Those who know us well don’t wish a Merry Xmas or a Happy Holiday, they ask how our health is. Since we’re not raising Adela in the tradition of cultural holidays/christian holidays/consumer holidays, we have the luxury of creating exactly what we desire this time of year and all year round. We basically celebrate Birthdays. The rhythm of these is so easy, so natural, so aligned with how the body expands and contracts and celebrates it’s almost astonishing to me that anyone should squeeze into the rigidity of a consumer holiday calendar.
But, most of our family and friends do and we so enjoy their joy. My best friend Read the rest of this entry
Picked up a bag of mushroom compost at Rockledge Gardens today with Adela, we’re cultivating a butterfly garden. The monarchs and bees (and red-headed woodpeckers) were abundant in the Fischer Park field last week on the evening of the full moon. We sat in the grass and watched for a long time and I got re-inspired to keep going with our ladybug and butterfly oasis just outside the kitchen door. So far there will be dill, parsley, tropical sage and Read the rest of this entry
Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we actually followed through with this. So glad we did. Visiting our usual places to hand out skulls and roses as Day of the Dead corpse bride and child was a ton of fun – we saw the Bare Bone Brothers, the Women of Surfinista, Des at Juice N Java, Catalyst Surf Shop boyz, the Sunseed Co-Op friends who had so many fun tables of free, healthy treats we could have stayed all day (and a build-your-own fairy garden and witch’s brew with eyeballs and smoke!), and last but definitely not least, Scooter at the Cocoa Beach Skatepark where Adela finally Read the rest of this entry
Headed last minute today with Adela to meet new and old friends at the park and noticed that one small item had dropped out of its box during my family’s recent move, it sat in the front seat and kind of reminded me it was there, I kept glancing at it sideways: In Honor of the Ancient Ones – a post card sent months ago. The warmth of this new moon and the whispering of planets came round, I lingered with the reddish color of Calico Canyon, of the earth in Nevada, thought of Native Read the rest of this entry
Renew, Reuse, Recycle and bought an easel yesterday for $5 smackers at Goodwill but had no idea Adela would take to painting as if she had done it a million times before. Since I don’t use social media anymore, this one’s for you, Adela, so we don’t forget your first day of skipping the fingers and going straight to the brush. Oh and we’re right in the middle of a move that happens to be exhilarating, charming and actually fun which I’m sure has something to do with the fact that children bring Read the rest of this entry
As usual, I’m more excited than Adela on the first day of a new class but now that we have a few under our yoga mats, she loves going to “The Hoola Room” as she calls it. A short term class that supports moms of all shapes and sizes to breathe, stretch and re-connect with our healthiest selves…and a hoola hoop to entertain the kids here and there.
By the way, my daughter is 2 and 10 months if you know what I mean…sometimes I stretch and breathe with 1,000 interruptions and sometimes I stretch and breathe with only 5…hundred. One class she insisted on filling cups of water and waited for everyone to drink them before taking the cups and filling them again and this is just the way it goes in Toddlerville. Luckily, we all obliged in between plank poses.
Today, the instructor led us through an amazing class and helped me to strengthen all of my abdomen and loosen my hips – it still feels great hours later. This is an organic class and with newborns to toddlers and up welcome, moms can understand in a whole new way the importance of organics. Finally, getting to know me again.
Author: PTVN Parent Network
BABY! Int’l Film Festival UGANDA was invited to participate at this year’s Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Kampala, Uganda. We chose three films that would educate and inspire conversation and discussion. I was very busy here in Africa on behalf of mothers and children. We had a lot of meetings with Read the rest of this entry
Author: Marybeth Cicirello
Now this may not be a subject of particular interest unless you’re 1. currently breastfeeding 2. a health advocate 3. a baby advocate or 4. interested in a healthier adult population – but I’m all of the above, so I’m psyched to the brim about Boobie-Palooza 2012!
We noticed the People Magazine article has garnered some colorful comments and I’ll say this to the ladies: if you’re offended by the marketing surrounding Boobie-Palooza, you’ve missed the point. All work and Read the rest of this entry
Author: Marybeth Cicirello
Characters: Me (Marybeth), Bruno (Husband/Dad), Adela (Daughter)
Scene: Bruno and Marybeth (6 months pregnant) sitting in the living room of their Seattle, WA home.
Marybeth: “I really don’t want to raise a daughter here. If I’m not inspired by the environment anymore, how will she be inspired?”
Bruno: “Lets move.”
And cut. Given, we actually started the Read the rest of this entry
Author: Parent Network
Faces of Parenting, North America: What city and state do you live in?
Bruno Cicirello: Space Coast, FL
How many children do you have and their ages?
BC: Adela, 6 months
Is your parenting created in a partnership, multi-generational, or single household?
BC: My wife and I…with extra love from visiting family and friends. Before moving to the Space Coast we lived in Seattle and with my family mainly in Peru, and my wife’s family mainly on the East Coast, the day-to-day parenting has been solely Read the rest of this entry