Friday, 7 December 2012

Wohoo for Babywearing!

Babywearing - the act of carrying your child on your body with a piece of fabric, a sling, or any other of a myriad of carriers that exist for the purpose of keeping your child on your body, but your hands free to do whatever you need two hands to do.

Paxbaby is this really cool company/blog that I've recently discovered.  They have a wonderful array of resources, and also sell some gorgeous wraps and other things!

They've just hit 10,000 fans on Facebook and are hosting a pretty awesome giveaway!

You can enter their giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below!

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Can I hear a cheer for home birth!!

Tonight I would like to write about something that is near and dear to me, and also bring something to your attention.

There's an awesome mama blogger over at Life With My Littles, who is expecting a baby in April, 2013.  She wants to have a home birth, and I want to see her get it!!

I firmly believe that every woman has the right to give birth to her child/ren in the environment most comfortable for them.  For some, that is a hospital, for others, a birthing center, and for still others, that means home.

I gave birth to my daughter in a pool in my bedroom, and it was the most incredible, indescribable, empowering experience I've ever had, or probably ever will have.

While there are a lot of people who think that it's unsafe, unsanitary, and/or just plain crazy (who wouldn't want drugs, right?), I think that it is one of the best and most amazing decisions you can make, as a mother!

There is loads of research on homebirthing vs. hospital birth, blah blah blah, but I really won't bore you with that now. (If you have any questions though, please comment!)  What I want to do now is talk some more about the mama I mentioned above.  There's a story behind her choice to have a home birth (you can read about it here), and due to these circumstances, this mama is holding a Facebook auction to raise money so that she can have the birth she wants.  Let's help her get it!!!

The auction runs until November 12, midnight EST, and features a variety of items, from cloth diapers to gift certificates to a Fujifilm digital camera!

Please check it out, and even if you don't want to participate in the auction, give this mama some love!

**PLEASE NOTE: I was not asked to promote this event, nor am I being reimbursed in any way.  I am doing this because I want to help a mama's dream of having a home birth come true :)**

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


There have been lots of things going on in my life, some good, some...meh....  Such is life though, right?

I've been wanting to change this blog a bit; give it a new look, a new style, a new title.  It's on my to-do list, and I've given myself a deadline, so here's hoping it happens!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Day 81 - Give a tip for new bloggers

This blog prompt is kind-of interesting, because I'm a new blogger :)

I read about different tips for starting a blog, and writing regularly, and so forth, and I joined this summer blog challenge to get into the habit of writing regularly and to meet other bloggers.

Part of me feels like I jumped off the deep end of a dock.  There is so much language that I'm not familiar with, there are computer things that I just don't know how to do (yay for Google!), and there are SO many people blogging!

I originally started my blog because I needed an outlet.  I've been so busy with my daughter (now seven months old) and so involved in her care and development, that I realized I've not been giving myself any 'grown-up' time.

In the past few months since starting my blog, I discovered that there are some things I wish I'd done differently.

- I wish I'd had a handful of topics I wanted to write about, because then I wouldn't have felt so 'guilty' for not writing anything for several days or weeks.

- I wish I'd scheduled time to write, either a little time set aside every day, or an hour or two a week.  What happens is that I'll think I've written just a couple days ago, and when I go to write again, it's been a week or two!

- I wish I'd had a more concrete idea of what I wanted to write about; whether it be a journal of our life, or summarizing research I've done, or talking about experiences, or discussing products or items I've discovered and love to use!

I don't really regret any choices I've made so far, but I know that my blog will be going through a bit of an overhaul.  I don't care if it becomes 'popular' or if it ends up like one of the really neat blogs I follow that do tons of reviews and giveaways and things.  I don't know if I'm that kind of person.

What I am is a researcher.  And an observer.  And a mum :)  I don't want to 'limit' myself to writing about certain things; I'd rather write about my life!

Number One Tip for New Bloggers?  Know what - and why - you want to write.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Day 67 - Do you have a favourite author?

It's a little sad when I feel like a few days have gone by, and then notice that the last time I blogged was before my birthday!!  *slap* BAD Hannah!

I adore reading, and adore books, and have sooo many in my collection that get read every 6 months or so.

One of my all-time favourite authors, however, has to be Robin McKinley.  I've loved her writing since I was around 13.  Have you ever read her re-telling of Beauty and the Beast?

It's simply called, "Beauty", and on my 'read every 4 to 6 months' list.  It's also on my list to read to my daughter when she gets a little older.

I have read many books by Robin McKinley, and her forté  is fairy tales and legends (like Robin Hood).  But telling them in a wholly different way, a way that lets you inside the character's mind, and into their life.

I read all kinds of genres, and in fiction, my tastes run from fantasy to mystery to a good laugh.  My hang-up is finding an author I like, whose writing style I appreciate.

While Robin's books might feel slow at the beginning and hard to get in to, it doesn't take long before you're immersed in the world that she has woven around you.

Give her a try!

And tell me, who is your favourite author?

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Day 49 - If I were Prime Minister for a Day, I would...

Today's prompt was submitted by me, so I figured I should make a point of posting this one :)

The prompt, verbatim, was "If you were President or Prime Minister for a day, what law would you change?"

...and my first response is "only one??"  There's a lot I would want to change, but mostly I would want to re-evaluate the whole social assistance area.

For most of my childhood/teenage years, my family lived on a fixed income due to my father's illness.  My mom was his primary caregiver, and because of the nature of his disability/pension, if she (or any of us kids) worked outside of the home and made over x amount a month (I think it was in the neighbourhood of $200), over half of it would be garnished.  So basically she either didn't work at all or had to find a job that made enough money that we didn't need social assistance at all.  And Dad's medication cost A LOT of money.  In essence, we were screwed.

It seems that the way that social assistance is set up, once you need it and are on it, you can't get out.  When I was old enough to have a full-time job, I pretty much had to move out of my parent's house and find somewhere else to live so they didn't get penalized because I was working.

What really got our goat as well, was that we were scrutinized all the time, but knew of people on welfare who got away with (it seemed) anything.  (To clarify, we weren't on welfare, we were on disability.  But even with that there were problems.  Canada Pension Plan gives you a fixed amount, based on how long you worked (there might be other factors in place; I haven't done any current research).  ODSP (Provincial Disability) gives a top-up (kind-of) which takes into account how many kids you have, etc.  The only problem is that if CPP gives you extra money (like a winter clothing allowance for kids.  I'm pretty sure one can clothe a child for the winter on $200 (being frugal about it), but how do you clothe 5 children for the winter on $200????), ODSP says, "Oh, you're getting extra money from there, so we won't give you as much this month")

There's no way to save money to send your kids to college, try and put a down-payment on a home, get a decent (5 years old or newer) car to drive.

This issue is the main reason I got into Social Service Work.  I know that it needs to change, but I don't know how to start.  I guess the best I can do is keep researching issues, bringing them to others' attention, and go from there...

My apologies for this post turning into a bit of a rant.  This is definitely a topic that can gets me worked up, so that I have difficulty approaching it objectively.

Say that you're a leader for a day; what would you change??

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Day 43 - Photos of me; Then and Now

A Picture Post!

I couldn't find any decent photos from my kid days that I haven't already used, so here are some from the last few years...

Around 22 years old, with my favourite soundboard ever!!

During my college days, at the ripe old age of 26 :)

Our wedding day, December 2010

April, 2012.  Introducing my Sweet Pea to her Gammy's horse.