Thursday, May 22, 2014

(More Interesting) Chia Breakfast Oats

I am woefully behind in blogging, and feel terrible about that, but I have been so swamped with home improvements, home-schooling, gardening, and traveling, and planning our big once-yearly combined birthday party.  So, with not much time for blogging these days, I'll be quick and to the point.  I try to keep a rotation going of quick, simple, easy, yet healthy breakfast options.  And if they are adaptable so that I can do some minor tweeking to make it seem different, all the better.  About every three or so days I make the pancake recipe I shared here: , which was my own adaptation and improvement on the often shared banana egg pancakes that turn out flat & eggy.  And also about every three or so days, I make a variation of this breakfast cereal.  It's nothing mind blowing, yet I couldn't find a recipe that was exactly what I'd been looking for, so I decided to experiment until I hit on it.  So here it is.

1 Cup of old fashion rolled oats 
2 T slivered almonds (optional)
1 T wheat germ
1 T milled flax
1 T shredded coconut (optional)
1 t whole flax seed
1 t chia 
2 1/4 C water

All of this thrown into a pot and given a quick stir; on medium heat until simmering.  Then turn to low and chill out until it is as thick as you like.  I tend to like the oats a bit more chewy, but also like it thick, so we simmer approximately five minutes.  

Then, turn off the fire, and add:   

1 t ground cinnamon
sweetener of choice, to your taste
whole milk, to your taste

Now you have a wonderful, delicious, warm bowl of breakfast cereal!  This easily serves our family of four, with enough for a second round for our littles.  And if you're interested in embellishments, and we usually are, here are a few healthy recommendations: 

cocoa powder
golden raisins
dried cranberries
frozen or fresh blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
fresh cream

My four year old is an extremely picky eater, and she loves this so much that she asks for it, sometimes even for lunch or dinner.  I never worry about wastefulness, because we almost always finish it off, but it can easily be stored in the fridge and re-heated the following morning.  And I can make this so easily, and feel satisfied that she is eating something healthier than cold processed breakfast cereals. 

I hope you enjoy this one!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Christmas Conundrum

This is something that has been weighing on my mind lately, as we struggle with simplifying our lives by trying to de-clutter our home of unnecessary "stuff".  Just the task of figuring out what I can live without is difficult enough for me.  Confession: I harbor some underlying hoarding tendencies.  But in working on simplifying and de-cluttering, I have recognized that Christmas gift receiving brings with it a sense of dread and stress.  Honestly, it is really tricky & delicate task, telling someone else how to give you a gift you'll be able to use.  

I don't want to seem ungrateful.  Gifts are supposed to be accepted in the manner they were given.  And if I am being totally honest, something else I struggle with is my own sentimentality.  When someone gives me something, I attach sentimental value to that item.  I feel as though I should keep it, protect it, like some monument to that person's generosity.  It is silly and irrational.  But that is who I am, and so frankly it is easier if you don't give me something physical for me to feel responsible for.  Truthfully: things=burden.  I have a need to reduce our clutter, and thus reduce the amount of stuff I am responsible for.

Another obstacle to overcome is that we really don't see our family often, with all of the grandparents, great-grandparents, and nearly all of our family living out of state, it is naturally difficult for them to know what our girls might like or need.  So can we just take a practical approach?  I hope so.   

And, so it every Christmas season approaches (and also during the month or our daughters' birthdays), I start to feel a bit of panic as my mind begins to imagine an avalanche of stuff about to collapse on me.

In this vain (and definitely not in the vain of ungratefulness!), I am hoping to help to provide our generous gift-givers a list of "preferred" gifts for our children.  And let's face it: our girls truly get everything they need, and then some.  At their age they want very little, and I find it is best for children to not get EVERYTHING they want, so long as their needs are met.  Often times when children who are fortunate enough to not have to worry about food and shelter, and the basic necessities of life are met, they may have fleeting desires of toys, but that's not what they really need.  They really need time spent with loved ones, and to feel loved and important.

Of course, it goes without saying that Christmas is not about gifts received   But rather than continue to plea "please don't buy us anything", when I know that will never happen, I hope offering a wish-list of desired items is more effective.

So here goes....

Intangibles are always best!  My favorite is a monetary contribution to their 529 college savings plans.  I cannot stress enough how important this is to us as a family, because as we are a single income family we do honestly struggle to find the extra cash to make regular contributions as we should.  Looking at the big picture, our girls need a college education more than they want a doll.  Seriously.  

But other great intangibles might include:
*membership to the zoo
*membership to children's museum
*membership to amusement park
*gift certificates for classes: dance, gymnastics, tae kwando, piano, etc.

And as they get older and become more independent, a one on one date with the children would be time spent together, which is so much better than a toy, in my opinion. 

Handmades are also fabulous!  Some examples: 
* something knitted
* something crocheted
* a quilt for their bed

Handmade items are the things that we treasure, and are always preferred to anything store-bought. 

Another great aspect to intangibles and handmades is that these gifts help to reduce the demand for imports, reduce consumer demands, skip the packaging, and additionally with the intangibles, you can skip the wrapping.  The planet and your pocketbook could be all the better for it.

If you really want to give the girls something concrete for them to open, learning tools are a great option!  
Some examples: 
*art supplies
*musical instruments
*sports equipment (ask to find out what is needed)
*board games

But we, like many families, have lots of books, so you can always check first to see what might be on their reading wish list.  As children get older, Ebooks are less expensive and save trees, but certainly those books we know we will read over and over are worth having in their physical form, and you might check to ensure mom & dad are okay with tech.  

Anyway, I hope my family doesn't take offense to my practical approach, but we have been given hoards of toys that we must find new homes for.  In our home, as a general rule of thumb: when purging, the first ones to go are of the plastic variety.  The keepers are the ones made by hand.

Do you find it difficult to let your family know what you really want, or rather what you don't want?  I think some honesty will help keep things practical when budgets are tight.  What say you? I would love to know.

Thanks for hearing me out.
Riley's & Regan's Mommy


Friday, September 20, 2013

Mom, In Search of Motivation

With all of the struggles and challenges inherent to being an at-home mom (or a parent of any sort, but I am discussing my own issues here), one that I struggle with most often is lack of motivation, energy, enthusiasm, or desire to clean our home.  I often find that Mondays feel the most heavy and challenging.  I refer to it as "Lack of Motivation Monday".  My husband does so much to help around the house and with the girls when he is here, that on the weekends it is almost like being half on duty and half on vacation at the same time.  Literally, my work load is cut in half, in addition to enjoying the benefit of adult conversation (sometimes).  But when he heads out the door for work on Monday morning, it is like a cold shower splash of back to reality, and back to being the only parent remaining in the house to care for our two girls and their needs in addition to the mounting housework.

For me, recognizing my personality type helps me to get where I need to be to accomplish my tasks.  I am a big-picture dreamer and planner.  As an Architect, this can be an advantage.  I thrive in situations where I am planning for the future and it is my natural state of being.  However, I can often lose all focus and motivation when it comes to actual implementation of my plans.  This can be frustrating for my husband and difficult for him to relate to.  If it weren't for my inner control freak I might not be so successful at maintaining my focus on a project so see it through to its conclusion.  Also, in Architecture, I find that completing a project has a big pay-out at the end.  Seeing a building come to its fruition, and being able to finally walk through a place where my mind's eye has been so many times is rewarding in itself.  Though, with housework, I don't see that ultimate payout.  It is hard to see the benefits to doing dishes when the sink of dirty dishes is literally never ending.  I can clean them, but more always comes and the clean empty sink is so short-lived.  Ugh.

Don't misunderstand.  I can take pride in having a clean home.  That feels really wonderful.  But with our two year old and four year old running around making messes faster than lightening speed like Thing 1 & Thing 2, I don't feel as though I ever have the luxury to sit down, relax, and congratulate myself on all my hard work, and just enjoy the house being clean.  Those three seconds just don't seem to make it all worth it.  

But regardless of motivation, or inspite of its lack, I still have to get it all done.  Growing up in the Midwest, my parents did instill within me a down to earth sense that there is pride to be found in whatever you are doing.  So I have no reason to feel as though caring for our children and tending to household chores are any less meaningful than my previous life in Architecture.  But, still, I have to figure out how to get it done.  And this paycheck sucks, but that's another story for another time.

Getting back to the part about me losing focus on the implementation of tasks, to be more accurate: I can actually get overwhelmed.  When trying to get through the five year degree professional program in college, I found it easy to focus on the reward at the end, but found the thought of all those days spent working so diligently to be mentally draining.  Sometimes, as I was about to head back to the town where I attended at the end of the summer, I would have a big cry because I found it so overwhelming.  A mantra that I found helped me through it was to continually repeat to myself: "One foot in front of the other."  Granted, this is nothing new.  This might be similar to how it could be overwhelming to some people to envision themselves climbing a mountain, but if they continue to focus on only that next step, it can feel more easy to accomplish.  At least, for people like me.

So, on those days when I just don't feel like doing it all, I forgive myself for the lack of motivation.  I tell myself that I don't have to do it all.  Maybe I might look at that sink full of dishes and think there is no way I can get myself to put away the entire dishwasher full of clean dishes and stack those dirty ones.  What a job!  However, I might be able to talk myself into opening the dishwasher and finding a small task that I don't mind doing.  Maybe I can just put away those glasses while I am standing here, and then I can go back to something else I enjoy more.  And then the next time I walk by, I might put the silverware away.  And the next time, the pans.  And before I know it, I've put them all away.  And I can feel good about that.  

Quite literally, this is my inner monologue that gets me through my days.  

I don't know if anyone else struggles as much as I do with these little things.  I suspect that many do.  Of course, there are all sorts of people with differing personality types, and we all have our unique struggles, hurdles, and survival techniques.  Maybe yours might involve a reward system, such as a martini or glass of wine.  In a similar way, when I was in college, in order to keep myself sitting down and studying for my finals, I would dump a one pound bag of peanut M&M's into a bowl, and as long as I kept studying I could keep munching.  I would love to hear some of the ways you find motivation to get it all done.  Please share! 

I guess I should stop avoiding work with this blog post.  Work avoidance just can't be helped.

Riley's and Regan's Mommy

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In my own perfect world....

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me how unfortunate it is that my oldest daughter (recently turned four) couldn't go to daycare and/or preschool at least a few times a week, maybe I would have enough money to pay for half a week's worth of it.  My standard response is: "Isn't that supposed to be the advantage of my staying home?  So that she doesn't have to go to...(daycare/preschool)?"  

It strikes me as interesting that I mostly get one of two responses to my being home with my girls: admissions of jealousy, or pity regarding how unfortunate it is for my children, rather than something like "how nice for you and your girls."  

Don't get me wrong: I am not expecting nor seeking your or anyone else's approval, because I don't need it.  I don't need for you to make the same choice, I don't need for you to approve, I don't want for you to feel guilty that you didn't take the same path.  Just please respect that we as parents are the best judge of what is best for our family, in our unique set of circumstances, and I will reciprocate.  

I am going to tell you that I grew up in the daytime care of others, other than my parents, from the time I was six months old.  And I didn't go to preschool.  I turned out okay.  And if you do or don't keep your children at home, whether they turn out okay will not be based purely upon that decision.  So relax. 

However, I don't understand the suggestion that daycare is necessarily better for my children.  It implies that either something is missing at home, or that my children suffer from too much exposure to their mom (me).  Or both.  So pardon if I take offense, but from my perspective those people are either questioning my judgement, or questioning my influence, or both.  

I don't have to be the perfect parent to be good enough for my children.  By keeping them at home I can protect them in some ways.  I can monitor all influence from other children, adults, and media.  I can control their diet entirely, I know exactly what they have and have not eaten, and I can ensure that they are eating the type of diet that we have decided is best for our family.  I can protect them from disciplinary methods we have determined are not best for our children.  I can spend more time with them and develop deeper bonds.  I can be the one to comfort them when they are hurt, sad, or just in need of comfort for the sake of comfort.  Remember that they only just turned two and four, so don't give me that 'helicopter parent' bullshit.  It's my job.

Now, I'm going to go way out on the lunatic ledge with this one.  I am not convinced that public school is for everyone, and further: I feel free to determine whether it is the best path for my children before enrolling them.  I question everything.  That is who I am.  Public school seems a little off topic, but we also get a lot of unsolicited advice about how homeschool causes children to miss out on "socialization".  Isn't that what this is really all about?  If children can learn better at home, at their own pace, and in a manner that can be customized to the needs of each child, then what is missing at home?  Socialization is always the go-to answer.  

So, what of socialization? Do infants and toddlers in daycare have an advantage over mine virtue of having been "socialized" at such a young age?  And further, when did we as a society begin to accept so much value in socialization of children so young? 

When did we as a society decide that daycare was so fucking fabulous, and preschool was so necessary?  If we look back to a time before daycares and preschools, did parents feel as though something was missing in their children's lives?  Once moms started to work out of the home, and started placing their children in the care of someone else, did we come to the realization that this would somehow benefit our children, turn them into better adults?  Maybe.  Here's why: while it is impossible for me to imagine how a mother might feel that their children are better off in the care of someone else, that is exactly what many mothers have explained to me.  I have to come to realize that parents have a need to believe that they are making the best decisions for the care of their children.  They feel the need to be justified in those decisions, and have a reason for each decision made, whether it is within their control or without.  And I believe that need to rationalize can be linked to the source of the so-called Mommy Wars.  People become so steadfast in their decisions (being best for them), that they project those same experiences and needs onto others rather than recognizing that everyone's needs can and likely are different and unique from their own.        

Projecting one's own experiences and knowledge onto someone else is referred to symbiotic behavior, and it can lead to unhealthy thoughts that can destroy relationships.  It is also human behavior.  In my opinion, we need to recognize this and keep our minds in check.  What works for me is in no way necessarily what will work for someone else.  Further, my choices don't need to be right for you.  

I guess what I am saying is that in my own perfect world we would all be able to put our big egos aside and end the judgement.  And mothers and fathers who love their children, regardless of their parenting choices, could get together for playdates, and enjoy a lot less "isn't it unfortunate" and a little more "how nice for you."  In my perfect world.

Riley's & Regan's Mommy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My New Favorite Things

I make no apologies for my love of anything that will make my life easier, and especially when it fits into our chosen ecologically aware lifestyle: all the better!   Recently I have found (or have become reacquainted with) some products that, in my opinion, are quite amazing.  So, in fact, amazing that I felt I should share.  

This spring and summer I have been fortunate enough to indulge in a part-time garden obsession, so it stands to reason that some of my new favorite things are garden related.  I just don't know what's not to love about all of these things, but the first of my new loves is Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.  We're buying nearly all of our seeds direct from them, they're located in Missouri not far from Kansas City, they offer a variety of rare and old fashion heirloom varieties of seeds to choose from, and the users post reviews that I find to be very helpful in choosing the bests varieties for our conditions.  You can find them at

The next garden related product I'd like to share is Azomite.  Azomite is, according to their website: "..a natural product mined from an ancient mineral deposit in Utah (USA) that typically contains a broad spectrum of over 70 minerals and trace elements, distinct from any mineral deposit in the world."  Further, it is an all natural plant food and soil nutrition replenisher.  When reading up on how to get the best possible yeild out of our investment in our garden, we'd found that feeding our tomatoe plants after they begin to bare fruit is critical, but I was cautious to not use anything that might not be safe for my family to consume.  I was so lucky to have accidentally stumbled upon this product that not only improved yeild (according to the research) but also improves the nutrition content in the fruit.  If you would like to read more, you can find information at     

Another garden helper I was fortunate enough to happen upon is tomato velcro.  Why do I love this product?  Well, unlike using strap ties to attach tomoto plants to their stakes, the velcro is re-adjustable and soft, so it is gentle on the plant, but also is reuseable year after year.  I like "reusable", and to me reusing just makes sense.  I bought mine on Amazon.  They're called Velcro Plant Ties.

The next garden helper I am so in love with is Borage.  Borage is a perfect companion planting to almost everything.  It helps other plants grow better, helps deter garden pests, attracts bees, is edible, is beautiful, and can provide shade for some plants like lettuce, and is the easiest thing to grow.  You literally just cast the seeds onto the ground and watch them grow.  They're so amazing, and the beautiful and colorful blooms taste wonderful in salads.

Also, I make no attempt to hide the fact that I am a foodie, so naturally I'll have some new food related loves on occasion.  One I have been loving for a couple years but have yet to share with my readers is Pero.  Have you ever heard of it or tried it?  It's really amazing stuff.  It is natural as well as naturally caffeine free.  Pero is simply made of barley, malted barley, chicory, and rye.  When added to hot water it acts as an instant coffee substitute.  I especially love this because it not only gave me some guilt free pregnancy drinking when I felt like indulging in more than half a cup per day, but also I have become more sensitive to drinking caffeine in the evening.  So if I would like a cup of coffee in the evening, I can sip on a luscious cup of Pero and enjoy the fact that it does not disrupt my sleep at night.  It is amazing!  I like mine strong, with whole milk and a bit of raw sugar.  

Apple cider vinegar is one of those things I have admired for awhile, but the more I get to know about ACV, the more aware I become of just how amazing it really is.  Yes, you can cook with it, and rinse and condition your hair with it, and clean with it, and it has uses as a home remedy for a brilliant ailments (no exaggeration!).  In fact there are books written on its many uses.  It should be said that not all ACV is equal, and here I am really talking about raw and unfiltered Bragg's ACV.  But the reason for my renewed enthusiasm for this wonder of nature relates to a recent bout with Strep Throat.  I actually recently dealt with my first ever battle with Strep Throat.  In reading up on the topic from a wide variety of sources, I came to the personal conclusion that I would be better served to fight it off rather than take antibiotics.  The next step was to find a homeopathic treatment to assist my body and to make me more comfortable as my body fought it off naturally.  Thankfully I'd found that Bragg's cocktail can clear up the ST symptoms as quickly as one hour.  Bragg's did work amazingly for me, and in less than 24 hours my swollen and infected throat was nearly feeling (and looking) back to normal.  Subsequently, I have taken to drinking the cocktail nearly every day, for the health benefits, and my girls love it.    

And since I love to eat so much, and mainstream toothpaste has so many toxins in it, I am pleased to announce that I have at long last found the perfect toothpaste (for me).  What's not to love about it?!  It's entirely natural, and simple.  It's so safe, in fact, that it is edible!  Because it is edible, you do not have to rinse, which makes it perfect for primitive camping.  Best of all: it contains no fluouride, nor SLS.  Clay is also naturally whitening. The ingredients: purified water, food grade clay, sylitol, essential oils, monthol, and salt.  I present to you: Redmond Earthpaste!  It is.....quite possibly the world's most perfect toothpaste (that is my unscientific opinion). 

Now, as many of you know, I am passionate about my love of cloth diapering for so many reasons.  Along the same lines, mommy cloth reusable and washable menstrual pads are something that I have been considering for such a long time that I can't even figure out what took me so long to take this step of finally making that investment.  I guess I just couldn't be the first of my friends to try it, so I sat back and waited for a personal testimonial.  Thankfully one came in last week, and so I promptly placed my order, which arrived two days later (did I mention the shipping was free?).  The product is: Fuzzibunz Comfort Pads.  I bought the starter kit which consists of 12 PUL (leak proof) snapping pads in a variety of sizes, and it came with a bonus wet bag.  I ordered them direct from

The last product I want to share with you is possibly the most amazing that I have found this decade.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is an absolute game changer.  And again, I don't know what is not to love about it, aside from the price, but even that can be easily justified in savings elsewhere.  ASCP is an amazing product that allows you to paint virtually anything without prepping, sanding, stripping, and without priming!  According to the manufacturer, it will stick to virtually anything, including metal and plastic.  This means you can paint melamine without sanding, and paint finished furniture without caustic chemical strippers.  And as if that wasn't already great enough: it is very low in Volatile Organic Compounds.  So you can paint indoors if you wish, and there will be very little off-gassing into your home environment.  This product will save you time, and save you money on strippers, etc, and save some unnecessary items from the landfill, but that is only the beginning of what makes this paint so special.  It is also specially suited for sanding, waxing, antiquing, and other specialized techniques.  The fact that they encourage their customers to use furniture wax in lieu of polyurethane is also better for the environment.  I am now incorporating it into virtually all of my future painting projects.  

I hope you have found something here that might be helpful for you, but since I never learn anything new when I am talking, I also would love to hear from you.  Do you have an amazing product you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear!  

Red Head Homestead

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fluffier Banana Pancakes

Why improved healthier pancakes?  Because I have just never been a fan of the two ingredient egg & banana pancakes.  Don't get me wrong; I love the simplicity of it.  I just don't love the way they cook, nor the texture and consistency.  I decided to improve upon it.  It didn't take me long, and I've been making them this way ever since.  I've had so much success with them that I thought I'd share the recipe because it really is so easy.  I love that I don't have to use a recipe book because I can actually store this in my head, it doesn't have any added sugar (beyond that found naturally in the bananas), easy mean quicker and less clean up, etc. 

Anyway, here's the recipe.  I use this basic list of ingredients, then multiply by the number of servings I want.  This makes it incredibly easy to adjust to the number of people I am serving without leftovers.  And, hey.  Leftover pancakes freeze very well, so who's to say leftovers are a bad thing.  I just prefer everything fresh.  By the way, I often make this both with and without the nut butter.  I simply add the nut butter for some protein because it is challenging to get my girls to eat protein unless I hide it in the food.  If you don't have it on hand, omit it without notice. 

1 farm fresh egg, beaten
1 ripe banana, mashed
a healthy dash of cinnamon
(optional) a heaping tablespoon of all natural peanut butter or nut butter of choosing (the kind with only one ingredient preferred)
1/8 C of whole wheat flour 

Mash the banana(s), add the egg, and mix to combine.  Then add the cinnamon and nut butter.  Mix until all ingredients incorporated.  Then add the whole wheat flour by folding in.  Don't over mix.  

Just to be sure that these changes improved upon the amazingly simplistic egg & banana recipe, I made several test batches.  This is what I found: the more simple recipe was very runny, took forever to cook through, and makes a very thin pancake that is very spongy, and more like an egg crepe to me.  By adding the flour, I get a nice thick batter of the right consistency that holds together in the pan, and the end result is a healthier pancake that is indistinguishable from traditional pancakes that is quicker and easier to make.   

I find this version of banana pancakes to be fail-safe, easy to multiply, and easy to remember.  

Use the flour of your choice, but you likely don't have anything to fear from organic traditional whole wheat so long as you do not have Celiac disease, are not allergic, haven't been placed on a gluten free diet, and the wheat is not bleached and over processed.  I try to make sure we're not eating "modern" wheat by buying organic, non-GMO labeled whole wheat from trusted sources.  I also enjoy a nice, hearty stone ground whole wheat if you can find it.   However, if your family have wheat intolerance, the recipe works the same with your flour of choice.  

For an additionally hearty and old fashion style, I love to add about 1/8 of a C of rolled oats to the batter just before adding it to the hot griddle, and fold it in.

If you like them super fluffy, 1/4 t of aluminum free baking powder will do the trick.  

We've started sprinkling some hemp seed on top of the pancakes just before eating.  It's delicious!  

I hope you enjoy them! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Unwritten Rules of Facebook

I am calling this the unwritten rules of Facebook, and I am being ironic by typing them, so that should set the tone, but in case you need it really spelled out, much of this is written tongue-in-cheek.  So please hear me out before deciding to be offended.

These are some of the unwritten rules of FB (that some would really like to impose on others.)  Words I've actually read (except without the "Thou shall nots"): 

Thou shall not post about food.  Apparently this is the social media equivalent of having garlic breath.  I have read this one, I don't know how many times.  Someone, please explain this to me.  I am a food activist, as well as a foodie, so food is a hobby for me.  It is what I am interested in, therefore it is what I talk about it.  I don't understand how talking about food is offensive.  Nor will I ever.

Thou shall not post about sports.  People either enthusiastically love sports, or they tend to not care about it.  Don't post about it because someone might not care.

Thou shall not post about politics.  What if I don't agree with you?  I might not know how to handle it.  This would surely be your fault.    

Thou shall not post about breastfeeding.  That's just offensive.

Thou shall not post about your children.  No one cares but you.  Not even your spouse. Seriously, what's wrong with you?

Thou shall not post about any domestic-related duties, whether it is things you intend to do, things you've accomplished, or tasks you intend to hire out.  B-O-R-I-N-G!

Thou shall not post about your religion, you proselytizing, bible-thumping zealot.

The point to all of this: how dare you post anything that someone else doesn't personally agree with?!  Or, worse, something someone else might not care about.  That is apparently the un-forgivable FB sin.  

To those who've suffered this type of delusional thoughts: please do some soul searching, or seek professional help.  You have problems.  

First, if you don't like what someone else is posting, rather than pointlessly annoying them, offending them, or trying to change them, why don't you focus on things that are actually within your own control?  You are in charge of your own expectations.  Accept people for who they are, and expect them to act accordingly.  

Second, learn how to use Facebook.  Facebook is like an online journal of sorts.  When you view your feed, you are viewing other people's journals.  You wouldn't otherwise try to re-write, nor try to influence someone else's journal.  Facebook should be treated the same way.  If you don't appreciate the posts of others, there are tools at your disposal; perhaps you should familiarize yourself with the see more of this person and see less of this person features.  You also can hide specific posts, eliminate people from your feed, un-friend them, or even block them.  

Third, I am not responsible for making edits when you don't like the things I talk about in my own journal.  If you don't like it, ask yourself why you are reading it.  If you remark that you do not care, that implies that I should care that you don't care, and that is confusing.  

Fourth, perhaps you should send your resume to God, requesting to be an understudy.  

My actual recommended FB rules: 

Judge not.  Don't judge.  Don't.  (PS: Judgmental people suck.)

If you don't like it, look away.  Use the scroll feature on your mouse, or that little scroll bar off to the far right of your screen, or even the arrow keys.  Also, I bet the page up and page down keys will work. Technology can work for you when you utilize it. 

Keep an open mind.  You might learn something.  

Try not to over-share.  I might be a frequent offender on this one because sometimes I think others might enjoy laughing at my expense, which doesn't bother me in the least.  But, seriously, there are some things that just don't belong on Facebook.  That is for you to decide.  Think about it.     

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything.  You know who you are, you drama loving fire-starter.  You sucker punch, then jump back to gawk at the fallout.  Get a life, please. 

Don't bother imagining you might change someone's mind.  That is not the point of Facebook.  My wall is where I post my own personal status, which is what I am thinking about, or what I am doing, etc.  This is not the place for you to tell me why you think I am wrong.

As a special courtesy: try to not be entirely offensive in your use of the English language. Consider it a personal favor, if you must.  And, please fact-check before you copy and past other people's posts.  I know this is hard to believe, but not everything you read is true.

And, finally: please like everything I post.  Everything.  Especially when I talk about food, politics, my kids, breastfeeding, sports, religion, and my household chores.  Because it's all uber-interesting, because I said it.  Then remark at how brilliant I am.  That would only be appropriate.  Now, get off the computer and do something with your day.

And thanks for reading.

Riley's & Regan's mommy