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The Real Problem With Pink Legos

Pink Legos are controversial. Are they bad for girls, or good for them? Are they insulting and limiting, or a great invitation to STEM-related play? I have an opinion about the problem with pink Legos, and it might not be quite what you'd guess...

My daughter turned four at the beginning of February. She’s interested in building things, pretend play, super heroes, and animals. Between those interests and the twin gift-giving holidays of her birthday and Christmas, my partner and I have had a lot of conversations about pink Legos in the last couple of months.

We try to be a household with a wide expression of the gender continuum. Although he works in an office and I stay home to be with our daughter and prepare our food, we pretty evenly divide everything else. He wears his hair long and I wear mine short. We both use the power tools, we both work on the cars, we both know how to sew and how to draw. We encourage our daughter to try everything, climb everything, say what she means, express her feelings and follow her interests into whatever subjects she’s curious about.

So even though our daughter’s favorite color is purple, buying the box of Legos that came in pink and purple still gave me pause.

You can read the rest of this post on Bluegrass Redhead, where I’m filling in while Sarah is on maternity leave this week. I’d love to hear what you think about Legos for boys and girls!

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How To Survive Holiday Shopping When You Are Highly Sensitive

Amazon sent me an email in October with the headline “The countdown to Black Friday.” I deleted it. I did not want to think about Black Friday before Halloween. I do not, actually, want to think about gift shopping at all.

This week I’m over on Sorta Crunchy with a post about surviving the sensory overwhelm of shopping during the holiday season, whether you are after gifts or just groceries. If you an introvert, are highly sensitive, or have ever walked into a store and felt like you wanted to walk right back out, this post is for you.

Read more at Sorta Crunchy.

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Pinned It. Did It. Upcycled Girl’s Dress

Pinned it. Did It. Upcycled Girl's Dress

Do you have any clothes in your closet that you love, but don’t love to wear? That was the case with this one skit. I loved the fabric, and it reminded me of a trip to visit my grandparents when I was pregnant with my daughter. But honestly, this skirt looked terrible on me. I’d put it on, look in the mirror and take it off again. Still, I couldn’t get rid of it.

Finally it dawned on me that I could turn it into something else. So I upcycled it into a dress for Bean. And then she asked if it could be her wedding dress.

Read the whole story over on Liz’s blog!

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Pinned It. Did It. Kid-Friendly Baked Donuts

Kid-friendly baked donuts :: nurturedmama.net

 

I love fried donuts. I love the crunchy-sweet of maple-glazed old fashioned. I love the sweet cinnamon bite of bear claws. I love messy jelly-filled powdered-sugar-coated donuts.

What I don’t love is how I feel after I eat them. All greasy and bloated and sugar high. And I really don’t like how my kid behaves when she feels all greasy and sugar-high after the rare family donut outing.

Recently I decided I wanted to try making donuts at home, but not quite like the ones we get at the donut shop down the street that make us feel so ick. I wanted to make a baked donut that was more satisfying, less sweet, less greasy, and less guilt-inducing. Something I’d be happy to let my daughter eat on a weekend morning.

And I did. Hop on over to Liz’s blog to read about the two baked donut recipes I tried and what me and my small resident donut-taster thought of them.

Kid-Friendly Baked Donuts – click here to read the full post.

 

 

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5 Essential Things To Take On Vacation

What's in your suitcase? Make sure you save room for these five essentials for your next vacation. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo credit: Gabriel White via photopin cc

Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month participants shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. This  post was chosen to be featured on the Natural Parents Network blog for the Carnival and was originally published there.

Please scroll to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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I just cleared my inbox of two weeks of old emails that contained a lot of links I thought I wanted to read. After the third vacation-related article that truly didn’t apply to my life, I deleted the rest of them. Then I made a list of the things a Nurtured Mama would take on vacation with her, which I realized was the article I was actually looking for and not finding.

So here you go. Five things you should put in your suitcase this summer:

A Flexible Attitude

A friend asked me recently if my partner and I travel well together. Because we were a few days away from leaving on a trip, I had to pause and think a bit.…

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Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas: Pinned it. Did it.

Pinned It. Did It. Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas recipe review :: nurtured mama.net

 

My dad has a very particular way of eating a grapefruit. First he rolls the fruit around on the counter “to loosen the juices”. Then he slices it in half, crossways, to reveal shiny little triangles of grapefruit flesh. Next, with a paring knife, he carefully goes around each segment, cutting it away from the skin and from the membrane on each side. Then he scoops out and eats the pieces with a spoon (when I was a kid, we used the tiny sugar spoon that came with the cutlery set my parents got for their wedding for this part. Dad scoffs at those specialized toothed grapefruit spoons.). Finally, he uses one hand to squeeze any remaining juice from the now-empty grapefruit hull into a spoon held into the other hand. You don’t want to waste anything when you are eating a grapefruit.

I always think of my dad when I eat a grapefruit and my whole life I have eaten grapefruits exactly this way, also.

Only in this case I’m not eating grapefruits by our particular family method. I’m making margaritas out of them. Margaritas also make me think of my dad, as they are his favorite cocktail. He makes a mean one.…

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Story Stones: Pinned It. Did It.

Story stones are great for imaginative play - make your own! :: nurturedmama.net

Photo by Miss Bean, age 3.

Have you ever had a project that you thought about for a really long time, and then when you sat down to do it, it took almost no time at all?

That was this project for me. I’ve had a collection of story stones tutorials pinned for nearly a year because I wanted to make a set for Bean, but it wasn’t until the week this post was promised and due to Liz that I finally sat down to make them.

They took only a few minutes. And Bean has been playing with them ever since.

Read about how I made them and how we will be using them over on Liz’s blog in the Pinned It. Did It. series.

And then go start that project you’ve been putting off!

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Pinned It. Did It. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Pinned It. Did It. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa :: www.nurturedmama.net

For my second post in the Pinned It. Did It. series over on Liz’s blog, I tackle quinoa.

Quinoa is something I know I should – and want to –  eat more of, but I don’t really know what to do with it. Is it savory? Is it a breakfast grain? Can I bake with it? Starting with a batch of leftover quinoa, I turned to Pinterest for guidance and remembered a lesson about cooking that I had forgotten.

Read the rest of this post on Be Present, Be Here.

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DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs :: nurturedmama.net

Over on Liz Lamoreux’s blog this week, I’m sharing another project for her Pinned It, Did It series.

This spring I wanted to try making naturally dyed Easter eggs, as I’m forever disappointed in the limp colors from the drug store egg-dying kits. And wow, was I happy with the way these came out! They were much easier to make than I expected, too. You can read all about what vegetables I used and see more of the gorgeous colors at Liz’s blog.

I’m going to be filling in for Meg, the regular writer of this series, for the next few months while she bonds with her new baby. Keep an eye out, because I have some good stuff planned! A couple of sewing projects, yummy treats from the kitchen and even an educational craft to make with little ones.

And if you need even more yummy color? Catch me on Instagram to see the yarn I dyed with the leftover color when I was done with the eggs. I’m swooning!

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