Saturday, September 29, 2007

Another Cheesy post

I tried my homemade cottage cheese today. I used it in a ziti dish. It's rather like ricotta rather than cottage cheese. Hubby liked it. I thought it was good, too. Here's the recipe:

Cottage cheese:1 gallon 2%,1% or skim milk1/2 c. vinegar directions: Heat milk until ALMOST boiling, turn off heat. Add Vinegar, then cool a bit. Pour through a cheese cloth lined strainer, and set until the whey drains off. Great in lasagna, with pasta, with fruit, or plain. You can add salt if you want to.

I used whole milk, but am going to try it with skim.

ladyscott

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sleeping on Air

Yesterday, I replaced the spring mattress on hubby and I's bed with our air mattress. I topped it with a memory foam mattress pad and fixed the bed up really nice. Well, I can honestly say I slept better last night. I could lay still and comfortably. I was warm enough. I didn't feel all stiff and achy in the morning. I didn't feel dizzy and sick during the night. It is now the afternoon and I don't feel like I need a nap. Hubby says he'll let me know later if the air mattress gave him a better sleep.

If we do decide to stick with the air mattress, it will be rather funny having to re-inflate the bed every morning or two as part of redressing the bed. Still, it is so worth it to finally feel like I had a decent night's sleep. I even had good dreams!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

More on Cloth Diapering, Plastic Reduction, Organization and a Big Project

I really like the AIO diaper I got from www.gracefulbabies.com. At only $9.00, I consider that a steal (and it comes with a doubler!). I have 3 fitted diapers that need vinyl covers over them, and 2 of my own homemade diapers that also need vinyl covers. I also have a goodly supply of chinese prefolds of varying qualities. It was hot yesterday, so Bubby drank a lot of water. Consequently, after 3 hours, his fitted diaper was soaked. He could feel it and was doing this cute little dance....pull on the vinyl and then dip into squats. Of course, I changed him. I do prefer the AIOs at this point.

I also part time washable wipe Bubby. For poos, I use disposable wipes. For urine only, I use soft cotton washcloths. I've saved money there. Rather than using nearly an entire $8.00 bulk box of wipes a month, I use only 2 packages of that box of 6. As winter comes upon us, I'll probably use less because I'll be traveling less and thus not using so many disposable wipes and diapers.

I've decided to rename my efforts "Plastic Reduction." That's far more realistic than "Plastic Elimination." I dare say that even the Amish have plastics about. Not only can't we avoid plastics anymore, but in some cases plastic is better and in other cases it's too cost prohibitive to get rid of our plastic models for metal, glass or wood versions. For example, as I thought about plastic reduction in the bathroom, I realized that glass shampoo bottles would be downright dangerous. I think they make metal dispensers that would work well, but would they rust and be a pain to keep clean? Also, I'd LOVE to replace my plastic fans with the reproduction "vintage" metal ones, but that's rather cost prohibitive right now. Also, most of my storage is plastic. What I'd love to do is have cedar chests and a small shed, but it isn't going to happen.

Frankly, if all you or I can manage is to keep our foodstuffs out of plastic, we'll have improved our health and eliminated the main consumption of plastic particles from our lives.

As as side note, did you know that 62% of the carbon in an American hair sample is corn-based? They attribute this to the amount of corn in our processed foods and the abundance of high fructose corn syrup Americans consume.

Back to plastic storage. I just purchased a big ol' rubbermaid box to store Bubby's outdoor toys in. Now they won't be scattered in various places, particularly, hubby's bay of the garage.

Now that re-enacting is pretty much over, I've got the big project of getting things washed, organized and put away. Boy, is it a big project! I have to redo the trailer and redo two closets. The trailer goes into storage for the wintertime, so I have to make sure I have everything out that I want out. It's going to take a day or two for the closets alone. But if I do it right, next year will run much more smoothly for getting ready for the season. That's my goal.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Officially Cloth Diapering!

I have a couple of new initial phrases....you know how stay at home mom is SAHM. Well, my new phrases are PTCD and FTCD (part time cloth diapering, and full time cloth diapering). I am offically a PTCD SAHM!

I'm cloth diapering while home, but for trips and overnight, I'm still using disposables. I still have to build up my cloth diaper bounty.

Now, do any of you other cloth diapering moms, when you first started cloth diapering, feel better about what your child had on their tushy and feel a sense of at-home pride or satisfaction (you know, the feeling you get when your homemade bread is baking or you hang homemade curtains on your windows)?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cheesy stuff and ab-blasting

Ok, I'm hooked! Cheese curds are soooo good! Too bad they're rather expensive. I wonder if I could make them myself? I'll have to look at up. I'm also looking into making my own cottage cheese. I made a cheater version the other day out of nearly boiling milk and vinegar, but I haven't had the guts to try it yet. It looks like it would work best in lazagna or stuffed shells rather than eating it plain.

Regular readers of my blog will notice I've taken down my weight loss meter. That's because I hit a plateau and thought I was happy with myself. Well, my legs are in great shape. My arms, shoulders, back, etc are in great shape. But my abs....well....they could use a little work. I'm not sure if it is weight loss I'm seeking or just a great ab-blasting workout. Regardless, I'm watching my carb intake more and I'm looking into some videos that'll knock my abs into shape. Any ideas?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Localtarian, and more

There's a small, but growing movement in my local area called becoming a localtarian. It means doing your best to buy your food and products from local growers and suppliers. If you want a bookcase, instead of picking one up from Walmart or JC Penneys, go to a local furniture maker. If you want pears, go to a local orchard. Of course, this means following the seasons as well. I've taken to the idea myself since I save a bunch of money going to a particular local farm for produce. The orchard's prices are comparable or a little more expensive than the grocery store, but the flavor and quality is so much better. It is so nice to eat a fresh peach and not a hard, tasteless one from the grocery store.

I can get local grains, herbs, honey, maple syrup, eggs, milk, cheeses, and even peanut butter! Buying this way is not only healthier, but I don't have to worry about impulse buying of processed foods. Also, Bubby likes it better because he gets to go to farms instead of boring old grocery stores. Oh, I still hit the grocery stores, but as I become more adept at being a localtarian, I'll be a bit more scarce at grocery stores.

There's a lady in the area who's running a localtarian based website. However, she's vegan and she completely omits any local farms that sell meats. She also ignores any raw milk or any higher fat products that are staples in a Nourishing Traditions lifestyle. Looks like I'll have to do some research of my own.

Yesterday was such a pleasant Sunday. I went to church and Bubby behaved very well. The sermon was wonderful. For the first time in a long time, I was able to come home right after church rather than visiting family (work schedule change in the host family). I put Bubby to bed, had lunch, changed my clothes and wandered outside to putter. I like to putter on Sundays. I know some people are convicted to do no work on Sundays, but I can't just sit around. Instead, I don't allow myself to do any chore that causes me stress. Hence the puttering. I puttered in the pond. I fixed the waterfalls. I puttered in my garden by pulling up another tomato plant and watering the autumn crop of turnips, peas and spinach.

We're expecting lovely, mild, sunny weather until Thursday. I look forward to it.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Home and Garden Magazines and more

Home and Garden magazines are dangerous. I received my latest issue of Cottage Living in the mail yesterday and after thumbing through it, I rearranged part of the house! It was a chain reaction that was bound to happen anyway.

When I got the hutch for the kitchen, I moved the smaller hutch to the porch and the bookcase on the porch went down into hubby's man cave. Since Autumn is upon us, I moved some of my herbs indoors and put them on the sun porch. They needed a perch, so I moved the small hutch to the window and placed the herbs on it. So, I had an open spot in the porch.

I dislike electronics in the bedroom, so I pulled out a wood folding table and placed it in the porch and moved the computer out there. Now that it's cooler weather, a computer can safely live out there and it makes a nice little office for me and a play area for Bubby. Also, if I get pregnant and suffer my usual insomnia, I can wile away the wee hours online without bothering hubby.

So, I moved the computer hutch to the basement. I might sell it. Right now I have a desktop computer, but my house is so small, a lap top is much better suited for it. Anyhoo, in the bedroom I rearranged a little of the existing furniture to make it look more relaxing. Plus, I added the game table that was in the porch into the bedroom. Hubby and I used to have backgammon marathons in bed. I'd like to bring that back.

All this because I opened a magazine. :)

I received a 60 day free trial membership to BJ's. I'm resisting the urge to go today. I want to go, but nows not the time to. Next week I can go shopping.

Denise Austin has a Yoga workout DVD that I like. It's been quite a search for one that doesn't have any reference to the religion behind yoga or one that doesn't have you meditating. I've avoided yoga for years because of my convictions in these areas, but the exercises are so beneficial. The results are amazing. Thankfully, Denise Austin's DVD is just about the exercise and nothing more.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Domestic Engineer

Now, this post is supposed to be tongue in cheek, but at the same time a little thought-provoking.

At-home moms are worth an estimated $136,000 a year. Now, what if "domestic engineer" really was a paid career (rather than a rewarding life)? Would you hear Donald Trump say, "You're Fired!"?

Lets look at some ways a professional needs to be...well....professional to be a success in their career. Do we wives measure up in our own career? Or would we be fired?

Appearance: Who says looks don't count? To be bluntly honest, they do. I've never seen a lawyer appear in court wearing sweats. Now, there is something to wearing clothes appropriate to the job, but are sweats and frump necessary? We at-home wives should be dressed for success! Besides, getting dressed and ready for the day helps the day move along better and we feel better about ourselves!

Education: We all know that without that college degree, it's really hard to get a good paying job. It doesn't matter if someone majored in beer and partying, that piece of paper is what matters. My own hubby has been passed up for promotions because he doesn't have that diploma, when the reality of it is, when the diploma-bearing kid enters the job the first thing they say to him is, "Forget what you learned in college. It's worthless out here in the real world." And they have to train him anyway. However, as an at-home wife, we have the upper hand in that we can educate ourselves to our fullest potential. We can learn all sorts of domestic skills and general household well-being. Are you continuing your domestic education?

Experience: Employers like someone with experience. Many women today unfortunately don't have the experience with households. So, if you're not married or newly married, or returning to the home, start gaining some experience.

Financial skills: Your home is like your company. You try to keep it profitable and out of the red zone. Are you doing what you can to make sure things are financially ok? If what you're doing in the home were translated to a business, would you be fired for mishandling of finances? Would you be fired for sneaky spending or pulling funds from one account to serve your own purpose? Do you go above your business partner's head (husband) and spend money and just label it under "misc. expenses?" Be careful!

Work Ethic: Do you have a good work ethic? Do you cheerfully perform your tasks. Do you enjoy your job? Do you treat your co-workers (family) with respect and kindness? Are you eager to get your job done and feel satisfaction when you do? Work ethic is important, too. Someone with a poor work ethic is usually devalued in a company and eventually driven out or put out.

Leadership: In the business world, someone with leadership skills is highly valued. This someone steps forward during problems and gets the job done. This person involves the co-workers (family) without being a dictator about it. This person has good foresight and doesn't micro-manage. This person also listens and leads by example. Can you do that in your home?

Work Performance: Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk? Do you just "show up" to work and only do what's minimally required of you? Or do you take the job and run with it? Are you efficient? Are you effective? Are you an asset? Do you try to do more than what is required of you?

How do you measure up?

Can you think of any other analogies?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

An Evening Free

I've given myself the evening off. My ears have been ringing loudly all day and that usually means I'm headed for one of my "grand mal" dizzy spells. I can usually avoid it if I rest and keep my fluid intake up. I feel a little bad because I wanted to put up tomatoes and pickles this evening. However, it's better for me to add a couple hours of work onto tomorrow than go ahead and can tonight and possibly be incapacitated for 10 hours tomorrow. Besides, hubby mentioned today for me to be careful physically. He's afraid I'm going to get myself sick. So, that confirms it. Tonight, I'm resting. Right now, I'm blog-surfing. Later, I'll spend a little time primping myself, and then I'll settle in bed with a book. Sounds good. :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Plastic Elimination

Here are three ways I'm eliminating plastics in my home:

1. Use freezer/butcher paper to freeze products.
2. Use wax paper to wrap sandwiches for lunches
3. Use mason jars to store foods and leftovers in the fridge and pantry

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Crazy Idea

Last week, I went to a farm to purchase 50lbs of potatoes and 1/2 gallon of maple syrup and met the farmer's wife. She's a sweet lady who's very down to earth and a conservative Christian. We chatted a bit about Nourishing Traditions and healthy living. During our conversation, she mentioned that it would be best for me to put the maple syrup into glass jars when I got home. Plastic gets into our food and alters the flavor. I remembered a friend of hubby and I's who nearly died from cancer suspected to be caused by an over-exposure to plastic. While he was going through chemo, he learned about the dangers of plastic, particularly in our foods.

So, today I had a crazy idea. I wonder if I could successfully eliminate as much plastic as possible in my home. Can you imagine how difficult that can be? I mean the computer alone, the fridge, Bubby's toys, even parts of my garments...plastic. Still, I might give it a go and see what I can eliminate.

The picnic was great, by the way. We all had a grand time. The weather was cool, but not too chilly and the food was excellent. Hubby picked out a Christmas tree while there, too. We have a string on it so we know which one it is when we come back for it in December.

Peachy Keen

Yesterday, after getting lost twice, I finally found a local farm that sells peaches for a reasonable price! I bought 1/2 a bushel. I'm going to freeze some, can some and can some pie filling, too. Bubby loves peaches and is very good at eating it like adults do.

Well, today is Saturday. I have a family picnic to attend, but I'm also going to do my best to keep up on my desire to have a clean house over the weekend. I'm a bit behind because yesterday evening was a mad dash to beat the rain and the dark to drain the pond and get the fish in to the aquarium in our dining room. One fish was dead, so we tossed it, but the biggest fish had 3 babies. All surviving fish are doing very well. Bubby discovered the full tank this morning and has been enthralled with it.

Well, gotta go bake a pie or cobbler and make a squash dish for the picnic.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Simplifying

Ok, I've pretty much got the organizing and tidying down pat. Now, I'm ready for the simplifying. I really just want to have what I need to live the lifestyle I enjoy and attain to. That means tossing out gels and lotions I never use, hair goodies I never use, clothes I rarely or never wear, shoes I don't need, etc. I'm also thinking of going through my books and getting rid of any fiction that isn't classic. Libraries are great for getting fiction books out, should I want to read them. I don't need to keep a supply for myself (except for a couple favorites I just can't part with). Classics, I'll keep for homeschooling.

I want to purge my cleaning supplies and only keep the things I need and use. I want to dump my cabinets and toss anything old and no longer a part of our diet. I want to know exactly what I have and what I need.

Well, I'm talking the talk. Let's see how I walk the walk.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Oh, what a night!

A bleary-eyed ladyscott is checking in. Last night, Bubby was all congested and had a hard time breathing. Every time his nose plugged up, he'd wake up crying, coughing and trying to de-booger. I put the humidifier in his room, but it didn't help much. I wanted to keep an eye on him and be able to quickly soothe him every time he woke up, so I ended up sleeping on sofa cusions on his floor. Oh, what very little sleep I got. He's doing much better this morning and is relaxing in his crib right now. I want him to get plenty of rest this morning....and I could use some, too.

Yesterday was pretty productive. I got my finances taken care of for the week. Bubby and I picked through the garden. I got two loads of laundry done. I baked yeasted buttermilk bread. Vacuumed, tidied, "homeschooled," exercised and even relaxed for 3 minutes with an old Victoria magazine. Lastly, I put up 2 quarts of ratattouille, 3 quarts of potatoes, 3 pints of beets and 2 quarts and 1 pint of tomato sauce.

Today, I'm taking it easy. I do have errands to run and the usual daily household chores and work to do for my web-based business. It's going to be a beautiful day today, so I'll make sure Bubby and I have some time in the great outdoors. Maybe we can go for a hike in the woods next door to our house.

Oh, one more thing. Bubby is so adorable! He's so eager to help. Yesterday, when I was folding laundry, he would come in for one of his items and take it to his room and put it in his drawer, then come back and repeat. I praised him up and down for being such a great helper. Regardless that I had to go into his room and refold the clothes and put things where they really belonged, I felt it was a small sacrifice for the lesson he was taught on helping. He also loves to help pick tomatoes. I've tried and tried, but I can't seem to get him to understand that the green ones stay on the plant. I decided to keep trying, but at the same time, sacrificing a few green tomatoes is worth it for the lessons he's learning and the encouragement he gets from helping Mommy.

He also enjoys rinsing dishes and now knows how to turn off the videos and shut the doors to the TV armoire. He also likes to help Mommy mail letters (he puts the letters in the box and raises the flag), he's very good at shutting doors behind him, and he's pretty good about cleaning up his toys either on his own or when he's asked to. He can follow two part directions for the most part.

The best part is, he enjoys all of this! Of course, he gets plenty of playtime, rest, good healthy foods, fresh air, and most importantly LOVE.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

After the Rain

For two days, we finally got much needed rain. I'm thankful, but I'm also thankful for today's sunshine and more autumn-like temperatures. I look forward to wearing a cardigan and throwing open the windows!

It is imparative that I go through the garden this morning. Today, I'm putting up as much produce as I can. Yesterday was my sewing day. I put together a diaper for Bubby and worked on some Bubby Hats. I came up with a new design for little girls that's really cute. I'll get a picture up as soon as I can.

I also made yogurt, set dough out for bread today and made mayonnaise yesterday. That was time consuming and rather cost prohibitive. A 12 ounce jar of mayo needs 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil. I think I'll just keep on buying it from the store.

I found a lady who makes AIO cloth diapers for only $9.00! www.gracefulbabies.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Not Wasting Food, Questions Answered

I like having a compost heap. I hate throwing away food, even if it's gone bad, because I know what a waste it is. However, having a compost heap, I don't feel so wasteful. At least my discarded food is being put to good use turning into organic matter for my garden and not rotting away in a plastic bag in our landfills.

I made a batch of yogurt the other day but my culture died so the yogurt was terrible. (There's not enough enzyme and good bacterias in pasteurized milk to carry the culture for many batches of yogurt.) I tried eating it anyway, but ended up with an upset stomach. 4 altoids later, I decided to throw it away. It'll make a great addition to my compost heap! I have a new batch "cooking" in the crockpot right now. I'll use a new batch of storebought yogurt to culture it.

Barbara asked how I changed the look of my blog. I clicked on the template tab and looked for the fonts and colors tab. Click on that and you can change away. I believe it depends on whether or not you have the new google blogger and which template you originally chose. I'm no computer whiz. Despite Candy's answers on her blog, I still can't figure out how to give myself some pretty wallpaper on my blog.

Julie asked my source for the statistics on salvation in the fatherhood post below. The statistics were given to me by a missionary to the Netherlands and the missionary did not reveal her source. Still, it makes sense to me. After all, when I see a lone child coming to church, they're usually with relatives or friends and parents rarely join them. When I see a mother coming to church, she may have her children, but no spouse and her children may be rebellious and unresponsive to the message. But when I see a father come to church, he is almost always accompanied by his wife and children. I'll see if I can get a source.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Keeping Your Figure With Children

I can guess that one of the biggest fears women have with having children is losing their figures. It's impossible to ignore, even on a simple trip to Walmart, the number of women who've "let themselves go" and have a child or children with them. Even my own OB/GYN was very thankful and elated that I stayed in shape and didn't "let myself go." He bemoaned the number of women who do end up overweight and obese after having a child.

Frankly, I can't figure out why. I've never been so active in my life! I can't imagine having the extra pounds to lug around and not being fit enough to keep up with my son or the housework.

Now, I'm going to admit a few things. First, I have good genes. I come from a long line of petite women. That helps....a little, but only a little. Secondly, my post pregnancy weight may seem low to you, it was high for me. We shouldn't attain to overall numbers, but to the BMI and state of health that's best for our individual bodies. Thirdly, I was borderline overweight when I got pregnant and overweight after I gave birth. So, don't think that I'm just one of those skinny, petite girls who can eat anything, because I'm not. I'm a shapely, petite girl who has to watch what she eats, and I don't like to exercise.

So, here we go. How to keep your figure with children: **Disclaimer, NONE of this is meant to be a replacement for your doctor's advice. This is just one woman speaking to another. This is meant for women who don't have medical conditions and have normal pregnancies.**

PRE-PREGNANCY

For best results, it all starts before you get pregnant. You need to get into 3 habits:
1. Get into the habit of exercising at least 15 minutes a day
2. Get into the habit of taking walks
3. Get into the habit of cutting out refined sugar and white flour and learn to eat healthfully. I recommend Nourishing Traditions.

Getting into these habits before you're pregnant will help you keep them during and afterwards, too. Plus, it'll help you attain optimal health for eduring and carrying a pregnancy.

1st TRIMESTER

You're probably best friends with the potty. The only thing you feel like eating are saltine crackers. You're so tired you can barely get off the couch, let alone exercise. But, try not to make these excuses. You really need will-power here. It's also very important to talk to your doctor or midwife about what you can do to stay healthy during this difficult trimester.

Do what you can, but try your very best to follow these:
1. Continue to eat healthfully. Try bland oatmeal and whole foods like apples, cucumbers, light salads, etc. Don't give in to refined carbs. Of course, if all you can keep down is saltines no matter what, by all means eat it.
2. You may have to cut out your 15 minutes of exercise depending on how morning sick you are, but do your best not to cut out your walks. If it's the dead of winter or the blazing heat of summer, try an indoor walk DVD or treadmill.
3. If you can manage it and have the doctor's go-ahead, you can do pilates to strengthen your core up until 12-14 weeks.
4. Keep moving and don't over indulge. This is not the time to be "eating for two." There's little to no need for extra calories, or weight gain over 5 lbs in the first trimester. Again, doctor's word trumps mine.

2nd TRIMESTER

You're feeling better, a bit more energetic. Your little lump isn't that big yet, so you can move fairly freely. Take advantage of this trimester.

1. Now that you're probably not nauseated anymore, eat as healthfully as you possibly can. Cravings will start haunting you, but try to keep portions very small and be creative with healthful alternatives. Avoid too many carbs, especially refined ones (white flour).
2. Get back into the at least 15 minutes a day exercise routine. I recommend Kathy Smith's pregnancy workout and Denise Austin's Walking Workout.
3. Continue to walk.
4. It's wise to look into and begin exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor and help prepare you for childbirth.
5. Stop any crunches, exercizes you do on your back, and most pilates.

3rd TRIMESTER

You're getting bigger. Things are starting to swell. Weight it piling on you. You don't feel much like moving.

1. This isn't the trimester to worry about weight gain. Just so long as you're eating enough (doctor's recommendation) and doing your best to stay active (according to doctor's recommendations), you should be all right.
2. If you can manage, continue with a pregnancy exercise routine, but you may have to slow it down a little.
3. Try to keep taking walks.
4. Continue to eat healthfully
5. Stretch marks are inevitable in most women. Stretched skin is inevitable in most women. Still, feel free to liberally smear on the belly butter, stretchmark cream and cocoa butter. Just make sure it's safe. Avoid dollar store creams. They may be cheap, but they may also be imitations that contain dangerous chemicals or simply do you no good.

4th TRIMESTER (birth to 6 week check-up) (For vaginal births only)

ENJOY YOUR BABY and HEAL!

Don't worry about weight, your figure or getting out to exercise. This is the time to enjoy your baby.

1. Keep eating as healthfully as you can. Especially if you're breast-feeding, your baby is going to need it.
2. Get plenty of rest. It'll not only help your body heal, but it'll help you establish your milk supply.
3. However, do try to get up and move a little. It's good to keep your blood flowing for the healing process and to keep from developing blood clots. If you've had an episiotomy, don't try to force yourself to take walks. I did, and boy did it hurt. Just move. Do simple motions. Take small steps while "dancing" with your baby.
4. Yes, your belly probably looks like a big bowl of raised pizza dough, but don't let that worry you. It WILL shrink over time.
5. This is also a time to start establishing a routine and getting used to life with baby so you can fit in exercise later.

POST PARTUM

The doctor or midwife gave you a clean bill of health after your 6 week checkup. Now's the time to start exercising again (slowly and building back up), but of course, you're exhausted and can't even imagine finding time between nursing, sleeping and trying to get some semblance of housework done or a shower in to exercise.

1. Keep eating those healthy foods!
2. Don't try too hard to lose weight too fast. You need those extra calories to keep your milk supply up.
3. Don't jump on the low-fat, no-fat bandwagon. Your baby NEEDS that fat to get into your milk for optimal development. Fat doesn't make you fat, anyway. Refined sugars and white flours do.
4. Don't focus on weightloss just yet. Just focus on keeping you and baby healthy and building your strength and stamina back up.
5. Get fully back into your walking routine. Most baby's love walks and pushing that stroller is a great workout.
6. Start doing your pregnancy workout DVD again and build back up to regular workout routines.
7. Now's a great time to start pilates again.

When I got pregnant, I was 130 lbs. That's borderline overweight for my height and frame. During my pregnancy, I barely exercised and ate whatever I wanted. After I gave birth, I was 146 lbs (size 10-12)! For me, that's quite high. Quite high, indeed! Today, I hover around 121 to 123 more muscular lbs. That's pretty much ideal. I could go a little thinner, like to 115, but that's a high-maintenance weight. Depending on the style, I wear a size 2-4.

I am healthier, happier, more fit and stronger than I was before I got pregnant. You can be, too.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Fight for Fathers



www.allposters.com

I learned today that:

If a child comes to the Lord, there's a 21% chance that the rest of the family will be saved as well.

If a mother comes to the Lord, there's a 37% chance that the rest of the family will be saved as well.

BUT, if a father comes to the Lord, there's a 96% chance that the rest of the family will be saved as well.

No wonder why Satan is attacking fathers and fatherhood in the world today.

Friday, September 07, 2007

My Friday

I slept in until 6:30 am. It was nice to get up before the rest of the family and take a relaxing, peaceful shower. Once out of the bathroom, I read my Daily Bread and two chapters in Matthew. Then, it was time to start breakfast and Bubby was up. I made french toast with my homemade buttermilk yeast bread. Bubby got watermelon and milk with his toast and I had a small bowl of homemade yogurt with raisins and water with my toast. Hubby had his usual coffee and drove off to work.

Then, I got Bubby changed and dressed for the day and started laundry, did dishes (Bubby helped wash his dishes), tidied the house, put out the bathroom garbage, sent mail out, did a little homeschooling with Bubby, more laundry, cleaned the bathroom, went through mail, served lunch (leftovers) and put Bubby down for his nap.

With Bubby down, it was my opportunity to pressure can ratatouille and potatoes. By the time I finished that and more laundry, Bubby was up. We went outside so I could scrub out his pool and put it away for the year. After I did that, we went over to the farm to see the cows and horses, play in the sandbox and visit daddy. Before we left, the lovely lady of the farm invited us to her garden and sent us home with peaches, a watermelon, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and beets.

Once home, I did a tidy up and started dinner. We had gaelic beef (beef flavored with garlic and scotch) boiled potatoes, green beans with pecans, and cottage cheese. Then, I did dishes, bathed Bubby and put him down for a nap.

Then it was folding and putting away laundry and hopping online. Before bed, I'll put away my yogurt.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Home Sweet School

Yesterday, I started a more official informal school year for Bubby. The purpose, as I've mentioned before is to help both of us develope a habit for learning and schooling before actually having to make a record of it. My state can be rather strict on homeschoolers, so I feel I need ducks in a row before actually diving into the pond.

It was fun! With Bubby being a year and a half and being a child with a rather short attention span ("Sure Mom, I'll sit still and play with my tractors while you cook din...oh look, a squirrel!") the lessons weren't very long. However, I have discovered that with sticking to a little lesson plan I drew up, I could continually teach him throughout the day without the need for a sit still session. Although, I'm still doing sit-still lessons so he can learn to sit still and listen.

Yesterday, we worked on age 1 week 25 in Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready. We also worked on counting.

Added lessons include picking up toys and messes, coming when called (this one we're REALLY working on because he decided that it's hilarious to run away when mommy calls and especially if I come to get him. I set him down in the store the other day and he took off like a rocket, not heeding a word I said. Now, that's just too dangerous and frightening.) and helping out with chores.

I also took him to a local park that was fairly dead because public school started. It was a lot of fun for him to climb and slide. Thankfully, I'm petite so I was able to join him and make sure he was safe. There were a lot of places on the playground set that he could have fallen off of. I fit into every cranny, so I was always with him.

This homeschooling is fun and I feel I'm accomplishing something great with my son.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Post Labor Day Plans

Now that summer is unoffically over where I live in the great Nor' East, there is much to do in preparation for wintertime. I'm most eager in gathering inthe harvest and cleaning and purging the house from top to bottom before buttoning my family up in it. I have this urge to just simplify and make cozy without feeling cluttered.

Today, my main task is to put up produce. Still, I'd like to go through drawers and closets. We'll see how timely I can be.

Monday, September 03, 2007

My son loves goats!


We went to the fair twice this weekend. Bubby just loved the goats and horses, especially the goats. He went to nearly every goat and some sheep pens and stuck his face between the bars and said, "hellooooo!" It was so adorable. He marched around the draft horse barn like he owned it and checked on all the horses. The bigger the horse, the better.

Harvest is really coming in and some stuff is winding down. Very shortly, apples will be the big harvest. I'm hoping to hit an orchard and get a few bushels to put up. Tomorrow, I have a fair amount of goods to put up.