So happy to "meet" all of you! My name is Erin and I live in Grand Forks with my hubby of almost 7 years, my DD Hannah 5 yrs. & Hillary 1 yr. My hubby is a chiro. so we fit in well with a crunchy lifestyle (though we prob. seem a little strange to this conserv. town). I'm hoping for some others from my area--is there anyone out there I haven't met yet?
Here's the details of our crunchy life (prob. more than you wanted to know!): I had DD1 waterbirth at a birth center (Iowa), DS at home, DD 2 waterbirth at home. We cloth diaper (disposables once in awhile), no vax, eat as organic, whole, and natural as we can (options are limited here!), we co-sleep, tandem/EBF nursed, babywear (no surprise), and don't use medications (prefer to help the body heal itself with chiro., herbs, and oils). We use natural cleaning products (Shaklee--I don't sell it), recycle EVERYTHING, have a compost pile and try to garden (we have a great tree in the back yard but it shades the garden). We are just starting to homeschool officially and am leaning toward the unschooled approach.
I teach sign classes for parents and kids (and teach my own kids) and I work part-time in a nearby school with a hard of hearing student. My hubby stays home with the kids in the am and I do in the afternoon. My biggest job is sewing and running my sling business, Slings and More! I've been making and selling slings for 3 years and am trying to get one from each state (just a few left-discounts may apply!). I've made them all so far (almost 400!) but may be looking for some sewing help in the near future so I can snuggle with my girls some more! I've also invented the Car Seat Coat, but I didn't win the Good Morning of America Weekend's Mother's of Invention Challenge (Darn!). I like that my late nights sewing are helping babies/children to experience all the benefits of babywearing while moms and dads can get things done! It feels good! I also wrote a book after my miscarriage, Teardrop Diary. A Journal with poetry for healing hearts after loss. slingsandmore.com/TeardropDiary
I am also an API leader/founder of our Greater Grand Forks API, a LLL member (our group just lost our leader but we still meet as a breastfeeding group), I'm a newly certified doula (DONA), a lactation counselor, and my degree (though I don't use it) is in Occupational Therapy. I also sing with the Sweet Adelines (barbershop chorus) and we just won 3rd place small chorus at our competition. (5 years, first medal--little excited!)
Other than that, I have an unhealthy fascination for garage sales and I have too many clothes but am typing this in my pj's mostly b/c all my clothes are in the wash & partly b/c I just got done with school & I'm in summer vacation mode! I don't get much time on the boards but I'll keep checking this one. PM/email me if you need something!
P.S. NAK--DD just went to sleep!
P.P.S. Thank you for our freedom basers!