Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf

Autumn means pumpkin season, and I’ve been all about that lately. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkins to decorate my front porch, romping in pumpkin patches… Yet it’s also apple season, and apples need some love. After all, apples are my trusty go-to snack, available year round when other fruits go out of season, delicious eaten unadorned or with a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or a sprinkle of cinnamon. When you put the two together, what do you get? In my kitchen, you get yourself a Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf, a true seasonal treat.

 

 

 

 

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Retirement Investing for New Moms

Almost eight months ago, I became a mom, and my entire world changed. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do work-wise before my son was born, but when I met him for the first time, I knew. At least for now, I wanted to spend my days being his mom. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped thinking about our finances and the future. There are many ways you can start saving for retirement early in your career, even from the first day you start working. I took advantage of several, including contributing to a Roth IRA and then to my company’s 401(k) plan. And you don’t need to stop investing for retirement as a mom if you choose to be home with your baby. Many tax-advantaged options are still available to you, and if you have the information, you and your partner can make sure you’re set up for successful saving.

 

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Gluten Free Banana Maple Muffins

These gluten free Banana Maple Muffins were the first baked treats I made on the regular as a new runner and busy law student in need of good fuel on the go. I made a few batches in the weeks leading up to my son’s birth, and they became a lifesaver when I was alone in my house with a two-week-old who needed to be fed, changed, and held constantly and I didn’t have time to make myself a meal. I’d take a few out of the freezer and toast them, then top with peanut butter and eat them standing at the kitchen counter, or while I was nursing on the couch. They hold up well enough to eat plain also, making them a great snack to pop into a baggie and take along to a park playdate. And if you’re a fellow nursing mom, the main ingredient is oats, which are among the top galactagogues recommended to increase or preserve your milk supply, and you can easily add flaxseed or brewer’s yeast to pack a double punch of goodness for both you and baby.

 

 

 

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Babies and Budgets

Babies change your budget. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a saver or a spender, some of the money that you were previously socking away in your bank account or splurging on eating out all the time will now be earmarked for your tiny human. The tiny human can cost a little or a lot depending on how you handle things, and if you’re in a position where you can get a lot of hand-me-downs it’ll help tremendously! But there are a few wallet hits that will surprise most new moms. Not the big ticket items like childcare. Whether one parent stays home, you hire a nanny, or you find a daycare, it’s going to be expensive. The ones that sneak up on you most are the ones you don’t know about until you or a family member or friend you spend lots of time with has a baby.

 

 

(and sometimes you can’t resist the clothes)

 

 

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What’s a Millennial Mom To Do?

Back in the day (also known as three years ago), when I was a carefree single girl in law school, I started a blog. I focused on my running journey and on cooking and eating gluten free, but also on my adventures as a twentysomething in New York City. This is also known as a Healthy Living Blog.

 

I had a fun two years writing about my life, especially when I was having fun going out to bars, restaurants, museums, and cultural events in the city (there’s not all that much “school” in the last semester of law school), when I was traveling the world after the bar exam, and when I started training for my first marathon while working full time. I loved sharing my adventures and experiences and connecting with other bloggers and readers. But then, life happened. My boyfriend became my fiancee, then husband, and we found out we were expecting our first child.

 

I was happy to share the details of my life when it was all about me, but I wasn’t sure if it felt right to share my family’s life in the same way. My husband and I are adults and we can make informed decisions about what to share online, but our son, who is now an adorable 7 month old, isn’t really able to voice his opinion. We decided it would be best to keep photos and personal information about him private, sharing only with family and friends. When he’s older he can decide for himself if he’d like his baby pictures to be searchable on Google. We won’t make that decision for him 🙂

 

That meant I needed a different direction for my blog. I read and respect a lot of blogs out there with authors who do choose to share their families with the world, and that’s awesome. But it also meant I wasn’t really sure what else to write about, if I didn’t want to go down that path. It was an open question, one I thought about while I was pregnant and that took a backseat to all the major life happenings like having a baby and keeping a tiny human alive on the outside.

 

Now, I think I have the answer. I’m a millennial mom. I’m passionate about educating others about topics that I’m geekily interested in, especially personal finance. It’s an area all new parents (and prospective new parents, and really all young adults) should be versed in, and one most avoid because it can be pretty boring. But co-workers of my generation often came to me with questions about saving and spending and 401Ks while I was working as a junior attorney at a big law firm, and it made me realize, if my friends and younger colleagues didn’t know about this stuff now, when would they figure it out? I’m hoping this blog will be a place with relatable advice for others of my generation, the oft-bemoaned Millenials. I’m also planning to share mom tips and advice that go beyond finances and budgeting, because while I’m no expert, there’s a lot I wish I had known about being a millennial parent – whether it’s taking or fending off unsolicited advice from your elders, or the big debates over aspects of parenting that you have no idea exist when you’re in your twenties and the first of your friends to have kids. I’ll also be sharing recipes easy for new moms to make, because I love trying out new treats and the preparedness motto for all moms is: always have snacks.

 

 

If that’s what you’re looking for, stick around for the next post. There aren’t going to be a lot of cute baby photos here – like I said, it’s my son’s choice to share those later in life. I plan to refer to my son as “Baby Bear” and my husband as “Papa Bear” to avoid getting too personal with the details, and also to make it easier for you, the reader, not to think of what I write as about me, but rather how it relates to you. But there will be a lot to learn if you’re in the same boat as me, or think you might be someday soon.

 

 

 

 

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