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

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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

Babywearing Wednesday and Boba 3G Review

Kicking off my very first babywearing wednesday is one of my first pictures of me wearing Little h. at 2 days old in our Boba 3G in Dusk. You gotta start somewhere, I began my babywearing journey in this Soft Structured carrier and a few days later started wrapping my baby.

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Rockin Green Laundry Detergent Review

lightgreenmothering.comWhen we first settled in with little h. I purchased a bag of Rockin Green laundry soap from a local shop. I must say that one single bag lasted 10 whole months!! I can, in part thank EC for this as well as our hand washing efforts. But what I must say more than that 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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Frenchie Friday!

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Happy Friday everyone!!  I hope your week was wonderful. At our house we are very busy planning some adventures with little h. and the bulldog that are upcoming.

In honor of heading up north for a bit, I found this throwback pic of sophie hanging out in a patch of clover back in Ohio. As much as I love the beach, and the soft white sand,  I will be very excited to let Harlow explore some real, soft, non red ant attacking park grass on our trip.

I am hoping to find time before we leave to share some family pics we recently had taken and catch up before we head out, so check back soon!

 

Have a great weekend everyone!!

~lightgreenmom

 

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.

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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

Frenchie Friday!!

Happy Friday to everyone here at lightgreenmothering. We have been a very busy family  preparing for little h.’s first big road trip adventures  and taking some family time to enjoy the beach and ocean. It’s so beautiful this time of year in Florida.

We also had the excitement of four total teeth this last few weeks and my little girl is crawing faster then I ever imagined a baby could crawl.

I promise to catch you all up on our last few weeks of absence to the page very soon. Until then, here is Sophie and Happy Frenchie Friday!!!

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Frenchie Friday!

It’s Frenchie Friday!!
This week we are celebrating Father’s Day with a rewind photo collection of Sophie and my husband Jeff. Because technically, she is his fur baby.

This is the very first photo we have of Sophie, it was taken on our ride home from rescuing her:

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Taking a little break during Disc Golf:

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EC Potty Pause Time.

Yes folks, We have a potty pause on our hands.  I suppose depending on how one defines it.  Around here, we consider anything out of the ordinary to our usual lines of communication a potty pause or rather break. To most EC’ers, it would mean a total refusal to go on the potty for a stretch of time wether it be a day, week, or even months as I have heard from other moms.  At our house it comes more in clusters of EC misses. Our Elimination Communication is changing.

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Frenchie Friday!

It’s Frenchie Friday!!

 

After little h. and I got back from spending some fun friday time with her baby friends, this is what the afternoon pretty much looks like. So much for your quiet time bulldog. These two are like best friends these days….

 

Frenchie Friday ~ lightgreenmothering.comHAPPY FRIDAY!

Check out past Frenchie Friday Posts Here.

~lightgreenmom

 

DIY All Natural Baby Wipe Solution

As I shared in my post “What is in your baby wipes?” many of the baby wipes on the market are filled with unnecessary ingredients  I would rather not expose my child to if at all possible. Even if ingredients don’t make you want to choose an alternative, the waste you are creating from them or even the cost may make you think twice. So I would love to share with you a very cost effective natural solution that has worked well for our little family. **This is the recipe for solution only. I typically use flannel homemade wipes that I can easily wash with cloth diapers. I will share a super easy DIY with you for that very soon!

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All Natural Cloth Wipe Solution

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What is in your Baby Wipes?

We started out just like most parents do purchasing what seemed like a never ending amount of disposable cloth wipes at the store.  Even choosing to use “natural or unscented real cloth” wipes. Then after reading the ingredients realized they weren’t so natural or real afterall. Just like many of other moms my love for Target is unmatched by any other “big box” store. I’ll be honest here, it is the one guilty consumer driven places you can typically catch me in on occasion. When I wrote this, I just happened to have this kind in my posession. I can vouch that there are many more brands out there with the same story. So, before you get that GIANT box of a million up and up cloth wipes or any other disposable wipes wherever you may go please read this:

Cloth Wipe Truth

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Frenchie Friday!

TGIF!  As usual it’s Frenchie Friday here at lightgreenmothering. So here is a black and white photo of Sophie and her bulldog attitude…..Frenchie Friday ~ lightgreenmothering.comHappy Friday everyone!!!

~lightgreenmom

 

Stuff We Love. Product Review, Simplistic Stitches.

Simplistic Stitches Review ~ lightgreenmom.com

I am a lover of one of a kind items. I am also a lover of homemade. Today I want to share with you Simplistic Stitches. I have to say this monkey she sent for little h. is absolutely adorable!   Continue reading

Pregnancy Picture Fun.

I planned on starting this blog while I was pregnant with little h. and well….my daughter is now a little over 9 months old already. Now that she has been earthside as long as she was in the womb. I think it is a great time to share with you the progression while I was pregnant with my very first baby Harlow.

I loved being pregnant. Yes, I was that girl.

The confidence I had while pregnant was amazing. I have never felt so strong and beautiful as I did during that time in my life. There is just something so much more important than wasting that time focusing on your flaws, all I saw was the amazing transformation my body was making to grow my child. Yes, there were a few bad things that happened like the swollen feet towards the end and the morning sickness feeling I had for a little while in the beginning. But still, I will take that any day for that feeling I had while I was pregnant and the gift I was given of my daughter at the end of it.

So here are our very candid pregnancy photos week by week:

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Frenchie Friday!

It certainly is beautiful here in Sunny Florida this Friday morning. Sophie decided to get a little fancy for Frenchie Friday this week.

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