SparkPeople Crunchy Mamas Team Messageboard Calling all crunchy mamas! Natural living, Frugality, Bf-ing, Attachment parenting, Cd-ing, and more! Join us for lively discussions, fun challenges, and great resources for you and your family. SparkPeople Crunchy Mamas Team Messageboard Exercise Tips for Crunchy Mamas How do you fit in exercise time? What do you do with your LO while you work out? Let's share some tips!! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:53:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:37:01 EST Healthy Birthday Treats / Cake Recipes I am working on planning my son's 2nd birthday party. Last year I did a normal cake for everyone else and made him a banana raisin cupcake type thing that he enjoyed (we hadn't introduced sugars yet). I would like to do something yummy for him that is also healthy. He doesn't really have a sweet tooth, but he has had some tastes of candies and cookies at this point. I was thinking maybe a carrot cake? Any good recipes to share? <BR> <BR> We are doing a cars/ transportation thing. I woul... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 23:09:48 EST Our next step in crunchyness We recently purchased a new home because we relocated for my job. Luckily we were able to buy some land with our house and so a few weeks ago we bought two pregnant dairy goats. On Monday our first goat Cocoa had twins. We are still waiting for Daisy to pop. Tonight we made our first batch of goat cheese and some chocolate goat milk. I love not having to buy milk and being more self sufficiant. If anyone has good goat cheese or goat milk recipes let me know!! And if anyone on the team ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:57:15 EST Another new co-leader! Hey y'all! I'm a crunchy momma from the South, which you know is hard with all the great fried foods we have around here. I'm working on getting myself to a healthier place, and definitely bringing my kiddo along. We try to avoid preservatives, we co-sleep, we're pretty active, and I still have some sadness about not being able to nurse (or afford cloth diapers). <BR> <BR> I can't wait to be part of the team! <em>437</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:30:33 EST What are some ways your family is crunchy? What are some things you do to encorage your children and/or significant other to be crunchy? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:12:57 EST How many glasses of water have you had today? 3 so far.... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:54:03 EST How do you handle all the Halloween candy? My child and I have been bombarded with sugar for the last few Weeks. How do you keep you're hand out of the cookie jar? Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:45:03 EST Hello out there!! (echo) Who's still here? Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:04:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:59:27 EST Self sufficiancy My husband and I just moved to a new house and we have a few acres of our own now. We really want to be more self sufficiant so we are looking into a wind mill and also raising so livestock of our own. I'm wondering if any of you mamas know anything about dairy goats. I am really wanting to get a couple because there is so much that can be done with the milk and the males can be butchered for meat and it seems that they are fairly easy to raise. However we have no experience with goats so... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:53:18 EST Gardening? Is anyone gardening? Just curious. I have wanted a vegetable garden for years. Last year we got some tomatoes... a lot of tomatoes lol This year, I just didnt have the umph to get at it and clean out last years spot of weeds. What gives you the umph to get it going every year? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:19:32 EST Newbie I'm a newbie to the board here. I like to think of myself as semi-crunchy lol I took that quiz on one of the links here and it came up as 121. I guess that "normal crunchy" lol Problem was, they didn't have answers that fit my situations! <BR> <BR> Anywho- I was really looking for a group that might share my anti-immunization beliefs that wasnt "homeschooling" or "christian" based. I thought here might be a good place to start. And even if we don't share that specific belief, I'm sure we wi... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:18:14 EST August 19-25 Sunday: 16 min Bollywood Dance Workout <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1766 <BR> <BR> Monday: Close Arm Wall Push-up <BR><BR>cises.asp?exercise=108 <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 10 min Creative Core Workout <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1765 <BR> <BR> Wednesday:Go for a nice walk! <BR> <BR> Thursday: Boxer Exercise <BR><BR>cises.asp?exercise=1... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:40:33 EST Daily excersize challenge Each week I will make a post for the daily excersizes for that week. It will be one excersize a day that you can do as many or as few of as you want. I just ask that you attempt them :) <BR> Post a reply to that weeks topic with how many you have done. Let's keep each other accountable for getting in shape. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:01:59 EST August Challange I am taking this months challenge straight from my garden! This month lets find ways to use cabbage, green beans and cucumber. <BR> <em>368</em> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:54:49 EST Challenges any new ones for 2012? Are there any challenges going on with the group? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 21:03:50 EST Hi everyone! Hi I'm new to this and a little shy, I'm a 51 year old female, and want to lose 10-15 pounds, hopefully by spring. heehee I know thats gonna be hard. But, anyway here is my dilema, I recently purchased a treadmill and I've been going on it pretty regularly, 2.0 miles in 35 mins. speed walking for starters. I have been doing this for 3 weeks and don't seem to see any weight come off. what am i doing wrong? Also, when i get home from work I workout then prepare dinner, so should I have dinner... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:00:02 EST Hi Everybody Hi, I am Tia. I have taken the step to really commit to losing weight. I had used the sparkpeople app before I had my last child and I lost 20 lbs. So this time, I am going to put in more of an effort and hopefully triple those results. I am extremely excited! I just have to learn to stay motivated. I am glad there is some help that doesn't cost me any money. I have spent out money for better food and gym membership. LOL! Well hope to see you all on the boards as we journey to our re... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:24:40 EST A second life to live. My name is Kat and I am a 23 year old stay at home wife. I don't have any children and I think its because of my weight causing problems with my hormones. We're looking into it :) <BR> I love cooking & crafting and for the most part I eat very healthy (lots of fruits and veggies). I'm pretty sure the majority of my problem lies within my VERY sedentary lifestyle. <BR> I decided to join this website because in my real life, I have no support system. Don't get me wrong, I have a wonderful fam... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 03:34:34 EST Hello my name is Kelly I'm new to this. I hope I can be successful in my weigh loss goal. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:28:02 EST Sassy from WNC Hi all, Just starting on Spark need help in keeping motivated to make my ultimate goal of being healthy and 95 pounds lighter by the time I reach 50 in about 17 months. I want off the weight roller coaster and to be healthy for life.I have a wonderful family, and need to set an example so they do not have the struggles that I have to overcome. I still have kids and want to be able to see them graduate high school, become successful adults, and get grandbabies (SOME DAY, NOT SOON PLEASE) L... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:48:25 EST Miss mugs is gonna get 41 and fit I'am trying to get swimming suit good. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:43:36 EST deanna HI, i JUST STARTED THIS AND AM HAVING LOTS OF TROUBLE LOOSING. BAD HIP AND STROKE MAKE EXERCISE HARD, BUT AM WALKING 1 MILE A DAY ON TREDMILL.. LOST 4 LBS. IN TWO WEEKS, AM NOT SURE ABOUT HOW MANY CALORIES TO EAT , OR ANYTHING ELSE. I NEED HELP. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE SOMEONE GUIDE ME ALONG UNTIL I GET IT. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:53:58 EST laura Tomorrwo starts a new start for me. i am a new diagonsed diabetic and we have started a diet competion at work. i need to loose 70 pound to get to my weight goal. we all piched in 20 dollars a piece and who ever looses the most wins the pot ! WISH ME LUCK.....PLEASE HELP INCOURAGE ME Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:51:40 EST Any tips for a newbie? Hiya, <BR> <BR> I have just joined & am worried my motivation won't last! I am a hopeless emotional eater & the stress at work at the moment is very high! Any tips to help me stay focused & on track would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> :) Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:45:42 EST Breastfeeding Question: Side Preference Issue My daughter has recently decided that nursing from the left side is No Good. She won't latch on well on that side, even to the point that she'll bite me to make me switch sides. I've had to resort to pumping that side because nursing her is too difficult or too painful, depending on whether or not she's bitten me recently. She very seldom bites or refuses the right side. <BR> <BR> She's 9 months old and healthy. Still gets most of her nutrition from breastmilk (eats solids 2-3 times a day, u... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:50:24 EST New here. Is this group still open? I just rejoined. ANyone still on this team? <BR> Joye Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:19:39 EST New here Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just commented on the "crunchy quiz" post, but thought I would introduce myself here also. <BR> I am from upstate NY and have two girls - one will be two next month and my other just turned three months old. <BR> <BR> I EBF, loooove cloth diapering, babywear, make my own cleaning products, and try to stick with a natural beauty regimen (big fan of coconut oil!) <BR> <BR> In my journey to lose weight, I would also like to try to eat more naturally too.We have cut ou... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 07:29:19 EST Greetings from a "Chewy" mama Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just found this group. I consider myself a little more chewy than crunchy at this point, but I'm getting crunchier by the day :) I gave birth to my first child (Liam) last May. We had a natural birth at a birth center, which was a wonderful experience. We breastfeed & use cloth diapers at home (the daycare won't use them), and I am making the change to using natural products (cleaning products, no poo, etc). I try to shop local & organic when I can, and would love to try ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 10:58:35 EST Gluten free diet? I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with a gluten free diet. We are in the midst of finding out what some of my husbands health problems are caused by and gluten allery seems to be on the top of the list. Some of his family members were recently diagnosed but this is new to all of us. Like I said we are not 100% sure this is the problem but since it looks probable I am really wanting to find out as much as I can about how to live Gluten free because I will do anything I can to... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:30:57 EST cosleeping question For the experienced co-sleeping mamas, at what age did you move your kids to their own bed. I have a 19 month old that we welcome into our bed, but at this point I feel like we're waking him up all of the time, and he may be ready to sleep on his own. Just curious what everyone else's experiences have been. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:19:05 EST Too much fiber? I always ate a lot of fruits and veggies and whole grains. I don't do it to increase fiber or anything just b/c they are better for you. My nutrition page says I am eating too much fiber (50-70g) daily. <BR> Can too much fiber really be that bad? What can I do to still eat well and not have as much fiber? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:24:45 EST Composting I really hate to admit this, but my family and I haven't been composting. We have no good excuse. We're just really lazy. <BR> We live in rural Maine and have plenty of space to compost, but I'm just looking for a simple way to do a basic compost pile. Any suggestions? <BR> Also, what do you keep your compost in inside the house before it gets taken out? Have you had success in keeping fruit flies/regular flies out of it? Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:29:01 EST Where is the best place to get essential oils? Hey all, I am looking for a place to get essential oils that I can afford. I got a great natural beauty book from the library, and I'd like to make a few of the 'recipes' for acne (my everlasting nemesis...Grr!). I've been washing my face twice a day with a mixture of honey, milk, and a mashed strawberry - it's done wonders for me, but at that time of the month, watch out! My hormones go flying and so does the acne. <BR> <BR> There are about 5 oils that I would need, as well as tincture of ... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:44:56 EST Just Joined :) New to the group and I consider myself a bit crunchy. . .we use cloth diapers, natural birth, breastfeed, babywear, buy natural/local food *when possible, make my own cleaning supplies and I'm sure there are more I have in common and I just may not even realize it! <BR> <BR> I'm a SAHM to 3 boys (8, 3, 1) and I've got ALOT of weight to lose! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:57:59 EST Thank God I Found Yall! I joined spark recently and it signed me up for some other parenting team and I had nothing in common with them! They all probably thought I was nuts trying to talk about CLW haha <BR> I am an AP mom of one to a beautiful 15 m/o daughter (still avidly nursing). I am 23 y/o, 5'3, and 188lbs <BR> I am a young married crunchy mama. <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 18:54:31 EST new and need advice!! how to wean older kids Hi, <BR> Mom of almost 4 year old twins. I am a stay at home mom and love it!!!!!! <BR> I am an older mon, 42, and had decided early that I was going to let my twins self initiate weaning, but now I'm thinking they are going to nurse till collage! <BR> At this point we only nurse at night, we co-sleep, and I love our time together but am feeling it may not be the best for them to still be nursing when they start school. I don't want weaning to be a negative experience for them. Any advice or... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:57:59 EST Getting Crunchier in Illinois Hello everyone! I'm just starting out on my SP adventure. There sure is ALOT of information/tools, etc. It was awesome to find a crunchy mama group though. My name is Rose, I'm a mom of four. My oldest in 16 and my littlest is going to be 2 in Feb. I've never really declared myself a crunchy until I realized the way I try to live subscribes to many of the crunchy philosophies :) <BR> <BR> I live in Illinois, near chicago. I'm in the burbs. I am finishing up grad school to work as a ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:49:48 EST Herb Discussion - Join in! So I noticed no one has brought up herbs. Do any of you mamas use herbs for natural remedies? I'd like to get a conversation going on what herbs people use for what and sharing ideas. Do you make your own concoctions or buy ready-made and use? Tell us about what works with your family, what you have tried and any questions! Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:37:27 EST Super Baby Food Diet Do any of you mamas read/use this book? What a wealth of info! This is one book that I use daily. From recipes to cleaning to baby care. I LOVE this book. Let me know your thoughts and post your favorite or most useful tidbits. I would enjoy seeing how others use this resource! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:11:24 EST New Co-Leader! Hello, fellow mamas! My name is Kristin and I am relatively new to SP. I found this group and joined right away as it is right up my alley! I wanted to be more active, and since the co-leader spot was open, I thought, you can't be more active than that! So I would like to introduce myself and get things going again in here. <BR> <BR> My name is Kristin. I am 36 years old and a mother of five. I am also a student Midwife. I believe in a few core principles: <BR> <BR> Breastfeeding <BR... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:50:48 EST Milk/soy free mamas Do we have anyone out there who is raising their little ones milk and soy free? My two little ones are allergic to milk protein and soy. They are having trouble with yeast rashes on their bottoms so I need a milk/soy free probiotic option we are thinking of Culturelle Kids Packets. Also they are about to turn 1 and I need some options to get the calcium/vit d/fat they need that would normally come from milk. I have been thinking of rice or goat milk but don't know. I am also to scared to try ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:26:56 EST A long road to birth! Hi I am a SAHM to 2 little ones and wife to an Air Force man. DH and I have been together since I was 16 married almost 5 years and still going strong. DD will be 4 in October and DS will be 2 in November. My reason for losing weight (other than just wanting to be healthy) is my upcoming pregnancy. I am supposed to start trying this fall and am planning a VBA2C waterbirth in a birthing center. I do not want my weight to get in the way of a healthy pregnancy or safe birth. This birth has been ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 16:51:46 EST Hey Crunchy Mamas! Hello. I'm Aaryn, a 22 year old single mom to Kaegan. He just turned one! What a fast year. I am pretty dang crunchy. I breastfeed, co-sleep, cloth-diaper, and babywear. I am a vegan and am raising my son vegetarian. I eat organic and local and take pride in cooking from scratch. I am finally to the weight I was when I became pregnant, but I still have 20 lbs to go until I hit my goal weight. I'm happy to have found this sparkteam! Mon, 26 Apr 2010 23:21:00 EST Easy healthy breakfast Hi - With the cold weather, i wanted to share a breakfast that works great for our family. We buy wheatberries and steel cut oats in bulk. I cook them overnight in the slowcooker by adding 2 cups grain (wheat or oats) 4 cups hot water, 1 T Vanilla, 2 T cinnamon, 1 t cloves. I start it on high, but reduce to low overnight. It is nice and warm the next morning and ready to eat as is or add your favorite milk and/or honey to it. Super easy - much easier than trying to cook hot cereal in the morn... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 00:36:34 EST I made Vegan Rice Pudding! I'm not vegan, not even vegetarian, but I am really proud of myself about the rice pudding I made this weekend for a veggie friend of mine. <BR> <BR> I made it with almond milk, organic brown basmati rice (from california so sorta local), blue agave nectar for sweetening, and blueberries. <BR> <BR> The texture wasn't great because I let it cool too long, but the flavor was awesome! I'm just really proud of myself for stepping out of my box in this way. <BR> <BR> That's all. Just wanted... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 19:13:56 EST Urban Crunch I just moved to NYC. I hear Brooklyn has all the crunchy mamas, but we live in Manhattan. I'm the polar opposite with the non-CIO, (former) breast feeding, etc. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet some like minded mamas. or dads. anyone who I can honestly ask advice of, hang out with, and maybe even *shock of shocks* trust my kid with for a few hours while hubby and I have an occasional date. swap backs of course... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:15:12 EST Our twins are here We are happy to announce that our identical twin daughters were born on the 7th at 35 weeks. They are tiny but healthy and home <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Emma Catherine 4lbs 15oz <BR> Lacy Margaret 3lbs 14oz <BR> <BR> Thanks to breastfeeding the 50lbs I gained during my pregnancy is starting to fall off :) I am SO looking forward to getting my muscle tone back after not being able to work out for 8mths! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:55:11 EST Getting crunchier by the day! Hello! I just re-joined Sparkpeople after too long of a hiatus. Since I was last on here, I have became a mom and am breastfeeding my wonderful 5 month old son, planning on continuing for quite a while. :) We have just started using cloth diapers, and love them. Wish I had used them all along! I'm a huge attachment parenting advocate...will be babywearing while exercising and cosleeping to get my zzzz's. Glad to be back! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 16:53:04 EST Better Meal Ideas I have recently removed dairy from my diet because it makes my breastfeeding baby gassy. Does anyone know of a good place to find dairy free meal plans? Sun, 3 Jan 2010 11:09:50 EST Better Meal Ideas I have recently removed dairy from my diet because it makes my breastfeeding baby gassy. Does anyone know of a good place to find dairy free meal plans? Sun, 3 Jan 2010 11:09:23 EST Canning? Does anyone do their own canning or jarring of fruits/veggies/etc.? <BR> <BR> We had a lovely little garden over the summer, and I keep thinking about the cheap organic foods I bought at the farmer's market during the nice weather... I miss it! I'm thinking that I'll start canning next summer. I bet it would save a lot of money too. <BR> <BR> So what do you preserve? Is it quite time comsuming? What is your favourite book/website on the topic? Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:39:26 EST Toddler Sleep Woes My nearly 20 month old has begun to fight our night routine. In a BIG way. We have always had our little routine to unwind, then nurse and fall asleep. I then would sneak away to have an evening with my hubby. <BR> <BR> Earlier this month my husband and I went out of town for a few days (first time leaving her). She ended up with a nasty virus and was sick the whole time we were gone. Now, her sleep is totally screwed up. Where she was going down about 9/9:30 now she is pushing 10:30-11. Too... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:54:19 EST New Challenge I don't know about the rest of you but I could really use a challenge to get me going. I have been off the wagon for a while and put back on a bunch of weight. So I was thinking it would be fun to get a challenge going. If anybody else is interested let me know and we can get something put together. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:59:54 EST I've been here for 31 days... ...and I can't believe I only now searched for this group. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a mommy to two little ones, ages 1 and almost 3. I'm a cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, natural birthing, veggie grower... so I guess that makes me crunchy. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I look forward to hanging with some like minded folks who are also on journeys to better health. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:14:56 EST Semi-crunchy mom, new to the community Hello! I'm Amy, 26, from PA. I''d consider myself semi-crunchy at best (you can read more about that in the "are you a crunchy mama?" thread) but find that a lot of parenting ideals are way outside of the norm for the area in which we live. (My in-laws have been "helpfully" suggested I consider weaning for some time now and nevermind the looks of horror when I mention a menstrual cup to anyone.) <BR> <BR> I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy which, on top of my already curvy frame, me... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:35:42 EST Update on me! I missed you guys! :) Hey ladies it was been FOREVER since I got on here to update what was happening in our lives! We have good news to share :) We are currently in our second trimester with a healthy set of identical daughters!!! Still shocked over that one! lol! <BR> <BR> Still trying to balance the nausea and the exhaustion with trying to eat healthily and get some exercise in. I am afraid my no processed foods rule fell by the wayside during my first trimester. I was just SO sick even with the prescription n... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 19:01:27 EST Over a month long plateau! How to break it?!?!?!?! Well, I have been stuck at the same weight and measurements for over a month now. *Sigh* <BR> <BR> In August I got really into running and preparing for my first 5K. So, I ended up pretty much blowing off my strength training. I got back on with it again today, and still made time to run 3.25 miles. I am hoping this will help, as I even noticed that my waist measurement went up 1/4 inch in a month. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I am still in my calorie range (1500-1850 since I am still breastfe... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 21:33:07 EST New here! Hello all...I'm a total newbie here at SP but figured I'd jump right in somewhere. I'm a happily crunchy mama of four kiddos (ages 6, 5, 3, and 18 mos). We're a homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping, unschooling, frugal, nature-loving family in NH. <BR> <BR> I started my marriage at 112 lbs (at 5 ft tall, that's an ideal weight for me) and managed to mostly stay at a comfortable 115-120 lbs without any real effort on my part between pregnancies. For some reason, since my four... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:24:31 EST 19 July question of the week Since our leaders have been very busy lately I thought I would start this weeks question. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite summertime/hot weather meal? Sun, 19 Jul 2009 17:34:38 EST Having a rough time Ok mammas, I feel like I have been needing a lot of support from you guys lately but once again I am asking even though I wish I didn't have to. I have been doing really bad lately swinging between depression and then so active and flighty that I can't get anything done. Finally DH had me go to a dr and I was diagnosed bi-polar. I am really struggling and they want to put me on some meds but they are so bad for you and these particular ones often cause huge amounts of weight gain. I tried... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:37:32 EST hey crunchy mommas! hi! ive been a crunchy momma for 3.5 years and a sparker for about that long as well. made some beginners mistakes with the crunchiness with my firstborn (poor guy :( i feel so bad now!) but im completely ap now and dd was crunchified from birth :) yay! <BR> <BR> anyhow, i have lost the baby weight from my last pregnancy but i have baby/lazy weight that i need to lose (80 lbs of it left!) from between the end of high school and when dd was conceived. im often neglectful of myself, but always... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 21:11:30 EST Garden Seeds I was just wondering if anyone here harvests their own garden seeds. DH is really wanting to do that so we can be totally self sufficiant with our garden. I grew up with a huge garden but we always just bought our seeds. I have found a few things on line which I will post here later but wondering if anyone has first hand experience. <BR> Hope that everyone had a great 4th of July! Sun, 5 Jul 2009 23:20:57 EST Oops! attempts at QOTW and such have failed miserably. Probably because I didn't post myself! Bad, bad leader. <BR> I'm so sorry. My internet was down for a couple of weeks and we'll be going to California til then end of the month so I guess I'll continue to be MIA but I'll be back in full force on the first to give it another go! Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:49:05 EST Repurposing ideas... Maybe this will spark some chatter! <BR> <BR> I just went through my cloth diaper stash, trying to find out what I can sell/trade to get more AIO and pocket covers.. <BR> <BR> I came up with a BUNCH of prefolds that were well beyond use-distingrating and very stained...I already have plenty of cleaning rags and tried to figure out what to do.. <BR> <BR> Made it into a cat bed!! I used 4 large prefolds, rolled them up together to create a "line" made the line into a circle (stitched, by han... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:53:23 EST Looking for an Accountability Partner Hey all. I'm new to the team and known on sparkpeople as "forgiveme." <BR> I joined spark a long time ago but was "away" for a while because I got pregnant and gave birth to the sweetest baby girl ever. But now she is a year old, and although I am breastfeeding, I haven't lost a lot of the pregnancy weight yet, so I am hoping to start now. <BR> I guess according to the criteria I'm a "crunchy" mom. I try to eat slow food prepared at home, and as much organic as I can afford (it's pricey i... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 22:59:05 EST What are you eating? I started the day off well with a lot of fruit. Bananas, grapes, clementines and a few bites of the Bear's apple. I tried to have a salad for lunch but I realized I was out of lettuce. Then in the afternoon I went shopping and let myself get too hungry so I ended up binging on chips and salsa and a couple of BBQ "chicken" wraps (on white torillas!!!!). Luckily I'm still full from all of that junk so hopefully I'll make it thru til bedtime without wasting any more calories. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 23:06:22 EST Did you exercise today? <BR> I didn't manage to get to the gym but planned on finishing up painting the Babybear's new bedroom which sure works up a sweat but of course I didn't manage that either so I'm 0 for 1 on exercise this week. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 23:03:02 EST Question of the Week May 1 We've been talking a lot about your fitness regimen. Now I want to know about your diet. Are you following SP's meal plan, Weight Watchers, eating low carb, or maybe just trying to eat healthy in general? <BR> Give us the rundown on your diet and tell us how you stick with it! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 23:01:24 EST What do you think? I'm having a bit of trouble getting online each morning to post a QOTD so I was thinking that maybe we could change it to a weekly question which would give us all more time to answer and for discussion. It seems like all I ever get to do is read responses and I don't really get all of the info I would like. How do you mamas feel about this? <BR> <BR> As for daily discussion, I was thinking we could start a thread discussing what we are eating and what kind of exercise we are doing each day.... Sun, 31 May 2009 16:31:52 EST Crunchy QOTD 5/29 The other day I asked about gym memberships but it seems like most of us don't go to the gym. Do you exercise at home? Hike, swim, run? Fri, 29 May 2009 16:47:10 EST QOTD 5/28 Sorry to go AWOL on you guys. AGAIN. <BR> I haven't been able to get to my computer in days! <BR> I want to remind you that you can always feel free to ask your own QOTD and I'll be sure to sticky it when I see it. <BR> I asked the other day what everybody was currently reading and it seems the consensus it that most of us don't have time to read. We are Mamas after all! So my next question is what is your favorite book? Thu, 28 May 2009 00:06:00 EST Only you guys could appreciate this... I recently had a little sprout growing out of the drain in my bathroom sink. When I first saw it I thought something had not washed down all the way but then I pulled it out and realized what it was. <BR> So a few days before this I was cleaning my kitchen sink with borax. I was letting it set but I needed to rinse some lentils so I went to the bathroom. Apparently one of them escaped then got caught in the drain trap then it sprouted. It was probably a good 6 or 8 inches long when I pulled i... Wed, 20 May 2009 14:30:10 EST Crunchy Question of the Day 5/20 Do you have a gym membership? Which gym? How often do you go? What do you do there: classes, machines, free weights? Wed, 20 May 2009 14:23:31 EST QOTD 5/19 Having just finished the Twilight saga I'm hungry for new reading material. What are you reading? Tue, 19 May 2009 15:04:14 EST Crunchy Question of the Day 5/18 ROGUEPRINCESS inspired this one with her new tattoo. Thanks! <BR> Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Mon, 18 May 2009 15:29:51 EST New Mama here My name is Amy and I have 2 little ones - Will turns 3 in a couple weeks and GiGi turns 5 in July! I have always been more mainstream, but since having children I have found that I am now a breastfeeding toddler, babywearing, clothdiapering, organic food eating, gardening, and even open to homeschooling mommy! I am sitting for the Lactation Consultant exam this summer and hope to start a private practice. My husband works his rear end off so I can stay home with the kids. I am sure there ... Sun, 17 May 2009 18:38:21 EST Crunchy QOTD 5/16 Will the temp rising so quickly I've had to put my A/C on which I hate but it's been in the 100's. I try for 80 but it usually ends up set at 78 because 80 is just so hot! <BR> <BR> What temperature do you keep your house at? Sat, 16 May 2009 17:17:37 EST Hello from Kentucky Hey there everyone. <BR> <BR> I found this team while looking for one with more than activity once a month! There are so many teams to choose from and that is great! But there are also a lot of teams with very long pauses in activity and that is just not my thing. <BR> <BR> The description of Crunchy Mamas caught my eye and interest. I am sure I will be visiting often because with a name like Crunchy Mamas, it has to be a great team! Sat, 16 May 2009 03:53:46 EST QOTD 5/12 Sorry I'm so late with this one it's been a heck of a day here! <BR> Sooooo, while we've all been away from the team have you discovered any new and exciting crunchy things to share with us? Tue, 12 May 2009 21:52:42 EST QOTD 5/11 How was your Mother's Day? Did you do anything special? Mon, 11 May 2009 13:16:35 EST Who are you!?! We've been pretty inactive for a while but I'm determined to get us back in full swing! There are a lot of new team members who I haven't gotten a chance to become familiar with so tell us new folks, who are you? Sun, 10 May 2009 10:36:55 EST Crunchy Question of the Day 5/10 We've been pretty inactive for a while so I think we all need to catch up. <BR> Where have you been? What's going on with you and your little ones? Give us an update! Sun, 10 May 2009 10:29:24 EST WHY HAVE i BEEN LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP? Hi everyone, since mid April I have no message notifications of happenings in this group from SP. No new messages, or updates or anything. <BR> I can see that things have been happening when i come here...but nothing from SP. <BR> <BR> Is this my problem or have other people had this too? <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 May 2009 23:06:01 EST Scrawny Baby Update Hi Crunchies! My babe went to the Doc today. She has gained 1 pound in 2 weeks. He was happy so we avoided testing (for now anyway). Thank you for your support and suggestions. I think she is beefing up a little. I do wonder though, is it my efforts or just the fact that she is no longer sick and having the runs for days on end? Regardless, we got our today with all of her blood in her body! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:57:40 EST Scrawny baby Hi everyone! I was wondering if you had any tips on how to help put a little more weight on my daughter. She is 13 months old and just at 15.6 pounds. (After losing about 1 1/2 pounds to the stomach flu this week). The doc is concerned and gave us one month to "fatten her up" before he runs tests on her. I feel in my heart she is fine, but alas, she is a wee one. I have always been careful about giving mostly organic food and feeding her wholesomely. She still breast feeds too. Any crunchy su... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 23:25:53 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-9) Do you home school, private school or public school your kids? <BR> <BR> Ones that are too young for school - daycare, preschool? Thu, 9 Apr 2009 17:49:26 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-8) Are you limiting candy for Easter or buying candy you don't like? Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:17:11 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-7) We are all such good mommies about taking our LO's to the dr for checkups. How many of us have made our annual checkups (appt or been) for this year? Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:16:46 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-6) Since today is my dentist day and I know I am going to be asked this question: <BR> <BR> How many times a day do you brush your teeth and do you floss daily? Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:51:55 EST April Exercise Challenge We are just going to post once a week. If I can't do more I am not going to ask it of you. I also don't do templates. <BR> <BR> Most seem to go to the gym and/or have weights. <BR> <BR> Cardio portion of the challenge <BR> 1) Go to "my fitness" page, click on "add cardio", click on "browse", click on "other exercises". Pick 4 (one for each week) that are new to you. Do each for a week. <BR> 2) Record at the end of the week. How you felt about the new exercise - I liked it because....... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 23:09:00 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-5) Do you compost? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> April Challenge coming later today. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:43:52 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-4) Do you rely mostly on prepackaged foods or do you cook from scratch? Sat, 4 Apr 2009 12:04:25 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-3) How self-sufficient do you think you could be if you had to? <BR> <BR> making soap, bread, canning, no stores for a time being, etc. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 12:43:34 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-2) Does anyone make their own blankets or quilts? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:02:44 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (4-1) Are you going to play a prank on anyone today? Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:20:15 EST CHILI POWDER SO I WENT TO A WILD TREE FOOD PARTY LAST WEEK THE SALES PERSON TALKED ABOUT SILICON DIOXIDE IN POWDERED SEASONING PACKETS (TACO,CHILI ECT.)I DONT BUY THEM SO I THOUGHT ALL WAS FINE ON HOMEFRONT.TILL I MADE BEAN SOUP LAST NIGHT. MY SON DID NOT LIKE IT SO I TOLD HIM TO PUT SOME MCCORMICK CHILI POWDER ON IT (HE LIKES CHILI) WELL READ THE INGREDIENTS GUESS WHATS IN IT. SILICON DIOXIDE. IF YOUR NOT FAMILIAR THE LITTLE PACKETS IN SHOE BOX ARE THE SAME THING. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:50:20 EST Lisa update Lisa is fine. I talked to her last week. She, DH and all the kids are healthy. She is helping out her grandmother and will be back soon. Her Sparkpage is down because she hasn't signed onto sp for a while. Never fear though our leader will be back. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:56:40 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-31) What are your most filling lowest calorie yummy foods? Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:53:10 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-30) What is the one fruit or veggie that you are dying for it to come back into season and be yummy fresh? Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:13:52 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-29) Wow almost a new month. <BR> <BR> I noticed that the goal for doing something healthy for yourself 10 min a day has almost been reached. <BR> <BR> What are you doing daily for yourself? Sun, 29 Mar 2009 11:52:49 EST Moby Question I am using a Moby Wrap w/ my LO--she and I both love it! I am wondering, though, if she will be too hot if I use it in the summer. <BR> <BR> I also have a Bjorn, NoJo baby sling, and a Hotsling. DD #1 liked to be carried in the sling, but my new gal likes to be upright... <BR> <BR> Any other baby carriers that you all like? Sat, 28 Mar 2009 15:28:35 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-28) How many of you do or did sew your own clothes for anyone in the family? Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:22:47 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-27) Two questions for today - <BR> <BR> We had this poll before: We are almost at the 100 member mark. Do we want to close mamas and have invitation only or still leave it open? <BR> <BR> How do we get the lurkers to participate? <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE NOTE: April's challenge will start on the first Sunday in April. 4/5/09! mark your calendars. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:13:24 EST HELP!!! (cloth diaper/desitin question) Oh boy!! Tonight my husband and I went out (first time in YEARS)... the older kids were "babysitting" the younger ones (didn't get a sitter) and had a friend "on call" that lived nearby incase they needed anything... Well, I got a text (we were in a movie) from my oldest saying the baby wouldn't stop crying. They ended up calling the friend after an hour of not able to get baby to stop crying. <BR> <BR> Well, apparently, Christopher had a poopy and wasn't changed... when he has a poopy it M... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:24:04 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-26) Who is first on your list? How far down on the list do you really come? Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:07:40 EST ketchup has any one ever made ketchup i'd like mine without the HFCS and dont want to pay $$$$$ for it Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:45:51 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-25) Do you get the recommended number of servings for fruits and veggies? Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:57:04 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-24) Thanks for all the information ladies. <BR> <BR> Do you get enough water? What are some of your tricks and tips to get enough? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:11:47 EST Cloth diapering newbie Okay, cloth mamas (and dad!)--I need some help! <BR> <BR> I just received my trial pack of BumGenius 3.0 diapers. They look great, and I can't wait to try them out. <BR> <BR> A few questions: <BR> <BR> 1) When you rinse the poo out of the diapers, do you just dunk the whole thing in the toilet? How does that work with those liquidy newborn poos (sorry if TMI!)? Do you just use a regular trash can as a diaper pail? <BR> <BR> 2) The customer service rep that I spoke with said that sh... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:23:18 EST Crunchy Mamas Buddy Of The Week congrats GROOVYDADDY your the buddy of the week <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:19:00 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-23) Two updates: <BR> Please check Monday Spark Love to see the change. <BR> Second we are going to have an April exercise challenge. I need to know what kind of equipment each of you have. Like resistant bands, etc. Please get that to me before the first. Thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay time for the question: <BR> What is the one food that you cannot have in the house because you cannot eat it in moderation? Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:13:01 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-22) Okay I am running on exhaustion right now but the question is this <BR> <BR> We have had a couple of food related challenges recently, do we want to switch over and do an exercise challenge? <BR> <BR> extra minutes here and there, new exercises, drill sargent checking to make sure you did it... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 13:05:58 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-21) Looking ahead just a little...Does anyone or everyone want a challenge for April (we have Easter coming up)? <BR> <BR> I am willing to come up with something but need a little time to set it all up. I am not as efficient as Lisa. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 10:56:05 EST Another crunchy mama in the house Hi Everyone-- <BR> <BR> I recently joined the Breastfeeding Moms team, and I thought I'd come over here as well! <BR> <BR> I just had baby girl #2 in January (our older DD is 3). I am a breastfeeding, AP-practicing mama! <BR> <BR> I did not use cloth diapers with DD #1, but I just ordered some BumGenius diapers, and I am planning to give 'em a go. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2009 19:04:24 EST Kitty litter alternative suggestions please My dog is allergic to wheat. I had been using Swheat kitty litter but he has started eating it and is making his allergies way worse as well as gaining more weight. My mom keeps saying to go back to clay clumping litter but I know the problems with that. The cats hate the smell of pine litter. It is too strong and they won't use it. <BR> <BR> Ideas please... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:49:23 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-20) Today is the first day of Spring. YAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have noticed that a couple people are stuck, fell off the wagon, overate, didn't exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> Name at least one trick you use that has helped you get back on the wagon, watching your food, exercising, etc. How do you get over that hurdle? Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:41:32 EST Can a GroovyDaddy join the Crunchy Mamas? :) Hello everyone. I'm GroovyD, and I'm a "crunchy daddy." My wife and I use cloth diapers, practice attachment parenting, and I didn't think that I would like it until I started doing it! I'm an open minded daddy that was willing to give it a chance, and I'm working toward being a better husband and father in a "crunchy" household. Granola unite!! ;) Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:25:19 EST Raised by hippies My name is Talamar. My parents were hippies. Actually they still are. <BR> <BR> My mother is a belly dancer and she passed that on to me and my sisters. <BR> <BR> We once lived at the encampment at Golden Gate Park. My dad had turned the back of our VW Bus into a sort of kitchen with a coleman stove. We would make soups and stews from whatever we had on hand and share it with everybody. <BR> <BR> I think the only time I wore shoes as a kid was in school. My mother decided we shou... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:06:42 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-19) Vacationtime is coming up soon. Some of us very soon. What plans do we need or have we done to keep us on track with eating and exercising? <BR> <BR> I don't think we have a thought about vacationtime is free time do we? Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:52:07 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-18) What are your "have to" plants in your garden? <BR> <BR> Do you have a seperate herb garden? Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:33:10 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-17) Okay I am taking advantage of being a leader right now. My daughter says that there are monsters in the house. <BR> <BR> I am taking ideas of how to rid the house of monsters for her. Please Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:47:10 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-16) What ideas do you all have to change Monday Spark Love to? <BR> <BR> I think a good many of us have maxed out our point getting capabilities. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:33:51 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-15) Where do your people hail from? Where do your ancestors come from? <BR> <BR> Tami please include your children in this one. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 13:05:19 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-14) Has anyone seen or heard from our intrepid leader since last weekend? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:35:52 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-13) Today is Friday the 13th! <BR> <BR> Do you believe in superstitions and if so what ones do you believe in? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:27:20 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-12) I am listening. Apparently we are all having trouble with keeping focused and on track. A couple of suggestions I found on the site are to review the fast break overview and make a contract with yourself. <BR> <BR> As far as the contract - what are your favorite excuses and how do you counteract them? Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:58:46 EST I'm baaaaa-a aaaaack! Hello, Mamas! <BR> <BR> And welcome to all of the new faces. Wow, we just keep growing, don't we? <BR> <BR> Well, I took a few weeks off from SP, from exercise, from tracking, from everything. I was sick. Then the kids were sick. Then just a bunch of stuff happened that took a lot of emotional energy to deal with. So I fell off the face of the earth for a while...or at least SP! <BR> <BR> But I'm back on track with my C25K training and working on re-establishing my water habit (boy that ki... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:45:45 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-11) I am trying to cut back on TV time and am finding I am addicted to certain shows. <BR> <BR> How much TV do you all watch? Have you cut back and how did you do it? Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:29:26 EST FOOD CONTROL BILL Hi Mammas , just wondering if you had read about this and what you thought of it? It came up on one of the websites that my Mum subscribes to and she sent it to me saying "Thank goodness we live in NZ where you can still do pretty much what you want" <BR> <BR> Below is the blurb from the site and the link to the bill: <BR> <BR> Food Control. HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener, and violation of the 10th amendment: "This legislation is so broad bas... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 05:19:04 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-10) Have we forgotten how to say "no"? <BR> <BR> We all seem to have too much to do and not enough time. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:46:18 EST Update on my sister I just wanted to thank every one for their thoughts and prayers. We located my sister late last night. Her and her bf just decided that they didn't want anyone to find them so they were basicly "hiding". Finally the sheriffs department was able to locate them some what on accident. She was doing some stupid things like marajuana but at least she is found and safe. I could just kill her for what she put us through. <BR> Samantha Mon, 9 Mar 2009 20:48:49 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-9) Spring is official next Friday (20th). Is it showing any signs of Spring where you are? Or Fall for the NZ people? <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:55:40 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-08) I am sad and happy (for her)that BEACHLUVR82 is leaving spark.. but it got me thinking.. Us crunchy mamas have to stay together.. Do you keep in contact with other mamas away from spark? If so.. how or where? Sun, 8 Mar 2009 01:19:36 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-7) Yesterday apparently we struck on something that most of us need to work on so the question today is <BR> <BR> How can we make more time for just the hubby and I? Sat, 7 Mar 2009 10:35:02 EST leaving So I joined when my son was born for support and suggestions b/c I never had to figure out how to really lose weight. Well I have decided to leave spark b/c I have lost 45 lbs since my son was born June 28th and I only gained 30..needless to say and not trying to brag but Ive achieved my goal and have limited time to check this between work/family time. Good Luck to everyone else and anyone can email me if they want Fri, 6 Mar 2009 16:01:14 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-6) To keep the home fires burning, do you and your significant other plan date nights? Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:37:49 EST Howdy Hi! Gotta love that granola crunch here. My name is Misty, live in Texas. I have 3 girls. I was raised to be pretty crunchy. Cloth diapers, breastfeeding, delay vaxs, co-sleeping, baby wearing....just no home births under my belt :) Nice to meet y'all! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 23:16:24 EST To those who are cloth diapering What's your favorite diaper? <BR> <BR> We only just started about a month ago and I already know that I LOVE AIO's with a "tounge" and snaps. I also like bamboo because it feels so nice. My fave so far are made by Willow Buns. I find that they fit perfectly and are very trim. <BR> <BR> I have some Dream Eze and Magic Alls on the way that I can't wait to try! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 17:18:35 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-5) Which do you consider to be the most important and why? Alternative fuel cars or company pollution credits. Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:36:49 EST Taking Spark Break.. sick baby! For those of you that didn't catch it in the answering machine sticky post (under intros) <BR> Bug is sick.. I guess he caught his brother's virus and the cough started on Sat.. so, I broke down and took him in Monday to the Dr. he is on an antibiotic, steroid, and breathing treatments.. so.. I will stop by when I get a few but right now it is all about mama.. miss you all! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 19:06:16 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-4) Okay I forgot this morning. <BR> <BR> I made sun tea today which is my favorite summer drink. What is your favorite summer drink to make? Wed, 4 Mar 2009 14:21:45 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-3) Do you get in your minimum requirement of fruits and veggies each day? What are some ways you make sure to get in the proper amount each day? Tue, 3 Mar 2009 10:53:26 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-02) Do you have a favorite tip or trick on the SP website? Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:27:42 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (3-01) Well here we are.. it is March 1st! WOW the time has flown! How are you in your weight loss journey? Is it going as you planned? Have you fallen off the wagon and can't get back on, or are you just stuck? Sun, 1 Mar 2009 11:19:25 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-28) Do you own any pets? Tell me about them! Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:02:05 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-27) Since Spring is almost here and we are all very anxious for it, what is the one thing you want to do the most when it is warm enough? Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:26:33 EST Crunchy question of the day (2-26) Give me 5 staples in your house! Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:46:21 EST Chrunchy Question of the Day (2-25) How do you work out appointments and such with your other half? <BR> <BR> Side question: How do you stop a bloody nose and prevent in the future? Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:53:20 EST circumcision care I didn't get my son circumcised. His doctor at the last visit yanked his foreskin back and said to do that and clean it with soap. <BR> <BR> Now I looked online when I got home and read that there is no need to clean it when they are babies and that the skin isn't completely detached yet. And not to yank on it. It also stated that it doesn't need cleaned until they are much older. <BR> <BR> So I was wondering if any mama's here have any real-life advice. My DH is circumcised and still mad... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:27:39 EST Ingredients we use~Castile Soap & others we use "If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin!" <BR> <BR> Your health and the health of your family is important. <BR> Stop putting toxic chemicals on your skin when you wash. <BR> your skin, the largest organ we have, is a sponge~ <BR> <BR> ~castile soap~ it is not a brand of soap, but a natural soap, made of vegetable (usually olive oil) oil rather than animal fat, or synthetic substances. Chemical free & non-toxic which is why we use it! <BR> <BR> castile soap is SO versatile. From b... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:23:06 EST Ingredients we use~Washing Soda note: that it is 'Arm & Hammer' but NOT baking soda~ it is washing soda. Found in the laundry isle of most, not all, grocery/drug stores. avg $4.00 <BR> <BR> What is it?? it is a sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. It is in the same family as baking soda~ only processed differently. It is more caustic/alkaline (higher ph). It is a non-toxic all purpose, tough cleaner. It can cut stubborn grease on grills, broiler pans, and ovens. It can be used to boost laundry detergent, and it softens... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:16:00 EST Ingredients we use~Borax (20 Mule Team) Borax, also known as sodium borate or sodium tetraborate, occurs naturally and is mined in the Mojave Desert (Boron, California), other US states, in Chile and Tibet. <BR> <BR> For 100 years it has been an essential multi-purpose product used in homes. Didn't grandma use Borax~ yea probabaly! A multi-purpose cleaner, fungicide, incesticide & disinfectant, a laundry detergent booster, whiter brightener, stain remover & is safe for delicates and cloth diapers! <BR> <BR> We use it as a laund... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:13:30 EST Ingredients we use~Baking Soda baking soda is a powerful cleaning agent. it is a very versatile, natural substance that has so many wonderful uses around the home. baking soda is found throughout nature, so while being safe for your family, it is safe for the earth! =) <BR> <BR> plus, my favorite, it's cheap!! <BR> <BR> ~Stains, clogs, grease, tough jobs~ everyjob through out the home can be taken care of and left clean smelling with baking soda. <BR> ~For the body- from insect bites to indigestion to toothpaste!! <BR> ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:11:07 EST Ingredients we use~Vinegar White Vinegar ~did you know that vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses)? <BR> ~vinegar breaks up dirt, and is eco-friendly (mother earth loves that!) <BR> *use white vinegar for cleaning <BR> ~vinegar is also a great deodorizer. While the vinegar scent lingers for a short while, it does not last long. Great for laundry, carpets, and room/fabric sprays! <BR> ~add white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment of the washing machine for sof... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:09:43 EST Essential Oil Properties & Terminology Analeptic Restores vitality and stimulates the functioning of different systems of the body <BR> Analgesic Removes pain, pain killer <BR> Antibiotic Combats infection to the body <BR> Antiemetic Reduces vomiting <BR> Antiphlogistic Reduces inflammation <BR> Antipruritic Relieves itching <BR> Antiseptic That which destroys and prevents the development of microbes <BR> Antispasmodic Prevents spasms, convulsions, nervous disorders <BR> Antiviral Controls virus organisms <BR> Astringent ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:08:16 EST Essential Oil Properties, Usage, and Safety! Essential Oil (or as we call them EO) Properties, Usage, and Safety! <BR> Essential Oils are very powerful substances, and I want us all to be safe. There is just so much more to these oils than their wonderful fragrances. I want us all to get the most out of our homemade creations! I hope these links will prove useful in all of your concocting adventures! <BR> Amni visnaga: antihistamine, antispasmodic <BR> Basil: antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:02:24 EST look up your favorite products Cosmetic Database by Skin Deep. Here you can look up your favorite products to see how safe they are. It is also a great way to search for the safest products. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:59:19 EST Baby care~Baby Wipe Solution Recipes! Here is a compilation of some great homemade baby wipe solution well with cloth wipes or good quality paper towels (Bounty or Viva) <BR> <BR> REMEMBER: Most essential oils are not for use on babies skin. There are a few that are OK in moderation: among those are tea tree oil, and lavender in very vary small amounts...Our babies smell wonderful enought without any extra foo foo smells anyhow!! <BR> <BR> Always use distilled water also!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Add water... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:56:23 EST Baby care~ skin care For great Baby Skin Care Recipes: <BR> Goat's Milk and Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe <BR> <BR> (1) Melt 16 oz. of goat's milk melt and pour base <BR> (2)Gind up 1/2 oz of oatmeal to a powder <BR> (3) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds - is the oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8 <BR> (4) If the oatmeal is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to support the oatmeal. Ei... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:34:11 EST First Aid Kit bumps, scrapes, burns. . . . . .boo boo's~ healed the natural way! <BR> (for serious wounds seek medical attention please!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Rash- Mix oatmeal and water to create a poultice to ease the itch of eczema, poison ivy, or other common rashes. *key compound in oatmeal is avenanthramides, which calms inflamed, itchy skin. Also try baking soda- Mixed with water into a thick paste baking soda soothes itchy rashes rather quickly (great for softening eczema rash). <BR> <BR> Nausea - G... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:32:45 EST Hair Care shampoo to no-poo to conditioner Hair Care too! <BR> (the below recipes are taken from the "Curly Girl" book) <BR> <BR> Lavender Mist <BR> lavender has amazing properties that cleanse your hair while reviving your curls* <BR> Fill large pot with 1/2 gallon water. Cover & bring to a boil to rid of impurities. (I buy distilled for this anyway). Remove from heat, and add 5 drops of PURE lavender oil & replace lid. Let seep until cool, then pour into empty spritz bolltes. <BR> <BR> Use it often~whenever you need a lift~to spru... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:30:49 EST About Face!!! *Natural Skin Care: By the Numbers* <BR> <BR> * 4 pounds: Average amount of lipstick a woman will ingest over her lifetime. <BR> * 11: Percentage of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products that the U.S. government has documented and publicly assessed for safety. <BR> * 1,110+: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the European Union. <BR> * 10: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the United States. <BR> * 600: The number of compa... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:30:00 EST Body Goodness Coffee Body Scrub~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups coursely ground coffee <BR> 1/2 cup sea salt <BR> 2-3 Tbs massage oil (I used oilve oil~I love my olive oil) <BR> <BR> Combine together. Take hot shower to open pores. <BR> Rub mixture into skin and shower off. Pat dry!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Body Butter <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup grated cocoa butter <BR> 2 Tbs coconut oil <BR> 4 Tbs sweet almond oil <BR> 2 Tbs avacado oil <BR> 2 Tbs bees wax <BR> *Drops of essential oil if wanted (you really don't even need it)... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:29:13 EST New Mama! Hi! My name is Jen, I am 28, live in Michigan and I'm a SAHM to 3. Can't wait to get to know all of you better :) Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:27:50 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-24) this may be a lil long.. need to vent.. but there is a question at the end.. I promise! <BR> I thought of this Sat morning when we were suppose to be heading to the basketball game, and instead were broke down along the side of the road with car trouble (car broke down fri with dh but...they were suppose to have fixed it!) Anyhow.. as we were there with no cell phone service (we have an altell phone.. everyone else has verizon) the question of.. who do I call!? Almost everyone we knew was he... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 23:41:38 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-23) I need your best stress reducers. Two losses this year already and I need to de-stress. Thanks in advance cause you guys rock. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:59:20 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-22) Do you spring clean? If you do, what do you do differently that makes it spring cleaning. If you don't, why don't you think you need to spring clean. Sun, 22 Feb 2009 10:23:16 EST need help with baby sleeping with me hubby wants baby out of the bed. last noght i put her in the crip at 9;30 SHE CRIED TILL 12;30 but i picked her up put her on my chest laid down she and i fell asleep not a good one but. what am i going to do i cant go thru another night of her crying like that my other kids caught on much sooner. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:55:45 EST 75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda This is more like what I was looking for!! <BR> <BR> Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for Baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy. <BR> <BR> Health Uses <BR> <BR> 1. Use it as an antacid. <BR> <BR> 2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder p... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:35:49 EST chapped lips? help! Bug has been fighting a cracked lip..bleeds too.. poor baby! for about a month now and no matter what I have been doing, I can it to heal all the way! I have tried breastmilk, coconut oil, olive oil, earth mama angel baby chap stick.. what am I missing? oh I wish he would just break these teeth through so he will stop slobbering! Sat, 21 Feb 2009 01:35:09 EST Crunchy Question of the day (2-21) Ok, gotta leave early in the morning so I am getting this out tonight... <BR> Just how far would you go to be green? Is there anything you just *couldn't* do, no matter what? Sat, 21 Feb 2009 01:00:39 EST Diaper rash help! I have lost my diaper rash cream during the move and I need something ASAP for Jamie's little booty. They've been wearing disposables since we moved since we just got our washing machine today and her little behind is bright red. I need something I can whip together with normal household stuff, if that is possible. I do have some eucalipis oil but that's about it. Help my little ones little hiney mamas! Fri, 20 Feb 2009 19:17:24 EST uses for peroxide Did you know this about Peroxide ~ <BR> <BR> I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost? <BR> <BR> My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the Nurses who work in the doctor's offices , and ask them... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:15:13 EST 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons <BR> <BR> By Theresa Cheung <BR> <BR> Did you know the Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and that recent research has confirmed this belief? <BR> <BR> There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:14:18 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-20) The question today is do you have a nifty trick for pantry organization and/or storage. My cupboards are a mess can you tell? Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:53:54 EST 6 Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil <link><BR>uses-for-coconut-oil.html </link> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:41:28 EST Crunchy Question of the day (2-19) Today is Bugs 9 month birthday.. WOW how time flies! <BR> Anyhow, here is the question of the day.. <BR> With this week being so far from home, for so long, I need your eating out on the run tips! How do you eat out when your choices are limited and so is time? Thu, 19 Feb 2009 08:58:35 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-18) When running on lack of sleep, what is your crunchy go to.... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:33:06 EST Week 3-Veggie lovers ?s and Chat! Remember to post your recipe in the General form.. any questions and chat.. here! <BR> <BR> Question for you mamas.. is this helping you stay on track? How are you doing going veggie? What if we did a daily plan for everyone next month? Whatcha think? Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:19:08 EST Week 3-Veggie lovers Challenge! Past Challengers.. Get your points tallied up.. I would like to post the winners tonight! <BR> <BR> Below, you will see the template for the challenge. All you have to do is copy the template that I have provided and paste it in your reply and edit it daily. There should only be one per person for each week!! <BR> Remember this is thread is only for templates.. please add your questions and chat in the "Week 3-Veggie lovers ?s and Chat!" <BR> <BR> <BR> ****please read*** <BR> I have change... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:16:30 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-17) What is your favorite food? Do you make it or buy it? Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:54:10 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-16) If you just won the lottery and money was no object, what is the one crunchy thing that you would want to do that you don't have the money for now? Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:09:39 EST Nourishing Traditions Does anybody have and use Nourshing Traditions? I really like this book and will be making whey and cream cheese this week. I'm trying to get back to a more whole foods diet (I slacked big time while pregnant, just didn't have the time/energy to prepare a lot of food). <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 08:08:59 EST Breastfeeding Mamas!!! I'm a beastfeeding mama with a video to show. <BR> This is of a report of a NC mom from where I just moved from who was discriminated against. There will be a nationwide nurse in at Dennys at 1pm(est) on Feb 22. Are you planning on supporting? I would love to hear about it!! <BR> <link><BR>ries/wlos_vid_2107.shtml </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:40:15 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-15) HAHA Melinda.. <BR> Humm.. let me think.. umm.. the question of the day.. <BR> What do you and or your SO do for a living? Sun, 15 Feb 2009 02:06:58 EST Kefir? Tell me about Kefir mamas.. I have decided to give it a try! Any tips? If you remember, I will be buying it from ebay.. what am I looking for? I am thinking of trying both the regular and the water/sugar ones.. any tips? ANY help would be great!!! Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:53:17 EST The best toy I have ever bought! So bug is STILL trying to get like 4 teeth at once.. I broke down and bought him a sophie <BR> <link><BR>212-Vulli-Sophie-the-Giraffe </link> He hasn't let it go in three days now!! He LOVES her!! Chews on her, hugs her, makes her squeak.. he was even using her as a bat and was hitting his ball with her and laughing! I looked twice because of the price but I tell you what.. I wouldn't have bought any of the other teething rings, other teethers, ect ... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:51:49 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-14) What did you do before you became a SO/wife/mother? Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:38:28 EST Garden? Even though we have snow.. I always have in my mind, planning for my next garden.. I ordered some wall-o-waters so we can have a longer growing season.. also, I have some drip line parts coming soon.. I can't wait! Anyhow.. how many of you have or are planning on a garden? What do you grow? Is it/will it be organic? Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:54:42 EST Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Mouthwash Ever fancied making your own eco-friendly mouthwash? Well if you fancy a bit of a basic chemistry experiment, it’s worth having a go. Eco-Friendly Daily has a few recipes you can try. Here’s an example that uses Vodka as a base! Let’s hope it’s eco-friendly vodka! <BR> <BR> Homemade Spearmint Mouthwash <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> * 6 ounces water <BR> * 2 ounces vodka <BR> * 4 teaspoons liquid glycerine <BR> * 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel <BR> ... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:42:31 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-13) Yes, I am here for a couple and then out the door in about 30 minutes ago.. with snow at that.. yuck!! I sure hope it goes away before I have to go to Pine Bluffs on Tues and Thurs next week.. ugh! Anyhow.. today's question.. sorry, got side tracked there.. <BR> <BR> I saw this in my inbox this <link><BR>y-frugal-valentine.html </link> <BR> morning and wondered.. <BR> What are your plans for your SO for Valentine's day? Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:41:38 EST Crunchy Question of the Day 2/12 So mamas, time for the Question of the Day! <BR> How did you come up with your Sparkpeople username? Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:30:07 EST Sour Dough Starter Has anyone had any luck with sour dough starter? Cultivating it. keeping it going. Actually getting your bread to rise? Any tips would be appreciated. I've had good luck keeping and incubating butter milk and yogurt cultures, but I can't seem to keep the bread critters happy and active. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:23:17 EST I am sorry mamas! I have not abandoned you, I promise! I have been running crazy lately.. Dh is on 12 hr+ shifts now...changes at work (plus school full time) and the boys are right in the middle of basketball with soccer about to start.. this means I have to take dh to work and school (remember town is 20 miles away), drop him off, go to all the games (as far as 2 hrs away) and then pick up dh after his shifts. (between 2:30am-5:30am) I am going crazy here. I am neglecting the team and that isn't fair to y... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:19:10 EST Fitness tracker Okay, um... <BR> <BR> The kids and I played outside for about 2 hours yesterday. So I figured I deserved credit for it. Yup, there's an entry in the fitness tracker for "playing with kids". Know the calorie count for 2 hours? <BR> <BR> OVER 800 CALORIES. <BR> <BR> This cannot be right. Maybe I am not "playing" like the creators of that entry think "playing with kids" should be. I can tell you that I play with my kids CONSTANTLY, and if it burned that many calories I wouldn't be overweight ... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:11:19 EST need skin help I need some help again mamas. The last few weeks, the skin on my face has gone absolutly insane. I seriously have no idea what to do anymore. The other day, I washed my face three times in one day and it was still insanely oily. The only thing I can think of that has caused this is my diet. Do you ladies think that maybe some kind of detox would help clear me up? I feel gross! Tue, 10 Feb 2009 23:40:09 EST Weaning the kiddos off of the TV..... I have started to think that my kids watch way to much tv. I would say they watch about 5 hours a day, 3 in the morning and 2 before bed. Not that they are glued to the TV the whole time just that it is on while they are playing in the same room. Kind of shocks me to add it all up. I don't even know what the recommended range is for 2-4yr olds but I would like for them to get to 1hr a day. <BR> <BR> How much tv do your kiddos watch? How should I go about weaning them off of it? They have the... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:57:05 EST 10 sources of hidden calories <link> </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:43:54 EST Week 2-Veggie lovers Challenge! Below, you will see the template for the challenge. All you have to do is copy the template that I have provided and paste it in your reply and edit it daily. There should only be one per person for each week!! <BR> Remember this is thread is only for templates.. please add your questions and chat in the "Week 2-Veggie lovers ?s and Chat!" <BR> <BR> <BR> ****please read*** <BR> I have changed a few things within the template so read through it.. if I didn't state it clearly (lack of sleep t... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:30:33 EST Week 2-Veggie lovers ?s and Chat! Our place to chat! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:11:59 EST A fun idea? Another site that AB and I are in does this, another site I am on does it as well.. and I was wondering if you mamas would like to do this instead of the QOTD...(I am so running out of questions!) <BR> What we would do is have a sign up.. I don't want to involve someone who doesn't want to.. and for a week, we get to know this "featured" mama.. we, as members, ask the question and the mama answers them. Let me know what you think! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 18:43:20 EST Veggie lovers wk 1 results wk 2 chat This weeks results!!! Mimi with the most points AND tied for most weight loss! Good job ladies! <BR> <BR> CATROSE-Total points for week 1: 116 <BR> Total gain/loss: loss of 2 lbs <BR> <BR> -MIMI--Total points for week 1: 140 <BR> Total gain/loss: -2 lbs <BR> <BR> COWGIRLCUTIE-Total points for week 1: 101 <BR> Total gain/loss: +4 Mon, 9 Feb 2009 18:34:07 EST cloth diapers....want to start I decided to post here b/c I am assuming someone or more than one person here has used cloth diapers and had this dilema. I want to start but my current babysitter is reluctant (ok more than reluctant she doesn't want to do it) b/c she has too much to do already she says. She watches my son and her son. I found a type that wouldn't require her to do anything other than dumping the poop and I would do all the rest of the work but she just wont go for it. Do I find someone else willing to w... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:05:27 EST Sun. Fun...Re laxation Day! Sunday~ Relaxation Day! <BR> Today is YOUR day! <BR> Do something special for YOU and tell us about it! Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:00:42 EST Sat Fun...Family Day! Saturday~ Family Day! <BR> Do something special with your family <BR> (even if it just the kids) Take a walk, <BR> make a craft, play a game, doesn't matter! <BR> Tell us about it! Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:00:07 EST The very crunchiest thing you can do. As Crunchy Gramma I'm about to ruffle some feathers here, so consider that fair warning. <BR> <BR> What ever happened to recognizing the long term impact on the earth and her resources of producing more than replacement offspring? <BR> <BR> We are all pretty intelligent women here and know how to do the math, do you realize that each developed nation child consumes more than its share of the earths resources? Especially if you project a couple of generations. <BR> <BR> If you and your s... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 16:52:09 EST Vegan Goldfish Crackers I know I said I would post new recipes in the Tuesday Fun Recipe post.. but I wanted you all to see this one! I will just have to make links of all the recipes we have done so far in there for future look up I guess.. <BR> <BR> Vegan Goldfish Crackers <BR> <BR> In some toddler circles, Goldfish Crackers are one of the four major food groups. Now vegan kids and those with dairy allergies can enjoy them, too! Nutritional yeast and spices add a cheesy taste without the cheese. <BR> <BR> But... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 10:32:59 EST Green Cleaning THIS was originally posted by our local newspaper but reinforces some of the other points being made. there are a couple book references and another website at the bottom... <BR> <BR> <BR> Clean and greenHousehold products can be full of toxins, but there are safe and effective alternatives <BR> <BR> By Randi Bjornstad <BR> <BR> The Register-Guard <BR> <BR> Published: Jan 30, 2009 06:10PM <BR> Living: Personal Life: Story <BR> <BR> The queen of clean is at it again. <BR> <BR> Three yea... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:36:43 EST Do you use the SP trackers consistently? I'm really good with the fitness tracker. I want credit for that. But I slip a lot on the nutrition tracker. Sometimes it's just the hassle...I'm either constantly on the computer or, if it's a one-session stop, I'm wracking my brain trying to remember everything. Or I have a day like yesterday where I made us a "monkey plate" for lunch, or today where I had a salad for lunch. Too many tiny individual things to enter...bah. I know that tracking helps to keep me aware, but I tend to track for ... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 16:01:32 EST Newly Identified Toxic Chemical Newly Identified Toxic Chemical Is Common in Cosmetics <BR> LIpstick, lotions, hair care products, baby bottle nipples, cookware, cleansers and more contain D4 and D5 siloxanes. <BR> Also see 11 Lead-Free Lipsticks. <BR> February 5, 2009 at 2:32PM by Diane MacEachern <BR> <BR> <link><BR>logs/green-products-services/toxic-lip<BR>stick-55020502?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=dgr </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:05:07 EST Peanut Butter Recall:Hundreds More Products Recall 2.5.2009 8:57 AM <BR> Peanut Butter Recall: Hundreds More Products Recalled In Last 5 Days <BR> The FDA announces more peanut recalls by more brands every day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/eat-safe/salmonella-peanut-butter-470<BR>11501?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=dgr&kw=ist </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:03:53 EST Well, taking the plunge... After a lot of research to find the right naturopath/midwife I have finally found one that I think will be wonderful. I am going to call this morning and schedule an appointment. This will be my first visit with a naturopath so I am kind of nervous put really excited that she maybe able to stop another miscarriage (I have had 2 in the last 5 months). I am REALLY hoping she will take me on as a client even though I am high risk and the midwifes on base won't see me. So ladies keep your fingers... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:11:13 EST Reusable Swiffer Cloths Like the ease of a Swiffer but hate the disposable cloths? It's super easy to make a washable and re-useable cloth that works just as well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ths/ </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:05:41 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-6) Ok mamas.. tell me.. what do you have in your cleaning supplies as of right now! What have you replaced and what do you want to replace as well as what will you NOT replace? Fri, 6 Feb 2009 00:25:32 EST Thurs Fun....Crunchy Day! Thursday~ Crunchy Day! <BR> We HAVE to have a crunchy day.. lol.. There are so many new members these days that let's talk about something crunchy! Give us one way you are crunchy.. this may be old news to some but new to others.. we can all learn from others! Thu, 5 Feb 2009 10:15:14 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-5) Tell me about your grocery bags... do you use the cloth ones you bought, reuse your plastic ones, homemade ones, ect? Or do you just use the ones from the store? If you use reuseable ones, how many do you have? Thu, 5 Feb 2009 09:54:42 EST I need help mamas.. Ok, so it looks like I get Valentine's day at school.. Another mama and I get to do "treats". now.. I have not made anything with refined sugar, processed crap, ect since Nov.. so.. with that being said though, I don't want to make 18 of something and then have the kids turn their noses at it and throw it away! I am not sure how many different "treats" I am suppose to send.. I guess it is up to us.. HELP! I REALLY need ideas!!! Wed, 4 Feb 2009 14:33:24 EST Wed Fun...Workout Day! Wednesday~ Workout Day! <BR> Share with us your workouts! What are you doing to get your time in? How much did you work out today? Let's just talk about exercise! Wed, 4 Feb 2009 10:25:37 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-4) Ok mamas.. do you pay attention to Bisphenol A (BPA)? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 10:11:47 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-3) When shopping, ect.. do you pay attention to plastics and their numbers? What numbers do you try to buy? What numbers do you stay away from? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 09:40:48 EST New Crunchy Mama! Hi fellow Crunchy Mamas! <BR> I'm so glad I found this Team, it is so refreshing to find other moms that have the same outlook on life. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 01:25:09 EST Quinoa? I bought some for the first time last weekend.. I bought the actual grain stuff and flour.. what is your favorite way to fix it? ANY help would be great.. even simple cooking since I bought it in bulk and so it doesn't have packaging! (I know I can look up online, but would love to hear what you have to say as well!) Mon, 2 Feb 2009 13:17:52 EST Week 1-Veggie lovers Challenge! Okay mams, sorry I didn't post this earlier today, so everyone gets full points for Sunday!! Sorry!! <BR> <BR> Below, you will see the template for the challenge. All you have to do is copy the template that I have provided and paste it in your reply and edit it daily. (please include the freebies I gave you from yesterday!) There should only be one per person for each week!! <BR> Remember this is thread is only for templates.. please add your questions and chat in the "Week 1-Veggie lovers... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:25:41 EST Week 1-Veggie lovers ?s and Chat! Let's talk about how it is going! Also if you have any questions.. post them here as well! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:24:19 EST Monday Fun...Spark Love!! Monday~ Spark day!! <BR> Show us your spark love! Get as many spark points as you can an article you have read about..tell us why you joined spark..or just simply tell us why you love spark! Let's just talk about Spark People! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 10:47:15 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-2) Did you survive 'Super Bowl Sunday'? Where you good or did you take a day off from calorie counting? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 10:42:51 EST Something to think about.. A friend just sent this...I have been trying to be HFCS free myself for a few years...but this may finally shut those darn commercials up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.h<BR>tml?referrer=emailarticle </link> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 00:30:13 EST Feb Veggie Challengers! Ok.. let's start out by setting our goals.. I went to make the template and decided I needed more info on you all! Please copy and paste these questions in a reply.. and then answer them so I can try to make this challenge meet everyone's needs! <BR> <BR> For anyone that would like to join who hasn't signed up.. please let me know by replying to the post here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=8329x27305x<BR>22417928 </link> <BR> <BR> *******... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:56:55 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (2-1) Thank you ETERNALMOTHER!!! <BR> what do you do when everyone in the house is getting sick? cleaning, etc Sun, 1 Feb 2009 11:53:24 EST Sunday Fun.. Relaxation Day! Sunday~ Relaxation Day! <BR> Today is YOUR day! <BR> Do something special for YOU and tell us about it! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 11:17:03 EST Tilty - - TOO COOL! Lookie what I found!! I am soo ordering one tonight! Bug has such a rough time drinking from a tippy.. he hasn't figured out he has to tilt his head.. I can't wait to try these! <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 31 Jan 2009 21:24:39 EST Sat Fun....Family Day! Saturday~ Family Day! <BR> Do something special with your family <BR> (even if it just the kids) Take a walk, <BR> make a craft, play a game, doesn't matter! <BR> Tell us about it! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 09:25:23 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-31) Ok this is to help me out.. When joining a new team.. do you like to be welcomed by the leader? What about other members? Does it matter if it is a comment or does it mean more if it is a goodie? Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:03:28 EST Blessed Bottoms Crunchy Clean I just received the sample pack in the mail! So excited! I will give you my full review in a day or two. :D Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:33:48 EST You say it's your Birthday? Up to date birthdays! If you aren't on this, reply and let us know when it is! If I missed you.. please let me know! Please just REPLY WITH YOUR NAME AND YOUR DATE and I will bring up the list.. Thanks mamas!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Feb <BR> <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> <BR> June: <BR> June 12~ MRS.MAAM <BR> <BR> <BR> July: <BR> July 2~ B1ONDIE420 <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug <BR> Aug 3~BRIDEN79 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sept <BR> <BR> <BR> Oct <BR> <BR> <BR> Nov ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:59:50 EST Buddy of the Week To see who this week's buddy of the week is, please check your Spark Mail weekly, this goes on on Sundays! <BR> <BR> I have found there are a couple teams do this thing where they feature a specific team member for the day. Some time during that day, people on the team, go and say Hello - give support or kudos to that chosen team member. I love this idea so I shared it with you mamas here. <BR> <BR> This has been so much fun..thank you for playing along! For the newbies..once a week I will... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:50:55 EST Feb Crunchy Challenge... questions and Sign up! Veggie Challenge! <BR> For those who are already vegetarian or vegan.. we welcome you as well! We can use all the help we can get! <BR> Please note that this is for fun as well as to save on our grocery bill.. you do not have to play along.. or if you get started and decide that you are happy where you are (let's say with cutting meat out of your diet once or twice a week) and don't want to go further with the decreased, (although the goal is to replace it completely at the end), you are m... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:25:03 EST Tues Fun... RECIPES!!! Tuesday~ Recipe Day! <BR> Share one of your recipes today..could be a new one you just found and looks good, or one of your favorites! I will put a sticky on this one so every time you find something you would like to share with us(even if it isn't Tues), it will always be on the top three! <BR> <BR> To view our old favorites from the recipe days in the past.. click here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27305x218<BR>48848 </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:59:42 EST Friday Fun..Crockpot Day! To view our past crockpot recipes, click here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x27305x219<BR>28914 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday~ Crockpot day! (or slow food cooking) <BR> Let's face it.. it is cheaper to use our crockpots than it is to use the ovens! Fridays are rough for a lot of mamas.. it is the end of the week and we are tired! So easy to pick up that phone and order delivery! (accept for me.. lol.. no one wants to drive all the way out... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:55:48 EST Weekly Schedule... so you can plan ahead! Ok so there are a few days that have been super hard to play along with.. simply because for most of us.. if we find something, we pass it on the day we find it.. which is great! So.. I am changing our schedule a lil bit..adding on to some and changing a couple all together! As always, these will be posted or bumped up daily in the General forum.. There will be one new topic posted for the first time.. after that, there will not be a new topic posted, we will just keep on using the ones t... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:53:48 EST Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Merc Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON — Many common foods made using commercial high fructose corn syrup contain mercury, researchers reported on Tuesday, while another study suggested the corn syrup itself is contaminated. <BR> <BR> Food processors and the corn syrup industry group attacked the findings as flawed and outdated, but the researchers said it was important for people to know about any potential sources of the toxic metal in their food... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 09:49:33 EST The slow poisoning of all of us - food additives MSG <BR> <BR> The first time I heard of MSG, I simply thought that it was another name for sodium...I had no idea that it was actually a flavor enhancing additive. The flavor enhancement, however, is only the half of it. MSG works similarly to the way nicotine does in actually causes addiction to the foods that it is in. Of course, these are typically unhealthy foods like potato chips, and you become addicted to them without even realizing it. You have a sudden craving fo... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 09:44:44 EST Crunchy Question of the day (1-30) Give me your greatest tips for climbing back on that wagon! (or getting started works as well!) <BR> I know I am falling and need a shove back on! The scale still says the same.. but I know that will soon change with me eating like this! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:22:25 EST Homemade Fritos Homemade Fritos <BR> by Melissa Breyer of <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 1/2 cup organic, non-GMO yellow cornmeal <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 3/4 cup boiling water <BR> 1 teaspoon olive oil <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees. <BR> <BR> 2. Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir, add olive oil. Add remaining 3/4 cup boiling water, while stirring constantly. <BR> <BR> 3. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a well-greased bakin... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 23:36:13 EST Make-up? Ok.. so I hadn't wore any make-up since before mom passed.. just didn't feel the need I guess. Well, the last couple times I have gotten out of the house, I did! I forgot how good I felt with it on.. now my skin is suffering.. but that is another story.. lol.. Now.. it is old and I need some new, more NO cancer causing ones.. I know that even some Vegan ones are umm no no's.. so.. any recommendations? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:26:43 EST challenge idea? I read Amy's post and her blog and going through the transition of eating vegan, myself right now got me thinking.. anyone up for a veggie challenge? Either just simply vegetarian or vegan.. doesn't matter.. just let me know what you think! Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:22:49 EST Hi! Obviously, I'm new. <BR> I am probably not exactly the crunchiest of mamas, but I have crispy tendancies. I try to live my life, and teach my children to live with compassion and open-mindedness. We try to make environmentally-conscious choices and live frugally (or learn to live frugally.) Most of all, I like to learn from my friends, and some of my crunchier friends have been some of my best teachers. I hope I will be welcome here. <BR> by the way, my name is Missy, I have 2 kiddles, ... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:18:13 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-29) I am back! Still have the yuckies but I am back! <BR> Ok.. just wondering out there.. How important is sleep in your family? you, your dh and Lo's? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:21:17 EST Crunchy Question of the Day 1-28 Do you rely more on natural to stay healthy or more on Western medicine? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:42:26 EST Dirt See! I knew it all along. BEsides, kids that never get dirty scare me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brod.html?em </link> <BR> <BR> Tami Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:42:45 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-27) Ok mamas.. here it is.. give me your best chest cold me get over this!!! Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:02:57 EST Daily check-in I am sicker than a dog mamas.. and am being put back in bed by dh.. I will be posting the question of the day in a second but I need to take a few days off and get over this! I have asked for help so if someone would like to help out, let me know via email.. if no one comes forth, then I will just be absent for a few days.. I hope you all understand! We have -32 today with 10" of snow.. wind is suppose to pick up so it will be nasty! Stay warm and well mamas!!! Hugs to all, Lisa Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:01:16 EST Making the leap... So I have been toying with the idea of going vegetarian for a while now but have really been lacking the motivation to start. Last night I started reading a pregnancy nutrition book and was completely horrified by the contents....guess I should have checked out the authors before I started reading. Both the authors are vegan and the book was dedicated to teaching pregnant women (and everyone else) about why they should become vegan as well. <BR> <BR> It had the usual chapters about how suga... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:28:13 EST Store name help Hey mamas! It's me again. I am thinking about opening an online store that sells kids stuff like cloth diapers, pillowcase dresses, and maybe some baby quilts. I need help with a name for this store. Someone please help me...again. It seems like I ask for help alot on here. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 13:07:50 EST Crunchy Question of the day (1-26) What are your hobbies? Do they relate to Crunchy Living or not? Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:18:46 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-25) What do you do when a sickness hits you? Do you continue to go on with your workouts.. both cardio and ST or do you take a break? What do you do with your calories? keep them the same or just eat what you can? Sun, 25 Jan 2009 11:20:53 EST sickness? Ok mamas.. what do you do when you feel yourself getting sick? I knew with me working out so much, being over stressed and no sleep.. it was coming.. two days ago I felt myself getting down.. well.. last night I thought I would hit it.. I grabbed the cold-eze since it is homeopathic.. well I guess i am allergic to that crap.. sigh.. needless to say, I had the pukies and ended up taking an benadryl and passing out. Today.. oh.. I no so feel good. Usually I grab the cayenne pepper and garl... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 11:10:23 EST Cheap place to buy seeds Ok so i live in the middle of no where wyoming and it is really cold here so most everything for the garden has to be started in the house. I want to start some seeds next month and was looking to buy on line because the selections here in town just suck. So i found some places to buy seed, some organic some not, but it all seems so much more expensive. does anybody have a favorite place to buy their seeds or know any place to get good deals? <BR> Samantha Sat, 24 Jan 2009 23:16:33 EST Yoga? Namaste! Happy Yoga Day USA ! <BR> <link><BR>aste_happy_yoga_day_usa </link> <BR> <BR> How many Yoga lovers do we have here? I start out everyday with it and have for several years. I follow my routine with 15 minutes of meditation. I know the days that I don't, I am so off balanced and out of sink it isn't funny! <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jan 2009 12:38:38 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-24) I know, I know.. it is still the 23rd.. BUT.. I am sleeping in tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> So, what are your plans for this weekend? Anything special? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:41:41 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-23) I actually snatched this one from a member of the BFing group.. I may bring it over there in a few weeks to see if they come up with anything different. <BR> <BR> How about any homeopathic uses for Breast Milk? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:19:19 EST It's Lisa's birthday! It's our hardworking leader Lisa's birthday so stop by her page and wish her a good one. <BR> <link><BR>AD2HEALTHY </link> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 18:13:52 EST Blackberry vinegar for nausea I just made up a batch to take to my daughter, the only reason I'm sorry she didn't tell me until she had completed her first trimester is that she was really really sick not just in the morning. And this could have really helped her. <BR> <BR> Usually I make this in the summer when the berries are fresh as part of preserving. But since it's winter, I made it using frozen organic blackberries <BR> <BR> 1 generous pint organic blackberries <BR> 1/4 c evaporated organic cane juice <BR> 1/4 ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:37:38 EST Food Labels That Lie Go figure! <BR> Things are not always what they seem. That's been the result as some food producers have been watering down their products or substituting cheaper ingredients to save some cash, the FDA says <BR> <link><BR>1023079 </link> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:19:19 EST Turmeric Stains I spilled a salad dressing on my counter and didn't wipe it off in a timely fashion. Now I've got yellow dots that I cannot get rid of. Any suggestions? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:11:00 EST 2009 - - Challenge Week 4 Hey mamas, week 4!!! Kudos to those who have made it this far! This has been very interesting for me personally and so thankful we did it! There are still some of you that need to update last weeks -- you can still find your templates for week 3 by clicking "2009 -- Challenge Week 3" on the Games, Challenges, and Fun! Forum. Please update your stats and I will have everyone's totals results tonight! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is the template for week 4. If you are interested in participating in ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:55:43 EST Challenge chat for week 4/results for week 3 First off, I am post this for the newbies.. We are in week 3, but you can jump in with us, anytime! <BR> The challenge is explained here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=8329x27305x<BR>21224099 </link> <BR> <BR> And sign ups are here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=8329x27305x<BR>21888963 </link> <BR> <BR> I am giving you today to post and tally up your scores and I will post the results tonig... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:31:23 EST Crunchy question of the day (1-22) Thank you Samantha! Keep the questions coming mamas! These are great! <BR> <BR> what is the thing you are most proud of that you have changed from the way you were thing you have kept the same that you are proud of? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:49:55 EST SPINNINGRA CHEL-Cloth Diapering!! I am copying the questions you asked and pasting them on top.. my answers are below it. <BR> <BR> You said... "Ok ladies. I went to see what this deal looks like if I decide to take on the challenge. I found a site in English with a sister site that imports to Israel. They offer a package of 20 diapers, 10 absorbing pads and 3 covers. So: <BR> what are the absorbing pads? are they multiple use too? <BR> do i have to use covers? <BR> do the covers get dirty too? <BR> <BR> having asked my que... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 09:58:33 EST Tastefully Simple - every tried it? Anyone ever try the Tastefully Simple products? <BR> <BR> When we moved, our realtor gave us a gift basket with some Tastefully Simple products. One was the Garlic Garlic - YUMMY!! It has become our favorite seasoning in the kitchen (and has NO sodium at all)... I also was given a box of the Beer Bread - I didn't make it until a few days ago (made with Sprite) WOW! It was the best bread - so sweet. <BR> <BR> And in the next couple days I'm gonna make the Nana's Apple Cake (also given to us... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:16:57 EST Shampoo free! Healthy hair, naturally. lookie what I found! <BR> <link><BR>e.htm </link> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 18:37:20 EST Eggciting News!!! INTERESTING!!!! And wow.. I was eating them because I knew how my neighbor (well.. 10 miles away.. lol) treated his hens! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>red-Eggs-Vitamin-D-Content.aspx?blogid<BR>=1508&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email </link> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:58:47 EST CDing MAMAS!! FB ONESIZE!!! OOPS! looks like I did a booboo! <BR> Please don't reply to this.. lol <BR> <BR> Fuzzi Bunz <BR> <BR> I promised when the One Size FuzziBunz came out that I would happily share that with you. Well, its OUT and ready for sale. <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with our One Size let me take a minute to educate you on the product. <BR> <BR> We have not come out with our own One Size diaper because we did not believe in the concept. Really....a diaper that can be bought when a baby is bo... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:55:03 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-21) Ok, so today it is completely off subject but would like to know WWYD? Now, this will be the same question in Breastfeeding Moms so those of you in both.. you don't have to answer them both.. just one! <BR> <BR> So, lets say it is almost your birthday.. dh has to work late on it, your oldest has a bball game and won't be home until late either. They USUALLY pull together to make a cake.. but you know that won't happen. Now, we are all in the.. it will add extra weight.. boat.. so, do you ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 10:15:22 EST milk/formula question I've got a quick question I was hoping one of you could help me with. How soon can I switch Jamie over to whole milk? She is 8 months next week. Her formula is insanly expensive for us right now (15 bucks a can every 4 or 5 days). I wont give her all out milk at first. I would gradually add it in. I just don't want to do anything that might hurt her tummy or anything. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:19:59 EST Don't let setbacks set you back! Here's a great article on maintaining your motivation by thinking objectively. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-a-scientist.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's part of a series of articles about making change; follow the links to read the others. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:01:05 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-20) Thank you Samantha! <BR> This one is for all of you Pet Lovers! <BR> Do you do anything to make your pets healthier, or to save on cost of feeding and upkeep of your pets? Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:41:50 EST what a neat game!...... THANKS A.B!!!! I think we need this for family night!!! <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:54:05 EST Adoption We always planned on adopting but now that it's time to stop talking and start doing I'm having trouble figuring out where to begin. <BR> I know we at least have one adoptive mommy and I was hoping that some of you guys might know something on the subject might be able to point me in the right direction. Maybe an informational website or message boards? Or even just some personal advice, tips & hints would be wonderful. <BR> There is so much information out there and it all seems so genera... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:33:38 EST Frozen peas question Recent news says that drinking ice cold drinks leads to overeating. I am trying hard to break the ice water and ice tea habit. <BR> <BR> I had peas last night but my daughter and I love to snack on them frozen. I also eat frozen grapes. She doesn't like those. <BR> <BR> The question is would frozen peas and grapes do the same thing? It has been bugging me for a couple of days. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:10:41 EST Happy Birthday Kai!!! Today is Kai's Birthday!! Happy Birthday, Girl!! <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> Don't reply here.. go to her page and wish her a Happy Birthday!!! <BR> <link><BR>SSKAI </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 01:43:54 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-19) HELP! I am running out of ideas! Send me an email with couple, will ya! :) <BR> <BR> Ok, so we have talked about essential oils.. now... <BR> Do you use herbs? If so, what is your favorite and what do you use it for besides cooking? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 01:34:37 EST Exciting new milestones!!! (sorry a brag moment) May I have a brag moment on my baby!! Christopher is 10 months - will be 11 months on the 26th... <BR> <BR> As of Jan 6th, he learned to go DOWN the stairs (he's been going up for quite awhile) Infact, last week I got rid of ALL gates - he now has free roam of the house... He's up/down the stairs ALL the time... <BR> <BR> As of last week, he is now signing: more and milk. YA!! Its so cute!! We're now working on: eat and water... <BR> <BR> And lastly, as of yesterday, he's standing all by ... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 22:15:31 EST Coffee Creamer? Does anyone have any creamer recipes? dh drinks the crap out of this.. thus a huge chunk of our budget goes it.. sigh.. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:50:36 EST Simple Baby Food Recipes When you're a new mom, the convenience of store-bought baby food is hard to beat. But with the use of a few modern kitchen gadgets, making your own baby food can pretty simple too. Besides the fact that the homemade stuff usually tastes better, many parents find it to be a very satisfying--and economical--experience. <BR> <BR> You don't have to be a cooking aficionado to succeed with these simple baby food recipes. Just buy the freshest ingredients you can find, and use organic ingredients w... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:49:42 EST Organic Gardening Tips! <link> </link> <BR> 1. Mulch your flower beds and trees with 3" of organic material - it conserves water, adds humus and nutrients, and discourages weeds. It gives your beds a nice, finished appearance. <BR> <BR> 2. Mulch acid-loving plants with a thick layer of pine needles each fall. As the needles decompose, they will deposit their acid in the soil. <BR> <BR> 3. The most important step in pest management is to maintain healthy soil. It produces healthy plants... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:44:33 EST Home-made Spaghetti-O's <link><BR>ade-spaghettios.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Did you know that Spaghettios with Meatballs contain NO meat? The only thing that would stop a vegetarian from eating those things (besides chemicals, if you’re not into those), would be the ‘beef flavoring’. I used to love me a can of Spaghettios with Meatballs but, y’know—ew. I feel betrayed. <BR> <BR> This recipe was inspired by the original ingredient list, taken word for word, minus the scary bit... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:42:15 EST Homemade Nutella Recipe When I was in Germany, I lived off this stuff!! YUMMY!!! <BR> <BR> Homemade Nutella Recipe <BR> <BR> * 2 cups chopped hazelnuts (filberts) <BR> * 3/4 cup to 1 cup powdered sugar <BR> * 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (such as Hershey's Extra Dark cocoa) <BR> * 1/8 to 1/4 cup canola oil <BR> <BR> Place hazelnuts in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until nuts start to clump together in a ball. This will take some time (about five min... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:39:40 EST Weekly Fun... Sunday! Sunday~ Relaxation Day! <BR> Today is YOUR day! <BR> Do something special for YOU and tell us about it! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:31:48 EST Great Book! I am a book junkie...can't get enough of them. Just got a new one today and had to is "Organic Body Care Recipes" and has TONS of great recipes for everything you can think of. And not the usual mix this EO with this base product. These are actual 100% homemade products using stuff like shea butter, EO, oils, and nut/grain meal blends. LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Here is the link to amazon.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 02:50:06 EST Have some fun testing your Eco-IQ <link><BR>/01/16/have-some-fun-testing-your-eco-iq/ </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:25:57 EST AP and the 2yr old Ok ladies I have a tantrum situation. My 2yr old is at THAT phase where everything is her way or the highway. I am a pretty laid back parent and for the most part let them play/do what ever they want as long as it is not a safety risk. But I do have some hardcore rules. <BR> <BR> 1. You will eat what I say to eat or you don't eat <BR> 2. You will do what I say the FIRST time I say it (i.e. cleaning up toys, going into a building, taking off your shoes inside, staying on the sidewalk...) <BR... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:58:33 EST Weekly Fun...Sat Saturday~ Family Day! <BR> Do something special with your family <BR> (even if it just the kids) Take a walk, <BR> make a craft, play a game, doesn't matter! <BR> Tell us about it! Sat, 17 Jan 2009 10:45:34 EST Crunchy Question of the Day (1-17 and 1-18) WOW.. we are two months old mamas.. ok, and a few days... so, I would like to know how you are feeling right now. We started out with just Kai and I.. Then grabbed a couple of you from the cloth diapering team, the AP team and BFing team....then, we got others... and now, we have 70 members!!! WOW!!! So, if you don't want to post your reply to my question here, please feel you can email me with your response.. which you always can, but I am sure you know that! <BR> Anyhow, are you ok if ... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 10:12:58 EST