Thursday, April 18, 2013

NPN Flickr Contest!

Natural Parents Network: The Deadline for Our Flickr Photo Contest Is Approaching — Enter Now! Recently, Natural Parents Network launched a Flickr Photo Pool and corresponding Photo Contest with over $1000 in photography-related prizes up for grabs for our readers! Many NPN readers have already submitted photos of your beautiful families, showing us what natural parenting really looks like for you in many forms. We are loving the many images that have been added and the opportunity to see the diverse faces of our readers and fellow natural parents. There are almost 500 images added already to the Flickr Pool, and it is turning out to be a very fun way to see and share images of other parents and families like yours!

The April 30 deadline is fast approaching! Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize package.

Enter your photos into the NPN Flickr Pool from your Flickr account, and favorite the photos you like best. Share the contest, and encourage family and friends to vote for your photos and their favorites. For details on how to submit your photos to the NPN Flickr Pool and our contest, read our launch post and Photo Submission/Contest Rules.

***Here are mine - feel free to vote for any or all of them, because the prizes are awesome and I wouldn't mind winning ;-) ****

Friday, April 12, 2013

10 Things *not* to do to Help Your Child Eat

Over at NPN today...

10 Things Not to Do to Help Your Child Eat at Natural Parents Network 

 There’s a lot of talk these days about how to get your kids to eat. But really, it’s all about approach and finesse and what not to do. With that in mind, I've come up with a list of ten things that you need to give up before your child will come around to the foodie way of doing things. From making food "fuel" to getting emotional about what your child is not eating, take a peek at what parents should stop doing to help their kids start eating in my post at Natural Parents Network: 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Card Catalogue Craft Storage

Many years ago, when we were still in Dallas, I relieved my mom of the last card catalogue in her library. It's at least 50 years old and solid wood. It gets put in place and never moved and over the years it has mostly housed random things that I couldn't find anywhere else for.

Back in... January? February? I got inspired to actually do something aside from stack boxes in front of it and library books on it.

This is what it looked like. Not pretty, but full of potential.

My ex-brother-in-law turned it down when my mom offered it to him as a toolbox because of these holes. He has proven to be so very short sighted. A little card stock and some double sided tape later...

I used post-it flags to label intended drawers. 

Then I cut cardstock and printed labels...

This kid loves a good organization project.

The orange labels are drawers he has full access to, and he respects that the blue drawers are for Mommies and Daddies only.


That's my camera bag and some more art supplies down there.

Let's be real about what the top looks like, because this is as neat as it gets:
(that pile on the left is stain glass bunting...tutorial on its way!)

Ultimately, it's my favorite piece of free furniture to date!

If you can't find one on Craigslist and $800 is a good price for you, Land of Nod has some on offer right now.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ethics, a Budget, and Your Taste Buds

...a new series I've got over at NPN:

IMG_1486If you're paying any attention to food at all lately, you've noticed that it's not enough anymore to simply buy the food your parents bought while you were growing up and trust that it's just as chock-full of nutrients as it always has been. In addition to the familiar Organic vs. Traditional debate, there are GMOs to consider, labor conditions, corporate donations, food miles, and the welfare of the animals that will wind up on your plate. Add to that your family's need to stick to a budget as well as your desire to serve only food that tastes amazing…and you've got quite a conundrum on your hands. Which takes priority? Your conscience? Your bank account? Your taste buds? Hopefully, there are ways to satisfy all three. This is an ongoing series in which we'll address each challenge in depth, but I thought I would start by talking about how we do it in our house. It's really simple. Are you ready? Do the best you can with what you have. Read more at Natural Parents Network >>
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