Re-Play Dishes – A Review (and Giveaway!)

Let me cut right to the chase – I am in love with Re-Play dishes. I know, it’s weird to be obsessed with plates and bowls but I am just that. So what’s so special about Re-Play? Their dishes are all made out of recycled milk jugs, they offer some fun and vibrant colors, and they are just darn good quality! 

Re-Play Dishes A Review

I first discovered Re-Play dishes a couple years ago when I was looking for new sippy cups for my son. I had never heard of Re-Play before but when I saw that the dishes were made out of recycled plastic milk jugs, I was intrigued. So I bought the cups and a beautiful relationship was started. 

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Freshen Your Life with Fresh Wave

Keeping my house clean is impossible. Have you ever seen that meme that says something like “cleaning your house with kids around is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos”? It’s the truth. I do my best to keep things tidy and organized but one thing that I really work towards is having a home that always smells fresh and clean. I discovered Fresh Wave last year when a tub of their odor removing gel was included in the MommyCon Columbus goodie bags. What started as an interest in a brand I had never heard of turned into a love affair with an array of all-natural odor removing products.

Freshen Up with Fresh Wave

You can imagine my joy when I was chosen as a Fresh Wave Product Ambassador. Being an ambassador means that I get the inside scoop on new products and special sales, and then I get to pass on my reviews and insider knowledge to all you readers! I also received a box chock full of products to try out but we’ll get back to that in just a bit. Fresh Wave has been working hard to bring consumer attention to their brand, but they are not a new company. In fact, they’ve been in business for over 20 years! The more I learn about this company and their products, the more I love them. 

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Happy Mother’s Day from Naturally Nerdy Mommas

This Mother’s Day, let’s all take a moment to raise a glass (of wine, mug of coffee, sippy cup of chocolate milk, whatever you’ve got nearby) and toast to all of the mothers of the world. Mother’s Day is a day for us. A day when people go out of their way to say, “Mom, thank you. I love you.” And let’s not forget that Mother’s Day isn’t just for the lady who carried you in her womb for approximately 9 months – remember to celebrate any woman who helped guide you and shape you into the person you are today. 

a mother's day toastSo here’s to you, mothers of all varieties.

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Mixed Pears Products: A Review Times Two!

Parenthood comes with a lot of choices. Parenthood comes with a lot of stuff. With the choice on how to feed my infant son, I opted to completely skip over the baby food phase and go down the Baby Led Weaning road. As for the stuff, well I am happy to have discovered Mixed Pears BiteSizers! They are very helpful with both my baby and my toddler’s food. And to make mealtime even better? Mixed Pears also has a line of super adorable role play bibs. Today I’m pleased to be presenting both of them to you.

mixed pears

I know what you’re thinking – why does anyone need scissors to cut up food? What’s wrong with a fork and knife? I understand your reservations, as I too was skeptical at first.

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One Pot Dinner Recipes Round Up!

If you have not yet discovered the joy that is one pot (or one pan) meals, now is the time to enlighten yourself. I have been in a love affair with my slow cooker for years and that will never change but there is a special place in my heart for one pot meals. They are hardy and filling and the best part – clean up after dinner is a breeze! So today I am bringing to you eight one pot dinner recipes that I have tried and enjoyed. 

One pot dinner recipes

We’ll start things off with a classic: one pot spaghetti. If you really want to jazz it up, use Italian sausage as your meat. It’s my husband’s favorite way to eat spaghetti! 

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Why Social Media and Parenting Don’t Mix

It isn’t news that we live in an age of social media. If you are on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms then there is a very good chance that you frequently see pictures and posts of parents who truly seem like Super Awesome Parents. Keeping up with the Joneses is not a new thing but it has certainly evolved now that the internet is such a prevalent part of our lives. I am not immune to this. There are plenty of times when I snap a quick picture or come up with a cute and witty post that really makes me seem like a Super Awesome Parent, like a mother who really has her stuff together. But I’m going to let you in on a secret: those pictures and posts are just a flash in the pan, a brief moment of my chaotic life that looks happy and well put together. Letting ourselves believe that other people are better parents than we are is why social media and parenting don’t mix. 

Why Social Media and Parenting Don't Mix

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Nicki’s Diapers Merino Wool Overnight Cover – A Review

If you haven’t checked out my last post, then you may be unaware that I am a fan of wool diapers. I had heard about the wonders of wool for a long time before I finally became brave enough to try it for myself. Most of my experience has been with Disana wool, which I quickly fell in love with. But when I decided to buy new nighttime wool for my 6 month old I started looking for something new and different. I remembered that Nicki’s Diapers, the cloth diaper retailer I purchase from most, recently came out with their very own wool cover that is double layered for overnight use. Today I have the pleasure of bringing to you my own Nicki’s Diapers Merino Wool Overnight Cover review. 

wool cover photo

Wool is a great choice for a cloth diaper cover for many reasons. It is a natural fiber that is breathable, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and it is naturally moisture repellent when lanolin is reapplied to the wool. When you think of wool, you may think of a material that is itchy and scratchy but these covers are far from that. 

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Wool – The Best Over Night Cloth Diaper

One of the issues many cloth diaper users face is what over night cloth diaper to choose. There is no one right answer but I have tried several different solutions and my final verdict is that paired with something super absorbent, wool is the best over night cloth diaper cover. 

Wool

Many people who use cloth diapers feel a little intimidated by wool because it requires a certain wash routine, one that differs from other cloth diapers. I resisted trying wool until I found myself frustrated by my toddler waking up soaking wet every morning. So I bit the bullet and bought a wool cover and all the recommended washing supplies. Now that I am a card carrying member of the “I Love Wool” club, I am here to share my basic knowledge of how to care for wool and hopefully help anyone else out there who is in need of a leak-proof nighttime solution but is overwhelmed by the thought of caring for this super fabric. 

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The Problem With Being a Crunchy Mom

 

As we go through life we collect labels. Nerd, jock, feminist, dog lover – words and phrases that identify a small part of who we are, what niche we fit into, or the things we are passionate about. One of my most important labels is a mom. If you asked me what parenting niche I fall into, the short answer I’d probably give is that I’m a crunchy mom.  

Easy being crunchy

What the heck is a crunchy mom, you ask? No, it isn’t someone who is past due for a shower (though let’s be honest, all mothers have been there). Crunchy refers to the phrase “granola mom” which is (stereo)typically a mom whom many would call a hippy. Crunchy/granola/hippy parenting tends to encompass topics such as organic eating, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, anti-vaccinations, anti-circumcision, home births, co-sleeping, limited/no screen time, babywearing, baby led weaning, use of essential oils and natural medications, and homeschooling among other things.

So what’s the problem with calling myself a crunchy parent?

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And Moms are Not Immortal

 

There’s something peculiar about showering after you’ve had a baby. It hurts, but it’s pleasant, a soothing feeling that persists from the very beginning of your life to the very end. The feeling of warmth encompassing your being is hard to replicate without water, glorious water. 

The feeling of being safe, too, often brings thoughts to my mind. During my c-section, I never actually felt the paralyzing fear I should have. My blood pressure was close to causing issues. My baby was coming far earlier than she should. I had an entire NICU team and crash team on standby, making sure nothing terribly uncertain happened. Not once did I feel like I was in danger. Not once.

But when that warm water hit my back, I took a breath, swallowed, and erupted into tears that flowed freely and quickly, just like the water that was enveloping me in a warm embrace.

And moms are not immortal

I guess it’s appropriate that the first blog I have bothered to write in eight months is something like this. This blog IS about motherhood, after all, first and foremost. Writing about my budget or my new house or even my new – now fat and happy – baby wouldn’t be as worthy, as meaningful.

Facing my mortality has been a long journey. They always say that the army likes to recruit people young because they have a sense of immortality. That bad thing will happen other people…but not to me, so I’ll be safe when the guns start firing, and I have to run. I’ll be like Forest Gump and get a bullet in my butt, it’ll be superficial or it won’t happen at all.

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