I’ve written in the past a little bit about our concerns over Ava’s speech. She’s had difficulty pronouncing certain sounds – S, TH, J, R, F, Z. I mentioned it to her doctor at her 3 year check-up (ooh, that reminds me, I still need to get Julian in for his 9 month chk-up. He’ll be 10 mos. in 4 days.) and she suggested that I get her hearing and speech tested. Her hearing test was normal and covered by insurance. The speech test was not going to be covered by insurance so I set out to find a free or low-cost testing alternative. IRead More →

Updated: The winner of the bags is #41 – Jill H.! Congratulations, Jill. And thanks to everyone who entered. A new contest will be coming up next week! “According to the New York State Department of Conservation, parents who pack a child’s lunch in disposable bags or containers generate 45 to 90 pounds of garbage every year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school.” When Ava went to the farm camp this summer, I went through a lot of plastic sandwich bags (Disposable plastic baggies can take 1,000 years to decompose!) and napkins and felt that there hadRead More →

Welcome to the September Carnival of Breastfeeding where this month’s topic is something that weighs heavily on every parent’s mind and eyelids – SLEEP. During Ava’s first few months of life, she slept in a co-sleeper beside our bed. Being first time parents, we were too nervous to have her in bed with us, plus our queen-size bed seemed a little too small for three of us. Because I had to remember to put her back in the co-sleeper after each time she nursed, I’d force myself to stay awake and not nod off while she was at the breast, even though I really wantedRead More →

It’s been quite a while since I shared a yummy recipe on my blog, so to get back into the groove, here’s a delicious one I discovered this summer. I have to say I am quite fond of this new recipe for Grilled Panini with Provolone and Basil I got out of Vegetarian Times. I am also fond of the fact that I got to use fresh basil right out of my garden for it. :) (I’m so excited to have my mini garden this year.) Grilled Panini with Provolone and Basil Serves 8 – 30 minutes or fewer Ingredients: 1 cup fresh basil leaves,Read More →

First of all, there’s this cool new (FREE) service available to help drive traffic to your blog called BlogRush. Most of us want more readers and more traffic, but don’t have the time to go out and find new readers. This is where BlogRush comes in. Basically all you need to do is sign up, insert some code into your blog (see the widget on the lower right side of my blog?) and that’s it. Sound too easy or too good to be true? Well, you can promote it on your blog by writing about it like this which helps too, but it’s not required.Read More →