Monday, June 27, 2011

Yes, I'm a hippie.

Last night I made deodorant. (So far so good (and Zac is using it too!)) 2 tbl baking soda, 2 tbl cornstarch, 4 tbl coconut oil

I make my own cleaning solution: 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, 10 drops tea tree oil in spray bottle filled the rest of the way with water. For a floor cleaner omit baking soda and double vinegar (add 5 drops of peppermint oil to keep away pests and leave a light minty smell).

I make my own shampoo: 1 tbl baking soda and 1-2 drops essential oil (See here) per 1 cup water stored in an old shampoo bottle in the shower

I make my own conditioner: (only need to use is 2 times a week though) 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water with 1-2 drops lavender essential oil.

I use old cloth diapers as rags for everything (we have no paper products in our house besides toilet paper)

I use Burt's Bee's products for everything for me and the kids (body wash, face wash, sunscreen, lotion,...)

I use only natural/organic makeup. (Do you know how toxic the normal stuff is?? 1# toxin that kids get into in the home)

We cloth diaper. We recycle. We use natural laundry and dish detergent. We eat fresh / local / organic as often as possible.

AND, for the most part all of that stuff saves us money! I also feel so healthy. Just thought I'd share. =)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Home Preschool: Unit 4

The past two weeks were all about D! D is for dinosaur, to be specific. We also focused on the number 4, the word all, and our verse "Do all things without complaining or disputing." Phil. 2:14 (NKJV)

We checked out a bunch of books from the library about dinosaurs and have been working on a dinosaur lapbook, which is not quite done yet. Kyla has been coloring and painting worksheets all about D and ducks. Today she came into the school room, went straight to the letter on the wall and said "D!" Both the kids love and the program that they have for each letter.

Keanan has been quite clingy as of late when we are anywhere but home and Grandma's house. We literally have to peel him off of our legs when going to his Sunday School class or visiting a friend. He is fine after about 5 minutes, but initially you would think we were leaving him forever. I know most of this is him being 3, but we also want him to be comfortable in social situations. We (maybe just me) are planning to tour one of the preschools in the area in a few weeks just to see if it might be the better option for next year. It would be 2 days a week. We will see.

This weekend is Yelm Prairie Days! My doula partners and I have a booth and are hoping to spread the word about doulas, our childbirth classes, and the Thurston County Birth Circle. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Childbirth Education

I am LOVING being a teacher again! To my kids and for childbirth classes. Here are the three different types of classes that I am offering:

Private One Day Childbirth Class: This one is for doula clients only. A day in the comfort of your own home asking questions and learning everything you want to know about labor, birth and postpartum! I use the InJoy "Understanding Birth" workbook as our guide which you get to keep and reference.

Comprehensive 4 Week Series: Taught as a team with another certified doula. This series meets 2 hours per week to cover labor, birth, comfort measures, positions, interventions, c-sections, postpartum, baby care and breastfeeding. Participants receive a copy of InJoy's "Understanding Birth" and access to a webpage for class participants that offers great handouts and videos. Discount for Military parents, and teens are free!

Express Childbirth Class: Also taught as a team with another certified doula. This is a two week class specifically designed for 2nd (or more) time parents and those whose schedules do not fit a 4 week class. It is participant driven, knowing that most of todays parents are doing research and gathering information for themselves about labor and birth. We are here is answer questions and fill in any gaps. The class covers positions, comfort measures, and other issues based on the needs of the students.

You can find more information on my website:

I would love the help spreading the word, especially to the Yelm Community!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Home Preschool: Unit 3

We have spent the last 2 weeks learning about the letter C, number 6, word in, and caterpillars! Lots of fun had by all =)

With our sight word (in) we have a little book that we read together called "In the Basket." By the end of the 2 weeks Keanan can read the entire thing by himself! Yes, he is reading the pictures, but he can also point out the sight word (in) on each page.

Kyla has been having fun in school too. When the bell rings she says something to the effect of "cool"!!! Her favorite things are dot paints and markers. We are working on keeping both on the paper =)

Here is a bonus picture of Keanan eating ice cream at Grandma & Grandpa's last weekend:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Keanan is 3!!

How time flies! I can't believe that Keanan is already 3 years old! What a fun, smart, and crazy little boy he is! We have had/ are having/ are going to have a blast celebrating him.

Yesterday my grandparents came over for dinner and brought some presents for Keanan. We had a good visit. This morning my mom came for the day with Lucy and Kate! Keanan opened a present just about every hour (at least it seemed like that!). He got the Leap Frog Tag system and some sandals from mommy, daddy and Kyla; a sweet white board / chalk board easel from Auntie Ann, Uncle Brian, Lucy & Kate; and a slide, radio flyer wagon, cowboy hat, pistol, rifle, holster, bandana, swim trunks, swim shirt, t-shit, and shorts from Grandma and Grandpa who went a little (lot) crazy! He is sleeping right now with the pistol and rifle on his bed - just to be safe. =)Tomorrow we are having his party at Northwest Trek! He is soooo excited to see all the animals (and his friends). I spent a good part of today baking and frosting 95 red velvet mini cupcakes for after lunch. We are then heading over to Grandma and Grandpa's for naps and dinner with the family. Whew! What a lucky kid! Actually, we are so so so blessed that God has entrusted us with this sweet boy. What a wonderful 3 years!