On your mark, get set, breast-feed!

By now I think most of the online mothering community has heard about the ridiculous, ignorant comments by Bill Maher and actions by Facebook regarding breastfeeding – making both of them look like real boobs.

If you have been living under a rock and are in the dark on these issues, Suburban Oblivion did a good job of covering the Bill Maher storyequating breastfeeding to masturbation?? What is wrong with you, Bill?! – a couple weeks ago.

Then there’s Facebook and MySpace’s idiocy of banning breastfeeding pictures because they are “obscene.” (However, a new social networking site still in beta called Cre8buzz, allows nursing photos AND is supportive of breastfeeding mothers. Yay, Cre8buzz! Here’s a link to become a beta tester.)

All of this leads me to the point of my post, which is that the League of Maternal Justice is hosting a virtual nurse-in AKA “The Great Virtual Breast Fest” on 10/10/07 at 10 a.m. “We’re asking women around the world to speak out – and squirt out! – against the banning of breastfeeding pictures on Facebook, as well as against the constant onslaught of negative attention toward breastfeeding mothers in public spaces and in the media.”

The League is asking for your breastfeeding videos or photos while you participate in the Breast Fest which they will compile to “let the world know that there is no shame, only power, in caring for our children.”

Not breastfeeding, but support it? The League of Maternal Justice loves your boobs too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ “You can participate by writing a post – even a blurb will do – about why you support women’s right to nourish their children whenever and whatever and in whatever manner they wish.”

Please grab a button from their site and help spread the word. The more boobs, the better. ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you plan on participating, let them know by emailing The Boob Squad.

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  • Don’t forget tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 1) is World Vegetarian Day. Sign up to go meat-free for the day with me here. C’mon, you know you want to! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • And check out my latest giveaway – a Halloweenie shirt for your little pumpkin!

Halloween t-shirt giveaway

Updated: The winner was #11 – Cristy of two peas, no pod.

I was going to wait to do this giveaway until next week, but I’m too excited and want to share it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Peek-a-boo

Halloween is right around the corner and to celebrate, I’m giving away one Halloween t-shirt from my store Cute As A Bug. The “li’l pumpkin” designs are actually ones I’ve had for a couple years now in my Attached at the Hip store, but I thought I’d move them over to Cute As A Bug where they’d fit in a little better. I also added a new “peek-a-boo!” design, as well as a “boo-tiful baby” design and “Monster Baby” design. (I’ve had so much fun making these, I may come up with even more this weekend!)

If you’d like to win a Halloween infant creeper (onesie) or infant/toddler t-shirt:

  1. Sign Mr. Linky below
  2. Write a post linking back to this contest AND Cute As A Bug. Non-bloggers may enter too – just be sure to tell a friend.
  3. Leave me a comment letting me know which Halloween design you like best

The deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 5. The winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) and announced on Oct. 6.

Go veggie for a day

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day is being held on Oct. 1, which is also the kickoff of vegetarian awareness month.

Some of you may know that I’m an on-again/off-again vegetarian. I’ve had a couple of vegetarian stints in my life. I haven’t eaten red meat for about 9 years, but I do currently eat poultry and fish on occasion. For the most part, I try to make a variety of vegetarian meals, but meat is sometimes a part of our diet.

Wondering what the big deal is and why vegetarianism so important?
Some of the Benefits of Vegetarianism are:
รขโ‚ฌยข reducing the risk of major killers like heart disease, stroke and cancers while cutting exposure to food borne pathogens;
รขโ‚ฌยข offering a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry, through more efficient use of grains and other crops;
รขโ‚ฌยข saving animals from suffering in factory farm conditions and from painful slaughter;
รขโ‚ฌยข conserving vital, but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources;
รขโ‚ฌยข preserving irreplaceable ecosystems, such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats;
รขโ‚ฌยข mitigating the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture; and the list goes on.

Eating vegetarian doesn’t just mean salads and veggie burgers (though it certainly can). There’s a whole world of tasty, meatless meals out there. ๐Ÿ™‚ To help you commit to going meat-free on Oct. 1, I’m listing some of my favorite vegetarian recipes that I’ve blogged about in the past:

Are your taste buds tantalized? Feeling hungry? Feeling motivated? If you want join me in pledging to have a meat-free day on Oct. 1, please sign Mr. Linky below. (Already vegetarian or vegan? Awesome! Please sign up and join in too!) I’m personally going to try my best to make the whole month of October as meat-free as possible for me and my family. I’ve been on a roll already this week making only vegetarian meals (some of which I need to post on here and add to the list).

If you feel so inclined, please feel free to snag my button (above) and blog about this too – linking back to this post if you like. We don’t have much time before Oct. 1, so I hope some of you will spread the word. Feel free to share any vegetarian recipes you have on your blog. The more people we can have join in, the merrier! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bag winner!

The winner of the two reusable bags is #41 – Jill H.! Congratulations, Jill.

Thanks to everyone for participating and thinking green. Remember you can still get your own bags from Reusablebags.com and save 20% with this coupon code – mth6cp (provided it is still good).

Stay tuned – A new contest will be coming up next week! ๐Ÿ™‚ In the meantime, check out my contest page for other contests going on around the ‘net.

how sweet it is

Lest any of you get the impression that because I am crunchy I do not indulge in crap that’s bad for me sweets, take a look below at what Jody bought for me last night.

First, a little back story. As you know, I had a migraine on Tuesday, which lessened throughout the day, but was still present last night. Usually my drug sweet of choice is frozen chocolate chips (because we always have some), but since Jody had to run out to the store to pick up some new deodorant (because I somehow lost his – I was cleaning up and put it “away” but now I have no idea where “away” is!) ,I asked him to pick me up a “big bag” of M&Ms to help with my headache. ‘Cuz chocolate is good for what ails ya, don’t ya know? ๐Ÿ˜‰

He came home with this:

Big ass bag of M&Ms

Now is that a big ass bag or what? He thought nearly 3 lbs. of M&Ms would be funny in light of my request for a “big bag.” Apparently I should have specified a “big bag, but not a big ASS bag.” Sheesh. It better take me at least a month to work my way through that. Hahaha. Who am I kidding? It will be gone in a week, maybe two.

Also, what’s up with the “easy-to-use bag” (top left corner)? That cracked me up. I don’t recall ever meeting a bag that was not easy to use. Ahh, marketing. ๐Ÿ™‚

The good news is that although I still had a migraine early this morning when I woke, I took some Ibuprofen and went back to bed. Julian threatened to wake up for the day at 7 and I knew I needed at least another hour so the drugs could kick in. That, and I was still incredibly tired from my late night moon chasing last night – more on that later. So I begged the universe (and my kids) to give me one more hour of sleep so that I could be a happier mom today. They didn’t wake me up until 9:10! Woohoo!!

So, how about you? What’s your sweet of choice?

to. the. point.

Wordless Wednesday is below.

Interesting day today.

Started with a migraine. Skipped Music Together class.

Took an impromptu drive into the mountains. Saw some aspen turning yellow.

Ava had to pee. Found a Porta-John at a trailhead. Somehow squeezed Ava, me and Julian into the Porta-John. Fun.

Picked up Jody from work. Drove home.

Jody bathed kids. I made dinner. New vegetarian recipe. Ate.

Bedtime for kids.

Full moon out. Going to try for take two. Then must sleep.

(Future blogs will not be written this way. I’m in a mood.)

Wordless Wednesday – 9/26/07 – Rainy days and Mondays…

Unlike the song by the Carpenters, “Rainy days and Mondays” never get Ava down. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ava Puddle Jumper 9/24/07

Splash 9/24/07

Little brother watches from the window.
Julian wants to play too 9/24/07

Feeling green? Want to stop using those pesky plastic bags and use some cool reusable bags instead? Be sure to check out my giveaway. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Sept. 26. ๐Ÿ™‚

More Wordless Wednesday.

 

Night out

Jody and I are stealing away for a date night tonight. Yes, an evening out – without the kids! Aunt Carrie is babysitting and we are going out!

Where will our night out take us you ask?
For a romantic dinner? No.
To a movie? Nope.
A walk on the beach? (Yeah, I don’t know what beach either, but it sounded good.) Guess again.

Jody and I will be spending our night out at …
Ava’s preschool! ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s the first of several scheduled parent evenings as part of the Waldorf school.

Despite the fact that our night out will not be a romantic one (unless we sneak away to the playhouse in the backyard – *wink, wink*), I’m looking forward to it. These days I’ll take a night out however I can get it. he he. It’s funny how things can change so drastically once you have kids.

Best Shot Monday – 9/24/07

With today being the fall equinox, I had this great idea that I was going to take some cool pictures of the moon tonight. At 8 p.m. the moon was shining brightly and the sky was clear. The conditions couldn’t have been better.

By the time the kids were both asleep and I got my stuff (camera, lens, tripod) together to go outside and take pictures, it was 10 p.m., and, dun, dun, dun – the moon was nowhere to be seen. The clouds had rolled in. ๐Ÿ™

Feeling hopeful, I got in the car and drove around for 40 minutes wishing for a break in the cloud cover. The break didn’t come.

Feeling defeated as I drove down Main Street, I decided I couldn’t go back home empty handed. I pulled out my camera and took a few shots with a 3 second shutter speed while I drove down the street.

So here’s my last-minute, definitely not the moon, but hey, at least it’s something “best shot.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Traffic lights

See more best shots over at Picture This (click the button):
little bsm button

And if you haven’t yet entered my reusable bag giveaway, please check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oatmeal burgers – recipe

Yes, I said oatmeal burgers. While that isn’t the technical name for them, that’s the name I dubbed them since they have 3 cups of oats in them. ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently gave this recipe out of Vegetarian Times a try and thought it was quite tasty. There’s a fair amount of prep work involved so it’s a weekend recipe for me (so I have help watching the kids). They are a great alternative to boxed veggie burgers and especially nice on the grill in the summer. (I meant to post this recipe weeks ago but just never found the time.)

Oatmeal burgers

Chicago Diner (AKA Oatmeal) Burgers
Serves 8 – Vegan if you don’t add real cheese (though I did)

Ingredients:
3 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
12 oz. mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1. Bring 4 cups water, celery, onion, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper to boil in pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in oats, mushrooms and flour and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to bowl, and chill.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape mixture into patties, and bake on prepared baking sheet 15 minutes. Flip, and bake 10 minutes more. Cool.

3. Heat grill to medium-high. Place foil on grill and coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers on foil 7 minutes per side.

Enjoy!

Oatmeal burger