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Fed Up With Mandatory Snacking « All Things Mothering. Wikimedia Commons I’ll never live down my bad reputation as the anti-snack mom in a certain group.

Fed Up With Mandatory Snacking « All Things Mothering

Okay, in pretty much every organized activity my kids have been in. At least where we live, a group snack has become de rigueur. It doesn’t seem to matter if the little darlings are twirling at gymnastics or sitting on their butts during Chinese class, there’s built-in time to eat. It’s odd in our weight-obsessed culture that snacks and drinks are expected at nearly every kid-oriented event.

Peril #1 Squeezing Our Time Crunch a Little Tighter When every family is expected to take turns bringing refreshments, no exception, we add yet another unavoidable task to our crazily busy days. Peril #2 Facing Requirements Only Satisfied by the Snack Aisle If you have one child in a few activities or a few children in one activity each, your name probably makes a regular appearance on snack lists.

This probably explains the phenomenal growth of snack-wrapped foods. It’s impossible to please everyone.


Food. 20 Homeopathic Remedies That Every Home Should Not Be Without « All Things Mothering. By Amy L.

20 Homeopathic Remedies That Every Home Should Not Be Without « All Things Mothering

Lansky, PhD (For more information about homeopathy, visit If you are interested in trying out homeopathy for your family, I recommend the twenty remedies listed below as an excellent start for your home remedy kit. The 30c potency is the probably the best all-purpose potency to buy initially. You can find all of these remedies in any health food store. Self Help (How-To). The Complete Homeopathy Handbook, by Miranda Castro.Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook, by Alan Schmukler.Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman.

General Introduction. Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, by Amy Lansky. For each remedy listed below, I have given brief, general indications for use. First Aid Remedies. 25 clever ideas to make life easier. Via: Why didn’t I think of that?!

25 clever ideas to make life easier

We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Via: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. KIDS - Organizational Tips - Part Two! - Blog - Merriment - A Celebration of Style and Substance. Homemade Sugar Scrub in Decorated Jars. I wrote the other day about a project I was really excited about but needed to finish up, and here it is!

Homemade Sugar Scrub in Decorated Jars

These were gifts for a triple baby shower (not triplets, but three lovely ladies all due within a few weeks of each other, although triplets would be exciting) that I attended yesterday. All three babies-to-be got sweet goodies from my shop (a bear hat for the little boy and button beanies for the girls) but I wanted to do something for the moms, too. It's so fun to open presents for your little nugget, but poor pregnant mom is the one doing all the hard work, and she deserves something, too! So I thought back to my final weeks of pregnancy--huge, bloated, swollen, miserable weeks--and thought of what I would have liked to have then (other than an early, pain-free labor . . . much as I wish I could bottle that up to gift to my friends) and came up with this: Mamas need some pampering, right? How true it is. And want to know the best part of this gift? (Don't tell my friends.)

Bath Fizzies. Ice-cube trays serve as molds, giving the fizzies their shape.

Bath Fizzies

Using a flexible silicone model lets you slide the cubes out smoothly without breaking them. Show off the colors of the bath fizzies in glass jars with screw tops, the kind used for storing sugar and flour. Pack each type of fizzy in a separate jar so the scents won't meld. Write the name of the scent on a vellum tag (choose a shade that matches the fizzies), and punch a hole in the top. Thread the tag with ribbon, and tie it around the jar. *Makes 1 dozen (Use 2 per bath).