Calling for submissions for the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in March 2015! (Check out February, January, December 2014, November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.Here are the submission details for March 2015: Theme: Day in the Life: Pick a typical day, and take one photo an hour. Or pick twelve or more photos that best represent what a "normal" day is for you ....more

Winter books for little ones

We're having fairly mild weather here in the Northwest, but winter is on my mind since my parents have had feet of snow dumped on them in the Northeast. Here are a few of our favorite cold-weather children's picture books to enjoy, whether you're snowed in or not: Big Snow Written & illustrated by Jonathan BeanThis is now a favorite for Alrik and me. A young boy "helps" his mom get the house ready while waiting impatiently for an impending snowfall ....more

Foundling homes and the lost babies of Europe

I wrote this post in its entirety in November 2012 but hesitated to publish it, I suppose because the subject matter is so grim. But I think it's a worthwhile topic to consider, so here it is now, one further baby in for me!I'd like to share some more of my notes and thoughts from reading Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, a weighty tome I picked up in the immediate postpartum period after Alrik's birth and dutifully and interestedly crawled my way through —...more

Make your own soothing postpartum pads

Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new. After you've given birth vaginally, things can be rather … tender … down there ....more

Calling for submissions for the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in February 2015! (Check out January, December 2014, November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.Here are the submission details for February 2015: Theme: Do It Yourself: Teach us how to do something with your best tutorial – on anything. Reflect on how hard it is to get things done with kids, or how inspiring it is to include them in projects ....more

A place for everything and everything in its place

Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Ringing out a good year

Find sites to link up your Wordless Wednesday postat my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,and add your own linky to my collection if you have one. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama. Please feel free to comment on the post & share it with friends! ...more

Calling for submissions for the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in January 2015! (Check out December, November, September, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama.Here are the submission details for January 2015:Theme: Household Chores: Oh, that dreaded word! We all have 'em, but how do we manage to do them? ...more

Natural Parents Network wishes you a Happy, Crunchy, All-Inclusive December Holiday Season

As we celebrate the Winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern, the Natural Parent Network volunteers would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays, whatever holiday(s) you may celebrate. As such, we have put together our own rendition of a classic for you. We hope you can take an opportunity to relax and spend time with your loved ones amidst the chaos of the season ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Merry Christmas to you!

From the Hobo Family to yours, a very merry Christmas! Find sites to link up your Wordless Wednesday postat my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,and add your own linky to my collection if you have one. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more