Sunday, December 13, 2009

Best for Babies ad campaign

BEST for BABES is the only non-profit dedicated to giving breastfeeding a makeover and to revealing and removing the “booby traps”- the barriers to breastfeeding that keep tripping women up! New moms don’t need more judgment, pressure, or to be discriminated against for nursing, they deserve to be cheered on, coached and celebrated! BFB is giving moms the boost they need to be successful. We are elevating breastfeeding to a world-class cause and harnessing the power of celebrities, corporations, foundations, fashion, advertising, the medical community and the media to break down the barriers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Upcoming Gardens of Atlantis Workshops

Boosting the Immune System: Presented by Debbie Mercier, Herbalist, on Sunday November 29th, 1pm-4pm. $26 Includes handout and your own bottle of Cough Syrup. This workshop will focus on boosting the immune system in a safe and natural way, with food and herbs. Explore how to use natural therapies and leave with formulas to improve winter health. We will also make a cough syrup together! Making Medicinal Salves: Presented by Debbie Mercier, Herbalist, on Sunday December 13th, 1pm-3pm. $22 Includes handout and your own jar of Salve. This introductory workshop aims to answer your questions about what and why different types of plants are used. The different types of oils to choose from and why, and how to make a salve! Gardens of Atlantis is located at 508 Clark's Mills Road, Route 35, in Dayton Maine. 929-5088

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Back Door to the Moon

A fond goodbye to Back Door to the Moon, the little shop that has been home to Mothers Moon products and services for the past ten years. Sandi will be closing the shop on November 14th. It's been wonderful, and we now celebrate this time of change and newness. Please do stop by the shop for a cup of tea, and some early holiday shopping...most everything there is now 50% off. Back Door to the Moon is located at 24 Lithgow Street in Winslow, and open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm 873-MOON

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Join me in crawling to DC

Safer Chemicals,HealthyFamlies (a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policy to protect us from toxic chemicals) has joined forces with Seventh Generation to present a virtual rally in which cyber babies descend on Washington, D.C. to make a stink about all the toxic chemicals invading their bodies. Go to and search for my baby, MMoon, to support it. You can also create your very own crawler, watch videos of babies pontificating atop soap-boxes, and spread the word. Seventh Generation wants to attract a million or more crawlers to dramatize the wide public support for overhauling the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Every crawler represents a virtual signature on a petition, which will be delivered to Washington, D.C. in January, 2010. Seventh Generation is providing a great boost to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, using its creative marketing know-how to capture the attention of Congress at a key moment in our campaign. So join the Crawl. It promises to be a real bawl.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chronical Books

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Chronical Books is offering 30% off of their beautiful parenting and children's books for a limited time on-line. Click the button above to shop today, and use promo code PARENTS30

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Healthy Child Healthy World

Need some tips and recipes for getting your kids to eat healthy? Healthy Child Healthy World recently started a new program called "Eat Healthy", that makes food fast, frugal, fun and eco-friendly! With tips and ideas from experts like Myra Goodman, cookbook author and co-founder of Earthbound Farm (the world's largest grower of organic produce), and Raising Baby Green author Dr. Alan Greene, and recipes from celebrity moms such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep and the "Renegade Lunch Lady" chef Ann Cooper, Eat Healthy is a comprehensive, easy-to-read online recipe and healthy food guide. It's filled with easy, delicious (yet kid-friendly) recipes; essential reading and advice about today's most worrisome food issues; food and nutrition videos; and even downloadable pocket shopping guides like "Healthy School Lunch" and "Healthy Formula & Food," so you can always keep the wisdom of Eat Healthy with you.

Other Eat Healthy resources include: Tips to take to the grocery store, including the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and the best healthy, kid-approved snacks Eight simple steps for making healthier, greener food choices for your family's diet Quick and easy recipes for eating right on a budget A checklist of fish that is safe for children, teens and all women of child-bearing age How to limit your child's intake of food additives

Eat Healthy is also an interactive space for parents and caregivers to share their recipes and tips, too. Your child's favorite snack could be the answer for another mom in search of fun, healthy mealtime ideas. Your low-cost, eco-friendly storage idea may be just the solution for the dad who just purged all his plastics. Enjoy!

Healthy Kids Kitchen

Enter the Kids Kitchen Contest! Entries can win a $500 organic food gift card or other prizes! Simply upload pitcures or videos onf your healthy, happy children with brief descriptions to the Barefoot Books Facebook Group before October 15th. The Grand Prize is a $500 Whole Foods Gift Card, and Ten Runners-up will get Barefoot Books Healthy Kids Gift Collection...what could be better than keeping your children healthy, teaching them good eatting habits, and winning these prizes from Barefoot Books? How about winning prizes from The Barefoot Storyteller too!
Post a comment to my Barefoot Books blog telling me your child's favorite healthy snack, and be entered to win a "Cooking With Herb the Vegetarian Dragon Cookbook"!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Earth Mama Angel Baby

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I love to blend teas, mix lotions and salves, bring the best all natural organic herbal products to my moms and babes, but sometimes I get a "little behind" in my work. I need to restock my store shelves. In the meantime, here are some great offers on some great products I really trust. Just click on the banners, and enjoy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baby's First Journal

This is a beautiful new hard cover release from Barefoot Books, and sells for $24.99 With it, you can "capture the precious memories of your baby's first year in this spiral and cloth bound journal. With special sections for your baby's "firsts" and favorites, photographs, captions and more, all the important moments will be saved for years to come. Includes six colorful pockets for holding mementos and keepsakes." It's a great companion to "Baby's First Book" also from Barefoot Books, along with other Clare Beaton books.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

organic diapers et cetera at 5% off

Organic (formerly announced the arrival of thier new website and new organic products, such as new organic diapers and accessories, puddle pads, blankets and more. First time shoppers can use the code newsite to get 5% off of thier first order. Just click the button above to shop :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Loon License Plate Appreciation Days

My family is looking forward to doing some exploring this weekend, even if it does rain! An annual summer event that takes place the third weekend of July, the 18th & 19th this year, all occupants of vehicles displaying a Maine Conservation Plate will be admitted to Maine State Park and historic site day-use areas free of charge. You can visit the parks web-site and search for a park near you based upon mileage. Hope to see you out there!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Doula Book

If you are considering having a doula present at your labor and birthing process but are still gathering information, please have a look at Boston birth expert Ananda Lowe's recently published book. It covers these topics and more!
  • Doulas as a form of pain relief
  • Doulas and the prevention of prematurity
  • Information for mothers and their loved ones in all family structures (married, single, partnered, heterosexual, lesbian, and mothers whose baby will be adopted by another family)
  • New ways to push out a baby
  • Can doulas prevent all interventions?
  • Back labor: the good news
  • Using belly dance for birth
  • How to use a "walking" epidural
  • Supporting teens
  • Doulas as leaders in health care reform
  • When should you really go to the hospital in labor?
  • Labor is not about dilation
  • 12 alternatives to a vaginal exam
  • What is fetal distress? A guide to the baby's heart rate
  • Laboring with disabilities or chronic illness
  • Eating normally in labor
  • How to sleep in labor
  • How to "prepare" for unplanned epidurals and cesareans
  • When healing from unplanned interventions is needed
  • How to have an empowering birth of twins
  • Paying for your doula using a baby gift registry
  • How to ask your heath insurance to pay for your doula
  • Get ready now: what really happens postpartum
  • Sunday, July 05, 2009

    New Barefoot Books Web-site

    Join me and come see the new Barefoot Books Web-site! A barnd new look, new features, but with the same wonderfully enchanting & educational stories, world music, art, puppets, puzzles and more! There's the new Ambassador Program, (you can sign up for free) new exciting fund raising opportunities and more new titles! Summer Reading Sale now going on as well!
    I've also added a new blog to my "blog family" where you'll find my Barefoot Books news, including a fun free book drawing! Please visit today!

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Green House

    I am happy to support this little "company". As I often say, I very strongly believe in and practice making a positive change in our world by offering earth-friendly products, and by supporting other families who are nurturing their children in a peaceful way. Please click on the banner above to visit.

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Attraction Parenting

    What Is "Attraction Parenting"? Attraction Parenting is based on a simple premise: Mother Nature intended parenting to be FUN! Our experience of *pleasure* is nature's way of guiding us toward choices that support the survival, growth, and evolution of humankind, both physically and spiritually. Although many aspects of our culture tend to confuse our instincts, our deeper nature is to be *attracted* to that which is good for us and our children. Obviously nature uses *physical* pleasure to make procreation attractive, but there are subtler forms of pleasure that nature has harnessed as well. In parenting, the two most important attractors are the pleasure of *unconditional love* and the pleasure of *authentic power*. Unfortunately our culture distorts our understanding of love and power. We're led to believe that they're scarce resources — that we must *earn* love and *fight* for power. In the practice of Attraction Parenting, we identify and release those distortions and others, and we acquire skills and perspectives that allow us to harness the power of attraction according to nature's design: following our pleasure through parenthood. We understand that authentic pleasure cannot be gained at the expense of our children; nor does parental self-sacrifice give our children lasting pleasure. Attraction Parenting transforms adversarial parent-child relationships into joyful, loving, creative, empowering *partnerships*. Attraction Parenting integrates the psychological concept of attraction with the metaphysical *Law of Attraction* in a grounded, sensible way. It's a practical, holistic approach that honors the body, mind, emotions, and spirit of every child and parent. You will probably like Attraction Parenting if you like any of these authors' works: - Naomi Aldort (*Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves*) - Jan Hunt (*The Natural Child*) - Alfie Kohn (*Unconditional Parenting*) - Pam Leo (*Connection Parenting*) - Jean Liedloff (*The Continuum Concept*) - Gordon Neufeld (*Hold On to Your Kids*) - Joseph Chilton Pearce (*Magical Child*) - William & Martha Sears (*Attachment Parenting*) And self-help books by authors like... - Esther & Jerry Hicks (*Ask and It Is Given*) - Byron Katie (*Loving What Is*) - Eckhart Tolle (*A New Earth*) Perhaps most important is that Attraction Parenting is an *inside-out approach*. It doesn't tell parents what to do, but it helps parents connect with their authentic *Inner Guidance*. When parents feel connected, centered, and grounded, their children tend to move into a similar state of mind, and this leads to greater emotional stability and fewer difficult behaviors. The power of attraction eliminates the "need" for conventional, control-oriented, fear-based parenting. If you've resorted to coercive parenting tactics out of sheer frustration, the practice of Attraction Parenting will restore your faith in human nature. You will come to know with certainty that children are innately good, and their goodness can be fostered joyfully through unconditional love and creative partnership. Feel free to forward this message to your friends! (Please include this paragraph and everything above.) Copyright (c) 2009 by Scott Noelle

    Monday, January 12, 2009

    Make a Difference

    Perhaps I was having a bad day. Perhaps I was frustrated with the same questions, the same concerns that weigh on the minds of many of us from time to time, having to also weigh on the mind of my seven year old. Perhaps I was tired of him asking the same questions over and over again that I have no answers to. Whatever the reason, when he asked his question this time I launched into a long monoluge, my voice increasing in pitch, about how people try to change things, great efforts are made, hard work is done, backs and hearts fully put into things, and yet sometimes it just doesn't seem to make a difference.
    He sat and listened intently, though he's heard it all before from me, he waited for me to finally stop talking (ranting) and take my usual deep sigh, and then he stood up, embraced me, and in a calm and soothing voice said:
    "It's all right mama, I will make a difference"
    That took my breath away. Made me stop and think.
    I have a t-shirt in my drawer which reads, "Be the change you wish to see in the world"... we all try to live our lives with compassion and respect for each other and this wonderous planet we live on, we do the right things...we recycle cans and cardboard (even though no one is buying recyclables as much as they used to...our local recycling center has to pay to have glass picked up), we look into alternative energy for heating our homes and powering our cars, we buy local, or if not then free trade products... but how often to be have the courage of our convictions to stand up and say "I will make a difference"? Not, I will *try* to do something that brings change, but to say it like we mean it, in honesty and pure purpose, I *will* make a difference.
    I will never forget that moment, the tone of his voice, the way he hugged me, the wisdom he seemed to possess at this still tender age ... but maybe we all need reminders to be confident enough to make such grand statements.
    So I put it on t-shirts and buttons and magnets and coffee cups and postcards over at and to be true to the statement, begining February 1st, all of the profits from the shop will be given to a different group or cause randomly choosen by my son each month. I will post what he has choosen from the hat here, and welcome your suggestions.
    I will make a difference,

    Wednesday, January 07, 2009

    Some CPSIA Exemptions!

    A small victory for us home handcrafters of childrens toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission agreed to exempt natural products such as gems and cotton from mandatory testing for lead, as reported yesterday on Bloomberg news:

    There's still work to be done however, please vote for change, Save Small Business From the CPSIA : A Proposal From the