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Do You Make Your Own Baby Food?

All three of my children have been breastfed exclusively up until around 5 months.  At this point I started offering rice

cereal, which was mostly breast-milk with a little rice cereal mixed in for texture. None of them were crazy about it and I only fed them a little here and there when I was in the mood. Rice cereal has very little nutritional value and I didn’t want to fill them up on empty calories so I found that I rarely felt like it was worth cleaning up the inevitable mess created when they spit out it anyway.

Once Lauren, our first who is now seven, was old enough to start trying fruits and vegetables, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making my own baby food. While perusing a popular parenting magazine, I came across an article about preparing and freezing individual portions of … Read More

Working Mom, SAHM: Both Hard, Just Different Part 2

Last week my blog was about the challenges working moms face as they try to successfully manage both housework, childcare and getting themselves dressed and out the door on time. This week, I address the balancing act of simultaneously doing household chores and round-the-clock childcare. Or as a recent Facebook post of mine said “Maybe I’ll drill a few holes in the bottom of a bucket and then spend the next two hours trying to keep it full of water. Or I’ll just clean the house while the kids are at home. Equally fulfilling tasks, really.”

Stay-At-Home Mom:
Usually after the girls are out the door and on their way to school I take about 20 minutes or so to make the beds and clean up the kitchen from the breakfast-eating and lunch-making mess. Then I use the time that I have only one child at home (as opposed … Read More

Working Mom, SAHM Mom: Both Hard, Just Different Part 1

I am a full-time Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM). I have days that I love what I do and days when I wish I had a job that would take me out of the house, and yes, away from the kids for a while.  My days consist of multi-tasking and more multi-tasking. But would it be any easier to go to work during the day and then have to do everything else at night or on the weekends? Here’s a snap-shot of what a morning looked like when I needed to get out of the house:

Working Mom:
Now, I don’t actually work outside of the house but I did have an 8:30 a.m. appointment last week about 20 minutes from where I live. This meant, that in addition to getting two kids ready for school and a toddler ready for the babysitter, I had to get myself dressed and put … Read More

A Look Back and a Peek Ahead…

Happy 2013, everyone! Here are some highlights from the past year:

  • We took trips to Florida, Vermont and Tennessee to visit family (and on one of those trips I used only my Thirsties, including on the plane).
  • Kate, our four year old broke her arm not once, but twice, but learned to ride a two-wheeler and swim underwater completely on her own despite the time she spent in a cast.
  • Lauren started first grade and has taught herself how to do front handsprings on the trampoline. She’s has a very active social life for a seven-year old and would be happiest if she could have back-to-back-to-back playdates.
  • Cooper, who will turn two in February of 2013 is finally putting two words together “blue car,” “yellow car,” “daddy’s car,” and “kick it.” He can also name almost every kind of ball: “Foobbah, boccabah, backetbah.” For someone who has two older sisters
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I Choose to Re-Use

The three R’s:  Reduce, Recycle and Re-use.  I’m fairly good at reducing, I’m great at recycling but I have to remind myself to choose to re-use.

Making my own cleaning products, mostly from baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, citrus oils, Tea Tree Oil and colloidal silver has been fun. Earthday_edited-6I’ve also made my own bar soaps from glycerin, oatmeal and Tea Tree Oil. But I’ve had to resist the temptation to go out and buy all new matching plastic spray bottles, containers and soap molds. I seem to be a natural consumer. I enjoy shopping. I like buying new things. I like having cute coordinating sets and pretty patterns. But I’m slowly changing my habits.

Over the years I’ve brought hundreds of bottles of all-purpose spray cleaners, window cleaners, disinfectants.  And as long as I’ve been able, I’ve recycled the containers they came in but now … Read More