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,Read More →

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 willRead More →

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 AuntRead More →

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 AmericanRead More →

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

**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©Read More →