Category Archives: Parenting

Why Cloth Diapers & A Giveaway


storkWhen I was a baby back in the late 1960’s, I wore cloth diapers.  My mother used a diaper service which would periodically drop off a bundle of clean diapers and pick up the soiled ones.  If you live in an apartment with shared laundry facilities, it’s not that neighborly to be putting used diapers into the machines, so a service is a good option to have available.

And since I wanted to use cloth diapers for my twins back in 2007, I had to hunt around for a diaper service, much like my mother used, since we were apartment dwellers at the time.  After calling around and trying to find a service that didn’t use toxic detergents to clean the diapers, we found Brian the diaper service guy and his wife who used to run their service in Florida before they moved to another state.  Really nice folks, chock full of new baby advice.

Hyland's Calenula Cream - our fave diaper rash / skin rash creamHyland’s Calendula Cream – my fave diaper/skin rash cream

And we used that service for about a year until the twins were entirely too squirmy and the multitude of steps required to cover a baby butt with an older-style, fussy pre-folded cloth diaper (that the babies LOVED to disarrange) was a bit too much for me so we switched to 7th Generation disposables. (Sometimes you have to pick your battles… 😀  If I were having an individual baby today, where we live now with our own private washing machine, I would go back to cloth diapers and not bother with a service.)

That was 8 years ago, when the options for cloth diapers and covers were pretty…bland.  Nowadays though, cloth diapers are awesome! So many colors to choose from! And they have different configurations, inserts, etc.  Instead of hundreds or thousands of disposables, you just need approx. 30 diapers or so to get your child to potty training age!

That’s a lot less landfill than disposables!

Here’s some more input on the ‘Disposables vs. Cloth Diapers’ debate:

diaperOmg – does this one come with a matching mini-cape?

If you’ve been looking for a chance to either try cloth diapers out for the first time, or to add to your diaper stash, how does winning a $50 gift certificate** sound? Just comment below with any interesting or funny diapering stories, or what you think of cloth diapering vs. disposables ! (and don’t forget to add your email so I can contact you if you win) 😀

I’ll get the ball rolling:  When my mother-in-law came to visit our newborn twins, she was nice enough to pitch in with diaper changing duty. On one memorable occasion, we heard her give a startled shout from the babies’ room during diaper time and she called us over.  Apparently, baby H had gotten a…nugget…stuck, and had given a stronger ‘push’ to it and it had come shooting out of her little butt at ballistic speed until it hit the wall – NINE FEET AWAY! Since then, we were certain that baby H was destined for something interesting! 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 10/21/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 10/22/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate.  Open to US residents, age 18+.

Trees, Glorious Trees!

yoga treeCan you see the hidden image?
(Find the center)

My friend took this picture of the trees in our new backyard.

We’ve just finished moving and so far most everything is pretty great about the new place – except having to unpack everything we schlepped over here from the old place 😀

It’s been a bit of a juggling act, trying to get ready for the move, helping the kids with their summer homeschool assignments (to make up for the deficits in the regular school year – I think we’re getting closer to making the decision to eschew public school altogether.) and trying to give the kids and my visiting friend a fun-filled summer vacation. Whew! Mama is VERY tired!

I’ve fallen away from my regular meditation and chakra-clearing – hard to do when literally every 2 seconds I get interrupted by a little voice needing help to find something or the current livestock/range war we’ve got happening on the Minecraft frontier.

I’ve also fallen behind on the latest intel on the Shift and the upcoming Event. There are about 50 tabs open with various transcripts, reports, channelings, messages and articles, that I just even get a glimpse of and my head reels.

Honestly, all I want at this point is a good, long, uninterrupted NAP!!!

I feel like I’m doing quite a dismal job as a Lightworker, even though I’m trying like mad to release any and every negative form of energy that comes my way.  It seems as though in both the physical and the metaphysical, I’m spinning my wheels, expending a lot of energy but not seeming to be making much progress in the way of actually accomplishing something – like, getting confirmation/closure that something was accomplished.

The Event is drawing ever closer, the jump to 5D is nearly upon us and I sure don’t want myself or my family to get left behind, but…NAP!!!  So tired! So frazzled!  Where is the time when I can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and able to work on my creative writing and art which is what my soul resonates with most? Isn’t this what I’m supposed to be doing to help spread the Light and embody the purpose that I incarnated for at this time?

School can’t begin soon enough!  Maybe once the little voices are occupied with something other than ‘Let’s pester Mama for…oh, never mind Mama, I found it! Mama – she STOLE my skeleton pig!!!’ (don’t ask, trust me, don’t even ask)…wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, maybe without the constant interruptions I can do more with the 4/5D and not be so enmeshed with the 3D.

Literally NONE of the multitude of articles, etc, mention anything about provisions being made for frantic, frazzled, overwhelmed and overworked mamas trying to do their best to do SOMETHING to aid the cause.  Nope, it’s all peace, love, zen and detatch from 3D and rest if you need to, to intergrate downloads/upgrades.

(*SNORT*) Yeah, right, uh-huh. (*SNICKER*) Sure, rest if I need it – yep, I’ll get right on that! (*LOL!!!*) Or maybe the yoga tree in our new backyard will have to stand-in and do it for me, I’ve got two kids in the kitchen about to do nefarious things with ripe peaches. (*shudder*).



The Pursuit of Happiness vs. Reality Check

Being stuck in a rut is no fun, and sometimes our lives have made a whompingly huge detour from how we’d thought they’d go.  Sometimes we need a heckuva lot of ‘spring cleaning’ to sort out what needs to go and what needs to stay, in order to feel we’re living our lives well and making all the progress that we’d like to.
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of advice being given to just drop everything and head off in pursuit of greener pastures that “resonate” better with us than our current ‘Cinder-Ella’ circumstances.
But – (and you could almost smell the but coming, couldn’t you?*)
– Getting rid of all of the “non-resonating” “shoulds, musts and needs” isn’t always a feasible option when you are responsible for the care and upbringing of small children or other similar “anchors”.
In general there’s lots of good advice out there about finding your way, living your dream, seeking personal growth and exiting the matrix, but some of it just has to be filed under ‘nice in theory’, because we can’t always walk away from certain anchoring situations/people. Oh, of course we *could*, but the consequences might be ones that are even more unpalatable than if we hadn’t abdicated certain responsibilities. Sometimes a longer process is needed to facilitate the changing of our circumstances in a positive way so that we aren’t running after our bliss while trampling over vulnerable people to get there.
A lot of unnecessary stress has been experienced by many ascension-seekers who are encountering the ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead’ line of thinking where experiences/relationships that were entered into are being labeled as the ‘torpedoes’, and they feel pressured to throw the baby out with the bathwater – and in some cases this may be an actual baby.
Everyone wants to ascend, sure, but there has to be a certain acknowledgment that some difficult things we encounter in our earthly life may be ones we pre-arranged to experience, or that we took on with free will. Detaching from those may need planning and taking steps in order to have healthy closure for all parties involved. Sometimes we do need to make more effort to find a balanced medium of ascension-seeking with external considerations.
Going within and doing what inner work may need to be done may also render the formerly unpalatable external situation to be something we later realize was not the ‘boogeyman’ we thought had been holding back our progress. It may have been ourselves holding back our own progress until we had a certain paradigm shift as a result of our own inner work.
Certainly, if we are in an abusive situation that we need to remove ourselves from, we should do that. That is an entirely different thing than what I’m talking about here.
And we’re not alone in making these decisions – Source has provided the entire universe to aid us in this. Angels, ascended masters, Source energy, guides/mentors and even folks on social media who are also on similar paths – any or all of these may have different perspectives or viewpoints that may be worth considering. The universe is designed to support us in whatever direction we want to go – negative or positive. If we are firm in our intentions then it will aid us on our path. If we seem to be stuck in a pattern of getting on a negative path, then yes, there is probably something we haven’t learned or paid proper attention to, in order to move forward.
But perhaps we needn’t go through so many repetitions of the same negative patterns if we just did a little more inner contemplation first, rather than mindless leaping and finding we’ve gone from the frying pan into the fire.
*Pun not intended, really! 😀

We’re running out of teeth!

Last night, one of my girls put out a newly fallen tooth for collection by our favorite tooth fairy, Agnes.


Agnes, along with her cohorts in the tooth-collection biz, Bianca, Consuela, Francesca and The Haz-Mat Fairy, has been steadily retrieving my twins’ teeth for several years now. (Except for that one incident when a government agent tried to horn in on the tooth-collection industry, but we don’t talk about that.)

Agnes, in her note to my daughter, remarked a bit sadly that soon there won’t be any teeth for her to collect, but she assured Z that they would always remain friends.

My girls are going to be 9 in July.  I count us as being very, very fortunate that the twins still believe in magical beings like tooth fairies, the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, etc.  While it’d sure be nice to keep things going for much longer, I’m well aware that we are on borrowed time, belief-wise.  All too soon, one of their classmates will make a concentrated effort to burst the bubble of sweet innocence that my children have enjoyed, and introduce them to the cold, hard light of cynicism and disbelief.

In the meantime, though, my girls will continue to blithely enjoy the brief peeks into a world that is not outside the realm of extreme possibility, where anything can happen and where friendship truly IS magic!


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