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This subject is something that is a topic that divides moms. Isn’t that weird? The way you nourish your baby can be a subject that causes divide between moms?

When I became a mom, the first thing I learned was that any ideals I had could be challenged. We had a birth plan, an idea for a really serene natural birth, and after 48 hours of labor, Gabriel was in my arms via c-section. He screamed piercing screams that made me have to leave the room to gather my sanity. I would get so frustrated and I cursed.. a LOT… and basically did things I never thought I’d do, all in the name of staying sane and getting an extra half hour of sleep.

But you know what did come easily to me? Breastfeeding. Sure, I had some of the normal struggles with nursing, the soreness, annoyed being the person doing the feeding every night, the time consumption, but in general, it was pretty easy for Gabriel and me. However, there was about a week where Gabriel had a hard time nursing, and for about five minutes a night, he’d cry and have a hard time latching. I had to have Aidan sit with me, talk me through it, keep me company and basically keep me sane. Eventually Gabriel got over it and never had problems nursing ever again. But that week WAS NOT easy, and I only had a collective 40 minutes of problems nursing in his entire life! It was enough to make me feel compassionate about other moms who have trouble nursing and choose against it.

I’ve heard lots of stories from women who formula feed who feel incredibly guilty about it, and who frankly were shunned by other moms who do breastfeed! THAT, I DON’T get. We all know what it’s like to want to do what’s best for our babies, and for some, breastfeeding ISN’T best for baby because mommy is going bananas while doing it! What’s ACTUALLY best for baby is a healthy mom, a healthy dad, and a healthy life, and that doesn’t necessarily look the same for everyone.

Anyway, we never really just write about stuff on a sprouting acorn, but I felt really compelled to talk about this since it is SO taboo, but really shouldn’t be.

Similarly, career moms! See my friend Andrea’s blog and read about her thoughts on being a “failed career mom.” I think she approached the subject in a really fantastic way!

What do you all think about this subject?

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Today’s tuesday etsy spotlight is olliegraphic! This store is all about customization! You can make greeting cards, printables, pillows, plates, bowls and all with your babe’s face on ‘em!

Check out the customization menu, you can pick out hair color, style, skin tone, eye shape, etc to create a little cartoon version of your little buddies! I think Gabriel would be a 5b, laughing expression, dark blond, almond shaped eye, light skin tone with dark brown eyes. That’s pretty fun.

What would your kids’ customizations look like? Here’s my New Year’s surprise, olliegraphic is offering a giveaway today! To enter the contest for a customized plate or bowl do each of the following:

1. leave a comment below telling us what you’d like, a plate or a bowl (and if you feel like it your customization, but only because I want to know what your cutie looks like, you will communicate directly with Meg about what your customization will be specifically).

2. like her facebook page here.

and lastly… if you haven’ already..

3. like our facebook page here.

we will announce the lucky winner on Friday on our facebook page!

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a shared meal

Jan
2012
09

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With only a few exceptions, Gabriel eats pretty much everything. Friends who check in on me on facebook, will probably notice that he tends to eat weird things (okra and even a lamb chop). I try to never make a “special” meal for him, mostly because I really don’t want to make two meals. Because I also tend to be starving by the time I decide to feed him, we’ve also, inadvertently, done some Baby-led Weaning, read more about it here. The great thing about this is that he, for now, has a pretty diverse palate and is also, for now, somewhat self-sufficient when it comes to eating, the not so great thing is that he makes a huge mess.

Here was a meal we shared last week: brown basmati rice, salmon, cooked kale and parsley. I like to put two green things in Gabriel’s meals. I read a theory that kids would eat more vegetables if they felt like it was a “main” part of a meal, and not just an afterthought. Often, he will have a meal with cooked veggies, then he will pick on some peas or steamed broccoli from a bowl in front of him. I also use herbs in his food so that it has flavor, but very little salt! He loves cilantro! Mine bowl has siracha, but other than that, our meals are identical.

Gabriel JUST fell asleep (it is 11:30PM), he is teething hardcore, poor buddy, and refused to sleep. Aidan actually came to my rescue and is sleeping with that teething monster…err angel… right now to give me a break. Thanks honey!

 

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Happy New Year, friends! This is my first post of the new year, and my first in a long while. I know I’ve been posting sporadically, leaving most of the blogging to Andrea, but as Andrea said yesterday, sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging! However, I have 3 new year’s resolutions for 2012: craft more, bake more, and blog more, so hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me this year, giving Andrea a much needed break every now and then!

Now on to my five faves for the week…
1. California to New York. We are completely dodging the frigid east coast cold, and soaking in the rays in sunny southern California for a couple weeks. I’d be silly to say I don’t enjoy wearing tank tops in January…

 

 

 

2. Huntington Beach, CA. On New Year’s Day we rented a 6-seater pedal cart from Zack’s Surf Shop and cycled along the coast as a family. I think we just created a new New Year’s tradition!

 

 

 

 3. Star Wars Exhibit at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA (going on through April 15.) My boys are turning into the world’s biggest Star Wars fans (yes, Lucas too!), so you can imagine how excited they were to see real props and costumes used in the Star Wars films.

 

 

4. Snowboarding at Bear Mountain in Big Bear, CA. I had the best time boarding with my brother, my sister and my cousins, even though it has left my back incredibly sore! I am in pain as I type this.

 

 

 

5. Our  new Tegu Blocks. We roamed the streets of LA yesterday with Andrea and Gabriel when Nico spotted these magnetic wooden blocks at super hip Eggy and couldn’t put them down… Sold!

 

 

 

One of the gazillion superstitions I believe in is that how you spend the first week of the year foreshadows how the rest of the year will pan out. With that said, it looks like a promising 2012! Cheers, everyone!

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a change of hair

Jan
2012
05

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It’s been a little slow on a sprouting acorn… it’s what happens when life gets in the way of blogging.

But, I was thinking I’ve been so bored with my hair lately. I basically just wash it (shamefully infrequently), on a good day, I’ll blowdry it. The first day, i’ll wear it down. The second day I might wear it down for half the day, then pull it back in a ponytail, the third day, I might put some aquage sea salt spray in it and call it “bed head” (when really it should be called “stink head”) then well, the next few days, while I postpone washing it, I might wear it in a bun and on the most desperate of stinky days, I’ll probably just wear a beanie and hide from society.

That night is typically the night where I lose sleep scratching my nappy head. Inevitably, I wake up the next morning and tell Aidan, “honey, I have to scrub my head,” because at that point, it isn’t about washing my hair anymore, it is literally, just scrubbing my head.

How’s all that for a dose of disgusting truth?! Anyway, I think it is pretty healthy for your hair to not wash it every day. I used to wash it daily, then little by little, I stretched out each wash and I think my hair is healthier for it (although my relationship with society might not be). But on day 5, I’d really like to change things up, and not wear it in such a predictable bun or hide it under a beanie.

I found a few hair tutorials on Cup of Jo and thought I’d share some of my favorite ones here. See her complete post on hair tutorials here.

above images via Cup of Jo, below image not… duh!

 

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I’m sure you’re aware by now that I am a big fan of printables off of etsy. So easy! Today’s tuesday etsy spotlight is daitzy, typically a paper goods and printable party designs shop, but are currently featuring calendars for the new year, for a mere $5!

I’m really into the calendar featuring seasonal hats! Who knew you’d be able to figure a hat for every month of the year!

They’re probably not the most perfect calendars to keep a busy mom or dad organized (since they don’t have places to put notes), but they are super cute and could be really fun for your little guys and gals to learn about the days and dates of the year.

I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve and a great start to 2012!

 

 

P.S. We sponsored the ohdeardrea blog, so any of you new readers landing here for the first time, WELCOME, we <3 you and hope you check us out often!

 

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Long before a sprouting acorn, before Gabriel, Lucas, Nico, Matt and Aidan… there was just Michelle and Andrea.

This picture was from ten years ago. Bermuda shorts, puca shell necklaces, denim overalls, bandanas, Destiny’s Child, Smashmouth (I die, RIP me), pink, yellow, brand new nokia cell phones, late nights driving around doing god knows what, and our senior year of high school. Some things change, some things don’t and our friendship has survived it all.

2011 has been great for both of us and 2012 is going to be even better! We hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve friends!

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New Year’s Eve for us was always about fireworks. We would take our afternoon naps and stay up late watching the spectacular show. This was, of course, not in California, rather, it was in the Philippines (where I grew up). I know fireworks are more of a Fourth of July event here, but I still like fireworks on New Year’s Eve. This was a project that I did as an alternative. It was still pretty fun and simple, and definitely easy enough to do with young kids.

A bonus? I didn’t buy anything! I just used supplies we already had at home and extra stuff left over from Christmas wrappings!

1. Cut circles from the cardboard to fit one end of your toilet paper rolls and cut a slit through the middle.

2. Thread a piece of ribbon or string (I used yarn) through a large button and through the slit of your cardboard. Tie it in a knot to secure the button.

3. Cut a square of the tissue paper and cut a small slit through the center of the square. String the ribbon or string through this hole.

4. Pull the pieces together and add glue all over the tissue square. Glue the toilet paper roll to the piece of tissue with the button on the inside of the tube.

5. Cut a rectangular piece of tissue, big enough to cover the toilet paper roll and more.

6. Glue the strip to the toilet paper roll by covering it with strips of glue and rolling it into place.

 7. Roll bits of tissue to create “confetti” balls. You can get really creative here. Add glitter, use a hole puncher and punch out bits of paper. Go wild, but remember that you’ll probably be cleaning up those bits of fun later.

8. Fill the tube with your “confetti,” the more the better. Once you’ve filled it to your heart’s content, twist the extra tissue off at the top.9. Try to stave off over-eager, curious babies.10. Tie it off with a piece of yarn (make sure you do this nice and tight). And hang it up.

When you’re ready, with the countdown to welcome 2012, pull on the yarn at the bottom and stand beneath it! They should give a fun POP and shower you with all the fun stuff you put in there!

I was obviously unsuccessful at step 9.

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Now that the whirlwind of the gift-giving season is over, you’re probably left with more toys than you know what to do with. (I know I definitely am!) So with the help of our children, we should probably go through all our toys and determine what we are holding on to, throwing away, and giving away.  The keepers can hide in cute toy bins like these!


1. BaffinBags Bin in Corn Yellow and White Slub Chevron ($18)

2. Gracie Toy Box. ($450)

3. 3 Sprouts Organic Storage Bin in Orange Fox. ($40)

4. Ikea Apa. ($15)

5. Argington Fuji Toy Box. ($349)

6. Kirby Block Box. ($270)

7. DwellStudio Dots Bin in Chocolate ($90)

8. Oeuf Toy Store. ($498)

9. Maude Toy Box. ($425)

10. Noah Owl Toy Box. ($330)

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Photos courtesy of Martine. Food courtesy of Aidan.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

We had a really wonderful Christmas with only one little hiccup–Gabriel choked and turned red on a piece of apple. I had to yank him out of his high chair and do baby heimlich on him–scariest moment of my life. My dad, who was in the middle of arguing with me about Gabriel’s refined sugar consumption (zero to none), told me that if I was giving him ice cream instead of an apple, it wouldn’t have ever happened.

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