To make a long story short, my sister-in-law Debbie has fallen on some very hard times (both financially and emotionally lately). Her husband filed for divorce and then pursued an ugly custody battle in which he ended up winning custody of their two boys. I don’t know a lot of the details, but it sounded to me like an unfair/unjust trial. It all went down in Tulsa County, OK, where a fathers’ advocacy group has a stronghold on the judicial system – bulldogging the courts and spoonfeeding the dads information to manipulate the system. Her ex-husband is also asking for child support from her (whenRead More →

You can’t get your checkbook to balance and you are off by a LARGE amount and not in your favor (of course!)??? Since Jody wiped out my computer last week, he didn’t have time to reinstall ALL of the programs that I use regularly, just the majority of them. As a result, I haven’t had Xcel on my computer for a week or so, and I hadn’t updated our checkbook ledger for a little while before that. So, here I sit, trying to play catch up and get it all to balance now and I’m off by what started off as over $300, though nowRead More →

I started out this week a little apprehensive because Jody would be out of town (at Siggraph in Boston) for the whole week and I would be taking on the single parent role. I had several things planned for Ava and I to do during the week, but I still worried about naps (since she hadn’t been napping on a regular basis for the past few weeks). I know she still needs a nap because she gets quite cranky and out of sorts if she doesn’t get one. And I know *I* still need her to nap because I get quite cranky and out ofRead More →

Just a quick post (for now)… I don’t know how I nearly overlooked it, but this week – Aug. 1-7 – is World Breastfeeding Week. Thanks to Mama C-ta for bringing WBW to my attention with this post about “Vogue magazine proudly showing model Angela Lindvall even more proudly (and quite fashionably) breastfeeding her 14 month old son.” Props to Vogue!! :) Also, how cool is this? The Celebrity Baby Blog Breastfeeding Gallery – “We present to you these beautiful images of our readers breastfeeding their children. We hope that if you are a breastfeeding mother, it will empower you, if you are someone whoRead More →

Two of my regular blog reads (Dawn and Leigh – a new one to me) have recently written about positive changes they’ve made in their and their families’ lives. On Dawn’s blog, she mentioned natural dish soaps and laundry soaps. I’d been wanting to switch from Joy dish soap to something more natural for a while now (especially after learning about the link between petroleum-based cleaning products and cancer [and more here]), but figured it would be too expensive or something and I never researched it. (I know, shame on me.) Dawn’s post inspired me to check out prices on Seventh Generation dish soap (aRead More →