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I Knew I Was a Natural Mommy When…

Mommies, daddies and fellow green enthusiasts…my name is Jessica aka Cloth Diapering Mama and it is my honor to be guest posting over here at Becoming Crunchy, as it is one of my very favorite blogs! I’m an advocate for Natural and Green Parenting and for our dear care-giver…Mother Earth. Please stop by and say hi sometime or find me on Facebook or Twitter. I hope you enjoy my post…had a little fun with this one. :)

If you’re a reader of the Becoming Crunchy blog you have undoubtedly seen the unfolding of a Natural Mommy and Daddy in Kelly and Dave. We all have a starting point. Some of us were practicing Natural Parenting before we realized that it was actually a way of life…some of us read about it and wanted in and some of us had an epiphany of sorts – or an awakening – once we were blessed with the gift of our little ones.

However you ended up HERE, know that by being a part of this community you are raising awareness and spreading the word about Natural Family Living…grass roots style…and that’s about as organic as you can get!

Here’s a little bit about my Natural and Green awakening:

I knew I was a natural mommy when…

That expensive crib turned into a GREAT laundry basket!!

  • Just didn’t feel right to put my newly emerged nursling into a separate sleep space…even with our big-boy, our first born, nearly 4 years old…cuddling, heart to heart and breath to breath remains our bed-time routine.

 

~Our Family Bed/Circus~ Baby says, "Mom get that camera out of my face, I'm busy bonding with my brother!"

I knew I was a natural mommy when I thought… Read the rest of this entry »

The Green Chain Eco Interview for Environmental Charity

Right in our back yard

Right in our back yard

I was reading The Little Green blog this morning and I came across a post that told of a super easy way to help raise money for 3 environmental charities: Surfers Against Sewage, Trees for Cities and Young People’s Trust for the Environment.

 

All I had to do to join in would be to answer 8 Eco Interview questions from The Green Chain sponsored by Price Minister (a site similar to Craigslist or Kijiji) here on the blog. When I link it up, they’ll donate £10 to the charity of my choice.

How cool is that?

I checked with Mrs. Green to make sure I could participate here in Canada, and the answer she got was a go – so here it is!

1. Turning the heating down by just one degree in your house saves 240kg of CO2 a year. It would take eight trees to soak up this amount of CO2! Are you currently doing anything to make your home eco-friendly?

I had no idea one degree could make that much of a difference! Fortunately, we like to keep it pretty cool in our house. Here are a few other things we’ve done: Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Update & a Sunday Surf

 

The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

What a week!

Earth week, mama cloth reviews and a giveaway (still lots of time to enter!), an Earth Day Blog Carnival, guest posting at The Cloth Diapering Mama, The Great Cloth Diaper Change, and Easter!

Can I have another weekend please?

In spite of being tired (and still quite full), I feel almost ready for a new week to begin – just need a quick recap of the weekend first!

Bean came down with a bit of a cold and was miserable Friday night, so Saturday night we added some eucalyptus and lavender essential oil to the humidifier and it seemed to help quite a bit…she’s almost back to her normal self today (though we are still getting more nighttime wakeups than usual…poor Bean!). I was very thankful to mamas on Facebook for their helpful advice, though I DO have a bit of a beef to share!

Here’s the thing – I posed the exact same question on two pages (essentially: Bean has cold; natural remedies; how much oil should I put in the humidifier). On one page (an AP/natural parenting page that allows fans to post questions and get advice from other fans), I specifically stated that breastfeeding was not an option for us – I knew that if I didn’t, the answers would probably be filled with bf’ing remedies (not that I have anything at all against that – it just wasn’t something that was going to be helpful to me!). Read the rest of this entry »

Is Mama Cloth Really for Me?

My Stash

My Stash

All this week at Becoming Crunchy, I’ve been reviewing Mama Cloth, or cloth menstrual pads, along with reusable tampon-like products – the Diva Cup and Sea Sponge tampons (even wrote a guest post on this topic over at The Cloth Diapering Mama!)

I’m very excited to host a mama cloth giveaway tomorrow as part of the upcoming Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction, but I wanted to do a little wrap-up of my experiences and reviews before we go ahead with the giveaway.

Did I Make the Right Decision?

I’m gonna answer that one with a big “Heck Yes!!”

I really want to emphasize – I was so not all about mama cloth when I first heard of it; I decided to give it a try because I had read so many great reviews, and because I would prefer my daughter to use natural products over disposables when she gets to that point in her life, but I really didn’t expect to like it.

Now I’m just wishing I had made the decision sooner!

This is just one of those things I know I will never regret doing; there are too many benefits that outweigh the negatives of using disposable pads and tampons.

OK…Then Which One Should I Use?

My personal, number one recommendation? Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a Party in My Pants!

 

Party in my Pants

Party in my Pants pads, Wet Bag & Wing Extender

That’s because I’m reviewing Party in My Pants – the cloth pad company that definitely wins the award for the best name ever! (Seriously – I bought from them because of their name! :D )

If you’re just catching up with Becoming Crunchy today, I’ve been reviewing mama cloth, or cloth pads from various businesses, along with reusable tampon-like products.

So far I’ve covered Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup and Sea Sponge Tampons.

I also got the great opportunity to guest post over at The Cloth Diapering Mama today – I would love for you to go check out my post on Looking at That Time of the Month in a Whole New Way - especially because it includes information on how you can help support girls and women in countries around the world who are being deeply affected by an inability to afford sanitary menstrual products – a cause that is very dear to my heart.

I have one last review this morning, a post later on today with a few wrap up points, and a giveaway tomorrow!! (A chance to try mama cloth or add to my stash without spending $$? Don’t mind if I do!). The giveaway will also be part of tomorrow’s Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction, so it’s definitely going to be a great day for some good reading.

All that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get started… Read the rest of this entry »

Black Bean Brownies & a Sunday Surf

OK, so I didn’t exactly intend to leave off my baking until 8PM this evening…but sometimes that’s just how life works out.

In any case, it was totally worth it – I now have a pan of Black Bean Brownies, another of Nourishing Bread Pudding, and a loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Honey Bread cooling on my counterboy does my kitchen smell good!

I wanted to share my adapted version of this Black Bean Brownie recipe, and also join in with Authentic Parenting for my first Sunday Surf! This has been an AMAZING week for blog posts…can’t wait to share what I’ve been reading!

But first things first – the chocolate!

Black Bean Brownies:

  • 1 Can Eden Organics Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C organic unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 t. real vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C raw sugar
  • 1 good glug strong coffee (I used what was leftover in the post from this morning)
  • 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Put all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor or blender; puree until smooth. Pour chocolate chips over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted into middle comes out mostly clean.

Wait for brownies to cool completely before eating (you may want to store them in the fridge).

That’s it!

I also just wanted to quickly share a few of my helpful baking secrets that I’ve come up with over the years. :) Read the rest of this entry »

The March of Kindness is Over – We No Longer Have to be Nice!

OK, that title is my little nod to April Fool’s day…we can continue to be nice in April even though the March of Kindness is officially over. :)

I am truly thankful to Dionna over at Code Name: Mama for initiating this whole thing…she’s helped bring quite a community together!

For me the month has been in some ways up and down, but mainly it’s been great, and I know doing and seeing all these acts of kindness have contributed so much to what we’re trying to do as a family – it’s not always easy making changes, and a little kindness goes a long way in the midst of it all!

I’ve loved reading about the RAOK’s (Random Acts of Kindness) from others – especially the ones from children. I am looking forward to the Bean being old enough to make it part of her day on a regular basis!

And I’ve had a lot of fun committing RAOK’s myself ;)…especially the ones for hubby (he’s probably been the focus of a grand majority of mine) – I think it’s actually done a lot to improve our relationship over the past month; it’s certainly changed my attitude a lot!

I’ve also enjoyed being the recipient of what seems like a ton of AOK’s!

  • A friendly stranger helped get me into the Ina May Gaskin conference in Toronto when I felt there was no way I was going to be able to go.
  • I’ve had a ton of response to this blog…wonderful comments and all kinds of people joining in on Facebook – it’s really been awesome!
  • Alicia over at McCrenshaw was instrumental in helping me get my blog button HTML up on the sidebar (though I’m not sure she realized how much she helped me lol)…I know, I’m weird, but it was very exciting to me to accomplish that! :)
  • And Becoming Crunchy even got 2 awards this month – the Stylish Blogger Award from Jessica at The Cloth Diapering Mama, and The Cherry on Top Award from Alicia at McCrenshaw – woohoo!

I’ve also been inspired by Zoie over at TouchstoneZ to begin writing a letter to my Baby Bean every month, and joined together with The Modern Aboriginal Mama and becca stiches and bitches in my No Poo Experiment. All kinds of fun! :)

I know there are more AOK’s and friends that I didn’t list as well…there’s just too many to cram into one post!

But for me, this March of Kindness is actually ending on a more serious note. Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming Crunchy is in Style!

At least, Jessica at The Cloth Diapering Mama thinks so. :) She was so kind to pass on the Stylish Blogger Award to Becoming Crunchy – it gives me warm fuzzy feelings down to my toes!

I am thrilled to accept this award and its pay it forward concept, which involves the following 4 steps:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve the award.
  4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.

So first of all – thank you to the Cloth Diapering Mama! She’s got some awesome stuff going on over at her blog – be sure to go check it out! :)

Now…7 things about me… Read the rest of this entry »

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