Best April Fool’s Day Pranks in History


Here’s a fun post for April Fool’s Day that  has nothing whatsoever to do with eco-friendly living or parenting. Enjoy this list of some of the best April Fool’s Day pranks in history. Make sure to click on the “read more” links to get all the details from the Museum of Hoaxes. The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957 A British news show broadcast a story about a bumper crop of spaghetti in Switzerland. Their phony video footage of people pulling pasta off tree branches had hordes of callers inquiring about how to grow a spaghetti tree. Read more. The Taco Liberty Bell of 1996 A full-page ad appearing in six major U.S. newspapers announced that Taco Bell had purchased the historic Liberty Bell, renaming it as “Taco Liberty Bell.” Thousands of irate citizens hounded Philadelphia’s National Park Service until Taco Bell fessed up to the hoax. Read more. The Left-Handed … Continue reading

Natural Parenting from A to Z

Natural Parenting Basics |

Are you a natural parent? What does that even mean? Natural parenting is generally defined as “a desire to live and parent responsively and consciously.” Within that definition there are some basic principles and a variety of lifestyle choices. Don’t worry; to be a natural parent, you don’t have to follow every single one of them! Some choices will speak to you, others will not. For instance, I am a strong proponent of breastfeeding, babywearing, nurturing touch and nature. I also had an induced labor, a fully vaccinated daughter and never made my own baby food. Yet I still consider myself a natural and responsive parent who makes conscious choices every day. If you’re new to parenting, you can peruse this list to see what aspects of the natural lifestyle may work for you and your partner. Which ones jive with your personality? Start here, then do further research on your … Continue reading

My Life in Pictures on a Random Day

Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have given us a special glimpse into their everyday. *** As part of this month’s Carnival of Natural Parenting, I took snapshots of a regular day in my life. And I apologize for my camera phone, which is quite lacking. At first I thought my life seemed kind of boring (how do you capture a work day spent mostly on the computer and make it interesting?), but once I posted all the photos, scrolling through them made me smile. It is the little things, the mundane moments, that brought that smile to my face, and I’m happy to have documented some of those things I likely never would have otherwise (such as … Continue reading

Natural Parenting Convention: #MommyCon2015

MommyCon 2015 |

I sure wish there was an event like this when I was pregnant nine years ago! It would have been amazingly helpful to have so much natural parenting information and products gathered in one location — with experts on hand to answer my every question and like-minded moms to befriend. What is MommyCon? Back for its third consecutive year, MommyCon is a boutique-style convention focused on natural and organic parenting methods. The daylong event features speakers and workshops that provide an education about parenting choices. And you don’t have to be an über-crunchy mom to attend…the organization prides themselves on being a judgment-free environment open to all parents or parents-to-be and a variety of perspectives. All you really need is to be passionate about parenting. 2015 events are being held in eight cities across the U.S. While each city’s specific program differs, topics generally include: birth, breastfeeding, natural health and … Continue reading

Unique, Wacky and Gently Green Holidays to Celebrate in MARCH

Unique and Wacky Holidays in March |

Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s time to put into practice those healthy eating habits that fell by the wayside with your New Year’s resolutions. This month is also Music in our Schools Month, Craft Month, Caffeine Awareness Month and Women’s History Month. March’s Celebrations by Date: March 2 – Old Stuff Day It’s a day to wax nostalgic and bond with others over old items or memories. You can also take this time to declutter your boxes of old stuff, recycling or donating what you can. March 6 – Day of Unplugging It’s time to step away from the computer, … Continue reading

Breastpump Recycling Made Easy by Medela

Medela Recycles Breastpumps |

Here’s proof that one person can make a difference! Last summer a mom from California started a petition on asking Medela to uphold their motto of “Breastfeeding for Earth” and implement a breastpump recycling program. Over 2,000 people signed the petition, and Medela responded by launching a breastpump recycling program in January. The Medela Recycles program intends to keep 12,000 breast pumps out of landfills by making it easy for moms to be eco-conscious in disposing of their breastpumps. Also, in exchange for the breastpumps received through Medela Recycles, the company will donate hospital-grade Medela Symphony® Preemie+™ breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities® for families with babies in NICU. Actress and mother of two, Jenna von Oy, kicked off the campaign last month by donating two hospital grade pumps to her hometown Ronald McDonald House Charities.® This is what Jenna had to say about the Medela Recycles program: “I … Continue reading

Green Fun Guide for Spending Time with your Teen


This is a guest post by Melissa Stevens In these modern times, parents are occupied with endless work-related duties and other activities that you often cannot find enough time to be with your children who have fast become teenagers. When you do grab a chance to spend a day with them, you want to have as much fun as possible. Even better, you can influence their ecological awareness by planning some green fun. Out-of-City Experiences Living in the city demands a near constant use of the car, especially when you’re driving teens to school or the mall. However, it is important to stress the importance of walking. Walk with them sometimes to the store or the local park. Gather your kids, nephews and nieces and take them for a trip into the “wild” so that they are exposed to numerous miracles of nature that urban kids rarely witness. You might … Continue reading

Poem for a Green Valentine


Poem by Donna DeForbes (originally published February 2012) This Valentine’s Day I send out a plea To celebrate the holiday ecologically, Showing love not only for your Jordan or Janet But for the finite resources of this planet. The one billion cards mailed each year Require far too many trees, I fear. Opt for tree-free paper, e‐cards or a text, A Valentine tweet leaves the forests less vexed. When it comes to chocolate, look for Fair Trade Ensuring that the workers were not underpaid. Seek out a natively grown or organic flower Because “fresh” red roses come imported in a pesticide shower. If you take your loved one out to dine Choose local food and organic wine; Don’t knock it ‘til you try it This carbon‐reducing, sustainable diet. Whether you prefer your meals baked or fried Head for a place that is green certified. Each year thousands of habitat acres … Continue reading