Sunday, March 23, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Check out the pile of yard sale goodies in the picture below. Sunshine had a ball going through all the fabrics, hats, sequin, pompoms, hula hoops, etc.
I love it when people step outside of the box and do something creative and different! For example, I had a non traditional baby shower in September of 2009. Fire dancers, belly dancers, poets, a dee jay/disc jockey, and vendors were present. The ambiance/setting was Moroccan style. This beautifully decorated belly to the left belongs to one fierce mama, my friend Celine M. Celine is on the founding team of Latch & Link Long Beach. Sunshine and I attended in August of last year. I wrote about it here. Latch & Link is a pro-breastfeeding organization, its events provide resources for mothers, children and breastfeeding. Celine decided to celebrate the future birth of her child in a non traditional manner: "I simply wanted something floral - and rose even (my grandmother loved roses, and she passed away Jan 2013) - to honor my belly. The henna was done as part of my Mother Blessing Ceremony, which was facilitated by another friend (who is also a doula and Sacred Pregnancy teacher), Tanya Comerford.
I had a more traditional baby shower that my sisters threw for me - it was much like my first - coed, family-friendly, fun, raucous and full of family & friends... games, gifts, etc. It was more of a celebration of/for baby. I decided with this pregnancy to have a Mother Blessing, which is a much smaller, much more intimate and personal gathering. And definitely focused on honoring the mother as mother/sister/woman, and supporting her specifically as she makes her final steps towards birth. That was in my home, just maybe my 10 closest women (my two sisters, my mom, my super tightest homegirls), and there were so many beautiful and intensely personal parts to it... sharing advice/wisdom from our mothers, naming our mothers/grandmothers/great grandmothers & paying homage, offering blessings to the baby, offering blessings to me, naming our fears as mothers/women and releasing them, etc. It was wonderful and I SO wish it for every pregnant woman."
Tanya Comerford: http://www.sacredpregnancy.com/instructors/tanya-comerford/
Purchase seeds at your local spice store. Fenugreek seeds are used to flavor curry and artificially scent some of the less expensive maple syrups. It's grown in India, Egypt, and Morocco.
Use about a tsp of fenugreek seeds and add to two cups of boiling water.When the water turns golden. It's ready to drink.
If you want stronger tea, then add more seeds, but I recommend just using a small amount first.
If you're diabetic, it's best to check with your doctor, because fenugreek also regulates blood sugar levels. But it's best to check with your doctor first anyway. As soon as the book is available for purchase, I will post it!
Oh and there are other galactagogues, however, I found that Fenugreek had no injurious side effects and is safe to drink without other herbs or combos. For example, blessed thistle is believed to be a galactagogue but is recommended that it is used with fenugreek. Blessed thistle acts as a diuretic ( which is kind of defeating the purpose) and can also dry out the liver if overly used.
This past weekend Sunshine attended her classmate Kennedy’s 4th Birthday party. Kennedy’s mom should have received an award for “Best Set Design.” It was so awesome. Oh and for those of you who have no idea who or what Doc McStuffins is, click here. Doc McStuffins is a very positive role model for children, but especially African American little girls.
Anyway, Sunshine was pretty prepared for the festivities because she already had a tool set, and I had a construction hat ( although it was kind of big) and I had an orange fluorescent vest. When we arrived to Chase’s party, his guests were already in 5th gear playing and involved.