Monthly Archives: July 2012

read: what i’m reading now

These are a few of the books I am currently reading – when it comes to nonfiction, I typically switch back and forth between a stack of books, so I don’t get overwhelmed by all of the information in one. For some reason, this tactic helps me process and really grasp the concepts presented in a book.

An Everlasting Meal is an incredible book instructing readers on the art of intuitive cooking. I’ve always loved cooking, but will usually use a recipe, so I found this book intriguing.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is an incredible book to read if you are pregnant. The first section is full of inspiring (though some are a little hippy-ish even for my natural babywearing, extended breastfeeding self) birth stories that I constantly read over and over again. One of my favorite quotes from this book (which has quickly become my mantra this pregnancy) is this:

“Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” 

Simplicity Parenting is another book i’m having to read one section at a time, just so I can really take it all in. It talks a lot about how by simplifying a child’s environment, children are more able to flourish in all areas. I’m really enjoying what I’ve read so far.

The Book of New Family Traditions is a book I know I will refer back to for years to come. It has a lot of information on how family rituals can offer a sense of home and identity that is good for the whole family. I’ve only quickly browsed through it, but I know I will love it.




This book post is inspired by my new adorable niece- Audrey!  We have gathered a few children’s books for you that are written by or about famous folk. This first book graces the bookshelf of Audrey’s nursery so perfectly.  I can just see her dressing up in pretty little dresses and pretending to be Audrey Hepburn one day.

Just Being Audrey.  This adorable book is based on the life of Audrey Hepburn.  The illustrations are lovely!

Freckleface Strawberry written by actress Julianne Moore. This book is about how the things that make you different are also the things that make you YOU!

Inspired by her Dad’s beloved song, Cedella Marley wrote the book One Love.

I already mentioned another of our favorites by Bob Dylan in this post. For a list of other books written by celebrities click HERE!

what they ate: toddler food

These photos are obviously a little bit old but the food ideas are still just as relevant. I have three meals here that Dylan ate/eats often.

Breakfast: eggs (often with parmesan or spinach or both), apple slices, and dry toast (i have tried putting butter or jam on it and she prefers dry).

Lunch: whole wheat pasta, tomato sauce with pureed veggies (squash, zucchini, carrots) mixed in, and black beans; apple slices; water. I know the idea of black beans and pasta might seem weird but we do this often for dinner. Delish! For the sauce I use a jar of pre-made sauce and fresh or frozen veggies are just steamed/blended/added for extra veggie power.

She likes it :)

Dinner: home made corn fritters (thanks Rachel for the idea!), red beans, and she had some grapes too :). – JOY

to do: local WKRN segment on midwives

Just wanted to give our readers a heads up. Tomorrow and Wednesday nights on Nashville News 2 (WKRN) at 10pm, a special will be airing on Ina May Gaskin, and will also feature the Vanderbilt Nurse Midwife program (near and dear to our hearts, as we both delivered with them!).

Ina May Gaskin is also the subject of a new documentary that won awards at the LA Film Festival in June that we have been dying to see. Check out the trailer here:

If you are local, check it out! We definitely will be.

birth stories wanted

dear mama friends!

I am wanting to compile a list of some positive birth stories to start reading on a daily basis just to get myself in the right mindset for having this baby girl (also, we found out last week, it’s girl!!!!!)

If you know of any, or have one of your own, mind commenting below with a link, or tweeting at me (@rachelarnold)? I would love to compile a list, and will even keep a running blog post so those of you that would also love to read some positive-ness can too!