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Lauren @ Hobo Mama
Seattle WA USA
Natural parent and writer
Interests: parenting, babies, children, birth, babywearing, breastfeeding, cloth diapers, EC, bilingualism, writing, reading, novels
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You've convinced me! :) That bread sounds amazing.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2013 on 6 Ingredients: Week 3 at Up, Down & Natural
Ha ha, I can't help you with the tofu. I got scared of it from all the talk of hormones and only eat it at restaurants now. What you're making with it looks so good, though! Here's what we use to replace grains in meals: raw cabbage. Don't write it off without giving it a shot! It's so crispety-crunchety delicious in texture but very mild in taste. Plus, cheap, and easy to prepare by just cutting a bunch of thin strips (like pasta) as a base, then layer the other parts of the main dish on top. I agree on not trying to replicate everything grainy with gluten-free varieties, though. That way disappointment lies… We've also had fun coming up with new favorite meals, or ones that work just as well without grains. Also? I don't think I've ever heard anyone berate herself that she's eating too much broccoli and kale. ;) Maybe try some carrots and red peppers in a stir fry (with cabbage for the rice — see! Of course, you can just eat rice, so there's that possibility, too, ha ha ha), and a really yummy thing to do with cauliflower is mash it like mashed potatoes. I'm sure you can find recipes for that on Pinterest. I should make Sam post his version, too.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2013 on 6 Ingredients: Week 2 at Up, Down & Natural
How adorable! I love your designer touches.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2013 on Knitting for my girl. at Clean.
This is sooo funny to me, because my husband DIYed exactly that this past week, but using a little jam jar. I know he doesn't read your blog or go on Pinterest, so it must have been out of his own brain. I didn't think to pin his creation, though, so I'll pin yours! :)
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2012 on DIY Mason Jar Straw Cup at Clean.
So excited to read your updates. Thinking wildly about how we can adapt this ourselves, with a chore- … er … task-resistant 5-year-old and two disorganized adults. You're giving me hope, though, that it's possible if we all make our goals together. Love this inspiration — thank you!
I am so interested in following along on this journey with you! We have the same dynamics at work here — and add in two parents who are hopeless themselves at keeping the place clean (sigh). So we all have a lot to learn about pitching in cooperatively.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2012 on Entitlement is not what I'm going for. at Clean.
What Kate said. I really hope you get a good one this time. Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2012 on I Don't Wanna, But I'm Gonna at the modernity ward
I love it!
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Good luck with moving, to both of you! I started laughing when I saw the pre- and post-kids photos. They really do mess up any convictions about minimalism, huh? Not that we personally weren't reforming packrats before kids, but now it's even worse, with the toys that just keep exploding in volume no matter how many we give away. I guess it's a process that never has an ending point (for 99% of us, anyway). We keep needing to deal with what's coming in and sort what's already here. In some ways, needing to move every few years is good for that sort of taking stock and making hard decisions.
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It's beautiful! I love love love old houses. Those door knobs, that bathtub — the joy! And I love the touch of the New Braunfels message — beautiful. Enjoy your new home!
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I follow @Lunapads on twitter. @Hobo_Mama
I follow @UpDownNatural on twitter. @Hobo_Mama
I like Lunapads on Facebook. L Wayne
I shared this contest on Facebook. Hobo Mama
I love my Lunapanties and need more!! :)
I like Up, Down & Natural on Facebook! Lauren Wayne mail {at}
Love that message, and the beautiful soapy pictures.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2012 on Unschooling. At LuSa Organics. at Clean.
Just now Mikko was snuggling with his sock monkeys you made and saying, "Why are they called SOCK monkeys?" He didn't believe me that they were made out of socks until I showed him your tutorial. He was much amused. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on Silly Socks ~ A Tutorial at Up, Down & Natural
That is awesome! I love that print. :) I'm glad you're rebuilding your stash with such happy-making treasures. You know we're still loving our diapers you so lovingly gave away — thank you. I'm impressed by how well they all still fit our cute little guy!
Number 3, ha ha. And maybe throw in a #4 for good measure! Beautiful photos, truly stunning. And beautiful family!
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2012 on Apologies For The Delay... at Up, Down & Natural
Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck! Can you imagine if that had gone inside you and you saw it only when you pulled it out? {shudder} I can't believe their response, either. "Meh, it's fine. It's just mold." Um…yeah. Mold that would have gone in my lady parts. I'm glad I've got my DivaCup in and my Lunapads on! :)
Hoo boy, I can see what a journey this will be for you! All that researching you must be doing, and learning about these new steps and injections and so on … wow. It's like its own part-time job. Here's hoping your openness about it will help someone else not feel lost and alone as they start the journey, and I hope your way forward is smooth. Thanks for sharing!
I love the collage idea — brilliant! Otherwise, it's just my face, scarily big. My husband is banned from making grilled cheese sandwiches, because he's always trying to multi-task. He does most of the cooking, but he turns grilled cheese making over to me. I have been invited to a moms-and-babies showing of The Hunger Games, so I had to quick figure out what it was. That's how out of it I am. But I will soon be in the group with the cool kids. P.S. Feel free to link up on my Sunday Surf if you're into that sort of thing. (I really wanted to write "sorta thing.")
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That makes total sense to me. Some moments, good or bad, you just need to hold close. Wishing for the best for you, and patience and gentleness from those who care for you.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2012 on An IVF Disclaimer at Our IVF Journey
So helpful and insightful, thank you. I really appreciate the way you move beyond the button-pushers in your son's behavior and way of talking and get at the root of what support he needs from you. You know, it's funny, but I also read the communication book you mention far too early to be of good to me. ;) I need to reread it now!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Life with my son at Good Enough Mum