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Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Anyone doing anything special today for Earth Day? I do know many of us here¬†at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper try to honor and respect planet Earth everyday in our daily choices and lifestyle…hooray for eco-friendly living!¬†However, I also like having a special day set aside as a reminder of how important caring for Mother Earth truly is! Plus it helps get the message out to the general public and those who might not be as aware of the role they have and the things they can do to protect our Earth.

Yesterday I took my¬†boys for a bike ride along the canal near our house with the intention of cleaning up garbage. The canal is one of my favorite places to run and sadly there is a great deal of garbage that collects there. The kids and I brought¬†a garbage bag with us which we were able to fill rather quickly while only cleaning a very short section of the trail. One full garbage bag was really all I could manage hauling in the bike trailer but we could have easily filled a ton more bags. I guess we’ll just have to make a regular¬†family activity¬†of it? I don’t think the kids will mind; they had a blast¬†playing in the canal while looking for garbage!

On our way. We rode about 3 miles to a lower section of the canal that collects a lot of trash due to its location.

Izzy’s sweet ride.

Sunshine + canal + bike ride = happy smiles!

Part of the canal…isn’t it pretty? Also this is actually a decent amount of water for this time of year in Phoenix. Some times it is bone dry!¬†¬†

Izzy was the trash master…he really liked this game of garbage hide and seek!

While resting in one of the few shady spots I made some new friends. I even met a fellow dreadhead. Check out the length on his! And I thought mine were heavy!

All ready for the 3 mile ride back home…these boys were hungry!

Izzy fell asleep and Abraham was dragging a bit, but we made it!

My lunch. Yum!

You would have thought I was eating a big bowl of ice cream in front of the kids the way they were stealing bites from my plate…despite the fact that they had just had spaghetti, hummus and crackers, applesauce, and strawberries with cashew nut cream. I guess they worked up an extra big appetite that morning on our bike ride!

Then we were off to the library to find some books about Mother Nature.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? Would love to hear from readers! :)

Not sure what to do? Check out this site for some fun, kid-friendly, Earth Day inspiration!

And¬†you’ll definitely want to check out the awesome¬†Earth Day SALES at Mom’s Milk Boutique today.¬†Lots of eco-friendly products¬†to choose from…¬†plus all orders that are placed today (Monday, April 22, 2013) will be entered into a drawing to win ONE of TWO Sakura Bloom Pure Ring Slings!! (Mom’s Milk Boutique will select the color).

HAPPY EARTH DAY ALL!

-Sarah

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Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Caroline’s Family

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It’s finally FRIDAY and you know what that means!?! Time to spotlight another AWESOME family here at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper.Naturally!! Today I am excited to introduce you to Caroline’s family.¬† Her home sounds a lot like my own with busy little boys keeping mama and papa on their toes!! Read on to learn more about Caroline and her beautiful family!

Who are the members of your family?

In our house, you’ll find Andres, my husband, me (Caroline), and our two boisterous boys: Jojo, 2.5, and Giovani, 16 months. They are close in age and really good friends to one another.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation?

With two boys, we’re always moving. Our boys love to dance, sing, play with cars and blocks, bake, and lately it’s been all about coloring since the weather has turned colder.

How did you meet your significant other?

My husband and I met in college, where we were both part of the Greek system on campus. It’s a great way to get involved and meet new people.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?

Some of my favorite things came from MMB, including my Boba, Thirsties Duo AIOs, Simplex AIO, and our Dandelion toys. However, what I constantly recommend to other moms is the detergent sampler. I love that you can select which detergents you want to try, and that there’s a great variety. It really helps make the decision.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?

I LOVE MY BOBA. It is easy to use and so versatile. I like to say it’s like the one-size of carriers – birth to toddler! I’ve used it at weddings, fairs, parks, the mall, you name it. It is so comfortable.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:

We love pockets and AIOs! The bulk of our stash is BumGenius 4.0, but we have a lot of GroVia AIOs, Simplex and Basix AIOs, Thirsties Duo AIOs, and Kawaiis, too! I love variety.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two?

Over the next two years, we’re excited to have two potty trained boys, a little bit of travel, the start of preschool, and maybe, just maybe, one more baby.

Describe your daily routine:

I work out of the home, so my husband gets to spend all morning with the boys during the week. It generally means a lot of playing and maybe some errands, followed by naps just after lunch. On weekdays, our nanny comes in the afternoon to play and cook, and she teaches them Spanish. When I get home, both boys climb up their kitchen stool to help me make supper and we talk about all kinds of things over supper. Bedtime is around 7:30. On the weekends, we like to fit in some fun family outings in the afternoons, too, like exploring different parts of town or visiting family.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far?

I really struggled balancing pressure from friends and family to parent one way and doing it how I thought was best. Now, I’ve found a great support network of like-minded moms who support my decisions, and it makes all the difference.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences?

Splurging for myself means my favorite pizza, a little time to read a book, or maybe do some online sale shopping. I actually really love the scones at the coffee shop near work, so those are a great reward, too.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar?

Planning ahead helps me save a lot of money. I like to plot out our meals for two full weeks, and then build my grocery list off of that. I don’t have to use coupons, but I do need to stick to both the list and the menu, and we don’t feel deprived if we’re doing it right.

Share one special family tradition you have:

I give my boys stationary in their stockings at Christmas. They are still too young to write their own thank you notes or letters, but they help by scribbling their approval. I hope that one day, it will be a habit for them to correspond and send thanks regularly.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“It’s never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To pause time so I could nap once in a while.

Thanks for sharing about your family Caroline! I love the idea of stationary in Christmas stockings…just might “borrow” that tradition from you! ;) Best wishes on your potty training endeavours ahead. :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom‚Äôs Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line ‚ÄúFriday Family Spotlight Inquiry‚ÄĚ and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

25 Tips for soothing a fussy baby

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Most of the time breastfeeding and/or babywearing are powerfully effective tools to comfort a fussy baby.¬† As a nursing mom, I rely pretty heavily on the magical power of milk to soothe my baby. Although there are times when baby is fussy and for whatever reason nursing doesn’t provide adequate comfort. On that rare occasion,¬†I¬†might feel at a loss of what to do to help soothe my baby. In the moment, while baby is crying/fussing it is often hard to think clearly and react efficiently. That’s when a little cheat sheet of tips, such as the one below, comes in handy;¬†a list of tried and true ideas that are typically effective for soothing a fussy baby.

Photo courtesy of Jazmin.V Photography

1. Go for a car ride

2. Take a walk (in stroller or baby carrier)

3. Bounce on an exercise ball with baby in wrap or in your lap

4. Babywear while vacuuming (my floors were super clean when my second was a newborn because this was his favorite activity)

5. Swaddle baby

6. Give baby Rescue Remedy

7. Give baby a massage

8. Give baby a bath

9. Change baby’s diaper and/or clothing (something may be causing discomfort)

10. Sing to baby

11. Put on loud music

12. Rock baby in a rocking chair

13. Call in reinforcements. Sometimes having someone else hold baby is helpful¬†in changing baby’s mood

14. Change of scenery. Go somewhere…anywhere. Give baby new surroundings/stimulation to attend to.

15. Use aromatherapy such as a few spritz of lavender in the air or drops of lavender in a bath

16. Provide baby with skin to skin

17. Go into a dark room with white noise (we have a noisy bathroom fan that my middle son liked as a little baby. Sometimes I would sit in the dark bathroom with the fan running while holding him)

18. Tell a story. Sometimes just the gentle sound of your voice can be calming

19. Do leg exercises to release baby’s gas

20. Burp baby. (I remember one time my first son was extremely fussy for about 20 minutes and suddenly he let out a huge burp and then he was fine)

21. Change baby’s position. If they have been upright in your arms¬†for a while, try laying them down on their back or tummy.

22. Provide visual stimulation in high contrast colors such as a blanket or toy to look at.

23. Change temperature of the room or add/remove layers of clothing

24. Go outside. A breathe of fresh air can be very healing

25. Take a few deep breathes and as much as possible keep yourself calm. Baby will react to your energy. If you are feeling anxious, baby will too. If you remain peaceful, that message will be sent to baby and can have a calming effect.

What tip(s) do you have to add to the list? Would love to hear your tried and true baby calming techniques!

-Sarah