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The oil spill that started Earth Day

The oil spill that started Earth Day…

The Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 spewed an estimated 3-million gallons of crude oil into the ocean, creating an oil slick 35 miles long along California’s coast and killing thousands of birds, fish and sea mammals.

Following the spill, the region became ground zero for some of the most significant conservation efforts of the 20th century.

The Jan. 28, 1969, blowout was caused by inadequate safety precautions taken by Unocal, which was known then as Union Oil. The company received a waiver from the U.S. Geological Survey that allowed it to build a protective casing around the drilling hole that was 61 feet short of the federal minimum requirements at the time.

The resulting explosion was so powerful it cracked the sea floor in five places, and crude oil spewed out of the rupture at a rate of 1,000 gallons an hour for a month before it could be slowed.

It was the worst oil spill in the nation’s history – until 20 years later, when the Exxon Valdez dumped 11 million gallons of crude off the coast of Alaska.

How to treat tick bites at home

Lyme’s Disease is an infection spread by bacteria that comes from ticks, mosquitoes and other insects like fleas and spiders. According to the CDC over three hundred thousand Americans are are diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease annually.

Signs of Lyme’s Disease:

🥺 A rash typically appears within 3-30 days after the initial bite. The rash will look like a bull-eye and may expand as much as 12 inches however in some cases a rash did not appear despite the presence of Lyme’s Disease.

😩 Fever, trouble sleeping, neck pain, fatigue, chills, sweats and muscle aches.

😫 Chronic Fatigue, poor sleep and lethargy.

😞 Joint Pain that is especially likely to impact your knees.

😟 Inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.

😕 Loss of appetite.

🙁 Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat.

😖 Increased depression and brain fog.

Check out this eye-opening documentary:



Black Drawing Salve should be applied for at least 12 hours after the initial bite and tick removal. Bentonite Clay and Charcoal will work together to draw toxins away from the skin and help soothe itching, irritation, stinging and rash.

This is one of the most inexpensive and BEST products you can have on hand this Spring and Summer. ☀️🌻

What does it help with? Well let me tell you!

❌ Bee Stings 🐝
❌ Wasp Stings🦟
❌ Poison Ivy 🥴
❌ Mosquito Bites😪
❌ Itchy Rash 😩
❌ Ant Bites🐜
❌ Various other irritants🙅‍♀️

It has other uses too, including but not limited to: acne, injection sites, skin tags, moles, infections and some people have reported using it to help with skin cancers and “draw out” toxins.

Made with 100% Natural Ingredients. Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan & Leaping Bunny Certified. No Artificial Colors or Fragrances and safe for all ages.🌱

The ingredients simple:
🌸 Organic Castor Oil
🌼 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
🌺 Activated Charcoal
🌷 Bentonite Clay
🌹 Candelilla Wax
🍀 Lavender Essential Oil

New customers are able to get a 10% store-wide discount on their first order with the discount code attached to this graphic. Please let me know if you need any assistance and I’d be happy to help!

Certifiably Good

I am proud to represent a company that is Leaping Bunny Certified. This certification means that Earthley is internationally recognized and can guarantee consumers that no animals have been tested on, harmed, or used in anyway, in the making of our products. 🐰

Did you know? According to Peta, “each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.”


Our products are sourced and made from 100% natural and/or organic ingredients, all of which are Earth and environmentally friendly, and do not require animal testing. What’s more is Earthley is 100% privately owned every product is made in the US, and based out of Ohio.

Another reason to love Earthley is the fact that they “carbon off-set.” Well, what does this mean?

It means that to off-set the carbon emissions required to ship our natural products, we donate trees to organizations that are working hard to protect forests around the world and whom are fighting deforestation!

In the first three months of 2020, this amounted to 63,000 tons of CO2 emissions…and we planted 1319 trees! Earthley further went on to donate another 800+ trees during the three day Earth Day sale during April of this year as a thank you to customers who placed qualifying orders.

I think it is very important that we support companies that are going the extra mile to make sure that they are environmentally friendly.

Clean, organic, all natural supplements and body care

I am so excited to share this news. 🥰

As most of you know I have been trying to live a more natural lifestyle and although this has been a journey that I’ve had to navigate and learn along the way, I feel like I am making strides to better mine and my family’s health.

Throughout this journey I have been hoping that I can find a business to support that reflects my beliefs and the type of help and information I wish to share with others who may want to look into ways to live naturally too. It is my hope to not only help others, as well as my own family, but to try and get a home-based business off the ground.

I feel like being at home with my children is important and that this business may help me, in the long-run, to become a little more financially stable and provide more free time to spend doing the things that matter most; which is making memories with my family. But getting a business off the ground isn’t the only important thing here; I also feel like it’s important to share information with those who may not know where to begin with natural living, and to provide those people with natural alternatives that are easy to use, understand, are affordable and won’t easily overwhelm.

It is my hope that I’ll be successful on both ends of this scale and would like to invite you all to learn about Earthley Wellness. It’s a company I have come to know and love.

Earthley Wellness is a herbal based company, owned and operated by a homeschooling mother of six, who created a business with her husband based on the herbal remedies she had been making for her own family’s use. Kate, who is well known in the natural community and had established a following of more than 70,000 went on to publish several books on herbal remedies and eventually Co-Authored ‘Natural Remedies for Kids,’ along with Dr. Bob Zajac M.D. After being wildly successful in the creation of her herbal products, blog, and the information she was sharing based on over ten years of research, Kate launched Earthley and the business took off! Although small at first over the last few years Earthley Wellness now offers more than one hundred and fifty variations of products including natural and organic hair care, skin care, body care, herbal tinctures & extracts, vitamins and supplements, soaps, nutritional support and more. Earthley was recently Leaping Bunny certified which is the gold standard when making sure that products are cruelty free and the majority of Earthley’s products are vegan.

As a registered affiliate with Earthley I am now able to sell these products and yes I do earn commission from sales. I have a Facebook group where you can learn about these products and invite you all to join. Of course, I won’t just be sharing products I’ll also be offering information about living a natural lifestyle and sharing some of our personal lifestyle along the way. I hope to see you in my group shortly and appreciate all the support I have already received. Join by clicking here.

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Nursing Naturally — Breastfeeding beyond a year

Breastfeeding, it’s the most natural and beautiful thing you can witness. All mammals nurse their young from birth until the littles are ready to go on their own. Most kittens nurse for about 6 weeks, orangutans nurse their young for 6 or 7 years. This is the norm for their species. No one questioned, no one tells them you should nurse longer, nor say it’s time to stop. It’s just something that is. But what about humans? How long is biologically normal for a human to breastfeed?  
Sadly, due to pressure to wean, mothers returning to work and lack of support, no one can say for certain, but there are some great facts we can use to draw conclusion as to what it could and could not be.
There are many reasons to breastfeed. Protection from disease is one of them. Did you know there is strong evidence that a mama has receptors on her breast that essentially read the baby’s saliva? This changes the composition of the milk sending antibodies to the baby through the breastmilk to help them fight infection. Pretty amazing right? God knows what he’s doing people! 

While Dr. Hinde said that this is just a hypothesis, what HAS been demonstrated empirically, though, is the oral pathway — mom kisses baby’s face and hands, ingests pathogens that baby has encountered in its environment, and then the appropriate antibodies are synthesized in her gut and transferred to her milk. Seriously, amazing what our bodies can do.

As a big contrast to the cultural negative views of extended breastfeeding in the US, in Mongolia, it’s celebrated and strongly encouraged. In fact, they declare the best wrestlers are breastfed until the age of 6. Breastfeeding is deep in their culture and an important piece. 

Nutritional benefits of breast-feeding continue well past the first year of life. Here is a great fact sheet on studies supporting these benefits.

La Leche Leauge has pages and pages of supportive articles from studies to beautiful articles of real life examples of extended nursing in other countries. 

What does the Bible say?

God invented breastfeeding and is in full support. Remember when God gave Hannah a son? She promised to bring him to serve in the temple when he was weaned. It’s believed when Hannah brought Samuel there when he was around 3 years old. His youth was mentioned in the biblical text, thus we know he was not an infant or toddler when he was weaned. In this article, Jewish tradition shows weaning took place between 18 months and 5 years of age.

Biblical text also point to Isaac winning around 2 to 3 years of age.

This 2 part article tells the stories of many biblical breastfeeding women. All blessed by God.


So what is the natural age of weaning? When will a child wean on their own? One researcher did an in depth look at primates to help determine. In all the primate species, researchers observed the brain size of the mother played a role in the age they weaned. They also looked at indigenous tribes around the globe to see when their children weaned. It’s the best way to observe since these tribes do not have any contact with each other nor Western culture. Results were very interesting. With an estimated human natural weaning age of between 2.8 and 3.7 years old. When did these indigenous tribe say their child land? It was around age 3. 

Of course, age 3 is the average age of weaning and some children may self ween before or after age 3. This is not a one size fits all.

Try as I may, I could not find any negative effects of nursing past a certain age. This study sought to find negative effects and turned up none. 

Breastfeeding Recommendations

The American Academy of pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for six months, meaning no other baby foods or cereals. They recommend continuing to breast-feed for at least a year and then as long as mutually desired between the mother and child. This does not say anything about cultural norms. 

The American Academy of family physicians has the same position of continuing to breast-feed as long as mutually desired by the mother and child. They have a great amount of educational information on their site. 
The world health organization supports exclusive breast-feeding for six months with complementary foods until at least two years of age, and then as long as mutually desired by the mother and child. 

La Leche Leauge is a global breastfeeding organizations offering support and resources to women for free. They say a mother and child nursing as long as they wish. They support nursing a child until they outgrow the need, just as they would naps, clothes, sippy cups, security blankets, etc. Here is one mom’s journey

Sadly, despite all the research showing the benefits of extended nursing, many moms severely lack support. They are accused of being selfish (you cannot make a child nurse, trust me) or other untrue claims. What if your husband makes unreasonable claims and demands? This is a great article on that topic. 

Your husband should be your biggest cheerleader and advocate for his child. If he’s making false claims and threats, finding the actual root cause of his feelings can be helpful because the issue(s) will remain even when the child is weaned, thus nothing will be resolved. Forcing a child who is not ready to wean could cause clinginess, fussiness and sleep regression to name a few. In moms, it can lead to depression, clogged ducts, mastitis (a painful breast infection caused by clogged ducts), and resentment among other things.

Talk with your husband to come up with something reasonable. Is the child coming to your bed at night the biggest struggle? Maybe compromise trying to get the child to sleep in his own bed. If a compromise can’t be reached, seek counseling from someone educated on breastfeeding. Seem biased? Are you going to seek advanced cancer treatment options from an oncologist or your co-worker? Nutrition advice from your college-age cousin working (and eating) at a fast food burger joint? Thus you should also seek advice on breastfeeding from someone educated on the topic. In most cases, it will not be your co-worker.

Any ill effects of extended breastfeeding are self inflicted due to personal feelings about it. While I can’t change your feelings toward nursing beyond whatever age you are comfortable with, I do hope you can acknowledge you do not have science on your side. I hope you thoughtfully consider other mothers’ decision to let their child self wean, even if you are not comfortable with that age, they are and it is a decision to be made between the mother and child.

Extra Credit

ABC News had a great article on this topic of extended breastfeeding 

But what about teeth? They are asking for it? It’s just for comfort, it’s just for you…. This is a great article tackling 10 myths of breastfeeding older children and why moms continue to meet the breastfeeding demands of their child.


Letting a child self wean meets that child’s needs. It’s not wrong, it’s not selfish. It’s natural. Let it be your normal if you so choose. God, science and nature all approve.

Breastfeeding and bottle products on Zulily today

Whether you feed your baby from the breast, bottle or both, Zulily has great deals from bottles, to nursing covers and scarves, to pillows. Take a look at this deal on a set of 3 9-Oz. Born Free Glass Bottles. They are BPA-free.

Deals go fast, so don’t delay!

About Zulily
Have you joined zulily? It is a fantastic daily deals site offering up to 70% off boutique brands for moms, babies and kids. Browse for unique apparel, gear, toys, accessories and more – great selections for kids of all ages and some great steals for parents, too. The sales only last for a little while so sign up for your free membership to receive access to the site and a daily sales email with all of the scoop.

Back in the saddle

After a too long break, I’m getting back into the game! I look forward to bringing you more great information, challenges, and resources you can consider. I’ll share fun family and kid crafts or outdoor fun. I’ll also share great deals on some of my favorite Eco-friendly, safe, ethical, fair-trade or sustainable products. I will do more product reviews as well. I look forward to seeing what’s to come and hearing your feedback.

Births of today – are all these interventions necessary?

I am about to give birth to our third child, thus have been reading a lot more about pregnancy, birth and babies. Kinda goes with the territory.

I will say I am saddened by what I read. Birth has become such a medical procedure. What happened to the beauty of birth designed by God? I am not saying all medical interventions are completely unnecessary, as they have saved lives, but are they overused? And are we doing ourselves a favor to embrace them or should we avoid them?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just a mama sharing evidence-based articles so other mamas and mamas-to-be may also learn and make educated decisions of their own.

1. This is a great article of 10 decisions parents must make concerning their newborn. Decisions like delayed cord clamping, koala care, eye ointment, Vit k injection and more. I love that she gives both sides and is not biased in her delivery.

2. Consumer Reports even chimed in. They have a list of 10 pregnancy/birth procedures to avoid, as well as a list of 10 things to do when you are pregnant. One of those things includes considering a midwife. So excited to see such a list from a more mainstream media. The fact of the matter is of all developed countries, the US has the highest infant mortality rate. While no one is sure why, it is true that the US has the highest medical interventions of these countries. Poor diet, obesity are other factors that have been tossed around.

3. Delayed cord clamping. Did you know that 1/3 of the baby’s blood volume resides in the placenta at the time of birth? That blood is the baby’s, so should have the rights to it, but immediate cord clamping has become common practice. Here is a great article debunking common myths about cord clamping. Even the World Health Organization recommends delaying cord clamping. Some recommend delaying 3-5 minutes, others recommend waiting until the cord stops pulsating, usually 10-15 minutes. Others decide on a Lotus Birth where the placenta stays attached until the cord and all fall off on its own. Now, I personally can’t see toting around a placenta and a baby for that long, but this is a common practice in some countries.

I will be posting more articles, but right now, this mama is too tired to think anymore!

Find A Moms Blog for Green and Natural Living on Facebook

I finally go on the bandwagon and created my Facebook page. I hope you will come “Like” me there and invite your friends to learn more about eco-friendly living and keeping toxics away from our children.

Go here to like my page:!/pages/Green-Parenting-A-Moms-Blog/218719518203744

God bless!

Hape Toys are here!! Just in time for Christmas

I have added a few Hape Toys to my “Shop” page. I recently discovered Hape toys and fell in love with the look, quality and commitment to safety.

Hape has a wide variety of toys for pretend play, learning toys, puzzles, infant toys, wood vehicles and much more. I have a limited quality, so get them while you can! The space ship toy is already sold, but if interested, please send me your name and I can let you know when I order more.

Happy shopping!