Category: Natural Parenting

What is Placenta Encapsulation and Why You’d Want to do It

What is placenta encapsulation? This pregnancy related trend is one the rise in the western world only recently but it’s been part of eastern medicine for ages! 10 years ago, if you had heard about placenta encapsulation, you would have thought the person telling you had something seriously wrong with them. Today, you might still be shocked to hear someone mention placenta encapsulation but it is becoming more common. And there’s good reasons to give placenta encapsulation a thought when you are preparing for childbirth! Things are about to get a big messy… are you ready? What is Placenta...

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Ways to Make Your Postpartum Recovery Easier

The following is a guest post from Stormy of The Happy Herbal Home. If you’re pregnant you’re super excited (and probably a bit anxious) to meet your new little bundle. If you’re getting close to your due date, then you’ve probably already prepped really well (probably too well) for your little one’s arrival. You read the parenting books, figured out how you’re going to feed, dress, and diaper your baby. Researched your birthing options, made your choices and created your birth plan. You’ve got this whole thing figured out! All of that is great, except so many mamas forget to prepare for...

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5 Options for When You Can’t Breastfeed

While I have breastfed most of my babies and I’m a big supporter of breastfeeding… I also know that sometimes you just can’t breastfeed. Now I do want to say up front that most women can breastfeed. It might not always come easy but it’s actually pretty rare to actually not be able to breastfeed. So if you’ve been given one of the many breastfeeding myths and it’s still really bugging you and you want to breastfeed, know that you possibly can actually breastfeed. There are many great resources and things you can do to make breastfeeding work. But...

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Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018

I can’t believe that my family will soon be starting our seventh 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? I’m even more shocked that this will be the first year that I will have a middle schooler! 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 changing a few things from last year’s curriculum....

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DIY Herbal Window Clings

I had no idea that window clings were a thing until a few years into parenthood. These simple gel like stickers are a simple and easy way to keep kids entertained for hours on end. Seriously…. All 5 of my kids just spent a good hour playing with the herbal window clings that I just made! Now of course you could go out and buy window clings but while they might say they are non-toxic… they are still made out of plastic (thermoplastic polymer to be exact) and obviously artificial dyes are used. Personally, I’m all for going plastic...

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Top 10 Health Giving Foods During Pregnancy

The following is a guest post from Suzi Richards Pregnancy and eating can be the best of friends or the worst of enemies. Either way, neither can live without the other. A pregnant woman needs to eat, and eat well. Supplements, basking a few minutes under the mild sun, and taking in the fresh outdoor air just aren’t enough. Nature and markets have made available a wide range of food products that a woman in her pregnancy can take to nourish herself and that beautiful human being developing in her. The mother has to recognize that pregnancy is the most potent window of time to...

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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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