By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything. I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big "DIY-er" and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can. Sometimes, it doesn't last past that initial experiment -- I really only do it that one time. Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some [...]
Please note that today's post is not intended to make any mother feel "unnatural" or that this way of mothering is "better" than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these practices, and many of them are much better mothers than I am! This post is simply to educate moms new to natural living about several aspects of what comprises "natural motherhood." By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first became a mom nearly five years [...]
By Erin, Contributing Writer With just a few weeks until Christmas, the shopping season is in full swing, and the stores are jam-packed with people vying for the latest gadget for their loved ones. But what if you're like me--and don't like shopping, especially with so many crowds? No need to despair! You can take care of your Christmas list with one of these homemade gifts from the comfort of your own home. Here are my top 10 homemade gift ideas for almost everyone on [...]
Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer What in the World is Mama Cloth? Eighteen years ago I cloth diapered my first two babies in white cotton pre-folds coupled with Gerber's hard, crinkly plastic pants. Not because it was fun and I wanted to. I did it because we were dirt poor. We didn't have a "pot to pee in", as my mother would say. Since the baby boys couldn't pee in a pot yet anyway, we had to find a cheaper alternative than disposables. By [...]
Giveaway has now ended. I know that this is going to be a very popular giveaway, and there's no question why! Cloth diapering is obviously important among my readers (as it is to me), and you love having the opportunity to win cloth diaper products and find new places to shop. What makes cloth diapering so popular and so important? Cost. There's no doubt that using cloth saves money. Environmental stewardship. I'm a firm believer in cutting down our waste as much as possible, and using [...]
Guest Post Written by Erin Odom After Keeper of the Home’s recent series on cloth diapers, you may finally be thinking: Hey, I CAN do this! She makes cloth diapering seem so EASY! But have the upfront costs of modern cloth diapers frustrated you? I’ve been there. And I found a solution. Image by chahad My Story It wasn’t long after the birth of my second daughter when I realized my family would barely be able to afford diapers for both our children, since our [...]
Apparently, my readers love cloth diapering! This giveaway went crazy, with 1363 entries. And now, the winner of a $75 gift certificate to Sweet Little Blessings (a wonderful source for all of your cloth diapering needs): Shannon (comadrona82@) Congratulations, Shannon! For those who didn't win, you can still grab a 10% discount from Sweet Little Blessings on any purchase of $60 or more using the coupon code "JULYSALE". Thanks for entering, everyone!
This post marks the end of our short, but hopefully helpful, series on dispelling some myths about why cloth diapering is actually easier than you think. I asked you for your cloth diapering questions, and you really let me have it! I couldn't answer every single question, but I tried my best to make sure that all of the various topics were addressed, so here goes nothing... Q. So, my question is: what detergent do you use? Do you use this for all your laundry? [...]