Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

A Day In The Life of a PTA Mom

Taking a break from being a mommy blogger and crafter extraordinaire (I flatter myself, heck it's my blog) to spend a little time at the Ohio PTA convention.

Oh the life and times of a PTA mom, how I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought I would be one. Heck I never thought I would ever get married and have kids, but here I am, hanging out at a PTA convention and taking it all in.

The one thing I took away from the weekend (aside from a few extra pounds thanks to Fado in Easton and Black Olive in the Short North) was that I have consciously made the decision to pretty much give up my nine to five (who am I kidding six am until seven pm) work life to raise my kids, and wow am I lucky.

Now I am not starting some crazy argument about stay at home moms versus working moms. Whatever works for you is awesome, a valid choice, and I have been on both ends of the argument. I am just saying that for my life giving up my career and being mommy really works for me and I shockingly really love it.

I also thought hey, do you really know anything about me? I mean it's the internet and we all know, what happens on the internet stays on the internet, but I thought if you are going to be a regular reader of my crazy upcycling world you should know a little something.  Right?

Why I Quit My Job

Yeah I know your curious so here is an interesting random factoid that you probably won't be able to sleep without knowing. My first experience with blogging and the blogging world was when my daughter was born. I decided to exclusively nurse my child and when I went back to work six weeks after she was born her daycare charged me an additional $10 a day because I was providing my daughter with expressed breastmilk. Why an additional charge, well they had to store it in a special refridgerator in the managers office (in which the manager kept her cream cheese) and it was lovingly marked BIOHAZARD. Yep my breastmilk was a biohazard. Who knew boobs could be so darn dangerous.

Happy and Healthy

I have always been a little outspoken so as soon as I had my daughter in a new daycare situation I let the world know what happen and how totally uncool I thought it was. I was on the front page of the newspaper, did some television interviews, talked to Newsweek and was passionate about a momma's right to choose how she wants to feed her baby.

Anyway if you want to read more an article was written on this blog:

The Lactivist: City Kids Day Care Chain Charges Mom MORE Money to Watch Breastfed Infant

Jenn was my first introduction to blogging. I didn't know what a blog was, what social media was, or heck what the big bad internet world was all about. I think I might have had a Myspace page? Maybe?

So this was about four years ago and now I have my own blog, pretty much stick to crafting and upcycling, and rarely cause a stir. The big bad world of the internet seems to be my best friend. I am no longer working and sometimes my most exciting conversations revolve around playing trains and where that brunette Polly Pocket went? I have to say the world changes, people, change, and sure I may not be the same person I was pre-kid or even the early days of being a Lactivist, but I am a mom (a PTA mom at that) and I couldn't be happier!



sertyan said…
I salute your efforts in making sure that daycare change their policy on feeding breastmilk for your little one. The biohazard part is really funny but I also felt very angry when I read it. I mean, I thought breastfeeding awareness should be better in your part of the world. It was great for what you have done to raise that awareness. I would be very angry too if I were in your position then.

I am currently still breastfeeding my daughter who is nearly 1 year 8 months old, she is taking solids apart from mummy's milk (she doesn't want any formula!). I pump twice at work everyday. My employer knows that I need to 'do my thing' at certain times of the day and will tell me in advance if I need to go on appointments so I can pump before or after the event.
laxsupermom said…
I never knew that! Charging more for a breastfed baby is outrageous! I was lucky enough to have my mom as a daycare provider with WD, and had made the switch to being a SAHM with SB. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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