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Pregnancy Product Review: Chocolate

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Crying a lot? Needing a hug? Feeling aches and pains that won’t quit? Does watching a Golden Girls marathon sort of help but it still feels like something’s… missing?

Let me recommend this thing I’ve always known about but now have a new relationship with: Chocolate. All. The. Chocolate. I’m going to guide you through the best way to let this magical cure-all help you throughout your pregnancy.

First though, you should know what this product really is. I looked up the history of chocolate and discovered that it’s been around for a long time – like thousands of years so that makes me feel like we’re all pretty safe ingesting as much of this stuff as we can with no ill side effects. It also was involved in some mayan/aztec happenings and from what I can tell it comes from beans which are healthy, so feel free to have at it! I could probably be more thorough but that was as much cocoa-education I could muster because I’m nine months pregnant.

Without further ado, here are my suggestions for proper use of this fine product:
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Define Vulva w/ Amy Biedel!

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Totally Mommy Podcast

Episode 6

Elizabeth’s long time friend and soul sister in sensitivity & dog rescue is our co-host today! Actress, singer and doula AMY BIEDEL came on and discussed the good (getting certified in childbirth education) the bad (her son picking up her less than pride-filled mannerisms, Elizabeth’s swollen undercarriage) and the funny (her three year old being obsessed with anatomy, Elizabeth crying over a touch being the wrong kind). Then they discuss why Amy thinks one of their dog rescue foibles led to her pregnancy before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about their thoughts on circumcision, how to navigate fertility testing, how to deal with anxiety about pregnancy weight gain, and how to manage a friendship when you are in mommy-ville and she wants you to get drunk at her wedding. Enjoy!

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A Different Kind Of Baby!

It’s here! Today is a big day for us. As you know we have Baby Oprah coming in the next little while, but as of today, another sort of baby has arrived.  This baby has been gestating for much longer than the standard 9.5 months.  There were no swollen ankles or morning sickness (that I know of) but there was definitely some primal labor of love shit happening here:

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Andy co-wrote and produced this beautiful EP called Make A Shadow for Meg Myers (think: Fiona Apple meets Kurt Cobain) and also has been managing Meg for the last three years. To say I’m proud of what they’ve created here is an understatement. I’m feeling mama bear fierce pride that makes my eyes well with tears throughout every single song.

I know that parents always think their own baby is the cutest, so I know I’m biased but I really do think this EP is an exquisite work of art. I just feel so fortunate to have this music in my life and want that for everyone ~ I feel the need to share it, and (for real) not just because our real life future human baby’s ability to have things/food/parents-who-aren’t-homeless kinda sorta depends on its success. Although that’s a thing too :)

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So. Please take a listen, then go buy the EP in iTunes, and then go and give it the 5 star rating it obviously deserves. Check out the video for “Desire”,  and then share all of it. Share it far, share it wide!

ps. If you are in LA, Meg is playing at The Bootleg tonight. Her live shows are phenomenal. Also, you might run into an extremely swollen pregnant lady who loves Meg’s shows so much she is staying up well past her bedtime. Come say hi :)

~ A very proud mama bear

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Racial Tension!

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Totally Married Podcast

Episode 136

Whoa nelly! Elizabeth and Andy discuss the heated conversation inspired by episode 135 regarding racism as well as Andy’s potentially new diagnosis before answering listener questions about thank you note etiquette in friendships and what to do when that goes awry, whether or not Elizabeth and Andy took the babymoon they’d discussed, how to deal with feelings of betrayal when a parent is unfaithful to your other parent, and how to enjoy your big wedding day without letting it consume your life and happiness leading up to it. Enjoy!

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Claudia Maittlen-Harris!

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Totally Laime Podcast

Episode 210

She’s a talented writer (check her out on Huffington Post!) and comedian, with a fantastic blog: The Zeros Before The One  Elizabeth’s upbringing soul sister CLAUDIA MAITTLIN-HARRIS came on and talked sorority engagements, bad dates involving Sarah Palin, why cruises ain’t so bad, and whether or not Paris Hilton is bright (hint: no) Enjoy!