Category: Natural Parenting

Top 10 Ways to Make Breastfeeding a Success

This post is a guest post by Maranda Bower. She is sharing the top 10 ways to make breastfeeding a success! This is definitely something I wish I had read when I had my first baby. Much like natural childbirth, breastfeeding can be an empowering and enlightening experience. As childbirth is the birth of a new mama and baby, feeding our baby is the beginning of a healthy parenting relationship. And if you’re like me, you probably hold this gorgeous picturesque image in your head of a blissed out baby at the breast of a smiling and glowing mama. 24 hours into...

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Kid Friendly Vapor Rub

Years ago, I shared my original vapor rub recipe with everyone and I didn’t mention that it was only for ages 10 and over… because I didn’t know that some essential oils are not safe for kids under 10 years! I now realize that essential oils need to be used safely, and that post has now been updated and it I now only recommend that recipe for 10 and over. However, that left me in need of a kid friendly vapor rub. One that parents could use on their little ones without any potentially harmful ingredients. Yes, harmful ingredients...

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Discovering a Family Rhythm

The following is a guest post by Michelle Van Doren of Seeking Joyful Simplicity. Exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, and cranky. This wasn’t how I imagined parenting to be. What was wrong with me, and why couldn’t I just get it together? I suspect chaos, overwhelm, and a sense of failure are a normal part of running a household and parenting young children. As moms, we are expected to do it all and do it well. Our days can pass in a blur as we struggle to manage our home, attend to the never-ending needs of our children, and find the...

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Nursing Support Tea

Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve become addicted to using herbal teas as remedies. I use it for pregnancy and childbirth, I use it for coughs and congestion, I even have one that’s a great immunity booster. So naturally, I’d decide to make a nursing support tea as well. I first came across teas to help nursing mamas when I was struggling to make enough milk for my third baby. I was desperately trying everything under the sun to help increase my milk supply. In that desperation, I bought a box of pre-bagged nursing tea. In my...

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Homeschool Curriculum 2016-2017

Our family recently started our sixth year of homeschooling! It’s amazing to me that I’m getting to be more in the seasoned homeschooler category and out of the newbie homeschooler category. Didn’t we just start this journey? One important part of getting everything ready for homeschooling is choosing the curriculum. Obviously you need to know what books you will be using when teaching. This year, we are changed a few things from last year’s curriculum. We realized last year that some of the curriculum was no longer working for what our kids need and thus, we did an overhaul. This...

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The Ultimate Breastfeeding Round-Up

Breastfeeding. It’s a completely normal thing. Women have been nursing their babies since the dawn of time but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard. I’ve gathered up some of the greatest posts on nursing and nursing hurdles just for you. I’ve created the ultimate breastfeeding round-up! Breastfeeding Basics The Mushy Mommy has a great post on the breastfeeding basics and it’s the perfect place to start! Need some reasons why “breast is best” (ideally people, ideally… we all know there are times when it might not be in everyone’s best interest to breastfeed), Whole New Mom shares her first 25...

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What is an Exclusively Nursing Mom and How to Survive Being One

What is an exclusively nursing mom? Odds are you haven’t heard this term before. What about a non-pumping mama? That one gives more of an explanation but you likely aren’t familiar with that term either. I searched for both these terms and I didn’t really find anything. This should not be the case. There should be more info on exclusively nursing moms and thus I am writing a post about it. Now before I really get going, I want to clarify something. An exclusively nursing mom is not some elite title. It’s not a group of mamas who think they are...

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