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Archive for June, 2011

Love Letter For a Bean – June 2011

(These posts are inspired by Touchstonez & SausageMama – if you blog and you’re interested in posting a monthly letter to your kiddos, you can grab the badge to join in here).

My dearest girl,

You are 10 months old this month – and I feel I can hardly get started in gathering my thoughts on how amazing this past month has been with you…

I feel like I am getting the chance to get to know my Bean better than ever before. So much of your personality – your little quirks…your sense of adventure – has been revealed over the past weeks. It’s like things you were only hinting at before are coming out in fully glory…

You are SO much fun baby girl! You smile and laugh upon waking. You greet everyone you meet with a huge grin. Just about anything can make those giggles bubble up out of you…you make me laugh more than I have in years!

I look at you and I see someone who seems destined to bring joy to everyone she meets. I pray pray pray that joy will always follow you… Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Menu ~ 6/27/11

Retro Canadian Flag

Image by Arlo Bates via Flickr

Well I must say I was super lucky this week – I entered a giveaway from Hybrid Rasta Mama for the Against the Grains eBook written by Modern Alternative Mama, and I won! :)

Let me tell you – there are some amazing looking recipes in this book! Some will be featured in this week’s meal plan, and I want to try out just about every one eventually.

We are still attempting to go grain free as much as possible, though I’ll admit we’re far from perfect about itit is SO hard sometimes to break up this love affair with grains!

But I am starting to feel more on the icky side when I do eat grains and/or sugar – definite inspiration to continue in their limitation.

The Crunchy Convert wrote on her Facebook status the other day that her family is trying really hard to eat whole, healthy foods but as someone who was raised on processed foods, they continue to both repel and attract her.

I was kind of glad to see I’m not the only one who feels that way!

But as I responded to her (and needed to remind myself) – we have made some pretty amazing changes over the past months – and breaking the habits of a LIFETIME is something that is going to be a journey…it’s not something that’s just going to happen in a week or two.

I have to remind myself of this because I do often get frustrated when I look at my belly and see no change, or when I eat super healthy for 5 days and then just 1 or 2 days of junk eating seems to put me right back where I started. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf – June 26, 2011

I was NOT happy when I woke up this morning.

I’m never normally happy upon waking…I’m not one of those people who jumps out of bed with joy to greet the day. But usually by the time I’ve visited the bathroom and brushed my teeth I’m fairly good to go – as long as coffee follows soon after.

This morning though, I was still washing my hands and getting ready to brush my teeth when my husband called me downstairs to look at my daughter’s poopy diaper.

You’d think by now he could deal with this stuff on his own??

The reason he needed my assistance was the fact that there were ‘strange looking’ things in there (the remains of solid food she hadn’t digested) and he was worried. I told him what it was and grumbled back upstairs to brush my teeth.

Then she was acting tired and it was her naptime, so I attempted to get her to sleep for half an hour, which seemed more like 3 hours as I hadn’t yet had my coffee.

Finally we gave it up as a bad job and came downstairs, where I cried and told my husband all about how this was the worst morning ever – especially as he was leaving in 20 minutes to go help someone move and I had to deal with it all by myself and I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast or have coffee or anything and it was all terrible.

Yes, I am not a morning person. Read the rest of this entry »

Posting In Gratitude

My Grandma

My Grandma

I’m joining Amanda Metro in sharing 5 things I’m grateful for this week…

1. My daughterabsolutely the best gift I could ever have in this life. The husband is a pretty close second. ;) Seriously though…every time I look at her I can’t believe how lucky we are to have her…

2. Bloggers! I have been so grateful for the community I’ve been able to be a part of (and create here) over my months as a parent. I’ve learned so much – been inspired, supported, challenged…I really don’t know what I would have done without you all! And it is so humbling and awesome to me that people come here and read my words and interact…thank you! (If you want to check out some of the people who have been particularly inspiring to me, please see my blogroll on the lefthand sidebar, and several of the badges in the righthand sidebar)

3. I met a new friend this week - Krista, author of Think Mama, Think. It was so awesome to meet another AP mama in person! I’m looking forward to hanging out with her again – and to our upcoming blog post collaboration. :) Read the rest of this entry »

Mindful Mama…Who, Me?

Welcome to the First Mindful Mama Carnival

This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Blog Carnival hosted by Zoie at TouchstoneZ. Participants are writing posts about what mindful practices mean to them, how they parent mindfully, obstacles to mindful practice and experiences along the way. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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Meditation

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I’ve been thinking about what I might write for this and finding it difficult. In most ways, I feel that I am not what you would call a Mindful Mama!

I’ve always had trouble with practicing anything like meditation, focusing on my breathing or a mantra…I get bored or distracted or just want to do something else – the ideas sound really good to me, but I’ve never been able to make any sort of long term commitment to them!

On the other hand, I think I need to do something. I become angry too easily; I get stressed to easily. I find sleep difficult at the best of times and need something beyond zoning out in a book or online to recharge.

Swimming is one place that I really find I am able to focus – particularly on breath – but when there are other (frequently annoying) people there with me in the lane, I get thrown off pretty easily.

Walking is another place that lets me just ‘BE’ – absorbing the beauty of nature and drinking it all in – it helps me feel at peace. But again, I usually have distractions – wearing the Bean, making sure neither of us are getting too much sun or bug bites, trying to control the dog.

I’m all too open to having my attention drawn away. Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Fun Facts On…Natural Cleaning

Using vinegar for a natural clean

Image by elycefeliz via Flickr

Awhile ago I e-mailed a very good friend of mine (Julie) for some tips on natural cleaning products; I was expecting the Bean to come along shortly and was just getting into the mindset of realizing how awful most of my go to cleaning products were.

The reason I wrote to Julie is that she ran her own totally organic cleaning business – I figured if anyone knew what they were talking about, she would!

The following are some tidbits from the e-mail she sent – hopefully they’ll help you as much as they helped me!

Well, you opened a can of worms by asking me about cleaning products!  I could talk for a long time about this because I love it – and I have used a lot of different products in my 2.5 years of cleaning houses!

I’ve come to the conclusion that you can clean all everyday projects with a handful of natural household products. I’ll give you a rundown of what I use, and on what, so you have an idea of what works for specific things. Read the rest of this entry »

Menu Plan Monday (6/20)

Housework

Image by Becky F via Flickr

It’s Monday again!

Weekends always seem to fly by in such a blur…I am looking forward to our next 3 day weekend coming up soon! But along with that, I cannot believe it is so close to July – what the heck?

As I’ll be going back to work in less than a couple months (in a coffee shop, for those who may be curious) I feel a need to really get on track with things like meal plans and household-ey type stuff – things I can easily become lazy about when I’m extra tired or stressed.

I wish I had better habits in place by now, but I have made a lot of progress and hope to continue to do so. There’s just so much I’d rather be doing most of the time than cleaning! And though I love to cook, making every meal from scratch does sometimes get wearing – I am definitely planning to start making bigger batches of things soon and freezing some for those days that I just don’t feel like cooking.

I don’t intend to ever become fanatical about it, but I do really want to start sticking to my plans more often – so with fresh Monday morning resolve, here is this week’s meal plan… Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Father’s Day & Sunday Surf

Inspired by I Thought I Knew Mama, I thought I would share a few pictures of the husband from when he first became a daddy:

The day she was born

The day she was born

Totally in love...

Totally in love...

Now this is interesting...

Now this is interesting...

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

Happy family

Happy family

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to the best husband and dad I know, hands down! I love you Dave… :)

And with that, here are some of the great posts I’ve been reading this week… Read the rest of this entry »

Redemptive Moments

Baby Sleeping

Image by sean_mcgee via Flickr

Our family shares a bed, and Bean normally sleeps between the two of us.

The husband almost always goes to bed before I do, and I often go up there to find Bean snuggled up against him with the exact same sleep face as her daddy.

But last night when I went up, I found her asleep with her head on my pillow. It was the cutest thing ever (I really wish I had a picture)!

I actually had to wake the husband up to get him to look; I don’t really think his barely opened eyes and grunt showed appropriate appreciation of the cuteness, but what can you do?

(Of course, she normally does not sleep with a pillow and mine actually usually isn’t even there until I grab it from the floor or the end of the bed when I go to sleep.) Read the rest of this entry »

Handmade Reversible Drool Proof Bib Review & GIVEAWAY (US & Canada ~ CLOSED)

Bib I received from Little Miss Kate Designs

Bib I received from Little Miss Kate Designs

EDIT: Great news! I’ve extended the giveaway deadline to July 10th so I can cross-promote this giveaway with the Natural Parents Network.

This is a joint giveaway with Becoming Crunchy and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

If you already entered according to the previous requirements (which were 1 comment with all your entries) – your entries are still valid. You are also welcome to complete any of the new bonus entries available according to the specifications below. :)

Back in April I had the chance to attend The Great Cloth Diaper Change in Toronto, helping to create a Guinness World Record of the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously.

While at the event I saw another mom wearing her baby in a carrier that looked like the one I was interested in buying myself; we struck up a conversation and in the end I realized I was talking to Katie of Little Miss Kate Designs.

Loving any chance I can get to support a work at home mom, I mentioned that if she’d ever like me to do a review or giveaway of her handmade products I would be happy to do so.

So a few weeks ago she sent me one of her Reversible Drool-Proof bibs – an awesome score for this mama of a very drooly, teething baby!

From the moment I opened the package, it was love at first sight (and yes, I do get that excited over bibs ;) ).

Here’s the thing – I’ve tried many different styles and sizes of bibs, and rarely liked any of them beyond the occasional cuteness. Read the rest of this entry »

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