Tristan’s Great Summer Adventure

This year we vowed to do things we’ve never tried before (kids included).  So Andrew and I traveled to Alaska on a Cruise (sans kids) and we opted to let the kids each choose their own summer adventures.  Kinleigh tried a Ballet class (with a little coaxing from mom, hey, she’s 3) and Tristan chose a week long intensive Sailing Summer Camp–yep, you read that right, my 5 year old chose SAILING CAMP.

Living in the Ocean State we are big fans of the beach, however, when it comes to sailing, boats and all other things nautical are things I choose to leave to the experts.  The Block Island Ferry is truly my speed in terms of “small watercraft”, so I knew I would have to outsource this newfound interest.  As a homeschooling family, hands on experiences are sort of our bag, but I wasn’t even sure where to start with sailboats.

Luckily, I stumbled upon Learn to Sail RI through a friend whose daughter had a great experience there during the 1st Session and it came highly recommended.  We signed Tristan up for the 3rd Session.  Each camp session runs for two weeks, Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm.  I loved that the course involved both dry land training and an actual sailing experience with the instructors.  Not only were they college recruits from local sailing teams but also CPR and First Aid certified.  Another huge plus, I only had to pop down to Bristol!

Each day, Tristan came home from camp thrilled to share the new experience with the rest of the family!  Our house was filled with excited chatter about all things sailing!  Tristan enjoyed the camp so much that he asked to return again in a few weeks (their earliest opening) to take the next level course.

We are so thankful to have found Learn to Sail RI–they’ve allowed my son to expand his interest that would have starved otherwise–and introduced a new dynamic to our summer plans!



Placenta Encapsulation

Why yes, I am consuming an organ that I delivered out of my lady parts. YUM.

Placenta ready to be sliced up!

Placenta, membranes and umbillical cord

A lot of people have asked me to blog about this process–so per request–here’s our experience with placenta encapsulation.

This time around I was extremely interested in the potential benefits of placenta encapsulation which include assisting in the rebalancing of hormones, fighting post-partum depression, replenishing depleted iron levels, reducing

Traditional portion steaming away

Traditional Steaming

bleeding, increasing milk production, increasing energy levels and aiding in the shrinking of the uterus.

So I set out to find a doula who was willing to complete the process in my home shortly after birth (yes, my home–I really wanted to get the full experience! Plus, something about them taking it away to do at their home mixed with my fear of hoarders made is necessary for it to be done in front of me–I have my limits!)  and found Lia Reilly of Mother Wisdom.  Lia came to my home with her own supplies and all I needed to provide was the placenta and a little bit of space.  Side note: My kitchen had no mess and I watched her use a gazillion pairs of

Slicing the steamed

Slicing the steamed

gloves to maintain sterility and avoid cross-contamination.  And Lia was awesome with educating me on the process and talking me through each step since I was basically breathing down her neck the entire time knowing that people would just be dying to know the ins and outs of the process! Continue reading

The Water Birth of Baby T #2

So we’ve known we were expecting a girl from the get-go. Nothing about this pregnancy has been textbook “easy”. From the ridiculously laughable amount of morning sickness–to the strange and potentially borderline “risk out of the birth center” test results, she’s been trouble. When we announced our pregnancy back in October and our due date of May 26–we were immediately informed that the only day she could NOT make her grand debut would be May 17 as my sister would be graduating from college on that day. I laughed it off but told people to expect her that day just because she’s thrown us nothing but curve balls–and sure enough that is the day she chose to make her appearance! Continue reading

10 Things I FORGOT about being Pregnant

  1. Prenatal Vitamins taste like butt.  Even the chewables.  Luckily, this time I searched high and low and found one that tastes like non-sour sour patch kids.  (Spring Valley Gummies from Walmart)
  1. That every time I cough, I puke.  And every time I puke, I pee my pants.  Not a little.  A lot.  I very quickly remembered why I took to bouts of morning sickness in my underwear. And went right back to my strip then puke routine.
  1. The exhaustion.
  1. That despite having the hungry horrors you can only eat two bites before you feel full.  Continue reading

Tot School: Farm Animals (Fall 2013)

I figured it was about time to start back at Tot School since it is the middle of September—eek!  While I’ve been gathering lots of goodies over the summer via the Dollar Tree–which is the literally the Mecca of all things Tot School I decided to choose a topic that Baby T is still pretty hung up on: Animals.  Specifically, Farm Animals. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Message “Horny Housewives” Are Sending Our Kids

So let’s talk Fifty Shades of Grey.  As the movie comes closer to actuality, I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of the popularity amongst housewives and how it could possibly affect our children.  I am sure that much like Magic Mike, the hype that will surround this film’s release will permeate into our children’s lives.   The nekkidness will carry the movie (although we’ll see how well unless it’s XXX rated), despite the lackluster plot line.

I’m not a prude or at least I don’t think so.   I read the trilogy shortly after bringing Baby T into the world (and you know when you have a baby everything changes)—and my take-away from it was less sexy and much more a resounding feeling of disgust.  Don’t get me wrong like many husband’s mine benefited from my immediate reaction to the novel (TMI?)—but when I really considered the books and what they were promoting I felt dirty (and not in a good way).  I cringe when moms give positive commentary on the trilogy, openly discussed what they noted as “swoon-worthy” on Facebook—and walk around toting their “Laters, Baby” bags and t-shirts. It’s being talked about openly and LOUDLY, and perpetuated as “hot” and is a headliner because it “turns horny housewives on”.  Great, but what message does this send to our kids?  Women everywhere are giving approval and validating the Christian-Anastasia relationship and there are some HUGE red flags when I consider what that “says” to my child. Continue reading