Food Art. 

This is my very first crafty blog post with one of my littles! I am so excited to share the fun with you that we have played with over on Instagram here in more detail. 

(If you want to find me on IG I’m @lightgreenmothering

  Today we are playing with kitchen scraps! 

What you need:

  • Food scraps (we used celery and potatoes)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Paper 
  • Knife or cookie cutters
  • Painters Tape (optional)

   I chose to tape the paper (painters tape) to my table to secure it. 

Next, I pre-made some designs in halved potatoes with cookie cutters and then trimmed the edges with a knife. My celery was literally just the cutting from the bottom of my stalk. You could use broccoli, carrots, apples..you get the picture. 

Next, I set out paint, water, brushes and a towel for brush clean up. 

Time for fun!


The celery makes lovely flowers!


We also were practicing our peace sign and heart making skills while doing this “mural”.  Because mamas, this kid loves it when I join in. Mom bonus, she thinks I’m awesome when I do. 

Now, considering  my daughter tags EVERYTHING with an H. I would say this is her signature now.


So easy peasy right?

 Now go have some fun! 

~Lightgreenmom

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Jagger Hazel’s Birth Story.

Nothing could prepare me for the emotions that would fill my head and heart during my second birth experience.  Not one word of advice, homebirth video or birth story would have explained the intensity, healing and pure bliss I would journey.

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If only there were more girl superheroes.

 


It’s no secret to those who know me that I love a good documentary. I had a moment to finally finish one that has been on my watch list for a long while now.
Missrepresentation is all about a girls role in society. It discusses how media and advertising plays an integral role in encouraging our sons and their fathers to feed into its over sexualized content.
For me, the opening scene was myself. A mom who now has a daughter and wants her to be everything she dreams of. To be content with herself and love who she is becoming.
In real life, I’m terrified for her to become older.
Seriously terrified.
I really feel that I had a great childhood and growing up. But it was the 1980’s and 90’s. Diets were everywhere from Richard Simmons to Suzanne Sommers, I even had my grandma tape Mouser-size (we didn’t have cable where I lived at the time) so I could “work out” as a kid. Yes I said tape it.
Growing up my mom, one of the best mothers was always hard on herself for her self image and remains to this very day. Then I started my career in a large spa, and around me, plastic surgery in fellow co workers and magical meal replacements. It’s funny how all these things play on your conscience as you are growing into adulthood and here I am, still remembering them now.
I guess what I am trying to say is even a self proclaimed geeky art girl started to worry about how she was seen in the world.
All of us at one time or another have questioned our own image. Unfortunately, it’s everything in print ads, on the Internet, and television and movies, most of the time it’s what sells it.
Even our daughters “role models” are these perfect impossible princess characters. Ones with tiny waists and big eyes waiting for someone to come save them from their life.
Seriously?
We are so hard on each other. Especially women.
Looking at politics for example, women are so very outnumbered. What is sad is no matter what the woman’s political standpoint, automatically most men and women are more likely to vote for the male counterpart. Why? Because women are the hardest on each other. Hillary Clinton was noted to be “the bitch” during her campaigning. It’s Sad, the way we automatically in our heads jump to conclusions about one another.

What If more superheroes were girls?

I don’t mean leather skin tight suits with mass cleavage either. But REAL badass heroines that you remember because of their wit and character and superpowers? What if we started to tell bedtime stories about Super-heroines? What if girls were given capes and boots with that crown and pink glitter boa?
What If we begin to accept ourselves as we are more often than not, and celebrate what we are instead. Give our children the superpower of self love and acceptance right from the start?
As a mom I can say its hard to be in love with my lack of makeup and hairstyle most days. But my daughter has also taught me that there are way more important things to be concerned with than vanity and appearances at this moment. Like dancing to the “Kites are fun” song as soon as we roll out of bed, or that early morning tea party. She doesn’t care that my high lights have 4 inches of regrowth, or that I failed to remember mascara to the grocery. She reminds me life can really be more simple. I just have to go with it. Why waste time thinking about what everyone else thinks.
Stand for something YOU are passionate about.

I want my daughter to grow up strong, smart and confident. I want her to be empowered in making her own dreams come true and inspired to love every bit of her being.

It is my superpower to make this happen.

I’m a mom.

How about you? What superpower are you working on?

P.S. The amazing picture at the top of this post was done by an amazing artist of my daughter and french bulldog. How cute is that?

You can find more of her work or contact her directly here.

~lightgreenmom

The no-cry nap solution book review

No Cry Nap Solution Book Review ~lightgreenmothering.com

I was lucky enough to be asked to review Elizabeth Pantley’s book “The No Cry Nap Solution”. Yes you have totally heard of her, she is the Author of another well known book ” The No Cry Sleep Solution”. I recall in desperation asking a mother in my local group to borrow it not too long ago (in little h’s earlier days). My daughter was never a fan of the act of falling to sleep. At nearly one and a half she still isn’t in love with the idea.
We do finally feel pretty successful with night time sleeping (unless teeth are working her nerves or we had an off kilter day), but what about naps? Around the time she started settling into a night time sleeping pattern she cut off her two naps a day and went to one, sometimes she wouldn’t nap AT ALL.

Oh god, how do I make it thru the day with this crazy tired bounce off the wall child? Anyone who stays at home full time can tell you it is imperative at this stage to get at least one nap in a day for your own sanity as well as your child’s.

Sometimes it’s hard to get in a book when your child loves to play and doesn’t nap. But I am here to tell you it’s worth trying and sacrificing your quiet time if you have a nap time disaster on your hands.

This book is great because you can read it in bits and take the information you need right now and find it easily in its contents page if you prefer.
Honestly, it had me at “making short naps longer”.
What makes this book so wonderful is its down to earth, reasonable solutions you can choose to use to greater communicate nap time with your child. Which as most of us know isn’t always the easiest task.
In a nutshell, It teaches you about the stages of sleep and how your child needs them to nap efficiently. If you are a list or plan maker, there are also logs to help you track your nap plan. By far the best part of this book are the solutions to many of our all too well known nap time problems.
One of my favorite suggestions was setting the scene for a nap. This is something that until just recently I didn’t realize made such a difference. Making sure your nap space is inviting, sleep friendly and familiar. Now at 17 months, my daughter will often independently walk right into the calm, dark bedroom and plop onto the mattress after waving for me to come along when she is getting tired. I know by her actions that she is ready to try and nap now. She still doesn’t enjoy settling to nap or sleeping by herself, but who really does like to sleep alone?

This book has so many great solutions to nap issues that can be used through your children’s life stages. You can easily refer back to it. I have more than a few topics bookmarked for future reference and reminder.

The only thing missing for me was the ability to wear your child to nap. Baby wearing was one of the only ways we had naps for awhile in our own home. It was a magic solution at many times. It gave me the opportunity to get odds and ends done while keeping my daughter asleep and comforted.

So if you are living with a lack of nap time bliss or would like some of your nap questions answered, this one is for you. I don’t want to give away all of the juicy nap topics covered. You will want to read this.
You can find more information or purchase your own copy on her web page HERE.

Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts too.  What works for you at nap time?

Where is the sisterhood love?

A heart being used as a symbol of love. Photo ...

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I have been stirring on writing this post for a long while now. There it is, my fear of sisterhood backlash.  I’m not talking about sororities here, I’m talking about all woman kind and the way we treat each other.

I have always been a loner of sorts I suppose. Throwing my time and energy into projects for past jobs or a hobby rather than people outside of my immediate family.  Now that I am a stay at home mom, (gasp, I can’t believe I said it!) I made a vow that I would try and become more social for my daughter’s sake.  What I didn’t realize was how emotionally draining and depressing woman can really be.  I had no problem making people happy in my career. I was rather good at the work I used to do. People pleasing in the mom universe however is well….so incredibly mind numbing and confusing to me. I often feel a failure after a social meet up. I’ll say it, I am just so akward sometimes. In many ways, it’s just like going back to high school (which I really was not a fan of to say the least). I was pretty much a music and arts dweeb back then. Not much has changed. I have just added mom to my life resume. Continue reading

Baby Long Distance Car Travel Survival.

Baby Long Distance Travel Survival.  ~lightgreenmothering.comHere we are. It’s been well over a week (okay it’s been WAY more than a week) since we made it back from our travels in Tennessee. We survived our first official road travel with little h. 10+ hours each way in the car in what was the most rainy trip we have ever been on. Traveling is certainly different than it was when it was just the two of us. We learned so much from this trip. I have decided to make this post about what worked for us: Continue reading

Back seat baby travel bag.

Backseat Baby Bag ~ lightgreenmothering.comWe recently returned from our first long car trip with our daughter. I found having a bag just for her prepared in the backseat was a lifesaver. Here is a little list of what worked for our trip. This list was planned with weather in mind for our adventures to Tennessee from Florida and back in the summer. Continue reading

Family VS. Technology

lightgreenmothering.comI was once an addict. To my iPhone. Yes, you heard it here. Back in the days of running a salon, traveling to style bridal parties, and also to educate, my phone pretty much ran my life. When I didn’t have scissors in my hand, there was my phone. It was there to book appointments, check the weather, emails, get a map anywhere. You get it, pretty much everything. When we moved to Florida, I no longer got calls 24/7. Actually, I never got phone calls, and I can’t explain the feeling. It was a freedom I had forgotten. It did seem lonely, maybe even like borderline abandonment. A total detachment from the phone seemed impossible right? Continue reading

Tennessee, Our First Family Vacation.

Hiking and Babywearing ~lightgreenmothering.comI know I have been absent lately, but I promise I have been working on some great posts in my mind. Little h. is very on the go and needless to say I don’t get alot of time to just sit at my computer and blog. As you may have read in my blog about our family and technology, my home computer is virtually the only means I use to blog. Crazy I know.

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Family time. The Beach. And Babywearing.

Time is flying by so fast I can’t believe it has been over a month since we did this shoot. Harlow is 10 1/2 months old now and even though she has only been earthside with us less than a year, I honestly can’t imagine life without her now.  During this shoot, she was cutting two teeth and  I must also note that we woke her for a just after sunrise shoot as well to beat the heat. She did quite wonderful considering the circumstances.

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Adorable Baby Sunscreen Review

We live in Florida.  They don’t call it the sunshine state for nothing. So one of my biggest concerns outdoors with my 10 month old daughter is protection from the rays of the sun. This is something we will be dealing with quite a bit since we take daily walks with the bulldog and love to go to the ocean, I wanted to make sure I found something that worked very well. After starting my research on your average sunblocks and sunscreens, I was a little shocked by the list of poor ingredients in these bottles and sprays.

I did find one that I am beyond happy with and would love to share it with my fellow light green mothers and parents.

Baby Sunscreen Review ~ lightgreenmothering.com

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Our Safe Sunscreen Search

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Since having my first child, my views on many of the products I was buying for myself and my husband have changed. So this year when we went to purchase sunscreen for our family I did what any informed mother would do. I researched the ingredients on the bottle I had emptied at home. No harm right? I was shocked at some of the ingredients I had been slathering on my skin over the last year. So on my search went for a natural, healthy alternative for our family.   Continue reading

An Open Letter To My 9 Month Old.

I was inspired to write this letter after reading Suprise Mama’s post to her child. What a great idea and thank you for the inspiration mama! So now I would like to share with you the letter I wrote to my 9 month old daughter. Enjoy!

An open letter to my 9 month old  ~ lightgreenmothering.com

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Frenchie Friday

It’s Frenchie Friday here at lightgreenmothering. I apologize for our lack of posts this week. It’s been a busy one, little h. is learning to stand and walk around things so I have been busy babyproofing.  I’m hoping to catch up with a recap of this week.

However, as promised it is frenchie friday!!!!


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Take me out to the ball game.

So my husband loves playing disc golf and won tickets to a baseball game this week. We are fortunate enough to live just a few minutes from Tropicana Field. So we celebrated Harlow’s very first Major League Baseball Game at the Rays stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida:

H. at the Rays game.

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Easy like sunday morning.

Bulldog and a Baby

So it’s a typical sunday around here. But a frog dog I know got a new bed yesterday….i’m pretty certain she likes it. Continue reading

Shuffleboard Baby.

Little H. and I attempted to go shuffleboarding a few weeks ago and it poured rain instead.  So, after a few friends coaxed papa bean (aka my husband), we were off to the St. Pete Shuffle.   Shuffleboard is a sport even I can play and it is certainly an all ages event if you have never been.  With that said, we had no clue it would turn out to be such an interesting evening out.

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Birth Story Movie

Touch.

Birth Story Screening. St. Petersburg FL

I have grown a very soft spot in my heart for the Ina May Gaskin thru my pregnancy and my short time as a mother thus far. She is nothing less than remarkable. Her work as well as the rest of the farm midwives for over 40 years now has empowered me to know that our bodies as women are very powerful and somewhat magical in a way.

I have learned in my own birth that I wish more of Americas medical professionals would believe in the womans body and ability to birth more. Did you know that America’s natural birth rate is below 2%? Ina May and her Farm Midwives are at 95%! What have we become? Continue reading

Beach Day!

Pass A Grille Beach

Pass A Grille Beach

It’s been quite a gloomy day here in “Sunny  Florida” so no better time to share our lovely family trip to the beach yesterday! I must say now that my husband isn’t working crazy shifts at two jobs we are finally (8months into this baby thing) getting into the swing of family time. No one tells you just how much more complicated it can be getting out of the house  with a baby. Continue reading