Sunday, August 28, 2011

startling news: it's not always about me. kind of.

i took the boy to church for the first time this morning. we picked st. andrews as our church of choice and walked in not knowing anything about what we were supposed to do. the boy proudly proclaimed to the first lady he saw that he had never been to church before. she was delighted to meet him and then she and i realized we knew one another from long ago. he was promptly escorted around the church and invited to many different events. he was a hit. he even invited the priest over for a water balloon fight.

i hadn't been rushing the church thing, to be honest. i'm an atheist and the husband is agnostic so church isn't the first place we would think to go on a sunday morning. but the boy wants to go to church. fiercely. and it's not about our beliefs, it's about his. he will be 8 next week and he is old enough to decide what he believes in. so church it is.

i like the episcopal church because of its social views and the rituals have an amazing beauty all their own. the people were lovely, the building is stunning, and the service was calming. so i guess the boy and i have somewhere to be on sundays.

Friday, August 26, 2011

traipsing down the primrose path to hippiedom

i am just going freakishly natural lately. this has nothing to do with parenting, at least not directly, but i figured i might as well share the ways we are weaning ourselves off of chemicals lately. here are a few natural beauty/household hints i've been gathering:

* plain, full fat yogurt makes the best face mask ever. just put it on, let it get mostly dry, and rinse off to reveal nicely glowing skin. the lactic acid does wonders to unclog pores and it gets the dry skin off while moisturizing.

caution: your cat will try to lick your face. it's awkward. and weird.

* baking soda is a delightful exfoliant for your face. it's gentle and does the job.

* the husband and i gave up shampoo and conditioner over a month ago and started using baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead. it took about 5 weeks but my hair finally stabilized and it is magnificent. no more itchy scalp from the chemicals in shampoos, just tons of healthy, glowing body. it's awesome. there are tons of websites that will show you how to wean off shampoo and it's totally worth the trouble to do so.

* adding minced garlic to clear nail polish is supposed to strengthen your nails. i'm giving this a go right now. my hands smell like i just made pasta sauce but other than that it's all good. i'll see how it works and report back.

* green tea is an awesome facial toner. brew it up, cool it down, wipe it on your face. it helps protect against sun damage and it makes your skin look lovely. also, if you have a sunburn, repeatedly douse it with cool green tea and the pain starts to fade immediately.  (rooibos tea is also great as a toner. it helps with cell renewal and prevents free radical damage.)

* if you mix sea salt with coconut oil and rub it all over yourself in the shower and then rinse you will be insanely soft and smell awesome. and want to lick your own arm. which you can totally do because it's all food stuff and you won't get sick or die or anything.

so there's what i have. what have you got?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

oh, the summer ends so fast.

hanging out with the boy has been fun. i'm getting him eased back into health food and early bedtimes. he's been in bed awake for about an hour now. at least he's there resting and not running around. it's somewhat productive, or so i think.

he had his whole grain toast (one slice with natural peanut butter, one slice with nutella) and greek yogurt with honey for breakfast. he had baked eggplant with homemade sauce for dinner. he's had nothing but water to guzzle all day.

we did discuss behavior in school and how important it is to listen in class. we talked about doing what the teacher asks. we talked about the rules of our home and the rules of school and how similar they are.

we ended the day with a kids' yoga dvd and more water. he seems content. he asked for more yogurt and yoga tomorrow. i am more than okay with that.

mucinex: it does a body...weird...

did you know mucinex is good for more than colds? it's true! *wink* it's supposed to be a wonder-helper in the quest for fertility. (think of how cervical mucous would be affected by mucinex. now think of how this would help me get pregnant. and now feel free to avoid making eye contact with me any time we meet in the future. i'll understand.)  i'm giving it a whirl. i tried it this past month and while no magic was worked this time around, i can't help but feel that maybe something good might come of it. at least, i hope something good comes of it. i'm taking the liquid stuff and it tastes like death. horrible, mutant, grape flavored death. next month we're doing the pills. blech.

bright side: technicolor dreams. almost as good as the nicotine patch but not quite. there's always a silver lining, isn't there?