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Monthly Archives: December 2011
When I used to own a wellness spa, my favorite thing to do was to get a facial (okay, I loved the body wraps, too, I can’t lie). I used to love climbing up onto those comfortable esthetics beds underneath those warm sheets, and letting my fabulous staff put scrumptious masques on my face. I think my absolute favorite part, though, was the steam that billowed over my skin during the cleansing and exfoliation process. My estheticians always explained to me that the steam opened up my pores and allowed my skin to absorb all those wonderful ingredients they were … Continue reading
My little one has been running the sniffles for the better part of two weeks now (in addition to her one-day bout of vomiting). I thought to myself, “Shame on me! I’m a holistic Mama who knows all these remedies for congestion and immune system support, but don’t practice what I preach on my own child.” Why haven’t I done anything? Well, primarily because I wasn’t sure that my toddler would be willing to undergo the 3 main congestion-clearing and immune-supporting methods that I know of – the wet sock treatment, Elderberry syrup, and essential oil steam inhalations. But you … Continue reading
I was scrolling through the pictures on my iPod Touch recently and found this little gem. It looks like my little 16-month-old has already figured out how to take pictures of herself? Naaah, can’t be. How’d she do this?
Okay, where have I been? I only yesterday found out about and read Kate Tiejte’s controversial March 2011 post, Mom Confession: I Think I Love My Son a Little Bit More. I have never seen such raw, brutal honesty in a mommy blogger before, and boy, is she taking a ton of heat for said honesty. If you haven’t read the post, I suggest you read that as well as her follow-up post, “I’m Not a Perfect Mother,” wherein she does a tiny bit of backpedaling and tries to flesh out a fuller context for her original post, which has … Continue reading
I’m reposting this gem of an article from Live-in Nanny that answers a burning question I’ve had for a while, which is: at what point should I take my sick child to the doctor? You know me – I’m all about using natural remedies first and foremost – but I’m also all about being responsible for my precious one’s health. Luckily for me, I have a sister-in-law who is a family practice MD (she’s commented on vaccines on this blog before), and I appreciate her a ton for always taking my calls. But for those holistic Mamas without instant access … Continue reading
Well, this is the photo card we are sending out for 2011. I always get my cards done at Minted because a) I love their designs – they source them through design challenges and the results are always spectacular-looking; and b) I went to business school with their founder, Mariam Naficy, who was named one of the 2010 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. So here’s a plug for her and her site! You go, girl. P.S. – It should be noted that I wanted to do a “Happy Holidays” card, but my hubby is a staunch Roman Catholic who has had … Continue reading
On Sunday morning, at about 2:12am (yes, I looked at the clock), I started hearing strange sounds emanating from my toddler. It almost sounded like a kettle of water was starting to boil over in her mouth. Then, out of nowhere, she began to upchuck all the contents of her stomach onto our bedsheets. Panicked, I turned on the lights and realized she was actually trying to swallow some of her own vomit – I guess my poor baby did not know that she was supposed to let it all out. There began a 24-hour period of mopping her up, … Continue reading
I got pregnant at age 37 and had my baby girl at age 38. I remember the first time I learned that I was considered “AMA:” I had gone to my OB’s office for one of my checkups, and her medical assistant told me that because I was over age 35, I was deemed to be of “Advanced Maternal Age” and therefore a “higher risk pregnancy.” I looked at her cockeyed and said, “Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Willis?” I was trying to be funny by hearkening back to Gary Coleman’s famous line from the television show, “Different Strokes.” Except, she was … Continue reading
Yes yes yes, I know it’s completely out-of-sync with the holiday schedule, but I just found this picture of my daughter at a pumpkin patch and realized I had forgotten to put it up. The look on her face is so forlorn and so cute, I just had to post it!