There will be NO talk of gifts here!

With black friday gone and the holidays coming up fast, everybody is talking about gifts. Well, there will be none of it here because a. I am not going to recommend Tiny Love gifts to you (because that would be, hmm, a bit, *cough* biased? ) and b. I'm not going to recommend others' toys (because they should get their own friggin' blogger, thaaank you.)

Instead I will benefit you with some ideas on how to gift wrap all your stuff, including the loads of wonderful Tiny Love products I'm sure you have purchased for your friends, family, co-workers etc.

First, for you ecologically-conscious ones, I present 14 ways to preserve the rain forests and wrap your gifts in cloth, courtesy of the Ministry of Environment Government of Japan. My favorite? the Hon Tzutsumi. (what can I say, I'm a bookish girl).

Second, for the super-crafty ones among you, here is not-martha's tiny pinatas (get it? it's a TINY pinata for your TINY Love gifts hehehe… not so funny. I know.)

If your are not THAT crafty, but are capable of some needlework, here are some really cute gift bags from craft&fabriclinks.

And for the rest of you (and that includes the wannabe-crafty-but-lacking-any-talent-whatsoever-for-it yours-truly), here is some simple paper-and-ribbons talk from A Life – Unrehearsed

Go, have fun, wrap some presents, and remember – I don't want to hear any gift talk around here! (Unless of course it's to tell me about the gorgeous Tiny Love gift you bought/received)

Photo Credit: P.B Rage

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Secrets from the Tiny Love's Labs

Guy Kawasaki posted this a few weeks ago and then this shortly after. Being the copycat that I am, I've decided to do my own comix post.

Not to be a total copycat though, I've put my own twist on it.

here's version 1

and here's version 2

which one did you like better?

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Simply Beautiful

baby in window
Maggie Mason, aka Mighty Girl, has posted a beautiful poem: Putting in a Window by John Brantingham. Perhaps it's just that I'm a one-track-minded person, but everything about this poem sounded like motherhood advice to me. Really good motherhood advice.

A few of the many examples:
"It’s best if you work without thought of the end" , " Do not work after you are annoyed just so the job will be done more quickly", "Putting in a window should be a joy".

What do you get if you switch "work" and "putting in a window" with "being with you child" or "taking care of you child" or simply "child-rearing"?

Photo Credit: Hannahs Mum

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Maybe baby? Maybe in 30 years…

An article at Slate titled "My boss is 65 and pregnant" really pissed me off. It talks about how with improved fertility technology women in the not-so-far future would be able to delay pregnancy until their late 50s or even later, and thus achieve a more prominent place in the business world, or in the writer's words "take over the boardroom".

My problem is the underlying assumption that women would be able to become equal members of the business world only if they do not plan to have children while doing so.

Another problem I have with the article is the presentation of fertility treatments as something every woman would gladly go through if given a chance, instead of the painful frustrating procedure it really is.

And what REALLY bugged me was how the article seems to be all pro-women-equaity when in fact it promotes a pure phalocentric approach: children and motherhood are obstacles to be dealt with on the way to a successful career.

If you will, it's the antithesis to the Motherhood Manifesto. Instead of attempting, or at least aspiring, to make the business world more accommodating to women and mothers, the article forecast a future where women cannot possibly do both, and therefore have to rely on effective yet at best very uncomfortable procedures in order to eventually have kids at a very late stage of their lives.

And don't even get me started on the grandparents, or lack there off, issue.

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Speaking in Installments

Have you ever noticed how kids play in 2-5 sentences intervals?

The basic situation is quite simple: a play date. You, your kid, your kid's friend and the friend's mom or perhaps you, kid, your friend, friend's kid. A naive person would take the words "play date" literally and would assume that that the youngsters would PLAY together, leaving the mommies to chat leisurely. Ah, the crashing sound of shuttering illusions.

You would be introducing a point only to cut it short after a few sentences with a "don't shove the ball in his mouth" or "please try not to spill juice on the carpet". A trained mommy will seamlessly and effortlessly continue her interrupted point from there. Such mommy will also know when you can multitask, and continue conversation while doing something else, and when your attention cannot be divided, and conversation has to be put on hold for a few moments.

What I've noticed, though, is that kid-less people in general and men in particular (if I may make a broad generalization) are not that well-adapt to this type of conversation. They will be talking to you while you struggle to keep your baby from climbing off the sofa, and will be dumbfounded that you did not give them your unadulterated attention. Or, they will stop in mid-sentence just because you're changing a diaper.

Am I the only one this happens to?

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5 baby-to-grownup translations

baby food

1. Head-lifting = Bhujangasana (cobra pose): Babies are actually very small Yoga masters. If this pose looks hard to you, imagine what it's like for your baby.

2. Crawling = G.I. Joe: I mean, seriously, can ANYONE past the age of 2 crawl like this unless s/he is the commando-type or has recently underwent military training?

3. Peek-a-boo = Pick-up bar: the teasing, the playfulness, the desire to be found and yet remain mysterious. It's all there.

4. Starting to eat solid food = Wine tasting: Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Swish and Spit. Especially the spit part.

5. First words = Poetry: at least to my ears they are.

Photo credit: Shiri Perciger-Cohen

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