Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Valentines Day

Brix and I made Valentines for his friends and teachers. His were Lightning McQueen store bought Valentines that he decided to cut into teeny tiny pieces with his new scissors, so we coll aged them on to stock paper and cut them into hearts!

I made reusable heart hand warmers filled with rice for his teachers, with fabric that came from a fabric swap!

We all chilled out today, I made sesame seed bread and pumpkin seed brownies both from my favorite cook book La Dolce Vegan.

We did do a massive cleaning of the front of the house, you know the kind on your hands and knees scrubing the base boards kind of cleaning, there was also a trip up to the attic to look at baby equipment, which has now prompted me to completely clean out the attic, a nice sunday in April I think will get a baby sitter and tackle it. Baby kicks and thuds are becoming more frequent soon we will out if its a boy or girl! stay tuned!
4 months

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thats Why We Don't Eat Animals reason #2

"It should be a compliment to be called a pig! Pigs are some of the smartest , cleanest and most sensitive animals on planet Earth.

Free pigs live with their families and friends. Snorting and whistling they recognize each other's voices from far away. They root for food, wrestle and play ball in the sun, but they don't sweat like we do to keep cool when they play. They take mud baths to cool off instead. A muddy pig is a wise pig.

A factory farm pig may spend her whole life alone, fattened in a pen so tiny that she won't even be able to turn around. A free pig never poops where she eats or sleeps, but on a factory farm she has no choice.

Pigs need the sight, sound and touch of one another. Sometimes they snuggle so close its hard to get them apart. LOVE is part of their nature." Ruby Ross

Monday, February 8, 2010

New at Ellwoods

Ninny's Nappies organic nursing pads are now available at Ellwood Thompson's! in plan and cheeky prints. As well as re stocked diapers, including the popular Hello Kitty pattern.

Ellwood's has moved all their baby related items over the "grocery" section of the store where the baby food, formulas, and flush able diapers are. Now moms only need to make one stop while stocking up on baby supplies!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Little Treasures

I found this blog while browsing in the photo section on Burda Style, which is full of the most creative crafty people!!

I picked up this burda pattern at Joann's the other day burda patterns are always 40% off there ALWAYS! I swear I have never seen them full price. I still need fabric for it though, I'm thinking a double gauze like these, or maybe a teal suiting!

I really like Burda Patterns because they usually only have one style per pattern, so once you cut it out your not left 2 or 3 styles you dont want and have to wad up and stuff back into the envelope, what ever happened to those great pattern sleeves you could put in 3 ring binders??? I feel a pattern reorganization coming on!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thats Why We Don't Eat Animals reason #1

image taken fromhere

My husband and I stumbled upon this book at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago on a rainy Sunday with nothing else to do, we usually hit the book store, coffee/tea, a glance at magazines, while the boy plays at the train set, and looks at books.
It is important to us to raise our son as a vegetarian and to live a cruelty free life, and I realize some day that he will probably be curious and try meat, but our main goal is to instill in him the purpose, the value, the meaning and the cause and effect our life styles have.
When I read this book I was amazed at the honesty it carries, it is truthful and real, it does not dump down factory farm life for these animals, but in the same way it is not scary or gruesome for a 3 year, old it is in perfect balance!

I was 7 or 8 when I declared my vegetarianism in a family of 5 meat eaters with no vegetarian role model or teacher. I cant really explain what prompted me to want to live this way at such an early age, (although the book Charlotte's Web had some influence) I can say that even at that age I knew it had more to do with not wanting cute animals to be killed and eaten, I had an impression of a bigger picture, (maybe an impression from a previous life) it was, at that time a protest to me. I will not take part in this process! I am young but I will make a stand, I can be heard.

It was something that I never questioned not once in 25 years. It is my strongest belief and faith.

Another book that helped me to understand my views and beliefs was Ismael by Daniel Quinn, it is a story about a highly intelligent talking Gorilla that teaches a young man the story of how things came to be the way they are. How Mother Culture dictates to us how we live and why we do the things we do even if they make no sense at all. It is an amazing book and a must read for any teenager it deals with more then just animal rights it teaches us to question our cultural rules and habits and how every person has the ability to change anything they set their thoughts upon.

Here an excerpt from the book I will be posting one each week

" When a Turkey dances, jumps, gobbles and flaps its wings, other join in celebration. Turkeys also mourn together, sharing each other sadness. They're so sensitive that they even blush. Their snoods change color depending on their mood.
When the moon rises, wild turkeys fly to the tree tops to roost for the night, gathering together beneath each others wings.
A factory farmed turkey will never get to use her wings at all. Turkeys raised for meat are fattened until they become too heavy to fly" author - Ruby Roth

And yes turkeys CAN fly, wild turkeys are able to fly at low heights, their flight ability is directly related to their weight. It is only because mother culture has taught and shown you that the turkey that is fattened for you plate can not fly that you have believed it as true.