How to connect with grandparents across the miles (plus Panasonic HomeTeam™ $100 giveaway!)

My kids live 3,000 miles from one set of grandparents and 2,000 miles from the other. As you can imagine, visits are all too infrequent and phone calls with little kids (aged 7, 3, and 5 months) just don't cut it, but I really want to keep my kids connected to our extended families. That's why I jumped at the chance to review Panasonic's new HomeTeam™ app ....more

Hand family stories down to the next generation

Welcome to the April 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family History 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, lore, and wisdom about family history. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Brothers in jammies

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On knowing your family is the right size

affiliate links in post The other night, I had a a dream that I was pregnant again. Since I don't quite remember and didn't understand, I'll spare you the weird, dream-like details of how this happened (something involving an evil queen, I think?), but whatever the cause, there I was, expecting another baby when my current one is just five months old. We would be having four children instead of the three we'd planned on.In my dream, Sam and I had a reaction of: "Oh ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Two months

affiliate links in postI don't know if you've noticed, but things have been a little slow around here lately. It turns out it's challenging to parent a new baby, take care of and homeschool two other kidlets, run a home business, and blog. Who knew! ...more

Calling for submissions for the April 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family History

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 April 2015! (Check out March, February, January, December 2014, 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 April 2015:Theme: Family History: We can see in our children how strong an effect genes have on us. Let's go ahead and face it, then: How has your family history — both recent and distant — shaped who you are and how you parent, for better and for worse? ...more

Newborns are the worst roommates

I came across this Jim Gaffigan interview just after Karsten was born and was nodding and laughing along enthusiastically. If you're in a situation where you can't watch a video (nak much?), here are some choice quotes: They're the worst roommates. If you had a roommate that did one of the things a newborn did, you'd be like, "You're moving out." You can't even reason with a baby, […] like, "What the hell was going on last night? ...more

How to connect with grandparents across the miles (plus Panasonic HomeTeam $100 giveaway!)

My kids live 3,000 miles from one set of grandparents and 2,000 miles from the other. As you can imagine, visits are all too infrequent and phone calls with little kids (7, 3, and 5 months) just don't cut it, but I really want to keep my kids connected to our extended families.That's why I jumped at the chance to review Panasonic's new HomeTeam™ app. It's a video chat specifically geared toward the grands, both older and younger. You can read books, play games, and make family connections, no journey needed....more

A day in the life of an unschooling, work-at-home family

Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life 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 given us a special glimpse into their everyday. This month is fun, because I get to give you a peek into what our daily life is like ....more

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