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Breastfeeding Tips

I am by no means a lactation expert, but I have been successful in my own attempts at breastfeeding.  Because I have several friends who are pregnant and planning to breastfeed, I thought I’d give my own two cents on the topic. 
If you want to breastfeed, decide you are going to do it no matter what.  I think that makes the difference.  If you go in with the attitude that you are going to “try it,” you probably won’t stick with it. Know that the first two weeks are going to be hard.  You will be in pain and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it.  It does get much better. I know that many resources tell you to nurse for a set amount of time on each side, but I didn’t do that.  Castiél pretty much nursed from one side at each feeding and continues to do so.  I wear a hair band on my wrist and change it back and forth to remind me which side to feed on.  You will leak at night – a LOT.  The cute little nursing pajamas are…

Weekly Goals 9-12 to 9-19

After reading The Money Saving Mom's blog post on setting goals, I have decided to do this for myself.  At this point in my life, I feel like my major goal is to spend time with Castiél whenever I can; however, there are other things that need to be done.  Also, there are times that he is sleeping (like now).  :)

For now I am setting ONE goal per area of my life:


Personal Goal
Write a blog on virtual education and on breastfeeding (what is on my mind right now).


Spiritual Goal
Read the Bible daily.


School Goal Read one book off of the Helen Ruffin Book Competition list (this week: Five Flavors of Dumb) and write questions for the book The Morgue and Me.  
Pinterest Goal (in order to make Pinterest more than a time-waster) Make a daily shower cleaner
Scrapbooking Goal Get up-to-date on the journaling in my Project Life album. 

We will see how I do this week!  :)

10 years later

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It's hard to believe it has been 10 years since September 11, 2001.  In some ways it seems like it was so recent, and in other ways, it seems like it was a million years ago.  That moment is frozen in time for so many Americans, and for my generation, it is the defining historic event in our lives.



I was 22 years old.  I was full of dreams, many of them the ridiculous dreams of the young and naive. I was living with my Aunt Kathy, trying to save money to move to Europe to teach English as a foreign language.  I had it all planned out, but my plans didn't pan out.  The terrorist attacks on 9/11 made the world a more dangerous place, and my hopeful dreams seemed silly.  I also made some unfortunate life choices which also interfered with my plans, but that's an entirely different post.

4 states, 7 jobs, and 3 houses later here I am.  10 years older, and hopefully a bit wiser.  Unfortunately I believe the entire country got "older" that day - we moved from the nai…