Moving my Blog

December 14, 2009

Yes, I’m moving my blog, again. But, it’s the last time I swear! I thought it would be easier to tie my blog, website, and Etsy shop into one place online. So, if you are looking for me, everything I’m doing is in ONE spot, now.

GO HERE!

And keep this address bookmarked! www.mamakates.com

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Funny

November 5, 2009

So, I decided to make an instructional video to send out with the purchase of my Ring Slings. Turns out, this is not as easy as I thought it would be. First of all, I kept laughing. Leave it to me to be the professional. Then, Archer decided he didn’t want to be in the spotlight for this video. I thought it might have been the time of day (the evening) that made him fussy, but after trying the next afternoon, he acted the same way. Uncooperative! That’s a baby for you! So, we did our best and I hope the video turns out to be helpful.

Here are some clips that we aren’t using. You will see why.


May 29, 2009

From my new phone!

tumblr.

April 28, 2009

I’m trying out tumblr., bookmark me.

farmer’s market

April 15, 2009

I turned in the contract to be a temporary vendor at the downtown market this year! I couldn’t imagine not vending a few times. I had such a fun time last year.

Guilt Free Clothing

April 4, 2009

I recently sent an e-mail to the organizer of the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange to make sure it was alright to add a few items to what I plan to sell at the show. She suggested that if it would be clothing, to make sure the clothing I am altering was not made in a sweatshop. So, I found that the brand that the cute little shirts I got are Carter’s. I searched through the internet for a bit to see if I could find this company on any list of ‘offenders’ for having their products made in a sweatshop and/or by children. I couldn’t find anything, so I went straight to the source. I sent Carter’s an e-mail asking where their clothing is made, and could they assure me that the clothes aren’t made in sweatshops. Their response:

Dear Katie,

Thank you for emailing us. Carter’s has an active social compliance function that regularly audits the factories we contract with. We do not own any of these factories, but we do review the audit results of all factories we contract with. We also ask that these factories comply with the legal requirements set by their governments.

Thank you,

Mary

Consumer Affairs

Carter’s / Oshkosh B’Gosh

Nice. Not only did they avoid telling me where the clothes are made, the only regulations they have for the production of these clothes are made by these mystery countries. Sounds a little fishy to me. And if a company did have clothing made fairly, I think they would take pride in this and give a much less vague response.

I’m in labor

February 10, 2009

I’ve been in labor all day, and now it’s starting to pick up on intensity, and it sucks..

Homeopathy

January 15, 2009

I am amazed! I just started my introductory class to Homeopathy, and I am in love with it! I’m only 10 pages into the book, Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, and already I feel like I’ve learned a lot.

The basic principle of Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars. This means that any symptoms that the body is showing is an indication of what kind of treatment the body needs to utilize its immune defense to heal. So, the body is telling us exactly what it needs. If you have fever and chills, you need a medicine that would have those affects on the body.

This might be a very simple idea to most, but I am totally amazed. I love finding all these little clues that we can use to stay happy healthy people. Just another point that we really should listen to ourselves.

Centering Your Pregnancy

January 15, 2009

Throughout my pregnancy I have been listening to a podcast called Pregtastic. It’s a podcast out of San Diego, California with a panel of pregnant women sharing their journey through pregnancy and motherhood. Also, each week has a topic related to either pregnancy or parenting. The guest speakers range from doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, birth educators, yoga instructors, and many more. It has been a wonderful source for information for me. I would have never come across this information had it not been for this podcast.

This point leads to one show in particular I was very intrigued by. The topic was ‘Centering Your Pregnancy‘. Dr. Peter Bernstein, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health was the guest speaker. Centering Pregnancy is a new model of prenatal care that was developed by a midwife. The model of care is rapidly becoming popular among midwives as well as OBs. The way it works is a provider, whether it be a doctor or midwife, forms a group out of the clients he or she has that are about the same length into their pregnancy. So, after your second individual prenatal visit, you would meet with your provider and the rest of the group for your monthly visits. Each visit will have a different topic–breastfeeding, nutrition, etc. And each topic is catered to the stage in pregnancy that the group is at. The meetings are also slightly free form. If a few women have something they are concerned about, they can bring up that topic for discussion. So, in a way the group leads the class. In this way topics that one mother may have never thought about get introduced. Another plus is the advice is not only given from the provider, but from other experienced mothers in the group.

This has got to be better than your typical visit to your OB. I know from experience that I never learned a thing from my doctor. My midwife, on the other hand is wonderful. Our visits are longer than 5 minutes, and we actually talk and I learn things.

So, check out this podcast!!

Fabulous News!!

January 15, 2009

We has an ultrasound today and baby was head down to begin with, but then he moved into a transverse position. I am thrilled! Being transverse isn’t great, but he is most definitely on his way to being head down. I feel so relieved!