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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,586
Posted By bellymoon
I highly recommend local sports, like AYSO...

I highly recommend local sports, like AYSO soccer. Our local elementary school also does some other sports (and chess club!) that include homeschoolers. The sports have really helped plug our family...
Forum: Parenting   08-10-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,305
Posted By bellymoon
I forgot about Bartleby of the Mighty...

I forgot about Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi by Phyllis Shallant, chapter book, fiction
Its sequel Bartleby of the Big Bad Bayou is good too. These are great if you have animal lovers or...
Forum: Parenting   08-09-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,305
Posted By bellymoon
Picture books: Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon ...

Picture books:
Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
Book, Book, Book by Deborah Bruss
Arthur's Christmas Cookies by Lilian Hoban
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
Author: A True Story by Helen Lester (had my...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-09-2013, 08:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 491
Posted By bellymoon
I would caution against assuming that all naps...

I would caution against assuming that all naps are done forever, or that the reason she's not napping is that she's not tired. Our experience is that the kids change over time and sometimes...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-09-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,331
Posted By bellymoon
There's a lovely book called Only the Cat Saw...

There's a lovely book called Only the Cat Saw that has a nursing (human) mother.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-12-2013, 07:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 763
Posted By bellymoon
Oh, my heart goes out to you. I have two boys,...

Oh, my heart goes out to you. I have two boys, one is 6 and one is 9. We've always homeschooled. 9 yr old is dyslexic, has auditory processing difficulties and probably attention issues. He cannot...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   02-06-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 987
Posted By bellymoon
Good for you for doing so much for your kids! I...

Good for you for doing so much for your kids! I do think it's trial and error for everyone, which makes it hard with kids since you have to do their trial and error.
 
A year ago, I was wondering...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-09-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,974
Posted By bellymoon
We already avoided almost all processed foods...

We already avoided almost all processed foods b/c they're too expensive. I do some relatively minimal baking at home -- muffins and stuff like that. We have oatmeal or fruit for breakfasts. Crockpot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-12-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 41
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Posted By bellymoon
Both I and my dh are perfectionists. Parenting...

Both I and my dh are perfectionists. Parenting in general has been a lesson in letting some of the perfectionism go. Both kids (5 and 8) have perfectionist streaks and will sometimes stop before...
Forum: Gardening   05-17-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,009
Posted By bellymoon
Not all straw is oat straw. In our area it is...

Not all straw is oat straw. In our area it is more likely to be wheat or barley. Not sure how they compare in the herbicide department. I've been worried about the persistent herbicides as well --...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-15-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By bellymoon
Regarding math specifically, there's a great...

Regarding math specifically, there's a great book called Homeschooling the Early Years -- in there she addresses all the subjects and gives lists of resources, books, on-line games, curriculum, etc....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-01-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,076
Posted By bellymoon
Before I became pregnant I realized the public...

Before I became pregnant I realized the public schools here were terrible -- there are lock-downs and police on every campus. Private elementary wasn't an option for us because of the cost, and...
Forum: Gardening   04-30-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,736
Posted By bellymoon
We live in the arid SW. We keep a schnazzy 2 gal...

We live in the arid SW. We keep a schnazzy 2 gal bucket in our sink for all sorts of kichen water (no sodium lauryl sulfate soap, though!) and then just empty it onto our garden. I avoid pouring it...
Forum: Gardening   04-30-2012, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 858
Posted By bellymoon
What is considered grey water vs. black water...

What is considered grey water vs. black water depends on the laws in your state, not necessarily on the quality of the discharge. Last year we finished a house where we installed a grey water tank...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   04-24-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,326
Posted By bellymoon
We adopted two 5 mo old Khaki Campbell ducks...

We adopted two 5 mo old Khaki Campbell ducks last fall. We think they're actually more Indian Runner than total KC, though...maybe mutts. They really have that tall winebottle shape and run instead...
Forum: Traditional Foods   02-16-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By bellymoon
My husband and I are both biologists with...

My husband and I are both biologists with master's degrees in research. We are constantly struck with the inability of typical laboratory science to adequately describe the human body and complex...
Forum: Traditional Foods   02-14-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By bellymoon
I know one case of asthma that was absolutely...

I know one case of asthma that was absolutely linked with diet! My brother-in-law, age 40 now, had several episodes of being unable to breath two years ago (think ER trips). He had extensive allergy...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   02-07-2012, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 996
Posted By bellymoon
In addition to the quinoa, I use barley (it...

In addition to the quinoa, I use barley (it cooks pretty quickly), millet and amaranth. I like to gently brown the millet on low while stirring before adding water and cooking it like rice. The...
Forum: Parenting   01-10-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,532
Posted By bellymoon
Speaking of gratitude…   I think that...

Speaking of gratitude…
 
I think that letting nutrition rule our table 100% to the point of forcing anyone to eat what’s there just because of the nutrients is missing the point of enjoying good...
Forum: Parenting   01-10-2012, 09:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,532
Posted By bellymoon
Here is what has helped for us over the long...

Here is what has helped for us over the long term. It's a process just like everything else. I have two -- both have been on and off picky at different times.
 
I involve them in the garden and...
Forum: Homebirth   04-24-2007, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By bellymoon
Thank you all for your kind words. Yes, I'm...

Thank you all for your kind words. Yes, I'm always glad that although my mother was "knocked out" and in the hospital for my and my sister's births that at least it was prior to the over-use of c/s....
Forum: Homebirth   04-20-2007, 10:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By bellymoon
(names are changed) Tuesday night when I...

(names are changed)

Tuesday night when I was coming back from the grocery with salt/vinegar potato chips, root beer, and a chocolate/cream cheese brownie, I had one noticeable cramp. I wondered...
Forum: Birth Stories   04-20-2007, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By bellymoon
(midwives' names changed) Tuesday night...

(midwives' names changed)

Tuesday night when I was coming back from the grocery with salt/vinegar potato chips, root beer, and a chocolate/cream cheese brownie, I had one noticeable cramp. I...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   04-20-2007, 09:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 849
Posted By bellymoon
BlueIrises, You **are** a good mother. Your...

BlueIrises,

You **are** a good mother. Your baby is lucky to have you as his mother.

I’ve experienced your frustration and despair about my babies’ sleep. I hope that you can see from all...
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