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How to Treat Diaper Rash with Bentonite Clay

This is the best diaper rash treatment I have found.  It absorbs moisture better than powder.  It soothes the skin better than the balms I’ve purchased and concocted.  And it works faster than my old standby of coconut oil and fresh air.  It’s pretty awesome.  I stumbled upon it last summer when Nate got a raging case of diaper rash that seemed to defy anything I put on it.  At the time I was working with...

Puddle Jumper Review

The Puddle Jumper by Stearns might be my new best friend.  I seriously love this thing.  I have an active 3 year old who’s in the pool almost every day of the summer.  I want him to be a confident swimmer but I constantly worry about his safety and this is the first floatation device that’s really worked for us.  Prior to the Puddle Jumper we tried regular swimmies, life vests and a floatsuit (looks like a body...

7 Things People Don’t Tell You About Having ...

We recently welcomed our second son into the family (Yay Nate!).  Going through childbirth for the second time reminded me of all the funny changes that happen to your body after the baby is born.  Moms-to-be have access to tons of books, classes and advice from other moms regarding pregnancy, labor and baby care.   All of this information really helped me prepare for childbirth itself.  But for some reason they failed...

Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe

I recently saw an article touting the health benefits of gelatin and laughed at the absurdity of it.  I had long ago written off jello as yet another ridiculous 80’s fad that happily went out of fashion. To my surprise, the article was quite convincing and I decided to look into it a bit.  A quick google search turned up a ton of information, including sources such as Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price Foundation, who I...

Newborn Baby Appearance – 7 Things You May N...

Take that Hollywood image of a fresh-faced little cherub and throw it out the window.  If that’s what you’re expecting from your bundle of joy, you’re in for a surprise because quite frankly newborn babies look pretty weird.  I know several first time parents who expected the Hollywood image and were freaked out when their sweet baby arrived slimy and misshapen!  Fortunately most appearance quirks are totally...

Homemade Easter Egg Dye

I’m a geek at heart and this project involves 3 of my favorite things: playing with food, a natural alternative to a commercial product and a fun science experiment!  I used beets, red cabbage and turmeric to make red, blue and yellow dye.  Then I combined these dyes in different proportions to also make green, orange and purple.  Your kids (and/or your inner kid) will feel cool making their own dye and the eggs turn out...

How to Treat Baby Acne

Many newborns experience some degree of baby acne in their first weeks or months.  It usually shows up shortly after birth and looks like small red pimples and/or reddish splotches clustered on the cheeks, nose, forehead and occasionally neck or back (see notes for other common infant skin irritations). Baby acne is normal, harmless and typically clears up on its own within a few weeks.   Even so, most moms (myself...

Best Diapers for Heavy Wetters

My son Nate pees more than I thought humanely possible.  Starting when he was a few weeks old, he began having frequent pee blowouts.  During the day I changed him often enough to prevent this.  However, at night (when everyone desperately wanted and needed some sleep) the blowouts became a problem.  I would change him at bedtime and check him at feedings but still they happened almost every night, sometimes multiple...

Peak Shooting Star Dates 2013

Shooting stars are an interesting phenomenon.  They’re basically chunks of space debris (meteoroids) that are vaporized upon entering earth’s atmosphere (at which point they become meteors).  For reasons I don’t understand, these dazzling displays of space trash are concentrated to some specific and highly predictable times of the year.  So take advantage of this predictability and enjoy the peak meteor...

How to Prevent Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

If you’ve experienced leg cramps you know how horrible and excruciating they can be.  For some reason pregnancy increases your likelihood of cramping – an unpleasant fact that I experienced during my second pregnancy!  By the start of my third trimester I was waking up multiple times a week with cramps that would literally catapult me out of bed.  At first I tried common remedies such as increasing my potassium (ie. I...

How to Write a Birth Plan

A birth plan is a great tool to help prepare for labor – especially for first time moms.   Discussing the birth process and the type of labor you hope to have prepares you mentally, physically and logistically.  It helps the hospital staff and your personal support team to understand your wishes and to support you effectively and respectfully.  It helps people understand their roles so that you get the help you need...

Labor bag checklist

A well stocked labor bag doesn’t have to be huge but there are some basic items that most mom will want to have.  Here’s a handy list to help moms-to-be pack well without a lot of overkill.  I recommend packing your bag a month ahead of your due date and stashing it somewhere easily accessible.  This will help you be ready quickly when that much anticipated day arrives! Labor Bag Checklist: Insurance card,...

Postpartum Healing Spray

This spray helps moms heal in the days following a vaginal birth.  It’s a witch hazel based spray that provides soothing relief for vaginal soreness and swelling, torn/stretched perineum and hemorrhoids.  Witch hazel has many healing properties.  This plant based substance is very soothing, is a mild anti-inflammatory and helps to slow bleeding.  It’s the active ingredient in many over the counter postpartum...

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween rocks!  I love any excuse to dress up and now that kids are on the scene we have twice the fun.  Every year Marshall and I rack our brains for the perfect costume.  We usually make them ourselves and we start brainstorming months ahead of time.  Last year I stumbled upon a serious gem – a website called Coolest Homemade Costumes that’s devoted entirely to homemade Halloween costumes.  JACKPOT!  It...

Shooting Star Peak Dates 2012

Shooting Stars captivate all ages and you’ll get major cool points when you can magically predict shooting star activity!  A shooting star starts as a piece of space debris called a meteoroid.  When a meteoroid enters earth’s atmosphere, gases and particles of the meteoride are vaporized creating a brief glowing trail.  At this point it’s called a meteor – what we know as a shooting star.  There are actually...

Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

I had to share this recipe because it is so ridiculously easy – quite possibly the easiest cookies on earth.  They contain just 4 ingredients (all of which you probably already have) and they’re done in less than 20 minutes, including prepping and baking time!  They’re super simple and taste great making it a perfect recipe for teaching kids to cook.  It’s also handy when something comes up and you...

Prenatal Testing Explained

When I was pregnant with Luke I felt very pressured to go through the full gamut of prenatal testing.  Most of the tests were no brainers – low or no risk tests that were clearly helpful.  But a few of them – specifically the screenings – weren’t as obvious and I felt like I wasn’t given enough information to make an informed decision.  So I started asking questions, talking to other women and researching the...

Homemade Animal Crackers

I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like animal crackers and this homemade version is particularly tasty.  They’re sort of a mix between a traditional animal cracker and a sugar cookie, yum!  And they get extra fun points because you can customize the shapes any way you choose.  Online vendors like Amazon.com carry a decent selection of mini cookie cutters – animals, cars, flowers, bugs…...

Homemade Cheez-Its

My husband and son love cheez-its and goldfish crackers but I think they taste dry and processed.  So I’m on a quest to craft homemade versions of popular crackers without all the crap.  As it turns out, most crackers are easy to make and require just a handful of simple ingredients.  Here’s my version of cheez-its (which can double for goldfish crackers).  These cheesy little delights are super easy to make...

Baby Registry Guidelines

Some people find the baby registry process to be fun, I found it overwhelming.  I didn’t know many young moms at the time and we really had no idea what a newborn did and did not need.  I’m frugal by nature but all that marketing really gets you and soon you start to think your child can’t be born until you’ve amassed several rooms full of baby paraphernalia.  After Luke was born I was shocked at just how...