Stronger, Walker, Bigger and Superstitious

“Lola stood upright much more today on her own. Did not need much extra sensory input today. Trying to pull to stand at surface from sitting – needs only balance help.” This was another great report from Lola’s physical therapist on Tuesday! Usually Lola needs a bit of a push to get up on her feet, but she surprised us both when she stood right up on her own. She then proceeded to balance at the bin for over a minute until her tired out legs just collapsed. But she just continues to get stronger every session and her PT always comments on how amazing her improvement is. [column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″][/column] [column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″][/column] [column size=”1-3″ last=”1″ style=”0″][/column] I definitely think part of Lola’s drive to...
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nprfreshair: On today’s Fresh Air, how industrial farming destroyed the tasty tomato…and why we’re partially responsible, says Barry Estabrook: “It’s the price we pay for insisting we have food out of season and not local. We foodies and people in the sustainable food movement chant these mantras ‘local, seasonable, organic, fair-trade, sustainable’ and they almost become meaningless because they’re said so often and you see them in so many places. If you strip all those away, they do mean something, and what they mean is that you end up with something like a Florida tomato in the winter — which is tasteless.” One of the best things about living in Costa Rica is the good, fresh produce.  I would sadly miss it if we left....
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Sin Azucar Por Favor

It’s time to take my weight matters into my own hands.  I naively thought that breastfeeding would rapidly bring my body back to my pre-baby days.  Sure it helped shed the pounds in the first few weeks as Lola was nursing what felt like 18 hours a day.  I barely had enough energy to eat and I physically felt like any calories I did take in went straight to Lola.  Then around the six week marker, I began to get used to this whole motherhood thing.  I was sleeping more which in return gave me the energy I needed to actually make myself a meal.  But something strange happened to my taste buds since giving birth.  I have this ungodly desire to eat anything sweet.  Cookies, ice cream,...
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Lola’s Shower

Last month was Lola’s baby shower. I won’t say it was my baby shower as it was all for our little bundle, Lolita (OK, OK except maybe the food!). We had an absolute blast (men included) and it was all thanks to the gracious people that we are surrounded by here in Costa Rica. The cutest damn cake everSporting my $9.00 BCBG dress found at a Ropa Americana (aka-thrift shop)Yes folks… that is my motherAll of our friends in CR are foodies – lucky for this preggerMy favorite foods…vegetarian lasagna, broccoli salad and of course-breadI literally hid these little gems because I needed more for myself : recipeI love these outfits…it’s kind of funny that they were bought in the U.S.The most practical gift we received…a voucher for a...
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Embracing the New

Penned by Meredith Part of living in Costa Rica (or any foreign country for that matter) is that you must be open to new traditions. Lately I find myself struggling with longing for the past. The times where I was surrounded by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and all things familiar. Like I have mentioned before, I am so grateful to have my mom and Steve here in CR, but I still long for the days of big grandiose Thanksgivings filled with a family’s love and laughter or blueberry pancakes at my Grandma Ruth’s Christmas morning or a matinée movie at the theater with the rest of the family later Xmas Day. But, things have changed. Family members have passed, others have moved, while some are still...
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