It’s no secret that pregnancy is a strain on a woman’s body. At times, I remember feeling like I was going to rip open if my baby grew one more inch, and all the extra weight caused seriously achy joints and muscles. Thus, there’s no better time to pamper yourself then during pregnancy! And since you’re saving money by not purchasing margaritas and merlot, why not splurge on a professional massage from time-to-time (or all the time)! It’s one of the simple pleasures that expectant mothers are actually allowed to indulge in.
I often receive emails and messages from readers requesting recipes that they may not be able to find on the blog. By far, the most sought after DIY recipe has been homemade hairspray ! And I can totally see why – hair spray is a toxic shit-storm! Even though aerosol cans no longer contain ozone depleting CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons), and haven’t since the 70’s when ozone depletion was brought to public attention, the can itself is just another form of human waste, destined for the land-fill.
Not surprisingly, the majority of popular hairspray brands on the Environmental Working Group website are rated between an 8-10 out of 10. Ratings are based on the concern for cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity.
Common ingredients in hairspray, and ones that pose a health and environmental risks, include: [Read more…]
I think that most people would expect an “all-natural” kinda gal like myself to have a peaceful home birth equipt with a midwife, doula, and labour pool. A few people asked me who my midwife was and had curious questions about my home-birth plan – I suppose I just give off that kind of vibe, I don’t know. But no, I did not have a home birth. Instead, I had a naturally-mindful, modern hippie hospital birth.
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m totally supportive, and even a promoter, of home births, and considered it myself at one point, but there were several reasons why we decided that it wasn’t for us. But first, just for fun (and because mom’s love to talk about their labour experiences), here is the story of how Ruby Florence came into the world…
Our Birth Story…
Today’s guest post is written by my good friend and fellow Mompreneur, Lindyn Williams. She is someone who wholeheartedly understands the busyness that come with being a work-from-home-mom, and I love venting to her when my head is spinning because she always has something wise to say that brings me back down to earth. I hope you enjoy her 5 tips to balancing work/life harmony as a Momprenuer.
Intro from Lindyn: As working a mama, I can guarantee that not every day is going to go as planned. And that’s ok! When you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and need some clarity, save this post and re-read as necessary. Carly and I both felt the need to add that we try our best to follow the tips below- but life happens and we get off track. Writing this post has reminded me where I need to allocate my energy again. We hope you find some value in this post and feel free to let us know what works for you!
Have you ever had anyone say to you, “It must be so nice that you can work from home and be with the kids!” You look at them sweetly, but cringe inside, knowing full well that the kids were either at daycare all day, or spent a little more time than they should have watching Paw Patrol, while you sent off email replies and invoices, finalized a copy for your website, and planned a perfect post for your Facebook page.
Being a work-from-home mama definitely has its advantages, but it’s not always pretty.
Some of my favorite blog posts, and the ones that I enjoy writing the most, are always ones that are spur of the moment – the ones that are written when I’m right in the middle of doing something.
This is one of those times.
10 minutes ago…
Me: “Ry, I’m feeling inspired! Take the baby!” (run upstairs to grab my laptop)
Husband: Ok……..??? (baby and husband look at each other confused)
Today’s post is written by one of my favorite bloggers – Loriel, of Naturally Loriel. Loriel has very recently had her second baby, at home, and is writing from experience when it comes to packing a naturally-minded birth bag!
At 35 weeks when I was on the floor with intense stomach pains at 11pm, we thought we were in labor. My husband quickly scrounged together random baby things and stuffed them in a tote bag, called his parents to pick up our 4 year old, and rushed to the hospital.
We were completely unprepared.
I thought because I was having a home birth I didn’t need to worry about packing a hospital bag — Boy was I wrong!
We forgot things like chapstick, socks, clothes for me, my ID, and high quality protein bars; we managed to pack a couple diapers, wipes, clothes for the baby, and two coconut waters.
Like many fermented foods, apple cider vinegar is simple, nutritious, and very inexpensive to make. To make apple cider vinegar, I use the apple scraps (peelings and cores) left over from making apple sauce and apple pie. It’s a great way to utilize the scraps and makes for a nutrient dense apple cider vinegar!
I was over the moon when Heather asked if I wanted to share my Apple Cider Vinegar recipe on her blog, Mommypotamus, a few months back. She is, after all, one of my blogging inspirations.
As I recover from labour and spend time bonding and cuddling with my new baby, Sophie, from Accidental Artisan, is sharing with you her delicious and nostalgic recipe for Apple Sponge Cake made with Spelt Flour! Doesn’t it look amazing?!
I may have squealed a little when Carly asked me to write a guest blog post for Modern Hippie Housewife. I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to share: this delightfully fancy looking but oh so simple apple cake. This is a recipe that my Mom has been making since she was in her twenties thanks to this much loved (and completely falling apart) German Home Baking recipe book from the 60’s. [Read more…]
Composting at home gives you an opportunity to decrease your household’s carbon footprint by reducing landfill waste as well as reducing kitchen and yard waste—and the compost you make can be used to optimize the health, growth, and longevity of your landscape’s foliage overall by introducing beneficial organisms to the soil and providing an effective alternative to chemical fertilizers. Modernize has put together the following checklist to help you create a convenient and effective composting system for your household: [Read more…]
I’ve lined of some great guest posts for the next several weeks to give me a chance to rest during the last week of my pregnancy and for when the baby is born (due date – today)! Today’s post is written by one of my favorite bloggers – Loriel, of Naturally Loriel. Loriel has very recently had her second baby, too, so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to postpartum healing! I’m excited to try this DIY Herbal Perineum Tea for myself…hopefully sooner rather than later!
I never knew births could be so substantially different until I gave birth to my second in the comfort of my home (as opposed to the hospital with my first). And if we’re being honest, everything was different from my first to my second — even postpartum healing.
Some may cringe at the thought of going through postpartum healing for the first (or second or third) time because of previous awful experiences; I want to let you know that you are not alone. With my first born, healing took weeks [Read more…]