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What My Toddler’s Tantrum Taught Me About Scarcity and Abuse

“Get up.” I instructed, quite tersely, for the millionth time. My son and I stood outside the local post office in a battle of the wills. He wanted to go to “Nana’s house” while I simply wanted to accomplish a quick, easy errand.

From the moment we received the pink slip in the mail, I knew that the trip to retrieve the package was going to be hellish. Something about the post office sets my son off like nothing else. It could be the cranky employees who are known for being rude and mistreating customers, it could be the fact that his little internal sensor recognizes we parked in a thirty minute parking space (the time of which he was quickly taking up with his shenanigans), or perhaps he could sense my paper-thin patience wearing out. Whatever the reason, he was acting up something fierce…

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Breastmilk Jewelry Review

Attention moms! Have you ever been interested in jewelry made from breastmilk, placenta, hair, or ashes?

I’ve always wanted something to save from my breastfeeding journey after my son weans. Our journey has been riddled with difficulties like our NICU stay, his tongue and lip tie, and many other frustrations that made breastfeeding difficult. Despite those things, we made it through and I wanted something to hang on to from this time in our lives.

Precious Mammaries Breast Milk Jewelry and DNA Keepsakes allowed me an opportunity to have jewelry made out of breastmilk and I am loving the necklace they made. You can learn more about the process and the company in this post. http://rebeccalemke.com/2017/09/17/precious-mammaries-breast-milk-jewelry-review/

How To Have An Induction Without Pain Medication

This is a topic that I don’t discuss often. I tend to shy away from discussing how I gave birth because I find that childbirth and, really, parenting in general, is turned in to a competition in our society. Some women think they are superior for breastfeeding, or having a “natural birth” or what have you. Even non-parent members of society can fall prey to these types of attitudes, leveling their expectations of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting at unsuspecting, emotionally vulnerable mothers. I refuse to participate in the “my horse is bigger than your horse” comparison game that many women play, which lends itself to being silent on how I gave birth.

In this case, I chose to break my silence speak up in hopes of offering support and encouragement. This is my story on how I had an emergency induction without an epidural or stadol. I hope it can encourage a few of my friends (and readers) who are nearing the end stages of their pregnancies and want to be prepared for the possibility of having an induction.

I had an emergency induction out of necessity. I know this situation can be scary, especially if you were expecting to have an uneventful birth, but emergency inductions don’t have to be a bad thing. I was induced for several different medical problems that I had throughout my pregnancy…

How To Have An Induction Without Pain Medication

5 Ways To Stop A Baby From Twiddling

 

How To Manage A Road Trip On A Low Carb, Allergy Free Diet

We took a long trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota recently and while traveling with a toddler is hard all on its own, we also had to deal with our various food allergies and the low carb diet my husband and I are on for health reasons.

Here are the things that we did to make it through!

How To Manage A Road Trip On A Low Carb, Allergy Free Diet

Garden Tour and Seed Stash 2017

What is everyone planting this year?

100% Pure Haul

I’m no beauty guru, but I do love playing around with makeup and girly things on occasion. Here is my complete stash of 100% Pure products!

What’s your favorite 100% Pure product?

100% Pure Haul

How To Stuff Cloth Diapers

This is a video on how to stuff Grovia, BumGenius and Rumparooz cloth diapers…my son helped me while recording. 😉
How To Stuff Cloth Diapers

Childhood Memories in Nature

I grew up in an agricultural community, so I spent a lot of my childhood playing outside and interacting with plants and animals. I think that being out in nature for children is not just important, it is essential. Here are some of my favorite childhood memories from being in the great outdoors and why I think they were good for me.

Childhood Memories in Nature

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