Less Waste with Babies and Toddlers

I recently read Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, who, along with her family of four, creates only one quart of garbage per year. I knew we could learn something from a family that can go that extreme (they aren’t big recyclers either!). I love her ideas–like buying in bulk, simplifying so you have only…

The Right to Question: The Vaccine War

I didn’t think much about vaccinations until I had a baby. However, my research on natural childbirth had also brought up questions about vaccines that became much more concrete when I held my newborn son. I read the fact sheet, and my son was given his first vaccinationย in the hospital. But after that, I hesitated.…

How We Failed the Whole30 (And Why I’m Glad We Did)

To save face, we call it our 21 Day Paleo Experiment. In reality, it was a failed Whole30. In a nutshell, the goal of the Whole 30 is to remove all foods from one’s diet that cause intestinal issues (which contribute to a whole host of other issues including allergies and asthmaย or even fibromyalgia and…

Our First Birth Story (Pt. 2 of 2)

I wrote my birth story during sleepless moments during the early days after birth. I’m so glad I did (although reading the detailed seven pages I wrote brings back the discomfort and pain more clearly than I would have thought!). I will spare you the seven page version and give you a “brief” overview with…

Our First Birth Story (Pt. 1 of 2)

I realize this post is long, but I’ve whittled it down to make it as short as I can without leaving out information I feel is crucial to the story. However, if you just want to read the story of labor and delivery, skip the background section of this post and start reading at the…

Why Share Birth Stories

Not everyone likes to hear birth stories. But like many women, I began to devour them once I became pregnant. Since Liam is already a year old, I wanted to share my birth story so that it can be informative and encouraging to others. It’s an amazingly, beautiful story of God’s provision and protection of…

How We Look at (Photoshopped) Images

It seems there’s a new scandal every couple of weeks about another Photoshopped celebrity or over-edited advertisement. Much like when we read a book, how we see an image is a complex interplay between what the image actually says, what the image’s maker intends it to say, and our own particular background, emotions, struggles, etc.…