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HOME GROWN August/September 2012, Issue 13, Volume 2


Birth, Beauty & Babies

Amy Moland-Osbourne

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Editors Word........................................................................................................................6 Contributors........................................................................................................................ 8 Editorials.............................................................................................................................10 What’s on the Nightstand....................................................................................................11 Bookworms.........................................................................................................................11 Feature: What Makes a Great Mom? by Julie-Anne Mauno.................................................12 Feature: Going Wild by Chantal Warren...............................................................................16 Baby Food: Going Bananas by Annabel Karmel................................................................20 Double Check: Cleaning Routine........................................................................................22 Feature: Amy Moland-Osbourne........................................................................................26 Kids Korner: Outdoor Crafts..............................................................................................32 Beauty & Brawn: The Home Spa.......................................................................................34 Top Ten: Reasons to Shop Farmers Markets.....................................................................36 Zen Zone: Cool Breathing..................................................................................................40 Feature: Ignite The Glow....................................................................................................42 Bellies & Babies: Home Baby Care....................................................................................46




Editors Word July 2012

Editor-in-Chief Kayleigh May De Cecco Senior Editor Chantal Warren

As the days become shorter and the weather cools down, we can all feel fall coming. Here at Home Grown, we’ve worked on a few great articles for you. We have a great interview with midwife Amy Moland-Osborne, of Boreal Midwifery. We have compiled a great craft list to get those children outside doing art while the weather is still a little warm. Have older children? Be sure to check out Igniting the glow within, A great article that will help guide your tween to find their passion. And for mama, check out Zen Zone, how to keep beat the heat and stay cool by breathing exercises. We at Homegrown love hearing from our readers, please feel free to email us at We are currently looking for writers. If there is a topic that you feel that you can cover for our magazine please e-mail us a sample of your writing and let us know that you are interested in becoming either an occasional or a monthly writer. Kayleigh May

Creative Director Rosalia Rivera Writers Natalie Anise Sarah Blackwell Kayleigh May De Cecco Christina Demers Sahaja Freed Rachel Gervais Sara Kendall Julie-Anne Mauno Tessa Morrissette Pam Pilon Christine South Chantal Warren Photography + Art Pium Adaquila Michel Arnaud Kayleigh May De Cecco Mat Hayward Rosalia Rivera

On the cover: Amy Moland-Osborne, BHSc, RM Photography: Kayleigh May De Cecco This page: Newborn Baby Photography: Calek

Kayleigh May is the editor-in-cheif of Home Grown - Parenting in the North. She is the owner of All Things That Grow Photography. With two boys aged 3 and 20 months old, she is a very busy mother, wife and photographer. Kayleigh loves working with pregnant women and newborns.

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Contributors Chantal Warren is an eco-entrepreneur who manages to balance life, love and business while ensuring she does what she can to reduce her family’s carbon footprint. The mother of two young boys, her desires to raise them to enjoy and respect their planet have lead her to open a natural parenting store in Timmins, Sweet Face Baby Boutique. Chantal is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has gained through her business venture as well as her own experiences raising her family.

Julie-Anne is a stay-at-home mom to six beautiful children in rural Northern Ontario. Her adventures include large family mothering, homeschooling and rural living. As an experienced childbirth educator and doula, she desires to encourage other mothers, especially through the childbearing years.

Pamela is a mom to one, born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Her passion for creativity led her to Ottawa where she currently resides, teaching and working in the Graphic Design industry. She is the face behind Bibmababy, an online boutique offering unique, chic and funky styles to youngsters. She also writes for

Christine is a married mother of 4 beautiful children. She is a qualified teacher and works occasionally with the NCDSB in Timmins. She spends most of her time with her family, enjoying the roller coaster ride of being a mother. Her husband works out of town as a mechanic 4 weeks at a time, so she holds down the fort at home, juggling 4 active young kids. If there's one thing this lady is good at, it's multitasking!

Sara Kendall is a freelance writer and mother of two young daughters. She feels that being a mom is the most challenging and at the same time, the most wonderful path she’s yet taken in life.

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Editorials “It’s ok to be natural and comfortable in our own pregnant skin” Dear Home Grown, I have been watching the growth of your magazine and have to say that I was impressed to see the use of a very ‘natural’ image for your Bellies and Babies article about labour in your June issue. A few friends of mine read the article and were turned off by the use of a nude pregnant mom, but I think it’s about time that we all became more comfortable with our own bodies and those of other expecting mothers. The use of that image is one more step towards freedom of expression and freedom to be comfortable with our bodies in society. It also speaks to me because I think too many women are afraid to breast feed in public in great part because of the way society tries to make them/us feel about our breasts. They are not sexual objects, their main purpose is to feed babies. So thank you for having the guts to use the image you used and making it ok to be natural and comfortable in our own pregnant skin. -Sophia

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What’s On the Nightstand Check in every month to see what we’re reading. From classic to hot off the press, find our recommendations for great reads for both young and not so young.

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.

Book Worms I Love Monkey by Suzanne Kaufman Along comes this loveable character with a wonderful story of encouragement and self-esteem for kids. Monkey’s beautiful message is one that every teacher and parent hopes their children will hear. —Terri Atkinson, middle school teacher

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What Makes a Great Mom by Julie-Anne Mauno


n Mother’s Day, my children complimented me, even telling me that I was a great mom. I kept thinking to myself “Am I really a great mom?” I mean, what makes a mom great? Is it the ability to bake from scratch? Is it being a great housekeeper? Or maybe it’s driving your kids to all kinds of activities. What if it’s the ability to sing beautiful lullabies, or sew special blankies or give the best toys? Or perhaps being a great mom is remembering to brush your kids’ teeth every night and bathe them every other day. Then again, it could be that a great mom is one who is the best cook, wears the prettiest clothes and reads the most nursery rhymes to her children! What do you think of when you consider what makes a great mom? I think that we would all describe different qualities, skills and gifts! Maybe your image of a “great mom” is one that feels unachievable or impossible. What if you can’t sew and you bake cookies from pre-made rolls of dough? What if your income is tight and you can’t put your daughter in dance this year or your son in hockey like the other families in your neighbourhood? Or maybe you forgot to brush your little one’s teeth last night and you collapsed in your bed, too tired to deal with your messy house? Are these imperfections indicators of a not-so-great mom? Since being the recipient of the “great mom” compliment, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a mom great. It was hard to accept that compliment. And honestly, I did think to myself “I am NOT a great mom!” All of my mistakes and failures came flooding into my mind and I just couldn’t imagine fitting that description! It was then that I realized that maybe my “description” of a great mom wasn’t really accurate. Maybe my description of a great mom was more the description of a perfect mom. And, no one, absolutely no one, is a perfect mom. Even more importantly, because our children were made just for us, I am starting to realize that being a great mom isn’t really about being like anyone else. Being a great mom to your children isn’t going to look exactly the same as being a great mom to mine!

As I’ve sifted through countless blogs, magazines, books to try and figure out how to be a great mom, I’ve come across ideas for many great things moms can do for their children. And, while it’s fun to be inspired and learn from each other in practical ways, the things we do or don’t do mostly reflect our uniqueness, our personal skills and abilities. Being a great mom is not so much about doing but more about being. If we can experience a freedom and confidence in who we are and the unique things we have to offer our own children, then motherhood will indeed become great! Here are some ideas I’ve had on how to experience more of this freedom to be great in our own ways:Be yourself. You are the woman your children were made for. It’s your voice, your face and your arms that bring comfort to them! Just try settling someone else’s baby and you’ll see that as soon as their mama walks into the room, the baby is drawn to her and will usually settle in her arms right away. Forgive yourself. We all make mistakes as moms and we waste too much energy carrying our mistakes with us. Forgiving ourselves and starting fresh each and every day, sometimes each and every moment of the day, is what frees us to be great moms. Forgive your children. I’ve often equated my abilities as a mom with my children’s behaviours and abilities. After 16 years of parenting, I am realizing that children are sometimes going to let us down. Forgiving them when they don’t meet your standards will free them to be great too. Persevere. Every day is a new opportunity to try again, to do better, to reach our children’s hearts. Being a great mom is not so much about always getting it right but more about never giving up. Delight in your children. Enjoying being a mom is such an important part of experiencing motherhood in a great way. When I get bogged down with housework and discipline, I have to remind myself to cherish my children every day, to soak up their smiles, to enjoy talking with them, to notice their sweet and quirky ways. Have fun. It can be hard work and very tiring to raise children. But, making a point of having fun with your kids instead of letting the work of raising kids bog you down will make any day as a mom great!

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Living Green



by Chantal Warren


s summer begins its lazy slide into fall, take a moment to think about the source of all of the food you’ve enjoyed so far this season. Do you know where any of it came from? Did you get it locally; say at a market or farm? Better yet, did you grow any of it yourself? Or, are you an experienced food forager? Not sure what I’m talking about? Find out more about a source of food that is both free and right under your nose.

So, What is Foraging? It’s defined as the act of wandering in search of food or provisions. If you are looking to kick your boring summer salad up a notch, the first place you’ll want to look is your back yard or favourite walking trail. There are loads of edible, tasty and nutritious plants, just waiting to be picked, right outside your front door. The world of ingredients available is endless, and far beyond just salad greens. You may be surprised to learn that you likely have edibles just outside your door that will add that special something to just about any recipe in your repertoire. A Note of Caution. Before starting your adventures in foraging, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the foods you are looking for. Many found foods are deceivingly similar in appearance so you need to use other clues to ensure that what you are ingesting is in fact edible and not poisonous. The first thing you should do is invest in a wild food guide to help you identify local edibles that you’ve been walking past every day. Check out your local library or, if you are looking to commit to collecting on a regular basis, invest in your own guide. Try Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas or The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thaye. Another precaution is to choose your picking grounds wisely. Ensure that the areas that you are foraging in are free of toxins or man-made pollutants. Collect from areas that are untouched by man, such as forests, fields or wetlands. Stay away from picking grounds that are close to roadways, dumps or stagnant waterways. Ideally, go with an experienced forager the first few times that you head out, they can share a wealth of knowledge that is not easily learned from books or websites. So Why Should You Eat Foraged Food? With the rising cost of food, both monetary and in resources, it makes sense to find channels to supply food that are both local and readily available. Try obtaining more of your food locally from farms, community gardens or by collecting it yourself in the great outdoors. You’ll get to enjoy the social aspect of learning more about the food system as well as gain access to the freshest food around. Foraging is a great way to teach your family about the importance of having a healthy strong environment as well as a healthy, nutritious diet. A diet, rich in raw foods, is the ideal way to ensure that you are benefiting from all their vitamins and minerals. You will also reap rewards from the many health benefits that eating local provides. Plants that grow indigenously in your area are ideal at helping those who suffer from mild season allergies. An added bonus: a dose of vitamin D as you enjoy some fresh air and exercise while gathering the ingredients for your meal. Get to know the areas that you will be collecting from on a regular basis. A little forethought will go a long way in finding good edibles. If you know the ideal growing conditions for the foods you are looking for, you can focus your searching in areas that meet those conditions. Some plants grow in abundance in sun-soaked fields while others thrive in shaded forest areas.

“Challenge yourself to find edibles on your next outing” Etiquette and Uses. Careful consideration should be given to what and where you pick so as to not damage any natural habitat. Many plants have other jobs, such as protecting against erosion or feeding wildlife, so make sure you don’t over-pick in any one area. A general rule is to only pick about 10% of the crop; don’t clean it out. This will ensure the natural continuation of the crop throughout this and following seasons. Make sure to pick only what you need and use what you pick. And finally, saying thanks never hurts. Many plants have several parts that can be used in different ways. Find out all the different uses for the edibles you will be collecting to make the most out of your bounty. Throughout the season, preserve, dry, can or freeze what needs to be used fresh to make it last as long as possible. This way, you will have these ingredients available to you throughout the year. You can use foraged ingredients in all sorts of ways from simple salad mixes to teas, spices and flour. You can also harness their medicinal properties; although, extra caution should be used when doing so. When to Harvest. Harvesting wild food varies on what part of the plant you are looking to use. Generally, foliage should be harvested prior to flowering; buds and blooms should be collected when at their largest; and roots should be left until the end of the season when the foliage begins to fade and wilt. Many plants have several edible parts depending on the time of the season. An example of this is the cattail. Almost every part of Cattail is edible. • Heart. Young shoots can be harvested for their inner white part. A tender treat often eaten raw or prepared similarly to asparagus. • Unripe Flower. The unripe, green female flower part can be picked for its tender grains. It can be steamed and nibbled like corn or mixed with a grain like quinoa. • Pollen. A yellow pollen can be collected from the male part of the flower (skinny stem above the brown velvety flower). The pollen is used as a flour substitute. It can be used to replace up to 50% of the regular flour in a recipe and will provide a nice flavour & yellow colour to your food. • Rootstock. The rootstock can be dug up, peeled, dried and ground into flour.

Challenge yourself to find edibles on your next outing; it will encourage you to observe nature more closely and appreciate its beauty. If you are willing to learn what is available locally, a whole world of food will open up to you. Keep in mind a few things as you begin this journey: safety first – always know what you are eating, determine where safe collecting spots are and finally, as a way to give back to nature, tread lightly as you harvest and cast seeds back to the earth and the wind. Some great resources: A great site with lots of information, descriptions, tips and recipes. A well organized site with an extensive list that include descriptions, photos and eating tips for local edibles. cooking studio, located in Nipissing, teaches a variety of cooking styles and ethnicities while focusing of SLOW foods. Includes a video library Lots of great information on different uses for wild plants

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Name: Amy Moland-Osborne Hometown: Timmins What is your favourite thing about living in the north? My favourite thing about living in the North is being close to family and friends. Porcupine is my hometown, so being ‘home’ is a comfort to me. I love the summers here… winters…not-so-much! Work What is your career? I am a Registered Midwife. What made you choose this profession? I chose this profession at a young age. I knew that I wanted to work in health-care; however, I wanted something different from the typical nurse/doctor path. I heard about midwifery from a high-school classmate (thanks Julie!) and just loved the idea of working with young (typically) healthy women. How does working on call affect your family life? Working on-call affects every aspect of my home and personal life. Everything I plan in my personal life revolves around my call schedule. I am grateful to have an amazing support system to be able to accommodate this working lifestyle. I could not and would not want to practice without this support. What is your favorite thing about being a midwife? My favourite thing is seeing repeat clients come back to me for their subsequent pregnancies and births. I love seeing families grow and being a part of it. My second favourite thing about this profession is the ongoing learning. I studied midwifery from 1998-2002, however, I have learned something new every single day of my career, thus far. What are the challenges of being a midwife? The challenges are the on-call, of course, and the somewhat limited scope of practice. I would love to provide pre-conceptual care, for example, however it is not within my scope of practice. You were the only midwife in Timmins for a long time, what made you decide to open up your practice in Timmins? I worked in the London area prior to returning home to practice. I loved that area and the midwifery/obstetric community there; however, I wanted to be closer to home when raising a family. It was a good decision. Now, I have an amazing practice partner, Meghann Leonard, RM who is a blessing to me and to our community!!!! Why should women choose a midwife as their primary care? Midwifery is not for everyone; however, women who are healthy and have no underlying medical conditions may want to choose midwifery. The biggest advantage to midwifery care, in my opinion, is having the same care provider follow a client through her prenatal care, labour and birth, and the mom and baby as a pair for 6 weeks post-postpartum. The client will have an established relationship with the provider attending her labour and birth, which is of great value to many clients. Our clients rarely create a ‘birth plan’ because we already know her preferences by the time she is in labour. In the first week after the baby is born, we will see the client and her baby in their home. This decreases the number of hospital re-admissions for jaundice, dehydration and infection by 60%. This also improves breastfeeding success since we are monitoring infant feeding and weight gain/loss very closely.


What do you say to fathers who are skeptical of midwifery? Very few fathers are skepti-

cal of midwifery! Most fathers are our biggest promoters! We provide family-centered care; therefore the client is welcome to include any members of her family in her care. Fathers are usually quite involved and we encourage them to be. Once a father has come to one or two prenatal appointments, there is rarely any skepticism! The same applies to grand-mothers!

Why choose a Home Birth? Twenty percent

of Ontario midwifery clients birth their babies at home. There are very good reasons for certain women to plan a homebirth. A higher level of intimacy and privacy, less (unnecessary) intervention, not having to follow a set ‘routine of care’, being more at ease and having more freedom in making individual decisions about one’s care. Clients are screened very closely throughout their pregnancies and during labour to make sure that they are good candidates for homebirth. Homebirth has been proven to be a safe option for the right women. The Association of Ontario Midwives and the College of Midwives of Ontario has more information on the safety of homebirth. I encourage those considering a homebirth or those who know someone who is, to visit the AOM and CMO’s websites.

VBACS (vaginal birth after cesarean) are on the rise with Midwifery care, why is it that VBACS are more successful with midwives than the OBgyns? I think that women who

come to midwives seeking VBAC do so because they are already highly motivated to have a VBAC. We know that maternal motivation is a

great predictor in VBAC success rates. Also, many women who come to us seeking VBAC have already done their research and know ahead of time whether or not they are good candidates for VBAC. I think that these might be the reasons that our clients have a relatively successful VBAC rate, not necessarily because of their choice of provider.

What are your hopes for the future of midwifery? I would like to see an expanded

scope of practice and the development of birth centers.

Why should Ontario push for more Birth Centers? Many

women like the idea of birthing out-of-hospital but cannot plan a homebirth for logistical reasons such as distance from a referring center in case of urgent need to transfer, lack of space at home to set up, or poor accessibility of the home. When low-risk healthy women have their babies outside of the hospital setting, there are fewer (unnecessary) interventions, fewer rates of hospital-transmitted infections and less cost to the tax payer.

How long is a patient in care with a midwife for? A client

is in care from conception until 6 weeks postpartum.

How often do you see your patients? I see

them monthly until 28 weeks, then, bi-weekly until 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth. I see post-partum clients a minimum of 3 times in the first week after the birth of the baby, then again around day 10 to 14 and again at week 3 or 4 and a final visit at 6 weeks.

How much does it cost to have a midwife as your care provider? Midwifery care in Ontario is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-

Term Care. Clients do not pay out of pocket for our services.

You advocate for breastfeeding, why do you think that it is so important that mothers breastfeed their babies? The reasons ‘for’ breastfeeding outweigh the reasons ‘against’ by about a thousand-to-

one. However, for that one in a thousand, I offer support and guidance to achieve the best outcomes possible. The reasons for breastfeeding reflect the philosophy of your magazine quite closely, in fact. It allows moms and families to contribute to a clean environment, allows for freedom of families to enjoy our great outdoors (convenient, simple, always ready food for baby), and it allows for ‘locallygrown’, complete and organic nutrition for baby! ;)

Family What is that make-up of your family? My immediate family includes myself, my husband and my 7

year old daughter.

What would you say, is your style of parenting? I don’t know that I have a particular style of par-

enting. I encourage my daughter to make decisions based on possible outcomes/consequences. I believe in parenting with lots of affection and praise. I believe it builds self-confidence and self-esteem. I encourage her to try new things, to identify and build on existing talents/strengths. I believe in teaching problem-solving skills whenever possible, rather than making decisions for her without allowing her to think through the reasoning behind them. I also strongly believe in having her spend time away from her parents, with family and friends so that she can develop social skills away from us.

How does your family benefit from living in the north? My family benefits from being in the North

because of our support systems here. It was also very important to us as parents that our daughter attend a core-French school, which would have been very difficult where we were living before. She attends a wonderful school, that is very tight-knit and she is fluent in English and in French. What do you wish for your daughter’s future? I would like to see her have (some) formal education, to find her passion in life, and to develop a loving relationship (at some point). I want her to follow her own path, one that she is lead-to by her heart.

Personal Who inspires you? I have a very close circle of friends and family members who all inspire me in

their own ways. I have people in my life who are there for me when I need them, even if it’s only once every few years! People have a way of coming into my life and sharing their unique gifts at the most appropriate times! ☺

Have you read any books recently that you can recommend? I am a big fan of ‘pop’ fiction and have read all of the popular book series that have been published recently. I read for complete and utter distraction and mindless entertainment, that is one of my guilty pleasures.

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Stepping Stones Stepping stones can make a nice tradition, Make one every year with a footprint and watch your child’s feet grow as you walk through your garden. To create your own you can either buy a full kit at a craft store, or you can purchase quick dry craft cement. You can use glass beads, marbles, shells, or even a little plastic toy that your child likes.

Pet Rocks Pet rocks are great entertainment. They can be made for mom and dad to take to work and use as a paperweight, or as an ornament to put around the home. All you need is paint and a rock. Let your child paint the rock as they see fit. You can add googly eyes, at the end if you wish or simply draw them on.

Scavenger Hunt. These quests will never get old. Try finding these in your back yard, here are a few ideas to get you started. Add your own items to make the hunt easier or harder depending on your child’s age. Ant Butterfly Flower Ball Something made from wood. Something with leaves Pebbles Dirt A stick shaped like a letter

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HAIR Honey-Avocado Invigorating and Revitalizing Hair Treatment Makes 1 application 1 medium avocado — peeled and stoned 2 tablespoons honey > Mash together the ingredients in a small bowl. > Massage into hair. > Leave for 20-30 minutes. > Wash hair as usual.

FACE Citrus Skin Treatment. 1 Orange Take orange and cut in half, hold the half and scrub your face with it. This will tighten pores, and tone skin. Ever wonder why so many beauty products use citrus? HANDS AND FEET Brown Sugar Hand Softener Makes 1 treatment 1/4 cup course brown sugar Baby oil to make into a paste > Mix together. > Using a hand washing motion apply the mixture to the hands. > Continue the washing motion for a minute then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. BODY Vanilla Coffee Scrub Ÿ c olive oil 1 t pure vanilla extract ½ c fresh coffee grounds (within 20 minutes of brewing) 1 c sugar In a small non-breakable container, combine coffee grounds and sugar. Add olive oil and vanilla extract. Blend until a thick paste forms. Scoop a handful and massage, concentrating on rough, dry patches on the elbows, knees, and feet. Rinse and follow with a mild shower gel. Use once a week for regular skin; twice a week for dry or rough skin. For more recipes visit: Read more: /living-green/diy-natural-beauty-productsrecipes-461108#ixzz1zezuRSam Read more: /living-green/diy-natural-beauty-productsrecipes-461108#ixzz1zezDSPKi

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Julie Cummins of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) shares a list of top ten reasons to shop at a Farmers’ Market. 1:You get to taste real flavors since the food ripens in the field and is brought directly to you, 2:Food is seasonal. Instead of all produce all the time, you get to look forward to asparagus in the spring, sweet corn in the summer, and pumpkins in the fall. 3:You support family farmers by giving them a better return for their produce. 4:You protect the environment. Food at a farmers’ market typically travels less than 100 miles. 5:Much food found in the grocery stores is highly processed. Farmers at the farmers’ markets go to great lengths to produce the most nutritious food possible by minimizing its processing. 6:You can discover an amazing variety of produce at a farmers’ market that you will not find in grocery stores. 7:You can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics unlike their brethren on feedlots.

8:You learn where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers is a great opportunity to learn more about how food is grown. 9:You can pick up free advice on how to cook the foods that are sold at the farmers’ market. Seldom will a grocery store cashier provide such advice. 10:You connect with your community by strolling outside on a sunny day instead of rolling a cart in a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music.

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Need To Keep Cool In This Hot Summer Weather? By Natalie Anise

Keep Cool with just your Breath! Breathing is an essential part of our life, it keeps us alive! Carries oxygen to our entire body, keeps us calm when all we want to do is freak out! Without our breath, we would be non-existent. Breathing techniques are beneficial to us in so many ways. There are lots of different techniques that can help us to relieve pain, strengthen our abdomen, warm us up and cool us down. Since it’s summertime, here is a breathing technique to cool you down on those muggy hot days here in the North. Name: Sheetali Pranayama (Cooling Breath) Sit comfortably either in a chair, or in a comfortable seated position on the ground. Close your eyes, relax your body but try to keep your spine lengthened, you’ll get better air flow that way. Stick your tongue out as far out as you can without straining, roll the sides of your tongue to make a U shape with your tongue (if you aren’t able to do that - just stick your tongue out and imagine your tongue in a U shape). Now, inhale slowly and smoothly through the rolled tongue. At the end of the inhalation you can bring your tongue inside of your mouth and exhale through your nose. Repeat. You may feel an icy coolness on your tongue or in your entire mouth. As you practice Sheetali Pranayama try to focus on your tongue and on the sound and sensation of the inhalation. Benefits: • Cools the body down, affects brain centres associated with biological drives that regulate body temperature. • Reduces mental and emotional over stimulation. • Relaxes the body and can be done before sleep for better nights rest. • This breathing technique can also bring control over hunger and thirst! Length of Practice: You can do 9-15 rounds **IMPORTANT: This breathing technique should not be practiced during cold weather. Also, if you suffer from low blood pressure or respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, excessive mucous, then please don’t practice this breathing technique.

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Ignite the Inner Glow

Guide Your Tween to Find Their Passion


The inner spark lighting up one’s soul comes early in life for some. Then there are others who flounder around, searching for something that truly inspires them. For this latter group, it takes time and experimentation to get an inner glow going. Are your concerned about your tween as they watch their friends excel at an activity while they sit on the sidelines? There is something out there to motivate everyone. Your gentle guidance and encouragement can help them find their passion.

Have a Chat

Make some time for a brainstorming discussion. It can be low-key and not so formal. Keep in mind, as invested in their well-being as you are, this is about your child and what they want, not your version of what they want. Ask if they are interested in a group activity or going solo? What appeals to them indoors or outdoors? A sport, musical instrument or art endeavor? If you are hearing a bunch of that’s not for me, then go beyond the obvious choices. Outside the norm could be where their answer lies. Ready yourself to be surprised and you likely won’t be. Learning how to build furniture, designing clothes or knowing every fact about every living creature swimming in the sea are valid interests. Helping others at community centers, animal shelters or local parks can be part of their choices. Whatever sparks interest in your child, be open about it. Let your child take the lead and decide on a few choices to explore.            


Listen to what appeals to them and show your tween the possibilities. Search for demo days and free trial classes at art studios, gyms and ball parks. Look for places that incorporate your child’s interest by searching through apps, online instruction and local talent in your community. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. A brief introduction gives them what each activity entails, and it can eliminate something or become a must do. If your child is interested in a group sport, take them to see several different sporting events through their friends to give them the opportunity to see what this sport entails. This could be their answer, but it could be a tricky route. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing. Each child is unique, so encourage your tween to focus on what truly interest them rather than on a friend’s success.        Let the trial runs begin. If your kid jumps from one activity to another, don’t harp. It’s part of the exploring stage. Encourage your child to give it their best effort for a reasonable amount of time.    

Take Notice

If you find your child is not taking an activity seriously and lacks enthusiasm, it is not for them. Talk with them about moving on to another choice. Once they find something that excites them, your kid will light up when they talk about it. You will know when something truly inspires them, your kid will thank you for taking them there and will be asking for more. Watch for the spark to ignite.

Cheer Them On

When your child finds a passion, they will learn fast and feel good about themselves. Through your love and support, you are helping your tween boost their skill level and self-confidence. You never know where their spark will lead, so start lighting the match to your child’s passion.


Bellies & Babies You’ve spent your whole pregnancy waiting for the day that you get to bring home baby,

however sometime after you bring home baby you realize that there are some basic things that you are just not to sure of. Don’t worry, every mother/ father goes through the motion of “how do I do this?” Bathing baby is taught in most hospitals, however some parents still get out without being taught, and it can be something that you are just not to sure of how to do. Diaper changing comes naturally, but what diapers do you choose to use, or do you choose to go diaper-less. There are so many choices, when it comes to parenting, and somehow we don’t always feel that it is the right choice due to the many outside influences. Remember, do what you feel is right in your heart, a parents instinct is very rarely wrong. Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you out those first few days after bringing home baby.

Bath Time

Baby Skin is very sensitive, Here are some tips for keeping baby skin soft and smooth. • • • • • • • •

Bathe baby two to three times a week to prevent baby’s skin from drying out. Don’t use baby shampoos on the market as they cause cradle cap, and dry skin. Wash baby down with a face cloth and water every day, make sure to get into all of baby’s folds. Instead of lotions or baby oils that are filled with perfumes, use olive or coconut oil. Rubbing olive oil into baby’s scalp every night prevents cradle cap. Be sure to get into the folds in the neck, since milk tends to collect in them & cause rashes. Be sure to use a baby bath thermometer to check the temperature, the bath should be 37 de grees celsius, You can get really cute rubber duckies with a thermometer base. After bath time, give baby a massage with olive oil. Baby will love this, and it is a great time to connect. If you feel that your baby does need some soap, look for products from companies like Delish naturals or Green Beaver, where the products are certified natural products.

Diaper Change

Cloth Diapering - Cloth Diapering can save you a ton of money, as well as help save the environment. They also look way nicer than disposable diapers. EC - Elimination Communication, Want to save even more money? Why not go diaper-less. Those who practice elimination communication watch for cues that their baby needs to use the potty and hold them over it. Babies soon learn to give cues before they poop or pee.

Disposable Diapering - Easy yet expensive. Disposable diapers are great for the mom who has no more time for an extra load of laundry.

Feeding Baby

Breast Feeding vs Formula Feeding - Breastfeeding baby will create a beautiful bond with mother and child. This is the time that some fathers may feel excluded, There are many aspects of the baby’s life that they can participate in. While mommy is breastfeeding, daddy should feel free to bring his partner a glass of water or tea. Dad can help make mom comfortable, he can also sit beside mom and rub babies head while mom feeds baby. The majority of formula is derived from cow’s milk. When milk, no matter where it is from (human, cow, goat ect.) is digested, it breaks down into two bi-products, whey and curds. The curds in cow’s milk is harder for a newborn to digest. Breastmilk contains more whey and less curd. Breastmilk contains over 100 ingredients that the formula companies cannot duplicate. For example the antibodies to illnesses, that help baby develop their own immune system. Formula has a higher protein content, however the protein in breastmilk is easier for baby to digest completely. Formula fed babies can go longer without feedings, but that does not mean that they are getting more nutrition. Formula is harder to break down and the babies body has a harder time using the formula for nutrients, much of it gets disposed of, or stored for later use. Breastfed babies break down the milk much easier, and their bodies can easily use the nutrients for energy, and growth.


There are many different carriers on the market today. They can really make household chores get done with ease. Common wraps include; Moby wrap, Mei Tei, Sling, Ring Sling, The backpack carrier (perfect for those hikers.) and the ergo carrier. Wraps range in price from $10.00 to $200.00, Remember to try a carrier before you buy. Comfort is important, as well as support and safety. When you buy a carrier, you get what you pay for but to save a few dollars there are some great patterns you can get to sew a sling, or wrap.

Daddy Time

First time daddies often feel left out. Here are some things that daddy can do with baby to bond. Story Time - Read Dr Suess’s Hop On Pop, Or My Daddy and Me, Tina Macnaughton, Whatever the story you choose this will be a special story that you and baby can cherish for years to come. Bath Time - Bath Time can be a special time between Daddy and Baby too. This can be part of the daddy routine, Mom has spend all day breastfeeding and taking care of the household, give mom this time to herself and bathe baby. Nap Time - Snuggle on the couch, watch the news, baby doesn’t care what is on T.V. Baby is sure to snuggle up in your arms and go to sleep. Baby loves the smell of both of its parents. Walks - Take baby for a walk, another time to give mama a break. Baby Wearing - Mama doesn’t have to be the only one that wears baby, and Women everywhere agree, there is nothing sexier than daddy baby-wearing. You can use a wrap, or snuggli. Take baby shopping, for a walk or just wear around the home.

Getting Siblings Involved

Young Siblings 18 months - 4 yrs Asking for a diaper at diaper change time, or to pass the creams makes your younger children feel needed. Ask them to put the old diaper in the garbage or the wash basket and ask to help entertain baby by singing or playing peeka-boo. Ask to help turn pages of a book at story time Recommended story, Little Critters, Just me and my little brother, Mercer Mayer. School aged Siblings 5yrs - 10 yrs School aged siblings are a little more willing and able to help out. Teach them how they can help you with baby. They can help with bath time, while you hold baby let them use a washcloth to wash baby. Let them dry baby and teach them the correct way to massage baby with oil. They can also help dress baby. (Note do not leave young children and baby alone.) Teenagers, 11- 18 Teenagers have a much better handle on things and at this age are ready to start babysitting. Remember that you will have to teach them how to do everything. Let teenagers babysit while you are in the shower.Teach them how to take care of the baby, Allow teenagers to bathe baby, and change baby. Teenagers can also help by heating up stored breastmilk and feeding baby. Remember as a mother you have to be able to ask for help to get it. The word “teach” is key, mothers tend to have a maternal know-how and fathers spend lots of time learning. Also don’t reprimand if they are not doing it they way you do, as long as they are doing it.

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