Simply Homemade: Creating Baby Food from Scratch

by Allison Preiss, The Life of a Novice

When I was pregnant with my son, I vividly recall someone commenting one day on how they could see me making my own baby food. I guess, up until then, I hadn’t given much thought to the topic, but from that moment forward, it wasn’t even a question. I knew I could do it – I knew I wanted to do it – So I did! And never looked back!

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Big Aspirations in the Garden and Beyond

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest guest blogger, Allison Preiss! Allison is a working mom, wife, apple picker and horse lover. Outside of her day job, Allison and her husband run a small orchard on their farm, Apolloson Acres. Allison has a true passion for horses; 4 rescued horses currently reside on the farm. She is also an advocate of local, real food, cooking from scratch, sustainability and being green. She blogs about all the antics that come with her everyday life over at The Life of a Novice 

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Tell the FDA You Don't Like BPA!

Found in everything from baby bottles to paper receipts, BPA interferes with the body's hormone system, potentially leading to a variety of health problems, including damage to the reproductive system and brain, especially in children.

Act now to tell the Food and Drug Administration to ban BPA in all products that come into contact with food and to set up labeling standards to ensure that products marked "BPA-free" don't simply substitute similar chemicals that pose similar risks.

Read more here and sign Care2's petition


Demand for Donated Mothers’ Milk Way Up as Donations Drop

Milk Banks face unprecedented crisis

Pauline Sakamoto will forever remember the anxiety she felt last Christmas when, for the first time in her Milk Bank’s 37 year history, she turned away mothers seeking human donor milk for their infants. 

Demand for mothers’ milk continues to rise nation-wide as supplies remain inadequate.  At the Mothers’ Milk Bank, based in San Jose and serving hospitals in much of the Western US, mothers’ pleas for milk are, in some cases, going unmet.

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This Week's Win! May 7-13

One lucky subscriber will win Rainbow Wings from Sarah's Silks!


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This Week's Win! April 30 - May 6

One lucky subscriber will win a Perfect Place Setting from Be Kind


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Get Outside this Earth Day! (with a little help from the Sierra Club)

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. This year, the Sierra Club is asking everyone to spend just a little more time outside – anything from going for a walk instead of a drive, visiting a park or climbing a mountain!

Sierra Club founder John Muir believed that if you brought people outside and they fell in love with the land, they would feel inspired to protect it. Through its newest free app, the Sierra Club is providing an easy way to explore and enjoy the wilderness in your own backyard or across the country. Using Trail Explorer, you can find, record and share information about 40,000 North American trails quickly and easily on your iPhone or iPad! The link to download is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sierra-club-trail-explorer/id513203949?mt=8

Of course, you don't need an iPhone to get outdoors—check out Sierra Club Outings for more trips for all ages, abilities, budgets, and interests.

For more information about Earth Day or the Sierra Club please visit http://www.sierraclub.org/earthday.

About The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and supporters nationwide.  In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation. For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org.


Singing About The Full Catastrophe - New Music From The Nields

We're thrilled to share with you the music of The Nields! We will also be giving away a copy of their latest CD, The Full Catastrophe... enter to win on our Facebook page.

You can purchase the CD here: http://bulletproofartists.com/onlinestore/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=209

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What does a folk-rock sister duo write about after twenty years in the music business; a career which produced fifteen CDs, three books, a DVD, a thriving children’s music educational empire, four children and two husbands (one apiece)? The full catastrophe of course. Taken from the line from Zorba the Greek: “I'm a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe,” the Nields sisters have created a powerful, passionate, thoughtful, humorous work that explores the crazy ride that is this insane twenty-first century idea that in a post-feminist world it might somehow be possible for a woman to raise her children, maintain her relationship and career and contribution to her community while tending to her artistic soul at the same time.

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