Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pueblo & Company Grand Opening! (Even Stuff Handmade By Me)

The Purple Panache Hand Beaded Egg
If there's one thing I love to do, it's start a new venture, so I'm beyond excited to tell you about Pueblo & Company. It's our new little shop, and it features handmade items by artists of the Southwest. And just in time for Easter, you can even find hand beaded eggs I've designed and created. I make the eggs by attaching one glass seed bead at a time onto a real blown out chicken egg, so the overall effect is delicate and shimmering. They make perfect Easter gifts, but they're also nice for bird lovers, collectors, and for that person who has absolutely everything and you're tired of trying to figure out what it is they don't yet have, would love to have, and will be surprised to receive.

What else is at Pueblo & Company? So glad you asked. We've also included pieces by well known Hopi and Zuni artists from New Mexico and Arizona. The earrings are stamped with the artists' hallmarks, and the animal fetishes are one-of-a-kind beauties. If you don't find the Native American piece you're looking for, please drop me a line at themommyspot (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me
Zuni Bear Fetish by Artist Emery Eriacho
what it is you'd like. The artists have boundless designs and talent, and we'd be happy to find just the right jewelry piece or animal fetish for you. Note: The apple coral bear fetish is SOLD, so if you like him, let me know. No two are alike, but the artists have numerous bears, rabbits, birds, lizards, turtles, and more. Too many to mention, each one gorgeous.)

There's plenty to check out in our little shop already, and lots more to come, including peyote stitched amulet bags and bracelets, handmade solid fine silver earrings and pendants, and lots more. I'd be honored if you stopped by the shop to take a look! Visit Pueblo & Company, online at Square Market, and we'll be sure to get your favorite pieces shipped to you in time for Easter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mother Nature's Baby: The Essential Baby Guide to Natural Cures & Chemical Free Living - Available on Amazon Now!

I'm thrilled to announce that my latest book, Mother Nature's Baby, is now available for Kindle on Amazon! (Paperback versions should be ready in a week or two.) Many of you have requested a book on natural baby care, so this one's for you.

In this book, I cover everything from teething and colic to breastfeeding and lactation. There's also a helpful section on natural housecleaning, including my own recipes and home remedies that replace household cleaners with natural solutions, cheaply and effectively. You'll even find several health and beauty remedies perfect for the pregnant or nursing mom!

Thanks to all for your continued support and ideas! And a special thanks to my talented friend, Ann, of Ann Troast Photography, for honoring me with the use of this gorgeous baby photo of her even more beautiful baby.

If you get a chance to read Mother Nature's Baby, I'd welcome your input!

Friday, August 16, 2013

More on the Continuing Saga of My Eyeballs (or How to Improve your Eyesight Like Magic)

Back in March of this year, I wrote a post telling you how my eyesight has been improving ever since I started drinking all these green smoothies. To recap, I went into the optometrist's office this past January because my eyes were bothering me so much; terrible headaches, having a hard time reading, etc. My prescription at the time was -400/-375. I left the office that day with a new prescription of -275/-275! What was the big change? The green smoothies!

Now, let's speed through time a few months. Happy me, happy cool retro glasses, no more headaches. For awhile. Then it started again. I noticed that at a distance, things were doubling up on me, and I just couldn't read with my glasses on at all. With them off, things up close looked crystal clear, and I felt much better. I found myself pulling my glasses off whenever I was at home, even though -275 meant I still tripped on stuff if you left it out there (apologies to my dachshund who blends with the rug). So in June I headed back to the optometrist.

I reminded her I was the smoothie gulper and that I suspected my vision had improved again. Not surprisingly, she was hesitant to believe that was the cause. So we did another full eye exam. Results? -225/-225! Incredible. We were both floored and ended up discussing smoothies while she wrote up a new prescription and I handed over my glasses for replacement lenses. I also told her my "magic" smoothie, the one I'm sure is doing the most of the work on my eyes: 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 2 handfuls kale, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, about 2 1/2 cups of water. (This is my breakfast which I gulp while tending to the family zoo. I drink one or two other concoctions a day as well.)

Interesting side note here: I did a bit of research to figure out how to further strengthen my eyes. As I spent less time with glasses on, I noticed my eyesight was quite good close up, but only for short spells. Then they'd get all tired and I could no longer focus well. Figuring my eyes were just unaccustomed to seeing without the help of glasses, I dug around on the Internet for some help. I ran across a Dr. Oz video in which he discusses ways to improve eyesight. (Notice the last and most effective thing he mentions: a green smoothie! One that includes similar elements to what I drink each day: dark leafy greens, seeds high in Omega 3's, etc. And I use the blueberries, which are excellent for eye health.)

Now it's mid August, and guess what? My glasses are bothering me again. I keep pulling them off, and I rarely wear them in the house. I still need glasses in the house, yes, but the prescription I'm using is bothering me. So I stumble around as best I can, although my sight is drastically different than it was a year ago.

I recently got contacted by an online store that sells prescription lenses and would like to send me some glasses to test, so I asked for a -200/-200 pair that I'll be reviewing on dkMommy Spot soon. Because I gotta tell ya, replacing my lenses every couple of months is an expensive side effect!

Will I lose my need for glasses eventually? I don't know. I'd like to think that could happen, because so far there is no plateau in sight. In the meantime, I'm going to continue enjoying my smoothies and see where else this takes me. I'm thinking maybe x-ray vision would be nice. That or bending steel. Or I could be like Samantha on Bewitched! Yeah, I'd totally go for that instead. Wrinkle my nose, have a clean house, and sit around reading the rest of the day. Without glasses.