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I admit it. I have been having an extended engagement with Jane Austen, which has prevented me from having any desire to post to my blog this week. Okay, there has been a small amount of desire, but not enough to get me to put down Mansfield Park long enough to do it! However, I have put it down long enough to scrapbook a few pages this week. Here is one I did last night that I am particularly happy with. (Click to see more detail.)


(I just wish I could claim actual credit for the idea, instead of owning that I completely scraplifted this page from a Lisa Bearnson layout in Creating Keepsakes magazine.) The kids pictured with mine belong to my dear friend Dawn.

Earlier in the week, I was pleased to see an article on the Newstarget site about the good and bad kinds of milk. In the past, I have been disappointed that Mike Adams has dismissed cow's milk carte blanche, instead of differentiating between what should and shouldn't be consumed, milk-wise. Well, it looks like the man has been educated, and other than his still very pro-vegetarian stance, I think he's pretty on-track as far as what is healthy to put into your body.

For the low-down on processed & raw cow's milk, soy milk, and almond milk, please see the article.

Also, if you would like to skip--or at least minimize--the effects of "cold and flu season," which many just take for granted, please check out this page on Dr. Mercola's website for an education on the benefits of a good probiotic supplement. If you have no really comprehensive probiotic available locally, you can purchase his probiotic, but if you are not on one already, I highly recommend that you get on one, NOW!

I've been consuming a very potent probiotic 2-3 times a day as part of the body-repairing regimen I have been on since April, and have seen a drastic decrease in the amount of yeast in my blood, an increase in energy, and have had only one cold in that time. (This is good, considering that my body was, in times past, so run-down as to be getting a cold fairly frequently, and to almost always have a runny nose.)

I find my kids are much more resistant to the neighbourhood germs when I have them regularly (a few times a week) taking an infant acidopholus supplement, as well as taking Cod Liver Oil daily, especially in the winter. I highly recommend the Garden of Life brand of Cod Liver Oil--the taste is only mildly fishy, as compared to the green toxic goo many cod liver oils seem to resemble. My kids actually ask for it! Getting your kids to regularly consume kefir or live-culture yogurt (minus the sugar!) made from whole milk is another good way to keep those positive intestinal flora thriving.

Anyhoo, in addition to these basic precautions as the "back-to-school" germ-exchange-fest comes on, you may want to consider using Oil of Oregano or Young Living's Thieves blend in a diffuser in your home to minimize air-borne bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While it is good to be exposed to a small amount of that, to keep your immune system up, those of us in northern climes too often find our immune systems not running under optimal conditions as the days get shorter and we spend more time inside, out of direct sunlight.

That's all for now, friends! I hear my craft table calling me. (I am glutting myself on reading and scrapping right now, because I know in two weeks my leisure time will be a rare thing, indeed.)

Hugs to you all!

Home again, Home again, Jiggety-Jig!

Okay, so this is the point at which I pretend I haven't already been on blog-holiday for a week and half to say that I'm going on a holiday--a real one, and will not be posting while I am away. But here's an update on recent happenings before I go.

Look at me from the side. Do I look different to you?


This post involves more than the usual amount of girl talk. Men may or may not be interested in it, but don't say I didn't warn you.

I don't know about most other moms, but I have found that one of the first things that goes out the window upon the arrival of a new baby is excess personal grooming. By "excess" I mean anything that might imply artificially applying colour to hair or skin, as well as anything that might keep me in front of the mirror longer than the bare minimums. Some days, this included choosing an outfit that matched. I was just happy to get out of my pyjamas.

But, as baby approaches that wondrous first-year mark, something magical happens. Suddenly, his wails are not the first sound that drags you out of bed in the morning. Your other children, if you have any, have finally reached an age where they can entertain themselves for a fair amount of time without getting in trouble. And you suddenly have time to actually look in the mirror.

And you shriek, "Oh my GOSH!!"

Then you immediately book an appointment for the hair salon, wondering how it was that you managed to stay married, looking like a slob in sweatpants for nearly a year.

While I may or may not admit to the use of hyperbole in this post (or any post, for that matter. I was raised with a firm belief in blurring the line between truth and dramatic exaggerations thereof), it was so nice to be able to go to the salon today and actually get pampered a little beyond a trim--it was time to rid the winter blahs by adding highlights to my hair.


I think I may have finally found a hairdresser that I like! YAY! Too bad she has a baby due in April, and then I will be punted into the wild again. Hopefully, that gives me enough time to sleuth out another artiste in the hair department--one that does not require a drive to Grand Prairie (2 hours), Edmonton (5 hours), or a one-month minimum advance booking time (downtown Peace River).

Here is a post of my new 'do, taken by Jude about twenty minutes ago after a quick finger-brushing and a long day:

And! Since this is a "girl talk" post anyway, I have been meaning to blog about this for the longest time.

"This" is one of the coolest reinventions to hit the market in a century.
"This" will make you wonder why none of your friends know about it.
"This" will make you want to be the one to tell them.
"This" is the Diva Cup.

Say goodbye to $10/month in feminine hygiene supplies.
Say goodbye to the worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable vaginal dryness.
Say goodbye to messy "Maxi Ultra with wings for Night."

Say hello to taking it easier on your body.
Say hello to taking it easier on the environment.
Say hello to taking it easier on the plumbing.
Say hello to one tidy little pretty cloth bag to carry around with you in your purse, instead of an arsenal of supplies tucked in every desk or bathroom you have.

Picture a diaphragm, but facing the opposite direction. It is not absolutely perfect, but it's the best thing I've ever tried. The only downside is that if someone has particularly weak vaginal muscles (say from birthing too many babies), it can tend to slip up, especially at night. But this can easily be remedied by doing Kegal exercises.

I find I need to wear it with a pantyliner, just for the odd drop that might seep past. Also, the insertion technique took a try or two to master, but the instructions in the box are very detailed, and I soon found it was easier than using a tampon, too.

Girl talk over. If any guys made it this far, e-mail me at talena{at}wintersdayin{dot}ca and I will send you a prize. Plus, you might want to tell your wives, girlfriends, pre-menopausal mothers or post-pubescent daughters. Just sayin'. It might be weird. But they might think that was the best gift you gave them this holiday season. (The information, I mean--unless you are REALLY close and just go out and get them one!)