Monday, November 15, 2010


I am totally addicted to these.....

Honestly I cannot get enough and neither can Guy because even though I politely asked him to get his grubby paws off my beloved Larabars they are diminishing at a rapid rate. Now I have only tried the peanut butter kind because that is the only kind they have on sale at Zehrs right now and these puppies aren't cheap! Regular 7.99/box of 5 on sale for $4.99 (eeeks) but they are sooooo worth it and soooo delish (my mouth is watering as I write this).

I definitely became much more aware of what I was eating when I found out I was pregnant. All of sudden I wasn't just eating for me anymore and I wanted to give my baby the best of the best but it's really frustrating that eating heathly, nutritious food costs so much more than eating food that has ingredients I can't even pronounce. A bunch of chemicals manufactured in labs it's not even real food! Even simple things like buying meat, can someone tell me why I can buy meat from Australia cheaper than meat from Canada and more specifically Ontario?
How insane is that????? I mean really, it's more economical to buy meat that was sent more than half way around the world than buying it locally. Take a closer look at where your food is coming from and if you are so inclined watch the movie Food Inc it's about the food industry in the US but you get the idea of what is really happening in North America and it's icky.

I can't believe my house is surrounded by farms and yet it's cheaper to buy food from all these other countries.... it's bizarre!

And no post would be complete without a look at Mr. Handsome

since I'm doing all the worrying about our nutrition he's free to munch away on his toes!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I went to my first chiropractor appointment EVER last friday. This spine has gone un-cracked for 27 years, but since Oliver was born I feel like the hunch back of Notre Dame. My back has been really sore and tight from nursing and carrying the damn car seat around
(with a not so light baby in it) not to mention that I pushed a 8+ pounder outta of me a couple of months ago, I was feeling real jammed up- and real overdue for an adjustment.

Now part of the reason I have never been before was because the sound of my bones cracking makes me want to hurl. It completely grosses me out, but I went on friday thinking I could handle it and really it's for only a second not even like a milli-sec. Turns out I can't handle the crack, when she adjusted my neck I let out the most horrendous noise so for my next appointment I opted for a less crack-y approach and it was much more enjoyable. Now some people
(Guy included) need the crack, this lady however does not. I am on a 3 times a week for 4 weeks schedule, then once a week for 8 weeks then 1-2 a month.
I am really excited for this new addition to our lifestyle, Guy has been getting adjustments for the last month and it's making such a difference. It totally makes sense to take care of your spine and central nervous system which affects your whole body!

Here's some food for thought....
“For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” -Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol. 3

Nana here's a little something for you & Grandad 
(hope you had a good flight and are enjoying the start of your holiday)
We miss you!


Thursday, October 14, 2010


I was feeling a little ugly the other day... hating all my clothes, was covered in snot and drool and was just icky all over. So I had me a little online shopping session, thinking since I am home to receive the boxes I could down-play the purchases. Because when Guy sees the boxes he then thinks he should get something of the same or greater value... which means my little shopping spree doubles in cost and can get quite costly.
Well things definitely did NOT go as planned!

 I had a meeting at work yesterday morning so after I picked Oliver up from the NANA we went to get some groceries (p.s I love grocery shopping during the day, it's just me, some seniors and no line ups such BLISSSS!!!) when we got home one of the boxes was sitting in the livingroom.... eeks I called Guy and sure enough on his way back from delivering to a job site he stopped at home at the same time Canada Post was trying to deliver my parcel. That was all fine and dandy until 5 o'clock when Purolator pulls in to deliver the other parcel.


 Guy looks at me and says "BUSTED" so busted! HA
 I am thrilled with my purchases and can't wait to wear my new clothes- even though they too will be covered in snot and drool. And not all the stuff was for me, Oliver got some sweet new outfits and some stuff that I am stashing away for Christmas.

Hello Gorgeous!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Favourites- Baby Stuff

Here are some baby things that I am loving

Planet Wise wet/dry bags- 
are superb for cloth diapering on the go!

Seventh Generation wipes- are chlorine free

Burt's Bees shampoo and diaper cream-
au natural and au awesome.

Ergo Carrier - my organic sea green one just came in the mail

Camilia/Coryzalia homeopathic medicine for babies- these are life changing
.... for serious 

Monday, September 20, 2010


I just watched this movie and LOVED it!
Check out the trailer

The soundtrack is really great and Oliver loves it too-
 It's been on steady rotation for the last couple of days.
We give it two thumbs up!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ACV Does a Body Good

Growing a baby and giving birth really takes a toll on your body and since Oliver was born I have definitely been feeling sluggish and depleated. I mean geez....
 this kid has been sucking the nutrients outta me for over a year now!

So I did a little searching online for a natural way to boost my energy and promote overall wellness. And I found Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) an old-school folk remedy that helps to cure all sorts of ailments including allergies, sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, acid reflux, arthritis etc, (the list goes on and on).
Basically I thought I would give it a whirl ...

 I have been drinking ACV tonics for about a week now. That's 2 tsp of ACV in 16 oz (500 ml) of water 3x a day and I squeeze a little lemon juice and agave to sweeten it up . At first it tasted like something died in my mouth but now I am used to the taste and use much less lemon and agave. And I must say I am feeling much better.
The lazy-dazy tired spells have gone away.

(the glass says impeccable taste which is a lie but you get use to it!)
 I use Braggs Organic raw ACV with the mother (the mother is what makes it work) but any raw, unpasteurized ACV will do the trick (Braggs brand can be bought at Bulk Barn in Canada). I have also been adding a cup of ACV to my bath (I lurve a good bath!) and my skin feels awesome afterwards.
I haven't tried it yet but it is also good for your hair too...
I'll let you know the results in a couple of days.

So far so good, ACV is a keeper!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gobble Gobble

Some people have squirrels in their backyards..... we have wild turkeys!

Just another reason we love our G-Hill Life!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Here's a list of things that rock my world right now....

OLIVER.... obviously
    Guy & Oliver together.... makes my heart swoon
    Ontario grown peaches.... seriously I cannot get enough!
    Craft time.... pics to come shortly
    Freshly washed sleep of life

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flip for Cloth Diapers

I was planning on using cloth diapers right from the get go, I even purchased a cloth diapering system before Oliver was born. At first they seemed too big so I used disposables but then 1 month went by and then a few more weeks and I was still unhappy with the diapers I bought. Luckily I had only washed a few of the diapers and not all 36 that I had purchased so I returned them and went on the hunt for a new cloth diaper....

I tried a few different kinds, the first one was a two part "always fit" that had the cloth diaper and then a waterproof cover with snap in liners for an extra booster if needed. These diaper also are suppose to fit from newborn to toddler so you are only buying one set not different sizes. These definitely didn't work for Oliver's shape (he has a very cute but substantial milk belly and very juicy thighs).

Next I tried the Applecheeks, a waterproof cover with a bamboo insert. It comes in 2 sizes so not the most economical choice but I wasn't happy with the fit of the cover and the fact that he peed through this one in about 2 secends.

Then we moved onto the Kushies ultra lite all in one diaper. These worked ok, they were the best fit so far but still kinda of bulky and again you have to purchase infant size and toddler size. Oliver is a heavy wetter and these handled it but we did experience some poo leakage as it didn't fit very tightly around the leg.

Then during one of our Mommy and Baby yoga classes a fellow mama showed me the Flip Diaper she was using. It was a waterproof cover with a insert and it was a onesize with snaps so you can customize the fit from newborn to toddler. She had tried several types as well and was totally satisfied with this one... so we decided to try it.

And we flipped for the Flip!
 It has elastic-y sides to ensure a snug but comfortable fit and with all snaps you really can adjust the fit. The are a few insert options- the stay dry (which I am using), organic insert or disposable (which is a nice option if you are travelling). The diaper with stay dry liner is about $20 CAD and the individual liners are about $5.00. I purchased 4 covers with inserts and additional 20 inserts for a total of $200 dollars so pretty reasonable, although I think I will add a few extra covers to our stash.


So for anyone thinking of using cloth diapers, I would recommend trying a few types before you invest in one system as it really depends on your baby's shape and well we certainly don't all wear the same kind of underwear!

A Birth Story- Oliver Warner

My original due date was May 17th but about halfway through my third trimester my midwife changed the date to the 12th solely based on the hugeness of my belly I'm sure (although it might have also been because of the baby's measurements in both ultrasounds). I still kept the 17th in mind and was prepared to go 2 weeks over as many people told me that can be the case with your first. Basically the baby would be born sometime in May-
a taurus or a gemini.....

So I was still working full days on May 10th when I finally felt some contractions in the afternoon. I was so excited as up to this point I hadn't had anything- no braxton hicks, no cramps no signs that this baby was thinking of making moves anytime soon! After work my sister and I went to my friend Jaime's to check out her new baby doll lamb, I was having contractions the entire time but chalked it up to a little pre-labour. We got home around 7:00pm-ish my sister left and the contractions stayed. Still thinking this was a wee bit of false labour that would go away I started cleaning and doing laundry like a crazy person (nest much?). Guy got home around 8:30 and by 9:00pm we were timing the contractions, they were coming steady every 2 minutes and by 11 we called our midwife Rebekah. She came to the house to see how far dilated I was and I was 6 cm! So she unpacked the gear and we set up for the homebirth

Now in my delusionalness it had never crossed my mind that this was in fact real labour and that my son was on his way, so we were rushing to set up the birthing tub and bed in the kitchen all the while my contractions continue to get stronger. By 3:00 am my water still hadn't broken so Rebekah broke it to help things along. It worked - soon after I was pushing and pushing some more for what felt like forever.......
and then at 6:10 am Oliver Warner was born!

It was such incredible feeling having my baby placed in my arms for the first time! He was so alert and wide awake and although I was completely exhausted (I had been up for a full 24 hours at this point) Guy and I were totally in love with our gorgeous baby boy. Oliver and I shared an amazing herbal bath together shortly after and then I got to crawl into my own bed. Now not only was  labouring and birthing at home awesome but the fact that I got to bathe in my own tub and sleep in my own bed (with freshly washed sheets... thanks to my obsessive labour cleaning) was just unreal!

My delivery was everything I hoped it would be (although next time I wouldn't mind if I don't have to push for soooooo long!) and I am so thankful for my wonderful midwives. They were loving, motherly and encouraging when I needed it, letting me go with what my body was telling me to do. Having a natural homebirth (no drugs not even tylenol!) was so empowering and gave me a new confidence as I entered into mamahood.
Midwives are the best!

Sunday, August 22, 2010



Welcome to it's a g-hill life, a blog about my trials and triumphs of being a new mom making my way through mamahood.  I am also a first time blogger so here's some details about me.....
The Babe

 I am the mama to Oliver Warner who is 3 1/2 months old, I have been happily un-married to Guy for eleven years and we are also the proud parents to a couple of sweet pups Chaza and Maynard (also known as Chazy and May-May). We've been living the g-hill life for almost 2 years now and loving every minute!
The Papa & The Mama


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