The good men: our bodies our choice

not bothering to cut and paste. Click the above link and read the whole thing. The above is not a parenting blog, it is a men’s site.

pictures: ouch!



Crunchy pickles and sweet potato fries… (Separate not together- yuck)


Pickles recipe:

Sweet potato fries recipe

Learn about circumcision

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My Journey to Understanding the Truth About Circumcision

The birth of my first son, with my mom.

I was seventeen when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I didn’t have much support locally but thought I understood enough of the basics of how to birth and care for a child. I knew it would be challenging and confusing at times but I also knew I loved the small human growing inside of m…………………………….


below is a link to pictures of a circumcision…. Look at it and realize this torture is happening to a child

Kombacha experiment failure

Ok, so it was a failure… Or rather I got tired and bored with the experiment and stopped.
I’m treating the fermented sweet tea as wine and I racked it (poured it into a new container leaving the yeast at the bottom) and put it in the fridge so that any residual yeast would cool and go to the bottom of the new jar…..
I’ve now brewed some new sweat tea to sweeten the new wine…
Taste test tmw…..


Beyond the bris

Twenty-five years ago my husband and I did something few Jewish parents had. We held a brit shalom ceremony for our son as opposed to a brit milah. We invited guests without saying there would be no circumcision. Dr. Dean Edell (who is Jewish and opposed to circumcision) sent a camera crew for our brit shalom and later used clips from it on different TV programs.

We had a friend who was a rabbi in education, but without a pulpit. It was novel for him to do a brit without mila, but he was willing to do it and risk it. There was also a rabbi in Marin County who was known to do a brit shalom. He was known as a hippie rabbi. He also was willing to do this for us. So we had two rabbis.


Being a Jew Opposing Circumcision

Choosing to leave our boy intact hasn’t diminished our Jewish involvement. My husband and I belong to two congregations in Palo Alto, California. We’ve belonged to the Conservative synagogue for at least 25 years and are associate members of the Reform temple where we attend Torah study. I am a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. My husband, who was exiled from Egypt, is an active member of JIMENA and does presentations about Jews exiled from Arab countries. I am an advocate for Israel and have twice volunteered on supply bases with Sar-El. I have had many pro-Israel letters published in newspapers and magazines.
This picture is not associated with the above blog post..


The ugly truth about vegetable oils
👆Click above link to read entire post


When it comes to any food, keep in mind that where it comes from and how you store it can matter greatly. Traditional oils should be cold-pressed. Organic when possible (especially when dealing with animal fats as the fat is where toxins/pesticides are stored). Do the best you can, and don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices.

Coconut Oil (Use expeller-pressed to avoid a coconut flavor)
Palm Oil (Although, please find from a sustainable source as so much palm oil today is being harvested in horrific ways. When in doubt just stick with coconut oil.)
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Great for non-heat dishes like salad dressings, humus, mayo, etc. Can be used in cooking at lower temperatures or when combined with another saturated fat like butter or coconut oil.)
Avocado Oil (Great for non-heat dishes)
Other fats (not necessarily for cooking, but essential to good health) include meats, eggs, dairy, and fish (nuts are also good in moderation as they have a high level of polyunsaturated fats).
Looking for quality fats and oils? You can find them here.

The following oils are okay in moderations. Most contain high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, so they shouldn’t be consumed freely. But they are considered natural fats, and do have health benefits. They are not great for high heat cooking, but acceptable in dressings, mayos, and other non-heat foods.

Walnut Oil
Flaxseed Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil

Here’s the big list I avoid as much as possible:

Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Soybean Oil
“Vegetable” oil
Peanut Oil
Sunflower Oil
Safflower Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Any fake butter substitutes
Simply skipping these oils in the grocery story isn’t too hard. But keep in mind that most processed foods contain these oils, too. Salad dressing, condiments, crackers, chips… check your ingredients. Don’t buy them. In fact, just skip processed foods and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.


Witch hazel uses and recipe links

The last part mentioned witch hazel as armpit cleaner to kill bacteria and not use deodorant….. Hmmmmm

Witch hazel recipe and uses (scroll down)
Recipe using witch hazel, herbal extracts and vodka as deodorant…..

Gave son autism?????

Personally, I think this mom is putting to much blame on herself…. She is just trying to be a good mom like we all are. She feels that these things she did while pregnant and afterwards are what caused her son to have autism. I can’t say I totally agree with her because a lot of these things are standard procedures and most kids are fine… However, some kids are not and you never know how your kid will react.
She shouldn’t blame herself and shouldn’t feel her son will blame her. She is doing her best and needs to really try to let her guilt and regret go…..

(This is not a circumcision case)
(For some reason I can’t link it…..)

Call me maybe: troops vs cheerleader

I believe the cheerleaders did this first and then the USA troops did a parody of them.
I love it! This video is awesome!

You really got to give these guys credit, watch how the troops match the cheerleaders move for move!

















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Hands off!!!!

Just as there is zero justification in performing vaginal exams on infant and young girls, so also is there never justification to retract and examine the inside of a baby boy’s or child’s penis when there is nothing wrong. Doing so is not alright for girls, and it is not alright for boys. The only time a physician should be handling your child’s genitals (gently!) is if the penis or vulva in question has a visible abnormality that requires examination. If this is not the case, then hands off!

– Martin Winckler, M.D.


Warning: there may be some anger/venting/venom and pictures below a reader may find offensive

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‎”DEAR PRO-CUTTERS: Can you answer these questions?

Do you know who HJ Kellogg is?

What are the functions of the foreskin?

How did secular circumcision begin in America?

What did they believe it was going to prevent and why?

What are the statistical chances of a man needing it done later in life?

What year was it outlawed in America for baby girls?

How many nerve endings are in the foreskin compared to the female clitoris?

Do you know what Meissners corpuscles are? How about Langerhan cells? Ridged band?

What is smegma and what is it made up of? When does the foreskin usually retract?

Does circumcision reduce sensitivity in males? Who is Brian Morris?

What do they do with the foreskins after they cut it off?

What are all of the different methods of circumcision and how are they performed?

What are their complication rates?

What is in some cosmetics and facial creams? What problems can a man have from his circumcision statistically?

Until you can answer every single one of those questions DO NOT even try to fool us into thinking you know anything about circumcision. We WONT believe you!” ~Christine Martin


Are people really this stupid ignorant, uninformed?(taken from facebook pages motherhood:the truth and soggy mamas



















Homemade natural makeup

We all know about the toxic chemicals in regular makeup products. You may think that because makeup is only topical it poses no risk to you. However, did you know that your skin is the largest organ in/on your body?….
So take care if your skin as naturally as you can….

Link to homemade makeup:

Mod podge coffee cups


Ok so I’ve been looking into custom photo designed coffee mugs….
They are expensive! $11.99-13.99 and up!
So I googled making your own photo mug…. Lots of work buying special paper, measuring, sealants… Etc

So I thought…. What about stickers???
So I went to the crafting section at Walmart and bought scrapbooking stickers for $1 and mod podge spray (comes in goo form as well) for about $5-$7 (can’t remember) and when I got home I pulled out my 3 plain coffee cups and went to town….
First I put the stickers on the mugs
Then I sprayed the mod podge
Let it dry

Here is the outcome




A couple of the stickers are lifting at the ends…. Next time I need to spray the mid podge first, place the sticker, let dry, check that sticker is flat, then spray, dry, spray, dry, spray, dry…..

They did come out pretty though….

Next test will be to see if I can wash them in the dishwasher or if they have to be hand washed……




Do not stick in dishwasher