On Saturday, Aug. 9, we returned home to Colorado after spending two weeks on vacation in Michigan. Most of our trip was spent in Oscoda (where my parents live), but we also spent a little time “down state” in my hometown of Clawson and the surrounding area, and Jody, the kids and I spent three days on Mackinac Island. There was drama even before we left for our trip when I discovered (as I went with the kids to our car in Borders parking lot) one of our tires had gone nearly completely flat. This happened the day before we left. I got the tireRead More →

Since I’m still trying to get my vacation summary post put together (hundreds of pictures from two different cameras take a long time to sift through let me tell you), I thought I’d talk about something else that has been on my mind lately. It may be TMI for some, but I’m not letting that stop me, so consider yourself warned. The topic is menstruation and reusable menstrual products. Thanks to breastfeeding, I had many, many moons free of periods after Julian’s birth, but now my cycles are back I’ve been trying for the last few months to get the hang of using a MoonRead More →

After two weeks of relaxing, sleeping in, swimming and playing on vacation in Michigan, we are back home and (happy day!) slept in our own beds last night. For the most part, it was a good trip – with some bumps and snags along the way. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things today, like restocking my empty refrigerator, but I hope to have a post up tomorrow with some of the details and lots of pictures of our trip. I hope you enjoyed the guest bloggers while I was away. It was wonderful to have a break from blogging and knowRead More →

While I’m on vacation until Aug. 9 , I’m featuring several guest bloggers. Today’s post is from Meryl who blogs at My Bit of Earth. My grandfather was an avid gardener. He grew tomatoes, beans, peas, corn–he even had a small orchard from which he would pick fruit for my grandmother’s fabulous pies. He gardened for 70+ years, all within 100 miles of where I live today, making any advice he could have given me invaluable as it would have been both well-tested and specific to my climate. Unfortunately, my grandfather died years before I caught the gardening bug, so I’ve had to learn theRead More →

While I’m on vacation until Aug. 9, I’m featuring several guest bloggers. Today’s post comes from Sheridan of Enjoy Birth. The Trust Birth Conference was very interesting. It was fun talking with other doulas there. We had one group discussion and someone talked about how our work as doulas can be effected by our births. It made me think of my 2 cesareans I have attended as a doula. I always was nervous how supporting a mom with a cesarean would effect me, because of my first birth. I had an emergency cesarean at 34 weeks. It was scary, my baby was in the NICU,Read More →

I never thought the day would come when I would find myself rooting for Paris Hilton, but after seeing John McCain’s election anti-Obama “celebrity” ad where he used both Britney Spears and Paris’s likenesses (apparently without their permission) and then Hilton’s rebuttal ad, I have to say – Go Paris, go! McCain’s ad: Paris’s response: See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die I’ll see you at the debates, bitches. :) And after that I’ll see you at the polls, beotches. ;P More about the Hilton ad: * Paris memorized entire McCain monologue * BlogHers react to McCain, Hilton * Paris Hilton’s mom takesRead More →