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Kombucha: Digestions Friend & How You Can Grow Your Own Kombucha Starter.

Somewhere along the way we discovered kombucha at a natural food store, it was actually Nathan and his love of tea. He was surprised when he took his first drink because of how different it tasted. Very much fermented with a hint of vinegar. He had me try it too, I wasn't a fan but he managed to finish his entire bottle that day. Kombucha is a probiotic rich, fermented tea beverage. It is considered a raw food that is beneficial because of all the probiotics and antioxidants that it contains. It's great for digestive health and is also said to be a powerful detoxing beverage. It contains lots of essential vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B12. It also contains antioxidants including EGCG, Glucuronic...

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Reflecting on the past then looking forward and planning ahead

There are only 4 months left in this whirlwind of a year! Remember all that madness? Need a recap? Last August we were living in Flagstaff, AZ and N proposed to me on the top of the San Francisco Peaks. Then we packed up a moving truck, the RV, said goodbye to all our family, friends and we drove cross country in our RV with our zoo of animals. N got a new job and we relocated. Once we got here we settled in and less than a month later we learned of our surprise pregnancy. We had been trying for almost 2 years before relocating with no success. We were planning our wedding when we discovered I was pregnant, I had just purchased my wedding dress. Once the pregnancy was confirmed we...

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It's been a special day…

... and I don't mean special in a good way! Yesterday I sprayed lotion in my hair instead of hair spray. I did it right as we were about to walk out the door too so I had the pleasure of enjoying greasy lotion hair all through the afternoon and evening. Special! Today has been just as great. First one of our pet finches got his abnormally long toenails stuck in the store bought wicker nest. Luckily he was rescued and went unscathed unlike the female finch we had back in the day that got stuck and lost several toes as a result. It is a game day for the colorguard I teach so we rehearsed this afternoon and I was a flying ant magnet! I retrieved several of them from my cleavage,...

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Gorgeous Girl summer pampering gift set, twitter giveaway

This new mom is trying to reduce her custom gift business inventory. It is time for us to purge and organize! Now that baby Everly is here I just don't have the time or energy to sell my stuff at craft shows anymore and I've got so much inventory taking up valuable space in the garage. The result: I am giving this huge gift set away to one lucky twitter follower! The set includes everything needed for a fabulous summer! A wicker tote contains foot pampering goodies, a yoga mat, straw hat, a freezable cooler cup to keep you hydrated and fun bath items that will have you feeling energized and ready for fun in the sun...

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First time parent shock and adjustment (it really does get easier)

Just 10 short weeks ago I was literally living in bed. Recovering from childbirth and around the clock newborn care left little time for regular person stuff like showering, getting dressed for the day and cooking. I was crying at the drop of a hat (for no particular reason) and I was sure I (as a person) was gone now that the baby had arrived. I particularly remember crying and feeling like the world was ending the first day N went back to work and left Everly and I alone for the day. Many told me that things would get back to normal following Everly's birth and I didn't believe them. I thought for sure I would forever be a sleep deprived, tunnel visioned shell of a person who was just living...

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BPA and Bloggy Makeovers…

Don't be alarmed of you see some strangeness here at Harvest of Daily Life over then next few days. I helped N with his bloggy makeover and now I am jealous of the purdyness and decided my blog also needed a purdy makeover. Bloggy makeovers are never easy though and I am picky so it might take much theme playing until the transformation is complete. Thanks to a comment on this post I am now just a tad BPA paranoid. After Wendy's comment I checked out the type of plastic on the yummy fruit bowls and was sad to find that they were a number 7 plastic. She has a good point about recycling that type of plastic. Also, number 7 plastic is the plastic to avoid because of BPA. I was...

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Press Release: The Big Push for Midwives Campaign responds to ACOG's Newest Position Statment

Displaying a stunning lack of regard for patient autonomy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement this week declaring that the group will “allow” laboring women to drink “modest amounts” of clear fluids during labor while continuing to prohibit access to solid food...

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This mom is flying solo tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be the first time in almost 10 weeks that I'll be without Everly! For the last 10 weeks I haven't spent more than an hour or two away from her. Tomorrow I'll be spending 8 whole hours away from her, I am not sure how I feel about this. She'll be hanging out at home with N while I go to an all day marching band rehearsal. N wasn't jazzed about spending the day hanging around the school taking care of E (so I could breastfeed her on demand) while I am working. I don't blame him, if I were him would rather spend my Saturday at home relaxing. Besides It's better that she's not out in the heat and blazing sun for that long anyway...

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He said I breastfeed like a hunchback…

Joking insults are flying around the house these days which means, we must me getting back to normal and catching up on sleep or something. The joking insults are a pretty good sign, means we still like each other enough to make an effort and that our humor is returning. Things like "douchebag-deluxe" and "breastfeeding like a hunchback" are the most recent ones...

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A breastfeeding mom's quest to eat well on the run…

Going back to work has been great for my sanity and emotional well being, it's proving to be hard on my diet and nutrition though. While I was pregnant I gained weight easily because my appetite really increased and also my activity level decreased as it was harder and harder for me to move around. Now that baby Everly is here my appetite has gone back to what it normally was and my activity level has also increased. I am still eating healthy stuff, just burning it faster and eating less of it now. This has resulted in me loosing all but 5 pounds of my "pregnancy weight" and contrary to what you might think this is NOT a good thing. Since I am breastfeeding Everly and not supplementing with formula my diet and...

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Small victories and insurance battles…

I have a few moments before we have to head out and just wanted to share a few things. First, Everly TOOK A BOTTLE from N this morning, we are super pleased! She ended up taking the Adiri BPA Free Natural Nurser Bottles I won via a blog/ twitter contest back in May. Unfortunately I hadn't pumped that much milk the night before so the bottle didn't fill her up, she did drink all the milk that was in it though and I breastfed her afterward to be sure her tummy was full. It took N about an hour of her fussing and refusing before she was tired enough to doze off in his arms. Once she was dozing he could get her to drink the bottle. It's a good thing she's getting the...

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Everly's first visit with a doctor, an integrated medicine physician.

Everly had her first doctors appointment this week, her 2 month checkup. We saw an integrated medicine physician who seems to be right up our alley in her care philosophy. She's not pushy about vaccinations and didn't freak out when we mentioned E was a homebirth baby. Integrated medicine is a mix between alternative medicine and traditional medicine. When there is a health issue things like nutrition, life style and various alternative therapies are often explored first before prescription medications or other more dramatic solutions are used. We prefer to take the natural route with our health care when possible, I am sure this is no surprise to you considering how Everly was born. Anyway, back to the updates. Everly weighed in at a whopping 11.8 lbs and had a great checkup with...

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Happy 2 month birthday Everly!

Our darling Everly was born 8 weeks ago and is now a two month old. Can you believe it? I know I sure can't! She came in to the world totally new to everything and has come so far in these past 8 weeks. When she was born all she was doing was sleeping and looking around. At 2 weeks old she had her first bath when her umbilical stump fell off. She's been to the State Fair and even back to her birth place for a followup appointment with the midwife who delivered her. She's learned our scents and has really bonded with us and adjusted to our home (pets and all). She learned breastfeeding and has grown so darn much. She now smiles and imitates some of the faces we make a...

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Back to school with Scoolio-Von-Hoolio and OfficeMax giveaway. Get Organized Today!

Last week I was invited to participate in a "Get Organized for Back-to-School" webcast & twitter chat and it was a blast. First off I love twitter chats of any kind so I was stoked to participate, I was also interested in getting some organizational tips because our "office" is anything but organized. The idea of the webcast was that Peter Walsh and several panelists would present organizational tips for the home, for kids and for the classroom while allowing viewers to submit questions via twitter that the panelists would answer. N isn't the most organized person in the world so I was stoked to get some organizational tips from the webcast. They presented lots of good info and many good reminders about organization. Here are a few: TIPS FOR HOME 1) Find the...

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