Archive for May, 2012

Dehydrator Fun

I’ve been very lucky to be able to have access to a dehydrator thanks to the owner of the market that I work at.  I’ve been making zucchini chips, apple chips, and anything else I could think of.  Today or tomorrow though, I’m going to be delving into new territory…I’m attempting raw food crackers.

Keep an eye out for an update on the shenanigans and whether or not I think you should try it too! 

Friday Funnies!

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This week’s “Blog to Follow”

Starting this week Fridays will be a day to suggest blogs or pages or whatever that you should follow.  “Following Friday” 🙂

This week’s blog is a new one started by my friend Ashley.  She’s planning a UC (unassisted childbirth):
http://peacelovemothering.wordpress.com/ 

Feet and Boobs, love ’em both

Okay folks, I know I already updated, but I wanted to take a second to link to two blog posts that were recently brought to my attention from the Society of Barefoot Living group on Facebook.  Love.

http://shodoff.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/like-the-breast-barefoot-is-best-2/

http://www.barefootandgrounded.com/2010/06/exposing-another-healthy-taboo.html

“Extended Nursing” isn’t weird.

So with the new cover that is coming out for TIME magazine, people are in a ridiculous uproar.  How dare a child be nursed that long?  Guess what folks, despite comments it’s NOT child abuse and no person from CPS is going to go kicking down a door to save a child from the “abuse” of great nutrition!

Did you know that the average age of weaning in the world is 4-7 years.  That’s right, not 6 months or a year, hell not even TWO years.  Four. To. Seven.  And if you have your panties in a twist over this whole thing, please tell me…how does it affect you?  How does an older child breastfeeding affect your daily life?  Exactly.  It’s normal.

Breastfeeding in all facets is normal…

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Normal

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Normal.

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Adorable (lol)

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Normal.

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Normal (even for some famous folks)

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Normal (and hilarious)

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NORMAL.

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Okay…maybe this one isn’t as normal…but who am I to judge?

(if any of these pictures belong to people here, let me know!  I found them on google.)

A Sad Day

I’m very disappointed in the majority vote in my state to pass Amendment 1 that states that marriage is between one man and one woman.  Many don’t realize the implications as it doesn’t only effect the LGBTQ community, in fact since they already were unrecognized in NC it doesn’t effect them any more than it already did, but now it effects other situations.  Such as common law marriage and civil unions between heterosexual couples.

I have more to say, but honestly I’m still in too emotional of a state about it to post about it without things such as name calling and cursing.  Once I’ve calmed down not only will I post more in depth, I’ll also be working with posting about opportunities to work on having this REPEALED!

The Internet Mom is going BAREFOOT!

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As part of my doula course I have to spend 30 minutes to one hour each day for one week taking a walk and writing about how it makes me feel in all facets.  Since moving to Jacksonville, NC I haven’t been getting very close with nature.  I moved from Boone and it was just so easy there…just walk out of your back door and climb a mountain!  Alas, the winters sucked and you were then snow quarantined in your home for days to weeks at a time.  As much as I miss the mountains, I don’t miss cold winters and being snowed in.  Today though, I realized how much I missed nature.  My husband showed me a nature trail that is only a few miles from our home and I decided this morning was a good morning to go for a barefoot walk on the trail.

It was amazing.  I missed nature so much, and I’m now realizing that I don’t want to do this whole walk thing only for a week…but all the time.  I miss just being surrounded by the sights and sounds.

Some highlights of this morning’s trip…
* Sitting on the trail sucking the nectar from honeysuckle flowers.
* Staring up at the sun shining through the trees.
* That moment that your feet start hurting from being barefoot so you walk more quickly to try and find a patch of pine straw, grass, or even cold dirt to stand in.
* Hearing noises and looking over to see tiny lizards running through the fallen leaves.
* Looking down to notice not only one, but two, spiders crawling close to my foot.  Had this been in my house I would have freaked, but being out in nature it just seemed more “whatever” and I just kept walking. 

All in all, it was good times.
It was also a time for me to start going barefoot more often again.  When I lived in Charlotte and Asheville going barefoot was something I did on the regular.  Somehow over time I just…stopped.  Which is terrible because seriously, shoes are so bad for your feet.

I’ll probably make a post about that soon, because it’s a big deal I think 🙂