Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oh weird you mean our media and corporate regulators are corrupt...?? Nah.

The media hiding a story, say it isn't so! Fox being paid off by a major corrupt corporation, gasp! Oh and squashing a story about how said giant corporation is producing known cancer causing agents into our milk and food supply... no way... money rules the world folks even at the expense of our lives, duh. No one is exempt, even the FDA, a regulatory agency that we count on to keep us safe can be paid off, you'd be naive to think otherwise.

Wonder if I'll get a threatening letter from Monsanto or Fox about this and the "dire consequences" I may experience from sharing this info with others... I shudder at the thought :::choke::: let me tell you what, I will make sure I do my part to ensure that as many people as I can possibly stir up will see this story. And it is just the tip of the iceberg folks...

It should come as no suprise if you know anything about Monsanto, the "most evil corporation in the world".... you can read about a tiny portion of their shananigans here or by doing a simple google search. I became aware of all of the awful things they have done to agriculture and our foods when we watched the movie Food Inc. (WATCH it if you havent!!!) and the information we were presented with is actually what propelled us into living a much more organic lifestyle (hence our backyard chickens, etc).

The scary part which also should really come as no surprise is that the media is hiding and covering up stories like these, so that we the people keep our heads in the sand... the land of the free isn't so free when we are denied access to information that can alter our decision making, and it's all in the spirit of MONEY money money money.

Educate yourselves, and educate others, it's the only way to stop things like this from happening. And do yourself and your family a favor, plant a garden, get some backyard chickens, and join a local food co-op for your meat, you don't even want to get me started on what Big Agri-business has done to our produce, eggs, and meat supply.... Read more!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Did I Ditch Class On School of Life Day???

It's entirely possible that I may have skipped class the day they went over the "school of life" and "life skills" and "life wisdom" I did skip a LOT of school.... buuuut from what I gather after conversations with peers I'm pretty sure LIFE wasn't part of the school syllabus... ever. Another great tidbit from the interwebs... These are things that a good parent will teach their kids, because it may save them a lifetime of learning through the school of hard knocks.

11 Rules Your Kid Did Not and Will Not Learn in School.

I couldn't help but laugh after reading this 1. because it's so true, and 2. because I actually often joke about the fact that there is no college, no class, no credit hour for the school of LIFE. You know, the the things that are crucial to being a productive and successful member of society. I'm not talking about getting a degree or getting a 'real' job. And I'm not talking about parenting (we all know the only way to learn that is to live it. With your own kids. Because babysitting, nannying, and nieces and nephews don't count) I'm talking about things you will need to know at some point to be a responsible adult... like applying for a mortgage, understanding a health insurance policy, picking the right life insurance plan for your family, setting up a financial plan or retirement plan etc. It's a whole other world out there...

FHA, interest only, VA, mortgage insurance, escrow, debt to income, fixed, arm, subprime, title insurance????

Deductible, Coinsurance, durable medical equipment, in network, out of pocket maximum, open enrollment, accidental death and dismemberment, paramed exam, term or whole life???

Mutual funds, CDs, high risk, umbrella, annuity, 401k, roth ira???

It's like a foreign language. Pretty sure they didn't cover any of this stuff anywhere along the way. And I'm STILL learning half of this stuff as we speak. Writing a check appropriately, threading a sewing machine, and turning on an oven were about the extent of life skills they covered back in FIFTH grade. Where are you supposed to learn all of these things...??!! Your parents? I know for one my parents did NOT teach us any of this. They covered cooking your own meals, separating washing and folding laundry, cleaning basics, poop-scooping, putting birthday money into a savings account, and a daily dose of "go to school, get good grades, go to college" aaaaannnndd that was it.

There were no homeschool courses on credit scores, property taxes, or applying for a mail in ballot. So we've all been left to fend for ourselves and learn the school of life along the way. But I tell you what, the buck stops here. Right along with algebra my kids will be learning about APR's, leasing agreements, HSA's, and wage withholdings. And of course the 11 Rules above... because I know they aren't going to learn ANY of this from their high school teacher or pizza place employer. and this stuff is CRITICAL knowlege for life! I urge all other parents out there to do the same (after you learn it yourself of course, dont worry we're all there together.) Read more!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oh just some co-sleeping adventures

Ahhhh life with kids... do you catch the twinkle in my eye?? When people tell you to sleep prior to having kids, well, errr they're right. I used to roll my eyes at these folks up on their high horses and wonder why people always felt the need to rain on my blissful pregnancy parade (ahem random grocery store lady with the 48 hour blood and guts labor story :::blank stare:::) You ignore these warnings because they sound all doom and gloom but before you know it you find yourself being 'those people' warning friends and family of the same annoying things. So I apologize in advance for raining on the parade...

Sleep PEOPLE! SLEEP before having kids because it will never happen again. And those of you with 4 day old babies that sleep though the night shut up. Your kid is an anomaly. Don't believe me? Have another one and see how it works out for you the second time.

Part of the marathon of the first year of parenting is getting your kid to sleep. To sleep for more than an hour. To sleep without your help. To sleep in their own bed... emphasis on the word OWN. (stay tuned)

Dude #1 was a pretty good sleeper from the beginning (side note- the 'beginning' starts after 12 weeks of colic, I dont know whose kid that was we ended up with for the first few months, thankfully they came and picked him up and left us with HL just before I lost all semblance of sanity), started napping on his own and putting himself to sleep without a ton of intervention, only needed a couple of days of 'cry it out' coaxing when he was about 7 months and has happily lived in his own crib since. Only on rare nights or illness did he need more snuggle time and hubbs and I were happy to oblige and occasionally co-sleep with the dude.

And then came baby Nugget.... dun du dun dun Duuuuuun! DMac is the perfect baby, a perfect little dude with one fatal flaw... he doesn't sleep to save his life. So much for that awesome modern crib we picked out after months of searching, so much for the adorable pack n play in our master bedroom with a monkey mobile that has been all set and ready for him for over a year now, and so much for 'occasional' co sleeping. This kid has not left our bed since the day he left the hospital. Haaa yea very funny... not. We're a full blown co-sleeping family not necessarily by choice. Ya'll, I like to sleep and I'm pretty particular about my sleeping arrangement... pillows must be just so, ceiling fan on the perfect speed, curtains pulled the right way. Well that went right out the window 8 LONG months ago and thus, there has been no sleeping. All I can hope for on a decent night is to avoid a broken rib from kicking feet, not get poked in the eye with tiny sharp little finger nails, and maybe... just maybe keep my pillow ALL to myself for a full 6 hours.

But why?? What's so bad about co-sleeping, it's so natural and loving, the bonding is amazing..... I offer you the following photo. I literally have not stopped laughing since I saw it. This has been my life for the past 8 months and I'd be lying if it didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy knowing we aren't the only ones out there that have had the pleasure of experiencing the "jazz hands" or the "stalker" or the "H is for Hell" (Thank you whoever you are for posting this wonderful insight into the world of co-sleeping)

I am however proud to announce that just last night 7 months and 29 days later, Baby Nugget successfully slept in the pack n play at the foot of our bed for the entire night with only a little bit of coaxing throughout the evening. Oh my lord, finally.

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