PAIL book club, vol. 4

This installment of PAIL book club is “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids” by Kim John Payne.

Whew. How many of us here could use a little simplicity and calmness in their life? *Raises hand.* This is something I worry about. I’m a pretty intense person. My husband would tell you that last sentence was the understatement of the century. And I have actively chosen to try and make intentional times when I am calm, unplugged, zoned-out.

When we fostered a 4-year-old, we had a crash course in just how intense, over stimulated, and crazed kids can be these days. And I recognized that if I was acting crazed and stressed and always ‘plugged-in’ that our 4-year-old would pick up on that and become that way even more. We took some purposeful steps to help our 4-year-old have intentional times when he could experience calmness and just be.

And yet I know, I have to continue to instill simplicity and calmness into my life. I’m plugged in, always going, watching TV, while reading blogs, while returning calls. I think our society tells us that is the way we should be. So I am excited to read this months book. I hope you’ll join us for:

simplicity parenting

If you’d like to participate in the book club, this is how it will work:

1. Fill out the form below to sign up.

2. Pick up a copy of “Simplicity Parenting.” Don’t forget to see if your local library has it!

3. On February 7th we’ll send around an email to all of the participants asking you to send in a question or discussion topic, anything at all you’d like to talk about with the rest of the book club. You don’t have to send a question, but the more people who do, the more jumping-off points we’ll have to facilitate a discussion.

4. The question and topic list will be posted on February 14th.  Then, write a post about Simplicity Parenting on your blog – your thoughts, issues you had with the book, new ideas you got, things that surprised you, anything at all. Your post is due at midnight, February 20th.

5. March 1st we’ll post the list and we’ll have some discuss and share our thoughts!

Important dates:

  • ASAP – buy the book and sign up for book club
  • Feb. 13th – submit your questions and/or discussion points
  • Feb. 14th – complete list of questions will posted
  • Feb 27th – post due to be submitted for the listing
  • Feb 28th– complete list of participating blogs will be posted on PAIL’s main page


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the monday snapshot – SRB

This week, SRB of Little Chicken Nuggets (and one of the PAIL contributors!) is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections.

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

REMINDER: January Theme Posts (“Where Do Babies Come From?“) are due TONIGHT at midnight! 🙂


Finally! It’s my turn! This is one of my favourite features at PAIL – a little pick-me-up made of TEH CUTE on a Monday. When T-dog (Traathy, can I call you T-dog?) contacted me for my picture and blurb, she requested a belly shot of TBD. I thought about it, but then I was like “Maaaaaaan…. then I have to put on pants and stuff…” so instead, you will be forced to check out HGB, Pizza Chef Extraordinaire!

"And his mouth was made of pizza! Pizza! Pizza!"

“And his mouth was made of pizza! Pizza! Pizza!”

This learning tower is the BOMB, y’all. He always want to help, see, and cook. Usually we just let him “stir” random ingredients in his little suction cup bowl, but on Saturday we set him up to make his own mini-pizza! SUCCESS! After thoroughly tasting the sauce, he opted for toppings of “brocc!” and “pepp!” and then HE ATE IT.  I am consistently amazed at the things he can do, especially when I give him the chance to try something himself. Mind blowing.


Now, get to know a little more about SRB with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started blogging in July 2011, shortly after my son HGB was born. I had quit FB and wanted a place to share photos and stories of him with a few friends and family. I had been lurking ALI blogs for about 2 years though, slowly starting commenting, and then finally adding my URL to the comment form. Shortly thereafter, I slowly started opening up about my own journey. My blog is now a completely different place!

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

I began to suspect a problem in 2006 when I went off BCPs and AF didn’t show for a year. PCOS was confirmed in 2008. Two miscarriages later we had HGB, and now a magical, surprise #2 is due Feb. 2013. Crazy times.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

Before becoming a SAHM I worked in a professional capacity within the disease state of IF, so I have read (and written) a LOT of material on the subject. Oh, I will find you the information you are looking for! I have *thoughts* on this study or that one. 🙂

4) One word to describe yourself:


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

Many of my faves have already been mentioned by others, so I am going to go with one I get made fun of for: Lainey Gossip. There! I admit it! I secretly read celebrity gossip! What I like about Lainey though, is she pulls back the curtain so you can see The Wizard at work. Even if I don’t know who half of the people are anymore, it is still endlessly fascinating.


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets!!

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!

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