Vaccination. No other topic is quite as contentious these days. There are numerous debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more, yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines. It is a very bad sign when people are expected to unquestioningly participate in one-size-fits-all mass medicine, and daring to wonder about the safety of this approach is met with often brutal ridicule. Some people say the angry … [Read more...] about The Origin of My Doubt In Vaccination
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree It’s always nice to have a few simple recipes in your pocket for times of need. My family definitely hit ‘times of need’ this week while we’ve been fighting off this terrible stomach bug that’s going around. My step-mom dropped off groceries on my door step, complete with chicken broth to help heal our sickness. I normally make nutrient-rich bone broth out of a pastured chicken carcass, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, etc. Bone broth is an … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup
For some people, announcing a pregnancy is a happy, exciting time. Many soon-to-be mothers experience joyous reactions, hugs, happy tears, high-fives, and other loving, encouraging responses. Others are not so fortunate, and it seems that an etiquette guide is in order. I am a single parent, and although I was 23 and had a good job at a library, most of the responses I received when I told people I was pregnant were insensitive and inconsiderate. It appeared that the main focus was that I … [Read more...] about Pregnancy Announcement Etiquette
Among the many medicinal food choices out there, garlic is one of the best. It is a highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory food. I often turn to garlic during cold and flu season, because it fights infection and protects the immune system so well. GOOT (Garlic Olive Oil Treatment) is a powerful medicine traditionally made with garlic and olive oil. I prefer to use coconut oil, because unrefined organic coconut oil has soothing and healing properties of its own. GOOT is … [Read more...] about GOOT: Garlic Olive Oil Treatment — Antiviral Home Remedy!
I made these easy, grain-free, organic brownies on my recent healthy baking craze! I love having baked goods around, and ever since discovering gluten-free flours like almond and coconut, as well as alternative sweeteners, I can do so without worrying about the effects of gluten or sugar on my child. I altered the recipe found on the package of Let's Do Organic coconut flour. I replaced the cane sugar with coconut crystals-- if you haven't tried this sweetener yet, you must! The crystals … [Read more...] about Simple, Gluten-Free, Naturally Sweetened Brownies!
Recipe by wise mama Crystal of Owl Heart (Health and wellness, peaceful parenting coaching, maternity photos, and more!) This chili is typically called White Chili because it has cheese in it, making it a lighter red-orange color, and because of the white beans that are most often used. In today's version I used aduki beans because I did not have white beans, nor did the health food section of the grocery store closest to my house for this spur of the moment dinner idea. You will … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Quick and Easy White Chili!
"Tantrums" are normal reactions from kids that almost every parent deals with at some point. They can be frustrating and scary for us, particularly if we do not have the tools to guide our children through them in a healthy way. Understanding where they come from can be endlessly helpful. Tantrums are urgent, overwhelming panic responses in a child's brain. The valuable and insightful book The Science of Parenting: How today's brain research can help you raise happy, emotionally balanced … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Tame a Tantrum
Vitamins. There are so many options available today that it can be overwhelming. What types of vitamins are out there? What kind of supplement is best? Do people even need to take vitamins? The truth is that not all vitamins are created equal, and knowing the difference is essential. My experience with vitamins began when I worked at an organic foods co-op in St. Paul, MN. I had seen drug-store variety synthetic vitamins before, but working at the co-op introduced me to food-based … [Read more...] about Vitamins and Supplements: What You Need to Know