Update and some Linky Love

by flowers on September 30, 2009 · 2 comments

I usually like to post on Mondays, but this past Monday I was busy preparing for and participating on Expectations Radio. Karen Angstadt, who is an amazing conscious birth mentor, hosts a live show every Monday, focusing on empowered childbirth. We met networking on Twitter and she invited me to be a guest on the show. It was a great opportunity to forge ahead with my WeBloom website, business and birth preparation course. I’ve been working with a few clients here and there, but as Koala gets older and more independent I’m interested in establishing and growing my business.

Here’s a link for the show. You can listen online or download it to itunes. We were discussing the topic of Creating Your Birth Team and I think the conversation went very well. This was my first time doing anything like this and I was nervous. My phone also died in the middle of the call and I had to run around like a mad woman finding another phone. Luckily, Karen is so smooth it wasn’t even a big deal. Check it out and please pass along if you have any family or friends who are expecting (or thinking of conceiving).

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I’ve read about the Durvaes family, but I just became aware that there is a movie being made about their experience. For anyone who hasn’t heard, this family grows 6,000 lbs of fresh produce on a 1/5 acre lot in an California urban area. Three cheers to them and an inspiration for us all! You can check out the trailor for their movie, Homegrown, here.

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In case you didn’t see, Alfie Kohn was featured in the New York Times with an article named, When a Parent’s ‘I Love You’ Means ‘Do as I Say’. I’ve been inspired by Kohn’s work and especially appreciate that he is vocal in the public educational system. When I first read his book, Unconditional Parenting, I was surprised to have my mother, a public school educator recognize him. I see it as a good sign that Kohn’s message is reaching the mainstream.

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On a green note, I enjoyed reading the post, Assess Yourself, by Karen Moser-Booth over at The Green Phone Booth. I enjoyed her honest assessment of her family’s green-ability and her enthusiasm to take steps to be even better.

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On a final note, over at one of my favorite food blogs, Nourished Kitchen, Jenny just announced a food challenge she is doing with her family for the month of October. They are planning to eat whole and healthy foods on the same budget a family with food stamps would have. She has a great understanding of the political connection between food and well-being and I am very interested to learn from her experience. We are lucky enough to have access to amazing, local and high-quality food, but we spend a large portion of our monthly spending on food alone and I welcome any ideas to be using our money as efficiently as possible, while maintaining a high standard of our food consumption.

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I hope everyone has been enjoying the turn of seasons. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year and we are just starting to see the leaves change and enjoying the benefits of wool socks and sweaters. Next week is Solshine’s and Koala’s birthdays so it is sure to be busy and fun. We will be celebrating here with friends and then we head back to Boston to celebrate with family for Columbus Day Weekend.

Cheers!

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kate September 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

All those links were worth waiting until Wednesday for! You have been busy mama– with such exciting projects too:) Can’t wait to settle in with a cup of tea and listen to the radio show…and will be passing it along to two expecting friends asap. hope your autumn days are full of sunshine!

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L.J. October 1, 2009 at 9:54 am

I really enjoyed listening to your interview! Two thumbs up, my friend! I can’t wait to see what new opportunities appear in your life next!!!

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