Meet my fence

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If you ever get curious what my fence looks like beyond just that one segment that I let you see, here it is. This is our fence: some things created by me, and some by my kids. Because I can’t work alone without my two little helpers, we all learned to share the fence. Well, I learned to share it, they are still work in progress. 😉

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Food Renegade

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Because I also care about my family’s diet and health, I really like what Food Renegade is educating about. Started following her about a month ago, and really love what I am seeing in my newsfeed. Check her out and prepare to get inspired to change some things in your home.
Also on Facebook.

In her own words:

“I’m a wife, a homeschooling mother, a nutrition & wellness coach, and a passionate advocate for what I call “real food” — as opposed to the edible food-like substances which dominate America’s food industry today.

I want to save lives.
Your life.
My life.
My family’s life.

I want us to shout a collective and resounding “NO!” to the killers overrunning our society: diabetes, heart-disease, obesity, and cancer. After years of studying nutrition, I believe I know the root cause of all these diseases — the Western Diet. The fast-food obsessed, over-processed, ignorantly-prepared diet of the Average American.

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Happy Hooligans

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Today I want to share my latest obsession Happy Hooligans. I have only started following them a couple of months ago, but I am officially in love with their page and website. They give me so many creative ideas about what I can do with my kids, and how all of us can have fun and learn something as well. I somehow figured the owner was a mother enjoying life with her children at home, but then I read her introduction and realized that she actually runs a home daycare. How wonderful is that? Wish there were more such daycares for kids to enjoy. Also on Facebook.

There is something about her personal story that is very special as well. In her own words:

“Before starting our family, I had a career in bank management. Because of a my life-long love for children, I was certain that a home daycare would be right up my alley. I opened my doors in 1998 when my first son was 11 months old, and I’ve never looked back.
I often say I have one of the best jobs on the planet. It allowed me to be at home with my boys during their formative years, and running a home daycare meant that while I was/am technically a WAHM, my focus was and always has been on the children. And I can say without a doubt that my daycare has filled me with more joy, passion and satisfaction than my career in the corporate world ever could have.

The Hooligans and I spend our days crafting, baking, creating, exploring and adventuring. We’re all about old-fashioned fun here: getting messy, imaginative play, outdoor fun, and realizing the value of free and unstructured play.
I hope that Happy Hooligans might also serve as a the kind of place that inspires others.”

Focus on your love

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I noticed that the hardest time for me to be a positive parent is in the evening. Everyone is tired, everyone is cranky, and it is very easy to get stressed and feel like letting it out on others. I also noticed that, when everything fails, the only thing that helps me stay positive and not do something I might regret later, is focusing on my love for my children. Just looking at them and reminding myself how much I love them, and how insignificant everything is compared to this love. And you know, it does the trick. Most of the time anyway. 😉

Captain Grammar Pants

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I appreciate good grammar and punctuation. I make mistakes myself but I am trying to learn whenever I can, and I hope I am slowly improving. Captain Grammar Pants is my latest addiction, and I love their creative style of educating the public while, at the same time, keeping it light and easy to understand. And who can refuse a bit of humor here and there? I know I can’t.

In their own words:
“Description
Correcting bad grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization, while keeping the grammar guardians of the world informed in a lighthearted manner, one day at a time!

Biography
Decades as a college professor, thousands of student papers read, cried, laughed and sighed over, edited, and handed back covered in red (or green) ink.”

Paa.la

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I found Paa.la through her wonderful graphics with beautiful photos and even greater messages in them. She is such an inspiration to those trying to normalize breastfeeding that I just had to make her a fence. I always admire individuals who get involved with the cause close to their heart and keep educating tirelessly.
Also on Facebook.

In her own words:
“Raise your hand if you love mothering, breastfeeding, and birth! I post my rambles here about natural parenting and full-term breastfeeding.
My name is actually Paala. I am a stay-at-home mother of two daughters under four. If you ask me what type of parent I am or what parenting style I might label myself with, I would just say I do what works for me and my family.”

Infant Circumcision is wrong

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Circumcision. Never gave it a second thought and even considered it for my son briefly only because it was a norm. But, luckily for me, my midwife said it wasn’t necessary at all. That was enough to make up my mind. And later, when I was exposed to the horror of this cultural tradition here in the US, I got a shock of my life.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, consider researching further.

This article http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe is a good place to start. Five parts total and every one of them provides new information and facts. Well worth your time.

“Part 1 – Circumcision Surgery Myths

Myth 1: They just cut off a flap of skin.

Reality check: Not true. The foreskin is half of the penis’s skin, not just a flap. In an adult man, the foreskin is 15 square inches of skin. In babies and children, the foreskin is adhered to the head of the penis with the same type of tissue that adheres fingernails to their nail beds. Removing it requires shoving a blunt probe between the foreskin and the head of the penis and then cutting down and around the whole penis. Check out these photos: http://www.drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html

Myth 2: It doesn’t hurt the baby.

Reality check: Wrong. In 1997, doctors in Canada did a study to see what type of anesthesia was most effective in relieving the pain of circumcision. As with any study, they needed a control group that received no anesthesia. The doctors quickly realized that the babies who were not anesthetized were in so much pain that it would be unethical to continue with the study. Even the best commonly available method of pain relief studied, the dorsal penile nerve block, did not block all the babies’ pain. Some of the babies in the study were in such pain that they began choking and one even had a seizure (Lander 1997).

Myth 6: It doesn’t cause the baby long-term harm.

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