When you get to the end of a show, one with a good story. Just the right amount of conflict, but also resolutions, progress. One you feel connected somehow to the characters' lives. I always want to know more. I want to see what other adventures the characters have. I want to know more. I want to see more growth and change.That's how I feel at the end of a good show. Not movies, just TV shows. You know where you build and build and resolve and turn and change through life with them....more

Pregnancy & Baby Talk: 34 Weeks, Names Changes, and More

Before we really get into the pregnancy talk this week, I want to share with you all a few changes happening here on the blog. ...more

Life Skills with Toddlers: Cleaning

As I'm sure you've picked up from the series so far, Baby Boy really is a great help around the house!  And, what's even better, he enjoys doing tasks that Hun and I do.  Baby Boy has always wanted to be involved in what we're doing, whether it be work on the computer, writing, drawing, crafting, working on the car, remodeling the house, or even cleaning.Today, I'm highlighting some of the ways in which he helps to keep the house more clean and organized.Wiping up spills (or potty accidents)Wiping the tables and chairs after meals...more

Simple Living

We live a pretty simple life.Outside of our needs we mostly live comfortably doing simple things - hanging out at home, grabbing a movie through Netflix, reading, spending time in the yard or at the park, traveling to a state or federal park for some forest adventures. We don't watch television, we cook most of our meals at home without much hoopla, and enjoy having less stress and fuss related to too much stuff....more

Resources for Lifelong Learning

Recently, I shared my thoughts and a few things I've been learning in just this last year, for the Carnival of Natural Parenting.I can't say that I've learned all those things on my own or through trial and error. I also didn't learn everything just from searching the internet on topics I was interested in....more

Baby Boy Working & Blogging

Welcome to the September 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids BloggingThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have let their children take over writing and sharing.***...more

Top 5 Reasons We Birth Out of State

1. In our state, having a home birth is difficult to come by. LPMs/CPMs are not allowed to legally practice. (Here's where you can check the laws in your state.)2. Following my body in pregnancy and birth is paramount to have the most natural/normal birth I can.3. We believe in the right to choose and not be pushed or fear-mongered into interventions or unnecessary testing/procedures. I also don't have much patience in "defending" or "explaining" our choices and decisions with doubtful health care providers....more

So Much Rain, So Little Play - August 2015

As I look back through the month of August, I notice that we both had a ton going on and also not. Yes, there was quite a bit of rain. Each week in August, we had at least 1-2 days of rain or rainstorms come through. That's not really typical for where we live, but I'll take it. This has meant the temperatures haven't been crazy and when it wasn't raining or threatening to rain the days have really been beautiful....more

Life Skills with Toddlers: Car & Small Engine Repair

Thankfully, Hun knows a bit about cars and doesn't mind working on them. This has proven useful in more than one instance since we've been together.In fact, with his knowledge/know-how, determination, and research we've only had to have any of our vehicles taken to a service shop 2 or 3 times for any kind of repair in our 3 years together! (Talk about saving money!)...more

Do Black Lives Really Matter to #blacklivesmatter?

Alright, I think I'm ready just a bit, to speak up about the #blacklivesmatter movement that's going around the country. Before I get started, and because I'm sure someone is going to be offended, I'll start by clarifying that I, too, am a Black woman. I may be lighter skinned, but that doesn't change the fact that my father is a Black man, my father's family is Black, and my mother is a Native American woman.Further, I do believe that #blacklivesmatter, but not just in the context of police brutality or racism....more
That's every nine days a government official we refer to as police, kills/abuses a citizen of ...more