I hope I’m not the only one that has re-gifted a baby gift.
That’s right, I’m admitting it. In fact, I’m about to do it right here in front of you. What else is there to do when you receive an outfit in the size your child has just outgrown? Or in this case, if you won an adorable handmade pink hat for your son?
I love this hat from Stitch Tac Sew. It’s even cuter in real life. And it can be yours. Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite holiday food. No I am not kidding. Yes I am doing research for future posts
And hey, if you’re not going to be needing a baby girl hat size 0-3 months in the near future, leave a comment anyway! This hat would make a great gift. I should know. Heck, maybe it will be re-gifted all around our community until I (theoretically) get pregnant again and have a girl. Then ya’ll could give it to me!
I doubt it. This one’s a keeper. And so is this one . . .
Doesn’t this photo make you just want to come over and cuddle Micahpotamus? You’re more than welcome to. He likes to be thoroughly burped at 4am and will snuggle after a good belch. ANY takers? Seriously, it’s a sacrifice but I’m willing to share him
*Contest ends Thursday, October 21st at 10pm.
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The conversation happening on Monday’s post about THAT Mom is incredible. I wish ya’ll would talk that much every day, but I know that’s not going to happen when I write about broccoli. Maybe someday I will figure out how to make broccoli controversial, but until then most of ya’ll probably aren’t going to comment.
Although I can’t promise that I won’t continue to write about broccoli or what I brush my teeth with or even what I dreamed last night, I know most of you may not find those topics conversation worthy.
So, what do you want to talk about?
Vaccines? I’m working on that. Healthy-ish holiday recipes? Check. Raw milk? Tandem nursing? Meal planning? Cloth diapering? Nursing fashion? I’ll be happy to oblige. Just let me know what’s on your mind in the comment section below and I’ll blog about it!
Oh, and if you sent an idea to my suggestion box and it hasn’t been covered yet, don’t worry. Some of your requests take a little more time to research. Anna D, if you’re still reading, I have a 400 page book on my nightstand that I ordered to answer your question about Brita filters I’ll get there, I promise.
In the meantime, why not send me another suggestion???
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This has been one of the most amazing experiences since I began writing as Mommypotamus. Who needs sleep when I can troll my own blog for late night comments and conversations people are having on articles that didn’t require my brain power to get started?!?!
It’s more than a little intimidating, actually, to see how awesome each of you are. We all doubt the value of our perspective and our words at some point, and ya’ll almost forced me into a mini-identity crisis. Fortunately, I was too tired to be that dramatic, so I just grabbed my BreastFriend and nursed Micah until the oxytocin sent me to my happy place.
Right. Yes. What? Oh. The winner? Got it. Yes, we have one of those. Did I mention I am working on the sleep deprivation thing?
The winner of our amazing blog contest, with 90 unique commentors on her post, You’re Doing What?, is Dianthe Hall. That’s one influential momma!
There could only be one winner. But know that each of you who submitted a post for this contest gave one mommy some MUCH NEEDED rest and entertainment. You have done a service to the blogosphere. Hold your head up high. Be proud.
It was more than a contest. Trust me. You all gave me a gift that I savored every day. I woke up whenever I was able and found a new post waiting for me to read. I got to focus on what’s most important, yet I didn’t lose touch with our community. Thank you for that.
This week I’m gonna see if I have what it takes to “bring the heat” as a momma of two. And I am going to give some stuff away. Not to bribe you to read, of course! But you should come back and see what I’ve got in store. You don’t want to miss out . . . just sayin’.
Stay tuned for a look inside the remaking of Dianthe’s blog. I’ll hand over the reins to Daddypotamus here and there to show you what’s going on. Maybe this contest got you to thinking you’d really like your own blog domain and design someday. Well, now you’ll get to see a little of the process that goes into transitioning from a blogspot or wordpress.com to a self-hosted version. And we’ll definitely show you what Dianthe’s new blog looks like when it’s up and running!Read More »
Stacy: Wow, you got me thinking, I had a plan too, about the type of mother I’d be, what I didn’t plan on was the effect of years sleep deprivation would have on me. I didn’t plan on yelling at my children, I didn’t plan on being grumpy & cranky & I most certainly didn’t plan on being THAT sort of mother….I know I’m not always THAT mother but SHE is around way too often these days!
Maureen: I know what you mean about THAT mother, Stacey. I didn’t like her when she showed up through me at my sleep-deprived worst. What do you find helps to be the mommy you want to be? I’m trying to get back to yoga, but it’s hard to find (make?) the time.
If you have kids, you know who THAT mom is. She’s short-tempered, snappy, and she can’t string five words together to make a logical sentence. Her most defining characteristic? Chronic sleep deprivation.
There is a reason Guantanamo detainees were moved from cell to cell every 2-3 hours. Sleep deprivation is torture. Literally.
But that’s what we co-sleeping, attachment parenting, “cry it out” naysayers signed up for, right?
RIGHT! Wait . . . what?
I embraced attachment parenting because I want my kids to feel loved, safe, and connected to me. As a new mom to Katie, that meant my precious girl never cried it out. She was comforted to sleep on endless occasions . . . nursed, rocked, carried, driven in the car . . . WHATEVER IT TOOK.
And she paid dearly for it. This is where the truth gets a little inconvenient, because the truth is about me and it’s not pretty.
Chronic sleep deprivation seriously affects my parenting abilities. At my worst I am snappy and impatient. No, that’s not true. At my absolute worst I am nuclear meltdown crazy. Seriously, I would let ravenous dogs gnaw a limb off if it would buy me ten more minutes of sleep. On milder days I am simply incoherent and zombie-like. Either way, on those days I doubt my kids are having the “loved, safe, and connected” experience my heart desires for them. The things those “cry it out” moms say start to ring pretty darn true on those dark days. Things like:
You say we’re traumatizing our babies, but at least we are well-rested and able to interact with them throughout the day! We don’t want our babies to cry themselves to sleep, but if we let ourselves end up like you we can’t be good parents. Happy parents= Happy babies.
Ugh. Is this really an either/or proposition? I don’t think so. Pretty much the moment Micah was born I began hatching ( I am so fertile! Hatching and birthing, birthing and hatching :)) a plan to avoid both sleep deprivation and letting my baby boy cry it out. In this series I’ll be sharing my plan along with the results in real-time. No secrets or fake solutions, I promise!
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Daddypotamus: “This cannot be healthy.”
Katiepotamus: “It is helfee, Daddy!”
Daddypotamus: “It tastes too good.”
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Nash Farms in Grapevine, TX is hosting it’s 10th Annual Fall Roundup THIS SATURDAY!
Activities will include stick pony barrel racing, stick pony buckin’ broncs, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations and cotton picking.
Top 3 Reasons You Should Go:
Hours are 10am – 2pm
Call 817-410-3185 for more information
Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street • Near Historic Downtown Grapevine
Additional parking is across the street at Cannon Elementary & the Botanical Garden’s parking lot.
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Now that I have a toddler AND a newborn, I am officially a BUSY mom. What other kind of mom could leave the house only to realize in public that her daughter has two right shoes on?
That’s me. A busy, constantly hungry, tandem-nursing real food mom . . . on a budget. My proverbial plate is full, but that won’t feed my family:) That’s why this week I am focusing on easy, cost conscious recipes that don’t skimp on flavor!
A perfect complement to the changing seasons, this decadent soup is an “elixir filled with healthy vitamins, gelatin, protein and bone enriching minerals like calcium and magnesium . . . Onions are rich in sulfur and allicin which help maintain a healthy immune system. It’s origins are in the french countryside, where peasants had little and did their best to draw the nutrients out of everything they cooked,” says recipe creator Alex from A Moderate Life.
But enough about how good it is for you, the important thing to know about this dish it that it is mouth-wateringly delicious, inexpensive and easy to make. How much more perfect can a dish be?
Check out A Moderate Life for the recipe!
I live in the land of Tex-Mex. Beans are our specialty. Baked, boiled, refried . . . just leave it to us because we’re experts. When prepared properly, meals based on beans can be satisfying and frugal. Although prep for this dish is really quick, you’ll need to get started the night before with this refried bean recipe (if you prefer them whole omit the last step with the potato masher). From there, use leftovers or whatever you have on hand to:
A) Create a yummy masterpiece
B) Clean out your fridge
C) Save money by using ingredients you already have instead of buying more
For the rest of the recipe, check out Nourishing Days.
Inexpensive, nourishing and packed with protein, omelettes are just too good to limit to breakfast! If you don’t know how to make one here are some great instructions. A cast iron skillet is a great non-stick alternative to teflon.
Filling ideas are: pastured bacon, cheese, onion, spinach, mushrooms, diced tomatoes,
Topping ideas: salsa, sour cream, cheese, onion, chives
Bon appetite, ya’ll!
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Did you know that your roasted potatoes with rosemary could help prevent Alzheimer’s and that fennel hidden away in your pizza sauce is more than just the savory secret to your 100-year-old family recipe? Herbs. They are not only the difference between a good dish and a great one, but they have amazing healing powers as well. Natural medicine is becoming all the rage, but jumping in can be scary, expensive, and the herbs, hard to find. I mean, who’s ever heard of ashwaganda and does my basil need to be blessed to be holy? Echinacea and chamomile have had a rise in popularity, but I’d like to get even simpler than that. Most of your common culinary herbs may be all the medicine you’ll ever need. Come with me on a journey through the body and find out just how magical your spice cabinet can be.
First, let’s go back to those potatoes. Roasted potatoes in olive oil with a little sea salt and fresh rosemary must be one of the oldest dishes on the planet. In my house, we enjoy this at least once a week. More than just the perfect compliment to a tiny sweet red potato, rosemary finds many medicinal compliments with our noggin. It has been used for many years to help improve memory. A common remedy for sinus headaches, I have used it many times as a tea and felt immediate relief. Simply steep a few sprigs in an 8 oz glass of boiled water, covered for about 10 minutes and enjoy. It is also a wonderful treatment for dandruff. You can rinse your hair with the tea once a week or make a rosemary olive oil to rub on the scalp. Rosemary is also said to help you concentrate, so next time you’re having trouble getting that blog post written, lay a few sprigs on your keyboard and give em a rub once in a while to release their fragrance.
Getting to the throat. Sage is the perfect winter savory herb. Used often with fall vegetables, it appears in your kitchen just in time for those wet sore throats. Sage tends to be a drying herb that made as a tea with honey will soothe your sore throat so you can quickly get back in the kitchen.
Getting to the heart of the matter (sorry, I had to do it), the best thing you can do for your heart is to eat lots of garlic. I know you Twilight fans may be trying to avoid it, but it may be worth it: it both lowers cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
Breathing in a fresh sprig of thyme, I am instantly transported. When I was little and anyone had any issues with the lungs, my grandmother always made a tea of thyme. As an adult, I haven’t actually tried it, but everthyme I’m tearing off those little leaves to rub on my chicken I get nostalgic for a soupy cough. Thyme can be used for many other things as well. It can help bring on sweating, alleviate diarrhea, and ease headache tension. Do be careful not to use this herb for a prolonged length of time, however.
Moving down to the tummy. It seems everyone I know has some sort of trouble with digestion these days. There are many popular remedies for this. I’ll mention my favorite. Fennel tea. Take about 1 tsp and gently crush the seeds with a spoon. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over them and let steep, covered, for at least 10 minutes. As a nursing mother with a colicky baby, I drink two cups of fennel tea per day. I can eat most any food without upsetting my babe. If I get a little too garlicky with my hummus, I will give her a ½ dropper-full every half hour. It usually only takes one or two doses before she burps and is calmed. As an added bonus it is said to promote lactation, as well. If you don’t have fennel, many of the seed spices will do: dill, coriander, anise, caraway or cumin.
Jumping down to the knees, legs, and other muscle aches and pains, cayenne comes to mind. It contains a natural pain killer, which when rubbed on sore joints and muscles will immediately alleviate pain. Sprinkle a small amount in some olive oil and rub on affected area. Take care not to use this on any area with sores or mucous membranes.
Finally for relief from tired feet, try a peppermint foot soak. Muddle a few peppermint leaves in some cold water and enjoy! I’ve even been known to use peppermint extract, when I don’t have any fresh mint around.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little adventure with folk kitchen herbals. I’d love to hear some of your old thyme kitchen cabinet cures.
A gently caution and bloggy disclaimer: Though all of the herbs mentioned are completely safe when used liberally in cooking, do take care with them as medicine. If you have specific health conditions, are taking prescription drugs, or using them on children make sure you feel confident there are no contraindications. I am not a medical professional, and this information is presented solely as an account of personal experience. Please use herbs safely and wisely and when in doubt seek professional care.Read More »