I can’t tell you how delighted I am to share this book with you! When Amber of Strocel.com put out an invitation for readers to review her Crafting My Life Playbook, exchange guest posts, or otherwise join with her on the journey she has begun, I knew I wanted to participate. Amber’s work has been such an inspiration to me as I have settled into the role of mother and begun the task of figuring out where the intersection between my personal goals and my life as a mother lies. I knew I would enjoy reading her Crafting My Life Playbook, but what I didn’t know was how timely it would be for me. Continue reading
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It has been awhile since I wrote a Sunday Surf, and I didn’t intend to drop them completely. I won’t return to writing one each Sunday, simply because I’m trying to focus more of my energy on being with my family during the weekends, but if I am so inspired, I will share things here and there.
I’ve been doing a lot of speed reading in my google reader this week, and failing to mark favorite posts because much of my regular blogging time has been taken up with a book discussion. I have been reading through Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marhsall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. with some of my fellow Natural Parents Network volunteers, and I cannot say enough positive things about this book. It is quite possibly the most valuable thing I have ever read.
I could write on and on about the things I have learned from this book so far, but you’ll really want to read it for yourself anyway, so I may as well leave it at that. I will be writing a thorough review following our discussion, which will probably be guest posted over at One Rich Mother anyway. For now, I wanted to share with you that in case you haven’t heard: Dionna of Code Name: Mama and Amy of Peace 4 Parents will be leading a discussion on the book beginning August 1st. These are both women I regard very highly, and I’ve no doubt that any discussion led by them would be a productive one, so I thought I’d write a Sunday Surf just to tell you about it!
I’ll leave you with a quote from the book:
“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.”Marshall B. Rosenberg in Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
On another note, I about fell out of my chair when I saw that the lovely Cathy of A Montessori Home listed this humble blog as one of her favorites in a lovely interview over at How We Montessori. Cathy is an inspiring Montessori and mother with so much to offer – I definitely recommend visiting her!
Another source of inspiration this week was the July Carnival of Natural Parenting. Unfortunately, I was busy with the Freedom of Cloth carnival and missed the deadline, but I’m still trying to read through some of the gems, like Rachael of The Variegated Life‘s “Not Just Getting Through.”
Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.
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I have been on a journey to be kinder and gentler to the environment since long before my daughter was born, but her birth and the decision to cloth diaper definitely gave me the extra push I needed to take that journey more seriously. I knew from the start that I would use cloth in combination with elimination communication, but as I researched my options and learned how easy it was to use cloth, I took things a bit further.
Natural Parents Network for the most up-to-date news on the Freedom of Cloth Carnival!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day:
- Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
- Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents’ individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering “style” that best suits their families.
- Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
- Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on Natural Parents Network. Link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there!
- Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their families throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
- Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
- Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become “greener” overall.
As you may or may not know, I’m a contributing writer for a wonderful, growing community called The Natural Parents Network. If I’m to be honest, however, I gain a whole heck of a lot more than I contribute from there. NPN is a vibrant community with fresh content on a variety of topics pertinent to natural parenting, recipes, giveaways, and a great forum where parents can seek advice, encouragement, and support from one another. All of this is made possible by a group of amazing volunteers – to include the site’s founders: Dionna of Code Name: Mama and Lauren of Hobo Mama.
Recently, those of us who have our own blogs chose one piece from our archives that is either especially representative of who we are or why we blog, or perhaps one that has sparked a great deal of interest in our readers. We compiled a list to share with one another, and today many of us have chosen to share it with our readers, to showcase the beautiful work of some of the mothers who inspire us. I could not resist sharing this list here. I would be honored to be a part of anything with this amazing group of parents, but I’m especially honored to be a part of the Natural Parents Network.
|A love of reading: it runs in the family|
And an edit … several hours after posting this, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a former favorite blog, which I previously checked daily is back in action! I’m so glad to see that Anna is blogging again at Parallel Lives. She is a Montessori teacher and a mom (or shall I say mum?) who blogs about life and family and is also kind enough to share some of her experience as a seasoned