Public Breastfeeding

At first nursing in public was really weird to me. I don’t think I had ever seen anyone do it before & it just seemed strange, out of place. However, I had a newborn who nursed every half hour for the first couple months of his life, so my options were either to never leave the house, or to nurse in public. Now I’m really glad that he sort of forced me to get used to it because the truth is, nursing is wholesome, healthy, natural, and non-debateably best for babies. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to get sick or die, & are more likely to live healthy lives as adults (& it makes their moms healthier too!)

And truthfully, the more people who breastfeed in public, the more normal it becomes, which is a good thing. Just like older children & adults, sometimes a baby needs to eat while away from home, which they should be able to do without criticism or judgement.

(Breastfeeding in public is also protected by Florida state law – whether or not you are covered up – & most other states have similar laws.)

On that note, here are some of the places Kaden & I have nursed away from home.

At…

  • The pediatrician’s office
  • Michigan Wolverine’s college football game
  • An airplane
  • Church
  • Many restaurants
  • Grandma’s house
  • The mall
  • Landon’s work
  • A parking lot
  • Target
  • My in laws’ house
  • The airport
  • Major League Baseball games
  • Starbucks
  • A car dealership
  • Friends’ houses
  • Sam’s Club’s furniture isle
  • The pool
  • Disney World
  • The movie theater

…basically everywhere we go  🙂

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Vegetable Fried Rice

If you’re looking for an easy Asian meal to make at home, this one is a winner.  Made with brown rice & organic eggs & vegetables, it’s wholesome & delicious.  It’s one of our favorites, & convenient because we almost always have all the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cups frozen vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
  • soy sauce
  • sea salt & pepper
  • chives

Cook rice according to directions on bag.  While rice is cooking, saute onion & mushrooms 5-10 minutes.  Add frozen vegetables & cook several minutes longer, until vegetables are completely cooked.  Season with sea salt & pepper.  Cook eggs in another pan.  Add cooked rice & eggs to vegetable pan & mix together well.  Season with soy sauce to taste.  Add chives if you like.

Serve immediately.  Makes 2 big servings or 4 small servings.  Enjoy!
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How to make Homemade Baby Wipes

When I started to cloth diaper the idea of using cloth wipes too was intimidating to me.  I find that amusing now because they are really so simple, and I no longer have the problem of accidentally putting the disposable wipe in the cloth diaper & it going through the laundry (or finding somewhere else to set the dirty wipe while I put the cloth diaper in a wet bag.)

You can buy cloth baby wipes online at www.amazon.com, or you can make your own with old receiving blankets. I did this by cutting some hand-me-down blankets up into 8×8 squares & sewing them together (well actually my mom & sisters sewed them together for me, so I can’t really give specific directions for that part, but they said it was really easy.)

Baby Wipes Recipe:

  • 1 squirt of natural baby shampoo/body wash (I use California Baby Fragrance Free & love it.)
  • 1 splash olive oil
  • Enough warm water to wet all your wipes

After you’ve mixed the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, wet the cloth wipes.  I keep the wipes in a Munchkin Baby Wipes Warmer.  You can fold them over each other half-way so that when you pull one wipe out, the next one pops up. 

Once I use a wipe I put it in the wet bag along with the cloth diaper & wash them all together, so it’s really not any more laundry to wash.

There you have it – an easy way to save your budget, baby’s body, & the planet.


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Organic 411

I believe a lot in organic food, and will probably mention it in a lot of posts. Here is a brief explanation of what organic actually means for those who may not know, or for a refresher for those who do.

Organic means 3 major things:

  1. No chemicals – Organic food hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or any other chemicals, and animal products are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.  In addition to this, organic foods are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers. All of that is really important for our bodies, as well as the planet.  Pesticides have been linked to cancer, birth defects, Alzheimer’s, & obesity, just to name a few. And contrary to popular belief, you can’t just “wash the pesticides off.”  The average conventionally grown apple contains over 30 pesticides.
  2. Non-GMO – Organic foods are not genetically modified.  This is a pretty big deal.  If you’re interested in this, I highly suggest watching Food, Inc.  It’s a real eye-opener.
  3. Not irradiated – This practice is defined as “the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food”. Food manufacturers do it because it extends the shelf life of produce, but there are a lot of concerns with it, mainly that it damages the vitamins & enzymes present in the food, and that there has not been testing for it’s long term safety for human consumption .  To read more about irradiation, click here.

In our house we try to buy organic as much as possible.  Some things are more important than others, I’ll write more about that later.  

Hope this information helps you as you make decisions for your family’s health 🙂

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Kaden & I just finished making Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner tonight. I love this recipe because it’s relatively easy, extremely delicious, & super convenient to make ahead of time, because you can leave it in the crock pot all day (which also helps the flavors blend together really well.)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Bake chicken breasts.

Put chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, & black beans in crock pot.

Saute green pepper, onion, & corn about 5-10 minutes. Add to crock pot.

Season with spices, adjusting amount to taste.

Once chicken breasts have slightly cooled, shred with fingers (you can cut it up with a knife instead if you like, I just prefer shredded chicken.) Add to crock pot.

Let simmer together for a couple hours.  Top with crumbled corn chips, or even healthier, baked tortillas.

Enjoy!

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Why things are going to get better

Sometimes when I think about the world I’m overwhelmed with the negative. Genetically modified foods, overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, cancer, factory farms, obscenely high C-section rates,  heart disease, disappointingly low breastfeeding rates, etc. make someone’s goal of living naturally look a little bleak. But then their is something that gives me hope.

In one word: The internet.  The internet is freedom of speech like we’ve never seen before.  Access to information is easier than ever. People who want answers & options can find them, without even leaving their home.  And people are hungry for change.  More and more we are realizing that the way things are isn’t working.  America has the 2nd worst infant mortality rate in the developed world.  40 years after the “War on Cancer” began one out of three Americans still dies of cancer. And one out of two Americans today die from heart disease.  Something is obviously fundamentally wrong with the way we’re living, and with the way we’re attempting to fix things.

But today you don’t have search for a book or go to a meeting or join a club to get support or information.  All you need is the desire to learn, critical thinking, & a connection to the internet and the world is literally at your fingertips.  As more and more people wake up and start investigating & thinking for themselves instead of taking what the media or their doctor or whoever tells them for face value, I believe we will begin to see a change, a positive change, that will transform the world into a better place.  For me, that is an encouraging thought. And this is me doing my small part to help that change.

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