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April 24, 2014

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A Doula’s Story

04/24/14

A Doula’s Story

As I entered the room, I had no idea that what I was about to experience would forever alter the course of my life. It was late morning and the room was dim except for the gentle lines of sunshine peeking through the mini-blinds on the windows. All was quiet except for the soft whispers of women and the gentle shuffling heard when one would carefully move from one place to another. All eyes and attention were focused on the woman lying in the bed. One woman sat at her bedside regularly offering her sips of water every few minutes. Meanwhile, another woman sat behind her curled up body pressing on her lower back. Sitting near the foot of the bed, another woman rubbed her feet while the woman lay there, looking completely at peace. The woman in the bed, my friend Jamie,...

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04/24/14

Breastfeeding: The Basics

Breastfeeding FAQs Choosing to breastfeed your baby is special for so many reasons—the emotional bond you develop with your little one, the cost savings and of course the health benefits for both of you. Read on for tips and suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you successfully breastfeed. What are the advantages of breastfeeding? Deciding to breastfeed can give your baby the best possible start in life. Human breast milk has many benefits. In fact, research has shown that breastfed babies are less likely to have Ear infections Diarrhea Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis Other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity,...

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Getting Salty with Kids Yoga

04/24/14

Getting Salty with Kids Yoga

Are you a yogi? I'm not sure what all constitutes being a legitimate yogi, but I fall more in love with yoga every day. I've written in the past about trying yoga myself and doing family yoga, and recently took my littles to Kids Yoga at the newly opened South Tulsa location for SALT Yoga. One of the things I love about SALT is that they promote yoga as fun and open to everyone, regardless of experience or fitness level. I have never felt like anything was unattainable in my yoga practice and always feel encouraged when I attend classes. While yoga can be a part of intense spiritual practice, yeilding very serious results, it can also be fun, playful and relaxing. Extending the practice of yoga to children makes it that much more evident. After warming up a...

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04/24/14

Reading Partners - Alex Update 4/7/14

CLICK HERE to read Reading Partners Installment #1.  CLICK HERE to read Reading Partners Installment #2.  CLICK HERE to read Reading Partners Installment #3.  Alex and I both find great fun in reading P.D. Eastman’s “Go Dog Go”.  There is something about the dogs driving cars, wearing hats, playing tennis on top of a tall tree and, yes, at least 25 dogs tucked into a single bed for the night that makes Alex and I laugh out loud.  I believe Alex now finds reading fun. The strain of sounding out each word is easing.  His fluency has improved.  He looks for clues in the pictures if he gets stuck on a word or he does his best to either sound the word out or even guess.  A guess is okay.  He is trying.  He...

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Getting Salty with Kids Yoga

04/23/14

Getting Salty with Kids Yoga

Are you a yogi? I'm not sure what all constitutes being a legitimate yogi, but I fall more in love with yoga every day. I've written in the past about trying yoga myself and doing family yoga, and recently took my littles to Kids Yoga at the newly opened South Tulsa location for SALT Yoga. One of the things I love about SALT is that they promote yoga as fun and open to everyone, regardless of experience or fitness level. I have never felt like anything was unattainable in my yoga practice and always feel encouraged when I attend classes. While yoga can be a part of intense spiritual practice, yeilding very serious results, it can also be fun, playful and relaxing. Extending the practice of yoga to children makes it that much more evident. After warming up a...

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24 Hours in Tulsa

04/23/14

24 Hours in Tulsa

My daughter, Mary, and her boyfriend, Jacob, were visiting from college over the weekend, and we were busy from morning to evening on Saturday, most of it free. Twenty years ago…heck, 10 years ago…most of the things we did wouldn’t have been available. And here’s the cool part, everything we did was something that all ages could enjoy. On Saturday morning, we all went to the Cherry Street Farmers Market. My daughters and I started a tradition of getting coffee and some food at The Coffee House on Cherry Street (CHOC) before heading into the market. I used to take Lucy the dog along, but had to leave her at home. No dogs allowed at the market. Lucy was disappointed, but I understand the reasoning for it. It took some time to get out of CHOC...

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04/21/14

5 Ways to Eat Healthy & Save Money

Let me start by saying this, if you think the only way you can save money is by clipping coupons then, you're missing out on a lot of great deals. If that is your only method of savings then you've likely also limited yourself to the coupons you see in the newspaper for processed foods and other junk. Today, I'm going to ask that you put those perspectives aside and take a step back when it comes to saving money so you can see all the amazing methods available and all the good foods you can purchase for your family.  5 Ways to Eat Healthy & Save Money 1. Buy in Season: Fruits and veggies are at their cheapest when they are in season. Stockpile them at low, low prices then simply freeze them to enjoy them all year long. There is no reason to pay $5...

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How to Make a Kite and Where to Fly It in Tulsa this Weekend!

04/17/14

How to Make a Kite and Where to Fly It in Tulsa this Weekend!

I just got back from a trip to visit my daughter in Austin. She thoughtfully planned an itinerary of things that I might like to do. One of them was visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The bluebonnets were in bloom, and we strolled through the area, enjoying being outside away from the traffic of the city. It reminded me of my walks through the Tulsa Botanic Garden. While it doesn’t have the amenities of Lady Bird’s Center, yet, it’s still a great place to take the kids away from the noise of town and take a walk through the woods. Now is a good time to go since it’s not too hot and you’ll see lots of redbuds. This Saturday, April 19, the Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club will be out at the Tulsa Botanic Garden flying their kites at the...

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Tulsa County Parks Summer Day Camps

04/14/14

Tulsa County Parks Summer Day Camps

Bixby Community Center Day Camp 211 N. Cabaniss / Bixby, OK 74008 May 27-August 8, Ages 6-12, $100/week Before/after care available, $10/week Call 918-366-4841 to register. Chandler Park Day Camp 6500 W. 21st St. / Tulsa, OK 74107 June 2-August 8, Ages 6-11, $100/week Before/after care available, $10/week Call 918-591-6053 to register. LaFortune Park Day Camp 5202 S. Hudson Ave. / Tulsa, OK 74135 June 2-August 15, Ages 6-14, $100/week Before/after care available, $10/week Call 918-469-6220 to register. O'Brien Park Day Camp 6149 N. Lewis Ave. / Tulsa, OK 74130 June 2-August 15, Ages 6-13, $45/week Before/after care available, $10/week Call 918-591-6008 to register. South County Recreation Day Camp 13800 S. Peoria Ave. / Bixby,...

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Recipe for Leftover Easter Ham

04/14/14

Recipe for Leftover Easter Ham

You could take that extra ham and make some sandwiches, but that’s a little boring. For not much more time invested, you could make these tasty little morsels of egg-y goodness. Popovers are light in texture and can be either savory or sweet, depending on what you add to them. These ham and ricotta treats make a perfect hand-held breakfast, lunch, snack or brunch. They’re best eaten while still warm or on the same day you make them. I’ll be making these on Good Morning Oklahoma, KTUL Channel 8, on Tues., April 15, if you want to watch how it’s done. Makes 6 popovers, but this recipe is easy to double. Heat oven to 425. For the batter: 1/3 cup all-purpose white flour 1/3 cup wheat flour (or you can use all white flour if...

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