Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Green Your Mom Giveaway Hop (May 1 - May 10) {closed}

Welcome to the Green Your Mom Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby's Corner through the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a prize package to help you turn Mother’s Day GREEN this year! We hope you’ll get some great gift ideas and win some great prizes. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!

{review} Bebe Blando Cloth Diaper


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Kate started sewing diapers for her girls in an effort to save money. She loved sewing so much that after they were all potty trained she just couldn’t stop sewing so she created her shop Bebe Blando to sell her creations.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{review} Naturals R Dino-mite Mama Cloth

Lana started Naturals R Dino-mite in 2013, after being inspired by another WAHM. Her favorite things to make and sell are wool diaper covers, mama cloth pads, and bum circle pants. But she also hand makes  pull up style soakers/covers (both fleece and wool), longies, one size covers (both fleece and wool), AI2 diapers, hybrid fitted diapers, pocket diapers, kids underwear, potty training underwear, cloth wipes, doggie diapers, and more.

Monday, April 28, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Creating Your Reference Binder and Materia Medica

As part of this guide you will be creating a reference binder. The basic reference binder will include creating a Materia Medica.

Materia Medica
Each lesson will include a select number of herbs for you to research and study on your own. It is suggested that you use at least 3 reference guides (see list here) to research the herbs. Based on this research you are going to create a Materia Medica. The Materia Medica you create will be your own personal reference guide on the herbs you have studied; you will record pertinent information on the herb which will help you identify if the herb is right to use in your situation. The following information is necessary to include in your reference file on each herb:

Friday, April 25, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Building Your Medicinal Herb Reference Library

To start out our Herbal Learning Guide, I'm posting a list of references to use for your research. Many of these books are suggested by Rosemary Gladstar and other practicing herbalists. I have come to the realization that there are many books on herbs that were written by authors who simply read other herbal references. I use Rosemary's list as a guide to find true herbalist that have authored books - true practicing herbalists (past or present) who live their life with plants, work with them, and who write from their own experiences and observations not by simply reading other reference materials. She recommends using at least THREE good herbal reference books to learn about herbs.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} An Introduction

I believe that Mother Nature has given us many ways to help ourselves be healthy. One of these ways is plants (aka herbs). Plants offer a marvelous system of natural healing, have nutritional and culinary value, and do good for our souls. The study of Herbology embraces all different aspects of herbs while emphasizing health and well being as its primary focus. But where to start?

{Review and Giveaway} Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil {closed}

July HFood: Coconut
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 We’ve been using coconut oil in our kitchen a lot lately. My new favorite recipe book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, talks a lot about the differences in oils and which oils nourish the body and which should be omitted from our diets. And according to Fallon, coconut oil is a healthy oil as long as it is extracted correctly. We used coconut oil to replace corn/canola oil for frying (I made some super great chicken nuggets the other day with it!), I’ve been using it to keep our food from sticking to our cast iron pans, and I even tried brushing my teeth with it (which was pretty interesting).

Monday, April 21, 2014

{free sewing pattern} Sew Your Own Newborn Diaper Stash Using Only One Pattern

This is the pattern that I created and have been using to make our newborn sized cloth diaper stash.

There are two patterns to download – A full sized pattern and a second pattern without a seam allowance.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{recipe} Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

My husband got me a new blender for my birthday and I’ve been trying out all sorts of new recipes. This is a combination of a recipe my grandma gave me that she used a lot when her kids were younger and a recipe out of the cookbook that came with the blender. It is healthy, cheap to make and they turn out perfect every time!

Friday, April 11, 2014

{free download} Printable Meal Planners

When my husband and I were first married, I made a monthly menu plan and grocery list and we went grocery shopping together once a month. We stuck to a great budget and I always knew what I was going to make for dinner. Over the years, I've gotten very lax about this and thus our grocery budget is non existent - I tend to buy whatever I want/need. Well, with another baby coming and other expenses that happen with the birth of a child, we need to get it under control so I'm starting a menu plan again. This time will be a little bit different - I am going to do it two weeks at a time instead of a month at a time and I am going to plan all our meals instead of just dinner. I created two free printable meal planners to use (maybe this will help keep me on track) and I would love for you to download them and join me!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

{recipe} Coconut Chicken Curry

This is by far my favorite curry recipe that I've made. My good friend gave me the recipe; she got it by watching one of her ethnic friends prepare it while they lived oversees. It is super good. I've made a few modifications so our family likes it even more. Try it, if you like curry, you'll like this dish!

Monday, April 07, 2014

{recipe} Coconut Oil Granola Bars

These granola bars are really tasty and easy to make. My son calls them cookies :) I put this recipe together one day when I was trying to find ways to use our bulk ingredients in our pantry and I didn't want to make granola bars that were baked. After a little tweaking, they turned out great! Don't let all the ingredients scare you away. They do need to stay cool since it is mostly the coconut oil that holds them together (coconut oil melts when it gets warm). We simply store them in the fridge or if we want to take them with us on the go, we simply wrap each individually and freeze then put them in our cooler lunch box and take them with us.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

{Tutorial} How to Sew Newborn Inserts for Cloth Diapers

This tutorial is designed so that you can sew your own newborn inserts for cloth diapers spending the least amount of money possible. This is why we have created three different styles of newborn inserts - #1 is a sandwich style insert using Zorb. #2 is a prefold style insert using Zorb. And #3 is a prefold style insert using all scrap material (this being the cheapest way to make an insert).