Is There One Major Thing We Can Do To Make Our Homes Greener?

We asked ourselves the question, is there one major thing we can do to make our homes greener?

In Green Home: A Sunset Guide, by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and her colleagues, they illustrate that there is not one thing that makes a home green or provides a natural environment to live in. Everything in your home, objects to electrical outlets can be made more environmentally friendly. Don’t get overwhelmed! Just break it down into categories and think about things one at a time.

“To begin, a green home is first and foremost an energy efficient one. That means making sure that your home is well insulated and that the appliances are energy efficient. This also means making sure that appliances waste less water. A simple caulking around windows and limiting other drafty areas can really make a huge difference and save you some serious coin.” (Bradley) Continue reading

Happy Healthy Halloween & Harvest Season

Image by Ashlee Dawn Photography found [here].

For many parents who are aware of all the chemicals and artificial ingredients lurking in Halloween candy this can be a precarious time of year. Likely you love the harvest time, the beautiful leaves, the pumpkins, the fun decorations and how darn cute your kid looks in their costume – but you are dreading all the junk they will be given. Many of us are also concerned about the type of candy we want to give out to other children in our neighbourhoods.

We have been speaking to lots of natural mommies and they have come up with some great ideas for a healthier Halloween for everyone, which we (of course) wanted to share with you. Continue reading

CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop – October 25, 2012

Introducing CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop on October 25, 2012 in Ottawa Ontario, presented by Postpartum Support international (PSI) titled Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care. Speaker Birdie Gunyon Meyer, is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling.  She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the immediate Past-President of Postpartum Support International and Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Council. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Continue reading

Huggaloops Snuggle Sling + Give Away

Introducing the Huggaloops Snuggle Baby Sling. Invented by Canadian mom, Stacey Vukovics, Hugaloops is a totally unique design which uses three interlocking loops to hold baby close. Weight is distributed evenly, it is fully adjustible and made wth a double layer of 2-way stretch fabric, with double-stitched safety seams. Amazingly, there are even more reasons to love this product. In addition to being confortable and stylish, the Huggaloops baby sling has eliminated buckles or tying like with most other slings. You just slip on the loops and it is ready for baby!

We have been really excited about Hugaloops here at naturalmommy, so we met up with Stacey who agreed to do a give away with naturalmommy readers! We also just had to talk to her about her love of baby wearing and balancing business with motherhood. See below for our interview with her.

To win your Huggaloops Snuggle Sling, just like naturalmommy on facebook [here], and send us a message letting us know that you want one! We will pick a random winner and Stacey will send it out directly from Huggaloops headquarters. You can also nominate a mommy in your life that would love this product and if she wins, Stacey will send it to her for you! To make this give away even better Stacey would love for the winner to pick their own colour. She will contact the winner directly before she sends it out to let them decide the colour that best suits them. If you nominate a friend and she wins, you can pick the colour for her so it is still a surprise! Continue reading

Fall & Planning Your Garden With Your Kids

Submitted by Lisa Marvier of Farm Girl Nursery. Connect with them on facebook [here]. Image by Ashlee Dawn Photography found [here].

Fall. My favorite time of the year. I actually “fallify” my entire home right down to the bales of straw on the entry table topped with wild looking pumpkins to the multicolored fresh leaves trailing down the staircase. It is also an amazing time of the year to plan your gardens with your children and create a start to finish plan that requires sharing, creating and learning. Here are some ideas for accomplishing this and enjoying the wonders of the season:


Head on out to the nearest pumpkin patch or find a local store or nursery where you can buy organic pumpkins. Have the kids draw or use their favorite trinkets to decorate and then carve. Continue reading

5 Things You Can Do At Home To Heal Yourself After Birth

Submitted to naturalmommy by Nicola Hogg, psychotherapist and mommy who has made it her life’s work to empower other moms. Nicola specializes in working with mothers antenatally and postnatally. She lives and works in Ireland. Her web-site can be found [here].


I remember how hard it can be to even contemplate leaving the house in the early days of having a newborn baby!

So here are some things you can do to gently heal yourself without going for counselling in the early days following a traumatic or difficult birth experience.

1. Feel: Remember it is OK to feel overwhelmed/sad/disappointed/confused about the birth. Most often our difficulties with feelings are about our battle with them. Try to go with them….if you feel sad, allow the tears without holding back. Trust that they will end eventually….as long as you express them. If you feel angry, find a safe way to express it…hitting a ball with a racket off the side of the house, ripping up pages of a phone book, any other inventive ways you can think of to get your anger out. Continue reading

Parenting for a Peaceful World with Robin Grille

Naturalmommy is pleased to introduce Robin Grille, father, psychologist, author and parenting educator from Australia. We were very excited to get the change to talk to Robin about his world changing endeavours and to share his parenting wisdom with you, especially his concept of emotionally authentic parenting.

Robin has written two thought provoking books, Heart to Heart Parenting and Parenting for a Peaceful World. Both books promote the cultivating of loving and supportive relationships between parent and child while discussing the effects of relationships based on shaming, manipulation and abuse.

Parenting for a Peaceful World was our first introduction to Robin. We were struck by his connection between parenting and the level of peacefulness in society. He believes that our child rearing choices can be the most powerful agents for positive social change and planetary healing.

This work gets parents thinking from a whole new perspective about their role as promoters of peace, yet Robin does this without patronizing the reader. Instead Robin focuses on giving parents general information about research relating to child development. This research touches on areas of development psychology, social psychology, biology and psycho-history. Robin argues that emotionally healthy children are a communal responsibility and we have to agree with him.

In Heart to Heart Parenting Robin focuses on showing parents how to nurture their child’s emotional intelligence and to encourage children to grow up in ways which support peace and sustainability. Continue reading

World Breastfeeding Week 2012

Today begins World Breastfeeding Week 2012. WBW is celebrated every year from August 1st-7th in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Canada also has a National Breastfeeding Week in October.

The first World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign had the theme: “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative” which began 20 years ago by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding. As seen on the WBW website, found [here], they are currently looking to the future to see what more can be done to support women to feed and care for of their children.

The most well-known support network for breastfeeding women is La Leche League. They are an international nonprofit organization that promotes breastfeeding and connects mothers in order to offer mother-to-mother support. La Leche is global and available in most countries. If you would like nursing support, try talking to your local La Leche League or midwifery office.

The WBW 2012 Objectives are:

  1. To recall what has happened in the past 20 years on infant and young child feeding (IYCF).
  2. To celebrate successes and achievements nationally, regionally and globally and showcase national work at global level.
  3. To assess the status of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GS).
  4. To call for action to bridge the remaining gaps in policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF.
  5. To draw public attention on the state of policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYC

What is the Global Strategy?

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly developed and launched the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GS) in 2002 reaffirming the four Innocenti targets set in 1995, and setting additional targets. The GS has identified a clear need for optimal infant feeding practices in reducing malnutrition as well as poverty. It is based on a human rights approach and calls for the development of comprehensive national policies on infant and young child feeding. It provides guidance on how to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for first six months, and continued breastfeeding for two years or beyond together with adequate, appropriate and indigenous complementary feeding starting from the age of six months.”

What to be a part of this imitative? You can make a pledge to them [here] and you can also spread the word!

Six Clean Plates

Submitted by Lisa Marvier of Farm Girl Nursery. Find them on facebook [here].

Last weekend I had all of the cousins over for a camping adventure on the property. They range in age from 7 – 12. Most are very easy going when it comes to food from the garden and are eager to try new dishes. However, 2 of the bunch refused and have always refused to try anything! Breaks my heart. This year it was going to be different.

The deal was you can spend the night, sleep in the tent, sit by the campfire and roast smores only and only after you have worked in the garden and helped to pick the veggies for dinner. This years crop included cauliflower, leeks, onions, fennel, garlic and basil. The kids promptly hopped in the hot tub allowing me to clean the produce. After their showers they strolled into the kitchen one by one and we chopped, very finely all of our ingredients. They watched and participated in the making. The salmon was prepped with fresh garlic, a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper, lemon and popped into the oven. Rice was thrown into the rice cooker and we were on our way.

We talked about the veggies from the garden, how they thought we could prepare them in the future, what they loved about the harvesting process and more. The veggies were sautéed, each child got a stir or two and then we were ready to plate. Something was different this time. They all were excited to know how their little creation was going to turn out. Beautiful plates were plated with a nice amount of rice. On top of the rice we did a large spoonful of the sautéed cauliflower (remember tiny, tiny), fennel, garlic, basil and leeks. Atop that our lovely salmon and garnished with a pinch of fresh basil. What a treat! The kids picked up their forks and in what seemed like an instant the plates were bare – I was astounded. The first thing I did was to call my parents who were in complete shock that the two girls not only ate but tried something new. Then I was on the phone to my brother who did not believe me. Here’s the SECRET: the kid’s had a vested interest. They picked the veggies, they cooked, they talked about the meal and in the end they wanted to know what it tasted like. Of course it was fabulous. Mission accomplished. I think I’m onto something here!

Images courtesy of Farm Girl Nursery. Visit them on facebook for more photos.

Farm Girl Nursery

Farm Girl Nursery opened on March 24th of this year in Novato, California. It’s pretty much been an experiment, according to owner Lisa Marvier who is excited about what might happen next. The fact that she knows that she is making a difference in the world means everything to her. Farm Girl Nursery is full of fresh organic fruits and veggies as well as a variety of animals, some of which are rescued like her former racehorses. They have also opened up a camp for kids, where they can learn about how food is grown and even do some of the cooking themselves. Lisa also encourages people to reuse materials in ways they have never thought of, instead of just buying new. She encourages kids in her camp to recycle everything from their homes: egg cartons, soda bottles, water bottles, milk containers…anything that they can use to start seeds. Lisa discovered that the plastic cartons with tops are great because they act as mini greenhouses!

We just had to meet up with Lisa (interview below) to learn more about Farm Girl Nursery, her philosophies and her future plans. You can connect with Lisa and Farm Girl Nursery through e-mail:, over the phone: (415) 730.6917 or through their facebook page found [here]. Their current hours of operation are Wednesday and Saturday from 10-4PM.

NM: Why do you think it is important for people to grow their own food and or buy natural food grown locally?

Lisa: I see so many ill informed people all over the country. They eat what their parents eat, their parents are in a hurry, and they forget about health and nutrition. When you grow your own food it means something. You see a seed turn into a harvest and you want to eat it, prepare it and enjoy it. Eating locally is everything. I often ask my son to read the ingredients in the food he wants to eat because the “other” kids like it. I then ask him what is in an apple, a green bean, an orange. He gets it. His breakfast often consists of a walk through the gardens picking blueberries, strawberries, peas, carrots and tomatoes. It puts a huge smile on my face and heart! Continue reading