1. What's your favorite memory as a child? Playing musical theater with Barbie with my sister and cousin. Best ever was when me and sis were watching our cousin do Thriller and my sister spit an olive seed between Ken's legs. Cousin FLIPPED out, that makes me laugh just thinking about it.
2. What's your favorite memory as a teen? Freshman year of college, meeting the person who would become my best friend.
3. What's your favorite memory as an adult? Staying up the first night with DD in the hospital.
4. What color do you have most of in your closet? Blue probably.
5. What's your favorite pair of shoes? Bare feet, but if I had to choose, probably my leather flip-flops.
6. What's your favorite feature of your body? My fingers.
7. In 15 words or less, how did you meet your DH/SO? Drunk at a bar, his friend hit on mine. Talked about the hummingbird exhibit at the desert museum.
8. How long did you "date" before you married? Dated for four months, engaged a little over a year.
9. What's your favorite appliance in the house? Washing machine.
10. What's your best personality trait? I'm loyal.
11. Early riser? Yep, even before DD came along.
12. Name 3 items found in your purse. Purse, phone, old receipts.
13. What's your go-to dinner when you're especially tired or short for time? Used to be Dominos, now probably grilled cheese.
14. Name a goal you set for yourself this week. Get everything ready for the company coming.
15. What inspires you? I'm fairly self-motivated, always have been, but DD makes me want to be a better person.View Thread
I think that I do a darn good job being a mom and working from home full-time. It is the hardest thing I've ever done and a big balancing act.
I think I'm raising an intelligent and thoughtful little girl.
I'm so glad that I breastfed for 13 months, it was the best choice I could've made for myself and for DD.
I have moved 6 times in the past 10 years and am getting better at it every time. The last time we moved across the country in the middle of summer when I was 30 weeks pregnant. I endured terrible motels, a dog who was very tired of being in a car, and a cranky DH. But I didn't complain and can now tell anyone about almost every rest stop on I-40.View Thread
The organic section in my local grocery store really stinks too. It's small, you have to look at the numbers on the produce (I think organic starts with a 9) and they don't have much. They also have a "health" food section with all the Kashi, Amy's stuff, but try to charge a huge markup. I can go to a Fresh n Easy and get some of the same stuff for way cheaper.View Thread
My DD says s sounds as sh sounds. So I accidently taught her shirt and sit and they both sound like you'd imagine. Every once in a while she gets it. So I think your DD is probably pretty normal. It doesn't hurt to talk to the pedi though, if just to ease your mind.View Thread
My initial thought on this is whoa, that is really tough. But, after thinking about it for awhile, if the parents are ok with it, then hey, why not? It's extreme for sure, but I also think what most public schools serve for lunch is extreme in the opposite direction. After reading Fast Food Nation, and watching SuperSize Me and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, it is astounding what schools consider real food. In Food Revolution, they mentioned that french fries are considered a vegetable. That's just one example, but I also remember what I had as food options in school and it was the same processed, fatty stuff like burgers, fries, and shakes.
I do think it puts a hardship on the parents, no doubt. But maybe it will influence what they buy for non-school foods. I don't really know. And once they're used to it, I wonder if it stops being so weird and just becomes the norm.View Thread
I should start by saying I don't have personal experience with this but I have read about it. From what I read, it's way more terrifying for the parents and the kids don't remember anything in the morning. It's fairly common starting around 18 months and I read in one article that you shouldn't try to wake them up, just do what you did and try to keep them from hurting themselves. That's the little I know about the subject though.View Thread
I've been on the crunchy side since high school anyway so being a crunchier mom wasn't a stretch.
I breastfed because I read that it was best, because it was free, because for me it was really easy, and because I heard that formula poo was really horrible.
I cloth diapered for the first 6 months because long term I figured it would be cheaper. I broke even in cost in just 6 months and I'm thinking about starting again part-time, partially in response to this board.
I feed DD as much organic as possible because it scares me the amount of chemicals she's exposed on a daily basis outside of food. If I can limit some of the food chemicals and pesticides she eats, then I'm good with that.View Thread
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. It's essentially a locally run farm that produces shares for members. They have drop off points where you can pick up your share every week. You can't control what you get, other than knowing what kinds of produce they're growing and that it's in season. But you do know how they grow and in a lot of cases, you can visit the farm. There's a great documentary about the guy who sort of invented the concept called The Real Dirt on Farmer John. I got it from Netflix if you're interested. They're expensive so I'm trying to find another couple who is interested in sharing with us.View Thread