Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Brest Friend Body Pillow giveaway.

Mother Rising is doing a giveaway this month. Stop by her blog and enter a chance to win a My Brest Friend Body Pillow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gone Organic....I think

About a month ago I was reading a friend's blog and she was talking about organic produce. She joined a buying club (Annie's Organic) and distributes discounted organic produce locally! It sounded good - no sign up fees & no commitment. The pics looked good. So, the TLH Huffs are giving it a shot. Leonard & I are always talking about eating healthier and we do keep fresh fruits and veggies around for the girls.

Today we picked up our first half share of organic produce. It included strawberries, bananas, red seedless grapes, oranges, flavor granade pluots (plum & apricot mixed), jumbo yellow onions, zucchini, tomatoes, baby spinach, broccoli, curly kale, & hass avocados. We're starting off with the half share bi-weekly for now. But the girls have already devoured a good portion of the fruit and Leonard is cooking up most of the veggies tonight in a quiche. So, we will probably be ordering another half share for next week or upgrading to a full share.

We have even turned this into a homeschool assignment for Hannah. She asked why we were buying our food from somebody's house instead of the grocery store. I explained to her that these fruits & veggies were special because they are organic. "What does that mean?" So, Banana will be doing some research and writing an essay on what organic means and why it's beneficial for good health.

Do you buy organic produce? If so, where?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day & Birth Stories......

Today and all week local doula and blogger, Mother Rising, is asking Mammas to share our birth stories with each other "for our greater good." Of course, I couldn't pass up yet another opportunity to share Maggie's beautiful birth again! You can also read here why this L&D nurse chose a homebirth after two hospital births.

I have always said that reading other women's stories kept me inspired & encouraged during my pregnancy. Yet, my hope is that my daughters will read these same/similar stories one day and not be afraid of birth. So, to answer one of Lindsey's questions....What is my favorite moment? My favorite moment was when it was just me, Hannah, & Sarah (my daughters) alone in my bedroom awaiting our birthing dream team to arrive. They were the BEST doulas ever! And I remember thinking "this is how it's suppose to be."


Friday, August 26, 2011

We are still here!

The TLH Huffs are still here! Life has just kept us all so busy the past few months. Summer flew by so fast we didn't get to do so many things we had planned. But "it is what it is." One of my new mantras.

Hannah enjoyed a month with her Grandma in Detroit. I was sad to see her go, but sooo happy that she was able to have some quality time with her Grandma. Unfortunately, my Grandma Dear is not well and now needs 24h care. Hopefully, I will be able to go spend a few days with her next week. Since we are homeschooling again this year, the plan is to go visit at least once a month. It will given my Aunt & Uncle a break and give me some time with My Dear.

Yes, you heard correctly! It is official. The TLH Huffs have truly realized now that the public school system is just NOT for us. Sarah is starting Kindergarten and Hannah the 4th HOME! We've been doing "a little of this & a little of that" since Monday. Yet, the official first day is September 6th! We are all excited and making plans for field trips, science projects, and arts/crafts. This week we learned a little about symbols and Florida history. So, the girls each had to draw a symbol for our "school." Will have to scan & post them later.

This week has been a busy busy one. The girls started another season of dance. It is Hannah's 7th & Sarah's 3rd. My Banana is now a member of the company...ABT Prepatory Level. The Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee is one of the two schools certified in the state of Florida. Hannah will be doing 7hrs of instruction a week (in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, & Acro/Tumbling), one hour of assisting a teacher with the little ones a week, and 2hrs of performance rehearsal a week. A busy bee she will be! Sarah is in her last year at the primary level & taking a Ballet/Tap class.

We ALL will be busy. I'll be too busy to tackle those last three courses to finish my BSN degree. New goal is to be done by Fall 2012. Still undecided about Midwifery school. Still patiently awaiting some sign. Well why I'm waiting, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a contributing writer for a birth blog...The Mahogany Way Birth Cafe. The plan is to write one post a month. I'm really excited about this!

We are all excited about where life is taking us!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Band Together for Lupus

May is Lupus awareness month & this year's theme is "Band Together for Lupus." My fight with Lupus is a personal one. No, I do not have Lupus, but it has impacted me to my core. A day does not go by that I don't think of my mother's fight with Lupus that took her life too soon. She was only 47yrs old when she went home to be with our Lord after over a 15yr battle. I rejoice in that fact...the fact that she is home and free of pain. But I wont stop praying for a cure because it didn't find her in time. My family has been hit hard by this ugly disease. We've lost several family members and many more are still fighting today. I wear purple for my momma, my sisters, my daughters, my nieces & nephews, my cousins....for myself!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Birth Talk for Women of Color"

A new blog for all women, The Mahogany Way Birth Cafe, recently had a call for birth stories. Of course, I submitted Maggie's birth story and it was chosen for the very first story! I still love sharing her birth and hope that it can inspire/encourage someone like the stories I read while I was pregnant.

If you enjoy the Mahogany Way Birth Cafe, you can check out Darcel blogging about life at The Mahogany Way. She has also set up a great on-line community for women to discuss everything from birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapers, and homeschooling.