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Amy@ProgressivePioneer
Urban homesteading, LDS mama.
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It is such a blessing when you have a medical team that takes the parents' "gut feelings" seriously, and so frustrating and difficult when you don't. No one else has spent so much time observing that child's habits, patterns, diet, moods etc. And no one else is entitled to that special "intuition" that parents, especially mother's have. It is SOOOO important to feel empowered to trust your instincts when it comes to your child's health. I'm so glad to hear that you and your hubby were alert to your baby's situation and that things turned out well in the long run. Sounds like you'll always be a little extra vigilant about her diet and health; I know the feeling:) PS I also used some essential oils with Sam in the hospital; we slathered him with DigestZen (to ease digestion) and I use it regularly at home. I think it helps :)
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Thanks! We're so relieved to be on the other side of it too :)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on Scariest Day at Progressive Pioneer
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Thanks so much Angela; I'm bummed we missed you in Park City too. I really had wanted to bring the kids up to play with their cousins, but it totally slipped my mind when all that hospital business went down. Thankfully he is back to our regular, bright and spunky Sam :) And I'm so excited about how much he's learning at music class; it's so neat!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on Scariest Day at Progressive Pioneer
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The kids played outside sans clothes for the first time this year and got covered in mud from head to toe. It's officially spring! I'm looking forward to some gardening and maybe a hike and a picnic this weekend. The kids and I picked up some plants for a shade garden that I'm excited to try out. Here are a few other fun things to fill your weekend. I don't know why, but I've suddenly gotten the urge to knit (where was that urge all winter?!). I'm starting this sweet cardigan in a pretty spring green for Viv. We've been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
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Ages and ages ago I was randomly a judge for a grilled cheese contest at a home show here in Salt Lake (SO random, right?!). While browsing around the stalls, in between stuffing my face with delicious sandwiches, I met the authors of this book. I'm pretty sure it could totally transform the way we garden. The book is written by two Utah women, so it's geared toward the climate here, but is easy enough to adapt to other climates, and they talk about that. The premise of the book is that if you garden with edible-ness (made that up)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
Betsy, it's the hardest thing ever. Clay and I both cried on multiple occasions.
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Thanks Kristin, we definitely felt the support, far away as it was :) And yeah, it is always so crazy the things they offer healing patients to eat! When we were walking through the hospital, Sam saw a candy machine and said, "Why are they selling that here? Don't they know sugar isn't good for sick people?" Wise beyond his years :)
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2014 on Scariest Day at Progressive Pioneer
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Thanks Renee, he is doing awesome now! I can hardly believe he was in the hospital only two days ago!
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Thanks Nonie, me too, such a relief!
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Thanks Lumina, love to you and your beautiful little ones too :)
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Thanks, Jessica :)
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What a cute idea :)
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2014 on Grow Your Own Easter Grass at Progressive Pioneer
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There's a very good reason why I didn't have a Friday Make & Do post up last week. We were in the hospital with Sam. It was a very scary, but also miraculous three days. Here's what happened. Sam had what we thought was a stomach virus. Tuesday night I was up all night with him. Wednesday he was still sick. But there was just something slightly different about it. It was one of those things that, as a mother, you just have a hunch about. I had a nervous feeling that it was something more than a stomach bug,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
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We've spent the last year reading through our Herb Fairies books and the kids still love them! It's been such a cool way for them to learn about different herbs and really internalize their medicinal uses. Sam was even able to use an herb once when we were out hiking. It was such a proud moment for him. Vivian fell and got a scrape on her forehead. We had just learned about how Lambs Ear (I think it's Lambs Ear, but I should double check with Sam...) can sometimes be called Nature's Bandaid. We happened to be walking by some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
Being weird is SOOO much better than being "normal" :) The other day Sam said to me, "You know, I think weird people are kinda normal, and normal people are kind of weird..." I was so proud :)
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Cashmore Marionettes at Progressive Pioneer
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Fun, I love The Crafty Crow :)
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Grow Your Own Easter Grass at Progressive Pioneer
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We went to the downtown library's puppet fest last weekend and saw several puppet shows. They were all fun, and the kids loved them. But the last one completely blew our minds! I just don't know how to adequately explain that you simply must go and see these guys if they ever come to town. It also made me reflect on something that, as a teenager, I would have been very surprised to hear my future-adult self say. I love nerds! If I could I would completely surround myself with people that follow their passion irregardless of the social acceptability... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
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So, here's a funny thing. I totally thought this Sunday was Easter! Maybe you were wondering why I was starting my Easter grass SO early? Yeah, major mix up there. The good news for the kids was that they got part of their Easter present early since it couldn't survive under my bed for that long:) So, here are a few things we might try this weekend, instead of celebrating Easter :) Puppet Fest at the downtown library! I love this kind of stuff! We'll definitely be checking out a few of the shows tomorrow. I have been wanting to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
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I'm excited for the kids' Easter baskets this year; I got the coolest thing! I try not to go overboard on holidays in general, and particularly for ones that are supposed to be about the Savior. But we have a really fun tradition of an Easter treasure hunt, and what's a treasure hunt without an awesome treasure at the end?! We stick mainly to books and healthy treats, with one or two cool presents. I thought that getting some caterpillars to turn into butterflies would be so exciting! Plus, isn't it a great theme for Easter? I'm thinking caterpillars turning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
Oh yes, I love them both!! We haven't gotten to that one yet, but I think the kids will like it:)
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Friday Make and Do! at Progressive Pioneer
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This weekend just snuck up on me! Here's what's filling our days: We've got family in town, a concert to go to, ballet (Viv), tennis (Clay and I), yard work, good food, some creative writing and maybe (cringe!) some accounting... How are we going to fit it all in?!? I swear our weekends are busier than the work week! How about you? Busy weekend or does it yawn ahead of you, long and lazy? Could this be tasty? It looks so yummy, I might just be brave enough to try it:) Either way, I'm definitely making that Sunshine Cake for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
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We made this on Monday and it turned out SO yummy that we will definitely be making it again before next Saint Patrick's Day! It has a pretty crazy secret ingredient:) I feel totally fine indulging in this ice cream because it doesn't have anything bad in it and doesn't put me into a sugar coma! Ours never got all that firm, maybe because of our crotchety old ice cream maker (anyone have any recommendations on one that makes the ice cream firm and not soupy?), so we had to pop it into the freezer for awhile to make it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Progressive Pioneer
Barbara, not dumb at all :) They're actually just the regular wheat that you grind into flour. You can probably get them in the bulk section at Hannaford or The Good Tern :)
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2014 on Grow Your Own Easter Grass at Progressive Pioneer
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It is such a satisfying project for little folks (and big folks!) because it grows SO fast!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2014 on Grow Your Own Easter Grass at Progressive Pioneer
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Thanks! Good to hear from you again too :)
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on Friday Make and Do! at Progressive Pioneer
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