Archives for June 2010

Baltic Amber: A Natural Pain Reliever

I recently learned of using Baltic Amber teething necklaces as a natural alternative to Tylenol or Orajel. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me, since Aidan is drooling like crazy and constantly chewing on his fingers. When Baltic Amber is worn against the skin, the warmth of our bodies causes the amber to release trace amounts of oil that contain succinic acid which are absorbed by the skin. For teething babies, this   works as a natural analgesic to alleviate teething pain … [Read more...]

The Discipline Connection

From the moment I found out that I was pregnant with Little Man, I began reading everything I could get my hands on as it related to parenting. Thankfully, I found the amazing book entitled "The Baby Book" by Dr. William Sears.  It started me on the wonderful journey of Attachment Parenting, and I have absolutely no regrets about the choices I have made. When Little Man turned two a few months ago, and he began to "exercise his will" more frequently,  I headed to the library to … [Read more...]

Homemade Refrigerator Magnets

As a mother, you can never have too many refrigerator magnets to hang your precious little one's artwork, important reminders and other what-nots. I found this easy recipe for "Bake Art Dough" on the side of a box of cookie cutters that I have, and I decided it was time to make some fridge magnets. To make your own magnets, first mix up a batch of dough using the following recipe.4 Cups of All-Purpose Flour1 Cup of Salt1 1/2 Cups of WaterMix to achieve a dough-like consistency. Roll out on a … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Farmer’s Market

This morning we went to the local farmer's market that sets up every Saturday morning in a church parking lot right down the street from our house. There are people selling fresh produce, plants, eggs, handmade soaps, and other great things. We love to shop there to support our neighbors and community in our joined efforts to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Today we purchased squash, red potatoes, chipotle salsa, and homemade tea tree oil soap. It smells so yummy! We just finished the … [Read more...]

Baby Sun Hat

For the sake of simplicity, I have decided to move my crafting posts to "Naturally Chic Mama" and save my other blog "Little Knit Knots" for when I open my Etsy store. So if you ever actually have read anything from "Little Knit Knots", you might see some repeats posts here as I move everything over. Anyway...I needed a break from knitting shorties, so I thought I'd try to make Little Man a sun hat. I found this great (free!) pattern on Ravelry, and purchased Sugar'n Cream 100% cotton yarn in … [Read more...]

Wash Wednesdays and the Amazing Sun

I've been waiting to participate in Wash Wednesdays on Garden Mama's blog. So even though as I'm writing this it is officially Thursday, I'll still join in the fun! I got into "line drying" when I started cloth diapering. That is when I discovered the amazing bleaching power of the sun. My first batch of diapers came out of the wash looking a lot like they did when I put them in. I was so discouraged. A lot of mamas on Diaper Swappers talked about sunning their diapers to bleach out the … [Read more...]

Our Fine Feathered Friends

I was out in the back yard the other day and found an old bird feeder up in a tree. I moved it over to a corner of the yard that Buddy loves to play in that is right next to the sun porch so we could see the birds through the windows. I put it on a yard flag stand so that it is at the right height for Buddy to pour the food in. The next day, I was on a Craigslist run picking up some canning supplies, and the seller was giving away a free bird bath. Score! I told Buddy to go tell the … [Read more...]

Let Us Break Bread Together

The other day, a large branch broke on a tree in our front yard. Our sweet neighbor offered to cut it down with his chainsaw and another neighbor said he would mow the grass around the tree for us. I decided to put my new bread maker (a Craigslist find!) to work and make them some homemade Honey Oat Bread as a "thank you". Phillip and Buddy and then I and Buddy took separate trips taking our homemade bread to the neighbors to tell them how much we appreciated what they did. Both times, the … [Read more...]

Utimate Veggie Lasagna

I have asked my sister, who is a vegetarian and also a "naturally chic mama", to be a guest author on my blog to share her healthy, whole foods based recipes. Here is a great dish that she made for dinner last night. Delicious!I created this recipe right before I went vegetarian. I was trying to cook lighter, healthier meals for my family that were still absolutely yummy. I had originally started altering my traditional lasagna recipe by replacing the noodles with whole wheat pasta and adding … [Read more...]

Homemade Sewing Cards

I've been saving cereal boxes out of the recycling bin for a few weeks now to make sewing cards for my 2 year old, and we finally got around to it. They turned out really cute so I thought I'd share the idea with you.1. Cut the front and back panels out of a cereal box.2. Get out paints, markers, and/or crayons and let your little one create a colorful masterpiece on the plain/interior side of the box. Buddy painted the bunnies that we sometimes see in our neighbor's yard. :)3. After they are … [Read more...]