Archive for June, 2012

Silent Saturday: Nostalgia

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I’m here in Chicago visiting my old stompin’ grounds where both my hubby and I grew up. It’s left me feeling a bit nostalgic. I came across this old prom picture at my mom’s house…hard to believe this was 15 years ago!

While this photo has nothing to do with breastfeeding, babywearing, or cloth diapering, I still wanted to share it with you all. Come to think of it maybe it actually has a lot to do with those things? Of course breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering were the furthest things from our minds as we tore it up on the dance floor that night, however one could still connect the dots between then and now; somewhere along the way in our relationship seeds were planted to make the parenting choices we’ve made today. 🙂

Thankful to still be dancing with my highschool sweetheart after all these years!


Fan Photo Friday: Favorite Fluff!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Let’s start with a picture of one of my favorite little 9-month-olds in his one size Rumparooz (which he’s had since he was a newborn). This is not my son, but he is someone who is near and dear to my heart so I am happy to show off his fluffy bum to you all! 🙂 In this picture he’s doing his new favorite thing…crawling and keeping his mama busy chasing after him.







This next picture cracked me up when I opened it up. This is 18 month old Carissa. While her mom was busy cleaning lipstick off the couch, she thought she would help dunk the diapers! Love the innocent look on her sweet face!

This is Bri’s 6 month old daughter “PeeWee”. Bri didn’t have a lot of fluffy bum pictures to choose from because according to Mom, PeeWee is an all (fully clothed) or nothing (naked) kinda girl. However in this picture she’s showing off her a WAHM diaper in an adorable monkey print.

This is Mary’s 8 month old daughter in an AppleCheeks size 2, Purple Rain lined with an OsoCozy better fit pad folded. Seriously could she be ANY cuter!!  Her squishy cheeks and little hair bow put a smile on my face! Also can’t help but notice the beautiful dress that her mama knitted for her (actually I’m kind of drooling over it…I want to be able to knit little girlie clothing although I need a daughter and better knitting skills first, lol:) ).

And last but not least here’s my little dude at 9 months old in two of my very favorite diapers. They are custom-made WAHM pocket diapers.

I loved all the pictures. A big thank you to everyone who participated. This week’s winner is Mary…Yeah Mary!! 25 Milk Miles will be deposited into your account shortly. 🙂

Okay ready for next week’s Fan Photo Friday? I know we have lots of mamas who use Baltic Amber for their child(ren) so let’s see some photos of Mom’s Milk Boutique Fans showing off their Baltic Amber! Email your Baltic Amber photo to by Thursday, July 5. Be sure to include any information you want shared such as age of child and the benefits of Baltic Amber that you have observed. Then check back on Friday, July 6 to see some happy kidlets showing off their Amber Jewelry! Winner gets 25 Milk Miles deposited into their account!!

Top 5 Ways to Foster Early Literacy Skills

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

What are early literacy skills? They are the foundational skills needed for reading and writing. There are gimmicks and programs available on the market that claim to “teach” your baby to read at a very young age. Personally I am not a fan of these types of structured programs because 1) there is not adequate research to support their efficacy and 2) they approach literacy development in a highly contrived manner. I much prefer fostering early literacy skills using an authentic and child-friendly approach. Here are 5 simple ways you can encourage development of pre-reading and writing skills with your little one(s):

1. Sing Songs – Songs and Nursery Rhymes offer children a great deal of exposure to rhyme and repetition as well as help to develop phonemic awareness. If you don’t know very many children’s songs, perhaps check your local library activity schedule. Many libraries offer a story-time (even for very young babies) where singing children’s songs is included. Another great option is to buy or borrow children’s CDs. I really like Greg and Steve, Raffi, and Jim Gil.

2. Create a Literacy Rich Environment – A literacy rich environment is one that provides children ample opportunity to engage in pre-reading and writing activities. For example provide a large selection of developmentally appropriate books on a low shelf for easy access and  have writing/drawing materials (paper, crayons, markers, etc) readily available. It can also include providing materials such as alphabet stickers, magnetic letters, and children’s games that focus on literacy skills.

3. Model Importance of Reading and Writing – Even if you are not a recreational reader, you probably engage in numerous reading and writing tasks each day such as looking up a recipe, writing a “to-do” list, or writing down directions for someone. Simply by modeling the many different ways reading and writing serve a purpose in your day to day life can help your child understand and appreciate the importance of literacy development. Do these activities in the presence of your child and even comment to your child about them.

4. Engage in Conversations and Oral Story Telling – Capitalize on down time such as the waiting room at a doctor’s appointment or while getting the oil changed in the car by engaging in conversation, telling stories, or playing word games with your child. Development of oral language increases a child’s capacity and readiness for reading and writing. My children and I like to play a game we call “I’m Thinking of Something”. One person will begin by saying “I thinking of something…” and proceed to give clues, until the other players can guess what the person is describing. Another fun game is to tell chain stories. One person starts the story and then points to another player to allow them to continue the story. This can continue for as many rounds as desired until the story is complete. Oral games such as these not only provide an enjoyable past-time, they help children develop vocabulary, sequencing, memory, and comprehension skills.

5. Read to Your ChildResearch shows that children who are read to are far more likely to become competent readers. And it is never too early to start reading to your child! (I read to my first baby in utero, where as subsequent babies naturally heard me reading aloud to older siblings). Even very young babies will not only enjoy, but benefit from being read to. Reading with your child is one of the easiest, but perhaps most important ways you can help prepare your child for life long learning. Don’t worry if your child wants to read the same book over and over (and over) again! They gain a great deal from enjoying a favorite book time and time again. While it’s not always fun for you to read Goodnight Moon 157 times in a week, perhaps knowing it serves a purpose in your child’s reading development just might persuade you to say “yes” when they ask for the 158th time. 🙂 (Although, I fully understand if for “some reason” Goodnight Moon suddenly disappeared from the bookshelf for a while ;)).

What activities do you enjoy with your child(ren) that help foster early literacy skills? Would love to hear your ideas! 🙂 


PS. Don’t forget about this week’s Fan Photo Friday! Let’s see some Fluffy Bums! Send a photo of your baby in a favorite cloth diaper to by Thursday, June 28. Be sure to include any information you want shared such as age of child, type of diaper, why it is a favorite, etc. Then check back on Friday, June 28 to see some seriously cute babies and their fluffy bottoms! Winner gets 25 Milk Miles deposited into their account!!

Tasty Tuesday: Vegan Breakfast Hash

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

What you eat for breakfast is an important choice that effects your entire day! The word breakfast literally means “breaking the fast” of the night. Therefore opting for a highly nutritious breakfast serves you well by properly refueling your body for the new day and positively impacting your food choices for the entire day. Too often when we don’t give our bodies the proper balance of nutrients that it needs for optimal functioning, we start to crave junk food for its high sugar and fat content. Avoid that trap by starting off your day with a healthy and tasty breakfast. As a breastfeeding mama caring for small children, it is especially important that you are eating well! 🙂

Personally I get a little burnt out on oatmeal, so this recipe for a “vegan hash” is a nice breakfast alternative. It takes me just a long to make as a bowl of steel cut oats, although a little more prep time is required.


Olive Oil

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 sweet potatoes

2 cups of prepared black beans (or one 15 oz can of black beans, well rinsed)

1 Tablespoon Mexican Seasoning

Salt and Pepper, to taste

chopped cilantro, optional topping

Additional optional add-ins: chopped onion, red pepper, and/or jalapeno pepper


Saute garlic in olive oil. If you are using onion and/or pepper add them now and saute for a few minutes. Add black beans, seasoning, and sweet potatoes. Stir together and add a small amount of water (approx. 2 Tablespoons or more if needed). Cover and allow to cook for 12-15 minutes until sweet potatoes are softened. Top with chopped cilantro.

This hash is tasty as a stand alone breakfast or you can serve it with a side of quinoa or sauteed greens for some added “oomph”. Enjoy!



5 Simple Postpartum Exercises

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A woman’s core muscles are deeply effected by pregnancy and childbirth. However by incorporating some rather simple exercises you can easily strengthen and tone your core muscles. The idea is to start with what you can do and slowly build up to more repititions. Before beginning this or any exercise regime, please read the disclaimer below.

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