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Mar 13

Baby Bites is here! (plus maternity leave info/FAQs)

Claire Bear

I’m so excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Claire Noelle! Claire arrived on March 9th at 7 lbs 8 oz and both of us are happy and healthy. I can’t believe I’m a mom now! We came home from the hospital yesterday and it feels so surreal that she’s here. My heart is so full!

Hi Baby Claire!

I will be taking a maternity leave for the next few months to focus on taking care of Claire and learning how to be a good mom. I will still be posting new recipes throughout my maternity leave – I prepared for this and put together posts ahead of time! Keep checking in with my site and following me by email, on Instagram or on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a recipe. There are some great ones coming!

Although I will be posting new content throughout my maternity leave, I will not be as available to respond to comments, questions and emails during this time. I am used to fielding questions 24/7 and trying to be as available as possible for you all, but for the next few months I really need to focus that time and energy on my new little one. I hope you understand!

Claire with Mommy and Daddy

As I often find myself answering a lot of similar questions, I thought it would be helpful to post my responses to Frequently Asked Questions here since I won’t be as responsive during my leave (there’s also an FAQ page on my site for future reference). Here are the ones I get most often:

I ran the nutrition information you posted through the points calculator and it doesn’t match the SmartPoints value you listed for the recipe – which one is right?
The best way to calculate the SmartPoints for a recipe is to use the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website. The recipe builder recognizes zero point foods and does not assign them a value in the overall SP calculation, however these foods still contain calories, sugar, etc. If you plug the nutrition information for the recipe into the SP calculator it will count the nutrition information for these foods in the overall points per serving, often giving you a completely different result than the recipe builder.

I made one of your recipes and when I ran it through the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder it gave me a different SmartPoints value – what gives?
I use the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder to calculate the SmartPoints values for every one of my recipes unless otherwise noted. Any discrepancies are most likely due to us using different brands or ingredients. The nutrition information of similar products from different brands can vary drastically. I try to post the brand name of the products I use as often as possible. If you are concerned you may be using different brands than I did, you’re making substitutions or if I didn’t list a brand, feel free to run the recipe through yourself and use the SP value you come up with!

Can I substitute (ingredient) for (different ingredient) in a recipe?

Sure, but I cannot guarantee the results. The recipe was made and posted with exactly the ingredients I used so it’s hard for me to say how it would taste with different ingredients. If you try it another way and you love it, let me know it worked out!

Can I freeze this recipe?
very rarely freeze my leftovers, so I am in no way an expert on freezing. Chances are I have no idea! When I love something I am usually happy to eat it for several meals in a row (is that weird?). It is unlikely that I have frozen the recipe in question. The best way for you to find out is to try freezing it! If you do, please report back in the comments because there are likely other readers wondering the same thing. I’ll appreciate you testing it out!

What is the serving size for this recipe?
The serving information is listed directly underneath the recipe title in the recipe section of each post. If it’s a casserole I often just list a number of servings rather than a measurement assuming you will cut the casserole into that many pieces and serve.

I tried making one of your recipes and it didn’t turn out right. Where did I go wrong?
I’d love to help, but unfortunately not being in the kitchen with you precludes me from being able to see where the problem lies. I only post recipes that I made with great results (trust me, you don’t see any of the duds!) so if yours didn’t turn out quite like mine it’ll be difficult for me to know why without seeing what you did. I recommend trying it again! I learn best by trial and error in the kitchen.

How can I sign up for your emails?
If you’d like to join my email list and be notified whenever I post a new recipe, you can sign up by following this link. Just enter your email address and you’ll receive an auto-generated confirmation email with a link for you to click to confirm your subscription. If you don’t see the email, please check your junk or spam folders. You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook!

Are you affiliated with Weight Watchers?
No.  I love the program and have personally been a Weight Watchers member on and off for many years (while I am not always personally following the program I am always a paid WW member with full access to the program and online tools for use in creating recipes for my blog). I use the recipe builder to calculate the points for my recipes, but my calculations have not been verified nor endorsed by Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers and SmartPoints are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Are your recipes updated for the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program?
All of my recipes have been updated to list the SmartPoints for the current WW Freestyle program.

Can you still list the old SmartPoints?
I can no longer calculate the old Beyond the Scale (BTS) SmartPoints for my recipes because the WW recipe builder has been updated and the nutrition information for the recipe will include the zero point fruits and vegetables. For the recipes I created before the switch to Freestyle, if the SmartPoints changed in the switch I noted the old BTS SPs at the end of the listing for Freestyle SPs.

For example (from my Chicken Pot Pasta recipe): WEIGHT WATCHERS FREESTYLE SMARTPOINTS:
5 per (1 ¼ cup) serving (SPs calculated using the recipe builder on, a serving was 8 SPs on the previous program

Can I re-post your recipe elsewhere? (message boards, personal blog, Facebook, etc)
If you would like to share a recipe please only do so by posting a link to the recipe on my blog. Please do not copy and paste my photos or full written recipes elsewhere. If you make one of my recipes and you want to post the results on your own blog, please put the recipe in your own words, use your own photographs and list my blog as the source with a link to the recipe on my site. If you just want to share one of my full recipes, please only do so through a direct link to my site. If you have questions, feel free to contact me using my contact page.

I’d also love to point out my handy recipe index where you can easily sort recipes by category, ingredient or WW points! It’s a great tool for meal planning.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while I am less available during my maternity leave! If you want to get a little peek into our life with a new baby, I generally share a little bit more of myself and my personal life on Instagram. I will try not to bombard you with baby pics, but if you do want to keep up with how it’s going, that’s your best bet!

Don’t forget that I will still be posting new content throughout my leave, so keep following, visiting and cooking with me! I love this site and all of you and I’m glad it can stay active and hopefully well used while I’m sleepless and covered in baby drool. 🙂


46 Responses to “Baby Bites is here! (plus maternity leave info/FAQs)”

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    lisatberry — March 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

    Oh she’s beautiful…enjoy your maternity leave.

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    Muffinzmom — March 13, 2018 @ 3:17 pm

    Congratulations!!! You take as much time as you need – it’s worth it. And she’s GORGEOUS!

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    Karyn B — March 13, 2018 @ 6:29 pm

    Post ALL the baby pics. Please!!

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    Karen — March 14, 2018 @ 8:12 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! Thanks for all you do!

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    Judith Cushman — March 14, 2018 @ 8:16 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter. Take the time you need for both of you and daddy, too. Try to rest when she sleeps until you have her sleeping in the nights for longer periods of time. Enjoy this wonderful and exciting time.

    Judy Cushman

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    Robin Meroney — March 14, 2018 @ 8:20 am

    So happy for you !

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    Pam Brodsky — March 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am

    Wishing you the best of luck with the most special gift in the world. Enjoy your special time and meld as a family! Sending thank you and love to all

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    Jean — March 14, 2018 @ 8:33 am

    I just recently found your site from many referrals of WW members. My whole family has loved every recipe!! Congrats on your beautiful new baby! Enjoy every mommy moment, the time flies so quickly (says the mom of a college sophomore!)

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    Kathi — March 14, 2018 @ 8:35 am

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations. And thank you, you are my go to site for wonderful, TASTY/DELICIOUS recipes. I talk about your website all the time at my meetings. Thanks to eating your delicious recipes (and working the program!) I’m down almost 95 pounds – but I could not have managed that if I wasn’t able to eat tasty, low point food. You rock! Enjoy your baby time!

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    Marcia Greenberg — March 14, 2018 @ 8:38 am

    Congratulations to you all. Wonderful news.

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    Donna — March 14, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    Congratulations! Claire is beautiful! Enjoy your maternity leave and getting to know the best gift you ever received.

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    Melissa — March 14, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby! Enjoy your maternity leave!

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    Kristine — March 14, 2018 @ 8:49 am

    Congratulations and God Bless Baby (Bites) Claire! She is absolutely beautiful.

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    Jeanette — March 14, 2018 @ 8:50 am

    Best wishes to you and your beautiful family!

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    E M Shull — March 14, 2018 @ 8:51 am

    Congratulations and enjoy this time with your family. Thank you for sharing your wonderful news with us.

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    Lisa — March 14, 2018 @ 8:53 am

    Congratulations! Thanks so much for all that you do. Enjoy your time with your little one. It’s true what everyone says – it goes by SO FAST!

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    sarah — March 14, 2018 @ 8:57 am


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    Michele Olson — March 14, 2018 @ 9:16 am

    Claire is beautiful! I am so happy for the three of you, congratulations. Thank you for all you do to provide healthy, delicious recipes; I look forward to seeing your posts again soon. Right now you have the most important job in the world to begin and getting off to a good start is key. Blessings to each of you.

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    Vicki — March 14, 2018 @ 9:16 am

    Congratulations! Enjoy every moment !

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    ALENE — March 14, 2018 @ 9:31 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. You and your hubby a so blessed. Enjoy the leave, and try to get rest when you can!

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    Margaret — March 14, 2018 @ 9:36 am

    Congratulations – she’s adorable. Enjoy your leave. We’ll be here when you are back.

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    Kim Montgomery — March 14, 2018 @ 10:02 am

    Oh my goodness she is perfect! Congratulations. We love your recipes so much we feel like you are a member of our family! And my Weight Watchers group are all fans. Enjoy your time with that precious baby!

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    Julie BUEHLER — March 14, 2018 @ 10:22 am

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful! Enjoy your time with her. They grow up so fast.

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    Sarah Grotegut — March 14, 2018 @ 10:33 am

    Congrats! She’s gorgeous! Enjoy your time with her, they only stay small for a short while! I can’t wait to welcome our baby girl in roughly 20 weeks! So exciting!

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    Mary Beth — March 14, 2018 @ 10:33 am

    Oh, my goodness! What a beautiful baby girl you’ve been blessed with! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I’m very happy to know I’ll be getting new posts and recipes while you perfect your mothering skills. Enjoy every minute with your gorgeous family, despite the baby drool!!!!

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    Scrisp — March 14, 2018 @ 10:38 am

    Congratulations!!! She is adorable!!! Enjoy this special time!!!!

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    Becca — March 14, 2018 @ 10:45 am

    Congratulations!!! She is so beautifull and you all look so happy!! I’m really impressed w all your pre-planning!! ( I couldn’t focus on anything when I was pregnant!!) my little on is 16 months now and as I’m sure everyone has said.. the time flys!!!!! Good luck on the new adventure – be kind to yourself as you get to know the amazing human you created!!!

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    Jodi — March 14, 2018 @ 11:14 am

    Congratulations to the both of you!! She is just precious!!
    Enjoy your time off!!!!

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    Barb — March 14, 2018 @ 11:55 am

    Beautiful! Enjoy every minute and congratulations to the both of you!!

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    Cathy — March 14, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy and cherish every minute!

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    Gwen — March 14, 2018 @ 1:17 pm

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous! I’m a mama to a Claire as well – I think it’s the perfect name 🙂

  32. #
    Amy — March 14, 2018 @ 2:06 pm

    Congratulations!!! She is adorable!!

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    Melinda — March 14, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

    Congrats, she’s beautiful! Enjoy this time, the early months go by way too fast.

  34. #
    stella — March 14, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter.

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    Jo Sellers — March 14, 2018 @ 5:58 pm

    Em, don’t worry about your fans, we’ll be here when you get back! Besides this gives us a chance to look through all your oldie but goodie recipes we haven’t made in awhile! Enjoy that beautiful baby! So happy for you!

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    Eileen — March 14, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful little girl! Enjoy your special time with her and get lots of rest when you can!

  37. #
    Rebecca — March 14, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    Claire is beautiful and I LOVE her name! Congratulations to all of you!

  38. #
    lisa — March 15, 2018 @ 8:06 am

    She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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    Sherry — March 15, 2018 @ 10:34 am

    She is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your time with her.

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    cook — March 15, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

    Beautiful baby, congrats! Maybe once she starts eating you can do a baby food and toddler food edition!

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    Annette — March 15, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!! I am so happy for you.

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    Charlotte Moore — March 16, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! She is a cutie!

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    Kris — March 16, 2018 @ 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! Blessings to your family!

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    Kim — March 17, 2018 @ 8:28 pm

    Absolutely adorable!! Congratulations to the entire family ~ enjoy your new bundle of joy!!

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    Paige — March 19, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

    Congratulations!!! She is precious 🙂 Enjoy every second of your maternity leave.

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    Revell Martin — March 21, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!!

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