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How to Prepare for a Home Birth

If you're pregnant and want to prepare for a home birth, I would recommend Ina May Gaskin’s book Guide To Childbirth. While our spiritual beliefs differ, the practical information and encouragement to moms that their bodies are created for a natural birth is invaluable. The testimonials inspire those who may be struggling with fear of giving birth. Each medical intervention done in the hospital is discussed in detail. I learned so much and thought of the book often during labor! Prepare for a Home Birth: Supplies for Labor and Delivery With a home birth, your midwife should provide a list of supplies you will need to have on hand. It would also be nice to have a frozen meal ready for … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Mom!

Ahhhh, Mother's Day. The one day a year you most likely won't have to cook (much), clean (much), change diapers (much), or break up arguments (much). Hurray! But, what about celebrating your own mother and all the other mothers in your life? Wouldn't it be nice to have all your gift-getting done ASAP with meaningful gifts you know they'll appreciate? With this Mother's Day Gift Guide, the hardest part is going to be to pick which items to get for which mama or friend! ...or for yourself. ;) Mother's Day Gift Guide The Selfie For the woman who wants to revolutionize her entire life: Set Apart: Becoming a Woman of Virtue in a Modern World Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a … [Read more...]

84 Resources Every Homemaker Needs – $900 value for only $29!

What costs a teeny-tiny bit but packs a punch with value? This bundle sale!! It's true! Every homemaker needs a little encouragement, some freebies and support every once in a while You guys, I wouldn't even think about joking with you on this. The values of these sales continue to amaze me, and this one is no different.  For the cost of a few espresso drinks, you'll reap the benefits of these resources (and freebies!!) for years to come! Oh, I know you're going to *love* these resources! By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it's better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on … [Read more...]

More Tips for Surviving Weddings with Toddlers

My last post on surviving a wedding with toddlers turned out to be just the start! Our two year old triplets were in two weddings in less than four months! Let's just say we learned a lot and I think a TV show about toddlers and weddings would be far more interesting than anything David Tutera puts together. :) And, because I feel like an expert ;), here are seven more tips for surviving weddings with toddlers - whether you have one or five! If you missed the first set of tips, be sure to get them all here. More Tips for Surviving Weddings with Toddlers Practice Get excited about what she gets to do! Is she riding in a wagon? So cool! Walking and holding hands with an older girl? … [Read more...]

Chiropractic and Pregnancy – Why the Two Go Together

Let’s chat about chiropractic and pregnancy. For those of you that didn’t read my last post, What I Wish I Would’ve Known the First Time Around, I am the daughter of a chiropractor. My dad, Dr. Robert J. Natusch, Jr, DC, recently retired after near 40 years with offices in Northern New Jersey. My brother and sister-in-law are both licensed chiropractors at their family owned and operated practice, Upper Valley Chiropractic in Lebanon, New Hampshire (you can find them on Facebook). Chiropractic - a Lifestyle of Health My two siblings and I grew up vaccine-free, drug-free, and antibiotic-free. We never took over-the-counter pain meds or pills, even for headaches. If we had an issue, my … [Read more...]

When the Good News Becomes Old News

How does the good news become old news? See if you can find the subtle transition in these scenarios: A friend says, "Did you hear what Lauren said about you?! I can't believe she had the nerve to even act like she knows what she's talking about!" You stew for days/weeks/months/years while waiting for Lauren to "come clean" about her dirty, old gossip. Meanwhile, you give her the cold shoulder. A mom in your playgroup looks on and does nothing as her child "corrects" yours with proper playground etiquette, in a lovely and condescending and unrelenting sort of way. Suddenly, it's painfully obvious (to you, at least) how very "bad" her child is and you silently congratulate yourself for … [Read more...]

7 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy with Multiples

It's funny how one's plans and expectations for life can turn out quite differently than expected! For example, I never dreamed I'd be running a successful blog and online communities from my own home. I also never planned to be an extended breastfeeder, live in one place for 30+ years and marry the first man I ever dated. I also never thought I would become pregnant with triplets. Oh, what a surprise! And how I wish I had known more about how to have a healthy pregnancy with multiples. 7 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy with Multiples It can be pretty scary - this multiples stuff. There's not just one new life, but (in my case, three) new lives to grow and begin making decisions for. So … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Wedding with Toddlers

You know that moment when the room is totally silent and all of a sudden you hear a child begin talking in a very loud voice and you wonder who can't keep their kid quiet...and you realize it's your toddler?? Yes, that would be me. I experienced that. My three two year olds were recently in my brother's and sister's weddings - and I lived to tell about it! It took some serious planning, but in the end we had a blast. So, I wanted to share my survival tips with you so you, too, can survive a wedding with toddlers! :) How to Survive a Wedding with Toddlers Have a Plan Ok, I get all you people who can just let things happen. I applaud you. Really, I do. (I'm just not one of them. :o) ) … [Read more...]

Preparing for Birth Spiritually and Emotionally

I had dreams and aspirations for the birth of my children that everything would go as planned. However, both children surprised me with an early arrival, with little time left for preparing for birth. At noon on Saturday, February 2, 2013, a friend called asking us to take custody of her nephew. What followed was a flurry of home inspections, background checks, and lots of cleaning. By 5:36pm that afternoon, a tiny trembling 8-month-old boy was placed in our arms with a little plastic bag of clothes, one blanket and a carseat. In less than 6 hours we had become parents with hardly any notice or preparation. Six months later, on Friday night, August 9th, at 11:00pm, I went into labor. No … [Read more...]

What is the Work at Home Mom’s Calling?

I recently read this article entitled, "In which I don't mind if my tinies see me on the computer." I think it was well-written. I appreciated her point that all of the work that God calls us to - not just cleaning house or cooking meals - should be seen as a part of life and that which God has called us. And that life simply does not revolve around their cute, dimpled booties (mine are 2 years old, so I can still say that about them ;) ). However. Motivation My one hesitation is *why* do we work? Do we work because we make poor lifestyle choices that necessitate a second income? Do we work because we want to escape the mundane? To feel validated beyond diapers and messy high chair … [Read more...]