Since you all might be sick of looking at “penis” at the top of my blog, I figured I’d get a post up before Christmas – just cuz I’m nice like that. ;) I got all of my Christmas cards in the mail (finally!) today. Hooray! And Jody and I met with Ava’s Waldorf preschool teacher tonight for parent-teacher conferences. Who knew we’d already be in for that with a 3-year-old. The conference went very well. It was great to hear more about Ava from someone else’s perspective and how she well she’s acclimated to preschool. I may blog more about the conference another timeRead More →

Thought that might get your attention. I wasn’t sure I was going to blog about this, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt it needed to be shared. Last week I took Julian to the doctor for his 12 month check-up. Other than the cold he seems to have caught from his big sister and daddy, he did very well. He measured 32 1/2 inches tall (95th percentile) and weighed 24 lbs. 8 oz. (50th percentile). The exam was going smoothly until the part where the doctor opened up his diaper. Some history here, for those unfamiliar with the state ofRead More →

Congratulations to the winners of the (mostly) Green Girly Gift Guide prizes. Thanks to the random number generator at, the winners are as follows: Tees for Change t-shirt goes to: Phyllis of Ima on (and off) the Bima Mama Needs It $25 gift certificate goes to: Christy (no blog listed) What’s Cooking Weekly 6-month subscription goes to: Casey Berberich (no blog listed) HP Photo Books go to: Katie Payne of Payne Family Adventure and Michele Judd of Life in the Old Pueblo I will be emailing each of the winners later today to get mailing addresses where needed. Thank you! :)

In light of articles like this one, stating that as recently as Nov. 20, hazardous toys (containing high lead levels and other dangers) were still being found on the shelves in stores like Target, it’s validating (but really no surprise to me) to read that Simple Retro Toys May Be Better For Children Than Fancy Electronic Toys. “Old-fashioned retro toys, such as red rubber balls, simple building blocks, clay and crayons, that don’t cost so much and are usually hidden in the back shelves are usually much healthier for children than the electronic educational toys that have fancier boxes and cost $89.99,” says Temple UniversityRead More →

A weekend wrap-up with a Best Shot Monday thrown in for good measure :) On Saturday, the fam and I drove down to Denver so that Ava and I could go see The Nutcracker Ballet (thanks to the tickets I won from Mile High Mamas). It turns out that when they recommend that you arrive two hours before the performance, they weren’t kidding around. Traffic was a bit crazy and, since we’d never been there before, we didn’t know exactly where Jody should drop us off, etc. We got into Denver an hour before the show was to start, but by the time we figuredRead More →