Archive for May, 2013

A Season of Change…

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

I am excited to let you all know that we are going to be doing some remodeling around here! Here’s the scoop..

You all know how much I love working at Mom’s Milk Boutique as a Social Media Coordinator, right? I have shared multiple times how blessed I feel to be a part of the Mom’s Milk Boutique team. While I still very much enjoy my role here, I am also feeling the need for a shift within my own family. As my children seem to be growing older by the hour, I want to fully enjoy the gift of time I have with them right now.  After appraising my daily tasks and responsibilities, I developed a strong desire to decrease the amount of time I am on the computer. This can be a bit problematic when your job requires you to be on a computer. Mmmm, what do to?

I approached Abbie (co-owner of Mom’s Milk Boutique) and shared with her what was on my mind and in my heart.  After some discussion, it was decided that a remodel of Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiapering just might be a great idea. Cha-cha-changes!

Now let me assure you I am not going to disappear altogether. I love it here way too much for that! I will still pop in to write an occasional blog post from time to time as well as remain active on the Mom’s Milk Boutique Facebook page; however it is time for me to pass on the torch to another mama…or perhaps mamas? Now THIS is the part I am most excited to share with you all….

Mom’s Milk Boutique is accepting applications for new blog authors! If you are a mama with breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering experience that enjoys sharing ideas and is looking for very part-time, flexible, work from home income…well then THIS is the dream job for you!

We are looking for a variety of talent to contribute to the Mom’s Milk Boutique so I definitely encourage you to apply if your interest is peaked. Simply click HERE to fill out an application.

Before signing off, I want to thank you all for an incredibly awesome experience here…YOU all are what made Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiapering  a great place to be! Much love and gratitude to all!


Silent Saturday: Celebrating Motherhood!

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

To all our awesome mama fans and readers…

Hope your Mother’s Day is filled with much love and laughter!!


PS. The photo above is the photo we used in our Grandma Gifts. 🙂

5 Signs Your Toddler Might Be Ready For Potty Learning

Friday, May 10th, 2013

As cute as fluffy bums can be, the thought of your child being done with diapers is usually pretty alluring. Although as most experienced mamas will tell you, potty learning goes much smoother if your child is ready for the process. So rather than relying on a magical age to begin potty training, look for signs of readiness in your child (as opposed for parent/caregiver readiness 😉 )

What exactly are signs of child readiness when it comes to potty learning? Here are 5 main signs:

1. Diaper stays dry for long(er) periods of time – And when they do urinate, it is a lot at once.  This demonstrates your child’s bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine. I knew my oldest son was ready to be done with diapers when he consistently woke up with a dry diaper each morning.

2. Can follow simple directions – If your child is able to follow simple directions such as “get your shoes” or “put the book away”, he/she demonstrates the necessary cognitive and language skills to begin potty learning.

3. Indicates awareness of wet/dirty diapers – Often kids enter a stage where being in a wet/dirty diaper starts to bother them. They may indicate this by taking their diaper off or requesting a diaper change when their diaper is soiled. Generally this is a good time to start introducing them to the potty. For example when you change them you can sit them on the toilet for a minute or two.

4. Shows interest in other’s use of the bathroom– Children are naturally curious and like to mimic others. When a child starts to show interest in your use of the bathroom or an older sibling’s use of the bathroom, it can be a great time to talk with them about the potty and/or read one of the many available children’s books about using the potty (Once Upon A Potty is a cute one).

5. Starts to show interest in dressing and/or undressing – An awareness and ability to dress/undress is a good indication your child has the desire for more independence in self care routines, including potty learning.

General tips for potty learning:

  • If you start potty learning and get to a place of frustration (either you or your child), don’t hesitate to put the process on hold and try again in a month or so.
  • Try to introduce potty learning when your child is going through a (generally) cooperative phase
  • Try to avoid introducing potty learning during periods of time when they are undergoing big developmental changes in other areas.
  • Do not use any type of punishment or consequences for “accidents”.  Keep in mind there is a learning curve to the process which is likely to result in accidents along the way. Treat accidents as no big deal, gently remind your child they can tell you when they have to go potty, and move on. If potty learning becomes a stressful process for the child, it is likely to be prolonged.
  • Make it as fun and positive as possible. Show enthusiasm when they use the potty. For example we sign a silly potty song when our child uses the potty during potty learning.

If you are looking for some eco-friendly products to assist with potty learning check out Mom’s Milk Boutique for cloth trainers and a biodegradable potty chair.

Happy Potty Learning All!


Tasty Tuesday: Roasting Seeds and Nuts

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

A Mom’s Milk Boutique Top Fan recently asked me what method I use for roasting seeds. This Top Fan has a little girl with various allergies which requires her to carefully read ALL food labels as well as make many foods at home from scratch. She thought her daughter might enjoy snacking on sunflower seeds and was wondering how to roast them herself. It’s actually quite simple and I am happy to share the method I prefer.

There are a few methods, although as usual I opt for the quickest and easiest route. I am in my kitchen A LOT and like to expedite the food prep process when/where I can. Plus any time I can get away with doing something on the stove top versus in the oven makes this Arizona home cooler and therefore happier! 🙂

First a few quick notes on seeds and nuts:

I buy all my seeds and nuts raw. Raw works best for many of the ways I use seeds and nuts. However for snacking, roasted seeds or nuts definitely have more flavor as well as an extra crunch to them. Rather than purchase both raw and roasted, it’s easier (and generally cheaper) if I just buy all raw and roast them as desired. Additionally I buy all seeds and nuts pre-shelled, because it’s a ton of work (and a bit of a mess) to shell them yourself in large quantities. The only exception is pistachios. The pre-shelled ones are outrageously expensive. Plus they are easy enough to shell and are consumed primarily in small snack-sized quantities.

If I am roasting seeds or nuts to add to a salad or other type of dish, I just do a quick dry roasting on the stove top. I simply heat a pan on medium heat, pour the desired amount of nuts/seeds in, and shake them around the pan for a few minutes. I don’t use any oil, salt, or other spices. You have to watch them super carefully because they seemingly go from being perfectly roasted to burnt in a matter of seconds.

If we are going to snack on the seeds/nuts, I like to roast them in oil and salt on the stove. I cover the bottom of the pan with a very small amount of oil. Really any oil will work, so just use what ever your family prefers. We prefer olive oil or coconut oil. Heat the oil on medium. When oil is heated, add the desired amount of seeds/nuts. You want them to be about single layer in the pan. Shake them around from time to time while roasting. They will only take about 5 minutes so be sure to watch them carefully and shake often. They burn very quickly so avoid walking away from the stove or getting distracted (yeah, easier said than done when you have kids, right?). Remove seeds/nuts from pan and allow to cool completely before enjoying.

That’s it! I love it when a healthy snack is that easy and quick to prepare. You can even mix roasted nuts and seeds with some dried fruit for a healthy homemade trail mix. Or you can get super creative with flavors by experimenting with spices. For example these spicy pecans are sweet with a nice little kick to them!



Sunday Funday Giveaway: California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend Citronella SPF 30+

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Warm weather is finally here which means it is time for picnics, parks, BBQs, bike rides, festivals, and lots more fun outdoor activities! It is also a great time to stock up on summer essentials such as sunscreen and bug spray.

Did you know California Baby makes a Summer Blend that combines the effective sun blocking powers of titanium dioxide with the bug bite soothing powers of citronella, lemongrass and cedar? Oh and don’t worry; that awful smelling citronella candle you remember burning all summer long as a child is not what authentic citronella smells like. Real citronella actually smells quite pleasant…so don’t let that yucky scented synthetic candle keep you from enjoying the lovely benefits of citronella oil this summer.

With California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend you get protection from the sun and from bugs bites all in one gentle, non toxic formula. It is made with organic and sustainably grown ingredients which means you won’t find any Octyl Methoxycinnamate or PABA in it!

At an SPF 30+ it provides high-level protection against sunburn. Plus it is very water resistant and retains effectiveness after 80 minutes of activity in water or perspiring. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate a sunscreen that doesn’t sweat off and/or drip into their eyes. Additionally this sunscreen won’t stain like some of the other brands on the market do or turn you into a pasty white ghost upon application.

California Baby products are extra awesome because they use green packaging. Their bottles are made from BPA free, post consumer content. That makes me like their products even more!

How would you like to win a FREE 2.9oz bottle of  California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend Citronella SPF 30? Be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win! Winner will be announced on Sunday, May 12. Winner will be contacted via email and is asked to reply to email within 48 hours in order to claim prize.

Good Luck All!