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green diva and the little empress in action.

gettin’ low with my tom’s on…

peace pinwheels + earthly love = smiling spirit

thanks to my sister kye for the land, to auntie loretta for the guidance, and to oriana and stephanie for the seeds and seedlings.

i am a happy girl…

Jeanine @greendivasuper

The Wonders of Mother’s Milk
by Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal

This book, The Wonders of Mother’s Milk by Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal, has been a staple at bed time in my home for quite some time now. Ahimsa and I just love the language and its vibrant illustrations. I appreciate the ethnic and racial diversity of the mamas and babes in the book; a culturally appropriate read in my opinion.

Using age-appropriate language, the topics discussed in the book include: the health and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, de-stigmatizing breastfeeding in public, breastfeeding mothers who work outside of the home, the notion of mother’s milk being green (yes!), and extended breastfeeding.

I’m excited to learn that The Wonders of Mother’s Milk is now available as a download for the iPad and iPhone. The book is offered through iBooks as an enhanced version which offers a “Read-To-Me Option” by a professional narrator. I believe that this is the first children’s book with a breastfeeding theme that’s being offered in this kind of digital format. The cost of the download is super affordable too!

A Kindle Edition is also available for download!

I got the enhanced version on my iPhone and can I just say it is so cool!! It really came in handy on our recent road trip to Nashville. Ahimsa enjoyed reading something she was familiar with and having it read aloud to her over and over again. I truly appreciate how, when read aloud, the words are highlighted in red, something necessary for young readers developing their literacy skills.

Thanks to the author Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal, I will be giving away a promotional code for the digital version of The Wonders of Mother’s Milk.   Leave a comment on this post by Saturday, June 9, 2012 and it will count as your entry. All names will be entered with a winner selected at random via random.org. I will announce the winner in the comments section by 5:00 pm, June 9th. Winner must respond within 24 hours, or another will be selected.

Jeanine @greendivasuper

Future Midwife :: Vintage Scrubs (circa 1988)

Going through boxes of old fabric (I used to make clothes once upon a time), I found some green scrubs of my mother’s.  They are from 1988; from when she working at a clinic in Evanston. They screamed from the box “Wear me, future midwife!”

And so I obliged.

I rocked them for her on this past Mama’s Day.

I miss you, Mama…but look at me, all’ed grown up.

Jeanine @greendivasuper

Happy belated May Day ya’ll!!

Today is day 3 of Screen-Free Week! Screen Free Week is a week where families go without TV and other media (outside the use for homework and/or work for parents) for the set period of time.

Organized by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood,

SFW is a fun and innovative way to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers and hand-held devices. SFW is an annual celebration of life, encouraging, people to read, daydream, explore and enjoy spending time outdoors and with family and friends.

I printed their free SFW Organizers Kit as it has a lot of research about the effects of screens on kids, literacy, commercialization, materialism and marketing, provides age-appropriate lessons for school-aged children (in school or unschooled), and offers 101 cool activities and ideas for playtime fun. Note: One can never have too many activities on hand with a 19 month old toddler. They even have some resources in Spanish.

Over the last few weeks, I have found myself watching more and more tube to zone out a little bit from my job as a youth worker. Over-worked and over-stressed from the daily grind (=burnout) often times sends me straight to the tube to stream Netflix in the evenings. I’m thankful for this break in bad habits and humbly grateful that Mother Nature has blessed Chicago with awesome weather this week.

I am thankful of the work that my partner and I have done to make sure our daughter Ahimsa doesn’t watch a large amount of screen media. I must remember though that I have the potential to rub off on her so making the choice now to deal with my stresses in other ways will truly pay off in the long run.

What role does the TV, iPad, iPhone, social media, video games,  etc. play in the lives of you and your family? How do you deal with your daily stresses and/or mini-traumas as workers? What are your favorite screen-free family activities? Let us know!

Endnote: The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood played a huge role in the development of the film Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood. It’s a brilliant film so look out for the review here at It’s Better at Home.

Jeanine @greendivasuper

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