• Image by Kevin Dooley I can’t tell you the number of times that I have heard people laugh at alternative choices — like homeschooling, home birth, alternative medicine, and so on — because “That’s not the way the world works.  You’re sheltering your kids from it now, but when they grow up they’ll have to… [Continue Reading]

    You Don’t Have to Join the “Real World”
  • Recently, my husband ran out of deodorant.  We’ve tried lots of different natural ones and he hasn’t really loved any of the ones we’ve chosen.  They have all worked, but for various reasons they weren’t his favorite.  Plus, if you’re buying a mainstream “natural” brand, chances are it still contains aluminum — which is not something… [Continue Reading]

    Homemade Natural Clay Deodorant
  • If you follow me on Facebook, then it’s probably no surprise to you that I’m a little fed up with it. Discussing any controversial topic, especially vaccines (which I tend to do often) is fraught with landmines — namely, trolls, who like to bully and harass people who don’t believe what they believe.  I try… [Continue Reading]

    If Privacy Matters to You, It’s Time to Leave Facebook
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  • The other day, I was making lunch for my family.  I’m now 24 weeks pregnant, and I’m anticipating my final trimester and the first months of breastfeeding.  Just like in my last pregnancy, I’m beginning to crave eggs, milk, and nuts.  I continued to crave that through the early months of breastfeeding, too. This made… [Continue Reading]

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Image by Kevin Dooley I can’t tell you the number of times that I have heard people laugh at alternative choices — like homeschooling, home birth, alternative medicine, and so on — because “That’s not the way the world works.  You’re sheltering your kids from it now, but when they grow up they’ll have to […]

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Homemade Natural Clay Deodorant

Recently, my husband ran out of deodorant.  We’ve tried lots of different natural ones and he hasn’t really loved any of the ones we’ve chosen.  They have all worked, but for various reasons they weren’t his favorite.  Plus, if you’re buying a mainstream “natural” brand, chances are it still contains aluminum — which is not something […]

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Growing up, I was used to the “white tube” of diaper cream.  That thick barrier cream that most parents use to protect their baby’s rash. The thing is, that white cream? It’s just meant to keep the rash covered so that it doesn’t get splashed with pee or poop too much.  Of course, if they […]

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