Wordless Wednesday: Back to (un)school!

The first day of {not} back to school started out more cheerful-looking than last year.It was Mikko's first day of second gradeand Alrik's first of preschool.Mikko chose the same excursion as last year: bowling!(Apparently it's a tradition!)Because nothing says "celebrate" like rented shoes.I was at 34 weeks for the occasion, and it actually helped my game!(Not that my game could get much worse.) Shall we do a little size comparison?Mikko's patented drop-the-ball-from-midair moveWhat happens when a three-year-old bowls:Call in the ball rescuer! 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.You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below! Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Small changes abovestairs

Yesterday was the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and we all gave a little home tour. Only …...more

Beach cottage in progress

Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour 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 have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. Hello, and welcome to our beach house! ...more

Oil cleansing method for acne-prone skin

Have you heard of the oil cleansing method, where you wash your face with …...more

Wordless Wednesday: Into the studio

We headed to the portrait studio for somematernity-centric family photos.Because the boys took awhile to warm up,we actually ended up with only one of in-utero baby.But we got some brotherly gems, so I'll take it!Our family-of-almost-five shot!It honestly took this teddy bear propto help them get happier.Like so.And even then, we still got plenty ofbizarre faces. Seriously, Alrik,you're lying down —you're not going to crash!That's better. And that's adorable.They begged for this couch, too.Three years old and one cool dude.Our seven-year-old,too cool for school.Quite literally, since we homeschool!But I still wanted to make sure we gotan official "school" picture!Our little second grader.What have you been up to this week? ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Summery summerness

I'm much too hot and pregnant to bother finding the camera,and the cord, and downloading and editing pictures,so here's what you're getting:recent fun stuff from my phone! Woot!My kids have been playing with the cats lately,Alrik for fun & Mikko for money(and that pretty much sums them up right there),which is great for all the little creatures.Current fave toy: Cat Catcher —they go WILD for this thing.Alrik helpfully cooling one hot kittywith his little fan.She wasn't sure what to make of it,but she stayed putfor his ministrations.Me at a friend's kid's pigeon-themed birthday party.This is the hot & pregnant I speak of.This & the following 3 pictures are from Shannon.And you know how when you're hot & pregnantyou want nothing more than to have a three-year-oldglued to your lap for hours?No?Big hand, little hand.I love how my kids have those sweet dimples.This was adorable: L3 pushing Alrik on the swing!Downtown to the children's museumwith some goofy kids.You can never have too much pretending to be boredon a fake bus.Even when this guy's driving.I'd totally take my elephants to this vet. Whoa! ...more

Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

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 September 2014! (Check out 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 September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to invite us over! Take us on a viewing of your home ....more

Carnival of Natural Parenting — 2013 year in review

For the past four years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Dionna of Code Name: Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as "attachment" or "natural" parents.In 2013, our writers have shared their tips and tricks for having tough conversations with kids; they've discussed the gap between parenting in theory versus parenting in reality; and they've shared stories and advice related to nourishing and protecting their families. The compilations of posts are a rich resource — I hope you will look through 2013's themes and articles below and get to know some of the writers!Anyone can write for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and you can write as few or as many times as you'd like throughout the year ....more

You're invited to my Mother Blessing!

From my friend Shannon: The time is almost here! The wonderful moment when a baby comes earthside, a woman becomes a mother to a new person, and a family is made new by their addition. It is our honor to host an event honoring such an occasion, and we would love to include all of Lauren's readers to join us in celebration of this transition with a virtual Mother Blessing to be remembered! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Born shoppers

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.You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below! Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama. Please feel free to comment on the post & share it with friends! ...more