Wednesday, June 23, 2010
My sister has successfully gone vegetarian, but she is selfishly still in the Galapogas living it up, so I can't readily ask her questions. I recall one eventful car trip with her... I used to live quite near an abattoir, and had to drive past it to get to my place. There we were, driving along, listening to music, when she suddenly winds down the window and yells... "MURDERERSSS!!!" I almost crashed the car. Thanks for that, Vic!
One of my fans opened my eyes recently (I'm sorry, I don't remember who it was!). She posted a video, wish I'd kept the link, of animals being treated DISGUSTINGLY by humans. I couldn't watch it all the way through, I was crying after the first few clips. She said I should watch it all the way through, especially if I still eat meat. I can't. So I KNOW that I have no business eating meat... ignorance isn't bliss, its selfish. Thats how I feel about my own diet, anyway.
This time I want to do it properly, research, find out what makes good meat substitutes. I feel like I have to be super careful not to get anaemic. I am a breastfeeder, plan to be until Butterfly is LEAST two years, and hopefully tandem feed her when the next bub is born. I have already lost SO much weight from feeding her, which alarms me a little, as its still coming off and although I eat well, I do eats me a lot of chocolate...
I have also had low iron in the past. So I have to do this thing properly so I can remain healthy and continue to make quality milk. Does anyone have any suggestions for books, or someone to consult about it? Like a naturopath or something? I'm pretty uninformed with this stuff.
If anyone could help me out with their favourite recipes, advice, or something?
Little F, bless her, sat down and let me know she wanted Butterfly to sit next to her... then went and got a book for them to read! Naww... Butterfly patted her face a lot (as she does) and stroked her hair. Then, without prompting, the pair of them shared the biggest cuddle!! Arms wrapped right around one another, and they held on for a good ten seconds... we all went, "Awwww!" and wished we had the cameras out! It was beyond adorable. I get the feeling Butterfly wants to walk more when she has been around older babies, she really studies the things they do. I might have to get her out more often.
I was a little confused by the whole transaction, he was $1.92 on sale and his size said "small". So I didn't get my hopes up, I figured he was, like, keyring size!! Surely he had to be, to be so CHEAP? And when I payed, paypal said my transaction had been cancelled... but he disappeared from the website... so I wasn't even totally sure I had bought him!!
So I was ECSTATIC this morning when he arrived! And he isn't keyring size, he's perfect cuddle size! Not exactly small... around 30cm I'd guestimate. I am so in love, he is so imperfect and retro and adorable. He is MY teddy, even if Butterfly doesn't end up liking him!
Another great adventure buying from a WAHM...
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Chemical Free Kids! http://www.chemicalfreeparenting.com/
Clothes Lime (knitted toys and recycled clothing) http://www.clotheslimeboutique.com/
Eco toothbrush... http://www.gogreenathome.com.au/abouttooth.html
Bokashi bin and other great Eco products! http://www.goodconcepts.com.au/
Vegan site, including clothing... http://www.veganera.com/shop/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=11
Eco rewards program... http://www.viro.com.au/
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
All of the other mothers dressed their little ones up for the "Rock Chick" theme, they all looked ADORABLE!! Sausage boy ended up winning best dressed, he came with a rock outfit, stars on his face and he matched his Sausage date perfectly!! Kudos on the matching foot attire Sausage Mama... the prize was a BPA fre boon duckie (Slim)! It was a hard contest to judge!
All of the bubbas had a good boogie! I love watching babies dance, so uninhibited! Best dancer went to little Imogen, who entertained us with the chicken dance! Dude, an 18 month old doing the chicken dance is too adorable!! This was especially hard to pick, as there were some rad moves going around! Little Pheonix was getting dowwwwwwn! Imogen won herself some black babylegs with white stars, perfect for rock chicks!
I am so tired I don't think I will be able to get off the couch and actually go to bed... so here are some photos to help tell the story of the day!
Butterfly's birthday book for people to sign instead of cards... I am SO glad we did this, we got such lovely messages! Also notice the bowl of coloured chocolate lindt balls to entice people to the book!!
Errm... yeah... Sausage boy, the best dressed! Here he is wearing gluten free chocolate cupcakes!
The cupcakes!!! My friend Alethea made these as Butterfly's present!! The turned out FANTASTIC!! And tasted good too :)
All of the Mummas and Bubbas!
Butterfly and Footprint Dadda!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm not sad to be losing my "baby". I am so proud of every milestone she reaches, and every day she is more aware, and more of her personality shines through. Joss is a real joker, she loves to laugh and to make us laugh! She is also very musical, she LOVES to dance, "sing" (silently) and clap her hands! One of her favourite games is to hand me the sheep puzzle piece, I say, "Baaa", she says, "Baaa" then claps her hands... so we clap our hands... then she throws her hands in the air, and we copy her and say, "Yaaaaaay!!!". Is hysterical to a one year old!
Her other favourite games are...
Running away in Daddas arms while Mumma chases saying, "Raaaaaar!!"
Picking up a giant long piece of tubing and trying to make the cats play with it
Throwing remote controls off the couch, while Mumma says, "UH OH!!"
Galloping along on Mummas chest at the shops while Mumma makes clip clop noises!
Pulling all of the cards out of Mummas wallet and handing them to her
Putting her sleeping bag on her head
Sitting on the big soft chair in her room and pointing at every single soft toy she has, and making Mumma put them on the chair with her (by the time I'm finished, she can't be seen!)
She really is a joy and a treasure, and I am one lucky Mumma!
Here are some photos of today, I'm off to bed after working hard to get the house tidy for her party!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I first brought bub out to have a look at it yesterday, and said (because she's big into noises), "This one goes ROOOOOOM ROOOOOOM ROOOOOOOOOM!!"... my husband cracked up laughing and said, "You haven't heard it yet, have you? It actually sounds more like a lawn mower!" ... and it does! So yes, this is NOT a motorbike by any standards. But for a scooter its pretty cool. Her name is Sascha (the Scrubs fans will get me). All she needs is a little bell and some handlebar tassles...
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I pondered this while consuming a cheeseburger stunner meal from Hungry Jacks ("would you like to upsize to a large today?"... "Sure!"). For those unfamiliar, this is cheeseburger, fries, coke AND a chocolate sundae!! Butterfly was sleeping in the car and I was lamenting the loss of my midmorning nap... I usually sleep when she does, and if she falls asleep in the car I can't move her or she will wake :(
I do loves me some junk food. I am a bit of a food addict. I am so careful to make sure bub eats well, but I don't do the same for myself. So I thought I'd give it a bit of a spin, hit me right in the eco conscience!!
Lets think about one little burger meal. (Although truth me told it wasn't that little... nor was my stomach after consuming it!)
The Cheeseburger... bread (at least 10 ingredients), beef, onions, pickles, tomato sauce (at least 10 ingredients) and mustard (at least 10 ingredients)
Fries... potatoes and oil
Coke... awww man I hate to think, conservatively 10 ingredients
Sundae... Ice Cream (?5 ingredients) and chocolate topping (?10 ingredients)
Really I have no idea on how many ingredients there would be in all these things, I think I'm underestimating.
One cheeseburger wrapper, printed
One fries box, printed
One Soft Drink cup, printed plus one plastic straw
One sundae cup, printed, with plastic lid and plastic spoon
One paper bag, printed
OK so... around 60 ingredients. EVERY SINGLE ONE started out innocently enough, growing somewhere. Each had to be picked, sorted, packaged and transported (think petrol consumption) to another location for processing (carbon emissions), transported AGAIN to be made into the final product, and AGAIN to the stores to be sold. I'm sure there are heaps more processing and transporting steps than I am aware of.
Then there are the emissions caused in the production of the packaging. Sure, some of it is made from paper and will break down, but that doesn't mean it doesn't impact on the environment.
THEN there are the methane emissions produced after consuming the meal, especially if you ordered onion rings...
So next time you go to get a burger, or reach for a bag of snack size kit kats, think about the impact on the environment your naughty snack is having.
A BANANA only requires picking and a quick truck trip ;) ... or better yet, picked straight from your own yard!
I type this while consuming a M&M McFlurry with caramel topping... but in my defense, I didn't ask hubby to bring it home, and after all those emissions it took to make it, I couldn't waste it...