Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Merry Christmas to all!

Hobo Mama: Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Calling for submissions for the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in January 2014! (Check out December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and a summary of all our 2012 posts and 2011 posts if you missed any.)

Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.

Here are the submission details for January 2014:

Calling for submissions for the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same

Theme: The More Things Stay the Same: Life changes, it's true; but it often continues on a steady path. This month, write about continuity. What does it mean to you: stability? Monotony? Is it a broken resolution, or a conscious effort? Whether it is something in the past or a goal for 2014, share what "staying the same" means to you and your family.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 7. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: CarNatPar {at} NaturalParentsNetwork.com

Carnival date: Tuesday, January 14. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on January 14 and email us the link if you haven't done so already. Once everyone's posts are published by noon Eastern time, we will send out a finalized list of all the participants' links to generate lots of link love for your site! We'll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas here & there

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Here is a taste of the merriment we've been enjoying this season.

Hobo Mama: Christmas here & there
We went with a group of friends
to see the fantabulous gingerbread houses downtown.

Hobo Mama: Christmas here & there
They're built entirely out of candy
as a fundraiser for juvenile diabetes research,
which always makes me chuckle.

Hobo Mama: Christmas here & there
Nursery Rhymes was this year's theme:
Here's poor London Bridge falling down,
with Humpty Dumpty in a precarious position.

Hobo Mama: Christmas here & there
We appreciated the decorated Christmas trees at another hotel.

Hobo Mama: Christmas here & there

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Enter the DidyTai giveaway! {12.19; US/Can}

A gentle reminder to enter the DidyTai giveaway that ends Thursday!

I've reposted the review and entry form below for your convenience.

 

Didytai Giveaway Event

Sponsored by Adriane Stare of Caribou Baby

 

Hosted by:

The Squishable Baby

 

Co-hosted by:

Our Piece of Earth According to Jenny Zephyr Hill Blog
The Median Mommy Life as a Wife, Mummy and Nurse I Thought I Knew Mama
Mommy's Favorite Things Kerrific online Living Peacefully with Children
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Caring for a baby over the holidays? Remember to take care of yourself!

Caring for a baby over the holidays? Remember to take care of yourself! == Hobo Mama

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Are you the parent of a young baby? I hereby pass along to you my holiday gift: the permission and suggestion to slow down and take care of yourself, too.

I've been through four Christmases with a younger nursling. My kids are currently 6 and a half and 2 and a half years old, and I learned a thing or two from their Christmases at around six months and around 18 months on how to take the holidays easy.

Now, there's what worked for me, but then there are the choices you will make, and it's totally possible and probable that you will have a different set of criteria and priorities when it comes to holiday celebrations. So take my advice as just a series of gentle suggestions. Sometimes people need permission to let go of the pressures of the holidays and of visits to distant relatives, and if that's you, I want to grant it! It's your holiday celebration, too, so try to slow down and enjoy it.


Cut down on travel, or plan ahead

We traveled by plane with Mikko when he was four months old, and then again when he was seven months old. After those two experiences, we swore off plane trips for the next several years at least. We then, warily, tried a road trip when he was 20 months old...which made us rethink future road trips. We've now traveled twice with Alrik, once by car and once by plane, and while neither was awful, neither was a walk in the park.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Surf: Bedhead & a haircut

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

Does anyone else feel like the Christmas season is racing by? Stop, stop, stop! I want some of that kid-perspective of Advent-lasts-foreeeever-and-when-is-it-going-to-be-Christmas-already, because I can't believe it's almost here and we've done about … oh … 5 things on our list of 100 possibilities. I'm trying to slow down a bit and just enjoy it, regardless. We have our tree and stockings up now, so that's nice!

Sunday Surf: Bedhead & a haircut == Hobo Mama
I thought you'd want to enjoy this epic bedhead from Alrik's nap.

Sunday Surf: Bedhead & a haircut == Hobo Mama
I also gave him a haircut that day. You'd think that was because of or after the bedhead, right? Nope, the haircut came first and apparently unleashed even more volume. But the back of his head's pretty much always like that. We got off easy with Mikko and his self-styling locks.

Sunday Surf: Bedhead & a haircut == Hobo Mama
Of course, not that we do much at all to keep this kid looking this cute.

I've got links saved up for you!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Santa & family

Hobo Mama: Santa & family

We have never, ever, ever gotten a Santa picture this good,
with neither kid screaming or flailing away in terror.
I am all agog.
Thanks to Shannon for snapping it!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Homeostasis


Welcome to the December 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Change…

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 life changes.




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Homeostasis == Hobo MamaI've enjoyed learning more about the body's state of homeostasis: the tendency toward stability, as controlled through multiple and ongoing small changes.

For instance, our body's temperature might be an average of 98.6 degrees (or not) — but only because the body constantly reacts to make it so, sweating to cool us, shivering to warm us, and many smaller responses that we don't even consciously register.

In other words, we're always changing — and always staying the same.

I feel a lot of homeostasis in my own life.

Monday, December 9, 2013

How to sew easy superhero capes for kids

How to sew easy superhero capes for kids == Hobo Mama

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I've got a super-fast project you can whip right up for a holiday gift! Your kiddo will love opening up and flying away in a handmade reversible superhero cape for Christmas, so grab some shiny fabric, and let's get sewing.

This is seriously SO EASY you're going to laugh at me for making a blog post about it. Stuff you could figure out on your own is my crafty specialty, yo.

Materials:

How to sew easy superhero capes for kids == Hobo Mama
  • Superhero-worthy fabric: I followed Mikko's lead and headed straight to the gymnast/ice-skating costume section of Jo-Ann's, where we picked out (on sale, woo!) some sort of shimmery spandex stretch fabulousness. We made sure to get two contrasting colors for each cape so they can be reversible plus have an intriguing lining. Other fabrics that would work well would be satin, silk, or, for a floatier sort of fairy cape, perhaps something like organza. If you were going for something more Middle-Earthly, you could do a light wool, or an opaque costume fabric for a vampiric tot. Unless you're going for a floaty look, lean toward drapey fabrics.
  • Thread to match — any regular sort will do, and the color match doesn't have to be perfect, just subtle.
  • Some form of closure — I used and am quite happy with Velcro Soft & Flexible Sew-On Tape — it comes in white, black, and beige, so choose the one that coordinates best.

A Jo-Ann tip for you: They now have a free mobile app that will give you scannable coupons on your phone. Since I always forget to bring my mailed coupons, this has been a serious money-saver. If you don't want to wait for specialty fabrics to go on sale, there's almost always a coupon for 50% or at least 40% off one regular-price item, which includes one cut of fabric. No, Jo-Ann isn't paying me to say this — just some advice that's helped me out recently!

Instructions:


How to sew easy superhero capes for kids == Hobo Mama
Measure out how much fabric you'll need in length by measuring from your child's neck to where you want the cape to fall. (I can hear you saying "Uh-duh.") I found the width of my fabric sufficient to wrap around my kids' little necks with room to spare. I erred on the long side with their capes, particularly for wee Alrik, since I figure they'll last longer that way.

How to sew easy superhero capes for kids == Hobo Mama
Cut out both of your pieces of fabric to the same length (which might have been done for you at the store — I had to make two boys two capes each, so I did additional cutting at home) and match up the seams, shiny sides together so you're looking at the dull underside of both pieces. Pin around the edges. If your pieces are uneven, as mine were, start with one corner with both layers matched perfectly together and pin, then work from there, smoothing the fabric as you go so you keep the layers from puckering.

How to sew easy superhero capes for kids == Hobo Mama
While you're pinning, your kids will be hard at work doing the same with the scraps (one can only assume).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Put your boots out: It's Nikolaustag!

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This post is especially for Momma Jorje, because every year I post about our St. Nicholas Day celebrations after the fact, and every year she suggests it would be better if I reminded everyone beforehand so they could join in!

So: Let this be your reminder! Put your boots out tonight and Saint Nicholas might just stop by to tuck some shiny little goodies inside!

(Unless you've been naughty, of course. Then all bets are off.)

Since we speak some German at home, we like to learn about the culture as well. That's why we celebrate Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, each year.

Because the feast day of Saint Nicholas is December 6, empty boots (Nikolausstiefel) generally go outside the door the night of December 5, the eve of Nikolaustag (Nikolausabend).

Put your boots out: It's Nikolaustag! == Hobo Mama

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Giveaway: Didymos DidyTai baby carrier from Caribou Baby — ARV $190 {12.19; US/Can}

 

Didytai Giveaway Event

Sponsored by Adriane Stare of Caribou Baby

 

Hosted by:

The Squishable Baby

 

Co-hosted by:

Our Piece of Earth According to Jenny Zephyr Hill Blog
The Median Mommy Life as a Wife, Mummy and Nurse I Thought I Knew Mama
Mommy's Favorite Things Kerrific online Living Peacefully with Children
Hobo Mama Momma Lew

Wordless Wednesday: Mystery box

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Hobo Mama: Mystery box

Since my giveaway for Appleseed Lane ends Friday,
I thought I'd share our fun with the
November box on crime scene science!
We bought a subscription to Appleseed Lane,
so we get a science-based box once a month
with fun activities, crafts, and a book to explain it all!

Hobo Mama: Mystery box
Mikko was eager to spread it all out.
As you can see, we had two of everything
with the sibling add-on (no fighting! woo!).

Hobo Mama: Mystery box
Mikko loves crime-solving games and shows
(this is actually true and, yes, I know he's 6),
so he was ready to get right to detecting.
We had to solve which nefarious caterpillar sibling got into the cookie jar.

Hobo Mama: Mystery box
One thing I love is Appleseed Lane supplies ALL the materials.
For instance, one of the activities called for a pencil, and I was thinking:
Oh, no, I have to find a pencil? But it was included — but unsharpened.
So I was thinking, Oh, no, I have to find a pencil sharpener?
But the sharpener was INCLUDED! It's so easy.
This bag of flour was a great relief to me,
because we never have any now that we're grain-free!
That was another one where I read the directions first and had a mini-panic
before realizing: Nope, it's all included. Whew!

Hobo Mama: Mystery box
So, anyway: First up, handprint molds!
See that little packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid? Included!
No running to the store. Love it.

Hobo Mama: Mystery box
The boys mixed together peacefully. Yea!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday Surf: Hedgehog baby steps

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

Here's hoping you all had a celebratory Thanksgiving weekend! We just stayed home and the boys puked. And I cleaned up puke. And they puked some more. It was … different.

But now it's time for the holiday season, and I am stoked! Christmas music, ahoy!

Sunday Surf: Hedgehog baby steps == Hobo Mama
Once upon a time, I used a Sunday Surf to talk about manifesting a hedgehog. Since Mikko's now enthusiastically on board, we are one step closer. Don't you just adore his drawing of a hedgehog? Totally unprompted. We made a shopping list and went to the pet store to get some supplies.

Some links to be thankful for:


And along the same lines:

  • Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe - 4 KIDS (by jimgaffigan)
    "Four kids. If you want to know what it’s like to have a fourth, just imagine you’re drowning … and then someone hands you a baby."
    "We had all our babies at home … just to make you feel uncomfortable."
    "People always assume there was some laziness involved. ‘You didn’t want to go to the hospital?’ ‘It was far. I didn’t feel like putting on pants.’"
    "People are like, ‘You didn’t want to go to that germ-infested building where sick people congregate? … Didn’t your wife want to give birth in a gown someone died in yesterday?’"
    "There was also a midwife there, because we believe in witchcraft."
    Ok, I’ll stop quoting. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

100 things to be thankful for

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Momma Jorje: Gratitude ChallengeI'm grateful to be taking part in Momma Jorje's Gratitude Challenge — we're listing 100 things we're grateful for today.

From Jorje:

I think it is important to appreciate what you have and not just on Thanksgiving. It's important to remember to be grateful when your life feels abundant, but perhaps even more-so when times are hard. That said, I have some tough things going on right now and am having a hard time over here so… I want to challenge myself to remember all the things in my life for which to be grateful. I enjoyed the challenge at Let's Take the Metro a couple of years ago, so I'm going to challenge you in a similar fashion. Are you ready?

You can still participate and link up below!

  1. Even though our family is puke-tastically sick, we're having a nice quiet Thanksgiving at home.
  2. We're semi-fasting for the above reason, but we have good food on hand to break our fast when we can!
  3. Blackadder! Our choice of Thanksgiving Day sickbed amusement.
  4. String cheese, or as Mikko calls it, octopus cheese. Because I tear the bottom apart for him like a squid-ly thing before handing it over.
  5. Being able to homeschool our kids
  6. Two fluffy sweet kitties who love raw meat, lap cuddles, and stepping on sleeping babies
  7. The diaper service since Alrik's not up to potty independence quite yet
  8. Long hair and a 6-year-old who alternately plays with and complains about it

Thanksgiving weekend deals for natural parents

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Updated for Black Friday!

It's time for my annual Sharing of the Coupons. I have several valued affiliate partners who give out amazing deals this time of year, and particularly this Cyber Weekend. Avoid the crowds and enjoy your holiday-shopping-from-home experience. I'm hosting a little round-up for you of the best ones!

For further details and notice of new sales, visit Hobo Mama Reviews.


Kissed by the Moon

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There will be TWO sale start times to accommodate those who prefer to shop in the evening and those who prefer to wait. The sale begins 9pst Thursday/12am Friday est and 9am est/6am pst.


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15% off select brands including bumGenius, Flips, Rumparooz, Swaddlebees/Blueberry, CJ’s Butter, Balm Baby, Destiny Boutique, Geffen Baby, Babee Greens, Lunette, A Happy Green Life, Healing Hazel, Sweet Pea, Jellystone, Babylegs, Lin Taylor, MotherMoonPads, Motherease, and Applecheeks


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20% off select brands including bumGenius, Flips, Rumparooz, Swaddlebees/Blueberry, CJ's Butter, Balm Baby, Destiny Boutique, Geffen Baby, Babee Greens, Lunette, A Happy Green Life, Healing Hazel, Sweet Pea, Jellystone, Babylegs, Lin Taylor, MotherMoonPads, and Motherease.


Plus: 10% off through the rest of the weekend and Cyber Monday! (selected brands)


Truth in the Tinsel: Advent activity ebook for families

If your family practices the Christian faith and is looking for a kid-friendly guided Advent resource, try out Truth in the Tinsel!

This is "an Advent experience for little hands," because it offers a faith-based activity and Bible reading each day to reinforce the reason for the season and lead children into a celebration of Christmas and Jesus' birth.

Truth in the Tinsel is only $7.99 as an ebook download — and my readers can get 20% off the book just for being awesome!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Thankful

People I'm thankful for:

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