Friday, July 20, 2018

A New Natural Remedy

I love natural alternatives to medicines. I was recently given samples of a new product that delivers the same natural treatments I like to use orally in a simple patch format! Dr. Loo's Harmony Patches are a unique alternative to essential oils, gripe water, etc. The patches are designed for babies, kids, and adults to treat tummy troubles/colic as well as colds and allergies. My biggest complaint with oral medicines is that they are difficult to administer and usually contain sugar, dyes, or other unwanted filler ingredients. These patches provide similar active ingredients in a transdermal application. The adhesive is less sticky than a bandaid - it didn't irritate my skin like many adhesives do. And yes, I tested the adult versions on myself before using on the baby! So simple to use in the middle of the night for a fussy baby! They seemed to help Tom when he had a stomach bug, and I've currently got the Cough, Cold & Allergies one on my chest hoping to ward off what feels like a cold coming on. Check out the full line of products here!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Homeschool Resource

With summer here, it is important to keep kids' minds active to prevent the "summer slide" that means children forget what they learned during the previous academic year. My kids are in preschool year-round, but our homeschool co-op does not meet during the summer. I am also hoping to do a more formal curriculum with my older son this year since he will be in Pre-K. I love printing off worksheets and activities I find on pinterest and by googling the themes we are studying. One site that is a great resource is Education.com. My Kiddo enjoyed this maze off their site. I think I need to find him some trickier ones though!


Get those fine motor skill ready for spring with this fun maze! Be sure to check out Education.com for more learning fun.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cabin for Vacation Rental and Homebirths

We have a small, rustic cabin on our property (The Lazy Duck Ranch) in Pulaski, TN that is available for short term (vacation) rentals and for home births. If you are from out of state and using one of the wonderful midwives in Tennessee, reserve our cabin and enjoy the comforts and quiet it has to offer.

Amenities include:
- Queen size wrought iron bed with bedding
- Desk and Table with plenty of seating for your family or birth team
- Bathroom with shower stall, sink, and toilet, with dedicated hot water heater and linens and toiletries provided
- Window A/C units and space heaters
- Back deck (perfect for a birthing tub) and front porch of the cabin
- View of the pond and wooded property from the back deck, as well as the resident horse, donkey, goose, ducks and chickens, dogs and cats who wander the property.
- Mini-fridge and coffee maker
- High Speed WiFi
- Pack n Play available
- Access to the kitchen in the main home negotiable
- Optional birth kit packages available (bed pads, antibacterial soaps, etc)
- Pets may be allowed on a case-by-case basis.
- No Smoking
- The cabin is three rooms (a woodshop and an office share the space) but your privacy would be guaranteed for the duration of your stay.
- Parked fifth wheel on property has also been converted to guest space, but is still under renovation though can provide extra sleeping space if needed.
- Located about 10 minutes from the Pulaski, TN historic town square, 10 minutes from STRHS Pulaski Hospital, 15 minutes from Walmart, and about 10-15 minutes from Exits 14 or 22 on I-65 (about halfway between Huntsville and Nashville, about an hour from either)

- $50/night for reserved vacation stays with 2 week notice. $400 for homebirth reservation based on due date availability, dates surrounding your due date will be held.
- CONTACT tomandkatie@thewhitfields.me for more information!















Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Font Nerd's Favorite Fonts


I have long had an interest in fonts and typography. When I was a kid, Iwould examine the letterpress type blocks in my mom's printer's box displayed on the wall. My mom did keyline paste-up, and I enjoyed playing around with Print Shop on our Commodore 64. Working at the college newspaper, I began to develop an appreciation for the use of different typefaces, the use of good kerning, and design.

Nowadays you can easily access tens of thousands of fonts on sites such as dafont.com. These fonts are typically free for personal use, with myriad more available for purchase. Finding just the right font for a project can be challenging. I began a document showing my favorite fonts for doing chalkboards for kids' birthdays so I could easily recall their names. When I started doing projects on my Silhouette Cameo, the list began to grow. And grow... and grow. I re-sorted it to be grouped by font type so I could compare like fonts when envisioning a project layout. I also discovered the website wordmark.it, which allows you to visualize any phrase in all the fonts installed on your computer

Please feel free to download and print the list for your own reference! Just Google the font name to download it to your computer! I will continue to update it as I find new favorite fonts. 



last updated 2.16.17