Keiko Zoll

Keiko Zoll is a writer, foodie, all-around geek and new mom to baby Judah, born May 2013. Married to her high school sweetheart, Larry, Keiko lives in the greater Boston area with her two adorable cats. She writes at Team Zoll, her personal blog about parenting, food and life's zany adventures and is the founder of The Infertility Voice, an online empowerment resource for those living with infertility. Keiko also nerds it up at Words Empowered, her social media and web design consultancy. When she's not writing into the wee hours of the morning or Instagraming a million pictures of her son, you can find her all over the social web, geeking out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

A Perfectly Lovely Book Themed Baby Shower!

I had the wonderful fortune of throwing a baby shower for a dear friend of my mine, Claire, with her mother (and grandmother-to-be) Leslie, and our mutual friends Melanie, Deirdre and Jody. Since Claire doesn’t know the gender of her baby, we wanted a theme that was versatile but specific to the Mama-to-Be, too. With so many clever, crafty women helping to plan this baby shower, we came up with the perfect theme for our bookworm friend: a book themed baby shower!

We went wild with the theme, even including a build a library request, asking guests to bring an unwrapped children’s book in lieu of a card. We had plenty of bookish activities and games and the Mama-to-Be was simply glowing with excitement and joy. Take a look through Claire’s Book Themed Baby Shower to find shower games, activities and decoration inspiration for your next shower!

I Can't Do Baby Showers... and 6 Other Things Your Friend with Infertility Wants to Tell You

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This is my fifth NIAW, the first since I gave birth to my son last year.

I have these moments when I look at my son Judah in absolute wonder and amazement. I can’t believe he’s really here, I think: I can’t believe he’s really ours. Even as we approach his first birthday next month, the wonder hasn’t faded. It stays ever-present in my mind and on my heart because of the long, difficult, emotional four-year journey through infertility to welcome Judah into our family. I am immensely humbled by and grateful for every single moment we share with him.

But I know there are plenty of people who are still waiting for their own baby hopes and dreams to come true. In fact, there are 7.3 million people with infertility in the United States alone, as many as 1 in 8 couples. There’s a very good chance that 1 in 8 is someone you know, too.

In honor of NIAW, here are 7 things you need to know to help support someone with infertility in your life. I was so fortunate to have an amazing support network of family and friends as we struggled with infertility; I truly couldn’t have made it without them. I hope you’ll join me in taking a minute to share this post to help advocate for and raise awareness of infertility in support of NIAW this year!

7 Things Your Friend With Infertility Wants to Tell You

5 Yummy Toddler-Friendly Passover Snacks

Passover is a big deal in our house. My husband and I love to host our own seder, the ritual meal held on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday, inviting many of our friends from all faiths. We have a really fun time telling stories, singing songs, and of course–eating! I spend two solid days in the kitchen, cooking up a storm with all of our favorite holiday recipes. This Passover is particularly special for us, since it’s Judah’s first Passover.

While Judah doesn’t have to keep kosher for Passover (since he’s under 13, the age of Bar Mitzvah), we still want him to get a taste of our holiday traditions. Here are the five Passover foods our little one is loving right now!

Baby in Bloom: Springtime with Judah!

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, we are thrilled to be able to take Judah outside to enjoy this beautiful, blooming springtime. In addition to Judah’s first flight, we had an extra special opportunity this weekend when we got to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom for the last weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. It was a positively stunning display and was the first time really since Judah was born that he got to see and experience the beauty and warmth of early springtime.

Here are our favorite photos from our lovely morning visit to the cherry blossoms!

7 Travel Tips We Learned from Baby's First Plane Ride

This was a big weekend for Judah: his very first plane ride! We flew from Boston to Baltimore to spend the weekend celebrating Judah’s great-great uncle’s 85th birthday. My husband and I are both pretty seasoned travelers and we had no idea what to expect when traveling with Judah by plane. Turns out, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, and Judah was a champ about the entire weekend.

Here are the 7 most important things we learned about flying with baby that we’ll be sure to keep in mind for his next flight… hopefully a flight out to Austin, Texas later this spring!

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