Note: Giveaway is now closed to new entries. When I was first introduced to the Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database, I was reluctant to do a search for the products I was currently using. I had a feeling the results would be bad news and, while I’m not usually one to turn a blind eye, I just didn’t want to think about it right then. Eventually, however, I came around, especially when my daughter Ava wanted to start playing with my makeup too. If I wasn’t going to be concerned about the safety of my cosmetics for my own health, I was going to beRead More →

If one of the names you answer to is “mom,” chances are good that you live a decent portion of your life feeling overwhelmed. As if the responsibility of caring for another person’s (or people’s) every need isn’t enough, you most likely also have a house to maintain, bills to pay, perhaps a job to go to or a business to run, a blog (or two or three) to keep up, a partner to cheer on, organizations to volunteer for, classes, activities or meetings to attend or to schlep kids to, and the list goes on and on and on. If you don’t feel overwhelmed,Read More →

Call me crazy, but yesterday I took the two kiddos to the zoo – by myself. It was free admission and seemed like the perfect excuse to get my homebody butt out of the house and give the kids something fun to see. After hearing Ava’s reaction when I asked if she’d be interested in going to the zoo, there was no turning back. I wasn’t sure how Julian would do with walking the whole time, but I didn’t want to cart a stroller around either since I knew I’d just have to hold him up to see the animals anyway, so I put himRead More →

I’m hoping to ditch all responsibilities, get out in the crisp fall air, and take the kids to a free day at the zoo today. I just asked Ava if she wanted to go. Ava: “Today?” Me: “Yes.” Ava: “I’d LOVE to!” She’s still carrying on and saying, “I would really, really, REALLY LOVE to! That’s the happiest thing I ever heard!” How can I argue with that? :)

The kids had a great time playing in the freshly fallen leaves in the backyard this week. And there was more fun on the tire swing (which is always a good time). Ya can’t beat free fun right in your own backyard. :) I can’t pick a favorite this week. I like them all. :) What about you? See what everyone else up to for Best Shot Monday.

When I started down my crunchy parenting path over four years ago, I think several people assumed that when the time came, I would home school my kids. I figured then that I would consider it, but it seemed like ages away and I never really gave it much thought. Well, that time is now rapidly approaching. At age 3, I started sending Ava to an amazing Waldorf-inspired in-home preschool. It wasn’t a surprise at all to me that she thrived there and, despite the cost, I didn’t hesitate for a second before signing her up for her second year this year. She’s had aRead More →