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The Hormone-Free Birth Control Method No One Talks About (It's Not An IUD)

What's it really like to use "fertility awareness" as birth control? If you listen to popular opinion, you're probably thinking the following: It's …

Birth Control

5 Fall Soups You'll Fall In Love With

Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice is one of …


How to Make a Homemade Body Wrap

High-priced salon beauty products are not our thing. But we still want the same quality and pampering! That’s why we wanted to make a homemade …


How to turn breech baby

Is your baby breech? While many women dread learning this, know that you have options to turn breech baby. First off, delivering a breech baby is not …


How to Make Refrigerator Cookie Dough - Save Money and Use Healthier Ingredients

This idea was born out of pure laziness. I was hungry for my Easy {Low} Sugar Cookies, but the idea of chilling the dough, and rolling out the dough, …


Henry Builds a Cabin: Thoreau’s Joyfully Minimalist Life at Walden, Illustrated for Kids and Full of Wisdom for All

“Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think they must have such a one as their neighbors have.”

In September of 1992, a young man by the name of Chris McCandless perished in the wilderness after resolving to …

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau on How Silence Ennobles Speech and the Ideal Space for Conversation

“There are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.”

More than a century before Susan Sontag wrote that “silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech,” Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817–May 6, 1862) wrote in his journal in 1853: “I wish to hear the silence of the night, for the

Western Philosophy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Andrea D’Aquino

“Begin at the beginning … and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

One July afternoon in 1862, Lewis Carroll dreamt up his Wonderland to entertain a real-life little girl named Alice on a long boat ride. Three years later, he published the story and it went on to become one of the greatest …

Cool Stuff

10 Ways to Help you to Get to 10,000 Steps a Day

I have been trying to lose weight for ages and have honestly struggled with it. Time, lack of motivation, a messed up metabolism are just of the few …


How to Develop Healthy Sleep Habits for Your Family

Remember sleep? Let me refresh your memory. It’s that thing where you lay in a bed and you don’t wake up until morning. Remember that?

Even if you …


A children's book about Microbes? What we are reading - Nicola Davies

A children's book about microbes? Get out of here! It was this book Tiny The Invisible World of Microbes which introduced me to author Nicola Davies. …

Children's Books

How to use flashcards - in a Montessori way

In Montessori we do not use flash cards in a flash card kind of way. Although I have seen a parent use cards as flash cards in a Montessori …


Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

Photo credit: AFS-USA Intercultural Programs via flickr (CC BY 2.0)David CutlerTeaching StrategiesSome of the best ways to make learning "stick" …


9 Pregnancy Trends It's 100 Percent OK To Skip

With the rise of social media, experiences that were once restricted to in-person company (weddings, birthday parties, baby showers) have been made …


The Diet That Healed My Kids' Eczema (And Made My Whole Family Healthier)

My daughter, Maya, first started showing signs of eczema as a baby. At the time, the doctors told me that the condition — inflammation of the skin …

Healthy Eating

A Dad Turned All The Ridiculous Things He Ends Up Saying To His Kids Into A Book

“Honey, please don’t lick the toaster.”

Nathan Ripperger, a video producer and graphic designer from Iowa, has been posting these pictures online for years, but they only began to go viral last year.

Ripperger is father to five – FIVE – boys.

And now he’s made a book with illustrations of 80 of the …


"I'm so tired of store-bought bread, Mom!"

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

During the school year, I’m a pretty faithful bread-baker. This is due largely to …

Frugal Living

The ULTIMATE List of Pinterest Boredom Busters

Pinterest is FULL of brilliant boredom busters that are super simple to make, but I don’t know how many times I’ve decided to try one and then …


How We Create Problems for Ourselves (and How to Stop)

If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” ~Ram DassI just returned from a four-day trip with my family. It was my own …


How to Read Aloud to a Child That Won’t Sit Still | Brightly

For some children, sitting quietly while listening to a book is more tedious than fun. If your child struggles to pay attention or sit still while …

4 Life Practices That Will Boost Your Metabolism & Reduce Anxiety

If you’re reading this, you already know that working up a sweat regularly is good for you —and you’re probably already addicted to the thrill of a …


Natural Ways to Prevent & Fight Drug Resistant Head Lice

Reports have recently surfaced about an outbreak of drug-resistant head lice in half of US states. The timing of this outbreak coincides with the …

marbled acrylic painting

One of my most popular posts of all time is my spray paint marbling tutorial back from 2014. I've received all kinds of questions about this process …


Greek Tacos

by Two Peas on August 19, 2015

Greek Tacos-mix up taco night and make these simple, fresh, and healthy Greek tacos!

Every week, I do a weekly meal plan …


Natural Birth Control - Options & Suggestions

Now that Michael and I have two lovely children, we’re thinking our family is complete. There was definitely some grief in making this decision …


creating with a kid- bubble paper

These days when I plan creative projects for Lucy, I tend to gravitate towards things that we both will have fun doing. Recently we had a TON of fun …


One Mom's Guide to Visiting Chocolate World

Last week I shared about our amazing time at HersheyPark in Hershey, PA, but did you know there is a whole other section of fun at HersheyPark? It’s …

What to Know About Phantom Pregnancy Kicks

If you’ve been stopped in your tracks by what feels like little fetal kicks or movements even though you are one hundred percent positive that you …


The Key to Having a Social Life After Baby Arrival

When a baby arrives, a mom’s needs take a back seat. And in the way back seat? That thing you called your social life. Finding the time and energy to …

Establishing a Routine for Baby

In the world of baby care, your days can feel quite repetitive. Creating a predictable routine for baby may not seem necessary, especially to an …