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So sweet! And I love the full name. :) How did you decide to get a puppy? I know our kids would love pets, but we've had them before having kids and I don't know if I can handle both at the same time. :P
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2011 on Welcome, Olive. at Clean.
It all sounds wonderfully magical! I've been wanting to try making playsilks for a while now; where do you get the plain ones? I'm getting a little overwhelmed at the guest list for the kiddos' party this year - but it's only family! There are six cousins JUST from my brother- and sister-in-law's family. :P And it's a combined party since my their birthdays are two days apart.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2011 on How We Celebrated. at Clean.
I feel the same way! I enjoy writing and sharing with others, but I need to find a balance. When I focus on my kiddos (family, etc.), there are other areas that suffer... and then I feel like I need to rush and squeeze those other things in too! One of the quotes I pinned on my Pinterest board recently reads "If you're always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you're in?" This can be hard to remember! We should all take a cue - less writing means less reading and perhaps less time on the computer, eh?
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2011 on My Autumn Schedule. at Clean.
If I'm correct, your kiddos aren't vaccinated. I was just going to ask what your opinion is about their health if they had been, but then I saw your comment to KC. I've been foregoing the typical vaccine schedule for my youngest and always feel so much pressure, leaving the health of my children up to chance. If I don't get them vaccinated, they could get sick; if I DO get them vaccinated, who knows what the effects could be. It's nice to know there are remedies to be found in nature, though I do get worried that I'll mess up a concoction. And if you aren't lucky enough to have the plants growing in your hard, I'll bet buying all those herbs gets expensive. Definitely bookmarking this for future reference - thanks for sharing! The first thing that comes to my mind for sore throats is honey and lemon, and I see that honey is a reoccuring theme.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2011 on Natural Whooping Cough Remedies. at Clean.
I love the idea of the Pumpkin Fairy... but the idea of having to figure out what to buy/make to give from the fairy kind of gives me a headache! Maybe if I had planned in advance... We don't go crazy on Halloween, and I don't like to spend a lot of money on costumes, but it's fun to let the kids dress up. This year I made my daughter a tutu skirt and I'm trying ot put together a mermaid outfit (not sure yet on my son). We drive around to the homes of friends and family members instead of walking around the neighborhood; it's a good excuse for short visits and the kids don't end up with too much candy.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on October. And the Pumpkin Fairy. at Clean.
I'm grateful for the kiddos' naptime... we need a break from each other. I'm also grateful for Fridays, which are homemade-pizza-and-a-movie nights. I make a delicious rosemary-wheat dough and go from there; I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! That sweater looks darling. My sister just asked me to knit something for her, and the last thing I made was back in the spring, so I was afraid I had forgotten how to hold the needles! I'm in the middle of a project and it feels good; makes me want to do s'more.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2011 on Gratitude. at Clean.
Mm, sounds lovely. For a while now I've been compiling a list of ideas for a girls' date for my daughter and me, but I just haven't made it happen yet. I wish we had a cabin to go to! It would take some of the guesswork out of trying to figure out where to go w/o spending a lot of money. I was going to ask you about the hat and I saw your other comment - bookmarked the pattern!
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2011 on Girl Time at Clean.
I tweeted!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2011 on LuSa Organics Coupon Code and Giveaway! at Clean.
I've always dreamed of something like this happening to me. I love crafting, pour over books and magazines, have dabbled in all sorts of mediums - but nothing ever takes off. Guess I'll have to be content with it as a hobby. :) I've been dying to try some of your stuff - thanks for the opportunity and for sharing the story with us.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2011 on LuSa Organics Coupon Code and Giveaway! at Clean.
*sigh* I haven't picked up my knitting needles in ages. I think I may have forgotten how to knit. The sweater is beautiful!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2011 on A Tiny Tea Leaves for My Girl. at Clean.
I bookmarked a similar project ages ago and meant to help the kids make a shirt for Father's Day, but just didn't get around to it. Christmas? This is such a great idea! And I already have the freezer paper. I'm always putting projects on hold!
Hm... is this basically browning butter, with the added step of skimming? I just browned butter recently for making peach shortbread, and it sounds very similar.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2011 on How to Make Ghee. at Clean.
*sigh* My littles are younger - almost 2 and 4 - and I tend to be the emotional type. More so with my first; I guess I've just gotten busier and more preoccupied with two! It's always bittersweet for me, the passing of each stage. I don't get emotional with each separate one, but it will all of the sudden occur to me - ohmigosh, they're growing up! I will probably cry when my almost-2-year-old stops nursing; I love my babies, and the fact that they're growing up makes it seem like they're growing AWAY.
I'm just getting started on my homeschool journey and would love to add this to my educational arsenal!
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Mm, sounds peacefully productive. I LOVE the plum-colored walls!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2011 on A Quiet Day at Home. at Clean.
HA! Pete's advice gave me a chuckle, too. I can totally see my husband saying that to my little guy. We never baby-proofed our house, don't jump up to intervene every second, feeling that kids learn by doing. Sometimes I feel like such an oddity, not using hand-sanitizer every time the kiddos touch something, letting them roam ahead of me (without a leash or calling them back) at the grocery store or the zoo. It's funny when I interact with other mothers at the park, library, wherever - they're so cautious and I'm wondering if they're just being polite or if that's how they are all the time. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who gives her children freedom!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2011 on A Kid with a Kitchen Knife. at Clean.
I plan on combining a couple curriculums - the Letter of the Week (actually the prep version), and ABC Jesus Loves Me. I ended up changing the themes and content, and worked it into a 3-day-a-week program, but the basic concepts are there. And of course, I can switch things around as I go!
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Beautiful! It can be so hard to find a balance between work and play. Question - can you reuse your Tattler lids, or do you have to buy new ones with each batch? Also, I have some of my grandmother's old canning jars with the glass lids and jar rubbers - have you ever used those?
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2011 on A Picnic. at Clean.
Thanks! I've made homemade marshmallows a few times before but haven't played around with the recipe to make them "healthy."
Beautiful. I feel you! I planned on nursing my first as long as she wanted. She's now almost four, but one day - she was maybe 1 1/2 - she just shook her head and pulled my shirt down. I was shocked! I thought I would be pushing her to wean. There was one time later on that she got curious again, but that was it. Now she talks openly about mama's milk, nursing my almost-2-year-old, and of course nursing her own "children." I'm so glad my second has kept on nursing - I love the connection, the immune boost, the calories it burns... :)
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2011 on Child-Led Weaning. at Clean.
Thanks for the reminder about getting to the root of the problem. So often I take my kids' moods personally and just get mad at them. Sometimes I feel I try so hard to be gentle, and when my methods don't work I just explode for lack of results. *sigh* Every so often, though, I'll reap results such as those you mentioned... but of course it doesn't always "work" the next time around. I'm dying for your natural marshmallow recipe! We've been going camping, and I'd love to have a healthier s'more recipe - if there is such a thing. :)
I love that skirt! I need to figure out how to use my old sewing machine, nevermind other gadgets. But I'm still on gardening, canning, homeschooling - baaaah!
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2011 on An Upcycled Skirt. And New Serger Love. at Clean.
It's funny how we often feel ALONE as mothers. We are doing All Of This all by ourselves. But really, this resonates with so many other mamas out there. Growing up, I never thought I would get married. I had low self-esteem, wasn't pretty or thin enough for the guys. My twin brother and I are the last of five kids, and I was the first to get married (he was the second!). My hubby and I didn't want kids... but slowly this desire to become a mother bloomed within me. After dealing with irregular periods and a host of other things, my midwife told me I should pursue infertility. Long story short, I now have two beautiful miracle children. Some days, I wonder, WHAT WAS I THINKING? Why did I want this so badly?! Yes, it is the hardest thing I have ever done... but also the most rewarding. I never truly knew what it was like to have my heart melt, burst, ache with so much love. And worry about their future. I never thought I would cloth diaper, co-sleep, baby-sign, homeschool... but here I am! I never knew I would have to defend myself and the decisions I make for my children, especially in light of the fact that they're good, healthy choices. I'm not good at standing up for myself, but Motherhood gives me courage. I pushed two babies out, unmedicated - I can do this. I love your reflections on Motherhood - beautiful.
I feel like such a newbie to all this stuff. I want to be self-sustaining, but it feels like there's this endless pool of knowledge to be had and there are other endless pools of knowledge to be had about other things (homeschool, living a green and healthy lifestyle, etc). It gets overwhelming! My hubby talked me out of a CSA when we decided to have our own garden, but we're not getting an abundance. :( There are things of which we may have extra, but I don't know how much we'll be able to put away. I have these grand notions of gardening and canning, I skim a variety of resources when I can, but it never seems like enough. Arrrgh!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on Putting Food By. at Clean.