The Massive Formula Marketing Conspiracy of the #ISupportYou Movement

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Have you heard of #ISupportYou? It got a nice mention in Suzanne Barston's recent guest post on this site about what to do with unsolicited formula samples. (Yes, she's the Fearless Formula Feeder.) I came across a post criticizing a suggestion from that post, that moms could play "Coupon Fairy." Yes, I'll actually agree that taking [...]

Upcycling Your Formula Freebies

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[Note: This is a guest post by Suzanne Barston, CLC, aka the Fearless Formula Feeder. (I know, some people reading this probably already clicked away in a huff. I'd say those people aren't in the business of supporting ALL moms, particularly when this post isn't advocating a specific feeding method at all.) For those of you still [...]

5 Things I’m Loving for Homeschooling

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1. Base 10 Manipulative Blocks We have a 161-piece base 10 block set that I bought on Zulily about six months ago. It's been sitting on the shelf, unused, until last week. Suddenly, Ava is super interested in them. Since we got them out, she's learned place value and some basic base 10 math. (Peg+Cat, [...]

Five Things I’m Loving for Cloth Diapering

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Diaper Dawgs! I thought these were totally unnecessary and a little dumb when I first saw them. But when you're pulling apart a pocket diaper for the laundry, these are AWESOME. Two (clean!) thumbs up.   Thirsties Duo AIO (All In One). The price is right on these and they are about as fool-proof as [...]

Six Weeks Postpartum: Boobs, Boobs, Boobs!

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Luke is six weeks old already! SIX! Pregnancy crawls and then time speeds up once the baby arrives. Plus, it's summer, which I think makes things go by even faster. I've been meaning to write an update for about three weeks, but this is the first I've been able to get to it. (Thank you, napping [...]

#RIPpregzilla: The First Two Weeks Postpartum

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Lara left the brilliant #RIPpregzilla hashtag on my wall after I had Lukas. Ding, dong the witch is dead! (Kidding. I don't think I was that bad. Or at least I wasn't as bad as I was with Ava!) Here are a few random thoughts as I reflect on my first two weeks with Luke (and [...]

Third Trimester Update: The BIRTH Story!

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This was meant to be a final pregnancy update spanning the last few months. I haven't blogged or said much about being pregnant. (What's to say? It sucks and I want it to be over, end of story!) Instead...I get to share the story of giving birth to Lukas at home, in the water. I'm [...]

The Ikea Breastfeeding “Celebration” Moms Should Be Ashamed

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Remember that time a mom claimed an Ikea employee called her "disgusting" for breastfeeding in the check-out line at their store? Moms all over the internet had their feathers ruffled. A retaliatory nurse-in was scheduled (retaliatory, because that's the nature of a nurse-in). Ikea stepped up from the outset, taking the matter seriously. They launched an [...]

Pregnancy Update: 3rd Trimester

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How far along: I don't know, a million days? With a million and a half to go? (In reality: I have a little more than two months left. Might as well be FOREVER.) Wearing: Most of my old sweats have given up on me (TRAITORS). I have one pair that is super comfortable. Guess what I'm wearing [...]

Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash: Take One!

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We haven't named the little dude yet, but he is pretty well stocked on places to poop. Go figure. (Actually, we've named him about four times, and nothing sticks for more than a week. Boy names are hard!) Anyway, let's talk diaper stash. Originally, I was planning to do mostly prefolds and covers. Slowly, I've [...]

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