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You Know You’re a Crunchy Mom When…

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So, you hear that term “crunchy” again, and you’re wondering what exactly it means? Well, Urban Dictionary defines a crunchy mom as a

“Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods.”

I’m a self-proclaimed earth-loving, organic-eating mama myself, and I’ll proudly share the “crunchy” title with all of the other amazing mamas out there who believe in natural living!

Want to find out if you’re crunchy too, and have a little laugh while you’re at it? Check out these other crunchy mom blogger’s ideas of what it means to be a crunchy mom!

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Mother’s Day Mega List for Crunchy Moms

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Since Mother’s Day is almost here, I put together a (not so little) wish list of things a crunchy mama would really appreciate. Hopefully my husband will see this and use it wisely (I’m kidding… just a little). So, let’s get started… here is the Mother’s Day Mega List for Crunchy Moms….

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Quality Water Filter

Having quality drinking water for your family is a must. This Berkely Water Filter is a great portable alternative to using big jugs and wasting plastic on water bottles. They also filter out much more than an inexpensive one purchased from a supermarket. Plus, your kids can get their own drinks easily. Win win!

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Bee’s Wrap

Bee’s Wrap is a creative alternative to plastic food bags, and it is all natural! Made with cloth and bees wax, this is something unique and useful that any crunchy mama would love.

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A Nice Card

Nothing compares to a homemade card, but this Etsy Shop makes cards from 100% recycled paper. And I’m pretty sure I laughed out loud when reading some of them.

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A Good Blender

It’s always nice to have a good blender. Owning a Vitamix has always been a far off dream of mine, but since this was the MEGA list, I threw it in here.

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

These Earthlust water bottles are made of unlined, recycled food grade stainless steel, and come in multiple styles and sizes.

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Uplifting Artwork

Even if you aren’t really into art, these prints from Katie Daisy on her Etsy Shop are beyond gorgeous for any mama wanting to brighten up a space.

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Reusable Shopping Bags

I thought these reusable shopping bags were handy, and since they are justplain canvas, the kids can spiff them up and make them one-of-a-kind with fabric paint creations!

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A Soft Structured Carrier or Wrap

Please excuse my daughter giving you the stink eye! It is the only picture we have with our beloved boba 3G. I purchased it used from a babywearing group on Facebook, and we still use it even though she is almost three! I love that thing, and we even took a mini backpacking trip to Chicago last year, and I carried her in the Boba most of the time. I’ve always wanted to try to carry my babies in a gorgeous woven wrap as well, but never took the plunge. Sometimes carriers and wraps can be expensive to purchase new, but if you join a group like this one here you can easily get a gently used one at a really affordable price. These things make a mama’s life so much easier, believe me!

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For the Gardening Mama

Moonlight Micro Farms has an abundance of heirloom organic, non GMO seeds available on their shop. I have purchased from this small company for a couple of years now and have no complaints! Love them!

All of these gifts would be great for just about any crunchy, or naturally minded mama, but I think we can all agree that nothing compares to a homemade card or gift that we can save and cherish! Half-wilted dandelions picked from the front yard and handed to me by a little grinning kiddo will always be one of my favorites.

 But really… just getting to be a mom is the best gift of all.

*Disclaimer: I will receive a small amount of compensation if you choose to purchase from several of the links posted on this blog, with no additional charges to you. This in turn helps to support our family so that I am able to stay home with our children.

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Kale Cubes For Smoothies

For the past several years I have had the most amazing kale plants growing in our garden. I just love kale, but I really love a good green smoothie with kale even more. Being a mom of two busy kiddos, I would always pick the kale from the garden, get distracted, and find it wilted on the countertop later. I solved this problem, and created a way to have delicious green smoothies all winter by making these Kale Cubes for smoothies. Seriously, nothing makes me feel better during a cold, gloomy Indiana winter than a fresh smoothie.

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How to make the Kale Cubes….

They are basically ice cubes with kale and either water, or coconut water. I cannot believe I let so much kale go to waste before I learned how to do this. It is SO easy.

All you have to do is wash your kale leaves, then separate the stems from the leaves. Next, you just add around a handful of kale leaves to a blender (or more or less to your liking), pour a cup of water, or coconut water into the blender, and blend it up! After it is blended to a consistency you like, just pour it into ice trays and freeze! So simple!

I always let them freeze over night, and pop them out of the trays in the morning. I put them in a big gallon ziploc bag for easy access. That way you can just grab as many cubes as you would like, and toss them into your blender when prepping your smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Handful Kale
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water or Filtered Water

Separate the leaves from the stems, wash, and place the leaves in a blender.

Add 1 Cup coconut water/water to blender. Blend until preferred consistency.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Once frozen add to a ziploc bag and store in freezer.

Use 3-4 or more cubes per smoothie.

Enjoy!

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Why Our Family Has A Garden In Town

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I have wanted to write this post for quite some time, and I am finally getting around to it. I feel so strongly about this, that it’s almost hard to put into words. Having a garden has brought our tiny family so much closer. Not just to each other, but to the Earth as well. There is no doubt in my mind, that having a garden has been the most beneficial, and educational decision we could have made, and for that reason we continue to do it every year.

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Gardening is something that takes a lot of hard work, determination, and sometimes research, but believe me it is worth it. Whether the only outdoor space you have is a city balcony, or you live on 50 acres, you can do it. Whether your children are babies or almost grown, just a small garden will fill them with unbelievable curiosity.

We live on a little lot in a small town, and in previous years we used cement block raised beds for our garden. Last summer, some of the kindest individuals we have ever met allowed us to plant a huge garden on their empty lot across the street from our home. Because of that, last summer was the most amazing experience we have had as a family. We worked so hard on that garden, and our family is so much closer because of it. Our children were able to plant the tiny seeds, and learn how they grow. They learned about eco-systems, the water cycle, patience, hard work, and so much more. The list is honestly never ending, and every year as they become older, there will be new lessons to be learned, and more knowledge to be gained.

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Our four-year-old always insists on planting our seeds, and kisses every one to give it love and help it grow. Our two-year-old fills her belly with onions, pulled right from the earth. We didn’t have many this fall because most of them made it to her mouth before the basket!

Every morning we would walk across the street to check on the garden. Our children would check on the baby melons, squealing with excitement if they grew a large amount from the previous days’ rain. Their shoes would get torn off immediately so that they could squish their little toes in the mud as they walked up and down the rows of corn, measuring how much taller it was than them that week. Our two-year-old always plopped down in her sun dress and snacked on kale and onions as the tall corn shaded her, while our four-year-old investigated what kind of creatures were eating the tomatoes at night. We had old spoons we left there for play, and both of our children would dig for things. Our four-year-old would always comment that he was being and Archaeologist, with Miss 2 following, “Me too! Me too!” We could stay at that garden for hours every day, and the family time we spent there was incredible.

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Not only were we able to watch our children play and learn, we all worked together towards a common goal- to help our plants grow. Even our 2-year-old helped pull weeds, water plants, and gather our harvest with her own special little bucket in hand. With their Daddy working during the day, it was so nice for all of us to have something to look forward to in the afternoons when he would arrive home. We would gather the supplies we needed, and hold hands as we crossed the street to that special place, and work until it was time for dinner on some nights. If we went on a weekend trip, it seemed like the first thing we all wanted to do (even before unloading the car), was check on the garden- to see what surprises it had for us.

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The pride we all feel that we are able to grow that nutritious food on our own, and put it on the table for our children is an indescribable feeling, especially living in town without much land. We were able to can over forty quarts of green beans this summer, more zucchini bread than we knew what to do with, a freezer full of tomato sauce, plus fresh veggies most of spring, summer, and fall.

You wonder what the cost must have been to do this? I believe we calculated it to cost 56 dollars. That is including the cost of seeds, starter plants, and the cumulative water bills.

We do not spend money on herbicides. We plant extra, so if anything happens, we still end up with plenty. It just takes time, and I promise no matter how busy you are, you can always find a little time to work in the garden. It definitely has a therapeutic quality.

Our yearly garden has taught our small children so many lessons, but the one I feel is most valuble, is this: The Earth can provide for us the things we need. That is a lesson many people do not seem to remember anymore.

People feel as though they need to rely on big businesses, grocery stores, and so many other man-made things that they forget the Earth is capable of giving us what we need. We just need to show it a little love. People think dirt on their food is discusting… well, I’m fairly certain the chemical ingredients in the french fries they are munching on are much worse.

If you still need more convincing….

An Urban Garden is:

  • Organic
  • Inexpensive/nearly free
  • You know where your food is coming from
  • No need to make extra store trips- just walk out and grab a tomato from the garden!
  • A garden provides you with the opportunity to educate your children about various different topics
  • Much more fresh than much of the produce you purchase from the store
  • Give it a try! Learn something new!
  • And just remember….

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