Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts

1. I have 2 dogs - one is red and one is brown
2. I would rather live in the snowy mountains than just about anywhere else in the world.
3. I know enough French to get by in a French speaking country if I don't open my mouth too much.
4. I have been to Europe 5 times.
5. I would love to have my own cooking show.
6. I gave birth to my daughter in a cabin in the woods.
7. People have accused me of being a "dirty hippie." I prefer the term "gorper."
8. I have a gluten sensitivity which makes me crave wheat like crazy. Weird, huh!
9. God has been with me/us every minute even though it doesn't always seem like it.
10. I saw Diana Ross at the Kosher Kroger yesterday.

I encourage you to go take a look at my SIL's 10 facts. They are WAY more interesting than mine. My compositional muse took the day off today.

30 Day Photo Challenge

30 Day Photo Challenge

Got this from my sister-in-law at Melancholy Corner and it looks like something I can manage in the midst of turmoil. So join up if you'd like to play.

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show
Day 04 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most crazy things with
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate
Day 12 - A picture of something you love
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity
Day 19 - A picture and a letter
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change
Day 25 - A picture of your day
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

Project MAHMA

Tune in for an encore presentation of the Best of Project MAHMA originally broadcast November 2011 and hosted by Ginny Trueman (Senior Coordinator, TX).

Sat., February 26 20118:00 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. Eastern

DIAL: 212-990-8000
PIN: 6262#

Ginny is married and lives in Texas with her two "children" (dogs) Mojo and Dory. She has been using Shaklee products for over 26 years and has supported her upline Jude Peskuski (Project MAHMA Founder, Senior Key Coordinator, Texas) in building her business as a friend and coach but swore she would never do Shaklee as a business, until about 5 years ago. "I was resistant to having anything to do with sales," says Ginny. "But after my experience with Shaklee products I couldn't help but tell others. I shared Project MAHMA with a lady who really got excited to build a business and the following week my best friend said she wanted to do Shaklee and so began an incredible journey of growth and development."

Ginny is looking forward to taking her second Shaklee incentive trip this year and taking as many of her downline as possible with her!

Heard on the call with Ginny are:

Rachel Cook (Director, LA) is a married mother of two and holds licenses to practice law in two states. She was introduced to Shaklee by Ginny Trueman before the birth of her first child and fell in love with Shaklee…so much that she shared it with her sister Brigette. When Rachel treated her business like a hobby, she got hobby results, but now she treats it like a business and is a new Director on the FastTRACK!

Teresa Gardner (Distributor, TX) is married and has two sons and two wonderful granddaughters. She currently works in the health care industry as a sales executive. Prior to returning to corporate America, Teresa had her own business for 10 years and misses the power to control her own destiny and income. "I was tired of working for and at the whim of someone else. I wanted an opportunity that was affordable to start where I would be in business for myself but not by myself," says Teresa. "Being a woman I was particularly looking for something that would help women -- in their health, home and family life, not to mention the ability to create a means for a little extra money. All of my research led to Shaklee. And I am thrilled with the opportunity this Company provides."

Brigette Giries (Distributor, TX). Brigette is the mother of a four year old boy and an Administrative Assistant at a small community bank. She was introduced to Shaklee Basic-H® by her sister Rachel and since then has grown to using almost every line of products Shaklee has to offer. "I've experienced the Shaklee Difference™ and am sharing the difference these products have made for me and my family," says Brigette. "I am growing my Shaklee business to provide residual income that will allow me freedom to spend time with my family and to go out of town with my husband and son when the opportunities present themselves!"

Know any parents who are looking for.... Better health? Extra money? All-expense paid trips? Invite them to tune in this Saturday to this inspiring call!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moving Continued

We are still in the throes of moving, hence my continued blogging absence. But the Little Bug is taking a nice, extended nap this morning, so I'm taking a minute in front of the computer.

I heard that children are adaptable and resilient. I am learning that lesson daily. Since my last real post, the Bug has become mobile. She crawled, pulled to standing, and started "cruising" (moving while standing by using furniture, dogs, toolboxes, legs, etc.) all in the same week! This morning I watched as my child "washed" her hands in a bowl of the dogs' drinking water while she smiled and giggled. I pried a round piece of felt (you know, the ones that stick to the chair legs to make them slide on the hardwood) out of her mouth after the Hubs observed that she was chewing on something. She is exploring her "new house" and falling into its groove way better than I am. So, today I resolve to learn lessons from the Bug. She's going to take me grocery shopping. Maybe we'll get close enough to Anthropologie to take a little peruse!

And - I have a kitchen! It is the one room that is unpacked and fully functional. I can sit in my kitchen and feel settled. I would take pictures, but the camera is not unpacked yet!

In other news, I am currently putting the finishing touches on my first review/giveaway coming up during Undercover Month. You will be able to read it sometime the first of March. Be kind. It is my first one! Also, be sure to check out all the other blogs participating in the event.

If you don't already follow So Easy Being Green, you may want to. Lindsey has a wool event coming up soon from what I understand. I really like wool AND Lindsey!

Lots of March fun coming your way!

Lots of great stuff happening during the month of March!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Undercover Month Begins March 6th!

Here are the participating blogs for March's Undercover Month. Make sure you follow all of us! We'll be pooling together our knowledge and experience to bring you information on prefolds/flats, fitteds, and covers. Also many, many reviews and giveaways with really amazing sponsors.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Income Opportunity

SATURDAY, February 12, 2011
Join us for a very special Project MAHMA Opportunity call on Saturday, February 12th. Our host is Jeanne McGowen, Master Coordinator from California.

Now celebrating forty years with Shaklee, Jeanne enjoyed a varied career history prior to Shaklee, having done everything from manage a candy store to work in radio, journalism and the health field. At forty, she discovered Shaklee, a career with a real sense of purpose and the rest is history!

Joining Jeanne this week to share a generational perspective on Shaklee are her daughter Carey Vick, who partners with her in her Shaklee business and granddaughter Christina Vick, who works in their Shaklee office supporting the business. Both of Jeanne's daughters have degrees in teaching and granddaughter Christina is a graduate of Santa Clara University and is now pursuing an advanced degree.

Also joining Jeanne this week are:

Dr. Annemaria Ballin (Senior Executive Coordinator, CA). Dr. Ballin is a graduate of the University of Munich, where she earned her PhD and was also a professor of International Culture. Annemaria founded the American Academy of Nutrition, a fully accredited distance learning course; and she is well known throughout the Shaklee Field for her generous assistance and expertise in the field of nutrition. Prior to coming to the United States, she was active in the field of health in India and East Africa. She and her husband Dolf live in California, and have three children and four grandchildren.

Cheri Swanson (Director, CA). Cheri is a Certified Nutrition Consultant whose focus is on improving nutrition for mothers and children beginning with infants and toddlers. Cheri is a passionate advocate for nutrition and has been a full-time Nutrition Consultant for over thirty-five years. She and her husband Gary have a daughter Alyssa, and a son Alex who has joined her in the family business.

Know any parents who are looking for the kind of life Shaklee has to offer? Better health? Extra money? All-expense paid trips? Invite them to tune in this Saturday to this inspiring call!

Sat., February 12, 20118:00 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. Eastern

DIAL: 212-990-8000
PIN: 6262#

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Attachment Parenting

This topic has been on my mind quite a lot recently as I strive to be the best mother I can be while raising a capable, compassionate, and respectful child. I stumbled on Attachment Parenting quite by accident. I volunteered for an infant massage class this past summer in response to an email request to parents. Little Bug and I ended up in the living room of Barbara Nicholson, co-founder of API, discussing theories and techniques to develop strong parent-child bonds, especially through nurturing touch (massage). She showed me how to really take the time to connect with Little Bug, get to know her, and be a more responsive parent. Little Bug rolled over for the first time in the warm, relaxed atmosphere in Miss Barbara's living room. At the time, I had no idea she was an AP guru. I just knew she was compassionate and knowledgeable and loved babies!

We recently moved to a new city in which there is not an Attachment Parenting (AP) support group and suddenly it became very important for me to start reading all I could find on the subject and begin the process to become a support group facilitator. My goal is to have a support group in place by the end of the year.

You may be familiar with attachment theory and how it applies to parenting, thus called attachment parenting. I wanted to take some time to impart some basic info on AP and its principles.

The following principles are taken from Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker (co-founders of Attachment Parenting International):

1. Prepare yourself for pregnancy, birth, and parenting
2. Feed with love and respect
3. Respond with sensitivity
4. Use nurturing touch
5. Ensure safe sleep-physically and emotionally
6. Provide consistant, loving care
7. Practice positive discipline
8. Strive for balance in your personal and family life

I want to take a look at each one of these principles and how we are experiencing them as a family. I hope you find the next collection of posts informative and maybe even inspirational.

If you want to get a jump start on learning about AP, take a minute to look at API's website. 
You can also go ahead and order your copy of Attached at the Heart.

New Diapers

Hello ladies,

I am attempting to fluff my stash with a few new diapers. I recently sold a bunch of diapers that didn't really work for us, but have yet to replace them. Please leave me a quick comment telling me what your favorite diaper is and why. I would appreciate it greatly!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Breastfeeding Blog Hop

Even if you don't want to hop, Marah's post/comic is totally worth looking at. I literally guffawed, even after a night of no sleep!

Diary of a Devil Dog Wife