Monday, January 30, 2012

Announcing the Strawesome winner, and other updates

For the Strawesome giveaway, I printed all the comments, put them into a hat, and had a child randomly draw a comment.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Junk food by any other name...

... is still junk food. 

After dragging my tired self out of bed at half past way-too-early this morning, so I could score the best deals on organic, wholesome, healthy produce at the wholesale house, my husband and I decided to take our six little monkeys to the zoo.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Morning Sickness Update

Today, I have some fantastic news I'd like to share with everyone who has been praying for my severe morning (haha!) sickness, or just plain curious how I am.

In a word: BETTER! In fact, I am almost back to feeling normal! If I keep improving at the rate I have been, I would say probably another two weeks or so and I should be in the clear.

Which means that I only was severely ill for about five or six weeks this time - usually, it's about 12 to 14 (from week 4 to 16). 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Free Shipping at Strawesome, and a GIVEAWAY!!

Strawesome truly is awesome! Several years ago, as part of trying to eliminate plastics as much as possible, I stopped buying plastic straws. But, like most everyone else, I love sipping from a straw! I didn't know there was such an alternative as glass straws available, until I found out about Strawesome from another blogger. I have been so impressed and happy with every single order from them!

Just as drinking out of a glass tastes better than from a plastic cup, sipping through a glass straw tastes so much better! Not to mention the health benefits of eliminating those cheap china-made plastic straws that leach questionable chemicals into your drinks. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Picture Facebook Doesn't Want You to Share?

Today, I "shared" a picture on Facebook from another friend's wall. A whole bunch of my friends, in turn, then shared it on their walls. 

A few hours later, the picture had been scrubbed from all of our walls. 

Well, you atheists at Facebook can delete the picture, but you will realize one day that doing so does not delete what God has told us in his Word will happen after you die. Enjoy it while it lasts, because for all eternity, you will have to keep thinking about what a fool you were.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kids and allowance

From time to time I get asked about if we give our kids allowance money, or how we go about it. To be honest, this is an area that I myself often wonder what the best approach is. 

For starters, I do not think our kids should ever be given "free money" on a regular basis (i.e. outside a birthday gift or something similar). 

But on the other hand, I also realize that kids' earning power and opportunities are limited to non-existent, while they need to learn how to handle money correctly from a young age. And it would get very tiresome to constantly have them asking me for stuff they want, because they have no money of their own to spend. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Get rid of your kids for only 60 cents a day

Health Advisory: As you may have noticed, about a year ago I started adding "jump breaks" in my blog posts, i.e. in order to continue reading a post, you must click on "Keep reading" at the end of the introductory blurb to see the rest of the post. If you feel your blood pressure rising during the first paragraph, and decide to click through to read the rest of the post anyway, please be advised that you are doing so at your own risk to your health and mental well-being. The author of this blog assumes no responsibility for fits of rage, stress, high blood pressure, or getting your underwear in a twist over what you read here.

Tempe Elementary Schools put our tax dollars to good use again this week when they mailed us a glossy ad package, which included a DVD, claiming that parents would not find a "better educational alternative" than their schools anywhere

Wow, such boldness made me doubt our humble homeschooling efforts (ha!), so I went online to see what was so special that I could not provide. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Home birth "as safe as" hospital birth?

An older article from the USA Today reporting on a major medical study in Canada has been making the rounds on Facebook. The title sounds like it proves the point home birth supporters have been trying to make for years: Home birth with midwife as safe as hospital birth

But - this article irks me. Because the title is NOT accurate. Home birth, according to the study it quotes, is NOT as safe as hospital birth. In fact, the numbers given in the article show home birth to be ALMOST TWICE AS SAFE as hospital birth:
The mortality rate per 1,000 births was 0.35 in the home birth group, 0.57 in hospital births attended by midwives, and 0.64 among those attended by physicians, according to the study.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Today's Produce Basket

Our produce basket was such a great deal today, I wanted to share with everyone.

Friday, January 13, 2012


  • I don't think I have mentioned it on the blog yet, but Anna is walking now. She started about 2 or 3 weeks ago, going from not walking at all without holding on, to walking clear across the room. Still, up until last week, she would only walk at home, as long as her Dad was not in sight. If he could see her at all, she would drop to her bottom, scoot to him, stretch out her little arms and beg "Uh! Uh! Uh!" until he would pick her up and carry her around with him. Just this week, she has decided that getting around quickly on two legs was worth the gamble of her Dad maybe carrying her less, and she now freely walks everywhere. It is so cute to watch her toddle along, still a little stiff-legged. Anna LOVES to play out in the front yard. She is like a puppy, waiting by the front door all day for someone to open it, so she can immediately tumble out and take off. I tried taking a video of her yesterday, but my camera that takes them is not working right, so it'll have to wait.

A Note on Comments

Through the years that I have been blogging, I have had a number of different approaches for dealing with comments. At times I would allow none, some, or most negative comments (barring only those that contained profanities or obscenities). Sometimes only those with a Blogger ID could comment, other times, anyone (even anons).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Face of Evil

What can I say, I am a bad parent with a long pattern of child neglect. But you already knew that, even before reading the comments on the last post.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year

It's been an uneventful week around here. With me still down with NVP, we are on "survival" mode. 

We had a good New Year's Eve. Thankfully, I was feeling relatively well the whole weekend, and was able to make the cheese and chocolate fondues that we traditionally have. The older kids stayed up until midnight playing board games, and then watched as our neighbors lit fireworks for quite some time. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Affording organic - Part II - money-saving tips

Please click here to read Part I

In an effort to improve one's diet, one of two goals should be to replace unhealthy foods with all natural, whole foods alternatives. Instead of buying cookies at the store, for example, they can be made at home with whole grains, honey, and real butter for a very wholesome and tasty alternative that is usually also cheaper. Depending on individual tastes and habits, and your family's compliance in this matter, this process can take years. As with most things, it is a lot easier to start out right than to change later on.

Changing over to healthy products includes all areas of life, such as cleaning products, cooking utensils (non-stick, plastic, etc.), clothing (think toxic, but fire-retardant PJs for kids, new cotton  and/or dyed clothes, etc.), body care products, furniture (again, think of mattresses, curtains, etc. that are drenched in fire retardant) etc. but for sake of time this post is only dealing with the food aspect of it.

The other of the two goals should be switching over to all organic foods/ingredients. Cost can often be a seemingly prohibiting factor. Below, I list some of the things I have learned in order to provide our family with all organic foods without being a millionaire, or even remotely "rich". 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Affording Organic - Part I - PRIORITIES

This is a blog post I first started in October 2009. When I was almost done writing it, Blogger had a glitch and deleted the entire post without saving it! In June of 2010, I once again sat down and started writing this post, which I am finally finishing up now in honor of the new year. Maybe someone will make it their goal to switch their family to a more wholesome diet this year after reading this.

I think my great aversion to writing on this subject is due to the fact that there is no easy answer. I would love to give you tips on how to switch to eating 100% organic on your existing grocery budget, but for most people, that is simply not the case. Unless you are currently spending a fortune on eating out and buying processed foods and snacks/sweets/sodas, and are willing to stop all that cold-turkey and start making everything from scratch, you likely will need to increase the amount of money you spend on food if you want to switch to eating all organic. I think that most of my readers already cook many/most things from scratch, and live frugally in general. For these families, short of switching to eating rice and beans, eating organically will mean spending more money. That's the bad news.