Sunday, April 25, 2010

Way To Go Syd!

Last night we got an e-mail from my daughter's gymnastics coach inviting us to be in a different class. Basically, my daughter has provisionally made the competitive team!! She is going to go to team camps all summer and the goal for her class is to be competing at level 2 in January (this is when meets actually begin), there is a small chance the girls won't be ready to compete in Jan but from what I gather they probably will and we should have an even better idea by the end of summer. Syd has been saying for over a year that she wants to be on the team, we are all very excited and proud of her. I have NO IDEA how I'm going to come up with all the $$ that competitive gymnastics require but I know it will work out one way or another :).

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Enfagrow Chocolate, whose obsurd idea????

I just sent this e-mail to Enfamil because I think that its disgraceful that they are offering what amounts to fortified chocolate milk for one-year-olds. I know not everyone will agree that you shouldn't give chocolate milk to children so young but I think its a horrible start, if you agree with me I suggest you write something similar to them, maybe we can get them to pull it....children won't ask for the chocolate flavor if they don't know it exists but if they do they are very likely to refuse everything else!!!

You can see what I'm talking about here.

To whom it may concern,

I just saw that you are now making a Chocolate formula for toddlers. I'm very concerned about the fact that you are promoting giving chocolate/chocolate flavor to a child so young. Children this age should be learning to eat nutritious food not depending on a formula to make up for poor nutrition (obviously this is the parents responsibility to make sure they are eating a healthy balance diet). But even if parents think they need a formula to fill in the gaps they should not be feeding such a young child chocolate, obviously the child having something like this on a regular basis would make them more likely to ask for sweets, eat too many sweets, and refuse nutritious food when offered because they know they will get their "chocolate milk." I think giving parents this option is allowing/encouraging them to take the easy way out rather then be PARENTS and teach their children to eat well.

I have two children, one is still on infant formula the other is 4. We used formula with her until she was one and switched completely at that point to milk and nutritious meals and snacks. We never needed a supplement like this and she was never allowed to have chocolate (or strawberry or any other flavor milk) she drank regular white, whole milk, water or the occasional juice, and that is still what she drinks to this day. My child eats well willingly eating fruits and vegetables and rarely getting sweets, she will even turn down sweets she is not allowed to have. Teaching children to eat well is possible but not by offering them something like this from the beginning.

I have used your formula for both of my children (unfortunately I haven't been successful at nursing) because of your wonderful track record and company history but this makes me consider switching companies for my formula need as I just can't support parents being encouraged to give their children poor eating habits so early in life.

Sabrina Scheerer

I used their form on the website but email can be sent to: EnfamilResourceCenter@Enfa

Even if you don't/never plan to use formula if you think this is harmful please write!!!! People WILL buy it if its available and I believe WIC is allowing the Enfagrow and probably will allow this (can anyone confirm?)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY, April 6, 2010

Outside my window...The sun is bright, the grass is turning green and the flowers are blooming!

I am thinking...that I wish I had the time/energy to plant flowers and a garden...well, next year :)

I am thankful for...warmer weather!

From the learning rooms...Syd is loving her new curriculum!

From the kitchen...tomorrow I'm going to make baby food!

I am creating...nothing at the moment...I should work on the bows for Syd.

I am this afternoon!

I am reading...well I have about 4 unfinished books on the coffee table :).

I am hoping...that the next 2 months go quickly!

I am hearing...the baby crying-she is fighting her nap!

Around the house...its a mess!

One of my favorite girls!

A few plans for the rest of the week: try to get the house picked up a bit....

sorry no picture this week, I'll try to have one next week!!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Today we remember that Jesus rose from the grave!! Remember during all the festivities to give that some thought! On Friday we observed the anniversary of His death and today we celebrate the miracle of his resurrection. Remember that He would have died for YOU alone, it is personal. His resurrection means he conquered death so that you could have eternal life-if you choose to accept it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


We have had a very busy past 6 months or so! I can't believe its already April!! (but I'm definitely NOT complaining!)

Sofia is just over 6 months old and is trying really hard to crawl. She weighed over 18lbs at her last checkup!! Unfortunately she is still not sleeping through the night :(. I just keep telling myself any day now she will!

Sydney is loving being a big sister and is a HUGE help to me. She has taken on so many chores without complaining at all and most of the time asks me what else she can do!

I haven't had time to do much else lately but take care of the girls and try to keep up with the house. We are a little over 1/4 the way through this deployment and keeping up with everything has definitely been a challenge. I feel like I'm just now starting to get to a place where I can get us back on some sort of routine/schedule and maybe start accomplishing more than the bare minimum. I have a list of things I want to accomplish during Dustin's upcoming R&R. I'm hoping that if I can't get things running smoother before that at least I can get systems in place then to help get us through the last part of this.

I'm baaaaack.....

Hello.....anyone out there....???? Hope I have some readers left!

Wow...I haven't posted in...well...FOREVER!!! Sorry about that!

Ok I'm going to try to be more disciplined and actually blog on a regular!! I really want to write I just haven't found the time or motivation lately (and I'm open to suggestions on finding the motivation). Its not that I don't have anything to say...if you know me personally you know I'm rarely short of things to say, but for some reason as soon as I sit down and open blogger I go completely BLANK!!! Ok enough excuses :).

So in my effort to post more often (or at all lol) I am going to try to create some sort of schedule for are some of my topic ideas (all based on 'adventures' I'm currently on in my own life-most of which I'm by no means an expert on): giveaways, cloth diapers, homeschool, natural household products, saving money, cooking/meal planning, household organization, kids....I'm open to other suggestions!

These might be weekly (i.e. giveaway links on monday) or every other week, or monthly, I'm just not sure yet. I will probably try to do several McLinkys and maybe some carnivals too just to get me going (if you have one you think I would like please share!!).

I will try to do reviews on products I like (not sponsored reviews just my own suggestions) in hopes that some day I'll get the opportunity to do sponsored reviews.

In all this I'm going to be revamping my blog a bit, cleaning up links etc. I would LOVE to hear your suggestions on my layout.