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New Car Seat Guidelines

  • Children should ride rear-facing to age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. (The old policy from 2002 cited age 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum for when to turn a seat around.)
  • Children should use a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.
  • Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

See the new guidelines here

Oregon Trying To Ban Child Bike Trailers

Oregon is trying to pass a bill that will outlaw child bike trailers for children under six. The decision is purely based off of statistics showing a growth in serious bikers having accidents.


Embrace The Pregnant Glow – Not The Sun-Kissed Glow

As a sun goddess herself, I struggled when I was pregnant to avoid the sun. Being that I entered just the beginning of summer with my 8-month-old belly, I didn’t have much of a chance to go out – but it only took one time in that bikini on the lake with a huge, exposed belly.

During pregnancy you will notice a number of skin changes because of the change in hormones your body is going through. Your reaction to the sun is included in this. Many pregnant women who rarely sunburn will likely sunburn during pregnancy – especially when your skin is extremely stretched out (during the last few months of pregnancy).

Even though I was lotioned up, my belly got a little burnt which then led to stretch marks. Yes, exposure to the sun will worsen and in some cases, bring to light the dreaded stretch marks.

Research is all over the map with sun exposure and pregnancy. I say, “Better safe than sorry.”

I have a number of pregnant friends who will be going through the summer, and my advice is to stay out of the sun. If you are going to be in the sun, make sure you do not overheat for risk of the fetus overheating and make sure you are covered. Furthermore, stay out of the tanning beds. Think about how hot you get normally. You will get extra hot when you are pregnant which means that little baby is going to get pretty hot leading to potential dangers. It is the same as why you are not supposed to take hot baths or go in a hot tub. I’ve read that even tanning lotions are not recommended during pregnancy.

And for those of you who have stretch marks, stay covered. The sun exposure will still make these worse no matter how old they are.


For you pregnant ladies, this spandex tank top was my best maternity buy. It is light and cool spandex so you do not get hot, it is slimming (making your belly be the only thing that stands out!) and I used it also for a swim suit along with some bottoms. It also works throughout your whole pregnancy, stretching as you grow. 

Target – Be Maternity Tank

Ingrid & Isabel : Great maternity wear!


reshaping my life: week 3

This week is almost a bigger challenge for me than watching my portions and keeping up at the exercise. I’m working on the inside.

A great metaphor from Cameron’s book:

           A teacher filled a large glass jar with stones. He then asked the class, “Is the jar full?” The class all said, “yes.” The teacher then took a bag of gravel and poured it into the jar, filling up the empty spaces. He asked again, “Is it full?” The class said “yes” and “no.” The teacher then poured a bucket of sand into the jar, shaking it until the grains were settled between the gravel and stones. He asked again, “Is it full?” The class said, “no.” He then asked what the jar represented. “Life.” “If we prioritize our lives to take care of the very important things first, everything finds and settles into its place, so everything can get done.”

That is my goal this week to start working on. I’m great at making lists, but the joke in the family is: Yes, I spend so much time making lists and remaking those lists and then I forget them. True, I always forget my list when I go to the store.

Furthermore, maybe less time making lists and more time doing the things I need to do! Prioritize. God and family first. So even if I have to wake up a little before Audrey does so I can get time to read my Bible, I’ll do it.

After that is exercise. If I don’t exercise before I start doing house chores or whatever is on “my list,” then I won’t get to it.

It isn’t that I’m a procrastinator, I just get easily distracted. Take yesterday for example: I’ve been spring cleaning and yesterday’s goal was to start the kitchen. Therefore, I started the kitchen and found something that needed to go in the entertainment center. Then I started cleaning the entertainment center! I got that all done, but my kitchen didn’t get done.

So, I’m making a list and sticking to it!

“Don’t be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.”

-Denis Waitley 

“Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” -Author Unknown 

The queen list-maker herself: my mom

growing a family

It sure is spring time. Everything around us is growing. It is amazing how just a little seed can turn into something so beautiful – that goes for my little seed, Audrey, and our soon-to-be fabulous garden.

I was never a gardener nor did I ever have the interest. But as a stay-at-home-mom, it gives me something to work at and get out of the house with. Of course my husband is a garden master. So when I told him I wanted to be involved in “our garden,” he has had much patience in teaching me and letting me make decisions.

The first thing I did was go buy a trendy watering can and cute gardening gloves. You have to at least look the part, right?

My sister, another garden guru, told me, “It is just like a baby.” You have to nurture and protect it. Well, I know how to do that!

And my husband and I sure do make a good team. While he was sweating away in the pouring down rain making garden beds out of his own split cedar – I made cute labels [note: add label maker to my essential ingredients to life]. Ahh, it feels like parenting!

Another plus to marrying a logger. He always gets free wood, knows what to do with it and doesn’t mind working in the rain. Handy hubbies are the best. 

caution: change ahead

My sister and I have always liked change. I see myself in her a bit as she is plunging into her college years, moving from place to place just trying to find herself.

Since a young age we both have tried out several personal style changes, hair colors, boyfriends, friends, bedroom decors, sports, shampoos, makeups, diets and hobbies. Furthermore, the both of us love to move and travel. Always getting a change of scenery.

I have always been envious of those people who know their style and have stuck to it. For ten years they have used the same shampoo or mascara because they feel it is the best. I can’t tell you how many shampoos or mascaras I have tried.

I don’t know where my sister and I got this changing attitude. My parents have been together since high school and lived in the same area forever. My dad has worked at the same company since graduating college. They both wear the same type of clothes and jean brands.

For goodness sake, my gorgeous mother is still stuck on her frosty pink lipstick and Maybelline Great Lash mascara – you know, in the pink and green tube.

After years, God finally got beneath me and grounded me. I know who I am and love the life He has chosen for me. However, I still see these glimpses of desiring change. I am constantly wanting to redecorate, make new meals, change my wardrobe, and I am still changing shampoos!

At least I’ve never gotten a tattoo. My wise father always said, “Think about how many times you change your hair color before you go get a permanent tattoo.”

My poor husband used to be worried that I was just easily bored and would someday be bored of him. I know the things that can’t get any better- my husband being one of those things.

But I’ll take my changing attitude in a good way: things can always get better, healthier and stronger. Whether that is my faith, my kitchen cabinets or choice of shampoo.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 

Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.