We Love Annie’s Homegrown

At our house, we are healthy eaters. We always fill our shopping cart ¾ of the way with produce, we only eat natural ingredients and we eat as much organic food as we can. Luckily, we live in Santa Cruz, a virtual Mecca for farm-fresh, wholesome, organic foods. My kids will literally pass up a fast food kids’ meal for a fresh fruit plate and they routinely turn down cookies in exchange for tomatoes…

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Breastfeeding Basics: Part 3

After delivering my son I was so anxious to get out of the hospital and back to my own comfy bed that hubby and I pushed for a 24 hour hospital discharge. While it was great to be in our own cozy environment surrounded by friends and family to care for us I would recommend to any first time mom staying the full 3 days and utilizing the nursing staff and lactation consultants as much as possible. Taking advantage of these expert resources is the perfect start to your breastfeeding journey.

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A (not for children) Children’s Book

Hello, and welcome to Jess T.’s Book Club! Today, I simply MUST share a brand new book by Adam Mansbach, author of books like Angry Black White Boy and A Fictional History of the United States (With Huge Chunks Missing). This book is a “children’s book.” I use quotations because once I tell you the title, you will realize that though it will make your day, you can never EVER read it to your kids (unless you’re willing to make all other parents frown at you). So, without further ado, I give you…


Adventures of Cloth Diapering: Step 1- PREPARING

Quite honestly this whole cloth diapering adventure has me very nervous. When Austin was about 2 months old I decided I wanted to cloth diaper. There are so many benefits to cloth diapering. One of course being economically better. Did you know that a disposable diaper takes about an estimated 250-500 years to decompose? GROSS! Another benefit is that it is CHEAPER. The average household spends over $3,000 on disposables on just ONE child. With Cloth Diapers you can save an estimated $2,000. Head on over to Banana Peels Diapers for a break down. Of course if you have another child, you can reuse your previous cloth diapers for even MORE savings! Plus, a child wearing cloth diapers is typically easier to potty train! WooHoo! So why did I wait so long to make the switch?

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Beatrix New York

I’m pretty sure the first time I came across Beatrix New York I squealed! How could I not? Look how ADORABLE the designs are! I don’t think I have ever been so excited to be browsing through someone’s website. I just kept thinking, “Oh man.. my 5 year old would love this” to pretty much every thing on the website. It wasn’t until I clicked on the Eco Packs that I knew this would be something that he truly had to have.

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You NEED Amazon Prime.

Hi, my name is Jess and I’m a hermit. Ok, I’m not REALLY a hermit, but I hate going to the store. HATE IT. So now, thanks to the internet, I order nearly everything I can. If Whole Foods offered internet shopping and delivery like Safeway, I’d buy all my groceries online too! When I say “everything,” I mean it. I get everything from textbooks to hand soap, office supplies to accent furniture – and snacks too. You can even set up a ”subscription” to automatically receive an item at regular intervals at a discounted price!

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The Prius v – a Prius you could actually fit into!

Like many people, I have spent the last 10 years eyeballing the Toyota Prius. At first, I laughed at them – there was no way this would catch on! Then, I marveled at them – how neat and quirky they were! More recently, I’ve boiled with envy as they flew past the gas pump while I plunked down all but my firstborn child in exchange for the diesel my car gobbled up like peanuts at a dive bar.


To Fold or Not To Fold

That is the question. I have no problem washing clothes. As a matter of fact, I would be happy to wash clothes all day long. That’s not the issue. The issue is folding & putting away. This is my least favorite chore and one I would be happy not doing, ever.

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Breastfeeding Basics: Part 2

Step 1 in the breastfeeding basics was to do your homework. Hopefully you have found an intro to breastfeeding class, you’ve been on youtube searching latching tutorials and instructional videos and you’ve picked up a few breastfeeding books. While you’re sitting at home twiddling your thumbs anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival do yourself a favor and actually flip through that book and educate yourself on what to expect.

Cleaning Reviews

Let Swiffer Do The Work For You

It’s no secret that I am a much happier person with Swiffer products in my life. Just see for yourself. I wrote previously about my obsession with the Swiffer Sweeper Vac and after all the total fails of purchasing other vacuums, I discovered the sweeper vac. It lasted me 3 whole years, people. 3 years of sucking up all kinds of junk. It’s a definite “mom must-have” and I would give you all one, if I had my way.


Kicky Pants

If you’ve ventured over to my personal blog you would notice that my 4 month old son is very rarely photographed wearing clothing. He goes naked majority of the time for a few reasons: 1. That baby chub is just too cute to cover up and 2. It’s far too hot and humid for my little guy to rock anything more than a diaper and the occasional lightweight t-shirt.