Guest Blogger

Wendy Cray Kaufman

Wendy Cray Kaufman

A little bit corporate, a little bit crunchy, Wendy Cray Kaufman has spent the past year learning how to balance a full-time career and the demands of new motherhood. By day, she's the advertising copywriter for a large international retailer, but her other hats include freelance writer, green devotee, vegetable enthusiast and local foodie.

Wendy studied Nutrition and Culinary Arts in college before deciding on a degree in English Literature from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. All of her interests eventually came together in the creation of ABCs and Garden Peas, a natural parenting and food blog where she explores her role as an eco-conscious mommy and chronicles her mission to create a life that’s “fresh and healthy, happy and whole."

This multi-tasking mom credits her supportive family and online community with helping her realize that her parenting goals of extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and eating real food could work in harmony with her career goals. She hopes to pay that support forward by pursuing a certificate in Lactation Education and starting a natural parenting group in her local area.

Wendy, her husband, and their 15-month-old son live in a tiny house on a charming piece of land in Central Pennsylvania where they plan to spend the next year growing food, making lovely compost, and hoping to expand their family.


Blog Posts by Wendy Cray Kaufman

  • How to Create a Toddler Garden

    How to Create a Toddler Garden

    If you love to garden, chances are you might want to pass that love on to your kids. There are few things more gratifying than planting, tending and harvesting a garden with your children, and then enjoying the fruits of your labor around the family table.

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  • Planting the seeds

    Planting the seeds

    One of my earliest food memories takes me back to my family’s backyard garden on Long Island in the 80s. I’m not sure how big that garden was, but to me it was enormous. We grew so many things, and I even got to choose some of them (I always liked to try the new […]

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  • Good nutrition isn't about saying “No”

    Good nutrition isn’t about saying “No”…

    I’m starting to wonder if I should become a comedian. Every time I mention that I don’t plan to introduce my child to fast food and the plastic toys and germy playgrounds that come with it, I am met with laughter and that “Oh, what a silly new parent you are” look.

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  • Semi-homemade Baby Food

    Semi-homemade Baby Food

    Motherhood brings with it lots of questions. Breast or bottle? Cloth or disposable? Vaccinate or not? As I eased into motherhood, I answered these questions, one at a time,  in the best way I knew how, and with the well being of my family in mind. One that didn’t require much thought was the question […]

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  • My Take on First Foods

    My Take on First Foods

    Among the gifts I received at my baby shower was a big box of flaky, snow white rice cereal. The gift-giver shall remain nameless, but she gave it to me with the best of intentions.

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