Against The Grain

Monthly Archives:February 2016


Oobleck When Josh told me he wanted to make Oobleck I thought he made up a weird word for something...then he taught me what Oobleck is and it is pretty cool! Oobleck is a type of non-Newtonian fluid. Most fluids we know of are considered Newtonian fluids. Non-Newtonian fluids are a strange and perplexing group of fluids. When a force (ex. poking, rolling, stirring) is applied to a non-Newtonian fluid, the viscosity (resistance to flow) of the fluid increases. Applying pressure to the Read More

Wedding Day Stress

Wedding Day Stress Wedding day stress is simply inevitable! I am a wedding photographer so I have been to weddings as small as twenty people in someones backyard to as big as over 100 people at a mansion with a wedding coordinator, designer, caterers, hair and makeup artist etc... One thing that every single wedding has in common...a stressed out bride! Typically they are stressed about two things, getting dressed in time and being in front of all of those people! A few smaller stressors do Read More

Dry Ice Fun

Dry Ice Fun Joshua is very interested in science. He watches and learns about science for hours each day. As an unschooling family, we allow them to learn what they want, when they want to! His passion for science has grown significantly since we made our transition from homeschooling to unschooling. So, it is my husband's job to feed this science interest of Joshua's! Today they chose dry ice. He came home with a big block of dry ice and Joshua was really excited. He has watched a ton of Read More

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf I found this recipe on Self Proclaim Foodie! Krissy, from Self Proclaimed Foodie, nailed this recipe! I wanted something with groundbeef that was brand new and nothing like I have cooked before. I saw this picture and knew I found just what I wanted. It was super easy and cheap! The recipe calls for simple things like ground beef, crispy fried onions, onion, garlic, bread crumbs and eggs. The only thing I had to go out to buy was Worcestershire sauce, which Read More

Sex Before Marriage

Sex Before Marriage Me and my husband teach our kids that sex is for married couples only. I know, I know, its absurd....unrealistic....not the way of the world, right? Why? Why are there so many people against this idea that we should share our most private actives with our spouse? If this idea is something you don't believe in, what are you teaching your children? Are you simply just ignoring the issue or are you having talks with them about how they need to have multiple sex partners Read More

Things Boys Do

I have two boys, 12 and 8 years old. They do and say the worst things! I keep telling myself it's normal and all boys do these things. They are crazy, crazy little humans! Anyways, I had to put a list together of things I never thought I would have to say to my children! So, here is a list of things I have had to say to my boys that I never thought I would! 1. "Aaron, punch your brother now." - His brother punched him first and told him sorry, here punch me back and Aaron walked away, so I Read More

Teach Your Daughter How To Date

We have very strong beliefs on how relationships should go and many reason for our beliefs that I will write about later. Having these beliefs isn't enough, we have to teach these beliefs to our little men and woman! One practical exercise we do often is father-daughter dating! We hope that she will be so used to being treated properly that it will become easy for her to know who is worth her time when she is ready to venture into the world of dating! I am writing this post as a list of things Read More

Mother Son Dating

My husband has a 4 year old daughter (my step daughter). We have made father daughter dating a priority. His goal on each date is to show her exactly as she deserves to be treated. I know this is not a new concept but it is one we are using! The idea is, when she grows up and goes on her first date, that date will pale in comparison to the dates she has with daddy. Why? Because she should hold these boys to a standard that is almost un-reachable! It may sound harsh but we want to keep alive, in Read More