Frolicking at the beach…

I’ve been terrible about posting, so here are some family photos at the beach this afternoon!

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We survived 31 hours of travel!

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It was an epic journey. Three flights, three continents, a grand total of 31 hours, door-to-door. And we survived! Continue reading

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Off to the US!

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We are on our way to visit family in the US for a few weeks – I am so excited! It has been well over a year since our last visit, and the first time we’ll be visiting in the summer months since 2008! Continue reading

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This month’s meet: August 2014

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We had our Thursday babywearing meet at Amani Ya Juu yesterday, and had a great turnout, with plenty of new faces, along with many regulars!  Continue reading

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How to: Getting a Kenyan passport for your child

We recently applied for Sweetpea’s and Sugarplum’s Kenyan passports. For any of you whose children have the right to Kenyan citizenship (baby has at least one Kenyan parent), here is how the process went for us. Thankfully, it’s more straightforward than the process for getting a Kenyan birth certificate!

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Homeopathic cold remedy

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We’ve had a flurry of illnesses strike our home lately, with at least two members of the family having an infection of some sort concurrently for the past three weeks. Obviously, all of our immune systems are a bit down around here, so I broke out the big guns this week – a homeopathic cold remedy, given to me by a pediatrician friend years ago.

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Ginger, Honey and Turmeric Elixir
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated (wash it, no need to peel!)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Put the grated ginger in a measuring cup and add one cup of boiling water. Let the ginger steep for 3 minutes. Once it has steeped, strain the ginger. Take 5 ml of the ginger water, add it to 40 ml of regular drinking water. Add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder. Stir well. Give one teaspoonful every 1 – 2 hours. It will keep in the fridge for a week! The natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the honey, ginger and turmeric can really help to soothe sore throats and coughs.

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And for grownups, this is the recipe Jesse and I have been using for hot ginger, honey and lemon. It’s also incredibly soothing on a sore throat!

Hot Ginger, Honey & Lemon
1 Tablespoon grated ginger (washed, not peeled)
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey

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Put the shredded ginger in one cup of boiling water. Let steep 3 minutes. Meanwhile, put 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey in a mug. Once steeped, strain the ginger water into the mug and stir to dissolve the honey. You can also add a teaspoonful of the elixir above, to get the extra antioxidant benefits of the turmeric!

If your kids are like mine, they’re coming home with colds all the time, especially in the cold season. Of course, you should always check with a physician to be sure your children don’t need antibiotics for a bacterial infection (antibiotics will do nothing for a virus!). But in case it’s just a cold, maybe this remedy will help soothe your little one!

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A weekend in Laikipia – El Karama Lodge

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We headed up to Laikipia with a bunch of friends this weekend. We went to El Karama, and rented out the entire lodge for our group.

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Homemade rhubarb ginger jam

We have this amazing rhubarb plant growing in our garden that just produces like crazy. I love rhubarb, and grew up eating rhubarb pie, rhubarb crumble, and rhubarb jam. I have been wanting to make jam with the rhubarb growing in my garden since we planted it, but I couldn’t find gelatin in any of the supermarkets. Continue reading

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Hello weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! We are heading up to Laikipia for the weekend with lots of friends. I’ll tell you more about it next week when we’re back! Here are a couple of cool things we picked up this week… Continue reading

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Love this film: Babies

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Okay, this is old news, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the movie Babies.  It is a documentary released in 2010 that shows a year in the life of four babies from around the world: the US, Japan, Namibia and Mongolia.

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