Musings of a crunchy, domestic goddess

Just another mama musing about her kids, Attachment Parenting, activism, photography, and life in general

I’ve moved to my own domain! May 25, 2007

Filed under: My life — amygeekgrl @ 4:14 pm

I’ve moved my blog. “Again?” you say? I know, I know, but this time is the last time! F’real!

I finally got myself my own domain – – and hosting. Woohoo. It was a long time coming. ­čÖé

Here’s the new link: Crunchy Domestic Goddess

Everyone find a buddy and hold hands and I’ll hope I don’t lose you in the move. ­čśë

Please change your bookmarks, links, etc. to reflect the change. I won’t be posting over here anymore, only at the new domain. Things might be a little wonky over there for a bit while I iron out the kinks (some photos didn’t transfer and I may have lost some comments), but I think I’m going to like my new home and hope you do too. ­čÖé


The big project May 24, 2007

Filed under: Family and Friends,house,Jody — amygeekgrl @ 9:21 am

My in-laws have been visiting us this week, here from Oklahoma. The visit is going well. They are enjoying spending time with Ava and meeting Julian for the first time in person. And Ava is eating up all of the special time with “me-maw.”

Jody took most of the week off from work and he and my father-in-law have been installing wood floor laminate in our dining room. The floor is in now and it looks really nice. The only thing left to do at this point is to put up the new baseboards and, once we move the hutch back in, the room will be pretty much be done. We do need to get some felt pads for under the chair and table legs and I’m thinking about getting an area rug for under the table and to add a bit of color. We’ll see.

I’ll have to post some before and after pictures once it’s all complete. I don’t know who’s idea it was to have carpet in the dining room in the first place, but kids, food and carpet don’t mix.

Despite all the sawing, hammering, etc. that’s gone along with this project, I’m happy to report there were no injuries. Well, no injuries associated with the project. Yesterday Jody was balancing on one foot while he took off his pants, getting ready for a shower. He lost his balance and went to put his other foot down and jammed his middle toe right into the laundry basket. It has since turned purple and we’re pretty sure it’s broken. Ouch. At least he still has all of his appendages.


Julian, 6 months May 23, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Breastfeeding,Julian,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:12 am

Julian, 6 months - 5/23/07

May 23, 2007

Dear Julian,

Happy half-birthday, buddy! Today you are six months old.

It is hard for me to believe that six months have already passed since your amazing entrance into the world. And yet, at the same time, it feels like you have been a part of our lives for so very long.

You’ve changed so much in six months. You no longer look like a baby. You look like a little boy.

You smile, flashing us your delicious, darling dimple. You laugh often, especially at your big sister Ava, and more recently, at your favorite stuffed animal – the wolf blanket Aunt Carrie got for you. You sit up by yourself, roll over and are quite the little backwards scooter when you are on your tummy.

You are a very content baby and cry only when something is really bothering you. You recently started making the cutest “bbbbbbb” sound through your lips when you are really tired and trying to go to sleep.

You love to suck on mommy’s chin, chew on daddy’s nose, and grab fistfuls of Ava’s hair.

You drool like crazy and we constantly have a bib on you, but there are no signs of any teeth yet.

You love your mama milk, and, with the exception of a small piece of cracker Ava tried to feed to you a month or so ago, that’s all you’ve had so far to help you grow big and strong. We haven’t been to the doctor lately, but I think you are around 20 lbs.

You recently moved into Ava’s old Marathon convertible car seat (I think it was a bit overdue) and are riding in style and comfort now. And Ava graduated into a Regent car seat.

Julian 2 1/2 weeks old - Dec. 2006 Julian almost 6 months old - May 2007

The one thing that’s remained constant from your birth until now is your big, beautiful blue eyes. I find myself gazing into them often, especially when we are outside and the light reflects brilliantly in them. They amaze and entrance me.

I’m looking forward to watching you continue to grow and learn these next six months, as you approach your first birthday.

Thank you for choosing me as your mama, Julian. We couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our family. I feel so blessed to have you in my life.

Julian, 6 months - 5/23/07

I love you,




Two studies need participants May 22, 2007

Filed under: home birth,Mothering,Natural childbirth,Parenting — amygeekgrl @ 8:12 pm

A research study about parenting views and practices

From Research on Mothering:

You are invited to participate in a research study of parenting views and practices. We are interested in understanding what sources parents find useful in their parenting practices, how parents use different parenting information, and what views parents across the country hold regarding parenting issues. We are interested in getting responses from mothers of small children, ages 4 and under.

A research study about home birth

And from A New Look at Home Birth:

Welcome! I hope you will participate in my study about home birth. I am a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa, investigating current home birth cultures, with a strong focus on unassisted birth.

There are several different surveys related to home birth and unassisted birth, including surveys for health practitioners, birth attendants, as well as if you’ve had a home birth or unassisted birth, want to share your thoughts on childbirth literature, intuition in birth, sexuality in birth and birthrape. Each survey takes from 15-30 minutes and must be completed before May 27, 2007.

Click on the links above to go to the surveys.


BSM – 5/21/07 May 21, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Best Shot Monday,Julian,Photography,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 7:12 am

We had a beautiful weekend here! Julian went for his first ride in our backyard swing and enjoyed the heck out of it, and Ava enjoyed pushing him and time in the swing herself, so “fun in the backyard” is my theme for this week.

I couldn’t pick just one picture to share (I never can), so I’m sharing a few of each of the kids, all taken on Saturday, May 19.

Ava pushing Julian on the swing - 5/19/07 Julian giggles with delight - 5/19/07 Julian watches his big sister - 5/19/07

Ava playing in the rocks - 5/19/07 Ava in the swing - 5/19/07 Ava in the swing - 5/19/07

Thanks for looking. ­čÖé
Be sure to visit Picture This to see what everyone else is doing for Best Shot Monday.


The great Nestle boycott May 19, 2007

Filed under: Activism,Breastfeeding,Health,Valuable Resources — amygeekgrl @ 1:52 pm

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Nestle boycott before, but never really understood why it is going on. Here’s an article – Eye witness evidence of Nestl├ę malpractice on eve of demonstration – with links to several other sites/articles on the topic.

Nestl├ę is the target of an international boycott because of its aggressive marketing of baby foods. A newspaper article and new film reveal how Nestl├ę continues to undermine breastfeeding, breaking international marketing standards, where laws have yet to be introduced and enforced.

See also, Formula for Disaster – a five part UNICEF documentary series available on YouTube.

This eye-opening documentary reveals how the marketing of powdered milk has caused fewer mothers to breastfeed in the Philippines – including those who can ill afford artificial milk and suffer its harmful consequences. The milk companies’ formula for profits is a formula for disaster.
Part 1 of 5
Part 2 of 5
Part 3 of 5
Part 4 of 5
Part 5 of 5

From UNICEF – Rally for breastfeeding – Mothers demand truth about infant formula

Over 100 formula feeding mothers and their babies protested in front of infant formula manufacturersÔÇÖ offices, claiming milk advertisements have deceived them into giving their babies infant formula instead of breastmilk.

ÔÇťMy message to the milk companies is to stop deceiving those who buy infant formula,ÔÇŁ says Nadine Sylvano, mother of five children. ÔÇťThey say that their milk is good for childrenÔÇÖs brains, will make children healthy, stout and give strong bones. But itÔÇÖs not true.ÔÇŁ

Also check out Baby Milk Action

Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organization which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million infants die around the world every year because they are not breastfed. Where water is unsafe a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhea than a breastfed child.

That is why a marketing code was introduced in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Companies continue to violate its provisions. Find out how Baby Milk Action works to stop them and how you can help.

Baby Milk Action is not anti-baby milk. Our work protects all mothers and infants from irresponsible marketing.

There is even more information available on Wikipedia.

…Knowledge is power….


Updated to add: Thank you to Julie for reminding me to get a list of Nestle’s products, which are included in the boycott. According to, here is a (very LONG) list of their USA brands. (The Nestle UK brand list can be found here.)
* 100 GRAND®
* AFTER EIGHT® Biscuits & Mints
* ALBERS® Corn Meal and Grits
* AQUARI-YUMSÔäó cat treats
* BEGGIN’ STRIPS┬« dog treats
* BENEFUL® dog food
* BUITONI® Risotto & Foccacia Bread Mix
* BUSY BONEÔäó dog treats
* CAT CHOW® cat food
* CHEW-RIFICÔäó dog treats
* CROISSANT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* DELI-CAT® cat food
* DOG CHOW® dog food
* FAAÔäó
* FANCY FEAST® cat food
* FRISKIES® canned & dry cat food
* GOOD START® Infant Formulas
* HI PRO® dog food
* HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* KIT ‘N KABOODLE┬« cat food
* KITTEN CHOW® cat food
* LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
* LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* LIBBY’S┬« Pumpkin
* LIK-M-AID® Fun Dip
* MAGGI® Seasonings
* MIGHTY DOG® dog food
* MILO® powdered beverage & ready-to-drink
* NAN® Infant Formula
* NESCAF├ë┬« Caf├ę con Leche
* NESCAF├ë┬« CLASICOÔäó (soluble coffees from Mexico)
* Nestl├ę Healthcare Nutrition
* NESTLÉ ® JUICY JUICE® 100% fruit juices
* Nestl├ę FoodServices
* NESTLÉ® dessert toppings
* NESTL├ë┬« European StyleÔäó Desserts
* NESTLÉ® Hot Cocoa Mix
* NESTLÉ® Infant Formulas
* NESTLÉ® MIlk Chocolate
* NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels & baking ingredients
* PERUGINA® Confections
* PRO PLAN® dog and cat foods
* PURINA┬« ESSENTIALSÔäó cat treats and dog treats
* secondnature®
* TASTER’S CHOICE┬« instant coffee
* WONKA® products



Nothing but the truth May 17, 2007

Filed under: Miscellaneous — amygeekgrl @ 8:28 pm

A while back, I challenged myself and any bloggers who wanted to participate “to post about a topic of your choosing on your blog with complete honesty. (Maybe it could be a topic that youÔÇÖve avoided writing about in the past, but really want to put out there.) Then you can respond to let me know that you posted and IÔÇÖll link to everybodyÔÇÖs raw, honest posts.”

So here it is, a list of our honest posts. Thank you to each of you for accepting the challenge, opening yourself up and sharing with the rest of us. I appreciate your honesty.

Caroline of Known Knowns wrote I should be excited

Julie of ChezArtz wrote about The Truth

Heather of Thoughts and Stitches wrote about feeling Kinda sad thinking about things

Heather of A Mama’s Blog wrote about getting Back to reality

Jazz of Finery in Life wrote a Clarification

And then there was my own post – The truth will set you free

If I overlooked anyone’s honesty posts, please let me know and I will add you to the list. Thanks again. ­čÖé

Here’s to more honest writing from all of us in the future!


A perfect kind of day May 16, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Food,Julian,Mothering,My life,Recipes,Vegetarian — amygeekgrl @ 9:11 pm

Ever have a day where it seems everything is going your way? Where you are almost afraid to stop and take notice of what a great day it is for fear of jinxing yourself? Today was that kind of day for me.

It didn’t start off perfectly though. I woke up with the same migraine that I’d gone to bed with last night. But after drinking a cola drink (the caffeine helps), I started feeling better. From then on, it was an awesome day, complete with sunshine and temps in the 70s.

Ava watched a bit of TV (Sesame Street) in the morning while I got a little me/computer time in. Julian took a nice long nap which allowed me and Ava to read some books together, eat lunch and bake cookies. I also got a load of laundry done – even folded and put away (which is the hardest part for me).

This afternoon I took the kids to the library for a bit. They have a big puppet playhouse there that Ava loves, complete with tons of puppets. Today, however, she noticed that there were only a few puppets in there. She asked me where they all were and I suggested that maybe some of them had to be washed, but we could ask one of the women who worked in the library if she knew. So we went up to the desk together to ask and the woman told us Ava was the first child to ask about the puppets. Turns out they had to “retire” a bunch of the old ones, but had a whole bag of new ones to replace them – they just hadn’t put them out yet. But since Ava asked so nicely she brought out the new puppets and, Ava and a new friend she made today had a great time playing with them.

She and her new friend also “read” some books together. Ava “read”: “Bears All Around*” (the title she made up) “by Eric Carle” (it wasn’t really by Eric Carle, but I was enjoying her “reading” too much to point that out). Then she went through the book and “read” it to her friend, while they both giggled at just about everything that came out of Ava’s mouth. It was pretty darn sweet.

After the library, we stopped at Vitamin Cottage to pick up a few things we needed. Ava’s favorite VC employee Aruna was working and Ava greeted her with a big hug. The shopping trip went off without a hitch, I got to use my new cloth grocery bag (a freebie from Wild Oats) and we were soon back in the car driving home.

I read Ava one of her library books, then she went outside to play while I started on dinner with Julian in the Ergo. I decided to try a new recipe – Spring Pea Tarts – from this month’s “Vegetarian Times.” (What luck that it’s also the featured recipe of the week on their website, so I can share it without having to type it out myself!) I modified it a bit since I didn’t have a pastry puff, and used a spelt pie crust that I picked up at VC instead. And I didn’t have time to let it chill for 2 hours, but it was delicious anyway, and I’ll definitely make it again. ­čÖé

Jody got home in the middle of my dinner prep and took Julian off my hands. Then we had a couple contractors come by to give us more estimates on fixing our bathroom, since the guy we thought we were going to have do the repairs never returned emails or phone calls.

Ava was a joy to be around pretty much all day. Not that she’s normally a pain, but she is almost 3 and she does have a way of pushing my buttons from time to time. Not today. There was no whining, no discipline issues, no time outs (for Ava or mommy), nothing bad at all to speak of. And Julian was his usual happy-go-lucky self. It truly seems that everyone got their needs met today. Amazing.

The night has ended well. Both kids are sleeping. The crickets are chirping outside my open window. I’m taping LOST (my guilty pleasure) and Leno to watch them both later. I’m going to head downstairs now to enjoy one of those cookies we made and talk with Jody for a bit.

These kind of perfect kind of days don’t happen often so I’m basking in the glow of it right now. Life is good. ­čÖé

*The title she came up with (“Bears All Around”) cracked me up because she was recently looking at “The Baby Book” by Dr. Sears at our house and when I asked her what she was reading and she said “Babies All Around.” Apparently that’s a theme now.


Good finds, good deals, good golly – we spent a lot of money

Filed under: Ava,Family and Friends,Jody,Julian,Miscellaneous,Money,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:20 am

As you know, this past weekend I participated in the Just Between Friends sale – a huge consignment event with over 300 consignors. Jody and I went to the pre-sale night, for consignors and friends only, and came away with quite a bit of loot.

I hit the clothes racks with Julian in the Ergo while Jody and Ava walked around looking at other things. I had picked out several items for Ava when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see Jody wearing a big backpack and Ava riding high in it, grinning from ear to ear. “I’m in a backpack!” The pack – Kelty Kids Back Country – was in great shape and, although we haven’t done much hiking in a while, we decided to get it. Even if we don’t use it much, I think we can resell it for what we paid for it.

Kelty Kids backpack

After making my way through the girls’ clothes, I headed over to find some things for Julian. Not long after I’d started looking, Jody came back, this time wheeling Ava around in a double jogging stroller. Apparently she was getting to try out several modes of transportation that night. ­čśë We had previously talked about getting a stroller, so I was cool with getting it. I had actually been eyeing that one when the owner dropped it off earlier in the day.

I took the kids out in it for a test run on Friday. The front wheel pulls a bit to the right, but I think we can fix that without too much effort. Julian fell asleep in it, so that’s a good sign. I parked him under a tree, then Ava and I had some fun playing in the park.

Julian and Ava in the new jogger 5/11/07

Back to the sale…
As for clothes, I ended up buying for Ava (all size 4T):
3 dresses,
3 shirts,
2 tanktops,
3 shorts/skorts,
and 1 pair of capri pants.

And for Julian (some 12M, some 18M – yep, he’s huge and not quite 6 months old yet):
3 rompers,
4 shirts,
2 onesies,
1 pair of pants,
1 pair of overall shorts,
5 bibs (the way he drools, he goes through them like there’s no tomorrow),
1 sun hat (new with tags),
and a bathing suit with matching robe.

Combine that with what they already had and I think the kids are definitely set for the summer. ­čÖé

We ended up spending a bit more than I’d planned, but I feel like we got a good deal on everything we bought, and we should get some use out of it all, so it was worth it. One of these days, I just might show some restraint when it comes to these sales. But with such great deals, maybe not.

I’ll find out how much money I made off the items I consigned when I get my check in the mail in two weeks. Hopefully it will make a dent in what we spent. ­čśë


New home birth resource

I just wanted to let you all know that I have started a new page on my blog devoted to information about home birth. You can get to it by using the link at the top of the page in the right-hand corner called “home birth resource.”

On it, I will post news articles, statistics, birth stories and more all related to home birth. I hope to add to it on a regular basis, so that it can be a great resource for anyone contemplating a home birth or just looking to learn more.

I was thinking about doing a similar page on breastfeeding information, but I just don’t have the time to commit to that right now. I’m amazed by how many articles are written about breastfeeding. I might tackle that project later.

I’m hoping to redo my blog in the semi-near future and have a lot of ideas floating around in my head on things I’d like to do with it. Stay tuned. ­čÖé