Category Archives: Mama Stuff

Uncommonly Good Gifts For the Special People In Your Life (That Includes You, Too!)

In the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, one of the ‘languages’, or main ways a person may best express or receive love, is “Giving gifts”.   I like to put a lot of thought into a gift, trying to get to know the person, what they enjoy, what would make them happy and what would best make them feel cared about. I also enjoy such gifts – ones that someone obviously put a lot of thought into, not just snagged at a convenience store on the way over (sometimes with the price tag still attached).

The best gifts I received and the ones I gave that got the best response were the ones that were SPECIAL!  Ones that you didn’t find on practically every big-box chain-store’s shelves.

Gifts that you may never have known about but once you see it, you just know that this was MEANT to be in your life! Or in a loved-one’s life. I’ll let you in on a secret: there’s a veritable treasure trove (good for wives or s.o.’s – hint, hint!) of such items at Uncommon Goods! 😀

THIS is definitely on my husband’s wish list:

Bonsai Forest
A DIY bonsai forest! How cool is that?
Aquaponic Garden
Or an Aquaponic Herb Garden!

And for the kids –

edible chemistry set
CHEMISTRY they can EAT!!!

Although, to be honest, I’d probably give all those gifts to myself. 😀  The hubster and kids can just look on in envy at my newly acquired awesome gifts. 😀

However, there are SO MANY amazingly terrific things on this site, that you’ll never have to resort to coffee mugs or socks ever again.

If you’re stuck for something truly special to give to your wife or mother for her anniversary, they’ve got a great selection of items already curated.

What makes it even nicer is that Uncommon Goods sells products that weren’t made at the expense of harming people or animals. <3

In addition to finding uncommonly great gifts for your loved ones (including yourself!), another wonderful thing about Uncommon Goods that I really like is that they donate $1 to charity for every purchase made. So far they’ve donated over $1,000,000 through their Better To Give program!

They’re also founding members of B Corporation, an organization that was “created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. The B seal means that a company has met the standards outlined in a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates a company on issues ranging from providing a living wage, to lessening their impact on the environment, to giving back to the community.”

I strongly urge you to go take a look at the amazing selection at Uncommon Goods, you won’t regret it!

And if you happen to be a friend or relative of mine, my birthday’s coming up… 😀  I’m really jonesing for one of their recycled glass nightlights – so beautiful! Those would probably also make a very memorable housewarming gift!

These teeny earring vases would also be PERFECT!

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This post is a sponsored partnership between Twice Blessed Life and Uncommon Goods. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Pictures and italicized text are from the Uncommon Goods website.

Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

I was chatting recently with another mama friend who’s questioning a lot of things lately, particularly religion and some of the dogmatic beliefs that unfortunately can be a part of many worship communities. And it called to mind my own ‘wake-up call’ in 2012 when my mind was opened just enough to let the Light in – and I saw my “church” in a whole new way.
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It was cataclysmic for me and I have sympathy for my friend because I knew something of what she was going through and would continue to go thru as she tries to make order of a world thrown topsy-turvy when she realized that the dogmatic beliefs she’d been following were there to control and constrain her growth, not to nurture it.
 
It inspired me to draw a little comic strip about some of what I experienced (I’m NOT a great artist.) and I thought – go big or go home – and made it into a little vid on youtube. Hope you enjoy it. 😀
Civilized comments are welcome. 😀
Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

Finding the Best Prenatal Vitamin

New Chapter Organics Perfect PrenatalWhen I was newly pregnant with my twins, one of the first things I had to shop for was the best prenatal vitamin.  I read article after article, read reviews, asked other parents and researched the recommendation of my OB/GYN (who I later ditched because of their callous attitude).  I reached saturation point on info about iron levels, side effects (constipation, yippee! :D), folate vs. folic acid, fillers, synthetic vs. organic, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. LOL! 😀 vectorstock-215595-sleeping-emoticon-vector

Yep, there’s a bit more involved than just casually accepting whatever the doctor (who might be receiving incentives for certain recommendations) hands you, but the research you invest in something so vital to you and your baby’s health is time well spent.

Anyhoo, during my vitamin quest one day, another mama had posted an article mentioning that Gwyneth Paltrow was practically ecstatic about one particular brand of prenatal vitamin. In fact, she loved it so much that she was taking it even when she wasn’t pregnant. Huh?

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Man

I’m not one to rush out and buy a product based on a (probably compensated) celebrity say-so, but what caught my interest was that New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal Vitamins were organic. Not only that, many of the sources from which the vitamins in the tablet were derived, were from whole food sources and involved fermentation.  This was intriguing and I decided to look into this prenatal product.

After quite a lot of research, I’d decided that this was the one for me! Then breathed a HUGE sigh of relief that that topic of research was finally over with. 😀

I took the vitamins, I didn’t have any constipation problems, the babies turned out fine, case closed, right?

Uh-uh. Nope!

Because now it’s a very tough 9 years later (twins!) and I find that I still don’t feel I’m ‘back on my feet’, so to speak.  Guess what? Apparently “Post-Natal Depletion” is also a very real thing.

I’ve actually been hearing a lot from other mamas who likewise still feel like something the cat dragged in, even several years later, post-partum.  And speaking of post-partum – apparently post-partum depression can linger on for YEARS after giving birth! (And is exacerbated by post-natal depletion.) A lot of mamas also suffer from self-esteem issues when they don’t bounce back quickly after giving birth, or even after the kids are finally school-ready.

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Well, when you’re consistently operating under a post-natal depletion deficit for years, you’re not going to be feeling the greatest.  Simply getting your regular pre-pregnancy intake levels of nutrients isn’t going to be enough. You also need to replenish the used-up stores of nutrients in your body that had been stockpiling for years before pregnancy occurred.  And if you’ve had more than one pregnancy, that deficit is going to get depleted even more with each subsequent pregnancy.

So even though I’m not planning on having any more children, I will be using New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal Vitamins to help me replenish myself. +++

How about you? Do you have a particular favorite prenatal vitamin? While you were researching pregnancy or baby-related topics did you come across any startling new info? Please comment below and share with us. Thank you! 😀

Happy Holidays everyone, and PLEASE – Mamas especially – take GOOD care of yourselves!  You deserve it!

**This post is a sponsored partnership with Nakturnal. The opinions expressed above and specific product recommendation are entirely my own.

+++ This post is opinion only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a trusted medical professional to ascertain what levels of nutritional supplements would be most appropriate for your individual medical situation.

“With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All…”

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The only real thing that matters is that now, even more than ever, we should treat everyone with love, respect and kindness.
 
Basing our treatment of others upon which politician they’ve chosen to swallow the propaganda of, doesn’t do much for generating the positive energy needed to move forward in spite of the political machinery that profits from blocking all progress that does not favor its oligarchical masters.
 
There’s no guarantee that any politician will keep their campaign promises once they’ve gotten elected and now have access to the lobbyist gravytrain. It’s rather like the cliche (sorry, fellas!   ) teenage boy who promises to love and respect a girl if she’ll sleep with him, and the next day she finds that he’s bragged all over school about how ‘easy’ she was and was just another notch on his bedpost. Between the corporate-sponsored political propaganda and cult-like vitriol for any other than their chosen “savior”, people give their power over to these political demi-gods they’ve built up with their worship.
 
We tend to forget that in day-to-day, feet-on-the-ground living, it’s us that make the difference. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the ones who march against Monsanto, we are the ones tweeting and fb’ing love over hate, we are the ones passing along the mainstream-media-ignored news of Standing Rock, we are the ones with the real power to make the change, and it doesn’t matter what political idiot occupies the corporate-owned throne in Wash D.C. There’s more of us than there are of them, and with a will and a heart for spreading love, respect and kindness for all, we can make the changes needed for the ills that pervade society, no longer waiting for “elected” “representatives” to save us and do it for us, because they just won’t.
 
Enough time and energy and effort has been siphoned away by this political farce, from the folks who make the *real* changes in the fabric of our society. We don’t need the politicians, we never did. Everything we need to effect real and lasting change is within us. WE are our own saviors and we are the ones we have been waiting for. We just have to uproot ourselves from our complacency and comfort zones and step out there and commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty, and liberally slather on a heaping serving of love, respect and kindness for all.
 
We are the universe made manifest and we are made of starstuff.  We have much more power than we realize and too many make their living off of trying to hoodwink us that that is not so and that somehow we need them. The truth is that we don’t need them, they are a non-functional, obsolete, antiquated relic of the past. We’ve grown beyond the dubious ‘security blanket’ of “elected” “leaders”.
 
There are now, more than ever, so many of us waking up and coming into our own power to sculpt the future into what our hearts know to be true. “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right…let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.” – Abraham Lincoln
 
Love. Respect. Kindness.
No more waiting.
Our time has come and we are mighty.  
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