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I’m Bethany. My son is Alexander and was born June 2013. My husband (Cameron) and I live right outside of Shreveport Louisiana. And I’ve got a little girl, born January 2016. She started solids at the beginning of August 2016, and she’s doing awesome! You can see her eating videos on my Instagram and Snapchat (@blwideas for both).

I’m a stay at home mom to the two kiddos, and I plan to homeschool them both (for now). I was a high school teacher in both NYC and DC for 7 years, Algebra 2 (Math A in NYC!) and Physics. Cameron and I consider ourselves respectful/gentle parents, in all aspects. If you were to Google “gentle parenting” you’ll find various checklists, and we pretty much fit those lists to a T! So if you have any parenting questions, you are welcome to message me about them. I’ve read several blogs and have some great resources to share, but since this blog is about food stuff, I won’t blast it all over this blog. I do love sharing the things I’ve learned with new and/or frustrated parents. 

Remember: Everything is a phase. And there’s a reason for (almost) every phase. You just have to be the gentle, empathetic guide for your kiddos, helping them navigate the big scary feelings that sometimes come along in life. If we don’t show them that big scary feelings are normal!, not an emergency!, and that you’re here to help them figure them out, then they’ll end up holding them inside. That’s not fun for them or for us. 

Love is patient and kind, is not self-seeking, keeps no record of wrongs, and is not easily angered. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Bad days happen, but tomorrow is a new day. One bad day does not make you a bad parent! Show yourself some love, too. 

If you have any questions, or recipe ideas or suggestions, please contact me at

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PS Here are some answers to some personal FAQ.

  • Jacqueline

    Love your new blog! I am considering blw with my daughter (6m). Do you have any posts on starting out blw with a 6m old? Good luck with the big move!


      Send me an email (at the address listed), and I’ll send you some information there! I don’t have a post written about it, no.

  • Aniela Daum

    Hi, any recipes to use quinoa? I made a double batch and looking to make something yummy for us to share with the little one. Thanks

    • blwideas

      I don’t use it much! I have a recipe for couscous bars that is really yummy. You could use the quinoa instead. Other than that, I found a ton of ideas online for how to use cooked quinoa! Lots of options! Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

      • Aniela Daum

        Thanks very much!

        • Jillian Daniels

          you can use quinoa is almost any pattie- i’ve used in chickpea patties, tuna/salmon patties, sweet potatoe/bean/zucchini pattie etc etc

          • Aniela Daum

            Ok thanks!! I’ll give that a try!