Monday, June 30, 2014

{giveaway} Red White and Blue Giveaway Hop {closed}

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop - a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We're celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop. And be sure to let Step2 help your child go Red White and Blue with this patriotic Choo Choo Train! Don't miss out on that fantastic Grand Prize!

{giveaway} Made in the USA Giveaway Hop {closed}

Made in the USA Giveaway

Welcome to the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy MotheringEasy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that are Made in the USA. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #USAMade giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!

{review} Uno's Hiney Huggers OS Side Snapping AI2 Cloth Diaper

 Sarah is a WAHM from North Carolina. She has two little ones and she enjoys sewing and loves making cloth diapers. She makes various types of cloth diapers (AIO, AI2, pocket, hybrid fitted), training pants, John Johns (rompers), wool dryer balls, and heating pads.

Friday, June 27, 2014

{review} KayCircus OS Pocket Diaper

KayCircus is owned and ran by Erin Kay out of her home in Alabama. She started sewing diapers and clothing because her kids were not ‘one size fits all’ and store bought clothing just didn’t fit them right. At first she spent her time altering the store bought clothing – making pants longer, waists smaller, shirts skinnier. That soon got old and she decided to just make her clothing from scratch. She drafted her own patterns, tested her product, and KayCircus was born.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{review} Kushy Tooshy Cloth Diaper Covers

  Kushy Tooshy is owned and ran by a WAHM named Kylie. She started sewing diapers after her son was born in an effort to save money. She wanted to create a product that was high quality and yet reasonably priced since most cloth diapers were way out of her price range. Kylie loves to sew and she loves saving her customers money. She also makes mama cloth, cloth wipes, nursing pads, and various types of cloth diapers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

{review} Squirmy Bottoms Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper

I received this diaper for free to facilitate this review. This did not affect my opinions. 

Squirmy Bottoms is owned by WAHM, Liz, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Her favorite things to do are to go camping, boating, sewing, and doing anything outside. She loves sewing for her kids and gets a thrill from seeing them wear her creations. In an effort to save money when she got pregnant with her first baby boy, she started sewing cloth diapers. She sewed her whole stash in boy colors and prints and then two years later when she got pregnant with a girl, she decided she needed a girl stash. Then she had a third baby (a boy) and decided she needed all new prints for him as well. After her kids were all out of diapers she was so addicted to sewing cute cloth diapers that she started selling them - Squirmy Bottoms was born. Liz also sews blankets, clothing, chair covers, and more.

{recipe} Curried Quinoa and Lentils

This is a wholefood recipe that my family loves to eat (even my toddler loves it). It has a lot of protein - lentils, quinoa, and chicken all are high protein foods. If I'm making it as the main entree, I add the chicken; if I'm making it as a side dish then I usually leave the chicken out. Make sure to use brown lentils, as they stay firmer than other lentil varieties (red, yellow, orange, etc).

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{review} Magickal Bottom's OS Cover

This is the third product that I've gotten to review for Magickal Bottom’s. Magickal Bottom’s is owned by a WAHM, Trisha, from Indiana. The more Magickal Bottom’s products that I try, the more I love her stuff (You can read my review on her hybrid fitted diaper here and my review on her AI2 diaper here. I think everyone should try at least one of her diapers – it will truly convert you to WAHM products (if you haven’t already been converted)!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dr. Kloss's Herbal Liniment {with free printable label}

This recipe in many of the herb books that I have, especially the ones written by traditional herbalists. It is a great all purpose disinfectant liniment for skin infections, cut and scratches, bites, athlete’s foot, boils, poison oak/ivy, and other wounds. It does sting when applied, so it is recommend to dilute it with a little water if using it on children or animals. My toddler son helped me make this and now he is always showing me all his scrapes and asks for the "stingy" medicine; once I put a drop or two on his scrape he blows on it till it dries.  I love that he is already learning about herbs and plants. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY.

Monday, June 16, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1C: Body System: The Nervous System

The Nervous System (NS) is the primary interface between the physical body and out environment. It has three basic functions: to receive, to interpret, and to respond. We have five basic senses to experience our external environment and countless internal sensory neurons to monitor our internal environment. There are billions of cells that constitute our brain. The Nervous System is the interface where we can dream, create, receive intuitive impressions, and where we can think abstractly. Without the basic physical nervous system there would be no life. When it is impaired, the quality and richness of life are diminished. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

{giveaway} Savory Summer Giveaway Hop {closed}


Welcome to the 3rd annual Savory Summer Giveaway Hop! I have teamed up with our host Measuring Flower and a group of amazing bloggers to bring you a compilation of awesome food and food-related prizes!

{giveaway} Green Your Summer Giveaway Hop {closed}

Welcome to the Green Your Summer Event! The Blogging Mamas Network has come together with like-minded bloggers to make sure your grass isn't all that is green this Summer!

Erickson and Co. is excited to announce that we will be hosting a giveaway for one my new favorite WAHM's - Magickal Bottom's! If you haven't had a chance, check out our review of Trisha's AI2 cloth diaper and her hybrid fitted diaper. Both of these diapers have performed excellent for us and her hybrid fitted diaper is a great diaper for night time use (with her covers). I also have one more review to post for Magickal Bottoms - we will be reviewing her OS covers as well so check back in the next week or so to read our thoughts about them.

{review} Magickal Bottom’s Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper Review

Magickal Bottom’s provided me with this diaper for review purposes.

Last week I shared with you a Magickal Bottom’s AI2 cloth diaper (You can read the review here). This week I want to show you their hybrid fitted diaper. But first I want to show you some other things Trisha has in her shop that I’ve been drooling over!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

{review} Magickal Bottom’s All In Two Cloth Diaper

Magickal Bottom’s provided me with this diaper for review purposes.

Trisha’s journey to become a WAHM started a year and a half ago when she made all her son’s diapers. She loved making them so much that she ended up with way more diapers than she needed for her son; so her husband suggested she sell some. Magickal Bottom diapers are compliant. Trisha makes cloth diapers, wet bags, children’s clothing, and hand dyed products. Her favorite materials to work with are cotton, organic bamboo fleece, PUL, minky, and organic bamboo. She also loves to hand tie-dye fabrics.  Her goal is to offer products at a reasonable cost so everyday family’s can afford them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

{recipe} Chocolate Banana Muffins

We seem to always have bananas at our house and they tend to get ripe really fast, so I've been making a lot of banana recipes lately. This muffin recipe is relatively healthy, moist, super yummy, and I can eat a few even though I have gestational diabetes! It is adapted this from a recipe that I found in one of my mom's old cookbooks and made in my Blendtec blender so it is super fast (but you could also make it in a mixer or by hand if you want to). My husband didn't believe that they were healthy until I showed him the ingredients and my toddler keeps asking for more "cupcakes".

Thursday, June 05, 2014

{recipe} Blueberry Banana Muffins

I've been cooking like crazy lately and adjusting recipes so I can eat them - I am 33 weeks pregnant and have gestational diabetes. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with our first child but because I managed it well (through the food that I ate and exercise), I did not have to take medicine for it and my baby didn't have ANY complications due to the gestational diabetes. I do not eat typical diabetic foods (such as artificial sweeteners) and I cannot eat any white sugar or white flour (or my blood sugar goes crazy high) but I have found that I can eat some whole wheat, a little honey/evaporated cane juice/palm sugar/or sucanat, and small amounts of carb foods that have a lower glycemic index (such as oatmeal, quinoa, etc). So I've been adjusting and changing recipes that I have to make them pregnant Amanda friendly! 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

{review and giveaway} Babyville Boutique Diaper Sewing Supplies {closed}

As many of you know I have sewn most of the diapers that we own. I love that I created something that saves my family money and is good for my baby. When I purchased the supplies for my first round of cloth diapers over a year ago, I purchase my PUL from a fabric co-op.  I had tried going to Joann’s; I asked one of the employees if they carried PUL or other cloth diaper making supplies and she looked at me like I was crazy and proceeded to take me to the utility fabric (think large rolls of plastic and tablecloth fabric) and tell me that was the only thing she could think of that would work. The co-op worked well, but it took a long time to actually receive the fabric (most co-ops have an 8-12 week turnaround time once you place your order to receive the fabric). A few months ago I was in Joann’s cruising the aisles dreaming of what I could make if I had all the time in the world and I saw it..... Babyville Boutique fabric! I am excited that I could buy cloth diaper materials locally (however, I’m sure my husband is not so thrilled, haha). I contacted the company and they sent me a whole box of their products to try.

Monday, June 02, 2014

{giveaway} Eco-Friendly Summer Giveaway Hop {closed}

Eco-Friendly Summer Giveaway

Welcome to the friendly Summer 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 have an Eco-friendly Summer! We hope you’ll get ideas for having a green summer vacation 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!