Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Review: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

    Review: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

    Please note: This was an assignment for SWO 5377 Advanced Clinical Practice: Children and Families at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Fall 2020. Abstract The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Perry & Szalavitz (2017) provides an insight into the impacts of trauma on children and families by considering…

  • Every child cuts their hair, right?

    Every child cuts their hair, right?

    Are you even parenting if your kindergarten child has not cut their hair? For the 50th day of school, our kindergartener participated in the 50’s Sock Hop. He was to dress up for the time period so, of course, my mind goes to Grease–who doesn’t love that movie?! He wore rolled-up jeans, a light gray…

  • Digital Planners are a thing?!

    Digital Planners are a thing?!

    So, I love technology but as a planner? Idk. I currently use my phone for EV-ER-Y-THING! Reminders. Appointments. To do. Class schedule. Internship schedule. Meetings. Kids appointments. Kids schedules. Husbands appointments. Seriously. Everything. If it doesn’t get put into my calendar app, I can guarantee you, I will forget it. Most people know I am…

  • Do Babies Breathe In The Womb?

    Do Babies Breathe In The Womb?

    Babies don’t actually breathe while they’re in the womb. They aren’t fish, though. When a mother breathes in oxygen, the oxygen gets into her bloodstream, which then gets into the baby’s bloodstream by going through the placenta, into the umbilical cord, and then into the baby. The baby’s lungs begin to develop somewhere between 9…

  • Why I Became a Doula

    Why I Became a Doula

    I became a birth and postpartum doula after being a part of my friends’ birth experience.  She was pregnant with her fourth child and her husband was deployed. She asked me to attend her birth and I couldn’t resist!  After having three cesareans, I was excited to experience a natural, vaginal birth! My first labor…

  • Essential Oils & The Sun

    Essential Oils & The Sun

    Summer is in full force and everyone is headed for some kind of waterfront.  It is important to apply sunscreen to everyone but, let’s face it…sometimes, we forget to reapply, or we accidentally miss a few areas!  I had a TERRIBLE sunburn last year.  We went kayaking, in direct sun, for 6 hours straight.  I…

  • The Value of Labor Support

    The Value of Labor Support

    The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) stated, “Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, the continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor” (Hodnett, Gates, Hofmeyr, & Sakala, 2013). Labor support during pregnancy has been shown to reduce…

  • Why I Chose to Use Essential Oils

    Why I Chose to Use Essential Oils

    What are essential oils? doTerra does an excellent job of explaining what an essential oil is: Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and…

  • How to Organize Monthly Bills

    How to Organize Monthly Bills

    After many years of failed planning and over drafting accounts (that’s a post for another day…lol), I finally decided to use Excel and create my own “Monthly Planner” for bills.  I have used this for over 10 years and it works out perfectly!  Of course, what works for me may not work for you but…

  • Escaping Temptation

    Escaping Temptation

    I was researching a few things in my Bible this morning and ran across 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV).  It says: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the…

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