Why We Chose Cloth Diapering

Why We Chose Cloth Diapering

While CD cloth diapering may have been the norm prior to Johnson & Johnson's disposable diaper marketing campaign in 1948, it's practically unheard of in my circle of friends. Because my mother chose to cloth diaper my younger sister, Avery, I was exposed to the how-to's at an early age; in fact, I remember my mom tossing Avery's diapers into the washing machine when she was little bitty and her reminders to discard diaper waste in the toilet prior to putting them in the hamper.  How could something as simple as tossing cloth nappies in the wash become such an enigma - mass-marketing is a powerful thing. 

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Homemade Granite Cleaner

Homemade Granite Cleaner

My quest for fabulous smelling chemical free cleaning supplies started sometime between my experimentation with vegetarianism, plant based eating, and being a super yogi. I've dabbled in alternative cleaning methods since I was a student at Virginia Tech. My natural remedy enthusiasm began when I was frequenting EATS, a tiny health food shop specializing in herbs and homeopathic remedies where I met a 60's era hippie who helped with my reflux - which, no medication has been able to relieve. I went cold-turkey from my meds and followed his recommendations; within days, I felt significantly better. Somewhere between tofu and oregano shots I fell in love with doTERRA Essential Oils.

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Homemade All-Natural Baby Solutions

Homemade All-Natural Baby Solutions

I've dealt with sensitive skin for as long as I can remember. As a child I was accustomed to eczema outbreaks and irritation from perfumes and cleaning products. I remember when my mom switched to Free & Clear laundry detergent, had me take my own fragrance free lotion to the nail salon, and when I broke out in a terrible rash from Windex on the day of my senior prom (the horror).  Because I've experienced the wrath of skin sensitivity issues, I have been careful to use only natural solutions on my daughter, Channing. 

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The Fourth Trimester

The Fourth Trimester

No matter how many books you may read (and I read them all), nothing can truly prepare you for the fourth trimester. Each baby expert claims he knows best; while none of them actually agree with one another.  If the authors of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, Moms on Call, and Wonder Weeks hosted a child rearing debate, I’d pay big bucks to attend.  Each author falsely leads you to believe that following his specific baby formula will give you a baby that never cries, puts himself to sleep, nurses on a schedule and sleeps through the night from day one. Whatever happened to, “mother knows best?”

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