How to do a Goddess Finish with a Rucksack Carry (AKA Date Night Finish)

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So I have been meaning to blog more.  I had plans to do a lot of stuff for May because it’s MCS awareness month (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.  It’s why I wear a mask and why I only leave my house to take my baby for walks and to the clinic).  In a cruel twist of fate I’ve been sick too often to write up anything.

But I’ve still been productive!  I got a beautiful new wrap for my Mother’s Day present.  It’s an IndaJani Fular Huini Rosa.  This is my third IndaJani wrap and I have to say that the Huini is a great wrap.  I really love my Binni, but Huini is probably the better wrap.  Gasp!  One of these days I’ll do a proper review, especially since there isn’t much out there about this wrap.

My other two IndaJanis wrap a bit short so I ordered Rosa in 5.5 meters (a long 7).  I was shocked to discover that it was a tapered wrap!  Of all my IndaJanis this wraps the truest to size.  I can rock a Double Hammock with a waistband and a candy cane chest belt and have a wonderfully supportive and comfortable carry.  But I wanted to be able to use my Rosa in the heat of the summer so I needed to figure out how to do a single layer carry without tails dragging after me, and ideally it’d have the support of a chest pass.

And so I experimented and came up with the Goddess Finish!  A beautiful finish similar to a Frankencarry/DH Dress, but one layer over baby’s back and no rings needed!

*edited to add: I originally called this a “Date Night Finish” but decided I preferred Goddess Finish.  I had done a very poor quality video under the original name found here and figured I would be okay renaming it since the finish hadn’t really ‘caught on’ by then.  Well, it’s gaining in popularity under the original name!  I don’t really care WHAT you call it, just rock it!

Also, the trick to making this comfy seems to be having a nice and centered sternum pass, straight up through the cleavage!

**Remember how I said I didn’t know if this was a thing?  Well I guess it was already a thing.  I am not in the know enough to know WHO started it, so I can’t credit them here.  But it wasn’t me.

The Real Monster in the Closet

Here’s my feeble attempt.

For those of you paying attention to riots, do you understand their reason?

Behaviour is not an isolated event. It’s crucial to look at the function of the behaviour. Because none of these riots are about the unjust death of one individual. They are about the system of injustice that allows countless men, women and children to be killed without the killers being held responsible. It’s about being told to be non-violent with a police-issued gun to their heads. It’s about the death of yet another individual with no justice in sight.

Non-violent protests are happening. There are people trying desperately to make their voices heard without destruction. But let’s be real here: you are being manipulated.

The media is going to do their darndest to villainize every person on the wrong side of the thin blue line while showcasing a good cop rescuing a kitten. And you will buy it because the idea of a militarized police force with insufficient oversight is too frightening to be believed. The media will tell you that bad cops are not the monsters in your closet and you will buy that.

Because you’ve been manipulated since birth by politicians and priests and police to believe in the monster of the Other.

The Other takes your jobs (yet somehow is lazy and lives off your taxes). The Other lives in ways abhorrent to God. You know this because your God has been shaped and manipulated by the homogenous culture with which you surround yourself. The Other desires to hurt, steal, kill, and incite others to do so. The Other wants nothing more than to destroy your comfort.

The real question with all the protests and riots breaking out is WHY it has taken so much for people to say enough is enough. And why isn’t everyone demanding change? These aren’t heavily armed victims.

But the victims were villainized long before they were excessively forced out of existence.

Demand change now. Vote for change at every election. Examine your politics. Seek out candidates who expand freedoms to all. Those who correctly identify the monster in your closet.

The Monster is corporate greed, systematic oppression, force without oversight, and so on.

The Monster has been distracting you with fears of the Other, taking from you and blaming the Other. Telling you to desire wealth and comfort to feed their own wealth and comfort. Luring you into a dizzying cycle of consumerism to distract you from the sweatshops your life has been built upon. Telling you that you need to fear your child sharing a locker room with a transgendered middle schooler so you don’t notice the same politicians cutting money from your child’s school.

We all must find a way to protest. We must be heard.

It’s time to open our closet and meet our Monster.  

Amber Teething Necklace No-Sew Safety Harness

My very first harness!

My very first harness!

I guess I’m one of those crunchy moms who buys magic beads to keep their babies from feeling pain.  I’m not ready to weigh in on whether or not amber teething necklaces really work, but my daughter has one.  And it’s HUGE on her.

An amber teething necklace is made from baltic amber beads and supposedly works by releasing an analgesic when warmed by body heat.

I wasn’t comfortable with placing a choking hazard on her neck, especially one that she could easily chew on (counter-intuitively, you aren’t supposed to chew these teething necklaces).  But I also wanted to do everything possible to make teething an easy process for my child.

To make her necklace as safe as possible I created a safety harness from scraps of polar fleece and Kam snaps.  I realize that not EVERYONE has a Kam snap press and Kam snaps (but c’mon, they should) so I also created a super accessible version with just a onesie and some scissors. Bam. You could also make it out of fleece and sew buttons or metal snaps.

Personally I love the fleece version as it is easier to clean, easier to take on and off, and best of all provides Drool Protection.

Easy Peasy Onesie Harness Hack

DSCF5668Step 1: Cut the bottom off a onesie. If you’re like me, your baby grows out of onesies butt first (gotta love those fluffy cloth diaper bums!) so you’ll have a lot of suitable onesies just begging to be chopped!

DSCF5669Step 2: Cut pairs of slits around the back , shoulders, and front of the onesie.  You’ll be threading the necklace through these so use your necklace as a template for size.

DSCF5673Step 3: Thread the necklace through, keeping the majority of the necklace on the inside! That’s really it! Leave it open until you put it on your baby, then fasten it.

DSCF5687Bam.

Snapping Fleece Harness

DSCF5678Step 1: Using a onesie for a rough template, cut neck, front slit and shoulders from a rectangle of fleece.  You will want to leave room to fold over your fleece and attach the snaps as double layers hold up better.

DSCF5690Step 2: Add snaps!  You’ll  want snaps under each armpit and 2-3 snaps down the front

KIMG0627Step 3: Add pairs of slits on the back, shoulders, and front.  Then you’re ready to thread the necklace through (keeping most of it close to the skin), fasten the necklace around baby’s neck and snap up!

And whoops, I didn’t get a finished shot of the Sunshine harness so here’s my very first harness instead!