Friday Features: Vibrant Wanderings

Melissa from Vibrant Wanderings has a lovely blog. Perhaps I feel so even more strongly right now, because she’s started a series on preparing for your second baby – something that still resonates strongly with me. I read her posts now and still find new ideas and new suggestions in them, and although we have our second child now, it’s never too late to evaluate your situation.Read more: Friday Features: Vibrant Wanderings

Friday Features: “Boobie Time”

Boobie Time is, as the name suggests, a blog about breastfeeding and babies, and a bit more on the side. Written by Lani, mother to B, it is a blog which, unsurprisingly focuses on breastfeeding, children and birth – all things that are pretty relevant to me and my life right now!

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Friday Features: “I Thought I Knew Mama”

I Thought I Knew Mama is written by one of my NPN Volunteer friends and it’s an amazing resource to keep bookmarked and keep scanning for those topics that tickle your fancy. Charise writes about many things pertaining to motherhood, parenting and growing into the role of attachment parent and conscious inhabitant of the planet. Her blog is inspirational, informative, and really very friendly.

On Thursdays you’ll find the Green And Natural Mama link up, with such topics as What is BPA? Why is it bad? What can I do? And practical posts, such as 10 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Active This Fall or 5 Easy Ways for Pregnant Women to Reduce Their Exposure to Chemicals.

Another superbly useful category on I Thought I Knew Mama is ‘Growing Greener’, with frugal ways to living a greener life, such as the post on 3 Items in your Kitchen Pantry that will Clean Your Face Naturally and 3 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies.

You’ll find an abundance of healthy and delicious looking recipes, and insightful thoughts on Natural Parenting.

There is actually so much I could share on I Thought I Knew Mama, but really, the best thing you can do for yourself is to pop over hand have a browse around. You’ll probably learning something, even though you may not know it at the time, but either way, you’ll not regret the time you spend there!

Friday Features: “Manic Mrs Stone”

I adore the Manic Mrs Stone.

She’s one of those women who is everything I will just never be. She’s creative, artistic, exudes confidence, and is beautiful to boot. Actually, there’s a word for women like her: feminine. It’s a trait I envy in women. And one I have no idea how to emulate.

Mrs Stone is actually Elisabeth, a mum to one, married to her hubby since they were 17 years old. They had their first daughter soon after, and are currently expecting their second (due in March). Elisabeth had a c-section with Eden, and is working towards a planned VBAC this time round.

Elisabeth is a really talented photographer as you can see from the incredibly beautiful maternity series of photographs – see what I mean by feminine? There’s also her Kid Stuff series, with favourite fashions and gorgeous style, all photographed in the same amazing way.

For some pretty awesome inspiration, you can browse through the Nature Activities or Crafty Living – if you’re on Pinterest, you’ll want to get your clicking finger ready for those.

Having turned Vegan six months ago, Mrs Stone is learning how to cook vegan food, and shares some of her gorgeous recipes on the blog. There’s actually so much on this blog, if I started pulling up individual posts, I’d be reproducing the whole thing. Just check it out. You really want to!

You know you find those people in your life who you kind of wish you could be? Well, in a totally non-creepy, non-stalker way…  the Manic Mrs Stone is one of those people for me!

Friday Features: “Anktangle”

Anktangle is another fab blog on my feed and one I’d love to share with my readers. Anktangle is written by Amy, a Registered Nurse turned Work from Home Mama to Daniel, who is soon coming up for his second birthday.

Daniel has Sensory Processing Disorder, and Amy writes about sensory processing and its impact on their family life. She also writes about all things Attachment Parenting, and has a Foodie Friday series on healthy eating.

I particularly love the story of Amy and Jaymz’ wedding – in a Starbucks! Like I needed more excuses to love Starbucks?

There’s an incredibly moving post about milk sharing, and Amy’s involvement in breastfeeding a baby whose mother was in hospital and who was refusing a bottle.  Amy received a lot of questions about her cross-nursing experience and shares them in this post.

There’s also a fantastic flow chart of how to get out of conversations you don’t want to be a part of in the post Explain, Smile, Escape.

I like Anktangle, because it’s an easy to read blog, full of the beauty of a real parent, in a real world, and while Amy strives for certain things in her own life, she isn’t preachy and isn’t judgemental in any way.

I hope you like it too!

Friday Features: ‘Garden Mama’ And ‘MamaUK’

I wanted to share two different bloggers with you this week. If you don’t know them, you won’t know of them either, as they don’t seem to belong to any networks – but if you don’t drop by, you’re missing out.

Garden Mama is one of the very first bloggers I ever read. I don’t remember how I found her blog, but I know exactly why I stayed, and why I keep visiting – it’s a place of tranquillity. Reality, and tranquillity and beauty.

You can’t see through the screen to what someone’s life looks like in reality, but I know that I would love the life that she portrays through her pages.Read more: Friday Features: ‘Garden Mama’ And ‘MamaUK’

Friday Features: ‘Peace 4 Parents’ and ‘Living Peacefully with Children’

You’ve made it through Christmas and the children are back at school. You’re breathing a sigh of relief and hoping the weeks to the next holiday time stretch a little to give you some relief. You relish the quiet around the house, and the time to get stuff done. You wonder why on earth your children can’t talk without yelling, why they can’t hear you unless you do. Now, I’m not the parent of many, nor of older children, but that’s the picture I see around me all the time and it makes me sad. It tells me that we’ve lost something, lost some of the joy of parenting. I know it’s not a way I ever willingly want to feel.

I am still trying to learn to parent peacefully. I think it’s like learning to be a doctor. It takes forever to get your qualification and then, to be any good at what you do, you have to keep learning because diseases keep evolving. I think that’s what peaceful parenting is like – how can you ever get ‘there’ when ‘there’ changes every day? You can’t.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t keep trying.

Which is where websites like Peace for Parents and Living Peacefully with Children come in.
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Friday Features: ‘Becoming Crunchy’ And ‘Liberated Family’

When mothers sit in a circle at toddler groups talking about the allergies and asthma and eczema in their children, and medical professionals say that these are all on the rise, and levels are higher than ever before; when people in their twenties and thirties (three of my friends in the last two years) are diagnosed with random cancers, I find it hard to not want to shake people when in their very next breath, they will say that the cleaners, sterilisers, and chemicals we use so freely in our beauty products, in our homes and on our skins make no impact on us. The ‘I used it on my child and s/he is healthy and normal’ argument makes me seethe in it’s erroneous  stupidity.

We’ve been trying, ever since Ameli’s birth, to phase toxic cleaners out of our home. In some things we’ve succeeded, but in others, not so much.Read more: Friday Features: ‘Becoming Crunchy’ And ‘Liberated Family’

Friday Features: ‘Fine And Fair’ And ‘The Hippie Housewife’

Parenting is a ride where everything changes all the time. No sooner have you figured out something, possibly even mastered it when WHAM! In your face: it changes. That’s happened to me a lot this year as Ameli has gone from baby to toddler to two. I have made a stand against the whole concept of  ‘terrible two’s’ and doing so has made a difference in my relationship with my child, but trust me, at every corner, and in every ‘free’ moment, I’m reading a book, or a blog or something aimed at teaching me how to be better at motherhood. I consider it my PDP (professional development plan) in this, my ‘career’ as mother.  (At work I used to get study leave though now I have to work it in ‘after hours’, normally the wee ones.)Read more: Friday Features: ‘Fine And Fair’ And ‘The Hippie Housewife’