Amanda R.

Amanda is a native Texan who spent a few years in the Boston area. Newish to the stay-at-home mom gig, she’s mother to an eight-year-old wilding and a five-year-old diva. When not trying to herd those cats, she runs a doula agency, Journey to Motherhood (@motherhoodsatx), and works as a San Antonio birth doula and childbirth educator. She has been married to her husband for almost nine years, which also means learning the ways of being a military spouse. Upon his return from his first deployment in their relationship, she surprised him by proposing to him when she finished her first half marathon (more like she held up a ring and he said yes). Their honeymoon was a babymoon (ehh) to Italy, followed by another deployment, building a new home, and having another child. Much time at home is spent cultivating a medicinal and vegetable garden (she’s a modern hippie), reading all kinds of books (everyone is a book nerd), crafting cocktails (because yum), documenting shenanigans and social activism on Instagram (@optimisticheathen), and holding spontaneous dance parties in the living room.
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This is Halloween. Everybody SCREAM!

It’s the most...wonderful time… of the yeaaaaarrrrrr! And by this I mean HALLOWEEEEEN!  We are all having to deal with whatever that’s going to look like for trick-or-treating in this, the year of the Great Pandemic...
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Texas, Sex Ed, & You: What’s Being Taught in Schools and What Isn’t

Spinderella, cut it up one time. Let's talk about (Texas) Sex (Ed), baby You may or may not remember what if anything you were taught in school about sex. I’m not talking about what we...
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Family-Friendly 80s Movies to Re-Watch With Your Kids

You might have been a kid in the 80s if some movies you can remember watching include E.T., The Last Starfighter, The Empire Strikes Back, or Ghostbusters, to name a few. And chances are...
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You Peed on a Stick and It’s Positive: A Pregnancy Refresher

So you peed on a stick and it’s positive for pregnancy. Now what?   Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve already birthed a human or have a little human around you who calls you some...
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San Antonio Delivery or Curbside Options for March

Looking for alternative dining options while we're home for a few weeks? Here's a running list of some local restaurants offering San Antonio delivery or curbside service in and around the area as of...

“Why Is Daddy’s Vulva on the Outside?”: Resources for Talking to Your Kids About...

Hey, there. Before I get rolling on this post, I want to acknowledge the following: You should find a comfortable place to sit to read this, with a comforting beverage. We’ve all been taught...

How to Interview Your OB to Be Part of Your Birth Team

Yes, you read that right. You should interview your OB for your upcoming birth to be a part of your birth team. Sure, this provider has been there for you through annual pap smears,...

Alamo City Moms TASTE: The Rio Grande Cocktail Recipe + a Texas Bourbon Lesson

Unpopular opinion: to me, bourbon is more Texas than a frosty margarita. It’s a Texas sunset on the last summer night, the feel of well worn leather boots, and the comfort and complexity of...

Score Big This Summer with Post Cereals and MLS!

Growing up on the border in Eagle Pass, I remember being able to see fútbol matches on the field that butted up to the Rio Grande's edge from our car as we drove through...
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How to Help a Friend: San Antonio Domestic Violence and Abuse Resources

Scroll down to go straight to the San Antonio domestic violence resources at the end of this post. A few jobs ago, I worked with a young woman with whom I eventually became friends. We...

Oh, Honey, That Stress Will Kill You

"Oh, honey, that stress will kill you." This is what the emergency room nurse said to me while completing my intake. It is not hard to see that the past two years have increased...

Five Days in West Texas: A Real Family Vacation

In case you weren’t aware, many of us are big fans of West Texas (see this post and this post as examples). It’s beautiful, wide open spaces as far as the eye can see,...

Breastfriends, Assemble!

In my previous post, I outlined the benefits for babies who receive breast milk as much as possible. Today I want to talk about breastfeeding in how it relates to us mamas. Thinking about breastfeeding...

Family Meal Planning, Not So Simple: Cook the Book!

Before children (BC), I thoroughly enjoyed cooking. I scoured magazines (pre-internet) for interesting eats and browsed shelves at bookstores for something that would make me salivate. I didn’t plan out meals; I planned out...