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Forum: The Mindful Home   05-22-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,460
Posted By vanni
It's also very true that in the US we see the...

It's also very true that in the US we see the dryer as a necessity whereas in many places (even 1st world countries) this is not the case. I lived in France for two years and it was pretty rare for...
Forum: The Mindful Home   05-22-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,460
Posted By vanni
We got a dryer a year ago (my daughter was a...

We got a dryer a year ago (my daughter was a year and a half at the time) after not having one for many years. You can get used to not having a dryer and in the summer it's not that hard (if it's...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-06-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 947
Posted By vanni
My daughter is 2 and is beginning to have own...

My daughter is 2 and is beginning to have own opinions on clothing, which includes that she loves pink and purple. But I shop in both sections. She has a lot of striped boys' Old Navy long sleeve...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-22-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,141
Posted By vanni
An hour here as well! And I did Hypnobabies,...

An hour here as well! And I did Hypnobabies, which helped a lot!
Forum: Potty Learning   01-20-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By vanni
I agree with the enzymatic cleaner idea! We use...

I agree with the enzymatic cleaner idea! We use Bac-Out spray, which is enzymatic. We also have an old, inexpensive rug in the living room that I would love to replace but I'm just letting it stay...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-20-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 653
Posted By vanni
My daughter needed A LOT of baby proofing! Now...

My daughter needed A LOT of baby proofing! Now that she's 26 months, it's much less of an issue. But I was shocked when we were visiting friends and their son (about 3 months older than our...
Forum: Traditional Foods   01-20-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By vanni
I didn't take FCLO during pregnancy (I wish I...

I didn't take FCLO during pregnancy (I wish I had, though - great that you're going to!) but I do take it now, when I can afford it! I think that Green Pasture is the best brand out there. I have...
Forum: Toddler Health   10-28-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,891
Posted By vanni
Just to be aware that Nux Vomica contains...

Just to be aware that Nux Vomica contains strychnine, which is a poison.
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Forum: Postpartum Depression   10-21-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By vanni
I can relate to what you're saying. My daughter...

I can relate to what you're saying. My daughter is almost 2. I love her very much and I do feel like we've bonded, but it took awhile. I don't feel gushy about parenthood the way some people do, at...
Forum: Postpartum Depression   10-21-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,609
Posted By vanni
My naturopath also recommended 5HTP and I am...

My naturopath also recommended 5HTP and I am still breastfeeding. She told me it was safe, but I was concerned after reading more about it online. I also had HORRIBLE obsessive anxiety while taking...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-30-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,904
Posted By vanni
I second the Stride Rite recommendation. We...

I second the Stride Rite recommendation. We don't have this exact pair, but the Stride Rites with the kind of thin, flexible sole as pictured here...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-24-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,011
Posted By vanni
I wrote a whole response thinking that this was...

I wrote a whole response thinking that this was about a nine MONTH baby, not a NINE WEEK old baby! Totally misread that part of the post! Nursing on demand is definitely normal. Some babies will be...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   08-06-2013, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By vanni
Hi there! I just stumbled on your post! I hope...

Hi there! I just stumbled on your post! I hope that it's cleared up by now but wanted to let you know what worked for us when my baby and I had yeast/thrush issues. I used Grapefruit Seed Extract...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   07-26-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,237
Posted By vanni
Oh, and I wish I had known more about postpartum...

Oh, and I wish I had known more about postpartum depression and had told myself it would be truly okay to ask for help. I didn't and I regret it.
Forum: Birth and Beyond   07-26-2013, 01:23 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,237
Posted By vanni
I wish I had known more about the possibility of...

I wish I had known more about the possibility of prolapse (uterine, bladder, rectocele) and how to minimize the chances of it happening. This extends into the postpartum time - I think that we're...
Forum: Parenting   07-25-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,830
Posted By vanni
I use homemade deodorant (coconut oil,...

I use homemade deodorant (coconut oil, cornstarch, baking soda, essential oils).
 
I have one pair of shoes for winter and one for summer. Otherwise I'm barefoot.
 
I use a squatty potty.
 
I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-08-2013, 08:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 767
Posted By vanni
We have switched to a grain-free, paleo-based...

We have switched to a grain-free, paleo-based diet and I'm trying to get a sense of the cost and how to make it work! We live in a rural area and it takes some planning to access organic veg and...
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   12-13-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1,504
Views: 203,354
Posted By vanni
I have been doing Tasha Mulligan's Hab-it dvd...

I have been doing Tasha Mulligan's Hab-it dvd for 5 months or so now and have definitely noticed improvement. I'm now doing her advanced workout, which you can subscribe to on her website. I have a...
Forum: Breastfeeding   11-14-2012, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 596
Posted By vanni
Hi escher! I only work out of the house 2 -3...

Hi escher! I only work out of the house 2 -3 days a week, and pump 3 times a day (once at home right before leaving for work, and twice at work). I get about the same number of oz per day that you...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-25-2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By vanni
Breastfeeding can be challenging, so I suppose...

Breastfeeding can be challenging, so I suppose that it has made me feel more "insecure" at times (although I don't know that I would choose that word). We introduced solids at 6 months and took a...
Forum: Babywearing   10-21-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 945
Posted By vanni
We live in a cold climate and my daughter was...

We live in a cold climate and my daughter was born in November. I really hated carrying the bucket seat around, BUT the one advantage was that I could take her into the house in the seat while she...
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   10-03-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,878
Posted By vanni
So since Whole Woman advertises on this site...

So since Whole Woman advertises on this site Christine can post a link, but Amy Young can't? Weird.
 
The To Kegel or Not To Kegel debate is frustrating, because it's very difficult to know whose...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-19-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By vanni
Tanyato, good move on the changes you made!...

Tanyato, good move on the changes you made! Especially having your husband sit with him! This is what we did, and reading your post from before I was going to suggest it but wasn't sure if it would...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-17-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,225
Posted By vanni
A well-meaning mom lent my husband 3 babywise...

A well-meaning mom lent my husband 3 babywise books and I am looking forward to giving them back to her!
 
Baby Whisperer also made me feel super insecure about "accidental parenting" during the...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-17-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,056
Posted By vanni
My daughter is 10 months and we've never used a...

My daughter is 10 months and we've never used a pacifier. When I look back maybe I would have given her one if I thought it really would have allowed me to get more done (??) but I'm not sure. I'm...
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