Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies

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Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies == Hobo Mama
Best Easter picture ever.
And I'm not saying that only because it's the first time
we've ever gotten a non-screaming photo with a big costumed holiday character.
I'm also saying it because Alrik has unintentional bunny ears,
both boys had the dirtiest pants in history due to a day sliding down hills,
Mikko had spilled his drink all over his shirt,
they both were covered in potty-training stickers
(I give them out like candy, deserved or no),
and Mikko was super-duper proud of how big he smiled.
It's really just perfect!

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies == Hobo Mama
Easter morning meant finding all the chocolate eggs I'd hidden away
(a family tradition I'm happy to carry on).

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies == Hobo Mama
Mikko had so much fun that he decided to hide some for us, too!

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies == Hobo Mama
This guy ate every one he found.
Neither was all that great at spotting them,
which means there are still plenty hidden here and there.

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies == Hobo Mama
Mikko had forgotten that Easter baskets exist
and was enchanted when I drew back a sheet I'd had covering theirs!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Honoring your child's love language

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Goofing around with my sweet dude at the Apple Store

Lately Mikko, 6 and a half years old, has been gifting me goodies as a surprise. One time he went with his dad to the grocery store to pick up flowers and a two-liter of soda for me (I'd been craving!), and several other occasions since he's stolen away my smartphone to let his dad help him unlock the next episode of Candy Crush, spending 99 cents of his own allowance each time.

His reaction every time is to wait for mine — so I try not to disappoint! I'm not much of a gusher, but I give it my all. It's hilarious and heartwarming that he shows me his love through these frequent little gifts.

I've been thinking a lot, not coincidentally, about love languages (you can read more at this affiliate link). Clearly he has a tendency toward two in particular: physical affection (the boy's a cuddler!) and gift giving and receiving. Indeed, every time he gives me a gift, he asks me, "Now what are you going to get me?" Ha! I'm not sure he quite understands the concept of a gift, but I will say he understands clearly what he needs to feel loved (probably more aware and certainly more outspoken about it than most adults). He shows me by doing those same things to show me love.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure

Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure == Hobo Mama
For a recent Family Day, Sam and Mikko conspired to tempt us all into an adventurous bike ride. Mikko had this idea to bike all the way to 7-11, about 3 miles one direction, and he'd never biked that far before. His reward would be a Slurpee, of course.

Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure == Hobo Mama
Alrik and I were game. He loves his hand-me-down front-mounted seat!

Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure == Hobo Mama
Whee! We took several breaks, but spirits were high.

Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure == Hobo Mama
We got a later start than planned because we realized Sam didn't have a helmet and had to run out and buy one. That meant we got to see a nice sunset and enjoy the thrill of biking back in the dark…

But first, of course, we took a ton of selfies.
Wordless Wednesday: Biking adventure == Hobo Mama

Friday, April 11, 2014

10 Easy Ways to Go Reusable at Home at Natural Parents Network

I have a post today at Natural Parents Network with "10 Easy Ways to Go Reusable at Home."

In the spirit of Earth Day this month, I'm sharing 10 simple changes you can make to create a more eco-friendly environment in your home. Some of you might have done all these and then some, but for those of us who need a nudge in a new direction, here are some baby steps to pick and choose from, according to where you are on your environmental journey.

Natural Parents Network: 10 Easy Ways to Go Reusable at Home

1. Replace paper towels with cloth dish towels, sponges, and rags.


It can seem daunting to discontinue paper towel use when you're accustomed to grabbing one several times a day for all manner of cleaning projects. If the idea of going cold turkey scares you, keep a roll at hand but gradually increase the number of reusable options you have as well.

Here's what we use in place of paper towels.

Continue reading at Natural Parents Network ››

Photo credits:
Dish towels: Becky F
Bento box: Maki
Wool dryer balls & cloth diapers: Hobo Mama

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Hear me speak about breastfeeding!

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Sorry to be so thoroughly unwordless on a Wordless Wednesday, but today is the day you can hear me speak at the Nourished Living Summit about long-term breastfeeding and tandem nursing!

It is FREE to listen to my talk, and you have 48 hours to listen. Head over RIGHT NOW to register — for FREE — in order to listen to my presentation (or any of the others on natural family living still to come through April 29!).

Hear me speak about breastfeeding! == Hobo MamaToday is also the day you can start buying lifetime access to the FULL Nourished Living Summit. If you want to hear any of the 69 incredible speakers (including Dr. Jay Gordon and Elizabeth Pantley), today's the day to purchase your lifetime access.

Because…TODAY ONLY, it's $20 off. It's a 24-hour sale that will go away tomorrow, so April 9 only, the full summit is $127.

You can also purchase individual tracks if you're interested in certain topics particularly.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How we made our own Family Day

Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about family pastimes.



We all need time as families to reconnect. Many of our families have parents who are working opposite schedules, or with one out on the job and the other at home. Many of us have kids in school or activities that keep us separated many days of the week.

Our family decided to become intentional about having one day a week we spend solely on each other: Family Day. Does your household have a Family Day?

Sam and I have an unusual lifestyle in that we're both self-employed, and we both unschool (homeschool) our two (soon to be three!) kids. To make that balance, we each need dedicated time to work as well as plenty of opportunity to spend time with our children.

We've decided on this schedule, and it's been working for us for awhile now: Sam takes care of the kids Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday while I work. I take the kids Monday, Thursday, and Saturday while he works. (Sometimes the person working leaves the house for a different location, and sometimes the person taking the kids does, and sometimes the person working just hides upstairs!) This does mean our work days can sometimes be quite long since we get only three of them a week, but it's working out well at this point, and I love that we have this flexibility.

That leaves Wednesday as the best day of the week: Family Day!

I realize for a lot of people, it's probably a weekend day (or days) that ends up being Family Day, but we're happy that most things are open but not crowded mid-week. Might as well take advantage of our unique situation, right?