Category Archives: Babies and Kids

Five Books about Autumn for Your Crunchy Children!

A few weeks have gone by, and I’m still just as in love with Autumn. To continue with my love for this season, I would like to share with you some books to read to your crunchy babies this fall!

5 Great Books about Autum

1) How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow by Wendell Minor: Award-winning artist Wendell Minor imagines larger-than-download (1)life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places— the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This awesome book about pumpkins in full of fun facts and teaches a little about size and scale!

You can try one of these cute pumpkin crafts after reading. Be careful with the sharp edges.

2) Fall Leaves Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E.H. Rustad: A young girl sees leaves changing colors in Fall. She learns how the amount of sunshine affects how the leaves get food, grow, change colors, and fall. This is a cute book taking you on a leaf hunt!

3) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert: Follow Leaf Man as the wind leaf-man-1f5ylexblows him in different directions, exploring beautiful landscapes. The illustrations are made from actual leaves. It’s a beautiful book that celebrates nature and your child’s imagination. This is a personal favorite for my boys, mostly because when we read this book, it’s usually followed by making our own leaf men!

4) Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller: Sophie takes a trip to the Farmer’s Market and gets herself a pet squash. She soon learns that her squash can’t last forever. Find out what she does when she notices changes in her new friend.35118

5) Before We Eat by Pat Brisson: This book gives children a better understanding of where their food comes from. Not “from the grocery store”. It takes you through the hard work involved in order to get the fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat they are eating, and helps them to realize how blessed they are to have food on the table. This book is perfect for Thanksgiving.

These are a few of my favorites and can be found on Amazon or FREE at your local library!


When Breast isn’t Best


Plenty of women try to breastfeed but for many different reasons they are unable to, whether it be work, low supply, NO supply, PPD, etc. AND THAT’S OKAY!

Here’s My Story

I loved being able to breastfeed my boys. It was convenient, cheap, we slept more, and I got time with them that no visitor could take away from me by asking to feed them. I got to breastfeed exclusively for 3 months and then started the bottle.10649762_10203655152013066_4176109349101739273_n

I was looking forward to the same privileges with June, but wasn’t so lucky.

I had surgery in 2013 to correct some serious back, neck, and shoulder problems I was developing. The removal was so extensive on one side, that those milk ducts couldn’t be saved.

I knew I would eventually have to supplement, but I wasn’t expecting it to be after day 5, when my baby still hadn’t had a dirty diaper.

I had accepted the fact that I was going to need to supplement, but I wasn’t expecting her to have nipple confusion.

I had to choose to bottle feed exclusively. As silly as it sounds, it is an overwhelming feeling for someone that has their heart set on breastfeeding.

Choosing a formula can be hard for a label reader. Companies claim their formula is closest to breast milk; I was unaware breast milk contained taurine and corn syrup solids (hint: it doesn’t).

I wanted a formula that was similar to breast milk and was gentle on baby’s stomach. I had tried a couple of commercial formulas but they hurt her tummy.

I Chose Goat Milk Formula

I was not interested in formulas with a list of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and that kept my little girl in pain, so I did some research and became interested in goat milk formula. I also made the Pediatrician and my Midwife aware that I was interested to make sure they were comfortable with the idea. Although breast is best, goat’s milk is extremely close!


Your infant shouldn’t drink straight goats milk, because the .5 gram difference in protein adds up over the course of the day for a small body. Therefore, you need a formula recipe from a trusted, reliable source to make sure your baby gets all the fats, probiotics, and vitamins he/she needs.

Here’s the Recipe

Thanks to my sweet midwife, I found a formula that works great for Ms. June. After she did some of her own research, she found a great recipe for me through the Mt. Capra blog (link in the picture above). I got all my ingredients from the beloved Vitacost where I get most of my health products for a cheaper price (click the link to get $10 off your first order).

Yields 8 ouncesDSCN0934

1 tbsp powdered goat milk

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp organic olive oil

2 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar

1/8 tsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses

1/8 tsp infant probiotics (only needs to be added to one bottle a day)

Suggested amount on package infant vitamin drops (also once a day)

Mix 5 ounces of very hot water with coconut oil in bottle. When oil melts, add olive oil, molasses, sugar, and vitamin drops. Shake well. Add milk powder and enough cold water to make 8 ounces. Shake VERY well. Add probiotics last and shake again.DSCN0922

If you like this recipe and want a guide to making larger portions (1 pint, 1 quart, 1 gallon), subscribe to Mt. Capra’s blog (link still in picture above) and they will email you a quick printable. It is very handy to be able to make formula in large amounts so that all you have to do it take a bottle out of the fridge and warm it up!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your baby’s diet or health. You should always do what is right for you and your baby.]



A Great Day for Throwing Eggs/ No Poo Update

Yesterday was such an awesome day that we decided to go outside and get messy. I found a fun idea on Pinterest (surprise) for painting that I thought the boys would really enjoy. For the past few days I have been very carefully cracking our eggs so that only the tops would be open and rinsing them out to save. Yesterday I filled them up with tempera paints and we took them outside to chunk at canvas!

It was very messy! We got paint all over us, including our hair! It was definitely worth it though. They had a ton o’ fun! 

Rinsing it off the side of the house wasn’t quite as fun as how it got there, but I think it was worth the trouble. AND we got a really pretty picture out of it to hang in the boys room!

The finished product!

1 Week No Poo
Monday was officially one week since I started my new hair washing routine found here! I am still very satisfied with the look AND feel of my hair! You know the way your hair feels right after you dye your hair and use that conditioner? So soft and light? I’ve had that feeling for a week now and I love it!! The picture below isn’t the best representation of my hair due to the fact that my phone is archaic, but I have gotten several compliments from people interested in why my hair looks so shiny and healthy!

I have a small amount of stringiness to the ends of my hair this morning after my wash last night but I’m thinking it could have something to do with me going to sleep with it still wet. Other than that, I haven’t had any issues like the transitioning I was warned about. Maybe I’ll dodge that bullet! If you’re still curious I say you should do your own research and AT LEAST give it a try!

You Might be Pregnant

So I’m working on my third pregnancy in 3 years and I’m starting to catch on to things that are inevitable in every pregnancy. I decided to make a list of my most common crazy pregnant moments that I’m sure almost every past or present pregnant woman can relate to.

So here it is…

If the thought of eating makes you sick, while you shovel food into your mouth…you might be pregnant.

If you get out of breath watching SOMEONE ELSE go upstairs to do something for you…you might be pregnant.

If you are ready to take a nap as you’re waking up from your last nap…you might be pregnant.

If every movie or TV show you watch makes you think of a food you would like to eat right now…you might be pregnant.

If you can smell what the neighbors 3 houses away are microwaving…you might be pregnant.

If every Saturday morning, at exactly 9:49, Dragon Ball Z makes you cry for Piccolo reasons…you might be pregnant…or a geek. We share a lot of the same great qualities.

Comment below if you can think of any to add!

File Folder Games

I have a new obsession. I’m sure it’s nothing new, but it’s new to me. It’s called…file folder games. They’re awesome for road trips, keeping quiet in church and doctors’ offices, and pretty much EVER!

I got the idea from FileFolderFun and have made 5 so far. Jon Mark loves them! Some are with their templates and some I made myself. Once you get started you can’t stop!

The ones I’ve made so far are for preschoolers, but they have ideas and templates for up to 5th grade. It’s very addicting once you get started; that is, if you’re odd like me. No $5 coffee for me! I run up the tab with office supplies!

You can see Jon Mark’s shadow because he wouldn’t stop playing long enough to
let me take pictures. That’s
how fun these are!

EDIT: In my excitement I forgot to explain how to make one. I’ll explain Down on the Farm for an example. You print off the pictures of the animals and color them. You cut them in half. Glue the heads to the file folder and put the tails in an envelope that you glue to the front of the folder. Now your child can match the tails to the heads for a fun way to learn. The general idea goes for all the others.

Play Dough Recipe without Cream of Tartar

This thing was enormous! We should’ve known he was
getting ready!

In case the title didn’t make it obvious, we made play dough today. We couldn’t go outside due to the rain, and we needed distraction from Caterpillar, our pet caterpillar (who has now fashioned himself a pretty red cocoon and needs his sleep).


So all the recipes for play dough called for cream of tartar, which most people don’t have in their kitchens unless they make something specific with it. Plus it has aluminum in it.

We made play dough that was enough to make 4 colors (red, blue, yellow, and green)

Here it is:
1c flour
1/4c salt
3t white vinegar
1/2c water
2T oil
food coloring

Mix flour and salt in medium saucepan. Mix in water over low heat. Mix in vinegar, then oil. Mix over the heat until it forms a play dough consistency. Not very long at all. Then take it out, separate it, and knead in food coloring. Easy!

It shortly postpones the inevitable- putting on rain boots and playing in puddles 🙂



Today, Jon Mark and I started our journey in the land of school. It was an interesting day, due to the fact that I was asking my 19 month old to listen to bible stories and practice drawing straight lines. We learned about A today and we will learn about B tomorrow. I’ve told you all of this to introduce the main point of my blog post. I have found the Eden of homeschool resources!!!! Where have you been all my life!? There’s a worksheet for everything and if you subscribe there’s a workbook for everything! Very cool in my opinion. Of course, for bible study we have to find our resources elsewhere. Yes, this was probably a pointless post. But I had to share my excitement with the world!