I'm in love with these silver stacking rings from Bowerbird Emporium on Etsy. She is really excellent at sizing and there was a quick turnover even with a brand new little baby. She did my sizing from 4.25 to 5.25. Yes, I have teeny tiny hands. The rings are made very well and sturdy even though they are only 12 and 14 gauge. I also have a butterfly she mounted. She does a wonderful job and she sells beetles and other objects of curiosity in her shop. I'll will be photographing the butterfly I have later this week.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
-Global call for knitters to make sweaters for Penguins
-These are awful "Like a spirited woman who yearns to be tamed." what the?
-mini ghostbuster car (DIY)
-I want this in my size
Ps: picture is from the Cancun, 2012
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1. My mama visited this past weekend | 2. Francis enjoying the weather when it was warm | 3. My dad visited too :) | 4. Making naan (again) | 5. Mantel love | 6. Carrot snack | 7. All the address labels on her hand | 8. She didn't want to let go of daddy's hand after our walk
-Our little one's first storytime was last Thursday. She danced in the middle of the circle as everyone sang nursery rhymes. I'm so glad they do not have the expectation that kids should be sitting quietly and not moving.
-Our little one has mastitis and she's taking antibiotics to clear it up. I didn't know toddlers could get that! She weighed in at her Pediatrician appointment: 19lbs 9.6 oz. Her height is 31 inches.
-She had a fall off one of our chairs straight onto her face last night. I didn't see it completely but our friend did. Our little girl was shaking but I didn't see the fall so I had no idea what had happened. We keep telling her she should sit on her bottom but she's at a age where she's trying to find her own voice in matters. "I know what I'm doing!" When it happened I closed my eyes and was in a bit of shock. It seemed like something happening on a movie not in reality. Ice packs and a headlamp appeared and as she was shaking her curiosity resumed, "ooo what are these?" Then she went about organizing her ice packs. Lining them up and stacking them.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It's amazing to see your artwork in print especially in such a wonderful magazine. I really loved this series and I'm really glad that so many people have loved it. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces let me know. They are $150. #3 is already sold.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I'm so thankful to have Kathleen Wilson in my life and we were lucky enough to have her as our doula for little one's birth. She was amazing through my birth and was a beacon for me in my darkest of moments. Here is Kathleen's post:
Even though I am a doula and I believe everyone should have the right to birth their baby in exactly the way they see fit - I still judge other women's choices. I work hard not to do it, but in my heart I know it is happening. That little voice I hear that says, 'Why would she choose that?'. It is an epidemic that I encounter on a daily basis. I keep that little voice tucked deep down inside. I talk to that voice and ask it why - what gives you the right to judge her choices? - are you any better or are you just insecure about the choices you have made. Don't you want her to have the same rights as you? The freedom to choose.
Of course - I want all mamas to be educated and make informed decisions. But does that give me the right to presume that she is not educated and informed? If she is not making the same choices as me than she must not have had adequate education. She must be missing some pivotal detail that I can give her.....
When you think this way you are undermining her power and her choices. I do NOT know what is best for her. I have not walked in her shoes and been faced with the things that she has. Maybe she is afraid and maybe she is confident in her choices. Our job as women is to listen and be empathetic to what she is going through. To SUPPORT her right to make decisions that she believes are safe. If she asks for information, offer it with love. If she does not ask for your opinion - keep it to yourself and smile instead.
If you are choosing an unmedicated, out of hospital or a more natural birth - frequently you feel you must hide your intentions or defend them. You feel assaulted by other women. 'Why do you want to feel pain?, Why not just get the epidural? Do you really want to take that chance? You'll ask for the epidural, just wait and see.....'
If you are choosing a 'more mainstream birth' - elective induction, scheduled cesarean, planned epidural - well, you will be judged for that too. 'Aren't you at least going to give it a try? what if you don't get the epidural in time? aren't you afraid of post partum depression? you know, you don't have to do that right?'
It's so discouraging. It is so hard to combat that most women refuse to even address the subject. I hear it time and time again. 'My family and friends just don't understand.'
It all seems so harmless when we are saying it, but is it?
No - it is not harmless. We are planting the seeds of doubt. We are instilling fear. We are showing her that we do not understand or accept her choices, when all she is looking for is our support.
I am writing this for myself, but also on behalf of all women. All birth choices. All birth circumstances. My voice, I hope, is the voice of every woman. The woman who chooses to have an umedicated birth in a field of daisies with no assistance and the woman who chooses to birth her baby (yes, she is still birthing her baby) via scheduled surgical birth, the woman who chooses an epidural from the beginning, the woman who chooses induction and the woman who changes plans during her birth and feels the sting of 'failure' for not achieving what she set out to do.
How can we sit in judgment of what we can never understand?
This year I had a client who chose a scheduled cesarean and a client who chose to deliver at home in a bath of warm water, a client who was induced for medical reasons and a client who chose to be induced because she wanted to exercise some control, a client who took her doctor's advice and client who chose a different path than her doctor recommended. I believed in all of those women to choose the right course for their bodies and their babies. More than anything, I believed in their right to choose how they birthed their babies.
The support of a doula should be unwavering and complete, the support of all women should be as well - we are all doulas. My friends and my sisters have all chosen their own path and I have supported them all through THEIR choices. It is our right to make these choices without judgment. Supporting other women in their choices is our duty - as women, as mothers, as friends, as sisters, as doulas. As a doula - I am hired to help families become more educated so they can make informed decisions. As a friend - that is NOT my job. My only job as a friend is to listen, without judgment and offer my unwavering support.
This is a rant - provoked by many things. I know I am wandering all over the place. Please be patient with me as I try to find the place inside myself without judgment.
When you tell me you are pregnant and what kind of birth you are planning or if you don't tell me any of that...... Know that I am trying, I am working to be better and I hope you are too.
All photos of Kathleen were taken by Stephanie Shirley.
If you are a doula or midwife I would love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in doing a guest post.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This is a introductory list of Homeschooling options on the internet and in the Houston and surrounding area. I have tried to compile links to free items as much as possible but also included things that cost money indicated by the $.
The links in this list are to get you started and allow you to realize there is a wealth of educational materials at your fingertips. Pinterest is also a great tool for looking up resources. Such as Homeschooling Toddler, Homeschooling PreK and many other visually cited sources.
Another great resource is your local Public Library. You can usually access materials online as well check out books. There is also the ability to take classes or attend storytime. There are free public lectures and events that could also be educational (i.e., such as Menil Collection Public Program, Rice Gallery Talks and many others).
2. Donna Young Printables and Resources (includes lesson planning,
1. Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (Free-1st-Highschool)
2. Free Homeschool Curriculum (varying age ranges)
3. Ambleside Online (varying ages)
4. Penmanship Printables
5. StarFall (ABC's,
8. Living Math PDF
9. Math (PreK-12th grade)
10. CK-12 (Math, Biology, Probability, Measurement, Physics, Chemistry, English, Engineering, Astronomy, History and many other sections
11. Games for PreK-Adult (Words, Animals, Geography, Health, Nutrition and many others)
12. BBC educational resources
14. Daily Grammar
1. Garden Oaks Homeschool Group (greater Houston area)
2. MASH Homeschool Support Group (Conroe, Willis, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Montgomery and more)
3. PALS Homeschool Group (Humble, Spring and The Woodlands)
1. Homeschool Instructional Support Classes (Tomball and The Woodlands, TX) (Geography, History, Math, Writing and many others (5th-12th grade)
2. Training Center Classes (located in Conroe, Texas) (3rd-12th grade)
5. Woodlands & Tomball Sign Language classes (1st grade-adult)
Classes (Free | Virtual):
1. Saylor Free Education (K-12)
Organizations offering homeschooling sessions $:
1. MFAH Glassell School of Art Homeschool classes (ages 4-13)
3. Natural History Museum of Houston (High School )
4. Contemporary Art Museum, Houston Young students (FREE)
5. Children's Museum of Houston (5+ )
6. Health Museum (PreK-12 grade) (3+ ) (includes a wide range of classes focused on health & science)
7. Health Museum family workshops (8+)
8. Detective Days at Bayou Bend (6-12)
9. Hands On Houston | Contemporary Craft Museum, Houston
10. Houston Zoo Homeschool Groups (5-17)
11. Houston Arboretum Home School Programs (5-12)
12. Houston Arboretum Tadpole Troopers (3-5)
13. Space Houston Center Day Camps (4-14)
14. Texas Parks & Wildlife Junior Ranger Program (7-12)
Summer/Holiday Programs $:
1. Project RowHouse (Arts, writing, fine art, dance, gardening)
2. Natural History Museum Summer Camps (6-12)
3. Health Museum Camps (5-13)
4. Bayou Bend summer History Camp (entering or exiting 5th grade)
5. Bayou Bend Spring Break week (3+)
6. Texas Junior Naturalists Summer Camps (4-12)