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Keeping Christmas Natural and Simple November 23, 2009

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Inspire Natural Parenting Contest

I’ve thought and thought about what to write about for the blog to inspire contest with Parenting by Nature, now with less than a week left to enter the contest I feel inspired.

With the holiday season coming up so soon and the shopping season already upon us I can’t help but notice all the toys kids are playing with these days and how important it is that we continue promoting imaginative play in our children rather than all these noisy, character branded toys that promote tv watching and a complete lack of imagination because all a child has to do is push a button and the toy plays by itself.

In our house we try very hard to keep things as natural as possible, though I realize it’s not always the easiest thing to do in todays society. However, for the holidays this year I’ve decided we will not be getting anything with buttons, lights, or sounds (unless it’s musical instruments of course). Instead, we’ve decided to stick with toys more along the waldorf style. For those that don’t know what waldorf is, try checking out Why Waldorf Works for more information.

In these times it really is imperative that we keep nature in mind too, so a lot of the toys on our wishlists are made of wood or come from recycled plastics. I find this so important to keep in mind when looking for toys as our future generations deserve to be able to enjoy the beauty of the world around them.

There are so many wonderful natural and recycled plastic toys out there, and many major toy stores even carry them now, so it’s really not that hard to keep to this basic standards when you’re out searching this holiday season. Another great thing to keep in mind is the safety of the children you’re shopping for. With all the stuff going around about toy safety, recalls, lead based paints, ect. the benefits of natural eco-friendly toys become even more apparent as they don’t contain any of the products that you would need to be concerned about your precious baby consuming while they’re sticking everything they can find into their little mouths.

With my son’s imagination just starting to blossom we’re working very hard to nurture that as much as we can. He has a tendency to just want to watch tv and all the character branded toys have not helped in the least. I’ve found that pulling him away from the tv is much easier when we’re playing and using our imaginations more. I’m excited about all the wonderful wooden kitchens and accessories on his wishlist that’ll allow him to learn while he plays the natural way.

Other things to keep in mind this season is all the wrapping paper and gift bags that generally end up in a landfill after all the presents are opened. Consider using re-usable fabric bags or seeded wrapping paper that you can plant to give even more back to the earth. Also, in our house it has always been a tradition to pop Christmas crackers, these are usually paper/cardboard filled with things that most people will just throw out after the fun. A simple solution is using fabric crackers that you can filled with whatever you wish and re-use for many years to come.

As always, I’m not saying you have to do all these things in your house, but these are things to consider when preparing for the holidays this year.

MammaBear

 

Cloth Diapers and Moving the blog site November 12, 2009

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Okay let me start off by saying I will soon be moving my blog over to it’s very own site and am excited to really get things started once that happens. I just ordered a bunch of different diapers and am super excited to start trying them out and sharing my experiences, likes, and dislikes about all of them. This includes Flip, Econobum, BumGenius Organics, Starbunz AIOs covers and pockets, Fuzzibunz one-size, GroBaby w/ snaps, and Jillian’s Drawers Stay Dry Overnight Pack that includes a Happy Hempy’s fitted diaper, Sugar Peas Fleece Cover, a BumGenius Microfiber insert, and a Swaddlebees one-size hemp doubler.

You’ll notice that I won’t ever mention diapers that use velcro closures, this is because in my experience the snaps are much better. Velcro tends to wear out after usage and washings, and if your baby is like my kids it will quickly figure out how to take them off as fast as they can.

I’m also a pretty young mother (22) so most of my friends either don’t have kids, or are just now starting to, and also tend to just go for whatever is easiest without considering other options. Most people cringe when they hear cloth diapers, but I can assure you that these cloth diapers are not the diapers your mothers used. Cloth diapering has never been easier even for the lazy mothers amongst us. If you’re really concerned about ease of use, try AIOs, they’re practically like using disposables only you throw them in a wetbag and then into the wash instead of into the trashcan. Or if you just really don’t want to have to wash your diapers I highly recommend giving gDiapers a shot, they’re flushable so you never have to smell poop in your house! I’m so excited to start sharing all my experiences and I hope it’ll help you make the right decision for you and your family!

MammaBear

 

Hang in there with me November 2, 2009

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So life is crazy and this thing has been very slow moving since I have to find the time in my hectic life to actually make the posts, but within the next month or two you can expect a bunch of cloth diaper reviews as well as just some regular posts about my experiences with trying to keep things as simple and natural as possible. I hope this takes off and gets better as time goes, but in the meantime hang in there with me as I try to get organized.

I have also discovered some new wonderful sites for y’all to check out and enjoy shopping at.

Some wonderful diaper shops to get everything you need or want:

http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10

http://www.cottonbabies.com/

http://www.kellyscloset.com/Cloth-Diaper-Packages-_c_594.html

Some more great bargain sites for baby and kid stuff:

http://www.ecobabybuys.com/

http://kids.woot.com/

http://kidsteals.com/

http://www.lilipicked.com/index.html

Enjoy, and check back for more posts as I try to actually start updating regularly.

Kealy

 

Some wonderful sites to visit September 3, 2009

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We’re a very thrifty family, especially with times the way they are, I know we can all you a break, at least from time to time.

http://www.greenbabybargains.com/

http://mamabargains.com/

http://babysteals.com/

I also have several shops i love to visit, and I always love buying from work at home moms whenever possible.

Many of the cloth diapers we have used have come from work at home moms.

http://www.nurturedfamily.com/

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6062671

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7558318

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6727544

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6277891

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5569578

Enjoy, and i hope some of those wonderful links/shops help you out.

Kealy

 

Getting to know you… September 2, 2009

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I figure since this is my first post I’ll just tell you a bit about myself and why I decided to start this blog.

First off, I’m a stay at home mom with 2 wonderful children that are my whole world. I’m engaged to a wonderful man that just so happens to be a professional geek, but at the same time is a total hippie. We’ve both decided that natural parenting is the way to go for our family, and so I’ve decided to share some of our experiences. I personally have always had a huge love for nature and having my children has made me realize just how much of that I can pass on to future generations in the way I go about choosing to raise them. My oldest (Aiden) is now 2 and a half and is a very independent young man, that I hope will continue to grow and mature to be a very unique individual. My youngest is a wonderul 7 month old little girl that is growing so fast we can barely keep up. They are my inspiration for everything, and now that I have friends starting to have children, I find them looking to me and my experiences for advice.

Well there’s just a little bit about our family, and i hope that this blog turns out to be something of use for my friends and anyone else just wanting to relate.

Kealy

 

 
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