Pregnant Servicemembers Aren't Allowed to Refuse Unneccessary Birth Interventions

Military maternity care and military obstetric care persistently fail some servicemembers and their families.  Attacks, both outright and oblique, on military homebirth and Tricare coverage for homebirth are only two examples of the military's willingness to deny servicemembers the right to informed consent - among other things....more

Read This Before You Give a Bunny or Chick for Easter

Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years. ...more
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My Super Fun and Sometimes Punny Birth Playlist

Flippant seems to be my approach to most parenting related things. Ok, it seems to be my approach to most of life. I didn’t have birth music when I delivered Flintstone at home four years ago. Being at home, I figured if I wanted to listen to music, I’d just have MacGyver put it on. With as fast and furious as things went, I didn’t end up wanting any music anyway. ...more

Perfect Mushroom Stroganoff

 I grew up eating, and loving, Hamburger Helper Stroganoff.  Both my desire for nutritious food and for ethically produced food have long since separated me from this childhood favorite.  Last week, I finally created a vegan mushroom stroganoff that completely fills that comfort food sized hole Hamburger Helper had left behind.  Bonus: it is totally good for you....more

Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

My Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer has got to be one of my all-time favorite recipes. And I couldn't be more excited to roll it out again this year having finally moved back to a climate with an actual fall! I can hardly wait for sweaters, colorful leaves, and apple cider. For now, I'll be taking a break from tea in the morning to spice my coffee up with some Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer. ...more
elaineR.N. I really want to do an eggnog version, but I missed that "holiday" window this year ...more

Weekly Pregnancy Photos: 25-27 Weeks

This post is from my secondary blog, Urban Earthworm Breeds - my possibly ill conceived attempt to add a pregnancy blog to my existing Ethical Eating/Sustainable Living blog, and, well, my life......more

Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe and Why to Avoid the Starbucks Version

Firey leaves, cozy sweaters, hot apple cider, and ALL THINGS PUMPKIN.  That time of year is just around the corner....more

Teach Kids About Plants and Vegetables: Grow Sprouts in a Jar

Teaching kids how to grow sprouts in a jar combines several wonderful lessons: It is a hands-on exploration of the life cycle of plants. It is a practice in patience (though one well paced for young pre-schoolers since there are new results every day). It provides practice for following simple directions. It instills responsibility in caring for something and seeing the product of that caring. And it is an excellent way to get kids excited about vegetables and healthy eating - with a nice lesson about nutrition tied in. Not only that, it's fun!...more

Midwife or OB? Homebirth, Hospital, or Birth Center? Factors to Consider

Midwife or OB? Homebirth or Birth Center? For mom's seeking a natural, intervention free childbirth these choices can be daunting and the considerations that go into the decision making process vary widely based on location and individual circumstances, but they often boil down to a few general categories: Safety and comfort; Cost; and Availability and Logistics....more