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A Valentines lesson in conscious consumerism

Conscious Consumerism, Holidays, Parenting By February 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments
Elijah's Valentines this year

Elijah’s Valentines this year

I have never been big on Valentines. I don’t know why, I used to claim that it was because of feminism or commercialism, and even that it reminded me of the pain of growing up not being conventionally pretty and not feeling like I had the hope for romance the holiday celebrated, but maybe it’s just that I don’t like this time of year. Its cold and snowy and I just want to start planting stuff so bad. Who’s bright idea was it to put a holiday exclusively about romance in the middle of a season where it’s too cold to wear anything pretty or sexy on a date? (Probably someone who didn’t live in USDA Zone 4-5, I guess) It just seems like a holiday that shouldn’t be that big of a deal, like St. Patricks Day or Groundhog Day, but that people get waaaaay too obsessed over. As an adult, the part of Valentine’s Day that bugs me the most is the school party. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about holiday parties at school, but I just don’t like Valentines Day. The era of Pinterest has only made school parties higher pressure than ever, and I can manage that at Halloween (because I love Halloween), but Valentine’s Day? Blech.

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How To Be Alive: RTH Book Club Selection January 2016

Activism, Book Club, Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, Parenting, Social Justice By January 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

Our first ever book club! Woo! How did we do? The selection for this month was Colin Beavan’s latest book, How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World. I chose this book for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that I was a huge fan of Beavan’s last project and book, No Impact Man. I discovered his No Impact Man blog when I was pregnant with Elijah, and it launched me down a new road in environmentalism. I was especially drawn to his ideas about what really brings happiness in life, so when I heard he was writing an entire book devoted to that subject, I was pretty stoked.

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Deep convos with my oldest child : Boobs

Feminism, Parenting By July 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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I love Elijah more than life itself, but sometimes I wonder how he came from me. It just seems like we have so little in common some days, I want to scream that both nature and nurture are bullshit!

And then there are times we have these little conversations that make me think “Oh yeah, there’s my handiwork!” Today was one of those days.

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I am over being the perfectly zen parent

Feminism, Parenting By April 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

In the parenting circles that I run in, there is a lot of talk about parenting peacefully.  I’m all about peace and generally consider myself to be a pretty low key and permissive parent.  I never spank or use any kind of physical hitting as punishment.  In fact, I don’t punish often at all.  I’m a big believer in natural consequences, compromise when possible, and lots of talking and teaching, rather than punishment.  But more and more, I’m starting to think that all this pressure to be a perfectly zen parent all the time is unrealistic and putting way too much pressure on parents.

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Two weeks down

Recipes By January 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

We are officially at the half way point of eliminating dairy, wheat, and corn, and I’m happy to report that I’m not seeing much of a difference for Elijah. In fact, Jeremy and I are not seeing differences either (besides some weight loss, which I know I made a big deal out of that not being the point, and it’s not, but it is something that has happened since starting this). I’m happy because it gives me hope that maybe these foods will not be a problem. Of course, I realize that there are still some health concerns with some of these foods, and I am learning that we don’t need them, so I may be interested in still minimizing them in the future, but it will be nice to know that if we splurge on some noodles one night, none of us will be afflicted with any immediate bodily harm. I honestly don’t know why anyone would assume this lifestyle permanently without an actual allergy forcing them into it. It is isolating from society, and just kind of a bummer all around.

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Resolution season

Feminism, Holidays By January 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

I don’t like New Years. It’s just not a holiday I get into. But worse than New Years is the time that come after it, resolution season.

Resolutions probably were a nice thing at one point, a time where you set a goal to grow or develop somehow as a person, but now it’s all about weight loss. Everyone starts a diet this time of year, everyone starts some new work out routine, everyone is talking about how much weight they’re losing, have lost, want to lose. And even if you’re not talking about those things, most people will assume you are thinking it.

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How to deal with a picky eater

Parenting By November 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Elijah is a picky eater. He always has been. Everyone has an opinion of picky eaters and having dealt with it so long I get tired of hearing it. Most people who offer up advice and judgement have never dealt with anything like what I have. All advice can be basically summed up into two gems of wisdom:

Just make them eat.

And

Just wait them out, they’ll eat what you’re eating eventually if you don’t give them anything else. No child will starve themselves.

I would like to examine these sentiments.

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