Earnest Mom’s Crunchy Journey. Turning Red to Green. 

Earnest Mom’s Crunchy Journey. Turning Red to Green. 

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Ok, ladies this one is for you. After attending a Red to Green session at Mommy Con Columbus, I decided this topic was an important one to touch on in this series. We are chatting about Aunt Flow and the the many options we have out there to help get us through that time of the month. That being said, I will not be focusing on anything graphic. This crunchy journey will look at how we can be more green when we are menstruating. 

How about a few facts:

  • Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are chemicals, conatining artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), all linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility. 
  • In general, mass marketed tampons and pads contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and numerous pesticides. 
  • Chlorine bleach is what is used to make pads and tampons so white, which can create Dioxin.  Dioxin has been linked to: Abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and reproductive organs, abnormal cell growth throughout the body, immune system suppression, hormonal and endocrine system disruption Note: Dioxin has been found in Breastmilk which means not only are mamas exposed but so are their nurslings
  • Since menstrual pads and tampons are classified as “medical devices,” ingredient disclosure is not mandatory.
  • And then there is the waste. An average woman in the US will use more than 16,800 in her lifetime. 
  • Approximately 20 Billion (with a B) menstrual pads, tampons and tampon applicators are sent to landfills each year – maybe that’s why we see them in our streams, lakes and beaches. Gross. 

So, what are our options?! I mean, we do want options right? We are talking about the most sensitive parts of our body and we are willing to blindly put all kinds of chemicals there. Yikes. As far as alternatives to disposable all together; you’ve got mama cloth (reusable cloth pads and tampons) and menstrual cups. This earnest mom has fully converted to cups and mama cloth, no more waste here.  I have included some links below where you can get some great cloth pads and cups online. If reusable is just not your thing, which is okay – there are companies that offer chemical and bleach free, organic cotton disposal options, check the banners and stay tuned, I will be giving away an Honest Organic Pad Set, be sure to enter!

My earnest ladies, I encourage you to not just take my word on it; do your own research. Be informed, these ate the only bodies we have and we’ve got to take care of them!

Curious about cups but not sure where to start? Kim Rosas of Put a Cup In It has a great website that really helped me with my cup usage and information. Let’s work together to become more healthy, have less chemical exposure and less waste!  

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Have questions about what I use, suggestions or thoughts about turning red to green? Please email me, I’d love to keep this #detoxthebox conversation going, and please if you are going to comment let’s refrain from being too graphic as I would like to keep my blog as earnestly wholesome as possible. 

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x. 

earnest mom. 

Some cloth and cup links:

The Pink Lemonade Shop

Lunette Cup

The Diva Cup

Organic Disposable Options:
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Mommy Con? Yes Please!

Mommy Con? Yes Please!

I recently had the privilege of attending Mommy Con in Columbus, Ohio. It was a hike from my little town but man, it was worth it! (Stay tuned to see the swag bag). 

I was able to attend a few VIP/Media opportunities where I got to hang with the BabyGuyNYC and meet sweet Xsa and the lovely Laney (who are the brains and hearts behind Mommy Con). I also got to volunteer (which got me in for free) and help out the wonderful Keeley as we handed out swag bags and disassembled Mommy Con after all attendees left.  Here I am below with the BabyGuyNYC

 
If you read last week’s post, I let you know all about Mommy Con, a boutique style convention for moms who breast feed, baby wear, cloth diaper, along with other natural parenting approaches. I attended some great seminars including Potty Taining 101 with the fabulous Tamica from Potty Schmotty, and yes Tamica I am STILL singing the potty song in my head! I also attended a seminar about lady business and how to go green during that time of the month. Both of these seminars will be detailed in future posts.   

 All in all, even though I did not pay the $40.00 it costs to attend (because I volunteered) I would say, if you’re into natural parenting or parenting as a whole, attend!!! It’s SO worth the money. The information I received was priceless and the swag bag was EVEN better…oh yes swag bag, well here it is pictured below.   
I must say, the ladies that work crazy hard to put this kind of event together for moms, being moms themselves (well most of them) they are amazing. Like I said I was blessed enough to have a media session with darling Xsa and Laney and they are some the kindest and genuine ladies I’ve ever met, and I’m so thankful to have had such a good time. 

Then there were the giveaways with the BabyGuyNYC. Oh. My. There were car seats, breastpumps, strollers and much, much more! Some mamas (and daddy’s too walked away with some amazing gifts that day. 

My volunteer shift was at the end of the conference where I handed out swag bags, and man that little room with zero airflow was HOT but it was a lot of fun, especially with Keeley who kept humor around for us to enjoy.  After that we worked hard, breaking down and cleaning up the entire conference, it was a blast! Here I am in the gift bag corner.  

  

All in all, my experience was great. If you find a Mommy Con near you, get a ticket! (Or keep and eye out for the call for volunteers).  I know many are selling out and they’ve already released presale tickets for next year’s locations so, head on over to Mommy-Con and check them out!

Until next time!

x. 

earnest mom. 

 

Earnest Mom talks Mommy-Con Columbus

Earnest Mom talks Mommy-Con Columbus

I am earnestly excited to announced that this earnest mom has been invited to Mommy-Con Columbus as a blogging guest! I am over the moon and cannot wait to see what advice and connections are awaiting me. 

What is Mommy-Con?

According to Mommy-Con‘s website: 

MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. Our focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. Our seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more! We end our day with amazing giveaways and each attendee gets a gift bag from our sponsors. 

These events sell out super fast, Columbus has been sold out since the beginning of August and tickets for Mommy-Con 2016 are already up for presale!! If one is near you check them out. 

Why is this earnest mom excited??

Well, being a media guest my admission was free, but I also was able to accept a volunteer position (because I don’t mind helping) and that earned free admission as well, to this sold out event! But that’s not the best part. I was also blessed enough to receive a VIP session with the BabyGuyNYC (and most of you know my sentiments toward him, his wisdom and his awesomeness). I will also be attending Mommy-Con After Dark, a session for mamas only and as far as I can tell it’s the first one of its kind so I will be very excited to report how it goes. I have also heard that there is a ton of pampering that takes place during the VIP sessions so this I am leaving the earnest littles and dad home, and enjoying a mommy weekend to herself!  And that is only Friday; the full event is Saturday. 

At the Mommy-Con event Saturday, there will be the seminars and workshops that will focus on everything from breastfeeding to potty training and feeding your picky eaters. Plus, there are the infamous Mommy-Con Swag bags (gah! I love free stuff!) and the incredible giveaways which go from mommy gift baskets to luxury car seats and strollers. 

I cannot wait to share my Mommy-Con experience with you earnest followers; so be sure to like my Facebook Page (Earnest Mom Blog) and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @earnestmomblog where I will be updating after 4 Friday until Mommy-Con ends on Saturday. See you there!! 

x. 

earnest mom

P.S. Any questions you’d like me to ask the BabyGuy?? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

P.P.S. Interested in attending a Mommy-Con near you?? Check out their events website here: Mommy-Con Events

Earnest Mom Talks Child Passenger Safety

Earnest Mom Talks Child Passenger Safety

This week is Child Passenger Safety week, and I hope to help clear up some confusion that comes with choosing the safest seat for your children.  Did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of death in children from 1 to 13 years? Yikes! that is a scary thought, and a majority of the deaths could be prevented by education on choosing the right car seat for your child and correct installation.  Please refer to this great infographic below (courtesy of http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov)  on choosing the right car seat for your child. 

As I mentioned earlier, once you have chosen the proper car seat for your child, it is also important to get that bad boy installed correctly so it can protect your precious cargo.  A popular response (and an easy one) is to simply take your car seat to a local police or fire department for installation.  Beware of this option, although there are many in the field who know what they are doing, there are just as many that do not.  One of the biggest recommendations that I learned at a recent Gearapalooza, was be informed.  Read your car seat safety and installation guide, even if you plan on going to a local fire or police department, read your manual and watch them install.  The more eyes during installation, the more mistakes can be caught and corrected. To be earnest, if you have read your safety and installation manual thoroughly, you really will KNOW just as much (or more) as any fire or police person who may have been certified…especially if they were certified before YOU were born! Be informed, be confident and know that you can always call that handy 1-800 number for your car seat and the operator will gladly help with your seat installation.

Always, always follow weight restrictions before considering the length of a child. Most infant carriers max out at a certain weight, so follow this weight NOT how long your child looks in the seat.  Until your infant weighs too much for the seat, they are NOT too big for it.  Another big trend in car seat safety is to STAY rear facing, even extending past 2 years old (which is the required age according to most car seats today). This is because of the neck development of your precious babes.  Babies neck bones are not completely developed or strong enough before 3 years old to withstand the impact of an accident and support their head being flung forward by the force of it.  Please, I earnestly ask for the safety of your littles, keep them rear facing as long as possible, but definitely at least until they are 2 years of age.

Last, but not least, there are two things that you should always remember when buying a car seat.  Number one: check the expiration date.  No, the seat will not implode or fall apart the minute the expiration date passes, but those dates are placed on car seats because the safety technology and advances in safer seats change so rapidly that after 5-6 years, seats will be less safe than new ones on the market.  Be mindful of expiration dates.  Number two: NEVER NEVER NEVER buy a used car seat! You cannot guarantee that a used car seat has not been in a car accident and the moment that a car seat has been in an accident (even a minor one) the safety mechanisms have been activated and that seat is no longer safe, which is why car insurance companies will replace any car seat that has been involved in an accident.  I am sure that if I am ever at a second-hand store or garage sale, I inform the seller that it is not okay for used car seats to be sold.  If you are looking for a return on the seat you have invested so much in, most big box children stores offer trade ins with a certain percentage toward another purchase.

Let’s stay informed and safe to help keep our kiddos as safe as possible! For more information or for a certified car seat safety check in your area please go to Parents Central.

x.

earnest mom.

earnest mom says goodbye…

earnest mom says goodbye…

I am earnestly sorry for my absence. I’ve been saying goodbye to a loved one, my grandmother. She passed after a long battle with cancer and has now received her full reward for the life she lived. As she has left this earth and no longer suffers with the pains of life, my heart hurts. This post is written in dedication to her, my Sotha. 

Sotha, as my siblings and I called her, (pronounced SO-tah) is grandmother in her native language.  She was such a wonderful woman, a true example of poise and grace (her real name was Grace), she was a wonderful grandmother. My earliest memory of her was sitting on her lap in my parents’ living room and her reading Stone Soup and If You Give A Mouse a Cookie to my sister and I.

I will never forget the sweet mild voice she had that sometimes had a creak of raspy, especially when she said my name, in fact I can still hear her say my name.  When I sat next to her in church, I used to strain my ear to hear her voice singing above all the others, and I loved how she sounded like Snow White when she sang.  My heart!

There are so many great memories of her for me to cherish, she taught me to make sugar cookies and took the time to teach me her amazing stuffing and potato salad. She was so patient with me and taught me my love for baking. 

It’s so hard to lose a loved one but I have found great comfort in my memories, in the strength I’ve seen from my papa and his children and the support of my friends and family. 

Thank you for being patient with me and please stay tuned as this earnest mama gets back on track!

x. 

earnest mom.