Quote of the Month

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard


Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's World Food Day: Let's celebrate our Jamaican farmers

Last year we blogged about World Food Day and because Food is so important to all our lives, well we just had to do it again!!

This year World Food Day is being celebrated under the theme: Family Farmers: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth and so appropriate too right? as this theme plays up the dual role of farmers as providers and protectors of the Earth's Natural Resources. The theme also ties in with the United Nations' declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farmers (IYFF) as the Organization especially through its Food and Agriculture arm aims to raise awareness around the challenges that are faced by family farmers, even as they contribute so much to feeding several nations.

Wow, Imagine where we'd be without our many farmers? and I say this as I gleefully chow down on a slightly ripened, mostly green june plum that has been peeled and rubbed in just the right amount of salt! Than you my farmers!!

On a more significant note though, United Nations statistics show that well over 576 million farms in the world of which over 500 million are family owned.  These family farmers are responsible for over 56% of agricultural production. (Let's raise a salute to our foodie heroes). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Infographic below also gives some pretty impressive data . Just check out the percentage of family farmers in North and Central America!!

But who are Family Farmers really?
According to the United Nations FAO Jamaica Representation, Family Farmers are often referred to as small or subsistence farmers who do small scale production of crops, livestock, forestry, fishery and aquaculture and have the following features:
  1. Produce small quantities using limited resources
Limited access to land, capital resources and services
Predominant use of family labour
Farm or fishing activity is main source of family income

 Sounds like a whole lot of challenges to contend with, all for the love of feeding the world right?

In Jamaica alone, there there are an estimated 228,683 farmers with 78.7% (or 179,999) of them producing on under 1 hectare or 2.5 acres.  At the end of 2013, there were 23, 323 registered fishers and 6300 registered boats An impressive feat really given the many challenges our farmers face.

So the next time you enjoy that delectable bite of steamed fish with crackers and okra or a tall order of carrot-beetroot juice or even a creamy serving of Ice cream, remember our many farmers and how their challenges and outcomes help to feed us day by day.

Have you lifted a hat off as yet? I have!!!  So use this World Food Day to focus on those behind much of what is delivered from farm to fork ...Indeed our often Silent Heroes.

While you're at it, you can join the World Food Day Celebrations by viewing and sharing the brief World Food Day Video which puts into perspective the very important role of our farmers!!

Want to know more about World Food Day? visit the World Food Day Web Page

Oh PS. There is a world Food Day Poster Competition for Kids & we will share details in another post so stay tuned!!!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#IheartBoobs Jamaican Male celebs show support for Breast Cancer Awareness

Over here, we love our boobs!!! After all, who knows better how functional and well ahmmm ever other al boobies can be than mommies who have had to bless the earth with their boobily functions and then in a snap we revert to boobies as solace, home and fort for our partners? :-) So believe us when we say We love boobs and we believe our men when they say #IHeartBoobs.

Indeed, Jamaican Mommies so loves and support all efforts to drive Breast cancer awareness that we have done several previous posts on same, including: Mommies Need their boobies in tact and the Save Lids to Save Lives campaign

and so we were more than happy to add this video that is quirky as it is funny yet with decidedly serious message.

Friends in the fight against breast cancer: Dr. Michael Abrahams and friends - Ity & Fancy Cat, Bambino, Dr Shane Alexis, Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr, Yohan Blake and Ron Burke - unite with the Jamaica Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Jamaica - October, 2014.


Do remember to share and use the hashtag #IHeartBoobs

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little cultural Infusion: Confucius Institute Day Celebrations in Jamaica

As far as cultures go, the Chinese culture is colourful as it is interesting. Admittedly, much of this culture has been experienced through my toddler's eyes via the many episodes of Nai Hao Kai-Lan that she often pulls me on the couch to view with her. But even from those, I have learnt a lot about very many Chinese customs and celebrations.

I am muy excited then to discover that the Confucius Institute at the UWI Mona Campus will be staging Confucius Institute Day 2014 on September 27. Confucius Institute Day  being a day to celebrate the birth of Confucius;  the 10 year anniversary of Confucius Institutes globally and to encourage cultural exchange while highlighting the services of the Confucius Institute that teaches mandarin, calligraphy, tai chi and offers translating services.

Why we Love Flair's Mommy Corner & a familiar face

Accesseed via the web
A few months ago, The Gleaner's Flair Magazine started a series called "Mommy Corner". The mommy corner instead of doing a personality feature on mums took a very welcomed approach and zoomed in on parental advice on a wide variety of topics. In fact its introduction reads: Unlike buying a new car or an appliance, motherhood does not come with a manual. It is a journey travelled by trial and error and words from the wise - those who have been there before. So let's take the journey together in the 'Flair Magazine's' new feature - Mommy Corner. Each week, mothers share the 'tricks' of the trade - what works for them and what doesn't.

I found myself smiling and nodding as I read some of the entries and even making a mental note to try some of the strategies outlined by the featured moms. Admittedly, some were downright hilarious, others more serious and still others offering the opportunity to reflect on the strategy highlighted.

In the end, we are happy the Flair team took this approach and we look forward to other "In their own words" mommying tips.

Have a look at some of the featured moms and the topics they spoke about.

P.S. Look a little closer in, you will find your Jmommies editor speaking about the important topic of pulling the Balancing Act and Bonding Time for the Busy Mom

1. The Naughty Corner

2. Socializing Your Toddler

3. The Homework Drama

4. Making the Mommy and Me time

We love the variety of topics thus far and look forward to more! After all, we always love hearing from other moms about tips and tricks that can complement our own.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Homeschooling alternative in Jamaica & Why we chose that route

Many moons ago when I sat down for a chat with Jamilah Blythe of High Flyer Tutoring Service, little did I know I'd be doing a post that delved into Homeschooling as a viable educational alternative in Jamaica. Moreso, never would I have imagined that I would be taking such a big leap of faith to make this an educational alternative for my own child, having enrolled her into a Homeschooling summer programme to test the waters and now retaining the services of a homeschool tutor to tend to her educational needs...

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