Ariel Pollock Star is a jack of all trades, but most of these trades involve eating chocolate in some form. She is an advocate for fairly traded and ethically sourced diamonds and jewelry, an amateur chef, and the proud owner of not one but three different coffee making devices (which she now uses for decaf thanks to the baby growing inside her). Ariel lives in Chicago with her husband and little bump.
So, I spent last weekend in Vegas.
Um, you might say, isn't that a strange choice for a babymoon? Indeed it would be--but this was no babymoon. I was sans-husband, and in Vegas for a full…week--longer than any human being should ever be in Vegas. Especially human beings that have another human being, almost fully formed, living in their belly. But I had a work obligation, so off to Vegas I went, just shy of eight months pregnant. The truth is, the Las Vegas Strip is a fascinating place to… >> Read More
I absolutely love to cook. It's a love that has grown over several years, starting as I watched my mother make her annual gefilte fish from scratch for Rosh Hashanah (not from live fish she kept in…the bathtub, like her mother did, but close enough). It expanded as I started to keep Shabbat in my teens, and flourished during the time I spent living steps away from the Machane Yehudah market in Jerusalem. Cooking is something that connects me to every phase of my life so far, and I value it… >> Read More
Among the many things I've been learning about my temperament and my body from being pregnant, I've discovered that I enjoy yoga. I always knew in theory that yoga was challenging and rewarding, but…in practice the classes made me sleepy and at the end I always felt like that hour would have been better spent working up a sweat on a run. But now running doesn't make me feel very good or accomplished, just crampy and stressed that I may have deprived my future child of oxygen or… >> Read More
I was talking to a friend the other day when I felt a kick. Not like the "fluttery" sensations What to Expect had prepared me for at this stage--the ones I've been convincing myself I've been…feeling over the past few weeks--but something much more substantial. Like a little foot pushing on the inside of my uterus kind of substantial. "AH!" I told her, "I think I just felt a serious kick!" She got excited and then exclaimed that I couldn't go making her cry at work. Cry? I thought. That… >> Read More
I haven't ever been the best at self control. The other day I was trying to recall if there had ever been a piece of cake that had crossed my path unscathed. To be sure, I'm very good at talking up a…storm about goals and the merit of restraint--I'm just not very good at putting my money where my mouth is. So when my husband and I went in for our ultrasound this week--the big 20 week Ultrasound with a capital U--I didn't have the highest hopes for maintaining my resolve to not find out the… >> Read More