I have had multiple conversations with my fellow parenting friends over the years about how to maintain balance with our kids’ screen usage. My wiring has a difficult time micromanaging (especially four kids) with timers, charts, daily check-ins, etc. It’s very difficult for my personality to do the same thing every day – except breathe and that’s involuntary. I’m more of an “ideas” gal, so I came up with a little saying that I’ve generally stuck to. In the spirit of raising balanced humans, I typed, printed, and hung a little diddy that says:
“Read, work, and clean before you play or screen.”
I’ve been learning about and using essential oils more and more this year, but my new favorite way is to incorporate them into FOOD. (Note that not all oils are created equal, and only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade can be ingested.) So we get the wonderful health benefits of essential oils while also satisfying our sweet tooth. Not a bad holiday plan…
Food + Essential Oils = These are a Few of my Favorite Things….
My momma friends and I recently had a “T’is the Season for Essential Oils Party” (to smell and learn and try) and we brought the following essentially yummy treats:Continue reading →
During the last three years I have become more observant of the negative effects our technological, sedentary culture has had on our collective posture. I have also learned how interconnected our posture is with the rest of our bodily functions (like breathing, digestion, circulation, etc.) And I have gradually improved my own posture through a number of helpful exercises.
I never recall being a big fan of the jiggly stuff. But once I got into eating Real Food, and found out that Jello’s main ingredient (gelatin) is good for you, I was ready to try my hand at Bill Cosby’s favorite treat – minus the pesky flavorings, artificial colors and added sugar. J-E-L-L…No.
With apologies to my vegan friends, gelatin is a powdered supplement made from animal bones and connective tissues and hasmany health benefits, like aiding digestion, improving hair/nail/skin growth, helping joint recovery, and providing protein in the form of necessary amino acids that we rarely get in our SAD (Standard American Diet.) Continue reading →
I’m feeling nostalgic for the East Coast during these fall days. Santa Barbara is undeniably beautiful, but we are longing for the seasons.
Crisp air and colorful leaves (or not), Thanksgiving declares Autumn like nothing else. Obviously the fall foods play a big role, but it’s more than that. There is something special about the timing of reminding ourselves to be grateful, just as we head into a season of longer nights, barren landscapes, and dormant life. (Not to mention all the commercial Christmas nonsense…) Continue reading →
Chocolate Cereal from Tanya Dawn Flickr photostream
Many of us have cereal memories.
Perhaps you were the poor kid who had to break your teeth on Grape Nuts (AKA Gravel Nuts) and only got the pleasure that is Honey Nut Cheerios on special occasions. Or maybe you were the one who had to make the painful decision between Cookie Crisp, Cap’N Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, et. al. – ultimately deciding based on the color the milk would turn.
Well, I was the first kid, but I had plenty of the second in my neighborhood. =) I was that child who would stare longingly into my friends’ candied pantries and ask if we could PLEASE eat something before we played.
And now I am raising those children. But that’s for another post…
In the meantime, our family has come up with a new alternative to boxed breakfast cereals that everyone seems to be happy with. (Except for the hubs, whose price-love and desire for TJ’s Honey Oat O’s has yet to be broken…)
With all things coconut trending in the food world and all things probiotic gaining popularity in the health arena, this little dandy is a delicious, simple drink that has wonderful health and digestive benefits. (As if the benefits of regular coconut water aren’t RIDICULOUS enough… Sheesh.) And it can be a great first fermentation experiment for the culturing newbie because it’s easy-peasy-coconut-squeezie.
(If you are wondering what kefir is or you know just enough about it to be a little scared, here’s a simple primer.) Otherwise, let’s do this!
(I started with part 1 of this post here and will continue with *more* baby information below! Can you even handle it?!)
Here are a couple more childbirth resources that I wanted to add to our list.
In terms of preparing your body physically for birth, there are some very important exercises worth doing. And this book gives exercises and pointers for before and after birth, in order to get your body back into pre-baby condition. (I’m not talking weight loss, but making sure that internal organs and muscle structures get re-toned and put back into position. Don’t go bouncing on a trampoline until your nether regions are back in order, if you catch my drift…) Continue reading →
I had the fun opportunity to host a Fermentation 101 class for a group of moms here in Santa Barbara and it was a ball! I started by posting to my homeschool email list serve to see if anyone was open to doing a monthly fermented food swap (like one I had done in DC), but almost all who responded were curious about fermenting foods, yet wanted to learn more before they started swapping their creations.
So my hospitable friend, Jenna, opened up her home to 15 of us and we learned, tasted, and made sauerkraut and orange marmalade together.
Following are the notes, recipes and pictures of our little Fermentation Festival!
Since getting pregnant with my first daughter over 8 years ago (!) and now heading into my 4th birth at the end of this year (!), I have been collecting resources regarding healthy pregnancies, natural childbirth, the initial parenting years, and all manner of controversial stuff that you never knew was a part of having children – until you started having children. And because of my fascination and promotion of these subjects from an alternative, non-mainstream slant, I continually get emails from
newly pregnant family, friends, and acquaintances asking for a variety of resources. So I have finally decided to add it to this blog in its ever-changing form.
So enjoy this overwhelming, yet finite list of baby interesting-ness and please add your favorite go-to resources in the comments below.