Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Surf: My hoodlum kids

Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

Kids playing in the aisles of Home Depot
This is what I'm up against with my reprobates.
Here Alrik cops a teenage attitude by brazenly wearing his hat askew (indoors!),
while Mikko shuts and locks the Home Depot aisle gates illicitly.
It's a challenge living with such tough dudes.

I have two links this week, but they're good'uns:


What not to name your blog

eraser place holders
eraser place holders by hownowdesign, on Flickr
Want some ideas on how to decide on an online moniker … and what to avoid?

Blocking Google AdSense formula ads for parenting and breastfeeding sites

I've updated the links list with anti-breastfeeding domains. Let me know if you see any others, and follow the easy directions to block them on your AdSense account as well!

Carnival news:

The Carnival of Natural Parenting this past week on Family Service Projects was so inspiring!

How to make street crossing flags as a family service project
I got lots of ideas for how we can serve as a family. Read down to the end for links and summaries from all the participants!

Introducing the parenting blog carnival calendar: Keep track of upcoming writing opportunities!
As a writer, you no longer have to memorize due dates for the blogging carnivals you love. Notifications will come right to your Google Calendar and inbox!

As a carnival host, you can snag more participants and keep them apprised of due dates and themes!

Check out upcoming carnivals in the calendar below, and click the "plus" button at the bottom to add it to your Google account.

To add carnivals to the calendar, see the static page with an email form that takes you step by step through submitting your carnival information. Any carnivals on topics of interest to natural parenting bloggers are welcome.

From Pinterest:

Follow me on Pinterest to enjoy sharing pins! Here are some of my favorite recent pins:

Watch this!

How to Properly Hang Laundry
We'd also love to have you join us on our group boards on Natural Parents Network's Pinterest account: If you want to post your own or others' posts about a Slice of Life, Naturally, or Healthy Eating and Living, simply email ShannonH {at} with your Pinterest username to be added to the boards.

From Natural Parents Network:

Visit Natural Parents Network
Remember to enter our huge giveaway extravaganza:
Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide
Prizes are from 74 companies reviewed by 25 of our NPN volunteers. The companies are giving away 89 products and gift certificates, for a total combined value of $2,550!

I also want to highlight the fantastic Handmade Holidays posts up right now. You can link up your own tutorials, recipes, and posts about homemade holiday gifts:

Handmade Holidays: Meal Time Gatherings

Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Babies and Children

Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Adults

Handmade Holidays: Food Treats and Gifts


Get FREE shipping on all orders over $49 at The Ultimate Green Store. Use code HOLIDAY2012. Here are some of the organic and eco-friendly gifts on sale now:

Plan Toys Eco-friendly Toy Fire Engine with Firefighters

Lapsaky Eco Wool and Organic Cotton Baby Beanie

Voltaic Systems Converter Recycled Backpack

Made with recycled PET fabric, this eco-friendly solar backpack will charge most handheld electronics (cell phones, PDAs, iPods, cameras, etc.) and is ideal for biking and hiking!

Pure Fiber Organic Cotton Terry Bathrobes


MyPublisher, Inc.The perfect holiday gift! Up to 50% off photo books from MyPublisher. 25% off orders over $50, and
50% off orders over $100 for all hardcover photo books. MyPublisher is what we use for our photo books, and we're making two more (one for each kid) to give the grandparents (and us!) this Christmas!

Free Shipping on Any Order Of $30 Or More Now At! Use Code: FREESHIPTHIRTY. Go have fun shopping for holiday toys!


I'd love to gift you a copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama. Enter my 5-year blogiversary giveaway with 5 winners!
5-year blogiversary & FREE copies of Poetry of a Hobo Mama!

The following are part of the Holiday Gift Guide!

Giveaway: 2 Playsilks from BirchLeaf Designs — $26 ARV {11.25; Worldwide}
Shop now with coupon code NPN and get 10% off through November 25, 2012!

Giveaway: Nursing/Maternity Wear $75 Gift Card & Virtual Bra Fitting from A Mother's Boutique {11.25; Worldwide}

Giveaway: 3 Nutcracker Kids Ballet DVDs from Prima Princessa — $21 ARV {11.25; US/Can}

Giveaway: Superhero Cape & Kit (Reversible!) from Pip & Bean — $25 ARV {11.25; Worldwide}

Giveaway and review at ourfeminist{play}school: Poetry of a Hobo Mama: E-book Edition – $10 ARV {11.25; World Wide} {2 copies!}
Shop now with coupon code SAP84AYJ and get 20% off all orders of the trade paperback at the CreateSpace store through December 31, 2012!

Remember to enter:
Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide
Go over to the Gift Guide to see all the other fabulous prizes you can win. You need to enter at just one post and mention your top five favorite prizes.

Find lots more wonderful giveaways at my Natural parenting giveaways linky! There are several NEW ones there: Thirsties wipes, a Plan Toys wooden rocking horse, a Softbums Omni diaper, and more! Add your own giveaways, and enter to win!

Surf with us:

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWe love following along with fellow Sunday Surfers. If you have your own post of reading links to share, please link up your post on Hobo Mama or on Authentic Parenting. The linky will go live every Sunday, and you can link up any day that week. If Sunday doesn't work for you but you do a links list another day, feel free to play along. You only need to add your post to one of the sites, and the linky will automatically show up on both sites.

You can get the Sunday Surf button by Jenna Designs and some code to add to your post from my Sunday Surf page.

Check out previous editions for good reading, and you can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

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I try to seek out only products I think you would find
relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent.
See my full disclosure policy here.


dulce de leche said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement, understanding and for being the lovely person that you are! Blogger is having issues for me, and I can't seem to reply to comments (???) but I appreciate you so very much!

Lauren Wayne said...

@dulce de leche: Aw, thank you! I really appreciated your blog post.

Blogger's having weird commenting issues for several folks, it seems.

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