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Halloween Baby Bump Contest Winner!

By RaddestMom

Congrats to Meghan in California for winning this year’s baby bump contest! There was some really stiff competition this year and it was close. Really love how she went all out and painted her WHOLE body for an awesome preggo halloween look. It looks amazing! Congrats on your $300 gift card to Little Woolf’s Etsy shop where you can find all things organic baby bedding. Thanks to all who submitted and participated, you all did a great job! See ya next year, guys!



Lisa O

2nd Annual Halloween Baby Bump Contest Giveaway!

By RaddestMom

It’s that time of year again! Bring out your paints & markers and get artsy! Last year we had our first ever Halloween baby bump contest. The contestants were asked to decorate their baby bumps in their best halloween decor. The winner really did an amazing job, and she won several brand new Baby Bjorn Products. This year, I’m teaming up with my good friend Lindsay, owner of Little Woolf Organic Nursery Bedding to give the winner ! The winner will receive a $300 gift card to spend on littlewoolf. You can buy a faux fur blanket, crib sheets, a boppy cover & a changing pad cover with that amount! All of these are custom, unique, one of a kind, hand made items.

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Here is a photo of last year’s winner, Tiffany Witherspoon, and her amazing pumpkin painted bump, so get creative & impress me! Email all submissions to & winner will be featured on the blog and my Facebook page! Submit your photos by October 28th!

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STOP Arguing With Your Toddler & Kids of All Ages! MUST Read Book for Parents.

By RaddestMom

I never wanted to be one of those parents who screamed, counted to three without implementing a consequence, argued with my toddler, etc…but, I found myself in that position as I argued for a good 10 minutes with my toddler over wether or not she was going to sit down and eat dinner. It’s a bit of a scary feeling when you first realize that your cute little blob of human has learned to defy you.

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My sister nagged me to read this book for the first year of Pearl’s life. She bought it for me as a stocking stuffer to push the hint. I put it off because Pearl was still a slobbering paper weight at that point, so I thought it would be untimely. Little did I know, I would be needing that parenting advice a few months later. Before I knew it, I found myself completely baffled at how to parent when suddenly, one day, I needed to implement discipline. I realized I had no control of my almost 2 year old, and I had been giving her the best excuse, which was: “She doesn’t understand, she’s two.” HAHA! If you tell a toddler that you’re going to get Ice cream, and you don’t follow through with that, the child will most likely remind you at some point that day. The same principle applies when you’re trying to discipline them. They understand what you are saying when you say, “No more candy, time to eat dinner.” Notice the reaction. If they can understand that, then they can understand a consequence.

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After I had this epiphany, I frantically dug up my past Christmas gift & read the whole thing in one night. Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to write about this book, I am just passionate about its teachings.

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The book is called: Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood (ages 0-6). 

The goal of effective parenting is for us to turn our words into GOLD. Imagine only having to say something once. Here are a couple of examples of the things you will be reading about:

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Love and Logic parenting really believes in giving your children LOTS and LOTS of choices when the stakes are low. Meaning, if they get to make choices all the time when it’s not important, it’s much easier for the parent to gain back the choice making when they need to. A child who never gets to make their own choices will be more reluctant to respecting your authority. The book also gets into how empathy is so important. We have to genuinely show our kids that we are sad when they make bad choices, and we are not happy to give them consequences. It is all about the preservation of the parent-child bond, and making sure resentments don’t build toward us. Another key concept is to let your kids make mistakes so they have opportunity to grow and learn from them when the stakes are LOW, rather than later on when they are a teenager or young adult and the stakes are much higher (sex, drugs, etc.)

When your kids are out of the 0-6 range, they have follow up books such as :

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 11.36.42 AMGood luck! I highly recommend reading this book BEFORE your kid turns one. Don’t delay :)

HERE is where you can download or order the book from Amazon. Check your local bookstores as well!

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Healing Gemstone Basics

By RaddestMom

I’ve thought about posting on this topic for a while now, but due to fear of ridicule from readers and skeptics, It’s taken me this long. Let me just begin by saying that yes, obviously I am into all things holistic & healthy, but I don’t blindly follow things that I don’t personally feel are helpful to me.

The power of positivity, and a pure & grateful attitude can be life changing.

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If you’re confused about what I mean by energy, where is a good analogy that I was once given by a dear friend. Imagine you and your best friend get into a fight. A few days pass before you see each other again. You bump into each other at the grocery store & have small talk. You ask her, “Hey, are we ok? You’re not mad at me are you?” Your friend responds with, “No, I’m not mad.” She says she’s fine, but you get an overwhelming sensation that she’s actually still mad. THAT is energy. Even if she says she’s not mad at you, you can feel that she still is. Energy can present itself in positive and negative forms.

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With that being said, let’s get into what I mean by “healing gemstones”.  As most of you know, I make gemstone bracelets and sell them on Etsy for charity. What you don’t know is that I started doing this because I became very interested in gemstones and minerals. There is something so incredible about the fact that these beautifully magnificent “rocks” are formed naturally within the Earth. That in itself is pure beauty to me. I started collecting all types of different gems & minerals just for fun. Then, I realized that lots of these rocks have some pretty cool history. Throughout ancient history, people used these stones to aid in physical ailments such as depression, indigestion, eye sight, etc. The energies are meant to channel through the crystals & gemstones in a similar way that energy & heat is conducted with metals.

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I love making jewelry out of these minerals & I think it can be beneficial to wear it with the intention of doing something positive for yourself. Growing up in southern Louisiana in a very conservative community, using crystals or minerals to help aid in physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional healing was considered straight up demonic. Growing up, I always figured these things were associated with witch doctors, voodoo, black magic & all sorts of weirdness.  As I have grown tremendously in my spirituality, I’ve come to realize that using ALL things from the Earth, sky, etc., which I believe to have been created by God, to be an AMAZING way to connect with him. So, if you struggle with similar issues, just know that wearing or using these gems & minerals is not affiliated with the conjuring of spirits, sacrilegious things, or anything dark and craft related.

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Regardless of your religious connotations, everyone can find SOMETHING good in these minerals. Wether you are wearing an Amethyst bracelet to help aid with chronic headaches, a Rose Quartz pendant for emotional support, or a Smokey Quartz ring to help enhance your learning abilities, simply wearing it with the POSITIVE notion that you are doing something good for yourself could in fact set your body, mind, and soul in motion to a more positive, healthy life. The mind is such a powerful thing!

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So, now that I’ve touched on the minerals lightly, here are a few more you might enjoy knowing about:

Amber- memory loss, anxiety, emotions, etc.

Amethyst- headaches, sobriety, inner peace, blood sugar, etc.

Fluorite- advancement of the mind, etc.

Howlite- communication, emotional expression, etc.

Jade- kidney, heart, larynx, liver, parathyroid, spleen, thymus, etc.

Jasper- development of business, skin disorders, kidneys, etc.

Labradorite- eyes, etc.

Kyanite- absorbs negative energy, balances chakras, etc.

Opal- neuro-disorders, brain, thymus, etc.

Rose Quartz- lymphatic cancer & circulatory problems, anger & tension, peace in relationships, etc.

Sapphire- mental illness, anti-depressant, etc.

Tiger’s Eye- stability of wealth, soothing inhibitions

Iolite- inner knowing, debt, etc.

Turquoise- master healer

Now that I’ve gone through a few of those, I’ll let you know my favorites that I’m always wearing: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Kyanite. Tiger’s Eye, Amber

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Rose Quartz, Kyanite, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Tiger’s Eye, made by me.

Even if you don’t believe in the actual healing properties of the minerals, simply wearing them is enough to start the process of positive thinking. When I started wearing these bracelets, every time I looked down and saw it, I would think “Oh, right now I’m not absorbing any negativity from anyone, this is helping my anxiety, oh, my emotions are being balanced!” Just those simple thoughts every time I look down at my wrist can be so powerful! Every time we think a positive thought, it is a jolt of amazingness to our mind, body, and soul. Honestly, since I started wearing my minerals I have less anxiety, I’m more positive, and my husband says I’ve been a lot sweeter :)

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Rose Quartz

I sell some of these stones in my store, and will be selling even more over the next week. Even if you don’t see what you need in my store, I encourage you to look online or in your local shops for raw stones you can make into jewelry or carry around in your pocket. Positivity is power!

Here is the link to my shop. I have more kyanite and rose quartz coming in the next week!

Here are some links for more info on minerals and gemstones:

Also, here is a link on how to cleanse & take care of your gemstones. Many people believe it is important to cleanse the negative energies after they’ve been used for a while.


Lisa O

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