Five Ways to Say “I Love You” to Children

Now that we have a little reader/writer in the family, we are discovering some adorable little love notes lately, in addition to the plethora of crayon drawings produced each day. (The photo above was a little note jotted onto a meeting agenda in Dad’s notebook.)

We’ve been enjoying surprising one another with

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Baby’s Perfect First Food: Eggs (And The Best Way to Boil an Egg)

Post by Contriburing Writer, Beth

Feeding a baby solids can be an intimidating step in their development. Which foods, when, how much? There is one food that is simple and easy and not even requiring a recipe, which, shockingly both the medical community and the real food community have begun to agree

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Calendula- A Soothing Medicinal Herb

{Photo Credit} Post by Contributing Writer, Katie Who would know that such a beautiful flower is such an amazing herb! Calendula (calendula officinalis) or Pot Marigold is one of the most popular herbs used to treating in skin problems. Skin concerns often crop up during the blustery winter months, with dry skin, wind-burn, and

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Handmade Gift: Lavender-Calendula Balm

Wintertime is the perfect season for the gift of a nourishing balm, handmade with rich oils and soothing herbs. With the often dry winter air (or airline travel during the holidays), a healthy balm may help soothe or prevent dry skin.

I also use a good balm on my little ones to

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Simple Household Baby Toys

Post by Contributing Writer, Nada When Naomi was born, we received an influx of second hand items from our wonderful friends and families. Clothes, books, and toys. Oh my goodness, the toys!

We had made it known that we didn’t want Naomi to be given a lot of plastic toys, especially ones with

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Herbal Bath for Baby

Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy

Most commercial bath products scare me, especially those intended for babies. The ingredient lists often contain chemicals that I don’t want anywhere near my children!

If you are like me and want to naturally add a pleasant, herbal fragrance to your baby’s bath, you might enjoy the following

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10 Tips for Airplane Travel with Young Children

Post by Contributing Writer, Beth Our oldest has been on 21 planes thus far in his short little 3.5 year life (not counting small plane rides with Daddy, of which there have been several). Between hubby being a pilot (a flight instructor, currently), living a four-hour plane ride away from family,

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Baby is Here!

Our baby boy is here!

Haven Luke arrived in a gentle home waterbirth into his Daddy’s arms on Saturday afternoon 3/24 at 12:38. He’s 8 lbs 2 oz, 20.5 inches, and was born “in the caul.”

His siblings adore him, and we are all settling in well at home together. We’re

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Can Your Environment Significantly Affect Your Birthing Experience?

Post by Contributing Writer, Beth

When I gave birth to our first child in 2008, I was largely unaware of anything to do with natural childbirth. I had an OB-GYN as my care provider during my pregnancy, and planned to give birth in the best big-city hospital in our area. I didn’t know

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Why Baby-Wearing Isn’t Just for Babies (or Mamas!)

From the first days with our little ones, I have chosen to wear my babies. It was a great way to bond during adoption, and later, to keep a nursing baby close while chasing a toddler (and I’m sure I’ll be wearing our newest infant soon!).

But I’m not the only one wearing the

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