Blogging, Stay at Home Mom

How Do You Balance Blogging?

Keep Calm and Blog

 

Tomorrow I start two new classes towards my goal to achieve my Bachelors degree in Health and Wellness. After this term, I will only have 6 more classes to go! I am getting excited but wondering how I am going to manage this blog thing. Right now I am doing a quick post because my 3 ½ year old is napping, which is rare. Right now I could be doing other things such as cleaning out the refrigerator, laundry or cleaning our bedroom. As I mentioned in last week’s post I am currently at home full-time, however, I am hoping to begin part-time work outside the home soon. I often feel more overwhelmed than I did when I wasn’t at home all the time.

If any of you experienced bloggers are out there reading this, any advice and tips you can throw my way on how you manage blogging? This mama would appreciate it!

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Children, Potty Training, Pre-Schooler, Toddlers

Potty Training a Boy: My Experience So Far

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I am happy to be sitting here typing this post. I commented on my Facebook page on Monday that I realized it has been a month since I last posted. Things have been crazy busy lately. The good news is that my 3 1/2-year old finally decided to start using the potty after months of us practically crying, begging and pleading with him. We promised toys and his favorite homemade treats but he just was not interested. I am proud to say that he is in undies all day and a diaper or training pants ( I love these chlorine free training pants by Seventh Generation) at night for now. Phew! I thought he would still be potty training in high school at the rate he was going but I guess its normal. They say boys take longer than girls anyway but I didn’t know what to expect being that he is my first and only child right now.

Since I am a temporary full-time stay at home mom now I have had the extra time to work with him. I have been letting him go naked while in the house so that he can go to the toilet when he needs to without fumbling with his pants and undies. He refuses to poop in the big toilet, only pee, but at least we are a step in the right direction. After reading this post from some members of the March 2010 group on BabyCenter.com, I realize that I am not alone. What has helped you with potty training your child? Here are some things to remember while potty training, especially a stubborn 3-year-old little boy!

1. Relax. Remember, every child trains at different rates. Do not place a time frame on this milestone. Just like your child walked at a different time than your friend’s child, he will also potty train at his own rate. Throw away the calendar. Ignore the Facebook and Baby Center posts of other moms saying that their child was potty-trained at 18 months . This is not a race.

Also, your toddler can tell if you are stressed. He feels and responds to your anxiety. So, smile. Relax your shoulders. Let him know that you are there for him and you are not worried. He is doing just fine.

2. Don’t Punish Accidents. It is very common for children to potty train in steps. And it’s common to have some backsliding. As I mentioned, J felt comfortable pee peeing in the potty first, then after watching Daddy a few times graduated to pee peeing in the big potty. Now he goes poo poo in the little potty. We are still working on staying dry during naps and bedtime. He is also terrified of sitting on big toilets in public, but has no issues peeing in them. (Can’t say that I blame him because I am terrified of the germs in public bathrooms).

We are still teaching him to recognize his body’s signals to use the bathroom. He is also mastering how to pull his pants down and up.  This is a process and some children move through this phase faster while others move through it more gradually.

3. Celebrate Victories. Don’t Worry about Setbacks. Your son will figure it out. Children need to know if they have accidents that they can be cleaned up and move forward without fear of punishment or embarrassment. So believe it will happen Mama and take time to celebrate!

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Alternative Health, Alternative Nutrition, Families, Real Food

Whole Foods

Do We Need Whole Foods and other real food options in the Black Community? I say Yes. Here’s Why.

Former CNN contributor and current senior analyst on the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner  Morning Show, Roland Martin, recently posted the above podcast on  his Facebook page. I knew that I had to blog about it because this subject is  something near and dear to my heart. A lot of Black people could care less   about eating healthy. I want to change  that perception. It saddens and frustrates me to go to grocery stores in the inner city and rural areas because there are hardly any organic foods, if any,  in sight. I visited a Food Lion in our inner   city about a week ago and was shocked that there were no organic foods in the   store, not even a bag of organic chips. Sadly, most low-income communities are food deserts. At a Food Lion store across town where patrons are more   affluent they do offer organic foods and even have a section dedicated to organic foods. Why is this not in the inner city store?
Although I live in a better part of town, I   travel about an hour away once a month to shop at the nearest Whole Foods  and Trader Joes. Yes, we have Kroger who does have organic items and we have   a few local natural foods stores but they can get expensive. We are also   getting a Fresh Market in a few weeks but I am not excited about that either   because they are terribly expensive also. With Whole Foods you have to watch   sales and not get overwhelmed. It was easy for me to do when I first started   shopping there. A lot of people think I am “bourgeoise” for doing   this but I feel it is the best decision for my family.
As a Black woman, I have to be frank and say   that most of us don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars to get our hair done   or to get the newest designer bag or smart phone, but won’t spend   hundreds of dollars on good quality food for ourselves and our growing   families.
I want to leave you with one final thought.   In the words of Joel Salatin founder of Polyface Farms in   Swoope, VA ,  “If you think the price of organic food is   expensive, have you priced cancer lately?” There have been 2 recent   cancer diagnoses in my family this year and this is not a fate that anyone   would wish upon their worst enemy. I want to do the best that I can with the   knowledge that I have about food to hopefully prevent this awful disease from   preying upon myself, my son and any future child that I bring into this  world.

Here is a link to the podcast below.

http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2013/09/roland-s-martin-daily-podcast-09-06-13-do-we-need-whole-foods-in-the-black-community-mari-gallagher-lets-us-know/

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Alternative Health, Children

Why Not to Treat a Fever | Modern Alternative Health

I am going through this right now with my 3 year old. DH (dear husband) convinced me to take our son to urgent care today since our regular pediatrician’s office was closed.  The urgent care doctor surprisingly said the same thing that I said about a fever actually being good for the body as it is the body’s natural way of getting rid of a virus or infection. I also agreed with the doctor on why she believes that Tylenol is poison, but she recommended Ibuprofen instead (rolls eyes).:/ That is where I beg to differ. Read this article from Modern Alternative Health on why it is best not to treat a fever.

Why Not to Treat a Fever | Modern Alternative Health.

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Families, Frugal Living, Money

Frugal Living for Families: Living Without a Credit Score | Modern Alternative Mama

I loved this article written by Modern Alternative Mama’s husband and wanted to share it with you all. It challenges us to question whether or not going into debt in order to have a high credit score is really worth it after all. I always thought that my husband was being old-fashioned because he refuses to deal with banks and credit cards as he prefers to pay with cash instead. Maybe he has the right idea. What is your family doing to get a better grasp of finances and living frugally?

 

 

 

Frugal Living for Families: Living Without a Credit Score | Modern Alternative Mama.

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Children

McDs Nugget

Natural Cures Not Medicine posted this article about what was found in a McNugget after investigation under a microscope. They found “dark black hair-like structures sticking out of the nugget mass, as well  as light blue egg-shaped structures with attached tail-like hairs or fibers.” WTF?!

This crap is definitely not something that I want my son eating. Ever since my son was a baby, my brother-in-law has mentioned how he wanted to take my son for his first Happy Meal. Well, I told him that won’t happen over my dead body!

I wrote this post so that other parents are aware of what is in this stuff that they market to our kids. Please make your own nuggets from local, pastured chicken if at all possible. I will share a recipe for homemade nuggets originally posted on 100 Days of Real Food. Hope you enjoy!

Read more at http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/08/chicken-mcnuggets-under-microscope.html#Y5vKBoqh43537WqK.99

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