Amy

My name is Amy. I live in Colorado with my husband Jody and our two children Ava... read more

Perfect Poolside Pillows - Embroidery, Fish & Chevrons, Oh My!

I've been working on this fish pillow for the past several weeks and it's finally done! ...more
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Women in Control of Epidural in Labor Use 30% Less Anesthesia

A new study on the use of epidurals in labor reports laboring women given control over their epidural anesthesia resulted in a 30 percent reduction of the amount of anesthesia used. The women were "basically as comfortable" as women on a continuous dose. Researchers also report a trend toward fewer deliveries that required instrument assistance, such as forceps, in the patient-controlled group. ...more

I think this is great. I don't want to spark a Medicated vs. unmedicated childbirth debate.
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Women in Control of Epidural in Labor Use 30% Less Anesthesia

A new study on the use of epidurals in labor reports laboring women given control over their epidural anesthesia resulted in a 30 percent reduction of the amount of anesthesia used. The women were "basically as comfortable" as women on a continuous dose. Researchers also report a trend toward fewer deliveries that required instrument assistance, such as forceps, in the patient-controlled group. ...more

I think this is great. I don't want to spark a Medicated vs. unmedicated childbirth debate.
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Common Ingredient in Sunscreen the "Asbestos of the Future?"

I recently read about a new Swiss study claiming that the ingredient titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles -- widely used as a white pigment in sunscreen, toothpaste and cosmetics -- provokes similar inflammatory effects on the lungs as asbestos. Yes, that asbestos. The stuff that can cause serious illnesses, "including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to amphibole asbestos), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis)." ...more

This article brings up a lot on interesting concerns. I can only hope the mistakes of the ...more

New Series: We've Decided to (Gulp) Homeschool

Since the middle school here is so huge, we have ALWAYS considered homeschool for these years (with a return in high school). And so, I have been turning it over and over like a rusty hamster wheel in the back of my head for a long, long time. ...more
This is the first year that I am homeschooling my little one. I have had a lot of opposition. ...more

Americans Still Aren't Eating Their Vegetables

Last month, the New York Times reported that despite 20 years of "public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, Americans still aren't eating enough vegetables." ...more

I'm hoping with the increasing focus on farmers' markets and csa's there will be a renewed ...more

Americans Still Aren't Eating Their Vegetables

Last month, the New York Times reported that despite 20 years of "public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, Americans still aren't eating enough vegetables." ...more

I'm hoping with the increasing focus on farmers' markets and csa's there will be a renewed ...more

Americans Still Aren't Eating Their Vegetables

Last month, the New York Times reported that despite 20 years of "public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, Americans still aren't eating enough vegetables." ...more

I'm hoping with the increasing focus on farmers' markets and csa's there will be a renewed ...more

BPA Exposure "Much Higher" Than Believed and the Proposed BPA Ban

Bisphenol-A or BPA -- a chemical used primarily to make plastics -- has been under scrutiny in the United States since 2008 when its safety was called into question. Most recently, a study published September 20 in the online NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives "suggests exposure to BPA is actually much greater than previously thought, and its authors urge the federal government to act quickly to regulate the chemical that is found in baby bottles, food-storage containers and many household products." ...more

I try not to use any plastics... I have glass food containers for food storage, a glass water ...more

Booby Traps Set Breastfeeding Moms Up for Failure

Many mothers start out with the best of intentions when it comes to breastfeeding. Health experts agree that "breast is best" and the benefits of breastfeeding for both the baby and the mother are numerous. Yet while a lot of people give lip service to the importance of breastfeeding, there isn’t a lot of support for women once they make the decision to breastfeed. In fact, our society offers very little support to breastfeeding moms and often sabotages breastfeeding altogether. ...more
As the breastfeeding mom of THREE kids, now ages 27, 23 and 16, let me just say that I cannot ...more