Thursday, August 30, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007


listen to Ben Harper's new album:

available next week!!

win a pink dyson!!

okay, you all know a pink vaccum would make housework so much more fun! well, maybe not fun, but it would be cool just the same! visit mod*moms blog and leave a comment before october 1st for your chance to win a pink dyson! good luck!

Nestle' Boycott

we are nestle' boycotters, as difficult as it is to boycott a company so large, but we try. i decided to post the article below to explain our reasons in doing so. we are breastfeeding advocates, but above all we are advocates for the people targeted by this massive company's unethical practices.
so, if you feel inspired please join us in our efforts and boycott nestle'... or as my witty son calls them, nasty!

Boycott Nestle and help save lives. Please feel free to copy this article into email, for forwarding.

Nestle promotes artificial infant feeding around the world, breaking a World Health Organization (WHO) code of marketing. Nestle makes a profit while others count the cost.
* WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund say that reversing the decline in breastfeeding could SAVE 1.5 MILLION LIVES EVERY YEAR. Millions more infants become seriously ill because they are not breastfed. * Where supplies of water are unsafe and conditions unsterile, a bottle-fed baby is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhea. Expensive formula (often costing more than half the entire family income) impoverishes people who are already poor. Milk is often watered down to make it go further, thus adding the extra risk of malnutrition. * A breastfed child is less likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections, diabetes, pneumonia, polio, allergies and other illnesses. Bottle baby disease is the name given to the deadly combination of diarrhea, dehydration and malnutrition, which is the result of unsafe bottle-feeding. * Breastfeeding is the best start in life for a child - but Nestlé's baby food marketing puts profits before health. * Baby Milk Action coordinates the 18 country international Nestle boycott, focusing on Nestle because it controls about 40% of the world market in baby milks and uses its influence to undermine controls on marketing activities. Monitoring shows Nestle to be the largest single source of violations worldwide. The Boycott is supported in the UK by over 100 church, health and consumer groups, over 90 businesses 80 student unions, 17 local authorities, 12 trade unions, 74 politicians and political parties and many celebrities. * Nestle has been warned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) not to repeat claims made in the 1996 anti-boycott advertisement.
Nestle takes notice of sales figures - by boycotting Nestle, you can help stop these unnecessary deaths.

What you can do
1. Don't buy any Nestle products. If the company you work for provides Nestle products in Vending machines or in the staff canteen, make sure whoever is responsible is aware - see further down this message for a list of Nestle brands, print it out and take it shopping with you.
2. Email this message in your own words:
"I understand that Nestle baby milk substitutes contribute to the unnecessary death of 1.5 million infant deaths per year, I therefore pledge to do my best not to buy any Nestle products. I shall continue my boycott until independent monitoring demonstrates that Nestle no longer unethically advertises or promotes breastmilk substitutes."
Use this page to send email to Nestle.
3. Forward this message to all your colleagues and friends by email, and tell others who don't have email access.

The above information has been taken from the Baby Milk Action website.
Contact Baby Milk action for information on how you can join and contribute to their campaign.
Tel:(01223 464420 Fax:(01223)464417

NESTLE UK PRODUCT LIST (not guaranteed complete) NESCAFE Gold Blend * Blend 37 * Alta Rica * Cap Colombie * Cappuccino * Decaff * Fine Blend DAIRY PRODUCTS Carnation * Chambourcy * Fussells * Ideal * Milkmaid * Tip-Top * Bonjour * Chamby * Creme Vienna * Darlky * Flanby * Fulcreem Custard * Hippopota * Jacky * Le Grande * Nouvelle * Robot Also Sealtest and Haagendaas Icecream. CONFECTIONERY AND SNACKS Kit Kat * Maverick * Rowntree * Aero * After Eights * Lyons Maid Ice Cream * Nestle Ice Cream * Polo * Smarties * Lion Bar * Baci chocolate * Blue Riband * Breakaway * Cabana * Caramac * Caramel Wafer * Cello * Creamola * Dairy Crunch * Drifter * Eclipse * Good News * Festival * Fizzy Jerkz * Fruit Pastilles * Fox's Glacier Mints * Henri Nestle Collection * Jellytots * Karima * Lion Bar * Matchmakers * Milky Bar * Montego * Munchies * Novo * Quality Street * Rolo * RPC * Savana * Secret * Toffee Crisp * Toffo * Tooty Frooties * Walnut Whip * Weekend * Willy Wonka * Yorkie SEASONINGS British Shoyu * British vinegars * Cook-in-the Pot * Dufrais * Sarsons vinegar MINERAL WATER Perrier * Ashbourne * Contrexeville * Buxton * Vittel * Vittelloise OTHER DRINKS Milo * Build-up * Caro * Elevenses * Flo-Mix * Libby's C Drinks * Mix-O-Choc * Moonshine * Nescore * Nesfit * Nesquick * Slender * Superquick * Um Bongo PROCESSED MEALS Findus * Buitoni pasta and canned foods * Crosse & Blackwell * Maggi * Alphabetti * Bonne Cuisine * Dish of the Day * Eskimo * Four Seasons * Healthy Balance * Lean Cuisine * Pasta Choice * Rice & Things * Scrunchies * Waistline SPREADS & PICKLES Branston Pickle * Gales Honey * Holgates Honey * Pan Yan * Sun-Pat * Tartex * Vessen pate CEREALS Shredded Wheat * Shreddies * Cheerios * Cinnamon Toast Crunch * Cocoa Puffs * Crisp Rice * Energen low cal wheatflakes * Force * Golden Grahams * Honey Nut Cheerios * Luck Charms * Team * Robertson's cornflakes * Sunny Jim * Wheatflakes * Golden Nuggets COSMETICS L'Oreal * Lancome * Claudel PET FOODS Spiller's * Friskies * Go-Cat * Go-Dog CONTACT LENS CARE Alcon *

Notes: 1. UNICEF reviews contaminants: The possibility of breastmilk contamination has recently been portrayed in alarmist headlines by the media. A UNICEF paper 'Breastfeeding and Environmental Contamination' reviews the evidence. The superiority of breastmilk, despite the presence of small quantities of chemicals is affirmed. One study cited estimates that 'about three days of life expectancy would be lost because of cancer attributable to contaminant exposure through breastmilk. In contrast the decrease life expectancy from not breastfeeding was about 70 days'
2. Exclusive breastfeeding recommended for 'around 6 months': This is one of the conclusions of a WHO. report reviewing existing scientific knowledge about complimentary feeding in developing countries. The report states that 'full-term infants with appropriate weight for gestational age should be exclusively breastfed until about 6 months of age' and that 'children should continue to be breastfed for up to 2 years of age or beyond'
3. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk substitutes was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981. It aims to protect all mothers and babies from aggressive company practices and to ensure that they receive accurate information. It bans all promotion of baby milks and other breastmilk substitutes.

changes in the air!

The big kids are getting ready to go back to school Monday. They are sad and excited and nervous all at the same time! When they are in school we are going to start pre-k homeschooling with Esme'. So while we were at the store buying supplies for Riley and Niko she got a few supplies of her own which she loved! Gosh, it just blows me away that she will be ready to go off to school next year! Where did the time go??

Another change around here is Fall is in the air! It is getting darker earlier, cooler in the evenings, and all my favorite TV shows are advertising their new seasons (okay, I have like 2 favorite shows, but it still so exciting!). Autumn is my very favorite season! So to get ready for the weather I have picked up my Baby Wearer Poncho once again. My goal is to have this done by the end of September, which seemed
so far away, but is now right around the corner. So here is my progress~ that big hole is the kangaroo pounch for baby to peek out of!

I also knitted this little set for a trade I did with Jessi from BratSacks Babywear. I got Harper an adorable little backpack with a lion on it... I figure it is never too early to make them carry their own stuff!

The wool wasn't quite as thick as I would have liked ( I should have doubled it up) so I lined the hat with some super soft fleece. This is the Giving Pixie pattern from Little Turtle Knits. Very cute... Harper is going to need one of these too!

And, last but not least, I knitted these cute little pants for Harper. They were originally going to be stocked for our congo's grand opening but I wasn't 100% happy with the gusset. And they happen to fit Harper perfectly so we kept them! They are actually a tiny bit long so they will fit all Winter... fingers crossed!

As you can see he was thrilled to have his picture taken in them! It was bedtime~ he was cranky! Hey, we're not called the Mom and Pop-razzi for nothin'!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

harvest time!!

here is a sneak peek at some of the goodies i stocked for Majestic's grand opening tomorrow morning! hand dyed yarn, a wool fruit and veggies play set, and the premier of my recycled sweater Sleepy Baby Soakers! i also have some peppermint pail dust and diaper balm listed. we will have free for shipping lotteries throughout the day! come check us out!

we will be stocking every other week and each stocking will have a fun theme, so visit us often!

wordless wednesday! in honor of world breastfeeding week...

Sunday, August 05, 2007

For your viewing pleasure....

Tony's mom and dad were here briefly yesterday dropping Riley and Niko off. They had some wonderful photos to share with us of our trip to Montana. Still no luck with my camera card!

~Esme' loving on Baby Harper~
Harper and Daddy~
Daddy, Mommy and Harper (I think Harper must have been modeling his sun hats!)
Esme' and her cousin Aislinn. They are just 9 months apart in age and don't get to see each other nearly enough! Little cuties!
~Riley and Niko fishing on Flathead Lake~~Niko and Grandpa Ben on Flathead Lake~
~Riley and Niko with Grandma Deana and Grandpa Ben~

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Blogging Mommy's worst nightmare...

Well, we made it home from our trip to Montana safe and sound and reletively sane... Riley and Niko spent an extra 10 days there with Grandma and Grandpa and just got home today. The day after we arrived home I excitedly went to post some vacation photos for friends to view and discovered that my memory card from my camera is unreadable!!! No pictures to be found! Not good news for a blogging mommy like myself. I am so, so sad about this but still have a glimmer of hope that I can take it to someone ( a professional of some sort) and my family pics can somehow be retrieved. Fingers crossed!

This lovely fluffy mail arrived for Harper while we were gone from my good friend Joy from Bundles of Joy!

She uses all recycled materials when making her diapers and wool covers. So these wool covers are made from felted wool sweaters and the tie dye diaper is a tee shirt and the other two are from a retro towel I picked up at an estate sale and gave to her so she could sew groovy cloth diapers!

Esme' painted some new pictures for Harper's Gallery~ she tapes them to the fireplace for him to look at!

Of course being an artist is a very messy job but she enjoys every second of it! These were not finger paints by the way!