The Unsustainable Vagina.

What it costs to have a period The average woman has a menstruating lifespan of 33 years (from ages 12-45). With the lovely period lasting 3-7 days every month, women are spending about $4.00 a month on tampons AND an extra $4.00 for panty liners or pads to protect their underwear. This comes to $96.00 per year. Doesn't sound too bad right? Well, in 33 years that comes to a grand total of $3,168.00 and can go up to $5,400.00 (depending on how long and heavy your periods are)! Not to mention that it's 300 pounds of waste that your...

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Allergy snot rinse: The Neti Pot

The snow has melted, birds are chirping and the sun brings about a re-birth. It's springtime! :) The nice warm weather, BBQ's, hikes, picnics and oh yea, allergies... The congested, sneezing, coughing, runny-nose, itchy sore throat, sinus headache and itchy watery eyes. As an allergy sufferer, I can contest that it is absolutely miserable. In my allergy history, I've tried it all. Claratin, Allegra, Flonase, Zyrtec, Benedryl and smashing a cast iron into my face. Nothing worked but Benedryl and I couldn't go through my days with a 3 year old while half asleep. I walked around like a half...

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5 Essential job skills every stay-at-home-mom needs

Being a stay-at-home-mom is the most challenging role I've ever stepped into. And it requires some solid skills to be a productive one! I'm not JUST a mom. I'm the chef, project manager, chaperone, chauffeur, referee, maid, teacher, nurse, coach, storyteller and a few more roles that I transition to and from every day. Every skill that I've picked up from every job or training was put to the test when I became a SAHM. Here's why... Communication I have to be able to communicate as effectively as possible with my kids. They have so many questions about life and...

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Keeping it real!

I would devour pancakes/french toast in the morning with a side of sausage and a giant glass of chocolate milk, followed by a steak and cheese for lunch and pizza dinner. But I don't eat that every day, nor would I want to. For me, a huge part of maintaining my health is to honor my body and what I put into it. The food I eat has a direct correlation to my physical, mental and emotional well-being. There are definitely days when I go out for a delicious, artery clogging steak and cheese. ;) While I thoroughly enjoy each...

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Why I don’t use toilet paper

A few years ago I had began using cloth wipes in place of toilet paper. It was totally by accident. One fine day when I was about to go poop, I realized that I didn't have anymore toilet paper. Well, since I used cloth wipes (in place of baby wipes) for my son, I grabbed one and headed to my porcelain throne. :D Upon the first try, I liked how it felt much more durable and MUCH cleaner! I probably went another day or two without toilet paper and just used my sons cloth wipes. Coincidentally (although nothing is a...

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A home birth this time around.

I gave birth to Landon at a hospital like setting with my OB-GYN. It was called The Birthing Inn (sounds less medial) which was right next to the hospital. At the time, I didn't know anything about labor and delivery and had a lot of fear regarding the process. I felt more safe having my doctor, a million nurses and medical supplies readily available, just in case. In my birth plan I had included the help of a doula, having access to light food and drinks, dim lighting, limited interruptions and minimal medical intervention and management. My doctor made me...

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