Archive for September, 2012

Silent Saturday: Sneaky Mama

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

My 1.5 year old suddenly hates taking bath, yet loves to get super messy! After several failed attempts to wrestle him into the bathtub, I decided a new approach was needed.  This is what “bath time” now looks like at our house.

He thinks it the best thing ever to play outside in a container full of water and toys… I throw a few squirts of soap in there and viola, he’s clean!  Such a sneaky mama! 🙂

What have you done to creatively work through similar types of challenges with your little ones? Would love to hear ideas and stories from readers like you! 🙂


Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Natalia’s Family!

Friday, September 28th, 2012



Get ready to meet one super cool and very active family! I really enjoyed learning more about Natalia’s family and hope you do too!

Who are the members of your family?
Daddy Dylan teaches traditional Choy Li Fut kung fu 蔡李佛 and Yang Tai Chi 太極拳. He is hoping to be Sifu (head teacher) of his own school someday. I am a first-time Mommy of Brandon Koa as well as a Ballet Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist. We are currently staying with my father (Brandon’s GongGong) to get out of debt and to be with family during this important transition into parenthood. It has been such a blessing for all of us!
How did you meet your significant other?
We met when I entered Eastern Ways Martial Arts school in Folsom, CA. We have been together and trained together ever since.

Natalia, 5 months pregnant, at the International Plum Blossom Tournament in San Francisco doing Tai Chi. She won the gold!

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?
There isn’t a top favorite, I shop at MMB for nearly everything we need: Laundry Detergent/RLR, Dryer balls, Baby Bits, Bravado Nursing bras/tanks, Baltic Amber jewelry, Moby Wrap, Snappis, Naturally Luxe Wool Wash bars, Planet Wise, Wean Green, Sloomb (sustainablebabyish) UnderWoolies is my newest love!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?
I actually have three favorites: Moby Wrap for comfort, Ergo Baby for back carry, and Maya Wrap (ring sling) for easy in-n-outs. My spouse says I am his favorite baby carrier. 😉

Daddy Dylan performing Crane Technique at the California State Fair

What is the best and worst parenting advice you have ever been given?

Best: Enjoy every moment and stage of baby’s life!

Worst: “Supplement with formula.” Even our pediatrician said it was “ok” to do so! However my Mom encouraged us not to as formula can negate the positive effects of human milk. My mother is an International Lactation Consultant and RN, so we get TheBestAdvice!

Brandon with his GongGong having a Grrreat time as usual!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

~The oyster turns into a Pearl the sand which annoys it~

Thanks Natalia for sharing your lovely family with us! Your $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique will arrive soon!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Have a blessed weekend all!

-Sarah 🙂

Fun with Pumpkins!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Fall is here and I am super excited because it is my most favorite season of all! Fall signifies a time of harvesting and encourages expression of gratitude for the harvest. It is also traditionally a time of preparation for the winter months that lie ahead. Engaging in a ritual to honor these aspects of fall can evoke a deeper appreciation for the beauty and meaning of the season. For example a family I know enjoys apple picking and then canning homemade applesauce each fall. Annual rituals such as these help establish a sense of connectedness with others and a heightened sense of self-awareness.

I got married in the fall (12 years ago this month!) because of how much I love this time of year. I especially loved the fall during my college days. Walking across campus with golden leaves crunching underfoot and a cool, brisk breeze on my skin always put a smile on my face. There is something so wonderfully comfortable about putting on a favorite sweatshirt when there is a chill in the air! I have a well-loved 17 year old sweatshirt that has definitely seen better days, yet it still reigns as my top choice sweatshirt because the familiar fabric is so comforting.

In addition to the meaning of the season and the gorgeous weather, I also love the scents, colors, and flavors of the fall…especially pumpkins; bright orange, smooth, round pumpkins! From baking to cooking to decorating, there is so much fun to be had with the amazingly versatile pumpkin! And because we just made our very first vegan pumpkin pie of the season (which the boys completely devoured today!) I am inspired to share some of the fun things we like to make with pumpkins!

First off it is important to know the difference between decorative pumpkins and ones that are for baking/cooking. Decorative pumpkins are what you traditionally get from a pumpkin patch or a local market stand. They are typically large in size and have vertical ridges on them. They are ornamental and intended for decorative purposes only. The seeds are okay to bake and consume, but the pulp is watery, stringy, and generally unappetizing. However the pulp can provide an awesome sensory experience for young children. They are apt to enjoy squishing the slimy pumpkin guts in their hands! So cut open a pumpkin and let them have at it!

If you want a pumpkin to cook or bake with, a pie pumpkin (sometimes called a sugar pumpkin or sugar pie pumpkin) is your best option. They are typically smaller in size, smooth, and darker in color than a decorative pumpkin. Although they are somewhat small, they yield a surprising amount of pulp. Typically one sugar pie pumpkin can easily make two pies.

Preparing pumpkin pulp is relatively easy to do. First cut your sugar pie pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and membrane (be sure to save those seeds!). Place open face down in a baking dish and bake for approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees. When pumpkin is slightly cooled use a spoon to scoop out pulp. Put pulp through a blender, food processor, food mill, or even mash by hand to the desired consistency. Now it is ready to use in muffins, pancakes, breads, soups, pies, stews…you name it! Pumpkin puree is so tasty and versatile. And if you have traditionally used canned pumpkin you are in for a big treat as fresh pumpkin pulp is 1000x yummier!

Now let’s make sure to do something with those seeds. Believe it or not, you can actually take those pumpkin seeds and plant them right in your yard! Pumpkins are rather hearty and can grow even with very little tending to. Although beware they do take up a lot of space because they grow on a vine. Another option is to give the pumpkin seeds to your kids to play with. They can count or sort them. They can play with them in a pretend kitchen area or even glue them onto paper. However my favorite thing to do with pumpkins seeds is to roast them! After removing them from the pumpkin wash thoroughly in a strainer. Lay them on a lightly oil baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt. Bake for approximately 15 minutes at 325. Be sure to keep a close eye on your seeds because they can burn easily. You will want to turn them a time or two while baking. Baking times vary greatly so again peek frequently to avoid burning them.

I hope you and your family enjoy this beautiful fall season! Any fun family traditional/rituals you would like to share with us? Would love to hear from readers like you!


PS. Check back tomorrow for information on Woolies!! What are woolies? See you here tomorrow for the inside scoop! :)

Monday Funday Giveaway: Mango Mama Bump Butter by Delish Naturals

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Do you have a growing baby bump? What a blessing; congrats to you! As lovely as baby bellies can be, sometimes the stretching skin can be itchy, uncomfortable and/or irritated. Mango Mama Bump Butter by Delish Naturals is a great way to keep your baby bump looking and feeling silky smooth! Made with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients such as organic coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, this product heals stretchmarks as well as helps prevent against new stretch marks. Keeping your body well hydrated inside and out is your best protection against stretch marks. You will enjoy the lightly invigorating and entirely soothing scent of the citrus essential oils that work to nourish your most delicate skin. Best of all Mango Mama Bump Butter pregnancy balm comes in a convenient stick form for easy and mess free application! Simply swipe it across your baby belly and let the healing begin!

Would you like to win a FREE stick of Mango Mama Bump Butter by Delish Naturals? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance o win!! Winner will be announced on Sunday, September 30. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to respond within 48 hours in order to claim prize. Good luck mamas!!


Silent Saturday: Green Goodness Breakfast Smoothie!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I might have made today’s green smoothie a tad too thick, lol! It was seriously like mud….but oh so ymmy! My 18month old drank 3 cupfuls! 🙂 Ingredients? Hemp seed, flax seed, spirulina, spinach, mango, coconut milk, and juiced carrots and oranges.


Green Smoothies are a GREAT way to start your day!