Pillowcase Dress

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My husband has an old pillowcase from his childhood that charmed me with it’s vintage flair and mix of bright colors. It was needing a little mending so I had thrown it in the to-be-mended-whenever-I-feel-like-it pile and forgotten about it. It was soon to become something new!

I’m usually not much into sewing but I guess the hot weather today drove me down to my mother’s sewing machine in the cool basement. I ended up converting that old pillowcase into a cute dress for my eldest daughter.

There are lots of tutorials online on how to make a pillowcase dress but here’s a couple I found helpful. I like tutorials with lots of pictures!

Jen Leheny: Pillowcase Dress Instructions

If I had a little girl she’d wear pillowcase dresses

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy (in this case) is not a bear!image Emma found a banded woolly bear caterpillar a couple weeks ago and we decided to keep him as a ‘pet.’ We’re hoping to see him turn into a moth. The nice thing is he’s very easy to care for. We put him in a gallon-size clear jar with a rubber band holding a piece of cloth around the top. We put a couple sticks and some fresh grass in the jar too. All he needs is fresh grass every day.

Emma came to me all horrified one morning thinking he was dead. It turns out he had just knit his cocoon around himself so now we’re waiting to see if he makes it to the moth stage. Fun!

For a little more fun, check out this GIANT banded woolly bear! ;)
Giant Woolly Bear Caterpillar Discovered

Vaccine Recall

Well, today I’m feeling re-affirmed in our decision NOT to vaccinate our daughter (now 17 months old). There are just so many things wrong with vaccines! This recent case of the FDA recalling the Rotavirus vaccine just shows how murky the “safety” is of vaccines. My heart goes out to everyone who’s child has been injured by vaccines! It’s just not right that so many doctors (who are supposed to look out for our children’s health) continue to recommend these very unsafe “prevention” measures.
The FDA shuts down common infant vaccine after startling discovery

Book Review: Real Food for Mother and Baby

The other night we were visiting with relatives and one of the other guests brought a dessert along. As she was raving about how healthy it was I was burning up inside! Why? Because she thought she had made the dessert better for us by making it with low-fat, sugar-free, imitation food products. It absolutely drives me crazy how pervasive the myth is that FAT is bad for you! I’ve been seriously thinking about hand-painting a sign in our kitchen that reads, “Viva la fat” but my husband apparently doesn’t think it’s as brilliant as I do.

With all of the low-fat propaganda going around I find it refreshing whenever I find a book that shines the spotlight on the truth… that stands up for good fats like butter, coconut oil and lard and says “no-way” to margarine, refined vegetable oils and “new-fangled fats” (as Sally Fallon calls them). I’ve recently read two books that do just that. “Eat Fat, Lose Fat” by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon is one of them and the second is, “Real Food for Mother and Baby” by Nina Planck.

image Nina conveys important nutritional concepts in a conversational style that makes it easy to read. While I still love “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon it can tend to sound more like a textbook than Nina’s book. She’s also written “Real Food: What to eat and why” but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. In “Real Food for Mother and Baby” she not only lays the foundation for sound nutrition but she gives important information relating to fertility and what to feed infants. What we eat BEFORE pregnancy has a profound affect on the health of our future babies. So many health problems that arise during pregnancy and birth can be prevented with good nutrition coupled with an active lifestyle. So, even if you’re only thinking about getting pregnant get this book before you try to conceive!

As far as baby’s first foods there is a lot of misinformation being propagated by medical professionals. My understanding is that doctors and nurses receive very little training in nutrition. In fact, our own family doctor (who knows I pursue alternative health) asked me what I had found were the best first foods for my youngest daughter. She voluntarily admitted that “we (medical professionals) really don’t have much information about that.” Nina clears that all up and gives evidence-based advice on what is best for baby to eat. This is one of those books that I wish I could give every couple planning on raising a family.

Precious Memories

image My husband recently taught my oldest daughter to ride her bike. I knew it would be fun to see him teach her but I had no idea what a special moment it would be. I felt so much joy and pride! Both my husband and my daughter were really patient with one another and I’m sure that’s why it went so smoothly! I also had the privilege of teaching my daughter to read a couple years ago and it felt amazing! There are many days that I feel tired and worn out and I’m not the best mom on those days. But then there are days when we build with blocks, make cookies or snuggle on the couch and read Fancy Nancy. These are the moments I cherish and want to hold on to. It’s not about being the perfect parent. We are all flawed and we’ll mess some things up. What’s important is that our children know we love them. It’s ok for them to see that sometimes we’re weak and sometimes make mistakes. That’s real life. That takes the pressure off them to live a perfect life. It’s a powerful experience for them to see us going to God for strength or to have us apologize to them when we’ve spoken out of anger. I want to live authentically for my children and yet not dwell too much on my imperfections or theirs. I choose to celebrate the good! I know it’s been said many times but the advice to “count our blessings” is a wise one. We have so many!

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