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Robin Taylor Swatt
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Mar 15, 2010
keep us updated! like you, i've tried many "natural" store-bought products, only to have a resultant rash or simply realized they didn't work. i will try your recipe to see if it works for me. i have guiltily backslid into using my secret deodorant for the past few months but i really want to get away from those sketchy ingredients.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2010 on Baby step: homemade deodorant at EnviroMom
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moleskine products are so lovely! beauty and practicality rolled into one!!!
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on Show & Tell : moleskine at MommyCoddle
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Oh my! That pantry is simply GORGEOUS. I'm getting pangs of envy here. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on passing through... at beauty that moves
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adorable AND practical! fingers are crossed...
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on SouleMama Sponsor ~ BABYBEARSHOP ~ at SouleMama
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I've just converted my kids (2 and 4) back to plain yogurt... hurrah! I've just started making my own yogurt (if I had known how easy and cost-effective it is, I would been making it years ago) and I started off sweetening it with honey and vanilla, and then gradually reducing the sweetening and adding more and more fruit. Now, it's pretty much mixed with a couple of spoonfuls of whatever fruit sauce I've made that's stashed in the fridge or some frozen fruit. For some reason, they haven't noticed the difference. Maybe because I did it so gradually (took several weeks).
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on My one piece of advice for new parents at EnviroMom
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I've noticed the downsizing of packaged foods too: crackers, bread, ice cream, even candy. I wouldn't mind it so much if they weren't so sneaky about it! And yes, it is another reason to buy less packaged items and make more things from scratch. These past two weeks I have learned to make my own yogurt and bake my own sandwich loaves of bread. But it would be hard to find the time to make everything. I think it's about finding the balance between time, cost, and eco-friendliness.
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You are such an amazing mom. I draw inspiration from you every time I read your blog. Bless you.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2010 on The Handmades: Dr. Ada at SouleMama
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Meal planning is such a great way to save money. My family's CSA box is picked up on Fridays so I do all of my grocery shopping for the week on Saturdays, having planned our week's meals based on the contents of our CSA box. In addition to making sure I have all ingredients on hand, I have also learned that by keeping our meals simple, I am less stressed and more apt to cook nightly. Now, we only eat out or get takeout once every two weeks or so! This has saved us oodles of money.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2010 on Resolution 2010: The Year of Money at EnviroMom
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just today i was reorganizing my earrings and wishing i had a better way to disply them... and then voila! i read your post. it's as if you read my mind. thank you for the very clever idea!!!
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My husband and I have chosen to make this holiday season much more low key. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas and simply didn't give any Hanukkah gifts to the kids this year. They didn't miss it (ages 2 and 4) and enjoyed the candles, Hanukkah stories, dreidel spinning, and latkes all the more. For Christmas, we have bought them a few gifts each but focused more on things to do together during the holidays: gingerbread cookie-making, decorating a gingerbread house, looking at holiday lights, decorating our tree with hand-me-down ornaments, watching old holiday classic movies. For each other,instead of stressing about gifts, my hubby and I are going to spend a day together, just the two of us without the kids. Maybe a visit to the local museum, a lunch out, etc. This is the first year I haven't felt stressed about the holidays... it feels so nice!
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I never blow dry. During the week, I shower early enough in the evening to let my hair airdry before bed. Sometimes I time it too late and my hair is damp when I go to sleep, but it's not uncomfortable. I have short hair, but VERY thick, so it takes up to 2 hours to dry. During the weekend, I have the luxury of taking a morning shower and I just wash and go.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2009 on Just say 'no' to blow drying hair! at EnviroMom
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Love it! Looks like it was easy and great for a child's imagination. I will show my own little ones to see if they're inspired to do the same with me!
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If you haven't already, check out http://www.foodinjars.com Marisa is such an inspiration and her recipes and posts are down-to-earth and reader-friendly. I made jars and jars of applesauce, strawberry jam, pear butter, and blackberry jam, and it really was quite easy. Now I want to learn the pressure-cooker canning method.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2009 on Canning is in my future! at EnviroMom
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Such a great idea Molly! I too feel that there has to be a better way of maximizing my food budget. Between our CSA box, the farmer's market, Costco, and the regular grocery store, we spend too much. I know we spend our money on quality products but it still makes my stomach turn over when we spend more than $100 a week.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2009 on Up for a challenge? at MommyCoddle
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Thank you for helping me to remember why I love what I do.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2009 on my princess and our pea at SouleMama
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looks like a fun project for home that would work in my first grade classroom too!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2009 on Show & Tell : Stencil 101 at MommyCoddle
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I love the bright colors of these shoes. I had forgotten about birks... it might be time to rediscover them!
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2009 on Show & Tell : Birkenstock Sandals at MommyCoddle
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lovely giveaway. so yummy.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2009 on Sponsor Giveaway :: Baby Bear Shop at SouleMama
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