Sleep Debt is Paid in Sickness

Oh look, cold and flu season has begun! It’s the time of year that every mother and teacher dreads. Just as the kids are back in school and daycare (and exposed to all the other kids there), bacteria and viruses explode. Here, strep is already making the rounds, along with a virus that sure looks…

Miss Bug’s Birth: Accidentally Natural

Read about my two previous births! The Ballerina’s Part1 and Part 2, and the Engineer’s. Between the Engineer and my next pregnancy, we moved.  I was at a new clinic, a new hospital and had a new doctor, Dr. P.  We were in a new house and new neighborhood, but family problems follow you everywhere….

Keeping Stress Away from Baby

Most woman can agree that pregnancy is an especially stressful time of life. It isn’t just the physical stress, either. Although morning sickness (or hyperemesis gravidarum), food cravings and aversions, round ligament pain, and difficulty sleeping cause their fair share of stress, the mental stress and worry is often worse. Society has a huge amount…

The Engineer’s By-the-Book Birth

Read the Ballerina’s exciting birth story: Part 1 and Part 2 One would think that in the two years between the Ballerina and the Engineer, I would have read more about childbirth and dealing with the pain of contractions, but I didn’t.  Life was full of other, more pressing things.  Not just my teaching, but…

School Days Diffuser Recipes

I don’t talk about it much, but my favorite way to use oils is in the diffuser. At night, I can set the diffuser and the family and I get our oils all night long. I can fill it up at the beginning of the day to help everyone get moving. It has taken a…

Manic Monday: God Sends Reassurances

If you’ve been pregnant (or lived with a pregnant woman), you know the hormones affect more than your body. They affect your brain and wreak havoc with your emotions. The belly is growing, the joints are loosening, the memory cells aren’t firing all the time, sleep can be elusive, and my emotions often run away…

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….

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…

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…