Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Reformation Day!

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach. The Protestant...

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October 31st is Reformation Day so to celebrate I wanted to explain the history of the day for those who aren’t familiar with it and to remind those who are.

Taken from

“The Reformation in Europe during the 16th century was one of the most important epochs in the history of the world. The Reformation gave us the Bible – now freely available in our own languages. The now almost universally acknowledged principles of religious freedom, liberty of conscience, the rule of law, separation of powers and constitutionally limited Republics were unthinkable before the Reformation. The Reformers fought for the principles that Scripture alone is our final authority, Christ alone is the head of the Church and justification is by God’s grace, on the basis of the finished work of Christ, received by faith alone.”

Perhaps the most famous figure of the Reformation is Martin Luther (pictured above) and his 95 Theses. (You can read more about the 95 Theses and their results at .) “Here I stand, I can do no other” were the famous words he said at the Diet of Worms when told to recant. I’ll leave you with this quote from Luther:

“If you could rightly consider the incomparable price, you would hold as accursed all those ceremonies and merits…and throw them all down to hell. For it is a horrible blasphemy to imagine that there is any work that could pacify God since there is nothing which is able to pacify Him but his inestimable price: the blood of the Son of God, one drop of which is more precious than the whole world.”

I Don’t Like Coffee; I Like Tea

So apparently I have been saying something really silly all this time and had no idea. Check out this post about “Tea Tea” by the owner of Golden Moon Tea. While you’re there, read about Bai Hao, too. And Fannitarians. Interesting stuff.

Since we’re talking about tea, I thought I’d list some of my favorites.

If we’re talking Chai…

I love this mix. I feel like I’m at a fancy coffee shop when I make this stuff at home. And the website has recipes, too! Raspberry Chai Mocha anyone?

For the easiest possible Chai ever, if you’ve got a Keurig the Cafe Escapes Chai Latte is delicious!

Right now I’ve suffering from the flu so Earth Fare‘s Organic Soothing Throat tea has been a daily ritual this week. Yummy and it does the trick to get rid of this yucky sore throat for awhile.

Tea Junction has some wonderful Ginger Peach loose tea that I love, love, love! Loose tea ALWAYS tastes so much better anyway.

For the holidays, my mom and I always enjoy drinking a cup of Nutcracker Sweet from Celestial Seasonings together. It’s creamy and spicy and just screams “Merry Christmas!” to me.

Republic of Tea’s Blackberry Sage is always a hit when I’ve served it and one of my personal favorites.

And, to wrap up this list (although I could come up with a ton more), I’ll mention Starbucks Green Tea Latte. Hmmm…I could go for one of those right now!

Maylees Garden Vegan Laundry Detergent: Product Review

One day I was just perusing the Etsy site looking at natural products, particularly soaps, when I stumbled upon Maylees Garden Vegan Soaps. (Maylees is no longer on Etsy but is now only on Artfire.)The pictures were beautiful, the scents sounded wonderful and I was intrigued.  I didn’t buy anything right away but I kept coming back…and eventually I ordered the Black Raspberry Vanilla laundry detergent to use on my daughter’s clothes.

Clove Orange and Tangerine Laundry Detergent

I waited patiently for my order. It took a little longer than I had anticipated but I was okay with that. I did began to worry that my order had not gone through so I contacted Maylees via their Facebook page and was assured my order would be coming soon. It arrived shortly after that and I was so excited. Never had my mail actually smelled good before. The Black Raspberry and Vanilla was a soft, sweet-smelling detergent and I completely fell in love with it. My daughter’s clothes smelled heavenly! I doesn’t leave a heavy,  perfumey (sp?) type smell but a soft, subtle smell. Whenever I hug my daughter and my nose burrows into her clothes, I smell it. It’s more like that.

I was hooked. I recently purchased some fall scents, Pumpkin Cider and Chai Tea, and have been happy with them as well. Each order that I have made has come with a small sample as well.  I can’t remember all three I received but the one I do remember had Cedar in it and had a nice masculine smell to it that would be perfect for my husband’s laundry. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned how soft my clothes are now! No more fabric softener needed in this house!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Soap

In addition to laundry detergent, Maylees Garden Vegan Soaps carries shampoo bars, perfume oil and soaps. Check them out! If you are on Facebook, there is also a coupon code on their Facebook page.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth: Book Review

If you only read one book during pregnancy about childbirth, read this one! The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer is the book that helped me make the decision to go with a birth center for the birth of my baby. There is so much helpful information about childbirth and what your options are.

It isn’t the kind of book you have to read cover-to-cover. It has chapters on various childbirth topics so you can go straight to what interests you easily. The back of the book includes info on all the research and studies to back up what is contained in the book.

The table of contents is as follows:

Introduction: Obstetric Management: What’s Wrong with This Picture?

1. The Cesarean Epidemic: Obstetrics on the Cutting Edge

2. The Full-Term Breech Baby: Cesarean Section is Not the Only Answer

3. Induction of Labor: Mother Nature Knows Best

4. IVs: “Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink”

5. Electronic Fetal Monitoring and Cesarean for Fetal Distress: The Machine that Goes Ping!

6. When Doctors Break the Membranes: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break It

7. Slow Labor: Patience Is a Virtue

8. Epidurals and Narcotics: A Shot in the Dark

9. Episiotomy: The Unkindest Cut

10. Elective Repeat Cesarean Section: Just Say No

11. Professional Labor Support: Mothering the Mother

12. Obstetricians, Midwives, and Family Practitioners: Someone to Watch Over You

13. The Place of Birth: Location, Location, Location

Here are some excerpts from the book:

“Obstetricians work within the medical model, a model that says drugs and procedures are the answer to whatever goes wrong. However, labor difficulties usually resolve themselves with tincture of time or simple remedies. Sterner, riskier measures are rarely required.”

“While my intent is to enlighten you and to offer strategies to meet a wide range of individual needs, you may also find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the many possibilities I present and their various trade-offs. Think of them merely as jumping-off points for discussions with your doctor or midwife — and, in fact, how he or she reacts to your raising these issues can tell you whether you have the right person. You can, of course, also leave all or most decisions up to your caregiver. That is a perfectly valid choice. The important thing is that it be a conscious choice, not one you felt constrained to make.”

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt is On (Well, Almost)

It is almost that time of year again!! The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt is about to start!! I thoroughly enjoyed this last year, my first year doing it.

The idea behind the GCDH is to introduce people to some great work-at-home mom’s and their products. I had so much fun perusing the different sites, hunting for the clues and finding out about some great stuff at the same time. Oh, and did I mention there are fantastic prizes, too!

The site that sponsors the hunt, Diaper Decisions, is basically a cloth diaper information center for businesses. You can also, as a consumer, find cloth diaper stores in your area and view a breakdown of the costs of all the different types of cloth diapers vs. disposables.

Playing Outside

National Wildlife Federation

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Need ideas for playing outdoors for your kids? Check out this free e-Guide from the National Wildlife Federation. Most of the ideas are for older kids so I can’t use them yet but still liked seeing the different things you can do outside and getting your kids to use their imaginations.  They also have an area of the site called Nature Find so you can find fun outdoor sites in your area. Within 10 miles of my zip code the site found 5 sites and 8 events for instance.

Fall is a great time to get out there and play for kids and adults. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities in the fall?

“What do you EAT!?” (via Q’s Eats)

Here’s a great post on eating clean from my friend Leslie. Enjoy!

"What do you EAT!?" It's been weeks since my trip home to Greenville, South Carolina, but I keep hearing a friend's question over and over again in my head: "What do you EAT?!" The night before I left for Georgia to attend the Les Mills Mega-Quarterly, all of us girls who went to school together met up at Coffee and Crema.  Whenever a group of girls gets together, it's inevitable that food, weight loss, diets and exercise WILL be discussed. My friend asked me, "What … Read More

via Q's Eats

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