Food

Magic Chocolate Bananas

Despite the fact that I try to limit my children’s exposure to junk foods, we still struggle with my oldest to eat healthy. Even fruit can be a struggle some weeks with him. Right now, as we are in between fruit seasons (apples are kinds mushy and summer fruits are too pricey), bananas are one of the few decent and cheap fruits. […]

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Parenting

Why Should I Use Cloth Diapers?

One of my favorite classes to teach in my teaching career wasn’t physical science, although I really loved it, but was a Cloth Diapering 101 class. Mostly I enjoyed the random questions the dad would ask as they always kept me on my toes. Right now I’ve taken a break from teaching to home school my oldest, but I still have lots of cloth diapering wisdom since  I have had three children in cloth diapers over a span of six years and counting! […]

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Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day Craft Fun

I’m not a huge hearts and Valentines Day sort of girl, but my kids love to do crafts (so do I).  They decided they wanted to make some valentines for their grandparents. I had to oblige, so we did this quick and simple, but memorable and cute, craft/card.

Supplies:

Construction paper
Marker or crayon
Scissors

 

Fold the paper hamburger style. […]

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Lifestyle

Crunchy 101: Crunchy acronyms

Like any community, crunchy families have a whole set of acronyms to describe typical crunchy materials and methods. Here’s a list, although I’m sure I will miss a few!

ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar

AP

Attachment Parenting

BF

Breastfeeding

BLW

Baby-Led Weaning

BM

Breast Milk

BW

Baby Wearing

CD

Cloth Diapers

CIO

Cry It Out

(This technique is not crunchy, but rather something the crunchy community often advocates against.)

Circ

Circumcision

(Crunchy families typically advocate against this as well.)

CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

CO

Coconut Oil

CPM

Certified Professional Midwife

Crunchies

Crunchy people

CS

Colloidal Silver

DF

Dairy-Free

EBF

Depends on context:

  • Exclusively Breastfeeding, or
  • Extended Breastfeeding
  • EBM

    Expressed Breast Milk

    EC

    Elimination Communication

    EO

    Essential Oil

    EP

    Exclusively Pumped

    ERF

    Extended Rear-Facing (in reference to car seat safety)

    FCLO

    Fermented Cod Liver Oil

    FF

    Forward-Facing (in reference to car seat safety)

    GF

    Gluten-Free

    GLENS

    Grains, Legumes, Nuts & Seeds

    HBAC

    Home Birth After Cesarean

    LC

    Lactation Consultant

    MW

    Midwife

    NF

    Nut-Free

    NFP

    Natural Family Planning

    NIP

    Nursing In Public

    SAHM

    Stay-At-Home-Mom

    SF

    Soy-Free

    TTC

    Trying To Conceive

    TTO

    Tea Tree Oil

    WAHM

    Work-At-Home-Mom

    VBAC

    Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

    Did we miss any? […]

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