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The Legacy of Chico Mendes
April 25, 2017 11:30 am | by
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Last Saturday was Earth Day, which U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, founded on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was originally set up as an environmental teach-in hosted at many colleges, universities, primary and secondary schools, as well as hundreds of communities across the United States. More than 40 years later, Earth Day is still going strong, bringing millions of Americans together in peaceful demonstrations and celebrations in favor of environmental reform. Earth Day has many heroes and we think it truly celebrates the legacy of Chico Mendes. Growing up in the jungle Chico Mendes developed a love and respect for nature early in life.

 
Mothering the Mother in the Fourth Trimester
April 24, 2017 8:33 am | by
Mothing the mother - how to handle the fourth trimester when your loved one has given birth.

Any mother will tell you that having a new baby can be quite the adjustment. In fact, those first few months are full of so many physical and emotional changes that they are often referred to as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy. During this time, a new mother often needs some mothering herself! What’s so hard about the fourth trimester? Physical challenges: After nine months of growing and nourishing a baby, going back to a non-pregnant body is no small task. A changing body shape, weight loss needs, breast engorgement, leaking breasts, postpartum bleeding, and sleep deprivation are just a

 
3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF!
April 21, 2017 10:30 am | by

We’ve been preparing for lift off for quite some time, and are so very excited to finally launch our newest Genius Series print, Neil! The Eagle has landed at Cotton Babies! Inspired by the legendary, Neil Armstrong, this cosmic print is full of history and adventure. Neil features a variety of highlights from Armstrong’s successful mission including the Command Module “Columbia,” the Apollo Lunar Module “Eagle,” the famous first footprint on the moon and many more remarkable elements that come together to tell the story of this historical event. With the bold combination of Fearless, Dazzle, Armadillo and Clementine, your little one will

 
Smart Family Finances for Reaching Our Traveling Goals
April 19, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you get married and have children you begin to make choices based your family’s priorities and goals. Family finances play a role in making our goals a reality. For us, providing experiences and life-memories for our children has always been one of our top priorities. And cloth diapering has been one tool we use to help make that happen. Early Family Financial Choices My husband and I married right out of college, with student loans and careers that had not yet been established. Financially, we were starting from nothing. I had accepted a teaching position right before our wedding, but knew

 
The Music of Mozart
April 18, 2017 12:25 pm | by

The music of Mozart, melodies from a man who lived centuries ago, continues to sing to generations. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (his whole name is quite the mouth-full!) was born in Salzburg, Austria and baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. He was the youngest of seven children, five of which sadly died as babies. Music & Mozart Music was always a part of Mozart’s life. By the age of five, not only could he play the keyboard and violin, but composed music too! His work is the definition of the Classical era; he composed symphonies, concertos, operas, and is known to

 
Taking Photos of Your Newborn – Tips from a Professional Photographer
April 17, 2017 8:00 am | by

During my second pregnancy last year, I did a great deal of dreamy planning. It is easier now than ever to access thousands of ideas to prettily celebrate our pregnancies and births and newborn babies.  I pored over the baby shower boards on Pinterest, the pastel images of perfect cakes and table tutus and gender reveals.  I clicked through black and white galleries of unassisted water births and watched them on YouTube and read All The Things about cord clamping, skin to skin, attachment parenting and midwifery. But I spent more time looking through newborn photos than all the rest

 
Vivid or Strange Dreams During Pregnancy
April 14, 2017 8:00 am | by

Many women report having more vivid dreams during pregnancy and that seems to be related to a myriad of factors – hormone shifts, increased sleeplessness, and wakefulness. Many mothers report that their dreams become more vivid and life-like during pregnancy. Some women who never remembered their nightly dreams before may find they are able to clearly recall dreams now. Other women will experience lucid dreams where some level of interaction with, or control over the dream is possible. The dreams during pregnancy may be more frightening and scary with thoughts of something being wrong with the baby, with their spouse,

 
Why Moms Need Mom Groups
April 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

Having a baby is such a beautiful time. There are so many wonderful things that come along when you bring home a new baby– first bath, first time they sleep through the night, first major diaper blowout. One of the most important things to have after your baby is born is support. Whether it be emotional, physical or financial, postpartum mamas need a little extra attention. Sometimes it’s easy and just stopping in with a dinner or cup of coffee and some comforting words is enough. Other times a mama needs a little more to help her in the fourth trimester – the period

 
Spring into Better Life!
April 12, 2017 2:06 pm | by

Spring is in full swing! From beautiful blooming florals to squeaky clean houses, this season brings so many wonderful things – inside and out! We love that the beauty of the outdoors comes with the season, but the beauty on the inside sometimes takes a bit of work. That’s where Better Life comes in! Eco-friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable and safe around your little ones, Better Life products are made to accommodate families! Whether you’re looking for a natural all-purpose cleaner or a gentle, hydrating lotion for the whole family, you’ll find just what you need and can feel good about with Better

 
An Outside-the-Box Thinker
April 11, 2017 12:13 pm | by

Alicia Boole Stott, better known as “The Princess of Polytopia,” was a Irish-English mathematician who not only introduced the meaning of the word “polytope,” but was also one of the first to explore the fourth dimension. Alicia was an outside-the-box thinker who saw beauty from all angles. Math Ran in the Family It seems that this “mathematic-genius aptitude” ran in her blood. Her father, George Boole, was a mathematician, educator, philosopher, and logician. He even has a form of algebra named after him, Boolean algebra, which has played a major part in the development of digital electronics and programming languages.