Abide with Me: Photographic and Musical Journey by John H. Parker {Review}

Abide with Me

This is a fabulous book! I could easily see this sitting out on a coffee table for years to come or a guest room bedside table for enjoyment. Also, this book is a perfect gift idea for my father. Written by John H. Parker and filled to the brim of photography by Paul Seawright, this square-shaped book is a perfect historical lesson on Christianity’s most famous British Hymns and their authors lives. Each chapter gives an oral history of the hymnist life and a photographic journey of those locations in modern day.

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August Wrap Up and more

I’m a little behind in my wrap ups… AppleBlossom was due on August 15th, but she decided to arrive early on July 31st. Spending time with her has most definitely affected my reviews and reading time, but that’s ok. She is worth every book-free moment. *grin* In other exciting news, Creative Madness was nominated four times for a BBAW Award. Cloth Diaper Education post Guest Post – Author Lynnette BonnerGuest Review – Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron Old reviews posted:5 starsRekindled Revealed Remembered, The Fountain Creek Chronicles by Tamera Alexander4 starsA Garden in ParisA Hilltop in Tuscany by Stephanie Grace Whitson New Reviews:5 starsA Dream to Call My Own, The Brides of Gallatin County #3 by Tracie PetersonHonor in the Dust, Winslow Breed Series #1 by Gilbert MorrisDiscover God Study Bible TSI: The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walt Larrimore M.D.Your Pregnancy Quick Guide: Labor and DeliveryYour Pregnancy Quick. . .

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#ClothDiapers Education

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I knew that I was going to cloth diaper full time. It was about two or three days after finding out that I was pregnant that I started my cloth diaper (CD) research and then spent the next 35 weeks continuing it. *grin* I have been thinking over and preparing my mind to write up some great educational CD posts about my experiences and opinions of various products, but apparently I am not fast enough! My AppleBlossom is one month old today, and we have three weeks of CD experience under our belt, but I have a friend begging with questions, and they must be answered ASAP to make her a CD convert with her 3 mo old… so here is the beginning of my unorganized thoughts… There are four main types of CD:PF (prefolds) with coverspocket diapersAIO (all-in-one)fitted diapers with. . .

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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: a review

The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy by Robin Elise Weiss The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves. This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s. . .

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The Pregnancy Journal (a review)

The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris Since its publication in 1996, this definitive journal for expectant families has sold over a million copies. Author A. Christine Harris brings a revised and thoroughly updated edition to today’s parents-to-be. Still featuring daily entries, a personalized timeline, and pregnancy glossary, the revised edition provides a clearer picture of the baby’s in-utero development and the latest advice about giving a growing baby every advantage prior to birth. My rating: 2 of 5 starsEarly on, when I first got a copy of this journal I was so excited about the idea of keeping a journal of notes and thoughts through out my entire pregnancy. Honestly, this specific journal was not the best choice for me. The places to actually “journal” are sporatic at best and usually at pages and sections when I just. . .

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Baby Fund

*Originally posted February 15th, 2009* Holy Goodness! When was the last time you looked at the prices of baby stuff? [Update: This message is even more important now, as DH is currently laid off and seeking a new job. Enginerd positions, anyone? I’ll give you more specifics if you want to know…] Just FYI, if you missed the memo. I am 14 weeks and almost two days pregnant! [Update 36 weeks and almost 5 days pregnant *wink*] Yay!! We are so excited and just starting to look around at the things we will need. It is completely shocking to find out the prices of the crib, pack ‘n play, high chair, swing, car seat, stroller, glider, and on and on. [Updated to add: DIAPERS!! Which we are going full-time cloth to save $$, but starting out is still a kick to the purse strings. We would also like to get. . .

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Announcing a fully revised and updated new edition of the only best-selling pregnancy and childbirth guide written by a doctor… Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis, OB/GYNand Judith Schuler, M. S. Sixth Edition My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the category of pregnancy reads, I would say this is one of my favorites and most useful books. In the category of weekly updates of what is most likely happening in your pregnancy, this is by far the best book of it’s kind. I had so many recommendations to read a different book that has been around, but I am so glad that I found this one, in comparison the “other” book has nothing on this one. When curious about this book in it’s republication, I found several negative reviews that talked about how it could cause a person to become neurotic knowing all the possible things. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad

New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read. My. . .

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Creative Madness Updates and Changes

A couple months ago I played with the html of my blog to make three columns instead of two. I also added colored quote boxes. I have been quite happy with my changes, but have meant to go back and do a few things. Finally today I was able to sit down and really spend the time to do some more. Today I added navigation tabs and put some color on my sidebar titles. I also changed a few other things here and there. I am using a 12″ Mac PowerBook with Firefox, and I even checked with Safari. Everything looks great on my screen. DH’s PC computer has superior graphics card and everything and is hooked up to our HDTV in the living room that is something like 42″ or similar. He is using Windows and IE 6. On his screen my colors look off, especially the quote boxes,. . .

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Expecting by Marla Taviano (a review)

Expecting: Praying for Your Child’s Development-Body and Soul by Marla Taviano Wrap Your New Baby in PrayerJust as the heart of your baby begins to beat and as little ears take shape, speak words of prayer asking for a heart that beats for God and for ears that listen for His leading. This beautiful prayer book will guide you as you pray for your child’s physical growth as well as his or her spiritual growth. The precious forty weeks of creation will become even more meaningful as you reflect on the illustrations that depict your baby’s development. Each week you will be blessed with: – A prayer for your child’s body and soul – A devotional message – A carefully selected scripture – An inspirational quote – A “body and soul” reflection for mom – A space for you to journal your own thoughts and prayersCreate a keepsake you and. . .

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Things I Love Thursday – July 26th, 2009

If you are new to my blog, then this is new to you. If you have been around a while, this should not really be a surprise. Things that I love consists of an interesting and varied list. I love quilts and quilting. I love to cross stitch. I love books. Newly, I love cloth diapers. Quilts: Not such a bizarre love right? My addiction is fueled by Melisa from Sweet Home Quilt Company. Patterns and hand sewing and something new every time. Patience and fabric are two things meshed together. At this point I have been quilting for about two years now. Not a very long time, but not too short either. I have made over a dozen quilt tops and love to piece. It’s the actual sandwiching, basting, and quilting that gets to me. I worked so hard on that pieced top that if I mark on it,. . .

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#clothdiapers gDiapers coupon – BIG SAVINGS!

In my conversations with my sister and research one of the hybrid versions of cloth diapering that I have found is gDiapers. It is great for trips when the laundry is just not easily accessible or for the person is not sure they are ready to go full out into cloth. Well, I wanted to let you know that right now something very exciting is going on… I am getting some and will have a review in the future (when AppleBlossom can show off some gDiapers’ Fluff). Here’s the personal gMum/Dad coupon code we promised: g1478Brons To use your personal gMum/Dad coupon code, add one or more everyday g’s six-pack(s) to your gDiapers.com cart, enter your code and click the “redeem” button. The price will automatically drop from $70 (regular price) to $40. What a sweet deal! Please note, gDiapers.com coupon codes are case sensitive, so make sure to enter. . .

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The Postpartum Survival Guide (a review)

The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression by Paul Meier Eighty percent of all pregnant women struggle with depression during or after their child’s birth. But there is good news about postpartum mood disorders—they are almost 100% treatable. In the definitive guide to postpartum depression, written from a Christian perspective by a team of experts including best-selling author and popular psychologist Dr. Paul Meier (Happiness Is a Choice), The Postpartum Survival Guide explains why this depression occurs, who’s at risk, how to treat it, and where to find God in it all. Coauthor Lynne Johnson, RN, provides a woman’s perspective on the issues of motherhood and depression. Using real-life stories and practical advice from medical professionals, The Postpartum Survival Guide offers hope-filled solutions that will help new mothers enjoy this special time in their lives. Plus, it also contains helpful resource for fathers, family members,. . .

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#ClothDiapers Grand Opening!!!! The Natural Baby

I just wanted to drop a line today to let you know about the brand new brick and mortar Cloth Diaper shop that also sells through an online store, The Natural Baby!! Grand Opening is tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The shop is located in Watkinsville just outside of Athens, Georgia. I have been talking to one of the owners a couple times through email and she is a delight and I cannot wait to get in her store to look around! But even if you are not in GA, she carries everything online as well and her prices are quite as competitive as the other online CD shops out there! Go look ’em up! Our store in Watkinsville, GA opened in June of 2009 and, like our son, is growing every day! We are conveniently located just 10 minutes from the University of. . .

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What did you do yesterday?

I woke up early, drove almost two hours to meet a woman I met on craigslist to buy some hardly used cloth diapers from. Ended up talking for over an hour and encouraging her that Christian Fiction was a lot more exciting these days than the “syrup” as she put it ten years ago. Then, I drove a couple miles down the road to have lunch. Not too exciting right? Well, once I tell you that I was eating with Julie Lessman, Missy Tippens, CrittyJoy, and Patty Smith Hall… that’s a bit more exciting is it not? So tell me, who did you eat lunch with yesterday?

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