We spent the morning of our wedding day roaming a foreign city in search of stamps. Not to mail postcards, of course, but to appease the crazy tax laws in Vieques. Do you remember us? “Colecturía? Colecturía?” I’ve never been so happy to be a clueless tourista. It was the beginning of so many adventures.
However, my FAVORITE memory from that morning was our trip to the doctors office to get our health certificate. With a serious smile and a thick Puerto Rican accent, our physician spoke fifteen words I’ll never forget.
“I have to make sure you’re not drunk, not crazy . . . . and you don’t have syphillis.”
Check. Check. And . . . oh wait, about that crazy part.
But truthfully on paper it doesn’t look good for us. It’s not just that I spent my last night as a single woman sleeping behind a bar or that we didn’t have a wedding cake. Forget that you’ve had your brain zapped and we named my last physician “Dr. Quack.” The fact that I wash my hair with mud and brush my teeth with clay? Not even worth mentioning.
As I dug through photos to put this slideshow together I realized some very important pictures were missing. Not just the ones of us rolling on the sand like beached whales . . . the real bummer is that neither of us thought to make our huge fights a Kodak moment. There are no pictures of our “enthusiastic disagreements,” but there have certainly been plenty of them along the way. And honestly they deserve their place here because they are as much a part of our story as anything.
That’s where the crazy part comes in: If I had known what was coming on that bright morning in Vieques I probably would have thought we were nothing less than certifiable for going forward. Love takes more work than my “Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” upbringing prepared me for. Remember me trying to stow away in your bags as you headed to The University of Copenhagen for a semester abroad?
Nothing but smiles there, but what was supposed to be a simple four month adventure turned into an excruciatingly painful test of our relationship that lasted much, much longer. As I held that picture I thought to myself, what if it had ended there?
There would have been no dance under a hundred-thousand blazing stars on our first night as husband and wife.
And remember how hard our first year was? What if it had ended THERE?
We would have missed not one but TWO of the sweetest blessings on earth.
Saturday morning pancake breakfasts, naptime snuggles, chasing seagulls on the beach. Are we flawed? YES! This year has been one of the hardest of our lives. Sure, it’s all well and good to meet the love of your life when you are 10 years old, but years later when you’re facing overnight job loss* and a very uncertain future the story doesn’t seem to matter so much.
There are times when I’ve looked at you and thought that I barely recognize the man I married. Not that you’ve changed for the worse – quite the opposite, actually – it’s just that we are both so very different now.
Though it’s kind of scary, it’s also amazing in a way. We get to grow, change, and fall in love all over again. If I had to count, I’d say this is our third marriage.
And now, without further ado, a few of my favorite moments from the journey . . .
* Just in case you are wondering, we are OKAY! Daniel is working as a consultant while we transition into something new
**Look closely at the slideshow and you might capture a glimpse of Food Renegade during our college days. Yes we’re cool like that.Read More »
And I clean my face with oil. Seriously, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.
The thing is, in an age where ramen noodle spa bath’s are not out of the question, the fact that a beauty treatment exists is not really saying much. So, rather than try to prove to you that washing with mud just might be something you should consider, I’ll just show you. And yes, it’s ridiculously easy.
Note: My hair didn’t look dirty enough in the first photo I snapped, so I **may** have drizzled oil on my head for dramatic effect. Not a great idea unless you want to wash a few extra times.
Yes, I hopped out of the shower for this shot. There are already enough people with me in there already.
Now, are you ready find out how easy this is?
As I mention in my ebook, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, there are a few things you need to know before getting started. First, store bought shampoos usually have a pH level of around 5-6, which closely matches your hair’s natural pH. While this is a good thing, it is most often achieved using toxic surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate.
Clay, on the other hand, has a much higher pH which can leave hair dull and gummy. Fortunately it’s very simple to restore your hair’s natural pH after washing – simply follow with the shine boosting rinse listed below!
Another consideration when transitioning to natural shampoo is the use of silicone in many commercial brands. Silicone coats the hair much like plastic to give it slip and shine. If you have been using a shampoo with silicone or other chemicals your hair will need to detox – a process that can take up to a few weeks depending on the types of product previously used. During this process hair can feel very dry and tangle easily. As the follicles shed the coating they will begin to be able to drink in moisture, but this can take time.
Also, keep in mind that your hair’s needs can change over time. I alternate between this and my other homemade shampoo’s based on the needs of my hair. If it is feeling a little dry I use Sweet Orange & Honey shampoo from my ebook. If it is feeling a little oily I use the clay.
When deciding what clay to use for your mud wash here are some things to keep in mind:
Water is best for frequent use, but apple cider vinegar can be substituted for an extra deep clean. How much you’ll need will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. I use about 1-2 tablespoons of rhassoul for my medium length, thick hair. The consistency should roughly resemble an egg yolk.
Quick Tip: If your clay tends to clump toss it in the blender beforehand.
Wet hair thoroughly and then wring it out. Dip the ends of your hair in the container with your mud mixture and then pour the remaining wash over your head and work it through to the tips (this just helps with even distribution). Let your hair sit for about 5 minutes – you can adjust this as you figure out what works best for your hair. When I wash every day about 2 minutes is right – otherwise it starts to dry out my hair. When it’s every 2-3 days about 5 minutes works better.
Rinse until the water runs clear and then . . .
This simple rinse helps to close the hair cuticle and restore pH.
* Vinegar derived from non-organic sources is likely to either be a product of GMO corn or petroleum.
Quick Tip: If your hair looks a little “matte” after washing (like mine does in the photo above because I overcompensated for the oil), you may want to use straight vinegar
Blend ingredients in a clean contain. Pour about 1/2 cup over hair and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, then rinse. Cool water is best because it helps the hair cuticle close, but warm is okay.
This clay hair wash didn’t make it into DIY Organic Beauty Recipes because I was still testing it when the book was released, but if you are looking more non-toxic, tested recipes that WORK definitely check it out. It’s a 180 page guide that covers how to whiten your teeth without toxic chemicals, make lotions, deodorants, bronzer, baby products and more!
I imagine some of you are wondering if this wash is safe to use on color-treated hair. According to one manufacturer who makes a similar clay wash it will strip commercial dyes but not henna-based dyes. I have not tested this.
If you have another question please leave it below!
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The Heal Thy Mouth Summit – a 7 day online conference featuring 21 video presentations from top holistic dental experts – has been extended one more day! If you didn’t have time to tune in for:
You can check them out for FREE today, just pop over here to join the conference!
If you can’t fit it all in today, you may want to check out the The Heal Thy Mouth Summit Take Home Package. It’s currently on sale for $79, but the price will go up tomorrow. The package includes all 21 presentations (including audio/video and transcripts) plus bonuses valued at over $150.Read More »
A Note From Mommypotamus: Have you ever looked back at your 7th grade school photo and thought, “Wow, that totally seemed like a good idea at the time!” Well, I had a similar experience when I looked at the before and after comparison of my ebook, Nourished Baby. Today I am honored to introduce you to the person behind the transformation. Sandrine Love is an expert in visual communication and a passionate advocate of traditional foods who has a unique perspective on the power of advertising to shape out perceptions about food. I’ve asked her to share her insights with us today.
P.S. Here’s the before and after (preview #1 | preview #2 | preview #3) if you want to take a peek. Amazing difference, yes? If you’re interested, there’s a special offer on the book here with a giveaway. And now, the guest post!
When I founded Nourishing Our Children in 2005, my initial vision was to “simply” create a PowerPoint presentation that we, a group of volunteer presenters, would give to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. I wanted to teach timeless principles for supporting our children’s learning, behavior and health through optimal nutrition. With the support of Sally Fallon Morell, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, we created an outline of the topics we would cover in our presentation, and front and center was milk. Since that very first iteration of our PowerPoint, I’ve included ads from the got milk? campaign to address what many of us had taken for granted – that all milk is good for us.
got milk? has been described as one of the most famous commodity brand and influential ad campaigns in the United States. The campaign, which encourages the consumption of cow’s milk, was created for the California Milk Processor Board in 1993 and later licensed for use by other milk processors and dairy farmers. This long running series of print ads feature a variety of ethnically diverse celebrities, athletes and fictional characters sporting their own “milk mustache.” The campaign has been credited with greatly increasing milk sales in California though not nationwide.
But what kind of milk are they promoting? And does that kind of milk really “do a body good?” Is all milk created equal?
The kind of milk that the “got milk” campaign has been promoting for over a decade is pasteurized, or ultra-pasteurized, homogenized, conventional milk produced from cows in confinement eating corn or other grains which are often genetically modified and pesticide treated. They may also eat bakery waste, soy, citrus peel cake laden with pesticides and even manure from chickens, none of which constitute an appropriate diet for cows. Not what we would consider real milk. What is real milk? Real milk comes from old fashioned cows such as the Jersey and Guernsey. Real milk comes from herds allowed to graze on green pasture. Real milk is not pasteurized, it is “raw”. Real milk is not homogenized. Real milk contains butterfat and lots of it. Real milk contains no additives.
Learn more about real milk.
Using advertisements that we are all accustomed to seeing proved to be an effective way to address common dietary myths. I added more advertisements about the dangers of saturated fats and the benefits of soy as our PowerPoint evolved and as our educational materials expanded to include a DVD and an ebook. I want our audiences and readers to question what we are commonly told is beneficial or dangerous for our health. Along those lines, read about this example of false advertising provided by Heather Dessinger.
We at Nourishing Our Children are deeply concerned about the fact that saturated fats have been demonized for over 50 years as one of the biggest nutritional villains. In our educational materials, I include the following images. What do they symbolize to you?
Consider these symbols: a steel trap, a mouse trap, and a razor blade.
The photographs above were captured by Peter Lippmann for print ads used by the World Heart Federation that were released in 2008. The Advertising Agency is listed as BBH, London, UK. We edited the ads to reveal only the photographic content, so you could form an opinion without the corresponding ad copy and logo information. We wanted you to relate simply to the visual communication. The ads may be described as beautiful, well-made, appealing, slick and perhaps even convincing.
However, is eating butter, even regularly, akin to eating razor blades? View this print ad. Notice the razor blades next to the butter, which are somewhat camouflaged. The ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” Imagine if you swallowed a razor blade? The message appears to be clear – eating butter is dangerous, and may even kill you. Does butter cause disease? On the contrary, butter from grass fed cows protects us against many diseases. Read more about Why Butter is Better.
Will eating cheese, even regularly, kill you? View this print ad and note that a search on google reveals that it has been widely published on websites in many languages. Imagine taking a piece of cheese from this table! Again, the ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” The copy could read, “Don’t be tempted by cheese, eating it will kill you.” We would encourage you and yours to enjoy raw cheeses as a nutrient dense food.
Will eating steak, even regularly, be akin to putting your hand or body in a steel trap? View this print ad and notice again that the ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” With the exception of butter, no other food has been subjected to such intense demonization in recent years as red meat, particularly beef. Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig answer the question, “Is beef good for you?” in their article It’s the Beef – “What a shame we have demonized red meat because this is one modern food, enjoyed by almost everybody, that is rich in nutrients.
Let us be very clear – saturated fats from animal foods are needed by every cell in your body. They don’t cause obesity and they are not associated with heart disease. If you’d like to learn more about how we got so confused about fats, read The Oiling of America by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig.
The last dietary myth that I’d like to address, which is included in our educational materials is …
Due to the increasing number of people who are having an allergic reaction to pasteurized milk products, soy beverages have emerged as an often sought out alternative. Although widely promoted as a health food, hundreds of studies link modern processed soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, immune system breakdown, and even heart disease and cancer.
The other ads above promise that whole soy will result in good karma, no grumpy aftertaste, resistance to a bad day and that it will even disperse dark clouds.
Are these examples of false advertising?
Problems with Soy
Here is a more comprehensive list of problems. How could soy be linked to all this disease? Because the soybean contains many naturally occurring toxins. All legumes contain toxins but the problem with soy is that the toxins are found in very high levels and are resistant to the traditional ways of getting rid of them.
What separates our cause from others who are focused on nutrition? From our mission statement:
Our cause not only identifies the problems with Oreos, cola, candy and other obvious junk foods. We also present research that illustrates how foods widely assumed to be nutritional – including packaged foods commonly described as “organic”, “natural” or “fortified” – are themselves heavily processed and stripped of nutritional value. While these labels provide a convenient way for parents to determine which foods to buy, the items associated with those labels often betray the standard of optimal nutrition.
Even more important, we demonstrate that many traditional foods now considered unhealthy are, in fact, vital to the growth and intellectual development of our children. We intend to help parents see the facts behind the spin, so that the decisions they make about the food they buy is not determined by commercials, labels or lobby groups, but rather by timeless dietary principles.
Sandrine Love previously worked as a family therapist, art therapist, teacher, and as an educational therapist in private practice before she established Nourishing Our Children in 2005. Convinced that the children she worked with were well-fed but malnourished, Sandrine closed her private practice to devote herself to the cause of educating and inspiring parents to return to the whole, natural foods that have produced generation after generation of healthy children. She founded the San Francisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004 and served as the volunteer chapter leader for more than a year. She has also taught Nourishing Traditions and Moroccan cooking classes. Beyond her own visual communication business, she currently serves Nourishing Our Children as both the executive and creative director. Sandrine has received an activist award from the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2006 for her leadership role.Read More »
My son lunged over a plate of pot roast to grab a stick of butter . . . for dinner. Did I snatch it away from him or run to check the CDC’s prediction regarding the likelihood he will develop heart disease? Um, no, I grabbed my camera!
You see, butter cravings are a milestone in my house, and I’m explaining why over at Nourishing Our Children today!Read More »
…you grind up an eggplant, put it in a jar with vinegar, put it in the fridge for 3 days, then use it on your son’s warts… and it really works too! - Gina Palmer
Your 16 month old thinks socks are for her hands! (because she goes barefoot everywhere!) - Unmistakably Food
You tell your 4 year old you’re having chicken nuggets for dinner and she says “Mama, what are chicken nuggets?” - Mommypotamus
Your kids beg for “special chocolate” daily and even ask for seconds. (“Special chocolate” = Chocolate Cream FCLO) – Kate Tietje
Your answer for everything from bug bites to fabric soften(er) is vinegar! – Autumn Peiser
For a snack your kid wants butter. Just. butter. – Becki Pembleton
Your OB’s nurse asks, “what is this D.C. is after your primary care Dr’s name” [D.C. = Doctor of Chiropractic] – Mindy Worley
You make brownies out of soaked black beans, you put bone broth in sippy cups and your toddler cries for sauerkraut. – Kelly Villareal
You let your children choose their own weaning date and then invite their friends to their weaning party. – Jolene Michele
You ask your daughter what she bought from the school bake sale and she replies, “Ewwwww. Nothing. Everything was covered in chemicals.” – Mommy OM
The phone in your bedroom rings in the morning and it wakes the entire family up because you are all in the same bed. – Debbie Cook St. John
Your request to keep your placenta is met with confusion by hospital staff. – Caroline May
You steal your placenta from the hospital when the nurses say you can’t take it with you. – Candace Spain-Smith
Check! Extra trips to the bathroom as my bladder tried to cope with my Stay Puffed Marshmallow status? Double check! Folks, I have been keeping a secret that’s had me feeling like I was going to explode, but today is the day I get to spill!
A few months ago Sandrine Love of Nourishing Our Children approached me about incorporating my ebook, Nourished Baby, into their educational materials. Because Nourishing Our Children is a project of the San Fransisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, my book was sent to Sally Fallon Morell for review – and it was APPROVED!
Since then, several of my favorite bloggers have joined our collaboration – contributing 15+ new baby/toddler-friendly recipes like fermented lemonade, a birthday smash cake made without grains or refined sugar, probiotic fruit roll-ups, banana pancakes, healthy chicken nuggets and bunless sloppy joes. Sandrine got to work on cleaning up the design, which was frankly a hot mess, and away we went!
The end result? A completely redesigned book with yummy recipes featuring:
As Sandrine and I worked together it became obvious that my book and another project she was working on – the Nourishing Our Children ebook – were two peas in a pod. The Nourishing Our Children book explains the principles of a nourishing diet, and Nourished Baby is a field guide for implementing these principles with our precious children.
Y’all, Sandrine’s book is MUST READ for every parent! It’s not a dry list of “do’s” and “don’ts” . . . it is is an invitation to a journey. If you’re looking for something to inspire, inform, and provide you with baby steps you can take to improve your family’s health, this is it. Better yet, if someone you love needs a riveting introduction to Dr. Weston A. Price’s Research, this is most definitely it.
Both books usually sell for $20 each, but we’ve decided to pair them up for a special offer! Right now you can get them both for a total of $30. Note: While these books can be viewed on a digital reader, you don’t need one (they are in PDF format)
There is an upgrade option. Everyone who purchase 30+ days before the release of the second edition can download the new book for 50% off the standard price. With the promotion currently running that’s an additional $5 off. All you’ll need to do is contact me and let me know which email address you used previously at checkout so I can confirm your purchase and set up the upgrade. This offer does not apply to discount copies purchased through the Toadally Primal ebook bunde. Those who purchased the 1st edition within the past 30 days will be receiving a complimentary upgrade. Please check your email between now and January 21st for your notice. You won’t have to contact me. A download and link will be emailed to the email address you provided at checkout.
Not familiar with Nourishing Our Children? I can think of no better way for you to to get acquainted than through their DVD, so I’m giving one away! This is a captivating video that explores the dietary principles discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price. It makes a fabulous gift for loved ones who may not take the time to sit down and read a book and is a great conversation starter with kids, too. I’m using it in Katie’s home school curriculum next year.
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Counting baby toes, pennies and the number of times Micah says “sooopooon” (spoon) in a day – all good stuff! But when it comes to my kids health math rarely factors in. Why? I watch them, not the numbers. This is especially true with fevers.
I’m not alone, either. According to Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson – pediatrician at Loyola University Health System and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine – numbers may not be as significant as we tend to think.
“My most frequent calls are from worried parents who want to know how high is too high of a fever. What many parents don’t realize is that often, fevers are their child’s friend.
. . . . Fevers can actually help your child recover more quickly, especially if he or she is battling a viral illness . . . I often wish thermometers had a gauge that read either ‘fever’ or ‘no fever.’ That would definitely help parents who worry if their child has a fever that’s too high.”
Here’s a video from another pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, which explains more:*
Can I just say that I LOVE these woman?? Personally I’d avoid the use of fever reducers if possible – here is one of the many reasons why – but I am still **this** close to sending them a dozen orchids. Regarding when fevers may need the attention of a pediatrician, here’s what Dr. Swanson has to say:
“The main take home is not to treat fever per se, but your child. There is no reason to make a fever disappear if your child is otherwise acting well, playful, and staying hydrated. But do know there are some fevers that do require a visit with the pediatricians. It’s important to seek care when fever persists after 3 days in infants and children, any fever in a baby 3 month old or less, and if fever is over 104 degrees.”
And here’s what else Dr. Chow-Johnson has to say:
There are times you should seek medical attention when your child has a fever such as:
Loyola Medicine: That Fever Might Be Your Child’s Friend (emphasis mine)
Ahhh, I’m swooning! And the best part is she’s not alone: Dr. Natasha Burgert says pretty much the exact same thing.
“There is no ‘number’ on a thermometer that requires a trip to the Emergency Department. Nope, not even 104F degrees. With very specific exceptions, kids do not have to maintain a “normal” temperature during times of illness.” (Fever: 5 Facts You Should Know)
One of the most common objections to letting a child ride out a fever seems to be concern over febrile seizures. Here are two things worth considering when weighing that concern:
1. Febrile seizures are not considered harmful. According to the Royal Children’s Hospital In Melbourne, “Most children with fever suffer only minor discomfort, however 1 in 30 will have a febrile convulsion at one time or another. This usually happens between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. Febrile convulsions are not harmful to your child and do not cause brain damage. They are, however, quite upsetting to parents to witness.
Most children with febrile convulsions only ever have one fit. Some children will have one or more seizures, usually during illnesses which cause a fever. There is no increased risk of epilepsy in children who have febrile convulsions.”
2. Giving fever reducers may actually induce a febrile seizure. Febrile seizures are caused by a rapid change in body temperature in either direction. In certain circumstances, fever reducers bring the fever down too quickly and cause a seizure. Also, there’s another way fever reducers may trigger febrile seizures. According to Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC, “fever reducers can CAUSE the febrile seizures because they suppress the body’s attempt to create a fever, and so it has to try harder, thus causing a higher fever (that rises faster), called a rebound fever.”
A new report in the journal of Pediatrics signals a huge shift in the way doctors are viewing fevers.
“Parents have been told for generations that a high fever can be dangerous to kids. If you don’t get your child’s fever down, you’ll run the risk of frying brain cells, doctors have warned.
But now the American Academy of Pediatricians has turned that conventional wisdom on its head. A new report published this month in Pediatrics states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever – it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures.
The only reason to treat a fever is to make a child more comfortable, a co-author of the report said. ‘In a normal child there’s no set temperature at which you’d need to treat a fever,’ said Dr. Janice Sullivan, a professor of pediatrics and pediatric critical care at the University of Louisville. ‘Our recommendation is primarily to treat discomfort associated with an illness rather than the fever itself. So, when children are uncomfortable or crying, then you should treat them with medication.’
Sullivan and her colleagues scrutinized studies on fevers and found that there was no evidence that a fever by itself could harm a child – unless the child was under the age of 3 months or had heart problems. In fact, the researchers determined that bringing fevers down could actually prolong illness. That’s because fevers are one of the body’s lines of defense against viruses, Sullivan explained.
‘Studies done in children with chicken pox, for example, found that children whose fevers weren’t treated had about a day less that they were considered contagious compared to those who were treated,’ she said.”
Okay, so fevers aren’t scary and we should watch the child instead of the thermometer – what happens though when we feel it’s time to try to bring the fever down? I decided to do some research just in case I need it later on. Here’s what I found:
Calcium lactate can be especially helpful in making a sick child/adult more comfortable. When the body fights infection it draws calcium out of the bones to be utilized by white blood cells. The process can make you feel quite achy, so it’s easier just to give the body what it needs without it having to withdraw from “the bank.” Calcium lactate works with the fever to make it more effective, which in turn usually means it’s over more quickly, yay! (Where to buy calcium lactate)
This is an old remedy used by grandmothers and great-grandmothers that is thought to “draw out” the fever – people still swear by it! Soak a couple washcloths in apple cider vinegar and place on forehead and tummy, or add a cup to a warm bath. Some people also soak a cloth in and wrap it around the soles of the patient’s feet – my friend Emily at Holistic Squid says lemons work, too. (Where to buy raw apple cider vinegar)
Soak a pair of socks in egg whites obtained from healthy, pastured chickens and put them on the patient. For a less messy version, soak paper towels in egg whites and place them on the bottom of the feet, then cover with socks. Replace the socks/paper towels when they dry out. Most people report that they see results from this method very quickly – anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. If egg whites cannot be used due to food sensitivities onions or shredded potato can be used.
Blend a enough fresh garlic cloves to make a 1/4 inch paste that will spread across the feet. Blend with a little olive oil or coconut oil and apply. Leave a few spots uncovered so heat can still escape, then wrap in gauze and leave on overnight. (Note: Only do this on yourself so you can feel if it’s too “hot” for your feet. A mama shared with me that this remedy burned her little one’s foot.)
A cold bath can shock the body into trying to raise the internal thermostat even more, but a warm to extra warm (depending on comfort level) can be helpful, especially when a cup of apple cider vinegar is mixed in.
Want more info? Treating Fevers Naturally is a very helpful guide written by Meagan Visser, an R.N. with a holistic perspective on fevers. It includes a lot of great info and recipes for keeping kids comfortable during a fever.
I’m not against scales, statistics, thermometers and all those other things mama’s are supposed to be fond of. I totally use scales to make soap, statistics to analyze the likelihood that Daddypotamus will make up for the fact that he will be traveling on our anniversary (sources say YES!). And thermometers . . . oh how I love them to make marshmallows! And sometimes I use them on my kids, too.
If by chance that thermometer starts setting off alarm bells for me, you can bet my house will be stinking like a garlic omelette with vinegar on the side!
*In the original publication of this post I attributed Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson’s video statements to Dr. Chow-Johnson. I stand corrected
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