reads from the web: losing a child, giving my kids sugar and free seeds

We surf the web.

Probably more than we should.

But there’s really some interesting stuff out there.  So we’ve decided to share with you some of the good stuff we’ve read this week:

Why Is Everyone Always Giving My Kids Junk Food?

For us anyhow, it never seems to end. Saturday skating lessons often include lollipops, kids’ grab bags from community races regularly contain chocolates, loot bags from friends parties might as well be renamed candy bags, libraries host events with names like “Donuts and Dads,” bending a blade of grass with soccer shoes leads to sugar-sweetened sport drinks on the field and often ice cream or popsicles when the final whistle blows, and so on and so forth. And don’t even get me started on juice. No doubt too, each and every time I speak up, there’s someone out there telling me I shouldn’t be so frustrated, as it’s just “one” lollipop, it’s just “one” ice cream sandwich, it’s just “one” chocolate bar. If only it were just “one.”

We feel this ALL THE TIME and it’s good to know we aren’t the only ones!

Daisy’s Memorial

My final request to all who read this blog: love. Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters. Love each day like it’s your last. All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you. Enjoy your gift. Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath. Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen. Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them!  Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them.  Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth. Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it. It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long. You blink and they’re grown. It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years. I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike.

This made us cry.  And made us thankful.  And made us hug our babies a little tighter and love our husbands just a little more (if that’s possible).  And pray for Daisy.  And her parents.  And made us want to share this story with everyone.

The Institute of Domestic Technology: Teaching the Art of Homemade Food in the 21st Century

Not all culinary schools are created equal, and the Institute of Domestic Technology is living proof. It’s not just about the technique or the recipes but about the food itself; director Joseph Schuldiner is perhaps at the heart of this attitude towards gastronomy and everything that surrounds it.

Jeanne wants to go to this school.

Top 10 Toxins in Your Home, Room by Room

If you’re looking to rid your home of toxins, these top offenders in each room of your home are a good place to start.

  1. Laundry Room: Dryer Sheets
    Dryer sheets were my entree into the land of toxin-free living when I learned that the substance used to soften clothes is often derived from animal fats. (YUCK!) But the fragrances used in dryer sheets can be even worse, containing chemicals like benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol and terpines—all toxic, and some carcinogenic. Switch to DIY dryer balls instead and use essential oils for that fresh laundry smell…

Crazy good info to have at your fingertips.

Free Vegetable Seeds for 2013

If you mention my giveaway on your own blog and encourage your readers to visit and enter, you automatically receive my gratitude along with a complete set of seeds …

So we’re mentioning the giveaway to you all and encouraging you to visit and enter … not just because we want the seeds (which is a great bonus … ), but because I really love this site and would love to offer some blog-love to a deserving site.

And last but not least…  some wisdom from Abby’s little guy…


Have you read anything good this week?  Want to share it?  Add it in our comments so we can all check it out!

2 thoughts on “reads from the web: losing a child, giving my kids sugar and free seeds

  1. wow didnt know that about the dryer sheets……wont be buying them anymore. thanks for the info! love that little Elijah, yup we all get the outside all the time, and best of all its free!!

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