reads we dig: #3

Every once in a while we bring you a few of the reads we’ve discovered in our web-surfing (because sadly, we probably spend too much time surfing… if you could see me, you’d notice I’m smirking right now).

Sometimes it’s about homeschool (like the first article this week by Kathleen Berchelmann).

Sometimes it’s about real food (see the second article).

Sometimes gardening.

It may even be a recipe that we’ve been wanting to try from someone else’s blog.

And sometimes it’s just great writing that we want to share … that pulls at our heart strings or reminds us of the best of humanity.

We hope you’ll click on the links, read the articles … and then turn around and share some of YOUR favorite reads with us.  Just add the URL into a comment and we’ll be sure to check it out.  As we build the O’Mamas community, we want to know what you all are reading!

So without further ado …

reads we dig

18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children by Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D.

I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children.  I never dream ed we would become homeschoolers.  I wanted my kids integrated and socialized.  I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world.  I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world.  But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring.  Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals.  These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected.   The face of homeschooling is changing.  We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills.  Keep reading…


Read Your Labels:  Top 10 Additives to Avoid from Citizens for Health

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging about the Citizens For Health selections of the top ten food additives to avoid in the “Read Your Labels” campaign. In case you missed any of the actors in this rogue’s gallery of unnecessary and health-damaging ingredients that turn up in so many products, here’s a recap of what they are, where you’re most likely to find them, and why you should keep them out of your diet.  As the high point of this campaign, Citizens for Health has declared Thursday, April 11 to be  “Read Your Labels Day.”  Keep Reading …


24 Reasons to Eat More Coconut Oil from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Have you ever tried chewing tapioca pudding?  It’s kinda like that, but thicker.  A very strange texture in my mouth that I wasn’t hoping to repeat.

Thankfully I found great success with melting it and making seed salad, which is still one of my all time favorite ways of eating this awesome fat (besides baking with it, of course).

A few days later, my good friend Google clued me in that coconut oil was supposed to be solid.  However, it wasn’t until I read Nourishing Traditions that I figured out why:  it’s 92% saturated fat!

Remember that saturated fat is the good fat.  It’s the type of fat that contains the strong bonds that are resistant to higher temperatures, making them safer to cook and bake with and less likely to attract free radicals.  Keep Reading …


A Letter to Young Mothers from Cheetos for Breakfast

I had my first child in 1990. Back then I was faced with a few choices: Natural childbirth vs. intervention, breast vs. bottle, stay-at-home vs. work, and cloth vs. disposable. That was it. For me, the choices were easy. There were not categories and subcategories and sub-subcategories. There was no internet to tell you the pros and cons of each decision you made. You just did life. You just lived.   Keep Reading… 

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