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Archive for January, 2012

Mamatography 2012 ~ a 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 3

Mamatography 2012 It’s 21 days into this year’s photo project and according to Luschka of Diary of a First Child (the inspiration behind this project) those of use who are participating have now created a habit of taking a photo every day!

(That doesn’t exactly explain why I forgot to take one on the 22nd day…but I guess I’m just awesome that way.)

But for the most part, I really am in the habit and finding this project to be so much fun - the most difficult piece is really choosing which picture to use each day!

Here’s a look from the days of our third week in January (you can catch Week 2 here)…

January 16 - Sleepy Button

January 17 - Up and Down

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Menu Plan Monday ~ January 23, 2011

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Just a quickie of a menu plan this week (it helps motivate me when I post for all the world to see ;)) – and hopefully provides you with a bit of idea inspiration too!

I do want to note that several of my recipes this week are from the new recipe eBook recently released by Modern Alternative Mama called Wholesome Comfort, which is full of real food/comfort food yumminess (perfect for winter!) and will be followed with a full review and giveaway near the end of February – so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, here’s the plan: Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 2

Mamatography 2012 My Mamatography, or 365 day Photo Project, continues…

Inspired by Luschka of Diary of a First Child and together with several other awesome mamas, I’m taking Wednesdays to share pictures of my beautiful Bean – one for each day of 2012.

You can find Week 1 of my project here, and see below for January 9-15 (and be sure to check out posts from the other contributors if you get the chance)!

Jan. 9 - Oh kitty, I will follow you anywhere!

Jan. 10 - Playing in "my" cupboard

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5 Ways to Breathe Easier Indoors This Winter

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I am pleased to publish a guest post today from Jakob Barry with information on avoiding a polluted air supply in your home over the winter months. I know I always keep meaning to get more plants to help keep our air fresher!

I’m grateful to have these tips as well…

With winter here and most of our time being spent indoors there’s something we should be extra careful about when it comes to our families. It’s called the state of our indoor air.

Think about it. During the cooler months the arctic air can be so paralyzing we rarely open the windows and let the breeze just blow through our homes. The air becomes stale and tainted with undesirable particles which end up constantly circulating through our living spaces.

Depending on the region you live in and how long the winter lasts, the cycle of inhaling contaminated air could lead to various types of sicknesses and respiratory problems. At the very least it can make us feel pretty lethargic.

That’s why in order to help everyone breathe a little easier over the next few months, some preventative measures should be taken to avoid a polluted air supply. Here are a few things to watch out for and tips worth considering: Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 1

Mamatography 2012One of my new projects for 2012 is a Mamatography – taking 1 photo every day for the next 365 days.

My goal for this project is twofold – a picture of Bean every day to share here (hopefully on Wednesdays) and a picture of myself every day as kind of a reflection/inspiration/motivation type thing (which is more of a ‘just for me’ thing).

Well, so far I’ve taken one picture of myself! It’s harder because there is really only one full-length mirror on our house, in an awkward position, and I always forget to ask the hubs to take a photo of me when he is actually able to. I am going to try to work on figuring that one out a bit better, though.

The Bean project, however, has been going great! I am really quite proud of myself for keeping up with this for an entire week (I know – but I suck at that kind of commitment lol!).

And I’ve been pleasantly surprised already by one of the benefits of this project. I feel like I’m getting to know my baby Bean a lot better once again.

I returned to work in August after having an entire year of her with me every day. It was a separation I felt (and still feel) very keenly. She’s done great with it – she goes to her grandparents every day; she adores them and vice versa – pretty much not a sign of separation anxiety in her.

But over the past months, I’ve really been feeling like I’ve lost an essential connection with her. It’s not been so much a huge wrench as more of a dull, toothache kind of pain – an undercurrent that’s always there beneath the surface. Really, it’s been very difficult and I think worse than I’ve even realized.

But taking these pictures…I’ve just felt a lot better over the past week. Adding another aspect of intentional focus on her; making the effort to remember it every day – and I get a piece of her to take away and have to look on again and again…it’s been an amazing consolation to me.

So I owe a huge thanks to Luschka of Diary of a First Child for inspiring this project, and I’m really looking forward to continuing it! And now you get to enjoy the cuteness! :)

Pictures from January 2-8 are below – for January 1, see here. Read the rest of this entry »

My Crunchy Wishes for 2012

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Because it’s a new year, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’d like to have/do in 2012.

There’s nothing set in stone and I have no idea how much of it will actually come to pass, but there’s nothing wrong with a little wishlist, right? And if you can’t share your random thoughts and wishes on your blog, where can you share them?

So here goes…


The idea of living sustainably/independent of mainstream corporations, etc. is a hugely fascinating one for me (though it’s something I still have a looooong way to go on).

But in that spirit, here are some of the things I would like to own/do to began attaining that goal:

  • A dehydrator. I have dreams of making jerky, fruit roll-ups, etc. and keeping my family in healthy snacks at every need.
  • Canning supplies. Because my gardening efforts were such a success last year, I have big plans for expanding this year – and I want to be able to preserve all that yummy goodness! Of course, this will also involve learning how to can things without giving us all botulism.
  • An indoor herb garden (plus lots of herbs outside!). I planted sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, lavender and mint last year. The sage and thyme are actually still growing (outside!) and I continue to use them frequently. Thus, I want to do bigger and better this year – and make sure to dry and preserve those herbs as well (I’m afraid I was pretty crap with that this past year). Now I just need to find some space inside that won’t be destroyed by my daughter/dog/cat. Hmm….
  • A juicer. My husband loves juice. And no matter how much I tell him how worthless it is and how much it’s all sugar and how it’s not even real even when it says it is, he persists in drinking it. So I would at least like to make him real juice. And I admit I wouldn’t mind putting together some veggie juice concoctions for myself. So this is one of the wants on our list.
  • More cast-iron/glass/stainless steel. We’ve begun the process of converting all our cooking stuff to these materials, but we’re not where I’d like to be. It would be great if 2012 could see us there!

As these are mainly all to do with kitchen/cooking/food stuff, I’ll throw in a few goals I’d like to put into action this year. We’ve had great success with going paper towel free and become pros at separating our garbage, compost and recycling, but there’s still a lot more we can accomplish.

I think the biggest problem continues to be waste – mainly in Ziploc bags and food. I’ve been pretty decent in the past with washing those bags out and using more reusable containers and planning meals so food doesn’t get tossed, but we started slacking big-time when I went back to work. I don’t want this downward spiral to continue, so it’s something that’s on my list to work on for 2012.

Continuing with the wishes… Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Meal Plan – January 9

Scrambled EggsBoy has it been awhile since I’ve done one of these!

Over the past 5 months or so (has it really been that long? :p) I have hardly made a single meal plan – and it has really shown. We have been eating total crap, going out way too often, and basically breaking every goal I have toward consuming real food and healthy living.

(Though there have been a few highlights – we’ve been making a lot of our own butter, made all ‘real food’ holiday baking this year, and have been getting back into doing freezer meals over the past few weeks).

And it’s a process. And I have to keep trying – I want to keep trying. So this week, I’m making a meal plan…and we’ll see where it goes from here… Read the rest of this entry »

Looking Back ~ A Mindful Mama Carnival Wrap-Up

Zoie of TouchstoneZ started the Mindful Mama Carnival in June of 2011 on a whim. She posted a call for submissions hoping to find a couple of other bloggers who might be interested in writing about it (even planning to beg some friends to write, if no one signed up!)

But, sign up they did, and the submissions sent exceeded all her expectations!

As the second Mindful Mama Carnival approached, I was honored to be asked by Zoie to co-host the carnival together with her. I was so pleased to say yes – Zoie is one of my favorite bloggers (and favorite people!) and the whole Mindful Mama project is just amazing to be a part of – there is no lack of inspiration here!

Zoie and I have been so blessed to have so many talented writers join us in exploring issues around parenting and living mindfully. We have enjoyed reading every post and watching the connections between the MindMaCar community grow.

Before we look ahead to 2012, we wanted to share a wrap-up of of the 2011 Mindful Mama Carnivals… Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography ~ A 365 Day Photo Project

Mamatography 2012 Happy New Year!

Though I’m a bit in denial that it’s actually 2012, I’m still feeling that rush of excitement and good intentions that a New Year always brings. Things I hope to do…eat better, be more responsible, blog more, etc., etc., have been swirling around in my head over the past several days…

Together with that, I’m beginning a new project – inspired by Luschka of Diary of a First Child – called a Mamatography. Basically, it involves taking at least one photo every day for the next year. Beyond that, the options are pretty much up to me – I could pick a theme, or a project to track, or just take a random photo every day.

I’ve decided to do two – one to share here, and one just for me. Read the rest of this entry »

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