I had recently written about my experience speaking with people in South Africa about breastfeeding, and I realized I never have written about my own observations of breastfeeding in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has an interesting history because it is one of the only African country never colonized. This makes for a very different atmosphere than many of the other African countries I have visited.
The rural areas of Ethiopia have a weaning age of anywhere from eight … Keep Reading!!!
Oh, I remember the days when everyone and their mother was writing articles about this blog without actually reading it. A total lack of understanding for the term “attachment parenting” caused very odd outbursts from journalists against my blog’s name. It was very creepy how they described it as some sort of weird mantra we “attachment parents” *must* have because *all* AP mothers “must stay home” and “refuse childcare”…
Except, the name behind my blog is meant to be a … Keep Reading!!!
Here are the top five reasons that you should be blogging:
I have met some of my very best friends through blogging. The Beverly Hills Mom, I Love Purple More Than You, and The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful are three of my very best *real life* friends in the world I would have never met if I didn’t start this blog. I have met countless other people through blogging that have been a huge … Keep Reading!!!
I posted the photo above yesterday on the blog Facebook page, and it was the first time I could visibly see the number of “likes” of the page drop within seconds.
I’ll give the people who were offended some credit, because they went quietly without any “I’m leaving” announcement (I still don’t understand the point of that. Not every facebook page is going to be one you decide is right to follow. Just unlike the page, don’t make it … Keep Reading!!!
My husband gives me the oddest compliments that make me smile and woo me all over again.
Brian: “You would have been a great lawyer.”
Me: “Aw, thank you…”
Brian: “You remind me of this guy.” Points to the TV where I see this guy:
(Prosecuter for the Jodi Arias case reaming the ridiculous psychologist on the stand.)
Me: “That was best compliment I think you’ve ever given me.”
What was the best compliment you have ever … Keep Reading!!!
I am still captivated by Disney movies. Even though I’ve grown to be slightly disillusioned by certain parts of life, I will never become so jaded as to not appreciate a fairy tale.
I was lucky enough to have an extremely positive childhood, and to know what it is like to feel hope and wonderment in a world full of possibilities. It is interesting how life experiences try to take that away from us as we age. I think, with … Keep Reading!!!
When I returned from my month long African adventure, I hadn’t seen Brian in over two weeks. We were still talking about our spa and massage experiences in South Africa and so I had (what I thought was) a genius idea to do home massages. Affordable and fun…or so I thought.
I bought special oil, we put on Skyfall, and I gave Brian a full-body massage for the entire movie. Brian returned the favor later that night. Awesome, right? Well, … Keep Reading!!!
When visiting any country, I am always curious about the cultural differences regarding child-rearing practices and the attitude towards breastfeeding compared to the US.
South Africa is an interesting country because it can be viewed in many areas as Western, with a lot of European influence, but there are so many different cultures and subcultures in the country that the viewpoints of the people living within the borders of South Africa are vastly different.
I think that the idea of … Keep Reading!!!
I spent my 27th birthday in what has now become one of my very favorite cities in the world.
I woke up to a completed 27th year to discover Aram was on the road to recovery from his epic illness, which was the best present I could have asked for. We made our way to breakfast at More Quarters to find a tower of handcrafted cupcakes (complete with edible sparkles) waiting for us at our table, with a note … Keep Reading!!!
Early on in our trip, we decided to have a company take us on a few tours around Cape Town. Our first stop was to The Winelands.
We had lunch in Franschhoek (some us ate, some of us took the time and shopped)…
And finally we ended at the Cheetah Outreach where we all learned about this breed of dog (Anatolian Shepherd) that is helping save the cheetah.
We also were given the opportunity to pet the cheetahs in … Keep Reading!!!
I really want to encourage families who are interested in traveling internationally with their children. As I mentioned, although Brian and my worst fear of traveling with kids came true this trip, we really can’t find any reason to fear it anymore. Although having Aram sick was so sad for him and we hated him not being able to enjoy everything to the fullest, he still had a great time, and we felt so safe.
Before taking a trip, Brian and I always discuss our concerns with the areas, especially when the kids are also coming with us.
With any trip, our biggest concern seems to be illness, because it is not only extremely stressful to be sick in an unfamiliar area, but also can be extremely dangerous if you don’t know where or who to go to for aid.