Shanti Christensen

This blog is inspired by my journeys in life. For six years, I lived in China, traveling into urban and rural homes, learning homestyle family recipes. I'm back home in San Francisco and motherhood is my present chapter from the adventure I lived in China. In my blog, you'll find global family recipes with stories and how I cook them using affordable organic produce. I'll also share some of my new motherhood experiences

Even though we women share a lot with each other, it’s surprising how much we don’t know about childbirth by the time we confirm we’re pregnant. I invite you to share with me your stories and perhaps some advice as anything comes to mind while reading my posts. Your experience and insight is valuable to me and it might be of use to other readers.

Here begins my mommy blogging adventure…

Car seat! Camera! Birth Plan! Action! — Packing the Hospital Bag

36 weeks pregnant and hopefully a whole four more to go!Today I'm at 36 weeks and three days. Apparently, our baby could arrive at any moment, give or take some time around his due date on March 9th....more

Kidney Pains, Naps, and Bad Juju: Surviving First Trimester Symptoms

I’ve always loved traveling, but when I landed in London to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time, my body was in shambles. My sinuses pulsed, my back ached and my bum sore. I had a cold, a UTI, and I felt like someone had pulled the plug on my energy. With a slight glimmer of optimism I rushed to the drugstore and grabbed a pregnancy test. It was negative, and I was bummed....more

New Mommy Blogger on BlogHer – Organic and Affordable Global Family Recipes

2013 brought about a lot of newness. I moved back to San Francisco from Beijing, married a tall, man version of me — a friend of 12 years — and we are now expecting a son next month. It's all quite exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I had no idea what pregnancy would entail. It's more than a positive stick test, morning sickness, big belly then baby. There's a whole narrative and volumes of dialogue to fuel an industry of blogs and books, nonstop....more