Welcome to my new home

Welcome to my new home over here at crunchydomesticgoddess.com. I’m hoping I didn’t lose anyone in the move from my old residence at WordPress.

I’m glad to have my own domain (finally) and the freedom to do more things with my blog. To repeat the words of little orphan Annie, “I think I’m gonna like it here.” (Big thanks to Jody for helping me with the move.)

Please be sure to update your links and bookmarks to my new home, sweet home. http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com

If you are scratching your head wondering what in the world that picture is in my header. It’s granola, of course! Granola, crunchy – get it? I thought it was fitting. Anyway, I’ll probably change it to something else once I get sick of looking at it. Edited to add: It’s been three days and I already grew sick of the granola header, so I’ve changed it to something else – a little meez.com pic of moi. :)

Hope everyone has a nice weekend. It’s going to be sunny and warm here. Perfect weather for the Boulder Creek Festival, which we plan to attend.

The big project

My in-laws have been visiting us this week, here from Oklahoma. The visit is going well. They are enjoying spending time with Ava and meeting Julian for the first time in person. And Ava is eating up all of the special time with “me-maw.”

Jody took most of the week off from work and he and my father-in-law have been installing wood floor laminate in our dining room. The floor is in now and it looks really nice. The only thing left to do at this point is to put up the new baseboards and, once we move the hutch back in, the room will be pretty much be done. We do need to get some felt pads for under the chair and table legs and I’m thinking about getting an area rug for under the table and to add a bit of color. We’ll see.

I’ll have to post some before and after pictures once it’s all complete. I don’t know who’s idea it was to have carpet in the dining room in the first place, but kids, food and carpet don’t mix.

Despite all the sawing, hammering, etc. that’s gone along with this project, I’m happy to report there were no injuries. Well, no injuries associated with the project. Yesterday Jody was balancing on one foot while he took off his pants, getting ready for a shower. He lost his balance and went to put his other foot down and jammed his middle toe right into the laundry basket. It has since turned purple and we’re pretty sure it’s broken. Ouch. At least he still has all of his appendages.

Julian, 6 months

Julian, 6 months - 5/23/07

May 23, 2007

Dear Julian,

Happy half-birthday, buddy! Today you are six months old.

It is hard for me to believe that six months have already passed since your amazing entrance into the world. And yet, at the same time, it feels like you have been a part of our lives for so very long.

You’ve changed so much in six months. You no longer look like a baby. You look like a little boy.

You smile, flashing us your delicious, darling dimple. You laugh often, especially at your big sister Ava, and more recently, at your favorite stuffed animal – the wolf blanket Aunt Carrie got for you. You sit up by yourself, roll over and are quite the little backwards scooter when you are on your tummy.

You are a very content baby and cry only when something is really bothering you. You recently started making the cutest “bbbbbbb” sound through your lips when you are really tired and trying to go to sleep.

You love to suck on mommy’s chin, chew on daddy’s nose, and grab fistfuls of Ava’s hair.

You drool like crazy and we constantly have a bib on you, but there are no signs of any teeth yet.

You love your mama milk, and, with the exception of a small piece of cracker Ava tried to feed to you a month or so ago, that’s all you’ve had so far to help you grow big and strong. We haven’t been to the doctor lately, but I think you are around 20 lbs.

You recently moved into Ava’s old Marathon convertible car seat (I think it was a bit overdue) and are riding in style and comfort now. And Ava graduated into a Regent car seat.

Julian 2 1/2 weeks old - Dec. 2006 Julian almost 6 months old - May 2007

The one thing that’s remained constant from your birth until now is your big, beautiful blue eyes. I find myself gazing into them often, especially when we are outside and the light reflects brilliantly in them. They amaze and entrance me.

I’m looking forward to watching you continue to grow and learn these next six months, as you approach your first birthday.

Thank you for choosing me as your mama, Julian. We couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our family. I feel so blessed to have you in my life.

Julian, 6 months - 5/23/07

I love you,

Mama

 

Two studies need participants

A research study about parenting views and practices

From Research on Mothering:

You are invited to participate in a research study of parenting views and practices. We are interested in understanding what sources parents find useful in their parenting practices, how parents use different parenting information, and what views parents across the country hold regarding parenting issues. We are interested in getting responses from mothers of small children, ages 4 and under.


A research study about home birth

And from A New Look at Home Birth:

Welcome! I hope you will participate in my study about home birth. I am a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa, investigating current home birth cultures, with a strong focus on unassisted birth.

There are several different surveys related to home birth and unassisted birth, including surveys for health practitioners, birth attendants, as well as if you’ve had a home birth or unassisted birth, want to share your thoughts on childbirth literature, intuition in birth, sexuality in birth and birthrape. Each survey takes from 15-30 minutes and must be completed before May 27, 2007.

Click on the links above to go to the surveys.

BSM – 5/21/07

We had a beautiful weekend here! Julian went for his first ride in our backyard swing and enjoyed the heck out of it, and Ava enjoyed pushing him and time in the swing herself, so “fun in the backyard” is my theme for this week.

I couldn’t pick just one picture to share (I never can), so I’m sharing a few of each of the kids, all taken on Saturday, May 19.

Ava pushing Julian on the swing - 5/19/07Julian giggles with delight - 5/19/07Julian watches his big sister - 5/19/07

Ava playing in the rocks - 5/19/07Ava in the swing - 5/19/07Ava in the swing - 5/19/07

Thanks for looking. :)
Be sure to visit Picture This to see what everyone else is doing for Best Shot Monday.

The great Nestle boycott

**Please note: there is now an updated Nestle boycott list as of 10/7/09. Thanks!**

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Nestle boycott before, but never really understood why it is going on. I hope the information below, including a list of all products Nestle sells, will be helpful in your quest to educate yourself on the subject.

Here’s an article – Eye witness evidence of Nestle© malpractice on eve of demonstration – with links to several other sites/articles on the topic.

Nestle© is the target of an international boycott because of its aggressive marketing of baby foods. A newspaper article and new film reveal how Nestle© continues to undermine breastfeeding, breaking international marketing standards, where laws have yet to be introduced and enforced.

See also, Formula for Disaster – a five part UNICEF documentary series available on YouTube.

This eye-opening documentary reveals how the marketing of powdered milk has caused fewer mothers to breastfeed in the Philippines – including those who can ill afford artificial milk and suffer its harmful consequences. The milk companies’ formula for profits is a formula for disaster.
Part 1 of 5
Part 2 of 5
Part 3 of 5
Part 4 of 5
Part 5 of 5

From UNICEF – Rally for breastfeeding – Mothers demand truth about infant formula

Over 100 formula feeding mothers and their babies protested in front of infant formula manufacturers’ offices, claiming milk advertisements have deceived them into giving their babies infant formula instead of breastmilk.

“My message to the milk companies is to stop deceiving those who buy infant formula,” says Nadine Sylvano, mother of five children. “They say that their milk is good for children’s brains, will make children healthy, stout and give strong bones. But it’s not true.”

Also check out Baby Milk Action

Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organization which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million infants die around the world every year because they are not breastfed. Where water is unsafe a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhea than a breastfed child.

That is why a marketing code was introduced in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Companies continue to violate its provisions. Find out how Baby Milk Action works to stop them and how you can help.

Baby Milk Action is not anti-baby milk. Our work protects all mothers and infants from irresponsible marketing.

There is even more information available on Wikipedia.

…Knowledge is power….

Poster credit: Rachael Romero, SFPB

Updated on 9/30/09:

Thank you to Julie for reminding me to get a list of Nestle’s products, which are included in the boycott. According to NestleUSA.com, here is a (very LONG) list of their USA brands. (The Nestle UK brand list can be found here.)
* 100 GRAND®
* ADDITIONS
* AFTER EIGHT® Biscuits & Mints
* ALBERS® Corn Meal and Grits
* ALPO®
* ALPO® COME ‘N GET IT®
* AQUARI-YUMS cat treats
* BABY RUTH®
* BACI®
* BEGGIN’ STRIPS® dog treats
* BENEFUL® dog food
* BIT-O-HONEY®
* BOTTLE CAPS®
* BUITONI®
* BUITONI® Risotto & Foccacia Bread Mix
* BUSY BONE dog treats
* BUTTERFINGER®
* CARLOS V®
* CAT CHOW® cat food
* CHEF-MATE®
* CHEW-RIFIC dog treats
* CHUNKY®
* COFFEE-MATE®
* COFFEE-MATE LATTE CREATIONS
* CROISSANT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* CRUCIAL®
* DELI-CAT® cat food
* DOG CHOW® dog food
* FAA
* FANCY FEAST® cat food
* FRISKIES® canned & dry cat food
* GOBSTOPPERS®
* GOOBERS®
* GOOD START® Infant Formulas
* HI PRO® dog food
* HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* KIBBLES AND CHUNKS® dog food
* KIT ‘N KABOODLE® cat food
* KITTEN CHOW® cat food
* KLIM®
* LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
* LAFFY TAFFY®
* LEAN CUISINE®
* LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* LIBBY’S® Pumpkin
* LIK-M-AID® Fun Dip
* MAGGI® Seasonings
* MIGHTY DOG® dog food
* MILO® powdered beverage & ready-to-drink
* MINOR’S®
* MODULEN® IBD
* MOIST & MEATY®
* NAN® Infant Formula
* NERDS®
* NESCAFE®
* NESCAFE® Cafe© con Leche
* NESCAFE® CLASICO (soluble coffees from Mexico)
* NESQUIK®
* NESTEA®
* Nestle© Healthcare Nutrition
* NESTLE® JUICY JUICE® 100% fruit juices
* Nestle© FoodServices
* NESTLE® ABUELITA®
* NESTLE® CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST®
* NESTLE® CARNATION® Malted Milk
* NESTLE® CARNATION® Milks
* NESTLE® CRUNCH®
* NESTLE® dessert toppings
* NESTLE® European Style Desserts
* NESTLE® Hot Cocoa Mix
* NESTLE® Infant Formulas
* NESTLE® MIlk Chocolate
* NESTLE® NIDO®
* NESTLE® SIGNATURES TREASURES®
* NESTLE® SIGNATURES TURTLES®
* NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Candy Bars
* NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels & baking ingredients
* NIPS®
* NUTREN®
* NUTREN® GLYTROL®
* NUTREN® PULMONARY (formerly NUTRIVENT®)
* NUTREN® RENAL (formerly NUTRIRENAL)
* NUTREN® REPLETE®
* NUTRIHEAL
* NUTRIHEP®
* OH HENRY!®
* OOMPAS®
* ORTEGA®
* PEPTAMEN®
* PERUGINA® Confections
* PIXY STIX®
* POWERBAR®
* PRIA®
* PRO PLAN® dog and cat foods
* PURINA ONE®
* PURINA®
* PURINA® ESSENTIALS cat treats and dog treats
* QUALITY STREET®
* RAISINETS®
* RENALCAL®
* RUNTS®
* secondnature®
* SNO-CAPS®
* SPREE®
* STOUFFER’S®
* SWEETARTS®
* T BONZ®
* TART ‘N TINYS®
* TASTER’S CHOICE® instant coffee
* TENDER VITTLES®
* TIDY CATS®
* TRIO®
* VETERINARY DIETS
* WHISKER LICKIN’S®
* WONKA® products
* YESTERDAY’S NEWS®