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Flipping the switch

Big announcement time is here!

As I said on Twitter, I am not pregnant. But I have been “laboring” over something new, and it’s finally time to share! Just in time for Blissdom, The Family Math is moving to a new spot on the web!

Please stop by and check it out, and PLEASE let me know what you think of the new site! If you are a current subscriber, I would love for you to subscribe over there (look in the sidebar for the box), where I will be posting from here on out. I’ve moved over all my archives, so the same stuff you can find here, you can now also find there. This site will also still be here, it just won’t be getting any fresh content.

Hope you’ll join me in this new chapter! Thanks so much for reading!

Working with style: Wet pants edition

No, I did not wet my pants. Well, I did, but only in the sense that I put them in the washer.

And forgot to put them in the dryer.

As a work-outside-the-home mom who has recently struggled with some weight gain (thanks, anti-depressants!), one of my big challenges is keeping the clothes that fit clean so I can wear them when I need to. And last week, I just got behind.

Thus the wet pants. I had washed clothes the night before, but I guess I went to bed before they were done. I put them in the dryer when I got up, thinking that surely they would be dry in an hour.

Guess again.

So then I had a few options: I could wait for them to finish drying and be late for work; I could wear them to work damp; or I could find something else to wear. I went for option 3, which basically meant I was scrounging around for something that was clean and seasonally appropriate. Thank goodness for a mild winter, because I would’ve been out of luck or freezing otherwise.

WWS 2/11

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Gap
Tights: Target
Shoes: Clark’s

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I’m linking up with Brandy and Liberating Working Moms for Working with Style. Stop by and check them out!

Working with Style: Uh-oh edition

I’ve had two recent frustrations with my work wardrobe.

One is just kind of silly, and I’m sure it’d be a quick fix for someone who knows how to sew. The other morning I put on my dark brown work slacks. I buttoned them. I grabbed for the zipper pulley … except there was no zipper pulley to grab. Somehow that part of the zipper had apparently come off at some point! So there would be no wearing the dark brown pants to work this week!

This wouldn’t be such a problem except for the other frustration: I’ve gained weight. I’m not sure if I gained over a matter of months while I was on antidepressants or that I’ve done more emotional eating since I’ve come off them. Regardless, my postpartum bod is not looking so hot these days. And having those dark brown pants taken out of the lineup (combined with how abysmally behind on laundry we’ve been) meant that I was really scrounging around to find something to wear.

Thankfully I have a few things that still fit and are at least somewhat flattering (pics and descriptions below), but I really have to do something about this weight gain because I am running out of clothes that fit. And judging by the number of clothes that are already a little snug or uncomfortable, I’m not far from needing to make the I’m-up-a-size shopping trip that most women dread.

I have been thinking about how to put a stop to the weight gain and get a little healthier, and I’m planning to post some thoughts later this week. In the meantime, I’d love to hear how you have dealt with a few extra pounds after having a baby (even if it was 10 months after having him — LIKE ME).

Here are my recent outfits (yes, I’m the dork taking my own picture in the mirror. Shut up.):

Working with Style 1-21

Pants: Lane Bryant
Black short-sleeved jacket: Lane Bryant
Gray shirt: Old Navy
Scarf: Gift from a friend

WWS Outfit - Dress and green cardi

 (This is the outfit I wore the day of the brown-pants incident)
Dress: Wal-mart
Green cardigan: Target
Tights: Target
Shoes: Clarks

WWS outfit - Purple sweater

Sweater: Target (Mossimo)
Tank: Target (Also Mossimo, I think)

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As usual, I’m linking up with Liberating Working Moms for this Working with Style post! Stop by there to check out Shannon’s first time hosting!

Guest posting over at The Momma Bird

I’m over at Michelle’s place today guest posting as part of her health and wellness series. I’m sharing about my experience with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Please stop by and check it out!

In which I profess my undying love for kale

So I have a food problem.

I can’t eat spinach. You don’t want to know the details, but just trust me. It’s a no-go. And it’s a little sad, because I love the way it tastes. Plus it’s in approximately half the recipes in the world.

So I was delighted when I was introduced to kale. It’s a pretty decent substitute for spinach in a lot of recipes (more so the cooked ones than the ones that call for raw spinach). And it also holds its own in a lot of kale-centric recipes.

I found a huge bag of it on sale just after the new year, so we have been eating kale like nobody’s business. I wanted to share my favorite way to prepare it as a side and also a really great recipe I tried with it recently.

Sauteed kale with bacon (you know I love me some bacon)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Two large handfuls of kale
One garlic clove, minced
Two shallots, chopped (you can also substitute onion, but I prefer shallots)
Two slices of thick, center-cut bacon, cut into hunks
Cooking spray

Directions:
Spray your saute pan with cooking spray as the pan heats. Cook bacon until near done, then add garlic. Once the bacon is approaching the crispy stage, add the shallots. Once those have gotten tender, add the kale. Cook to the desired consistency of the kale. I prefer mine wilted but still with a little texture to it.

The other recipe is one I adapted from The Pioneer Woman. It’s a take on zuppa toscana (Olive Garden, anyone).

Sausage, kale and potato soup

Sausage, potato and kale soup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 bunches Kale, Picked Over, Cleaned, And Torn Into Bite Sized Pieces
8 small red potatoes, sliced thin
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 pound ground Italian Sausage
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
1 cup Heavy Cream
Fresh Or Dried Oregano
Black Pepper To Taste

Instructions:
Boil potatoes until tender, then drain and set aside. Brown the Italian sausage in a large boiler or pot. Stir in the red pepper, oregano, broth, milk and heavy cream. Add the potatoes and then stir in the kale. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan.

Are you a kale fanatic, too? I’d love to hear some of your favorite recipes?

Pinned: Pasta e fagioli

Bacon.

Do you really need to know anything else?

I have a strong love for all-foods-Italian, so when I saw this recipe on Food52, I knew I wanted to make it.

And bacon, y’all.

This turned out delicioso. I’m not sure if that’s a real word, or if Rachel Ray made it up, but I’m appropriating it for my use in this post. Because I’m not sure there’s another word to describe the pasta e fagioli.

I totally just Googled this to find out that “fagioli” actually means “beans” in Italian, so the recipe is literally “pasta and beans.” I believe it’s traditionally a vegetarian dish, but Food52’s addition of bacon is quite welcome. Obvs.

Pasta e fagioli recipeHere’s the recipe, adapted from Food52’s. This serves 4.

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

20 oz. chicken broth

1 16-oz. can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained

20 oz. whole tomatoes, drained and chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup dittalini

1 tablespoon dried parsley

grated Parmesan
Directions:
In a saucepan, saute bacon over medium heat, draining as needed, until crispy. Add onions and garlic and continue sauteeing until onions are soft and translucent. Add broth and simmer, covered, for five minutes. Mash 1/3 of the beans in a bowl, then add these, the remaining beans, the tomatoes and the basil to the soup mixture. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until pasta is at preferred tenderness (original recipes calls for al dente). Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Top with Parmesan and enjoy!

Merry Christmas — and Blogmas!

Blogmas Worthy

I’ve been away for a few days visiting family and enjoying Noah’s first Christmas, but I hope everyone had a happy holiday! I’m planning to post some photos and videos of what we’ve been up to the past week or so, but not tonight. We just got back into town around 6, had dinner with friends and are about to head to bed.

Some exciting news: One of my blog posts (“I deserve better than to be judged: On breastfeeding vs. formula” has been recognized on All Things Fadra for a Blogmas 2011 Award! Head over to her blog to check out her list of “Top 20 Blog Posts to Make You Feel.” I’m at #11!