Puerto Life Lessons: You Can Do Hard Things

As our year in Puerto Escondido comes to a close, our family is filled with emotion.  This tropical paradise and these beautiful people have taught us lessons that will stay with us for life. Most of all, the ever-constant reminder that from discomfort, comes growth.

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What She Really Wants For Mother’s Day (But Won’t Ask For)

We all know that mothers want to spend quality time with their kids on Mother’s Day. However, there’s something else that every mother craves deeply. It’s something that moms rarely ask for. Something that shouldn’t only be reserved for Mother’s Day.

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Here's What I Wish Every Mom Knew About Postpartum Depression

My first year as a mother of two, was the hardest year of my life. It was the year that I didn’t recognize myself. The year that I felt like a shell of the person I “used to be”. The year that I suffered from postpartum depression.

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Dogs, Fireworks, and Cock-A-Doodle-Dos: My Wish for You This Christmas

The Christmas sun is setting here in La Punta, Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

I am relishing in the calm after the long-awaited, and highly planned-for celebration, that is Christmas.

Last night for Christmas Eve, we ate dinner at the incredible restaurant below our apartment.  Loyal to my Italian roots, I enjoyed a mouth-watering seafood spaghetti.  It made me feel closer to home, to my family.

The small, cozy space was filled with many people that we have met over these past two weeks. It was comforting to feel the energy of our newfound community.

Our family of four said Buenas Noches, and headed to bed at 10pm.

That’s when the locals began their celebrations.

We are quickly learning that there are no noise rules in Mexico. Literally, NONE.

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We Made It To Mexico! (Tough transition, but SO worth it!)

It’s Saturday night in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The girls are asleep, Arjan is reading in the balcony hammock, and there is live local folk music playing in the distance.

Today we truly ARRIVED.

What a transition these first five days have been...

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