Cute and cool stuff abounds

I know I’ve talked about the *Attachment Parenting International online auction fund-raiser before, but here I go again. This time, with pictures! 😉

As I type this, 28% of the items on the auction (of over 200 total items) have yet to be bid on. Which means there’s a WHOLE lot of stuff to be had for well under retail value.

Now to further tempt you to click over and start bidding, I want to take a few minutes to show off some of the cute and cool items currently open for bidding.

First off, there are these two adorable dresses that my mom made…

Citrus dress 2T Flower dress 4T

These two “pillow case” dresses were made by my mom specifically for the auction. The citrus one is a size 2T and the flowered one is a 4T. Ava has three of these dresses made by grandma and she gets compliments on them wherever we go. They are adorable and are truly one-of-a-kind. Click the pics above to bid on them at the auction. My mom also made a couple of “taggies” toys/blankets (like this one) that are listed in the “Children” section.

And now I’d like to feature a few more items (as well as their generous donors) that I helped round up…

Strawberry dress

This super cute strawberry circle dress with matching shorts is a size 12-18 months and was donated by Baby Bonkin. It currently has no bids on it, and bidding starts at $7, so you could get this dress for well below retail value. Click on the picture to place your bid now. Baby Bonkin also has a few other cute clothing items open for bidding on the auction.

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Primrose Path Signature Smock Set

This adorable Signature Smock Set is size 12-18 month and beyond. The set includes matching handmade smock dress and drawstring pants made from modern fabric in a fun pink and floral print. It was donated by Urban Baby Runway, and is currently sitting at well below retail value. Click the picture to place a bid.

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Rosie Toesies

It’s not just cutesie little girl clothes though. These Rosie Toesies are beautiful handmade slippers (for women) and will keep you feeling cute & comfy all day long. Great for the spa or lounging around the house. Donated by BellaBella Designs. Bidding has yet to get started (and starts at only $11!) on these slippers, which would make a great gift. Click the picture to bid.

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Blessed Nest Nesting Pillow

The all Organic Nesting pillow is a wonderful nursing pillow and is very comfortable for both Momma and baby. The pillow is also great for pregnant mamas to use to sleep with before baby is born. It was donated by Blessed Nest. This pillow retails for $84, and is currently sitting at only $35, so you could potentially get it for well below retail value! Click the picture to place a bid.

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No-Cry Discipline Solution

Elizabeth Pantley generously donated two signed copies of each of her “No-Cry…Solution” books. API is offering all 6 books in one set, and the other books each separately. Click the picture above to bid on all 6 signed books. I’m currently reading “The No-Cry Discipline Solution” myself and have found a lot of useful techniques in it.

In addition, there is a set of 11 signed books from the Dr. Sears library in the book category (as well as many other books) open for bidding.

There are 49 books and/or magazine subscriptions (!) available for bidding in the auction. Several are signed by the author.

And this one, Mama Knows Breast, donated by author Andi Silverman, too!

Mama Knows Breast

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Eesti Ring Sling

There are currently 25 items in the baby wearing category – slings, mei tais, Moby wraps, pouches and Ergos all included, and even some children’s size carriers. This beautiful espresso brown ring sling above was donated by Eesti Slings. Click the picture to bid on it.

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Imagine Peace onesie

This cute “imagine peace” onesie is size 6-12 months and was donated by Sassy Onesies. Click the picture to place your bid.

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Peek-a-boo B nursing cover

Four Peek-a-Boo B Nursing Covers were donated by Peek-a-boo B Covers. The cover allows you to nurse your baby discreetly anywhere, if you choose to nurse away from prying eyes. Made of baby-soft lightweight and breathable poly knit, mom and baby stay cool and comfy. Click the picture to place your bid. 4 different colors are listed on the auction.

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Newborn hat booties

Hand knit by Dawn, this beautiful newborn to 3mo hat and booties set is perfect for a baby girl. This set was made in very, very soft 100% pure wool, shades of pink and lavender yarn. The booties feature ties at the ankles to help keep them on wiggly feet. The hat features a picot edge and pretty eyelets. Click the picture to be the first to bid on this adorable set!

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And now, just to help display how diverse the items in this auction are (it really isn’t all AP-related items), here are some other things open for bidding.

Lil speedy bike

This is a twelve inch wheeled beginner bike with training wheels and was donated by Trail Kids. It is Royal Blue with hand print graphics to add color and style. It is recommended for children ages 2-4 and fits a 15-18″ inseam. Click the picture to place your bid.

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Orlando vacation

This auction is for a 2 BR, 4 night/5 day stay at the Orlando International Resort Club, a RCI Gold Crown Resort, from 8/11-8/15/07. Accommodations include 2 bedrooms (much like a well-equipped furnished apartment/condo), equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, wireless Internet and more. Fun! Click the picture to place your bid.

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Blue man group

The winning bidder receives 6 FRONT ROW TICKETS to see the incomparable Blue Man Group in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Arena, along with backstage passes to the post-show meet & greet all happening on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007! You’ll also receive Blue Man Group Gift Packs. Click the picture to place your bid.

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Sawyer Brown

You are bidding on a autographed photo of Sawyer Brown, a Sawyer Brown “The Hits Live in Concert” DVD, and a Sawyer Brown t-shirt (cream, size large). Bid by clicking on the picture.

In addition to all of the cool stuff above, there are also collectibles, health/beauty products, jewelry, cloth diapers, art, yoga sessions, a photography session, and much, much more. Go check it out. The API auction closes on July 21, so there’s just one week left to bid on all of your favorite items. Happy bidding. 🙂

Thank you to all of the generous donors and to you all for bidding and helping to support Attachment Parenting International. 🙂

*Attachment Parenting International (API) is a not for profit organization that works to protect the parent-child connection.

Addicted? Who me?

I saw this over on The Whole Family and had to play along too. 😉

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Don’t forget – only a few more days left in the Breastfeeding photo contest. If you want a chance to win the t-shirt over in my sidebar, please send me a picture. 🙂 The deadline to enter is July 15.

Go with the flow

Some days you have to throw out your plans and just go with the flow. Today was one of those days.

I had planned for the kids and I to attend a monthly social put on by my home birth midwife. We’ve yet to go to one because they are held the exact same time as our local AP meeting each month. However, I figured we’d skip the AP meeting this once and go catch up with my midwife, who I haven’t had much of a chance to chat with at all since 7 months ago when Julian was born.

However, after being awake for only 30 minutes this morning, both kids were in tears, Ava was melting down repeatedly and, as much as I wanted to see my midwife, I didn’t think a social event would be in anyone’s best interest – us or anyone in attendance. So we didn’t go.

Still, I felt we needed to get out of the house and break up the funk that already had a hold on our day. I decided we’d take a long drive up into the mountains. Julian could get a good nap in, and Ava and I could get out of the house – something we surely needed. Between working on my new CafePress store and the API auction lately, I really felt I needed a break from reality.

Estes Park

We took the long, scenic drive up to Estes Park. Julian slept most of the way. Ava and I admired the mountains and trees. I remembered why I used to enjoy hiking so much pre-Ava. We really need to start doing that again and getting back out into nature. I miss it.

By the time we got into Estes Park, we were all getting a little hungry for lunch. We stopped at a cafe and I asked if we could order some sandwiches to go. The woman who worked there said there would be quite a wait since there was a big order ahead of us, and told me about another sandwich place, Shakes Alive, nearby. We headed over there and got a couple of sandwiches for Ava and me and a strawberry smoothie to share. Then we drove to the visitor center, got out our blanket and took our meal to our favorite picnic spot in Estes Park, by the Big Thompson River, for a picnic lunch.

The chipmunks watched us intently as we ate our food, and we watched them, making sure they didn’t get too close. I nursed Julian to the sound of the rushing river. (There’s something about nursing outside that feels so natural and earthy to me. I love it.) Tourists walked leisurely about. Ava waved at some teenage girls having lunch nearby, and they waved back. It was a calm, relaxing afternoon.

After we were done eating and were just finishing up our smoothie, the clouds let lose and it started raining on us. At first it was just a nice, gentle rain, but then it picked up and I decided to move us under a picnic shelter about 15 feet away. I held Julian at a picnic table, watching and smelling the rain, while Ava danced in it. It was one of those moments where I wished time could stand still. I haven’t been having a lot of those moments lately. Maybe because I’m trying to do too many things and not having enough time to do any of them well. It was a much-needed reminder that sometimes it’s OK, and even GOOD, to slow down and just let things happen and enjoy the moment.

After the rain let up, we took a little walk, then the rain clouds threatened again so we called it an afternoon and headed back to the car. I’d like to say we got home and all laid down for a nice nap (I sure needed one) to complete our relaxing day, but that didn’t happen. 😉 However, I enjoyed the time with the kids, just being out together and in the beauty of Colorado.

Quick catch-up

I’ve got a few minutes to write a quick catch-up post, so here goes.

I’m bowing out of Best Shot Monday this week because I didn’t take many pics last week and, of the ones I did take, I haven’t had time to edit them. I hope to be back up again next week. 🙂

On Friday, Ava had her 3-year check-up. She’s healthy and growing well – 38 inches tall and 36 lbs. There were a couple of things that I was concerned about (hearing and speech stuff) that I brought up with the doctor and will write more about them another time after we know more information.

This weekend we went to the MoveOn.org party for the Live Earth celebration. My friend had a great turnout at her party. It was great to see so many people interested in doing their part to help save mother Earth. I didn’t get to mingle much (having two kids in tow), but I did get a chance to chat with a friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while. It was good to catch up with her.

On Sunday, the family and I went to a local reservoir for a little swimming. Not long after we arrived, however, the clouds rolled in and it started lightning. Between that and some unsavory people in attendance (like a guy who was smoking while in the swimming area and then when he was done, he dropped his cigarette right in the water – gross), we decided to cut our stay short. And despite the water being cold, Ava and Julian both enjoyed themselves.

In between activities this weekend, I was working hard on a new CafePress store. I’m really excited about it and hope to finish it up this week so I can announce it! It’s mostly geared towards babies and kids, though some of my designs work well for adults too. More on that at a later date.

I’m playing a catch up on laundry and housework today, as well as taking the kids to the park and doing a little more work on the API auction (go take a look – click on catalog at the top to get to the items up for bidding – and bid on something yourself 😉 – only 12 days left and lots of great stuff to be had!), so I gotta run.

Win a t-shirt – photo contest

Just a reminder that I am still accepting entries for the World Breastfeeding Week photo contest to win an “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” or a “Lactivist” t-shirt. The details are here. I’ve received 16 entries so far (all of them are wonderful – I don’t know how I’m going to choose a winner!) and hope to at least double that before the end of the contest.
Special thanks to all of the bloggers who have put up links to the contest on your blogs. I appreciate you spreading the word!
Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 15.
Oh, and I’ve decided to make some sort of photo collage out of the entries which I will share on my blog during World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-8).
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And while we’re on the subject of winning pro-breastfeeding t-shirts, The Lactivist is also currently running a contest. Write a quote for a picture of her cute little boy, and you could win a shirt from her store!
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Updated to add:
Celebrity Baby Blog is also asking for breastfeeding pictures to celebrate WBW, so once you submit yours to me, head on over there and submit it to her too. 🙂

07/07/07 – Live Earth

Live Earth

Today is 7/7/07 – the day of Live Earth The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis – “a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms – TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels. Live Earth concerts will be broadcast to a live worldwide audience by MSN at LiveEarth.MSN.com.”

MoveOn.org has a part in this huge event by organizing more than 1300 “Parties for the Planet” in the United States. “We planned for 1000 Parties for the Planet; we have over 1300. We hoped 10,000 MoveOn members would attend; we just cleared 30,000, making this our biggest event of the year. We have events in all 50 states, in the Virgin Islands, in Puerto Rico and in Guam. These parties—quite simply—are going to be huge.

The overwhelming response to these parties is a clear sign of the commitment that regular folks are showing to solving the climate crisis—and our leaders are taking notice. We’ll watch all 8 Democratic presidential contenders answer tough questions from MoveOn members on the climate crisis. And because this is truly a global event, we’ll join 2 billion people around the world to watch Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts. It should be an unforgettable night and is only the beginning of the work we’ll do together to take on the climate crisis.”

A friend of ours is hosting a party so that’s where we’ll be tonight. 🙂 I’m looking forward to it! Anybody else taking part?

To find a MoveOn Party for the Planet in your area, visit
MoveOn.org.

And if you haven’t yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, I recommend checking it out.

The great money fiasco of ’07

Between all the hub-bub surrounding Ava’s birthday and having my parents staying with us for several days, I didn’t have time to keep up-to-date on our checkbook ledger. So when I went to pay some bills last week, I just assumed we had the money to cover them all – even a large credit card bill which contained expenses from Jody’s last work-related trip and a deposit on the work done on our bathroom shower. Because I was expecting Jody to receive an expense check to cover most of that, I went ahead and paid it off in full.

When I was able to update our ledger a day or two later, I discovered we did NOT have the money to pay that and still cover other bills and living expenses. Still, I was expecting Jody to get his expense check soon and figured if he didn’t, I’d just transfer some money from savings to cover it until he got paid. So what did I do then? I mailed our mortgage. Why? I’m not quite sure. It can be received up until the 14th of the month and not be counted as late, so I easily could have held onto it for another week. I guess I felt I needed more drama in my life. 😉 Ha.

We found out the expense check payment was still a few days out, and now, with the mortgage pending in addition to the credit card payment, we needed the money ASAP, so Jody attempted to transfer some money from savings. However, it wouldn’t be that simple. Back in February we moved our money from a traditional savings account to a savings account with ING Direct, giving us a much better interest rate. We soon discovered that we never set it up completely. Apparently, I never called in to verify some information which would grant us access to our money. Oops.

So I called to do the verification, figuring I’d be able to then transfer the money and all would be well. Not so. Apparently they mailed me a PIN back in February that I either promptly recycled or disregarded, because I had no idea what it was. Without the PIN there was no way I could complete the verification process, so basically we were being protected from ourselves and not granted access to our money. SH*T!

The only option was to have them mail me a new PIN which would, of course, take 5 to 7 business days – more time than we could afford – literally.

Between another small checking account I have, collecting some money my sister owed me and some cash that was in my wallet, I somehow managed to scrape together just enough to cover my big snafoo (or is it snafoos?). Barely. That didn’t leave us any extra for groceries, gas or anything else. Thankfully we had a good amount of food already in the house and our gas tank wasn’t empty (though it is now).

Jody’s expense check money was deposited into our account today so we are in the clear again! Can you hear my big sigh of relief? Also, the PIN is on it’s way to me and I will finish getting that all set up so in case we run into a situation like this again, I will be able to move our money to cover it.

Nothing like a bit of financial drama to get your blood pumping. We survived, but that was a little too close for comfort.

Happy Independence Day

To all of my American readers, happy 4th of July!

I’ve mentioned before that I am an email subscriber to the “Daily Groove.” “Written for “leading-edge” parents, The Daily Groove brings you an inspiring and/or practical (and short) message every Monday through Friday.” I like each one of the messages (and strongly encourage all AP-parents to sign up), and often feel like sharing them on my blog each day, but I restrain myself. 😉 However since I need something Independence Day-related today and this fits right in – here ya go! 🙂

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove

:: Independence Day for (R)evolutionary Parents ::

Parents who practice attachment parenting are often
accused of neglecting their children’s development
of independence.

Strangely, these accusations usually come from the
same folks who advise us to take swift disciplinary
action the moment our children exhibit signs of
independence, now re-labeled “disobedience.”

Thankfully, we have the reassurance of the Founding
Mothers and Fathers of holistic parenting whose
“spoiled” kids are growing up to be remarkably
independent!

Today is Independence Day in America, so let’s write
our own Declaration of Independence from the culture
of alienation:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all
Children are created Lovable, that they are endowed,
by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Happiness
of Parental Proximity. . . .”

http://dailygroove.net/independence-day

Feel free to forward this message to your friends!
(Please include this paragraph and everything above.)
Copyright (c) 2007 by Scott Noelle

Today’s revised Daily Groove message was originally
presented on July 4, 2006.

“Inspiration & Coaching for Progressive Parents”
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Port Townsend, WA 98368
USA

What a difference a day makes (pics and a video)

A month or so ago I wrote about how we had decided to try Julian on solids. After a few days of it and him showing no interest in actually eating the food (he kept spitting it out or gagging) and having green poop after ingesting a tiny bit of avocado, I decided we should hold off on food for him for a while.

A month past and when we were at my friend’s farewell party this weekend, he kept trying to grab a banana out of Jody’s hand. I told Jody to let him have it and see what he did with it. Well, he loved it – both squishing it between his fingers and eating it. That seemed like a pretty clear sign to me that he was ready to try solids again.

While I made nearly all of Ava’s baby food myself, I don’t feel like I have the time or energy to do that this time around. I may do some things, but not to the extent that I did it with Ava. So when I went to Vitamin Cottage on Sunday evening, I picked up a couple jars of Earth’s Best Organic carrots, peas, and winter squash. I figured we’d give those a try before I bought or attempted to make any more.

Monday night, he enthusiastically ate about half a jar of carrots. Tonight he happily ate the other half. Yes, I definitely feel he is now ready for solids.

I’m glad that I waited another month and didn’t push it just because he was 6 months old and “that’s when babies should be eating foods.” I followed his cues and waited until he let us know – “Hey, mom and dad, I want some food.” 🙂

Anyway, back to my real motivation for writing this post. And that is, what a difference a day makes regarding what is now coming out of this boy! I think he pooped pureed carrots tonight. I’m going to miss those sweet-smelling, easy-to-clean breast-fed poopies. They are now a thing of the past.

And now, some pics (of him eating, not of his diapers 😉 ) and a video of the future drummer:
7/1/07
Before:
Julian and the banana - before
After:
Julian and the banana - after
“What? I can’t hear you. I have some banana in my ear.”

Enjoying some carrots 7/3/07:
Julian loving his carrots 7/3/07

The little drummer boy video (aka Julian smacking his booster seat) 7/1/07:
Click here to watch it.

Oh, and don’t mind Jody’s elbow that’s in most of the video, and Ava saying, “I need to go pee” in the middle of it. If I waited for the perfect opportunity to tape my kids, it would never happen. 😉

I can’t figure out how to embed the video in my blog without it royally screwing up my layout. Maybe I’ll mess with it more another time.