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September 29, 2014

Book Club: Devil in the White City

Read it!
I can't give a full review, because I'm not completely finished with it...
But it's so interesting.

The bestselling author of Isaac's Storm returns with a gripping tale about two men -- one a creative genius, the other a mass murderer -- who turned the 1893 Chicago World's Fair into their playground. Set against the dazzle of a dream city whose technological marvels presaged the coming century, this real-life drama of good and evil unfolds with all the narrative tension of a fictional thriller.

September 25, 2014

Parenting as a Team

{Our first family picture}

Parenting as a team can be difficult at times.
I can only speak on my experience with parenting an infant, and only for the past 5 months.
It may not seem like a long enough time to get a good grip on what life is like with a child… And it may not be.
But, it is enough time to recognize the difference between being a family of 2 to a family of 3.

Having a kid is kind of like putting a vacuum in your life.
Anything that isn’t fixed in place is sucked into oblivion.
A cute, giggly, lovable, little oblivion.
Or a pooping, spitting up, crying, little oblivion… depending on how you look at it.
It’s easy to let other things go to the wayside.

It’s has been entirely too easy to lose myself in the care of my child.
I am not lying when I tell you that my cup never seems to be full enough of my little boy.
He could have had the worst night; cluster feeding, gassy belly, and heavy wetting, with hair pulling included and I will sit with him for hours.
I want to.

I have to purposefully set aside time for myself, my faith, and my marriage.
Time for myself and my faith are a constant work in progress.
A bible study and performing is how I am sure to not lose my identity in being ‘Jaxon’s Mommy’.
Because I could, so easily.
I am able to be independent and interact with adults.
It challenges me and I can enter it rather haphazardly, knowing that it’s a chance to grow.

It’s my relationship with my husband that takes kid gloves and special consideration.
With all the changes that happen so fast when you have a baby, it is SO easy to let your relationship with your partner fall to the wayside.  As  moms, it is nature for us to care for our children. To put their needs above ours until they are able to do things for themselves. Add daddy helping out as best he can, and you have two very busy individuals.

For us, it took about 4 months to get to a point where we could relax on a date. Because it was especially important for Jake to have that time, we went to see a movie of his choice.
It was really nice and we agreed that we needed to take the time to reconnect and fall in love all over again with the new us.
It was also a good opportunity to connect and find agreements when it comes to Jaxon.

Being united in our parenting is very important, even more so possibly, because we are living with Jake’s parents, which adds an extra layer of learning and communication.
Learning together and finding time to take care of each other, as well as our little boy is important.

September 17, 2014

Jaxon is 5 months!

So much has happened this month!

Jaxon got to hang ou and watch his first couple of football games!
{He slept through the first game}
{The creation of a Buckeye fan!}

I started helping Jaxon sit up on his own...
{This happened}
He does pretty well, with an occasional tumble.
I love that he doesn't really cry when he falls.
Until he is 2 and jumping off furniture.

I fell in love... Again.
{the introduction of baby jeans!}
Be still, my beating heart...
Bring on the baby jeans!!!

On September 13th, 2014, Jake and I stood up before our family, friends and church to dedicate Jaxon to the Lord.
{We dedicated our parenting and child to Christ!}

We, as parents, are the main influence for how our child is raised. So Jake and I chose to proclaim that we would strive to be individuals that filled our personal spiritual cups, so that they could flow over into our daily lives, especially our parenting.
Our prayer for Jaxon is that through us he is able to be guided to find comfort and love in Christ.

Our prayer for Jaxon Harris:

Zephaniah 3:17
New Living Translation (NLT)
For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

It's a very exciting time for us!

September 4, 2014

Gold Canyon Candles September Special!!

September’s Scent of the Month features two of this season’s biggest fragrance trends! The Peaches + Pumpkins fragrance features notes of peach puree, baked pumpkin and vanilla. 

It’s sweet, soft and 10% off! 

It’s just what you need to make your home feel like fall

Feel free to shop at my website!

August 27, 2014

The Summer Sun and Baby Sunscreen

I don't know about your summer, but Ohio has been brutal.
Flipping from high 70's to low 90's, it's awful.

Regardless of the heat, babies still need maximum sun protection!

I have been reading about sun protection and infants quite a bit lately. From what I have read, I've come to the conclusion and agreement with the Skin Cancer Association that babies under 6 months of age should stay out of the sun as much as possible. Especially between the hours of 10 am - 4 pm.
I know, it seems nearly impossible.
Wearing protective clothing when they are out helps.

But when the heat is unbearable, I put sunscreen on my little boy.
I know.

The way that I see it is;
Sunburn vs. sunscreen chemicals.

I choose to slather on the sunscreen on that kid and avoid sunburn, thank you very much!

I have looked into why sunscreen isn't recommended under 6 months.
The FDA states that it would prefer that caregivers use sunscreen as a last resort, and even then quite sparingly on babies under 6 months. 
Because babies’ skin is thinner and more permeable than that of older kids and adults, and because their skin-to-body-weight ratio is greater than that of older people, they’re more likely to absorb sunscreen ingredients and suffer reactions.

Sometimes when parents hear the word, 'chemicals' they freak out and start running the other direction.
I figure that the chemicals in mineral based sunscreens are worth putting up against the risk factors of cancer.
Some ingredients I plan on staying away from;
Oxybenzone, an excellent filter for UVA rays, is also a synthetic estrogen. If it's absorbed through the skin, it can be an endocrine disrupter. 
No thank you.

Retinyl palmitate, often used because it's an antioxidant that boosts the efficacy of UV filters, may also increase photocarcinogenicity, the rate of developing cancerous lesions or tumors from sun exposure, according to a 2009 study.

Give me a mineral based sunscreen void of those ingredients and I'll show you a greased up baby boy having an awesome time in the pool and sunshine!

My favorite mineral based sunscreen; Babyganics

Baby Badger Organic Mineral Sunscreen is another great option!

(See ingredient list here)

The sun is brutal all the time, even in the fall and winter.
So please don't forget to apply and reapply!

Do you follow every recommendation for your children? 
What is your favorite sunscreen? 
What are other organic items that you may use?