Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Crunchy Scale: Food for Baby and "convenience"

I never understood how controversial food could be until it came to feeding my baby.  Before I was pregnant I just assumed, based on the long aisle of baby food in the grocery stores and what I saw from moms around me, that there was a health/medical reason why babies drank formula and ate processed food from jars.  After getting pregnant I started doing research, mainly because my gut was telling me that something was not right.  

I mean, why would I buy formula when my body could produce the most perfect food for my baby?  I was given many reasons, most of them revolving around the word "convenience" and the fact that I work full-time. And, why would I feed my baby processed food in jars when I don't eat processed food from jars?  Once again, the reasons given to me revolved around that word "convenience".  

I took issue with this word.  Convenience.  Yes, I work full-time, but I had also made the choice to have a baby.  I didn't make the choice to be a mother based on convenience.  In fact, I pretty much knew that having a baby would be the opposite of convenient.  

So, I made the choice to breast feed, even though it wasn't the easiest choice, even though it wasn't easy, even though I worked full-time and had to pump.  Yes, it made my life harder - but I was doing what was right for my baby bug.  You see, she comes first. No questions asked, I chose to bring her into this world and it is my job to take care of her to the BEST of my ability, not based on what is easy or convenient. I also made the choice to only feed my baby home made organic foods.  Nothing from a jar.  Now that she is a toddler there is a no fast-food policy in place, no soda, no juice, no candy and only the occasional treats. I also made the choice to start a garden to reinforce the idea of fresh natural foods.   

Are these choices easy? For me they were.  They are the right choices for my child, they are the right choices for my family.    Someone told me that I was "trying to be super mom" working full time, nursing, cooking home made meals, cloth diapering, gardening, etc... .  So what if I am "trying to be super mom" -- why is that bad?  Why is that said in a negative tone?  Isn't that what every mom wants - to be the BEST mom she can be?  

So where am I on the crunchy scale on this one?  I'd say granola, but since I didn't do pure BLW I'm sure some would disagree :)

granola = super crunchy, all natural

oatmeal = partially processed, mostly natural

instant oatmeal = processed but nature is still there

sugar puffs = who needs natural?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Cucumbers, Lady bugs, and Baby bug!

This is what happens when you skip checking the garden for a day...

Mommy, check out this cucumber!

It is mine, all mine!

I think we might need a bigger basket!
We've got lots of ants, so I thought we wouldn't have much of an aphid problem, but it looks like the aphids figured out that the ants don't like climbing up the cucumber vine.  So, we decided that more lady bugs were needed.  We released them at night when it was cooler out, and it has been 4 days now and they are still hanging out in the garden.  The aphids are almost all gone, but the sad thing is that once the aphids are gone, so too will the lady bugs be gone. 

Samantha trying to get the lady bugs to crawl on her.

Loving the lady bugs!

finding plenty of food on the cucumber vine

hello there!

hanging out on the tomatoes
In my next blog I will post some yummy garden fresh food!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Peacock Hair

The weekend before my daughters 2nd birthday I had my hair done to look like "peacock hair".  A few months prior I had seen a "rainbow" hairstyle on Pinterest and fell in love.  I knew that I wanted to do something similar to my hair, and my daughters birthday party was the perfect reason to do it! 

I hadn't had my hair cut or colored professionally in over 9 months, so the first thing I had to do was search and find the perfect place and person to do my hair.  I ended up discovering Elle at Vicara Aveda Salon in Chino Hills.  She listened to me and understood exactly what I was looking for.  To be honest, I've never seen a stylist so excited to do my hair before.

Here are the before and after pictures - please forgive the quality, they were all taken with my phone. 

my hair before

first she had to lighten the ends that would be colored - the color will be a gradient from puple to teal to blue

finished hair - indoors

outdoors -- it is hard to tell, but it goes from purple to teal to blue

with my amazing stylist, Elle!
I hope to be posting pictures from Samantha's 2nd birthday party soon.