Manic Monday: Avoiding the Pregnancy Panic

This is my 7th pregnancy. If, God willing, everything goes well, it will be my 6th birth and baby. It is incredible how much more information is available now compared to my first pregnancy. 12 years ago, I had a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. That’s the book everyone said I needed….

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, Part 1

When I started researching the various types of insect repellent on the market, I expected simple, straightforward information. Some products would definitely have health concerns, others would be far safer, end of discussion (or blog post). Unlike many products, though, insect repellents include an increased level of risk assessment. Insect-borne diseases are imminent, frightening dangers…

Manic Monday: The Sneak-Away Celebration

My birthday and our anniversary both happened last week. Because Murphy’s Law is real, my husband was working on both of them. That makes planning a celebration more challenging. Naked truth here, I’m 99.9% fine with not celebrating my birthday. It’s nothing to do with age (I’m 41, so now you know). If you asked…

Manic Monday: The Anxious Ballerina

The Ballerina is 11. It’s an odd age, not one of the little kids, not even one of the big kids, but not a teen either. For about a month, the usual struggles of being a tween have shaded over into anxious worries. It was quite a surprise–as we wrapped up May, our extra-curricular activities…

Is Sunscreen THAT Scary?

It’s 100 degrees here today, which is not normal for Wyoming in June. It’s “Help me, I’m melting, what a world, what a world,” weather, which is why I’m blogging from my basement.   Summer is here in every sense of the word. It means swimming lessons, evenings at the lake, cook-outs, and all those mean…

Beauty Should Not Be Toxic

Once upon a time, I was a Mary Kay Lady.  Not for very long, and I was terrible at it.  From a distance of fifteen years or so, I can recognize that I was a very different personality than my up-line.  I can also recognize that I was not ready to give Mary Kay the…

Using Essential Oils Around Pets (Safely)

The scare articles have been making the rounds (again). A few years ago it was the article claiming essential oils would suddenly cause your child to have seizures.  There’s the ever-popular (and false) assertion that lemon oil will eat through your esophagus just like it eats through Styrofoam.  This year I’ve seen two Facebook posts…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

The Most Important Minimalism

Minimalism has become one of the big buzzwords of the past few years. There are thousands of pins, blogs, articles, and books on decluttering, being minimalistic, the benefits of minimalism, and on and on.  I personally love the idea of minimalism.  I am, however, terribly, terribly bad at the actual living part of minimalism.  In…