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Are You Drinking Enough Water? Chances are, You’re Not. #summerH2Ochallenge

I am always HORRIBLE about drinking water when I should, and I come nowhere near the nine 8oz glasses that are recommended for daily intake (for men, it’s thirteen 8oz glasses). For me, it’s usually more like a couple of gulps a day, just to wash my food down. I know, I’m awful! It’s that busy mama thing- my kids are always more than hydrated, and I know this because my five-year-old always has to make three trips to the bathroom every time I take him grocery shopping with me. So basically, I always forget about myself.

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Well, did you know how important water really is for your body?

“Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” -Mayo Clinic

It helps your body conduct its normal daily functions, and well, I’m just going to put myself out there and say it- I’m always constipated. I have issues with adult acne, I get headaches a lot, and I just think that I could really benefit from drinking more water.

According to this article from  Mind Body Green, water also Increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, improves skin complexion, aids in digestion and helps to prevent constipation, boosts the immune system, and helps to prevent and relieve headaches.

So to help raise awareness of how important it is to drink water on a daily basis, I’ve decided to start a Summer H2O Challenge and document the changes I see from drinking a full 2200 ml of water a day for an entire month!

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I’ll do an update in about a month to let you know if I notice any changes in my health or energy levels from drinking the daily recommended amount of water, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and do the summer H2O Challenge with me. I’d love to see your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #summerH2Ochallenge!

Here’s to hydration!

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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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Ways To Reuse Your Melissa And Doug Trays

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Our kids got a lot of Melissa and Doug gifts this year for Christmas. I have always loved the company, and I also really like the way they package their products. Many of the smaller toys (magnets, play food, etc.) come in these cute little shallow wooden boxes or trays.

I have always kept them, thinking I could find uses for them in some way or another. Well, yesterday I was cleaning the sea of toys we call the playroom, and realized I have a ton of those little boxes and we’re doing nothing with them. So, instead of tossing them in the trash, I brainstormed and compiled a short list of ideas!

To be honest, I feel silly because the list of things I can make the trays into are things I have wanted to do with my kids for a while! Yay!

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 1. “Tinker Trays”– You can set up all sorts of small pieces and items that kids can work with. They love sorting, organizing, and even creating patterns and art work. Meri Cherry has a lovely post about her “Tinker Trays” if you are interested in exploring this idea.

My oldest also loves to sort and collect pieces of “nature,” as he calls them. He collects lots of stones, acorns, leaves, etc. This is a great way to help them explore nature and understand what parts of nature are alike and different. You can encourage children to separate things by color, texture, shape, or just stand back and watch their little minds work.

This type of tray really gives the children to be creative and do what they want with it. It is definitely my favorite way to use old Melissa and Doug trays!

2. Sand Tray– This is something that works really well when teaching younger children to recognize and write the alphabet or sight words. You don’t have to use sand though, sugar or salt work just as well! I usually stick with salt, because I’m pretty sure my kids would figure out it was sugar and they would be licking it off the table in no time 😉

3. Drawer Organizer– Give one of the trays a little makeover and stick it in your junk drawer! You could also add some soft decorative fabric to create a nice spot to keep your jewelry.

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Save Money: Make Reusable Snack Bags!

I had a little fun this week after discovering this great reusable snack bag tutorial from Cotton Bottom Mama! This lovely woman has based her website around motherhood and finding ways to become more green and holistic. When I found her page, I knew it was just up my alley!

The tutorial was so simple, that I decided to give it a try (even though sewing is NOT a talent of mine). I was able to make reusable snack bags quickly, and easily….

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I followed the tutorial on Cotton Bottom Mama’s website, but I did choose to use a waterproof fabric for the inside rather than cotton. I also used the serger sewing machine that I use to make my reusable cloth baby wipes and paper towels. A serger is not something that is necessary to make these bags though, so check out the tutorial and give it a try!

**UPDATE**

I have washed and used these snack bags many times and they have held up GREAT! Even without a zip or velcro closure, they keep food fresh and it doesn’t spill out. I’ve made several more since this tutorial and my kids love all of the different patterns and prints.

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What I Didn’t Know About Sugar

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Last week, we were at a seminar with many other people hoping to become patients of a great Doctor in our area who studies Integrative Medicine. Her name was Dr. Lasalle, and she spoke for quite a while about how much your diet affects your health and happiness.

To be straight to the point, she basically said “You are what you eat, or what you absorb, really.” 

She then continued to tell us something about sugar I did not realize:

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It didn’t really hit me until I got home and checked the nutrition labels on some of the things I had been feeding my children, thinking they were relatively healthy.

Wow. The juice they had been drinking contained a whopping 36 GRAMS of SUGAR per serving.

That is 9 TEASPOONS of sugar! Imagine scooping 9 teaspoons of white sugar and dumping it on to your countertop. That would be a pretty large pile, and my babies were drinking that in a serving of juice.

Dr Lasalle then explained why sugar has a negative effect on our bodies. Imagine grabbing a wet paper towel and trying to wipe up 9 teaspoons of sugar from your countertop. It is sticky, and it won’t go away no matter how hard you scrub.

That is what happens in our bodies. Sugar gums up our system and creates problems internally.

I am now continually checking the amount of sugar in things I am feeding my kids. I have always been one to limit their intake on candy and sweets, but because of Dr. Lasalle, I have begun to check labels on everything. Things you would not even expect to have much sugar, have extreme amounts.

If you are interested in learning more about the negative effects of sugar, Wellness Mama has a great article here.

If you would like some great recipes for sweets that are healthy and do not contain much sugar, I highly recommend the book Against All Grains: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great by Danielle Walker*

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*I do not make any profit from recommending or selling this book. It is a book that I have personally found helpful, and am in no way gaining anything from recommending it.