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Natural remedy for ear infections

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Natural remedy for swimmer’s ear that works better than doctor’s medication! I have this great homemade recipe that I use fairly often to cure outer ear infections (also known as swimmer’s ear). I have always been prone to such infections, and as far as I can remember I spent a few weeks every summer as a child having to put drops in either ears and keeping clear of the pool for an even longer period of time.

6 toddler friendly hikes in the Bay Area

June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I discovered hiking when I was a young adult.  As a child, my parents brought us to hiking spots when we were young, but we never really hiked, we just strolled along and stayed close to the parking lot. Only later when my sister brought me hiking in the Adirondacks in upstate NY did I really fall in love with hiking. After that I became an avid hiker. I even worked for a recreational equipment company where I could talk about climbing and hiking all day long.  I met my husband because I was looking for a climbing and hiking buddy.   Ever since I became a mother my love of hiking has been put on hold.  It’s a lot more complicated to leave home for a full day when you are sleep deprived and your baby has to follow feeding and nap schedules. 

Camping with a one-year old – how we did it

May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

We finally did it!  We went camping with our one-year old for the first time! If you’ve read the previous post about this, you’ll see that  my husband was much stressed and scared about this new adventure with our child. On my side, I must admit I was a little stressed but felt confident things would go well.  In the end, here’s what happened during our first camping trip with our one year old son. 

Camping with a one year old – What to bring?

May 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

    We will soon go camping with our one year old, and although we’ve been camping as a couple extensively, this will be our first time as a family.  My husband is so stressed by this little trip he can’t sleep at night, and I must admit that even though this adventure excites me I am also a little bit worried.  

6 yoga poses to relieve lower back pain

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

    In a recent post I talked about how yoga cured my lower back pain. Well, here are some of the poses that helped me get rid of one of the most common complaints in the USA.   Cat and Cow Pose :  Starting in an all-fours position, move into cat pose by slowly pressing your spine up, arching your back. Hold for a few seconds, take the time to feel the stretch and then move to cow by scooping your spine in, pressing your shoulder blades back and lifting your head. Moving back and forth from cat to cow helps move your spine onto a neutral position, relaxing the muscles and easing tension. Repeat 10 times, flowing smoothly from cat into cow, and cow back into cat. Repeat the sequence as needed. Downward-facing Dog:  Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, raise your knees away from the floor and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling. I recommend adding a hamstring stretch by gently pushing your heels toward the floor, bending one leg at a time and taking the time to feel the stretch in the other leg. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat the pose five to seven times.    Child’s pose: Start on all fours with your arms stretched out straight in front of […]

How I cured my lower back pain

May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I am a runner.   I’ve been running for more than 10 years. Even went through training and running a whole marathon. Nowadays I still enjoy running although I can’t run as far as I’d like since my son can’t handle being strapped in the stroller for more than 40 minutes. I still run a few times a week.  But it wasn’t always that way. 4 years ago I got injured.  Plantar fasciitis.  I was running, hiking, climbing too much.  I got prescribed fancy schmancy orthotics.  Cost: 400$.  6 months later, after a great day relaxing at a spa with my sister, I can’t get up from the restaurant’s chair.  My back is fused.  It no longer wants to move in any direction. What is going on? To this day, I still don’t know how it happened or why.  But let me tell you what happened next and how I finally found a cure for my lower back pain. I spent the next 2 years looking for a reason, an explantation as to why this was happening to me.  I stopped doing all the activities I liked.  I saw all kinds of therapists, from shrinks to massages therapists to physical therapists. I consulted with the best doctors from Stanford and got steroids shots in my lower back.  All to no avail. After 2 years of pain where I couldn’t run a mile or even […]

What’s a child’s life on a boat like

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I stumbled on this blog post from Wandering Dolphin this morning.  I’ve been following theses guys for a few months now, as I’m curious about how a family decides to get out of the traditional way of living and actually live on a boat.  It’s what I’m aiming for, but stepping outside the box sometimes feels so hard and complicated.  I think it’s something we tend to overanalyze and overcomplicate because it is so out of the ordinary. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest, you’ll see I have a board called “One day, I’ll sail away”.   I would like my children to grow up in a different way.  There’s nothing wrong about growing in the suburbs and attending regular school (I know, because I was raised that way).  But just as traveling broadens your horizons, I think traveling as a child opens your mind even more.  This plan to sail away is just a plan right now, but we are setting it in motion slowly so that in a few years time, when our children are a little older, we are able to make the move. As you can see from the post, growing up on a boat looks quite appealing when you set aside society’s critical mind. A great read. http://wanderingdolphin.blogspot.com/2014/05/sailor-girl-what-my-life-is-like.html  

Another look at household cleaners

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I stumbled on this article this morning.  I remembered reading it but with time totally forgot which were the “worst household cleaners”.   I prefer green stuff, but I will sometimes use chemical cleaners when I need a little extra boost.  So, what a surprise it was for me to see the brand “Simple Green” on top of that list! Another proof that I should really really start making my own cleaners! Another surprise to me was the Comet Powder.  I always thought that it was the same as famous brand “Bon Ami” since they are both cleansing powders and sit side-by-side on the grocery shelf. I used Comet because my mom used it when I was a child. I still have some under my kitchen sink that I use from time to time to give my kitchen sink a thorough cleaning. Oops. I guess I’ll have to get rid of it. Lucky for me I’ve always been wary of other types of cleaning, especially the “Febreze” kinds that pushes a bunch of chemicals in our breathing air.  But reading this article really made me think I should make my own cleaners. So, in order to give me a little push, here are a few links on how to make our own cleaners. Now I really have no excuses to use chemical cleaners! http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-cheap-and-green-free-printable-2.html http://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-living/5-easy-diy-cleaning-products-you-can-make-yourself/ http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-grate-no-cook-liquid-laundry.html http://www.survivingthestores.com/homemade-cleaners-floors-counters-tubs-non-toxic.html http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/make-your-own-housecleaning-products http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/cheap-and-natural-cleaning-alternatives http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/make-your-own-antibacterial-soft-scrub-cleanser.html   […]

It all started at the library

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lately I’ve been wondering why I am so afraid to take the plunge into a different life (here and here). I think it all started at the library. When I was a kid, my mother used to bring my 2 older sisters and I to the city’s library on a regular basis. There, we would check-out books and games.  I loved going to the library and I always brought home more books than I could read. One time, I must have been 5 or 6, my sisters and I were in there, checking out books. Roaming around, I decide to step over to a new section.  Suddenly, my sister K tells me that I can’t go over to that section (for kids 8 and up) because I am too young and I have to stay in the baby section. The 8+ section is forbidden to me. Now I know it was just some childish ranting, and I’m sure my sister didn’t mean to hurt me, but what she told me really got ingrained in my brain.  You’d think I would have rebelled against her, but I’ve always been shy.  My sister K, 2 years my elder, was also my “favorite sister”.  We were best friends, we were ALWAYS together. We even made plans to break down the wall separating our 2 bedrooms so we could share one big room (which, for obvious reasons, never happened). She was my idol, […]

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