Happy Name Day (Buon Onomastico)

Sunday, April 18th was St. Galdino Day. We never need a reason to have a party, but a real, honest-to-goodness reason somehow validates the cake and presents! For privacy reasons, I don’t usually mention my son’s name on my blog. I call him “D” for Dino – his nickname. (Maybe it’s a little strange, since I have a parenting blog and most mommy bloggers, well, blog about their children, by name.)  But, since yesterday was my son’s official Name Day I thought I would share a little bit about it, in case you’ve never heard of Name Days.

Dino helping with the icing

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Gardening in Great Britain

Last year, I got my hands in some dirt and planted some organic tomatoes, peas and squash. We didn’t need to grow our own food. We had access to amazing farmer’s markets in Northern California that offered a bounty of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables. But, I wanted my toddler to see first hand where our food came from – the soil. I wanted our family to reconnect with the earth and, in the way of The Little Red Hen, turn our wheat into bread. Or, in our case, tomatoes into salsa and strawberries into jam!

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The Story of Bottled Water

Another “story” from Annie Leonard.  If  you haven’t switched back to the tap, this story may inspire you.  While, I believe that most tap water is safer than bottled water (due to lack of regulation in the bottled water industry), we still use a water filter to filter out a little bit more of the undesirables (mercury, lead, prescription medicines, fluoride, etc.).

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Signs of Spring

We have anxiously been awaiting the arrival of Spring.  Not that we expected the sun to miraculously shine all day, or see the return of our enormous bumblebees and spiders yet, but Saturday at least marked  a day we could celebrate and gave us something to look forward to. Living in England we take the advent of warmer weather and sunny days more seriously than when we occupied a California zip code! Here are some Spring Snapshots:

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Book Review: The Case Against Homework

The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish
The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish

Every parent should read this book! (Maybe even aunts, uncles and grandparents.) The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish was an eye opener. Whether your child is of school age or will be soon, enrolled in public or private school or home schooled, it will enlighten you on homework practices today, prepare you to make some choices and feel a little more in control of your child’s education, and hopefully keep the joy of learning alive.

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One Burnt-Out Green Mama

I subscribe to many blogs. Some have environmental themes or Waldorf/homeschooling themes. I pore over blogs on green living by a plethora of green mamas to blogs on art & crafts and cooking. I usually get great information and feel connected and often times supported in my choices as a green and holistic mom. But lately, when I open my inbox to see another wonderful post with inviting pictures from a mom with a baby or a toddler, or worse yet, a mom with 2 or more children, all I feel is… well, bad about myself. What is wrong with me?  I have just one toddler/preschooler. So, why don’t I have any time to blog anymore?  Or do anything for personal pleasure?

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