The last few weeks have been a struggle here on the home front, as we found our family visited by a yucky virus. Praise God, it wasn’t that virus, but a nasty one nonetheless, sweeping through every family member, and leaving me practically bedridden for 10 days.
As my fellow mamas can surely attest, moms don’t usually take ‘sick days,’ so to throw-up one’s arms in defeat in the face of any illness is pretty darn rare and dramatically disrupts the flow of family life.
Luckily, thanks to lots of help from my husband and our families, we are finally on the mend, and after a two week break from posting, I’m attempting to get back to writing.
Since I haven’t had a great deal of time to dedicate to research, I’m keeping this week’s post simple, sharing three delightful discoveries that are fueling my soul this fall: a charming seasonal children’s book, an artfully crafted fall screen time option, and a gorgeous pumpkin succulent.
I hope you enjoy these little bits of lovely as much as I do!
In my opinion, the biggest key to baby wearing success is finding the right fit for you and your baby.
Everyone’s sizes, shapes, and preferences are different, but if you’re feeling excited about the idea of wearing your sweet little one, don’t give-up until you find that perfect fit! It’s out there.
So how to find the baby wearing gear that’s right for you?
Don’t just trust those ‘top 10’ lists, which merely pull together a list of best sellers. That’s a sure way to end up with hundreds of dollars in unused baby gear.
After trying on way too many wraps and carriers, owning five different styles and brands, and wearing two babies, here are my 5 tips for finding your best fit!
Historically, nail care has been a beauty process fraught with toxic chemicals, chemicals and a whole lot of outrageously stinky fumes.
In fact, traditional polishes can contain a slue of yucky ingredients, from formaldehyde to parabens. And nail polish can be particularly problematic for pregnant women, especially if it contains the chemicals toluene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), possible human developmental toxicants.
Ready for your house to smell like the apple-cinnamon-y goodness of fall? Forget the scented candles; just get cooking! This recipe for Instant Pot oatmeal couldn’t be simpler — or tastier. Bursting with flavor, this oatmeal serves up a nutritious, comforting breakfast the whole family can love, from baby to nursing mama.
During those first six months of delicate infant-hood, I love to craft an environment for baby that’s as pure and natural as possible. Doing so has required a little extra leg-work, and I’ve often had to look beyond the big retailers like buybuyBaby and Target.
Crafted from natural, non-toxic materials, these heirloom quality toys are sure to delight parents and babies alike!
As we enter the unknown realm of the newborn, I think it’s only natural for parents to seek out some semblance of ‘control’ through an amassing of baby paraphernalia.
I think most moms would agree, that on any given day, there is a whole lot of ‘stuff’ in our homes that does NOT necessarily elicit joy!
In fact, in glancing around my bedroom as I type this, I spy three things that are mildly annoying: a plastic popper toy, a Frozen castle, and a ball tower.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these items, but with their bright colors, loud noises, and general plastic-y-ness, they aren’t exactly contributing to a spa ambiance over here either.
But every once in while, aesthetic meets function in a spectacularly artful way…
What comprises a safe sippy? Current evidence suggests that the healthiest cups won’t be made from plastic.
But how and where to begin?
Embarking upon a quest for safer products is certainly intimidating, but it’s a worthwhile undertaking. As women, we can have a big impact. A 2019 article from Forbes, reported that “women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchase decisions.” And with the US beauty industry accounting for roughly $93 billion in consumer spending, the sum impact of our choices is powerful.
When we choose to support safer products, we are creating the demand for a better supply.
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