Thursday, December 29, 2005
The next meeting of the American Compost Society will be Saturday, Jan. 7th at 9 AM at the Hamilton County Environmental Services Building at 250 Wm. Howard Taft.
Here is what John will be discussing:
I will share what I learned about recent compost research and how it can be useful to us backyard composters. I have some good tips on how to get better finished compost, interesting ways to test and not to test compost and ways to avoid nuisance fungi. There will also be numerous handouts.
We will also have a "hot bin" competition, so measure your bin temperature if you want to compete (In January anything over freezing might win.)
Come join the fun Jan 7th with fellow composters/gardeners.
Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
1. I feel like the stereo- typical stay at home mom that has nothing to offer conversationally at parties or at my husband work functions. Once someone asks me what I do, the conversation ends. No one wants to hear what my kids are doing these days (or I assume it's safe to say that since no one finds your kids as cute as you do, they don't want to hear details) I realize I should say, "oh, I'm the famous stuntmom that you all know and love"... but I don't. So I do find this hard since I loved talking about my job before I left. It was exciting and challenging and something new everyday. Sure, a lot of this is self imposed "boringness"- not many people want to hear what I've been reading, or what my views are on the war, they just want to know my earning potential.
2. I worry that I might not be setting a great example for my girl's career choices. What if they think being a woman is choosing the right husband- one that can provide financially? Not contributing to the bottom line of our bank account has altered my feeling of empowerment and self confidence. Hopefully this will change when I go back into the work force one day and my girls will be able to see the importance of a career and the need to put your family first. Until then, they will have to rely on my stories of when I was working.
3. Finances- it's obvious, but it's hard going from never needing to balance a check book to suddenly watching every dime. I have to admit though, this part we really needed. It's good to take the time to appreciate what you have, then evaluate with such thought everything that you consider buying. With this I really hope to teach the girls- to avoid the material world since we don't spend much time consuming anymore. I'm an advocate of saying to children that "we don't need that", rather than we can't afford that. This way they understand the choice to consume vs. the need.
4. I don't like to clean the house and I'm not organized. These are two things that should be looked into before quitting your job. While I was working I really thought my husband and I tried as best as possible to split the chores 50/50. With staying at home, I really feel like I need to do 95% of the housework now. I'm not too fond of this. Housework doesn't stop at 6:00- the typical end of the work day. So I feel like my days are a lot longer (although stress free for the most part).
Hopefully this is a more realistic view for my RTR friend. I feel like I was caught putting a positive spin on this choice I've made. Thanks and keep reading.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Wow, that is such a difficult question. I feel I should say "yes" and "absolutely" and be done with the question. But in reality, this has taken so much thought. I keep tossing the question to myself over and over, and I keep coming up with new answers. So below are the points I keep thinking, but obviously this is a question that would be answered so different by every family. I am not making any judgments about other people's choices, only mine/our own.
1. Our stressful mornings have come to an end. No longer do we have to wake up the kids to haul them off to daycare in the morning. I don't constantly say "hurry, hurry, hurry" like I used to. I was always so stressed out in the morning until they were safely at daycare. Now we have relaxing breakfasts as we plan out our day in our pajamas.
2. We have more time on the weekends. Saturday and Sunday are no longer devoted to grocery shopping, trips to the dry cleaners, and general errand running that we didn't have time to do during the week. We spend more time together as a family.
3. My husband now spends more time with the kids. Often by the weekend, I really need some alone time. I need to be able to read uninterrupted, or even clean without a mess being made at the same time while cleaning. So I'm not sure we can say this is a quality of life improvement that my husband can agree to, since he thinks sleeping in late is the ultimate in quality. But really, who sleeps in with two little kids in the house?
4. I no longer feel that I don't have enough time with my kids. In the past, I never wanted to be without them on the weekends since I just didn't get to see them enough. Now I'm able to visit with friends, go to bookclub, catch a movie or go on a walk without feeling like I'm missing out on my kid's life. So really, socially, my life has improved too.
5. We do eat better now. We eat out much less. Often we would be without fresh food in the house since we ran out of time for grocery shopping midweek. I also have more time to plan meals, so we eat more of a variety too.
6. I'm raising my kids to believe that money isn't the most important thing in life. Being good people is more important that earning a lot of money and I think I made this clear just by putting them before my income.
7. On the downside, they do watch TV now. I always thought people were crazy to let their kids be influenced by TV at an early age. But now I find that I turn on Sesame Street a few times a week so I can get things done. I know, I do feel so guilty about this, but sometimes I just need a break where I know they will be safe and glued to a chair. (I'm having trouble saying this in print since I almost go so far as to close the curtains when I turn it on.)
To be continued....
Friday, December 16, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Be sure to check out www.mrbigshot.com for a free demo of the stock market game. It was written by some brilliant local Cincinnati folks!
So here are the details of the job:
- no pay, unless of course we hit the big time and get enough readers to make a profit
- the freedom to submit articles at any point on any subject
- Must possess the ability to see mistakes- this program does have spell check, when it works so good spelling is not a requirement (which those of you who know me, know I can't spell)
- To keep the theme of the site, the writer should not have a full time job, unless you want to add in that perspective to the articles
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I found this website that seems to cover the basics and more. I entered the information for my family of four, based on our ages and zip code, many plans came back in what I would figure to be affordable, some very reasonably priced for major medical. For a $2,500 deductible, 20% co-insurance, and a $25 office visit, our monthly premium would only be $318 a month.
I spoke to my sister about this, since I knew she paid a lot more, and she seemed skeptical. Currently she pays a monthly premium of $995.69 with an individual deductible of $1,450 and a maximum family deductible of $2,900. She does have three kids, vs. our two and lives in Maine. When I entered her zip code in the website, they were not able to offer me insurance, so I think this could be the contributing factor to why they pay more in Maine.
Another website to visit before making the insurance change is Families USA the voice for Health Care Consumers. This is a helpful resource for what is happening in Washington on the healthcare front.
If any readers have first hand experience with this topic, I welcome your comments and feedback. As I research more, I will continue to add additional posts on Healthcare options.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
Could I have done all of this if I was working full time?
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
1.5 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
1 TBSP cream of tartar
3 TBSP vegetable oil
1.5 cups water
food coloring (optional)
Mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir.
Cook the ingredients on the stove over low heat stirring constantly until
the texture is like commercial playdough.
Store in a air tight container.
I don't believe you can purchase this book anywhere other than through the Children's Museum of Boston, so here is another possible book that come highly recommended from some friends. It's called the Toddler Busy Book. It looks to be very similar.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Nov 2- Westwood 10:30, Roselawn 4:00
Nov 3- Avondale 3:30
Nov 7- Sharonville 10:30
Nov 8- Northside 3:00
Nov 9- Bond Hill 9:30, Walnut Hills 3:30
Nov 10- Blue Ash 7:00pm
Click here for more info on Annie Ruth
Monday, October 24, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thanks from Stuntmom.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro
2510 Clifton Ave., University Heights (opposite Hughes High School)
Open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I know, the weather is absolutely amazing so what are we doing indoors? Really, later in the week we will feel great outside knowing the inside has some organization.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
They were talking about me- I guess giving me some needed advice in a sweet way. Clearly (mainly to me), I spend a lot of time picking up after myself, the kids, and my husband too. But, really, do I ever get around to the cleaning part of my job? (Is it really my job?) It is so much easier to take the kids out of the house every day, whether it's to the zoo, museum, park, grocery store- "anywhere but home was the motto". Until today.
Monday is cleaning day. Sorry kids, I will read a story or two, assemble a quick lunch, but you must find the entertainment on your own. I still love you, but Mommy wants a clean house one day of the week.
Tuesday is still cleaning day (oh yes, it takes more than one day to clean a house that has been neglected for a few months). In the future we will take a quick break to go to story time at the library, so we don't get too stir crazy, but we must hurry back for a return of the clean freak. (colds prevented story time today)
Wednesday, relax in the clean house for a few moments- not too long or it will soon look messy like usual. Go grocery shopping.
Thursday- schedule a play date
Friday- Flexible play date or other fun activity
So this will be what's in store for the week. It's a scheduled life, which I swore we wouldn't lead, but maybe this will help with getting the house clean- who knows.
Monday, October 10, 2005
I sometimes wonder why I live in Ohio. It is far from the beauty and tranquility of the ocean or the mountains. The majority of rivers are polluted so they just seem to lack aesthetic interest to me. We have too many mosquito's to enjoy life outside for July and August- not to mention the humidity.
This weekend we got together with some friends and took the kids out into nature. We rented a place at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. To read about the "hunting lodge" click here. It was an amazing place- lots of trails to hike with beauty one wouldn't expect from Ohio. I was surprised to see the trails so well maintained, and preserved- not to mention the impressive landscape. One of the really great things about the place was the passion of the people that have worked so hard to maintain the land. We were given an inspiring talk by the director (which is given to anyone planning to hike in the sanctuary), explaining how the land ended up in the hands of conservationists.
If you live in Ohio, this is a place you don't want to go another year without seeing. It's only 2 hours from downtown Cincinnati. To read more about the sanctuary click here
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I ran into a new reader of mine last week and she really got me thinking about playgroups. She is new to the "stay at home mom" life and she mentioned that she was invited to a play group. Although she didn't give me any of the details of why she was down on the play group, (trust me, I tried the get the dirt) she just stated that getting together with other stay at home parents just "wasn't her thing". I encouraged her to try again with a different group, and explained that they are all different. I get together with some moms, and we talk politics, how we can make this world a better place, and what we have been reading. But there are other moms that seem to talk only about their children, what they had for lunch, when they woke up, and how clean their house is. Although, I will admit, there are days when these are my favorite topics or the only things I have the energy to talk about, but really there is more to life than being the stereotypical stay at home mom.
So if one play group didn't work out, keep looking. There are so many out there, that really, one does have a choice.
While reading this morning's headlines- (Wall Street Journal: Sales of SUV's fall sharply; Boston Herald: SUV Sales Running out of Gas; Globe and Mail: SUV sales Tank) we are reminded of Bob Lutz's comment made in April this year. Can we thank GM for helping get some of these huge vehicles off the road?
Thursday, September 29, 2005
I'm a dork. I save plastic grocery bags because there's no reason to get a new one every time I go to the store—it's wasteful. However, every time I go to the store, I forget to grab one from my drawer of many bags. When I come home, I add the new bag or three to the already full drawer. How can I stop this repetitive pattern of destructive behavior?
The solution is simple. I designed a visually stark but effective [and clever] sign to tape to the back of my door. Now, when I leave for the store, I'll be reminded not only that I need to go back and get a plastic bag, but also that I'm a dork.
Click here to get to his site, or to download his cleaver sign.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Here is another solution for cycling with your children. Great for older kids since they get the experience of balance. I've seen older children riding across Iowa on this type of bike seat. They seem to like it and they also have a great feeling of accomplishment.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Kroger seems to be the worst at getting rid of their plastic and burdening them on me. I have counted the bags, and one trip alone, I left the store with 50 plastic bags, no exaggeration. Here's how they add up: My eggs usually leave the store in two or three bags, without a single additional item added in the bag. Same thing with my bread- each loaf in a bag or two by itself. I figure it's their way of saying "it didn't get damaged by the bagger, it must have happened when you loaded up your car". Or maybe they think we will say, "wow, look how many bags of groceries I got for my money, I'm really saving big at Kroger".
There is no way on earth I can use all of the plastic bags again. Sure I use them to pick up dog poop, or as plastic liners in the kitchen garbage can, and even to contain a soilded diaper when we are on the road. But there is no way I can use 50 by my next shopping trip.
So this is why I keep so many cloth bags in my car. In fact, my whole family or at least most of my sisters and parents does the same thing. I knew I was making a difference when my daughter of 3 said to the sales clerk, while out with my mother in law (who doesn't believe in recycling) "oh, we don't need a bag" . So maybe slowly it will rub off on everyone slowly, but it needs to start at home.
Here's a cleaver idea for when you are out and about and forget to bring a bag with you.
Monday, September 19, 2005
After 35 years of hard work, the U.S. organic community has built up a multi-billion dollar alternative to industrial agriculture, based upon strict organic standards and organic community control over modification to these standards. Now, large corporations such as Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods--aided and abetted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are moving to lower organic standards by allowing a Bush appointee to create a list of synthetic ingredients that would be allowed in organic production. Whether you buy organic products or not, this attempt by corp-agriculture is designed to give them greater control of what is offered in stores. The definitions of what is organic in no way affect commercial produce.
I ask that you take the time to call your senators and ask them to vote "No" on the "rider" to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
You can find your senators here: www.senate.gov
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Here's the recipe from my sister
One roll of Viva paper towels (must be single-ply towels)
2 cups of hot water
2 TBSP of Olive Oil
1 TBSP Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Soap (I use peppermint, others like lavender)
Cut in the paper towels in half using a saw like knife (or a saw)
Mix all of the other ingredients in a tupperware container. Place the smooth side of the papertowels into the bowl. Once soaked, flip over to wet the other side.
Seal with the lid, and you have the softest, diaper wipes on the planet.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Read here for an interesting article about the dream job of staying at home.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I remember my stay at home dad friend mentioning that he does yoga with his two girls, and they all get a little exercise together this way. So on occasion, I too give it a try, but find yoga videos with the girls a little frustrating at the present life stages for the one year old. All she wants to do is climb all over me while I lie on the floor, so I think the yoga gig is going to have to wait a few more months.
My new solution- bike riding. I load up the car the night before we head out, so I don't back out of it due to the hassle of organizing the trip with two kids hanging on me at every moment. I purchased one of those amazing bike trailers that seats two kids. With this attached to the back of my bike, not only am I getting a great work out, but it entertains the kids for awhile too.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
So what do you do without water? The good news is that one has an excuse not to clean the house. How can you clean without water? Laundry- not today thanks. Dishes, no way.
So the fun began. The three of us set out on a walk to look at the bulldozers and jack hammers. We asked the water workers if they had an estimated completion time, for which they said a few hours. With that said, it became a celebration day.
Unshowered (which I told my friend Karen, was something I would never let happen as a stay at home mom- I really don't want to look like a soap opera, junk food eating mom) But today, the whole neighborhood was without a shower, so I thought it was acceptable.
After the walk around the block, we went back for the bike and stroller, and took another ride around the block. After that, we rode the bike and stroller up to Graeters to celebrate a day without water with generally forbidden doughnuts. We took the treats, along with sippy cups of milk to the public water fountain at the center of the neighborhood and ate our sweets while we watched the water splash out of the sculpture. After we finished, we washed our hands in the fountain, rode the bikes/stroller back- all in time to return for my one year old child's morning nap.
I think I'm snapping out of it, due to the social engagements I have planned over the next few days. We'll have to see, I'll keep you posted.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Yesterday we took a trip downtown on the city bus. All three of us one way at $1.50. Our goal was to visit the main library, eat a quick lunch down at the fountain, then hop back on the bus all before nap time.
Getting on the bus was a challenge with two kids, our GREAT stroller, lunches, diapers, change in hand, one year old other hand, and three year old wishing for me to hold her hand too, was a quick struggle, but we managed.
We got on the bus and the fun began. As we started up the bus stairs, a little old lady grabbed my oldest to lift her up the three high steps. Not only was she terrified of the non English speaking waif of a lady but she was insulted that she thought she needed help. We sat on the open old person/handicap seats right at the front so I could get situated before walking back up to put my money in the machine. ( I wasn't sure of the price, so I didn't have the proper amount readily available). Although next time I will wear something with pockets for easy access to my money.
Both of the girls were extremely entertained by the ride. After all, how often do they ride without a seat belt or in my arms?
I would have to strongly recommend my stroller that makes getting on and off the bus a breeze. It's a Maclaren stroller. Now please understand, I'm not into name brands at all, but I love my stroller. If you are looking for a perfect shower gift/ baby gift that you and some friends are going in on, I would have to strong arm you into purchasing this stroller. It's PERFECT for getting around town. Maclaren strollers are designed in England by people that understand the key ingredients in a stroller. The Maclaren strollers are high priced umbrella strollers but worth the price.
The reasons for my love of my Maclaren stroller:
- It comes with a carrying strap for hands free travel- great for the bus and stairs
- It is lightweight
- All models in 2005 have a canopy to protect your baby from the sun
- All are designed tall so no more bending over to push
- There is plenty of leg room so you wont be kicking it while walking
- You can push and control it with one hand
- Oh the list goes on and on.
I did my research and borrowed one before making the investment, and I couldn't be happier. I have a few other strollers in my garage and the only one I use is the Maclaren Stroller . It's just brilliant.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Here is a great tool to hold your coffee and tea. Be the first in the world to own your very own stunt mom mug.
By the way, the next bookclub is going to be Thursday August 11th at my house. It's a Harry Potter discussion, along side a shower for our newest mom to be- SUSAN! Pick any HP book you want, and maybe we will discuss- it is my house after all.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
But please, I am no way endorsing his suggestions of feeling your kids hotdogs and other processed food. His food choices alone imply that he could be a potential slacker. Does he really use bottled/canned fruit in the summer? Maybe I'm the one in the wrong and needs to relax? Maybe my dreams will be shattered as I stay home longer, and reality will set in that I too will jump on the hotdogs and chicken nugget train.
Possibly worth reading: the side section of the blog mentioning the "dumbass parent of the day".
Monday, July 25, 2005
Talking a little more, I realized that I too have stayed away from the stay at home dad (SAHD). While going to places where I have met other mom's, like at the library for story hour, I have never introduced myself to the Dads. I even have a friend who's entertaining and interesting husband stays home, and I have never gone out of my way to make a play date with them.
So if anyone has answers or thoughts to this puzzle, please let me know! In the meantime, I am challenging myself to getting to know at least one stay at home dad in the area.
To read more about starting your own SAHD network, click here
Thursday, July 21, 2005
So now I'm motivated to start a babysitting cooperative. I have a friend that hesitates to ask us to watch her kids in fear of taking advantage. That why, if we form a formal co-op. We should be able to exchange kids guilt free.
A baby sitting co-op consists of a number of families in a community who
decide to share babysitting among themselves without the exchange of money.
Members agree to share responsibilities for keeping records and for providing
and using services. Babysitting co-ops usually are intended for occasional not
What Are the Advantages of a Babysitting Co-op?
A babysitting co-op allows neighbors to get to know one another. Children become comfortable among adults and other neighborhood children, and parents come together. By organizing as a co-op, parents expand the options available to them for babysitting, and they can turn neighbors into friends. Here are just a few more advantages of using a babysitting co-op in your neighborhood:
- Children can make new friends and develop social skills.
- Children can become close with many families in the neighborhood.
- No money is spent on babysitting.
- Occasional day, evening, or emergency overnight care helps families.
- Parents get some free time.
- Parents get the opportunity to see their children interact with others.
- Neighbors get to know one another and create a stronger community.
Click here to read more
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
I hear from other moms that this is typical, not to expect much along the lines of a clean house and great meals. I still believe it is possible somehow to have fun, and live in a clean environment, without hiring a cleaning service. I'll let you know when we reach that point.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
As a full time mom, I could justify using disposable since I really am busier than ever, and I do so incredibly much laundry as it is. But the first full week at home, I finally had a true picture of how much waste we were making. Sorry Proctor and Gamble, but I really don't need to help with the landfill, you are doing a great job filling them up without our help. The Swiffer, disposable counter wipes, one use toilet brushes and now disposable bibs! (another stuntmom topic awaits) So after one week we filled up the diaper pail. I mean FULL. So only a week ago I found it so acceptable to be in disposables because I could justify the "save the water and soap" campaign. But since I'm doing so much laundry, what's throwing in a few cloth diapers too?
So I have mastered the technique for cloth diapers. I know there are many schools, but here is what works for me:
1.Chinese prefold cloth diaper inserts
2. Wraps of various sizes and types. I'm in love with biobottoms wool, but I hear they are out of business. They seem to have the best fit for my child and I love the snaps that work to keep them on. I have the good fortune to only have purchased a few since many people try out cloth, and then realize it isn't for them, or their children quickly outgrew a certain size. They are so costly that most people hang onto them in effort to find them a home. So ask around. There could be people you know that want to share their experience with you.
3. A diaper pail. I use a plastic container that used to hold cat litter, because a handle and lid are imperative.
Put all of the dirty diapers in the dry pail. No need to soak. I do soak the overly soiled inserts in the toilet to get them as clean of solid waste as possible before going into the pail, then washer.
I put them in the wash on the pre-wash cycle so they have a chance to rinse before adding my clothes. To Read More click here
Monday, July 04, 2005
Today we went to the typical parties. Well, at least the first party was fairly typical (not to be sounding ungrateful- the food was wonderful! And the house is amazing!). It was out in the suburbs, although not seeming so since they have a lot of land, an old old house, and no neighbors. Anyway, we brought our dish, along with our two fussy children. We ate, watched the water balloon fights, chatted, and left in time to make it to the other party we attend every year.
The next party is not typical. It's held in the city, but in the city where the plots of land and houses are rather large, making it seem semi- rural. The party is hosted by one of my old bosses from my corporate world days. This guy "Howie" who hosts the party every year is one of those people that knows everyone. You can't walk through ANY city without him saying "hey, I went to school with her, I worked with him",- you know the type. So he has this party every year, where there are hundreds of kids and adults, and he seems to be able to entertain them all. One year he had a popular kid's musician playing (don't ask me the name, you have to trust me that he is famous). He always has custom made Coozies for the party to ensure that no one is drinking a cold beer- without his name on it.
My favorite part of the party is the giant slip and slide he builds every year. He covers the hill in his back yard with a HUGE sheet of plastic in the manner of Christo. Kids spend the entire party going down the giant water slide. Of course an occasional adult will go down it too, but they always seem to get injured due to the speed they pick up, and the body weight vs. gravity.
My kids have yet to partake in the slide, but they really had a great time watching the other children slide into the mud pit at the bottom of the hill.
Fireworks are viewed from the front yard of his house, but we have yet to stay to see the grand display due to the age of our youngest.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
City life has many advantages, short commutes, leave your car at home for errands, bus lines, diversity, and the list goes on. One factor that I seldom remember to add to the list is the sense of community.
We live in the city on a fairly busy street and every year for the last three, we have been able to get the street together for a urban block party. We block off our street with the approval of the police department, and we wheel our grills, picnic tables, tricycles, kiddie pools and sprinklers into the middle of the street and the fun begins. Everyone brings a dish to share, along with their meat or meat like products to grill as a family. One year we had a band that played until the fans went home (a blessing in disguise since they set up next door, and it was our first day home from the hospital with baby #2)
Of course, living in the city, there occasionally is the person that strolls by for a free hamburger or beer, but that is to be expected, so they usually eat their food, and then head back to where they were going in the first place.
Here is a photo of the fun! What's a party without a polaroid camera?
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Stanley has had seizures in the spring every year for the last five years. Last night she had one that lasted for two hours. So the minute the girls and I finished our early dinner, we rushed her to the emergency clinic. My husband was working late, so the two kids and I were on our own.
I panicked, thinking, should I send the girls over to a neighbor while I take the dog to the hospital, or should I attempt this alone with the girls? Realizing, that I really should only use the neighbors if it is the last resort, like a baby being born type of stuff, so the four of us went to the hospital with our dog that needed to be carried.
How I managed the two little kids and the dog you ask? Well, I put the baby backpack in the car so I could have my hands free to carry the dog. We couldn't survive without the backpack, but for this we ended up not using it. When we got to the hospital, I was carrying the baby, and holding my three year olds hand, and simply asked the person at the admission desk if she could go out to the Subaru, and pick up the dog.
A simple solution for my "past" fear of doing things with my kids.
So today we are scheduled to take both dogs into our veterinarian's office with both of our dogs. I'll have to let you know if we can handle this too.
Oh, and little Stanley is doing just fine. We are going to get a second opinion today about whether we should medicate her for the rest of her life, which is what the hospital recommended.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Is it always going to be like this? I don't think so. We are still working out the bugs in the system. We haven't established a routine. We are still playing catch-up from our out of control "two working parents" life.
I thought my sister that stayed home with her kids was a hero for going to the grocery store with three kids. My husband and I always did all of our errands without them. I would get up early on Saturday and run to the grocery store before everyone was awake. I would stop at the dry cleaners while I was on my way to my customer's. So things always got done without the kids around. We would swap who watched them, while the other one did chores and errands.
Now, I do everything with the kids. I don't get nervous about the prospect of going somewhere with my two kids. It's actually fun. They really have become my best friends and co-workers.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
"It is our contention that you cannot milk 2000-6000 cows and offer them true access to pasture as required by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the law that governs all domestic organic farming and food processing."
So it is not enough to just have a label "organic" on our milk, if the cows are not getting to pasture. Consumers need to be educated about brands. Organic Valley Co-op is the only brand (to my knowledge) currently available where the cows get the needed nutrients by grazing in open pastures. Now Kroger and Walmart, the two largest grocery chains in the country, don't even carry it.
Read the full article here.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
MASSIVE DEMAND FOR ORGANIC MILK OUTSTRIPS SUPPLY
The consumer demand for organic dairy products in the U.S. now exceeds the supply by at least 15%. As an example, Organic Valley Coop, the second largest organic dairy company in the U.S., experienced a 36% growth in sales in 2004, but says it would be growing even faster if it wasn't for supply limitations. There simply are not enough organic dairy farmers. While the USDA gives out $25 billion a year in taxpayers money for crop subsidies to large farms engaged in chemical intensive agriculture and genetic engineering, family farmers wishing to make the transition to organic get nothing. Bruce Ellis, CEO of Wisconsin Organics, says the shortage of organic milk has severely limited his company's growth. If more conventional dairy farmers converted to organic, Ellis says his company could "certainly grow several hundred times."
Saturday, June 18, 2005
PEDIATRICIANS RECOMMEND ORGANIC MILK
According to Dr. Alan Greene, one of the nation's leading pediatricians, kids should be drinking organic milk. Dr. Greene gives seven reasons for his strong organic dairy dietary recommendation:
1) Produced without antibiotics
2) Produced without synthetic hormones
3) Produced without harmful pesticides
4) Higher levels of calcium per glass
5) Higher levels Conjugated Linoleic Acids (good fats)
6) No harmful additives like corn syrup, aspartame or synthetic dyes.
7) More humane animal treatment.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The untold secret to camping with more little one's than adults, is a "pack and play." In my opinion, no kid is too old to spend a few quality minutes in the pack and play with the little ones, while the tent is being set up or dinner is being made.
Monday, June 13, 2005
I know you've got them, lurking in drawers, the back of the closet, in the "giveaway" pile: those T-shirts that are, for various reasons, both unwearable and indispensable. they are too small, too big, too short, have a stain, a hole, or some other flaw, and yet you cannot bear to part with them.
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Saturday, June 11, 2005
I too was a nanny for a brief few months of my life. This book is a realistic view of the life of a nanny- from what I remember at least. You stick around for the love of the kids.