Friday, March 26, 2010
Here are some Passover links:
Tammy has a great Matza Ball Soup recipe here...it looks delish!
Joanna at Fearlessly Feminine has had a great series here on "Getting the Leaven Out".
Aaron Eby wrote a great piece for Passover newbies (and oldies!) - 10 Tips for A Smooth Sailing Seder.
Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover)!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I've seen these diapers on the clearance rack for $3.50 at 4 different Publix stores.
Use the coupon, and get the jumbo pack for 50 cents!
Quick & Kosher by Jamie Geller
Ok, I know it's a cookbook. But I really did read it...all the way through! That should tell you something. I'm not usually into cookbooks, but my mom and I were planning our Passover meal for next week (ahhh...it's next week!) and she told me to look through this book. I immediately fell in love with the author, whose number one criteria for any recipe is that it must take less than 15 minutes to prep. I actually just read it today and haven't tried any recipes yet, but I definitely plan to this week. I'm always looking for shortcuts in the kitchen. I'm a gourmet-food lover, but hate all the prep. I love reading my sister's old copies of Bon Appetite magazine as my mouth waters from just looking at the titles of the recipes, but one mention of "separating eggs" or using an "immersion blender" makes me turn the page. My sis on the other hand, will make the most delicious (and challenging) recipes, "just for fun." Therefore, this book is perfect for me, and any other cook who would like some traditional Jewish recipes (and lots of non-traditional ones) that are EASY to create!
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
If you are a woman, you need to read this book. DEFINITELY. It has been one of the most life/attitude changing books I have ever read. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give it away, but seriously...read this book. Now.
Unspoken by Angela Hunt
This book is one of the most intriguing works of fiction I have ever read. It is about a woman who works with a gorilla. I have never fallen in love with a character as much as I fell in love with that gorilla. I laughed, I cried, and I was encouraged. It has a wonderful "redemptive" message, as most of the Angela Hunt novels do.
So, what have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?
(I actually had more coupons from a blinkie I found a few weeks ago, so mine were less than 40 cents each.)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Dollar Tree Stores have Wonder Kids Bible DVD's for $1 each. I bought the Esther one and the Moses one, and was amazed when we watched them with my 7 month old for the first time. They show the Bible stories as a book, with pictures and the words flash up on the screen (so you can read along with it!). After each little story there is a praise/worship song. I can't believe the quality in each DVD for $1! This is a good deal as the DVD's on the website are all around $14.99 (for 3 DVD's).
Check out your local store to see if they have them!
Immediately after Ariella came into this world, we tried breastfeeding. She suckled for about 30 seconds, and then fell asleep. The nurses told me not to be disappointed as she was probably tired from a long labor and that we could try again later. So a couple of hours later we tried again...same thing. This continued throughout the whole night. The next morning a lactation consultant came into try to help. She was one of those "no nonsense" nurses that looked like she could beat your husband at football. I was so intimidated as she forcefully shoved my breast into my sleepy infant's mouth. "You have to keep waking her up if she falls asleep," she told me. I asked her if she had any children, and she shook her head, "no." "Ok, great", I thought, "I'm learning from someone who has never done this in her life!" So every breastfeeding session after that became a battle of trying to keep Ariella awake.
A few days later, my milk started coming in and WOW...did that ever hurt!!! Every time Ari latched on, I would squint my eyes and say "Lord help me!" until the pain subsided. The best thing for that season of breastfeeding was the Lansinoh lanolin someone gave me at a baby shower. It hurt so much that a few times I even considered pumping exclusively or going to formula feeding. Even though everyone told me that it would get better, I thought it would hurt like that forever.
And "the people" were right! It got way better about 2 weeks later, and our every 3 hour feeding sessions were a well-deserved 45 minute break for me to rest and read and pray. I loved them and treasured those times. I would even just stare at my suckling child for the entire time sometimes. I couldn't believe that I was the recipient of such a precious gift...and that Hashem was allowing my body to produce her life-sustaining food! What a miracle!
Now, 7 months later, I look back and miss those times. We're still breastfeeding, but it goes so fast now. She can drain both breasts in 7 minutes flat. Barely enough time to read a good chapter or have a "good" prayer session. Or even just to stare at every little characteristic of the side of her face or play with her toes. (Ok, now I'm tearing up). My baby is growing up!
When I first started breastfeeding and it was so hard, I would think to myself, "Ok, just 3 more months of this." Then I got to 3 months and thought, "Ok, 3 more months." And now, I don't want to stop! I know I will at some point wean her, but right now as she is becoming more active and more independent, it's a much beloved time that is just for the two of us.
Sometimes I wondered why God made it so that only the woman has the ability to breastfeed her baby. But then I thought about it. God did not make male and female to be the same. He made us with COUNTLESS differences, specialities, abilities, whatever you want to call them. What a treasure He has given us as mothers!
So, to sum it all up, if you choose to breastfeed (and please do if you can!):
1. Pray, even before your baby is born, that God will make your body able to do it. I found a prayer like this in the Artscroll Women's Siddur, and I prayed it every day in the last few months of my pregnancy.
2. Cherish the time you spend snuggling with your little one. It really does go by really quickly!
3. Take care of yourself, get enough calories and rest so that your body can produce the milk.
4. Don't stress...pray and talk to other moms when you need encouragement.
5. If you have a little night owl like mine, side-lying nursing is AWESOME for letting you get some needed rest while your baby suckles.
I have recently been reading a lot about Taharat HaMishpachah, the laws of family purity. My beautiful friend over at Fearlessly Feminine just wrote a post about it, and I wanted to share it with you. May you be blessed by it.
Monday, March 1, 2010
If you're looking for a cheap date night activity, renting a movie from a kiosk is a great idea. Here's something to make it even cheaper...a code for a free night every Wednesday from Blockbuster Express. The code is 212A4
Check here to find a kiosk near you!