The Power in a Cuddle

It seems more and more these days I’m hearing about adoption and foster care. There has been a significant influx as of lately in billboards and commercials advertising the need for adoptive parents. As it turns out, it’s not just coincidence that I’ve happened to notice these things. The number of children in foster care programs and adoption centers is on the rise and so is the need for adoption. But what you may not be aware is the need {Read More}

How Coconut Oil Benefits Moms and Babies

I’ve been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately and the many wonderful benefits it can offer for health and beauty. In fact, I knew about the benefits it supposedly has on an expectant mom to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. This got me thinking of all the ways that coconut oil benefits moms and babies! Coconut oil is a remarkable product that is extremely versatile for so many uses. Ever since I have started using it I can’t {Read More}

Kid Safe Insect Repellents

Nature has much to offer in all its splendor. There’s nothing like spending quality time in the great outdoors, getting in exercise and taking in the fresh air. Why let pesky bugs and insects spoil that? While there are many products and devices designed to help keep the pests down to a minimum, these usually keep you confined to a specific amount of space they are designed to cover. Bug sprays and repellants offer more freedom to move about wherever {Read More}

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to stock up for those little trick-or-treaters. It’s one of those holidays that kids look forward to as they fill up their bags full of goodies while dressed up in scary (and cute) costumes. Those tasty Halloween treats don’t have to be full of sugar. We’ve got ideas for healthy halloween treats that parents can feel better about letting their kids have. When my daughter comes home with her bag full {Read More}

My Favorite Natural Baby Products

These days there are so many products containing chemicals such as phthalates, BPA, and parabens that could be harmful or even toxic. I’m a believer in safe, all-natural products so these were definitely some of my favorites among natural baby products. They are safer for your baby and just as effective if not better than some of their not-so-green counterparts. California Baby Diaper Area Wash This gentle formula containing tea tree oil, witch hazel, and calendula aids in the healing {Read More}

The Dirty Scoop on Parenthood

When you’re pregnant or soon-to-be a first time parent, other people with children will tell you what a blessing children are and how much you’ll love and adore your precious babies. A few might chime in with jokes about not sleeping for the next 18 years of your life but people are generally encouraging when they hear the good news. So let me be a debbie downer on this one by saying parenthood is not all lollipops and sunshine. It’s {Read More}

Eco-Friendly Toys Babies Love

You would think that for something that babies often put straight in their mouths that infant toys would be safe. You may be surprised to learn that recalls on baby toys are fairly common due to high levels of lead or toxic paints found in them. One factor that raises concern to many consumers is the importing of products from other countries. It wasn’t until my sister, who is very eco-conscious, had sent over a few eco-friendly toys as a {Read More}

Local Produce vs. Store Bought: Is One Really Better than the Other?

Have you ever given much thought to the produce you purchase? Does it come from the grocery store or do you shop at a local fruit stand or farmer’s market? We all know how healthy fruits and veggies are for us, but is there really a difference between local produce vs. store bought? What you may not know is that you could be missing out on vital nutrients. What is the difference between local and store bought produce? Notice I {Read More}

Natural Teething Solutions

Teething can be gruesome to most parents. Those baby teeth are starting to come in breaking through the gums which can cause much discomfort to babies. We are actually going through this phase right now with our son so I thought I would share some natural teething solutions with you. His teeth are a little late coming in at 10 months, though this is not unusual. There is actually a wide range for what the normal age is for teeth {Read More}

How-To Make Your Own Baby Wipes

Even more than diapers, one thing all new parents go through a LOT of are baby wipes. It doesn’t matter if you are cloth diapering or using disposables, wipes are essential. If you’re like me you use them for far more than just diaper changes. I like to use flannel cloth wipes with our cloth diapers but prefer something disposable for when we’re on the go. I don’t buy into the labels ‘sensitive’ or ‘infused with aloe’ on the big {Read More}