May 29, 2010 (3:09 pm)

Formula Fed America

by Kristen Suzanne

I can’t wait to see Formula Fed America!

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May 27, 2010 (10:37 pm)

Interviewing Pediatricians

by Kristen Suzanne

My husband and I have been interviewing pediatricians because it’s important to have one picked out before the baby arrives. We decided that we wanted a Naturopathic Doctor as our pediatrician because an ND would most likely support our natural lifestyle (extended breastfeeding, flexible vaccine schedule if we desire it, cosleeping, attachment parenting, vegan/raw diet, etc.). I’m happy to report that we found one!

Our process for finding a doctor was in three steps. Step one: we asked around for referrals by checking with our midwife, doula, acupuncturist, and other families/friends. Step two: we did Google research on the recommended doctors to view their websites and any other information we could find on them. Step three: Together, my husband and I interviewed the doctors. As we interviewed them, I made sure they knew up front the kinds of things that are important to us, what our goals are, and gave them details about our lifestyle and plan for raising our kids. After that, we had a list of questions, some of which were: Read More »

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May 22, 2010 (4:45 pm)

New Mommy Advice? What Do Say?

by Kristen Suzanne

I recently posted on my facebook update basically asking the following: “What mommy or postpartum advice do you have? Was there something you wish you had known that you know now? Was there a piece of advice someone gave you that was essential?”

I received many great answers with the most popular being “sleep when the baby sleeps.” With facebook however, the status gets buried so its life for others to view it is short. I wanted to have a blog post with some great advice that would be easy to access for all the future mommies out there.

So… what is your advice?

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May 19, 2010 (3:00 pm)

Hospital Birth Tour Even Though I’m Planning a Home Birth

by Kristen Suzanne

Today, at 36 weeks and 1 day in my pregnancy, we took a tour of the nearby hospital labor and delivery ward where I’d mostly likely go in the event of an emergency transfer. So, although we have a home birth planned (and I am going to do everything in my power to keep it that way), I thought I’d be more relaxed about the whole thing if I knew more about the logistics of that option. I went in there armed with the book, Your Best Birth, because there is a section for hospital tours where Ricki Lake offers a list of questions to ask (I highly recommend this terrific book). We were one couple among four others, and I asked about 95% of the questions. I even stumped the tour guide a couple of times, but she was a trooper and found the answers for me. :)

Here is what I asked and found out:

1. What are the chances I will have a private room? Can baby room with me? – Good news! From the triage area to the labor and delivery room to the post partum room… they are all private with baby rooming in. The labor/delivery room has a TV, DVD player, CD player, mini-fridge, microwave, private bath, etc.

2. Do you honor birth plans? – Yes, they claim that they do and I should bring it with me. (By the way, I recommend having a birth plan written before conceiving if possible. It’s less stressful that way, you have a clear head, and it’s not something you have “to do” while pregnant – you already have enough to do during that time, not to mention the possibility of not feeling well – so get it done beforehand! I will share some details of mine in the near future here on my Green Mommy Blog.)

3. What can I do if I’m not happy with my nurse? - I can get a different one. Read More »

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May 15, 2010 (12:54 pm)

Breastfeeding In Public

by Kristen Suzanne

I came across this article today, 50 Reasons For Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere. I started to wonder how it will be when I breastfeed in public… Will people give me a hard time? How will I respond? I never figured myself as a woman to whip out my boob in all its glory for everyone to see before breastfeeding, but I do think there will be times (maybe always) when I’m not covering my baby with a blanket. I think breastfeeding is a beautiful act.

My personal vision for breastfeeding is that it’ll still be somewhat discreet as far as flesh showing goes, yet people will know what I’m doing. It’s important for our culture to get more comfortable with breastfeeding, and doing it in public is one way to facilitate that. I think a woman’s shirt pulled up a bit, with the baby latched on, and the mom being able to gaze into her baby’s eyes is lovely. Moreover, even though I might not do it, if I saw another woman showing more than that… I wouldn’t care.

I’m not sure I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen breastfeeding take place in public. I don’t go out much, so that contributes to the number of opportunities I’d have for that, but still… sadly, I’ll bet it doesn’t happen often.

What do you think? Do you see many moms breastfeeding in public? Are you uncomfortable with it? Do you do it yourself? How discreet or not-discreet are you?

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May 12, 2010 (8:48 pm)

Eating While Pregnant – Some Food Journal Entries

by Kristen Suzanne

For those of you interested in the food I’m eating while pregnant, but who didn’t know I usually blog about it over on my Kristen’s Raw blog… here is a list of entries you can check out.

May 6, 2010

April 28, 2010

April 15, 2010

April 11, 2010

March 28, 2010 Read More »

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May 12, 2010 (12:31 pm)

Green Baby Shopping

by Kristen Suzanne

Even though I’m probably a little over a month away from the birth, I think it’s time to shop for the baby and the home birth. You never know… baby might come early and I don’t want to be caught without a car seat or diapers. Over the year, I’ve slowly bought things like organic onesies and clothes, organic Moby wrap, a few organic cotton toys, organic swaddle blanket, organic blanket, etc. But, I need more. So, this week I’m off to buy:

Baby Stuff: Orbit infant car seat system (they have the greenest product I can find), organic cloth diapers (a variety of options, but not many in quantity since we’re going to practice EC. I’ll report details and opinions in future posts), diaper stuff (pails, wipes, soap, bags, etc), ring sling (maybe two, one for me and one for my mom), newborn health kit (nail clippers, thermometer, etc), and maybe a diaper bag.

EC Stations: I’ll need to buy a couple of potty bowls – (and this little potty looks extra cool, in spite of the few reviews, because it’s made from bamboo and rice husks… AND, when the child is done using it, h/she can plant it in the garden), wipes, etc. These will be set up around the house – and since we spend a lot of time at my mom’s house, I’ll need to double up.

Home Birth Stuff: towels, receiving blankets, bucket, and create the food plan (freeze foods for after baby is born – for my husband and myself – and get my young Thai coconut water prepared for the home birth – I want to have it all set and ready to thaw for drinking when the day arrives).

It’s going to be a fun week!!!

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May 9, 2010 (8:49 pm)

Winners of My 3rd Awesome Giveaway – Tillie7 & Bex!

by Kristen Suzanne

Congratulations Tillie7 and Bex! Your names were chosen as the winners of my 3rd Green Mommy Blog Giveaway. And, guess what? The prize: A Free Travel Kit by Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food – these products are awesome! Simply email me with your address so I can get the prize sent to you. (By the way, Bex, it was your blog post entry that won, and, Tillie7, it was your tweet entry that was selected – SEE? THOSE EXTRA ENTRIES WORK!!!)

When asked, “What Mommy and/or Green related topics do you want to see me cover on Green Mommy Blog?”

Here is what Tillie7 had to say…

I would love to hear more about a budget friendly vegan, mostly raw, eco-conscious way of living!! Balancing finances is so difficult in my household (I have been into this lifestyle barely a year yet, so still learning!) especially when remainder of family members who don’t follow my way living, let alone understand wonder why I have to be organic only. This is the way I choose to live and I will not change=) All your recommendations are so lovely I wish I could afford EVERYTHING! =) hehe but that and also newly vegan has been tough…sometimes I feel amazing, days I feel I can barely make it…I am missing something in my diet..what do you suggest on supplements and smart much needed info for (other than B-12) for new vegans?? Thank you soo much Kristen you’re the BEST!

Here is what Bex had to say…

I would love to see posts about ways to help kids be comfortable being vegan and raw and their non-vegan (often omnivorous) friends houses when mommy’s not around.

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May 6, 2010 (12:05 am)

Kristen Suzanne’s LIVE TELESEMINAR!

by Kristen Suzanne

I’m super excited about my upcoming interview with Tera of The Raw Divas & Raw Moms ->> LIVE CHAT!!!!! Details here!!!

UPDATE! Here is the link for it! Enjoy!!!

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May 5, 2010 (10:30 am)

Green Mommy Blog 3rd Awesome Giveaway – FREE Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food Travel Kit

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

It’s that time again for another awesome giveaway! The prize this time? I’ll draw the names of TWO lucky winners. Each winner will receive the fabulous Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food Travel Pack. It consists of  (travel size) day cream, night cream, eye cream, cleanser, toner, soothing gel, and treatment oil. I love this little package of goodies – it’s what hooked me on this line (read my 3 secrets to gorgeous skin here where I wrote about Dr. Alkaitis products). Thank you, Trish and Dr. Alkaitis, for sponsoring this awesome giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until May 8th, 2010 at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw two names and announce the winners on Green Mommy Blog May 9th. *Please note: this giveaway is open to U.S. participants only.

Question: What “Mommy” and/or “Green” related topics do you want to see me cover on Green Mommy Blog?

Want another chance to win? Retweet a link to this post on twitter and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

Want yet another chance to win? Link to this post via your Facebook page and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

Want yet another chance to win? Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to it, and then let me know in a separate comment.

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May 2, 2010 (6:22 pm)

Sunscreen & My M.O.

topics: Beauty
by Kristen Suzanne

As the weather warms up and more people are spending time outside, I’m getting a lot of emails asking what my favorite sunscreen is.

Here’s the thing… I don’t really wear sunscreen, at least not intentionally (and keep in mind, I live in sunny Arizona). Getting fresh sun on my skin is the best way to get vitamin D, to which we’re finding many people are deficient. Vitamin D is important for overall health and fighting various illnesses. That being said, I don’t want to accelerate aging with too many rays for too long, so there is a balance to be had.

Sometimes I get sunscreen on my face because it’s in a product I’m using, like a mineral powder, but that’s pretty much the extent of it (there aren’t many makeup products on the market without some form of sunscreen). However, my main method of protection, when I want it, is in the form of hats, loose clothing, sun glasses, etc.

If I thought I’d be in the sun ALL day and I couldn’t cover up and I wanted protection from the sun’s rays, then I might consider a sunscreen from the health food store (finding one with minimal toxins, if possible) – still though, I might reconsider.  Here is interesting reading from Terressential’s website about sunscreens, when they were asked if they were going to make one. Read More »

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