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not so scary halloween fun with disney junior #disneyjuniormom

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior #disneyjuniormom

My two little boys are complete opposites in just about every possible way (except for sharing the same birthday and blond hair!) My oldest is obsessed with anything scary and loves the ghoul of Halloween. The bigger,  the louder, the grosser, the scarier, the better. My youngest, though, is my little lamb. Literally. He chose a Lamb costume for Halloween this year and doesn’t like anything scary or “meany”, as he says.

But the nice thing about having boys only 2 years apart is that they still share most of the same interests and enjoy similar shows. My oldest can still get his fill of Halloween with kinder, less scary shows on Disney Junior and my youngest doesn’t run away screaming after seeing something inappropriate for little eyes. We always watch Disney Junior Online since we still refuse to buy satellite TV so this means my boys don’t want a ton of “tv” and only need a handful of shows to choose from each week. Disney Junior has always done a great job of ensuring a good mix of full episodes for them to choose from.The Halloween episodes have been fun and light and I never have to monitor what they’re watching on Disney Junior.

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior #disneyjuniormom

Since Halloween is right around the corner, we’ve been busy scouring the web for new craft ideas so I was thrilled to see (easy) Halloween craft ideas to help spookify the house without being too scary. The Disney Hanging Ghosts and Bats were simple and fun and are making our dining room chandelier just spooky enough without anyone having bad dreams.

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior #disneyjuniormom

Have you noticed all the little ones in Disney Juniors Halloween Costume Parade? Selected photos are being shown on-air between the Halloween specials and ends on the 28th. I know Feisty Frugal & Fabulous saw her little ones!!

Disclosure:  I’m part of the Disney Junior Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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not so scary halloween fun with disney junior

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior

My two little boys are complete opposites in just about every possible way (except for sharing the same birthday and blond hair!) My oldest is obsessed with anything scary and loves the ghoul of Halloween. The bigger,  the louder, the grosser, the scarier, the better. My youngest, though, is my little lamb. Literally. He chose a Lamb costume for Halloween this year and doesn’t like anything scary or “meany”, as he says.

But the nice thing about having boys only 2 years apart is that they still share most of the same interests and enjoy similar shows. My oldest can still get his fill of Halloween with kinder, less scary shows on Disney Junior and my youngest doesn’t run away screaming after seeing something inappropriate for little eyes. We always watch Disney Junior Online since we still refuse to buy satellite TV so this means my boys don’t want a ton of “tv” and only need a handful of shows to choose from each week. Disney Junior has always done a great job of ensuring a good mix of full episodes for them to choose from.The Halloween episodes have been fun and light and I never have to monitor what they’re watching on Disney Junior.

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior

Since Halloween is right around the corner, we’ve been busy scouring the web for new craft ideas so I was thrilled to see (easy) Halloween craft ideas to help spookify the house without being too scary. The Disney Hanging Ghosts and Bats were simple and fun and are making our dining room chandelier just spooky enough without anyone having bad dreams.

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior

Have you noticed all the little ones in Disney Juniors Halloween Costume Parade? Selected photos are being shown on-air between the Halloween specials and ends on the 28th. I know Feisty Frugal & Fabulous saw her little ones!!

Disclosure:  I’m part of the Disney Junior Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

not so scary halloween fun with disney junior

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how to: freeze drying laundry in cold weather

It’s winter. Not officially, but it’s here. When it’s cold enough to have frosty eyelashes and need to pre-heat the vehicle for 15 minutes before school, it’s winter.

With summer gone and the colder weather here to stay I was feeling desperate for the gorgeous smell of line dried laundry so I finally decided to try something I’ve been wanting to for years – “freeze drying” my blankets. It’s nothing new…and in fact a perfectly normal way of life for most of our great aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Of course I have no intentions of line drying entire loads of laundry outside in the middle of winter, but king sized blankets and duvets is nothing for a modern mama to handle.

how to: freeze drying laundry in cold weather

how to: freeze drying laundry in cold weather

how to: freeze drying laundry in cold weather

There’s a few tricks & tips involved so here you go.

1. Make a tea or coffee before you start because you’ll need something hot to warm you up.

2. Work fast. One blanket was enough to freeze my hands so wear gloves or mitts, haul it outside and throw it over the railing. If you want to use your clothes line, add the clothespins before you go outside to save time in the freezing weather!

3. Shake it. After an hour or so or once you see your kids go outside to try to smash it, consequently hurting their hands on it (it’s frozen, after all), follow them out and try to give it a shake or wiggle or just, um, kick it like your kids are even though you just yelled at them to stop getting their dirty boots all over your duvet. *ahem*. Lots of ice crystals and icicles should fall off. The thing is, you don’t necessarily know when it’s dry. The water evaporates (your blanket starts to give off vapor the second it gets outside) but it takes a while for all the moisture to be released. You can bring it back in, let it “thaw” a bit and put it back out if it’s still wet, or just keep it outside for the better part of the day after you give it a little shake.

4. Smile. Make your kids take a picture of you at some point during the process because you just momentarily turned yourself into a modern day Laura Ingalls. Feel free to do #3 during #4 :)

5. Bring it in at the end of the day or let it stay outside all night. It all depends on how thick the blanket is and if it spun out really well in the wash or not. Check it periodically and if it feels lighter it’s done. Let it warm up then fold.

Have you heard stories of your grandmothers and great grandmothers line drying laundry year round?

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freeze drying clothes: line drying laundry in cold weather

It’s winter. Not officially, but it’s here. When it’s cold enough to have frosty eyelashes and need to pre-heat the vehicle for 15 minutes before school, it’s winter.

With summer gone and the colder weather here to stay I was feeling desperate for the gorgeous smell of line dried laundry so I finally decided to try something I’ve been wanting to for years – “freeze drying” my blankets. It’s nothing new…and in fact a perfectly normal way of life for most of our great aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Of course I have no intentions of line drying entire loads of laundry outside in the middle of winter, but king sized blankets and duvets is nothing for a modern mama to handle.

freeze drying clothes: line drying laundry in cold weather

freeze drying clothes: line drying laundry in cold weather

freeze drying clothes: line drying laundry in cold weather

There’s a few tricks & tips involved so here you go.

1. Make a tea or coffee before you start because you’ll need something hot to warm you up.

2. Work fast. One blanket was enough to freeze my hands so wear gloves or mitts, haul it outside and throw it over the railing. If you want to use your clothes line, add the clothespins before you go outside to save time in the freezing weather!

3. Shake it. After an hour or so or once you see your kids go outside to try to smash it, consequently hurting their hands on it (it’s frozen, after all), follow them out and try to give it a shake or wiggle or just, um, kick it like your kids are even though you just yelled at them to stop getting their dirty boots all over your duvet. *ahem*. Lots of ice crystals and icicles should fall off. The thing is, you don’t necessarily know when it’s dry. The water evaporates (your blanket starts to give off vapor the second it gets outside) but it takes a while for all the moisture to be released. You can bring it back in, let it “thaw” a bit and put it back out if it’s still wet, or just keep it outside for the better part of the day after you give it a little shake.

4. Smile. Make your kids take a picture of you at some point during the process because you just momentarily turned yourself into a modern day Laura Ingalls. Feel free to do #3 during #4 :)

5. Bring it in at the end of the day or let it stay outside all night. It all depends on how thick the blanket is and if it spun out really well in the wash or not. Check it periodically and if it feels lighter it’s done. Let it warm up then fold.

Have you heard stories of your grandmothers and great grandmothers line drying laundry year round?

 freeze drying clothes: line drying laundry in cold weather

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cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

Mama’s, Cavalia is definitely an experience (not just a show!) you must get out to enjoy with your husband for date night this week or next in Edmonton!  This world-renowned spectacle, Cavalia, A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse is a performance that touches the human spirit, leaves the audience speechless and in awe of what they just watched on the stage. It’s a mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects and often labeled an equestrian ballet. And Cavalia’s show isn’t just for horse lovers. The performers keep every single guest entertained with acrobatics, professional musicians, dancing and classic riding stunts that leave you breathless.

cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

Growing up with horses, ponies, and more four legged friends that I can count, horses have always been an animal that I’ve appreciated for their beauty and gentleness. I witnessed first hand the powerful relationships that developed between my step father and the horses he cared for (he was a black smith) as well as my best friend who turned her passion for these beautiful animals into a thriving business, helping others to pursue their passions of riding, performing and caring for them. Seeing this type of connection is incredible on its own and when combined with dancing, music and acrobats it’s completely unforgettable.

cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

You can see first hand Cavalia’s touring stables which are large with high ceilings, have spacious stalls where every horse can see his fellows, and the horses can turn around and lie down as they wish. They are ventilated, humidity and temperature controlled, and have every comfort they needs. Trainers pay close attention to the horses to ensure that every request is adapted and they are respectful of what they are ready to offer. Their philosophy is rooted in patience, trust and deep-seated respect and this genuine sense of caring and authenticity is inevitably what resonates with the audience.

cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

To make the most of your night with Cavalia before, during and after, the VIP experience is well worth it. Your ticket includes center row seats,  access to the VIP lounge 90 minutes before the show to enjoy dinner and drinks, a 30 minute dessert/coffee/tea intermission, an exclusive stables tour following the show and a souvenir from the Cavalia boutique.

cavalia in edmonton: making date night magical with 25% off

So ladies, don’t miss this! Strap on a pair of  heels (don’t worry, the stables are meticulous!) and have a fabulous, full night out with your husband. Cavalia is offering my readers a generous discount – 25% off Adult Tickets on week nights using the promo code: Date Night

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wordless wednesday: grateful

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wordless wednesday: grateful About Amanda

I'm Amanda. I started Natural Mommie in 2009 and have been turning mommies from eco-weak to eco-chic ever since! Having an intense addiction to sparkly pink strawberry flavored lipgloss and never claiming to be perfectly green I vowed to not give up my hip mama self once I became a mom and wanted to bring a little more organic into my life. My closet still isn’t full of organic cotton and bamboo, but it’s getting there!

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the northern lights at my door

They shimmer, sway and dance to their own rhythm and everytime I see them I get a little choked up at their beauty.  But don’t be mistaken….what could be a magical, quiet moment is instead a total chaotic panic scene with me running around the house opening every window and door, screaming at my husband “babe! omg! baby! you HAVE to see this! COME QUICK!!!! OMG!!!!!! TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!!!!!!!!!! ah!!! it’s AMAZING!!!! OMG OMG!!” followed by even more panic while trying to figure out what camera settings to use. I decided to throw my camera on manual and hoped for the best!

the northern lights at my door

the northern lights at my door

the northern lights at my door

the northern lights at my door

the northern lights at my door

the northern lights at my door

Here are more pictures from a couple years ago when we lived waaay up North and it was a crisp -43 degrees!

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wordless wednesday: attempts to get a picture with my children…always a fail.

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wordless wednesday: attempts to get a picture with my children…always a fail. About Amanda

I'm Amanda. I started Natural Mommie in 2009 and have been turning mommies from eco-weak to eco-chic ever since! Having an intense addiction to sparkly pink strawberry flavored lipgloss and never claiming to be perfectly green I vowed to not give up my hip mama self once I became a mom and wanted to bring a little more organic into my life. My closet still isn’t full of organic cotton and bamboo, but it’s getting there!

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cloth diapering and disposables (for in-betweenie mamas)

The proud smiles coming from this tiny little guy as he walks with his heavy little toddler feet from the potty makes my heart warm every single time. “Mama? Go pee? Me do.”

And yep, little brother has a handle on the whole thing. He knows exactly where to put the stool, lifts both seats up, pees (mostly) towards the hole and manages to press the right button for the #1 flush.

cloth diapering and disposables (for in-betweenie mamas)

Cloth diapering has definitely been part of the reason for my boys potty training early (always before age 2). It’s not exactly a nice feeling to sit in a wet cloth diaper or go poo in one, and they figured that out in a hurry. I also have no problem letting my kids run around with no clothes in order to be more aware of their bodies. There have been lots of puddles to clean up and *ahem* other things, but it’s worked!

But like you, as a cloth diapering mama, I’ve had my own diapering issues. Sometimes I let them sit in the dirty laundry waaaaay too long even though I knew I was risking having a perma-stinky cloth diaper. Or I just couldn’t muster up the energy to throw in another load because I knew they had to be stripped. Or I just didn’t feel like cloth diapering AT ALL and have taken 3 month long hiatus’ because I felt like I already couldn’t get a handle on my everyday laundry.

And sometimes? Sometimes I’ve even thrown out a perfectly good cloth diaper straight in the garbage because peeling it away from a tiny poop covered body/onesie/snowsuit was already enough to send me over the edge.

It’s horrible, I know!! Tell me I’m not the only one.

cloth diapering and disposables (for in-betweenie mamas)

That’s all part of the “extra work” that comes with cloth diapering but for the most part it’s relatively easy. And, most of us have a disposable stash too. We need them for traveling, in between wash days, or sometimes we need them just to get through the day a little easier. But we usually don’t talk about that because *gasp!* not disposables!?!?

Huggies has been our go-to brand when not cloth diapering since the boys were born. Since we lived in the North, I would stock up for in between days and nighttime use with a costco sized box everytime we took the 3 hour trip to the nearest city!

My little guys are beyond all day cloth diapers now so undies and once in a while disposable slip on diapers are what we do while we transition into big boy undies full time. The Little Movers Slip On diapers have been a great option for Ethan. When we’re planning on being out the majority of the day, especially with a lot of driving, they’re perfect for when we can’t pull over to stop at a bathroom. They’re super easy to get a busy toddler to step into and step out of without any fighting, back arching or writhing :) We’re obviously not reaching for these constantly during the day because Ethan is learning to go potty, but when we do it’s nice to see him able to slip them up and down by himself and I’m happy to have a clean car seat and a little guy who’s not embarrassed if he couldn’t hold it through the night.

You’re doing great, baby.

cloth diapering and disposables (for in-betweenie mamas)

Huggies® Slip-On® Diapers have stretchy sides to let you quickly slip on the diaper for a close, comfy fit and trusted leakage protection.  Plus, they have easy open tabs so they are easy to take off – making changing easy for you and your squirmy baby. Got a Squirmy Baby? Take the Easy-On, Easy-Off Challenge at HUGGIES.COM/CHALLENGE

cloth diapering and disposables (for in-betweenie mamas)

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Kimberly Clark via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kimberly Clark.

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wordless wednesday: moving to manual with gabby sammy

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I'm Amanda. I started Natural Mommie in 2009 and have been turning mommies from eco-weak to eco-chic ever since! Having an intense addiction to sparkly pink strawberry flavored lipgloss and never claiming to be perfectly green I vowed to not give up my hip mama self once I became a mom and wanted to bring a little more organic into my life. My closet still isn’t full of organic cotton and bamboo, but it’s getting there!

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how to: paint rocks with crayons

We found this really great egg shaped rock on one of our visits to the river. My husband wanted our boys to paint it so he could sit it on his desk at work.  So instead of slathering a bunch of craft paints globbed all over it, I googled “painting rocks” and came across a really unique method of “painting” that creates a beautiful work of art using….crayons. Crayons!

how to: paint rocks with crayons

how to: paint rocks with crayons

how to: paint rocks with crayons

how to: paint rocks with crayons

how to: paint rocks with crayons

Beautiful, hey? I loved watching my oldest create this today. It’s without a doubt my favorite project to date.  Wouldn’t a collection of smaller rocks would be gorgeous in a big glass jar on the shelf?!  What a perfect way to preserve our memories of our adventures along the river bank.

how to: paint rocks with crayons

- oven

- rocks

- crayons (the glitter ones work beautifully!)

- pot holders

- a placemat or something similar to keep your table clean (just in case)

- a child old enough to understand they  CANNOT touch the rock while working on it. My 4.5 year old did really well, although he did bump his finger up against it by accident. Ouch!

- clear gloss spray paint (optional)

how to: paint rocks with crayons

- Place your rock in the oven at 350 degrees. I forgot about it and it stayed in there for 30 minutes which made our rock nice and hot. I’m not entirely sure exactly how long it takes a rock to heat up…I’d keep it in for less time if you have smaller ones.

- Remove the rock using pot holders (it’ll be HOT!!) and place it on your work surface. I just used old pot holders.

- The fun part! Using crayons,  start drawing/painting on the rock.

- Let dry (ours took about an hour more or less to fully cool).

- It’s ready to be enjoyed at this point, but if you want to give it an extra layer of protection, spray a thin coat of clear gloss spray paint on it and let it dry for an additional 20 minutes.

I found this activity incredibly relaxing, and I know my son did too. If you try this let me know how you make out!

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