Sunday
Jul292012

This Week's Win! July 30 - August 5

Contest is now closed... congrats to Katie J!

One Bamboo Magazine subscriber will win a Bamboo Velour Cloth Diaper from Tushie Ties!

To enter to win a Bamboo Velour Cloth Diaper from Tushie Ties:

1. Become a Bamboo subscriber

AND

2. "Like" or comment on the Bamboo Facebook page's "This Week's Win" posts OR leave a comment on this blog post!

AND

3. "Like" the Tushie Ties Facebook page

Tushie Ties Bamboo Tie on Cloth Diapers are easy to use and provide ultimate adjust-ability for babies of all sizes! If you can tie your shoe, you can use Tushie Ties. Pair them with a Bamboo Velour Doubler for a leak proof solution for your baby's night time needs. 

 Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and 60% more absorbent then cotton and absorbs 3x its weight! These amazing qualities help prevent diaper rash, making it ideal for cloth diapering. For more information and tutorials visit www.TushieTies.com

Monday
Jul232012

This Week's Win! July 23 - July 29

One lucky subscriber will win a 16-Hole Birthday Ring Set from The Wooden Wagon!

To enter to win this Birthday Ring Set from The Wooden Wagon:

1. Become a Bamboo subscriber

AND

2. "Like" or comment on the Bamboo Facebook page's "This Week's Win" posts OR leave a comment on this blog post!

Adding a birthday ring to your celebration will begin a special tradition that any child will delight in.  Originating in Germany, this simple yet lovely tradition has been incorporated in the homes of many Waldorf families, but it is a wonderful addition to any lifestyle. Light a candle for each year of a child’s life and position each of ornaments to fill up the ring. Then sing songs, tell birthday stories and enjoy the festivities! The Wooden Wagon’s Birthday Rings and themed decorations are heirloom-quality and made in Germany. 

 

*Contest closed. Congrats to Sarah B!*

Wednesday
Jun202012

A New Farming Adventure – Chickens!

 by Allison Preiss, The Life of a Novice


This spring, we’ve taken on a new ‘adventure’ on our hobby farm – Backyard Chickens! Now, let me preface by saying that keeping chickens were always a dream of my husbands. Me? Not so much. I am ‘slightly’ afraid of them! Yes, you are correct if you are thinking ‘She can handle 1200# horses but she is afraid of a 5# chicken?’ But, I think it is totally cool to have chickens free-ranging on your farm and obviously, fresh pastured eggs can’t be beat, so I took a deep gulp and we brought home six chicks in the spring. It was high time I worked on this fear of mine!

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Monday
Jun182012

Facing Trauma and Kid Fears 

by Tara Lindis

With the weather beginning to get warm, my sister and I took my 3 ½ year old son, Fyo, and 11 month old daughter, Lyv, on their first trip to Brighton Beach. We haven't spent a lot of time around the ocean, and with my son's favorite thing on any playground being the sand pit, what could be better than an afternoon on a beach? My sister, her fiance and I packed tote bags with snacks and sunscreen and headed down on the subway to meet our friends who lived a block off the Brighton Beach boardwalk. 

On the beach, we played chase and we said we were building a castle, but really we just moved sand around. My sister's fiance buried my son up to his arms in sand and then let my son bury him entirely in sand. The weather was just warm enough to go in the water; I asked my son if he wanted to go in the ocean. He shook his head no. He stood looking at the ocean, watched his soon-to-be uncle dive in the waves and swim, and ran back towards me. A little bit later, I held his hand and walked with him up to where the waves wash in. We stood on the wet sand, and let the water cover our feet, then our ankles. When the water reached my son's knees, he ran back to where we had the blanket spread out. 

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Monday
Jun182012

This Week's Win! June 18 - 24

One lucky subscriber will win a Birth & Baby Kit from Earth Mama Angel Baby!

To enter to win The Birth and Baby Kit from Earth Mama Angel Baby:

1. Become a Bamboo subscriber

AND

2. "Like" or comment on the Bamboo Facebook page's "This Week's Win" posts OR leave a comment on this blog post

 

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Packing a Lunch Full of Real Food for an ‘Almost’ Toddler

by Allison Preiss, The Life of a Novice

 

Once I had my son, my perpective changed … on everything! When someone tells you everything changes once you have a child, that is no understatment. EVERYTHING changes! One aspect of our lives that has had a complete makeover is our food – how we eat. Though my husband and I were never ones to live off of boxed mac –n – cheese and instant noodles, I never did give too much attention to the ingredients gracing our foods.

 

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Monday
Jun042012

Savoring Strawberry Season

by Allison Preiss, The Life of a Novice


It is officially strawberry season in my neck of the woods – yahoo!

Now, you might think this is crazy, but I was never really a strawberry fan. I guess I just never got what all the fuss was about. We’d have strawberries in the house from time to time when I was younger, but I was never smitten with them. Even when my mom dipped them in sour cream and brown sugar.

 

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Thursday
May312012

Urban Wildlife at the Preschooler's Eye Level

We would like to extend a warm welcome to guest blogger Tara Lindis! Tara is a former English Professor, and now a mom and writer. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her at her blog, Occassional Observations.

 

On a recent outing to the library, my three-year old son, Fyo noticed a pigeon on the ground and tucked into the corner of a stone wall along the sidewalk. It occurred to him, that while pigeons often frequent the parks and playgrounds we visit, we had never seen a pigeon sitting on the ground. The pigeon's wing was slightly askew. To me, the pigeon looked injured, though it didn't seem in pain. Still, with my son by my side and his 10 month sister in her carrier, I couldn't leave the injured bird there.

If I had been by myself, I wouldn't have seen the pigeon, and I most likely would have kept walking. But traveling with someone who is a bit closer to the ground shifts your perspective. I've learned to see things differently when I'm with my son. Most days this means I notice more sticks for my son's collection and I keep an eye out for pretty rocks that fit in his pockets. I have started to notice the wider variety of birds that fly through the park, the way that squirrels jump and look as if they are flying, and the best spots to find helicopter seeds. But becoming a parent also has shifted my perspective of my actions, because I, of all people, became a parent and role model; what I do in situations communicates volumes to my children about my values, and how to treat people and how we should act towards other creatures.

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