Hollie's Top 7 Topics

Posted by  | Wednesday, July 2, 2008  at 1:10 PM  
I've learned so much from being a part of POH. Here are some of the things that have hit home with me.

1.) Natural Cleaning Agents: After reading Krista's post that included a book about natural cleaners and after reading Shannon's comment on that post about what she does to clean her bathrooms and kitchen, I decided to try it out for myself. I love cleaning with Tea Tree Oil in the kitchen and on my floors. I use a wet rag, spray my floors and wipe it down either using my foot or scrubbing on my hands and knees. I clean the whole house like this and whew...it's a workout, but my floors are so clean and smelling good afterward. I use Borax or Baking Soda in the toilet and vinegar for my mirrors (although, I confess that I don't clean mirrors and windows that often. Blushing!)

2.) Including Kids in household chores: Even though Laney was/is too small to do some things, she still can help me in other things. It's never too early to start exposing them to "how to" do things, for they are always learning and seeing you do chores around the house is an accurate picture of what is true, every day life. I guess I assumed that she could start doing that after turned two, but after reading how some of the POH authors included even their smallest children in little tasks, I started THAT DAY including Laney. Children benefit from you playing with them for some of the day and also from helping you do every day tasks are that necessary. It might take a little bit longer to complete the task, but they love to help and just spending time with you is what's important. I find that Laney is wanting to be like me in so many ways now.

3.) Freezer Meals: I haven't tackled this yet, but it's at the back of my mind. I need to store away some freezer meals for sure. I especially want to store some away so that we have some wholesome meals waiting on us when we return home from a trip. Going grocery shopping is the LAST thing I want to do when I return from vacationing. I also enjoy coming home to a clean house, which means I'm cleaning like crazy while I pack, so there's no time to cook and freeze. So, now is the time to freeze those meals...in those days where nothing is planned. Just eat a quick/light dinner that night so you don't have to cook twice.

4.) Discipline: We're really stepping into Discipline now, but I know more awaits us. I really learned a lot about "how to" during that week. There were some things that I agreed with and have incorporated them into our lives.

5.) Life with two plus children: I loved how Leah divided her day up (even with pics) on what life was like with two children. We're not pregnant, but one day we hope and pray that we will be experiencing life with two plus children. I love learning the practical things in life.

6.) Natural remedies: In particular, I was intrigued by Krista's comment on zinc oxide and yogurt (with active cultures) to heal a diaper rash. Pretty cool!

7.) Sensitivity to infertility: Wow. That week really opened my eyes. Honestly, I want to go back and re-read the tips on relating to someone who is struggling with infertility (what to say, what not to say, how to comfort, how not to feel guilty..etc..)

I agreed with the other top topics of the other POH authors, but I wanted to mention other things that influenced me greatly. Thanks Ladies for every effort put forth into providing quality advice and experiences.


Christy said...

Again I would like to say how blessed I feel to have found this site. I have learned so much in such a short time. Being one who struggled with fertility issues for almost eight years and not having the insurance or financial ability to pursue other avenues, I have to say that the posts on this site are so true. I laughed and cried as I read each of them. It is so true that there really is nothing to say to someone that is facing these issues. But I will say learning about someone that you are close to is pregnant as a result of communication through the grape vine has to be one of the most hurtful things. Thanks to all who have shared their insights and struggles with all who read this blog.

Mallory & Amy Gabriel said...

You ladies started your site about a month before my first baby was born. I feel so blessed to have had your wisdom. Your advice and encouragement has made me a better mom in the first 9 months of parenting.

My favorite weeks have been the parenting book reviews, breastfeeding, homemade baby food, product reviews and the making memories week. The week on Praying for your Child was truly inspiring and brought me to tears. I was SO CONVICTED that I don't pray for John Mark enough. Your practical suggestions really helped.

I would really like a breastfeeding review, like you did with the cloth diapers. The first one was SOOO helpful, but I need more advice on pumping at work (1-2 days/week), breastfeeding once they are so easily distracted, and possibly breastfeeding beyond the first year. I know you have lots of wisdom and knowledge to share in these areas!

I can't wait for future topics- especially excited about the holiday and vaccines weeks! Again, thanks for a wonderful resource!

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