Category: General

Swim Diapers!

Like most families, we love water – in all forms. Lakes, pools, creeks, oceans…you name it, we’ve probably swam in it. and Being a member of a large family I’ve seen all manners of swimming costumes for kids :: bathing suits with mesh, bathing suits with padding, disposable swim diapers, full out naked babies, just a pair of underpants, etc. So, when faced with the choice of what to cover my babies butt with I had an array of options to consider.

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Sidewalk Paint! Non-Toxic and Homemade

Now that the weather is warmer and we’re outside more doing outside things my boys love to play with sidewalk chalk. And by “play” I mean “eat”…the little ones will put just about anything into their mouths and that includes: crayons, colored pencils, markers of all kinds, and last but not least, sidewalk chalk. So whether I’m gardening, mowing the grass, or sunning myself with a nice book (ha!), I like to know that the boys are playing,

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What’s Going In Your Easter Basket?

As I write this, it is snowing. It won’t amount to much and the snow will most likely turn to rain soon, then to slush, on to mud and then little feet will track it through our house and I’ll be armed with a Swifter for the next couple of days…but those are the joys of being a homemaker, right? And as we watch the snow fall it’s hard to imagine that Easter will be here in only 3 short weeks!

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Keeping the Kids Busy During the Winter (without TV)

Let me begin by saying that I do not mind a little television during the day. Contrary to popular belief, I can see that my boys get more imaginative and creative after seeing something on TV that sparks their interest. For instance, I don’t believe that Declan would’ve thought to sing and dance while painting my walls with marker if he hadn’t first seen Rapunzel do it on “Tangled”. And then after redirecting his artwork from my dining room walls,

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Unprocessed & Homemade Celebration Cakes!

The next few months are big ones in my family for birthdays ~ 14 to be exact. 14 birthdays is a lot of presents, a lot of parties, and a lot of cakes! (yay!) Growing up we celebrated with the cakes that most mothers would make while both homemade and delicious; they were also riddled with processed sugars, white flours, and artificial dyes. I have nothing against these cakes, they were part of my childhood and I remember them fondly!

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Teething Tips

Everyone that has had children, unless you are incredibly fortunate, has had to deal with teething. Both of my boys become little devils when they are about to pop a tooth. We hit the trifecta every time – drooling, fever, diarrhea. That dreaded D word, especially when you are a cloth diapering mother, is the last thing you want to see but with all of that drooling – diarrhea is inevitable.

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Clean Oven Safely & Naturally

Editor’s Note from Susan Lutz: Ever faced the inside of the oven? Before producing many of our favorite delights for thholidays, we might want to plunge in and clean the oven first. Beware. One out of three people who used those heavy-duty oven cleaners reported to poison control centers they needed medical attention after using them. There is an organic way.

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HOLIDAY BAKING WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES!

There are so many fun things that you can do with your kids this time of year but one of my favorite activities is baking. I love to cook but I’m not much of a baker, so come the holiday season it’s extra special to see what we can put together. Declan, my two year old & co-chef, is always my helper in the kitchen, and because he helps me cook all year he knows exactly what he can and can not do.

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10 Tips for Parents – Peace during the Holidays

Originally written and published by Nancy Kotz on Wilmingtonparent.com

1. Be gentle with yourself. Don’t expect perfection. We need to be kind to ourselves and honor our imperfections or we won’t be able to do the same for our children or anyone else. This is a valuable skill to model for our children.

2. Define your “shoulds” versus your “wants”. When we hear ourselves say we “should” continue this holiday ritual or we “should” say yes to chair the school’s holiday bake sale,

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Treating Diaper Rash the Natural Way

We love clementines in this house. Love Love Love – but unfortunately, Cullen’s bum does not and we are currently in the thick of dealing with a brutal diaper rash. The great thing about cloth diapers is that diaper rashes are few and far between, but when they do happen, it can be a challenge to get them to heal. Though cloth diapers are more gentle and natural on the skin,

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