Hurricane Hermine: Campstoves, Coffee, & Community Spirit

Hurricane Hermine: Campstoves, Coffee, & Community SpiritIt’s been a doozy of a week, my friends. Right after I posted last week’s blog installments, my little town in the Southeast was hit by Hurricane Hermine. Our street lost connection to the power grid for 5 days. Thankfully, my family stayed safe during the storm and we did not suffer any major property damage. As a reformed hippie mom, living without electricity has  not been as much of a hardship for me as it has been for some of our neighbors, but I must admit that after the third day without power, my left eye started to twitch a little from listening to my preschooler repeatedly whine about not having television.

Over 250 thousand homes and businesses lost power in Florida as a result of the hurricane. Our neighborhood was hit pretty hard and as I type this (using a local shop’s internet service) some of our neighbors still do not have electricity or water. Continue reading

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Fun Ways to Explore Nature in an Urban Environment with Your Kids

Fun ways to explore nature in an urban environment with your kidsAs a reformed hippie mom, I love to explore my natural surroundings and take my girls out into Mother Nature’s wild country whenever possible. Research has shown that it is beneficial to our overall well-being and health to spend time in the outdoors. This is especially important for children. Living in a suburban or urban environment, however, can present challenges to reconnecting with nature.

Luckily, no matter where you live, Mother Nature is expressing herself all around you. Even in the extremely urban environments, grass and vines push up through cracks in the sidewalks, competing with man’s concrete jungle. Over the years of living in both and urban and suburban communities, I’ve found that exploring nature is still possible if you slow down and seek it out.

Here are a few of the fun ways that my girls and I enjoy Mother Nature:

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Be Thankful

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5 Reasons Why I Love My Diva Menstrual Cup

5 reasons why i love my diva menstrual cup

*This article contains  3 Amazon affiliate advertising links in photo form. Read my full discloser here.

I was 25 years old when I saw my first menstrual cup in a locally owned natural clothing and specialty items boutique. I gazed at the menstrual cup, called The Keeper, through the glass display case, and thought that it looked just like a miniature plunger. reasons i love diva cup

This was back in the days before broadband internet and smartphones, when finding out information was a little more challenging than it is today, so I was full of questions for the shop owner:

How was I supposed to put something like this inside of me? Was it going to hurt? How was I going to get it back out? Could it get stuck inside of me? How would I know when to take it out? Was there a risk of infection or contamination? How was I supposed to clean it? Continue reading

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Carpe Diem

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Carpe Diem: This is my oldest daughter when she was seven, flying down our street on her bike that she salvaged from the rubbish pile and decorated with pink duct tape. She loved that bike and rode it every chance she got. Note that she’s wearing the standard-issue hippie kid shoes, Birkenstocks sandals, as she balances precariously on the frame of her bike.

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A Reformed Hippie Mom’s Review of the Best Baby Pacifier Holders

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Once upon a time, when I was a new mom and a hippie, I thought pacifiers were the devil. I was certain that pacifiers were made from toxic materials, caused poor dentition, and interfered with breastfeeding. I went to great lengths to soothe my colicky newborn, like offering my clean pinky finger for her to suck on when riding in the car or nursing her for hours while she slept.

Then I went to nursing school and later worked as a postpartum and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse. In these units, I took care of hundreds of full-term newborn and premature infants and learned how important the act of  nonnutritive sucking is for babies. Continue reading

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I Don’t Think So!

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