and these are some of the thoughts that began to consume my brain as I laid in bed – Will she be safe? Will the teachers care for her as much as I do? How do I know I can trust the school and the teachers? What if she gets bullied? What if she gets kidnapped while playing outside? What if there is an earthquake and I can’t get …