Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Sales Round Up 2014

I've teamed up with some WAHMs to offer some great discounts during Thanksgiving and Christmas so you can get some awesome gifts at a discount! If everybody purchased just one Christmas gift from a WAHM, a local company, or a small business located in the US our local economies could be boosted and supported. Remember when you buy from small business you are supporting people who support you and actually care about their products and their customers. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

{review} Buttons Cloth Diaper Natural Inserts



Six months ago I got the opportunity to review Buttons Diapers' cloth diaper covers and inserts. They are still one of my favorite covers (I personally have purchased 4 more covers) and I have been using the microfiber inserts more now that my baby is bigger. The only thing that I didn't like about the inserts is that they were made from microfiber, which is not my favorite fabric. I am super excited that Buttons Diapers now makes a NATURAL HEMP/COTTON insert topped with a super luxurious fleece. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1G: How to Make: Herbal Infused Medicinal Oils



Herbal solar infused oils are really easy to make and are the base for other herbal products such as salves, massage and medicinal oils. It is important to choose a good quality oil – for medicinal oils, the oil of choice is usually olive oil; olive oil is relatively stable (meaning it doesn’t go rancid quickly), it is soothing and rich in omega fatty acids. However, it is not the usually the best choice for bath and body applications because it is heavy, feels oily, and always smells faintly of olives. For bath and body purposes try oils such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, or fractionated coconut oil.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Herbal Curry Spice Blend Recipe




I love it when my food also has medicinal purposes. Many traditional foods from other cultures (especially Asian countries such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc) are purposely spiced with medicinal herbs to aid in digestion and treat common ailments. The following recipe is one of my favorite curry mixtures. It contains herbs that are warming, drying, and anti-bacterial, which aid digestion and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Because the herbs are warming and drying they are great to help treat head and chest colds. Whenever, anyone in our family manifests symptoms of a cold, I always make up a big batch of chicken curry made with homemade bone broth and seasoned with this curry blend.

Nordic Naturals


A friend of mine texted me a few weeks ago and asked what DHA supplement I was taking and which brand I would recommend for her to give her baby. I told her what brand I use (Nordic Naturals) and she asked why.. the answer was way too long so I decided to write a blog post to tell her.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FuzziBunz OS Cloth Diaper Review



http://shop.fuzzibunz.com/

FuzziBunz originally started in 1998 by a young mother trying to design a modern cloth diaper for her son. In recent years, Rov Couvillion, a design engineer and grandfather of nine, was introduced to FuzziBunz as their manufacturing and design manager; he saw a need to redesign FuzziBunz OS diaper and start fresh. He teamed up with business partners to create CRG, LLC who purchased FuzziBunz and in August 2014 they relaunched the FuzziBunz One Size cloth diaper.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1F: Recipes for the Nervous System


There are many recipes out there that are meant to support a healthy nervous system and help solve common problems/issues related to the Nervous System (see Lesson 1E: Common Problems and Issues of the Nervous System). Remember that it is important to research and understand each herb included in a recipe before you recommend it to anybody or use it yourself. You are in charge of your own health!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

No Knead Sour Dough Bread



This sour dough bread is easy to make and delicious - I make a loaf just about every day and it always turns out good. Sour dough takes longer to rise than commercial yeast so it will take longer to make this bread than if you were to use a yeast based recipe.. However I love that I can make a loaf of bread using only sour dough starter, flour, water, and salt!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Tips For Making Perfect Smoothies + Recipes


I love smoothies. Although I've been making them since I was a teenager, it was only this year that I figured out a few secrets to making smoothies that really improved my homemade smoothies. Now I love the smoothies that I make at home. Here are some tips to making a super yummy Jamba Juice like smoothie at home.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Awesome Blossom Cloth Diaper Giveaway


 
Welcome to the It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We're celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don't forget to hop around to them all in the linky at the bottom of this post.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Awesome Blossom OS Pocket Diaper Review

 Awesome Blossom Diapers is a WAHM operated cloth diaper company based in the US. Their diaper are fairly made in China.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enchilada Recipe and Review of Cooking with Beans by Rhiana Jones


We've been trying to eat more beans at our house for a few reason 1. They are usually inexpensive to buy 2. They store a long time and 3. They have a lot of protein in them compared to how much they cost (vs buying meat). I like adding beans to my enchiladas as a filler so that I don't have to use as much meat.

Here is a recipe that I adapted using the Black Bean Enchilada Recipe from Cooking with Beans by Rhiana Jones.

Zucchini Bread and Muffins Recipe



I love zucchini muffins and bread. Every fall we have more zucchini than I know what to do with (This picture is of a gigantic zucchini we found growing in our garden), so I grate it, put 2 cups in each ziplock bag, and freeze it. I also make 5 or 6 batches of bread and muffins using this recipe and freeze them for quick on the go snacks. I got this recipe from my mom who got it from her mom. Its well loved, used often, and always turns out. I changed a few things - like using part whole wheat flour and part white flour, and using coconut oil. But if you want you can use all white sugar and all liquid oil, it's up to you :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homemade Popsicles


My toddler loves popsicles - his mama however is not a fan of all the nasty things the food industry makes popsicles out of (artificial colors, artificial flavors, one time use plastic, etc) or the price of the more natural ones. We we decided to make our own! I honestly think homemade popsicles are one of the easiest things to start making at home; there are so many options and you don't have to have recipes to make them - just throw together anything you have available. The following are some of the things that we have tried. I just did everything to taste, I figured popsicles didn't need to be an exact science.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mint 2 Sew {WAHM} Review






Mint 2 Sew is owned by WAHM Lindsey. She loves to make cute children’s products such as diapers, clothing, undies, wipes, blankets, purses and more. Look at this super cute wallet that she made. Next time I need a wallet I’m going to have Lindsey make me a custom one!

Dainty Dupa Review {WAHM}


Cassie, owner of Dainty Dupa, is a stay at home mom who love to sew! She make maxaloones, nursing infinity scarves, sensory toy blankets, cloth diapering supplies, fleece soaker and longies, and other baby and kid products. She enjoys creating what others dream up and loves making custom orders. She has one little girl and another one on the way (congrats!). 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mung Bean Cheddar Wedges Recipe/Feeding Baby Book Review and Giveaway


As some of you may know, I love making my own baby food. I made all the baby food that my first child ate and I plan on doing the same with my second once she is old enough. My first baby (he's now almost three) wouldn't even eat the store bought baby food, once when we were out an about I totally spaced bringing his homemade food with us so I stopped and bought a few jars of fruit and he wouldn't even eat them. Then I tasted one - hmm there was definitely a reason he didn't like that stuff, it did not taste good at all.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

DIY Flatulence Herbal Tea Blend Recipe


Our newborn gets horrible gas and it doesn't seem to matter what I eat or don't eat, she still gets it. I created this tea blend in hopes to help her tummy and it is working - she still has a little gas, but she doesn't scream out in pain because of it. Since she is so young (she is 6 weeks old), I don't give it to her directly, but instead I drink about a quart of it per day and she gets what she needs through my breastmilk. It has a pleasant taste (my toddler loves to drink it); although my favorite way to drink it is infuse 1 tablespoon of the Flatulence Tea Blend and 1 tablespoon of my Herbal Pregnancy Tea Blend in a quart of water over night. I love the peppermint taste of the pregnancy blend mixed with the seeds and chamomile of the Flatulence Tea.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Muslin Swaddle Blankets



As some of you know we had a new baby in July. She is a good baby, as long as she is swaddled and the perfect temperature. I never used muslin swaddle blankets with my first child, he was born in the fall when the whether is chilly so we just bought stretchy thermal blankets and used them to swaddle him. However, with this second baby I wanted something lighter weight since she was born in the middle of summer. We've tried four different brands of swaddle blankets - Aden + Anais, Summer, Lambie and Me, and we have one no name blanket that I purchased from a Co-Op.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins




These muffins are moist, tender, and delicious. They are made with whole wheat and healthy sweeteners so I don't mind my family eating them. They are great for breakfast on the go or frosted with cream cheese frosting as a dessert cupcake. They freeze great - I freeze them in a single layer and store the frozen muffins in a plastic container or in a freezer bag and then put them in my husband's lunch box for a healthy snack or we take them with us on picnics to the park. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1E: Common Problems Related to the Nervous System


In order to see how an herbalist might treat a problem, it is important to study herbal therapies for common Nervous System issues. This lesson will cover common problems and issues related to the Nervous System – it is your responsibility to study and research ways to overcome these issues.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Pea Diapers Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover Review


Sweet Pea Diapers is a cloth diaper company based in Ontario, Canada. They are committed to selling great cloth diapers at a reasonable price. They offer a one size all in one, a one size diaper cover, a one size pocket diaper, a newborn all in one and a newborn diaper cover, as well as cloth diapering accessories such as prefolds, wet bags, wipes, liners, and more. Sweet Pea Diapers sent me their newborn diaper cover and newborn sized prefold to review. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shea Butter Info and Recipe Round Up





Shea Butter (aka Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit) is obtained by pressing the seeds of the Karite Tree, which grows mainly in Africa. The process of extracting shea butter is labor intensive and involves separating, crushing, roasting, grinding, and collecting the butter from the seed and extracted oils. The color of shea butter varies depending on the region where the Karite trees were grown; it can range from yellow to beige in its unrefined state and is usually white if refined. Shea butter melts on contact with the skin, making it a great skin moisturizer.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

DIY Whipped Body Cream


Store bought lotions were one of the first things I threw out when we started our journey to being more "green". Conventional lotions are full of nasty artificial chemicals that I do not want on my kid's skin or my skin. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and I try to avoid putting anything on it that I wouldn't want absorbed into our bodies. I replaced our chemical laden store bought lotions with whipped body cream. I make whipped body cream verses lotion for a few reasons - first, lotion contains water which makes it so that the finished product needs a preservative so that it doesn't mold; these preservatives are usually artificial so I didn't want to use them. Second, whipped body cream is luxurious feeling! Here is the recipe that I use:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookie Recipe

Healthy cookies that taste good? They have my vote! These cookies are pretty healthy - they are made with whole wheat flour and have quinoa in them which gives them more protein and nutrients than your average cookie. I use semi-sweet chocolate chips because they have less sugar than both milk chocolate chips and carob chips. You can use either white sugar or sucanat, depending on what you have on hand. They do have more of a soft cake like texture instead of a traditional chocolate chip cookie texture, but I think the texture makes them more interesting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Win a $45 shopping spree to Swanson's {closed}

This summer Swanson Health Products is having their 45th anniversary! Swanson's is a family-owned company who sells vitamins, supplements, healthy food products, and natural beauty products. To celebrate their birthday, Swanson's wants to giveaway a $45 gift card to one of our readers!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Make Lotion Bars

The other day I ran out of the lotion bars that I had been purchasing so I quickly whipped up my own. I used ingredients that I had on hand and they turned out great. I actually made two different recipes and I like them both – the first one is a harder bar that is less slippery and oily. It goes on smooth and absorbs quickly without being oily. However it is a little harder to apply since it doesn't have very much slip and glide to it. My husband usually does not like homemade lotions and lotion bars because they are too oily and he tried this one and loved it. The second bar is more oily and has more slip and glide to it but it doesn't absorb quite as quickly. You choose which one you like more!

Monday, July 07, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1D: Materia Medica - Herbs for the Nervous System



In this post we talked about the purpose keeping a reference binder and a Materia Medica. Each lesson in the Herbal Learning Guide has a selection of herbs for your to research and study on your own. Use at least three reference guides (see list here) to research the herbs. Create a Materia Medica based on this research. The Materia Medica that you keep will be your own personal reference guide on the herbs that you have studied.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

{giveaway} Prefolds to Potty Training {closed}

PrefoldstoPottyTrainingFINAL Welcome to the Prefolds to Potty Training Event and Blog Hop, hosted by lo-wren.com and Change-Diapers.com! This event began as a one year cloth diapering anniversary celebration for Lauren last year, but has grown into a celebration of the journey from diapering through potty training. Join us for two-and-a-half weeks of cloth diapering and potty training guest posts, introductions to some amazing products (to help get you through the diaper-potty training journey), two amazing grand prize packages, and a blog hop with fifteen other bloggers giving away cloth diaper and potty training prizes! Be sure to check out (and thank) our amazing grand prize sponsors, and "hop" on over to the other participating blogs via the linky at the bottom of this post.

Monday, June 30, 2014

{giveaway} Red White and Blue Giveaway Hop {closed}


Welcome to the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop - a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We're celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop. And be sure to let Step2 help your child go Red White and Blue with this patriotic Choo Choo Train! Don't miss out on that fantastic Grand Prize!

{giveaway} Made in the USA Giveaway Hop {closed}

Made in the USA Giveaway


Welcome to the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy MotheringEasy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that are Made in the USA. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #USAMade giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!

{review} Uno's Hiney Huggers OS Side Snapping AI2 Cloth Diaper


 Sarah is a WAHM from North Carolina. She has two little ones and she enjoys sewing and loves making cloth diapers. She makes various types of cloth diapers (AIO, AI2, pocket, hybrid fitted), training pants, John Johns (rompers), wool dryer balls, and heating pads.

Friday, June 27, 2014

{review} KayCircus OS Pocket Diaper


KayCircus is owned and ran by Erin Kay out of her home in Alabama. She started sewing diapers and clothing because her kids were not ‘one size fits all’ and store bought clothing just didn’t fit them right. At first she spent her time altering the store bought clothing – making pants longer, waists smaller, shirts skinnier. That soon got old and she decided to just make her clothing from scratch. She drafted her own patterns, tested her product, and KayCircus was born.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{review} Kushy Tooshy Cloth Diaper Covers


  Kushy Tooshy is owned and ran by a WAHM named Kylie. She started sewing diapers after her son was born in an effort to save money. She wanted to create a product that was high quality and yet reasonably priced since most cloth diapers were way out of her price range. Kylie loves to sew and she loves saving her customers money. She also makes mama cloth, cloth wipes, nursing pads, and various types of cloth diapers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

{review} Squirmy Bottoms Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper

I received this diaper for free to facilitate this review. This did not affect my opinions. 

Squirmy Bottoms is owned by WAHM, Liz, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Her favorite things to do are to go camping, boating, sewing, and doing anything outside. She loves sewing for her kids and gets a thrill from seeing them wear her creations. In an effort to save money when she got pregnant with her first baby boy, she started sewing cloth diapers. She sewed her whole stash in boy colors and prints and then two years later when she got pregnant with a girl, she decided she needed a girl stash. Then she had a third baby (a boy) and decided she needed all new prints for him as well. After her kids were all out of diapers she was so addicted to sewing cute cloth diapers that she started selling them - Squirmy Bottoms was born. Liz also sews blankets, clothing, chair covers, and more.

{recipe} Curried Quinoa and Lentils

This is a wholefood recipe that my family loves to eat (even my toddler loves it). It has a lot of protein - lentils, quinoa, and chicken all are high protein foods. If I'm making it as the main entree, I add the chicken; if I'm making it as a side dish then I usually leave the chicken out. Make sure to use brown lentils, as they stay firmer than other lentil varieties (red, yellow, orange, etc).

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{review} Magickal Bottom's OS Cover



This is the third product that I've gotten to review for Magickal Bottom’s. Magickal Bottom’s is owned by a WAHM, Trisha, from Indiana. The more Magickal Bottom’s products that I try, the more I love her stuff (You can read my review on her hybrid fitted diaper here and my review on her AI2 diaper here. I think everyone should try at least one of her diapers – it will truly convert you to WAHM products (if you haven’t already been converted)!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dr. Kloss's Herbal Liniment {with free printable label}

This recipe in many of the herb books that I have, especially the ones written by traditional herbalists. It is a great all purpose disinfectant liniment for skin infections, cut and scratches, bites, athlete’s foot, boils, poison oak/ivy, and other wounds. It does sting when applied, so it is recommend to dilute it with a little water if using it on children or animals. My toddler son helped me make this and now he is always showing me all his scrapes and asks for the "stingy" medicine; once I put a drop or two on his scrape he blows on it till it dries.  I love that he is already learning about herbs and plants. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY.

Monday, June 16, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1C: Body System: The Nervous System



The Nervous System (NS) is the primary interface between the physical body and out environment. It has three basic functions: to receive, to interpret, and to respond. We have five basic senses to experience our external environment and countless internal sensory neurons to monitor our internal environment. There are billions of cells that constitute our brain. The Nervous System is the interface where we can dream, create, receive intuitive impressions, and where we can think abstractly. Without the basic physical nervous system there would be no life. When it is impaired, the quality and richness of life are diminished.