My former bloggy (and now real life) friend Kathryn owns the cutest little boutique with goodies for all ages . . . sweet blankie/hat sets for little girls, “scrap hats” for the ruggedly handsome half-pint, and even a little something for you. Seriously, I think I am going to need a job so I can afford my addiction to her stuff. Katie **NEEDS** a new hat so I can take her 3 year pics, right??
I wish I had known Kathryn was so talented before I spent six hours on Etsy looking for just the right newborn hat.
Isn’t he sweet? Oh well, enough about my knit obsession. Would YOU like to own one of these adorable creations??? Two lucky winners will get to select a handmade crocheted child’s sized hat from Baby Buttons Design!
Winners will be allowed to select one item from the gallery below. Make sure to drop by her Facebook page to check out all the other cute things she has available!!! (You can actually shop there, too!)
This contest is open to anyone in the world! That means you Anna D and Destiny V . . . and probably a lot of other people whom I mistakenly think live in the United States.
1. Leave a comment below and tell me which hat you’d be likely to select if you won.
**Want more chances to win? Do any of the following and leave a SEPARATE comment for each qualified entry.**
2. Follow Baby Buttons Design on Facebook (three extra entries) or let me know if you already do
3. Become a fan of Mommypotamus on Facebook or let me know if you already are
4. Follow @mommypotamus on Twitter and RT this giveaway (one entry per day)
5. Blog about this giveaway linking to this post and Baby Buttons Facebook page. (three extra entries). Leave your url in the comment section please.
Contest ends January 13th at 10 pm. The winners will be selected via random.org
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Lemons are my sunshine in winter. I don’t know what it is, but I just love them this time of year. And that’s a good thing, because they’re loaded with immune boosting vitamin C (AND citric acid, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Not bad!)
Lemons are also great for digestion and their fragrance is known to improve mood. This preserved version has the added benefit of probiotic goodness. So why not give them a spot on your menu? Although they are traditionally used in Moroccan dishes, this culinary delight is also wonderful in a refreshing lemon pudding, a zesty tabbouleh or a fabulous preserved lemon and mint alllioli. You’ll love all the uses you’ll find for the rind, which becomes edible during the preservation process. If you don’t like those ideas, here are some more!
August’s birthday confessions were lots of fun, so it seems like a lovely idea to christen the new year with some more. Besides there are so many new faces around here I feel like I need to introduce myself. Thanks to all of you who shared yesterday’s post with your friends. That’s exactly what the tipping point is all about!
Shall we begin?
Apparently I forgot a category in yesterday’s poll (which is still going on btw!) . . . “investigative journalism of controversial topics.” Thanks, Whittney! So here I am, reporting to you live from the potamus family living room, where just moments ago I looked outside and confirmed this groundbreaking, nutcracking story. Before you start shouting at your screen, I know I am not a journalist. Let’s have some fun, though.
The farmer grinned as he told the visitor, “Watch this!” He called his pigs, which ran frantically towards him to be fed. But when he scooped out corn and threw it on the ground, the pigs sniffed it and then looked up at the farmer with confused expectation. The farmer then scooped corn from another bin and flung it near the pigs, which ran over and quickly devoured it.
The farmer said, “The first corn is genetically engineered. They won’t touch it.”
When I first read this I thought “nice way to make a point!,” but I didn’t really believe it. I mean sure, every day there is more research indicating that genetically modified crops (GMO’s) cause infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, allergies, accelerated aging, organ damage, stunted growth, and death¹. But surely the pigs didn’t figure it out before we did. Um, yeah . . . and it’s not just the pigs.
The Washington Post reported that laboratory mice, usually happy to munch on tomatoes, turned their noses up at the genetically modified FlavrSavr tomato. Scientist Roger Salquist said of his tomato, “I gotta tell you, you can be Chef Boyardee and mice are still not going to like them.” The mice were eventually force fed the tomato through gastric tubes and stomach washes. Several developed stomach lesions; seven of forty died within two weeks. The tomato was approved without further tests.
Cows, pigs, elk, deer, raccoons, squirrels, rats, and mice all share the same aversion to GMO’s, says Smith. I had to see this for myself, so decided to experiment on our backyard squirrels.
Katie and I created a mini-snack bar on the fence by the pecan tree where the squirrels hang out. Our menu consisted of organic corn from Whole Foods and some “all natural” corn from Kroger. GMO’s are dumped into our food supply without any labeling so I couldn’t be sure about the “all natural” corn, but since about 85% of the corn grown in the U.S. is GMO I thought it was pretty likely.
While we were filling the containers Katie tried to eat the Kroger corn and I totally flipped out. Protective much?
Snack bar open for business!!!
For the first couple of days I ran out every morning to see what was happening. Nada. Although the squirrels took a few polite nibbles, they didn’t seem interested so I pretty much forgot about it. Two months later I found this.
Just a few kernels were left in the organic container, but after some curious nibbles the squirrels turned tail and ran from the GMO stuff. Although they wouldn’t comment, I think they read that study where the third generation of hamsters fed genetically engineered soy suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate, and a bizarre birth defect: fur growing in their mouths. Many also lost the ability to have pups, too.
Or maybe they picked out the roughly 15% that wasn’t genetically modified. Who knows??
Either way, I hope I’m not the only one that thinks we should take a hint from the Potamus family squirrels. If you’re not quite convinced, check out this video. I used to think the war was already lost, but I was wrong. We do not have to accept GMO’s as a fact of life. Although it takes a moment to get interesting, Jeff’s comments on the tipping point were surprisingly optimistic. Check it out!
Note: Thanks to a reader I learned after posting this that a smaller percentage of sweet corn grown in the U.S. is GMO than, say, field corn. I cannot say for sure that this corn was genetically modified.
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Daddypotamus here. Welcome to the bright, beautiful third day of 2011. I hope you have all been safe, healthy, and snuggly (holiday season is the only time I’ll wish you snugglies, promise).
Here’s the deal: Heather and I have debated back and forth for some time about what you all REALLY come here to read. Let’s be honest. Some of you read one or two good posts and have kept coming back in hopes of getting more potamy goodness. But then Heather goes on and on about other topics you aren’t necessarily interested in. It happens.
I think I know what interests you most (because OBVIOUSLY I have the pulse of every young semi-crunchy woman). So does she. And just as you might expect, we do not agree. Since we MUST* declare a winner, that’s where you come in. You’re our super special tie breakers.
You can vote for two topics and PLEASE specify in the comments if your fave Mommypotamus topic isn’t listed below. Prove me right. Help me Mommywankenobi… you’re my only hope.
*Okay, must is maybe a little to strong. We just really want this settled because we’re competitive like that.
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Gotta love when dad’s meet up for playdates to give their wives a little R&R! Thanks Dr. Jim Bob for shooting this!Read More »
Hey mama, watcha doin’ over there???
I have an idea . . . let’s play squeeze my thighs! You know you want to.
I’m sorry about crashing your date with daddy the other night, but can you really say no to this face?
For reasons not related to date crashing, Micah spent most of yesterday staring at me from his portable bouncy chair. It’s not like I didn’t want to hold him, but you know how it is when you start one thing that leads to another, then another and all of a sudden one of your children is yelling “Daddy, let’s do this! The sun is running out!“
And you’re like, where did this day go? I’m still in my bathrobe!
In an effort to make up for my inattentiveness, I ran a warm bath and settled us in. While whispering a lullaby (which happens to be the only way my singing is bearable), I took his little feet in my hands and began to rub, working my way up his calves to his delightfully fat thighs. He kicked, cooed and hiccuped with delight at our new game, which ended in a full coconut oil rubdown on the bathroom floor before a deep nights sleep.
The beauty of infant massage is that babies are so little a full rubdown only takes 10-15 minutes. That baby soft skin under your fingertips isn’t bad, either. It’s beneficial, too. Research shows that massage:
I think I’ll head to the kitchen and whip up a batch of calming massage oil (coconut oil + soothing chamomile essential oil) for Micah and a little something else for those foot rubs I’m going to try to get out of Daddypotamus. While I’m at it I think I’ll blend some tangerine and ylang ylang and see if toddlers like massage as much as the internet says they do.
What about you? Ready to get started??? You can find easy massage techniques and other tips at The Joys and Benefits of Infant Massage.
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