A Mother Is Born

Absolutely love this quote. It’s so very true.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~Rajneesh

 

A Year of Silence

 

After a year-long hiatus, while healing a broken heart after losing my mother, I am picking up the pieces and starting to write again. Slowly.

In addition to being an impressive and well-respected Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, loving and selfless mother, caring wife, and snuggly grandma, she was also the de facto editor of Little Green Moments (along with my sister).  She was the grammar queen, and I knew that a comma would never be out of place with her eyes on it. She had the most incredible attention to detail.

She is missed dearly; every moment, every day. She was also in part, the inspiration behind this blog, along with our two daughters. When my mom (a non-smoker,) was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer almost 3 years ago, I felt a sense of urgency to research what environmental factors she could have been exposed to, that may have caused it, since cancer doesn’t run in our family. We were in it together as a family. How could we beat the {grim} odds? How could we prevent others from getting this awful disease?

Cancer took her life, but never her dignity and grace.

So, in honor of my mom, I will start writing again. Because she would have wanted me to.

 

 

Summer Garden

 

Spent a glorious summer morning in the garden with the kids. As a first time gardener, it is so incredibly gratifying to go outside everyday and harvest these beauties. The kids love it and the amount of vegetables eaten along the way is incredible. There is something very special about watching a 3-year old and 1-year old grab kale leaves and nibble on them as we go about our morning harvest. I am absolutely hooked! How does your garden grow? #tinytotgardeners #newfamilyritual

Backyard Chickens Are Fun

…and so are sisters.

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Why This is Important Now

Non-toxic choices are especially important for babies and small children (during critical time of development), pregnant women, and nursing moms. “Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in everyday products than adults. Their immature metabolism and organ systems are typically less capable of fending off chemical assaults. And as a rule of thumb, if the label has a long list of ingredients, you’re better off not buying it.” -Environmental Working Group (EWG)

New Nesting Box?

 

 

For three days in a row, this has been Marty’s favorite new place to lay her eggs…in the Bob stroller! A modern day nesting box? Silly chicken.

Interview with Doie

We are incredibly honored to be featured in Doie’s Luxe Lounge today! Doie manufactures locally made and earth-friendly bamboo robes, and they are divine.  Many of Doie’s “brides” will most likely be new moms in the not-too-distant future so we were excited to share the inspiration behind starting Little Green Moments.

You can read our interview HERE

Thanks for the interview Sara!

Nightly Ritual

I look forward to our evening ritual. Now that our 2.5 year old daughter has transitioned to a “big girl” bed, it’s easy for Mommy and Daddy to slide in for cuddles and stories at bedtime and my husband and I take turns with this coveted ritual. It begins only after teeth have been brushed and two (or more) stories have been read.  “Tell me ’bout me [sic] day peas [sic],” my daughter asks as we lie next to each other nose to nose. She stares at me with big, bright eyes awaiting the story to begin. “Well…”and we proceed to talk about the entire day: from waking up, to what we ate for breakfast, through the details of the daytime activities, what was learned, what our favorite parts of the day were, how we felt about the day, to presently lying in bed having cuddles. It never ceases to amaze me what a complete and little person she is and how sharp a 2.5 year old’s memory can be; she doesn’t miss a detail and corrects me if I inadvertently forget an important detail about the day. Sometimes we hold hands, sometimes we entangle our feet together, and sometimes a heavy head rests on my chest as we regale ourselves with the events of the day. The ear-to-ear smiles that this ritual elicits and the quiet bonding time after an active day, overfills my heart with joy and leaves me feeling warm and happy. These precious moments.

 

First Egg!

 

Excitement is buzzing in our house as we got our first egg today from our chickens! Hooray! This is going to be fun. Off to go make breakfast with our new organic egg.

Happiness is…

 

…jumping through puddles with a two-year old.

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