Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pine cone bird feeders... good article about using appropriate, SAFE, kitchen scraps for feeding birds!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tennis Court Toddler Play

I have little ones with alotta energy! I am not able to run and chase them, so I've figured out a way for us to be outside and playing...yet contained, all within our concrete-asphalt apartment complex!   Use the TENNIS COURT!    It's completely fenced in! Some soft 'tennis' shoes [that's why we call them this, no?] and some balls n toys ...we're set to go!

Let's go wear off some energy!!

Some of my ideas: kick ball, soccer ball, bounce tennis balls (novel idea eh?), sidewalk chalk (on outter edges), hop scotch on taped down papers (sensory: hearing, tactile, prioproceptive!), relays, bubbles....oh hooray for fenced tennis court!!

Some ideas closely related to tennis itself:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Breastfeeding longer than 12 months

I have breastfed non stop for over 4.5 years! I am an advocate for breastfeeding, while respecting a mothers right to choose what is best for herself and her child.  The following was sent to me and I am posting, to share with anyone who is willing to do a little survey. I did the survey on my smartphone and it took abt 15 min  due to the formatting on the website...but was simple and even easy. Hopefully you'll share, pin, and take the survey too!

"Dear USA Leaders,


The Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York contacted LLLI for help with a breastfeeding survey. His division is interested in studying the experiences of mothers who chose to breastfeed their infants beyond one year of age.  They are particularly interested in learning more about these mothers' experiences with their health care providers, families, and friends regarding prolonged nursing and where these mothers found the support they needed.


LLLI forwarded the project to the LLL USA Council since the survey focuses primarily on mothers in the USA.


No mothers, babies, milk supplies, or breastfeeding relationships will be put at risk by a mother's participation in this study. There is no outside funding or conflict of interest. The survey has been reviewed and approved by the Cohen Children's Medical Center Institutional Review Board. The LLL USA Council has also reviewed the survey.


Eventually the researchers' goal is to share the results at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies' meeting --- the preeminent pediatric research meeting.  They also plan to submit the findings to one of the peer-reviewed pediatric journals for publication and perhaps to the American Academy of Pediatrics as well. The results could eventually impact the training of young pediatricians during their residencies. The results may also provide support for funding opportunities for LLL.


Please help in the distribution of this survey through all the appropriate channels to which you have access and encourage others to do the same. We are hoping for a very large nationwide response from current and former LLL Leaders, members, friends, and from mothers who have not yet met LLL, too!  This survey is for all mothers who have ever breastfed a child beyond a year.


Here is the link:

The survey is also posted on the LLL USA Facebook page here:


While we are hoping for a surge of responses right away, the study will continue through mid-April.

Thank you for your help in sharing the survey!


LLL USA Council"

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Manageability, one baby step at a time

So why all the sudden blog posts? Why the outpour of photos? We have to move to a lower level apartment (good ole heart,  paired with high risk pregnancy), which started a several month quest for a first floor available within our complex.  Then suddenly, our downstairs neighbors moved out! Let's just move down stairs! How easy would that be!

Then the apartment policy came up: for transfers; they view the current unit, as is, so as to avoid moving one problem unit to another unit. Understandable. But  oh-my-God!  You've seen my photos!  I can't have them in here!!  They might evict just because of the current state of chaos, and that's before packing to move chaos! Eeeeks!!


I have asked friends and family for help (watching kiddos while hubby and I purge, pack, and stack... or cleaning and packing) and help asap. We already took all the yardsale items [another project] out of the house and brought them to storage for the next 2 weeks until the yardsale. We've bagged a few bags of donatables. We've cleaned up the daily mess and attacked our mountain of laundry. (Albeit now a mountain of clean laundry -- need someone to fold and hang because I can't.) We've purged an entire closet of things.

This is all such good progress!  But it's not enough. After the hectic weekend, help has said to come. We are hoping that the beginning of next week, we will be in a position to move forward with the apartment transfer process and allow them into the home once it's tolerable.

Unmanageability Part 3

... and then there are the cupboards, frig, cabinets, and other shelving units...

What on earth happened to my tidy, uncomplicated life?!  I used to keep everything where it belonged, and had a few boxes of crafty things... but child bearing and a debilitating condition, brought me to this point ....not even the cupboards are safe.

I used to practice the prinicple of just enough. As a single person, I had 2 plates, 2 bowls, pot n pan, 3 coffee mugs (it so sucks when you neeeeed coffee and the only mug you have is dirty), and half of a cabinet of food items. Oh, and a dorm sized frig. As a sahm mother of 2 and one enroute, we have a stack of plates n bowls n mugs, plus the kids plastic plates n bowls n cups n lids, a cupboard full of pots n pans, 3 cupboards and a small pantry of foods, and an apartment sized frig... that is NOT big enough!!

How can I ask for more when what I have is totally out of control?!

I love to cook but am so overwhelmed and out of energy, rarely can I even get to whatever foods I need to prepare... much less cook it. GAH!

Unmanageability Part 2

...and the chaos doesn't stop with the main rooms...

Our closets and dressers are under utilized and unorganized.  Stacked boxes with who-knows-what's  inside. If we don't know what's in there, why keep it?! We've been working on the concept: one in, one out. For every 'new'  item we adopt, one gets donates (or sold if we absolutely have to recover the cost- this is becoming less and less, as we are more in the mode of GET IT OUT!)  And a flat surface is my nemesis,  becomes a "hot spot" in a moments notice.

The bathrooms are more manageable,  I believe that's because they're smaller rooms and I can attempt to clean up or just wipe down the surfaces (given my physical limitations). FlyLady calls it a swish &swipe... works for me!

Friday, May 24, 2013


I am powereless over people, places, and things.... and MY LIFE has become UNMANAGEABLE.

I am a sahm of  two, three and under, in a high risk pregnancy with baby3, on a  modified bed-rest of sorts, living in a 1000sq ft apartment... with a very supportive husband, recovering from a disease, who works full time, making 20k a year. Whew, what a mouth full. Since motherhood,  my life has been upside down, backwards and sideways.  Dont get me wrong, I LOVE being a mommy and all the wonder and joy you get from parenthood... but it's all upside down, backwards and sideways!

My heart condition has decided that pregnancy and parenting are enough, and its deciding to take a break. Meaning; I must have corrective surgery in the next couple of years, if I want to live and grow with my family.  Which means, everything I've ever known (energy, ability, emotions, desires, dreams, goals, expectations as a mother) has changed... drastically. In a relatively short amount of time.

What this has done to the household, the level of inability and lack of serenity,  is unreal (not including the fact that there are two able bodied, active toddlers living here). I will disclose photos because I know I'm not the only one who's been here in this situation. The Fly Lady has summed it up wisely: CHAOS.  An acronym for "Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome".

Let me take a moment to say clearly: I am thankful for what I have, all that's been provided, and all the change that has happened during these few years. Progress is progress no matter how small. It all counts!

We have walkways throughout the house. Stacks of boxes, piles of stuff, in every possible location. My understanding is, the only differences between us and a "hoarder" (as in someone conflicted with the disease that controls the emotions and thinking) is that we willingly and eagerly purge items, and we are amidst habit-changing lifestyle changes. We are ridding our entire lives of clutter, one bag or box at a time. It just isn't fast enough for my likings!