Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
This morning when I took the garbage to the dumpster, I saw that someone had moved out and there was the usual pile of discarded junk next to the dumpster: a chair, legs for it, a lamp or two, and... wait! What is that?! OMG a 4-square ball?? I have always LOVED those kinds of balls!! I could so HAVE it... for FREE!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
- Although Elmo & I are unschooling Sasha, I found Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School to be intriguing, nonetheless. One one hand, it seems that children are vastly underestimated. On the other hand, it seems there is a lot of
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Annie Leonard did a little 20 minute cartoon called The Story of Stuff. It is actually an entire project on reducing consumerism. Someone recommended the book to me and when I found the DVD at my local library, I requested it. I had no idea how long it would be. It is quite short and watches like an afternoon special you might see on PBS. Annie explains where stuff comes from, where it goes, how it gets there, and who it effects. She also talks about how the government here in the U.S. decided to make us a country of consumers, above all else. What a disgusting thought!
So here's the thing, consuming less can help the world! Did you know that only 1% of crap we purchase in the United States is still in our homes 6 months later? Crap is built to fall apart! The video is very short and you will learn something. If you're interested in a sustainable future, you should check out this project!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
- Anktangle! And one post that lead to this (among several) was Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls. She also links the tutorial that got her started. I'm thinking Giftmas here... Great ecological gift idea!
- rhythm of the home: Happy Candles! I tucked this one away in my head as I want to keep it as a tool should I ever need it. Just such a cool idea!
- two lesbian mamas share breastfeeding duties. What a wonderful source for their little one, to have two breastfeeding mothers! Brought to us from Offbeat Mama ~ Parenting against the grain.
- BabyCenter's Booty Caller will send you ovulation alerts! I was tempted to sign up myself, but I keep track of my cycle anyway.
Some cool stuff! I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
If you haven't heard of minimalism, there are some sites and blogs out there that have already explained it for us. You can, of course, look up the definition or find those sites. I, personally, love The Minimalist Mom! Hers was the first blog I found about minimalism and I can also relate to being a mother. Minimalism is going to look very different in different households.
So... why have less stuff?
Sunday, March 13, 2011
- You know how ideas seem to strike when you're doing something entirely unrelated? (And you know if you don't jot them down you'll forget them when you need them?) Well scientists have figured out that very fact! Check out Bother Me, I'm Thinking ~ Why you should drop that espresso and bounce a ball instead.
- This next article is about the dangers in labeling children. Stop Calling Children "Drama Queens" ~ I appreciated the facts this article provided regarding the brain development of toddlers. It helped me to understand that Sasha isn't ready to problem-solve her own problems yet. It helps keep us from being frustrated when she gets frustrated if we can just remember her perspective. She is a little ball of emotions, so cut her some slack for being... emotional!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Natural Parenting Top 10 Lists
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared Top 10 lists on a wide variety of aspects of attachment parenting and natural living. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I do so love my nursing relationships. Tyler nursed until she was 3½ years old. I absolutely followed her lead on weaning. March marks 1½ years for Sasha, so far! Our nursing relationship is still going strong. She nurses several times during the day as well as during the night. (I also nursed my first child 6 months.) With 5½ years of breastfeeding experience, I would like to share with you my Top 10 Nursing Positions / Situations in no particular order.
- The most common position for me is with Sasha on top of the Boppy cushion in my lap. I prefer to sit "tailor style" for support under the Boppy, but am not supposed to because of my knees. I'm doing well enough now (after recovering from surgery) that I do sit this way to nurse more and more often. I also prefer to be belly to belly with Sasha, but she often decides to lay on her back with her head turned toward me. Yes, I've seen it written not to do this, but it works for us.