Somewhat Successfully Raising Minimalist-ish Kids

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For several days now, we’ve had a problem. With our toy box. Specifically the lid and how it won’t shut because toys are starting to mound up.

How?

How does this happen? 

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

*twitch*

Regardless… we deemed it a Clear Out Day, and we ended up with a tote full of “givers” and a few broken things that needed to go.  I want to share our methods of tempering the chaos that naturally ensues when small children are about and how we successfully destash TOYS without everyone losing their ever lovin’ minds.

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Share with Me : Favorite Small Business 

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Do you have a favorite small business?

Maybe even a local small business?

Let’s share the love! Please leave a comment with a link to a website or social media page for your favorite(s), and share why you love them.

My favorite is going to be…

Southern Naturals

Southern Naturals is a home-based natural body care and wellness company located here in the South Carolina lowcountry. The owner, Samm, is not only super sweet and helpful, but she’s also a Christian momma! Aaaaand she even does some wild harvesting for her creations. How awesome is she?!

She makes a huge variety of products that are all absolutely superb. Soaps, lotions, insect repellents, deodorants, scrubs, balms, and more.

What really solidifies Southern Naturals onto my “Best Ever” list is the customer care. Want to try a free sample of the deo before you buy? Done. Have a question about an item? Super quick responses on Facebook. Can’t make it to the farmer’s market on Saturday to get your diaper cream? She’ll meet you in town during the week. 

Great products by a great human. What more could you want?!

Southern Naturals has a tent at the Summerville Farmers Market (Saturdays 8-1), a Facebook page, and a business website to order from if you’re not local.


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The Ultimate Cloth Diaper Post

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Somewhere along the way, it was apparently agreed upon that all cloth diaper moms with a blog must write at least one post about cloth diapers

Even if the blog doesn’t have anything to do with babies or reusable products… We find a way to make it happen. 

You knew this post was coming.

And it’s gonna be a doozy.

A little backstory… I’ve been cloth diapering for almost five and half consecutive years. That’s half a decade of washing poo rags every three days. I’ve diapered a boy and a girl from birth through potty training. I’ve done big name brands, no name brands, and I’ve made my own diapers. I’ve used cloth on vacations and we use exclusively cloth at night. I’ve diapered through bad trends (washing diapers in a dishwasher?!) and through good trends (using appropriate amounts of detergent?!). I’ve admined cloth diaper groups and helped troubleshoot and solve problems. (Check us out at the Lowcountry Cloth Diapers Facebook Page or join our group.)

I’m going to share a few (<<LOL) awesome links and a bit of information that I found to be most helpful throughout the years.  Topics are in huge, bold type so you can scroll past anything you don’t find relevant.  This is likely the longest post on the whole innanets, so get your coffee NOW.  Let’s go. Continue reading

An Enemy in Disguise. CONTAINERS. 

Who in their right mind doesn’t love a good container? A sturdy, cute basket. A tub with a lid that locks shut with a satisfying snap

Them crayons ain’t going nowhere

Laundry baskets, mason jars, makeup bags, diaper bags, hand bags, totes, plastic drawers, sandwich bags, Tupperware, toy boxes, jewelry boxes, tea boxes, shelves and more shelves.

These containers whisper to us, knowing we yearn for organization.

“Let me tidy up that bathroom cabinet for you.”

“You know what would fix that junk drawer? Seven tiny baskets!”

“Laundry will be quicker with this ergonomic tote.”

“I can slide under the bed and hide so much stuff.”

CLICK TIGHT LIES AND STACKABLE DECEPTION.

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“Lowcountry Institute for Exceptional Booger Flickers” : Naming a Homeschool 

This year will be our first year legitimately homeschooling. As in… We’ll have to send official documents to people and pinky promise to actually do stuff other than watch Leapfrog on YouTube. 
I feel oddly undaunted by the thought of being the dominant educator of two real-life humans. I don’t know if I’m the calm, organized yet free spirited mom or the utterly hapless, disaster-is-imminent mom

One of the things on my mind is our school name. I know quite a few homeschool families, and every. single. one. is named LastName Academy. 

We have to be different. Obviously

I also don’t like the word academy. It makes me think of soldiers for some reason, and likening our home life or schooling philosophy to anything remotely orderly and stringent would be a farce. 

I also don’t want my children to cringe each time they have to write “Darth Vader Memorial High School” or “Academy of the Elven Fleet” or some other ridiculousness on job applications for the rest of forever. (Some people really take their homeschool names to the edge.)

However, I would like our name to be somewhat original and unique and speak to who we are. 

I’m interested in hearing what other homeschoolers have named their school. Or if you’re not a homeschooler, what would you name a family school? 

Natural Alternatives That Are Actually Bunk 

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I’ve been wanting to create a few posts about some of the natural remedies and alternatives floating around. Some of these methods are extremely popular and even touted as THEBESTTHINGEVAR by some users. 

But once you start digging, it starts to get sketchy. Sure, these items involve organic products or they’re mixed up in a cozy kitchen, or that other crunchy lady said it worked. But… These alternatives…  

Do they actually work?

Are they safe?

Do they make a lick of sense?

I love natural options as much as the next hippie, but far too often, the answer to these questions is a big ‘ol nope. Snake venom is natural, but I’m not gonna brush my teeth with it, ya know?

Instead of rewriting what other exceptional writers have already written, I’ve decided to do a link round up post. This also proves I’m not just being contrary and that many others have come to similar conclusions as myself.  I’m not crazy.

I preemptively apologize for the bubbles I’m about to pop.

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