Mindful Motherhood

Natural Hospital Birth Tips

Are you planning a natural birth in a hospital? Planning and making sure that the facility where you will give birth honers your birth plan may feel like a daunting task. I remember that feeling all too well when I was pregnant with my first child. In retrospect, there are a few things that I […]

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Zero Waste Christmas with Kids

It’s here! It’s here! The holiday season is officially upon us, and this is a guide to an eco-friendly and low waste Christmas with kids. We’ll cover decorations, food, traditions, gifts, and of course the tree. For our family, this time of year’s focus is around celebrating winter. We do give gifts, bake cookies, and […]

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Children’s Books for Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is one of my favorite seasonal shifts to celebrate. It is a moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. It has been honored since pre-Christian times and celebrates the birth of the Sun, the return of light, and the joy as each day grows […]

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Elf On The Shelf Alternatives | Zero Waste Christmas

By now most people have heard of the scout elf- aka Elf on the Shelf. Long before I had my own children, I remember listening to the moms in the breakroom giggling about the fun mischief their scout elf got into the no night before. I also remembered hearing them groan after a few nights […]

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How Do I Explain the True History of Thanksgiving to Kids?

This is something that I’ve struggled with… These days the Thanksgiving holiday is mostly about gathering with loved ones over an amazing meal while expressing gratitude for all that you have… and maybe football. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we should completely gloss over the not-so-great cultural roots of the day, especially when it […]

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Natural Birth Hospital Tour & Birth Facility Questions

When I found out that I was expecting our first child I had a long, long list of questions prepared to ask both the midwife and hospital where I learned I would be giving birth. That’s because I really wanted it to be a relaxed experience. I also wanted it to be as natural, uninterrupted, […]

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Sustainable Outfits & Essentials | Fall & Winter

Fall is arguably the best season no matter where you live. The cooler temps, leggings, cozy knits, and flannels never fail to put a pep in our step. So, I want to share some casual outfit ideas that I’ve been wearing lately in case you are looking for a little inspiration. I live in a […]

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Gentle C-Section Birth Story

c section birth story

  I remember laying on the OR table thinking I wouldn’t tell anyone it turned out this way. “I’ll just pretend this didn’t happen.” I thought to myself. I hadn’t come to terms with the fact that, despite my best efforts, my first son was born via C-section. My story actually starts about 2 years […]

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Reverse Trick or Treat Halloween Cards

ethical halloween

Have you heard about reverse trick-or-treating? Reverse trick-or-treating was launched by the organization Global Exchange with the goal of pressuring the major chocolate producers in the United States—such as Hershey and Nestlé—to adhere to fair trade practices. Children who take part in the campaign hand out Fair Trade-certified chocolates, along with an information sheet about […]

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Conflict Foods: Chocolate & Sugar

Ethical Chocolate

Allow me to profess my imperfection. This ethically sourced basket feels a little wrong with this candy. Last weekend we went to a local event where they were handing out candy. While we did great at avoiding trash, I didn’t have it in me to totally say no to the candy. I remember when I […]

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