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10 Steps Towards an Earth-Friendly Family
February 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Living lightly on this earth is becoming a goal for many families today. From those living in urban areas, to those living in the in woods, being an earth-friendly family is worth the effort and pays off in not only a healthier earth, but also in your wallet. 1) Talk About It The first step is to gather your family and talk about the journey you are about to go on. Talk about why you are wanting to do this and ask for your children’s input. Get even your youngest children involved – you may be surprised at the ideas

 
Baby Nursery Wall Decor for Girls
February 15, 2017 8:30 am | by

One of the best parts of preparing for a new baby is getting the baby’s room ready! I think I started planning the room décor as soon as I announced my pregnancy and created a baby registry. Here are some of our favorite baby girl nursery DIYs and resources for incredible wall art. Animal Wall Art for a Girl’s Room I love this Lewis Carroll inspired wall art – grab the digital file and then print out for a quick and easy wall décor. © Cotton Babies   This pretty silhouette is created with a customized treatment of a photograph.

 
Three Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes
January 30, 2017 8:00 am | by

It’s that time again… Dinner time. It comes at the same time every day. Everyone’s screaming. Everyone’s starving. And they’re all looking at YOU! It reminds me of a joke I heard once; “Who are these children, and why do they keep calling me MOM?!?!” Remain calm. They can smell fear. Do you know why dinnertime is the longest part of your day? Because it started three days ago, while you were grocery shopping. You said, “Maybe I’ll get a bag of chicken. We might make chicken. I should probably get a vegetable to go with that. What will we eat

 
5 Ways to Save Money with a New Baby
January 23, 2017 8:30 am | by

When you have a new baby arrive at your home, you start looking for ways to save money and stretch every dollar as far as possible. My kids are grown now, but working as a postpartum doula I’ve learned how people save money and have a few handy tips to share with you. 1. Save Money with Cloth Diapers The first way that comes to mind is by using cloth diapers. I had a postpartum doula client in the city who was using a diaper service for cloth diapers, and we did the math and this is what we came

 
Homemade Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder
January 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

That perfect little bottom wrapped up in a super cute cloth diaper is such a sweet sight. Sometimes, that sweet little bottom gets a rash. Thankfully, we can make a natural bottom powder that is healing, safe, and smells delightful! It’s a good alternative to oils and creams you shouldn’t use on cloth diapers, and perfect for making yourself at home. This Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder has just 3 ingredients: bentonite clay arrowroot powder lavender bud powder (or Rose powder, if you would prefer) I like to buy my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store. I have

 
Surviving Holiday Travel With Lots of Little Ones
December 16, 2016 8:00 am | by

When the number of kids is greater than the number of hands, the holiday season isn’t quite as magical, 24/7. What do you do when there are five kids, two hands, and ten packages to get into the post slot? How do you shop for Christmas presents when you have three of the kids in the buggy? As a mother of five children, 8 years and under at one point, I am going to share my survival tactics and hope that it will make your holiday season just a little bit merrier. Do Not Expect Picture Perfect Whoops, did I

 
My Christmas Wish List: A Gift Guide for a Toddler
December 5, 2016 8:00 am | by

It’s hard to believe it, but my little girl is almost 2! She loves playing with her baby dolls, coloring, and reading books. Every time I go to make a Christmas wish list for her, it seems to grow and grow and grow. She’s my first kiddo, and it’s SO much fun to shop for her! My Christmas Wish List for Jane includes: 1. ERGObaby Doll Carrier  She seriously LOVES her babies and it warms my heart. We’re starting babywearing early in this family. 2. Green Toys – Cookware and Dining Set This cooking set is adorable! Jane is really into opening our kitchen cabinets

 
Why I Love Babywearing
November 30, 2016 7:25 am | by

Like cloth diapering, I felt that I had discovered the world of babywearing a later into my motherhood. My second child was already 13 months old, but I told myself, “Better late than never!” I’m now on baby #3 and have used carriers with him since he was two days old. I can confidently say – I love babywearing. Here are just a few of the reasons why: Transition from two to three kids. Babywearing helped me tremendously as we transitioned into a family of five. Once the third baby was born, I ran out of free hands! By putting baby in a carrier, my

 
Raising a Fiercely Determined Child
November 22, 2016 12:10 pm | by

I have a fiercely determined child.  She’s smart, beautiful, creative, and once she puts her mind to something, there is no stopping her.  You can try to slow her down, but actually stopping her from what she has set her heart on is highly unlikely.  Raising Avianna Marilyn has been a learning process for me. Avianna was born 5 years ago on a beautiful October morning.  Her birth was the easiest out of my three girls.  I was at the hospital for only 45 minutes before she was born, and the entire experience was amazing.  I pushed three times, and this

 
Letting Go
November 7, 2016 10:00 am | by

Looking out my back window in itself can induce stress… if I let it. Or I can choose to simply let go and remember a much more enjoyable and important way to spend my time… Quality time with my girls. This is one of the many times I’ve learned letting go was more important than getting all the things done. Growing a Jungle of Weeds In the four summers we’ve lived in our house, I’ve managed to have a vegetable garden three out of four of those years. It has been a blast growing our own veggies and herbs, but this