Natural Childbirth: Not Just for Homebirthers

Natural Childbirth: Not Just for Homebirthers

I recently watched The Business of Being Born.  The 86-minute documentary depicts the troubling state of childbirth in the United States, including routine labor inductions, sky-high cesarean rates, and traumatic birth experiences. I always enjoy learning more about birth, and this was no exception. One thing troubled me, however; they made it seem as if homebirth is true birth*. It … Continue reading

A Blissful *Giveaway*

A Blissful *Giveaway*

Giveaway runs from April 14th-17th Pregnancy is a time when our bodies go through some extreme changes, many of which are pretty challenging. I’m looking at you, morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain! But, it should also be a time that we focus on the blessing of the child(ren) we are bringing into the world! Our lives tend to be really full of activities, … Continue reading

Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Cake

*In honor of it being Maggie’s 14th birthday today, I would like to share one of her favorite cakes with you!* The creation of this cake came about several years ago when my daughter, Maggie, requested a vanilla cake for her birthday. She loves strawberries and because her birthday is in April, it perfectly lines up with strawberry season … Continue reading

*Break the Code* Scavenger Hunt

*Break the Code* Scavenger Hunt

Children love scavenger hunts and they also love surprises! Why not combine the two? The following activity can be tailored to different ages as well as any holiday or other special day (or even just a rainy day)! I’ve hidden valentines, coloring pages, Easter candy and more. Basically, you are going to be hiding something for your child(ren) and … Continue reading

Friday Blog Party ~ April 4th

Friday Blog Party ~ April 4th

Good morning!! Today, I am happy to be hosting my first blog party since returning to blogging! If you’re new to my blog, don’t worry – I’ll explain how to join in the party in just a minute. I skipped Ten Thoughts Tuesday this week so I’ll just give you a little update right now! … Continue reading

What Do You Think? Water Birth

What Do You Think? Water Birth

There are many ways of experiencing childbirth, but it will ultimately end up being classified as one of two things: a land birth or a water birth. Of course, you can have a little of both: spend time in labor in the water and then give birth on a bed or the floor, or alternately, spend much … Continue reading

The Three Phases of Timeout

The Three Phases of Timeout

I, admittedly, should have started timeouts with Samuel long before I did. When he was 24 months old, *I* was finally ready to tackle his (pretty terrible) behavior. The reason I hadn’t done any specific consequence before then was because I wanted to do it “right”, not just start throwing around punishments. So, before starting … Continue reading