Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Common Myths About Breastfeeding {Guest Post}

Join me in welcoming our wonderful guest poster, Jaimie Bowman, who blogs over at The Wonder Years about life with her husband and cute boys.  She is a speaker and writer, as well as a part-time photographer and Lactation Counselor.  I am thrilled to have her guest posting for us today!


Common Myths About Breastfeeding


I am so honored that Christine asked me to guest post today on “Why We Love Green.”  After having my first son 6 years ago, choosing to breastfeed was my own way of “going green” in our household.  Not only did we save money on bottles, formula, cleaning products, and related expenses, but we also helped the environment by reducing waste.  However, breastfeeding was not easy or fun for me in the early months, and I needed a lot of help.  My own struggles with nursing are what compelled me to eventually become a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor, working with mothers and babies who need assistance with breastfeeding.  

For over 4 years now I have worked with nursing mothers, and have realized that many women come into motherhood with preconceived notions about breastfeeding.  Many of the presumptions they have are often myths, and I wanted to address some of those today. My hope is that this information will be helpful to you and dispel any myths you may have heard about breastfeeding.

Myth #1- Babies come out of the womb knowing how to nurse.

Babies come out of the womb knowing how to suck, not necessarily how to nurse.  Nursing is a learned rhythm between mother and baby.  Some babies nurse fantastically after birth, while others take a few weeks to get the hang of it.  For those babies who need some help with nursing, it is crucial that the mother also learn the correct way to position and latch the baby.  I cannot stress how important it is for pregnant mothers to take at least one class on breastfeeding, so she knows how to prepare.  If you are a person who already had your baby, don’t be afraid to reach out for help and take a class after birth, too.

Myth #2- I don't have enough milk. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Yellow Lions {Linky}


I saw these flowers on campus yesterday and knew immediately that I wanted to share them with you for Wordless Wednesday! Please leave a comment and link up your Wordless Wednesday post below.

Happy Wednesday!
Christine

Seeking Sponsors for Christmas Giveaway & Donation Event






Why We Love Green is seeking two sponsors for the upcoming Christmas Giveaway & Donation Event. What makes this event different from other giveaway events is that two charitable donation drives are included as part of the event. We will be raising money for "Toys for Tots" and "Decorate for Goodness Sake". It was these charitable portions of the event that really convinced me that I wanted to take part in this Christmas Giveaway & Donation Event this year.

In addition to the donation drives, the members of the event will be hosting two giveaways. This is where you, my sponsors, come in! The first giveaway is for any handmade item. The second giveaway is for any item(s) with a total value of $50+. Therefore I am seeking one sponsor to provide a handmade item and one sponsor to provide an item with a value of approximately $50.

Sponsoring one of these giveaways would be a great way to promote your items and your business, all while donating to a charitable cause. All sponsors of the event will have their logo (or button) added to the main event page, and will also receive their own blog post/product review on Why We Love Green. In addition, the sponsors will be able to include likes/follows of their social media as part of the giveaway itself. Information about the sponsorship and giveaways will be shared with my 500+ Facebook Fans and will be tweeted to my 800+ Twitter Followers, as well as to the combined 364,908+ Twitter Followers that my content reaches through my connections in Triberr. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider becoming a sponsor of Why We Love Green during the Christmas Giveaway & Donation Event 2011. I appreciate your support! To contact me about becoming a sponsor, please email me, Christine, at whywelovegreen@yahoo.com.


Happy Giving,
Christine

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Toddler Art {Linky}

We went to a pottery painting place and Little J. painted this bowl for his Grandpa's 53rd birthday. Little J. had such a fun time painting and choosing the colors! We had to go again for Grandma's birthday as well.


Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment and link up your Wordless Wednesday post below.

Happy Wednesday!
Christine

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cloth Diapers 101: Flats & Prefolds


I remember when I was considering using cloth diapers for the first time and trying get a handle on everything was so overwhelming! There were just so many options to keep track of! There are so many types of cloth diapers, in fact, that I had to break up my Cloth Diapers 101 into multiple posts to cover them all! I hope that these posts on diaper types will be useful for anyone interested in cloth diapering for the first time or for those who are wanting to try out a new type of cloth diaper. My next Cloth Diapers 101 post will be about covers made of PUL, fleece, and wool.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rafflecopter Giveaway! Win 250 Custom Stickers from UPrinting.com (9/18)


Are you ready to win 250 Custom Stickers? UPrinting wants to shower you, my readers with gifts! If you need advertising to promote a business, organization or cause, or would just like to cover your belongings with Personalized Stickers, then this giveaway is for you! 

One lucky reader will receive 250 Customizable Stickers. The 2" x 3.5" stickers will be printed on thick and durable 70lb adhesive stock in matte (front only printing). That's a $40 value! You'll get your prize quickly with their 4-business-day turnaround and free shipping! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Only one UPrinting prize per person per 60-day period.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Giraffe Fluff {Linky}


This is my second ever custom cloth diaper! It's a half-and-half cover made out of blue giraffes in back and plain navy blue PUL in front. We are in love! Here it is on my 6 month old and on my 3 year old. (Love the diaper poses he does, right!? Too bad they're always blurry.)


Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment and link up your Wordless Wednesday.
Happy Wednesday!
Christine

Blogger Event Sign Up: Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz--Bloggers get a $20 Target Gift Card!

Bloggers, are you looking for a great event to promote your website? Look no further! You can sign up for only $5 and you get a $20 Target Gift Card for any other bloggers you refer!!! Please sign up and say that Why We Love Green referred you!


Here are the details: (I got these details from Simply Stacie.)
CouponCabin’s 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz is hosted by Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe and Sassy Mama in LA and sponsored by CouponCabin, a leading online destination for coupons including coupon codes, printables, grocery coupons and more.


ABC's of Why We Love Green {ABC Linky}

At Walden Pond

 In case you wanted to get to know the mama behind the curtain (Wizard of Oz reference there), here are the ABC's of me. I was inspired to do this by the ladies at voiceboks.com. If you're a blogger, please check out Voiceboks--it is an amazing group!

 ABC

All-nighter. I love to stay up late. Not only is it fun, it's a great time to get things done.

Blogger, of course!

Christine! That's my name and I like it. Phew, glad to have an easy one! (Can I also include Cloth Diapers here?)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Motherlove Organic Product Giveaway! (9/25) {Rafflecopter}


Are you a mother in need of some pampering? Look no further than Motherlove, where the products are organic and all-natural. Motherlove was founded to help women discover the bond between motherhood and mother earth. To support this bond, Motherlove creates products to support natural pregnancy, birth, feeding, and parenting.

Motherlove products include the famous More Milk Plus, an herbal formula designed to quickly increase breastmilk production, as well as baby oil, balms for pregnant bellies, and diaper rash cream, among many other wonderful natural products.  

I have loved having these Motherlove balms at my house! I truly look forward to using them at every nursing, diaper change, and mosquito bite. Let me tell you about what I've been able to try out!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wash this Blog (and your Clothes) on Cold Only

Screenshot of the earthbongo.com webpage


What's a great way to help the earth? Washing your laundry in cold water instead of hot! Why We Love Green just joined a challenge on earthbongo.com to wash one load of laundry per week in cold water. Will you join us in our cold-wash challenge? Commit at earthbongo.com!


But...You may be afraid that your clothes won't get as clean.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Little Traveler {Linky}


My little traveler with his suitcase. We even checked this bag so that J. could have the full traveler's experience. (Sorry for the blurry photo, but little J. was in a hurry to catch his flight!)

 
Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment and link up your own Wordless Wednesday post.

Happy Wednesday!
Christine @ Why We Love Green

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods: Toy Rafflecopter Giveaway (9/18)

 
Just think about how many times babies put their toys in their mouths! Do we really know what those toys are made of and if they're safe for our little ones? Lucky for us there are toys from Dandelion, where children's products are organic and earth-friendly! With these great "eco-ssential" toys from Dandelion, you can be good to your baby and the earth!



Dandelion sent me three wonderful toys to review and is offering a giveaway to one lucky reader! Read on to learn about the toys and to enter the giveaway. If you are interested in purchasing these and other high-quality organic toys and clothes, please visit Dandilion's website.
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