Colo(red)

This weekend I finally took advantage of the box of Natural Instincts Cinnaberry that has been sitting on my counter for the past three weeks and colored my hair (again). It’s a temporary color (cuz I’m non-committal like that) that washes out after 28 shampoos. I’m thinking of getting a shorter (fun? funky?) cut to go with it and some new glasses as well. I have an eye appointment coming up this week and went scouting out specs this weekend. I’m trying my best to deviate from my usual brown glasses (which is what I almost always seem to get – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?) and have a purple frame in mind. We’ll see if I go through with it or not. There’s also a black and green frame that I rather like and a couple of (yes) brown ones too.

What kind of hairstyle do you think I should go with? Send me links to pics if you have suggestions. Maybe I’ll put together 2 or 3 styles that I like and then post a poll and let the internets decide my next hair style. Ya think?

Here I am with the new shades of Cinnaberry hair. I’m a red-head. (For the record, it doesn’t look as red here as it does in person. I’m surprised every time I see myself in the mirror.)

Me with red hair 6/29/08

A daughter’s love (BSM)

I took a slew of pics on Sunday, hoping to get something worthy of sharing for my Best Shot Monday. While most of them didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, this one grabbed my attention. I just love the look of adoration and pure joy in Ava’s eyes.

Ava and daddy 6/29/08

And I thought this one was pretty sweet too. 🙂
Ava and Julian 6/29/08

See more Best Shot Monday posts over at Slurping Life (for this week only).

Another Quickie shower challenge check-in

It’s time for another check-in on the Quickie 5-minute Shower Challenge. We’re up to 100 participants now! Woohoo! Thank you to everyone who is giving this challenge a try and to those of you who’ve linked to it on your blog. 🙂

So, how are you doing with it now that we are almost a month in? Those of you who were struggling to decrease your shower time, has turning off the water while you lather up or shampoo your hair helped? Or turning off the water while you shave? At the last check-in post, a couple people mentioned the “no ‘poo” (no shampoo) technique and, for those of you who are interested in learning more about it, I might have a guest blogger write about it while I’m on vacation.

I confess I was getting lazy and had been pushing the 5-minute limit (or going over) the last week so I started turning off the water while I shampoo my hair and lather up my body and that makes such a huge difference. Now I get done in under 5 minutes easily.

Two more months to go. You’re doing a great job so far! Hope you will hang in there with me. And if you haven’t signed up yet, but want to give it a go, leave me a comment and I’ll add you to the list. 🙂

If you are looking for more eco-challenges, check out Enviromom’s One Can A Month Challenge or Crunchy Chicken’s Keep Yer Cool Challenge.

Ain’t no power like the power of the mama

About nine months after I had my first child, I went (with the kiddo in tow) to my first Mothers Acting Up meeting. It was my first foray, at least post-children, into an organized activist group. While the timing wasn’t right for me to become a regular bottomlogo.jpgmember, I gleaned a piece of knowledge from that meeting that I think will always stay with me. That is that mothers as a whole are a very, very large group, and if they use their power for good, they can become a force to be reckoned with.

That little gem has stuck with me over the years especially as I blog. Once I became a mom, specifically a stay at home mom, I had more time to think about the things in the world that I wanted to make better and the ways that I could make a difference, no matter how small, in the life of my child or the life of another mother or child. That was actually my motivation behind starting my blog in the first place. I came to realize that, in the words of Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

I often think about all of the power we as women and we as mothers have and wish there was an easy way we could harness it. Thanks to access to the Internet, getting involved and harnessing that power is easier now than ever before. If you are looking for a way to affect some change for the better in your world or the lives of children around the world, chances are there is an organization out there that’s right for you.

Here are some of the mother-centric advocacy groups out there:

MomsRising

… is working to bring together millions of people who share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America. Started in May of 2006, MomsRising has gained over 140,000 citizen members and is rapidly growing. More than 85 national and state organizations have signed on to be aligned with MomsRising.

Our members are bringing important motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country’s awareness. We are working to create both cultural and legislative change. It is time to break the logjam that has been holding back family-friendly legislation for decades and to advance workplace policies that will support families.

MomsRising offers easy entry into citizen advocacy and is bringing the power of online organizing to motherhood and family issues.

Mothers & More

…is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy.

We address mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do.

Mothers Acting Up

…exists to inspire and mobilize mothers (and others) to advocate on behalf of the world’s children.
MAU inspires, educates and engages mothers — a gigantic force to be reckoned with— to prioritize children in our corporate and public policies. MAU believes that when mothers lead, generations of global citizens will follow.

Children’s Defense Fund

…The voice for all the children of America. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

When Ava was just shy of a year old, my husband with Ava on his shoulders and I walked in the annual Mothers Acting Up Mother’s Day parade on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colo. The parade was followed by a rally in front of the courthouse and it was a pretty powerful event to be a part of as I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day as a mom. As the mothers (and others) walked in the parade we chanted, “Ain’t no power like the power of the mama and the power of the mama don’t stop.” Remember that, mamas. The power is ours for the taking. We are women. Hear us roar.

Activist mommy bloggers and other activism sites:
Moms for Modesty
Mojo Mom
Eco Child’s Play
Moms Speak Up
MOMocrats
Nature Moms Blog
PunditMom
Healthy Child, Healthy World
Feminist Moms
Mothers Acting Up (blog)
Attachment Parenting International

Cross-posted on BlogHer

Guest bloggers wanted – inquire within

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Edited to add: I’ve received more responses than I thought I would and will have no problem filling two weeks’ worth of vacation. So thank you all for your replies, but I’m not going to be accepting any more guest bloggers at this time (though I may do this again in the future). I will be getting in touch with everyone who emailed me to let them know if/when I can use their post. Thank you!

The fam and I are going on vacation for two weeks at the end of July/beginning of August and rather than try to kill myself blogging in advance or committing to blogging while on holiday, I’m asking for guest bloggers to help fill the void. If you blog about topics that you think would be of interest to readers of my blog – attachment parenting, birth activism, maternal health, natural family living, green living, gardening, environmentalism, feminism, photography, etc. – now is a great chance to get your blog a bit of exposure. 🙂 I receive about 18,000 page impressions per month and have over 500 Feedburner subscribers, so I think you stand a good chance of picking up some new readers.

If you are interested in being considered for a guest blogging spot here on Crunchy Domestic Goddess, send me an email – amygeekgrl AT gmail DOT com with “Guest blogger” in the subject line – with a link to your blog (and send me a brief intro too if I’m not familiar with you or your blog). If you know what you’d like to post about (it can be an old post of yours if you prefer), please let me know that too and I’ll get back to you in a week or two to let you know if/when I will need your post. I’ve never done this before so I have no idea what kind of response I will get, but I’m excited to give it a go.

Thank you. 🙂

A not-so-green confession

Try as I might to lead a green lifestyle as much as possible, I sometimes fall short. I think some people might get the impression that I live by the green book and, while I appreciate the vote of confidence, I want you to know that I am not all green, all the time. Today I’m confessing my dirty little secret.

Although Ava’s preschool is about four blocks from our house, I drive there almost every time. Awful, right? I know! It’s something I feel badly about and I’m actually trying to do better and walk more often. The main reason I choose to drive most days is because I don’t feel we have the time to walk there. I’m a habitually late person as it is (doh, you just got another confession out of me), and after you add getting two kids ready into the mix as well, I fall flat on my face. And there are some mornings (and some afternoons with naps) where I let Julian sleep in until the last possible moment, then get him up, put him in the car and off we go.

Now that it’s summer I have no weather excuses (other than when it gets too hot! *wink*), I am working on it and trying to do better about walking. Maybe I need to set a goal of walking at least one of the three days to start off and then increase it from there. In fact, I think that’s exactly what I will do. Can I get an “E” for effort? 😉

Do you have a dirty little not-so-green secret you want to confess?

My little girl is 4

Today my little girl Ava turned 4. The past four years have passed in a blur. I can’t believe how quickly my little 8 lbs., 4 oz. baby has transformed into the smart, inquisitive, strong-willed, compassionate, beautiful little girl she is today.

We had an eco-friendly zero-waste birthday party (which I can’t wait to find the time to blog about!) on Saturday at a local farm. I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy to say that everyone seemed to have a great time, the birthday girl included. (Notice the brother of the birthday girl – AKA Julian – hanging out off to the side there? Hehe)
Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08 Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08
(Felt birthday crown courtesy of Green Party Goods)

Today (Sunday) was Ava’s actual birthday and in addition to some books from us and her Aunt Carrie, lots of cute clothes from both sets of grandparents, and a butterfly pavilion from Grandma, she got a new bike. She was very excited about it, but not quite excited enough to give it a try outside just yet. 😉
Ava sees her new bike - 6/22/08 Trying out the bike - 6/22/08

My mom, sister and our family went out to dinner tonight to celebrate and then came back to our house for some birthday brownies and ice cream. Happy birthday, Ava!
Happy birthday to Ava - 6/22/08 Four years old! - 6/22/08

It was hard for me to choose just one best shot for the week, but I think if I had to choose only one, it would be the first picture I posted – of Ava smiling with her piggy birthday cupcakes (which Grandma did a great job on). 🙂

See more Best Shot Monday posts over at Mother May I?.

A very, very crunchy weekend

As if throwing my very first zero-waste party tomorrow (Ava’s 4th birthday party which I plan to blog about it in detail another time) wasn’t enough, Golden Showers Garden PartyI’ve also decided to participate in Crunchy Chicken’s latest challenge. You know what one I’m talking about? No? It involves um, ah, errrr, basically watering your garden with diluted urine. Yep, you read that right. Apparently it’s really good for the plants. Something about the nitrogen. Free organic fertilizer. You can’t beat that, right? I figured I couldn’t very well call myself crunchy if I couldn’t participate in this. (The urine has to be diluted – 1 part urine to 10 parts water.)

I joked that I could ask all of the party guests to pee in a bucket and I’d haul it back to my house (gives a whole new meaning to “zero-waste”, huh?), but um, NO. I’m NOT going there. ;oP So if you are coming to the party, don’t worry. I’m NOT going to ask you for your urine. LOL You can keep your pee for your own garden. 😉

Are you up for the challenge? You know you want to. 😉 (I can picture several of you squirming in your seats right now at the very thought.) Well, if urine you’re in, there’s still time to sign up over at Crunchy Chicken’s place. And let me know urine you’re in too by leaving a comment here. I’d like to know I’ll be in good company. 🙂

Home birth is a choice that the AMA wants to outlaw

 

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Whether or not you’ve had a home birth or would choose one for yourself in the future, I think most women would agree that they should have the right to choose where they give birth. Just as every woman is unique, every baby is unique and every birth experience is unique. What works best for one woman will not work best for the next. Some women feel the most comfortable giving birth in a hospital with an OB. Some feel comfortable birthing with a family practitioner or midwife in a birthing center. Others feel comfortable birthing with a midwife at home. All of these are options are safe choices, so why is the American Medical Association (AMA) trying to outlaw home birth?

Are they scared that Ricki Lake is raising awareness that women have options with her movie The Business of Being Born? They specifically cite Ricki’s and other celebrities’ home births in the media. “There has been much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries, with recent Today Show headings such as ‘Ricki Lake takes on baby birthing industry: Actress and former talk show host shares her at-home delivery in new film.'” Ricki responds to the AMA here, and, over on the Huffington Post, Ricki, Abby Epstein and Jennifer Block have posted Docs to Women: Pay No Attention to Ricki Lake’s Home Birth. Are they scared that women might question the establishment and demand better care for themselves and their babies? Are they scared that they might (gasp) lose money? Are they scared that women might take back birth?

I’ve done a lot of research over the past few years regarding home birth and, of course, came to the conclusion that it was a good choice for me and my family. I’ve also written extensively about my research regarding home birth and my own home birth story as well. I would never say that it is the right choice for every woman, but it do believe it’s a woman’s right to know what her options are, do her research and decide what is best for her and her baby. I do not believe it is the AMA’s right or the ACOG’s (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) right to tell a woman where she has to give birth. As Steff Hedenkamp from The Big Push for Midwives states, “a law dictating where a woman must give birth would be a clear violation of fundamental rights to privacy and other freedoms currently protected by the U.S. Constitution.”

So what now? What can we as women, or men who support women’s right to choose, do? You can sign the Keep Home Birth Legal petition and I also encourage you to spread the word about this. Feel free to grab the button (which links back to this post) and put it in your sidebar or blog about this on your own blog. Get the word out there that the AMA is trying to take away our rights. Home birth is a choice. Let’s keep it that way.

I’ve been trying to get the code for the ‘Home birth is a choice’ button to work, but to no avail. If you’d like to add the button to your sidebar please email me – amygeekgrl AT gmail DOT com – and I’ll send it to you directly.

And if you feel like a debate today, check out the lively discussion on this topic going on over at BlogHer.

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