Daddypotamus here. If you’re friends of my wife, Scott and Kate Cole, or the Haggertons, you may have already heard about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S. 510.
[pullquote_right]If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower[/pullquote_right]
For a full rundown of what this bill is about, go check out Steve Green’s post at Food Freedom.
Did you read it? Well, if you did you know why I was understandably alarmed. After all, my family strives to buy from small, local farms, not the conglomerates. I’m already more than concerned about the real threat Monsanto poses to organic farmers worldwide. Now this. So I followed a friends recommendation and contacted my representative immediately. I went to WriteRep.House.gov and contacted my local House Representative through the easy contact form.
After all, the FDA is practically a four-letter word in my household. For all the protection they are supposed to offer consumers, they really help big business produce toxic food and medicines which your body was never intended to digest. I’m automatically going to question and investigate any FDA policies or upgrades.
Now, I’m no political genius. I admit it. I am not caught up on political affairs and I didn’t know that my Representative, Michael C. Burgess, M.D., has no say yet on this proposed bill.
Here’s what his people said in response:
“As you might know, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510, was introduced on March 3, 2009 by Sen. Richard Durbin [D – Illinois]. If passed, S. 510 would expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to regulate food, including the authority to suspend the registration of a food facility. The Secretary may also collect fees related to food facility re-inspection, food recalls, and the voluntary qualified importer program. This legislation also asks the Secretary to enhance food borne illness surveillance systems through the Director for the Center of Disease Control.
S. 510 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
As this legislation is still before the Senate, I advise you to contact your senators, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (202-224-5922) and Sen. John Cornyn (202-224-2934) to discuss this legislation with them or their staff further.
I want you guys to be informed; well, at least as informed as me. So if you’re going to take action, and I hope you will, please contact your senator immediately and tell them how you feel about the prospect of having awesome local farmers limited and controlled because of an egg recall whose fault belongs entirely to the massive industrial farm conglomerates.
Here’s a video that may give us a glimpse into what the future holds if this bill is passed.
Thanks for caring. If you’re ready to email your Senator, you can do so with the help of this page on Senate.gov. Happy hunting!Read More »
Before I was a Real Foodie I was a Raw Foodist. Before that, I had a brief stint as a vegetarian. I wanted to eat healthy, but I wasn’t sure what that even meant. Have you ever felt that way?
Truth be told, researching and implementing a real food diet can take years to figure out. It has taken me years, and I’m still working on it!
But it has been oh-so-worth-it. For most of my life doctors have told me I have a “poor constitution” and will always be “sickly”. I double dog dare any medical professional to say that to my face now.
If it were possible I would invite every one of you into my kitchen and teach you everything I’ve had to learn the hard way. Since I can’t, I want to introduce you to Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food For Rookies E-Course.
I wish I had created this course myself, because it represents the heart of why I blog about real food. It’s not a fancy schmancy cooking class. It’s a simple, step-by-step guide that starts by helping you identify fake foods and then walks you through how to implement healthier choices without breaking the bank. In other words, it’s absolutely brilliant. Even if you are not new to real food this course will inspire you to the next step, so why not sign up to win? OR you could give it away to someone trying to get started on a healthier lifestyle!
Now let me tell you a little something about Kelly. If she’s a Kop, then I’m a blue flamingo. Forget how tough her name sounds, this mom of four is super-sweet and passionate about helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
That’s why she donated one free E-Course membership exclusively for Mommypotamus readers!
Audio Interviews (all iPod and MP3 compatible)
Exclusive Forum Membership
Coupons (More Than $60 in Savings!)
I know, I just announced a giveaway yesterday. Should I apologize for giving away too much free stuff? Here’s why I’m packing it in: First, I had to do the other giveaway because I could have this baby any day and I need your guest post submissions. Second, enrollment for this course ends on September 5th. That’s next Sunday. I meant to announce this giveaway last week to give you more time to enroll, but when our buyer backed out I simply couldn’t put my thoughts together.
So here’s the deal: The Real Food For Rookies giveaway will end this Friday, September 3rd. Enrollment ends September 5th. If you want to secure your place go ahead and enroll. If you win the giveaway Kelly will give you a full refund and free access to her course.
You have TWO ways to enter.
Entry #1: The first you’re pretty familiar with. Share this article on your Facebook wall and leave me a comment below that you’ve shared it on FB. That will give you ONE entry. Here’s the verbage for sharing on your wall:
Want simple instructions anyone can follow to start preparing REAL FOOD meals? Sign up for the amazing new “Real Foods e-Course” at http://www.kellythekitchenkop.com/classes?AFFID=42275 or enter to win the giveaway at http://www.mommypotamus.com/real-food-for-rookies-e-course-giveaway/
Entry #2: You know how you sometimes add bookmarks to your browser so you can remember certain websites or pages? Well, you can get up to THREE extra entries by creating a profile on Delicious.com and bookmarking up to three of your favorite Mommypotamus articles. Delicious.com is a bookmarking site that allows you to share your bookmarks with your friends and the public.
It’s really easy to create an account if you don’t have one, and I’ve included screenshots below to make it super easy for you. Click on each image if you want to enlarge it to see exactly what to do on each page.
1. Go to Delicious.com (social bookmarking site) and create an account if you don’t have one. (“Join Now” in the top right corner)
2. Click “Save a new bookmark”
3. Paste the URL of your favorite Mommypotamus post into the field and click the button
4. Type “mommypotamus” into the FOR field (it’s the last field on the page)
5. CLICK SAVE!!! WHEW!!! YOU’RE DONE! Repeat beginning with “Save a new bookmark” two more times if you want THREE entries! Just pick two more of your fave Mommypotamus articles and paste the URLs like you did the first time.
By adding mommypotamus into the “FOR” field, I will automatically get a notification in my Delicious inbox of your bookmark.
[info_box]This contest is now closed. :)[/info_box]
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Hey local yokels, it’s time to come out from behind the computer screen! There is a brand new birth center in Argyle that is more than just an alternative to hospital/home births. All About Babies Birth Center (website coming soon, check them out on Facebook) is a place for community, with a gorgeous kitchen and a staff whose expertise goes way beyond birth.They host organic cooking and gardening classes, cloth diapering/baby wearing demonstrations, movie nights and more!
Join us this Thursday at 6:30 pm for a fun gathering based on my Real Food For Busy Moms series. I will be doing a free cooking demonstration featuring two quick, nourishing recipes. Come for a light meal and lots of fun!
This is a time to hang out with moms who are trying to make the transition to healthier living. If you’re local, I really hope you’ll come. I mean it.
No doubt your schedule is full and it’s short notice, but come. This will probably be my last night out for a long while and I would love to share it with you.
The address is 801 West Front St – Argyle, TX 76226-1918
From 377, turn on Old Justin Road right across the street from the Argle post office. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right on West Front. It’s the blue house at the end of the block.
For more information, call 972-653-BABY (2229)
If you can make it please RSVP in the comment section below. I need to know roughly how much food to prepare!
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You thought I was kidding about that whole waterpark in a bikini thing, didn’t you? Well, now you have proof ; – ) Here I am, just five days shy of being 40 weeks pregnant. And I’m in a bikini not because I think I should be, but because I must be. It’s Texas. We do what we have to in order to entertain children and survive.
Crunchy mom that I am, due dates don’t mean a whole lot, anyway. Birth isn’t something I choose to schedule. It’s one of the ways I surrender to the process. If there’s anything I learned during Katie’s birth, it’s that in this particular instance my body is wiser than my mind. When it says I’m ready, then and only then am I ready. For me, surrender is the only way.
Except . . .
I am a planner. A scheduler. A recovering control freak. Although I had planned to write several entries ahead of time to post after the baby’s birth, my time has been swallowed whole by a great big whale named real-estate. And it has been freaking me out. So my wonderful husband, who has surprised me in just about every way possible these last few days, came up with a fabulous idea: let your readers blog for you, and give away free stuff!
First, let’s start with the prize details. One guest blogger will win their very own blog for having received the most unique comments on their guest post during the contest period. Unique comments means that each person who comments counts as one comment, regardless of how many times they comment on a given post.
[pullquote_right]Interested in seeing some of Daniel’s recent work? Check out The Prophetic Life, Daily Blog Crush and My Five Fingers[/pullquote_right]The winner will receive their very own blog on their very own domain, hosted for free for the first year! If you’ve been blogging on blogspot, wordpress.com, or typepad this is your chance to make the big leap to YourBlogName.com and have your blog stuff transported over for free! Daniel (Daddypotamus) sets up blogs, among other things, for a living. Although a bare-bones basic setup usually starts around $500, he’s kindly volunteered his services to the winner of our little shindig.
You may be asking yourself, why bother? I’ll give you a few reasons:
If you’re the winner, you’ll receive:
Let’s break it down. I want YOU to write a blog post for me. And send it over. Each weekday for anywhere between 2-4 weeks, I’ll share a guest blog post right here.
Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of the post you’re going to write for Mommypotamus.com.
Your comment below should have two things: your 1-2 sentence description of the post you plan to write and your solemn oath to have this post completed and sent to me by FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday.
My husband is adding the time restrictions for good reason: in order to help me by blogging, gathering the blog posts and editing them for the site can’t be an overwhelming task. So you have five days to complete your post and get it to me. No posts will be accepted after 10pm Friday evening Central Standard Time.
You have five days to write a blog post that fits with the themes I usually cover. I thought about giving a list here, but I don’t want to limit you. Just share something you’re passionate about!
Once you’ve commented below with your topic idea, I will send you the email address to send your posts to. The first post should theoretically have the most comments at the end because it will have been on the site the longest. But that’s not likely to be true because you can each get EVERY SINGLE ONE of your friends, relatives, neighbors, and total strangers to leave comments on your posts to help you win.
How am I going to select which post is published first? That’s easy. As long as they’re not generic or WAY too far out there for my readers, my husband and I will publish them in the order they are received. That means that the faster you can submit, the better your chances of having your post up for more of the contest.
But don’t write too quickly! You want your post to be engaging enough to warrant comments from readers who just happen to visit. You can take the full five days to write your post, but your best bet is to find the happy medium between quality and haste.
You can add a 2-3 sentence bio to your submission if you want. No reason NOT to promote your existing blog regardless of whether you win ; – )
No, you can’t comment for them. Even if you are quoting them directly. I can see where comments are coming from. Just keepin’ you mommies and daddies honest.
Check back each day during the contest to see when your blog is published. Daniel will aim to have a post published by 8:30am each day of the contest. When you see that your post is up, get your peeps in gear! Send ‘em on over to read and comment!
Be prepared to win. Go to Moniker.com and in the “Find Your Domains” field on the home page, type in a blog name you want. After you hit Enter, it will tell you if that domain name is available. You don’t have to enter “.com”, just the words. If the .com version is available, great! You’re done! If you want to be overly cautious, you can have a couple names picked out and checked so that you’ll have a backup if your first choice is registered by someone before the contest is over.
One of us will publish an announcement this coming Saturday letting you know how long the contest will last. If we get 10 valid submissions, the contest will last two weeks. If we were to get 20, it would last a month. And I’m really hoping 20 of you will take pity on me and submit your awesome blog post. I really, REALLY need a month of rest and awesome reading!
And just in case you already have a blog on a unique domain: You can submit a post like everyone else and gift the free domain, hosting, and premium theme to someone else! I mean, let’s be honest: the REAL goal here is to blog for ME!!! Help me!!! You may not live close enough to come by and help with the dishes, but you sure enough can help me by submitting a blog post and giving me one more extra day of rest before I jump back into the swing of things.
You’ll be able to see how your post is doing each day. It may take us 48 hours to announce the winner, because we’ll have to weed out the threaded conversational comments from our final counts. Then we’ll announce the winner. I’m so excited!
Each one of you who enters, whether you care to win or not, are dear to my heart. Thanks for having so much fun with me, and Happy Blogging!
** Extra Details: If you win, you WILL have recurring costs after the first year: domain registration typically costs $8.95 per year. Hosting will cost only $6.95 per month – that’s approximately $84/year – IF you pay for a whole year at one time.Read More »
Woke up crying. Here is my puffy face:
Agreed to do a cooking demonstration at a local birth center next Thursday night . . . just one day shy of my due date. I felt a little anxious about it so I decided to meditate. You can see how that went.
Discussed my birth plan with a woman while standing underneath a sloth.
Ran to catch a train . . . and missed it. My husband wishes he had video. I understand, I am 39 weeks pregnant!
Watched as Daddypotamus singlehandedly broke the Dallas Aquarium’s elevator. It refused to reopen when he stuck his hand in, so he pried it open and broke it.You should have seen the look on his face when he saw a crowd of women with strollers trying to get to the third floor.
Drank coffee and ate semi-toxic food in a restaurant. I can’t remember how long it’s been!
Found out that KellyMom shared my guest post on Facebook!
Fell in love with my little Katiepotamus all over again.
Went to bed smiling. It was an amazing time with my two favorite people. It may be our last big outing as a trio and we loved every minute (except for the train part and the time that Daniel helped Katie use the restroom outdoors).Read More »
I can’t thank you enough for all your kind words yesterday. People say you shouldn’t give advice to those going through a difficult time. They say you should just listen. I say they don’t know YOU!
From practical stuff like the Home Depot gift card incentive to offers to help and words of understanding and encouragement, I was overwhelmed by your love. So here’s the update:
I am officially in nesting mode. Our amazing friends Jim Bob and Cindy stopped by and helped us move our king-sized bed (which we’ve been storing in the garage) into our teeny tiny bedroom. Our little co-sleeping family has been cramped for way too long. Since it’s at most three weeks until we have another little one in the co-sleeper beside us it makes sense that we at least stop waking each other up in the night. That will be the baby’s job.
Also, we had a showing yesterday. The realtor commented that our house was beautifully updated but that the rooms were too small. Eeek!!! Did I mention that we also moved our queen bed into one of the secondary bedrooms as a backup for when I need to be up with the baby? People thought they looked small before, so what will they think now? Do any of you know any optical illusions for making a room look bigger? Seriously, I’m really asking. Alexa??? Anyone???
I had hoped to plan several special times with our little girl in the weeks before the birth, but more often than not she has been shuffled around between family members as we prep for showings, negotiate, sign paperwork, etc. This Saturday we hope to ride the train to Dallas for a day at the Aquarium and whatever else we can drum up. Any suggestions for great stuff to do in Dallas with a toddler?
Babypotamus isn’t showing any signs of warming up for birth yet, so next week I’m planning to do the giveaway I mentioned. See you then!Read More »
Today I was planning to announce an awesome giveaway . . . probably my favorite so far. Unfortunately, our buyer backed out yesterday and I am a mess.
My midwife will be here soon for my 39 week checkup. She’ll ask me how I’m doing, and I won’t lie. I’m shutting down emotionally. I am doing exactly what I did during Katie’s birth. I am doing what my husband and I have worked so hard to avoid . . . retreating within.
Even with all that’s going on I still really, really wanted to give this surprise away because I love ya’ll and so many of you need/want it. It’s just that I am struggling to breathe. It sounds silly, I know, but it’s not just about where we live. It’s that I feel powerless. Yesterday I saw a headline about something going on in the Congo. It was so disturbing I couldn’t even read the story, and yet the bare facts listed in the headline have haunted me ever since.
I am an optimist by nature. I believe that God in me can be helping hands and an understanding heart to a world full of pain. But right now I’m afraid that if I open my mouth my heart might break, so I’ll wait.Read More »
You’re a mom. Okay, you could be a dad or a busy professional, but that would make the title too long, so I”m sticking with the mom theme.
So, like I said, you’re a mom, and it can be exhausting. Maybe there have been times someone wakes you up from a sleep coma to ask you why you left the car running in the driveway, or why your eyeliner is in the freezer, or when the last time you had a shower was. None of that has ever happened to me, of course, but I can understand how some moms could get so run down that it would be possible.
Motherhood is a red carpet invitation to set aside your personal needs in order to meet your child’s. While I agree with this in many ways, there is one place it absolutely fails: Nutrition.
It’s a catch-22, really. Increased demands sap your time, energy and desire to cook healthy meals . . . just when you and your family need those restorative nutrients the most.
So what do most of us do? I have tried many things:
It was not pretty, I tell you. When Katie was a newborn most of my lunches were comprised of black olives straight from the can with an egg on the side, or hamburger patties with a salad I was too tired to pour dressing over. While it worked for me, it was a miserable time for my husband. Seriously, who wants to eat like that?
Not my husband. And certainly not my two year old. With baby #2 on the way, I made a conscious decision that this time would be different, so I’ve spent the last few months collecting recipes from fellow real food bloggers that are quick and nourishing. This series will cover breakfast, dinner and even a few sides. We always eat leftovers for lunch, so you’re on your own there.
Every single recipe in this series has been Potamus family tested and approved for both ease and flavor, so dig in! I hope you enjoy these recipes. I enjoyed “researching” it for you in my kitchen ; – )
Please let me know if you think this series will be helpful to you. I can share for four weeks or four months depending on your interest, but I need feedback. Thanks!!
Oh, and about that car fiasco, that totally happened did not really happen. What have you really not done?
This is the recipe that inspired this series. It’s a protein-packed, mineral rich meal that has rescued me more times than I can count. It’s very filling and takes just a few minutes to make.
When I know ahead of time that I’m going to be busy I pull out a container of homemade broth from the freezer while I’m making breakfast, but I also keep some store bought broth in the pantry for days when the unexpected comes up.
Quick Tip: When a friend of mine has a new baby I make a double batch for her family and mine. So far all my friends have loved it, which proves that hospitality does not have to be a hassle. Check out Food Renegade for the recipe!
I’m a protein fiend, so I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe at first. I thought it would be too carb heavy, but actually if you use grass-fed dairy ingredients it is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins, especially Vitamin K2.
Vitamin K2 is found also exclusively in animal products and is essential for bone health. The only plant derived form I know of is natto, which is a type of fermented soybean. It’s especially important for growing tots so load them up if their digestive systems are developed enough to handle it (raw dairy from cows is okay around 2+ years).
Visit Cheeseslave for the recipe!
This simple, satisfying meal is loaded with protein. Add in homemade mayo and you get bonus healthy fats and enzymes.
If you don’t have grapes on hand, substitute with cranberries or diced dried apricots.
Quick Tip: Bake and chill the chicken ahead of time for a meal you can literally throw together in minutes.
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