Sunday, March 30, 2014

sunday funday links: pregnancy


Coming off the introspectiveness of yesterday's post comes my current favorite pregnancy links that I find helpful, fascinating, challenging, and entertaining. Actually, the most entertaining part is reading the comments below the posts!

The focus? Making delivery easier/faster/effective! Ha! Don't laugh! But after reading the Fit Pregnancy article, I bought a box of dates from Trader Joes and you can BET I'm going to be eating them every.single.day. And practicing correct squats. My labor with the girls was about 7 hours long start to finish so I'm not exactly sure why I think I need to speed anything up in that area. But I also pushed out 4 lb. babies, this one will definitely be a bit bigger!

I also made a page on Pinterest called Home Birthin' if you want more:

Why Was My Childbirth So Easy? from Mama Natural

Proper Squats from Katy Says

Supplements for Pregnancy from Wellness Mama

110 Positive Birth Stories from Growing Slower

 3 Surprising Tips for an Easier Labor from Fit Pregnancy (Bought my box of dates and pinned a bunch of date recipes!)

5 Factors That Made Natural Labor Easier from Wellness Mama

And ending on this hilarious video from Mama Natural: 







Saturday, March 29, 2014

superglue and blogging


I've decided the time has come for the dreaded D-T-R (define the relationship) talk between me and this little blog here, along with you, the reader. I hesitate to hit publish, but I do want to share my thoughts and then a maybe direction for this corner space that gets a lot of neglect but also sees some really high traffic for reasons mainly starting with Coconut and ending with Oil.

So, to start. "Hello, blog." "Hello, Meg."And hello, reader.

I've had a lot of "goals" for this basic blogger page...ranging from natural mama guru (ha! Plus there are so many countless wonderful bloggers blowing my mind daily anyway) or real food blogger (not gonna, crock pot rules these days) or super intellectual and informative (that's a big stretch, definitely no Joanna Goddard up in here) but basically my motto in life has recently become throw everything to the wall and see what sticks. Some things hold like they are fastened with superglue, most things glop off into a big mess on the floor.

We've all heard those inspirational but totally cliche quotes like "everyone should have a blog! just be yourself!" and "everyone has a story, so share yours!" or, "you are writer, act like one!" but I confess 85% of the time, I'm like, MEH. I hover over the delete button of this blog on a weekly basis. But I just can't do it, because I've met some of the kindest people in this blogosphere and also, the whole first year or so of my girls' lives are here on this blog and I've also captured some wonderful info that is fun to pass along.

So the question becomes, since this will never be my job - I have some savvy friends who are able to make a living from their blogs and I adore them, but it's just not for me - what do I want to do here? 

I met a writer at a little fair trade party (Trades of Hope, another one of many rabbit trails in my life, check it out if you have a sec) and she told me about her writing, and my mom chimed in enthusiastically, "Meg's a writer, too!" and I laughed, because really all I do these days is think about children pooping and potty training and whether I'll get any new stretch marks this pregnancy, and what we'll do for preschool...so I replied, "I think I might have something interesting to write about in 10 years." And her advice stuck to me like superglue (so I guess in the above analogy, I am the wall?) as she said, "Yes. But don't forget to write things down." GLUED.

So, Blog, this next season of your life will be focused on the writing-down, more Just Write style. I won't be sharing much in the way of family specifics, because my girls are getting older and I'm starting to realize the value and importance of their and our family privacy, but you'll see a little action now and then. The beautiful, the hard, the mundane, the totally trivial, the random deep thoughts that are few and far between. Probably some really bad writing, maybe some unexpected gems. Some crunchy mama stuff thrown in, too, cuz I just can't help myself, it really is who I am. But I won't guru you :)

But do you like the DIYs, the recipes, the focus on natural living and being crunchy and weird? You can get your fill of that over on my Pinterest page. It's all kinds of fun and weird!

I look forward to those of you who stay around to offer your thoughts and comments during this next season! Starting April 1, I'll be participating in the ALM Writes prompt-a-day exercise. Probably not every day. I don't know. But join along, it'd be fun!

Tomorrow, I'll go against everything I've written above and share my current favorite pregnancy links.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Currently...

Hello virtual friends!

There's been a blog series at Harvesting Kale and Ot & Et that I've long enjoyed reading and this week, I decided to jump in. You see, my pregnant brain can't really complete a full sentence, so having someone do the prompting for me is G-reat. Basically, it's a fun way of sharing what you're up to in a creative way. This week's themes: declaring, saving, demolishing, sniffing, despising.



We are currently declaring that life is about to get Cah-razy. We are opening a new business next month here in town that will take Andy away for even more hours per week, but it's exciting and we've been working on it for almost two years! Since this new little babe wasn't really planned, we'll be knee deep in the first year of biz when he or she comes this summer, but all will be well.

We are currently saving up for quite a few big ticket wish-list items for the whole family, like a BBQ (Andy) and a Berkey water filter (me) and a patio set (both of us). Oh yeah...and a birth!

Demolishing? Recently, clutter! The last three months have been short on anything domestically related and our mail and receipts and all that stuff was just annoying both Andy and I, so I've been trying to take 10 minute chunks here and there to just clean - it - up. I'm under no illusions that I'm a super organized person at home, so I haven't started any newfangled systems or anything remotely Pinterest-y, but our recycling bin is being put to good use.

My smeller is still so sensitive (ground beef, I loathe you) but I've been sniffing new lime essential oil and it's refreshing and invigorating and makes me think of summer and water and all those wonderful clean smells *leaves computer to go get bottle and inhale deeply, ahhh* 

This is an easy one. Totally despising the dreary weather and just tired of looking at dormant, scraggly branches and mud and puddles...but I can also see some green stems and tiny buds slowly emerging. My preferences for seasons have completely flip-flopped since becoming a parent. I used to loooove winter, but that was when I could go lounge at a coffee shop for 6 hours on any given day instead of trying to find ways to keep busy little toddlers occupied while the rain keeps us inside.

That's it in a nutshell! Link up and share your Currently and have a great week!