Seasonal Produce: January

  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • lemons
  • lime
  • tangerine
  • carrot
  • parsnips
  • beets
  • turnips
  • potatoes
  • chestnuts
  • celery
  • butternut squash
  • cranberries
  • quince
  • pomegranate
  • pineapples
  • rhubarb
  • lychee
  • mango
  • mushrooms
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • onions
  • garlic

Did I forget anything?

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Seasonal Produce: December

  • oranges
  • lemons
  • limes
  • grapefruit
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • kale
  • turnips
  • potatoes
  • garlic
  • onions
  • carrots
  • beets
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • chestnuts
  • apples
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • cranberries
  • kiwi
  • fennel
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • pomegranates
  • leeks
  • sweet potatoes
  • radish
  • winter squash
  • tangerines
  • pumpkins
  • quince
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • horseradish
  • parsnip

Did I miss anything?

Seasonal Produce: November

  • apples
  • collard greens
  • sweet potatoes
  • pecans
  • turnips
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • garlic
  • onions
  • beets
  • brussel sprouts
  • cranberry
  • chard
  • cabbage
  • horseradish
  • pomegranate
  • pumpkin
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • parsnip
  • avacado
  • bok choy
  • celery
  • kiwi
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • lemons
  • oranges
  • rutabaga
  • winter squash
  • potatoes

Did I miss anything?

A Quick List of Things We Use Vinegar For

A Quick List of Surprising Things I Can Do While Nusing

  • type this post
  • shop for groceries
  • read comic books
  • sleep
  • brush my teeth
  • go for a walk in the park
  • browse books at the library
  • eat dinner (well, only select things)
  • discuss very in-depth topics like philosophy, evolutionary biology, and what we want to eat for dinner
  • pet the pavlovinator (she loves to sit in my lap while I’m nursing)
  • shop catalogs for fruit trees
  • trim the minion’s nails (I bite the nails off the top hand while she nurses)
  • attend the sermon at my Unitarian Universalist church
  • garden (ok, I can tell the hero what to do and he can garden)
  • play video games (Skyrim!)

What things were you surprised you could do while nursing?

A Quick List of Things We Use Baking Soda For

  • an abrasive while scrubbing things clean
  • odor absorber in the refrigerator and freezer
  • odor absorber for urine on the carpet (sprinkle some on the stain, let sit for an hour, and vacuum up)
  • drain unclogger (pour some down the drain and then follow with vinegar, cover with a wet wash cloth and let sit for about an hour, rinse with water)
  • brushing our teeth (the baking soda sticks to a wet toothbrush)
  • teaspoon in the water of cut flowers to keep them fresh longer
  • make a paste by mixing with water and apply to acne to dry it out overnight
  • odor absorber in the pavlovinator’s litter box
  • teaspoon in the water when boiling eggs to make the shell easier to remove (or bake them!)

A Quick List of Foods and Ingredients We (try to) Avoid

  • hydrogenated oils (trans fat)
  • artificial food dyes (especially red #40)
  • artificial sweeteners (splenda, aspartame, nutrisweet, ect)
  • non-organic versions of the dirty dozen produce
  • BPA in packaging (plastics, microwave popcorn bags, and can linings)
  • Canned foods (other than from Trader Joe’s which are BPA free)
  • BHT
  • propelled foods (whipped cream in a can and cooking oil spray)
  • sodium laurel sulfate ( I didn’t know this was in food, but I just found it in cake mix)
  • MSG
  • nitrates
  • hormones and antibiotics (added to meat and dairy)

Which of these do you avoid?  Do you have any that you avoid that I didn’t mention?

A Quick List of Free Places to Go with a Baby

  • plant nursery and look and feel the plants and flowers
  • pet store and watch the animals, especially fish
  • fabric store and explore textures
  • the library
  • international grocery store and if baby is old enough, get some fun produce to eat later
  • farmer’s market
  • look for local free concerts
  • a busy park (be safe, don’t go into secluded areas alone or just with just your baby)
  • walk around your neighborhood
  • La Leche League meetings

Do you have any additional ideas?

A Quick List of Popular Plants I Hate

  • lilies (alright, I have a love / hate relationship with them)
  • hydrangeas (I don’t know why, they just remind me of old people’s houses)
  • pampas grass (I think they’re ugly, just random blobs of grass and the blades are sharp)
  • any type of grass (it’s a weed in my garden and I don’t like lawns anyways)
  • overly pruned bushes like topiary (one of my neighbors has bushes that look like they have buzzcuts)

Do you like any of these?  What are some plants that others like that you hate?