Hello again, my dear friends. Right now I am sitting on my lovely sisters couch in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chris decided that he needed to take a quick trip to come and pick up some more cars and he thought it would be nice to bring me along to help drive a car back. But…..in the planning process, he realized he had a friend who would be willing to drive a car back for him so I get to hang out here until Sunday when he will be back to pick up more cars and get me too!! Kim and Jeff (my sister who just recently got married) have a cute little town home they are living in right now. They are happy as larks and love being married. Kim is 30 and Jeff is 37 so it has been really FUN to watch their relationship. They seem so content with each other. Partly I think because they have waited so long to finally find someone to share life with that there seems to be an underlying consistent gratitude between them. It is SOOOOOOO cute to watch. They are not all lovey dovey, well especially like I was when I first got hitched, but it is just so FUN for me to watch people and their inner workings and outer relationships!

Everyday when I get on the internet, I scour a few of my favorite blogs to read about some of my favorite topics. There is a new website I recently found. I think a friend tried to share it with me not to long ago but…..for whatever reason I brushed it off and didn’t really search the content. This is the first blog I will share. It is put together by a midwife in Oregon. She posts TONS of very educational and ENJOYABLE reading information. I have found that her philosophy on birth is VERY similar to mine. That, of course, makes it that more EXCITING of a read. Her blog is called Sage Femme and for those interested in the topic of an self empowerment in regards to birth, I would recommend her blog as a place of interest for you!!

Now for those interested in raw foods and health, there are 2 blogs that I frequent on a regular basis. One is Angela Stokes blog where she discusses her food intake as well as her health and healing journey. She is fun to read because she posts on a regular basis.

Lastly, is a blog called Freshtopia. I have read quite a bit from their site. One of the reason I enjoy it so much is because it is VERY well written and ENTERTAINING! I am EXTREMELY computer illiterate so I have enjoyed sites that seem to be very computer literate and well written. They have TONS of intriguing videos for your viewing pleasure. The hostess of the videos is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS and SASSY! I like her alot. Everything from the site just seems to be so well put together and, for me, just a joy to read and watch when I get the chance. Of course, I have lots of other sites and blogs that I visit on a consistent basis but….I will share those at a later date. You can patiently wait for the next time I decided to share. No one pee your pants because you are so excited. LOL!!

I can’t remember where I found this video. (so sorry to the person who’s site I found it on) I wanted to share it though because I think it portrays how easy it really is to have a baby. I remember when I was first pregnant and my midwife mentioned to me that having a baby was so easy a woman could do it on her front porch if she wanted and no one would even notice that was what she was doing. The sounds the woman in this video is making, I decided, were probably mostly from the shock of deliver her child in Ikea. Not that what she is doing is hard work, it just seems so fast and easy!! Someone, from the other site I got it from, made a funny comment about how she probably ended up delivering in the store just because she couldn’t find her way out. SO TRUE!! For anyone who has ever been to Ikea, it can end up being a HUGE MAZE where all your Alice In Wonderland fears become a reality. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, here it is!! Oh, there is some bloody water, I am sure from her amniotic fluid so be aware!

Another thought I had. Did anyone read about the chemical dumpings that were taking place in California? I just recieved an email about it the other day. You can read the whole article HERE!! I have known for some time that things like this take place all around us and most of the time without our even knowing. I don’t like to be the bearer of fear and bad news but….this is something that effects so many people and can so many health threatening or maybe even life threatening effects. I hope everyone reads it and stays informed. I am trying to do what I can to keep abreast to help stand up for what I believe in when the situation arises. Here are a few scary highlights from the article.

Thousands Exposed to Poison by Government’s Aerial Spraying

“In Monterey, approximately 100,000 residents were exposed to untested chemicals to control the mating habits of less than 750 moths. In Santa Cruz County, over 100,000 residents will be exposed between 11/06/07 – 11/09/07 to untested chemicals to control the mating habits of less than 9,000 moths. This is not a one time application, but will continue monthly beginning again in February, for nine months, and then repeated for up to a total of three years. Again, this program designed to eradicate the moth at best will only control the moth’s mating habits; it will not eliminate the moth. At worst, the program will be ineffective, cost tax payers millions of dollars, and cause permanent disability to residents and their pets. All this harm is over a little moth that has yet to cause even $1 of damage in California.”

Oh, another, what looks like could be, a really cool birth video on the market. I guess Ricki Lake has put together a movie called “The Business of Being Born.” I was just forwarded the trailer this morning. I thought I would go ahead and post it here for all to see. I was just showing it to my sister with the hopes that since she lives in Vegas she will go and see the preview they will be having at UNLV on the 18th. I think all the info for that should be on the site. If you are reading this and for some reason can’t find it there, email me and I will forward you the info.

I hope everyone had a LIVELY and HAPPY New Year! We sure did! Last night, all of us went and ate at The Spice Buffet at Planet Hollywood. I LOVE this buffet because they have a VERY nice salad bar and then a Mexican section with LOADS of pico de gallo and guacamole. Chris goes for the seafood, which he said wasn’t too great last night. But….I still relished my salad and DELICIOUS pineapple. While I am here with my sister, we are planning on going to Go Raw! A local raw food restaurant here in Vegas. They do have SCRUMPTIOUS food also!! Maybe tonight we will go and feast there. Until next time.

Blessings of Constant Bliss,
Rachel