Blaze is a chain worth trying.
Blaze is a chain worth trying.

Blaze Pizza is quick, nutritious and seriously delicious

I officially have a new favorite family friendly restaurant in the area. It's modern, yet cozy and welcoming. It's packed with kids and families, but not obnoxious or sticky (you know what I mean).

Its ingredients are fresh and local, yet the place is affordable. And the pizza is everything a family needs ‚Äď totally delicious, completely customizable and even nutritious.

It's Blaze Pizza in Brookfield, recently opened in November, and I highly suggest you go try it.

We were greeted Saturday night by a row of smiling employees ready to build our individual 11-inch pizza just the way we wanted it. You can choose from the standard simple pie (100 calories per slice), build your own pizza, or go for one of their signature pizzas. The service was friendly, fun and quick.

I opted for the signature Veg Out, packed with zucchini, mushrooms, red onions, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and generous dollops of red sauce. You can ask for more or less of any ingredient, or forgo something you're not crazy about. 

My husband tried the signature BBQ chicken, with chicken, mozzarella, red onion, banana peppers, Gorgonzola and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. He didn't know it then, but this indulgence was actually not as guilt-ridden as he thought, at just 140 calories per slice.

While we paid, both of our made-to-order dinners were fired up in their 800 degree open-hearth oven, and came out a few minutes later bubbly hot and perfectly crispy.  

We are pizza people, and I was weary of a national chain (there are ten locations so far nationwide, and more locations are popping up everywhere). But this pizza was truly impressive from the first bite.

The gorgonzola, sea salt and oregano (all optional, but highly recommended) take the flavor up a notch, and the ingredients are fresh and local from Greco and Sons in Waukesha. 

We walked out of there with a bill around $20 for two pizzas, one drink and two s'mores pies for dessert. I consider this a great price for a mouth-watering dinner…

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How about talking to pregnant women like talking to non-pregnant women?
How about talking to pregnant women like talking to non-pregnant women? (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Guidelines for talking to a pregnant woman

OK, people. I get it. There is something about the sight of a pregnant woman's belly that causes us to smile inside, hold open the door and strike up a friendly conversation. I love to chat with people about how far along I am, if the nursery is complete and if we've thought about names. (OK, I don't love the last one, but I can deal with it.)

However, like many other pregnant women, I don't enjoy listening to all of the unsolicited comments about my changing and growing body. In the presence of a pregnant belly, it's as if all social norms become obsolete.

Throughout my last two pregnancies, I have received many well-intentioned comments about my body, both positive and negative. 

  • "Wow, you're really showing now."
  • "You don't even look pregnant!"
  • "All of the sudden, you look really pregnant."
  • "From behind I can't even tell."
  • "It must be time to deliver soon!"
  • "You must be really uncomfortable."
  • "You look tired."
  • "Are you pregnant?"

Much like when a woman is not pregnant, there are some simple rules of etiquette to follow when it comes to sharing your thoughts on her body.

Here are three simple steps to follow when deciding whether of not to comment on a pregnant woman's body. Read on if you don't want to be the jerk who offends or annoys an innocent expectant mother:

  1. First, ask yourself if you are a man. If you are a man, don't comment on the pregnant woman's body. 
  2. Next, ask yourself if you are a good friend of the pregnant woman. If you are not, don't comment on the pregnant woman's body.
  3. If you are a woman, and you are a good friend of the pregnant woman, you may proceed with commenting on the pregnant woman's body.

Here are some appropriate comments to choose from:

  • "You look amazing."
  • "You're glowing."
  • "You look so healthy."
  • "You're gorgeous."
  • "You are the most beautiful pregnant woman I've ever seen in my whole life."
Get the idea?

If any other thoughts or judgments enter your mind that aren't wildly positive and supportive,…

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